Wolfgang puck express

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Eating margarita pizza from wolfgang puck express on campus today.  Love their pizzas~~~ the crust is so chewy and the cheese is delicious!

Got this grapefruit soda for the first time today and i’m so in love.  I’m obsessed with grapefruit sour candy and this soda tastes like liquid candy.  :P

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Thirsty Thursdays: Pomelo 2012 Savignon Blanc

I first tried Pomelo Savignon Blanc at work and hated it.  I thought it was too tart, too light and it just wasn’t my steez.  However, recently with the warmer weather, I’ve been craving Pomelo!  I went to Wally’s on Westwood Blvd and picked up a bottle, refrigerated it to be SUPER cold and hate it with a fish dinner.

SO AMAZING.  It really hit the spot.

I’m not sure if it was the weather change or perhaps my taste in wine has evolved~ but I’m really enjoying the light and tart taste of this Pomelo wine!  If you’re interested in something like this for summer, please pick up a bottle at your nearest wine store for $10-14.

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Rustic Canyon

ohhh man, How I LOVE Rustic Canyon.  It’s our go to place in LA when Markel and I want good food and drinks.

My friend was in town so we wanted to take her somewhere fanshy with delicious dishes and RC did NOT disappoint (I mean…does it ever??).

[note: Recently tho, RC took their famous burger off the menu b/c they didn't want to be known as a burger restaurant.  That was pretty snobbish in my opinion.  The reason why the burger was so famous was b/c it was THAT good.  isn't that a testament to your cooking??  It was up there with in and out and father's office on LA food blogs.  *sigh *]

Anyway, back to the post…everything we got was OUT OF CONTROL amazing.  My favorite was the pesole below.  The balance of flavors and the unique ingredients they use always blow me away.  *sigh *  I’m drooling just looking at the pictures.  Please check out RC if you haven’t already~ you won’t regret it!  ESPECIALLY their wine/drinks menu.  They have such a fun eclectic mix of drinks that are all so tasty.

Seafood, Pesto Pesole

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Sole Fish

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ricotta gnocchi
oxtail, strawberry sofrito, pine nut, fennel pollen

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Burratta and Polenta with a chickpea garnish

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Pim’s Cup–SO YUMMY

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Went to Scoops Ice Cream after Dinner =)  LOVE IT THERE.  Their flavors are so unique and tasty.

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3Twenty Wine Lounge

3Twenty Wine Lounge was one of the cutest new places I’ve been to in a while.  The service was incredibly friendly, there were options of wine by the glass, bottle or ounce, AND there was food!

My friends and I indulged in a bottle of wine and had a great time chatting all night.

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the lighting was super weird…or it was just my camera. *shrug *  But these are the beautiful ladies of the night. <3

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Our wine of choice that night.  I forgot what it was called but it was DELICIOUS.  Went down super smooth, was full bodied and exactly what I love in a red.

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Eating free pastries from Republique.  For the review please click here.

(i wouldn’t recommend these pastries)

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Republique

Republique…I have such mixed feelings about this place.  Walking in the ambiance and decor are impressive.  Clean lines, romantic lighting, communal tables, and sleek open kitchen concept.  You also notice right away that everyone is fashion forward and good looking.

From the moment we sat down until before we got our check, the entire experience was amazing and positive.  The wine was delicious, the food was fantastic, and our long communal table was intimate.  I”m normally really hesitant about French food but Republique really did it right.  (more on the food below)

MY BIGGEST complaint (hence the mix review) is the managerial staff.  Our waitress was super sweet, the bus boys were great, the cooks in the kitchen did a fab job on our food~~ but the managers were total assholes.  The two we interacted with that night were snobby and treated the waitstaff terribly in front of us.

One example is when the manager offered to de-bone our sole fish.  He stopped mid-way, looked pissed and then walked around our table to the kitchen (which was next to us) and threw the dish at the cooks.  It was SO RUDE.  He didn’t say a word and just walked away.  Everyone in the kitchen was really confused and looked at the plate to see what was wrong.  I guess it was undercooked?  So they cooked it longer and then gave it back to us.  Just seeing how poorly he treated everyone really put us off our meal.  Second example was at the end of the night, the credit card machines were down so we couldn’t pay our bill.  We had to wait an HOUR and the manager acted like it was no big deal.  We began complaining so much b/c of our wait that he FINALLY allowed the waitress (who apologized profusely during that hour) do record our cards manually to bill at a later time.  The way the manager handled the situation was terrible.  We saw him yell at the waitress when she asked if she could manually record it so that we could leave, and he never offered us any complimentary items while we waited for an HOUR.  We were totally done with our food and just had to sit around twiddling our thumbs.  It totally ruined our plans for after the birthday celebration and really ruined our perception of Republique.  At the end, we kept telling them we were upset and told the manager he should have offered us something an HOUR ago (like free drinks or dessert) while they fixed the machines.  Only then did he give us stale day old pastries that we tossed.  It made us MORE angry.  A manager’s job is to assuage the situation.  We were really polite about the whole thing until the very end when the manager got ruder and ruder.  UGH.  Because of these two examples, I will NOT be returning to Republique.

