24 08, 2014

Tipsy Cow | Sherman Oaks, CA

By |August 24th, 2014|Food, Restaurants|1 Comment

Tipsy Cow | Sherman Oaks

the hubby and i came here for dinner.  we were pretty excited about this new establish poppin’ up in sherman oaks! what we ordered everything that they are known for:

  • tipsy style burger w/ a side of fries – cheddar, lettuce, roasted tomatoes, grilled onions, dill pickle, and thousand island
  • bourbon brined fried pickles w/ jalapeño ranch
  • good talk dad milkshake – vanilla ice cream and salted caramel

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the good talk dad milkshake is a solid milkshake.  kyle loved it.  i would definitely agree that it is a great milkshake but the caramel was a little too sweet for me… so i couldn’t have too much of it.

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the burger:  we wanted to love the burger.  the waitress recommended that we get this burger (this was not our first choice) since they are known for this.  we thought the burger was okay.  the burger patty itself is not flavorful and the bun is not my favorite. onions and roasted tomatoes added some flavor but we found ourselves taking the sauces from the fries and dunking our burger in it.

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fried pickles were also just ok.  we wanted them to be crispier.  there are definitely places that do this better.

Tipsy Cow | Sherman Oaks

  • food:  the food was just okay.  the only thing we really liked was the milkshake since the burger was a let down.
  • service:  the service was ok.  nothing we can really rave about.
  • ambience:  i really like the interior of this place. subway tiles, high ceilings, and wooden tables. good hang out to grab a drink.
  • parking: metered parking on ventura.  could get difficult during peak dinner hours.
  • overall:  i’m not too eager to recommend this to anyone at this point.  food is just meh.  since it has a good looking bar i’m sure happy hour is a better time to go.

Tipsy Cow
15005 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 94103

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17 08, 2014

The Churchill | Los Angeles

By |August 17th, 2014|Food, Restaurants|0 Comments

The Churchill | Los Angeles

we came to the churchill to enjoy some sunday mimosas!  what we ordered:

  • blistered sweet corn pizza with gluten-free pizza dough – pancetta, serrano chilies, sundried tomatoes, asiago
  • the churchill burger – cheddar, caramelized onions, pickles, bacon
  • pork meatballs with tomatoes and basil
  • wild mushroom pizza with tomato confit, fontina, asiago, basil
  • vegan pizza (custom made by the kitchen)

so the blistered sweet corn pizza (pictured above) was my favorite!  so, so good.  great flavors, crispy crust… mmm.

The Churchill | Los Angeles

kyle orders meatballs everywhere he goes… the churchill was not going to be an exception.  in our opinion, the meatballs were good but not worth $11.

The Churchill | Los Angeles

mimosas were endless (can’t even tell you how much it costs).  the burger was just ok.  the bread is not the greatest.  i’d definitely recommend getting a pizza over the burger.

The Churchill | Los Angeles

the wild mushroom pizza was not what i expected.  i thought the mushrooms would be sautéed… or at least have a little more flavor. where is the tomato confit?  all i saw were just tomatoes. go with the blistered sweet corn pizza.

The Churchill | Los Angeles

so our friend is vegan…good thing the churchill had a veggie burger on their menu! however, the waiters got some orders mixed up and the table next to us received the last vegan burger! fail.  the waiter told us that the kitchen was going to make a vegan pizza and listed some ingredient, including vegan cheese.

the kitchen actually forgot the order and never made it.  after realizing they didn’t make the order, they made the pizza with real cheese! after pointing that out, they gave our friend a pizza with literally dough, onions, arugula and mushrooms… with no sauce. lol. double fail.

  • food:  the only thing i would order again would be the corn pizza.  with that said, since the rest of our order was just ok, i am on the fence about coming back here.
  • service:  ehhhh.  given the whole vegan situation… i would say staff here is pretty sub par.  we got there relatively early for brunch.  the place was not packed so the fact that they forgot an order, made the wrong order, and then served pretty awful food is ridiculous.  who runs out of the veggie burger right when they open?
  • ambience:  the churchill is very cute. chill vibe. nice patio area. tons of space up and down stairs.
  • parking:  standard third street parking… metered.
  • overall:  food was overall unimpressive but it is a nice place to enjoy mimosas on sundays!

The Churchill
8384 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

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12 08, 2014

Olympic Provisions | Portland, OR

By |August 12th, 2014|Food, Portland, Restaurants, Travel|1 Comment

Olympic Provisions | Portland

kyle picked olympic provisions because he wanted to try their charcuterie plate and because it was featured in GQ magazine.

Olympic Provisions | Portland

we ordered:

  • ploughman’s platter ($14) – their charcuterie plate.  two salami, pork terrine, cheese, pickled egg, bread and a glass of draught beer.
  • croissant and scrambled eggs ($10)
  • capicola and salami cotto sandwich ($9) – lettuce, pepperoncini, red onion, aioli, italian dressing on a hoagie roll.
  • steak and egg benedict ($13)

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  • food:  everything we got was just okay.  nothing too memorable. bloody mary was pretty awesome though.
  • ambience:  cute, clean, open space.  it was actually a great stopping place to grab a beer (just wish we loved our food a little more)
  • service:  okay.  not too much interaction besides putting in our order.
  • overall:  would i recommend it?  not really.  out of all of our meals in pdx, this was my least favorite.  it was missing any sort of wow factor.  portland has so many great options, i would pass on this one unless you are in the area and just want to grab a beer.

