2611, 2014

Whipp’d LA | West Hollywood, CA

By |November 26th, 2014|Dessert, Food, Restaurants|0 Comments

so katy.  not only is she my best friend, she is also my favorite person to eat dessert with! our common ground:  we eat less of our dinner to make sure we had room for dessert.  and! we have dessert with every meal. #strong

she introduced me to whipp’d la since it has non-dairy options! (for those who are lactose intolerant and still love to eat ice cream).

the dole pineapple whip and vanilla swirl… one of those things that just changes your life forever.  (i’ll give you a moment to absorb that statement)

dole whip (the kind you get at disneyland near indiana jones) is delicious pineapple ice cream/fro-yo with a fluffy, light texture.  the vanilla is so good, you wouldn’t realize it’s non dairy.  they are so good together.  especially in a freshly made waffle cone.  the vanilla is a must so that it cuts some of the tartness from the pineapple. trust me on this.

i’ve tried nothing else here.  since the pineapple vanilla swirl is such a winner.

Whipp'd LA

  • service:  obviously awesome
  • parking:  small parking lot in the back (entrance off of fairfax)! if there aren’t available spaces, good luck with metered street parking.
  • overall:  a gem in la that i don’t think gets enough attention.  i recommend this place to anyone and everyone.  enjoy!

Whipp’d LA
7901 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Neighborhood:  West Hollywood

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2511, 2014

Amy’s Bread | New York City

By |November 25th, 2014|Coffee, Tea, & Bakeries, Food, New York, Restaurants, Travel|0 Comments

this will be short and sweet.  this is lauren’s favorite, favorite bakery in nyc.  when someone tells me something is their absolute favorite, i take it seriously (especially if it is in a city full of awesome eating options).  her favorite thing here: the black and white cake.

but since i don’t eat chocolate, we asked the cashier which was better: the coconut cake or the carrot cake.  no hesitation: “coconut cake hands down”  i love when people don’t hesitate because they are that sure.

Amy's Bread NYC

have i told you i have been obsessing over coconut cake ever since i tried the famous coconut cake in pebble beach?  well it was my favorite coconut cake until this.  yep.

why?  the cake is extremely moist.  probably the moistest (moist is not my favorite word but i cant think of a better word to use here) cake i have ever had.  not the soggy kinda moist… the perfectly fluffy kinda moist.  the coconut frosting just adds to its greatness.  not too sweet (a big rating factor for me).

Amy's Bread NYC

i have now added this to one my favorite bakeries.  alright new york, you win this one.

ps. i visit this bakery every time i visit nyc now. of the two locations i have been to (chelsea and west village), my favorite is the one in chelsea since it has more options.

Amy’s Bread
75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011
Neighborhood: Chelsea / Meatpacking

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250 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014
Neighborhood: West Village

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1011, 2014

On The Thirty | Sherman Oaks, CA

By |November 10th, 2014|Food, Restaurants|0 Comments

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there are a few gastropubs that opened up in sherman oaks! on the thirty is one of the ones we placed on our list.

came here celebrating jrod’s birthday.  since he’s a beer guy, i thought this place was perfect!  what we ordered:

  • big mista’s sweet n spicy wings
  • filet pizza – marinara, mozzarella, garlic bourbon marinated filet mignon, caramelized onions, and sriracha
  • amaze balls – potato, cheese, cream cheese, jalapeño, bacon, panko crusted.  served with a basil aioli.
  • white truffle fries

On The Thirty Sherman Oaks

the wings are the bomb dot com.  we were told that this was the one thing we had to order.  great recommendation!

ohh the pizza!  sriracha on a pizza?  yes, please!  super tasty and everything we wanted it to be.

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the amazeballs were also good! pretty presentation, huh? fries weren’t too truffley.  we thought they were good.

On The Thirty Sherman Oaks

  • service:  we loved our waitress.  she was uber friendly and gave solid recommendations.  staff in general was friendly and attentive, making sure we had everything we needed.  the owner (didn’t get his name) is freaking awesome and very welcoming.  he was the one who urged us to get the wings.  in his words, he would put his wings up against anyone in la.  bold, right? i like bold.
  • parking:  we came here on a labor day and didn’t have an issue finding parking on ventura blvd.  meters only allow for 2 hours so just make sure you set a timer.
  • ambience:  high ceilings.  high booths.  a little on the dark side but an outdoor patio is available.  we actually sat near the window so we enjoyed the benefits of sunlight without the heat (90 degrees that day) outside. nice looking bar with a number of flat screen tvs for your viewing pleasure.
  • overall: i’ve been recommending this to everyone.  i’m confident that it will do well in sherman oaks.  beer selection is solid. food is great (definitely the better gastropubs out there right now).  flat screen tvs.  air conditioning.  how do you not fall in love with this place?

On the Thirty
14622 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

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2709, 2014

Russ & Daughters | New York City

By |September 27th, 2014|Food, New York, Restaurants, Travel|0 Comments

Russ & Daughters New York

this is our second time at russ & daughters.  our first time included a torrential pour and a lot of happiness… leading us to come back here for our mandatory new york bagel part deux.

we like to get to russ & daughters early since it gets relatively packed.  it’s located on the lower east side, near katz’s delicatessen.

Russ & Daughters New York

although there are a quite a number of options (a ton of different style lox and a bajillion types of cream cheese), we go for the popular: smoked salmon (not even sure which one we get), scallion cream cheese, red onions, and tomato on an onion bagel.

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so much salmon…

Russ & Daughters New York

  • ambience: this is a market.  so there aren’t any tables or chairs inside.  there’s a nice bench right outside in case you want to enjoy your bagel in the sun. also, since it is a seafood market… it will smell fishy.  this is a heads up to those who don’t do well in fishy settings.
  • service:  you grab a number and wait to be called.  my suggestion is to figure out what you want while you are waiting.  don’t be that person who is indecisive and holds up the line.  you will get some eye rolls.
  • our verdict: the smoked salmon with scallion cream cheese – delicious!  however, the bagel itself  is not as soft as we wanted it to be (the bagel at murray’s is better).  my ideal bagel would be lox from russ & daughters and an onion bagel from murrays.  just sayin’.

Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St
New York, NY 10002

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2609, 2014

Cafe Habana | New York City

By |September 26th, 2014|Food, New York, Restaurants, Travel|1 Comment

Cafe Habana New York

we came here for one thing and one thing only.  the grilled mexican corn ^^^

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our thoughts:  it was bomb.  cojita cheese, spicy powder, lime… ugh so good.  i could have one all to myself (it’s only 3 bucks). but since we were on a major eating adventure, we only ordered one to share.  #pros

Cafe Habana New York

  • ambience:  since we were looking to get in and out quickly, we opted for the to-go location right next door to the restaurant.  no line, same menu, and fast service.  there are a couple small tables plus bar seating at the window.  that’s all you really need to enjoy your corn.
  • overall:  the corn.  it’s delicious. it’s cheap.  it’s exactly what you dream it would be.  next time, we want to try all the other items on the menu.  we were smelling and staring at everyone’s food around us.  yes, we were those people.

you made us happy, cafe habana. very happy.

Cafe Habana
17 Prince St
New York, NY 10012

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Cafe Habana To-Go (right next door)
229 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012

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