A few weeks ago, I flew down to LA to attend Will Taylor’s book signing to celebrate his new book, Bright Bazaar. It was so much fun! Meeting Will (after being blog friends overseas for a few years) was surreal and beyond amazing! I was also able to pack in a full day of fun, thanks to my friend Jennifer! We explored Silver Lake and later met up with some of my favorite people Jonathan, Dabito, and Will himself on Melrose – that will be Part 2.
Jennifer and I didn’t waste a minute – she is such a good planner! She picked me up from the airport bright and early and we headed straight for some shopping, which I will also share on Part 2. What I wanted to share first was our delicious Taiwanese meal at Pine & Crane, which just opened 3 months ago! The owner, Vivian, and the crew were super nice and they let us in early to shoot some photos. Well, mostly Jennifer to shoot because my camera skill is… um… well… limited to the iPhone, haha! So, thank you Jennifer for letting me use these photos for my blog! :)
I love the clean and inviting interior! I totally thought they hired and interior designer to work on this, but owner Vivian said it was just her and her team, mostly ideas and inspirations found on Pinterest. Seriously? How amazing is that??!
They have a great selection of fresh brew Chinese tea. It was a pretty warm day in LA so I got an iced passionfruit green tea. It was just the perfect refreshment drink!
Yummy dan dan noodles, scallion pancakes, exotic side dishes, beef rolls, and my favorite of them all – the spicy shrimp wontons! The texture of the wrap was so soft, the amount of filling was just right, and the flavor of the chili sauce was nicely balanced. They really do make it so good here – a must try!
Oh, and don’t forget the mapo tofu! You’ll easily eat like three bowls of rice with this!
There were a lot of food for the both of us. Did we have a lot of leftovers to take home? Sure we did. Did it stink up Jennifer’s car? Sure it did. Was it totally worth it? Oh you bet it was! Right, Jennifer?!
Many thanks to Pine & Crane for the kind hospitality and let us try so many mouth-watering dishes! If they ever open one in SF, I’ll be the first in line! :) Stay tuned for my 24 Hours In LA – Part 2! xo Jeanne
All images by Jennifer Chong.