Sweets and Treats From the Weekend

If you are on any type of restricted eating situation I highly suggest you look away. This post is definitely filled with carbs, sugar, and fat galore and I regret nothing ๐Ÿ™‚

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This malasada was pillowy and soft and the custard was inside was creamy and delicious. The flaky cup filled with custard called Nata was another delicious treat from ย ย Natas Pastries.

 

Papillon International Bakery had these amazing creations known as ponchik. They are fried dough filled with all sorts of goodies! We got a dulce de leche, nutella and raspberry, and custard filled. Dusted with powdered sugar of course ๐Ÿ˜€ These were fresh and in our hurry to try we really burned our mouths on the dulce de leech…worth it? Um, heck yeah!

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We absolutely adore mochi and these from Fugetsu-Do did not disappoint. The blueberry (3rd on the top row) was our absolute favorite!

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Mochi ice-cream is another favorite in our house and Mikawaya had an awesome variety of flavors. Their ice-cream was really creamy and true to flavor!

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Top row is strawberry and mint chip while bottom row is pineapple coconut and mango

We also hit up Krispy Kreme which was a little bit of a fail. We went hoping to find their Reeses donut, but I guess they aren’t making them anymore?! We ended up going for this birthday cake flavor-slightly disappointing when you were dreaming of peanut buttery chocolatey goodness, but it is still a donut and it had sprinkles…so #win after all!

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We couldn’t help but give donuts another shot by having a fruity pebble donut and a warmed up snickers donut from Cafe Dulce…that snickers donut was a dream!

What sweet treats have you been loving? Let me know in the comments below ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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HomeState

If you know me at all you know that I have a true love for breakfast and brunch and an even truer love for taco so during our excursions last weekend we decided to make a pitstop for some tacos at HomeState.

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I had a nagging headache, but the delicious smells and happy vibes in this place plus the fact we had tacos coming our way made me one happy human!

We ended up getting their queso (cheese sauce for those not familiar with Tex-Mex). The queso was good, but I wouldn’t have minded a bit more heat ๐Ÿ˜‰

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We got 4 tacos total and since my sweet hubs is not a die-hard breakfast person a couple were non-breakfast tacos.

We got the blanco which included egg whites, mushrooms, monterey jack.

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The pecos which had eggs and brisket

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The chicken which was achiote, guac, and cabbage slaw

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The picadillo which was ground beef, potatoes, carrots, cabbage slaw, and pickled jalapeรฑos

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The tacos were so good and the freshly made flour tortillas really added extra goodness to each taco. We always ask ourselves after visiting a new place if we would return and for this place it was a definite yes!

 

Seared Steak with Cacio e Pepe Potatoes

Steak! Mashed reds with cheese and pepper! Sign me up!!

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This was our last recipe from week with Plated and to be frank, it almost didn’t happen. We almost caved and got pizza, but than perseverance persevered and we dove in with enthusiasm ๐Ÿ˜€ HA! Actually, we realized the time to get pizza and the time involved with making this meal was about the same so we decided to not be bums and cook!

This recipe required a bit more prep in terms of chopping and boiling and such so I would say save it for a day when you have a little bit more time. This dish was steak and potatoes taken up a notch.

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The steak was served with a fresh bruschetta type topping (tomatoes, basil, and onion) and the potatoes had black pepper, cream, butter, and an ample amount of parm to really amp it up.

This was one of my favorite dishes in the group. The steak was flavorful, the bruschetta topping on the steak added a nice bite of freshness. The potatoes were creamy, but not so mashed that they were too creamy.

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Overall, I really, really enjoyed Plated. I love that they include some sort of side with most of their dishes and I love the use of ingredients that I am not familiar with. I think this would be a subscription that I would continue to use.

I will keep you updated on our subscription journey meanwhile let me know of any subscription boxes you guys enjoy…food related or not!

Weekend (Foodie) Adventures

Hey loves! Hope your Friday is going well. I thought to kick off our mornings I would do a little recap of what the hubs and I got up to last weekend!

