I like the random thoughts thread, since I often don't have enough coherent thoughts about one place for a "regular" post!
Tried Pastina (Westwood) for the first time last night. Pretty good, although nothing mind-blowing. My farfalle special had a nice amount of crab on top, although it really needed some sort of sauce to tie it all together (adding a bit of marinara from partner's lasagna did the trick).
Plus there was a group of men 2 tables over that totally looked like they had stepped out of a movie about the Italian mafia (esp the young, leanly muscular, and hungry-looking one wearing a wifebeater). Cool!
Did I mention I made it out to the Popcorn Chicken place on Sawtelle this weekend. Thanks., y'all, for the recs, b/c it was really good. I didn't know that the Formosa black bear was a point of cultural pride, BTW.