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Celebrate Bastille Day at La Madeleine Country French Cafe!

Happy Bastille Day!

What better way to honor this French national holiday, which celebrates the unity of the French people after the storming of the Bastille, then enjoying its rich culture and culinary delicacies!

If you are looking for a place to indulge in French-inspired cuisine or want to feel whisked away to the French countryside today, then La Madeleine Country French Cafe should be on the top of your list.

La Madeleine Country French Cafe

Various Locations
http://www.lamadeleine.com


To celebrate Bastille Day, La Madeleine will be offering a free mini Liberté Tart all day today.

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The Liberté Tart has fresh blueberries, raspberries, and whipped cream, to represent the blue, red and white of the French flag. There is no purchase necessary, just simply request your free tart and enjoy!

However, while you’re there, you shouldn’t just stop at dessert. La Madeleine also offers breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, as well as wine, which is important because French food should always be accompanied with wine, in my humble opinion.

When I visited La Madeleines location in Alexandria, VA, not only was I able to grab my free Liberté tart (they also offered this promo on the 4th of July) but I was also able to try their new French Tartine Trio sandwiches, and of course topped my meal off with a glass of Rosé. I couldn’t pass up on Rosé!

The French Tartine Trio sandwiches are three open-faced sandwiches. One had chicken & goat cheese; another had Roasted Vegetable and the third ham & swiss. They were each baked on herb ciabatta bread and paired with a Cranberry Pecan Salad. Each sandwich was better than the last and perfectly flavored. I remember being slightly bummed when I finished because there was no more left. That could be the fatty in me, but I’m almost positive it was mostly because the dish was excellent!

My husband had the Chicken Friand,  a puff pastry with balsamic chicken and mushroom filling topped with wild mushroom sauce, which was to…die…for. Of course, I couldn’t snap a picture because he eats so fast, but I was able to try it, and it did not disappoint. The pastry melted in your mouth, and the flavors of the balsamic chicken and mushroom sauce combined were out of this world!

The delicious French inspired dishes coupled with the casual countryside decor makes La Madeleine an excellent choice to celebrate today’s holiday.

So, make sure while you’re out celebrating Bastille Day today, that you stop by one of La Madeleines locations for your free Liberté tart and a sure to be filling, relaxing, magnifique breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Like a Girl in a Candy Store: Lolli and Pops in Roseville, CA

Growing up, I had a fantasy of roaming an actual Candy Land (I’m sure we all had it). I’d crawl my way through Molasses Swamp, chow down in the Peanut Brittle House and get a brain freeze in the Ice Cream Sea. I learned this week that Candy Land is not just a board game- it’s an actual place!

Lolli and Pops – Westfield Galleria
1151 Galleria Blvd, Roseville, CA 95678
http://lolliandpops.com

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I had the pleasure of taking a sweet tour, followed by a tasting at Lolli and Pops in my hometown, Roseville, CA. The best part, they have multiple locations all over the USA! Foodies, this was the ultimate candy experience. As you can see, the storefront has a more mature feel to it than the mall candy shops from my childhood did.

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The Candyman, Chris!

I never thought I’d see the day where I would have a candy shop all to myself… Okay, I may not have had it entirely to myself. My tour guide/Willy Wonka for the day was L&P manager, Chris Ruzic, who knew everything about each product. I couldn’t believe how knowledgeable on candy Chris is, he is living the foodie dream. Next time my friends or I are organising Event rentals in Roseville, CA we’re definitely going to through in some candy goodness. Can never go wrong with sugar.

Lolli 2I have to give this shop major props cause the organization is great; L&P is so easy to navigate! When you first enter, to your right, we actually started at the “adult section”. Don’t worry, it’s not like the local video store days where there’s a curtain blocking you from entering. These treats for the 21 and over crowd are the “choc-ahols”, which are very popular. You have to make sure to keep them out of kid’s hands, cause they do contain up to one shot per serving. Talk about drunk on chocolate. The Jack Daniels chocolates are the top-sellers. They also stock ChocoBeer, Belgian chocolates with beer. How can you go wrong with that?

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We moved along into the regional treats. I started with Quin candies from Portland, OR. I got to taste the Tropical Breeze Dreams Come True Chews and loved them. Quin chews are like an elevated Starburst, they melt the second they hit your mouth and releases real juice favor. My mouth is watering as I type this.