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Don’t mind my lipstick =P

This wine was really good.  Bold, smooth and oak-y =)

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Cheers to the birthday girl!

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The artisan bread that came out was warm and delicious.  Perfect for soaking slices of it into the buttery sauces of the dishes.

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Pork Belly–wouldn’t recommend this item.  As good as it was, there wasn’t a lot of meat to eat.

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Wild Arugula Salad–really good.  Loved the addition of mint.

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Escargot

meh–the puff pastry was a nice complement though

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Eggs & Uni on Toast

really good.  the bread was a little too hard for my taste tho.

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Hamachi

–AMAZING.  could have eaten 2 plates of these

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Chocolate cake with a white russian

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party favors from the birthday girl! socks and lip glosses from Korea =)

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 These were the nasty pastries the manager gave us.  They were really stale and  never worth buying.

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Taco Truck

Markel and I went to a wedding in March where they had a taco truck during the reception. DUUUUDE…the food was incredibly.  The Al Pastor, Chicken and Carne Asada were on point as well as the huge buffet of toppings and salsas.  I’m  obsessed with food trucks like this and can’t wait to hire my own for an upcoming event.  Tacos + Tequila = the best night ever.

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800 degrees in Westwood

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Went to 800 degrees with my coworkers and it was ahmazingg.  Really hit the spot.  I was going to add veggies, but why mess with a good thing??
800 degrees flash cookss their pizzas at 800 degrees and it’s really Yummy.  I haven’t tried many of their pizzas so I cant speak for the other menu items but the margharita is Yummy. Xo
Oh and the orange pelligrino was sooooooo good.  My first time trying it and it put a party in my mouth. :) 

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Hero Shop LA

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130 E. 6th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90014

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Have you heard of Chef Eric Park?  If not and you live in LA, you cray.  His first two restaurants (Black Hogg and Sopresetta) are AMAZEBALLS.  Seriously.  Check out my reviews here, here and here.

Now, back to HERO SHOP!  Mike and I were invited to a soft opening on Saturday and when we arrived the entire store was PACKED.  Immediately I noticed the adorable sleek and masculine decor.  The line to the counter moved quickly and soon it was our turn!  We ordered the Headcheese Banhmi (I have been waiiiiiting for this one) and the Salami Banhmi.  We also ordered these rad karamucho chips below that tasted like spicy ramen.   The soda options at the restaurant were all glass bottles which I thought really added to the fun, hip, downtown vibe.  Each part of the store front, from the font of the logo, the white tile inside and the fun chips were all well thought out.

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One of the studs making my banhmi sandwiches! xo

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Here are the two banhmi sandwiches we ordered.  THEY WERE SO UNBELIEVABLE!!

Salami ($7)–Dry Salame, Shaved Onion, Cilantro, Daikon Relish, Fish Sauce Vinaigrette, Mayo

–OO la la, I bit into the sandwich and literally moaned.  The cilantro, daikon relish and fish sauce vinaigrette really complimented the salami.  PLUS the bread is incredibly soft and flaky~ reminded me of dutch crust bread.  LOVED it.  The jalapenos also give the entire sandwich a delicious twist but beware, it’s spicy.  Mike doesn’t LOVE spicy so we took them out after his first bite.  (Dun worry tho…they didn’t go to waste b/c I added it to my half.  lol)

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Headcheese ($7)–House Marinated Pork Headcheese, House Pate, Cilantro, Jalapeno, Daikon Relish, Marinated Onion, Fish Sauce Vinaigrette, Mayo

–In the past, Mike and I have had REALLY bad headcheese and pate banhmi.  It’s been hard, cold and just…plain bad.  He was really hesitant to order this but I was SUPER confident that Chef Eric Park would make it the right way.  AND WAS I RIGHT!! =)  This was the most amazing headcheese & pate banhmi.  The pate was soft and flavorful.  The headcheese melted in your mouth and the veggies/toppings really brought out those flavors.

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I can’t wait to go back to Hero Shop LA and try the other incredible sandwiches (like the BBQ Pork & Fatty Brisket), the Rice Bowls (I am dying to try the coconut rice in them!), and the Lemongrass Tofu Salad.  Oh MANNNN.

Hero Shop Opens to the public today, so please go out and TRY IT!!

