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LA (AND BEYOND): CRUMPLED TWENTY

By Nora Zelevansky / February 19th, 2009

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(Blackburn + Sweetzer's Pics of Newly Expanded Le Petit Bistro)

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When Comme Ca is too busy to accommodate (which–even in this dreadful economy–is often), some peeps shuffle around the corner to less sceney Le Petit Bistro.  Okay, I admit, I've actually (shamefully) never been (I'll wait a long time for Comme Ca's fleur de sel cream puffs), but Blackburn + Sweetzer raves that this favorite French spot has expanded to include patio seating and a larger bar & lounge area for hanging pre-meal or for cocktails only dish sessions.  And I'm always in favor of more cocktail/wine spots in my hood.

Plus, if B + S vouches, then I believe.  I'll check it out and then go oui, oui, oui all the way home.

xo – N.

P.S.  Check out this blogger collaboration between B + S and Food Marathon, where they get together and eat their way through a few spots on Third Street.

LA (HOLLYWOOD): CRUMPLED TWENTY

By Nora Zelevansky / February 12th, 2009

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Every so often you wander into an LA spot and find yourself transported elsewhere: such is the case (in my book) with Hollywood's Bowery bistro, where–in an intimate, NYC West Village-esque, beautifully tiled space with specials scrawled across a chalk board–locals (like moi) dig on deeply flavorful burgers (served on English Muffins), wine and beer.  (The pharmacy parking lot on Sunset & Fairfax also transports, but that's more like to a East Village crack den circa 1985, so that's another story).

Well, according to Daily Candy's Weekend Guide today, the Bowery owners have launched a tasting room at their newest Hollywood spot: Pizzeria & Bar Delancy.  Obviously, a Lower East Side NYC-theme rules the roost and, while DC focuses on the vino situation, I think some of those pizzas sound pretty amazing.  Yes, in true lactard fashion, I especially like the sound of the Essex with Salumi, Cannelini Beans, Black Olives and Sheeps Milk Ricotta.

BTW–I am an olive fanatic.  Another fascinating tidbit about me.  And another must-try place for pizza.  Add that to the list . . . I'll get back to you with a full report!

xo – N.