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Psycho Eats LA: Hide Sushi

Hide Sushi (pronounced “hee-day”) epitomizes the alchemy of a simple dish when it is made with the freshest ingredients, and executed by an expert hand.   Hide is located on Sawtelle, a few blocks off of Olympic, in what some refer to as “Little Osaka.”  This tiny culinary district consists of about 3 blocks packed with Asian restaurants, mostly Japanese.  Many of these restaurants provide authentic fare with a modern spin, but Hide is purely traditional, and has been open for decades.  I have been wanting to eat at Hide for months, and I finally had the opportunity over the weekend.  […]

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Hot and Sour Soup

I have a horrible personality.  Of my many horrible traits, I am obsessive.  I become obsessed with foods, routines, TV shows, activities, websites, etc.; then I indulge until I cannot take it anymore.  Sometimes, these obsessions last for years.  For example, I have been eating a turkey sandwich for lunch at work/school for the last five years.  I vary the bread, condiments, and toppings, but it’s a turkey sandwich no matter how many different variations of mustard I purchase.  How is it possible that I can endure, let alone enjoy, such a way of being?  I also have a wide […]

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Okonomiyaki

You may recall that I have been on a bit of a cabbage jag in my cooking.  I have been scouring the internet for hearty recipes that embolden cabbage to play the starring role it deserves.  This post proudly documents a worthy, cabbage-centric recipe.  The best part is I didn’t have to search for it;  it found me.  Here you have a unique, yet accessible spin on a cabbage-y weeknight dinner.  If you’re in a cooking rut, this one might just get your juices flowing.  It was fun to make, tasty, and inexpensive.  If that isn’t a winning combination, I’m […]

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Spicy Sweet Potato and Sausage Soup with Chard

Being in a new environment with so many tempting cuisines, I haven’t been cooking quite as much as I used to.  I also am sharing a kitchen for the first time in my adult life, and I am still figuring out my culinary stride in that setting.  While I do still cook, I tend to go with quick recipes in my repertoire, instead of breaking new ground.  However, last week I made a new recipe for dinner, and it served as a delightful reminder of how much I enjoy that process.  It was a new recipe (I’ll post about it […]

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Psycho on the Road: Date Shakes at Shields (Indio, CA)

Phoenix has been a longtime hub for my family. My uncle moved there before I was born, so it was the regular vacation destination for my immediate family. With my aunt in California, it also proved to be a good meeting place for my extended family. Traditions and travel routines have morphed over the years, but Phoenix continues to be a spot that draws in both my immediate and extended family members. Coming from Michigan, my nuclear family always flew, but my aunt and her family (the Kayes) in Los Angeles were able to drive. They made those drives sound […]

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Psycho Eats LA: Salsa and Beer (Van Nuys)

I have recently had the hilarious pleasure of reconnecting with a friend from elementary school.  We lived down the street from each other, attended the same school, and even carpooled to Hebrew school.  We ended up at different middle schools, and lost touch, but Los Angeles has brought us back together.  Through myriad conversations, I have deduced that we were essentially the same in third grade as we are now.  I am a contrary, elitist snob (thought not without my charms), and I tend to move and think slowly, deliberately.  Lisa is approachable, animated, uninhibited, and thinks and talks quickly.  […]

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Psycho Eats LA: Sugarfish (a tasty gimmick)

Sushi is one of my greatest food passions.  People often ask me if I make sushi or plan to learn; my answer is always a resounding “no.”  Sushi is an art form best left to the masters.  Trying my hand at it would only be making a mockery of a revered practice (and it would be a waste of time and money on my part.  There’s no way my amateur sushi would satisfy me, and I’m sure I would end up drowning my sorrows in nigiri at the nearest sushi bar, reeking of defeat).  My austere reverence for sushi could […]

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Psycho Eats LA: Langer’s Deli

I have a soft spot for Jewish deli food for a number of reasons. The most obvious: I am Jewish, thus deli trays were a staple at larger family events, piled with corned beef, pastrami, and cheese. Additionally, when I was seventeen, I unwittingly began my decade-long waitressing career at a metro Detroit deli, called The Stage. It was a wild experience – the patrons wanted their coffee hot, their corned beef lean, and they would never hesitate to convey when you failed to fulfill their exacting specifications. I learned some great life lessons working there, and I also ate […]

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Cabbage Fried Rice with Bacon

I love cruciferous vegetables. Cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts: I love them all. These vegetables tend to be pungent, and stand up well to aggressive cooking methods and flavors; they can be roasted, caramelized in a hot sauté pan, or braised; they do well with curry, soy sauce, garlic, and chilies. Lately, I have been eating a lot of cauliflower and kale; they serve as a great foundation for quick, weeknight meals. (Sauté some half a head of cauliflower with a diced link of chicken sausage, garlic, and crushed red pepper. Pile it into a bowl, and sprinkle some […]

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Psycho Eats LA: Bay Cities

I have heard it repeatedly since I moved to LA; in fact, I had heard of it before I moved here (a scene from Entourage was filmed there, and it always stayed with me).  The message was clear: I had to go to Bay Cities Italian Deli in Santa Monica, and I had to order the Godmother.  Bay Cities’ has quite the reputation. The gist: they churn out old school Italian style sub sandwiches, and they are not screwing around.  It is so packed around lunchtime that you can expect to wait up to an hour for your sandwich, and […]

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