Filed In: FOOD (+ BEVERAGE)

5 THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT CRATEFUL LA

 

I feel like meal delivery services are popping up all over the place in Los Angeles, each with their own special niche and clientele. And naturally, being the adventurous, non-cooking, food lover that I am I have tried a few of them! None of which however resembled what I’ve come to appreciate from the likes of a certain local meal delivery service called Crateful. Crateful is a self proclaimed “Michelin Star Chef Prepared, meal delivery service” based right here in the city of Angels. If you’re familiar with any delivery services, you probably found that a lot of them cater to meals that can be enjoyed cold (i.e. salads, juices, etc.). But Crateful is really testing a theory based on the same premise… just with a larger array of more exciting ingredients (some of which are meant to create hot dishes). I was fortunate enough to give Crateful a trial run recently, and here’s what I’ve come to love from this special experience:

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TOMGEORGE

Love and Loathing LA TomGeorge

Love and Loathing LA TomGeorge

 

Talk about a swift and silent landing! “TomGeorge” held no meaning to Angelenos one day, and then the next: voila – a sign, a full staff, and lunch/brunch/dinner service. No press releases, no big to-do, just whispers and word of mouth.

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BALDORIA DTLA

Love and Loathing LA Baldoria DTLA

 

“It’s not happy hour, it’s not share plates, it’s not family style… it’s Baldoria.” Kind of in love with that? ALL THOUGH I WILL SAY…. their happy hour and shared plates are pretty fucking wonderful, so even if they did lead with that it’d be accurate, just perhaps a slightly less adorable tagline.

Baldoria opened a few months back in Little Tokyo and since then I have seen that name come up, time and time again. I recently did a little research to find out what they were all about and was completely blown away over all of the incredibly positive responses. It’s not like we can totally trust Yelp, but Baldoria has managed to get 4.5 stars and 112 reviews already?! I’m not even mad… I’m impressed.

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DESTROYER. THE RESTAURANT.

Love and Loathing LA Destroyer Restaurant

Love and Loathing LA Destroyer Restaurant

 

Destroyer. Super metal name, especially for a restaurant right? Well it’s befitting in one aspect because it seriously is the most serious “casual” breakfast/coffee/lunch spot I’ve probably ever been to. Walk in though to find no black metal or grime, but tunes by Explosions in the Sky and soft minimalist decor instead. The whole vibe definitely draws you in because if you don’t know exactly what you’re in for, it might not be at all what you expect.

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SOMISOMI | THE NEW MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE TREAT

Love and Loathing LA SomiSomi

 

I’ve never met a treat I didn’t like, but if you’re telling me there’s a delicious treat out there that happens to not only be tasty but also incredibly adorable… the ante has significantly been upped. Take these ice cream desserts from SomiSomi. If you live in LA, follow foodies, and try to stay on top of the pulse of current trends, there’s a chance you’ve already seen these little cuties somewhere on the internets or Instagrams. My best gal pal Nastassia of @letmeeatcake is ALWAYS on the look out for the latest and greatest sweet trends and this one I just needed to see and experience for myself as well.

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THE SMILE’S DI ALBA

Love and Loathing LA Di Alba

Love and Loathing LA Di Alba

 

There’s a new kid on one of my favorite DTLA blocks, and with it being at the center of the Arts District, it’s safe to assume that it’s hip, easy on the eyes, and yeah – tasty. The Smile’s di Alba opened up just last week and is already attracting passersby and Chef Nina Clemente (The Standard) fans like myself. The concept is a partnership between Nina and the brains behind NYC’s successful multi-concept dining collective called The Smile. Di Alba is the first West Coast concept to open and it’s described as “a modern, market-driven take on an Italian focacceria”. Now I don’t know about you, but all I needed to hear was “focacceria” and my cheese n’ bread lovin’ brain was piqued. I can’t really think of any focacceria’s in LA, and if you’ve been to Italy you know what a crucial role these types of eateries play in just about every Italian city. Pizzerias/Focaccerias are about as plentiful in Italy as Donuterias are in America. (Yes I 100% just made up “donuteria” but it kind of has a ring to it, doesn’t it?)

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AFTERNOON TEA AT THE PENINSULA HOTEL BEVERLY HILLS

Love and Loathing LA Peninsula Hotel

Love and Loathing LA Peninsula Hotel

 

“I hate High Tea.” – said no girl ever. If you hate miniature sandwiches, cute cups, warm beverages, and friendship, well then this is a very sad story for you. The good news is though that there’s a good chance you probably happen enjoy tea, sandwiches, and tiny desserts – whether you’re a girl or a boy. So then. Let’s talk about this Afternoon Tea situation at The Peninsula Hotel Beverly Hills for a minute, shall we?

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5 NEW PLACES TO TRY THIS WEEK!

Love and Loathing LA 5 New Places

 

HOLY. CANNOLI. There are SO many new restaurants opening up right now. It’s admittedly been a little tricky trying to keep up! But what an insanely fun time to be living in Los Angeles; there is so much positive change and growth happening all around us, it’s impossible not to be a little curious. Maybe you’re like, “pffft, I got this city on lockdown”, or maybe you’re like, “I don’t even know where the fuck to begin”, so for those of you who feel overwhelmed by the growth yet curious to know the inside scoop, I’m here for you. I gotchu. I’ve done a lot of eating lately on your behalf, and these 5 spots are my most recent favorite discoveries! All of which have only opened very recently, so you are officially on the cutting edge of the LA Foodie 411. Enjoy.

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DINNER AT YAMASHIRO. IT’S YOUR LA RIGHT.

Love and Loathing LA Yamashiro

Love and Loathing LA Yamashiro

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5 OF MY MOST BELOVED “NEIGHBORHOOD JOINTS”

Love and Loathing LA Neighborhood Joints

[ Poco Wine Bar]

I spend a lot of time dining and drinking at “NEW” places in Los Angeles, but every now and then I get to a point where I just want some freakin’ familiarity. I fantasize over the idea of walking in to a place in my neighborhood to be surrounded by friendly faces and have the staff greet me by name… I have always been so envious of friends/family who have that type of place in their lives. None of them live in Los Angeles of course, but I’d like to think it could happen here if I tried hard enough. That being said though, I have been to a few places within the past year that really stood out to me because they had that undoubtedbly neighborhood type feel. They’re the kind of places that are never over crowded, they tend to cater to their community, they’re probably aren’t on any Eater Heat Map at present, but most importantly they’re just damn good places to eat/drink/hang with zero attitude. If that sounds like something you’d like to take part in, here are a few of my favorite casual “neighborhood joints” around town that you can always count on to give you that sense of familiarity – even in a town where that doesn’t seem like that’s even a thing!

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