Thursday, December 16, 2010
{Sweets for the Sweet} A cup of cake!
(A mini mint chocolate cupcake from dots cupcakes in Pasadena, California)

{Sweets for the Sweet} A cup of cake!

(A mini mint chocolate cupcake from dots cupcakes in Pasadena, California)

{Sweet Treats} Dots Cupcakes, Old Town Pasadena, CA

Dots Cupcakes is hands-down my favorite cupcake shop this side of the prime meridian. If you’re ever in Pasadena, do yourself a merry little favor and pick up a box of their perfectly proportioned cupcakes. They come in regular or mini, so you can go all-out or opt for a guilt-free mini to satisfy your sweet tooth. In addition to their regular flavors (favorite: Red Velvet), they have the tastiest seasonal flavors too, like the Snowflake (pictured above), which is a vanilla cupcake topped with toasted coconut and filled with condensed milk. 

All I want for Christmas is more Dots cupcakes!

(Source: midnightmastication)

{Man’s Best Friend} Three Dog Bakery, Old Town Pasadena, CA
This past week, I picked up some treats for my little pup at Three Dog Bakery. Pictured above are the Pupcakes and Ruffles, which in addition to having the punniest names, also feature all-natural, good-for-your-pooch ingredients. Unfortunately, my dog is a super picky eater and didn’t really like them…but I can’t really say for myself if the treats are good or not. Maybe I should be daring and try one? Talk about a real foodie adventure.

{Man’s Best Friend} Three Dog Bakery, Old Town Pasadena, CA

This past week, I picked up some treats for my little pup at Three Dog Bakery. Pictured above are the Pupcakes and Ruffles, which in addition to having the punniest names, also feature all-natural, good-for-your-pooch ingredients. Unfortunately, my dog is a super picky eater and didn’t really like them…but I can’t really say for myself if the treats are good or not. Maybe I should be daring and try one? Talk about a real foodie adventure.

Monday, December 6, 2010

{Restaurant Review} Milk, Los Angeles, CA

Milk - part ice cream parlor, part bakery and part cafe - was the perfect place for a late lunch this Sunday. My friends and I had been longing to eat there after seeing the girls of The Hills visit the restaurant in one of the episodes. The tiny restaurant with ample outdoor seating sported cute decor, a very friendly staff, and remarkably delicious food. I sipped on an Arnold Palmer and enjoyed a perfectly toasted Ham and Cheese sandwich. The sandwich was very flavorful and satisfying. The tomatoes were particularly fresh and tasty. My friends both had the Herb Roasted Chicken Sandwich, which they also found to be very good. The main dishes came with a side salad (fairly average in flavor, but fresh, nonetheless) and an interesting little serving of something called freekeh, which was a mixture of a grain with wild mushrooms, bell peppers and herbs. (You can see it in the little plastic container sitting on our plates.) Here’s the description they had written on a chalkboard of what it is:

Freekeh - ancient grain made of young green durum wheat that’s harvested when the seeds are green, yet still soft and moist. They are sundried and roasted. It contains high protein, high fiber, four times the fiber of brown rice and has almost no gluten.

After the meal, we faced the very difficult decision of choosing which desserts we wanted! Milk’s sweets are baked on site and feature delicious things like Blue Velvet cake, coconut macaroons, cupcakes, many varieties of cookies and more. They also have ice cream sandwiches and bars. I allllmost opted for the Blue Velvet cake, but decided to indulge instead in scoop of Nutella ice cream. Self-explanatory deliciousness ensued.

Although the place is a bit pricey, I’d give Milk five stars for amazing service, delicious and fresh food and an unbeatable dessert selection. 

(Source: midnightmastication)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

{Restaurant Review} 2-9 Cafe, North University Park, USC, Los Angeles

My friends Kevin, Adriana and I headed over the the 2-9 Cafe yesterday for a light lunch in the lovely sunny weather. Located just a couple blocks from USC, this place has a really cozy cafe ambiance and lovely patio area. Unfortunately, the service was pretty bad. :/

Fortunately, the food was pretty good, although a bit on the expensive side despite its proximity to a college campus. I had the Lamb Gyro wrap, which was decent, but nowhere near as good as the gyro pita sandwiches that Daphne’s Greek Cafe serves up on campus in the Cafe 84 dining center. The side caesar salad was really fresh and delicious. Adriana had the Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich, which she said was really delicious…although, you can put guacamole on anything and Adriana will say it’s good.. :)

Kevin ordered the Barbeque Chicken Sandwich, which he also said was pretty delicious. He does warn future diners to watch out for the toothpick that holds the sandwich together though. It’s sneaky and he got poked while taking a big bite.