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L&P carries Sugar & Spun, gourmet cotton candy out of San Francisco, CA. These treats are cotton candy in texture but all have different flavors. I tried all of them and my top 2 were the Li Hing Pineapple (sweet and salty) and the Cookies and Cream.

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Then I made my way into the Gumball room (see video here), which brought me back to my childhood. This is where all of our favorite candies are, everything from rock candy to jawbreakers to smartees are represented in this room. I was also blown away by the selection of Icee Candy, bacon candy and chocolate cigarettes (still very popular) they had to offer.

who can resist a lolli selfie?
who can resist a lolli selfie?
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Icee Candy!

Lolli 9Then there’s the Chocolates room (see the video tour here). Once you walk in, any symptoms of PMS immediately disappear. In addition to bulk items, there’s a selection of what I refer to as “designer chocolates”, the smaller produced, higher end independent chocolatiers that make bars for those of us with more grown up pallets. I did get to try all kinds of different chocolates for the adult and kid in me. There’s also a room devoted to Gummies & Sours where your mouth will immediately start to pucker.

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Lolli JapThere is a fantastic selection of imported candies. The Kinder chocolates from Germany are the most popular but my favorite imports are the Japanese imports. I’m all about gummies and green tea.

American favorites get a green tea make-over.
American favorites get a green tea make-over.
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I took home Japanese Pringles Caesar Salad and Cheese Fondue flavors. Sounds weird, but they were amazing.
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You also can’t have a Japanese import section without lots of Hello Kitty treats!

Lolli 12One exclusivity that is delightful is the Mr. Stanley’s Classic British Confectionary. You can’t get these candies anywhere else in the USA.

Then the actual tasting happened. That’s right foodies, I got to sample as I went, but I hadn’t even done the tasting yet. My eyes widened when I realized I had only just begun… Could I handle MORE candy?

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As you can see, I had a lot to sample. I started with the gummies and sours. The gummy bears were Albanese brand (legit, there’s an “A” on the belly), which are made with real fruit juice. My favorite was the black cherry; it’s so different than what I grew up with. The sour belts, which are imported from Spain, are a classic for those of us who love a good pucker. Then I got to sample the bulk chocolate classics. I had my first chocolate covered gummy bear, a sea salt caramel, red velvet coated cherries, chocolate covered blueberries and chocolate-coated almond butter toffee.

Lolli 13 I also tried my first Toxic Waste candy, which is painfully sour. I loved Warheads growing up, but these were too much. They are a big seller though, so there are plenty of people out there brave enough to try them.

 

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Then we moved on to their truffles. I tried 5 different flavors (front to back):

  • Triple Chocolate Cake – Decedent chocolate explosion!
  • Sea Salt Caramel – Can’t go wrong with this combo!
  • Strawberry Champagne – My top choice! It’s ooey gooey, fruity and I loved the creaminess.
  • Sundae – It’s a birthday in your mouth! Loved the cherry jellybean on top.
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter – Rich, dense, sweet and savory.

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Then, Chris went from Willy Wonka to chocolate sommelier for the tasting. He actually taught me the proper way to try chocolate, which is similar to tasting wine. First, take a small piece of the chocolate and keep it at the tip of your tongue. Then let it melt a bit (it’s amazing how much it can bring out flavors), then start to chew. This tasting technique is no joke; I don’t think I’ll ever just gorge on a chocolate bar ever again. It was also interesting to hear that a lot of people think they don’t like dark chocolate, then realize after on of these tasting they do. Here’s the rundown on the designer chocolates:

  • Dandelion Chocolate – From San Francisco, CA. This bar is named after the origin of its cacao beans, Mantuano, Venezuela. It starts very dark then lightens up. The cinnamon and espresso flavors stood out to me. Every bar is also closely inspected and has a legit signature from an employee on the back.
  • Chuao – From Arcadia, CA, focuses on different textures. I had the Firecracker bar; it seems like a common dark chocolate bar when it hits the tongue. Then you start to notice a chipotle kick. Then it starts to crackle- cause it has Pop Rocks in it! I turned into a little kid, opening my mouth so I could hear the pop.
  • Marou, Fraiseurs de Chocolat – A Vietnamese bar that has a very dark taste at 76% cacao, and then also lightens up with notes of honeysuckle.
  • Mast Brothers Chocolate Makers – This bar uses cacao from Belize that some how tastes very light, even though it’s 70% cacao.
  • Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate – From Eureka, CA. I had the Black Fig bar, which uses cacao from Madagascar, reminded me of a chocolate Fig Newton.
  • Mulate – Dark Milk Chocolate with Tahini and Roasted Sesame, which is from Lithuania. It’s my top choice out of all these. It’s so unique with its softer texture and smoky sesame flavor.

