Saturday Shenanigans

I just love the word shenanigans! I try to not overuse it, but every time I say it, it just makes me so happy! Anyywho, I am having to split this weekend post into two so it’s not super long. You’ll see what we got up to on Sunday on Thursday’s blog 🙂

We started Saturday off a little slow. We had a late Friday and didn’t get up till 9am on Saturday. This is actually super late for us, but it was fine since we didn’t have anything planned for early in the day.

We’ve had this tickets to Magic Mountain for a while so we headed over there and checked out the park. It was a surprisingly warm day and we tuckered out pretty quickly and decided to head to “brunch.”

Sandwiches seemed like a great option so we went to Mendocino and ordered our favorite Peruvian Steak Sandwich and their Pesto Turkey Tartine.

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Neither of use realized that the turkey was a tartine till it came to our table. It was super messy, but pretty delicious. Honestly this did not need to be a tartine, it really needed another slice of bread!

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The steak sandwich was delicious as always-a little spice, a lot of savory.

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We headed to the Grove after this to check out the sights and Christmas decor. When we got there we realized we needed something sweet and ran into this crepe shop.

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We created our own with strawberries, banana, and nutella. Holy cow was this so yummy! We finished this super quick!

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We walked around a little more and then headed back to the car for another little bakery adventure. I’ve talked about Porto’s on the blog before and we LOVE it. It’s a really great bakery and the prices are fantastic.

If you ever have a chance to visit Porto’s I highly recommend it. Depending on when you go the lines look crazy, but they go by super quickly. It also gives you a chance to figure out what you want!

We headed home with our goodies and relaxed for a while until our tummies started to tell us it was dinner time. We found a new sushi place on Yelp, Raku Teriyaki, and decided to give it a go. They had 4.5 stars and 233 reviews so we figured it was a safe bet.

 

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We got a few rolls and two orders of nigiri. The nigiri was $6 to add on to a roll so we thought why not?

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The hubs and I both thought they were good…I may have enjoyed them more then he did 🙂 The fish was fresh and tasty and I always love it when the flavors on the fish complement the fish and not overpower it. Raku did that pretty well!

We had some watermelon kombucha to wash it all down! This is one of my favorite kombucha flavors from this brand.

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We decided to get a “few” items to have for dessert that night and may have gone just a tad overboard. We got their cheese roll, guava and cheese pastry, tres leches cake, flan, chocolate cake, mango mousse, and a hazelnut chocolate cookie. All of this was under $20 and all of it was delicious!

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Don’t be alarmed we definitely sampled all of the things, but did not finish all of it. We ended up warming up the cheese roll the next day in the toaster oven and it was just as good!

It was pretty fantastic foodie Saturday all in all 🙂

What’s your favorite bakery? What do you get from there?

 

 

Friday Night Fun

Good morning lovelies! Welcome back to another post 🙂

Every fun filled weekend begins with a good Friday night? Am I right?

Let’s start at the beginning shall we?

We ended up heading to the mall and grabbing some coffee. This iced oat milk latte is a total dream from La Colombe. Honestly, this is hands down one of the best coffee shops ever. Their coffee is always smooth, never bitter. It is perfect the way it is and it doesn’t need sugar, but I do add a little bit of simple syrup for sweetness because it’s me and I like things a little sweet 😉

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We mosied around and took in the sites until we were ready to head out and find some dinner. We love Vito’s. You all know this, we know this. It’s not a secret. Sorry (notsorry) about the messy box-we ate a slice in the car. Lawwwwdyyy is it delicious when it is super fresh!

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Since we were trying to figure out dessert we also headed to Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar. I’ve been wanting to go since it opened, but I am not a fan of huge lines (who is?) so we waited and our patience paid off because we had 2 people in front of us! Winning!!

