Took a one-week trip to California a few weeks ago. I flew out to LA, drove down to San Diego, drove back to LA, then took the scenic route and drove to San Francisco. Yes, a lot of driving, but tons of adventures and fun times.
When I first got to LA, I stopped at the Andaz in West Hollywood, where my friend works. The wonderful chef there made us a plate of assorted desserts- a peanut butter/chocolate pie, apple pie with fresh whipped cream on top, a chocolate chip cookie ice cream with lavender vanilla ice cream(whoa), and decorated with a beautiful strawberry flower, chocolate, and crushed nuts. Amazing!
Also at the Andaz, I ordered truffled grilled cheese and truffled fries. I like truffles.
Another shot of the desserts. It was so beautiful.
We stopped at a random small farmers market and got a chicken empanada. It was warm and smokey, and the crust was perfectly flakey. So delish.
We then went to get sushi for dinner. I actually forgot the name of the restaurant. But this is a california roll topped with squid and tomatoes in a spicy sriracha-like sauce.
Ah, and there is brunch. My favorite. Here is a picture of Huevos Rancheros. So smokey and so LA. hah.
And I got a yogurt parfait. Pretty, right? It was 8 dollars though.
Here is what huevos ranchero looks like after you mix it like fried rice. haha.
We stopped at The Grove, and got tacos from this wonderful place. The line was so long but it was well worth it.
Plantains, my favorite!
Ice cream shop at The Grove market.
This, is the best fish taco I have ever had. It was called Downtown Fish Joint. You’ve gotta go there if you stop by San Diego.
And their waffle fries were just delicious.
Also in San Diego, we had dinner at Sally’s by the Grand Hyatt Manchester. Great food. Here are the oysters.
Thai infused mussels.
My lobster pot pie.
Rolls of sushi.
Also at the Grand Hyatt- continental breakfast. Continental breakfast is seriously one of my favorite indulgences. This one was great.
Again, in La Jolla, San Diego, we discovered Puesto, a “Chipotle-like” place with more delicate ingredients- http://www.eatpuesto.com/
Back to LA. Gotta have the taco trucks (I know, I ate a lot of Mexican food. I love Mexican food).
Gus’s Taco Truck in Silver Lakes. Burrito was delicious, of course.
And then they had this- Fries topped with carnita, cheese, onions, sour cream, hot sauce. and cilantro. How could I say no.
And lastly, I went to Fraiche in San Francisco- homemade organic frozen yogurt. As much I loved the creamy-ness of the yogurt, it just wasn’t for me. The hand-made mochi was delicious, though.
And here it is, my trip in pictures. It was such a happy-belly-filled trip. If you have any questions regarding any of the joints pictured, feel free to ask!