Posts tagged Los Angeles
Posts tagged Los Angeles
I love birthdays, and the thought of having a big bash is always appealing, although seldom realistic. More and more I’m not in the States to celebrate, so I typically enjoy a belated birthday dinner with close friends and family at a restaurant that’s been on my go-to list for ages! I will be in San Francisco for my 21st this year and I’m still trying to decide where I want to go - if you have any suggestions please let me know!!
Anyways, time for a trip down memory lane and a look at the absolutely INCREDIBLE dinner I enjoyed to celebrate my 20th! I went to Osteria Mozza last year with my best friend/sister, Sam, who came to LA to surprise me and my mom! Not only was the food inspired, but Nancy Silverton came out to celebrate too and was working the Mozza bar! I may or may not have stared her down all of dinner haha!
Here are the goodies:
Obvi we had to just get our MOZZA on, check that creamy baby with the asparagus. Yum.
^ These are called Gnudi (pronounced “nu-dee”), like gnocchi but made out of ricotta cheese instead of taters!
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!
I’ve been busy-duh-which is why I haven’t posted in a long time. So this post was actually supposed to happen a coupla months ago. Oops!
More and more, I’m amazed to find GOOD vegetarian food lurking in the places where I’d thought least possible. Namely any Asian restaurant. Let’s be honest :)
However, this last year I did learn the error in my ways (as you can tell by my other Asian food inspired post!) In high school, sure I understood that there was China and Japan but what about all those other countries drifting in the South? I knew nothing. This is my hello to Korea. And I’m more than 100% positive that I’m not doing Korean culture justice, but this is just the beginning! So lets get past all this gushy crap and get down to the dirty—BCD Tofu House. A haven and heaven for anyone and everyone—are you hungover? did you just break up with your boyfriend? is it cold and rainy? do you want some amazing food? If you answered YES to one of those questions then chances are that you will LOVE BCD! (We—being my amazing roommate K, good friend A, and I—said yes to is it cold and rainy, just in case you were wondering. And to all you East Coast haters, it totally does get cold and rainy in LA. haha.)
Anyways, BCD is a famous chain of restaurants that specialize in tofu ‘curry.’ They do have a vegetarian option, which you can order spicy that is the perfect cure to anything. And it’s super fun and interactive ‘cause you get to break an egg into your little hotpot!
Yummyyy! It also comes with a little bowl of rice, and numerous small plates of other Korean appetizers for a decent price.
After BCD, we decided to go to Syrup, which is this novel creperie hangout. Syrup is kind of a novel little place to hang out because they have a built in loft with a bunch of couches and board games, and of course amazing desserts and drinks! I had the Chocolate Covered StrawberriesCrepe with fresh strawberries, chocolate raspberry mousse ice cream, amaretto, and Ghirardelli chocolate sauce. Talk about heaven! I’ve gone back as many times as possible and never been disappointed! They also have a bunch of grilled cheese sandwiches that are delicious!