Everytime a really incredible restaurant in LA closes I do my best to try it one last time. Hatfields is closing at the end of this year – say it ain’t so. My last meal there didn’t disappoint. Try it before it’s gone!
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Last weekend I hosted a Friendsgiving at my home. I’ve been wanting to do this for years an it was a great success. I highly recommend it for anyone who doesn’t go home for Thanksgiving – or in my case for the weekend after Thanksgiving when everyone comes home.
Lots of food, conversation, wine, punch and laughter with some of my closest friends. Complete with “Fireplace for your home” playing on my TV. It really does add some ambiance.
The menu was as follows:
Brussel Sprouts (made by my friend Luisa)
Pumpkin Pie (made by my friend Eileen)
Zagat just released their list of 50 Best Restaurants in Los Angeles – and sadly I’ve only been to 16 of them. I HAVE been to Melisse which is number one. Here’s their $275 tasting menu in action – which in my opinion looks very much worth it. 🙂
I visited the cutest little town of Solvang over the weekend. Did a lot of wine tasting – enough bottles for all my friends to drink during Friends-Giving next weekend. The antique stores there are incredible – saw a Thomas Edison Cylinder Photograph (a steal at $6k!)
My list of favorite wine tasting rooms coming up later this week.
I have a Pinterest board called “Random Things I Like” so I am constantly building this list of things I like – and there’s a lot!
Here are some I’d like to share this week:
Trader Joes’ Speculoos Cookie Butter – Holy crap. I have never had this stuff until recently and boy have I missed out! It tastes like crumbled up gingerbread and shortbread biscuits mixed into some sort of peanut buttery goodness. Though I’m not sure there’s peanut in there? Also, apparently you can sell it on Amazon for $12 so I’m going to go buy a case and see what happens.
Secret Malibu Beaches. I had to go here at 8 AM one morning for a video shoot, but wow was all that traffic worth it. We saw tons of dolphins putting on a show for us that morning.
The Pomona Fairplex. I did The Color Run here last week and it was a lot of fun (and very dirty!). The Fairplex has the cutest little farm. Look at that barn!
Bottega Louie Macarons. I saw this box and just couldn’t resist! I highly recommend Salted Caramel, Mango and Violet. Order online here!
One of my favorite restaurants in LA is Osteria Mozza. It is THE solid fine dining Italian restaurant by Mario Batali, Nancy Silverton, & Joseph Bastianich that feels like an adventure each time I go there. The crowd can be a bit “LA” if you know what I mean, but don’t let it phase you. The staff is always pleasant, accomadating and non-pretentious.
The Mozzarella Bar Menu is extensive, cocktails are delicious (try the Benfatto if you like whiskey), with primi and secondi menus with something for every taste. I sat at the Mozzarella Bar for the first time and was able to see Nancy Silverton in action. I highly recommend sitting there for casual occasions.
Here are some highlights of my last visit:
bacon, marinated escarole & caramelized shallots
I found the CUTEST, TINEST little greasy spoon restaurant just outside Joshua Tree. I squealed upon seeing the front of the place.
Anthony Bourdain went here on No Reservations, as can be seen on the wall throughout the restaurant. The cutest owners were incredibly friendly. Biscuits and gravy, eggs, corned beef hash and so much more was ordered.