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The Weekend Escape

Across the street from Cafe 50’s and California Roll Factory, in the plaza next to Benito’s Taco Shop, you’ll find Nook Bistro hidden in a corner. Perfectly matching it’s name, the restaurant provides a cozy, yet contemporary atmosphere.

I’ve been to this place twice for dinner and both times were amazing! The food, the service, the ambiance…it’s a rare find for a mid-priced restaurant. The highlights were the Bendaberg ginger beer, the pork belly appetizer, and the desserts. The menu features comfort foods with an Asian twist. I’d love to go back and taste the rest of the menu.

I heard about their homemade mac and cheese, and personally, I’m not a fan. It’s thick, creamy, but it lacks that cheddar-flavor that I love. Then again, I have yet to try the lunch version of the mac & cheese, which I believe to be the one people are taking about. Personally, if you love mac & cheese…try the version at Luna Park because it’s flavorful, hearty, and cheesy.

By the way, if you’re a ginger ale/ginger beer fan, get Bendaberg’s Ginger Beer. It’s refreshingly crisp with a nice ginger kick. I’ve been searching for great ginger beer and this brand is one of my top picks!

Anyways, here are some photos from Nook.

Bendaberg Ginger Beer

Mussel Pan Roast

Pot Roast

Herb Roasted Pork Chop

Nook Bistro
11628 Santa Monica Blvd #9
Los Angeles, CA 90025
at Barry, between Barrington and Federal


Hot Hot Hot! Jamaica’s Finest Ginger Beer


At Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, they have a lot of rare drinks and stuff…and that’s where I found this one. Hot Hot Hot! Jamacia’s Finest Ginger Beer is one crazy concoction. Made with Jamacian ginger, this one packs a punch! It had a good ginger kick, but it was too spicy hot and sharp for my palate. At times, it tasted a bit powdery and it felt more like a hot sauce than a ginger ale.

Rating: 3 out 5 stars

Fever Tree Premium Ginger Ale


I found this lovely little thing at Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco and I haven’t seen it anywhere else yet. Fever Tree ginger ale had a great, crisp, and refreshing ginger flavor (most likely due to the use of Chinese and Jamacian ginger) and a slight sweet aftertaste. Oddly enough, it tastes better at room temperature than chilled. The flavor changes dramatically with temperature. Also, it can be used as a mixer as it has less sugar than most other ginger ales. It’s a refined ginger ale and it’s fabulous! Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5