Sunday, August 3, 2014

Industriel (Los Angeles, CA)

We had another family dinner on Sunday this time at a place of my sister's choosing, so I was ecstatic when she chose Industriel, a restaurant that has been on my list for a while!  They describe their food as... "simple, pure, flavorful dishes with roots in the Proven├žal tradition, but with modern LA attitude."




The outside alone is eye-catching, so I'm glad I finally had the chance to step inside.




I loved all of the wood accents, and even the honey bear "chandelier" was interesting... and fully functional!




Last picture of the decor, which was indeed industrial from the metal roofing to the rustic wood tables.  The light fixtures looked like something I could DIY, which you know I love making.  :)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Long Beach bar hopping! (Long Beach, CA)

This weekend, I headed to downtown Long Beach to try some amazing summer drinks on a fun bar hop!  I had some amazingly inventive and delicious cocktails, along with a few dishes.  Check out all the fun that I had below at L'Opera, Alegria Cocina Latina, Gaucho Grill, and Agaves Kitchen and Tequila!

Also, I managed to score a few of the cocktail recipes to share with you below, if you want to recreate them at home.  Cheers!


L'Opera
Bellissima

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This is a super fresh cocktail perfect for summer.  I mean, don't you want to just dive in?  Here are the ingredients to whip up your own  :)

  • 1.5 oz. raspberry peach Grand Marnier
  • Homemade lemonade  (You can cheat on this one, but the folks at L'Opera make theirs from scratch)
  • Splash soda water
  • Ice

Serve in a rocks glass and garnish with fresh raspberries.



Gamberi Alla Arancia
Golden Brown Hazelnut & Bread Crumb Crusted Black Tiger Shrimp, Served with a Mild Citrus Sauce

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This sounded like a perfect, light accompaniment to the light Bellissima, and it was!  The hazelnuts in the crumb coating is pure genius.  :)




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Dragonberry Mojito  |  Pineapple Mojito
Bacardi Dragon Berry rum, simple syrup, red passion fruit syrup, lime juice, mint leaves, soda water
Bacardi Pineapple Fusion Rum, simple syrup, lime juice, pineapple, mint leaves, soda water

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Mojitos in Mason jars!  What could be more summery than that?



Summer Fling

N'ice Cream (Costa Mesa, CA)

We were at SOCO furniture shopping for the new house, but I had to hit up The OC Mix!  Tucked into a corner was the N'ice Cream shop, so we had to stop by.


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The first three locations are located in Santa Monica and Venice, but luckily they decided to open this one in the O.C.!


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Their flavors are absolutely top notch and made fresh.  In fact, you can see exactly when the batch you are eating was made on their website!

In the picture below, the top row is Coconut Sorbet, Strawberry Cream, Banana Honey, Salted Caramel, Lemon Birthday Cake, Vanilla, Pistachio, and Stracciatella.  The bottom row is Strawberry Banana Sorbet, Chocolate Sorbet, Milk n' Cereal, Raspberry Yogurt, Strawberry Cheesecake, Rocky Road, Mint Chip, Hazelnut.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Lobster Rumble 2014 (Los Angeles, CA)

It's been less than a year since the inaugural West Coast Lobster Rumble and my how things have changed!  This time, I had my fancy camera, so the pictures will be a bit better, even with the "eh" lighting.  Ready for the tour?


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First of all, it was so much more popular that the parking lots were full and it took about 45 minutes to enter the event itself.  Definitely a minus, but it's L.A, so we're used to hunting for parking.  Also, the ticket itself jumped up in price, so minus 2.


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It was held in the same space, but the layout was more "squished" and that led to lots of smushed lines.  And I hate to mention that the lines were pretty endless, even for desserts.  My event partner and I had to split up just to be able to try all of them.  Otherwise, we would have needed another 2 hours to stand in lines together!

The good news is that not only were there amazing lobster rolls from local favorites, but there were contenders from other places like Austin, Vegas, Portland, and Chicago.  Also, they kept the delicious dessert places, but more on that later!


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Now, to the food!



Salads & Sides

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I really like that they had some fresh veggies and salads for the sides.  After all of the buttered bread and rich lobster, it was definitely a good choice.


Now, for all of the lobster rolls!




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Lobster Me
The Cajun
Chilled lobster meat smothered in Cajun sauce - Bold & sassy.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fugetsu-Do (Los Angeles, CA)

After going to Sake Express, I posted the pretty Fugetsu-Do mochi on Instagram.  Apparently I was missing out on the chocolate mochi, so I had to go back the next day when we parked literally across the street!




It's a shop with a tiny storefront, but they must have an active kitchen to produce all of the sweets they sell!




A few bags of treats near the beginning next to the shaved ice.




A few savory snacks in a glass case.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Sake Express 2014 (Los Angeles, CA)

I first heard about Sake Express from my friend who worked for the non-profit Little Tokyo Service Center.  Every year they have a sake tasting, silent auction, and raffle in order to raise funds, and everyone has lots of fun too!  Besides, there were some really great restaurants dishing out their best eats, which I can't wait to share.  Yum!


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This year, the LTSC Sake & Food Tasting Event was named Sake Express because they held it at the beautiful Union Station.


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They shut down this area to have the silent auction.


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As for the sake, they had 25 different breweries representing all parts of Japan.