Oh the food we will eat…Paul Martin’s

One particular Friday night, after watching Hobbs and Shaw at AMC, we decided to grab some dinner at Paul Martin’s.

Mind you I had already been eyeballing this place and seen some things (quite a few things) that really piqued my interest and knew we needed to come here. We arrived and were seated pretty quickly. I immediately loved the vibe-it was a pretty filled restaurant with a good buzz of chatter filling the air. It was lively!

We glanced at the menu and figured out what we wanted to order and went for it! We decided on the grilled artichoke for an app, the short rib for our main, and picked roasted cauliflower and Brussels to add on as sides.

We started with this beautiful bread and butter situation. The bread was just slightly warm, but so soft in the middle and crusty on the outside. The butter was salted and soft-super easy to spread! I honestly don’t know if there is anything that tops a good bread and butter combo for me…it’s just so good.

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We have never had artichokes and we were a bit confused on how to eat it. To be completely honest we just looked it up and I kind of wish we had looked it up while there because we wasted a lot of edible artichoke :/ The pieces we did eat though were super flavorful and had that lovely charred, salty delicious taste that I adore!

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The roasted cauliflower and Brussels were so good. The cauliflower was nice and garlicky from the pieces of roasted garlic that were hidden amongst the chunks of cauliflower. The Brussels were crispy and soft and absolutely delicious.

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The short rib was so tender you didn’t need a knife and the mashed potatoes that came with it were very smooth and creamy.

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The food was a HUGE hit with us and the service was really great! We will definitely be keeping this place in mind as an option for date night. If you have a Paul Martin’s near you, you absolutely should check it out!

Meals with Friends: Badmaash

This is post 2 in my mini series of Meals with Friends. If you want to read the first one then feel free to go here.

The hubs and I heard about Badmaash a LONG time ago. We’ve been wanting to come since then, but timing would never work out or we weren’t feeling Indian.

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When a friend hit me up to go to Badmaash specifically we knew this was the perfect time to make the leap and go for it. Badmaash is Indian with a modern twist. The restaurant is small, but well designed.

It was pretty warm in there when we went, but we had food and a friend so we were content.

We started with both types of samosas-butter chicken and veggie. They were known for the butter chicken and it was the favorite of the two, but I think it would be impossible to Β go wrong with either.

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One is fried dough with curried chicken stuffed in it and the other is stuffed with spice filled vegetables-that’s winning in my book.

We also got the tandoor chicken which came with these beautiful pickled radishes and onions. The chicken was charred to perfection-savory and juicy.

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We also got the butter chicken curry and naan to go with it. It was slightly sweet, savory, and had a lot warming spices. The naan was fresh and hot and I love that slight burnt taste too πŸ™‚

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Even though all the desserts were enticing we had dessert planned prior to this and decided to go to SK Donuts and try their new Creme BrΓ»lΓ©e donut.

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Obviously we had to get some of our usual favorite as well…

If you live in SoCal have you tried Badmaash? What did you think??

Oh the food we will eat…Egg Slut

I had been wanting to try Egg Slut for a long time, but there just never seemed to be a good time. Welp, finally ran into one during a walk around downtown and they weren’t overly swarmed so we made the stop πŸ˜‰

We ordered the Fairfax which is a soft scrambled egg with chives, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and sriracha mayo on a toasted brioche bun.

I cannot deny that the sandwich was killer! The soft scramble was done really well. The combination of the sweet caramelized onions and slight tang from the sriracha mayo played really well with the mild, creamy flavor from the eggs πŸ˜‹

If you ever get the chance to check out Egg Slut I highly recommend the Fairfax!

Have you checked out Fairfax? Do you guys have a favorite breakfast sandwich place? Let me know in the comments below!

November Eats Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of November Eats. If you haven’t checked out Part 1 yet feel free to check it out before reading this post!

Now on to the food:

Leo and Lily’s has been a favorite brunch spot for as long as I can remember and this sandwich was just everything! So. Good.

