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

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Canelé

For most of my time at USC, I associated myself with international students from Korea.  It was part accident, part not.  A good thing about surrounding myself with the folks from Korea was that my Korean improved drastically.  It was kind of hard not to improve when these folks don’t really want to speak English and you end up having to speak Korean to them.  A bad thing about surrounding myself with the folks from Korea was that once they’re done with school, they’re going back to Korea.

L (her English is perfect) is off to Korea in due time so I figured I treat her out to a parting dinner.  I’ve noticed the international students limit themselves to only a few parts of LA.  Take S for example.  I thought I should throw something else into the mix to show that there’s just so much more to our great city of Los Angeles.  It’s so vast and there are so many things to try.  It’s a shame to have my friends from Korea study in LA but not get to really experience it.  So we ended up on deciding on Canelé in Atwater Village rather than the typical spots she’s used to.

Canelé seems to be a nice local establishment and I must say it’s a solid restaurant.  The ambience is definitely there.  But more importantly, the food is there too.  The menu is quite simple with various types of meat options to choose from.  We had the Avocado Citrus Salad to start.

It’s arugula with avocado and slices of grapefruit and oranges.  The citrus from the grapefruit and oranges went real well with the bitterness of the arugula.  It was nice to start our meal with something light.

I got the seared market fish, which was halibut today.  It comes with pea tendrils, green garlic, and saffron beurre blanc (butter).  The greens accompanied the halibut well.  But what brings everything together is the beurre blanc.  The seasoning on the halibut was a tad salty by itself, but taking the dish as a whole, it was great.

L had the clams.  Not much to say here other than she cleaned it up!  And got some extra bread to soak it into all that juice that was left.

Canelé was pretty solid.  They don’t go too crazy with the food.  It’s simple.  And I like simple.  The service there is quite friendly.  Food comes out promptly.  Really, no complaints and much praise.  And they give you a canelé on the way out.  A nice way to end the meal.

So I said my farewell to L.  But I have a feeling she’ll be back… often.  Haha, it’s the City of Angels.  How could anyone not come back?

Canelé
3219 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Phone: 323.666.7133

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The French Garden

This is where you would least expect it. Make your way out to The French Garden and you’d probably think you were lost. If you have the correct directions, chances are, you’re not. It’s a nice little place amidst the warehouses and the factories in that area of Downtown where you probably do not venture out to unless you have business there, or of course, if you want to eat lunch at The French Garden.

You’d expect the place to be French fare. But nothing stood out as being exclusively French. Or maybe it was because I was able to pronounce everything on the menu. Whatever it was, it was a good lunch at a good price. The French Garden opens for lunch only. I don’t think you’d want to eat dinner in this area anyway. Okay, I exaggerate the shady-ness of the area. But it’s a great place for lunch. You can sit out in the sun if you’d like or go over to the shaded patio or maybe even indoors. Well, to be honest, I don’t know if indoor sitting is available but considering they got the building to themselves, I assumed they did. Anyway, the menu consists of a bunch of salads, sandwiches, and pastas. They have some meat dishes as well.

I had the steak sandwich and enjoyed it. You got yourself some cuts of steak in there along with onions, greens, and some dijon mustard on a toasted French Baguette! I loved that combo of the steak and the dijon mustard, and the toasty-ness of the bread made it better. ‘Twas good. ‘Twas satisfying. If I knew French I would have said something in French but oh well.

There are plenty of tables at The French Garden, the food is good, and the price is generous. It’s close to USC so Trojans should check this out. I think the 10-15 minute drive here for lunch is worth it. It’s a good alternative to the corridor of fast food establishments on Figueroa and it sure beats the food on campus. Valet parking is available so you don’t have to worry about looking for parking space unlike the rest of Downtown and I believe it’s complimentary. The French Garden is something you should add to your “to-try” lists if you haven’t done so already.

Oh yeah. Happy New Year everyone!

The French Garden
1936 E 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Phone: 213.623.4028

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