red hot shot…

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made a quick stop in downtown la’s chinatown for the newest addition of roy choi’s chego. (just in case you unfamiliar, the chef behind the koji bbq food trucks. pure magic!) chubby pork belly bowl & ooey gooey fries were the two things i had to order up, plus tubs full of hot sauce seemed only fitting. with all these familiar mexican, chinese, & korean flavors, this native angeleno girl was in a state of bliss. this will be “my summer jam”. pulling up a seat on the patio, with the best rap music playing, & waiting for a steaming bowl to appear. yup, count me in…

chego east | 727 north broadway, #117, los angeles 90012 | twitter @eatchego

the sycamore kitchen…

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the sycamore kitchenbreakfast is my absolute favorite meal of the day, so i’m always on the look out for new spots. i had only heard great things about the sycamore kitchen & had passed by the space weeks earlier while visiting the new steven alan space on la brea, which by the way has the best looks for spring! with a few friends, we planned a morning date (sweet stephanie & carmen!) & entered the airy space with a welcoming hello from the staff. the menu was a fresh mix of unique flavors & truthfully we couldn’t decide! after much debate, we all chose the pork belly hash & the hearty bowl was the perfect balance of savory. owners, karen and quinn hatfield score yet again with this perfect neighborhood addition…

the sycamore kitchen | 143 south la brea ave‎ los angeles, ca 90036 | twitter@sycamorekitchen | instagram 

 

 

 

coffee + food…

i love getting tips on new places to try & luckily this one was just down the way from work. cyndi finkle and mel cain’s collaboration, coffee + food is a beautiful space with killer sandwiches & smooth aussie brewed coffee. the cafe is airy & the perfect place to catch a quick bite & watch the staff charm guests. both cafe items i tried were fresh & filled with complex flavors, that had me wanting more! i’m so glad this little gem is here to stay…

coffee + food 5630 melrose avenue la, ca 90038 m-sa 7a-3p twitter @coffeeplusfood 

let’s be frank truck…

i don’t know why but summer get’s me in the mood for yummy hot dogs. sometimes endless toppings will do, although there’s nothing better than a straight up “meaty” dog. so whenever i’m riding down washington blvd in culver city, i have to make a pit stop at let’s be frank, get my fix (grass-fed all beef, local, yup it’s all good)  & wash it all down with an iced cold cheerwine. i simply can’t resist their tricked-out portable trailer & friendly service!  

let’s be frank  |  helms ave. between washington and venice blvds  |  hours: wed-fri: 11:30-3:30 weekends 11:30-4:30  | follow on twitter @letsbefrank

Monica is…in fast food heaven.

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It’s magazine arrival week & nearly fell over when I saw the cover for Los Angeles Magazine dedicated to cheap eats! Seeing how everything is “recession” targeted, I can really appreciate the breakdown. It’s taken the best of the best from tacos, pizza, hot dogs to burgers & fries. Most are under $15 & a perfect excuse to explore more of the changing LA restaurant/retail landscape.  Feeling inspired to try new cheap eats, (restaurants close way too early in LA) I settled for the new Jack in The Box mini sirloin burgers & they are suprisingly sublime. Three cheesy, burgers filled with grilled onions, ketchup on a soft buttery bun. (I did add some mustard which made them deliciously complete) For under $6 bucks it’s enough to keep me thinking about them the next day—-cheesy goodness.

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