Loving

Welcome back friends! Today I have for you another favorites post, but this one is a little longer than usual so bear with me. Since it is a bit longer I am just going to jump right in to it!

The first fave are the Guittard chocolate wafers for baking. I’ve had quite a few chocolate chips in my life and these are the best I’ve ever had! They are smooth and creamy-I loved  them in my chocolate chip cookies and I bet they would be great in banana bread or pancakes! They are a pricy, but for the occasional switch up I think they are worth it!

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When my Alaffia face cream I had used for so many years got discontinued I had to find another face cream. I did a LOT of research and did not want to spend an arm and a leg, but I also didn’t want to cause any issues to my skin. After all the research I realized the only way to know if something was going to work for me was to take the leap and try it out on my own skin.

That being said, I wanted to stack the deck in my favor and I knew Kiehl’s is a brand that had been around for a LONG time. They do skin care well so I decided to get the Ultra Facial Cream with SPF 30. I thought this would be perfect since I am terrible at putting on sunscreen. This eliminates a whole step for me since the SPF is built right in! I absolutely have been loving this moisturizer. The SPF doesn’t leave my skin tone looking grey and ghastly, but sinks right in and leaves a nice little glow. I am so happy that I found this and I don’t know if I’ll ever go to anything else!

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I normally don’t talk about shows I’m watching on here, but I have been seriously obsessed with Queer Eye on Netflix. I could binge on this show for hours! I laugh, I cry-it’s a whole mood. I love the positive message this show sends and at the end of the day it’s a feel good series. Side note: I love all 5 of the Fab Five, but I think Jonathan Van Ness is my spirit animal!

Speaking of QE, I found the recipe for this Green Goddess dip on the show and we are beyond obsessed with it. It’s so easy, healthy, and delicious! It’s a great dip, dressing, eat it by the spoonful type things and you best believe I am doing all of the above 😀 One thing, we don’t add olive oil to ours simply because we like the consistency the Greek yogurt and avocado create. It is more dip-like, but that’s okay with us.

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Another item I was on the hunt for was a new face oil and I found this one from Herbivore. It’s their Orchid Youth-Preserving Facial Oil and I could write an ode about how much I love it. I’m not sure what it’s doing to preserve by youth (haven’t used it for long enough), but it is hydrating, leaves a gorgeous glow, and the floral scent in this is everything. If you’re sensitive to scents it does dissipate quickly, but I would go into Sephora and smell it to be safe!

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Spring has sprung and summer is almost here and in preparation for warmer months I have been on the hunt for fun summer nail colors. I found this one at TJ Maxx and have been reaching for it every time I decide to paint my nails. The color is coral carousel by Essie. It’s a coral-y peachy pinky shade and I thought it was too pretty to not talk about!

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One of our favorite things to do is go to comedy shows-it can be stand up, improv, a play whatever, but we love to laugh. We find them and go often, but I never really thought about mentioning it until now. The tickets are usually not super expensive and it also gets us out and exploring another part of town we may not have gone to otherwise. It’s something I recommend for a fun and different date night or going out with friends!

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I’m wrapping up this post, but tell me what you have been loving recently! Do you love comedy shows? Have you been watching Queer Eye?

 

 

 

Long Weekend Recap

I love a good long weekend…who doesn’t? We took full advantage of this one and did (and ate quite a bit). Go ahead and settle in for what may end up being a long post!

Friday we ended up making some dinner at home. I don’t like to waste things and we had some potato buns that needed to be used up so we got some Boar’s Head pastrami and made sammies.

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We also tried a couple of more slices of cake from Susie Cakes-one was raspberry and the other was red velvet. I loved the red velvet whereas the hubs preferred the denser raspberry.

Saturday, we started out with a workout, breakfast snack and then a hike. The hike ended up being somewhat of a fail because we were hoping for ocean views and super blooms, but instead got very hot and a few creeks. It’s not a complete fail because any activity is good activity 🙂

We made it home for showers and naps before heading out to Magicopolis for a magic show. It was from 8 to 10pm and ended up being hilarious and magical!

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After much pondering we decided to try Cheesecake Factory out again for late night dinner.

We started with their bread (noms) and Asian lettuce wraps (double noms)

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For our main we got the Tuscan chicken from their skinnylicious menu

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And we had to get dessert so we got their chocolate truffle tower cake. This was pretty fantastic. Our server said this was the “lightest” of the 3 chocolate cakes they offer. I was happy with our choice of the chocolate tower 🙂

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Sunday morning included a workout and a fun little brunch at Claudine Kitchen and Bakeshop. This time I got a salmon sandwich and the hubs got a create your own omelette.