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Lolli and Pops also have their own brand of chocolate bars that are sold here and they were hands down my favorite brand. Plus, they have 3 bars for $18 deal, which is great for mix and matching. Their brand offers traditional chocolate bars with different flavors, as well as topped bars, which are chunky with toppings. I started with the traditional bars; the Gimmie S’more and Strawberry Champagne (would be great with a Prosecco) were my top choices. Out of the topped bars, I loved the Almond Chocolate the most; it was like a nutty cake bar.

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My tasting tour of Lolli and Pops finally came to a bittersweet end. One great aspect of L&P is that they’re all about experiencing treats with others and they encourage customers to try samples. It’s almost like Bath & Body Works, but edible. Based off my experience, I don’t see how anyone could walk away unhappy. I hope L&P expands to more malls, so the kid in all of us can experience one!

 
Lolli and Pops Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Summer “Bulletproofs” Scotty D’s Jamaican Coffee

I love coffee. Like I would seriously jump in front of a semi truck for it. Coffee and I have an amazing relationship. We have spent many a night together, lots of mornings and when I am feeling down in the afternoon, coffee is there to pick me right back up. Our relationship is a “The Notebook” level romance.

When Julianne (founder of GOF, fellow blogger and foodie extraordinaire) asked if I would sample some amazing coffee, that she was already in love with, I jumped at the chance. So she sent me this lovely little treat.

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Scotty D’s Jamaican Coffee. I made my first cup and drank it black. I really wanted to taste all the notes. It is a delicious medium roast coffee that is both nutty and sweet (like me). I had enough left for another cup and I wanted to make our time together memorable so I decided to pull out all the stops. I went to bed that night thinking about what I could do with my last cup of Scotty D’s. When I woke up that morning it hit me! I knew what I was gonna do. I went to the fridge and got out my full fat butter. Then over to the pantry for my organic coconut oil and went to town. What happened next was magical. The perfect cup of bullet proof coffee.

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How do you make the perfect cup of bulletproof coffee you ask? Well first you brew up some Scotty D’s 100% Jamaican coffee. Pour your coffee, very carefully (it is freaking hot, remember?) into your blender (I use a Ninja, if I had an immersion blender I would use that instead), with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of butter. I added a pinch of stevia to sweeten it up just a bit. Hit blend or in my case, pulse it until it is frothy on top, pour into your mug and enjoy.

If you’re looking for a high quality coffee machine I can’t recommend the Ninja Coffee Bar range enough. Not sure which model to go for? Take a look at the Full Moon Cafe website for some detailed reviews to help make your decision a little easier.

I usually like to drink my bulletproof coffee before I hit the gym. The reason is, it keeps me full for the duration of my workout and it is chocked full of healthy fats. However; this particular instance I was on vacation and enjoyed sipping it in my adult onsie. I put some make up on for the pictures, you’re welcome.

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Enjoy and let me know what you think of bulletproof coffee. Oh and head on over to Scotty D’s website and check out his yumminess!
http://www.scottydcoffee.com

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Audrey’s Delights: Guilt-free Treats in LA

After 10 years, my foodie relationship with raw almonds has ended. They’ve been my go-to pre-workout snack, mid-day edger and dessert, but I just needed to move on. It’s not them, it’s me. One of my girlfriends who is up on Los Angeles healthy eats told me about Audrey’s Delights, so I checked out her website and had them delivered to me. Best. Decision. Ever.

Audrey’s Delights are sweet, petite, circular treats. They were created by model-turned-budding entrepreneur Audrey Chihocky. Audrey has been a foodie her whole life and recently decided to turn that hobby into something a little more lucrative.

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Audrey Chihocky

Each flavor is raw, vegan and gluten-free. They’re made with healthy ingredients straight out of Audrey’s kitchen. You can eat these before a workout like me, but they’re also perfect to carry in your purse or keep in your car for a pick-me-up.

