Sloan’s Ice Cream Santa Monica and Girls on Food Host #GOFxSloansIceCream

Right when you walk into Sloan’s Ice Cream in Santa Monica, you enter a world of pure imagination. Sloan’s invited Girls on Food and a few of our influencer pals in to taste and photograph a few of their favorite icy concoctions.

Sloan’s Ice Cream 
1315 Third Street Promenade Unit A, Santa Monica, CA 90401
http://sloansicecream.com

Sloan’s Adorable Interior
GOF blogger Carla and Jenn Denault set up the shot

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Nerano Hosts Their Inaugural Monthly Wine Dinner

Nerano, an upscale Italian restaurant owned by the Toscana Restaurant Group in Beverly Hills, hosted their first in a series of monthly wine dinners.

For this inaugural dinner, in their swank BG Lounge, Nerano’s Sommelier Samantha Johnston and Executive Chef Michele Lisi teamed up with Marchesi Antinori Wines ambassador Alessia Botturi to pair their wines with a five-course dinner.

Nerano & The BG Lounge
9960 South Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
http://www.neranobh.com/

This dinner was what dreams are made of for an Italian food and wine aficionado. Not only does Nerano have a solid reputation in LA as one of the favorite eateries among Hollywood power-players, but Antinori is also a company that can trace their history back to 1385, making them one of the oldest Italian wine producers. This Italian wine powerhouse is 26 generations owned and popularized in the US in the “Super Tuscan” boom of the 1970’s.

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Weekly Wanderlust 7/21/17: #GOFxHOOCH at Harlowe in LA, Din Tai Fung in Santa Clara, CA and Bettolino Kitchen in Redondo Beach

Every Friday here at Girls on Food, we’ll bring you Weekly Wanderlust, featuring the best our in cities, recipes, videos and advanced notice on events we’ll be appearing at.

Julianne here:

Come join Girls on Food and HOOCH Cocktail Society at Harlowe! $1 Admission will include a premium cocktail made for you gals. For the public event page, go here

Date: Sunday, July 23rd 5:30pm-7:30pm 

Location: Harlowe in West Hollywood, 7321 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046.

Ladies – Wear a LBD and you’ll be featured on the Girls on Food Instagram stories with your handle tagged!

Harlowe is offering a choice of 2 premium cocktails: 

\\\ Bontanist Elevated Gin & Tonic: A Scottish classic cocktail, with sweet, minty, and herbal undertones. 

\\\ Mount Gay Rum Dark & Stormy: A bold, sweet, and spicy rum cocktail.

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D.C. Dining: Rose’s Luxury

Lately, it seems as if I am developing a habit of standing in lengthy lines for dinner. First Street XO and now Rose’s Luxury. The question that is always asked: “was it worth it?”

You’ll have to read and find out!

Rose’s Luxury

717 8th St. SE

Washington D.C 20003

Website

For those of you unfamiliar with Rose’s Luxury, I thought it might be helpful to have a little background on the restaurant. Rose’s was named Best New Restaurant of 2014 by Bon Appétit and two years later Chef Aaron Silverman was recognized by Food & Wine as the Best New Chef in 2016. Quite the impressive resume and it continues to grow as Rose’s was recently awarded one Michelin star in the inaugural Michelin Guide for Washington D.C. Chef Silverman’s focus is not just on the food and kitchen. His primary concern surrounds making his patrons happy and showing them a good time.

How did the restaurant get its name? Great question and one of which I adore the answer. Rose was the name of Chef Silverman’s late grandmother who was quite the epicurean. The luxury represents Silverman’s pursuit and obsession for hospitality. I always find it heartwarming when a chef pays tribute to a family member or friend who has provided inspiration throughout his/her journey.

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Coconut Ginger and Lime Noodle Salad with Shrimp

When the weather is hot, the last thing I want is to make my house—or myself—hotter. Turn on the oven? No thanks. A million different varieties of salad are a culinary snapshot of my summer.

Anything quick with light, fresh, and bright flavors is right up my alley in the warm summer months. Coconut, ginger, and lime dressing on chilled rice noodles with shrimp, cilantro, and cool crunchy veggies? A little bit of summertime heaven! I want to dump this dressing on everything. If carrying a bottle of it in my purse wasn’t frowned upon, you better believe I would be doing it!

