A-sigh of relief… a new post!

Hello world! I know I haven’t blogged in quite a long long time, however I’ve had some down time during my month rotation in Hawaii and I thought I’d update you guys on some things. This post will document my acai bowl adventures during my time here.

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Haleiwa bowls
Their acai bowl features a TON of granola with all of the acai at the very bottom with bananas on top. I wish there were more fruits topped on, but those were for an extra cost. Wah wah. They do have plenty of fruit options to pick from. The acai itself has quite a sorbet-like texture to it and melts quickly.

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Diamond Head Cove Health Bar
The acai was very tasty along with the honey on top. I just wish there was more granola to accompany all of the acai. The fruit was nice on top. Definitely up there in my top choices.

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 Jewel or Juice
It was a mistake from the beginning to get coconut. That’s all I have to say. Besides that it was pretty good but I think I prefer the acai below.

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The strangest thing is this is probably my favorite acai bowl despite being from a coffee shop. I guess in this case mug. I feel like the proportions are just right with the right amount of fruit toppings. It’s a large mug and a fairly decent size to fill you up.

I will update this post as I go along :)

Super sick!

For our anniversary dinner (I know a lot of celebrating this month), my boyfriend and I went to Super Six located in Columbia City. I was really excited for this because the chefs of Marination Station were behind this excellent asian fusion creation. We went on the 2nd night it was open and there was about a half hour wait for the two of us. It definitely got packed as the night went on.

Atmosphere: The owners took over an automobile shop on Hudson. This spot has a ton of outdoor seating. There is quite limited seating indoors. Not sure how that’ll turn out when it gets colder. The restaurant’s core features a bar with several tables surrounding it. The bar is open seating if you could snag a seat.

Pricing: A little more pricy than Marination Station, but still has a great Hawaiian fusion element to the food. Small appetizers range from $5-12, larger entrees range $14-21.

Service: Our waitress, Jasmine was really enthusiastic and did such a great job of being attentive to us. She has a lot of energy and represented the restaurant really well. She made great recommendations for us.

Food:
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Kalbi short ribs with scallion salad: nice flavor to the kalbi that wasn’t overpowering. The salad was a little too spicy for my liking but it was a nice touch to the dish.

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Kalbi pork belly musubi: whoaaaaaa this melts in your mouth like no other! I think they could put a little less rice and maybe a tad more sauce, but overall it was so delicious.

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Korean fried chicken with Char siu sauce. They have two other sauces – ono and spicy korean, but I was warned that the spicy was quite spicy so I tried this. You can try all three sauces for $24! This was $9.

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Pineapple Thai-Basil soda – great flavors! It came out a little late, but it was worth the wait. Nice punch with the acidic pineapple and you can really taste the basil, but it wasn’t too overpowering.

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Aloha fries – kalua pork, kimchi mayo, scallions, and fried egg. The kalua pork is a little too salty, but when you break the yolk and really eat it all together, the yolk smooths out the saltiness of the pork. I wish there was more of the kimchi mayo sauce because that was also superb.

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Lomi lomi tomato salad with fried Maui sweet onion and shiso. Nice bright tomatoes that was basically the definition of fresh. Can’t go wrong with yummy onion straws.

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We kind of went a little wild with the dessert. This is the lilikoi chiffon pie with haupia and tapioca. This fluffy dessert melted in my mouth and did not have a hint of heaviness. If this is what clouds tasted, this dessert would be it.

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With caramel drizzle!

IMG_3196Super six sundae – passion fruit caramel with red velvet. Blasting with flavor and sweetness. I would probably choose the pie over this. They also have masalada donuts that were quite tempting…

Overall: I think this is a great location for a new restaurant. I feel like Columbia City is really growing with business and life. There’s a huge PCC a couple blocks down and Salted Sea that has also recently opened. I think the chefs of Marination Station really made a smart move. The restaurant was definitely busy and constantly packed! Everything on the menu looked good and honestly I would try every single dish if I could. I’m happy they’re in the neighborhood. We also made a suggestion for to-go desserts!

Super Six Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Birthday brunch

I finally got the chance to try London Plane in Pioneer Square, near Occidental Park. I went for my birthday with 4 other friends. This cute place offers a number of things including food to go, pastries, coffee, sit in dining, wine bar, flowers (currently they have a ton of dahlias), cookbooks, and other assortments of things.

Atmosphere: This place is the definition of cute/hipster/all things golden. High ceilings with seating surrounding the large windows as well as seating upstairs. I would highly recommend making reservations because it can get pretty crowded. We waited about 15 minutes for a table for 5 on a weekday. I hear it can be up to 1.5 hrs on the weekends!

Pricing: A little more expensive than you would think. I would say a couple more dollars than you’d like for a dish. However, I think it’s worth it for the quality of food.

Service: Awesome! The host was very gracious as well as our server. Our server checked in on us constantly and was attentive.

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Bread & spread: pink – mezze beet hummus, charred eggplant-tomato spread, & cashew romesco with an assortment of bread and crackers.

Impression: I really enjoyed the first two spreads. The cashew was okay! Great blast in flavors that was also colorful. A great dish for sharing.

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Trio of salads: left – potatoes, sweet onions, sultanas & fennel, with dill and mustard aioli
bottom – roasted zucchini,  green beans, corn & bulgur, with basil and pepita tahiti dressing
top right – beets & their greens, with roasted cauliflower & walnut pesto

Impression: Overall, the serving size was quite large! I enjoyed the sweet potatoes with onions. The corn and bulgur was also quite tasty. Everything is pretty dense and heavy so it filled us up. The top right had darker flavors that was also good, but probably my least favorite.

