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9 07, 2012

3-Day Juice Cleanse

By |July 9th, 2012|Food, Life|5 Comments

so as many of you know and have read, we went a little crazy in nyc with our food binge.  feeling unhealthy and to be quite honest, heavy and sluggish, we decided to try a 3-day juice cleanse.  our friends have done different ones (there are so many of them out there, blueprint, ritual, master, etc) and have said that #1) it was hard, #2) its rewarding in the end, #3) you arent really that hungry through the whole thing and #4) the juices aren’t bad.  we went on this advice and bought a deal on thrillist.com for kreation in beverly hills for a 3-day juice cleanse for $99.  (this might seem steep but it actually is a huge discount of the original price and compared to other juice cleanses!) here are just a few of our thoughts.  keep in mind that this comes from two people who love to eat too much and me, someone who has little to no will power.  (spoiler alert: this is not going to be motivating)

HARDEST THING I HAVE HAD TO DO…IN MY LIFE.  the thought of it now makes me want to go into my fridge and eat a creamsicle right now. so the only thing that was true about our specific cleanse was #1. yes, this was very hard.  all we could think about all three days was food. anything and everything. kyle would like to smell food he could not eat and then drink the drink pretending it was food.  i could not be around any smell of food or else i would just quit.  everyone has their quirks.  we did not think this through when we decided to start the cleanse because we did it on a weekend!  we were surrounded by food AND it was $1 chicken sandwiches at burger king.  fail.

my opinion on the hunger part:  there was always and empty feeling.  i dont think i even felt satisfied or full by any means.  it may be because i opted not to drink 1 of the 6 juices i was supposed to finish that day (the third one).

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  • the first juice, a green one with lots of green veggies, like kale, was actually okay.
  • the second juice was pretty much the master cleanse (lemon, agave, cayenne pepper).
  • the third juice was the worse (we thought that the juices would get better as the day progressed…it didn’t) it was called 12 unity. all i know is that it had all of the ingredients of the first one plus carrots, ginger, lemon, and cayenne. this was the worst.
  • the fourth juice was another green one.  again, not too bad.
  • the fifth one contained beets…ehh.
  • the sixth one was literally called chlorophyl. water+chlorophyl that you had to drink all throughout the day.

day 1: i felt very weak all day.  it didnt help that we were running errands all day.

day 2: i slept all day because i had no energy and felt really hungry.

day 3: starting feeling sick, my tongue was white, my taste buds gone.  it was time for me to stop.  i had to eat dinner that day since i felt like i almost couldnt be at work because i was a wreck.  (i didnt make it through the whole day three).

did i feel healthier?  not really.  did i lose weight? yes, but not a sustainable weight (we knew that going in). would i do it again? i am confident when i say never.  i have a great appreciation for those who do/did it for as long as you did without complaining as much as me.  anyway, things are back to normal and we have been on plenty of food adventures since then (to be posted soon).

happy monday!

6 07, 2012

Mr. Pizza | Koreatown, Los Angeles

By |July 6th, 2012|Food, Restaurants|6 Comments

hello friends.  its been a short, yet rough week for me.  today’s post is a long overdue post on our food adventure in koreatown.  i’ve been hearing so much about mr. pizza from our friends both from LA and out of towners.  we finally tried it! so this place is known for their pizza crust filled with sweet potato mousse (sounds weird right?)…i didn’t understand how this could be good.

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we decided to order:

  • bulgogi pizza
  • bbq chicken pizza
  • teriyaki pizza

verdict: it is delicious!! potato – awesome.  bulgogi – double awesome.  genius. this place makes LA pretty awesome. (that last line is for a certain someone who we are  trying to convince to move down to los angeles from norcal) anyway, please go to mr. pizza and try this yourself! you’re looking around $24-30 for a large pizza…or you can also say $24-30 for happiness. either way, i would recommend the bulgogi pizza! tell me what ya think!

Mr. Pizza | Los Angeles

happy friday!

Mr. Pizza
3881 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Neighborhood: Koreatown

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3 07, 2012

nyc part IV – food adventures

By |July 3rd, 2012|Food, New York, Restaurants, Travel|4 Comments

on monday we panicked since we realized there were still so many places we wanted to try.  so we woke up at 7am to go to russ & daughters on the lower east side.  yelp: 463 reviews. 4.5 stars. top tips: scallion cream cheese, smoked salmon and bagel.  we had to try it since last time we loved murray’s bagel (best bagel we ever had).  it was pouring outside and our taxi didn’t drop us off right in front of the bagel joint so we had to run about 4 blocks.  drenched.  verdict: totally worth it.  the smoked salmon with scallion cream cheese – delicious!  however, the bagel itself was a little hard (the bagel at murray’s is better).  this place is a a market so there was no where to sit and enjoy the bagel so we had to eat it outside in the rain! we were still happy campers.

our next stop was katz’s delicatessan.  from what we heard, best pastrami in the city.  since it was down the street from russ & daughters, we stopped in there.  last time we ate at carnegie’s deli so wanted something to compare it to.  yelp: 2651 reviews. four stars.   we got:

