Providence L.A. – Sublime Modern American Seafood…Beautiful Food, Sustainably Sourced

 

Providence sashimi...first dish...fluke, cucumber yuzu ...Normally I don't eat raw fish...this was just stunning with flavor, freshness, and the best of the ocean

Providence sashimi…first dish…fluke, cucumber, yuzu …Normally I don’t eat raw fish…this was just stunning with bursts of flavor, freshness, and the ocean

Well, happy birthday to me! My dear husband surprised me with what he knows to be my favorite gift…awesome foods, prepared with finesse, leaning towards  healthy, made with the  best  quality ingredients – which are  creatively manipulated into flavorful, beautiful,  bites…thus was our experience at Providence Restaurant in Los Angeles the other night…and it came with gracious, comfortable, un-austentatious service.  Enjoy the photos of our  courses…each were just a few bites…making you want more, and then the next stunning dish came…and mmmmmm….we were awed again and again.

Uni egg...Santa Barbar sea urchin hiding beneath soft scramble eggs...ok...I almost asked for a substitution dish here...but I am a sucker for anything custard-like...so I went for it..I am now an uni fan as long as it is covered with custard :-)  This dish reminded me of my 7 year old experience eating 3 minute soft boiled eggs out of the shell in my Italian grandmother's kitchen  ..just soft and comfortingly delicious

Uni egg…Santa Barbara sea urchin hiding beneath soft scramble eggs…ok…I almost asked for a substitution dish here…but I am a sucker for anything custard-like…so I went for it..I am now an uni fan as long as it is covered with custard 🙂 This dish reminded me of my 7 year old experience eating 3 minute soft boiled eggs out of the shell in my Italian grandmother’s kitchen ..just soft and comfortingly delicious

Maine Lobster with matsutake mushrooms...in season now...porcini like and stunning...can't believe this is the 2nd time this week I was graced with the pleasure of these mushrooms...our Chef friends served them to us Saturday night...they are  just wonderful..

Maine Lobster with matsutake mushrooms…in season now…porcini-like and stunning…can’t believe this is the 2nd time this week I was graced with the pleasure of these mushrooms…our Chef friends served them to us Saturday night…they are just wonderful..

 

Possibly THE most beautiful course of the night...scallop with curry, makrut lime, mint

Possibly THE most beautiful course of the night…scallop with curry, makrut lime, mint

 

This was my favorite course of the night...striped bass, turnip, brown butter, smoked sesame ... just incredible textures and bursts of flavor...you taste buds tingled mmmmm

This was my favorite course of the night…striped bass, turnip, brown butter, smoked sesame … just incredible textures and bursts of flavor…made one’s taste buds tingle and come alive… mmmmm

…we  chose the main course …I opted  for John Dory – a white fish…David chose the Liberty Farms Duck…then…since we had eaten so “light” … the artisanal cheese cart came, just perfect for sharing…and finally elderflower sorbet and then my chocolate dessert (with a discreet birthday candle 🙂 …this was just possibly the best meal of my life – certainly a perfect one at this point in my life  …

Duck, John Dory, Cheese plate for two...green tea now...petite perfect desserts...sorbet and chocolate torte

Duck, John Dory, Cheese plate for two…green tea now…petite perfect desserts…sorbet and chocolate torte

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So, who are these guys 🙂 ?  Their website states:

“For a decade, Providence has elevated the standard of modern American seafood restaurants. We invite you to experience Chef Michael Cimarusti’s award-winning cuisine in the heart of Los Angeles, welcomed by one of LA’s legendary hosts, co-owner Donato Poto.
Chef Cimarusti is completely dedicated to procuring the finest sustainable seafood—from regional coasts and international waters—and treats those ingredients with uncompromising respect and sophisticated technique. “First and foremost, what guides us here is sustainability,” Cimarusti says. “We use only wild-caught, sustainable products, mostly from American waters, and look to highlight their finest qualities.”
The accolades for Providence include multiple James Beard Award nominations; “Top 50 Restaurants in the United States” by Gourmet magazine; “Best Seafood Restaurant” by Los Angeles magazine; the #1 ranking in “Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants” in the Los Angeles Times; and two highly coveted Michelin stars.

I actually signed up to vote for them for the 2015 James Beard awards, something I’ve not been motivated to do before…

Of course, I finished with a lovely cup of green tea…beautifully vegetal and light, expertly served in an iron tetsubin pot. Just lovely!

 

 

 

Your Entire Life Leads You To The Next Step…

I found this quote scribbled on a pad I pulled out of an old box of papers I had stashed away some time ago…I like it. These kind of sayings inspire me.  The Natasha Bedingfield song, “Unwritten,” touches me too…she writes…

“Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten”

A few months ago I ran into a former work associate/friend – this incidental “run in” at a Cinco de Mayo taco party on the bluff in Dana Point led to my life’s next step…and, you may have noticed, has distracted me a bit from posting here about my favorite tea and food rituals 🙁 .

Ironically, while I got the opportunity to take on a job I’ve wanted to do for a long time…teaching part time at a wonderful university… this experience also led me back to the tea shop that first got me excited about what I call – the contemporary tea shop  – Cha For Tea in Irvine.  On my first day teaching, I had a long break between classes and sought out Cha For Tea…hoping it was still in the same location.  It had been ten years since my first visit to their tea bar. Back then, when the tea barista handed you your cup of tea, he said, “if this needs any kind of adjustment, let me know, we’ll make it to your liking”.  Well, I found them.  Not surprisingly, they were humming with business…they really focus on preparing your great cup of tea.  Your tea choice is steeped in front of you with a timer in your individual infuser. Thrilled that I re-discovered this fabulous tea bar, I ordered a brew.  When the tea maker handed me my cup, she said,  “if this needs any kind of adjustment, let me know…bring it right back to me”.  I had to smile, how cool.  Awesome!  For me…there is great comfort in ritual.  I love my tea rituals – and to tie it to fulfilling one of my life dreams made it even more special.

Cha for tea…check them out.

Cha For Tea, Irvine...your tea steeped to order in an infuser...adjusted to meet your taste...

Cha For Tea, Irvine…your tea steeped to order in an infuser…adjusted to meet your taste…

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Cha For Tea has three locations...

Cha For Tea has three locations…and offers tasty food to eat in or take out

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Infusers and other tea gear

Infusers and other tea gear