I get so much joy out of figuring out where to eat when I travel. I plan it weeks in advance and it's something I can't wait to think about. I love it even more when I can share these discoveries with friends. Lauren and I discussed our options and decided on Picca for my second night in LA. I had never eaten Peruvian food before and that's a mistake. There were so many foods on this menu that I want to eat all the time like sweet potatoes, duck, fried banana, and bacon that it was difficult to order. I believe one or two of these dishes were specials that I forgot to write down but I remember most of them.
Ceviche Crocante - halibut, leche de tigre, crispy calamari. Lauren loved this dish.
Anticucho Diver Scallops - aji amarillo aioli, wasabi peas. I liked the spiciness from the peas.
And this is the dish that I cannot name.
Seco de Pato - crispy braised duck leg, peruvian beer sauce, cilantro rice. I really wanted to like this more but it just didn't happen for me. It wasn't seasoned very well which we mentioned to the server but nothing happened.
Locro De Quinoa - quinoa pumpkin stew, fried egg, choclo, parmesan, crispy tomato. My favorite from the night but it's not a surprise when it includes pumpkin.
We ended the night at the Griffith Observatory which I had never visited. I've seen it in Rebel Without A Cause which is good if only to see James Dean. Another friend from LA warned me to be careful in the park as she remembers it as being a not friendly area but we were surrounded by tourists and locals enjoying the amazing view of LA. Everyone wants to see a city from up high.