Yok Ramen

Okay guys, I have a confession.  After moving to LA, I’ve become overly obsessed with ramen.  I mean you’re thinking it’s just noodles and broth right?  In actuality, they’ve gotten really fancy with this and the combinations are unmatched.  You can have chicken or thinly sliced pork, flavored egg, seaweed, mushrooms, scallions, bean sprouts and even top it with cheese at some places.  The add-ons are endless.

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One thing I learned to appreciate about my job is the location.  I know the thing in LA is to either live by your job or live where you like to hangout.  I think I live in a pretty fun area but its not my best place for hangout options and although its technically close to my job since it’s within a 9-mile radius.  However, here in LA that can translate to an hour commute.  My job location actually gives me life in terms of the many food options I can have for lunch or after work spots.  Recently, I tried Yok Ramen located in the Sherman Oaks area.  For me, I’m always looking for a good broth.  The veggies and add-ons are all great compliments but the broth should be flavorful with good taste and just enough spice.

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I tried the Tori Tonkotsu and this entree did not disappoint.  I will say I have gotten used to a flavored egg and these were just like regular soft-boiled eggs but nonetheless the ramen was great.  I also tried the Hawaiian specialty fried Moa chicken as an appetizer and this was equally as good.  Flaky and fluffy with just enough crunch.  The Bruce Lee theme was very captivating as well.  Take a look at the pics below.

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Sweet Chick

Brunch always seems like a good idea to me.  On Sundays, I normally try to venture out and find new brunch spots but on this particular Sunday I decided to do a repeat.  Good ol’ Sweet Chick.  I was first introduced to this chicken and waffle staple in Brooklyn, New York.  Hop off the L train at Bedford Ave and just a few steps away is Sweet Chick in Williamsburg.  Why not do a repeat while on the west coast?

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Fairfax Ave is a trendy street/area in Los Angeles.  You can literally stop for coffee, grab lunch, dinner and or drinks, stop at Supreme, check out kicks at Flight Club or grab brunch at Sweet Chick 😊.  As you can see, I opted for the latter option.  Sweet Chick is very popular and known for their take on chicken and waffles.  You can get a classic waffle of course but why not try one of their many flavors like bacon cheddar, apple cinnamon or spiced pecan?  I was torn between the shrimp & grits or chicken and waffles; from the luck of the draw I went with the apple cinnamon waffle and fried chicken.  Probably the best decision I made on that Sunday was stopping for a bite to eat here.  Something about the perfect crisp of their chicken that gets me every time.  Not to forget, the three butters they serve with the waffle; regular, vegetable/herb and like a raspberry one I believe.  Try them all if you haven’t before.  Each offers a different taste that will not disappoint.  There are a ton of other entrees too that I still need to try So if you’re ever in LA and are looking for a good brunch spot, stop on Fairfax and try Sweet Chick.  Tell them I sent you 😊

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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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Frankland’s Crab & Co

Coming from the east coast, moreso NYC, it’s always good to find a place with a tasty lobster roll.  I remember in the summer mostly always wanting to find the perfect roll.  Well here in California, I stumbled upon Frankland’s Crab & Co.  Particularly during DineLA week in which they offered a nice lunch combo that included a drink and an ice cream sandwich; double win 🙂

img_0947So here we have it.  A nice, toasted brioche roll with succulent lobster meat tossed in a melted butter.  This sandwich literally melted in my mouth.  I mean pure perfection.  I was worried about the sandwich not being dressed since I was used to a mayo base but they’ve nailed it over at Frankland’s.  The homemade ice cream sandwich was also a hit.  Way to top off a cute lunch.  As I continue to let you in on my LA food adventures, please mark this one down as a place to try.  I will be coming back for sure!

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The Dog Haus

img_0952I am a true lover of a good dog; hot dog that is.  It’s my go to at the summer BBQ and any sporting event that sells them.  So when I saw Dog Haus and they’re specialty hot dogs, I knew I had to give them a try.  Not to mention their all beef dogs are served on King’s Hawaiian rolls.  This alone should be enough to make you want to try these.  Everyone loves that bread!

img_0955There are a number of variations to try and I went with the Old Town Haus dog.  This one has a smoked bacon wrapped dog with caramelized onions, chipotle aioli, pickled jalapenos and cotija cheese.  Take about a specialty!  The smoky flavor of the dog mixed with the little extra heat from the jalapenos and sweet yet spicy chipotle sauce was a great combo.  I was also able to try one of their burgers.  I cannot recall which one exactly by name but it did have a fried egg on it which always works for me.  Not forgetting the cheese fries that accompanied this hot dog and burger.  Great choice for lunch or dinner and should definitely be adding on your restaurant to do list.

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A touch of Italy

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It was my dear friend’s last day with me at our job and we decided to do a celebratory lunch for her new opportunity and success within her future endeavors.  Midtown can cause quite a headache sometimes when looking for different  lunch options.  On this particular day, we decided to take a stroll down 6th ave and see in fact what we could find.  Our lucky winner would be this cute little restaurant, L’Amico, located inside the Eventi Hotel.  The menu is a mix of both American and Italian and offers a number of great dishes.

The ambiance was so cute!  I could not stop talking about.  The table setting, rustic-chic décor and overall atmosphere had us sold already.  We could care less about the food at this point but luckily it matched how we felt about this place thus far.  I went with the scallops over a rosemary-apple puree along with sunchokes and capers.  The blend of flavors that this dish brought was absolutely amazing! OMG!!!  The scallops were seared perfectly and the puree added such a nice touch of flavor!  Definitely a great choice for lunch.  My friend went with the salmon avocado dish which included a charred kale dressed with lemon oil.  Such a fresh dish for fall and also an excellent choice.  Equally as delicious as mine although I think my entrée would have to be my favorite out of the two.

L’Amico did not disappoint to say the least.  In fact, we now wish we’d discovered this place sometime ago.  I believe the menu is seasonal so hopefully you are able to catch this place in time to try the tasty dishes we had.  If not, I’m sure the winter menu would be just as delicious.  Definitely give them a try when in Midtown New York.

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