Oh the food we will eat…The State

During our move in week in order to get some sanity we decided to do a little date night. We went and saw a movie and happened to make in time for the happy hour menu (which is apparently all day on Monday).

It was such a beautiful day we decided to sit outside and take in the weather. After perusing the menu we decided on the Brussels sprouts, short rib tacos, and a burger.

I really loved the Brussels-the crispy, crunchy, charred pieces are always my favorite and that dollop of goat cheese on top rounded it all out and added that much needed creamy tang.

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The husband really loved the short rib tacos. Besides looking beautiful (those colors!) these were meaty and fresh and crunchy and wonderful!

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The burger was a wonderful cheeseburger of sorts and it did end up falling apart towards the end, but it was worth the mess. The salad on the side was really pretty and a good standard salad-nothing to write home about!

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We headed out for frozen yogurt after this, but really enjoyed our experience at The State. Since our whole order was off the happy hour menu the whole thing ended up being under $30? That’s a pretty cheap date night πŸ™‚

What’s your favorite date night spot?

Restaurants Re-Visited

No matter how many times I say or write “we will be back” it seems like an impossible feat in LA. There are a few places that we do go back to often and you guys know because the food keeps reappearing on posts, but here are a few restaurants that we “re-visited” in anticipation of leaving LA and also because they are just so darn delicious!

Claudine’s is a place we’ve come to 4 or 5 times after discovering it. I absolutely love that they have some fun unique items on their menu. They literally have something for everyone whether you are looking for something healthier or a little indulgent-they have you covered!

Great White is a spot we visited over a year ago and it’s probably one of hubs favorite places because of their breakfast burrito. We re-visited and got the same things-breakfast burrito and chicken sandwich. The fries are nothing to laugh at either. Two words to describe the food? Messy and delicious!

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Mendocino has some yummy sandwiches and our first love was the Study of Heat. We love going back quite possibly due to nostalgia. We are always looking for spots where they can open closer to us, but until then we are willing to make the drive or take a quick lunch detour upon spotting one πŸ˜‰

What are restaurants you make the effort to re-visit? Let’s chat in the comments!

 

Oh the food we will eat…Bestia

Hubs and I love a good date night and it’s even better when things just fall into place. I had bought tickets for this musical comedy show at Second City and we were figuring out when and where to do dinner.

Somehow hubs was able to secure a reservation for 2 at 10pm. I don’t know if that sounds crazy, but this place is hard to get a table at. I had also had this place bookmarked for a while and so dinner at 10pm sounded like a fantastic idea πŸ˜‰

Despite having reservations we still waited about half an hour, but there was seating outside with heaters so we were perfectly content (albeit a little starved).

When we finally got seated we looked over the menu and and decided pretty quickly! We decided to start with the smoked chicken liver pate and bone marrow that came with pasta.

While waiting for our food we took in the ambiance. It’s a very LA place…the music is loud, the decor is industrial hipster vibes. You’re yelling the whole time because you can’t hear each other even though you’re sitting next to each other…this can be fun sometimes, but this night I just wanted to have a conversation and break bread without breaking my eardrums!

Now the apps…

I was a leeeetttle bit worried about the chicken liver pate because I am not a chicken liver person or any liver really. This ended up being absolutely fine and hubby really enjoyed it. It arrived with warm bread and let’s be honest…you can spread anything on warm bread and it’s fantastic. It also came with a little side of bbq sauce and you were supposed to spread some pate and spread some bbq sauce and eat! It paired pretty nicely-the umami with the slightly sweet and tangy.

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The bone marrow dish came with a real bone and the lovely lady that brought it over scraped it out table side over this delicious pasta. This was my favorite dish of the night! The pasta was perfectly cooked and the flavors were savory and oh so good.

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For our main we ordered the margherita pizza (between San Diego and here, we were on a kick). This wasn’t the best margh I have ever had by any means, but I don’t think Bestia is the place to come for pizza. If I ever got a do over I would go with one of the other entrees.

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If you’re ever in LA and looking for a “nicer” place with that expensive hipster vibe this would be your jam!

Have you been to Bestia? 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 sautΓ©ed, 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 πŸ™‚

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

 

Full Day of Eats

Welcome back to another FDOE. This is from a busy Friday filled with errands and running around but ended with movie night and quality time with bae πŸ™‚

I started my morning off with a yummy breakfast burrito! I don’t have a lot of time to make myself breakfast on days I work so on days I’m off I really enjoy taking my time to make a good one–recently it’s been these burritos!

