La Vecchia Cucina – Santa Monica, CA // DineLA 2014

I'm usually good for one Dine LA meal whenever restaurant week invades Los Angeles, but this time around I was ready to pass. That is, until I came across the Instagram posts of fellow food lovers @kungfoodpanda and @limer35 from a meal they had at Santa Monica's La Vecchia Cucina. Off the strength of their pictures I booked a next-day reservation and drove west to plunk down the $35 for three courses.
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SPQR – San Francisco, CA

Prior to going on any trip or vacation, I spend some time a week or two before leaving to compile a list of places to eat. Sometimes it's just to try a single item, say a certain sandwich or dessert, and other times I want a full meal that captures the complete experience of a restaurant.
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