Psycho Cooker

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Psycho Eats LA: Katsuya

Katsuya.  I actually ate at Katsuya (in Brentwood) in January.  My life has been bustling since, and as the weeks pass, I have tried to convince myself to let Katsuya go; Psycho Cooker can let this one go.  Regardless of my self-talk, I feel a pang of guilt every time I think of Katsuya.  My pictures are terrible; the lighting was practically non-existant; the crowd was obnoxious.  Honestly, it’s one of those trendy concepts that I love to hate.  Katsuya takes pristine Japanese cuisine, and gives it an arty, trendy spin.  Despite my reservations, it was also wholly delicious.  Thus, […]

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Psycho Eats LA: The Grill on the Alley (Beverly Hills, CA)

I wasn’t going to write about it.  Sometimes, I like to simply enjoy a meal without fretting over my tireless documentation.  That changed when Jon Voight walked in the door at the Grill.  I quickly realized this was an experience worth documenting.  The Grill on the Alley is a Los Angeles institution.  It is a locale where the rich, famous, and powerful come to close deals, see, and be seen.  It also happens to be three blocks from my office.  Over the holidays, my family came down to have lunch, see my office, and spend an afternoon in Beverly Hills, […]

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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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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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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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Psycho Eats LA: ROC Kitchen

About a mile from my house, there is a small, dense district of Asian cuisine. At Olympic and Sawtelle, within a three block stretch, there are about thirty Asian eateries, ranging from sushi and ramen to specialty coffee shops. Thirty could be a bit of an exaggeration; I have not done a head count, but these establishments are certainly copious. The first time I drove down this street, I thought my eyes might pop right out of their sockets. I have eaten at a few eateries, all good, but some great. My boss recommended I try ROC Kitchen. They specialize […]

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Psycho Eats LA: Ramen and Rotisserie Chicken

I moved to Los Angeles, a food lover’s paradise, and I haven’t been blogging. My lagging written production is a multi-faceted issue. I will start by stating obvious: moving is a long, time-consuming task. In addition, upon arrival, I was swept away by my new, Southern California life style: spending time with family (visitors and locals, alike); going to the beach; attending multiple weddings; catching up with old friends that happen to be in the area; acclimating to a fancy, new job. Los Angeles and I have been in a warm embrace since I arrived. The truth is I needed […]

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