Category Archives: Los Angeles

Ricky’s Fish Tacos – Los Angeles 

Whenever I’m in Los Angeles, a visit to Ricky’s Fish Tacos for some Baja style fish and shrimp tacos is a must. I first discovered Ricky’s back in 2009 before he even had his food truck. He used to set up shop in a humble parking lot in the Silverlake area and there’d be a guaranteed line every visit.

There’s limited seating on the colorful, plastic furniture, but on warm days, which L.A. certainly is blessed to have a lot of, you can bring a towel or blanket and have an Ensenada style picnic on the neighboring grass.

I always order two Ricky’s Specials which have a combination of fish and shrimp. Don’t forget to add Ricky’s special salsas and crema to your tacos for that extra flavor and kick.

Not only are his tacos mouthwatering delicious, but they are also a great bargain. He also has fresh aqua frescas available and on my last visit, I tried the sweet and tangy hibiscus flavor.


3201 Riverside Dr. L.A.90027

Hours: 11am-4pm Wednesday- Sunday

For updates on hours and whereabouts, follow Ricky on Twitter @RickysFishTacos

Nobu- Malibu, California

Nobu Malibu - Food Fashionista

Nobu Malibu is located on the picturesque Pacific Coast Highway and offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. On a warm Southern California day (which is quite often), it’s ideal for a relaxing day of lounging on the patio with a table spread of chef Nobu’s signature drinks and dishes. They also offer breakfast on Friday through Sunday.

Nobu Malibu - Food Fashionista

Glasses of Louis Roederer, Brut Champagne

Nobu Malibu - Food Fashionista new style sashimi

Nobu’s famous New Style Sashimi. See the recipe and make at home here:


Lobster Shiitake Salad with Spicy Lemon Dressing – a must-order dish.

Nobu Malibu - Food Fashionista Mika Takeuchi

Being fed lobster isn’t a bad way to spend an afternoon. Just remember to bring sun glasses and wear sunblock if you plan on sitting on the patio. Although breezy, it can get toasty out there.


Ocean view from the patio


Nobu Malibu

Address: 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Phone: (310) 317-9140

Privy’s L.A. Dining Guide featuring Mika’s Top 5

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Trans-pacific focused social network, just launched their local Los Angeles dining guide with food-centric cosmpolitan cities New York, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Beijing, Seoul, Taipei and Tokyo to soon follow. The "top five" guide is a list of must-visit dining spots which helps visitors and locals discover the best L.A. has to offer. It has a particular focus on authentic Asian cuisines such as Korean Barbeque, Shanghainese, Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup, Dim Sum, Japanese Sushi, Hotpot and Vietnamese Pho. The Privy 5 Guide also showcases top-picks from a group of 50 local Los Angeles Asian-American celebrities, entrepreneurs, socialites, community leaders and artists. 

Some familiar faces featured in the member "top five" list include Kelly Hu ("X2", "The Scorpion King"), Lisa Ling ("The View", "Oprah"), John Cho ("Harold and Kumar", "Star Trek"), Justin Chon "Twilight"), Liza Lapira ("Fast and the Furious", "21"), Russell Wong ("Romeo Must Die", "The Mummy 3"), Archie Kao ("CSI"), Aaron Yoo ("21", "Disturbia") and Robin Shou ("Mortal Kombat").

I was also asked to contribute my top five to Privy's guide which was slightly difficult to narrow down for this vast, dynamic city. It would've been much easier to come up with a top fifty list, but despite the title of a "top five", my Privy 5 is best described as a slimmed down, eclectic group of eateries that all differ in price point, ethnicity, and ambiance but will fit a varying mood, taste and budget.

See Food Fashionista / Mika Takeuchi's L.A. Privy Top Five HERE

See Privy's Los Angeles City Guide HERE

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Toast for Brunch & Red Velvet Cupcakes

Toast Bakery Cafe Los Angeles


L.A. is one of those towns that everyone loves to brunch. In the City of Angels, there is no shortage of citizens without the 9-5 grind and time to meet up with amigos at 11 a.m. or even 1 p.m. for some lengthy noshing and chit chatting. There are a number of good brunch picks for those in the Los Angeles area. One spot that you will be sure to find a swarm of hipsters and eye candy wanna be actors/models lining the streets for the next available table is Toast on West 3rd Street.


Toast Bakery Cafe Los Angeles
Toast Red Velvet Cupcakes
Toast Los Angeles


Toast Los Angeles


Affordable prices, something for everyone on the menu, and those cream cheese lathered red velvet cupcakes are some of the enticements that bring the throngs to this friendly neighborhood restaurant. Oh yeah, and the celebrity sightings for the out of towners is always an exciting thrill (for them). One time as I was walking in, Ms Paris Hilton was walking out and the flashes from the paparazzi nearly blinded me. To me it was just another day in L.A., but for my girlfriend who was visiting from out of town, it was a live in the flesh Us Weekly moment. Like it or not, Toast is a fun, casual cafe that offers great people watching, quick tasty food, and an ultimate L.A. brunch experience.




Toast los angeles
Toast Bakery Cafe
8221 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048-4302
(323) 655-5018