Meet me at Mel’s

Mel’s Diner is considered a huge staple here in Los Angeles so it was only right that I made a visit to indulge in some of the diner’s favorite go to entrees.  The décor gives you an Old Hollywood vibe while staying consistent with the ambiance of a true diner.  Busy waiters going through the aisles, a semi open kitchen to see the food being made fresh to order and the infamous jukebox in the corner awaiting a customer to drop in a quarter and select an old tune to take you back to a nostalgic time.

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I decided to try the French toast and my husband went with the old-fashioned buttermilk pancakes.  You cannot go wrong with either choice.  Both entrees were great and just what we had wanted in terms of getting that real breakfast fix.  So far, I’ve seen 2 Mel’s locations; one a block from Hollywood and another in the Sherman Oaks area but I believe there’s a total of 4. The next time you visit California, I would be sure to make a stop here.  It’s open 24 hours and has a welcoming menu of pretty much any craving you may have.  Take a look at some of the snapshots I was able to get from Mel’s.

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Mc’Dowell’s: Home of the Big Mick

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For those who participate in any Halloween festivities, it’s all about the transformation into your favorite character or artist, trying new makeup tricks and showing the world just how creative you can get.  Well Fat Sal’s took this Halloween by storm by transforming their Hollywood location restaurant into the one and only, Mc’Dowell’s.  Also known as the Home of the Big Mick, the place where Akeem’s hard work earned him the employee of the Month in the all-time classic movie ‘Coming to America’.  This movie has to be one of the greatest of all time and to have this concept brought to life for Halloween was a remarkable idea.  We often stress over the perfect costume but to change an entire restaurant and offer specialized menu items from the actual movie was simply genius.

The workers of McDowell’s wore the exact uniforms that were shown in the movie.  All nice in plaid with the golden M stamped on each vest, matching plaid hats and black pants were worn by every employee.  Akeem was showcased as the Employee of the Month with a perfect portrait of himself smiling with complete joy for this accomplishment from a renowned prince.  To add to the ambiance, the movie played throughout several screens in the restaurant while you waited to order and staff members were kindly available to snap just as many pics as you like.  The menu offered the infamous Big Mick, Zamunda fries and the Sexual Chocolate milkshake.  I mean when I say they absolutely nailed this, I mean it!  I couldn’t man down both the Big Mick and the shake that came with a slice of chocolate cake on top so I opted to try the sandwich.  I was a bit hesitant to try this but it did not disappoint.  The Big Mick was made with cheeseburgers, lettuce, onions, pickles, fries and the “special sauce”.  The sauce added a nice flavor and the beef was cooked to perfection.  This place became so popular, even Drake stopped by to indulge lol.  I’m not sure how this could be topped but Fat Sal’s definitely won me over with this concept for Halloween.  If you couldn’t make it, live vicariously through me and take a peek at the gallery below.

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LA Edition: Part 3

imageLA is a place known for many notable things.  Hollywood, celeb sightings, production and die-hard Lakers fans to name a few.  Whenever I travel, I’m always in search of the best food and LA does a good job of providing new places to try.  Being a foodie at heart, I will always fit in a nice dinner, new dessert place or quick bite to go.  While in LA for the Thanksgiving holiday, I was able to add some new places to my growing list of favorite food spots.  I also came to find out a lot of places are open extremely late or, even better, 24 hours!  One of those 24-hour places happens to be Birdie’s in DTLA.  I made it by here to try some of their delicious donuts.  Another place, famously shown in a John Singleton classic film ‘Baby Boy’, called Lucy’s is also open all day and night and the food here is definitely comforting when its late night.

On this trip, I was actually able to spend a lot of time in Los Angeles.  I didn’t even make it to Santa Monica this time around or Malibu and both are 2 of my favorite hangouts, particularly for the beaches. I did stop by Venice beach, because its only right that you do and had cocktails at Wabi Sabi on Abbot Kinney.   This is also one of my favorite areas and I made a point to enjoy at least an hour or so in the area.  I saw the Farmer’s Market in the Grove on a ton of vlogs so I definitely made a stop there.  The Farmers Market seems like a good place to visit when you’re indecisive about what you want to eat because the market offers a variety of food and different types of cuisine.  I think I grabbed tacos and a horchata to hold me until we made it to the infamous In-N-Out Burger.  In-N-Out is a must try if you never had this before.  The menu is so simple and apparently, the way to go, is animal style for your fries.  Never disappoints.  I also went to another market, Grand Central, located in DTLA solely to try the bacon, egg and cheese sandwich from Eggslut.  Eggslut is a pretty popular sandwich joint, so much, that another one has opened in Venice.  The line was pretty long at the time I went but it was definitely worth the wait.  To go with this, I went to G&B coffee for a nice cup of coffee and later found out this is one of the most popular coffee shops in LA, according to Time Out magazine.

BOA Steakhouse was the choice for the LA finale dinner.  I normally do at least one nice restaurant when vacating here so why not spend it in West Hollywood for that evening?  We started with the blue colossal crab cocktail.  As the entrée, I went with their rib eye and added both mac and cheese and creamed spinach with crispy shallots.  Wayyyyyy too much food to indulge in at once but I couldn’t resist.  Everything sounded so good.  Not to forget the cocktail I had for the evening too.  I cannot recall the name of it but it was a great choice!  To say the least, LA never ceases to amaze me.  The vibe is enough to fall in love with but when you start adding all of the other great things like picture perfect sunsets, countless beaches and warm weather all year;  it’s just a place you never want to leave.  Check out pics of some of the food I was able to enjoy while there.  Until next time LA….

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http://www.eggslut.com (Grand Central Market 317 S Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90013)

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http://www.gandbcoffee.com (Grand Central Market 317 S Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90013)

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http://www.loteriagrill.com (The Original Farmers Market 6333 W 3rd St Los Angles, CA 90036)

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http://www.rockandbrews.com (143 Main St El Segundo, CA 90245)

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http://www.birdiesla.com (314 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015)

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http://www.in-n-out.com (7009 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028)