Ladies Who Wine :: Plan Check

Ladies Who Wine :: Plan Check

It’s been quite some time since the Liquor Ladies got together for a little drink, a little grub. But what better occasion than Mexican Mother’s Day/my half-birthday (as an only child, this is something I celebrated as a kid – still do now just to be annoying)? The idea involved some synergistic planning where four of us were able to sneak away from our Long Beach lives and head away to LA for a few Plan Check burgers and cocktails.

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Ladies in waiting… for me to stop taking pictures

Plan Check has two locations, the newest one settled along Fairfax just north of Beverly. It’s among a couple of blocks teeming with eateries, both long established and fledgling. Boutique and quaint.

An obvious objective of our trip was for me to add another sandwich to my Burger Quest. Additionally, we heard of their daily happy hour that ends at 7:00. After an already packed day of volleyball tournaments and dance rehearsals, I joined my Ladies for a much needed trip.

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We caught the place when it was open. Open, yes as far as hours. But open, its windowed facade lifted garage like, giving the sense the entire restaurant sat on one wide patio. It definitely delivered on ambiance. They also showered us with hip-hop from up above – semi-old school and truly old school, both appreciated by me.

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To drink, I ordered the Tropic Thunder but only because it was on their Happy Hour menu. Their website right now touts $6 Pisco Sours – my favorite cocktail – but that ended up being not the case. I guess I could have ordered one at the regular price, but I wanted to save my cash for other choices. And at least one other drink – this Lady’s on a two drink max budget.

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An Old Fashioned and a citrusy Tropic Thunder

We started with starters – the dollar fifty chicken wing and a round of crab dip. I’ve never been a hot wing kind of gal, but this buck-fifty one at Plan Check was pretty awesome, a perfected buffalo sauce smothering crispy fried chicken. And that dip – that DIP. I had to hold back (as only only child, I don’t share very well), tempering my enjoyment by eating just one dip-slathered toast, and then waiting until the crowd was satisfied with the crab dip and had moved on to their wings before I went back in for the kill, piling the remaining couple toasts with the creamy, briny dip, made interesting by the slivered seaweed sprinkled on top.

The $1.50 chicken wing
The $1.50 chicken wing
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Baked Crab Dip

Next came our sandwiches. I’ll chat about mine on a Burger Quest post later this week, but I also split with fellow winer Kristina the place’s Southern Fry, a chicken sandwich with pimento cheese, duck breast ham (which I slid off and gave to one of the other Ladies), and pickles (okay, I took the pickles off too!).

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Southern fry
Chefs favorite burger
Chefs favorite burger
Blueprint Burger
Blueprint Burger
That's a mouthful
That’s a mouthful
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Can’t decide? Get both

The sandwich was wonderful with it’s meaty chicken breast and yummy crunch bun, but my favorite part of our meal (burger excepted – again, we’ll talk about this later) was our dessert – a warm, sugar-sprinkled cruller donut served over the whippiest of creams (only subtly sweet) [and bananas – I did not eat them; call me crazy if you like, but I have a complete and total dislike of bananas].This treat made my Mexican Mother’s/Half Birth Day.

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The fabulous Cruller Donut
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Dining with my work son

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
351 N. Fairfax in LA
Another in West LA, and one on the way in Downtown

Tasty Places :: La Puerta

Tasty Places :: La Puerta

Buenos Dias. In San Diego for a little USD volleyball (go Toreros!), the fam took a lunch break in the city’s cozy-quaint-cool Gaslamp District. I was told by a fellow LWDer that I HAD to visit La Puerta.

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Since this is a Quick Bite post, I’ll be brief: spicy, succulent, intoxicating. My green enchiladas had a potent kick, and the green chiles that came with them were delightful – I’ve never tasted anything like them. My husband enjoyed his breakfast burrito, and one of my kids said she’d be at La Puerta everyday if they had one in Long Beach, very pleased with her Carne Asada fries.

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They serve brunch on the weekends until 2:00 with $2 mimosas and $5 bellinis. Just note that no one under 21 is allowed inside after 3:00 pm, but that’s okay. Just have the kiddees chill on the curb outside so you can enjoy La Puerta’s happy hour (3:00-7:00 daily) in peace.

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La Puerta
560 4th Street
San Diego, CA 92101

LWW: Ladies Who Wine Launch || Hudson House, Redondo Beach

LWW: Ladies Who Wine Launch || Hudson House, Redondo Beach

February marked the launch of our LWD restaurant club spinoff: Ladies Who Wine. Unlike LWD, there is no membership. There is no president. We don’t take attendance and anyone who wants to join us can. What we do care about with LWW is booze! Not just drinking it, but appreciating it. Savoring it and studying it. And if course, we’ll be sure to designate a driver (and feed HEr well).

Each outing, someone will present (very informally) on a topic of her choice related to wine, beer, and liquor. SHe can be broad or dive into the minutiae of her chosen subject. For February, wanting to visit the place of one of our favorites from this season’s Top Chef, we headed to Hudson House in Redondo Beach. Julio was our instructor. SHe (because everyone who attends LWW is a she for the night) discussed beer – the differences between lagers and ales.

The one flaw in our wonderful new group is that, after all the sipping, it might prove difficult to remember all the new information learned during the presentation. Therefore, the only thing I recall from Julio’s lesson is: ale=dark, lager=light. Or something like that. Doesn’t matter – what’s most important is that I do remember enjoying myself and my company.

Can’t wait to learn (and forget) more next month with the Ladies!

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Hudson House
514 N. Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA