Category Archives: USA – California

Burgers and Desert

What’s more authentically California than In-N-Out Burger???

I’m so glad they opened one in Cabazon because there’s really nothing much to eat around Desert Hills Premium Outlets  (except McDonalds)….

I like ordering from their no longer “secret” menu, the animal style burger…. which has added grilled onions and mustard cooked beef patty.

After stuffing ourselves with burgers and fries, we were ready to head to Joshua Tree National Park.

picture-worthy Joshua trees…..

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IN-N-OUT BURGER

multiple locations in California

49188 Seminole Dr., Cabazon, CA 92230, United States

Phone:+1 800-786-1000

Milk – Los Angeles

Another interesting version of the ice-cream sandwich is macaron ice-cream sandwich!

Milk is a cafe known for its dessert and ice-cream, but most importantly, the red velvet ice-cream sandwich!

After being bummed by the churro ice-cream sandwich, I was pleasantly surprised by this crunchy macaron and not-too-sweet ice-cream.  Definitely worth the hype.

After dessert, we headed to the nearby LACMA to take photos!

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Milk

7290 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, United States

Malibu Seafood – Los Angeles

After Venice, we continued the seaside drive to Santa Monica…Love the shopping at Santa Monica and the picturesque pier.  We had such a great time at Santa Monica that by the time we got to Malibu, the sun has already set!  The original plan was to eat at Malibu Seafood and watch the sunset… but we missed it.

Deep fried seafood, steamed clams and mussels, clam chowder…..

Truthfully speaking, the food was normal but I like the laidback atmosphere of the shack.

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Malibu Seafood

25653 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, United States
Phone:+1 310-456-3430

Gjelina – Los Angeles

What would a trip to LA be without dining at celebrity hotspots?

We went to Venice to lunch at Gjelina, a restaurant serving contemporary American food.

Even though we went at 2pm, we still had to wait half an hour for a table.  We got seated at the WORST table, by the front window.  It was so hot and was SWARMING with mosquitos.  We took turns shooing away the mosquitos.. no wonder they got a B grade from the health department.  I think the celebrities sit in their own special room cause seriously, I don’t think I would be returning if I had to seat in that spot again.

The food, however, was really good!

Tuscan kale, shaved fennel, radish, lemon, ricotta salata and breadcrumb

Santa Barbara uni crudo, horseradish,chives and sea salt….

Grilled radicchio, bacon, fontina and confit tomato

Duck Confit, chicory, persimmon, pine nuts and balsamic….

The whole dining experience (sweating and swatting mosquitoes) made this meal unbearable, even though the food was amazing.  We wouldn’t be returning unless this restaurant can have air-con and be mosquito-free.  For the price we paid, around 100 USD, I do not want to be sharing my meal with mosquitoes.  This is how I eat while travelling in South-East Asia.. at a 10th of the price!

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Gjelina

1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, United States
Phone:+1 310-450-1429

Churro Borough – Los Angeles

During the summer, there was a lot of hype about different ice-cream sandwiches and churro ice-cream sandwiches was one of it.

I love churro and ice-cream separately .. so I definitely had to visit Churro Borough when I was in Los Feliz.

Churro ice-cream sandwiches: vanilla custard (Madagascar bourbon vanilla bean) and Spanish latte (Zona rosa organic Central American blend espresso, condensed milk)…..

It was so difficult to eat this together as a sandwich, that I ate it deconstructed.  The churro was really good but the ice-cream was a bit too sweet.  This was a very interesting concept but truthfully speaking, it’s better just to look at it.

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Churro Borough

1726 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027, United States
Phone:+1 323-662-0341

Umami Burger – Los Angeles

Surprisingly, the cheapest direct flight from Vancouver to the states is to LA, so we made a quick 4 day trip to LA and Palm Desert.  First stop was Griffith Observatory!

City of Angels….

Since we were already near Loz Feliz, decided to try Umami Burger.

Umami burger : Parmesan frico, shiitake mushroom, roasted tomato, caramelized onions, umami ketchup

Truffle burger: truffle aioli, house truffle cheese, truffle glaze…..

I prefer the truffle burger as the taste is stronger… umami burger was a bit normal..

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Umami Burger

4655 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, United States
Phone:+1 323-669-3922