Blue Plate Oysterette: Santa Monica

blue plate oysterette shangri la

I’ve been to the Blue Plate Oysterette a few times now, and it’s always a tasty experience. I’ve found that it’s better to go with a group than just a couple. If you go as a couple they will seat a weird French couple next to you and they will stare at you for the whole meal. Staring is a compliment in France. Probably.

It’s pretty cramped inside and outside, but if you go outside of the lunch or dinner rush hours, you’re good to go. I went for a late lunch once and we sat next to Christian Bale. I glanced at his posture and labeled him as a guy that they probably give free leftovers to, but it was Batman.

Cuz he's a valet, get it? Sorry.We attempted to go on an off night last night, but it was still pretty packed. The Blue Plate Oysterette doesn’t take reservations, but you can call to put your name in 15 minutes ahead of time. You may still have to wait 45 minutes when you get there, but hey at least it’s not a whole 60 minutes. Call from the Shangri La’s rooftop bar and finish your drink before you head over. Then sit on the bench for 45 minutes and watch a bunch of shiny cars get valeted.

Get the oysters. They are good. So are the lobster rolls. The fish tacos are not spectacular, but everything else seems to be. The Mrs. got a trout from Idaho and it was great and very polite like most things from Idaho.

I’m not a very good food blogger.

Benny’s Tacos is my new Sunday taco

Sunday is taco day. Everyone knows that. The Tuesday thing is over. Sunday owns tacos now. Because Tacos Por Favor doesn’t deliver on Sundays and because Tinga always seats me awkwardly close to other patrons, I am BFFing Benny’s Tacos. It was a risk. I was definitely nervous. But Benny’s delivered. Like, literally.

benny's taco

They have tacos that you can eat without leaving the house. They will bring the tacos to your house. You don’t even have to put pants on. If you go the pantsless route, I recommend going big on the tip. The restaurant is painted with vibrant colors. I will probably never go inside that restaurant, but I bet there’s a positive energy in there.

I thought everyone should know.

Connie and Ted’s gets this Rhode Islander’s seal of approval

Connie and Ted's West Hollywood

Earlier this year, I learned that a new, New England-themed seafood restaurant had opened a distance away that I am willing to travel. Still, it took me forever to stop by. I needed to stop by to see if their Rhode Island style clam cakes and chowder were legit.

I ordered clam cakes, Rhode Island-style chowder (the clear one) and stuffies. It passed the test. They very much represented an LA version of Rhode Island cuisine. A crunchier,  clam cake paired with an interesting tartar sauce (I did look around for a bottle of malt vinegar), smaller stuffies with bacon (or ham?) inside, and more clams than you’d ever expect to find in an actual east coast chowder.  It was like bizarro RI.

I appreciated the nod to my homeland and I will be returning often. I will probably order fewer fried items, though.

Connie and Ted's Clam Cakes

connie and ted's chowder

Thanks to Amazon Fresh, Operation Never-Leave-The-House is a go

Amazon Fresh Delivery ReviewA few weeks ago I looked out my window and saw an Amazon Fresh truck driving by. It was really happening. Amazon had begun delivering groceries to the good people of Los Angeles (and Santa Monica.) Enjoying our lazy Sunday the appropriate way, Kate and I decided to skip the trip to Vons and enter the world of grocery delivery.

Amazon Fresh Dry IceWe opted to have Amazon leave the groceries on our doorstep between 7am and 10am. Right around 8am, the truck pulled up, and a man dropped three big reusable grocery bags on our front steps.

Though the sign on the styrofoam shell suggested that the groceries may be packed in dry ice, ours were packed with about 10 frozen Dasani water bottles. I know we’re supposed to leave the shipping supplies out when the next delivery comes, but are they expecting the water back too? I’m thirsty. Hey, free Dasani. Maybe.

Amazon Fresh Water Bottles

The price was pretty comparable to what we would have spent at Vons. After our 3 month trial, we will need to pay $299 for the year to continue. I think we can justify that if it means never leaving the house again.

As far as the groceries themselves, the produce looks fresh, the poultry looks healthy and the glass items arrived unharmed. I am in. And I’m keeping the water bottles, Amazon.

Edit: Oh good, just found this:

At AmazonFresh, the quality of your food is our biggest concern. We carefully control the conditions in which your products are stored, right up until the moment you receive them, so that fresh items stay chilled and frozen items remain frozen. To keep all of your products at their proper temperatures, Doorstep Deliveries will be packed with frozen water bottles. The water is safe to consume, and the bottles are yours to keep, dispose of, or recycle. While we encourage you to retrieve your groceries as soon as possible once delivered, this packaging is designed to maintain the correct temperature of your products for up to 2 hours after the end of your delivery window.