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Wood Spoon: Brazilian Fare in Los Angeles

October 22, 2014 12:03 pm

Wood Spoon’s owner and chef Natalia Pereira offers up Brazilian cuisine combined with American fusion fare in this warm, brightly decorated Los Angeles eatery. The small menu features one of Brazil’s most popular dishes, Coxinha, which is beignets filled with chicken or shrimp and served with a spicy mayonnaise. Feijoada, a bean stew served with rice and salted pork is another native dishes served at the restaurant. Other favorites include Brazilian Chicken Pot Pie with hearts of palm, olives & roasted corn, Calabreza Salad with Calabreza sausage, hardboiled egg, hearts of palm & black olives, and a Pork Burger with roasted cabbage & onions on toasted potato bread, served with your choice of yam fries or salad. Order a glass of Brazilian Sangria with red wine and fruit to accompany your meal.

Wood Spoon is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday.

Wood Spoon
107 W. 9th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 629-1765

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How and What to Pack for a Sightseeing Trip

October 16, 2014 1:04 pm

After months of saving, you finally booked that sightseeing trip that you’ve always dreamed of. Whether you’re backpacking across Europe or taking a car trip through South America, you’ll need to know what to pack before you go. Packing these four items will help you be prepared for your sightseeing adventure.

  1. A sturdy backpack. This is an essential for long days of sightseeing as it enables you to tote your belongings around without straining your arms. Choose one with a large main pocket for clothing and supplies and smaller inner pockets to stow away money, your passport, and other essential items.
  2. Maps and guides. Maps are important in areas where you don’t have reliable cell phone service, and they cut down on the time you spend asking for directions. If you’re traveling to an area where you don’t speak the language, it’s also smart to bring along a foreign language dictionary.
  3. Proper clothes. Bring a rain jacket if you’re traveling to rainy London, and wear layers that you can easily remove if you’re in steamy Vietnam. Be sure to look up the climate beforehand to avoid clothing discomfort.
  4. A camera. Although a camera isn’t exactly an essential item, you’ll surely want to remember your trip for years to come!

Travel Tips and Packing Lists [Eagle Creek]
15 Things to Pack for Sightseeing [Sue’s Travel Tips]
How to Pack for a Sightseeing Vacation [Independent Traveler]

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Fig & Olive: Taste Your Olive Oils Before You Eat

October 8, 2014 12:03 pm

At Fig & Olive, you might be surprised by the starters: shots of olive oil. Although, with a name like Fig & Olive and a wall filled with extra virgin olive oils, it shouldn't be hard to infer what this L.A. eatery is all about. Every dish is prepared with the perfect complementary olive oil, so the shots you'll taste before your meal are actually the EVOO's that will flavor your food—instead of heavy butter. The central ingredient pays homage to the heart-healthy cuisine of the Mediterranean.

Grab a seat at the tasting bar or communal table and pass around some of the popular small plates: fig gorgonzola tartlets, crostini trios, or imported charcuterie and ceviches, which come with Olive Oil Fougasse bread warm from the oven. For dinner, try Provence rosemary lamb chops, drizzled with rosemary garlic olive oil, or grilled branzino served with an 18-year aged balsamic vinegar. Both dishes pair well with the eatery's wines, which are as numerous as the olive oils.

Fig & Olive
8490 Melrose Place
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-9100

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