Monday, July 18, 2016

Work It, San Francisco: Yvonne Leung of Cardtorial


Yvonne is wearing a top from Saks Off 5th, H&M pants, Converse sneakers, bag by Cuero & Mør, J.Crew hat, and BCBG sunglasses. You can learn more about her company Cardtorial in an interview I conducted with Yvonne here.

Spotted at the Renegade Craft Fair at Fort Mason Festival Pavilion.
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Monday, June 27, 2016

Eat in Burbank: Porto's Bakery & Café (Pt. 2)


Raspberry Passion Fruit Macaron


Fruit Tart

When visiting Los Angeles a few weeks ago, I made sure to stop by Porto's Bakery & Café in Burbank. 

I picked up two treats I've never tried before: a Raspberry Passion Fruit Macaron and a Fruit Tart. Both were quite good. The macaron was made with fresh raspberries and a tangy passion fruit filling. The macaron shell had the slight crunch I like. The fruit tart was made with fresh strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, and apple. The custard had a nice flavor that complemented the crust well.

In addition to these desserts, we also stayed for lunch. I had the Cubano sandwich made with slow-roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and Cuban dressing on Cuban bread with plantain chips on the side. It's one of my favorites. 

If you've visited Porto's recently, what did you recommend trying?

Porto's Bakery & Café
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3614 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505
Open: Monday - Saturday 6:30am - 8pm, Sunday 7 - 7

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Eat in Berkeley: Imm Thai Street Food


Pad Woon Sen made with glass noodles, egg, cabbage, carrots, green onion, and garlic

I finally visited Imm Thai Street Food on University and Shattuck in Downtown Berkeley last week. As noted by the folks at Berkeleyside, this sleek Thai restaurant serves a variety of classic Thai dishes alongside street food style options.

Slightly overwhelmed by their incredibly appetizing menu, I ordered the Pad Woon Sen made with glass noodles, egg, cabbage, carrots, green onion, and garlic. It was very good. The noodles and vegetables were packed with flavor in ways I've never experienced. Even the often dull cabbage was a joy to eat. I would definitely order this again. I also had a bit of the roti, which were crispy and buttery as desired.

If you've visited Imm Thai Street Food, what did you try?

This photo was taken with an iPhone 6s.

Imm Thai Street Food
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2068 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704
Open: Monday - Friday 11 - 10, Saturday - Sunday 12 - 10

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Eat in West Hollywood: George's Greek Grill


Chicken Kabob Plate made with grilled chicken breast marinated in lemon, extra virgin olive oil, and spices, served with tzatziki, basmati rice, and a Greek salad


Gyro Sandwich made with a combination of shaved beef and lamb, served with tzatziki





George's Greek Grill serves delicious Greek food on Santa Monica Boulevard, a block and a half east of San Vicente, in West Hollywood. 

When we stopped by last weekend, I had a delicious Gyro Sandwich made with shaved beef and lamb, tomatoes, cucumber, onions, and tzatziki sauce. The beef and lamb was very tasty. The cut vegetables were surrounded by a soft pita I really liked. I would definitely order the gyro again.

My mom enjoyed the Chicken Kabob plate made with grilled chicken breast marinated in lemon, extra virgin olive oil, and spices as well. 

If you've visited George's Greek Grill, what did you try?

George's Greek Grill
8807 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
Open: Sunday - Thursday 6:30pm - 11:30pm, Friday - Saturday 6:30am - 12am

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Eat in West Hollywood: Urth Caffé (Pt. 3)


Sunrise Pizza made with sausage, pancetta, mozzarella, potatoes, poached egg, and brown sage butter


Mocha Mint

While in Los Angeles the past week, I visited Urth Caffé for lunch and after-dinner coffee on three separate occasions.

One of my after-dinner drinks included the Mocha Mint topped with whipped cream. This was quite a treat. It had a nice chocolaty mint flavor throughout. Warning: This is clearly a drink for those with a sweet tooth.

For lunch, I tried the Sunrise Pizza made with sausage, pancetta, mozzarella, potatoes, poached egg, and brown sage butter. It was a pretty solid pizza. The best part was definitely the toppings: slightly spicy sausage with sliced potatoes and a poached egg to boot? Mmmm... I would have liked the crust to be a bit crispier however.

If you've visited Urth Caffé recently, what did you try?

Urth Caffé
8565 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069
Open: Sunday - Thursday 6am - 11:30pm, Friday - Saturday 6am - 12am

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