Monday, March 31, 2014

:-: MY WEEKEND IN REVERSE :-:

I told you I'd be back.  I just didn't expect it to be so soon.


Sunday:  Back to Bottega Louie for brunch.


I can't tell you how many times I've ordered a chocolate soufflé and have been given a molten chocolate lava cake instead.  They're not the same thing - not even close - so I don't know why restaurants lie to me like that.  This one was a bit more on the dense side and came with sauce.

Ahhh, I love soufflés.

P.S. If you plan on walking around the jewelry district after brunch, it's closed on Sundays.

Saturday:  Dinner at Messob Ethiopian Restaurant.


My hunger overruled my desire to take a nice photo of the food before I started eating.  Oh, well.

I've only had Ethiopian cuisine once before, and the first restaurant was so, so good -- but so, so spicy.  The food at this restaurant was also really good - minus the spiciness.  Score!  The service here was excellent also.

Friday:  Dinner at Blue C Sushi (followed by yet another trip to Arclight Hollywood).


The food was good, but not great.  The inside was so pretty that I wanted to post anyway!  It's fun picking up sushi off of the belt (even though it's not as fresh as customized orders).  The only problem was that the same boring things were floating past us, so we ended up grabbing just a couple of things off of the belt and ordered the rest of our food from the menu.


There was also an earthquake during our dinner, which I didn't even notice until M pointed it out to me. Total safety fail. 

 Did you know that Arclight has special 21+ movie showings?  Yes, you can order your alcoholic beverage at the bar and then take it into the theatre with you.  Good times.


Thanks for reading!  




Tuesday, March 25, 2014

:-: A RAINBOW OF MACARONS :-:

My last Lush post inspired me to spring into Easter mode, so of course eggs and pastel colors came to mind.  In other words, it's a perfect time to share pictures from Bottega Louie last weekend.

(Yes, more food.  A girl's gotta eat, right?)

And eat I did.

smoked salmon benedict

a colorful assortment of french macarons

beautifully packaged

my tummy made new friends


The macarons are so cute!  And light and tasty, too!  Just looking at them makes me happy.

I've decided that this will be my regular brunch spot.  I can't wait to try more of the savory menu items and taste the other types of desserts from the bakery.  

Any suggestions?


Thanks for reading!

Monday, March 24, 2014

:-: IT'S LUSHEASTERIFIC! :-:

Today is the first day of Lush Easter in-stores!!!

I couldn't wait to see what was new, so I paid a visit to my local Lush store for some Easter-themed goodies.  My descriptions of the products won't be half as good as what's already on the Lush website, so links are below.

 
 (the bunny has a cute bootie, too!)



 


I was tempted to throw the entire line into my shopping basket, but I managed to leave a few of the items behind.

Don't forget to stock up before the limited edition items are gone for another year…and thanks for reading!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

:-: DING DONG. HELLO! :-:

…my name is Awesome.  

I went to the Hollywood Pantages Theatre to watch The Book of Mormon and it was awesome.


If you've ever watched an episode of South Park and liked it, then this musical will make you laugh out loud.  Some parts were just so wrong that they were too funny.

The inside of the theatre was very ornate, as you can see in the pictures below.



I wasn't sure what to wear to a musical.  I ended up wearing a Topshop petite midi bodycon dress which worked out perfectly.  I really like that this dress has long sleeves and falls below my knees.  It was classy yet sexy.

I was hesitant to purchase this dress since the price tag didn't seem to justify that it's just plain old black cotton, but it can easily be dressed up or down and it's extremely comfortable, so I'll get a lot of use out of it.  Definitely worthwhile if I do say so myself.



If you see any shows at the Hollywood Pantages theatre, I'd recommend eating at Katsuya beforehand.  It's on a corner across the street from the theatre, so walkability is not a problem.  The best things we ordered were the (1) crispy rice with spicy tuna, and (2) salmon sashimi.  I wanted to enjoy the food and the atmosphere so I decided to take a night off from being the obnoxious person who takes photographs of everything they eat.