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To be completely honest we had been planning this weekend for a little while and knew that there were some stops we really wanted to make. We woke up for an early workout and headed out on a mission: Crafted Donuts in Koreatown ๐Ÿ˜€

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We ended up with 3 donuts: creme brรปlรฉe, Homer, and a blueberry with lemon glaze. They were all tasty, but our winners were creme brรปlรฉe and the Homer for sure! The dough was soft and pillowy the icings and fillings were sweet and delicious.

We drove from there to Century City mall and stumbledย into a Shake Shack. We accidentally found ourselves in line and decided it was time for a “snack.” We shared a cheeseburger, fries, and a peanut butter shake.

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A seriously incredible “snack.” Everything was so good! We weren’t even that hungry to say that hunger added to how good our meal was. I’m kinda sad we don’t have one closer TBH.

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We walked around the mall to let our food settle and window shopped our way around the whole place!

Post mall we headed to the beach and felt a little mid-day slump. We decided to fix this with some cold brews at Two Guns Espresso. We brought our cold brews along for a walk ย and walked into Blue Star Donuts.

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We ended up getting the blueberry basil bourbon I believe and continued on walking. We ended up making one more stop at a taco place for another snack for me (fish tacos) and we ended up devouring the donut after!

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We ended up driving home after a brisk walk around the area since we had a Halloween party to get to (we went as Basic B’s if you were wondering). Post party we ended up binging on Stranger Things and got through 6 or 7 of the episodes before calling it quits for the night.

Sunday morning we woke up pretty groggy and tired, but thankfully we had planned on a rest day from the gym anyway.

We had some errands to run and some groceries to get so we did that and grabbed breakfast at Corner Bakery Cafe. Our spread consisted of a scrambler, toast, and potatoes as well as a breakfast sandwich. We shared everything and left full and happy!

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We spend the rest of the day snacking and finishing up Stranger Things before grabbing pizza for dinner ๐Ÿ™‚

All in all, it was a successful weekend if you ask us! It was filled with food, adventures, laughter, and my favorite person ๐Ÿ˜‰

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

Lamb Tacos

God knew a girl couldn’t live off pizza and burgers alone and that, my friends, is why tacos were made #factsbyjess

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Now that we’ve gotten some history out of the way let’s move on to the food-specifically these lamb tacos by Plated.

 

The lamb/beef mixture was seasoned with vindaloo paste and there was a fresh and crunch onion and cabbage slaw to top it all off. This was a super quick meal to make and honestly not too much actual cooking involved.

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Yogurt and cilantro sauce + cabbage and onion slaw

Besides the meat the only thing that needed to be heated up were the tortillas. This would be a great weeknight meal since even the prep was minimal.

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These tacos were different from typical tacos in that the meat was spiced with Indian flavors and instead of having a naan or pita for the carb it was an actual flour tortilla. Then you have the cabbage slaw, but it all combined pretty nicely to create one (or three) delicious taco(s)!

What are some of your favorite types of tacos? Let me know in the comments!

 

Midici and Paradise Ice-Cream

I know you guys have heard me rave more than once about how delicious Midici is and that hasn’t changed. We decided to grab dinner there and ended up getting a smoked salmon salad and our usual margarita pizza.

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The smoked salmon salad was amazing! It had avocado, olives, greens, and feta and it honestly could have been a meal in itself.

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The pizza…delicious as always!

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Now on to the part that I am very excited about ๐Ÿ˜€ On our way to Midic I spotted this little ice-cream shop. We had a bit of wait at Midici and the whole time I was plotting to go and check out aforementioned ice-cream shop…

Lord Almighty! This place was amazing!! They make their flavors everyday and the store owners are as sweet as the ice-cream they sell. I ended up getting chocolate hazelnut and the hubs got cookies and cream and stracciatella. It was so creamy and the flavor was on point!

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I feel like this is going to become a regular thing now…Midici and Paradise Ice-Cream, but it’s all balanced out by that salad we had so it’s okay ๐Ÿ˜‰

Kimchi Turkey Burger

These turkey burgers were the second recipe we decided to try with Plated. I was most excited and intrigued by this recipe because I had no idea what gochujang was. From what I understand (please correct me if I’m wrong) it is a Korean fermented chili paste.

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The gochujang was used in two different ways in this recipe-one, it was mixed into the turkey meat and two, it was stirred in with mayo to create a sauce for the burger.

