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The Bazaar Beverly Hills Los Angeles

Pictured: Cotton Candy Foie Gras ($8)

There is something magical about Spanish tapas…particularly when chefs combine it with molecular gastronomy and other cutting edge culinary techniques. Remember Hoja Santa in Barcelona?

So obviously I had to bring mom to The Bazaar by José Andrés before we left Los Angeles. I just knew she would fall in love with the restaurant as much as I did.

Mom was happy with everything we ordered. In fact, she told our server Terrence (who, by the by, is an excellent server so do ask for him when you’re there!) the next time she visited L.A. it would be with a solitary purpose: to eat her fill at the Bazaar again!

I’m certainly not missing out on that trip. Count me in, Lady!

Highlights: the Tortilla De Patatas “New Way”, Seared Mary’s Farm Chicken, “Philly Cheesesteak”, Chocolate Dream Mousse Cake. Mom also ordered the “LN2 Caipirinha” featuring brazilian cachaca, fresh lime and sugar frozen by using liquid nitrogen (tableside service) $20. She LOVED it!

Overall experience: 9.2/10 (service this time around far surpassed my previous experience here in August 2016! Thanks Terrence and Co!)

The Bazaar Beverly Hills Los Angeles

Tuna Cone ($19 for 2)

The Bazaar Beverly Hills Los Angeles

The Tortilla De Patatas “New Way” featuring potato foam, eggs cooked to 63 degrees, caramelized onions ($16 for 2)

The Bazaar Beverly Hills Los Angeles

Shiso Tempura ($18)

The Bazaar Beverly Hills Los Angeles

Baby Japanese Peaches featuring Di stefano burrata, toasted hazelnuts, crunchy croutons ($18)

The Bazaar Beverly Hills Los Angeles

Seared Mary’s Farm Chicken featuring honey dates, mustard caviar and mustard greens ($16)

The Bazaar Beverly Hills Los Angeles

“Philly Cheesesteak” featuring Air bread, cheddar foam filling, wagyu beef topping ($22 for 2)

The Bazaar Beverly Hills Los Angeles

The inner anatomy of the “Philly Cheesesteak”…so good!

The Bazaar Beverly Hills Los Angeles

Dessert is served: French Pressed Coffee, Chocolate Dream Cake, Little Treats

The Bazaar Beverly Hills Los Angeles

The Chocolate Cake of Your Dreams featuring salted ganache, Peruvian chocolate mousse, cocoa butter ($12)

The Bazaar Beverly Hills Los Angeles

Speculoos-filled Chocolate Bon Bon ($3), Coconut Marshmallow ($1), Pecan Pie Cookie ($1)

*Prices are listed in U.S. Dollars

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Mom in Warehouse District Los Angeles

Mom posing by a wall in the Warehouse District

So I’m posting my “Mommy-and-Me” trip to L.A super duper late. Because Mother’s Day was last Sunday and it’s now the 20th. I had planned to post this in commemoration of the day but… Argh! (I’m a bad daughter. Total trash. I know. TT__TT)

Anyway, a week before my trip to Dubai slash Yangon slash Bangkok, Mom and I decided to visit L.A.! Dun dun dun. This was a BIG DEAL because it was her first time taking a trip/flying on an aeroplane in over 3 years since her car accident. Believe me, the pressure was ON to ensure every minute of her trip was tiptop awesomesauce. Luckily, I had everything planned out right down to the second I would need to order an Uber for our ride to LAX. So yeah, I got this.

We spent a fair share eating…exploring the different L.A. hoods…eating…getting ridiculously sunburnt (OK that was only me), and yeah…basically, eating our way through the city. Thank God we walked more than 64,000 steps. 64,000 STEPS BAYBEE! Anyway, less talking, more seeing. Join me as I look back at how we spent three baddass days in Los Angeles.

Beverly Grove Los Angeles with Snapchat
Exploring Beverly Grove with Snapchat!

