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Chocolate Covered Bacon
Los Angeles, CA
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If only ice cream was made-to-order and healthy...how much lovelier would our lives be... Well, now there is! At Ice Pan you can choose your own dairy (amazing for the many lactose-intolerants out there), ice cream flavor, and toppings to blend in. Since my first introduction to Ice Pan a few months ago, I've quickly become a big fan! ok...now i'm starting to sound like an Ice Pan promoter...but it's really good! So here is how it works: You choose your dairy (regular, low-fat, non-fat, or soy) and your flavor (I chose red bean this time...). Then they mix it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2010 at Chocolate Covered Bacon
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I'd been dying to try the Italian Pizza Eatery owned by Mario Batali from Food Network, Pizzaeria Mozza. People who have tried the pizza here always claims it to be the best. So when my dear friend came for a visit to L.A., I thought it would be the perfect place to introduce her to how Los Angelenos eat. We started off with Rucola, Funghi, and Piave Insalate: The rucola salad was so fresh tossed in lemony vinaigrette, the piave cheese was light and young, slightly similar to my all-time favorite, Manchego cheese. With fresh sliced mushroom on top, the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2010 at Chocolate Covered Bacon
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Like songs and scents, food can trigger memories good and bad. For me, there's one type of food that I look forward to each year because of the warm memories it brings. "Girl Scout Cookies" Even though it costs a whooping $4/box (it seems like they raise the price every year) and girls no longer walk door to door selling cookies (or not that I know of...I always end up buying them from an adult who is selling them for a friend's kids or friend's friend's kids...), it still makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside when it's Girl... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2010 at Chocolate Covered Bacon
So as I was getting ready to blog about all the fun places I ate at this past weekend with my dear friend who visited me all the way from Virginia, a little birdie told me about a horror story in little J-town in West L.A. The little birdie went to Curry House for lunch with some co-workers and ordered some Spinach and Tofu Curry. The little birdie was enjoying lunch peacefully until a bg, green, and deep fried BEETLE appeared from inside the curry!! Yes, yes....the manager apologized profusely and bribed the birdie + co-workers with free ice cream,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2010 at Chocolate Covered Bacon
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I was really hoping to stop by the LA Food Truck Festival last week, but I wasn't able make it. :( So I feel like it's my food blogger's obligation to attend the next mega-event for foodies coming up next week. It's the Los Angeles Gold Standard event featuring the Pulitzer Prize winning food critic, Jonathan Gold's, pick of top 40 restaurants in LA. The event is on Sunday, February 28, 2010 from 1-5pm and each tickets costs $60. I know it's not the cheapest but a portion of the proceeds will go to charity and you'll be able to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2010 at Chocolate Covered Bacon
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Gribenes or Grieven (Yiddish: גריבענעס, ['gɾibənəs], "scraps") is a byproduct of the preparation of schmaltz, are crisp chicken or goose skin cracklings with fried onions, a kosher food somewhat similar to pork rinds. How good does that sound? Okay..maybe not too appetizing. BUT...if you've ever had pork rinds, you know that as nasty as it sounds, fried animal skin actually tastes pretty tasty. So there's a fellow foodie at work who I absolutely trust and love sharing food stories with, and he suggested we try a new restaurant in Downtown LA called the Gorbals. Owned by Ilan Hall, the winner... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2010 at Chocolate Covered Bacon
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I just spent the day reading Dear John and if you've read any of Nicholas Sparks' books, you know that his novels are ultra-romantic, lovey dovey, perfect for this special weekend. And when you're in love, there's nothing more aphrodisiac than sharing a good slice of cake with your lover. :) So in celebration of Saint Valentine's Day, I'm writing about Amadine Cafe, a European Style Cafe/Bakery owned by a Japanese patisserie in West LA. Here are some of the cakes I tried recently: Gateau Chocolat This traditional french chocolate mousse cake was not overly sweet and the chocolate flavor... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2010 at Chocolate Covered Bacon
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When I was a little girl, I remember picking all different kind of berries during the summer. I don't think we even knew if they were truly edible but it was just really fun to eat something right off a tree or a shrub. The cafe restaurant I went for brunch today, Huckleberry had a similar rustic and warm ambiance that kind of went along with my memories of huckleberry. Recently, I've really come to love cafe restaurants in LA. Yes...many are overpriced but still, they use local products, have fresh and delicious food, and there's something homey about them.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2010 at Chocolate Covered Bacon
