EMC Seafood+Raw Bar

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Crispy Dungeness Crab (Whole)

“People who love to eat are always the best people.” -Julia Child

Yes, Julia! My friendships are sealed and celebrated with food. I’m convinced that my friends workout to eat. Birthdays, job promotions, breakups, life chats, or new shoes… food is front and center for the celebration. Eating is a hobby.

I don’t subscribe to the “no new friends” motto, so my circle has a door. My friends are diverse, which makes for colorful foodie adventures.

One adventure landed us in Korea Town at EMC Seafood & Raw Bar (EMC). It happened to be the hot spot that Saturday night. The space is modern and ideal for groups, it’s pretty noisy and open late-nights.

We were seated at a long bar table. We opt for family-style group feasting. Our tasty spread included the items pictures, they are highlighted purple on the menu pages. Five of us dined that night and left happily stuffed. I predicted that the brussels sprouts and Uni pasta would be the weakest links. Wrong. They were delish and two of my fave dishes.

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Uni Pasta

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Oysters

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 EMC Seafood & Raw Bar

3500 West 6th Street #101, Los Angeles, CA 90010

213.351.9988

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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

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

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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Delicious At First Bite: Mercado Santa Monica

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Birthdays are a perfect excuse to stuff our faces. What am I saying? It’s always a good time for delicious food.

On Thursday I went to a Birthday dinner at Mercado Santa Monica and my taste buds partied like it was 1999. Our party of about 10 ordered dishes in groups. My group of three went with the items pictured, we added an extra portion to the dishes that served two.

Yummy food makes me really happy. Oh! I tried flan for the first time too… it was pretty good.

*Fun Fact: The parking situation is not the best, but that’s typical Santa Monica. I lucked up on a metered spot after circling a  couple times. There are parking structures a block or two over.

Thanks for reading! xoxo

IMG_6103Guacamole $10 & Mexican Kale Salad $10
IMG_6106Tostaditas de Tinga de Pollo (appetizer-2 servings) $10

IMG_6104Sashimi Ahi Tuna Tostada (appetizer-2 servings) $16

What The Heck is Friendsgiving?

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We all get at least two families, if we’re lucky one is functional. We’re born into and love our first family, but we need the second to take a break from the first. Our second family consists of the friends we choose. When holidays roll around, who gets us?

Thanksgiving should be spent running like a headless turkey taking orders from mom, then sitting at the table passing the baked mac n’ cheese to our little nose-picking cousin, right? This year, I learned that we can make up holidays to celebrate with our friends. Who knew?

Over the weekend, I went to my very first Friendsgiving. You’re probably thinking, “Is she serious?” Yes, I am. My new friends (sorry Drake), that I met through a mutual friend, hosted their seventh annual Friendsgiving dinner. It’s a pre-Thanksgiving celebration where the drinks flow and nose picking isn’t allowed.

Typically, Friendsgiving is a potluck style dinner, but this year’s happened to be a extra fancy. Wolfgang Puck catered the five course feast complete with servers, appetizers and dessert. Yummy to my tummy!

Feast your eyes on more food porn below. This Thanksgiving remember to eat, drink and be thankful!

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Easy Peasy Turkey Meatloaf

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Where are the eggs? Oops!

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Dinner is served.

I found this super easy recipe on Pinterest. The pin carried me over to 4 Men 1 Lady‘s blog. The directions seemed simple enough, so I tried it.

I forgot to add the eggs, oops. Luckily, I remembered 2.1 seconds after I closed the oven door, so I had time to add them.

Everyone loved it!  I made it for my niece (age 5), sister (age 21), and friend (age 28), who all asked for second servings. Winning! I paired the meatloaf with a cheesy baked potato and a baby spinach salad drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette (pictured above).

If you have kids around, turn it into a fun kitchen bonding experience. My niece enjoyed mixing the meatloaf ingredients with me. Get the “Easy Turkey Meatloaf” recipe deets from 4 Men 1 Lady.

Follow me on Pinterest for more cool pins. Thanks for reading! xoxo