DAY 1

KOREATOWN

  • In 2016, N and I stayed at the Line Hotel. This time I opted for a more budget-friendly hotel and caught some Z’s at the Aventura 7.3/10
  • After storing our luggages, we had 2 hours to kill before check-in time so we decided to go forth and conquer our hunger at The Bun Shop. The owner was super nice, he came over to ask us about the food and how we found everything. Mom jokingly (or not so jokingly) suggested he open a branch in Vancouver. CANADA. She never ceases to amaze, that one. (Ordered: Kalbi Bun, Chicken Katsu Bun, Avocado Tempura Bun, Sweet Potato Fries with honey cream sauce, Coca Cola.) We both agreed the Kalbi bun was the best out of the 3…and obv, SPF-lover that she is, Mom went gaga over the fries 6.7/10
  • If you’ve been lurking around Instagram, then you’re probably no stranger to SomiSomi home of the Ah-Boong soft cream. It’s a quick stroll from the Bun Shop so we decided to check it out. (Ordered: True Milk + Nutella + Oreo Crumbs  & Matcha Green Tea + Custard + Rainbow Sprinkles.) I’M IN LOVE 8.4/10
  • After that we headed back to the hotel, checked-in, and I practically teleported to the room because there were 3 surprises waiting for me there. Amazonian surprises. As in, Amazon.com. WOOOH, MY 12-CUP COMMERCIAL MUFFIN PAN AND BREAD LAME AND UNICORN RAINBOW COOKIE CUTTERS. Mom was patient enough to wait while I freaked out over admired my purchases. Ahem.

 

Panoramic View of a Room at the Aventura Hotel

A panoramic view of my hotel room at the Aventura Los Angeles. And no, I don’t know why Oprah’s on TV. Ask Mom.

The Bun Shop Los Angeles

The Bun Shop LA: It’s a Bao Party

Avocado Tempura (Veg Temp) Bun at the Bun Shop LA

Avocado Tempura (Veg Temp) Bun at the Bun Shop LA

SomiSomi Ice Cream in Los Angeles

Our delicious SomiSomi Ice Cream creations…mmm…

DOWNTOWN/WAREHOUSE DISTRICT

  • Mom wanted to discover the neighbourhood by foot so we made our way to DTLA via 8th Street. It was a great chance to soak up some sun. (Remember, we’re from Wet Cold & Rainy Vancouver!) After an hour of semi-sightseeing, I was feeling the pangs of hunger again and, behold the wonders of wonder, found myself in front of Bottega Louie. (LOL! Whatever I told Mom, it was most definitely NOT an accident. )  If you remember from my previous L.A. post, Bottega Louie is sugar heaven. (Ordered: Opera cake, macarons, sugar donut filled with raspberry jam, coffee.) 8/10
  • As it was a Monday, the place wasn’t hustling and bustling so we kept calm, ate our weight in sugar, and chillaxed. I mean, it was necessary. We had to refuel before the next taxing leg of our journey: walking 3.21 km through the Warehouse District to make it on time for our 7:00PM dinner at Bestia! (Again, this was just an excuse.)
  • Wow, wow, wow, look at the crowd! There were so many people waiting for a table I thought the restaurant would burst at the seams. Sadly, this was not an indication of a successful dinner but the opposite of one. After hearing rave after rave about Bestia, I had high expectations. I know, I know. Mistake #1. But Instagram and Zomato can be so compelling sometimes. Anyway, long story short, we ordered the Lobster Crostino ($19), Alla’nduja Pizza ($19) and Spaghetti Rustichella ($29). We loooooooved the Crostino. I mean, 10/10 hands down! On the other hand we absolutely hated the pizza, 0/10. My avocado toast in the morning tastes better than that. The only flavour note was: salt, salt, salt, salt. And bread. The spaghetti? Boring. The crab was quality, don’t get me wrong. But the pasta wasn’t cooked to al dente, and after the flavourful impression the Crostino left on us we expected much more from the spaghetti. Ah, how my foodie heart was crushed tonight. 5/10