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We had to get her famous crack pie. It’s pretty similar to gooey butter cake if you’ve had it, but this had a cookie crust. To be honest this was our least favorite item. I’m not saying it wasn’t good, but it was just sugar (again not a bad thing, but a tad too much). I know a LOT of people love this item and it’s their favorite thing, but I preferred the other two items much more!

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Speaking of other two items we also got the birthday cake truffles. These were yummy! Sweet, but I liked the texture of the crumbly cake and the smooth frosting holding this together. It was definitely a birthday cake flavor which I LOVE!

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The last item we bought was a slice of the birthday cake. The hubs and I agreed that this was delicious, but we weren’t sure if it was worth $7 a slice. The frosting was light and airy. The cake was also pretty light, but held up well to the frosting. Thinking back on this cake now I’m a little ashamed to say (babe don’t kill me) but I may pay $7 a slice for this…I mean look at it!20181221_210833

It was all about the experience and we had a VERY enjoyable experience at the bakery. Everyone was super friendly and helpful. The decor was so cute! I would recommend a visit if you ever get a chance because they have some yummy sweets and frankly, I think Christina Tosi is pretty awesome. I mean have you seen her on Master Chef?

Let me know if you’ve had a chance to visit Milk Bar and what you thought in the comments 🙂 Till Thursday! See you later!

Full Day of Eating on a Saturday

I am so excited to bring you guys along for a FDOE! This particular Saturday was especially delicious and filled with a lot of yummy treats 😍!

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We started our day with a late brunch from Wake and Late. I got a carne asada, egg, cheese, avocado, pickled jalapeño and potato burrito while the hubby got a egg white, spinach, pickled jalapeño, onions, avocado, and red pepper burrito. They also grill the burrito after to make it nice and crunchy!

We both enjoyed our very filling burritos and needed something sweet 🙂 we ended up sharing this nutella macaron from a random French bakery.

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We ended up going to Century City Mall to find a suit for hubby and while there we noticed that 85° Bakery was open. I could not not check it out you guys. That would have been a major food blogger sin, right?

I knew you would understand!

We got the honey cake, coconut roll, and milk bun. Nothing was super sweet, but everything was delicious! If you have one of these around I would definitely recommend checking it out.

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We didn’t eat it all and saved some for dinner dessert 😉

We walked around the mall for a little while longer and then left. I was super tired and the hubs was too, I think, so we both napped. I honestly have no idea how long we were out for, but it wasn’t more than an hour?!

For dinner we had decided on wings from Big Al’s Pizzeria. We headed on over because it’s a little over an hour from where we live. I’m definitely glad we went when we did because it was packed in there, it took about an hour to get our food, and another hour to get back home with it.

We ended up getting the buffalo, the dragon, and the Jamaican. The dragon was the spiciest and the most flavorful. The Jamaican was sweet and sticky. The buffalo was a really rounded buffalo flavor-not too vinegary or too spicy.

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We really enjoyed the wings, but as always needed dessert. We snacked on chocolates, the rest of our 85° Bakery, and some grapes because #health.

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I hope you guys enjoyed this somewhat long post. Thanks for sticking around to read it all! I hope you’re having a great start to the week!!

Industry Cafe and Jazz

As much as we love revisiting our favorite food spots we also love finding new food to experience. Living in LA makes it pretty easy to have those foodie experiences. I feel so spoiled to live in a city where you can find pretty much whatever type of food you are looking for with a simple visit to Yelp.

That being said, I have no idea why it took us this long to try Ethiopian food. I feel like we’ve been meaning to for years now, but it just never happened. One Friday night we found a spot and made the leap.

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Industry Cafe and Jazz seemed like a great idea-the reviews were great, the food looked delish, AND there was jazz! What more could you want?

When we got there the band was getting ready and we got seated immediately. It’s a small space, but it was filled with talking and laughter. It would be a great place to bring a group of friends.

The menu was small which I liked because it makes it a bit easier to choose. We went with the Lamb Tibsi and Doro Wat. For our sides we got collard greens and red lentils.

