Miracle Mile Starfish Sushi

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Mango Madness, Fiesta and Sapporo roll, please! For four visits in a row this is exactly what our order looked like. My friend Vee and I are stuck on these rolls, they’re so friggin yummy.

Starfish Sushi is a cute little Japanese spot located in Miracle Mile, Los Angeles. The sushi is fresh and yummy. The service is good as well.

Starfish Sushi

5600 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

323.933.5600

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STK Steak Soiree

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Can you hear that boom, badoom, boom, boom, badoom, boom, bass? I asked myself that when pulling up to STK. It really has mastered the chic restaurant + lounge hybrid, but the music could stand to be turned down a notch or two.

My seester and I celebrated her birthday (part deux) with yummy food, delicious drinks and good vibes. Below is the list of food pictured above. Sides are served in large portions so we shared them family style.



Host

Tuna Tartare $17

Guest of Honor

60z Petite Filet Steak $27

Attendees

Asparagus $9

Mac & Cheese $9

Life of the Party

Cucumber Stiletto $15



STK Los Angeles

755 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

310.659.3535

Embrace The “Milky Bun” Mouth Wide Open

IMG_0144My stomach and I have a food problem. We drove 50 miles (100 round trip) to indulge in a warm donut stuffed with milk & cereal flavored ice cream. Sounds and looks amazing, right?

IMG_0145Two to three years ago, Ryan Seacrest mentioned Afters Ice Cream (home of the Milky Bun) during his morning show. As soon as I arrived at work I googled “milky bun” and found it in Fountain Valley, a city in Orange County, CA. It took a while, but I proudly made stomach space and embraced the Milky Bun mouth wide open.

IMG_0121Unfortunately, my eyes are bigger than my belly. Churro and cookie butter flavored ice cream made it in my mouth before deciding on milk & cereal. Those are only a few of the crazy flavors offered. Half of the Milky Bun fit in my food storage space before it became full. Apple has not figured out how to transport food to the cloud. Next time, I need a Milky Bun partner to do halfsies.

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Afters Ice Cream

18030 Brookhurst St.

Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Chaya is Life, Literally! #Mouthgasm

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Mushroom soup (Soup of the Day)

Before Chaya, mouthgasms over sushi puzzled me. At the extremely mature age of twelve there were many things I vowed to NEVER EVER eat, on that scroll you could find sushi somewhere near the top.

A few years back, a friend kidnapped me and decided that I would eat sushi that night. We went to a little spot in Los Angeles. Tempura roll, please! I carried on determined not to eat anything raw. Somehow a spicy tuna roll crept into my mouth and made it down my throat, not too bad. Boom! I ate sushi.

After that night I ate sushi over a handful of times at multiple eateries, but it never induced a mouthgasm until Chaya. Nom nom (freakin) NOM! Sooo yummy and melted in my mouth. Talking about it is making me hungry.

Aside from good eats, including the delicious mushroom soup, Chaya provided superb service. Nothing compliments a great meal more than awesome service. The relaxed and upscale ambiance added a nice touch.

One more thing… a fun fact.  Chaya means life in Hebrew. Go, figure! That night Chaya gave birth to a sushi lover. I am corny, sue me.

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Chaya (Downtown LA)

525 S. Flower Street

Los Angeles, CA 90071

213.236.9577

 
 A special thanks to my friend, Reese, for kidnapping and introducing me to Sushi. xoxo
 

Smancy Burgers Only Use 1/2 The Bun

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Benedict Burger

(Red onion confit, gruyère, sunny egg, watercress, Béarnaise, house brioche, potato chips)

Yummy, but pricey. This half-bunned goodness can be found at Ray’s & Stark Bar. Since it’s semi-fancy (smancy), there are less carbs, enjoy half the bun guilt-free. Eat. The great atmosphere is free. Savor your meal outside and take in the beauty that sounds you.

Ray’s & Stark Bar at LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Reservations 323.857.6180

My Shrimpy Pesto Pizza Birthday

IMG_7077There are two kinds of people in the world: Birthday people and not birthday people. Until 2011, I never worked on my birthday. Of course, I am a birthday person and typically make it multi-day celebration of moi.

This year, instead of organizing a party/events, I had a pretty chill birthday. I like big celebrations, but not coordinating people is pretty awesome. I lived in the moment and enjoyed my day sans stress.