Sweets Ahoy! at Bottega Louie

Pigging out at Bottega Louie Los Angeles

Spaghetti Rustichella at Bestia LA

The Spaghetti Rustichella at Bestia (USD $29)

Lobster Crostino at Bestia LA

The Lobster Crostino at Bestia…SO GOOD! (USD $19)

DAY 2

VENICE BEACH

  • 8AM, we’re up and ready to roll! First stop: Gjusta Bakery. And boy does it not disappointment! It looks as good in person as it does online. Mom and I spent a good 10 to 15 minutes browsing the (very long) line of display cases filled with pastries, cakes, tartines, cold cuts, and sooooo much more. Oh my God. Foodie heaven, baby! We ended up ordering: Baked Eggs with pomodoro, garlic confit, cream and charmoula, which came with friggin’ amazing slices of grilled Sourdough Country Loaf drizzled in Olive Oil ($12), Smoked Salmon Smørrebrød/Toast ($3.50), Baklava Croissant ($4), and Drip Coffee x2 ($3.75 each). If we didn’t have a day packed with so many other food stops I definitely would’ve ordered more. Like, the mushroom bowl. Or the multigrain porridge waffle with butter and syrup. And a macadamia nut smoothie. Aaaaaagh, the choices! …My life! 8.5/10
  • Next, we went to explore Abbot Kinney Boulevard. To sum it up: quaint boutique shops, good looking dogs being walked by equally good looking owners, and yummy cafés!
  • I bought organic Matcha Powder at Shuhari Matcha Café ($22).
  • We stopped by Salt and Straw because, no brainer. I’m not sure if they’ll still have this flavour but we combo’d: Pineapple Star Anise Ripple with Honeycomb Brittle (which they collaborated with students from Westminster Elementary to create and proceeds go to their school’s booster club!) and Silencio Black Tea & Coconut Stracciatella – Vegan. The staff who served us recommended we order Kids-Size Double Scoops to share…good call Mister! 9/10

Baklava Croissant at Gjusta Bakery

Baklava Croissant at Gjusta Bakery ($4)

Gjusta Bakery in Venice Los Angeles

Eggs with Charmoula and Grilled Bread Drizzled with Olive Oil ($12) Get this!

Black and White Still of Abbot Kinney in Venice L.A.

Abbot Kinney in Venice Los Angeles

Salt & Straw on Abbot Kinney Venice

Delicious ice cream at Salt & Straw in Venice

Mom posing at Venice Beach

Mom surrounded by succulents and plants on Venice Beach

SANTA MONICA

  • Tummies filled, Mom and I set out for Venice’s neighbour, Santa Monica, by way of Venice Beach. Obviously we made a detour to Urth Caffe for their Thai Red Tea Boba (with whip! One must NEVER forget the whip…) 9/10 before reaching the pier. Mmmm…
  • I think it’s silly to eat food you can find at home when you’re away from home but…for quality assurance purposes we ordered a Beef Terimayo hotdog from Japadog. Because. Hey, look at our view! (#Isuredodgedthatone)
  • Watched Boss Baby at ArcLight Cinemas. I swear I can watch that movie on repeat! Theodore Templeton, you cutie!
  • Grabbed and enjoyed a delicious chocolate brownie from Nordstrom’s eBar before heading back to Koreatown. Yes, it was a very Zen-like moment. Chocolate…coffee…sunshine…

Japadog at Santa Monica Pier

Beef Terimayo “Japadog” at the Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles

How about a round of beach volleyball?

Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles

Our view from the Santa Monica Pier

Enjoying Nordstrom eBar with Snapchat
Enjoying a wonderful chocolate brownie at Nordstrom eBar with Snapchat!

