Brunch Vibes

Hello Wendesday!  Be good to me please and let the rest of the week fly by~~  

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Lemonade on Larchmont

went to lemonade for brunch on larchmont recently and my fattie inner soul literally died and went to food heaven.  for two people, we ordered these two trays PLUS 2 more small salads.  i was a bit hungry/hangry and ready to eat everything they had.  this was my second time at lemonade and it was fun to try a little bit of everything this time.  for a newbie it’s a little confusing because the selection is huge and it’s split by how many salads or “portions” you choose.

i would say…skip the dessert.  it’s not quite what it looks like.  the lemonade, salads, mac and cheese and mashed potatoes were DELIIIICIOUS though.  the blue cheese/chicken sandwich was yummy but the thanksgiving (turkey, cranberry) one was aiite.  the avocado and salmon salad really hit the spot for me too.  not sure if it’s worth the money but if you could make it at home, that would be my favorite afternoon snack.

if you have a chance to hit up a lemonade for lunch/dinner i highly recommend it.  it’s fresh, healthy and tastyyyy~~ xoxo

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LA Food Tour: Tsujita LA, Blockheads, Sopressata, Hero Shop, Half and Half

This past weekend, my fwend from up north (mrs general b) came down for the weekend to play.  On Thursday and Friday we decided to do a little food tour around LA to our favorite hot spots and some new joints to spice things up!

First on the list: Tsujita LA, Artisan Noodles Annex

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Spicy Tuna Bowl

–not great.  wouldn’t order it again.  the spicy tuna didn’t taste fresh b/c it was SO mashed.  I like it to be a little chunky so we know what we’re eating.  the consistency was kind of like mashed canned tuna fish.  meh…

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Tsukemen with Soft Boiled Egg

–overall meh.  BUT let me start with the things i liked… i liked the chewy noodles, loved the crunchy blanched bean sprouts, and soft boiled egg.  didn’t love the dry pork and the soup was overall very thick and greasy.  the first few tastes of broth is delicious. but after 10…15…you feel sick.  minus the broth, the dish was good~~ but not sure i could drink the broth again.

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the annex was cute and intimate inside

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NEXT UP~~ blockheads!!

we ordered a large with original and seasame oil shavings, strawberries and rice balls with condensed milk.  the original flavor was aiite.  i personally love the sesame flavor with fruit.  the rice balls are on the large side but fresh and chewy~~

the boba at blockheads was decent but i probably won’t order it the next time (especially with volcano tea just a few doors away).

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Friday we continued our little food tour to Sopressata in Silverlake!  It was my first time here and I am DEFINITELY going back as soon as I can.  Sopressata uses the Black Hogg restaurant space in the afternoon and sells sandwiches, beer/wine, unique sodas and chips!

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First up, the Turkey and Avocado with picked veggies on the side.

SOO good.  The first thing I noticed was the bread.  Like you unwrap your sandwich and you just KNOW it’s going to be amazing.  Then a generous helping of avocado oozed out to greet us.  This sandwich was so fresh and light.  There was also a balsalmic reduction spread on the bread that was bomb.  Perfect combo of flavors and the spicy pickled veggies was a perfect pairing to the cold sandwich.

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The original sopressata. SO GOOD.  I dunno if i’ve ever had artichokes in my sandwiches before~~ genius!  It was the perfect kick to pair with the sopresseta salami.

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Next up…HERO SHOP LA!  Owned by the same people as Sopressata and Black Hogg~ my friends and I were excited to try this new banh mi shop in downtown.  We ordered BBQ Pork and Fatty Brisket.

Oh my oh my…again…when you unwrap this little deli present you could see and smell that the bread was amazing.  the bbq pork was incredibly flavorful and had bold korean spices in there.  The pickled veggies inside the sandwiches gave the marinated meat a great refreshing balance.

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Fatty Brisket~~ my friend said hands down this was her fave.  the brisket.  i was really digging the brisket flavor as well.  i mean…who doesn’t love brisket?

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Took a picture with the shop owners and their gorgeous baby girl. ❤

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Last stop of our LA food tour: Half and Half in Monterey Park!  Oh baby…was this worth the drive.  not only did the fat cups make it all taste better (lol) but this time i ordered the RIGHT drink.  the first and last time i went, i got the lychee green tea (#8 below) and it was too sweet for me.  This time I ordered #5 which was iced milk drink with caramel, pudding, and honey boba.  I asked for no caramel (b/c i hate that ish) and the drink was perrrrrrrrrrrrfect.  I thought that there was a little too much pudding but one of my friends thought there wasn’t enough.  lol  ironic huh?  In any case I now have a huge craving for half and half drinks and I can’t wait to go back.

oh…and for your half and half newbs…expect to wait 20-40 minutes for this crack in a cup.  it’s thaaaat popular.

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between the four of us we got milk tea, jasmine milk tea and the 2 iced milk teas (1 with caramel, 1 without).  All were good, but I liked mine the best. =)

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This was seriously the most fun weekend of eating foods in LA.  Between the four of us we ordered 2 dishes at each place and it helped us try new things but without getting too full.  I can’t wait for the next one!! xoxo

Pinterest Challenge #27

 Oh man, I don’t remember the last time I had egg salad.  Furthermore, I’ve never had AVOCADO egg salad.  Last night I was trying to figure out what I could make for today’s post that was already in my cupboards and fridge.  I felt like that’s the REAL test to cooking at home right?  Especially on the fly~

Original Recipe: Click Here

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My Version:

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I boiled 8 eggs and cut 2 small avocados.   Then I added mustard, a liiiiittle mayo, saracha (my fave), and some salt/pepper.  Then I mashed it to large pieces (the way i like my egg salad)

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SOOOOO YUMMMYYYY~~ I love the kick that saracha gives

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I wish I could have eaten it on toasted sourdough bread, but by the time Markel and I ate it at lunch it would have gotten hard.

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This recipe brought old times back and reminded me that egg salad EXISTED.  Next time, I want to try to put some bacon in the salad so that I can eat it on sourdough with tomato, lettuce and onions.  YUMM  I definitely will remember to always add rich avocados to my egg salad.  Really thickens everything up and you don’t have to use as much mayo!

Pinterest Challenge #7

I LOVE spam.  I saw this recipe and instantly wanted it.  So this weekend, I tried to make it with a little twist.

Original Version: Recipe Here

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My Version: I added a sweet soy glaze to the spam and added avocado.  My crispy rice didn’t really turn out very well…so that’s something I wouldn’t try again.  But this recipe was SO DELICIOUS!! xo

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