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
 

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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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

Suck My Garlic!

Looks familiar? Yes, it’s The Stinking Rose, again.

If you read what happened during the first visit, then you know why we doubled back.

After being seated, the restaurant’s general manager came over to greet us. He is very sweet and super attentive. Guess who popped up next? Our amazing server from the last visit.

Unlike last time, we ordered stinking entrees from the “favorites”. The Stinking Rose can feed me garlic drenched food (not ice cream) anytime.

Stuffed and traumatized from the garlic ice cream experience we decided to skip dessert. Against our will, the server brought out a complimentary dessert. We had to try it right? Hesitantly, we spooned a small taste and we approved this creamy goodness.

If you ever get hungry while running from vampires, tell them to suck your garlic after you stop by The Stinking Rose. Kill to birds with one stone.

IMG_1203Bagna Calda $4.95, Hamil-tan Cucumber Martini $9.95, chardonnay $8.95

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Silence of the Lamb Shank $22.95, Forty Clove Garlic Chicken $19.95

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Chocolate Truffle Mousse Cake $7.95

Natalee Thai, Oh My!

What determines your experience at a restaurant? Typically, I evaluate service, the atmosphere and weigh quality vs. cost.

All things considered, my first experience at Natalee Thai earned a ‘C’ at best.

We received a buzzer after the hostess added our party to the wait list. As we chatted near the bar, about 2-feet away from the hostess, we noticed that people who arrived after us were being seated.

Glancing at the list we realized that she skipped us and seated 3 parties listed under us, strike one! She must have read our minds because she seated us next.

Our servers were pretty friendly but one of them disregarded the deodorant memo. Each time she passed we caught a whiff of bad B.O., stee-rike two!

At this point, we were at an ‘F’ because the atmosphere did not enhance the experience.

On to the food… the fact that it was good and not overpriced saved this Natalee and her Thai. I wonder if the Beverly Hills location is any better.

Check out photos and descriptions of the meal below.

IMG_8705Pad Thai $10.75 (Shrimp, chicken, eggs, green onions, bean curd, sweet radish and bean sprouts are quickly wok fried in Pad Thai Sauce. Served with chopped peanuts, fresh bean sprouts and chili powder on the side)

IMG_8706Fried Banana $4.95 (A fresh whole banana is sliced, dipped in a sweet batter, then deep-fried golden and dusted with powdered sugar. Served with caramel and chocolate sauce)

Natalee Thai (Venice)
10101 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90230
(310) 202-7003

Open Sesame

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Last night, I enjoyed Lebanese cuisine at Open Sesame in Manhattan Beach. I thoroughly enjoyed the Chicken Tawook dish during my visit at the Long Beach (Belmont Shore #2) location, so I ordered it again. Next time, l will attempt to branch out.

My experiences at both locations have been favorable. The food is yummy, service is friendly and atmosphere is great. Below are meal deets.

CHICKEN TAWOOK $16.49 ($14.99 without rice)
Skewered cubes of marinated, charbroiled chicken breast, served on a bed of basmati rice with hummus, garlic sauce, pita and a choice of salad (Open Sesame salad pictured above).

LAMB KABOB $21.99
Skewered cubes of seasoned lamb, charbroiled and served on a bed of basmati rice with hummus or baba ghannouj, pita and a choice of salad (Open Sesame salad pictured above).