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The Bar Café in Uxbridge, Ontario

One of my favourite things about living just outside of the city limits is all of the wonderful little restaurants and cafés I get to indulge in every so often. One of the most important things I think we all try to achieve is eating healthy and reducing our ecological footprint. Not easy to do in today’s busy world with fast food so readily available at our little finger tips. It’s refreshing to find a spot that is organic, fresh and locally sourced. And did I mention food that is ridiculously full of delicious flavour? 

The Bar Café
2 Brock Street West, Uxbridge, ON Canada
https://www.facebook.com/thebarcafeuxbridge/


When I walked into The Bar Café, the owner and foodie extraordinaire, Trisha Bush, was helping and greeting her customers with a warm smile. Trish and I go way back as I am her hair stylist and she is my vegetarian food guru. She told me she would be right with me and to go have a seat in the back by the Mandala. Nothing gets you more visually into the zone of peace and tranquility like a beautiful Mandala.

The Bar Café serves all types of foods and the Mediterranean influence is strong. Not only are there plenty of protein options, they can accommodate various types of diets including gluten free, vegetarian, vegan and raw.

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Grilled Avocado is the New Avocado Toast: Spartina in LA

I love nothing more than a brunch that’s delicious and comforting with an innovative twist. As much as I love classic American brunch cuisines, it’s easy to grow a little tired of them. I was invited in to taste brunch items at Spartina, in Los Angeles recently. Spartina offers Northern Italian inspired dishes with a SoCal twist. After this brunch, I believe I found the next “it” brunch items that could spawn many copycats.

Spartina
7505 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
http://www.spartina.la/

Spartina opened in 2015 and is owned by Chef Stephen Kalt, well-known for stints at Le Cirque in NYC and Caulfield’s in LA. Executive Sous Chef Gary Caldwell started cooking here last September. He comes from the Las Vegas scene (having met Chef Kalt from his stint at the Sinatra in the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas).

This atmosphere feels relaxed with the amount of sunlight and use of sky blue tables. I’m already itching to come back for dinner and seeing if it feels a bit more formal in the evening. Pricing wise, I’d say it’s pretty reasonable for the LA dining scene.

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The Gramercy Garden Eating Club in NYC

It’s difficult to focus on how you are eating when you are so much more focused on what you are eating. Steph Jensen, whose background is rooted in health and wellness, is well aware of this. In an effort to educate others on why focusing on how you eat is important, she started a whole dinner series focused on mindful eating called The Gramercy Garden Eating Club.

For her club, she teams up with local New York City chefs to bring her guests a “mind-to-table” experience right in her own private NYC patio. The dinner I attended was cooked by Micah Fredman who has cooked in incredible NYC restaurants including Gramercy Tavern and Eleven Madison Park. The night was full of an incredible paleo/pescatarian menu, approachable guests and eating tips that are simple enough for any foodies to follow.

All ingredients used for this dinner were picked from the farmer’s market the morning of the dinner, so the freshness of the vegetables really stood out during the meal.
Chilled squash soup- The chilled squash soup was perfect for a hot summer night, with its smokey finish from spices. It was a great opener to the rest of the courses leaving you not too full but instead, excited for what’s to come.

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Frozen Greek Yogurt Bark by Summer

It’s a lovely 106 degree day in sunny California. I’m craving something a little sweet and savory, something on the healthier side (obvi) since you know, bikini season.

I glance around the kitchen and see the bowl full of fresh zucchini I just procured, mmmm… zucchini bread would do the trick but there is no FREAKING way I am going to turn the oven on in this heat.

I rummage around the fridge and pull out the following: plain greek yogurt, blueberries and I grab the granola from the cabinet. I guess I’ll just make a dumb old parfait.

I know what you’re thinking, “thats the best you can come up with? Where is your creativity? Where is the inspiration?” Well I’ll tell you where it is, burned up by this scorching heat!

Then it hit me, why don’t I turn this dumb parfait into a frozen treat! Feeling motivated I grab the raspberry infused honey I picked up from my local farmers market (yes it is as delicious as it sounds), some vanilla extract, some walnuts and what the hell some chocolate chunks too. What I concocted next is a slightly sweet, a little savory, and definitely crunchy frozen treat that you can eat and not feel guilty about. So without further ado… here is my Frozen Parfait Bark recipe.