  • matzo ball soup
  • pastrami and corned beef on rye with mustard (we really wanted to get it with mayo but didnt want to be yelled at)

according to kyle (pastrami lover and lover of all meats), it really was the best pastrami he has had.  mission accomplished.  after our two-part breakfast, we walked around soho to do some shopping and visit dean & deluca for a nice cup on coffee.

it’s like we never stop eating.  we met up with katy to grub at clinton st. baking company on the lower east side.  (recommended to us by lauren) this place apparently is always packed and that was no exception on a monday.  our wait was an hour and 45 minutes.  we were fine with the wait since 1432 yelpers gave it an average of 4 stars!  another need-to-try-for-ourselves place.  since we had so much time to kill, we decided to grab some snacks in chinatown!

vanessa’s dumpling house.  881 yelp reviews. 4 stars.  (why does new york have such great food?) we got some steamed dumplings and a roasted pork sesame pancake to go.  since katy used to live down the street from this place, she ordered for us.  her favorite thing to get was the sesame pancake.  this was amazing and its only $2.50! the dumplings were also good but overshadowed by the awesomeness known as the sesame pancake.  since i was also craving some milk tea, katy took us to quickly to get some boba! as you can imagine, we were starting to get full after eating vanessa’s and drinking the tea.

the time came when we got seated. we got:

  • clinton st. omelette with biscuit
  • fried chicken sandwich
  • fresh strawberry layered cake

the fried chicken sandwich is a really, really good sandwich and i would definitely recommend.  is it the best? no.  i think the fried chicken sandwich is better at son-of-a-gun in los angeles but this one is up there with my favorites. i cant opine on katy’s omelette because we dont really like eggs but the hash browns were really good.  they both agreed to get the strawberry layered cake for me since i dont eat chocolate.  it was good but the frosting was way too sweet.

by the end of the meal i think we all felt like complete food coma.  we walked through little italy and ran into lombardi’s pizza (a place that we wanted to try but when to artichoke instead).  we didnt have the stomach to get a slice.  next time!

dont worry we definitely continued this food adventure into dinner at boukies, drinks at maya, then dessert at max brenner and then midnight snack at halal cart.  since it started raining, we decided not to bring out the dslr.  why is food in nyc so good?  we will definitely be going on a diet after we get back to los angeles.

29 06, 2012

the city.

By |June 29th, 2012|Food, Photography, Travel|12 Comments

we spent all of sunday walking through manhattan.  two things we really wanted to see: 911 memorial and high line.  for dinner, we grabbed dinner with his cousin at artichoke and then dessert with my cousin at chikalicious!

i had to post this picture of me trying to hail a cab because #1) i have ever done this, #2) it’s more intimidating than i thought and #3) i obviously did not pay enough attention to sex and the city where this was done ALL throughout the show.  i used the “i need a ride” hitchhiker thumb signal! mistake. kyle was mortified.  lesson learned.

artichoke pizza in the east village.  we ordered a medium artichoke pizza. flippin’ fantastic! highly recommend.

we joined my cousin at night for some dessert at her favorite spot, chikalicious in the east village. absolutely delightful.  chikalicious is owned by a japanese woman named chika and her husband (who wears bow ties)! for $16, you get a pre-fixe with an amuse, your choice of dessert, and assorted petite fours.  we got:

  • fromage blanc island “cheese cake”
  • toasted almond ice cream with poached cherry and warm almond cake
  • seared pluot on creme anglaise with basil sorbet and sweet basil seed
  • yogurt panna cotta with pineapple sorbet
28 06, 2012

Locanda Verde | New York City

By |June 28th, 2012|Food, New York, Photography, Restaurants, Travel|7 Comments

day two of nyc.  i fell in love with tribeca (which i just found out means triangle below canal).  we met up with my cousins for brunch at locanda verde. sunday was about 85-88 degrees and felt like 150% humidity! although walking around downtown was awesome, it was just rough especially carrying around the 24-70mm lens.  i know a lot of people say that it is the perfect walk around lens due to its versatility, but for me (just a “photography enthusiast”), i struggled all day.  i didnt take pictures of a lot of things because it was so uncomfortable (sweat city and my shoulder hurt from having the dslr in my purse)! how do photographers do it?! do they have caddies?

taking this picture made me realize how much i need a polarizing filter. even though this has a lot of reflective glare, its one of my favorites.  also, locanda verde is a very cute brunch place.  definitely try the sheep’s milk ricotta with truffle honey and burnt orange toast! it is amazing!  the second thing i would recommend is the lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberries and meyer lemon curd! it’s what they’re known for…and you will understand why.

here is everything we ordered (if you cant tell yet, our trip to nyc was pretty much a food tour.  everyone we visited knew we loved food so tried to take us everywhere. brace yourself):

  • Sheep’s Milk Ricotta with truffle honey and burnt orange toast
  • Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with blueberries and meyer lemon curd
  • Uovo Modenese with cotechino hash, spinach and tomato hollandaise
  • Uovo Raviolo with asparagus, english peas and pancetta (there is a surprise egg in this! not loving eggs, i was very surprised when it spewed out)
  • Lamb Sausage Grinder with spicy peperonata, broccoli rabe & ricott

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