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I Had No Idea Pastrami Could Taste This Good

Langer's Pastrami Sandwich

31-years in Los Angeles, and my first visit to Langer’s Deli was April 2012. Shame.

Let me get this point out of the way — best. pastrami. ever. Yes, really. The kind that changes the way you think about pastrami. Cut thick, served warm, melt in your mouth, peppery, briny, smokey…everything pastrami should be. Let’s not forget about the rye, which was phenomenal as well — fresh baked, soft interior, crusty exterior, flavor packed.

So here’s how it went down. Langer’s is not in the best part of L.A. and you have to walk a short block from Langer’s parking lot on Westlake and 7th (90 mins free parking w/ purchase of $5 or more at Langer’s), but it’s not that bad. Just letting you know what to expect.

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A Little Taste of Naples: 800 Degrees Pizzeria

800 degrees

When my wife and I were on our honeymoon last year, we made sure to pass through Naples — the culinary epicenter of southern Italy as far as I am concerned. We undoubtedly took advantage of the fact that Naples is renowned for it’s pizza, eating 8 total pies over 2 nights. Neapolitan pizza — a beautiful balance of quality toppings (which for the most part, include crushed tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, basil, and olive oil), blistered charred bits of crust, and a paper thin base. No, the pizza is not crispy, and it’s not supposed to be.

We watched locals and some tourists eat their pizzas with forks and knives. Those eating pizza like this, are losing out on that tactile experience that brings Neapolitan pizza consumption to new levels. Tearing the pizza with your fingers, feeling the coarseness of the semolina and flour, the warm tomato and fat from the cheese grazing your lips as it enters your mouth — you miss all this with a fork and knife, thus diminishing a true foodie moment.

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Visiting L.A.? Eat Bay Cities Italian Deli. Trust Me.

bay cities italian deli

…and, we’re back!

During the month of April, I went back to L.A. for my first trip since I moved to Melbourne. I had a fantastic time with family and friends. I coordinated my trip so I would be in Los Angeles during Passover, where I consumed enough matzah ball soup to hold me over, well, until next Passover.

Over the next few days, I want to highlight some of the food I ate around Los Angeles. I didn’t do much cooking, but I did eat some freakin’ delicious food, including an old favorite, Bay Cities Italian Deli.

Bay Cities Italian Deli is an establishment. The quintessential Italian sub, made up on freshly baked (in-house) rolls; thin, crispy exterior and amazingly chewy insides — a giant selection of meats, cheeses, veggies, and anointed with their killer Italian dressing, if you please.

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EAT OUT: Flower Drum


The Flower Drum, widely regarded as one of Australia’s best Chinese restaurants, is a dining experience you should try at least once. You can find countless critic reviews and blog posts regarding the greatness of the restaurant, the over-priced menu, the impeccable service, the fine dining experience, and so on. I am going to try and stay away from a general restaurant review re-hash that is readily available on the interwebs.

For my wife and I, the Flower Drum is our special occasion spot — we had our wedding pre-party here, some birthdays, and this past weekend, our two-year anniversary. My mom originally told us about this dining establishment, after reading a piece on it in the L.A. Times. We eat at the Flower Drum, among other reasons, because it’s our little tradition. Yes, the service is outstanding (better than any restaurant service I’ve seen in Australia or the U.S.). The food is delicious and beautifully presented. The menu is over priced — I mean, one egg roll (or spring roll, as the Aussies refer to them) is $7.50 AUD. Ridiculous. Nonetheless, above all else, we love the experience; I guess that’s what you’re paying for in this case.

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DINNER: We Love Laksa King


Laksa King has become somewhat of a weekly dining ritual since my move to Melbourne from Los Angeles.

This popular Malaysian/Chinese establishment in Flemington serves up some freakin’ flavor food; Laksa obviously taking the crown.

Even though this place fills up fast, service is always impecable. Tonight, I timed how long it would take to get our chicken roti rolls — a little over 3 minutes. We order these juicy chicken roti rolls to hold us over while waiting for the main attraction. The rolls are stuffed with cucumber, red onion, tomato, satay sauce, and roasted chicken — all wrapped up in freshly baked roti. Sensational.

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