Birthday dinner – Firenze Osteria

July 3rd, 2010 by alephnaught

Birthday dinner – Firenze Osteria

We’ve eaten at quite a few Osteria in Italy – those eateries are typically high quality but offer a more limited menu than restaurants; we’ve usually had great success eating at osterias. And Firenze Osteria is no exception! Here is the description from their flyer: A stone’s throw from Universal Studios, Firenze Osteria is setting […]

February 8th, 2009 by alephnaught

“The Wrestler”, Magellan’s and dinner in Santa Monica, CA

I had a manicure and pedicure at 8:30A (those that know me know I’m a morning person) and a haircut at 11A, so we lost our morning, although I certainly enjoyed both. So Aviva and I headed out for Santa Monica after lunch.  Our first stop was the cinema, as we both wanted to see […]

December 31st, 2008 by alephnaught

New Year’s Eve dinner at Angelini Osteria

Aviva found this restaurant somewhere, and I’m glad she did.  An Osteria typically serves food somewhere between the quicker trattoria and the all-out restaurante, while also offering more localized, seasonal, special dishes.  Angelini Osteria (323.297.0070) fills that niche perfectly. We started with the fried calamari; the plate is huge, definitely share any appetizer among two […]

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December 14th, 2008 by alephnaught

Free lunches

We worked through lunch reviewing architecture materials my team have been creating; we’re taking on a bunch of new responsibilities and this is the best way I know to learn enough to start taking responsibility – start at the top and bottom and work to the middle. So we brough in lunch, from a local […]

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December 14th, 2008 by alephnaught

Chakra Restaurant

Yesterday we ran errands, purchasing a new iPod for me (I could have done with a black and white screen and a better scroll wheel, but having 120Gb is a huge upgrade given my old, dead iPod as a 20Gb model – hey, I use it for music, I put photos on my phone; I […]

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December 7th, 2008 by alephnaught

Pasadena flea market

We visited the big flea market at Pasadena City College – they take over four floors of the parking structure; its really big! A B2 bomber flew overhead for a while – must be a big airbase nearby A sculpture on the (long) walk to the flea market from the parking area We got a […]

November 8th, 2008 by alephnaught

Darren Waterston and Holly Lane

We dropped the dog off with Uncle Jeff and drove into LA to visit Michael Kohn Gallery to see the show of Darren Waterston’s work.  He’s one of Aviva’s favorite living artists; we once almost bought one of his watercolors, but we like his paintings much more.  His work is very ethereal and now celestial; […]

July 11th, 2008 by alephnaught

Dinner at Chopan Kebab House

We really liked the two Afghan restaurants we tried in Chicago, so we went looking for some in LA. We didn’t find any initially, but Aviva turned one up near us call Chopan Kebab House, so we gave it a try. It is a hole in the wall from its looks – a natty restaurant […]

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June 27th, 2008 by alephnaught

Dinner at Il Tiramisu in Sherman Oaks

We had a good week at the office (mostly things were quiet and so we made lots of progress on everything – very nice), so I left early and Aviva and I tried an Italian restaurant she wanted to check out. Il Tiramisu (13705 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 – 818.986.2640) is located on […]

June 7th, 2008 by alephnaught


We drove down to Koreatown, which is south of Wilshire and mostly east of Western.  We went to both the large Korean malls but only bought a set of brightly colored Tupperware – oh well…. An aquarium in the wall of a restaurant at Koreatown Plaza A Korean Buddhist Temple we drove past on the […]