KOREATOWN

  • Ended the night with dinner at Quarters Korean BBQ. They’re waiting area is très comfortable so if you arrive and find a big queue don’t fret! TV, a fire pit table, and scrumptious drinks await you next door. Ordered: Marinated Beef Short Rib, Seasoned Boneless Short Rib, Grilled Bulgogi, and Korean Nachos. Comes with rice, salad, assortment of banchan and your very own cook who grills the meat for you! No, seriously. 8.4/10

Quarters Korean BBQ in Koreatown Los Angeles

Cooking delicious beef short rib at Quarters Korean BBQ in Koreatown

DAY 3

BEVERLY GROVE

  • 8AM, up and at ’em! First stop: Joan’s on Third by way of Uber. (Ah, we love Uber.) First of all, don’t ask if I spotted a celebrity or someone famous. I’m really really REALLY awful with faces so even if an Instagram or Youtube star or Kardashian was there…I’d be absolutely clueless. Sorry. We did spot a very adorable Frenchie though. Ordered: best ever Buttermilk Pancakes (10/10), Mushroom Quiche, Almond Croissant, Coffee. Do yourself a favour…order the pancakes!!! 6.5/10
  • Dropped by Blue Bottle Coffee for their famous New Orleans-Style Iced Coffee (cold brew) and some cookies (1 Miso and 1 Gingersnap). The cookies were blah, nothing special. But their iced coffee did not disappoint!
  • Next, we headed for Melrose/Fairfax/Hollywood. I showed mom some parts of Hollywood (though not the Walk of Fame because I’m an idiot and forgot and also because I already saw it last year so…yeah, I forgot ). Then mom decided to torture me by walking another 4km (2.5 miles) under the scorching sun back to The Grove to do some shopping. At least I was rewarded with a Campfire Cookie from Nordstrom’s eBar for my efforts. Oh, she’s good. She knows EXACTLY how to play on my weaknesses. Grumble.
Breakfasting at Joan's On Third Los Angeles
Obligatory floor shot at Joan’s On Third with Snapchat! 😀

Blue Bottle Coffee in Beverly Grove

Cold Brew (New Orleans-Style Iced Coffee) and Cookies at Blue Bottle Coffee

Nordstrom eBar at The Grove

Campfire Cookies from the Nordstrom eBar at The Grove

MELROSE/HOLLYWOOD

  • As I was saying, we trekked the entire district of Melrose, Fairfax, West Hollywood and Hollywood. She posed several times. We ate at In’ N’ Out (there were 31 people ahead of me before I could place my order!!! Not worth the wait…at all!!!) And then the real torture began (read previous point).

 

Mom posing by a Graffiti'd wall on Melrose

Mom posing by a Graffiti’d wall on Melrose Ave

In N' Out in Hollywood Los Angeles

Animal Fries, Double-Double Burger, Coca Cola at In N’ Out in Hollywood

BEVERLY HILLS

  • For our last meal, we decided on The Bazaar. It’s a no brainer, honestly. You can read all about the delightful dinner, and drool at the photos, here!

The Bazaar by Jose Andres Beverly Hills

Check out our post covering a(nother) mind-blowing dinner at The Bazaar by José Andrés!

Palm Trees Abound in Los Angeles

I hope you enjoyed our curated collection of places to see and eat in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for more and drop a comment below if you think there’s anywhere you simply MUST recommend.

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The Bazaar Beverly Hills Los Angeles

American Caviar Cones

On Today’s Menu

AMERICAN CAVIAR CONE♥ | US $9/each
TORTILLA DE PATATAS “NEW WAY” ♥♥♥ | US $8/each | potato foam, egg cooked to 63 degree, caramelized onions
CROQUETAS DE POLLO ♥♥ | US $12 | chicken-béchamel fritters
TRIO OF OXTAIL STEAMED BUNS | US $12 | watermelon radish, cilantro, serrano chili
SEARED SCALLOPS | US $16 | served with romesco sauce
WILD MUSHROOM RICE ♥ | US $16 | Idiazábal cheese

♥ symbol denotes a 61DOW favourite, the more ♥s the more luuuuuuuurv!

