On Friday we flew to San Diego for a wedding. On Sunday we drove to LA for two nights. We arrived before dinner…
We got giant sea salt chocolate chip cookies from M Street Kitchen (must return for the banana chocolate cookies!)
Then checked into The Huntley…
Spanish fried chicken on the left. String beans and burrata on the right…
…and baby broccoli and soft shell crabs with fried green tomatoes.
And dinner #2 at Night+Market in Silver Lake.
Larb Gai and Gang Ho (pork belly, fermented bamboo shoots, pickled garlic and ginger, glass noodles).
We ate ice cream once a day for the entire trip.
And the first LA stop was at Sweet Rose Creamery for…
…fresh mint chip and strawberry.
The next morning…
…we went to Roy Choi’s POT at The Line Hotel in Koreatown.
Kimchee, the Kat Man Do…
…and Jamaal Wilkes (tofu, shrimp, clams, mussels, kimchee, scallion, pork belly and poached eggs).
Roy Choi also runs a bakery in the front part of the hotel. The baker was from Momofuku Milk Bar and you can spot a lot of Momofuku influence…and oddly enough, a good deal of Hawaii influence. Think butter mochi and sweet bread!
After lunch we stopped by Hwa Sun Ji, a Korean tea shop for a new tea scoop…
When we realized we didn’t have dessert yet, we went to Scoops Westside for a little treat.
Salty Oreo on top, and Banana-Hefeweizen on the bottom.
Back to the hotel for a nap and stroll around the Third Street Promenade.
Soon it was time for dinner…at Q Sushi! Edomade-style sushi.
And new adventures in uni!
This is uni cured in sake lees for a month. Tasted like dulce de leche. Check here for the full post on the omakase.
After dinner we had dessert at the bar of Red Medicine. Milk Chocolate Cream with buckwheat milk poured tableside.
Then walked around for a bit before going to Carmela for ice cream.
Cucumber sorbet on top and earl grey ice cream on the bottom. They also had matcha ice cream.
Next morning! Late breakfast/early lunch at The Apple Pan! This place is fantastic. Neat tidbit: the Johnny Rocket chain was based off Apple Pan. One giant U-shaped counter and the most efficient service on the planet.
One steak burger…
…and a slice of apple pie (will have to come back for the banana cream pie).
Then lunch #2 at Sqirl.
Al-Pacino (almond milk cappuccino).
Uni spaghetti with clams and bonito flakes. Lots of garlic! Super saucy!
“Kabbouleh” made of kale, cauliflower, sumac, aleppo, and currants…
…and burnt brioche toast with housemade ricotta and strawberry-rose jam o_O
Next stop, Grand Central Market for…
…more fizzy hoppy tea at G&B Coffee (same owner as Go Get Em Tiger)…
…and then we walked (my only form of exercise) to The Pie Hole…
…for Earl Grey Pie. Heaven! The butter crust is lined in dark chocolate, filled with earl grey ganache, and topped with whipped cream. I got extra whipped cream on the side…because you can never have enough whipped cream.
After The Pie Hole we drove to Fōnuts for a Blueberry-Earl Grey donut.
They’re called “fōnuts” because they’re baked, not fried. Tasted more like a muffin than a donut.
Allen took this photo. Here’s the instagram version heehee ^_^
Next stop, Sprinkles Ice Cream! Love the concept of taking all their cupcake flavors and turning it into ice cream flavors. Can you spot the red velvet waffle cones?
Red Velvet ice cream (with bits of red velvet cupcake and cream cheese) was amazing. We also got Rocky Road (top) and Banana (bottom).
We spent the afternoon eating dessert…and soon it was time for dinner at Orsa & Winston.
We did the five-course menu which started with yogurt panna cotta, basil, and roasted tomatoes.
Kampachi crudo with melon gelée and rhubarb.
Roasted carrot and ginger soup with housemade crème fraîche and toasted brioche.
Warm milk bread and togarashi butter, coddled eggs with pancetta and cream.
Geoduck and lobster risotto.
Roasted lamb loin with black cherries and koji potatoes.
Grapefruit granita with kumquats.
Summer strawberry crumble and coconut sorbet, roasted banana-caramel tart and rum ice cream.
Next stop/post…Yountville and Napa! ^_^