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great expectations: 3 things I am looking forward to this weekend

8 Jul

1) Dinner at The Hudson: an inspired new gastropub (what’s more London europa than that?!) with my lovely friend who is visiting from Seattle

+ low key after-partying

thehudsonla.com

2) Old Pasadena Film Festival with boyfriend

  • Appropriately themed dinner reservations tbd…any suggestions?

hollywoodteenmovies.com

3) The Happiest Place on Earth

  • Not only am I due for a new pair of ears to add to my collection, but who can resist the caramel corn scent pumped from the trees and the romance of the fireworks to send you off

(I wish I could say this is me) fashionising.com

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west hollywood: the village idiot

5 Apr

London anyone?

The Village Idiot on Melrose is fantastically reminiscent of a quaint London pub. From the shape and heft of the bar to the candle-lit tables, it screams “Pour me a pint, lad!” from every crack and crevice.

Luckily, instead of smelling “vintage”, The Village Idiot, emits lovely scents of ale-battered mussels and homemade “garlic mops” (that’s shi-shi LA speak for croutons…).

Its food is a departure from the greasier traditional pub fare and the drink list is fantastic with my personal favorite being the Racer 5 IPA, a 7% alc. beer.

Next time you’re feeling Euro-hipster, step into this time machine.

http://www.villageidiotla.com/

downtown: pitfire pizza

3 Mar

Fondly known to myself and friends simply as “Pitfire”, The Burrata Pie came into my life during my sophomore year at USC and I haven’t been able to shake the obsession (nay, addiction) yet.

What you first experience when biting in is the tangy, sharp and fresh taste of wild arugula. Then the sweet/salty bite of the pesto sauce, caramelized onions, and toasted hazelnuts, followed by the silky/smooth texture of the creamy burrata cheese blobs that are placed loving beneath the cozy blanket of arugula.

The seasonal soups are equally fantastic and I have heard rave reviews about the Panini.

Regardless of these other temptations, I have to say– my heart belongs to Burrata

east to west

19 Apr

It is ridiculously, heart-breakingly, hard to believe that one year ago I was firmly planted in London.

Although most people choose to explore the city via the classic museum, red-bus tour, fanny-pack wearing variety– I wanted to take a different approach and fuel my tourism by eating my way through London and other European destinations. Luckily, instead of getting immensely fat, I ended up learning what the world of European cuisine has to offer besides bangers and mash.

I have to say that these expeditions in culinary delight spoiled me.

Weekly trips to Borough Market for fresh mozerella, bread and asparagus became the norm and dining on inventive, international cuisine in London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Athens, Poros, Sevilla and Barcelona only increased my desire for the European lifestyle at home in LA.

Thus- LA vie europa is born.