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.
Address: 5830 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Phone: (323) 675-1093
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).
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.
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!
*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!
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).
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:)
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1 ripe banana
1/4 cup zero calorie sugar substitute
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- Melt the dark chocolate chips and coconut oil either in the microwave or over a double boiler. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, smash the avocado and banana. Add the sugar substitute, sugar and vanilla and beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Add the melted chocolate and beat on medium for 1 more minute.
- In a medium bowl, combine the baking powder, salt, flour and whole wheat flour.
- Add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture in three batches while continually beating until fully incorporated.
- Pour batter into a lined square tin and bake at 180 c for 22-25 minutes (brownies will be stickier than normal).
- Serve warm (maybe even add a little Halo Top ice cream if you’re feeling special:).
For today’s post, I thought I would just share the list of food items that I always have in my dorm room. One of the scariest things about coming to college (at least for me) was that I was going to get sucked in to the late night pizza orders and junk food eating habits of college life. To combat this, I always make sure I have these items on hand to grab whenever I want a healthy snack (at any time of the day). I hope you find this helpful, and if you have any other ideas/staples, share them in the comments below! I’ll try to find links to as many of these as I can.
- Trader Joe’s crunchy, no-stir peanut butter (I could put good old PB on almost anything)
- Justin’s nut butter packets
- Snyder’s pretzels
- Chobani yoghurt (I like making yoghurt bowls using yoghurt, bananas and granola)
- Chobani yoghurt flips (peach cobbler is my favorite!)
- Simply Balanced organic honey almond granola
- Some sort of flavored sparkling water, no calories (I like the grapefruit Ice and La Croix)
- Campbell’s chicken noodle soup
- 3 different types of chili sauce, including sambal for the Singaporean inside of me (I LOVE my spicy)
- Either milk or almond milk (usually unsweetened, vanilla almond milk)
- Instant iced tea and iced coffee mixes (these come in super handy when I’m in a rush to run to class)
- Iced tea: https://www.amazon.com/blendy-stick-flavors-english-20sticks/dp/B00U8NQKYO/ref=sr_1_7_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1516706345&sr=1-7&keywords=blendy+stick
- Iced coffee: https://www.amazon.com/Starbucks-Instant-Coffee-Sweetened-Count/dp/B01LTI9638/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1516706427&sr=8-3&keywords=instant+iced+coffee
- Protein bars (I always have some combination of Cliff bars, Luna bars and the Health Warrior Chia Seed bars on hand)
- Cliff bars: https://www.amazon.com/CLIF-BAR-Energy-Chocolate-Protein/dp/B0054RPY7I/ref=sr_1_4_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1516764164&sr=1-4&keywords=cliff+bars
- Luna bars: https://www.amazon.com/LUNA-Whole-Nutrition-Bar-box/dp/B075M5VNX6/ref=sr_1_27_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1516764129&sr=1-27&keywords=luna+bars
- Health Warrior: https://www.amazon.com/HEALTH-WARRIOR-Tropical-Variety-Gluten/dp/B00T0NE37O/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1516764107&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=health+warrior+chia+bars&psc=1
- Premier chocolate protein shakes (individually packaged)
We’re almost there! If you are anything like me, the food during Christmas is one of the best part about celebrating. Whether you have your big meal on Christmas Eve or on Christmas Day, here is the guide to planning the ultimate Christmas dinner.
*If there’s a particular recipe I use I’ll link it in parentheses:
- One dip with crackers (https://damndelicious.net/2014/08/01/shrimp-scampi-dip/)
- Veggie/fruit platter with celery (for the dip) and grapes
- One roast (either glazed ham or turkey)
- Cajun shrimp (just cajun seasoning and shrimp, pan fried)
- Mashed potatoes
- Green bean casserole (https://www.campbells.com/kitchen/recipes/classic-green-bean-casserole/)
- Mac & Cheese
- Rolls (https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/bread-recipes/tear-n-share-garlic-bread/)
- Roasted brussels sprouts (roast in oven with whatever you like)
- Peppermint Ice Cream
- Bailey’s Chocolate Ice Cream
- Hot fudge
- Pecan pie
- Hot chocolate
- Christmas cookies (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/10269/shortbread-cookies-ii/)
- It’s not Christmas without some bubbly and wine
- Sparkling apple juice for kids
- Fun holiday cocktails (http://www.delish.com/holiday-recipes/christmas/g860/holiday-cocktails/)
- Tip: Freeze pomegranate for some festive flare