The Lamb Tibsi was spicy and filled with chunks of lamb, while the Doro Wat was slightly sweet from the cooked down onions. The chicken leg in the Doro Wat was tender and flavorful and the hard boiled egg had taken in some flavor from the rich onion sauce.

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I believe the collard greens were steamed or sautéed, but still had a nice bite which was a good contrast to the lentils. Speaking of, the lentils were soft and almost creamy in texture. It was warm and had a slight sweetness which balanced the spicy lamb.

It was all served on a big piece of Injira that soaked up all the flavors. The Injira was very interesting and unlike any other bread/pancake/carb I have ever had. It was spongy and soft. It had this sour flavor that was definitely not unpleasant. I had a friend describe the taste as similar to sourdough bread.

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We were also brought a small basket filled with more Injira to eat our food with. You do eat with your hands and I will say that despite washing my hands multiple times they smelled like the spices from the food. Being Indian, my hands smelling like food doesn’t bother me, but I wanted to put it out there just in case…

Everyone was so friendly and helpful in navigating through the menu. The food and the music really made for a lovely night and it’s an experience I am glad to have had.

Obviously dessert is always on our list of plans and after all the flavorful spices I needed something cool, creamy, and mild (cool and creamy-what’s new?).

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Magnolia Bakery was pretty close so we dropped in so I could get a fix of their banana pudding. I know they have other flavors of their banana pudding, but my go to is the original. I had a few bites and saved the rest for later.

Hubby ended up getting frozen yogurt and we wrapped up our night by walking around WeHo while he ate his dessert. It was a pretty great ending to a fun little date night 🙂

Have you guys had Ethiopian food? What did you think?? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Our last day in Kansas City, Missouri

Our last day in Missouri was pretty fantastic since we started our day with brunch. Since the hubs and friend didn’t have to get to conference till later we all went to Homesteader Cafe to start our day.

I went with the breakfast burrito which came with a side of beans. I loved this burrito because it had potato and eggs and more veggies, but I was not a fan of having salsa poured on top. It just made the burrito soggy and I had to eat it with a knife and fork…why would I want to do that??

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Despite being salty at my salsa soaked burrito I really enjoyed it…I ate some of the tortilla, but mostly consumed the filling 🙂

We walked back to the hotel so they could head to conference while we watched some HGTV-basically my favorite thing to do at a hotel! LOL

Once they got back we sat around talking and looking at all the random stuff they collected while at conference and then we decided to head to Q39 as our last bbq stop of the trip.

This experience was a little different since we didn’t get a bunch of meat to share but instead got burgers and sandwiches with a couple of apps.

We started with their famous wings and got some spiced onion straws. The onions straws were thin, long onion rings, but not in a ring. Does that make sense?

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Everyone LOVED the wings including our friend who isn’t a wing person. The onion straws were good, but I was hoping they would be crispier!

The hubs and I shared the burnt end burger. We thought the meat would the burnt end, but instead it was a burger patty topped with burnt end…uh what?! It was a bit too much for me so I picked at it and the hubs ended up eating what I couldn’t. Thank God for him!

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We were full, but all needed something sweet so we shared their cheesecake which had chocolate ganache, caramel and nuts. It was really light and sweet!

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We headed back to the hotel to grab our things and head to the airport. We made it back to LA around 9:45pm. Our friends stayed in MO for another night and send us pics of pizza and it got us craving Vito’s.

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So after we landed we headed out to Vito’s and got our usual cheese pizza and since we were so close we stopped by SK Donuts to try their cookie butter donut.

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Such a delicious weekend and now I am craving green juice and kale salads!

P.S. Cookie butter donut? Delicious. Glazed donut+layer of cookie butter+cookie crumbs=heaven.

Do you have a favorite bbq spot?

Missouri Day 2

This was our first full day in Kansas City and boy did we really get after it. We woke up at 6am (running on 4 hours of sleep) and worked out before heading out to breakfast.