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Ok...so no I didn't really take a trip to Korea but we did spend the evening in Koreatown where we had the best evening enjoying affordable and yummy food. Since it was really chilly this past weekend, we decided to go get some hot and spicy Korean soup for dinner. We found Hamji Park, famous for Kam Ja Tang (Pork Back and Potato Soup) and Deji Kalbi (Pork Spareribs). Pork Spareribs The meat was tender, flavorful, and the portions were huge! I think I might actually like these better than the usual Beef Kalbi. Kimchi Fried Rice With a fried... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2010 at Chocolate Covered Bacon
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Good play Saints! We had a special guest in our home for Superbowl and decided to serve something that was not so available outside the U.S., Jewish Deli food. Hearing from my "reliable source" that Langer's is the best deli in town (they make their own cured meat and rye bread), I'd hoped to go there but since it's a little further away from my house and we didn't have much time, we decided to go with the Factor's Famous Deli in West Los Angeles. I made a sandwich with the meat we ordered out: Pastrami, Corned Beef, and Brisket... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2010 at Chocolate Covered Bacon
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Looking through the dineLA website, I saw that Enterprise Fish Company featured a 2lb Steamed Live Maine Lobster on their restaurant week menu. Along with a choice of appetizer and dessert, the meal only cost $34. How can you not go for that? Even if there are myths that lobster may be able to feel pain…-_- So we made a reservation on Tuesday at 7pm and the place was pretty packed and everywhere we went around, people had buckets for their lobster remains on their tables. Here’s what we tried: 2lb Lobster Is there anything else I can say? It’s... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2010 at Chocolate Covered Bacon
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Restaurant week is amazing! I'd always wanted to try restaurant week but the town I lived before L.A. was too small of a town to have restaurant week. It's when a bunch of mid- to high-end restaurants commit to offer a three course meal for a discounted price for a week or two. It's really a great way to try expensive restaurants without breaking the bank. To celebrate restaurant week, I took my new friend at work for lunch at CHAYA, a trendy Asian fusion restaurant here. For $22, you get your choice of selected appetizers, entrees, and dessert. Notable... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2010 at Chocolate Covered Bacon
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After my poor experience at Sweet Lady Jane, I was in need for some taste guaranteed cakes to clear my palate so I headed to Porto’s Bakery, one of my favorites in L.A. There’s two Porto’s Bakery: one in Burbank and the other in Glendale. It takes about forty minutes to an hour to get to Porto’s in Burbank (and further to Glendale) from my house, so it’s not too often that I get to visit the popular Cuban bakery raved by Los Angelenos. But as a foodie who has driven one hour for the best soft-served ice cream in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2010 at Chocolate Covered Bacon
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So after posting yesterday about my blissful weekend at Uncle Bill's, I hesitate to post this but I promised that I would write about any and all eateries I try in L.A. so here it goes. The other day, I was browsing the internet in search of some places to try for the blog and came across an article on the Los Angeles Magazine website listing their Top 20 bakeries in the city. I can typically live on sugar and sweets, but especially on great cakes, so I am now making a promise to conquer all top 20 bakeries in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2010 at Chocolate Covered Bacon
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I really would move to Manhattan Beach in a heartbeat if I could have breakfast every day at Uncle Bill’s Pancake House. As one of the most popular brunch places in the South Bay, Uncle Bill’s is located just 2 blocks from the beach and the pier. And not to mention, it's dog-friendly. With ample outdoor seating, there were plenty of people with their pooches that day. Even though I’m big on brunches and think it’s the best way to start your weekend after sleeping in, I’m not crazy about eating eggs. So, most of the time, I end up... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2010 at Chocolate Covered Bacon
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To celebrate the launch of our blog, we decided to eat out with our friends last Friday night. They chose Pink Taco at the Westfield Century City Mall. We'd seen the funky neon Pink sign at the mall, and was looking forward to trying our first restaurant to review for the blog. We got there at 7pm and the place was packed. But the wait was surprisingly short (10min) and we were then seated at a round booth. Between the four of us, we ordered the following: Carne Asado Fajitas (ok...we have already failed as bloggers...we didn't actually try this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2010 at Chocolate Covered Bacon
Two childhood best friends... We're finally reunited in SoCal after over 10 years. We think it's time to celebrate and cherish these moments we have together by blogging about our common obsession: good food! Through this blogging journey, we hope to explore the best and perhaps the worst (we hope not!) eateries in the L.A. area. Hope you join us on this journey! Lisa & Reimi Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2010 at Chocolate Covered Bacon
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