Edibles

American Riviera

Hubby and I decided to go on a short road trip to Monterey (which is about 400 miles from where we live) and on the way there, took a brunch break in Santa Barbara which is often referred to as American Riviera. It’s a beautiful, artsy city with numerous cute cafes and restaurants by the…

Hatfield’s: a Gastronomic Expedition

Situated on a quieter side of Melrose, Hatfield’s is one of the 10 best restaurants in America 2010 by Bon Appetit. Every dish is impeccably executed both presentation and taste wise- a must try! Can’t remember the exact name but it had cous cous and crab meat. I liked.. not only because it was on…

Tar Pit: a Gastronomic Expedition

a great late night drinks/tapas spot with delicious food and sleek decor. Be sure to check out their happy hour menu- if I recall correctly, everything was under $10! Mac & Cheese- found it interesting that they used Penne instead of Macaroni French Fries- they taste like pringles with fresh parsley! Highly addictive. Butter Lettuce…

Bazaar: a Dining Experience

Checked out the popular joint a few weeks ago. Yes, that’s an egg shell. don’t ask me how they do it… Paella-style Pasta. While it had the strong flavor that I was looking for, it was definitely too salty and strange for me. Well, I just had no idea that they would stir fry the…

Viva Las Vegas!

I know, I know… I’m behind schedule. I was finally able to drag my lazy butt (and broken foot) to the computer to write this overdue post on my Vegas trip. Sorry! I’m actually having some issues with my broken foot for which the doctor has ordered bed rest for a month. It’s hard for…

Healthy Alternative

Since when were the vegetables more expensive and fancier than the meat? It always boggles my mind to see these veggie cuisines priced higher than those made with meat. See, in my motherland Korea, meat is still uber expensive and when I lived there (which was roughly 20 yrs ago) it would cost us an…

For My Sweet-toothed Friends

Since my cheat day is almost here (Saturday), I wanted to celebrate it by introducing a few of what I call “my favorite indulgences”: Jesuit (Custard filled French puff pastry with meringue & almonds) from Champagne Bakery So buttery and crunchy, just like the ones in Paris! Bear Cake (chocolate cake w/ white chocolate mousse…

Fine Dining: Downtown LA

Bottega Louie- a hype? I think not- everything from the ambiance to food was excellent except for the sewer smell which made me gag just a few times. :T Liked the open kitchen- made me feel like I was watching the Food Channel. Their Modena salad with goat cheese and walnuts is very rich &…

Aloha!

To celebrate our anniversary, hubby surprised me with a dreamy dinner at Roy’s, a Hawaiian Fusion Restaurant. While I was not impressed by the lackluster interior, I became instantaneously excited the minute I became acquainted with their Golden Lobster Potstickers, which explains why the photo doesn’t even exist. I really liked their Thai Curried Shrimp…

Rediscovering LA Korea Town

Korea Town has a special place in my heart. As a Korean-American growing up in Southern California, Ktown was my playground, and a place where I was reunited with my cultural heritage. Lately it’s been going through some major developments which is long overdue (it’s sort of embarrassing whenever visitors from Korea say that it…