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Top left: Trail Mix, Cashew Cookie Bottom left: Espresso Buzz, Peanut Butter Brownie

The most popular flavor is the trail mix and I can see why. It’s like having the best flavors of trail mix together in one bite. It has dried apricots, dried cranberries, flaxseed, oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and shredded coconut wrapped around it. This one is also nut free.

My personal favorite flavor is the cashew cookie. The classic vanilla flavor I associate cookies with is prominent and I love the nuttiness from the cashew. This also makes a great dessert when paired with a cup of coffee.

The espresso buzz adds a caffeinated kick to your snack. It’s flavored with Italian espresso, almond butter and has quinoa in it. This one has a softer texture, less chewy than the others.

The peanut butter brownie is great for those who love sweet and savory. This one for me has a more traditional “energy bar” flavor to it.

They also have a 3 week shelf life if you keep them in the fridge, 3 months if you keep them in the freezer (make sure to defrost 20 minutes for a softer texture). This is a fantastic local LA treat and they will be available for shipping soon. Keep an eye out on Audrey’s site for that info.

Check out: http://www.audreysdelights.com or if you’re in the Hollywood area, you can pick some up at Shred Juice, 8160 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046.

Milking it: Using Moopon All Over LA

The struggle is real for us at Girls on Food. My love of dining out and experimenting in the kitchen has been pretty brutal on my wallet. I’ve been trying to curb my spending as much as possible. I recently downloaded a free app from the iTunes store called Moopon. Moopon is a mobile coupon system that alerts you when you’re near their promotions. I recently drove through K-Town and my phone exploded with deals. This is a win for me, cause I love exploring K-town goodies.

The exterior of The Original Ramen Burger
The exterior of The Original Ramen Burger.

The Original Ramen Burger

239 S. Vermont Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90004

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Vermont Ave is packed with some of K-town’s finest Asian restaurants and The Original Ramen Burger fits right in. The infamous burger was voted one of “the 17 Most Influential Burgers of our time” by Time Magazine. Keizo Shimamoto, a ramen-fanatic blogger turned Chef, created this concoction and I feel like he just raised the burger bar tremendously.

*heavy breathing*
*heavy breathing*

Although it’s a food stand, with limited outdoor seating and a not so glamorous view (including a bus stop, a Von’s and a trash can), it has its charm and creates a little bit of a social atmosphere. I can make new friends at a communal table while I wait to pick up my order.

I got a child-like glee when the burger arrived. I was a Top Ramen and Quarter Pounder junkie growing up, this feels like they got married. The patty rests in between arugula, green onion, Shimamoto’s shoyu sauce and the fresh ramen noodle buns. I assume they boil the noddles, then fry them together so they hold. So the bun is soft, and towards the end is fun to eat. The noodles start to come apart at the end, and that is where you can get the traditional ramen “slurp” on. It’s like I’m “Lady and the Tramp”-ing myself and I’m okay with that. The deal I got from Moopon included the Ramen Burger, Miso Garlic fries and a beverage of my choice for only $10. That’s such a great deal for LA! I was so full after this and I even had fries leftover. #yougottatrythis

The Venitian exterior.
The laid-back exterior.

Flake 

513 Rose Ave

Venice, CA 90291

310-396-2333

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I’ve been coming to Flake somewhat regularly ever since I moved to Venice. It’s fast casual dining, with a surfer/hole in the wall feel to it. I always get great service here and they do make a great dirty Chai Latte (chai latte with a shot of espresso, I get almond milk). So, I feel like they deserve some Girls on Food love.

Matty Chai - Sweet and spicy.
Matty Chai – Sweet and spicy.

Flake has been a breakfast institution for Rose Ave residents since 2007. They get their breakfast sandwiches right. What I really appreciate about this place is that the options fit every kind of customer. If you want to keep it slim and get an acai bowl, you can do so. If you’re dining with kids and all they want are sugary brand name cereals we all know and love, you can do so. If you’re like me and you want to add bacon to anything, you can do so.

SGS - No MSG.
SGS – No MSG.

My personal favorite breakfast sandwich is the SGS. It comes with scrambled eggs, bacon, Gouda cheese, their secret sauce (which I could bathe in) on an English Muffin. The secret sauce is a must add for any of their savory sandwiches. Make sure you get some on the side, if your sandwich doesn’t come with it.

