Eatery Wish List:
Fig & Olive (I have been in NYC, but have yet to check out the newly opened LA satellite.)
The Farm Shop (Read about it in the NYC Times, my mum sent me an enticing article.)
There are many, many, many more, but these are on the top of my list. If anyone out there wants to make it happen and accompany me to scope these places out please let me know! Summers are for exploring and wining and dining!
The places I have been (sometimes multiple times) and love (and will return to, yet again):
Urth Caffe The coffee is rich and strong. It is nice to sit with a friend and get a French Press of the Scandinavian Blend. I am a sucker for pastries and happen to like their Green Tea Muffin even though, at first, it sounded odd. Expect a crowd, more so at the Santa Monica location than on Melrose, but the weekends are kind of crazy which signifies that the place is good. My breakfast pick would be the multi-grain waffle with fresh berries while my lunch choice would be a combination of 1/2 an Urth Salad (the not so ordinary house salad has feta, chick peas, olives, hearts of palm) and a cup of the Veggie Chili with an Arnold Palmer for a beverage, and of course, sit outside.
Huckleberry Another cafe that draws a crowd. I am in love with their breakfast sandwich. The egg is perfectly runny and the bacon is always well cooked, but not too crisp. This is perfect when paired with a mimosa. I had the best birthday lunch here. Request a heart shaped butter cookie to go or some other goody from the pastry case. You can indulge later and make your visit linger.
Alcove I have been here a dozen of times and will keep coming back. It is the spot MK and I frequent post long runs in Griffith Park. We sit our sweaty selves outside so as not to bother the other diners. Mark had a legendary faint at this place, but I am pretty posi he would revisit Alcove with their big salads, paninis (the turkey/pesto I crave from time to time), and their breakfasts which are served all day (there is a good one with egg whites, greens, toast, and chicken breast grilled to perfection).
Umami Burger Trivia Q: What are the 5 tastes? I don't think I said one word the entire meal because of how good my truffle burger tasted. I am the type that eats burgers every other month. Umami may have served me the best burger I have ever tasted (close contender being The Neighborhood in San Diego).
Larchmont Bungalow My neighborhood haunt. I make it a point to get to this cafe once a week: to grab a pound of locally roasted coffee to make at home, for a quick fresh OJ and a morning muffin, or for an afternoon iced Chai with a shot of espresso aka Dirty Chai. Sometimes I spend hour here sit with my Mac Book or the New York Times. I have tried their claim-to-fame Red and Blue Velvet pancakes (get the half order). Yummy!
LA and I together one year later. Some much yet to do. So much yet to taste.