Sunny Spot

just heard about sunny spot in venice (i know…i’m so late to the game) and finally got a chance to try it!  this place is…laid back but ultra trendy and chic.  everyone looks like they stepped out of a hipster catalog sipping on bottomless bloody marys and mimosas.  *sigh *  not awesome for this over swollen preggo lady… but moving on…

the ambiance, decor and staff were super friendly~ loved the location and the caribbean menu was awesome.  for the dishes themselves…it looked like everything was hit or miss (at least at our table).  I loved my hangover meal and would have loved to try the pancakes and lunch/dinner dishes.  Markel’s shrimp and grits was bland just… blah.  a few friends got a few other breakfast dishes they loved and another friend ordered the chicken jerk dish which was bland and equally blah.

overall i would definitely recommend checking this place out.  maybe just yelp a few meals beforehand so you know you’re going to get a good dish. =)

shrimp and grits

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hangover dish

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Jon and Vinny’s

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checked out Jon & Vinnys the week of their grand opening ( a few weeks back) and really enjoyed myself!  there were a few small glitches or food faux pas but overall i really enjoyed myself and the dishes we ordered.

the aesthetics are chic, modern and very “LA”.  the staff were incredibly attentive and friendly.  each waiter also wore a unique shirt for the restaurant.  ours had an adorable lady and the tramp shirt where they share a single string of pasta.  very fitting since J&V’s is an italian restaurant. =)

the ladies and i ordered a LOT of dishes…

meatballs (each serving comes with 2)~~ really good.  LOVED the ricotta it came with and the thick toasted bread.

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Gem Salad–GEM LETTUCE, CALABRIAN CHILI DRESSING, PARMESAN, BREAD CRUMBS

(aka fancy caesar salad) one of my faves of the night.  loved the crunchy breadcrumbs on top.

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TAGLIATELLE, SIX HOUR BOLOGNESE, PARMESAN-really good, but came out kinda cold.

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“LA WOMAN” Pizza: LOCAL BURRATA, TOMATO, BASIL, OLIVE OIL, SEA SALT

great doughy crust with light toppings.  it was on the blander side but it was still good.  i’d be interested in trying the margherita pizza on the menu and comparing the two.

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BUCATINI CACIO E PEPE, LOTS OF BLACK PEPPER, BUTTER, PARMESAN–really good but the noodles were soggy =(  i heard they were supposed to be chewy/al dente. =T  next time…

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Not Picture: SPICY FUSILLI VODKA, BASIL, PARMESAN & fingerling potatoes.

both were good but i probably wouldn’t order either again.

Finally…Dessert!  Strawberry Cheesecake and Tiramisu.  Cheesecake tasted normal (like any other) and the tiramisu had a heavy chocolate taste which i thought was really good.

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the ladies =)  i am ready to P-OP if you can’t tell… *sigh *

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Magnolia Baker’s Banana Pudding

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holy moly…so freaking delicious.  i had heard so much about magnolia’s bread pudding and most recently i finally got the chance to taste it.  and well… blew my socks off.  I could have eaten an entire large container in one sitting.  possibly two.  normally bread pudding is too sweet, soggy, etc.  but this one…JUST RIGHT.  not too sweet, the banana isn’t over powering, and the bread is moist.  *drooool *

if you have a chance to go out to third street and la cienega (near the beverly center)~~ you MUST stop by here.  you will NOT regret it!

markel and i ordered a red velvet cheesecake and a lemon cheesecake along with a small bread pudding container… meh.  they were in no way comparable to this cheesecake.  next visit i wouldn’t mind trying some of the cakes~ they looked LEGIT.

Brodards Restaurant in Westminster

Brodards is one of my FAAAVORITE stops when i’m in orange county.  they have the best spring rolls in the world.  LOL  not an exaggeration.

there are 2 brodards in OC~ Chateau and Cafe.  The menus for both are a little different and i believe the cafe one is cheaper.  BUT I would recommend going to the Chateau over the Cafe.  The menu is better, the food is better and I like the fancier atmosphere.  The cafe is crazier and the service isn’t as good.

if you haven’t tried Brodards…you’re seriously missing out.  re-arrange your weekend plans to check these spring rolls out!! lol  (kidding but not really kidding…)

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Link Restaurant

for my friends surprise engagement brunch (after the proposal) we met at Link in Beverly Hills.  this was the perfect location to have an surprise brunch with bottomless cocktails, chill vibes and really friendly staff.  felt like a “bro” staff that was super nice and gave us a ton of space to celebrate the engagement. really sweet of them to do that.

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hot mess fries~~ love the name and the dish.

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san diego burrito–really good~ loved the salsa verde sauce it came with too.

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Golden Gate Sandwich–good not AMAZING.  the toasted sourdough bread was really tasty tho.

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i would be interested in going back and trying their normal lunch/dinner menu.  not totally impressed with their brunch selections but i loved the bottomless mimosas, sangria and mojitos. =)  next time when baby blair is born i will be indulging in MANY more of those brunches. =D

Here are some pics of the surprise engagement below. <3  such a fun morning to spend with friends, celebrating a momentous occasion for the sweetest and cutest couple ever!

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Monkey Business Cafe in Fullerton, CA

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Went to brunch at Monkey Business cafe in Fullerton this past Saturday and LOVED it.  Not only was the service fantastic, the food was good (not 5 stars but solid) AND the cafe is partially non-profit (helping at-risk youths).   I would totally go back there and try out the rest of their extensive menu.

we ordered the veggie omelette, the berry waffles and acai bowl.  YUMMY.

Really sweet staff and rustic atmosphere.  If yo’re in the area check it out!

xo