JANE- Brunching in LA

If you can’t already tell, there aren’t many things that bring me more joy than finding a REALLY good place to eat. This morning my friends and I were on a hunt for some Sunday morning brunch. We drove by all of our go-to places only to find never ending lines at all of them. After starting to get hangry (you know it’s a real thing), we quickly searched for breakfast places near us and found Jane on York Blvd in LA. Driving past it, we couldn’t even tell it was a restaurant. The cute little yellow house with a sprawling patio (for seating) was packed, but we decided it was still worth the wait. Their menu was full of enticing options, including different kinds of omelettes, sandwiches and salads. My two friends decided on the breakfast quesadilla with a side of morning potatoes and Arnold Palmers, and I ordered the breakfast sandwich with a vanilla cold brew. Once we ordered we went out to the patio to grab a table in the sun. The purple flowers and little garden just made everything that much more aesthetic (because do it for the insta, right?). Jane was packed with groups of friends, families and couples with their dogs (so cute!!) and was the perfect atmosphere for a low-key Sunday brunch. At around $15 each, we all agreed that Jane is a new go-to and favorite. The portions were extremely generous and the food was delicious. I highly recommend Jane if you are in the LA area and looking for a really yummy brunch! If you try it out, let me know in the comments below.

Website: http://www.janeonyork.com/

Address: 5830 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Phone: (323) 675-1093

Price: $$

Food Adventures #6

Got my Singaporean fix from QQ Kopitiam in Pasadena. The Laksa was super authentic and delicious, just like it would be at home! It was a really generous serving for a super reasonable price (two main dishes and one bubble tea was $21 with tax).

Website: https://www.yelp.com/biz/qq-kopitiam-pasadena

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I know I may be a little late to hop on the bandwagon, but I am beyond obsessed with Halo Top. For those of you who don’t know what it is, Halo Top is an extremely low calorie, high protein ice cream (not that you can tell, it’s amazing!). The calories range from 240-360 calories depending on the flavor, so one serving is never more than 90 calories. A few of my favorite flavors are Birthday Cake, Sea Salt Caramel and Mint Chip.

Website: https://www.halotop.com/

Pricing: $4-5

This beautiful spread is from the Granville at the Americana in Glendale. They have a menu full of modern yet homey dishes that are absolutely delicious! This was the bacon & blue burger with a side salad, the Santa Barbara chicken sandwich, a side of sweet potato fries and the uptown mac & cheese. I would also highly recommend the chicken and blue flatbread (not pictures). A perfect stop for lunch or dinner during a day of shopping!

Website: http://www.granvillecafe.com/glendale

Pricing: $$

*As seen on BuzzFeed* Sushi Stop is a super affordable (and yummy) location in Pasadena (they have other locations too). At $3.25 for most of their dishes, it’s hard to spend more than $16 a person (and that’s if you are eating A LOT). Ranging from sashimi sushi to baked rolls to udon and tempura, they have everything you would ever want. To be honest, after eating so mush sushi in Japan, I was a little skeptical of this, but it did not disappoint!

Website: https://sushistop.com/location/sushistop-pasadena/

BuzzFeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/stevenlim/we-tried-3-sushi-and-250-sushi-to-see-if-its-worth-the-price?utm_term=.roOxJedpE#.wulLQNqV0

Pricing: $

Just throwing this in here because I miss Disneyland. A beautiful mickey mouse-shaped beignet (and some Mint Juleps) from New Orleans Square at Disney.

One of my favorite things about living in LA is finding all the small (what I like to call) hidden gems of the city. Gloria’s Cafe is a small Mexican-inspired breakfast/brunch restaurant tucked away in the back streets of Highland Park. Pictured above is the savory waffle (amazing!) and the breakfast taco. I would also highly recommend their breakfast sandwich which comes on a burger bun with pulled pork and scrambled eggs. For a main dish and (a big a**) iced coffee, I usually pay $14 (including tax and tip).

