Tar & Roses - Santa Monica


Serving rustic modern cuisines, we dined at Tar & Roses in Santa Monica, CA. Chef Andrew Kirschner broke down the menu into 4 sections: Snacks, Veggies, Small, and Large. We ordered plates from every sections except the veggies. We just weren’t in the mood for extra greens. The dishes portions were perfect for tasting.

In order of pictures, here are one liner: Popcorn Piglets, Stand Out Ribs, refreshing beets for the heat, BAHH-belly, one sliver, and collection of the ocean.

Bacon Popcorn

Snack | popped corn / crisp bacon / brown sugar / chili $6 

Balsamic Glazed Ribs

Snack | balsamic glazed ribs / chili / fried basil $8

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Animal - Los Angeles

Image by ahpetite - Animal restaurant Los Angeles

Foie gras loco moco, chicken liver toast, pork belly sandwiches, marrow bone and bacon chocolate bar will be some of the dishes you’ll hear people gush over after eating at Animal restaurant. And we feel the same way. The food is awesomely delicious, consistent and flavorful with bold rich flavors. Yes, we’ve ate here several time already. Some of our favorites are below:

Image by ahpetite - Animal - Marrow bone, chimichurri, caramelized onions

marrow bone | chimichurri, caramelized onions ($10)

Image by ahpetite - Animal - Barbeque Pork Belly Sandwich

barbeque pork belly sandwiches | slaw, brioche bun ($13)

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Trump National Golf Club - Palos Verdes

Trump National Golf Course

Tee Time? Welcome to Trump National Golf Club with amazing views of California coast. Not only does Trump National Golf Club provide a luxury golf experience but they provide a great dining experience with Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Vincent. Let’s pair up our Tee Time with Afternoon Tea Time.

Trump Dining

Afternoon TeaTeapot

Seated in the dining area of red chairs and dome printed ceiling, our server bought out our Afternoon Tea on a three dish rack and teapots. The teapots are set on top of the gold rim cup. With Trump’s signature gold tier holder, each tier was filled with goodies. Starting from the bottom up.

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Abigaile - Hermosa Beach

Image by ahpetite - Abigaile Restaurant Hermosa Beach - Exterior and Interior

This past Monday, Feb. 6th, was the official grand opening of Abigaile, Hermosa Beach’s newest restaurant. Abigaile serves new American food with a focus on fresh, seasonal and local produce. The menu offers a variety small plates and a handful of main plates. While the drink menu has a good selection of in-house brewed beers and hand-crafted cocktails.

Image by ahpetite - Abigaile Restaurant Hermosa Beach - Interior

Previously the space was home Union Cattle Company restaurant. However, this 1924 historical building has been revamped by Bishop Pass, the same design firm who designed Gjelina and M Street. The interior of Abigaile is modern and simple with a touch punk rock graffiti on the wall.

The food menu is divided into four sections: for the table, smaller plates, bigger plates and sides. We ordered a dish from each section. But first a drink:

Image by ahpetite - Abigaile Restaurant Hermosa Beach - honey badger cocktail

honey badger cocktail | buffalo trace (bourbon), barenjager (honey liqueur), fresh lemon juice, chai simple, soda ($11). This cocktail was excellent. Sweet, sour with a subtle hint of spice.

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