Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Sweet Spago

Last Thursday my in-laws offered to send Brent and I to enjoy a DineLA lunch at Wolfgang Puck's Spago while they watched Em. They had dined there earlier in the week and loved it, and the foodie community's consensus was that Spago offered one of the best bangs for your DineLA dollar.

I apologize in advance for the quality of the following photos. I didn't feel like bringing our big DSLR, so I used our point-and-shoot. I tried to be quick with my pics as we were already laughing at amused by the many nearby patrons who were snapping pics of their food with their giant cameras. (I know, I know - the first rule of food blogging is to be committed to the photography. I obviously wasn't in the mood.)

On with the food!

Brent started with the Serrano ham and garratxa cheese. Delicious!
Serrano ham & garrotxa cheese

My starter was the braised oxtail tortelloni with wild mushrooms. Out of this world!
Braised Oxtail Tortelloni

Brent's entree was the grilled "tandoori" loch duart salmon with marinated cucumbers, cilantro-mint Raita and tomato-tamarind chutney. Quite yummy...
Grilled ‘Tandoori’ Loch Duart Salmon

But not as delicious as my roasted rack of kurobuta pork with alsacien-style cabbage and apple-rosemary compote! It was a HUGE portion, so I was only able to eat half, but Brent was happy to finish it off. The pork was not dry at all, and the cabbage and compote were to die for!
Roasted Rack of Kurobuta Pork

For dessert, we both settled on the aptly-named "Lemon, Lemon, Lemon" - cake, creamy sabayon, glace. I could've eaten two more bowls of that, if given the chance.
Lemon, Lemon, Lemon

During our meal, ol' Wolfgang himself came around and chatted with everyone. Brent, who's been there a few times over the years, asked Wolfgang how it was possible that every time Brent is there, Wolfgang is there, too! Seriously, the guy owns 18 fine-dining restaurants alone (not even counting his casual establishments)! He laughed and said, "I just really like it here!"

Oh, I almost forgot - Brent spotted Larry King across the restaurant, wearing a red leather Members-Only jacket. Hilarious.

The service was great. The food was unbelievable, and for only $28 per person, it can't be beat. We hope Spago participates in the next DineLA event - we're soooo there!

On the way back to his parents', Brent offered to make a quick drive-by of one of the houses in ABC's Modern Family. It's one of our favorite new shows, which happens to film quite a bit in his parents' neighborhood. The night before our lunch, Brent realized that one of the family's homes on the show is next door to a childhood friend's home.

Brent pulled up, and I quickly snapped a pic from the passenger seat. That was followed by my hurried, "Go, go, go!!!" to Brent. As much as I adore that show, I think I would've been mortified to be caught being all stalkerazzi.

For those of you who watch the show, check out Phil and Claire's house!

Modern Family - Phil & Claire's house

w"You know how in a fairy tale there's always a potion that makes the princess fall asleep and then the guys start kissing her? Well, this is like that except you don't wake up in a castle — you wake up in a frat house with a bad reputation." - Phil, Modern Family


  1. I still haven't been to Spago! [sigh]

    But my brother-in-law and sister-in-law gave us a Wolfgang Puck gift certificate....

  2. LOVE Modern Family! Are you going to the PaleyFest night featuring it?

  3. Wolfgang Puck was at Cut when I was there too. He must have clones...

  4. First of all - that lemon dessert looks amazing!

    Second - I LOVE Modern Family! Its one of my favorite new shows.

    Seriously - you've been to the set of the office, and you can just drive over to where they shoot Modern Family? Can I move in with you?

  5. Omigosh that post just made me soooo hungry. I wish I could miraculously be there for food immediately!

  6. Yummy! Also? Apparently I need to start watching Modern Family.


  7. Spago is such a high-end treat... yum! Must attend during next year's DineLA.

  8. i think your pics turned out just fine :) then again, well, it's me.

    i love that food blogging/photography is now so prevalent that it's no big deal to see someone toting a big ol' DSLR into a fine-dining establishment anymore.

  9. Yum! That lunch looks delish and the price is most definitely right. :)

    LOVE Modern Family! So cool seeing the house.

  10. man that lunch looks amazing and i have yet to go to spago or any dinela events, i really need to get on that.

  11. mmm Spago...I haven't been there in years, I really need to go back. Your food looks YUMMY!

    I freaking love Modern Family!

  12. Dinner sounds lovely. And I'm so excited you like Modern Family. What a great show.

  13. Claire and Phil's house! Yay!

  14. The Yager quote is awesome! This is my first time on your site and I will definitely be returning for your inclusion of that quote alone! :)