Website: http://glorias-cafe.com/

Pricing: $$

Where should I go next? Comment your favorite LA spots down below! And if you try one of these places, let me know what you think:)

Coconut Oil Waffles- Recipe

One of the reasons I love the morning (I am such a morning person, haha) is because breakfast is hands down my favorite meal of the day (with brunch coming in a very close second). I love waking up after a good nights sleep and walking into the kitchen to see what we have. One of my favorite breakfast foods are waffles (with eggs, yum!), but I always find that regular waffles always weigh me down throughout the morning and don’t make me feel as nourished. After getting our waffle maker about a year and a half ago, we’ve been experimenting with all sorts of recipes, trying to find one that worked the best. In the end, the recipe that I fell in love with was one that mixed a bunch of different recipes together, and used coconut oil instead of any other oils or butter. My favorite breakfast at home would consist of these waffles, an over easy egg, some fresh fruit and an iced coffee. If you try this recipe out, let me know how you like it in the comments below! Happy eating:)

Ingredients:

2 eggs

1 1/2 cup low-fat milk or unsweetened almond milk

3/4 cup coconut oil

2 cups whole-wheat flour

2 tsp. baking soda

pinch of salt

1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional; this depends on whether you want your waffles more sweet or savory)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, beat the eggs until light and fluffy. Add the milk, and coconut oil (and vanilla if you choose) to the eggs and continue to beat for another 2 minutes.
  2. Gradually add the flour, baking soda and salt to the wet mixture while continuously beating.
  3. Cook waffles in waffle maker according to instructions (each waffle maker works a little differently).
  4. Serve warm with a little bit of maple syrup and fruit or with an egg for a delicious breakfast!

Food Adventures #5

Food Adventures #3

Celebrated National Taco Day with some fish and shrimp tacos at Senor Fish. 

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 Not exactly Singapore Dim Sum, but pretty close! This was soy sauce noodles and carrot cake from Lunasia Dim Sum House.

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Crab dip, stuffed mushrooms and a blue cheese burger for brunch in Santa Monica at Plan Check (and me trying the crab dip! Plot twist: it was AMAZING!)

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Mussels in a red curry sauce, grilled octopus with chorizo and dressed lobster roll with mac and cheese at Blue Plate in Santa Monica.

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Fruit bowl, bloody mary (for my dad:) and fried chicken with biscuits and gravy for lunch in Beverly Hills (living the high life!) at Market Provisions. 

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One last dinner for the break, and of course it had to be Asian. Korean BBQ in Korea Town at Chosun Galbee. 

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Life Through A Lens #8- IPHONE PHOTOS

a little pre-christmas festivities (crying that it’s over)
dark, stormy evenings in singapore- 7:06pm
those days that singapore just gets it right (p.s. this is the view from my room– how lucky am I?!)
my favorite quote from my new favorite brunch place– Haakon Superfoods
a tropical christmas includes many, many pool days!
winter vibes from singapore:)) (also peep the snapchat filter)
sunday morning walks with my favorite pups
sunday morning walks with my favorite pups
that christmas morning feeling will never ever change<3

Haakon Superfoods- SG Cafes

Last weekend, I ventured out to a new, funky brunch place with one of my friends. Haakon Superfoods was a place I had heard about before and had been dying to try. Known for their Acai bowls and smoothies using superfoods, this seemed right up my alley. We walked in to this tiny, yet vibrant little corner of a shop and immediately gushed about how cute it was. With only about 6-7 wooden tables, it had a super cozy feel. We sat down at a table and spent about 10 minutes looking at the menu trying to figure out what we wanted to order (it was hard!!). I finally decided on the Sunrise Magic smoothie and the waffles with coconut ice cream. My friend ordered one of their Christmas drinks, the gingerbread latte, and the avocado on toast. Everything was amazing! The smoothie was light and healthy. It only had fruit and a little bit of yoghurt which was just what I wanted. And my waffles were so light and fluffy, yet perfectly crispy. And my favorite, duh!, was the coconut ice cream. I love love love coconut ice cream, so when I saw this on the menu, I knew I had to order it. It was super light but also amazingly creamy. Highly highly recommend Haakon Superfoods if you’re looking for a healthier brunch option!

Check them out!

Address: 118 Holland Ave, #01-03 Raffles Holland V, 278997

Phone number: +65 8399 2450

Website: http://www.haakon.com.sg/

haakon superfoods menu
haakon superfoods menu
smashed avocado & feta on toast ($14.90)
smashed avocado & feta on toast ($14.90)
plus, they're environmentally friendly!
plus, they’re environmentally friendly!

