Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Village Gourmet






So I went to the valley to buy some famous John Kelly Chocolates, and upon reaching my destination I realized it was sold in the cutest little market I had seen, with the nicest salesperson I have ever met. I quickly fell in love with this place and spent quite some time in there just looking around. The Village Gourmet is a nice little market with a great selection of wine, cheese and much much more. If you’re a cheese lover like me you should definitely check this place out. They also offer a great variety of chocolates from across the globe. So to sum it up, a trip for chocolate turned into a discovery of one of my favorite new markets.
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My favorite Cafe






If you’re an Entourage fan, then you’ve definitely caught Urth Caffé on several episodes. Not only is Urth a popular shooting location for the show, it’s one of my favorite places to eat. What I love about Urth Caffé is the freshness in their food and their all organic coffee menu. They have their own brand of organic grown coffee, which is delicious. Actually, everything I’ve had at Urth Caffé is amazing. And if you’re a boba fan, make sure to try their ice blended organic green tea boba. It’s pretty much the reason I go here. Make sure you stop by Urth Caffé in one of its four locations (West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Downtown)…YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!!!
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Friday, August 19, 2011

Syrup






Everybody knows that Downtown LA is home to the Fashion district, Flower district, FIDM, Standard Hotel, Westin Bonaventure, and much much more. But it's also home to many great bars, restaurants and cafe's. One place in particular that you have to check out is Syrup. This place is full of AMAZING, YUMMY, DELICIOUS, TASTY, MOUTHWATERING SWEETNESS!! Syrup serves up some of the best waffles and crepes in town. Its' famous vanilla bean ice cream is served alongside nutella and fresh fruit, making it irresistible. Syrup's modern decor makes it a great place to just hang out and enjoy some coffee and dessert while catching up on some work. And I must mention that Syrup has an upstairs lounging area with boardgames. Boardgames+WIFI+Dessert = A Great Time!!!

P.S. Syrup is located on 611 S. Spring St. Los Angeles, Ca. 90014.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Chin Chin





Looking for a great Chinese restaurant? Just stop by Chin Chin Chinese Restaurant in either of their five locations...(Studio City, West Hollywood, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, and Las Vegas). Chin Chin prides itself on the freshness of its food, not to mention the deliciousness. I recently went to their Studio City location and couldn't get enough. Their menu consists of various items such as dim sum, noodles, chicken dishes, beef dishes and so on. While there, I tried the cashew Summer Rolls as appetizers, which were really fresh and light. For the main course I had the Cashew Chicken and the Shrimp Lo Mein (all pictured above). FYI, go there with a BIG appetite because they serve alot of yummyyy food!!

P.S. Check them out on ChinChin.com
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Friday, August 12, 2011

Coffee Break




It’s time to take a coffee break at Casbah Café. If you’re ever in the Silverlake area, stop by this tiny café on the corner of W. Sunset Blvd. This place offers great coffee, desserts (yummy crème brulee), and a variety of snacks, sandwiches, etc. Casbah Café is hip and full of flavor. Make sure to check it out.
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Cookie Monster




What better way to cure a sweet tooth than with Xtreme cookies! For several months now Ventura Blvd. has been home to this delicious cookie spot. At Xtreme Desserts you can find a variety of chewy cookies ranging from the Red Velvet flavor to the Peanut Butter and Jelly flavor.. During my first visit to Xtreme Desserts I tried the Red Velvet and the Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cream (pictured above) and both were yummilicious!

Website: Xtremedesserts.com
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Ice Cream Time





If you’re craving some old-fashioned ice cream, you should definitely check out Fosselman’s Ice Cream Co. Located in Alhambra, CA., Fosselman’s has been serving up delicious hand-made ice cream since 1919. What sets Fosselman’s apart is their menu of yummy ice cream flavors. Some of their flavors include Nutella, Strawberry Dipped Chocolate, Chocolate Raspberry Mousse, Green Tea, Lychee, and many, many more. And if you’re ever in the mood for sorbet, they have that too. Their sorbet flavors include Pink Grapefruit, Green Apple, Hazelnut, Pink Champagne and so on. So if you’re ever in the neighborhood (or not), make a stop at Fosselman’s Ice Cream Co.

