LA eats!

I was determined to go to as many foodie spots as I could during this trip.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get to try out the famed LA trucks like LudoTruck, Vizzi, Kogi, or Buttermilk.  But we still indulged in some tasty eats!

Warning:  Be prepared to drool or eat your fist during this post.  There are quite a few mouth watering food pictures.

First stop?  UMAMI BURGER.  I’ve been wanting to try this place out since Giada mentioned it on an episode of Best Thing I Ever Ate.  They recently opened one in San Francisco, but we haven’t gotten a chance to go to the city to try it yet plus we heard the wait was ridiculous.  Luckily, there are several chains in the LA area including one by our hotel in Santa Monica.  There was a 30 minute wait but the food was SO worth it.  The hubs like it just as much as I did.  Of course, we ordered the Umami Burger because that’s what they’re known for and what Giada was raving about plus we got a Kalbi (Korean Short Rib) Burger.  We split both burgers in half so we could get a good portion to taste, which was a good idea because both burgers were equally scrumptious.  I’m salivating just thinking how juicy and flavorful these burgers are.  I’m going to go as far and say they were better than Good Eats burgers.  YES I SAID IT!

Umami Burger.

Look at that sexy burger.  Umami Burger – Shitake Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, Roasted Tomato, Parmesan Crisp, and Umami Ketchup.

Smushed Potatoes

Kalbi Burger – Kimchi and Onion Strings.  This was one of the specials of the day, so I’m not 100% sure what’s on the burger.  

The last time we went to LA, we completely missed Roscoe’s.  We have no idea what we were thinking!  Of course, we had to stop by this trip.  The chicken was amazing.  Crunchy and juicy!  The waffles, DEELISH, light but had a hint of cinnamon to it.  SO GOOD!!!

Ready to feast!

That’s not an alcoholic beverage.  I read reviews and one of the recommendations other the chicken and waffles was to get their juice blends.  This mixed Lemonade, OJ, and Fruit Punch concoction, called the Eclipse, did not disappoint.

After Roscoe’s we drove up to the Griffith Observatory but didn’t get to walk around like we would have liked to because parking was just a disaster.  We would’ve had to walk 15-20 minutes to get up to the Observatory and I was already a bit tired, so we headed back to the hotel and took a nap.  By the time we woke up, it was too late to get dinner and quite frankly were still full from Roscoe’s.  But we were in the mood for dessert, so we went to the Third Street Promenade and grabbed some gelato at Angelato.

Super happy pregnant woman with her Spumone and Green Tea Gelato. 

The next day we met up with our friends from home that live in LA now.  We met up at Moo Dae Po II, an all you can eat Korean BBQ restaurant.  I’m so happy our friends picked this place because I’ve been trying to get the hubs to go to a restaurant like this in the Bay.  At Korean BBQ restaurants, you typically cook your own food, which the hubs is not a fan of.  The restaurant gives you the marinated meats and you cook them on a grill at your table.  They give you rice and Korean sides to accompany the meal.  I used to go to these types of restaurants a lot when we lived in Japan with my friends and family.  I know some people have their trepidations about paying for a meal they have to cook at a restaurant, but it’s about the eating and conversing experience.  This place’s bulgogi was the BOMB!

After lunch we walked around Melrose Trading Post to look for art and whatever vintage finds, but didn’t have any luck.  So we headed back to Santa Monica and went to the pier, where we stuffed our faces with some funnel cake.  You have to if you’re on the boardwalk!  If not funnel cake then some ice cream or churros, but it was too cold for that.

After the boardwalk, we went to a tapas restaurant for dinner, but didn’t end up eating that much because we were still a bit full from lunch and the funnel cake.

The next day, we stopped by Vanilla Bake Shop on our drive back home to the Bay to try out there cupcakes and macarons.  Their cupcakes are pretty good and they have a decent selection of flavors, but their macaron selection was a bit weak.  They had 6 flavors that were okay, nothing spectacular.  Definitely nothing compared to Laduree.  The flavors were basic and didn’t taste as light as they should.  I should’ve tried ‘Lette Macarons, which I read on Yelp was the place to go in LA, but it was a bit out of the way.

Vanilla Bake Shop mini cupcakes.

Macarons.  I got one of each flavor.  I can’t remember what the flavors are.  

The mini cupcakes we got.  From top, left to right (clockwise):  Banana Chocolate Chip, Grandma’s Recipe (vanilla cake with chocolate frosting), Mint Chocolate, Fluer de Sel, Dark Chocolate, and Red Velvet. 

We stopped by Beverly Hills to try out a crepery, Harajuku Crepe, I read about fellow blogger and YouTube Beauty Guru, Anne’s twitter feed.  I was so estatic that they served crepes in a cone shape like they do in Japan, as opposed to flat on a plate… reminded me a little bit of my childhood.

Green Tea crepe with strawberries, chocolate sauce, and ice cream.  NOM!

Tasty weekend indeed.  I wish I could eat my way through LA… actually every city.

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