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nordic vafler (waffles) with coconut ice cream ($7.90)
nordic vafler (waffles) with coconut ice cream ($7.90)

gingerbread latte ($6.90) and the sunrise magic smoothie ($6.90 for large)
gingerbread latte ($6.90) and the sunrise magic smoothie ($6.90 for large)

 

Curious Palette- SG Cafes

It was my 17th birthday, and I was at the height of my brunch addiction. So instead of doing a fancy dinner like I did every year, I wanted to switch it up a bit. The answer (of course): Brunch. I went on Instagram and looked for a new, chic brunch place that I hadn’t been to yet. I found one that looked amazing, Curious Palette. It’s a really cute, half outdoor, half indoor, cafe packed with small round tables, as well as long wood tables, perfect for big groups. I was just with my family, so we sat at a smaller round table. The restaurant is filled with small succulents, white walls, and funky carpets, perfect for Sunday brunch. The menu was extensive, both with savory dishes and sweet dishes (omg, the waffles!). Of course, me being my indecisive self, I couldn’t decided if I wanted something savory or if I wanted waffles. So my sister and I ordered two dishes to share. We decided on the Curious Croque Madame and the Vanilla Infused Strawberry Compote Buttermilk Waffles (queue oo’s and ahh’s). My mom ordered Smashed Avocado on Focaccia (I know…basic) and my dad ordered the Soft Shell Crab Burger. The food was…. there are no words to describe. It was by far the best brunch I’ve had so far. I tried all the dishes, and they were all 10/10. What could have been a simple avocado on toast, was creamy and chunky, with feta folded through. The Soft Shell Crab Burger was different, but packed with flavor and texture. The waffles were incredibly amazing and satisfied every craving I’d ever had. But by far, the Croque Madame was one of the best dishes I’d ever had. It came with sweet potato fries, and was drizzled with truffle oil, adding the most amazing aroma and flavor. So if you’re looking for a new brunch place in Singapore, I highly highly recommend Curious Palette. It’s on 64 Prinsep Street, right around the corner from Plaza Singapura.

Go check them out: http://www.hungrygowhere.com/singapore/curious-palette-bugis/

Curious Croque Madame
Curious Croque Madame
Smashed Avocado on Focaccia
Smashed Avocado on Focaccia
Soft Shell Crab Burger
Soft Shell Crab Burger
Vanilla Infused Strawberry Compote Buttermilk Waffles
Vanilla Infused Strawberry Compote Buttermilk Waffles

Wild Honey- SG Cafes

One of my favorite brunch cafes in Singapore is Wild Honey. If you go at 9:00am on a Sunday morning, and you can usually get a table right away, however if you want to go any other time, you will probably need a reservation. Walk in and there are an array of tables, chairs, and couches. The tables range from two-seaters to long tables that are more communal style. The light-green covered chairs are a perfect place to park yourself for a couple hours to have brunch and catch up with your friends. There’s an outside balcony as well, which can be nice if it’s not too hot! Their menu is by far one of the best and most extensive brunch menus I’ve ever seen. A couple of my all-time favorites are the Brittany, the Tunisian, the European, the Caribbean, and the Brazilian cheese bread. Our latest outing to Wild Honey consisted of the European, the Caribbean, Brazilian cheese bread, and of course iced coffee.

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The 5- piece Brazilian cheese bread comes in a martini glass on a bed of rock salt. They are perfectly sized warm bites of heaven. The outside is a little bit hard, with a crunch of cheese, and the inside is warm, gooey, soft cheese bread. This is a must at every brunch. The European is two pieces of butter-toasted brioche, sautéed mushrooms, a poached egg wrapped in prosciutto, and covered in hollandaise sauce. I had this for the first time last weekend, and I think it’s my favorite dish on the menu. The brioche is so soft and buttery, the mushrooms are sautéed with herbs and butter which adds a little bit of bitterness, the prosciutto is generously served and adds the salt, the hollandaise sauce adds a bit of tanginess and the egg is perfectly poached (you stick a knife through it and the yolk spill out at the right consistency. We polished this dish off in a matter of seconds. The Caribbean is a close second favorite to the European. The Caribbean is coconut waffles with fresh bananas, mangoes and raspberries, served with passion fruit cream and passion fruit syrup. The waffles are light but also with a heavy passion fruit cream on it, but the fresh fruit and passion fruit syrup cuts through the heaviness with light and fresh flavor. These two dishes are paired perfectly together, especially if you can’t decide whether your want sweet or savory!

Go visit them at 333A Orchard Rd, #03-01/02 Mandarin Gallery, or visit their website to make a reservation at http://wildhoney.com.sg/11/index/ for a great brunch with friends!

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Perfect Sunday brunch location!
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The European
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The Caribbean