All Work and No Play Makes Dull-icious – January 2007 in Review

the view from the parking structure at work
The only thing I remember about January is work. I didn’t even get to ring in the new year memorably. Well, that’s not true. Chasing Tylenol with warm Champagne before getting into a lukewarm tub to bring down a fever on New Year’s Eve is pretty memorable.

Food-wise though, my Delicious Life has been reduced to the tourist hell lovingly known as 3rd Street Promenade. Ssince my company moved away from the Sawtelle area to Santa Monica, all I did was eat on The Promenade, it seems. The only thing that saves my sanity is my daily view of the Pacific from the 8th floor of the parking garage behind my “office.” I know. How may times have I said that I hate the beach? But I love seeing the ocean, especially from the veranda of Casa Del Mar with a Citron/soda.

new year's eve 2006/2007 - sparkling pink

Monday, January 1, 2007 Jamba Juice : Sarah :: Wicked Stepmother : Cinderella – December 2006 in Review
“…I cursed Jamba Juice and swore a solemn oath to myself and my invisible crew that I would never drink from their fruity fountain of evil again.”

Tuesday, January 2, 2007Korean Vegetable Soup – It Was a Feverish Night
“I could be hungover from the night before, still drunk and reeking of alcohol at 11 AM, puking for that matter; I have always made it home to spend time with my family”

Wednesday, January 3, 2007 LA Times Says The Delicious Life is Bucking Frilliant!
“Is a baby shower a true representation of my Delicious Life? A baby shower written from the persepective of this utterly gorgeous glamour single, baby-less girl who has no plans in the near- nor mid-term future of ever shooting an alien down my birth canal?”

Thursday, January 4, 2007 Gumbo Pot – Ask Dad if it’s Official
“one order of a gorgeous, bright Fried Chicken Salad, which is of course, the most brilliant disguise for junk food ever.”

morels french steakhouse and bistro, the grove, los angeles, ca - souffle

Saturday, January 6, 2007Am I Having a Love Affair at The Grove or Am I Just Stupid?
“Morels’ pouf was very high and made me ooh and aah like a tourist from Idaho at the water fountains in front of Bellagio.”

Sunday, January 7, 2007 Bombay Cafe – Naan Sequitur
“The lamb was tender, though the entire dish was overwhelmed with black pepper, which is better than the alternative. Black pepper covers up the natural essence of sweaty feet.”

Monday, January 8, 2007 Chicken Soup – The Blogging Soul in Not Pretty
“But at least being a sick blogger forces me to cook!”

Saturday, January 13, 2007Locanda Del Lago – Welcome to My Brave New Working World
“Lago is “made up” Italian, the same way the Venetian in Vegas is “made up” Venetian.”

Sunday, January 14, 2007Sushi is Not Football Food
“Sushi for football? I did that once and so very wrongly ended up with cream cheese. Cream cheese and football works if it’s a jalapeno popper, not sushi.”

Monday, January 15, 2007 Chocolate Orange – I Could Tell You, but Then I’d Have to Drink You Under the Table
“someone will be rimming a stemless martini glass with chocolate sugar, shaking Godiva Chocolate Liqueur with Modern Spirits Chocolate Orange, and having a fabulous cocktail or two (or *ahem* half dozen), lounging on a cashmere-upholstered settee somewhere.”

monsoon cafe, 3rd street promenade, santa monica, los angeles, ca - vegetable maki

Wednesday, January 17, 2007Monsoon Cafe – In the Grand Scheming of Things
” The Wonton Tuna Decker has its place in the Top Ten Most Overdone Pan Asian Fusion Dishes of all time along with miso marinated cod and wasabi scented mashed potatoes.”

Monday, January 22, 2007TasteSpotting – My Little Plaything Makes Me a Pusher

Friday, January 26, 2007Cafe Bellagio – Sometimes I Miss What’s Right in Front of My Face
“It is, however, a surprisingly decent alternative to the overpriced mediocrity that plagues the three blocks between Broadway and Wilshire.”

rubio's fish tacos, beverly center, los angeles, ca

Saturday, January 27, 2007Rubio’s Fish Tacos – Mexican Fast Food Chains. Discuss.
“Yes, salsa cups can get me that heated.”

Sunday, January 28, 2007San Antonio Winery – Riverwalk and Pace Picante Salsa Not Included
” I have tried again and again and again and again (!) to understand the complexities of wine, but I have resigned to accepting that I will always be one who enjoys and appreciates the experience, but will never fully understand it.”

famima!! santa monica, los angeles, ca - chicken curry bread

Wednesday, January 31, 2007Famima!! Chicken Curry Bread – Deep-fried Cavern of Nothing
“Unfortunately, no matter how much I tell myself that I can be happy with a pretty face, I know I can’t. I need substance.”

** a year ago today, estofado catalan sent me into a bizarre love triangle **

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