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Spago - Beverly Hills

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Spago - Beverly Hills

One of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles. We dined here recently for Angela (Brother's fiancee) birthday dinner. We were seated promptly and complimentary bubbly was poured all around. No better way to start a full tasting.

I've been to Spago once, so this will be my second time. Spago was serving a special Akaushi wagyu that was just imported from Japan that night. Literally, the whole cow. That was one of my highlights from our meal.

 

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Without further ado, below is the giant tasting menu we had.

I am ready to come back in summer.

 

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Drink Houz - Los Angeles

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Drink Houz - Los Angeles

 Cappuccino 

Cappuccino 

 Drink Houz is a new wellness cafe in the Westlake neighborhood of LA on the ground floor of HoM on Temple. Drink offerings include nutrient dense juices and smoothies, and a signature coffee and tea program created by Jeremy Gurney, featuring JGursey products. The flavorful menu of mostly vegan and vegetarian offerings is created by, Chef Amy Nesbit, with salads, sandwiches, bowls, and daily specials all made from the finest all natural ingredients. The bakery program is by Rockenwagner Bakery.

I was pleasantly surprised with everything I had. I'm definitely not the type to go Vegan, but I wouldn't mind eating this a few times a week.

3231 W Temple St Los Angeles, CA 90026

 Shot Houz- Wellness - Lemon, Ginger, Cayenne. The burn lasted a bit as it went down.

Shot Houz- Wellness - Lemon, Ginger, Cayenne. The burn lasted a bit as it went down.

  Chop Houz (VG) -  Chopped Baby Romaine & Kale, Heirloom Tomatoes, Chickpeas, Red Onion, Fresh Herbs, Cucumbers, Avocado, Honeyed Walnuts, Topped with Premium Aged Cheddar Served with Chive-Honey-Dijon Dressing. Refreshing and delicious. The Aged Cheddar added a nice nutiness to this salad.

Chop Houz (VG) - Chopped Baby Romaine & Kale, Heirloom Tomatoes, Chickpeas, Red Onion, Fresh Herbs, Cucumbers, Avocado, Honeyed Walnuts, Topped with Premium Aged Cheddar Served with Chive-Honey-Dijon Dressing. Refreshing and delicious. The Aged Cheddar added a nice nutiness to this salad.

 Zen - Kale, Cucumber, Toasted Sunflower Seeds, Avocado, Sprouts, Pickled Red Onions, Roma Tomatoes, Roasted Pears, Vegan Potato Roll (Got sourdough instead). You may not believe me, but this is probably one of the best sandwiches I've had. Simple does not do justice to how balanced the flavors were. No dressing was needed as the roasted pears added an extremely sweet round flavor complimented by the tartness of the pickled red onion. The toasted sunflower seeds added the perfect texture you would want in this sandwich. I would order this again, hands down.

Zen - Kale, Cucumber, Toasted Sunflower Seeds, Avocado, Sprouts, Pickled Red Onions, Roma Tomatoes, Roasted Pears, Vegan Potato Roll (Got sourdough instead). You may not believe me, but this is probably one of the best sandwiches I've had. Simple does not do justice to how balanced the flavors were. No dressing was needed as the roasted pears added an extremely sweet round flavor complimented by the tartness of the pickled red onion. The toasted sunflower seeds added the perfect texture you would want in this sandwich. I would order this again, hands down.

 Delicious baked goods by Rockenwagner Bakery

Delicious baked goods by Rockenwagner Bakery

When you are in the area, had a great workout and want something clean, delicious and nourishing for your body, check out Drink Houz.

3231 W Temple St Los Angeles, CA 90026

 

 

 

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Dr Sandwich - Beverly Hills

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Dr Sandwich - Beverly Hills

I like coming to Dr. Sandwich (Kosher) before headed to LACMA. My favorite thing to order is their Chicken Shawarma stuffed in a pita with all the fixes. The small restaurant is located in a small plaza on Olympic Blvd. It's only valet parking, but you could probably find street parking if you're lucky.

9113 W Olympic Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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320 Main - Seal Beach

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320 Main - Seal Beach

What I love about trying different restaurants is the different destinations it leads me to. 320 Main is located on Main street along with many small business shops to check out. It feels like the matured version of downtown Long Beach. Just a local friends and family gathering scene though I could be wrong during the evening Happy Hours.

We came to 320 Main during brunch, and it was such a pleasant surprise. 

 Pimms Cup

Pimms Cup

What's a brunch without a cocktail? This simple mixture is nothing short on flavor. Pimm's with some lemon, ginger and cucumber. I had a cold, but this ironically made me feel etter. Must be the ginger.

Creole Shrimp & Grits

These were jumbo shrimps cooked perfectly. Extremely plump and flavorful. Cooked with andouille sausage with some good ole cheese grits.

Smoked pork chop

This dish was ridiculous. It's every pig lover's dream. A huge pork chop with seared crispy fat served with some potato hash, sunny side, and an apple fig jam with crunchy toast. This is what brunch is all about. Great to share, but I devoured this all by myself.

They also serve great food to pair with drinks like duck poutines.

 

320 Main Seal Beach CA, 90740 562-799-6246

 

 

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Happy Hour at Roy's Restaurant - Pasadena

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Happy Hour at Roy's Restaurant - Pasadena

I know a lot of people that like to go straight home after work. I believe the best coworkers are the ones you can consider your friend, and one you are willing to spend time with even after 9 hours of being together. But nothing unites us more than Happy Hour. Eyes light up. Chatters are spread and next thing you know, it's as if we were channeling each other throughout the agent with telepathic communication.

There's a lot of restaurants that serve happy hour near our office. We have a few that are walking distance. Roy's was brought up a few times so after having a glance at their menu, it was finalized. In no time 5 o'clock hit and we were out the door. Maybe a few of us took a short lunch to get the happy started early.

They have $7 cocktails/wine/sake, to $5 well drinks, to $3 selected drafts.

These French Fries were a BIG hit. After the first order, there were multiple to follow. The fries were coated with Parmesan, Togarashi, Parsley, Sea Salt and a Housemade Mango sauce. Portions were great for $5 and perfect with drinks.

All other Happy Hours bites were $7. Some things we ordered showed above are Crispy Chicken Spring Rolls served on top of a Citrus Black Bean Dragon Sauce, Szechuan Spiced Pork Ribs Smoked and Glazed in Roy's Original Mongolian Sauce, Lobster Potstickers served on a Spicy Togarashi Miso Butter Sauce, and Tempura-Crusted Ahi Roll with Spicy Togarashi Miso Butter Sauce. Some other items the table ordered were their Kalua Pork Sliders Crispy Onions – Lilikoi Slaw.

Happy Hour starts at 4 and ends at 7. We already planned our next venture next week!

Check it out yourself. Any happy hour recommendations in Pasadena are always welcomed.

 

 

 

 

 

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