Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Sqirl, Los Angeles



There are quite a few highly coveted brunch spots in LA, and Sqirl is on top of that list. Is it the vegetarian friendliness? Its hipster Silver Lake location? Perhaps the hip young crowd lining out the door? Or the homey menu items and its elevated use of familiar ingredients? Whatever it is, it's also definitely the famed ricotta toast. 

That's right. This thick cut brioche toasted and smeared with ricotta and topped with homemade jam. It was a hefty portion, probably better shared. But it was so good I was totally content with that, my iced cappuccino, and my summer reading (is it really still spring?). I tried both the blackberry meyer lemon and strawberry rhubarb jam. They were both delectably fruity, so I would highly recommend both to my fellow jam lovers. 

Definitely plan on going back for brunch foods and brunch bowls. And will also get another slice of famed ricotta toast.   


Monday, May 29, 2017

Smorgasburg, Los Angeles

There is just an endless multitude of food choices in Los Angeles. Having Smorgasburg out here really showcases the culturally diverse palate of Angelenos. Coming from the south, it was pretty mindblowing to see the extent of Asian and Mexican fusion flavors and ingredients incorporated into essentially every vendor's menus. There were too many choices and too few of us to try it all, but I think we made a pretty hefty dent. 

Stalls I definitely want to try next time but just didn't have the stomach room this time: Lobsterdamus, Porchetta Republic, Mama Musubi, Paloma's Paletas, Amazebowls. 

Shrimp Daddy: What we came for. Hawai'ian garlic shrimp just sounds
so bomb to begin with that even waiting an hour made it all worth it.
Chinese Laundry: Sichuan spicy cold noodle and hong shao pork belly
tacos - you get me with pork belly or taco anything 
Hot Star Chicken: this spicy Taiwanese fried chicken cutlet
is the first thing I've ever eaten in a Singaporean food court.
So good that it was obviously the first thing I bit into at
Smorgasburg also.  
Popdup: Loved my orange thyme iced oolong tea

Churro Boss: It's great how whenever someone says "churros,"
you will start hearing it circulate and pop up in nearby conversations.
I could really use another basket of fresh fried churros. 
Wanderlust Creamery: A sunny day in LA is never complete without ice cream 

Monday, May 15, 2017

One day in San Diego, CA


When I started planning my 24 hours in San Diego, I only had one objective in mind: eat all the tacos. I drove off straight from a job interview and arrived just in time for happy hour. 

I started at Puesto by La Jolla. They serve fancy tacos and delicious margaritas. My favorite by far was the garlicky mushroom veg taco on a homemade purple tortilla. Amazing vegetarian tacos are hard to come by (sometimes it's just plain lettuce), so I always appreciate an extra yummy one. 

After much time admiring the leisurely life of seals, I went to go meet up with Evan for drinks at Bali Hai. It was the most upscale tiki bar that I have ever been to with sweeping views of the San Diego skyline. It was also the first time I had a mai tai, which they're infamous for. Real talk though, that drink must've been straight rum. 

We kind of failed on the dinner part. We took a little too long with the aperitif and by the time we got to Salvucci's, it was 8:45, and they close at 9pm. Apparently that's normal. We instead shared several appetizers at Stella Public House before heading to Half Door Brewing Co. and a walk through the Gaslamp District. 

The next morning I headed to Pacific Beach for breakfast at Kono's Cafe, a low key surf vibe breakfast joint with oceanfront seating. This was simply the best breakfast burrito I've ever had. The tortilla was soft and the eggs perfectly scrambled. Ample portions, perfect for a full day out. 

After enjoying the beach, Balboa Park, and the marina, it was time for the long drive back to LA. I went to the nearest Oscar's for a final meal, and man did it live up to the hype! Those shrimp tacos seem so simple, but I have never had more delicious ones. Succulent shrimp topped with avocado is just the best. 

Next time: Tacos El Gordo! 

Breakfast burrito at Kono's on Pacific Beach



Shrimp tacos at Oscar's is a must