Just yesterday my super adorable gal pal Ellen (apron designer to the stars!) took me to lunch at Silverlake's new Taiwanese-Chinese institution, PINE & CRANE. It was just as delicious (and pretty) as all of the rave reviews said it was.

I love the sleek black and wood decor. The concrete floors and walls added a super cool and modern feel, while the wooden ceilings warmed things up.

Great lighting everywhere! Upon arrival, you order at the counter. Then a waiter will help you find a table. If you plan to go for lunch, I suggest arriving right at noon (or even a few minutes before). The lunch rush got pretty intense very quickly! ALSO NOTE: They are closed on Tuesdays.

You can peruse shelves lined with beautiful tabletop items while waiting in line to order.

Loving this gilded pendant.

Spicy Shrimp Wontons (beyond delish!!) and Minced Pork on Rice. Love their stainless steel chopsticks. Great touch.

Pork Buns and Beef Noodle Soup

Three Cup Mushroom and Pea Shoots Rounded out the meal. (Photo cred: Ellen Bennett)

Loved it!!


Pine & Crane is located at:

1521 Griffith Park Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90026

*NOTE: They are closed on Tuesdays


After having Blue Apron recommended to me by several friends, I decided to give it a whirl. I think it's a great idea -- having fresh food, already measured and accompanied by a recipe, delivered to your door each week. I had three meals-worth delivered but was only able to cook two. The two dishes that I made each took about 45 minutes to make and tasted good. The part that I liked the best was that they inspired me and gave me ideas for future cooking at home. I actually used the roasted veggie/kale salad idea (from my second meal) when cooking for a dinner party a week later. My one gripe -- They don't offer an organic option. Other than that, I think Blue Apron is a great way to learn and inspire new home-cooked dishes. I enjoyed it!

Ingredients and recipes delivered to my door in a cold, insulated box.

Making maple-glazed carrots was simple and yummy.

NIGHT 1: Pan-Roasted Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Maple Glazed Carrots.

NIGHT 2: Steak and Miso-Roasted Vegetable Salad

If you need a little inspiration, I think Blue Apron is an easy, inexpensive way to up your cooking game.