When I realized that I was in the home stretch of my time in Los Angeles, there were two things that I wanted to do. The first was to spend time with my friends and my sister.
The second was to revisit some of my favorite Los Angeles eateries. I’m not so good at good byes, but I did manage to see most of my girl friends. My sister and I went on a bit of a food crawl, hitting up some of my favorite places. We had lunch at Toast Cafe on W. 3rd street where I enjoyed a delicious tortilla soup. Toast Cafe is a great place to put on your oversized sunglasses, bring your small dog, and sit outside and have breakfast or lunch while people watching. After brunch, you can hit up some shopping at the Grove or the Beverly Center–both within walking distance.
We also visited a number of places closer to home on Venice Blvd., like Cafe Brasil, tucked away in Culver City. Cafe Brasil serves authentic and delicious Brazilian food in a relaxed and comfortable semi-outdoor setting. There is always a “futbol” game or coverage of Brazilian celebrations (like Carnival) playing on one of their televisions. One afternoon last week, Lucy and I grabbed a bottle of Reisling, went to Cafe Brasil, ate well, drank well, and relaxed soaking up the Los Angeles sun. (It’s BYOB-and there is NO CORK FEE!)
Lucy asked me how I “discovered” the place. Well, it was my second date with Encouse- 4 years ago! Cafe Brasil is next door to another one of my favorite eateries, Bamboo. Bamboo specializes in Caribbean fare, and I am convinced that EVERY chicken, salmon or shrimp dish on the menu is absolutely delectable. Cafe Brasil and Bamboo actually share a parking lot. So, four years ago, Encouse took me there and asked me to pick which one I wanted to go to that evening. Caribbean or Brazilian? Such a tough choice! But Encouse assured me that we would come back and try whatever place we didn’t go to. And we did 🙂