IMG_3162Spicy kimchee fried rice: This also had bacon and 2 fried eggs on top with cilantro, green onions, and a nice lime squeeze. Their rice had a nice crisp to it. I didn’t taste too much kimchee and I didn’t think it was that spicy. Overall a pretty solid dish.

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Avocado toast: curried avocado, shaved radish, red cabbage & cilantro. This is a hearty toast with a thick, crunchy crust. A little difficult to cut and share! Overall I enjoyed it, but I’m a huge avocado fan.

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Overall: I really enjoyed the atmosphere with the open windows. Great lighting for pictures ;) I like the idea of sharing plates just so you can try different items. Service was great. Food was great. I’d definitely come back to try other items on their menu. It looks as if it’s seasonal!

The London Plane Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

L-yay –> L-wee

Hi all! I’m so so sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but I’ve been a little busy with work, rotations, and catching up with friends to post but I finally managed to have some time to blog! This post will be a little bit different and feature a collection of places I visited over my trip to LA and Vegas. I hope you enjoy my quick snippets :)

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Snow Monster: Located in Santa Ana, this charming dessert place features a number of delectable items. Mango shave ice with mochi and strawberry, thai tea boba with tapioca in an enormous mason jar that you can pay to keep, and a fruity pebbles macaron with a scoop of taro ice cream in the middle. Cutest collection of desserts one could concoct.

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LACMA: Urban lighting! Free to look at, located right off the street.

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Brodard’s: Another place in Santa Ana to visit. These special spring rolls include lettuce, carrot, special grilled pork sausage, crunchy outer egg roll shell, cucumber, chives, rice paper, and special house sauce. These unique spring rolls are no where else to be found!

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Popbar at Anaheim Packing District: You’ve probably seen this all over Instagram. Left: strawberry gelato bar kit kat style. Right: Green tea gelato kit kat style. Delicious gelato that’s dipped in chocolate and toppings and made right in front of you. Expect a little bit of a line! This hipster building features other delicious foods with different backgrounds. You’re bound to find something you like here.

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Samurai burrito: There’s a lot going on in this picture. Featured up close and personal are the Samurai super nachos – deep fried wonton crisps topped with crab, salmon, tuna, eel, masago, green onions, furikake, and rooster sauce. VERY filling and definitely shareable between at least 4 people. In the background are a collection of different sushi burritos. The one that I got was the geisha (right most) – salmon, sliced green onion, cucumber, crab mix, and shibu-yu house mix.

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Shake Shack: Finally a Shake Shack on the West side! This is located at the New York New York Hotel. This is a picture of the shack stack. The deep fried portion is of a mushroom filled with American cheese. It’s quite delicious! They also have other burgers but this is by far my favorite. They’re also known for their custards. Lots of different things to try on the menu!

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the food highlights of my trip and if you get a chance, to visit them yourself! Have a lovely week everyone!

SRW at Flying Fish

I went to Flying Fish for my last SRW for dinner. It’s located in SLU right by near Whole Foods. The menu looked pretty tasty and we decided to give it a try despite just decent Yelp ratings.

Atmosphere: A pretty big restaurant that is split into two sections with one side by the bar and a few booths and the other side with booths and tables. Nice huge decor lights that reminds me of Ikea shaped lanterns. The vibe that I get is that it’s a common place to meet business associates after work. Lots of people are wearing suits, so I felt a little under dressed. It was definitely packed on a Thursday night so I’m glad I made a reservation.

Pricing: Dinner is 3 courses for $30

Service: For how busy it was, our server did a great job. The food came out reasonably quick and we finished our three courses within 1.5 hours.

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Appetizer – flat iron steak bites with hoisin glaze, pickled ginger, and scallions. It’s a little hard to see because it’s dark, but there were quite a few pieces in there. I can definitely taste the hoisin, which is a nice asian sauce that I’m very familiar with (commonly used in pho).

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Appetizer – black and blue deep fried brussel sprouts with bacon bits and blue cheese. I’m not a huge fan of blue cheese, but this combo worked pretty well. The brussel sprouts were cooked great and the flavors went well and the bacon helped balance it out.

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Entree – squid inked risotto with seared scallops and lemon caper butter. The risotto was rather tasteless and bland, but the seared scallops were really great!

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Entree – roasted pork belly with asparagus, mango chutney, and herbed quinoa. I tried the squid ink risotto first and then after trying this, it was a total 180 in terms of flavor. The mango chutney is exploding with flavor! The pork belly had a super crisp topping that was difficult to cut with a knife, but not terrible when you chew it. Overall, a pretty solid dish.

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Dessert – Madagascar princess bourbon creme brulee with turbinado brown sugar. Pretty standard creme brulee.

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Dessert – Sea salt caramel cake with chocolate ganache and raspberry sauce. This dessert is all about the texture. The top layer is a chocolatey gelatin and then it’s soft, marshmallow like and creamy and the final layer is a little harder similar to a cookie. This is a rich dessert that balances well with the creme brulee, which is light and airy.

Overall: I thought everything was solid! Nothing was poorly done, maybe the bland squid ink risotto, but besides that we were pretty pleased with our meal. Their happy hour menu looks pretty promising, so I might have to come back for that. This is a pretty standard American seafood restaurant that does all around solid food. Nothing to complain here!

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