LA Eats

california1{An afternoon of gallavanting in Newport Beach}

I go to Los Angeles every year to visit friends and family.  It’s always filled with love, laughter, reminiscing, and FOOD.  I’m probably the only person you’ll ever meet who goes to LA to eat more but as you know, this New Yorker has a bottomless pit.  Usually when I’m in LA, I stick to Asian and Mexican food since they are the BOMB here but during this last trip, I got to try some of LA’s best eats.  One of my best girlfriends from New York who recently relocated to LA, also happens to be my best foodie friend.  We’ve gone on trips together based solely on the best food cities like Paris and New Orleans.  I also went back to my favorite Orange County staples which I had to share with you.  This is how a hungry New Yorker does LA.

california2Asian food at its best! On the left is Korean-Chinese food from New Garden in Rowland Heights and on the right are Korean side dishes at Sagan in Buena Park

california3Korean BBQ at Sagan in Buena Park

california4 You can’t really beat Santa Monica beach at sunset

california5Modern picnic and Korean inspired comfort food at Roy Choi’s A Frame who is also famous for the Kogi taco trucks.

california6The squid ink pasta shells with octopus and fennel was my favorite dish at Top Chef’s Michael Voltaggio’s Ink.

california7The food at Hinoki & The Bird was my favorite. The food comes to your table and you literally can’t believe how beautiful the plate and the food looks. We went to dinner on a Tuesday night at 8 pm and the place was hopping. I really liked the ambiance and the decor.

california8 Hinoki scented black cod from Hinoki & the Bird

california9Lemonade has amazing healthy and fresh to-go food when you need a quick bite. There’s multiple locations throughout LA. I went to the one on Abbot Kinney in Venice. Try all their yummy lemonades.

california10Sweet Rose Creamery has the most delicious ice cream made from organic ingredients. I tried the cinnamon and salted caramel which were both divine. It was so good I went back a 2nd time. The photo above is a spiced pumpkin sundae in honor of Halloween with a marshmallow ghost, brownie bat, and spiced pumpkin seeds. On the left is a latte from Caffe Luxxe who roast and make their own artisanal coffee.  I loved the coffee here because it didn’t taste bitter.