Just passing through
L.A. and holed up on the Arroya in South Pas. We truly lucked out when we stopped for afternoon refreshment in Altadena at Bulgarini's Gelato. Still a work in progress but the cases of fresh fruit outside the store magnetized me. On hand were about 10 flavors and we were treated to samples of any/all of them. My granddaughter had the chocolate hazelnut and swooned all the while. I had difficulty choosing between the goat cheese with choco nibs and the truly rapturous zabaglione (zab won). OMG! We had gone the day before but the store was closed. I think they're only open Wednesday thru Saturday. Located behind the Rite-Aid at Lake and Altadena. Nothing I've ever tasted here or in Italy even comes close to this.
We both agreed that for dinner sushi seemed a satisfying choice. Just driving up Colorado Blvd, I happened to spot a tiny hole in the wall, half curtained spot at 45 Colorado, just north of Marengo. 02 Sushi, has just been open for about 6 weeks now but is pure heaven. A nice sushi bar and about 10 tables. Fantastic hospitality and superb menu. We were the first patrons at 5 p.m. When we left at 7:30 there were two other duos, a family party of 8 and a couple at the Sushi Bar. I'm sure they're jammed at lunch because of the location but their evening business is sure to increase with their sterling reputation. My GD had snowcrab, we shared gyoza, seaweed salad and I had uni and unagi. I noticed that monkfish liver was on the menu and mentioned to Agnes how much I liked it but had already eaten enough.
BJ, the chef came over to our table and chatted with us, made sure we had enjoyed our meal and then asked us to please wait as he had a special treat in store for us, even though he knew we had eaten our fill. I enjoyed some tea for about 20 minutes while I digested the meal. Then the chef himself served a beautiful plate of 5 small medallions of miso poached monkfish liver. Utterly divine and better than any dessert I've ever eaten. When we arrived home the next week, I wrote them a note of thanks. The letter was returned to me saying the Sushi Restaurant had moved. I had to return the letter by registered mail because the former owners had the word Sushi in their name it was confused with the name of 02 Sushi. So I hope they receive any further mail addressed to them. But, next trip in LA, we're stopping here again!
We did NOT leave L.A. without picking up pastrami sandwiches from Langers. I first became addicted to these monsters when I was pregnant in 1959 and hit them up weekly. Oh,man, they are just as good now as they were those many long years ago. We ate our sandwiches in the park in South Pas and I shared my leftover half with one of the homeless. I'm sure he will look for me everyday. Glad I could share.