Our Thoughts

Food: 8.6/10
Service: 7.0/10
Ambience|Decor: 7.8/10
Total: 7.8/10

Nobody should ever leave this place unhappy. The exciting spin on Spanish tapas, the ritzy location, the patrons dressed to the nines. It’s a wonderful place for a date and an even more wonderful place to bring your family.

We dined at The Bazaar on our last night  together before N had to jet back to Dubai and I Vancouver. Awestruck by the photos posted online, I knew I was in for a treat. Our trip to Spain last May had left a permanent impression on us so I think N was pretty excited about it too.

Highlights: The Tortilla de Patatas, which is a deconstructed version of the Spanish omelette and ABSOLUTELY exquisite; the Croquetas de Pollo (chicken croquettes) transported us back to Barcelona, definitely not a dish to be missed; and, the Wild Mushroom Rice, which was creamy, earthy and came in just the right amount as to not make us feel overly full.

Letdowns: The seared scallops were bland, the romesco sauce left a weird aftertaste in our mouths. Pass this and order the Seared Chicken with honey dates instead!

Edit: I came back with Mom in April 2017 and found some new favourites. Click for all the delectable details! 😉

The Bazaar Beverly Hills Los Angeles

Tortilla de Patatas “New Way”

The Bazaar Beverly Hills Los Angeles

Croquetas de Pollo

The Bazaar Beverly Hills Los Angeles

Trio of Oxtail Buns

The Bazaar Beverly Hills Los Angeles

Scallops in Romesco Sauce

The Bazaar Beverly Hills Los Angeles

Wild Mushroom Rice

SLS Hotel Beverly Hills: 465 South La Cienega Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90048
Dining Hours: Sun – Thurs 6pm – 10pm, Fri 6pm – 11pm, Sat 5:30pm – 11pm

Four Days in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is always a good idea. I think I’ve seen that slogan obnoxiously traipsing around the interweb a couple times. Well, I wholeheartedly agree! Good food, great friends and days filled with sunshine? All the components that make up a great vacation!

I thought long and hard on how I would format this post for you (all of 10 seconds you see). Break it down by places to eat versus places to visit? Break it down day by day? By district? In the end the latter made the most sense…plus, I would probably jumble up a few of the days soooooo yeah. Easy decision.

Also, I’m sad to say I didn’t get tanned AT ALL. Not even from a pale tofu complexion to a light light fir wood brown. Nope. Nada. :'(

Boiling Crab Koreatown Los AngelesBoiling Crab Koreatown Los Angeles

 BCD Tofu House Koreatown Los Angeles

KOREATOWN

  • Amazing Galbi (Korean BBQ Sliced Short Rib) at BCD Tofu House (7/10), which is a bonus for us because we were staying next door at The Line Hotel (8/10). Score! Oh, and can I just say that the POT Commissary Café makes some bomb dot com treats e.g. double chocolate cookies with sea salt. Alas, I was not able to try any of their rice bowls or sandwiches 🙁
  •  We met up with our old college pals (the ones we met in Japan, and who both happen to be half-Japanese). They know how I roll. Boiling crab for dinner? Messy hands, saucy sauce, juicy seafood? Ah, yeah, I’m hella down. Order the Lobster in The Whole Sha-Bang Sauce, Shrimp in Lemon Pepper and Rajun Cajun, Fried Catfish with Tartar Sauce on the side, and don’t be afraid to go spicy! (8/10)

