Lox

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i very seriously have a love affair with lox.  i’m not even sure when it started but it’s my go-to brunch food and i love love LOVE to make these at home.  the capers and onions REALLY bring out the smokey lox flavors and well… who DOESN’T love a toasted bagel with cream cheese??

(the answer is NO ONE people.  NO ONE)

when i was pregnant i thought about this deliciousness daily.  as soon as baby blair popped out and i was allowed to eat non-korean foods again~~ I bought a ridiculous pack of lox and bagels to last a month.  kinda kidding… maybe 2 weeks?  good Lord i could eat this everyday.  starting to salivate already as i stare at the picture above…

my favorite way to eat lox is actually in a sandwich form.  like when you go to urth cafe and they give you lettuce, cucumbers, etc to put on top.  or sprouts!  yummmmmmmm  so freaking bomb.

if you don’t love lox… i feel sad for you.  you cray.  go to urth cafe or some other brunch spot and order it immediately.  your tastebuds will thank me later.

xx

Salt Air on Abbott Kinney

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Back in June (whoa time flies fast), I had my 31st birthday brunch at Salt Air on Abbott Kinney with my girlfriends.  The day was nice and hot, the food at Salt Air was perfection, and afterwards we got to shop around and take in the lazy saturday afternoon. <3

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if you haven’t been to salt air, PLEASE check this place out.  the service is incredibly friendly, the food is SUPERB, the drink menu is salivating and you always have a great time.  abbott kinney is my favorite place to hang out these days and big brunches like this is exactly why!

favorite items at Salt Air: lobster roll, blueberry pancakes, roasted chicken, and oysters!

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perfect little dessert to end the best brunch with my Bs. =)

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Cuvee on Robertson

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i have been on the hunt for a shrimp taco salad since my second trimester.  SUCH an incredibly weird craving but i blame el pollo loco commercials.  lol

anyway…i never found the taco salad i had been craving UNTIL i went to brunch at Cuvee off Robertson.  Cuvee is the cutest restaurant/wine bar.  there were a ton of items on the brunch menu that i wanted to order but once i saw the shrimp taco salad my heart literally did a little dance.

hands down this was the best taco salad i’ve ever had.  the shrimp is large, fresh and perfectly seasoned.  the salad itself is generously portioned and has a ton of great textures and flavors.

best part of the meal?  we got free cookies!  (hint: check in on yelp)  and those cookies were BOMB.  mike and i were fighting over the crumbs at the end.  lol

i can’t wait to go back to Cuvee for their taco salad + other brunch items. =)  xoxo

(turkey panini below was yummy too!)

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Sweetgreen on 3rd Street

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holy heavens, this place is AMAAAAAAZING.  so…being kinda cweepy i follow a blogger from new york who raves about sweet green.  (according to her life/blog) sweet green started in DC and expanded out to NYC and NOWWW it’s in LA! =D  being a cweepy blog fan i checked this place out with a few girlfriends and instantly loved their omega salad (below) and their guacamole salad (above).  the flavor profiles are just SPOT ON and there are different textures mixed into the salad that keep it interesting/fun.  haha does that even make sense?  on top of the great food there’s free parking, the restaurant is SUPER CLEAN (love that) and the staff are incredibly friendly.

one thing i love eating that i feel like LA doesn’t have enough of are GOOOD salad places.  Tender Greens  and Lemonade are really the only places i would say meet my gourmet salad expectations and needs…until now. =)  check this place out if you’re near the beverly center or you’re just DYING for a to-die-for salad. =D xx

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Lemonade

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I cannot emphasize enough just. how. much. i. love. this. place.  LOVE.

Lemonade has fresh salads made daily, along with hot sides, sandwiches, desserts, and of course *drumroll* LEMONADE!  You walk in and there’s a cafeteria-like line with salds, sides and desserts behind a sneeze guard.  Doesn’t sound sexy but once you see the line of colorful salads you start to drool a little bit (true story).

My favorite salad is the beet.  They always have it, so I’m guessing a few other people feel the same way.  Their flavor combinations are DERRIC and you feel really healthy and full afterwards.  Well… unless you get the fatty sides, desserts AND a sandwich to go with your healthy salad.  heh heh heh

Each store always has about 4-5 different lemonades of the day available.  I’ve tried a few like pineapple, watermelon, strawberry, etc.  I have to say, I’m not sure what my favorite is yet.  I think I have to go back a few more times and keep trying.  =P

One thing though…I don’t love the desserts.  Maybe you have to get a macaroon or a cookie?  But the cake/pie kind of slices are just whatevs.  I highly recommend steering clear of those.  =T

That Pizza Place

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see all that deliciousness up there?? it’s for one person… me.  i recently discovered the “family meal deals” at that pizza place and went a little cray the last time i ordered it. (more on that story here).

anyyywho, this place is one of my go-to take out places in LA.  I wouldn’t say the pizza is the best i’ve ever had but i love that the american menu has it all.  you want a hamburger? check.  you want pizza? check.  you want pasta and a salad?  check and check.

my 2 favorite things to order:

Italian Chicken Cobb Salad–Grilled chicken breast, romaine, bacon, gorgonzola, hard boiled egg, avocado with house vinaigrette. Served with garlic bread.

Penne Sonata–Grilled chicken breast, artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes with pesto cream sauce and Parmesan. Served with garlic bread.

(i got the shrimp and pesto pizza above.  it’s ok.  not terrible but i probably wouldn’t order it again)

portions are incredible, service is fast and friendly, AND this place has coupons and meal deals! =)  i do like a bargain. ^^

Larchmont Bungalow

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This is by far one of my fave brunch spots in LA.  The food, coffee and desserts are always solid; free street parking; and there is a ton of stuff to do afterwards on this street; it’s super baby and dog friendly…what more could you ask for?

i love all their breakfast items, their specialty coffees, salads and sandwiches.  i would kiiinda avoid some of the desserts (you can see what you like and don’t like in the case) and the red velvet pancakes.  i dunno…the red velvet is good but not SOOO amazing you have to drive all the way to larchmont for it.  ya know?