Monday, August 30, 2010

Buttery Scallops

As I've gotten older I've learned to enjoy seafood. I'm still not 100% there, but I do love me some scallops! My mom used to make them in the oven, wrapped in bacon but that never did the trick...what she was missing? TONS OF BUTTER. The Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel has changed my life. These scallops are so buttery you don't need a knife. And they're on a bed of risotto. OH MY GOD. yes. Just go and eat them...and you'll get it.

The Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel
9641 Sunset Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 276-2251


BLD, short for Breakfast Lunch Dinner, is a great local spot to eat any time of day. My friend Vivian and I went there for a little dinner to catch up recently and split the mussels, a cheese plate and the burger. The best part was the cheese plate. We asked our waiter to help choose the two types of cheese to get and he did not let us down. One is now a favorite of mine -- St. André, a French cow's milk cheese that soft and salty and rich! We ate it with a little honey. AMAZEBALLS.
I've had breakfast here before too and I'd highly recommend their Fried Egg Breakfast Sandwich.

7450 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036-2701
(323) 930-9744

Monday, August 23, 2010

Franklin Eatin

A place my friends all like to frequent is La Poubelle in Franklin Village. It's a fun place to just get a drink and hang out, but their food is also delicious. It's a French American bistro that has a great selection of crepes! Sorry I don't have a picture of one, just trust me that they're good. This visit I had the penne a la vodka with shrimp (to die for) and Andy had their fish du jour, salmon.

La Poubelle Bistro
5907 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

(323) 465-0807

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Vegetarian Thai

Obviously I'm not vegetarian, but there's nothin wrong with eating a little tempeh now and again. Bulan Thai has delicious vegetarian meals that taste nothing short of amazing. If you're one of those who's scared of "fake" meat, there's no need to fear here. Bulan perfectly spices their food to taste just like the real thing (maybe even better!). My favorite Thai dish is Panang Curry Chicken, so that's what I get here... except with tempeh. DELICIOUS. There are two locations, take your pick. They're both great.

Bulan Thai
7168 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046


Bulan Thai
4114 Santa Monica Blvd
Silver Lake, CA 90029


My girlfriends and I love to have lunch at Artisan Cheese Gallery in Studio City. It's a quaint little wine and cheese shop that serves the best salads and sandwiches in town! Their Spanish Turkey sandwich was even listed as one of the best in LA in LA Magazine! I could easily eat this thing once a week. When we opt for something lighter, we usually stick to either the Aged Gouda Salad or their Olive and Feta Salad. Go here! You will not be let down. (And ask them for extra pickles! Mmmm..)

Artisan Cheese Gallery
12023 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 505-0207

Food Truck

YAY! I finally got to eat from a food truck at the Downtown Art Walk!
I had already eaten before we got there so I opted for just a snack. Pastrami Cheese Fries! WHAT! I know. They were pretty damn good too :)

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Movie Meal

We all know The Arclight is the best place in town to see a movie. Well right before (or after) you see a movie at The Arclight Hollywood you should check out BoHo. Owner Adolfo Suaya hired Chef Andre Guerrero to set a great menu full of items for anytime of day. Their Sunday brunch is especially fantastic. With ingredients from the local farmer's market, this guy know how to whip up a good meal! And yes, that is a Ricotta Pancake with lemon curd and blueberries. Umm, yes please!

6372 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028-7323
(323) 465-8500

A Popular Burger

I get a lot of my food recommendations from Los Angeles Magazine, including this one. For a spectacular burger check out The Hungry Cat in Hollywood. This place actually has quite a selection of sea food dishes, but they're most well known for this burger. It's smothered in bacon, egg, avocado and blue cheese all on an english muffin and accompanied by delicious seasoned fries! I'm not the biggest blue cheese fan, so next time I'll go without, but otherwise this was a great burger.

The Hungry Cat
1535 Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028-7304
(323) 462-2155

Sweet Satisfaction

FROZEN YOGURT! It really is the best thing ever...especially now that you can customize your serving to your exact liking. My go-to yogurt mixture is vanilla yogurt with cookie dough, mochi, circus animal cookies and cinnamon toast crunch. And sometimes I add a few little cheesecake bites, don't judge! My local fro-yo spot is Menchie's in Sherman Oaks (but they're all over the city). It's colorful fun decor just adds to the high you get from all the sugar. YUM!

13369 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 788-9900
Sun - Thurs: 11am-11pm
Fri - Sat: 11am-Midnight

Hollywood Korean BBQ

My favorite food in the world is Korean BBQ. I could eat my weight in kalbi beef (marinated short ribs) and kimchi. I usually get my Korean BBQ fix in Korea Town at any random little mini-mall restaurant, but sometimes I wanna be fancy! And that's when i go to Shin BBQ. This hip hollywood spot owned by Simon Shin has authentic homemade Korean BBQ that you can chose to either cook yourself or have the kitchen cook for you! Everything is fresh! NO MSG! Their kimchi fried rice is delicious, as well as their glass noodles, kalbi, and spicy pork. This is a place to seriously indulge!

Shin BBQ