Thanks for reading!

Monday, March 17, 2014

:-: SHAKE YOUR SHAMROCK :-:

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

                         

Green Beer or Shamrock Shake?

Decisions, Decisions...


Have a fun (and safe) day!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

:-: I WAS AN OUTLAW :-:

I've found some good Hollywood burgers.  But last week, I became an outlaw when I strayed from the typical burgers found around my area.

It was huge.  It was stuffed.  It was an outlaws burger.

The Outlaws burger is a 1-lb. burger.  The next size down is the 1/2 lb. Bandito burger.  

I had a burger that started with an "M" (I can't remember the name), which is the 1/3 lb. version, but it has all of the same ingredients.  So technically, I was a mini outlaw.  Close enough.


The restaurant used good quality spiced beef which was stuffed with bleu cheese (which I couldn't really taste), grilled mushrooms, grilled garlic, grilled onions and bits of jalapeño bacon.  As if that wasn't enough, it also had lettuce, tomatoes, raw onions, smoked chipotle cheese and two huge pieces of jalapeño bacon.  Oh yeah, and deep fried grilled onion strings.  All of this was placed on a pretzel bun.  And save room for the ginormous potato wedges and ranch dressing that comes with your meal.

The food was greasy and heavy but I liked it.  Oddly enough, I didn't feel nauseated after I left.  Go figure.

AND since it was my first time at the restaurant, the server called me an Outlaw virgin and threw in a free brownie that had cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne pepper mixed in.  I only ate about two-thirds of my one-pound burger, so I gobbled up my entire brownie (surprise, surprise).  I might have eaten some of M's brownie and taken the rest of it to go.  Might have.


If you're ever in Van Nuys, which is about 10 miles north of Hollywood, you might want to check out Outlaws Cafe.  I'm glad I did.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

:-: TOKIDOKI LOVE :-:

I've loved Hello Kitty for as long as I can remember.

Growing up, if I ever wanted to add something to my collection, I had to go to a Sanrio store.   Nowadays, it seems like there's Hello Kitty galore everywhere I turn.

And to make things even better, someone decided to create a brand featuring super cute, edgy characters.  And they invited Hello Kitty and her friends to the party.  Enter tokidoki.


I get compliments every time I wear one of my tokidoki tees* and am always asked what I'm wearing and where I got it.  It's fun to wear cute tees, but I need to dress them up to avoid looking like a teenager.  Last weekend was filled with rain, so I decided to do a mini indoor photo shoot of some of the outfits I've put together and worn around town.
                                         

I paired all of my outfits with my new favorite pants: Topshop's Petite Moto Black Leigh Jeans.  The 24x28's are actually petite (i.e., similar to a kid's size 12 or 14 - depending on the brand).  If you have trouble finding women's pants that fit snug and are comfortable, you should definitely try these out.

  
If you have any comments or pictures that are Sanrio or tokidoki related, please share them with me.  I'd love to see :)


Thanks for stopping by!



* I received these shirts as Christmas presents from friends.  This is not a sponsored post.  I am not being compensated.  All opinions are my own.


Monday, March 3, 2014

:-: WHY ARE YOU HIDING, OSCAR? :-:

The rain went away, but Oscar did not come out to play.  At least not with me, anyway.


The Oscar Statue is pretty big, so that was exciting to see.  It's too bad that "regular people" aren't able to get close enough to take pictures next to it, though.

M took the picture below.  I could barely see any of this because I'm too short; all I could see were the backs of people's heads.


I tried to get a glimpse of the red carpet, and I could kind of see it, but the view that I could actually see sans a tall person lifting up the camera for me was mostly comprised of the street, cars and valets.  In other words, the view wasn't good enough for me to stand in the same spot for hours until some celebrities arrived. 


I thought this might be a fun adventure, but it ended up being disappointing.  Maybe I just don't have enough patience for these types of things.  I didn't even get to watch the awards show on TV, but I caught the important bits on TMZ.

Did anyone else have better luck?