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I ran around for some errands and by the time I got home it was almost 2pm so I threw together this delicious salad. It had all the leftover baby kale, sesame seeds, goat cheese, and some rotisserie chicken. Unpictured are the plantains I had on the side and the super sweet, juicy nectarine I had for dessert.

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Once the hubs got home we made plans for dinner and a movie. We went to Marilyn’s Mediterranean Kitchen. The hubs LOVED this place and I thought it was pretty excellent too.

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We got a chicken shawarma plate and a kuftah kebab plate. They came with two sides of our choice so I picked hummus and rice and the hubs picked veggies and baba ghanoush.

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Everything was delicious! Hubby’s favorite was the kuftah kebab and I couldn’t get enough of the hummus. The service was really great and everyone was so friendly and helpful.

They were so nice and found out that it was our first time and gave us a tiramisu. It was so good and such a perfect ending to our meal!

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We headed out to watch The Spy Who Dumped Me and I thought it was great. I was almost in tears laughing, but I may have been the only one. The hubs thought it was a good movie, but nothing to write home about.

That concludes my FDOE! I hope you guys enjoyed the post!

Have you guys seen The Spy Who Dumped Me? What did you think?

 

 

Meals with Friends-Joey

How are things in your neck of the woods? Also, how did “neck of the woods” become a thing?

Over here we’ve been little social butterflies and having all the meals with some peeps we just love. Because of that we’ve been eating at some new, some old, but all delicious places so I thought it would be fun to share in a mini-series called Meals with Friends.

Super orig. I know…let’s just get on with the socializing and eating, yeah?

You know how much I love Joey so it seemed like a good place to gather some friends to eat some good food and hang out.

We app’d it up with some wings (freaking crunchy, savory goodness)Β and some lettuce wraps (fresh and sweet). Sadly no pictures of it…oops!

I won’t lie I felt super torn about what to get for dinner, but ended up ordering this bbq salmon bowl. The salmon was perfectly cooked. The bbq sauce wasn’t over bearing and super sweet which I liked. It came with some steamed (?) veggies and brown rice.

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The hubs also had some difficult food choices, but he settled on the Farmer’s Chopped Chicken salad. We shared both things and I really enjoyed the salad. It was fresh and the chicken added heartiness to make it feel like a meal.

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We were too full for dessert, but later that night the hubs and I did try out some new ice-creams πŸ˜€

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T’was a lovely night and any meal shared with loved ones is a great meal πŸ™‚ What are your favorite go-to places for dinner with friends? Do you have a usual spot or do you like to try new places?

Let me know in the comments below! See you next time!!

 

Maui Day 1

We woke up to sunshine our first day in Maui! We felt rested and ready to explore πŸ™‚ After taking some time to get situated we headed out to a close by cafe, Paia Bay Coffee, to get coffee (MUCH wanted) and breakfast (MUCH needed).

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We ordered a salmon and lox bagel (typical us), a Greek yogurt bowl, and banana bread to go. I got some hot coffee while the hubs got iced.

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This salmon and lox bagel was so fresh and delicious and hearty-cream cheese, avocado, tomato. Absolute perfection!

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After taking some time to plot our day and our trip we headed out to Kihei. We explored the beach and checked out some local shops and stumbled into Cinnamon Roll Place where we got this decadent thing.

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Underneath all that is a cinnamon roll…I promise!

This cinnamon roll had cream cheese icing and macadamia nuts and warmed up it was ooey and gooey in all the best ways!

After some more walking we drove around and found ourselves at an outdoor mall. The weather was so beautiful it was perfect for window shopping and taking in the sun. We obviously always have to get a treat so we got this lilikoi (passion fruit) mochi ice-cream from Whaler’s General Store.

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By the way this next pic is the view from that mall’s parking lot.. This picture does absolutely no justice, but I felt like everywhere you looked in Maui it was so beautiful. Everything was lush and green and floral-all the deep happy sighs!

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We ended up changing up our plans and decided to head to Lahaina so to keep our energy up we stopped at Akamai coffee. We both got iced coffees this time and started our drive!

Lahaina may have been one of my favorite places of this trip! It’s definitely touristy, but it’s just fun. There’s a fun little boardwalk/shopping type of area that’s right across from the water. It has so many restaurants, coffee shops, and places for trinkets.

Our first find was a little taco truck called Ono Tacos. We shared one fish and one shrimp taco. I don’t remember who liked which more, but each taco was devoured!

