Eating Off the Beaten Track
In and Around Los Angeles
by Jeff Fried
After a two-year hiatus, Native Philadelphian
and current Floridian resident, Jeff Fried returns to some of
favorite off-the-beaten-track culinary haunts in the City of Angels.
Angeles is not a city short on great food; reputation and
internet research can surely lead you the way. But if you
want to experience something different . . .
Talk to Jeff@TravelingBoy.com
Otto's love for music!
Otto's - Import Store & Deli
2320 West Clark Ave.
Burbank, CA 91506
I asked Otto to hold the pickles but
when I got my sandwich, guess what was on it? Pickles. Guess
what immediately came off the sandwich? Pickles. Fortunately,
he held off the mayonnaise. Even in California, it is unacceptable
for an East Coaster to eat a hoagie with mayo and pickles.
Otto's European and Hungarian Import Store and Deli
is an unassuming neighborhood grocery store that makes one
of the best Hoagie's in Los Angeles. Each order usually comes
with a mini comedy act by Otto himself. If time permits, Otto
might even break out his accordion. http://members.aol.com/HungImprts/Welcome.htm
9128 West Pico Blvd.
LA, CA 90035
Hills Adjacent: That's what realtors
call the area between Pico and Olympic and Robertson and La
Cienega. If you're thinking of moving there, you should know
that your city address will be Los Angeles. You might get
Beverly in your address if you live on Beverly Drive, but
really the only good thing about that is your proximity to
the Beverlywood Bakery. This classic Jewish bakery
on Pico makes the best rugalach in the United States. I've
had rugalach from Miami to Philadelphia to New York and nothing
comes close. The only drawback is they seal their pastry boxes
really good, so if you think you might want to sneak a few
in the car before arriving at your destination, then just
have them keep a few out. http://www.beverlywoodbakery.com
3456 S. Glenmark Dr. Hacienda Heights,
Heights: About thirty minutes
east of downtown is the Hsi Lai Temple, one of the
largest Buddhist temples in the Western Hemisphere. Seven
days per week they serve an all you can eat vegetarian lunch
for just five dollars. Don't let that price fool you, there
is a salad and fruit bar, at least five different dishes,
soup and hot tea. The main dishes vary regularly and can include
vegetables, noodles, tofu, seitan and veggie ham. The temple
grounds are beautiful and include the Hall with Ten Thousand
Buddha's, a garden with the Eighteen Arhats, a museum and
767 Deep Valley Drive,
Rolling Hills Estates,
Verdes Peninsula: Hip and upscale,
yet cozy with very friendly service and fantastic food sums
up what I found at Bistro 767. Even though I was spending
the night in the area, it would have definitely been worth
the twenty mile drive from West Los Angeles. The bistro salad
with sherry vinaigrette was fantastic and the filet mignon
was cooked to perfection. They have a great martini and wine
selection. The desserts were out of this world.
3125 Los Feliz Blvd.
On Los Feliz Boulevard is India Sweets
and Spices. A great vegetarian Indian food restaurant and
market. There are no servers that come to your table. Just
go up to the counter and tell the servers what you want and
what size. Their pakoras, chan masala and saag were top notch.
They have a large variety of dishes to choose from and the
staff is very friendly and helpful. They have seven other
locations throughout Los Angeles. http://www.indiasweetsandspices.org/index.htm
Hilarious piece on your trip to Otto's Hungarian
Deli. I thought I was the only non-Hungarian In Southern California
who knew the joint, tucked into some little non-descript neighborhood
in Burbank. Very true, he makes the best sandwiches is the world,
but it is essential to be in there in person - as opposed to ordering
over the phone - so that you can ride herd on him with your instructions
for the condiments. He is known to get caught up in some obscure
conversation about Hungary and completely forget. The best way
to enjoy his sandwich is to talk him into playing is accordion
while you wolf one down. Let's face it; nothing goes better for
lunch than an Otto's Hungarian sandwich with an accordion accompaniment.
As Jay Leno would say: 'Only in Burbank."
Sherman Oaks, CA
Lake Geneva/ Matterhorn Region and Switzerland Tourism
recently blew into Los Angeles with the most esteemed guest, Eugene Chaplin.
A man of remarkable lineage, he is the fifth child of Oona O'Neill and Sir
Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, the grandson of playwright
Eugene O'Neill, the brother of Geraldine Chaplin and father of actress/model
Eugene Chaplin Introduces Chaplin's World Museum
in Vevey, Switzerland
Treasures of Ireland: The Burren (Dispatch
The Palladian Traveler ventures back to the days
of fearless Celtic warriors to search for some "stones to take you
home" as he files his latest dispatch from the monochromatic moonscape
known as The Burren.
Is it more momentous for a Brit to do the Buckingham
Palace tour than say an American or indeed any other nationality? Yes, I
know that's an odd question, but if you grow up as I did in
London back in the 1950s, getting inside Buckingham Palace was the stuff
of dreams. Hence my surprise at touring BP in 2005.
Buckingham Palace It's THE Most Popular Tour
in Great Britain (Part 2 of a 2-Part Series)
The first thing you notice is the fragrance. The intoxicating
perfume of the tiare flower announces to your senses that you are in a magical
place, overflowing with tropical vegetation and soothing trade winds. It
is the same fragrance that the English seamen on the HMS Bounty also first
encountered; but they came, not for flowers, but for breadfruit, intended
as a new food staple for their slaves in the West Indies.
Paradise on Earth: The Romance of
Tahiti and Her Islands
"On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" goes
the song. Robert Goulet sang it and Barbra Streisand and Johnny Mathis,
too, and it surely comes to mind when you stand on a bluff in the Luberon
of Provence and stare across at the little hill village of Gordes. The view
is the best part; the village's interior itself is not dramatic and stands
as a warning of what contemporary popularity can do to the simple homes
of 12th century working people.
Provence: As Much a Mood, a Spirit as a Destination
Walking home to our apartment in Venice, we share a
wave through the window with the owner of Baba, our local osteria. Leaving
for a day of sightseeing, a cup of my favorite pistachio gelato awaits me
despite the early hour. At the Bar Dugole, we relax after a day of sightseeing
and order the regular: vodka for my husband and Amaretto for me.
Exploring Venice: Lost and Found. And Special Finds.
Traveling with Beautiful Boots and a Bison Backpack
People often asked about my favorite travel apparel and
gear. This happened to me at the airport recently. One question came as
I was putting back on my clothes after going through the TSA checkpoint
striptease. Before leaving the area, I heard a soft voice say, "hey,
I really like your boots. Where did you get them?" Looking up, I
found a uniformed employee staring at my feet.
Film Review: "My Hero Brother" A Tribute
to the Human Spirit
I just spent five days attending the Santa Barbara Film
Festival and for the most part, the features, animated shorts, and documentaries
were quite professional and compelling. That said, "My Hero Brother,"
a documentary that was particularly outstanding, told the remarkable and
inspiring story about a group of Down syndrome young men and women who
go on a two-week trek through the Himalayas with their non-Down syndrome
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