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Cafe Beignet | New Orleans, LA

Cafe Beignet New Orleans

the obvious choice when you come to new orleans is cafe du monde for beignets.  what you don’t realize is that there is a better, less touristy option!

enter: cafe beignet!  after trying the beignets at cafe du monde, we wanted to know if those were indeed the “best beignets.”  after some searching, we found that cafe beignet was featured on “the best thing i ever ate” as alton brown’s favorite.  umm… we love that show.  we obviously had to try it.

Cafe Beignet New Orleans

here’s our verdict:  we completely fell in love with these beignets!!!  the difference is that the beignets at cafe beignet are flatter and more uniform in shape.  since they are smaller, they are a lot crispier than cafe du monde.  also, they came out hotter.  who doesn’t appreciate these things? we thought so.

Cafe Beignet New Orleans

after trying these beignets, we had to go back to cafe du monde just to make sure we were making the right assessment (we ate beignets pretty much every day on our trip).  yep. our vote is with cafe beignet.

ps. one order comes with three beignets ($3.99 per order). we had one order between the two of us.

Cafe Beignet New Orleans

  • ambience:  the ambience is much cuter than cafe du monde.  small, quaint.  some awesome outdoor seating in the patio.  think cute cafe.
  • service:  nice. you aren’t going to get the ridiculously long lines like cafe du monde.  that is a definite plus.
  • overall:  excellent beignets.  these were our favorite! fresh, hot, crispy…#winning.  oh, and make sure you get a cup of coffee for the full experience.

Cafe Beignet
334 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

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By |December 5th, 2014|Food|0 Comments

Cafe Du Monde | New Orleans, LA

there’s not much i can say here that hasn’t already been said.  when you travel to new orleans, you eat beignets.  your first thought should be cafe du monde.

Cafe Du Monde New Orleans

delicious beignets.  each order comes with three donuts ($2.42 per order).  we have two words for you.  powered. sugar. expect it to get it everywhere!

it is a tourist trap so expect long lines.  we went at 11:30pm so we just walked right in.  however, we went at noon and there was a huge line.  if you can, i would wait for a non-peak time.  however, if you can’t wait, just know that the line moves fast.  this is not the place that you would find ideal for slowly sipping a cup of coffee.  the crowds make me stressed and I just want to be in and out.

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i was pretty excited.

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  • service:  there are a ton of workers who are trying to get you seated and your order ready. fast. efficient.
  • ambience:  casual. not very clean.  powered sugar everywhere.
  • overall:  beignets are good here.  definitely a staple for NOLA.  i gave this 4 stars instead of 5 stars because i actually liked the beignets at cafe beignet better!  i found them crispier and hotter! (don’t kill me)  anyway, this is a must do.  you won’t be disappointed.

Cafe Du Monde
800 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

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By |December 3rd, 2014|Food, New Orleans, Travel|0 Comments

Whipp’d LA | West Hollywood, CA

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

Amy’s Bread | New York City

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

On The Thirty | Sherman Oaks, CA

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