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December 28, 2011

Back to Abbot Kinney and Gjelina

Last weekend I rented the Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 Distagon T* Lens through Borrowlenses. Gave myself a challenge to use just this lens for the next 3 days…it was fun trying out a ‘non Canon’, heavy, manual lens with an aperture as wide as 1.4. Loved the lens for its f1.4. Not good to photograph kids jumping around..

Sunday we were back at Abbot Kinney. One of the reasons that keeps taking us back to Abbot Kinney is Gjelina.
The folks at Gjelina create some pretty good stuff in their kitchens..I wouldn’t mind going back till we try all the items on their menu. I am sure it will be worth it. Check out my previous posts on Abbot Kinney and Gjelina here and here.

Our find at Gjelina this time was Calimocho which is Red Wine, Coca-Cola & Citrus and Bloody Beer which is Tecate, Tomato Juice, Spices & Citrus. For dessert, one of the gelato flavors of the day was vanilla with olive oil. Sounds weird? Trust me it tastes good 🙂
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Sights from Abbot Kinney
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Right next to Gjelina is GTA. GTA aka Gjelina Take Away is for people who wish to skip the Gjelina lines. Their menu has items from Gjelina’s ( not all..some of them). I stopped to get a coffee for the drive back to sunny and warm Woodland Hills.
Here are some photographs from GTA
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July 7, 2011

GJELINA

GJELINA is this amazing place on Abbot Kinney Blvd, in Venice. A must-visit place in many ‘things to do in LA’ and ‘things to do in Abbot Kinney’ lists – we decided to check out this place last weekend. Giving us company was a colleague of mine and his family (another food loving family..:)). The place does not have a sign board outside, but you won’t miss the long wait lines outside. We got to sit in the patio, on a nice comfy couch.

The food is excellent. Not to be missed are the ‘lamb burger with harissa aioli, arugula and frites’ and the ‘warm strawberry & rhubarb crisp with almond gelato’. The other things we tried were the ‘burrata with grilled peach, prosciutto, arugula and balsamic’, ‘mixed mushroom and rosemary pizza’ and the ‘margherita pizza’. We fell in love with the place so much that, we went back for lunch the very next day (another reason was to get away from the three digit heat in the valley).
The place is extremely noisy, they have good service and amazing food. If you are taking kids, see if you can get a table outside in the back – it’s less noisy and less crowded.
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