Röckenwagner Bakery

A German bakery in Mar Vista.

Nothing about Röckenwagner Bakery particularly screams German.  Then again, I don’t know much about German-fare either… sausage, beer, sauerkraut, and… pretzels?  They have an assortment of pretzels but aside from that, it’s mostly stuff you’d find in other bakeries: scones, pastries, croissants, etc.

But more than pretzels, I came here for…

Berliner Fridays!

Nice little donut filled with raspberry jam.  I love me some donuts.

Ich bin ein Berliner.
– John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Röckenwagner Bakery
12835 Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Phone: 310.578.8171

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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

The Curious Palate

Curiousity ended with the name, The Curious Palate.  I was curious about what was so curious about The Curious Palate.

The Curious Palate is pretty much a sandwich and salad shop.  And some sides.  Or maybe it’s sort of like a little deli.  Whatever it is, it’s a pretty neat place.  Aside from sandwiches and salads and a few other things on the menu, they sell different cheeses, deli meats, unique sodas, homemade jams, artisan chocolates, and they serve Intelligentsia coffee for the Westsiders in between Silverlake and Venice.

I ordered the Prosciutto Panini, the Mac n’ Cheese, and some pineapple soda.  The prosciutto panini had obviously prosciutto, mozzarella cheese, roasted red peppers, and artichoke.  The panini was pressed to a perfect crisp yet soft on the inside, the melted cheese gave the sandwich a nice texture, the peppers and artichoke gave the panini a nice flavor, and the prosciutto good.  I especially liked the taste the vegetables added to the panini.  It came with a side of couscous.  The Mac n’ Cheese had four different cheeses which is too long for me to list but you can check out their menu.  The mac n’ cheese was good, but considering the amount they give and for five dollars I could get three yummy carne asada tacos and a bottle of Jarritos in the Eastside…  I know you can’t compare apples and oranges, but hey, weigh in some opportunity cost and there ya go.

Overall, I like having The Curious Palate as an option to go to if I want a good sandwich.  10-15 minute drive from my place just ain’t that bad of a drive.  But I do think it’s a tad pricey for what it is and for what you can get elsewhere.  But then again, so are the burgers at the Apple Pan but I keep going back for more.  And once again I go on comparing things that aren’t equivalent.

The Curious Palate
12034 Venice Blvd

Los Angeles
, CA 90066
Phone: 310.437.0144

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