ekvalleyWe just got back from E K Valley Mexican Restaurant. Had the best grilled chicken torta. The right mix of spicy heat and flavor,Fresh tomatoes, lettuce peppers & rich creamy crema.

located on Washington Blvd. in the Gallery district in Culver City. Small  spot Big flavor.Stop in for lunch or dinner.

 

What a great night my family had at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. They have a entrance event pass. It’s half price to enter from late afternoon to closing.

It’s just really cool. You can pet the sharks and sting rays. Star fish, horseshoe crabs and all the other sea animals are there to view too.

The outdoor areas are beautiful.

They have the largest stingray in captivity. It’s more than 6 feet across and almost 400 pounds.

You’re looking at all this stuff and just about all the animals and fish are native to Southern CA.

You can even see Nemo…that’s right a tank full of clown fish, just like the movie.

 

Open 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Every Day of the Year, Except Christmas Day and During the Grand Prix of Long Beach (April 19, 20, and 21, 2013).

They have Discounted Late Nights with $14.95 admission for everyone after 5:00 p.m. March 25-29 and April 1-3 & 5. The Aquarium closes at 8:30 p.m. on these nights.

 

Kabab Bistro

 

This place is somewhat of a hidden Culver City gem—great little Indian fast food joint. Food is made fresh when the order is placed. They have a great lunch special combo for under $10.

 

My chicken tikka wrap was tasty and delicious. Chicken was juicy and tender. Fantastic flavors, and they where not heavy handed on the spices.

 

It’s essentially an Indian-styled wrap with spiced Chicken Tikka, red cabbage, red leaf lettuce, red onions, sliced cucumber, tomato and chutney all rolled into a freshly prepared naan.

 

The mixture of these flavors is fantastic and their chutney is delicious.
 All naans and skewers are fired to order in the tandoor.

 

It’s generally not very crowded in here so its easy to walk up, order and then enjoy the scenery on their patio.

 

3835 Main St

Culver City

(310) 559-5222

 

Gaby’s Mediterranean

 

My pick this week is for one of my favorite local eateries. Although they have 5 locations the Los Angeles area, I go to the Venice Boulevard location.

The special of the day was Lebanon Ravioli’s. I am not really sure if this is a traditional Lebanese dish, but I can tell you it was delicious.

The pockets of dough were filled with the most aromatic and flavorful ground beef. The yogurt based sauce should be bottled and sold. It was mild and creamy with a hint of lemon.

Our waiter Chris told us this was not a regular menu item but one that is popular when they offer it as a special.

The sampler plate of appetizers was outstanding. Included on this platter were stuffed grape leaves, another one of my favorites.

The lamb kabobs were grilled to perfection, tender with bold flavor bursts with each bite.

The live authentic Mediterranean music made the dinner a dining experience not to forget.

By the end of the week my son Aaron took a group of friends there for another great meal. It seems when you find that great place you just have to share it with everyone.

 

10445 Venice Blvd

(310) 559-1808

I found this great little gem ( only about 8 tables & spotless )This authentic Oaxacan  Mexican Restaurant called EK Valley. It’s located right on Washington Blvd in Culver City in the Gallery District. Yeppy and Toby (husband and wife) do it all.

Where do I start… with the chips and salsa, Salsa was very smooth and had a nice bite, I also got an order of  Guacamole, some of the best I’ve had. I had 2 different kinds of pork tacos both were really good I really liked the small tidbits of pineapple on the second one. My guest had one of their specialties’ fish tacos.  Broiled salmon, not  battered so fresh and flavorful. We asked about the mole, Toby brought us a sample to try, another hit.  I know I’ll be back here often.

6121 Washington Blvd. Culver City 90232

310 838-6839

 

 

My son Aaron is on a once in a lifetime trip.

When he informed my wife and I that he was taking a camping trip we were shocked. As “roughing it” for him is anywhere there isn’t wi-fi. Last week he made the flight to Bangkok is spent this past week camping in the rainforest of Thailand. Did I mention the mode of transportation was via elephant?

He has sent a text that he is back in civilization. Well almost, all the lizards scattered when he entered his hotel room and turned on the lights. We can’t wait to hear about his adventure and see all the pictures.