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Bibi Sara and MOD Pizza came together to create this meal. We got a chicken and beef kabob from Bibi Sara and a make your own pizza from MOD.

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The Stand had one of the best grilled chicken sandwiches and the fries were pretty bomb too πŸ™‚ We’re super excited to go back and check out more including some sweet potato fries we spotted.

PSY Street Kitchen has friendly service and tasty food. This delicious spread included a burger and another chicken sandwich.

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Dough Girl was a new discovery so we went halfsies-one side cheese and one side mobster which featured lobster bisque sauce with tiger shrimp.

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Mendocino Farms is a great lunch spot and an even better afternoon date spot πŸ˜‰

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Porto’s guava pastry and tres leches cake is something special. The guava and cheese pastry has that wonderful bright guava flavor. The tres leches is moist (sorry!) and sweet but not too sweet!

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November was the month for sandwiches, burgers, and pizza for us, but really what month isn’t? We’ve definitely covered a lot of ground food-wise in the last month and we’re pretty proud πŸ™‚

I hope you guys have enjoyed our November Eats! Let me know what new places you have tried or want to try in the comments below. Till next time friends!

 

 

HomeState

If you know me at all you know that I have a true love for breakfast and brunch and an even truer love for taco so during our excursions last weekend we decided to make a pitstop for some tacos at HomeState.

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I had a nagging headache, but the delicious smells and happy vibes in this place plus the fact we had tacos coming our way made me one happy human!

We ended up getting their queso (cheese sauce for those not familiar with Tex-Mex). The queso was good, but I wouldn’t have minded a bit more heat πŸ˜‰

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We got 4 tacos total and since my sweet hubs is not a die-hard breakfast person a couple were non-breakfast tacos.

We got the blanco which included egg whites, mushrooms, monterey jack.

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The pecos which had eggs and brisket

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The chicken which was achiote, guac, and cabbage slaw

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The picadillo which was ground beef, potatoes, carrots, cabbage slaw, and pickled jalapeΓ±os

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The tacos were so good and the freshly made flour tortillas really added extra goodness to each taco. We always ask ourselves after visiting a new place if we would return and for this place it was a definite yes!

 

A Vegan Lunch

It may be hard to tell from my posts, but when at home I tend to eat vegetarian for the most part. I enjoy eating lots of veggies and I find that my body does pretty well on it πŸ™‚Β We also enjoy our fish and burgers (as you may know if you’ve been reading my posts), but I think it’s all about balance.

All of this to say that I may have stumbled upon one of the best vegan joints I have ever been to.

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Let me start from the beginning…like every good story, this one starts with doughnuts. There has been this vegan doughnut place I have been wanting to try and so we set out to do just that, but we also wanted to grab some lunch.

We came across a place on Yelp called Organix. It’s a little vegan grocery store/vegan restaurant (kombucha shot for overtime I say vegan?). It has 3 wooden picnic type tables and benches to sit down and eat (you order at the register).

We ended up wanting everything on the menu, but went with the Chicken Bacon Ranch, Jesse’s Taco, and the Barbacoa Taco.

We also ended up getting some vegan jerky to try out while we waited. The flavor was like jerky, but the texture was very soft-the hubs seemed to like it.

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Now on to the rest of the food ( insert all of the heart eye emojis here)

The CBR had vegan chicken, coconut bacon, vegan ranch, grilled onions, lettuce and tomato on sourdough.

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And a side shot so you can see all the yummy vegan layers (and yes, I did put the word vegan in there so you would take a shot πŸ˜€ )

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The Jesse’s Taco was a corn tortilla filled with mushrooms, grilled onions, bell pepper, cabbage, salsa, and chipotle aioli.

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Jesse’s on the left and barbacoa on the right

The Barbacoa (my fave) was slow cooked shredded jack fruit, cabbage, crema and pico also on a corn tortilla.

The food was incredible…I only wish we lived closer! That’s all for this post, but that doughnut post will be coming soon so keep an eye out πŸ˜€