We walked to this Australian style cafe, Banksia, that had coffee and pastries and all the goodies. I got a breakfast burrito to go and we picked up a cinnamon roll as well!

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Cinnamon roll all packaged up

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The hubs went to conference and I caught up on HGTV, blogs, emails, and even some work stuff. They had a lunch break so we all went to Jack Stack BBQ to check it out! The vibe was different than Gate’s-it was a lot more reserved let’s say.

We got the smoked salmon dip to share…

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For our entree we ordered a Kansas City Combo and got the chicken and lamb ribs. We also got Jack’s best which came with the crown prime beef rib (crowd fave), baby back ribs, and beef burnt ends.

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Our sides were coleslaw, beans, and a cheesy corn bake.

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I think the crown prime beef rib was my favorite piece of bbq all weekend. It was super tender and delicious.

We ended up getting dessert too-carrot cake. It was served warm and the cream cheese frosting was more like melted icing on top of the cake. It was seriously good!

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Needless to say we were all pretty full!

After another round of conferences for them and finishing up work stuff for the significant others we all met up to nosh on some bites and mingle. I don’t think any of us were super hungry after lunch so this seemed like a great idea.

They had shrimp cocktails, all types off little toasts, sliders, and a ton of other little dishes. They had these little grilled cheese squares with little cups of tomato soup which were my fave.

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They also had some yummy desserts-little cheesecakes, brownie bites, chocolate dipped strawberries, macarons, etc.

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There may have been a second plate of dessert…

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We tried to go out, but ended up walking around until we ended back where we had at the beginning of the night. There was live jazz that was just ending much to our dismay, but we stayed and chatted till we could chat no more.

The friends came over to our room to watch some random tele and munch on some snacks. Remember the cinnamon roll? Yeah we kinda demolished that. Plus some those Sprout’s Picante flavored plantain chips that I raved about and some pretzels from the airplane…it was quite the snacky night!

They left and we packed a little before crashing into deep, deep sleep.

Tocaya

Tocaya describes themselves as “modern organic Mexican cuisine” and I can say I agree. They use organic ingredients to create a twist on Mexcian flavors. However you spin it I can say the food is delicious!

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This was our first trip to Tocaya and it included a bowl, a couple of tacos, and a couple of sides. We had to at least get through part of the menu!

We got two delicious tacos: a Barrio Style and the other Baja Chipotle.

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The Barrio Style came with roasted tomato salsa, avocado, red onion, and cilantro. We picked beef picadillo and jalapeño jack for our protein and queso.

The Baja Chipotle came with cabbage, sweet chipotle sauce, vegan chipotle crema, and cilantro. We picked sea bass and got the cheese (I can’t remember which) on the side.

Both tacos were super flavorful and bright, but the winner for both of us was the Baja Chipotle. The sea bass was beautifully seasoned and it paired well with the other flavors in the taco.

We picked two sides to go with our tacos: the roasted cauliflower and the Barrio Fruit bowl. The cauliflower tasted like curried cauliflower and it was good, but not amazing. The fruit bowl was seasoned with lime and chili and was super bright, but I was hoping for sweeter fruit?! Both sides were good, but I would definitely check out some of the other sides next time.

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The bowl we went for was the Fajita Del Rey which came with sautéed poblano peppers and onions, Spanish rice, black beans, vegan chipotle crema, guac, and pico de gallo. We picked chicken tinga as our protein and got the queso fresco on the side. I LOVED this bowl and would honestly get it again.

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It had some spice and planty of creaminess from the guac and crema to cool it down. Each component was delicious on it’s own, but even better when mixed together. The chicken was the star in this bowl-it was warm and shredded and perfectly cooked.

Post dinner I still needed something sweet so we stopped by a macaron place and I got an almond and passion fruit macaron. Looking at these I feel like I need a couple more right now!

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So yummy!

Have you been to Tocaya? What did you think?

