Everywhere I travel, I always like to go to at least 1 dinner destination that I have read about online, or in a magazine, or gotten a referral from a fellow foodie. Recently I traveled to LA for a week, for my day job, engineering. My sister and I met up with a friend, who is now a resident of Cali. When I tell you the dining experience at Wood Spoon was top notch, from service to flavors to selection…

Frango Com Quiabo (Stewed chicken with okra and polenta)

Brazilian Chicken Pot Pie and black beans

Bode (Traditional goat stew served with goat grits and bitter greens)

Rice Pudding

For dessert, a sweet custard

There is nothing like dining at a restaurant that is a small business owned and operated by a woman.

Natalia Pereira, the Brazilian genius that created this Downtown LA treasure makes you feel like you stopped in a local restaurant in Brazil. Natalia spent some time sitting and talking to us as we finished our meal. She is a true foodie, her refreshing stories of her cross country travels and dining experiences at some of the greatest food stops in the country was delightful. You can taste the humility in every bite of food, and it is no wonder that some of the top chefs have nothing but wonderful things to say about her food. I can’t wait to return to Wood Spoon on my next visit to LA.