DSC02391-200x300Jennifer Sommer is The Dish. Want to know where to eat, take your favorite date, impress your clients from out of town? Just ask Jennifer or check out her directory. She cuts through the clutter and only her favorite eating, drinking and cooking discoveries are featured here.

And, as Food & Wine’s Los Angeles Correspondent and a Tastemade Tastemaker, she has a bit of credibility. So follow along, share with your friends and eat, drink, discover.

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Superba Food + Bread + Venice= Super Fab

Finally it is here- Superba Food + Bread! The larger than life sibling of Superba Snack Bar, is summed up best in its own words. “We are an extension of our community and equal parts bakery, café and urban park.” So, so true. Walking in you are immediately hit by a strong sense of community, family, kids and even dogs hanging on the outside patio. Yet it is still a true restaurant and sure to become a gathering place for throngs of Haviana-d locals and anyone else looking for truly great food all day long.

Last Friday, aka opening night, I went with my friend Marcie, herself a Venice-ite, and we instantly tucked into a couple glasses of wine (limited options as of now), the energy around us and the plates we shared. Even so much that we ended up making friends at the table next to ours who insisted we try their deserts as we had refrained from ordering any. Not smart on our part as the Superba Candy Bar is worth the calories or desert swapping with your neighbor. Other favorites included the Black Rice Salad with its addictive mix of pineapple, Thai basil, cashews and more and the Seared Arctic Char, gorgeously plated. Next time I am throwing the husband, kids and Riley the Lab in the family wagon and heading over for brunch so I can tuck into one of their signature Pain au Levain toasts and another bowl of that virtuous tasting black rice salad.  http://www.superbafoodandbread.com/

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Foodshop in a Workshop


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This is the menu friends (new and old) and I devoured inside the inner workings of a real garage/workshop in the heart of Venice surrounded by alleyways and art. Usually I am the one bringing food-obsessed friends to unknown parts for a unique dinner experience. So, it was quite refreshing and fun recently to be introduced to Foodshop by friends who have been a few times before and wanted to bring me along for the ride.

Starting with a house-made cocktail (Scotch and Blood Orange) you make your way to one of the seats at the massive communal table that sits in the center of the garage and whose walls are chock full of metal bits and pieces. Then the evening unfolds and large shared platters of food begin to appear from chefs Itay Z. and Hyejin C. who are tucked in a tiny kitchen with their hardworking crew at the end of the room. And before you know it, you are spearing slices of dry-aged rib-eye off the plate of a stranger while trading sips of the wine you have brought for the libation he or she has carried to dinner in a well-traveled flask. The menu/dinner dates are always in flux and you need to sign up in hopes of an invite but know that it is certainly worth the wait. https://www.facebook.com/lafoodshop

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