Om Nom Nom
Herbivore Edition: Because we eat too.
“ Made risotto today. First time ever. It is a labor of love. One that I will forevermore enjoy solely in restaurants. ”
In the last three years I’ve been enrolled at a fine university, I’ve begun to write and post on this fine blog less and less. Thankfully the food obsession has stayed with me. However, at the start of the New Year, and new adventure I am about to embark upon (I’m gonna be ‘studying’ in Cape Town for a semester!) I figured I’d fire the old blog back up.
While getting excited about the adventurous future, I’d like to reminisce on some of my favorite meals.
Freshman year….The Gorbols. Smack dab in the creative center that is downtown LA, Ilan Hall, a contestant on Top Chef, pulls out Eastern European inspired, and humorous/ironic small plates. I will always fondly remember this meal. I went with my two best friends (at the time), and we indulged in just about every single vegetarian option on dear Ilan’s menu. They were all fantastic. I wouldn’t go back for the rarebit, but I would go back for the latkes and the addictive curry sauce served with the ‘chips.’ The ambiance, food, and company all made me feel like I was a “foodie” in LA for the first time. And it was ridiculously delicious.
Happy Chanukah folks! All I need is 8 days of these babies and I’ll be set :]
Have you ever seen a more beautiful or delicious dessert come from a chef? I don’t think so!
Awwww freshman year babies. Cheers to memories and former friends!
Sophomore year….I’ve gotta take my hat off for The Hatfields’. I would like to pause in this narrative and just say THANK YOU! to the Hatfields, like the actual couple that owns this beautiful restaurant, for blowing my mind on my birthday. You taught me that vegetarians can love french food, and what a good pasta is. You are beautiful human beings and a blessing to the Los Angeles food scene. Seriously though go here if you can.
This is the agnolotti that changed my life. I’m being serious.
Vegetables…..YUUUUUUMMMMM. But actually…hehe
Notable mention: Txoko in San Francisco. I am so sorry that you have closed after one glorious year of service. I came with my best friend/foodie Sam and we were absolutely sloshed after drinking on an empty stomach at Locanda and you did us good. The food was incredible, and it was my first time so happily tipsy and well fed in the city. :’)
P.S. Shoutout to all the amazing food I got to try last December when I traveled Northern India for the first time. Gujurati/Rajasthani food, you were mind-blowing. How will I ever be a proper South India ladki again?
^sums it up quite nicely. Thanks mother!
This year has had several standouts. Wurstkuche, Baco Mercat, Wilson & Wilson Private Detective Agency at Bourbon and Branch, and Zuni Cafe. So much good food, and booze. I can’t wait to see what South Africa throws at me!
My mother’s birthday is on March 17th, luckily for me this coincides with USC’s Spring Break, so I get to travel back to the beautiful Bay to celebrate with her. This year we celebrated in style, ok…well maybe not so much. We started the day looking cute but as it went on and on and we gorged ourselves on more and more food—lets just say that we no longer required belts. But we didn’t put our stomachs through hell for food that you could find anywhere (chain restaurants), this food was special just like my mother. ;)
^ SO PRESH.
Haha anyways back to the food (consumed by humans lol). We headed to Napa Valley for the day-many of your are probably thinking oh heyyy wine-ing and dining, and you wouldn’t be far from the truth, except for the only time we went to a winery was so that we could pass out from our food comas before the long drive home.
Farewell foie gras.
As a vegetarian I have no qualms about a lack of meat product in the state, but as a foodie I feel terrible for all the amazing chefs in the state who can no longer use an item that screams #luxe. If east coast chefs couldn’t take west coast chefs seriously before, we’re seriously getting judged now. Another reason I think the Foie Gras Ban is ridiculous is because there are only 2 farms in the United States that provide foie gras, and have established humane practices.
If California wanted to seriously improve the treatment of livestock then they should have targeted the cattle, chicken, and pork farms.
Stupid, stupid, stupid.