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We had ordered their special cookie butter coffee cake of the day, but they ended up refunding us because they were out 😦

Luckily for us, it was a warm day and we thought açaí bowls sounded pretty tasty. We found Ubatuba Acai at a different location that you can have as many toppings as you want!

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They also had a lot of different bases like chia pudding, açaí, pitaya, etc. We ended up ordering one to share and got açaí, chia pudding, and pitaya. I believe we topped it with sweet and condensed milk, honey, mangoes, and two types of granola.

It was refreshing, sweet, and oh so tasty!

We ran some errands and then headed to a couple’s massage. Hubs had gotten this Groupon a while ago and we never had a chance to use it, but nothing gets us more motivated to use something other then it being close to expiring. Anybody else? I have never had a massage (crazy! I know) and so I was a tad nervous, but it ended up being a really great experience.

Sunday night means burgers so that is what we had for dinner and we used up all our potato buns so yay for no waste!

After Claudine’s we had walked around and found Sweet Lady Jane Bakery so we stopped in and saw so many delicious sweets. We picked up a slice of triple berry for dessert later and ended up having it after dinner!

This caps our weekend! We definitely had a lot of cake this weekend, but recently it’s been our go-to dessert 🙂 Thanks for reading!

Oh the food we will eat…Pizzeria Mozza

Okay, if you have been reading my food blogs for a good period of time you will know we LOVE pizza. Our favorite types are NY style and Neapolitan. I’ve been craving a good Neapolitan pizza for a while and our go to place is usually Midici.

I wanted to spread our wings a bit and check out a pretty popular spot on Yelp-Pizzeria Mozza. We somehow ended up being able to get same night reservations for 2 at 8:45pm on a Saturday night-we called at 8:15pm. I was ecstatic!

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We arrived and the place was filled with chatter and cheer! Seriously everyone was super nice and friendly. We got seated quickly and glanced over the menu before being torn on the appetizers.

We opted for the carrots with coriander and dill yogurt topping and fried squash blossoms stuffed with ricotta.

The carrots came out first and were hand down some of the best carrots I have ever had. They were pretty oily, but all the textures created a very satisfying carrot bite. The carrots were soft from roasting, but had great flavor. There were these strips of fried something on top of the pile of carrots, and on top of that this cooling yogurt dill sauce.

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I had never had a squash blossom, but these were tasty! The outside was light and crunchy and the inside soft with the ricotta.

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For our pizza we were torn between the Margh and the squash blossom. We went with the squash blossom! It was really good, but before I could finish my first slice I hit a wall and could not eat another bite. We boxed up the remaining two slices and I had them for breakfast the very next day.

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I really enjoyed the slight bitterness of the squash blossom and the creamy contrast from the ricotta. It was essentially the fried squash blossom dish on a pizza minus being fried.

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We had a really great dinner at Pizzeria Mozza and I would recommend checking this place out. It’s fun and friendly and delicious! What more could a girl ask for?

 

Anniversary Weekend

This post is a little late, but with work and all I didn’t have the time to get this post up until now! Better late than never? 😀

We actually started our weekend off Friday evening with Panera, CAVA, and Go Greek for dessert.

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After that we headed to the movies to watch Us. We love Jordan Peele and his movies, but LORD did this one scare the living bejeezus outta me! I think I cursed more while watching this 2 hour movie than I ever have in my whole life and TMI, but stress sweated like it was my job!

That being said I don’t enjoy scary movies in general, the previews featured before the movie were mostly all other scary movies, and I did burrow my face into hubby’s arms more times than I would like to admit!

After watching the movie we went home and watched some light hearted Netflix shows until we were sleepy.

Saturday, after running some errands we headed to Unheard LA. It’s this show where locals come and tell local stories. It’s put on by a radio station and it was pretty good-some were funny, some were tear-jerkers. The best part? It was totally free!

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Hubs had made reservations at Running Goose. We have run across this restaurant many times on Yelp when searching for places to eat, but brushed it aside. It’s a tapas restaurant and this being our first tapas experience we were not sure what to expect!

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I don’t know why we were so hesitant about trying this place out. I mean, I’ve talked repeatedly about how much I love trying a few bites of a bunch of different dishes. How did I not put two and two together and see how obsessed I would be with tapas??

I’m done lecturing myself…on to the food!

We basically ordered all their popular things starting with the corn tostada. I was surprised that it was a cold dish, but thoroughly enjoyed it. It was light, fresh, and crispy!