Check out the Moopon app here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/moopon-social-coupons/id920895743?mt=8

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#TankedTuesdays: The Anchor

I have to give a shout-out to The Anchor in Venice, it’s been consistently great. I used the Cover app a while back to find The Anchor, which is still somewhat new to the Main Street scene in Venice.

Please note: Always check in with theanchorvenice.com to see the most current Happy Hour menu and promotions.

The Anchor 

235 Main St

Venice, CA 90291

(310) 664-9696

theanchorvenice.com

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The Anchor’s exterior

 

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A bottle of their Sauvignon Blanc – 50% off on #TankedTuesdays

I was so lucky to come in on a Tuesday night at 5:50 PM. I landed just in time get happy hour items ordered and I got their promotion #TankedTuesdays where bottles of wine are half off at 6 PM. Perfect timing.

Daily Oysters
Daily Oysters

I loved the port vibe this restaurant has. It also helps that there was a perfect amount of sea breeze that kicked in right as I sat down. I was stoked to see all the draft beers were only $5, so I chose the St. Archer White Ale, which went with my oceanic treats perfectly. The daily oysters were Kumamoto, which came with a side of grapefruit vinaigrette, grapefruit lemons and horseradish. These oysters were fresh shucked, a little sweet and juicy in texture.

Mussels with Green Curry and Chinese Sausage
Mussels with Green Curry and Chinese Sausage

Seriously Foodies, the New Zealand mussels are so plump and juicy and they soak up the green curry sauce so well. There’s also a sweet Chinese sausage and tons of cilantro. The green curry sauce/broth is what really made it for me. It’s just amazing. This is the best mussel dish in Venice for sure. Be sure to order a side of bread to soak it all up.

Charcuterie Plate with Cheese Plate
Charcuterie Plate with Cheese Plate

 

The Happy Hour plates are $5 each. You can choose either Charcuterie or Cheese, I decided on both. If I see Truffle Tremor cheese on the menu, I have to order it. I discovered this cheese on my trip to Leavenworth, WA and I’ve been a fan ever since. I paired it with their Bresaola, which is an air-dried, salted beef. I pictured the truffle going better with duck or pork, but the server assured be it’d be great. He was totally right. I also topped the crostini with the cheese, bresaola and their berry compote. The flavors together were salty, creamy and tart. I also loved topping the crostini with the compote and jalapeños.

The Anchor Lobster Roll
The Anchor Lobster Roll

I was so glad to see their lobster roll is a little bigger than the ones I’ve eaten in the past. The bun is toasted soft, lightly buttered, then topped with lobster and shaved black truffle. It also has hints of truffle salt in the mix of the lobster. The lobster was fresh, has that traditional delicate texture and was a little bit sweet.

The Anchor is known for having a fantastic brunch, which I can’t wait to taste. I have heard that the chicken and waffles are bafflingly good so I will be back to review that. If you check out their website, theanchorvenice.com, there are a lot of promotions.

Anchor Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Cadaques: Tapas in Williamsburg

Off the Bedford stop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn lies the most adorable cafe with prices you can’t beat.  Enchanting decor and chacki’s line the walls of this fresh air infused stop.
Cadaques
188 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
(718) 218-7776
Casquade’s quiet store front
Everyday they have a new special that will make this a sure fire must stop destination on anyone’s NYC tapa trail.  I happened upon their $1 oysters.
Happy Hour Pricing

 

Watch as my friend Katie Gray ogles over the picturesque oysters
My lady bro, Katie Gray was kind enough to accompany me.  Watch as she makes love to both the camera and the oysters.  Lately, I’ve been on a paleo kick so I stick to foods that the cavemen ate.  Obviously, Neanderthal men had endless stores of champagne which made it the perfect night to take advantage of their all evening long special of half off bubbly.
Casquade’s oyster were devine.  Fresh and light, all they needed was a quick spritz of lemon juice that created the perfect pairing with the champagne.
Serrano Ham
The serrano ham featured a bright smoky flavor.  Layer it with a cured pickle on bread for the perfect quick bite.
Bread, glorious bread
For carbohydrate fiends it’s a massive plus that they don’t skimp on the bread.  We ordered both the serrano ham and olive platter serving both pitted kalamata olives as well as a rich, creamy sharp olive puree slathered generously on crisp toast.
Olive Platter, black olive puree over toasted slices of country bread, seeded kalamata olives

 

One of the best features of Cadaques is that they are trailblazers in using The Cover App.  For those of you who don’t know what this amazing dining tool is-it’s easy to download and now no longer do you have to wait for the check.  As soon as you’re done with your meal having already created a table with your friends on the app, your server has linked everything!  No muss, no fuss, one click of the finger and you’re on your way.Monday through Thursday Cadaques is offering a special offer that if you use the Cover App, you get a complimentary tapa of your choice.  Not only can the foodie now step into the twenty first century but they get rewarded for it.  Not a bad deal at all.

