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Elephant Grounds Starstreet

April 17, 2018

It’s been a while since I had a regular (Saturday and Sunday) weekend so I had to make the most out of it by finally going on a brunch date with the girls. Since Buenos Aires Polo Club was completely full, we opted for Elephant Grounds on Star Street as our backup plan.

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Eat This Cafe

October 21, 2013

Eat This Cafe
6547 Santa Monica Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 999-2003

http://eatthiscafe.com

It’s hard to notice this restaurant if you’re just driving down Santa Monica Boulevard. Surrounded by pretty much nothing, this cafe is hard to spot but is one of the must-tries in Los Angeles. The only reason I found this cafe was when I spent one of my lazy weekend days on Yelp updating my bookmarks and adding restaurants to my “To Try” list.

Eat This Cafe serves every Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm and Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm. Although their pancakes look very appealing, I decided to go for one of the breakfast sandwiches today. To be completely honest, brunch food can start to get boring after one too many eggs benedicts or french toasts.

Happy Eating List

Truffle Cheese & Egg Panini: Heavenly. I asked to switch from the sourdough bread to the cranberry walnut bread. I loved the blend of everything in the sandwich that gave it a subtle truffle taste and although it is a savory sandwich, the balsamic glaze and the caramelized onions gave it a hint of sweetness that made the panini all the better.

Truffle Cheese & Egg Panini:
Heavenly. I asked to switch from the sourdough bread to the cranberry walnut bread. I loved the blend of everything in the sandwich. From the subtle truffle taste to the hint of sweetness from the balsamic glaze and caramelized onions, all the flavors came together and made the panini all the better.

Irish Turkey & Egg Panini: Layers and and even more unexpected layers of meat. This might be one of the paninis with the most layers of meat I've had in a while. The crunchy texture of the grilled cranberry walnut bread complemented with the soft layers of the turkey meat and cheese was a perfect blend of crunchiness and softness.

Irish Turkey & Egg Panini:
Layers and and even more unexpected layers of meat. This might be one of the paninis with the most layers of meat I’ve had in a while. The crunchy texture of the grilled cranberry walnut bread complemented the soft layers of the turkey meat and cheese. It was a perfect blend of crunchiness and softness all in one bite. The bacon, of course, also added some magic to this panini.

Not So Happy List

Corned Beef Hash: After reading all the Yelp recommendations and tips about how amazing the corned beef hash was, I have to say I was a little disappointed. Perhaps it was more of a personal thing that my tastebuds just didn't find the beef hash too appealing.

Corned Beef Hash:
After reading all the Yelp recommendations and tips about how amazing the corned beef hash was, I have to say I was a little disappointed. Perhaps it was more of a personal thing that my tastebuds didn’t find the beef hash too appealing.

One thing that really caught my attention was that the home fries were served with a spicy ketchup. Instead of asking for ketchup and hot sauce, they already blended the sauce for you.

Eat This Cafe definitely deserves another visit. Besides from going back for more brunch food, I also look forward to trying some of the dishes from its regular menu. They offer some healthier options on their regular menu, including a wide range of salad options.

Happy eating,
Joey Wong ♥

Larchmont Bungalow

May 25, 2013

Larchmont Bungalow
107 N. Larchmont Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 461-1528

http://www.larchmontbungalow.com

Ever since my friend brought me to Larchmont Bungalow for the first time, I’ve always wanted to go back.  One semester later, I finally did.  First, I’d like to say the ambiance is to be commended.  Larchmont Bungalow is one of the only places I find truly relaxing during the weekend brunch hour.  Even though it may be hard to find seats since the place has definitely earned its popularity, it is still among my favorites among the brunch places I have been to in LA.  Larchmont Bungalow offers both, indoor and outdoor seatings.  Once you enter the cafe, it is easy to forget about the time ticking on your parking meter and that you are living in a bustling city where something is always happening.

Highlights:

  • Ice Blended White Chocolate: Must try, especially on a hot summer day.  The name pretty much speaks for itself.
  • Kale Salad: This was one of the special items that’s not served daily.  However, if you’re lucky and they offer it the day you visit Larchmont Bungalow, I would recommend adding this to your order.  The salad is served with grilled chicken, mango chunks, pumpkin seeds (I think), and a vinaigrette sauce.  I’m not a big fan of seeds and can’t really determine their differences, which is why it’s only a guess that the salad was topped with pumpkin seeds.  Anyway, the salad was very refreshing and the slightly sweetened vinaigrette sauce definitely complemented the the salad.

Disappointments:
It’s always hard to come up with disappointments, especially at Larchmont Bungalow.  This is why the disappointments for this post are only in comparison with the “must-tries” I named.

  • The Benedicts: It simply might be because I’ve been to quite a handful of brunch places in LA now, that the cravings for brunch food are no longer there.  The benedicts were a disappointment this time because the eggs were overcooked.  I prefer the eggs cooked to perfection where the yolk is still raw and is like a sauce for the benedict when I break the yolk.  I also didn’t enjoy the Lobster Crab Cake Benedict as much as I thought I would.  The crab cake was slightly too dry for me.

While placing my order at the counter, I noticed a petition where customers sign it to protect Larchmont Bungalow.  I did a bit of research, and found out that Larchmont Bungalow is only licensed to be a take-out restaurant.  The restaurant violated the agreement by offering tables in its indoor and outdoor areas.  Even though I’m not familiar with the city planning code, I hope that Larchmont Bungalow can continue to run its sit-in restaurant.  It’s such a peaceful place that I would definitely miss if it has to close down because of the violation.

I have already been here twice and will continue to go back for hangouts and catch up sessions with my friends.  Again, I hope Larchmont Bungalow can somehow continue to serve its amazing food in that serene environment.

Happy eating,

Joey Wong ♥