Thursday, February 27, 2014

:-: A DIFFERENT SIDE OF MELROSE :-:

A new type of LA adventure: The Melrose Trading Post.




Growing up, these weekly events were called flea markets, but people seem to prefer the term "swap meet" here.  All swap meets have the same general look and feel to them, but this one was a little different because it's set up at a high school instead of an open parking lot.  Most of the tents were spread out on the lower level of the courtyard, and there were a handful of food stands on the upper level.  None of the food I tried was worth blogging about, so no food pics in this post.  On a side note, I only blog about food that I like; if you've been reading my posts, I don't think everything I eat is amazing.

Despite the lack of good snacks, it's always fun to see how people interact and bargain with one another, which is one of the best parts about swap meets.  Anyway, I knew I'd be walking around a lot, so I just threw on some leggings and an old tunic from H&M then slid some comfy flip flops on my feet.

I didn't see anything I wanted until I was just about to leave.  I ended up buying a vintage Coro necklace which still had its tag attached.


Whenever I buy jewelry at a swap meet, I usually take it home and disinfect it before I start wearing it (you never know...).  But since this necklace was in like new condition and I thought it was so cute, I put it on as soon as I bought it.  

  
And to keep the day moving, this swap meet is right by the Melrose Avenue shopping and dining area, so there's plenty to do.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

:-: HELLO, BACO! :-:

Baco Mercat is a cute little restaurant in Downtown L.A. that serves "the toron" - a sandwich filled with oxtail hash, cheddar tater and horseradish-yogurt.  This is the first thing I ate at Baco and it's still my favorite.  It's so good that I won't even bother mentioning any of the other menu items I've tried.  The portion size seems to have shrunk a bit since my initial visit, but not enough to keep me away.


P.S.  Making reservations here is always a good idea.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

:-: MY SOAPY HEART :-:

In case you haven't had enough of my nautical references, I completely missed the boat on Lush's Valentine's Day line.  I didn't have time to go to a Lush store until the day after Valentine's, which is definitely too late to get a chance to buy all of the limited edition items and try them out.

The only seasonal items left were a lonely massage bar and soap.  The massage bar already looked kind of dirty, so I opted for a slice of the Neon Love Soap.  There were mostly end pieces left, but I was able to get one of the last pieces that had the heart design on it (well, a partial heart at least).  It's super cute and it has a nice fruity/flowery smell, so it's a pleasant change to my morning shower routine.


If you can make it to a Lush store sometime soon, they might still have some of the Neon Love soap.  And if they don't, you should definitely try Sultana of Soap (the most amazingly wonderful smelling soap EVER) and/or Sexy Peel.  Yes, I wrote "and/or" because because you can never have too much Lush soap, right??  It's expensive, but it makes me happy in the mornings and helps wake me up for those long work days, so I've justified this as a necessary expense.

I really want to try more of the Lush line this year, so there will be plenty more to come.  And I won't miss out on the Easter items.  I can smell my carrot bubble bar already...

Thursday, February 13, 2014

:-: ANCHORS AWEIGH! :-:

Ever since I first laid eyes on Equipment's anchor print blouses, I've been wanting one.  Nautical themes are always fun, but I just haven't been able to part with $248 for a blouse.

Yes, Equipment blouses are excellent quality, but I have a tendency of ruining my clothes.  I can't tell you how many times I've snagged an article of clothing right after cutting off the price tag, or not paying attention to the washing instructions and sticking "dry clean only" items in the washing machine.  Big mistake.

It's easier for me to justify purchases involving shoes and purses because they're less prone to being ruined from my clumsiness (not so much washing errors anymore; I've learned from those mistakes).  But getting back on track…


Equipment Annabelle Blouse
$248
Zara Anchor Print Shirt
$69.90


The Equipment blouse is 100% silk and the anchor print is large, whereas the Zara top is 100% Viscose, it doesn't have any pockets and the anchor print is very, very tiny.  Below is a closer look of the anchor print on the Zara top.




I'm aware that these two blouses are nothing alike (except for the fact that they have anchor prints), but I do like the flowiness and hi-lo design of the Zara top.  It satisfies my desire for an anchor print blouse, and it's a more casual alternative to the Equipment blouse.  I've been searching for a top with this design for about a year, so I figured it was worth posting this in case someone else was in the same boat as me.  Haha.  Get it?  Yeah, not that funny.  But hopefully this was helpful!





Thursday, February 6, 2014

:-: B & B :-:

Sometimes you just need a good burger.  And Stout, you never let me down.  Your burgers are always cooked medium-rare and they taste so good.  I usually opt for the truffle burger because it's drenched with cheese, but this time I decided to try something different.

Meet the Stout Burger:
(blue cheese / emi gruyere / rosemary bacon / caramelized onion / horseradish cream / roasted tomatoes)


Say hello to The Morning After:
(rosemary bacon / egg over easy / aged cheddar / chipotle ketchup)


The fries were good, too, but I never fill up on dinner.  Otherwise, who would eat all of the dessert?

We made a pit stop at Beard Papa's on our way home.  We grabbed two originals with vanilla just as it started raining.  M was full from dinner, so after I ate my cream puff, I helped him out by eating the second cream puff, too.  I like to do nice things for people...


That's all for now for Burgers & Beard Papa's.
Has anyone tried the flavored cream puffs?  Any recommendations?