Last Friday night, dtownLA.com held a double-feature event culminating their fashionable approach to dining and lifestyle in Downtown Los Angeles. A joint effort with the ever-growing popular Yelp message board, it showcased some of the newer eateries in the downtown area.
The venue of choice was the historic Brunswick Studio, a 7,000-square-foot loft complex in the heart of the Fashion District.
Provecho chef Gabriel Morales and his modern take on Mexican Provecho included Spicy Tuna Tostadas and a succulent ceviche made with lime-marinated octopus, lobster and rock shrimp.
A then unheard of lunch spot–Gram and Papas–is now on the top of my “to eat” list due to their Rockenwagner Pretzel Bread-sandwiched grilled chicken salad.
Urth Caffe spoiled me as always with their decadent array of perfectly balanced sweets, complete with petite versions of signature Flourless Chocolate, Tiramisu and tri-layered cheesecake pastries.
Drink selections were not to be overlooked either. A very nice light Italian lager by the name of Peroni Nastro Azzurro, was crisp, like a Bud Light, but with actual flavor.
Bacaro LA Wine Bar though…went over the top with mighty fine Portuguese Vinho’s of both the robust tinto (red) and almost sparkling Verde (white) varieties.
This year’s first annual event turned out quite smooth and successful. They focused on quality over quantity when it came to actual food booths, but it was more of a fun mixer for the Yelper community to meet and mingle rather than an actual food event.
Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to next year’s taste…
Javier Cabral has a website of his own at The Glutster