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The cod churros were described by our lovely server as “adult fish sticks” and that is exactly what they were! Crispy outside, fluffy inside. Impossible to hold up because they broke apart, but delicious!

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Brie which came with apricot compote, roasted garlic, roasted pepitas. It was served with these crunchy pieces of toast. It was sweet and savory and gooey!

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Our last savory item was the salmon belly sandwich. Even though we were warned it was spicy and it had a good chance of being spicy with the kimchi and jalapeños it was not spicy! It was really delicious and savory!

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Lucky for us our server stopped us here (we ordered all this at once) and told us that was probably the perfect amount of food for 2 people and we could always order more later. She was absolutely correct-it was the perfect amount of food and left enough space for dessert 🙂

Coconut white chocolate bread pudding with salted caramel ice-cream caught my eye and I couldn’t unsee it so that is what we got! The crunchy outsides and soft insides, the hot and cold-it was all glorious and I need one now!

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After dinner, we walked around the area and explored before heading to Target for a few things and then home. We stayed up a little bit watching shows before I fell asleep and we headed to bed!

We didn’t have plans for the next day so we worked out and went to try a new brunch spot-Claudine Kitchen and Bakeshop.

I ordered the Smoked Salmon Lox on Toast Bowl (yes, I know I was confused as well) and hubby did a create your own omelette. We ordered a malted milk pancake to share because #breakfastdessert

My bowl had a LOT of lox, tomatoes, cucumbers, pickled shallots radishes, capers, a boiled egg, and whipped lemon cream cheese. It came with a piece of multigrain toast. It was honestly so good! I was unable to finish the lox so hubs helped me out 🙂

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I did not try the omelette, but it came with salad and hash browns and you know I tried the hash browns. I couldn’t resist! SO good!

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The pancake was the star of the show in my opinion, but hubs did not think it was as amazing as I did. It was a little cakier and more flavorful than a regular pancake. It drank up all the syrup and LORDY was it just the most amazing pancake I have ever had!

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After breakfast we walked around and spotted a Home Goods/Marshalls combo and went in. We looked around trying to find a bread proofing basket to no luck and then tried to find a dutch oven. We did find a dutch oven, but didn’t know it was a dutch oven which lead to more stores until realizing our mistake and returning to ANOTHER Home Goods to buy it.

After all the running around we were pretty beat! We chilled around for a while and by that I mean doing some meal prep for the week which included making our current favorite Green Goddess Dip.

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After all of that we finally got around to our new Sunday tradition. Burger night! I feel like every Sunday for a while now we’ve been making burgers and roasted veggies. I’m kinda loving it!

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I honestly cannot remember what we had for dessert, but we had an early night since we both had work the next day. I know it was a long post so if you made it this far all the high-fives to you!

 

Carmel Valley

The hubs and I had a staycation recently, but he planned a surprise getaway for us during the start of our week.

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We drove up the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) to head to Carmel Valley and do a couple of hikes along the way. Sadly for us, due to the rain, we didn’t get to do one of the hikes. The other one was short and sweet, but absolutely breathtaking.

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That picture definitely does not do it any justice, but the rain definitely added to the beauty and our sense of adventure.

After getting lost along a dirt path and finally finding our way out and back on a nice paved road we arrived at our AirBnB. This place was like a woodsy cabin and all around us was this gorgeous greenery.

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It was all windows so we had some beautiful views. There was a television and we were super grateful for the heater inside because it was chilly!

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After unloading our things we decided to head out and explore the town a bit. We explored the shops a little and ran into some local places. We found a little shop that had some of the best spreads, dips, and caramel sauces. The great thing was we were able to sample everything 🙂

After a long drive and munching on very few snacks we were ready for an early dinner. We found out that a pizza place we bookmarked was within walking distance of where we already were. Dontchya just love it when things work out like that?

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We moseyed on over to Little Napoli where they were pretty full with people. We decided we didn’t want to wait and grabbed a couple of seats by the bar. They had the best pictures on Yelp of this delicious garlic bread-we had to have it.

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We also ordered the burrata which came with some roasted red peppers. I won’t lie I thought the burrata would come with crostini or something to eat it with, but it didn’t so we just used our garlic bread. Is it a thing to just eat burrata by the forkful??

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We nibbled (who am I kidding, we scarfed down) on our apps and perused the menu to figure out which pizza to order. We settled on their version of a margh (surprise, surprise!).

