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The Sister Zone: Fig & Olive

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There’s this girl, I know. Her name is Julie. I call her Julie Bulie. Why? Because when you love someone, you can give them ridiculous nicknames that don’t really make any sense other than that it rhymes.

She’s surpassed best friend status and has found herself in the coveted and sometimes elusive “Sister Zone”. It’s a title that is rarely granted. But when it is, it is only granted upon you, once you’ve seen each other at your worst, as well as your best. Once you’ve lived together, made each other ugly-cry and still managed to love one another. Once you’ve cheered each other on and cheered each other up. Once you’ve prevented each other from making bad relationship, fashion, career and (insert noun here) decisions simply because their happiness is your happiness. And once you’ve celebrated each other’s successes, only to hold back each other’s hair after said night of excessive celebration. These friendships are hard to come by but when they do, they’re forever cherished.

Crostini Tasting: Manchego, Fig, Marcona Almond; Copa, Goat Cheese, Honey, Almond; Salmon, Ricotta, Citrus, CilantroFoody Field Trips_Los Angeles_Food Tour_Fig and Olive_Melrose_Crostini Tasting

So needless to say, when it comes time for our biannual catch up sessions, I get giddy and can’t wait to see her. And often times, I can’t wait to see what restaurant she chooses to serve as the backdrop for us to air the accomplishments and grievances of our theatrical lives, as she never fails to choose one that is the perfect representation of our friendship: refreshing, open-aired, and ever-evolving yet constant. And once again, she did not fail to deliver when she chose Fig & Olive on Melrose.

It’s a beautiful open space with dramatic presentation that still manages to maintain the air of California clean. Smoke, without the mirrors, is used to brilliantly flavor their Rosemary Lamp Chops but the star of that show was the Roasted Honey Eggplant accoutrement. Their Beef Carpaccio with 18 year old balsamic vinegar is something to be, nothing less, than revered, while their wall of olive oils is as impressive as it is diverse. And finally, their Dessert “Crostini” with Amarena cherries, mascarpone cheese and crushed pistachios on homemade shortbread ultimately coerced Julie, the chocoholic, to abandon her Chocolate Pot de Crème ship and find refuge on my dessert plate.

Needless to say, the meal was delightful but what made it even better was definitely the company. And like family, although we don’t see each other nearly enough, when we do, it means a lot. So as far as I’m concerned, Fig & Olive has earned itself a new nickname and will forever be known, in my book, as Mei & Julie. Because a sister who feeds, is a sister indeed.

Sea Scallops & Truffle Artichoke Tapenade: Seared sea scallops, truffle artichoke, arugula pine nuts with aged balsamic & white truffle olive oilFoody Field Trips_Los Angeles_Food Tour_Fig and Olive_Melrose_Scallops

Beef Carpaccio: filet mignon, 18 year old balsamic vinegar, baby arugula, tomato, parmesan truffle olive oilFoody Field Trips_Los Angeles_Food Tour_Fig and Olive_Melrose_Beef Carpaccio

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Penne Funghi Tartufo: cremini mushroom, black trumpet, parmesan, parsley, scallion & white truffle olive oilFoody Field Trips_Los Angeles_Food Tour_Fig and Olive_Melrose_Penne Funghi Tartufo

Rosemary Lamb Chops: grilled lamb chops smoked a la minute with a bouquet of Herbs de Provence goat cheese & chive gnocchi, roasted honey eggplant & rosemary garlic olive oilFoody Field Trips_Los Angeles_Food Tour_Fig and Olive_Melrose_Rosemary Lamp Chops

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Dessert “Crostini”: Amarena cherry, mascarpone, pistachio on shortbread with micro-basilFoody Field Trips_Los Angeles_Food Tour_Fig and Olive_Melrose_Dessert Crostini

Chocolate Pot de Crème: crunchy praline financiers & vanilla creamFoody Field Trips_Los Angeles_Food Tours_Fig and Olive_Melrose_Chocolate Pot de Creme

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Manchego, Fig, Marcona Almond CrostiniFoody Field Trips_Los Angeles_Food Tour_Fig and Olive_Melrose_Crostini

Copa, Goat Cheese, Honey, Almond CrostiniFoody Field Trips_Los Angeles_Food Tour_Fig and Olive_Melrose_Crostini

Salmon, Ricotta, Citrus, Cilantro CrostiniFoody Field Trips_Los Angeles_Food Tour_Fig and Olive_Melrose_Crostini

Thanks for treating, Julie Bulie!

Fig & Olive
8490 Melrose Place
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310 360 9100

  • Posted: February 16, 2012 |
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