 

Recent Dessert Faves

Let me make this super duper clear people these are not all of my favorite desserts. THAT would take a book and nobody got time for that…

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While recently drooling over some food porn on my phone I couldn’t get dessert outta my head and now that I am typing this I am panicking thinking about all the delicious desserts I am about to miss because I have no recent pics….let’s take some deeeeeeeeep breaths iin and ouut phewwww

Okay let’s get on with the yumminess

This matcha soft serve from Tea Master is everything. The creamy texture and the potent matcha flavor combine to create this cool, light, and irresistible creation.

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Donuts from SK Donuts make me super happy. Donuts from Sidecar also make me happy, but I have no recent pictures. Major takeaway? I love donuts.

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This next one might not be technically a dessert, BUT it is sweet. I love pan fried plantains especially the perfectly ripened ones because they tend to be sweeter. It’s slightly crisp on the outside and sweet and soft on the inside. I would eat these all day!

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We’ve already talked about Somi Somi in a previous post so I won’t bore you with details, but if you haven’t tried this then what are you doing??

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Happy Days Cafe makes a mean churro, but did you know they make churro donuts coated in chocolate and sprinkles and you can add cookies n’ cream ice-cream to the side? Also, whipped cream.

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Tell me about your favorite desserts or if you’re like me and change your mind every minute what is/are your current favorite dessert(s)! Pleeeeaseeee and thank you 🙂

 

Astro’s Doughnuts

You guys know I’ve been on a little bit of a doughnut kick recently and so I felt like I needed to post about Astro’s. Also, it’s July 4th and what’s more American than some fried deliciousness??

Astro’s serves doughnuts AND fried chicken…um what? Where have you been my whole life??

We came here one morning and skipped the fried chicken this time and stuck with the doughnuts. We ended up with this delicious box of (from top left to right) strawberry rhubarb, cherry pie, PBJ and the bottom row (left to right) is creme brûlée, vanilla glazed, and birthday cake.

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The strawberry rhubarb and vanilla glaze were both really chewy, soft doughnuts. The vanilla glaze was sweet, mild, and mellow while the strawberry rhubarb had a zing from the strawberry glaze.

The cherry pie had some crunch from the sugar sprinkles on the outside and the filling was tangy and slightly sweet. Just like cherry pie!

The PBJ tasted exactly like a PBJ, but it was probably my least favorite because the jelly filling had made it a little soggy blargh!

The birthday cake was our only cake doughnut and it was a chocolate base. This tasted like a really yummy, rich chocolate cake. It was soft and the cake was slightly sweet, but the glaze is what really sugared it up! The bit of frosting piped in the middle was a perfect texture contrast since it was light and fluffy while the doughnut was pretty dense.

Do you have Astro’s in your state? What’s your favorite doughnut from them??

Eating Doughnuts in OKC

Umm so this was not intentional, but we had our fair share of donuts while in OKC. We had some Jonuts (their version of cronuts) from Kitchen 324 and some more donuts from Hurts Donuts. Not all on the same day so don’t be alarmed!

The Jonuts were delicious and all filled. I don’t quite remember all the flavors, but I know that there was a citrus one because I tasted it on all the other Jonuts. This was sweet and pretty heavy and perfect for sharing which is what we did.

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We all took bites of each one, but they all tasted the same to me even though they were supposed to be different flavors!

Hurts Donuts was a decision we made while looking through Yelp while trying to wake up one morning. They looked SO good!

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When we walked into the store, the smell alone made me sugar high. It smelled like sugar heaven!

We got 18 donuts from here ranging from strawberry cheesecake to peanut butter chocolate and of course we had to get both yeast and cake.

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After dinner one night we all sat around and took a bite of each-to say that we were delirious from the sugar that night was a little bit of an understatement. BUT when you’re a foodie and food blogger you do what ya gotta do 😉 it’s a tough job!

Both places were delicious and I would recommend both places if you ever find yourself in need of a good doughnut while in OKC 🙂