After this we walked our way from Ono Tacos to the outdoor outlet mall to the Lahaina boardwalk. There was so much to look at between the stores and the beautiful water! We tried to take it all in the best we could.

We had dinner at Lahaina Luna Cafe which took some walking around to find, but ended up being well worth it! We got teri-fried chicken bites, fish and chips, and a taco combo. The taco combo came with one mahi-mahi taco and one Korean bbq beef taco.

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The teri-fried chicken bites were these little pieces of fried chicken coated in a sweet teriyaki glaze. They were crunchy and delicious!

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The Korean bbq beef taco was the fave among the two tacos πŸ™‚

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Lahaina Luna was right next door to a place highly rated on Yelp. It has 5 stars (out of 5) and over a 1000 reviews. I mean that’s pretty crazy! I know you’re dying to know what this place is-it’s Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice.

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I believe we got coconut, mango, and pineapple with macadamia soft serve, sweet and condensed milk and mochi on top.

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And yes, it was 5 star worthy!

We did some more perusing before heading home to catch some z’s before day 2 began!

I’ll see you lovelies on Monday until then tell me have you been to Lahaina? Did we make any of the same stops? Comment below and let me know!

 

November Eats Part 1

We had a LOT of yummy food in the month of November and I really wanted to share it with you guys so I wanted to throw this together. Let’s just hop right in to the food (per usu):

Noah’s Bagels is our current favorite spot to hit up for an Everything Bagel. This particular day we decided to get a couple of sandwiches. Backstory: This was post-workout, we were starving, and had errands so this was a delicious pick me up!

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Square Bar Cafe is a spot we had been meaning to check out so while perusing through an outdoor mall we had to make the stop. We got a mango slushy with boba

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Subculture Sandwiches in Long Beach was a major win. The bread is crusty and chewy and their ingredients inside are just as flavorful and delicious as the outside.

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Paderia Bakehouse is a bakery I dedicated a whole blog post to already so not much more to say. Check out that post here. We did make a lovely picnic with our Subculture sandwiches and our sweet treats πŸ™‚

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Magnolia Bakery has been on my list since forever and I was giddy to go. We tried all the puddings, but stuck with the original (the best IMO). It was possibly the best banana pudding I have ever had.

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Leo’s Taco Truck usually has a nice long line, but it goes by quickly and the tacos are worth the wait. They have an amazing toppings/salsa bar. The pickled onions and peppers were my favorite, but be warned that it definitely has a spicy kick!

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Milk Jar Cookies is a place I can’t say enough good things about. They have some of the best cookies I have ever had in my life. They are big cookies that somehow remain chewy and filled with all sorts of goodies. I absolutely LOVE this place.

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As I was looking through my pictures I realize that this post would be way too long if I keep going so I am going to stop here and make this a Part 1 in a two part series! Stay tuned next Friday to catch the rest. Enjoy your weekend my loves!

 

 

Oh the food we will eat…Howlin’ Ray’s

If you haven’t heard about Howlin’ Ray’s it’s a hot chicken spot that is extremely popular. I feel like there is/has been a hot chicken craze sweeping California and Howlin’ Ray’s is supposed to be one of the best.

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After having visited Howlin’ Ray’s I will say that you should go because, if nothing else, it is an experience.

Let’s start from the beginning where you will come and experience a nice long line. Bring Β good friends and family to wait with you so you can catch up during this time. If you can’t find anyone to wait in line with you for 1-3 hours then bring a good book or make sure your phone is charged πŸ™‚

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Our wait was about an hour and a half and after reading some Yelp reviews I think we were lucky. There have been people that wait 3 plus hours! They close at 4, but the good news is that they will continue to serve anybody that is in line. That’s pretty amazing customer service!

The good service continues as you step into the restaurant. It’s small, but it’s bustling. Every worker is smiling and high fiving anyone and everyone and none of it impedes with how quickly they are crankin’ out that fried chicken. It’s a beautiful thing to behold after waiting an hour and a half.

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We ordered the quarter chicken (mild heat) and also a hot chicken sando (moderate heat). There is a scale varying from country to howlin’ heat so you pick the spice level you want so no worries about burning your mouth or not having enough heat…they have you covered!

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The sandwich was our fave, but the chicken was crispy, juicy, and tender. The level of heat was perfect for both!

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We really enjoyed our experience-the chicken and service were above and beyond-but the line kills me. Don’t get me wrong I am glad that we had a chance to experience Howlin’ Ray’s and if you can go I highly recommend it because as I said it is quite the experience!

Have you tried Howlin’ Ray’s?