CassiaΒ 

Cassia is a restaurant I’ve been trying to go to for ages. The good reservations are all taken weeks in advance, so my dinner started around 6:30/6:45ish.

The actual space is indoor and outdoor, with beautiful high ceilings and tables that are filled by time, not by space. Something I truly appreciate.

The must orders include Kaya toast (Coconut Jam, Butter, Slow Cooked Egg), Green Papaya Salad (with a kick!), Kon Loh Mee (Egg Noodles, Chinese Broccoli, Ground Pork, Pork Belly), andΒ  Spicy Wontons.

I highly highly recommend eating at Cassia. It’s all over all the best new restaurant lists, and well deserved. The service is top notch as well.

Cassia
1314 7th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401img_7734

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Brunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel

I had a lovely brunch at the beautiful Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel for my mother’s birthday.

The hotel is absolutely gorgeous from the striped ceiling to the champagne glasses. The service was top notch as well. While the food didn’t wow me as much as dinner usually does at the Polo Lounge, I still think the tortilla soup and lobster rolls really shined.

They have a jazz band on the patio for brunch, but I think the best room to sit in is the large room with booths.

From top to bottom: tortilla soup, scallops, smoked salmon hash, and summer sorbet dessert.

The Polo Lounge
9641 Sunset Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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Westbound DTLA

One of my favorite new watering holes downtown is Westbound, located in the monstrosity that which is One Santa Fe. They have a limited, yet delicious food menu. My faves include the Foieffle and Oysters. They also have an amazing late night happy hour that begins at midnight.

Oysters with Grilled Watermelon Ice, Lemon Oil + Mignonette, Basil

Gravlax Cone with Roe, Charcoal Cone, Goat Cheese, Dill

Foie N Waffle – Brioche, Coffee, Maple, Naval Orange Compote

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I tried Deep Fried Butter Balls and lived to tell about it.

I went to the OC Fair earlier this month and obviously came across tons of food – turkey legs, corn dogs, a 8×8 square of fries, popcorn, kettle corn, fried oreos, deep fried pizza, deep fried twinkies, deep fried cheesecake, the works! But the one thing I HAD to try was deep fried butter. And I hate to say it but it was pretty good. I only had one of the balls but it tasted like a VERY buttery waffle.

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A Weekend Getaway to Joshua Tree

One of my favorite road trips is to Joshua Tree. It’s about 2.5 hours outside of Los Angeles and feels like it’s a world away. I rented a gorgeous AirBNB with huge outdoor area including a BBQ, jacuzzi, plunge pool, and a firepit.

We watched the Perseid Meteor Shower which was completely visible from the backyard. The most beautiful meteors and stars were visible by the naked eye!

A trip to Pioneertown was a given (meal at Pappy & Harriet’s pictured below!) – which included Baby Back Ribs and Cheese Fries. It’s nice to walk around Pioneertown while it’s still light out and to check out the little shops they have in town. I can’t wait to go back, especially when it’s not 100 degrees out!

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Rose’s Luxury in DC

I visited DC a few weeks ago and went to eat at Rose’s Luxury, which was Bon Appetit’s Best Restaurant in America 2014.Though I totally disagreed when they chose a certain restaurant in Los Angeles where I had a terrible experience both food + service wise (AHEM starts with an “A”) , this experience at Rose’s brought back my faith in their taste.

Full Disclosure: You have to WAIT to eat here. We’re talking hours. So don’t come hungry and you’ll be fine.

Most people wait in line around 4 PM and they open at 5 PM, so if you’re in line and it’s not around the block you can likely eat immediately. On the day I went they handed out Otter Pops (which apparently they call Ice Pops on the east coast). They don’t seat you until your entire party is there, so your other option is to put yourΒ  name down for the second seating and then have a drink or wander the neighborhood until then, which is around 7/7:30ish.

We had a few really delicious cocktails upstairs at the bar while we waited. Now to the food must haves:

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From Top to Bottom:

– HOUSE BREAD with POTATO SKINS. – too good.

– FOIE GRAS & CHICKEN LIVER PATE, PLUM MUSTARDA & BRIOCHE: PHENOMENAL!

– HAND-CUT CHITARRA “CACIO E PEPE” – this was so delicious we ordered seconds. This is something I’ve done maybe one other time in life.

– CONFIT GOAT W/ BBQ SEA ISLAND RED PEAS, RICE & GARLIC BREADCRUMBS. Perfectly cooked and a great gateway goat dish for all.

I highly recommend every we ordered and then some. The Cacio e Pepe is absolutely to die for. I can’t wait to go back!