Friday, October 28, 2011

Dinner at the Nickel

The Nickel all ready for Halloween

The last couple times we've eaten at the Nickel it was for lunch. Hearing about a new dinner menu from Kristen, we made a point to go there Wednesday night.

New items include a variation on the chicken & dumpling, appetizers like the double stuffed artichoke and the white bean soup.

Double Stuffed artichoke is stuffed with its own artichoke hearts and mashed potatoes.

We also split an order of fried chicken drumettes with maple bacon jam served with polenta and braised kale.

I preferred the drumettes over the stuffed artichoke. The maple bacon jelly was had just a little (yummy!) spiciness to it, and we couldn't really tell there was bacon involved, but the drumettes were still very good.

We also split an order of the "Frim Fram Sauce with Ausen Fey with Sha Fa Fa on the Side"

This is that variation of chicken and dumplings which comes with a side of lemon cream sauce and herbs. It's served in a little soup tureen.

This is a very hearty soup..

Here's a close-up of those yummy dumplings and pieces of chicken.. I put a little bit of the herbs on my spoon. It gave a nice bit of seasoning:
chicken and dumplings.. mmmmm

SeanYoda said the lemon cream sauce "added a nice tangy flavor" to the soup. I imagine had we not shared this it would have been way too much for one person.

NIckel Diner
524 S Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Semi Sweet Now Open!

After several months of build-out, inspections, and anticipation, Semi Sweet Bakery officially opened today in the Santa Fe Lofts (near 6th and Main). Semi Sweet Bakery is NOW open!

"Ding-a-lings" of various flavors including red velvet and traditional were available..

pound cake, triple chip cookies, cheese danishes..

Apple and Cinnamon "Pop Pies" and Lemon Current Scones

blueberry corn bread
The Blueberry Corn Bread looked really delicious..

We picked up a couple of those "Triple Chip Cookies"

a little bit of this and that..
Along with the cookies, we picked up a red velvet "ding-a-ling" to try and a slice of the maple bacon sticky bun..

maple bacon sticky bun! Yes, maple bacon sticky buns!! We split a slice before lunch.. It was so delicious.. not too sweet not too bacon-y (as if there was such a thing!) Very repeatable treat!

According to their Twitter account ( @SemiSweetBakery ) will be open Tuesdays through Sunday from 8am- 4pm initially. Right now they are just soft-opening and are getting their wares out gradually. I inquired about those savory buns and she expects to get her meat delivery worked out within the week and will be adding those items requiring meat to her menu soon.

As you can see by my images they seem to have several sweet choices to choose from. Their coffee is provided by New Frontier Coffee Roasters out of Century City.

Be sure and go by and check the place out.. and maybe get a cookie or some of the yummy sticky buns. As having just tried one, I highly recommend it! Based on what I've seen so far, there is definitely a niche for Semi Sweet in our neighborhood and welcome addition. Being a local DTLA resident you can feel right about supporting another local business owner.

Semi Sweet Bakery
105 E 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Tel: 213-228-9975

Monday, October 24, 2011

New Genesis Apartments in White

New Genesis Apartments in White
Originally uploaded by meekorouse

I'm guessing they've been working on the interiors and are wanting to protect the work site from possible rain by tenting. It's still early this morning and the fog hasn't burned off.