P.S. You check them out at Fosselmans.com


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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Pesto, Pesto, Pesto




Pesto sauce is great for just about anything and so so so simple to make. Rather then going out and buying some, I decided to make my own sauce. This is a recipe that I found from Foodnetwork.com and it tastes delicious...

Ingredients:

1 cup chopped walnuts
2 cloves of garlic coarsely chopped
2 cups grated (4 ounces) asiago cheese
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 ounces baby spinach
3 ounces arugula
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

P.S. if you want to spice it up a bit you can add a jalapeno pepper to the mixture. You can also use Parmesan cheese instead of asiago if you'd like to. There are various ways of making pesto, you can always experiment and find the one that's best for you.

Directions:

In a food processor combine the walnuts, garlic, cheese, salt and pepper. Process until the mixture is smooth. Add the spinach and the arugula and process until blended. With the machine running gradually add the olive oil. And you're done!!

Now you're ready to pour the pesto over pasta, over grilled chicken, over salad, or you can even make a grilled chicken pesto sandwich like I did. Yuuummm to the max!!



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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Get Frosted




If you love cupcakes like I do then you have to try Frosted Cupcakery. This place is AHHH-MAAA-ZINGG!! Located on the corner of Highland and Lexington in Hollywood, Frosted Cupcakery offers a variety of yummilicious flavors that will get you hooked. Now I’ve had many different cupcakes, but the one’s at Frosted are so yummy and light and moist and tasty and… this list can go on and on…but you get the idea. Next time you’re in Hollywood stop in and grab a cupcake, you won’t regret it. You can also check out their website at Frostedcupcakery.com!!

P.S. the flavors I tried (pictured above) are strawberry/cream cheese, royal white/nutella cream buttercream, chocolate/chocolate buttercream and carrot/cream cheese.
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Friday, August 5, 2011

Simply Delicious







If you’ve ever been in the Glendale area, then you must have either heard about or been to Porto’s—a long standing Cuban bakery/cafe. Porto’s is a family owned bakery offering a variety of desserts, and the like. If you’ve every gone inside on a weekend or major holiday then you know the madness that exists within its four walls. Porto’s caters to thousands of customers on a weekly basis. Why??? Because its sooooooo greattt!!!! I’ve probably tried about half of the offerings at Porto’s and have loved everything. From their red velvet cake to their chocolate mouuse to their croissant sandwiches, everything is to die for. My personal favorites are the cheese rolls, the guava strudels, the fruit tarts, potato balls and hmmm….maybe everything!! And incase you were wondering, Porto’s does catering and party planning as well. So next time you’re wondering where to get a yummy sweet treat from, GO TO PORTOS!! To check out their selection visit portosbakery.com.
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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Macaron LOVE



Macaron's (not the chewy coconut dessert that usually comes to mind) are my new favorite dessert. I love love love these cute little sandwich cookies. A famous French sandwich cookie, the macaron is a cream filled cookie that's very light and delightful. So I went on the hunt for the perfect macaron, and came across 'lette-a macaron shop known for its great tasting cookies. 'Lette has been offering fresh, hand-made (let's not forget DELICIOUS) macarons since 2007. This shop was opened with the collaboration of owner Paulette Koumetz and French pastry chef Christophe Michalak. They offer a variety of flavors such as:

caramel
caribbean chocolate
coconut
columbian coffee
earl grey tea
lemon
madagascar vanilla
passion fruit
raspbery
rose
sicilian pistachio
sweet wedding almond
violet cassis

Previously located only in Beverly Hills, 'lette's second location opened only 3 weeks ago in Pasadena just off of Fair Oaks. Next time you're in Pasadena, make sure make a stop at 'lette!!!
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Red Velvet





I can’t live without dessert…especially red velvet cupcakes. So I decided to make some myself. The recipe I found is from Food Network and tastes yummy. Here it is:
Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 tablespoons red food coloring
1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the cream cheese frosting:
1 pound cream cheese, softened
2 sticks butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
Chopped pecans and/or fresh strawberries or raspberries for garnish
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with cupcake papers.
In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.
Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled. Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.
For the cream cheese frosting:
In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy. After frosting the cupcakes, garnish with chopped pecans and/or fresh raspberry or strawberry.
Now time to enjoy these delicious cupcakes!!
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