July 12th, 2008 by alephnaught

MOCA, The Grove and Buddha’s Belly

We dropped off the dog at a new dog sitter, and decided to kick around Hollywood and West Hollywood (for a change). First we drove down to MOCA, the Museum of Contemporary Art. We had to walk through the Pacific Design Center to get there; unfortunately the Design Center was closed. A view of the […]

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 20th, 2008 by alephnaught

Yang Chow Restaurant

We ordered carry out from Yang Chow Restaurant – who’d have thought there’d be a good Chinese restaurant within walking distance of our apartment? While they are known for their seafood, Aviva didn’t like the scallops – she felt they’d been frozen and were therefore chewy. My Szechwan chicken was very good, not too spicy […]

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 […]

October 28th, 2007 by alephnaught

Dinner at Alhambra Palace Restaurant

Alhambra Palace Restaurant is a good Morrocan restaurant on Randolph Street. 1240 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL – (312) 666-9555 We went to the antique market on Randolph and went by this restaurant on the way there. You can’t miss the facade – its a bad takeoff of the Arabian Nights. Aviva had wanted to try […]

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April 8th, 2007 by alephnaught

Dinner at Mitsuwa Market

We saw Mitsuwa Marketplace, 100 W, AlgonquinRoad, on the TV show Check, Please! This is an oriental market, selling a lot of Japanese and some Chinese and Korean food and, well, stuff, especiailly books. We got food at the dim sum shop, but there are 5 different food preparation stores, including one that’s Korean. The […]

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December 23rd, 2006 by alephnaught

Anniversary dinner at Merlo on Lincoln

In preparation for our 16th anniversary night out, Aviva was in a quandry – where to go to dinner? We wanted Italian food – we love Italian food, but there are very, very few places in Chicagp that have food that, in our opinion, tastes at all like the preparations in Italy. I mentioned Merlo […]

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November 26th, 2006 by alephnaught

Sapori Trattoria

Sapori Trattoria is on Halsted just south of Diversey. Its a small Italian restaurant with a reasonably diverse menu and a pretty good wine list. I had the squash soup and the ossabucco on lasagna – the food was really good but the service was terrible. I think something was wrong in the kitchen because […]

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August 23rd, 2006 by alephnaught

We had a good Saturday – new glasses and good Italian

I had my eyes checked a week ago Friday, so we started looking for new frames. I wanted smaller round frames because the lenses get too wide if the frames aren’t round, and the ones I have now hit my eye brows. We went to Eye Want on Milwaukee and found just what I wanted […]