If you’re looking for a laid back cafe featuring excellent nightly deals look no further, Cadaques is your choice.  Located conveniently down from the Bedford L, enjoy an evening stroll past some beautiful shops while you make your way along the city’s brilliant trail of tapa’s.

Cadaques Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Foodie Shares: Your Answer to a Rainy Day

It’s raining in Los Angeles. It’s BEEN raining for two days straight. I know we’re in a drought. I know this is a good thing… but I’m out of groceries and I don’t want to go outside. What’s a Girl on Food to do?

Try the new app Foodie Shares! This app that brings fresh homecookin’ to your front door.

Here’s how the Foodie Shares app works:

Make sure you have the correct address listed for delivery.

Scroll through dishes.

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What I love about Foodie Shares is that the Chefs are rated by past customers.  I found 5 star Chef DelishBento in my area who was available to cook her signature dish and have it delivered to me.

You can pick up the food if you want and there’s no additional charge. But if you’re lazy like me and want delivered there is a small delivery charge.

Enter the PROMOCODE: girlsonfood to get 50% off you first order 

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The food is delivered in a colorful and reusable bag along with proper utensils.

Foodie Shares

Pictured: Taiwanese Chicken Cutlet Bento by DelishBento

I ordered the Taiwanese Chicken Cutlet Bento. I was amazed at how crispy the chicken stayed through the delivery process. The spices that DelishBento used were so good. The shoyu egg was a pleasant surprise and the pickled veggies were great too.  Dee-lish.

For now, Foodie Shares is only available on the Westside in LA, but that could change soon.

Status Kuo in Mar Vista

Venice is going through swift gentrification. It sucks. I have nothing against big business, but when you’re raising rents so high it kicks out long running family owned businesses, that’s just not ok. Some of the small businesses I love (like La Fiesta Brava on Rose Ave) are being forced out and are being replaced with the same types of restaurants by the same types of owners. We’re losing variety.My boyfriend and I have been exploring other parts of the Westside, in case we need to escape. I hopped on the Cover app and found a spot called Status Kuo. If you haven’t checked out the Cover app yet, get on it. Girls on Food readers get $10 off their first purchase, follow the instructions here: http://share.covr.me/#girlsonfood. I have discovered so many spots in LA on it and I can’t wait to use it in NYC, San Francisco and Salt Lake City.

Status Kuo is located in Mar Vista, which is an up and coming neighborhood in LA. For years, Mar Vista has been thought of as a suburb and less of a hot spot with business potential, but that’s changing. The intersection of Venice Blvd and Grandview Ave is where the magic is happening. I’m okay with this small make-over because it doesn’t kick out small business, it attracts more of it. The AMF Mar Vista Lanes have turned into Bowlero Mar Vista, revamping the outdated 80’s style into a lively 10’s bowling alley. This intersection also features a great used bookstore, a longtime running costume shop, hip coffeeshops and even a locally owned soap shop. Venice Blvd and Grandview Ave also happens to be home to my favorite farmer’s market, see review here

 Status Kuo
3809 Grand View Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 574-7610
Status Kuo has a what I consider to a be a classically appealing esthetic. It feels clean with it’s white walls, light wooden tables and benches. I adore the farm animal art, it brings a Portland feel to it. I love restaurants with an open kitchen, as it keeps the staff on their toes. I also get a kick out of hearing the random kitchen noises, it makes me feel like I’m a part of the team.
Our server promptly told us about the specials and got our drinks going. I do wish there was more variety in the beverage options, since they don’t have a beer and wine list, but that could change. It’s still a relatively new spot. I checked into the Cover app, which was great because I could come and go as I pleased. No waiting around for the bill.
Pictured: Taiwanese Sunday Gravy
The Brunch menu is an eclectic mix of American dishes with flair from other countries. I asked the server what the most popular pasta dish was and she suggested the Taiwanese Sunday Gravy. The house-made pasta swims in a curious broth with braised pork, mushrooms, pickled mustard greens and a chili sauce. The broth tastes like it was soy sauce with shallots and possibly clove or cinnamon.  I’m honestly not 100% sure what herbs/spices were used for the broth but it was so good I had to order a side of toast to soak it up. The toast came out with a yuzu butter that added an unexpected citrus twist to the flavoring.  This is easily one of the best pasta dishes on the Westside.

