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Providence, LA June 8, 2009

I have selected Providence as my first post on my food section since it has 2 Michelin Star @ 2009.  I went with a few food bloggers on 6.7.2009 for 9 courses tasting menu.  My initial impression was alright, it was located on a more isolated section of the Melrose Ave.  There’s only valet parking or street parking, since the left side of the street is residential, you can only park on the right side of the road.

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Service was not very attentive consider they are an upscale restaurant, it took them around 10 mins for our waiter to take our order for drinks, another 15 mins to bring us the menu.  Whole dinner took about 4 hours, and we were the last customer to leave the restaurant.  UGH..  -_-;;  I’m just glad that it wasn’t a date b/c I can’t escape in the middle unless I decide to give up my meal.

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For aperitif (I think that’s what it’s called):

we have some fancy small liquor filled appetizers.  First one on from the left need to squeeze lime on top, and it was very strong…since I don’t drink alcohol, I have no idea what I was tasting.. middle one was kindda interesting, it was liquid filled gel, maybe like a mimosa or something but I need to ask my other friends to confirm.  Last one on the right is creamy bisque.  Which completely wash away the alcohol taste in my mouth…hehehehehehe.. =)

First course:

Japanese Kanpachi sashimi with crispy rice crackers, flowering coriander, endive sous vide, soy creme fraiche. Taste is very light and bland, but the fish was very fresh.

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Second course:

Santa Barbara Sea Urchin served in a farm fresh egg, champagne beure blanc, fine herbes.  This dish is particularly interesting, I can taste a subtle hint of sea urchin, but the egg york was a little bit overpowering, but most of us agree the croutons on the top were tasty.

Third course:

Hokkaido Sea Scallops (Japan) with fava beans, chanterelles, applewood smoked bacon, jurancon sec.  The scallop was very sweet, and the bacon actually bring out more flavor of the sweetness inside the scallop.  But I hate bean so it got another minus point..ho ho..j/k

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Fourth course:

Wild Day-Boat Pacific Habibut (talahoh, Wa.) with burdock, shiso, and lemon.  This is actually my favorite course of the night, the halibut was so soft, moist and juicy and shiso and lemon was a perfect compliment to bring out the flavor of the fish.  It was the strongest course of the night which I’m perfectly fine if they give me 5/9 courses with same dish..hehehehehhehee..

Fifth course:

Wild Troll Caught King Salmon (sitka. ak) with Japanese turnips, sweet peas, preserved meyer lemon, gingered carrot juice.  I know my picture turn out very orange…and funky…but maybe b/c it was dark and everything was orange.  o_O  I have to say that I usually love salmon but not this particular one, either it was the beans (I hate beans) or it was the sauce that just wasn’t calling my name.

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Sixth course:

Roasted Tenderloin of Veal with crushed king edward potatoes, spring onions, hazelnuts, new crop spring garlic confit.  None of us like the veal for some reason, the texture was just a little bit off…it was very tender but it remind me of eating the rabbit meat @ Stinky Rose roughly 10 years ago.  I actually got some goose bumps while eating the veal.

Seventh course:

Since I’m not a big fan of cheese, I substitute it out for another dessert…it was a fresh strawberry and basil ice cream with some hazelnut marshmallows, the basil ice cream was good but I was quit disappointed with my strawberry tho.  Just by looking at the picture doesn’t really  stimulate my sweet tooth.  Blah….

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Eighth course:

Cucumber, Kaffir Lime, Juniper Berry & Yogurt…this was interesting, I wouldn’t say it was yogurt..it was more like sorbet. W/ salty fermented cucumber on the bottom.  It was refreshing but in an odd way…no common about that one.

Final course:

Miso Cheesecake with regier farms peaches, black sesame, cassis sorbet.  Cheesecake was good, but I love the peaches more…

Score?  Hmmmmm…probably a 3 stars out of 5.  I am not trying to be mean but overall service was okay, but it went downhill toward end of the night.  I might give them another try in the near future to just give them a second chance.  Okay, now my question is….who’s going to take me???

 

Scores
* Taste: 3 out of 5
* Decor: 5 out of 5
* Service: 2 out of 5
* Price: $$$$
 

 

Providence

5955 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90037
(323) 460-4170

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Bikram Yoga

Filed under: Health — PK @ 2:22 pm
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For those who knows me probably already heard about my crazy addiction to Bikram Yoga (I go about 5-6 times each week).  What exactly is Bikram Yoga?   Bikram or hot or fire yoga is a series of yoga poses done in a heated room, which is usually maintained at a temperature of 105 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately 40 degrees Celsius) w/ 40% humidity.  There is series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises, the class last approximately about 90 minutes .  A vigorous yoga session at this temperature promotes profuse sweating, which is to rid the body of toxins.  It also makes the body very warm, and therefore more flexible.  The heated studio facilitates deeper stretching, prevents injury, relieves stress and tension and detoxifies the body. Bikram yoga was designed to systematically stimulate and restore health to every muscle, joint and organ of the body.

 

Bikram Yoga Postures

 

Is it tough? You bet it is…but the reason why I like it so much is that I really feel the benefit from the practice, you not only detox your system, but you also tone your muscles on every part of your body in that 90 mins.  I was able to see the result as little as two weeks.  I only started my practice around August last year, on and off for about 4 months total.  I didn’t really dedicated to my practice about 2 months ago, b/c my addiction to food really took a toll on my body.  With my determination, I was able to lose the winter weight gain that I got from AYCE KBBQ, taco Trucks and just yelping around. 

How about beginners? Isn’t that too rough for people like us?  Not really…I often heard people saying that, but..I’m not flexible enough, or I can’t meditate or…this is too hardcore for beginners. Believe it or not, I never exercise…neber..nada.  I don’t even walk much all my life!!  But I was able to improve little by little each time I go and now I can hold on my posture w/out falling on my face.  Each person has they own level and challenges and you just work on your own pace in the class regardless about other people around you.  Don’t worry about making a fool out of yourself b/c no one would even notice.  The postures require huge amount of concentration and you don’t even have chance to check out the hot chicks next to you or looking at the person at the other end of the corner falling out the posture.

Which studio would you recommend?  Since I’m around the Irvine area.  I go to Bikram Yoga Irvine, it’s a new facility so it’s super clean, free towels and the class is huge but it also come with a big price tag ($25 per class).  I used to go to Huntington Beach Hot Yoga in Huntington Beach, even though the class is cheaper ($15 per class) but the class get’s really really packed.  There’s pro and cons at each place but rather have some personal place during practice and the free towels save me a lot of trouble of washing them daily.  It is purely up to you, but if you are a newbie, you can join the Huntington Beach facility for $20 unlimited practice for 20 days to just test the water to see if you like it or not, and later on you can try the Irvine facility for $29 unlimited for two weeks.  By then, you should be able to figure out which suit you the most.

Why not give it a try?  😉