Thursday, April 24, 2014

Eat in LA: Kings Road Cafe

Poached Eggs with black forest ham and mozzarella, served with homemade country sourdough toast and breakfast potatoes

While visiting Los Angeles this past weekend, I tried Kings Road Cafe on Beverly. Being the poached eggs fiend that I am (seriously), I ordered the poached eggs with black forest ham and mozzarella. The whole meal deserved an A+. The eggs were poached to perfection. The sourdough toast was thick and complemented the ham and cheese nicely. The potatoes were great for dipping the gooey insides of the eggs.

The meal was about $9, which for brunch in these parts, doesn't seem so bad. As we were leaving, we spotted Jane Lynch eating outside, which is apparently not that rare an occurrence.

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Kings Road Cafe
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8361 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048
Open: Daily 6 - 6

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Eat in LA: Intelligentsia Coffee

Iced Latte and Iced Mocha

This past weekend I visited my old friend Jing Pan in Los Angeles. While we were there, we stopped by Intelligentsia in Silver Lake. I've heard good things about this coffee shop, and being that it's in Silver Lake, I figured that it'd be a good spot for staring at hipster types.

Both of these proved to be true. I ordered an Iced Mocha, a tall glass of heaven at five bucks a pop. Since I'm so used to paying ridiculous prices for brunch and the like in SF, I was only a bit fazed by the price tag. (And I had my credit card, so... what consequences?) Fortunately, it was the best dang mocha I've ever had, and worth every point off my credit score.

As for the people watching, that was pretty satisfying as well. The internet told me that Silver Lake is crawling with grimy, hirsute hipsters with more of daddy's money than sense. The people I encountered were clean-looking folk who seemed quite accustomed to dropping ten dollars on a couple drinks.

This place could easily be placed in the Mission... which, if you're out there Intelligentsia Overlords, can you make this happen? Pretty please with a handlebar mustache on top? (Maybe they are.)

Intelligentsia Coffee
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3922 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029
Open: Sunday - Wednesday 6am - 8pm, Thursday - Saturday 6am - 11pm

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Work It, Berk: Meet Ciara

Ciara is wearing a thrifted sweater, American Apparel skirt and socks, boots from Buffalo Exchange, her mom's scarf, and a denim jacket she found at a party. More photos here.

Spotted on Bancroft and Telegraph.
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Eat in SF: Dandelion Chocolate

PB&J Sandwich made with peanut butter and raspberry ganache with a light brownie crust

Dulce de Leche Bar made with feuilletine sable, dulce de leche, and chocolate caramel ganache

Hey, guys! It's been awhile. Since my last post, I've visited Dandelion Chocolate on Valencia in the Mission twice. Both times, I was thoroughly satisfied by their delicately prepared dessert bars.

The first bar I tried was the definite standout. It's so good, in fact, that I've been daydreaming about it for weeks. It's the PB&J Sandwich, a gourmet throwback to an elementary school staple. It has three layers of peanut butter ganache, raspberry ganache, and a light brownie crust. In short, it's rich, delicious, and friggin' perfect. Like with every course I've had at Nopa for brunch, you'll need to take a moment or two between chocolate-y bites just to accept the fact that food could be this good. Since it is so decadent, you may want to share with a friend (good luck) or get it to-go and eat it later (more likely).

The second bar was the Dulce de Leche, which is made with feuilletine sable, dulce de leche, chocolate caramel ganache, and salt flakes on top. It is also quite good. It's not as rich as the PB&J, but you still know you're eating something special. Try to get a bit of salt in each bite to accentuate the dynamic flavor.

I still have yet to try the their Papua New Guinea S'more Bar, which is #19 on 7x7's The Big Eat 2014. (I know what I'll be having the next time I'm in the city.) Fortunately for the East Bay bound, their chocolate bars are available at several retailers including the Berkeley Student Food Collective.

More photos from Dandelion Chocolate right here!

Dandelion Chocolate
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740 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110
Open: Sunday - Thursday 10 - 9, Friday - Saturday 10 - 10

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I will be a part of Fasttrack, a fashion career round-table hosted by FAST, tomorrow night. Come ask me about stuff!

I tried the Salted Caramel Latte roll at Cinnaholic recently. Although not as pretty as the original, it satisfied my sweet tooth.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Work It, Berk: Lise Statelman

What's your name?
Lise Statelman, but my coworkers call me Leez, Leez Beez or Baus. Occasionally I get Liz, which they say to tease me (they know I get all sorts of wrong pronunciations of my name).

Where do you live? 
I currently live in a tiny studio in Lower Nob Hill. I moved to San Francisco from Boston but I'm originally from New York. I'm living the big city, tiny apartment dream and I love it!

What do you do in Berkeley? 
I work for a startup called Kloudless — it helps people access their cloud files from within email. It was founded by 4 Cal grads and went through the UC Berkeley accelerator, so we're Berkeley through-and-through.

How would you describe your style?  
Cute and easy-going. My style muse is Alexa Chung — I love her quirky vibe and try to emulate some of that in my own closet. I tend to go for contrast: think boyish plaid shirt and jeans with girly, pink lipstick and bunny flats. Or a flirty skirt and pastel top with black, edgy booties and a military-style jacket.

What's your typical work outfit look like?
It’s really casual in the office so I gravitate towards comfortable pieces. I opt for skinny jeans or a skirt with tights paired with a basic top, sweater or chambray shirt. Black Chelsea boots are my no-fail shoes, often worn with fun, printed socks. I also keep a scarf or vest in the office to keep me warm on those nippier days!

How do you upgrade a typical work outfit?
I’ll often dress up a little more towards the end of the week since we do team dinners on Thursdays and go out on Fridays. I may have a piece I look forward to wearing earlier in the week that I’ll save for a good day. On ‘Corporate Fridays’ I’ll throw on a blazer, pencil skirt or tuxedo slipper shoes and call it a day!

Want to see more photos of Lise? Yeah ya do.

"Spotted" on Addison at Shattuck.
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