Clifton's Cafeteria in Los Angeles

Clifton's Cafeteria in Los Angeles

Umami Burger Broadway Los Angeles

Bottega Louie on Grande Ave Los Angeles

Bottega Louie on Grande Ave Los Angeles

Bottega Louie on Grande Ave Los Angeles

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES/DTLA

  • We honestly stumbled across Clifton’s Cafteria by accident. I just happened to look up and recognize the sign from Pinterest. (If you’ve seen a huge ass tree slash fireplace on Pinterest, then chances are you know what I’m talking about LOL.) We explored the joint, sat down by the fireplace for “Elevenses”, and I have to say I enjoyed myself thoroughly. (7.5/10)
  • Not that we’re conformists or anything but when you’re a diehard Burger-Guy(tm) like N is, Umami Burger is a must. We ordered the Sunny Side Burger featuring parmesan frico, fried egg, truffle thyme compound butter, truffled arugula and truffled aioli (pictured), Cheesy Tots, and Short Rib Sliders. Well, I loved the tots. Can’t say I was blown away by the flavour of the sliders or burgers, but hey bonus points for creativity. (6.9/10)
  • Envious of all my internet friends who kept posting photo after photo of macarons acquired from Bottega Louie, I was ecstatic when my time had finally come! Of course, not being a hardcore consumer of macarons I stuck to a humble five per box rather than the 10000+ per box set. Seriously, those girls deserve respect! Flavours tried: earl grey, birthday cake, rose, coconut and limited edition pineapple caramel. Va va vooooom boom boom boom! Love at first taste. Sadly, I still prefer Laduree’s chewy texture. N treated himself to a couple mini tarts, surprise surprise. Live a bit more dangerously will ya, babe? 😛

Nightmare at Six Flags Los Angeles

Nightmare at Six Flags Los Angeles

Nightmare at Six Flags Los Angeles

SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN

  • Or better titled, “NIGHTMARE AT SIX FLAGS” but I’ll get to that. N rented a car for the entire length of our trip so we thought an adventure at Six Flags was doable. Stupid stupid me I forgot to take Dramamine before I got on the rides. Oh! My! God! What pain. What horror!!! Because we had the Flash Pass, we were able to conquer several of the rides without having to wait too long. Apocolypse, Full Throttle, Goliath, I’m talking all the bad boys. BUT. The Green Lantern? It did me in! After vomiting 4 times, I threw in the towel and begged N to continue forth without me. I was going to hanker down in one of the cafeterias, order myself a big cup of Dole Pineapple Soft Serve and watch the Loony Tunes on TV until he came back. So my advice to you is: take the Dramamine people! o_O

Urth Caffe Santa Monica Los Angeles

Santa Monica Pier Los Angeles

Playing Games at Santa Monica Pier Los Angeles

Watching Skaters in Santa Monica Los Angeles

Venice Beach Los Angeles

Venice Beach Los Angeles

SANTA MONICA/VENICE BEACH

  • Feeling the pangs of organic tea boba withdrawal (which started from the time I left Tokyo in 2014), I was determined to visit Urth Caffe at least once during this trip so that I could get my Chai Tea Boba fix. Am I proud of myself? Very.
  • We did the obligatory Santa Monica Pier visit, N played a few carnival games while I gulped down energy drinks, we rented a tandem bike and cycled all the way to Venice Beach, watched an elderly man play his guitar while rocking his rollerblades, and I ate a really disgusting churro as my after-workout treat. But to be honest, N did most of the legwork so it was just an excuse. LOL.

The Bazaar Beverly Hills Los Angeles

BEVERLY HILLS

  • N was feeling romantic and took me to dinner at The Bazaar on our last night together. Edit: This meal was so epic I brought my mom there during our 2017 visit to Los Angeles. Because it’s so awesome I’m giving it separate post. You can read all about it here and here.

Skyspace Slide Los Angeles

Skyspace View Los Angeles

FINANCIAL DISTRICT

  • The OUE Skyspace is a must-visit! The view of the sprawling city from this observation deck is jaw-dropping and worth your while, I promise. Also, opt for the slide! It only takes a few seconds, and it’s basically disaster-proof. Basically.

Driving to Melrose Avenue Los Angeles

Marilyn Monroe Hollywood Walk of Fame

HOLLYWOOD

  • Remember the friends I mentioned earlier? Well, one of them (the male one :P) took us out for a ride. We visited Hollywood, I crossed off Marilyn’s Walk of Fame star from my bucket list, checked out the Hollywood & Highland Mall, and ate lots of Thai food. Overall it was a very successful trip! I hope this post helped you discover new places to add to your list. 😎