I love you, California

30 Mar

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!

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Also at the Andaz, I ordered truffled grilled cheese and truffled fries. I like truffles.

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Another shot of the desserts. It was so beautiful.

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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.

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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.

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Ah, and there is brunch. My favorite. Here is a picture of Huevos Rancheros. So smokey and so LA. hah.

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And I got a yogurt parfait. Pretty, right? It was 8 dollars though.

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Here is what huevos ranchero looks like after you mix it like fried rice. haha.

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We stopped at The Grove, and got tacos from this wonderful place. The line was so long but it was well worth it.

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Plantains, my favorite!

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Ice cream shop at The Grove market.

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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.

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And their waffle fries were just delicious.

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Also in San Diego, we had dinner at Sally’s by the Grand Hyatt Manchester. Great food. Here are the oysters.

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Thai infused mussels.

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My lobster pot pie.

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Rolls of sushi.

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Also at the Grand Hyatt- continental breakfast. Continental breakfast is seriously one of my favorite indulgences. This one was great.

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Again, in La Jolla, San Diego, we discovered Puesto, a “Chipotle-like” place with more delicate ingredients- http://www.eatpuesto.com/

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Back to LA. Gotta have the taco trucks (I know, I ate a lot of Mexican food. I love Mexican food).

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Gus’s Taco Truck in Silver Lakes. Burrito was delicious, of course.

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And then they had this- Fries topped with carnita, cheese, onions, sour cream, hot sauce. and cilantro. How could I say no.

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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.

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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!

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3 Responses to “I love you, California”

  1. lei March 30, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

    OMG THOSE FRIES!!!!

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