What do you get when you mix classic Italian cuisine with a little bit of home-grown Cajun? The answer is Fiamme. This new addition to the Thousand Oaks dining scene went in where the old Alessio went out. In essence the menu has remained Italian, but the prices are better and the owners, Jerry and Liz, have added a little of bit of Cajun fun and flavor to the dining experience.
There’s something to be said for eating in a beautiful setting. This restaurant is richly appointed and comfortable. The red hues and wrought iron, soft chairs and softer light make it a place befitting a fine Italian restaurant. As far as looks go, this place can compete with anywhere I’ve been in Ventura County, or anywhere else for that matter. Continue reading
Back at the end of February, I hit the apple pan which is an L.A. burger landmark. Since then, I’ve been mired in Veggieburgerland, waiting for the right moment to break free. I found that excuse in The Counter’s new Westlake Village location. Until now, the closest location to have one of The Counter’s legendary burgers was Santa Monica. Now that they’ve infiltrated Ventura county, I think I might have to find a way to make their burgers a weekly habit.
The Counter – Lindero Cyn Rd. and Russell Ranch Rd in Westlake Village
I made two visits to The Counter this week. One on opening day, April 6th, and one today. The first time around I had a veggie burger, but today I had beef, glorious, hormone free, humanely raised beef. For those of you who care about such things, The Counter gets their beef from Meyer Farms. Here is their promise to the consumer: Continue reading