Magnolia Bakery + Kate Spade

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How cute is this collaboration? I adore Magnolia Cupcakes and I have to mentally prepare myself to walk by it everytime I go to Drybar. But this cupcake is forever! It reminds me of the Carrie’s bag in the first Sex and the City movie. They definitely put more frosting on the real ones.

Photo Credit: Kate Spade

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Best Thing I Ever Ate – Roots @ Black Hogg

If you like pork belly (who doesn’t?!) you MUST have the Pork Belly Bacon + Tacos at Black Hogg. They are both out of this world good. You can get both for $20.

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Bad Review for Alma. Sorry not Sorry.

I never write anything negative on here and only post about things I LOVE….but after getting an email from Resy this morning about Alice Waters’ favorite restaurants in LA, it got me a bit angry. I actually agree with her picks of Mozza, Sqirl, and Gjelina but absolutely not Alma.

First off, of course Alice Waters is going to get impeccable service at Alma – but if you’re “no one,” (LIKE ME!) that is likely not the case. She probably didn’t have to wait FIFTY minutes past her reservation time to be seated.

That being said, I’m simply reposting my Yelp review for Alma, Bon Appetit’s Best Restaurant in America 2013::

I was really really excited to try Alma. There was nothing getting in the way of enjoying this meal!

We arrived promptly at 8:30 PM for our reservation. After about 15 minutes I looked around at the 12ish tables and it didn’t look like anyone was leaving anytime soon. 5-10 minutes later the hostess said it’ll be “about” 10 more minutes.

A lesson in customer service to Alma: PLEASE be honest when you’re throwing out numbers like that. You don’t have a full bar and we would’ve gladly went across to the Ace, grabbed a cocktail or two and come back if we were simply told that the way was going to be much longer. Seriously. Don’t fucking lie.

Finally we were seated at 9:20 and I was HANGRY, angry and annoyed at this point. We were here for my friend’s birthday which is the only reason I didn’t throw a full on tantrum at the staff.

My friend wanted to try the Market Menu – which I have a confirmed email from Alma saying that they would have it. They didn’t. There were guest chefs from Bucato so they only had the 8 course menu. Strike 2.

The service was very sub-par. This price level is up there with Son of A Gun, Providence, Bestia, Mozza – the service should be at that level. I felt like I didn’t really know who my server was and one of the food runners was like “Can I put this plate down?” when my friend was trying to finish her oyster.  RUDE. You don’t work at Red Robin but maybe you should. Much better service at other places in the area – Preux & Proper, LA Chapter (even though the food isn’t that great), Terroni, The Gorbals, Wood Spoon to name a few.

I didn’t get to write down all the descriptions of the food mostly because I inhaled them immediately and partially because they were mumbled at me, but we had:

oysters
artichoke
uni + english muffin
tofu beignet
some kind of fish
sunchoke soup
pasta
another kind of fish
lamb
fluffy ice cream/icey/foamy dessert

My favorites were: oysters, artichoke, sunchoke soup, 2nd seafood dish. Nothing was that memorable and that’s what I was really hoping for.

It still wasn’t nearly as good as I was hoping seeing as how this is Bon Appetit’s Best Restaurant in America 2013.  Absolutely not worth $95 and an hour wait.

Here’s some photos of the food I begrudgingly ate.

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National Pizza Day

Apparently I haven’t been in the loop because I thought National Pizza Day was EVERYDAY.

Nonetheless, when I heard about said holiday last week I didn’t fight it and went to Stella Barra Pizzeria in Hollywood. The space that Stella took over 4 years ago seemed like it was cursed, as it kept changing lessees for what it felt like every 6 months to a year.

Stella is the perfect addition to the neighborhood. A little bit upscale, but casual enough to come have a beer (and pizza) alone at the bar.

2015/02/img_7641.jpgCinnamon Clove Old Fashioned

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Sweet Peppers stuffed with Feta & Proscuitto – to die for.

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Burrata with Tomato Jam

2015/02/img_7638.jpgCapicola Picante Pizza (Tomatoes, Fingerling Potatoes, Smoked Mozzarella, Basil)

 

Stella Barra Pizzeria
6372 Sunset Blvd.
http://www.stellabarra.com

Stir Market

Stir Market is a new little Joan’s on Third-esque eatery. It’s partially a food shop(pe) and also a restaurant/wine bar.

I had the Moroccan Baked Eggs (merguez sausage, organic eggs, tomatoes, chickpeas, peppers, with grilled bread) and a soy latte (Intelligentsia Coffee). The dish was delicious and hearty – perfect for a cold day. As someone who doesn’t eat a ton of meat I could’ve done without the sausage since I only took two bites. Perhaps I’ll request it without next time. The space has high ceilings and is very inviting. It wasn’t too crowded on the Friday morning I stopped by but I imagine it being quite popular on the weekends. An outdoor patio is located out front and they are dog friendly.

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Commissary at The LINE Hotel

I had brunch at Commissary last week. Well, not brunch because they don’t serve brunch. Breakfast ends at 11 AM, so when I arrived around 10:55 AM they informed me I had 4 minutes to order bfast! Sigh. Little do they know how much more $ they’d make if they actually had a proper brunch.

Either way, I ate here on a Sunday during which I’d normally have brunch – and it was delicious. They have a few brunch-esque dishes available during lunch so we had hash browns and 2 orders of eggs. We then proceeded to put the egg on top of the hash brown (they wouldn’t do it for us) and it was incredible. The eggs are served poached on top of a delicious tomato sauce. Oysters were delicious and fresh. The eggplant was in a curry soup/sauce and it was phenomenal. It was creamy, warm and nice little spicy addition to the rest of the meal. The fruit & cheese plate was forgettable, but the drinks were divine. I believe I had the blackberry drink – whichever has bourbon in it. Shrimp Po Boy really hit the spot – though I thought it was overpriced for what it was ($16?!).

I’ll definitely be back, just probably not in time for breakfast.

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Hatfields Farewell

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!

hatfields1SASHIMI OF KANPACHI

Mango pulp, Persian cucumber, avocado, crispy shallot

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PAN SEARED DIVER SCALLOP

Caramelized endive, dried plum reduction, mushroom-hazelnut duxelles

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PAN ROASTED DUCK BREAST

Apple-rosemary purée, fingerling potato, pistachio-cornichon relish

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SUGAR & SPICE BEIGNETS

Venezuelan chocolate fondue, vanilla malted milkshake