Life Is But A Series Of Meals

Life Is But A Series Of Meals

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Los Angeles is a mecca for delicious cuisine. It seems as though every month there is another restaurant opening up. Lucky for me, I love to eat ~ and so do my pals. A few months ago, I listened to a girl give a heartfelt speech about a wonderful man that I once knew (he also happened to love food), and she said "life is but a series of meals". So simple, so true. Some of my fondest memories have happened with friends and family around a table ~ over food, sometimes (often) wine, with much laughter and stories shared. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, but just the shared activity alone brings much happiness. I try to cook as much as possible (which my bank account prefers), but this past month there was room for celebration, and I decided to splurge and try out another great LA restaurant ~ West LA's Picca. Perhaps you will be moved to go try out this Peruvian Cantina for yourself...or be inspired to make some similar dishes or drinks in the comfort of your own home. Bon Appetite!


Avocado Project
5 Island White Rum, fresh lime juice,
avocado puree, vitamin c, agave.
Shake it, double strain it
and top with a dash of salt!

My girlfriend was sadly leaving the City Of Angeles to head back to her home in Beantown, so of course we needed to send her off in style with a full belly and a smile. Our mutual buddy works at Picca and we had been meaning to try it out, so I was excited that on her night off she still wanted to dine here (this says a lot about the restaurant). 

Picca (meaning, "to nibble") serves up Peruvian style tapas cuisine with a Japanese flair. It is an understatement to say that Chef Ricardo Zarate knows what he is doing in the kitchen  ~ lots of delectable, bold flavors in every bite. When I arrived, the girls had already taken the menu and marked off about 49 items out of the 50+ options. And then, drinks were ordered...the Avocado Project for me.

"Pace yourself", is what kept going through my mind...I was most certainly leaving room for dessert. Here are just a few of the items that we noshed on (and I apologize...due to the copious amounts of unique (and strong) elixirs, my photos do not do justice to the beauty of the food):

Diver Scallop Anticucho
Anticuchos (left to right): Corazon, Camote, Tomato
Causas (top to bottom): Scallop, Snow Crab, Yellowtail, Spicy Tuna
Eggplant Anticucho
Top dish: Arroz con Erizo
Bottom Dish: Locro de Quinoa
Black Cod Anticucho with Pickled Cucumber and Sweet Potato Chips

The dimly lit, modern (yet simple) style of the restaurant served as the perfect backdrop for our goodbye fiesta. The tables were all filled, but it was not overly noisy, so we were able to share fabulous, intimate conversations. Our waiter was a gem ~ very friendly and knowledable of the menu. It seemed as though the entire staff was happy to be there, while cheering us on with every bite taken. It was all flowing like water, and we were happy. 


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