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Weekly Wanderlust 7/14/17: Omakase at Kru in Sacramento, Nashville Fall Wine Festival, Hopdoddy’s Impossible Burger and Cristina’s Hojaldres de Nutella

Every Friday here at Girls on Food, we’ll bring you Weekly Wanderlust, featuring the best our in cities, recipes, videos and advanced notice on events we’ll be appearing at.

Julianne here:

I recently visited my mom back home in Sacramento, and I finally decided to make a stop into Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine. Back when I lived in midtown Sacramento, I often dined at the original Kru location (at that time it was on J street… I’m talking 2007), and I was excited to check out the new location in East Sacramento on Folsom Blvd.

The new location is quite spacious, with multiple seating options for diners; bar seating, dining room seating, patio seating, sushi bar. I was a little shocked at how big of a space the new venue is. I’d describe the previous location as “hugable” whereas this location feels more “big time”.

Sushi Chef Ricky Yap

Good things come to those who wait, and I have been waiting a long time to taste Kru’s Omakase, so the day finally came for me! I sat at the sushi bar, and Sushi Chef Ricky Yap guided me through this smorgasbord of special appetizers, sashimi, and nigiri with a couple of wagyu steak dishes.

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Kaizen & Cocktails: Uchi at Parliament Pop-Up in Dallas

Three forces collaborated to produce one heck of an event dubbed Kaizen & Cocktails. The Uchi Dallas team brought their culinary smarts to the Parliament team of all-star Adult Beverage Chefs (I suspect they hate being called mixologists) for Japanese-inspired cocktails and food all in the name of charity. A $25 ticket gave guests a choice of one out of five out-of-this-world cocktails and unlimited bites from Uchi. While that price seems quite high for one cocktail – additional drinks only cost $5 each – 100% of the proceeds went to an outstanding non-profit, Promise of Peace Gardens (P.O.P.), a group that transforms unwanted land into thriving gardens.

Kaizen and Cocktails Pop-Up.

Additionally, P.O.P. teaches low-income families about sustainable living and portions of produce grown in P.O.P. gardens supply several Dallas-area food pantries. Eddie “Lucky” Campbell, the mega-star Dallas bartender with a personality to match tells it better here.

How did this idea come to fruition? Hold on tightly…Elizabeth Dryer, founding director of P.O.P. tells me that Alex Astranti, current Chef de Cuisine at Uchi Dallas leased two garden plots from P.O.P. when he worked at Top Knot. According to Dryer, Astranti and his team would come to garden while his wife and baby sat on a picnic blanket. Astranti then moved to Uchi and met current Uchi Sous Chef Chad Graybill, who falls in love with Parliament upon moving back to Dallas. Listen to Graybill describe the rest of the story here. 

Uchi                                                      
2817 Maple Ave, Dallas 75201
www.uchidallas.com

Parliament
2418 Allen St., Dallas 75204
www.parliamentdallas.com

Black lava salt, watermelon and tequila.

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The Perfect dineL.A. Dinner at Firefly in Studio City, CA… According to Julianne and Christina

From Friday, July 14th – Friday, July 28th, many of the best LA restaurants will be participating in dineL.A. with set pre fixe menus. dineL.A is very dear to my heart; it’s a great way for Angeleno epicureans to dine at higher end restaurants on a smaller budget. For someone like myself, who has champagne taste a beer budget, these two weeks are a gift from the gods. In addition to fine dining, a lot of the local/family owned restaurants participate as well, which allows you to taste more of their options as well. These menus vary in timing, prices, and number of courses depending on location, so be sure to do your research here before making a reservation.

When GOF blogger Christina and I were invited to Firefly in Studio City for a preview of the dineL.A. menu, I immediately jumped at the chance to go. It’s been on my bucket list for a while, since I knew of Firefly’s Executive Chef Perry Pollaci from his stint at The Royce in Pasadena. The Royce is one of the best fine dining steakhouses in LA, so I was excited to see what he would bring to an established modern American bistro setting.   

Firefly
11720 Ventura Blvd, Studio City CA 91604
http://fireflystudiocity.com

When I first entered Firefly, it has a very dark, somewhat brooding atmosphere at the bar. It’s the kind of spot perfect for a date but not so perfect for a photographer. Luckily, as you make your way in, there’s an old school library-themed lounge with a lighter disposition. Then when you make your way to the patio, it’s suddenly Instagram-friendly with lots of natural lighting and spacious seating. There are even a few private booths that would be fun to have a party in.

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