Gochujang aside, I LOVE kimchi and burgers so I definitely thought that this would be my type of dish.

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The dish had a side of sesame seed coated carrot fries instead of the usual potato variety. It was a nice touch and much appreciated since it prevented the us from scrummaging through the fridge to throw together a last minute salad!

The recipe was easy to follow and everything came together pretty quickly.

Now on to the taste…

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Kimchi turkey burgers from Plated were a total win for the hubs! I on the other hand thought they were okay. I would have liked more bite…more kimchi or some red onions would have been great.

Despite this not being my favorite recipe I am still really enjoying Plated. We’ll see how the next recipe goes…I do believe that lamb tacos will be plated up next ๐Ÿ˜‰

Let me know if there is anything else you would like to know about Plated or if you are a fan of kimchi and burgers! Till next time friends!

Grand Central Market and Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

I don’t know if you know, but we moved to California a little more than a year ago and since than we have been loving exploring California by means of all the food.

Most of our adventures involve food (what good adventure doesn’t??) and this was absolutely no different.

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We started our adventure sweet with a cruffin from Mr. Holmes. This is something I had been wanting to try for a long time, but our timing never seemed to allow a pit stop. So today, we decided to play it safe and make this our first stop.

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We went with a chocolate cruffin. The outside was covered in delicious sugar and the inside filled with the most creamy chocolate filling. The chocolate filling totally made this croissant/muffin hybrid!

It was a sweet pit stop (no pun intended ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), but we were still hungry for more so on we went to Grand Central Market.

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Grand Central Market resides in DTLA and the only way I can describe it is by saying if Pike Place and Anaheim Packing House had a baby, well, it would be the GCM. They have vendors selling produce and meat and then they have coffee shops and places to eat.

We perused the parameter till we came across Prawn. It’s a seafood place offering everything from lobster rolls to paellas. We decided to try the crab salad roll which had blue crab and a Scottish salmon grain bowl.

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The grain bowl came with pesto, pickled onion, and cabbage over a bed of brown rice and barley. They steam the salmon in a shiitake mushroom and seaweed broth. This dish was immensely warming…it seemed like the perfect dish if you were sick or needed something comforting on a cold day. We were not sick nor was it cold (it was actually very hot), but we still loved the bowl.

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The crab roll was really good and served in a nice soft bun. It was sweet and savory and completely delicious!

After all the savory, we were ready to be back to sweet so to Frog we went for frozen yogurt ๐Ÿ™‚

There ends our adventuring for the day…

All in all, it was a very good day of eating and exploring! I am curious though, having you guys been to GCM? Do you have a favorite place to eat there?

Blackened Salmon Sandwich

The first dish we decided to make from Plated was the (you guessed it) the blackened salmon sandwich. This dish combines my love of delicious carb (the bread) with anything blackened and seafood.

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I really loved the fact that this sandwich came with a salad (they call it a slaw) so no extra prep was needed for a side…in fact, I believe that most of the dishes we got comes with a side built in…already winning!

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The sandwich contained the salmon, remoulade made of capers, pickles, and mayo, and topped with dinosaur kale and fennel slaw for a fresh kick.

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It was definitely one of my favorite dishes we have made at home to date. It was savory and fresh and super filling. I enjoyed how well the flavors melded together and the buns held together nicely.

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This was a 5 star dish in my opinion and I would definitely pick this dish to make again!

 

 

Delicious Eats From This Past Week

Hello hello!! Today I bring you some of my tasty eats from this past week.

I woke up one morning craving an egg+cheese+croissant sandwich and decided that it must happen ASAP. When your girl is determined she gets it done! It was absolutely drool worthy…

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This grilled cheese was what I opted to eat because hunger hit on our way to Santa Monica and I needed some yummy food to hold me over till we got there…

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Once we reached Santa Monica we had this bowl of greens from a Sweetgreens (love that name!)

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This is a dish I dreamt up and made…halibut tacos with guac and topped with cruciferous mix (I forgot to get a cabbage mix…oops!)

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First time trying Pinkberry and it was phenomenal!

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Continuing on with egg, cheese, and carb obsession…don’t worry I always have a big side salad ๐Ÿ™‚

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What have you guys been eating this week??