On Friday I received these gorgeous flowers (pictured below) from my man. On Saturday (my actual birthday) he cooked us breakfast, then I went to the nail salon for more pampering, later he took me to dinner at Soleto.  We ordered Shrimp Pesto Pizza and Chicken Fettuccine. I tend to prefer pasta over pizza, but not in this case. Pizza ingredient (garlic shrimp, basil pesto, mozzarella, grana padano, sundried tomatoes, peppers) proportions were great and the pizza crust… not too soft, not too crispy, but just right. It tastes just as delicious as it looks. The pasta did not do anything for me, nothing (flavor, ingredients, presentation) stood out. Pasta and service were both 7, on a scale of  1-10. More Shrimp Pesto Pizza, per favore!

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Long List, Short Order…

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‘Restaurants to Visit’ is a collection of places to grub. When I  see or receive a recommendation of a place with potential to make my mouth water, I add it to the ‘Restaurants to Visit’ list in my phone.

One of my best friends told me to choose a restaurant and she would treat me to a late birthday dinner… I would usually go to my restaurant list, but I accidentally ERASED IT! Ugh! It took forever, but I decided to dine at Short Order.

We went during dineLA Restaurant Week and ordered from the prix fixe menu (see below). I ordered the items pictured above (circled on the menu). We did halfsies with the meat, so I got to try the flat iron steak too.

Dante’s  moist, tender, well-seasoned fried chicken eclipsed the steak. The warm, gooey, lightly breaded mac n’ cheese was yummy. My order came with Short Order spuds and a fresh standard side salad. I forced myself to stop eating, so that I could save room for a vanilla shake… apparently shakes were in high demand because they ran out of ice cream after us. Nothing disappointed, but a few items (Dante’s Fried Chicken,  the mac ‘n’ cheese and vanilla shake)  were extra tasty.

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Happy Hour at Engine Co. No. 28

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Engine Co. No. 28 has a pretty decent Happy Hour from 2-10pm, seven days a week. Menu items are 5 bucks each. The meatloaf sliders were my fave of the three dishes pictured above. The chili has cubed chunks of beef, I prefer ground meat chili on chili cheese fries.

Meatloaf Sliders $5

Carne Asada Tacos $5

Chili Cheese Fries $5

Chardonnay $5

*Fun Fact: Engine Co. No. 28 was once the most expensive Los Angeles fire station, it feel on hard times.

Stuff My Mouth w/ Blu Jam

IMG_2860 Breakfast Quesadilla $14.95 & Crunchy French Toast $12.95

That moment you close your mouth and hear the angels sing as your taste buds party like Paris Hilton in 2004.

Yes, Blu Jam Cafe’s Crunchy French Toast are that delicious (as my mouth waters), the breakfast quesadilla is not too bad either. The servings are huge. We went halfsies and there were a couple leftover French toast. It is safe to say that this could feed two adults and one small child.

The tasty goods outshined the service, our server seemed a little preoccupied.

Blu Jam in located in Los Angeles on Melrose and in Sherman Oaks on Ventura Blvd. (We chowed there).

Thanks for reading! xoxo

H O M E: Living and Dining in LA

HOME (Los Feliz location) is where you wet your whistle and chat, on a warm Los Angeles summer night.

While HOME is a restaurant, I am more likely to return for the ambiance and cocktails, instead of eats.

Attempting to make up for the poor food choice I made earlier in the day, I ordered the Warm Spinach Salad. If HOME’s goal is to serve a dish as the average person would at home for a chill night out by the pool, then call it a success. The presentation is subpar and the salad fell short at titillating my taste buds.

On the other hand, the atmosphere and service are terrific. Did I mention that Happy Hour drinks are five bucks and are not watered down? Worth it!

As for the Chicken Pomodoro Sandwich and soup, my friend date says, “The sandwich was quite savory, the cheese added a great kick to it. Soup was bland, but ok. I’ve had better. Oh! The fried pickles were my fav!”

Check out the pictures below. Feel free to ask questions. xoxo

IMG_2727The view from our table. We were seated outside.

IMG_2724Warm Spinach Salad $11.95 
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Chicken Pomodoro Sandwich $10.95 & Soup $3.95