Inspired in part by True Detective’s scenery and the idea of Mardi Gras, I decided to throw together a zesty Cajun inspired gumbo dish. I am not from there, nor do I know much about Cajun cuisine, but this stew turned out absolutely perfect for what I wanted. My vegan gumbo was spicy, filling, and even better (albeit just vegetarian then) if you top it with a fried egg.
Go Get Em Tiger is a celebrity hotspot (allegedly) and full of hipsters (obviously). The store is white, open, and features a different setup than most coffee shops. Instead of lining up behind a cash register, you place your order with a barista instead and can pay via Square. The whole setup feels a little more like a coffee bar than a coffee shop. Continue reading
We have another heat wave in Los Angeles, and all I can think of is how much I’d love another scoop of frozen deliciousness. I love ice cream, and I’m sorry, there’s really no substitute for the good stuff. I like organic cream, milk, eggs, and ingredients frozen in a cup- never a cone- and in my hand. Sweet Rose Creamery is all the rage, but a bit of a stretch for a late night errand if you reside in West LA. Instead, try these 3 great options. Luckily, they’re going to be opening more locations soon! In the meantime, test out these West LA ice cream staples:
Carmela Ice Cream, West 3rd and Fairfax (across from Trader Joe’s):
- Carmela Ice Cream is my #1. The ingredients are organic and from local farms, they use actual Intelligentsia espresso beans in their espresso flavor, and real vanilla beans are used for vanilla and also available for purchase. Their flavors rotate seasonally, and if you don’t like the strawberry buttermilk flavor, don’t bother reading my blog post any further. It is divine.
Top Round Roast Beef: La Brea & Olympic
- So, you’re probably wondering why I’d recommend Top Round Roast Beef in an ice cream post, especially since you’ve probably come to terms with the fact that I don’t even eat roast beef. Well surprise! They have custards. I used to adore a custard spot conveniently (inconveniently?) outside my summer job in suburbia. The classic, plain vanilla mixed with anything of your dreams is hard to pass up. The custard at Top Round Roast Beef is no exception. It provided me with summertime nostalgia and a tasty, frozen treat with ribbons and large bits of Oreos laced throughout.
Whipp’d LA: West Hollywood (Fairfax & Santa Monica Blvd.)
- If you want to harken back to even more longstanding nostalgia, this is the spot. As any Texan will tell you, there’s just no substitute for ice cream in your freezer when it comes to Bluebell Ice Cream. The stuff is what dreams are made of in LARGE half gallon containers full of real ingredients like whole Oreos, Nilla wafers in the banana pudding flavor (weird sounding but awesome, I promise), and more. That said, of course you can’t find it in any grocery store in Los Angeles or New York. Thanks to Whipp’d LA, which features both Bluebell Ice Cream and Dole Whips, you can stop feeling depressed and feed your inner child. Oh, and they deliver. Terrifying, right?
Going to go for a jog now that I wrote this…
Mendocino Farms has several sandwich shops located near the Grove , downtown Los Angeles, West Hollywood, and in Marina Del Rey. These are not your average sandwich shops, Subway fans beware! Mendocino Farms serves up gourmet sandwiches with farm fresh vegetables and meats. They emphasize using seasonal, local ingredients, which is really all the rage these days.
Their sandwiches are amazing and they have several vegetarian and vegan options.
No longer are you stuck to a hummus/bell pepper/cucumber sandwich, there are inventive choices, like the Mac n Cheese sandwich. This sandwich, while probably wildly unhealthy, was very appealing to me. Inside the crusty, toasted bread were noodle shells, cheese, seitan in BBQ sauce, and pinto beans.
This sandwich, the Vegan BBQ Torta, also has the barbecue braised shaved seitan and pinto beans but is accompanied by avocado, vegenaise,, spicy peppers, and romaine lettuce on ciabatta.
Another bonus is that they serve Boylan’s sodas instead of fructose corn syrup filled trash. The root beer is phenomenal! If you’re looking for a sandwich upgrade in Los Angeles, this is definitely the spot.