Monday, April 17, 2017

Absinthe LA

Yelp Elite Members get wonderful perks like free tickets to Absinthe LA

These are some of the pictures and videos, but it's a much better experience in person :) 

It's a bawdy (over 18 only), funny, acrobatic, entertaining show where you will not be bored, but not recommended for anyone easily offended!

 You can park in the West Garage ($10-$30) and just go upstairs, or take Lyft and/or the Metro.
 There was a free photo booth where you could sit and send your picture to social media or email.
 While waiting for the doors to open, I sat down for a pic:)
The theater in the round seats about 500 and in the middle of the week for the early show, 400 came.

 That is a guy on top of 7 levels of chairs!
 These guys were my favorite act!
 A couple worked the silks in a beautiful aerial dance.
 Two acrobats and a metal circle rose and swung in a sensual dance.
 This show is only for 18+ because some acts were definitely not for minors (but fun for adults)!
 The "Bodyguard" for the MC had a few unexpected talents.
 Talented cast and crew deserved their standing ovation.
A few of the extraordinary performers in action!








Monday, April 10, 2017

My Favorite Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore is the largest and likely the most famous bookstore in Los Angeles, so enjoy today's photo post until you are in the area and able to experience the magic of this place in person :)
























Monday, April 3, 2017

Maxi Flavor at Mini Kabob

Pictures speak volumes, and I get many ideas about where to go eat from my Instagram feed. The first time I went in, two other people also came in for the first time because of the pictures we had seen on Instagram:) I follow Eat Bearded on Instagram and Armen is one of the chefs/co-owners of Mini Kabob

Ovakim and Alvard welcomed me as if I had entered their home when I came into the eight seat restaurant; the place is so small that the couple dining at the table closest to the door opened it for me from their seats! 

They serve high quality food, done with heart and skill that can only come from people who love what they do, and they treat everyone as a new friend or old one, depending on whether it's your first visit or thousandth time. I've now become a regular, introducing friends to the place, so now I feel like this is my home away from home:)

The first time I went in, I asked Ovakim what he recommended, and he said "Get the chicken breast" so I did and it was the most mouthwatering moist version I have ever eaten. The rice, onions, and grilled tomato and jalapeno were perfect compliments to the chicken and basmati rice. All this for under $15 and nearly enough for two meals!
When I saw the steak and salad, I knew I wanted that combo on another night, and it did not disappoint, with tender meat and a refreshing green crunch all for under $20.
The Lule minced chicken mixed with a bit of pork and spices is a slighter smaller meal especially paired with salad instead of rice, but big on flavor.
Or you can opt for half rice, half salad.
If you can't decide, you can order a combo plate with chicken thigh, chicken lule, and pork, also with salad instead of rice if you prefer. I found the pork a bit dry, but still tasty.
The lamb chops are a big plate, and I ordered half salad, half rice to get a completely "balanced" meal, but it was so big I would only order this to go next time; this is the most expensive item on the menu coming in at slightly over $20.
Perhaps my favorite part of any meal here is the delightfully light garlic sauce that is served with every meal. I would eat this everyday if I lived closer to Mini Kabob :) They make it fresh daily, along with their hummus.

 The lavash bread comes from a nearby bakery, and it is the only thing they do not make in house.
I'm part of the extended family now :)