With Kevin’s sandwich came the star of the meal… sweet potato fries. They were perfection!! Adriana and I were constantly stealing them and dipping them in the ranch sauce. So good. Definitely thinking about getting some to snack on while I study tomorrow… 

(Source: midnightmastication)

{Sweets for the Sweet} Sprinkles Cupcakes
My cousin Windsen and his lovely girlfriend Ashley were in town this week and brought me a red velvet cupcake from their visit to Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills. Although I am a die-hard Dots Cupcakes fan, I have to commend Sprinkles on their cream cheese frosting…so rich…so yummy…

{Sweets for the Sweet} Sprinkles Cupcakes

My cousin Windsen and his lovely girlfriend Ashley were in town this week and brought me a red velvet cupcake from their visit to Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills. Although I am a die-hard Dots Cupcakes fan, I have to commend Sprinkles on their cream cheese frosting…so rich…so yummy…

Tuesday, November 23, 2010
{Restaurant Review} Caveman Kitchen
If you’re looking for good food in LA near USC, you should definitely check out Caveman Kitchen (Yelp), located on Vermont Ave, about half a block from Ralph’s. My friend Greg introduced me to the place about a month ago and I really liked it! Since then, I’ve stopped by once on my own for take-out on the way home from a grocery shopping trip.
The service at Caveman Kitchen is impeccable and the food is fresh, flavorful and really satisfying. The prices are reasonable for a college student budget too. I’ve only ever tried their Cave Club Sandwich, but really, one bite was all it took to believe that this place serves good food. The signature sandwich features perfectly seasoned rotisserie chicken sandwiched between two hamburger buns with bacon, swiss cheese, veggies and a really good (sort of spicy) sauce. Their fries are also really good (try dipping them in their green salsa!) and you can even substitute a fresh garden salad on the side!
For a full menu, visit their website: eatcaveman.com. If you do check it out, let me know what you think in my ask box!

{Restaurant Review} Caveman Kitchen

If you’re looking for good food in LA near USC, you should definitely check out Caveman Kitchen (Yelp), located on Vermont Ave, about half a block from Ralph’s. My friend Greg introduced me to the place about a month ago and I really liked it! Since then, I’ve stopped by once on my own for take-out on the way home from a grocery shopping trip.

The service at Caveman Kitchen is impeccable and the food is fresh, flavorful and really satisfying. The prices are reasonable for a college student budget too. I’ve only ever tried their Cave Club Sandwich, but really, one bite was all it took to believe that this place serves good food. The signature sandwich features perfectly seasoned rotisserie chicken sandwiched between two hamburger buns with bacon, swiss cheese, veggies and a really good (sort of spicy) sauce. Their fries are also really good (try dipping them in their green salsa!) and you can even substitute a fresh garden salad on the side!

For a full menu, visit their website: eatcaveman.com.
If you do check it out, let me know what you think in my ask box!

Sunday, November 21, 2010
{Lemonade LA}Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Basil, & Sherry on Focaccia with Cucumber Mint Lemonade

{Lemonade LA}
Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Basil, & Sherry on Focaccia with Cucumber Mint Lemonade

Saturday, October 23, 2010
{Lemonade} Los Angeles
I’ve blogged about Lemonade a few times before, because it’s one of my favorite places to eat on campus, but I really urge you to go try it out if you haven’t already! There are a few locations all around LA and I promise you that a visit will be worth it. You will not be disappointed. Their food is so unique and delicious. The dishes are so fresh and light and a meal there never leaves you feeling gross or lethargic. Plus, their lemonade is to die for. So tart and perfect. 
Here, you’re looking at:Watermelon Radish, Ahi Tuna, Snap Pea, Sesame SeedsCaprese-style pasta (with the BEST mozzerella, in my opinion)Seared Ahi Tuna with mango sauce
and…blueberry mint lemonade! 

{Lemonade} Los Angeles

I’ve blogged about Lemonade a few times before, because it’s one of my favorite places to eat on campus, but I really urge you to go try it out if you haven’t already! There are a few locations all around LA and I promise you that a visit will be worth it. You will not be disappointed. Their food is so unique and delicious. The dishes are so fresh and light and a meal there never leaves you feeling gross or lethargic. Plus, their lemonade is to die for. So tart and perfect. 

Here, you’re looking at:
Watermelon Radish, Ahi Tuna, Snap Pea, Sesame Seeds
Caprese-style pasta (with the BEST mozzerella, in my opinion)
Seared Ahi Tuna with mango sauce

and…blueberry mint lemonade!
 

{Indian Food} University Village, University of Southern California
The University Village international food court is one of the hidden treasures of the shabby-looking neighborhood surrounding the USC campus. There’s all kinds of food (sandwiches, salads, bubble tea, Italian, Korean…) and one of my favorite places is the Indian food place! Their food is simple and flavorful and I always walk away satisfied. Here is Oriental curry chicken with rice and cabbage, with a side of the best naan in the world.
Plus a can of the ever-lovely Arizona green tea.

{Indian Food} University Village, University of Southern California

The University Village international food court is one of the hidden treasures of the shabby-looking neighborhood surrounding the USC campus. There’s all kinds of food (sandwiches, salads, bubble tea, Italian, Korean…) and one of my favorite places is the Indian food place! Their food is simple and flavorful and I always walk away satisfied. Here is Oriental curry chicken with rice and cabbage, with a side of the best naan in the world.

Plus a can of the ever-lovely Arizona green tea.