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Brunch @ Red O | Los Angeles, CA

Red O | Los Angeles

we decided to celebrate “treat yourself 2013” with brunch at red o, rick bayless’ mexican restaurant in west hollywood / mid-wilshire.  think upscale mexican.  while some people wouldn’t want to spend $$$ on mexican food, we were excited to try it based on a friend’s recommendation (but for dinner).

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here is what we ordered:

  • guacamole – we ordered this based on reviews we read.
  • lobster jicama tacos – this was a recommendation from our awesome waiter.
  • crab & shrimp enchiladas suizas – creamy tomatillo sauce, melted sonoma jack, black beans, frisee, watercress
  • pollo en mole poblano – grilled mary’s young chicken, homemade mole poblano, black beans, watercress salad
  • coconut tres leches – local stone fruit salsa, Mexican vanilla ice cream, toasted coconut, gooey meringue

i would note that this was absolutely way too much food for the two of us.  all the reviews recommended getting the guacamole.  simple, light, refreshing.  presentation was really nice!  but our favorite guacamole is still sol y luna in tarzana!

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the mole…was excellent! hands down the best mole i have ever had (and i’ve had a lot).  even though i’m not a chocolate fan, i love mole (odd, right?)  after been cooked, it doesn’t even taste like chocolate.  i dont know how to explain it…the mole itself was just so delicious…the sweet. the savory.  chicken was extremely moist. watercress was a nice touch.  i didn’t love, love the beans.

Red O | Los Angeles

crab & shrimp enchiladas were also good.  the sauce pretty tasty.  we would definitely get this again.

Red O | Los Angeles

based on our waiter’s recommendation, we ordered the lobster jicama tacos.  however, since we had the first reservation of the day, the kitchen did not have any jicama available so instead substituted it with plantain chips. we really enjoyed the “taco” with the plantain chips since it added a crunch!

but…the chef / waiter were so apologetic since this changed the whole dynamic of the dish  (we didnt mind obviously). the chef went out to the supermarket nearby and got jicama so that we could get the real thing (pictured above)! we thought this was an amazing gesture!

so this our note about the service:  unbelievably great from the minute we walked in till the end of our meal!  it really doesnt get any better than this.  we love you, red o!  thank you for being awesome.

Red O | Los Angeles

tres leches cake was also good.  completely not what we pictured when we ordered it but we really enjoyed this!  i think you will be pleasantly surprised since this dessert is very, very light!

decor:  as you can see, very nice.  love the architecture.  very extensive tequila display.  great for brunch since so much natural light is let in through the glass roof.

overall, a good experience.  we definitely look forward to coming back for dinner.  if you are going for brunch i think the must would be the mole.  you wont be able to get this taste anywhere else.

Red O | Los Angeles

enjoy!

Red O
8155 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Neighborhoods: Mid-City West, West Hollywood

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By |January 18th, 2013|Food, Restaurants|6 Comments

Brunch @ Abricott | Pasadena, CA

we were in pasadena, looking for a brunch spot since julienne (in san marino) was closed for the day.  french/vietnamese cuisine, good reviews…why not?

Abricott | Pasadena

adorable place with a wall full of books and wooden floors/decor.  pretty homey, if you ask me.  perfect for brunch time.  two main condiments (i love condiments) are ketchup and sriracha!

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i got the spicy pork belly sandwich ($8) based on reviews that we read.  seared thinly-sliced marinated korean pork belly with kimchi relish and mayo served on a baguette with french fries.   i was not in love with this by any means.  pork was dry. the sandwich, overall, was dry.

Abricott | Pasadena

kyle ordered the vietnamese banh mi.  house marinated pork belly and lightly pickled vegetables with mayo served on a baguette.  doesnt the vietnamese banh mi look pretty much like the spicy pork belly?! there wasnt a distinct taste difference between the two!  the banh mi was also dry.  i’ve had better vietnamese sandwiches.

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eggs benedict ($10) and house made fluffy-crisp waffles ($7) – not the best.

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ambiance was very cute and we wanted to love this place but were just disappointed.

Abricott
238 S Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
Neighborhood: Pasadena

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By |January 13th, 2013|Food, Restaurants|3 Comments

Lucky Boy Drive-In | Pasadena, CA

the search was on…for breakfast burritos!  enter: lucky boy!

Lucky Boy | Pasadena

food:  best breakfast burrito. ever. for approximately $7, we got the (massive) breakfast burrito with bacon, sausage and avocado.  what did we love?  delicious salsa, potatoes inside, not too eggy or greasy!   one burrito for two people is definitely enough food.  chili cheese fries are good but fried zucchini (not pictured) is better.