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The pizza was Neapolitan style and it had a crispy crust and gooey cheese. The billowy edges of the pizza and bubbly cheese are always my favorite parts. We weren’t able to finish all of it and took the rest back to the AirBnB for later.

We ended up spending the rest of the night watching The Innocent Man on Netflix until we fell asleep. It was a pretty fantastic first day! I’ll see you Thursday for our SF adventures 🙂

Have you been to Carmel Valley or Carmel by the Sea?

 

Full Day of Eating

It’s my first Full Day of Eating post in 2019 and I am here for it!

I love starting my day off with a yummy  breakfast so today it was a bowl of greens, grape tomatoes, potatoes, and eggs! Noms!!

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I’ve been having breakfast later which means later lunch. The only problem with that is during the work week we have earlier dinner so a big lunch means I don’t want to have dinner. My solution? Have a smaller/snackier lunch. I’m happy with that and you guys know I LOVE having little bit of everything so this is perfect!

I decided on a half grilled cheese, greens, tomatoes and a little bit of golden lentil soup from Amy’s.

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The other trend you may notice is that I tend to eat the same veggies with most meals. This is because there’s only two of us and I hate buying a bunch of produce and throwing it away because I didn’t have time to use it. To avoid this I will buy a few different veggies and use them up throughout the week.

I’ve also been buying frozen bell peppers to add to eggs and frozen breakfast potatoes because it keeps pretty well and sometimes it’s even a little less expensive.

For dinner we ended up going to an AYCE sushi place called Hikari. It’s actually pretty close to the other AYCE  sushi place we went to, Maru. This place was delicious, but we still prefer Maru.

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Hunida’s blogs have me on a sushi kick!

Hikari also gave us complimentary green tea ice-cream at the end of our meal. It was sweet and had a very mild green tea flavor!

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We came home after this and relaxed until it was time for bed 🙂 what have you been eating? Do you have a favorite AYCE sushi place?

 

Sushi Date Night

It’s been a minute since we’ve had a proper date night so we decided that we were long overdue! We picked Maru Sushi Bar simply because they had 4.5 stars and great reviews on Yelp.

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We ordered a few of their different specialty rolls and enjoyed all of them! The only one I was a little iffy on was the roll topped with eel and avocado, but even that was good. I enjoy spicier, more savory flavors and tend not to like sweeter teriyaki type sauces so that may have something to do with it.

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This Oh! Baby Roll was our favorite roll of the night I think. It was different and I loved that it was spicy crab and scallop mix, avocado, and sprouts wrapped in a piece of tuna. Craving this all over again!

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The quality of the fish could be noticed in the sashimi we ordered. The tuna with the roasted brussels sprout was surprising and odd. I believe the other was yellowtail with jalapeño and cilantro. The yellowtail was my favorite out of the two.

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We also got a tuna rice cake which is unpictured, but we both LOVED. The crispy texture of the rice really did a great job contrasting with the avocado and spicy tuna.

We will definitely be going back at some point to try out more of their rolls!

I had made brownies and added in some Reese’s PB cups for dessert. I had thought ahead and bought vanilla ice-cream to top it off 🙂

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We ended our night nice and cozy with our brownie creation and some Narcos Mexico…pretty darn perfect!

What’s your favorite type of sushi roll? Or are you a sashimi person? Have you seen Narcos? Let’s chat in the comments 🙂

Kickin KAsian

I’ve never thought about doing or going to a crab boil and I have no idea why! The other week the idea struck me and it seemed like a fun little experience so we looked up some places.

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We decided on Kickin KAsian! Honestly, I am a bad, bad foodie because I’ve never opened crab and had no idea what to expect.

We got seated and got our bibs and ordered…

We got shrimp with mushroom and quail eggs (also never had quail eggs)

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We seasoned them medium spicy (not that spicy, would go spicy next time) and got their KAsian seasoning on one (cajun spice mix) and Garlic KAsian (cajun with garlic) on the other.

They brought us scissors and a cracking device. The shrimp was easy enough to peel, but the crab was sometimes a stickler.

We would have been okay with spicier seasoning, but otherwise the shrimp and crab were both delicious choices.

The quail eggs were like miniature versions of chicken eggs. Be cautious of the mushrooms though because they get super juicy and will squirt if you bite into it…definitely a one mouthful and be done kind of thing.

This was a very interesting experience all together…it gets pretty messy, but at the end of all the work you get some yummy chunks of seafood so I can’t complain!

We ended our night with SomiSomi! Ube flavored soft serve with nutella coated taiyaki and oreo crumble…NOMS!

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Have you guys ever been to a crab boil type place? What did you think?

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!