[title subtitle="(Half Of) What I Ate In LA"]When East Meets West [/title] It's finally the freakin' weekend, LoDown fam! If you're reading this post at the office, the pictures here will probably make you salivate, so, beware!
I recently took a trip out to Los Angeles and pretty much ate my way through the city. Back, alive, well, and nostalgic, I'm here to share with you some of my favorite spots. Make sure to take a mental note of them if you ever find yourself heading that way!
[title subtitle="Verve Coffee Roasters"][/title]
Location: 833 S Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014 *other locations available
Look at this gorgeous platter of juice shots. I wasn't feeling coffee at the time so I decided to start my trip off with something healthy, you know, to "cleanse my body." Joke's on me though–I'm pretty sure I need another cleanse now that I'm back and properly stuffed.
Here's "The Flight," a sampler of 10 of Verve's juices that you drink in order from green to white in a zig-zag pattern. The flavors range from greens to ginger to sweet fruits!
[title subtitle="In-N-Out Burger"][/title]
*many locations available
Yes, I had to stuff my face with this beautiful tray of fast food. Every time I go to California, I make sure to stop at an In-N-Out. They might not be as good as the burgers we have here, but I still go because it's only available on the west coast. Animal-style burgers and fries with some pickles and chili peppers on the side? Yes, please!
[title subtitle="Coffee Commissary"][/title]
Location: 3121 W Olive Avenue, Burbank, CA 91505
After a day's worth of walking, I decided to hang out at Coffee Commissary, a hipster spot that's not too crowded. Bonus: they have amazing baristas.
My vanilla latte definitely hit the spot. I recommend coming here to catch up with a friend, do some work, or even read a book.
Location: 101 S La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036 *other locations available
Of course I had to check this place out when Lo mentioned them in two of her #LIVE streams! Since I wanted to take advantage of their nice weather, I decided to eat outside. I ordered hand-cut rolls: Cucumber, Toro (tuna), and Yellowtail. Guys, the hype is real! By far some of the best sushi I've ever had! A MUST!
[title subtitle="California Donuts"][/title]
Location: 3540 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Isn't that panda doughnut pictured above just the cutest? California Doughnuts have these delicious doughnuts that are unique in both flavor and presentation. Gram-worthy too (if you haven't noticed)!
Unfortunately, CD's only a stand and there isn't any seating available, so be ready to take your dough to go! They also make customized donuts with letters and numbers, which is perfect for a birthday or a loved one.
[title subtitle="Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle"][/title]
Location: 2057 Sawtelle Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025
If you know me, I'm the ramen queen. I've tried most (if not all) of the ramen places in NYC, so I couldn't not hunt down a restaurant when out in LA. To be honest, I ended up eating ramen twice, but hey, who's counting?
Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle had a bit of a wait time, but the noodles were well worth the wait. Their menu is simple. I recommend their Tonkatsu ramen with hard noodles. Their broth is light and tasty and the flavors aren't too overwhelming. I wish they delivered across the country...
[title subtitle="Other Places to Check Out"][/title]
STIR MARKET 7475 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036 *market-style restaurant that's good for brunch
DIN TAI FUNG 177 Caruso Avenue, Glendale, CA 91210 *well-known for their soup dumplings
Thank you for joining me here on this mini food adventure! Let me know if you have any favorite LA (or NYC) eats in the comments down below. I would love to try out your recommendations. In the meantime, I'll be eating cleaner?