Olympic Provisions
1632 NW Thurman St
Portland, OR 97209

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11 08, 2014

Meat Cheese Bread | Portland, OR

By |August 11th, 2014|Food, Portland, Restaurants, Travel|0 Comments

Meat Cheese Bread | Portland

we were looking for a place to eat breakfast sunday morning before heading over to multnomah falls.  since this is a foodie city, most of the amazing breakfast/brunch places had a long wait.

Meat Cheese Bread | Portland

we ended up at meat cheese bread even though this was on our list for lunch.  we ordered:

  • breakfast burrito ($7) - scrambled egg, hash browns, green chile salsa and cheddar
  • park kitchen ($9) - flank steak, pickled onions, blue cheese mayo, lettuce and vinaigrette
  • steak & eggs ($7.50) - house-made roll, sliced flank steak, blue cheese and a fried egg

Meat Cheese Bread | Portland
Meat Cheese Bread | Portland Meat Cheese Bread | Portland

the breakfast burrito.  this is one of those “don’t judge a book by its cover” situations.  my first thought after seeing this burrito was “i could make this.” my second thought was “this looks so puny.” christine and i both enjoyed it.  this is obviously not as good as a breakfast burritos found in los angeles but it was still good (with some hot sauce of course).

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Meat Cheese Bread | Portland

kyle got the park’s kitchen sandwich.  if you life blue cheese, this sandwich is for you! eric got the steak and egg sandwich. it was meh.

Meat Cheese Bread | Portland

  • food:  breakfast burrito was pretty good.  a lot of reviews said that it was the best sandwich they ever had… not seeing it.  good sandwich? yes.  best, nah.
  • service: friendly service
  • ambience:  casual.  small, casual place.
  • overall:  overall, it was good.  i’d recommend this place if you are nearby.  i wouldn’t recommend going out of your way or anything but you will have a decent meal here.

Meat Cheese Bread
1406 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97213

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1 08, 2014

Ava Gene’s | Portland, OR

By |August 1st, 2014|Food, Photography, Portland, Restaurants, Travel|0 Comments

before coming to portland, ava gene’s was not on our radar at all.  it’s actually relatively new to division street. we first heard about it from our new buddy at salt & straw.  she said that it was her favorite restaurant.  with all the places we had to try, we put it on our list but knew that we might not get to it.  when another friend of ours (currently living in portland) also raved about it, we knew we had to try it.

Ava Gene's | Portland

here…we…go.

this place did not have any available reservations online, which was expected since we were trying to make a reservation two hours in advance.  determined, we decided to go there and try our luck with a party of 6!  right place at the right time?  the host let us sit down right away but let us know that he would need that table in 2 hours!  can i just say that i am in love with this type of efficiency?  we were/are grateful for such an accommodating host!

Ava Gene's | Portland

what we ordered:

  • random salumi
  • tre scelte dai giardini ($32) – three choices from the gardens (aka salads).  this is a good choice if you want to try a few of their salads/veggies.  we chose (i) cauliflower, asparagus, almonds, honey vinegar, (ii) zucchini, hominy, pistachio, oregano, aleppo pepper, and (iii)  cucumbers, snow peas, squid, barrel-aged colatura, filberts.
  • gemelli fava beans, pistachio pesto, occhipinti ($20)
  • anneloni, rabbit ragu, ruby streaks ($20)
  • spaghetti, bay shrimp, pomodorini, chiles ($20)
  • ricotta cavatelli, sausage, purple broccoli ($20)
  • lamb leg, cauliflower, pistachios, couscous ($30)

Ava Gene's | Portland

we all enjoyed the salumi! great sharing app.

cocktails were pretty great and came in cute, tall glasses. since we had been drinking all day, we didn’t really go crazy in this department. our focus was on the food.

Ava Gene's | Portland

the salads were delicious! the zucchini / hominy salad was probably my favorite, while the cucumber / snow pea salad was a close second.  surprisingly great flavors. something i would definitely recommend. the cauliflower is very light.  while this was good, i probably would go for one of the other salads next time.

Ava Gene's | Portland
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all the pastas were uh-freaking-mazing.  i repeat.  uh-mazing.  we loved them all.  fresh pasta.  kick-in-the-face flavors.  very well done.

if i had to pick one, i would suggest the spaghetti with bay shrimp… but i really would get them all again.

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Ava Gene's | Portland
Ava Gene's | Portland
Ava Gene's | Portland

eric ordered the lamb.  i’m not a lamb person (i find it a little too gamey for my taste) but this lamb was so well done that i didn’t find it gamey at all! well done!  this has made me very optimistic about my future lamb endeavors.

Ava Gene's | Portland

  • food:  i can understand why so many people are in love with this place. pastas are excellent. definitely one of our favorite meals.
  • atmosphere:  i loved the decor.  think stylish with an old school feel.  is that a thing? very trendy.  marble, high ceilings, and great lighting. who doesn’t love low hanging bulbs?  if you’re into restaurant interiors, you will find this place delightful.  more importantly, check out the bathrooms!  they are so cool!  i wont spoil the surprise.  just make sure you make a visit!
  • service:  our waitress was great!  staff in general is attentive… further adding to the charm of this place.
  • parking: this sits on the same street as pok pok and salt & straw.  we didn’t have an issue parking.  we found spots in the local neighborhood (free).
  • overall:  we had a great experience at ava gene’s!  i’m careful not to overhype this place.  i know the reviews of this place go back and forth and a lot of people are not happy about the price.  but i say…you get what you pay for… and this place is definitely worth it.  this is a beautiful restaurant with a special take on traditional italian.  mindblowingly great?  some will think so (like us) but in general you are in for a great meal.  get ready for some fantastic, quality pasta.

ps.  according to our waitress. ava gene is the name of the owners daughter.  cute, right?  also, this is the same guy who founded stumptown!

Ava Gene’s
3377 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

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