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(can you tell he’s excited?)

  • ambiance/service:  reminds me of denny’s or tommy’s (purple and teal seats inside. yep).  ample seating inside and out.  gets pretty packed but ordering (at a window) and eating is fast so dont worry.
  • parking:  ample parking spots on the side and in the back.
  • tips:  breakfast starts at 6am. cash only.
  • verdict:  we are fans and will be back!

Lucky Boy | Pasadena

enjoy!

Lucky Boy Drive-In
640 S Arroyo Pkwy
Pasadena, CA 91105
Neighborhood: Pasadena

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By |January 11th, 2013|Food, Restaurants|2 Comments

Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery | Santa Monica, CA

Bay Cities | Santa Monica

hello, bay cities! we have finally met!  our trip to santa monica was all about you, large godmother sandwich with the works (sexy sandwich picture above).  ordered:

  • large, hot godmother sandwich with the works ($8.00) –  genoa salami, mortadella coppacola, ham, prosciutto, provolone, mayo, mustard, onions, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, italian dressing, hot pepper salad.
  • small, hot pastrami sandwich with the works ($6.35) 

we came here after christmas at around 3pm and it was packed (both the market side and the deli).  it’s one of those places where you pick a number and wait for it to be called.  the wait time was about 20-25 minutes for us.  we didnt think it was too bad since they had cactus cooler! boom. we heard this place is always packed so if you are not a crowd kinda person, stay away.  and here we go:

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i will have to echo what thousands have said before me…hot, delicious and oh so tasty!  but is it just me or is the bread extremely hard?  all you (or i) want to do is inhale this sandwich…but since the bread is so hard… you are literally playing a game of tug-of-war.  once you bite down, the inside of your sandwich spews out the other side.  i can definitely see why people would be in love with this so-called crunch but 5 minutes in, our jaws started to hurt.

Bay Cities | Santa Monica

between the godmother and the hot pastrami, my preference is the godmother.  loved the taste.  kyle would go with the hot pastrami.  i cant ding this place because of the bread since it does taste good…but best sandwich ever?  no, probably not. top 15?  probably.

note:  we found metered parking on the street!  i can imagine parking gets a pretty competitive on the weekends.

Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery
1517 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Neighborhood: Santa Monica

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By |January 6th, 2013|Food, Restaurants|7 Comments

Green Street Tavern | Pasadena, CA

we have had green street tavern bookmarked in our phones for awhile now because we read that they had a great bread pudding (one of my favorite things to eat)!  we originally wanted to come here for dinner but the stars aligned and we dropped in for a nice sunday brunch.

what we ordered:

  • the GST burger ($18 with beer) – ground black angus, roquefort-gruyere fondue, homemade bacon, arugula, roasted garlic aioli
  • crispy pork belly – sunny side up egg sandwich ($14) – house cured and smoked pork belly served crispy on sour dough with tomato, butter lettuce and avocado, with green peppercorn dijonaise
  • white chocolate croissant bread pudding, blueberry and white chocolate sauce ($8)

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remember how kyle and i hate eggs but try to eat them?! (here. here. and here!?) on this day, i felt bold and ordered the sunny side up egg sandwich.  umm…it was the eggist sandwich i could have ordred. i wished i loved eggs more! putting my dislike for eggs aside, here are my thoughts:

food: ingredients are fresh. if i didnt cringe when the egg popped all over my sandwich, making it soggy, i think i would have liked the sandwich more!  if you love eggs, crispy bacon and avocado, this is a no brainer. kyle ordered the gts burger.  dont hate us…he liked it but nothing special.  we were pretty disappointed since we heard so much about this burger.

the saving grace of this meal was the white chocolate/blueberry bread pudding! UH-MAZING!  i’m excited to say that this little dessert is in my top 10! (another post for later) we are definitely coming back for the bread pudding!

atmosphere: decor is very chic.  very good for a date!  there are two rooms.  the first room has a lot of light and is good for brunch.  the second room, which is a little larger and seats bigger parties, is a little on the dark side.  i think this second room would be perfect for a dinner date!

parking:  parking garage in old town vs. metered street parking (cheaper option). good luck!

Green Street Tavern
69 W Green St
Pasadena, CA 91105
Neighborhood: Pasadena

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By |January 2nd, 2013|Dessert, Food, Restaurants|2 Comments
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