Versailles

 Versailles is one of those places in LA that you just HAVE to go to.  It’s a cuban restaurant located on Venice Blvd and it’s really unassuming.  The outside an inside decor is obviously cuban themed.  I found it fun, festive and authentic.

 We were seated right away but a waiter and the service the entire night was friendly, fast and quiet.  The table next to us was a loud spanish speaking group that was drinking wine and enjoying the food and I found myself peaking over at their food and drinks a lot to make sure I ordered the same thing!

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The bread that came out before the meal was incredibly soft and tastey~~ probably b/c of the butter. =P  But I seriously love bread that has a soft inside and kind of tougher chewy outside.  It’s the perfect kind of bread to dip into sauces.  Know what I mean??

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So every meal comes with rice, black beans, and fried plantains.  SERIOUSLY…so freaking delicious.  I can’t go over these three staples in brazilian food, cuban food and most recently, Ghanaian food!

Dish #1: OX TAIL!!  OMG the meat literally fell off the bone and it was so tender and juicy.

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Dish #2: Pork!!  I totally thought this would come out in pork chop form but it came out more like shredded pork.  It was still amazing and I couldn’t get over the marinated onions!!  YUMMMM

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Dish #3: Chicken!  This was what I knew Versailles for and what everyone on yelp recommended.  I think the boys I went with were intimidated to break apart the chicken but that’s my favorite part!!  So I shredded it for the table and enjoyed every bite with a little bite of rice, black beans, and onions.  YUMMMMM

I also used the bread to soak up the sauces from each of the plates.

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If you’ve never been to versailles, I totally recommend this place.  Make not that this is NOT mexican food and the flavors will be different (you don’t know how many people I know who’ve made that mistake).  Parking can kind of be a pain if you go during a busy time but there’s always free street parking after 7 or 8!

 

SHED Dinner Party

Once a quarter, my friend (who is the most amazing chef) cooks up an entire dinner party: from appetizers to desserts.  She and her roommates named themselves “SHED” with the first letters of their names and their dinner parties are seriously the most anticipated events I have in my life.  Each roommate is so creative with their dishes!!

This time she made:

balsamic roasted broccoli

asian fried chicken

homemade flat bread pizza with prosciutto

thinly sliced potato

arugula and a balsamic reduction

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Delicious pastries from a fellow attendee

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Chocolate peanut butter cake made by SHED

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Homemade Ice Cream: Vanilla & Tangerine Sorbet

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Together it tasted like a creamcicle!

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not pictured are the awesome cocktails that were made with homemade bitters.  *sigh *  i was too excited to drink it so i forgot to take pics =(  next time!

BCD

Oh BCD…How I Love you So.

This picture is pretty terrible but I got the Ham & Cheese soon tofu recently after a night at Perch in downtown LA.  I have to say…it didn’t live up to its hype.  I had heard about it from SOO MANY PEOPLE about how bomb this stew was…but it was just aiite in the end.  You could definitely taste the cheese in the broth, but I totally assumed it would have a cheese layer on the top or something.  lol    I’m really glad I tried it and am not opposed to trying it again in the future, but it’s for sure something I won’t order anytime soon.

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The view from Perch in downtown LA.  Simply GORGEOUS.

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Kay and Daves in Culver City

Markel and I went to Kay and Daves last Sunday when it was around 90 degrees. BEAUTIFUL SOCAL WEATHER.

We walked up and down washington blvd and found this adorable restaurant near the end of the street next to Trader Joe’s.  The menu looked good, the place was packed and the venue was super cute.

Unfortunately, our experience there wasn’t awesome and we won’t be returning.  The service was terrible, we had to continually flag SOMEONE down to give us water, our chips & salsa, take our order, give us our bill… GEEZ.

The food was good once it came, but Markel’s pork tacos were SUPER dry.  So the waiter brought out another kind of pork tacos that were really good.

There were good reviews on yelp about the happy hour, but I won’t be going back to find out.

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This was the first set.  The one above was the second (tastey) set.

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I got a Mexican inspired Eggs Benedict.  Mine was REALLY good.

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Strawberry Margarita

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Chips and Salsa that took FOREVER to get and when it came…it was whatevs.

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St. Patty’s Day

This last year was a calm St. Patty’s Day Celebration at home.  Not only was it on a Monday but we were all pretty dead tired from work.  So I brought the celebration home!!

First up: Irish Car Bombs!

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Then I made Sole with a lemon butter sauce, stir fry veggies with a balsalmic reduction and brussel sprouts.

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veggies with a balsalmic reduction

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steamed brussel sprouts

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Sole with a lemon butter sauce

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our FEAST.  The little bit of green from the brussel sprouts was supposed to be in celebration of St. Patty’s Day.  We also had mint chocolate cupcakes to finish off this meal )

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