La Petite Creperie

I came back last week from Officer Candidate School for the Marine Corps in Quantico, VA.  I completed 9 out of the 10 week program but thus, I didn’t make it.  But I’m home and I’m glad to be back home.

Once you’ve been deprived of certain things, you begin to realize how much you take for granted.  And I suppose I’ve begun to appreciate the smaller things in life that we all think is a given.  Like being able to use the restroom whenever you want.  Being able to wash your hands with soap rather than using a bunch of hand sanitizer instead.  Not having someone scream at you for making a small mistake.  The weather here in Los Angeles.  And being given more than five minutes to finish your meal without someone yelling, “WHYY ARE YOU TASTING YOUR FOOODDD?!!  SHOVELL ITTT!!!”

With that said, I spent a week of doing absolutely nothing.  Part of it had to do with resting my feet and another part of it had to do with having the opportunity to just be able to do nothing.  It was a rough two months, I could use a week.

But being back for a week, things feel still strange to me.  I feel out of touch and out of place.  And to get back at least some sense of normalcy, I decided to do a post.

La Petite Creperie is a new crepe spot in Mar Vista.  It opened apparently while I was away in Quantico.  It’s a breakfast/brunch/lunch place.  Their offerings are simple, savory crepes and sweet crepes.  Throw in some omelet and salad selections as well.  It’s a small pleasant place with good crepes.  Need I say more?

The Champignon: Portobello Mushrooms, Oyster Mushrooms, Gruyere, Garlic and Shallots.

The Confiture: Your choice of housemade Strawberry, Raspberry, or Blackberry jam.  This one in particular is Blackberry.

You have to be on the lookout for La Petite Creperie.  It’s off Venice on Grand View Blvd. but there aren’t any signs that make this place stand out.  Maybe these chairs outside should alert you as to the location.

La Petite Creperie
3809 Grand View Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Phone: 310.437.0226

Jack n’ Jill’s Too

(3/12/08 – “Creperie” has changed it’s name to “Jack n’ Jill’s Too.” They’re still serving crepes though. An explanation for its name change is on their website: http://www.jacknjillstoo.com/)

For some reason, I just had this urge for crepes. The funny thing is, I don’t even eat crepes. Not that I don’t like it, but it usually just doesn’t register into my mind. It’s good stuff, but I don’t think about it. Today was different. I checked out Creperie. It’s from the guy who owns Jack n’ Jill’s in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. Jack n’ Jill’s is nice too, long wait to get a table, long wait for the food to come out, but the food was good. But that’s for another entry, if I decide to go there again that is.

The place is small, cozy if you will. But there were a lot of seats considering how small the place was. I guess that means smaller tables. But none of the restaurants in the area look that big anyway. Whatever. Crepes. Let’s talk about crepes. First of all, how are you supposed to pronounce this? Is it like… “crep”? Or like… “crayp”. Or is it two syllables? I know, I know, you’re probably thinking, who is this ignorant fool? But to be fair, it’s spelled out like “creep” and don’t tell me you know how to pronounce all those symbols over the letters! Please bear with me and my expensive USC education.

About Creperie. Let’s start out with this Peach Lemonade. Wow. To me, when I hear peach and lemons in the same sentence, I’m not too thrilled. I love peaches and I love lemons. But you know what? Peaches and lemons together ain’t so bad either. It was a good drink. There was this hint of lemonade and some peach tea and it was just sweet enough and refreshing. Too bad it was raining and it was chilly today, because on a hot summer day, a Peach Lemonade would have been perfect. This was some good stuff.

But I came here for the crepes not a drink. But then again, I never knew about the drink before I came here. I digress. Creperie does many things with the simple crepe. There’s quite a bit to choose from the menu. But I wasn’t exactly daring today and I ordered the “Lafayette.” It was a crepe with ham and mushrooms in a cream sauce. It was pretty rich. But the portion was just enough so I wouldn’t get sick of it and enough so I would be satisfied. My mom had the “Cadeville.” The Cadeville had chicken breast and asparagus in a garlic cream sauce. Both crepes were good but just be aware of what garlic can do. I love garlic, but it sometimes does give you the case of unpleasant breath.  So you’ve been warned.

We ordered a dessert crepe afterward. Too bad I forgot to take a picture. We had the “Lucky Number Seven” a la mode. Some cooked pears, some almonds, some chocolate syrup, and of course a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Ok, it was more than some pears. It was pretty big. If the scoop of vanilla ice cream was from Milk, I probably would have been laughing with joy after every single bite, but the ice cream was not from Milk and I wasn’t laughing after every bite. But I was smiling. I have to say, ’twas some good stuff.

So the food here was great. And I have to add that the service here was very friendly as well. Now I really want to come back and perhaps be more daring next time. The staff was friendly and the food came out so fast. Creperie is small so I guess the fast service compensates for waiting to get a seat, if you ever have to do that. Then again, how long does it really take to make crepes? Whatever, I’ll be back. Oh yeah, and don’t forget that Homemade Peach Lemonade!

Jack n’ Jill’s Too
8738 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: 310.858.4900

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