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Talking SCHOP! Moments of food

Kysha Harris | 3/2/2017, 12:14 p.m.
My recent trip to Los Angeles was all business … family business.
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My recent trip to Los Angeles was all business … family business. My time was not my own. I preemptively called friends and did not see them, so I most certainly did not get to some of my favorite eats either. Alas, I tried a couple new

spots that gave me some life.

On our first day we ordered sandwiches and such from Clementine (@ClemFoodsBH). Much like at the chain Lemonade, the sandwiches and salads were California fresh. I got the last piece of their banana cake with cream cheese frosting. Best choice I made all week! Delicious.

The next food happening occurred at Catch (@CatchNY, 8715 Melrose Ave., www.catchrestaurants.com). Although beautifully built and designed, it was the quintessential L.A. scene of the “seen” and “be seen.” We dined on a smorgasbord of seafood dishes from sushi to king crab legs. The highlight was their truffle sashimi of tuna and hamachi with chili oil,

ponzu, caviar and black truffle.

There were a couple of nights dining in at the Four Season’s restaurant, Culina. An Italian restaurant serving pastas, pizza, antipasti and entrees, Culina aligns perfectly for hotel guests. I enjoyed branzino with fennel, citrus, English pea puree and bottarga one evening and grilled octopus with heirloom beans and tomato reduction on another. Both were well prepared.

Needless to say, I enjoyed the famous Four Seasons brunch. There is too much to write here of all the tastes available among the three rooms of food. I kept it simple with their tasty salads (including their famous Caesar) and sushi, and I had to have the crème fraiche panna cotta. Every bite of that was delicious.

Our final meal before hopping on a redeye home to the right coast was my favorite meal. We stopped at Wally’s Beverly Hills (@WallysBH, 447 Canon Drive, www.wallysbeverlyhills.com). The walls and walls of wine lining this restaurant make you feel as if you have entered the lair of the most devoted oenophile you know.

We sidled up to the bar as we waited for our table. Perfectly crisp martinis soon graced our hands for a farewell toast. I sauntered to the back where a petite market of imported goods, cheeses

and cured meats are sold.

Returning to the bar, I found my group at our table perusing the menu. With no time to spare we ordered a smattering of dishes such as purple and blue salad with roasted beets, blueberry, pickled cucumber, grapes, red cabbage, buffalo blue milk cheese and pistachio. That’s a whole lot of ingredients that made

it a whole lot of good.

A couple of us ordered the wood-oven baked clams and spot prawns with curried lobster butter. Divine! I focused on grilled octopus with pickled honeydew, fava beans and black garlic mayo and the transformative simple housemade green spaghetti with smoked garlic opal basil pesto, peppercress and

Grana Padano cheese.

Wham bam thank you ma’am, and we were up and out. Until next time L.A., until next time.

Happy eating and thanks for reading!

Kysha Harris is a food writer and editor, culinary producer, consultant and owner of SCHOP!, a personalized food service in NYC for more than 15 years. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram, @SCHOPgirl, on Facebook, /SCHOPnyc and her blog, www.talkingSCHOP.wordpress.com. Questions? Comments? Requests? Feedback?  Invitations!  Email AmNewsFOOD at AmNewsFOOD@SCHOPnyc.com. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @NYAmNewsFOOD and tag us with #SoAmNewsFOOD with your food finds!