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The Dish: The Curious Palate, Larchmont Larder, More

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Since we're having a holiday tomorrow, here's another Dish Report to keep you going. See something debut? Stuff our stocking, please.
Curious Palate from Triplecreme

1) Mar Vista: Bree at Triplecreme stumbled upon Curious Palate, "a cozy little cafe/gourmet shop/take-out deli" that just opened this week. The owners have varied backgrounds (from agricultural engineering to TV producers), but they've concocted something the neighborhood definitely needs. Menu is seasonal with things sandwiches (egg salad with guanciale, meatloaf "burger), salads (Thai seafood) and hot plates like roast chicken or braised short ribs. There's a deli case with charcuterie, cheeses and homemade pickles, and shelves stocked with specialty items. Also serving Intelligentsia coffee, nice. They eventually want to host farm-to-table dinners for small parties in the shop, but not until they get a beer/wine license. [12034 Venice Blvd, 310.437.0144; website]

Larchmont: Along the same vein, the Larchmont Larder now has gourmet foods to go with French, Continental, Asian, Italian, Moroccan, Latin and Spanish influences, fresh baked goods, plus a little boutique for specialty items. [626 N. Larchmont Blvd, 323.962.9900; website]

Echo Park: The Daily Dish spotted a new Thai Place, It's Thai, which opened in the former Tantawan space last night. The restaurant has straight-forward, inexpensive Thai fare with some Chinese and Vietnamese thrown in for good hipster measure. [1311 Glendale Blvd, 213.484.9383]

Silver Lake: Veganista Quarrygirl noticed that the Vegan Spot, which closed, is now Flore Cafe. And while she loves the original vegan Flore, she's not totally on par with the newcomer because it "serves up piping hot plates of chicken menstruation (eggs) and offers a bagel topping of puss and blood (cheese)." [Ed. note: Come on! Not while we're eating our steak dinner leftovers!] A reader tells us that "after creative differences the partners [of Vegan Spot] parted ways. The remaining partner, owner of Flore, has reopened as a cafe serving breakfast and lunch, vegan and non vegan options and desserts from Sweet Lady Jane, La Brea Bakery, and yes vegan cheesecake, cupcakes, and the much-loved 'twinkies'." [3206 W. Sunset Blvd, 323.667.0116]