Pictured: Rotisserie Pork with Grits
When we were first seated, my boyfriend couldn’t help but gawk at this dish the table next to us got. He told the server “I’ll have what she’s having”. It was the Rotisserie Pork with Grits. The cheesy grits are topped with braised kale, crispy skinned porchetta and a sunny side up egg. The porchetta was a lot leaner than most of what I’ve had in the past, which is great, cause I don’t do well with overly fatty swine.  Nothing survived from my boyfriend’s chow session. It was so good I only got one bite in before he devoured the rest of it.
If you’re in Mar Vista and you want a “stick to your ribs” type meal, this is the place to be. I will be back here for sure to try the other items and I will post more soon. Don’t forget to download the Cover app to get $10 off your first meal from Girls on Food.

Gottcha Cover-ed: Cliff’s Edge in Silver Lake

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted here and… I’m sorry. Life gets in the way and I’m finally allowing myself to get back into full blown foodie mode.

I wanted to tell you all about this great event I went to that continues tomorrow, Sunday, 4/26/15, 11 AM – 3 PM. It’s through an iPhone app called Cover, which you can download in the app store.

At this event, if you download and pay for your bill with Cover, you get free Bottomless Mimosas, with a purchase of an entree (promocode is bestbrunchever). You can read more about Cover here: http://paywithcover.com. I’m really pumped on this app because they have events with great deals. It’s kind of like Pay Pal but for food and with cool promos.

I love that after you’re set up, you can just leave. There’s no waiting around for the bill, no worrying about splitting equally and no fumbling for cash. Great, cause I was in a rush to see a friend’s at UCB and I made it just in time.

 

Cliff’s Edge 

My girlfriend Jacqueline and I went this morning. We were so impressed with the food and atmosphere. We sat on the patio and the outdoor dining has a chic, somewhat safari feel that we loved. The interior dining has a camper/lodge feel to it, but in a hip way. After we checked into Cover, we were promptly served mimosas and they kept coming without us having to ask.

 

We started off with the Buttermilk Biscuits. Perfect for two to spilt. Loved the flakiness to it. The butter was also perfectly sweetened.
My entree was the Pork Belly Hash. The pork belly was simmered in a mildly spicy broth with brussel sprouts and potatoes. It was topped with feta cheese and a fried egg, garnished with cilantro and dill. Perfectly portioned and the fresh herbs are chunky enough to add unexpected pop of flavor. Plenty of broth to dip left over biscuit into, which I savored.
Jacqueline ordered the Smoked Salmon dish. You can’t tell from the picture, but it came with a potato pancake. It was wrapped in there. This was a unique dish, it was almost like a Lox Benedict.
Cliff’s Edge is a great location for those seeking more than a typical Silver Lake greasy spoon for Brunch. I look forward to trying them for Dinner as well. Just remember to come in tomorrow for Bottomless Mimosa Brunch via Cover, 4/26/15. 11 AM – 3 PM.

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Girls on Film: Buzzfeed’s PB&J Challenge

Here’s a fun video I got to do for Buzzfeed Food! I had so much fun with this crew and look forward to hopefully shooting with them again!

Here’s a BTS look at the shoot:
Living in Venice, I rarely get to see the Hollywood sign. So that was encouraging to see before the shoot.

 

My producer and friend Ely Wilbur setting up the shot. We got the shoot at a rad Hollywood Hills house that Buzzfeed operates out of.

Ely setting up the shot on the “Banana Hammock”.

My pal Chris Miller noshing on the Eggo PB&J.

The Grilled PB&J, so gooey, so yummy…

Justin Dailey getting himself prepared for the next concoction as Ely films.

Seems weird, right? It was actually the most popular with us. The peanut butter cuts the saltiness from the chips and pickles but it remains an oddball mix of flavors.

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