April 19, 2014

Top Ten Restaurant in LA!

One of the TOP 10 Restaurants in LA ACCORDING TO LA WEEKLY!SQ_Dish

In years to come, when people look back on the transformation of Virgil Avenue and wonder how it all began, the answer will be Sqirl. The spot that opened in 2012 as a coffee, toast and jam café has morphed into one of the most beloved restaurants in town – paving the way for a fantastic wine shop, a florist and an antiques store to open on the same block. More important to food lovers, it has ushered in an era of insanely good breakfast and lunch. Sqirl owner Jessica Koslow trained with one of the best chefs in the Southeast, but she decided to pour that knowledge into this small, funky café rather than a more traditional restaurant. The food here is stunning. Koslow serves rice bowls that will blow your mind, perked up with sorrel pesto, creamy feta and copious amounts of preserved Meyer lemon. Daily specials might range from tuna poke – a bowl of raw tuna spiked with yuzu, shiso from Sqirl’s garden and tuna-skin chicharrón – to handmade pastas, as good as any in town and for a fraction of the price. Koslow’s baking is remarkable, and her malva pudding cake is one of L.A.’s most craveable treats. The restaurant is not for the comfort-obsessed: The line is long, the seating is wobbly and sometimes hard to come by. The place can have the feel of a slightly out-of-control garden party. But for those willing to relax and go with it, there’s hardly a place in town that will reward you more lovingly.

April 17, 2014


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April 17, 2014

Kiernan Shipka Takes You To Sqirl

Kiernan Shipka is both wise beyond her years and sweet as can be, and when she showed up on a street corner in East Hollywood (for breakfast at Sqirl) we couldn’t decide what we wanted more – the french toast she ordered or her vintage Celine sweater.

October 24, 2013

Sqirl Receives 4 Stars from Besha Rodell of LA Weekly

Sqirl just received a 4 star restaurant review from Besha Rodell of the LA Weekly.

Taking this time to reflect, Sqirl is a team of significant talent and it’s the support that we have given to each other over the last year that has allowed this place to blossom into an electrifying food experience. I can take pride in bringing heart and imagination to the space. But as we’ve evolved over the year, the Sqirl team has too, and now we’re really started to hum like a band in a serious groove. So maybe that leaves me in more of a conductor seat. Perhaps a Gustavo Dudamel (minus the hair). If I could only be that good!

We have a lead singer/guitar player, Sqirl’s Pastry Chef, Meadow Ramsey, who carries the skill of not just being refined at one thing…but many things. She is a Mrs. Miyagi in her workspace, honing, finessing, while belting out nuanced work to the Sqirl world. The moist upside-down cake with tart rhubarb and berries as well as the dense but delicate almond financiers are two examples.

We also have a banjo player, Sous Chef, Matthew Wilson. He’s the guy in that corner rocking chair, who’s fingers won’t stop playing. And not old standards, but new originals, and he doesn’t even know it’s happening. Two of those hits just happen to be Tahitian squash–and-ricotta-filled tortelli and the Tuna Poke.

Then there’s the one keeping the tempo, drummer/symbols player, Chef De Cuisine, Ria Dolly Barbosa Wilson . Like Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint she can fade into the background with a steady beat and a nuanced stride or venture out into a solo at which point you realize she’s the most magnetic part of the group. The Sunchoke Hash and Carrot Pancake are two magnificent examples.

There’s others. On both the Kitchen and Coffee/Tea side of things. And everyone of us keeps this place humming. And at this very moment, the hum is a really sweet, sweet tune.

Thank you, to LA Weekly’s Besha Rodell, for your considered words.

June 21, 2013

Thanks Creative Mornings!

Organized by @swissmiss, Creative Mornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types. It takes place in 50 cities throughout the world and focuses on a single theme with one key speaker in each city every month.  In june, the topic centering around food and Jessica gave a lecture on how there are lessons within the Food industry that can be applied to any passion that you may have.  Play with your Food.  Trust Your Palate.  Put The Right Cooks In The Kitchen.  Keep It Fresh.  Tend The Pilot Light.  (And keep it puny).  You’ll be able to watch the talk here.