I know that we are called LA Foodie and not Orange County Foodie, but when I heard about a new gourmet doughnut spot I certainly wasn’t going to let geography get in the way. And it’s a good thing, because Sidecar did not disappoint. Not one bite!
Highland Park residents have been aware of Good Girl Dinette for awhile now. Since 2009, chef/owner Diep Tran has been serving up her take on homemade-Vietnamese-meets-American-diner cuisine (Curry Chicken Pot Pie, anyone?), but what’s a good ol’ diner without an awesome breakfast? Not to worry, Good Girl Dinette invited us to come check out their brand-new breakfast menu and it does not miss the mark.
Never before have I experienced such a picturesque journey—reminiscent of a romantic love story—in California. Well, aside from San Francisco. We began our journey from Laguna Beach after staying overnight at the Montage and dining at Studio. At this fabulous 5 star hotel everything you dream of is taken care of for you. When it comes to service, the hotel is impeccable and the cuisine is nothing short of immaculate. The evening sunset is truly awe-inspiring, and is a magnificent, romantic beginning to what is in store once you head up the road to historic Temecula wine country.
Some of the culinary delights that you’ll dine on at Studio feature fresh herbs and veggies from Chef Craig Strong’s garden, located right outside of the kitchen.
Marrying French and California cuisine styles, the food is knockout! I dined on the Chef’s tasting menu: a six-course dinner feast with wine pairing. After that absolutely stunning dinner, we rested our heads for the night.
In the morning we made a quick stop at the Sugar Shack in Huntington Beach, CA…
Sugar Shack is a great brunch or breakfast stop. The food is quick, tasty, and in the early morning hours it’s a great spot to watch the surfers come back up from the waves. We enjoyed a fulfilling breakfast here before heading up the road.
Here’s a map of Temecula Wine Country:
We arrived at beautiful Leoness Cellars, just off the 15. The enchanting views of this place will leave you in true awe. We enjoyed a fabulous view even on an overcast day. Speaking of weather, the best time to visit Temecula for ultimate primetime SoCal temps is Spring and late summer. The heat of June-August may be a bit much for you.
Since 2003, Mike Rennie and Gary Winder have built a true experience, providing some of the best wine in the valley accompanied by picturesque views of the rolling hills. The wines here are aged for an extended period of time in a combo of French and American oak barrels. This adds to the softness and complexity of their wines. Very yummy stuff. They also have a full service restaurant open for lunches and dinners with exceptional food—the Salmon wrap was a favorite of mine.
For our next stop we ventured off to a family owned winery that’s been in Temecula since 1998. If you’re looking for more of a low-key, boutiquey feel, Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery is the stop for you.
From their website, Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery is a 13 acre, 2500 case per year family run winery has often been described as “boutique,” but favors the term “artisanal” to describe the involvement and passion that goes into the daily operations. Please note, the vines look a little dead, only because we didn’t visit at the time of harvest. Typically that takes place between August and October. However, we did selectively try some of the grapes and they were crunchy, sweet, and delicious!
Next stop took us to Danza del Sol, where they have the oldest Sauvignon Blanc grapes in the Temecula valley. They were origianlly planted in 1972.
You’ll want to come here and enjoy an array of great wines, and this place was quite the scene when we arrived. Packed with a crowd of delighted wine drinkers, the atmosphere inside the tasting room was very warm and cozy. Our wine extraordinaire was very knowledgeable and helpful. Walter poured up whatever we wanted, whether it was sweet, dry, red or white. Whatever combo you want—it’s a free-for-all with the tasting. I particularly liked the wide variety served here at Danza del Sol.
What a great trip this was… I really enjoy getting away from LA for the weekend, especially if it’s only a quick trip away. You’ll want to enjoy this with a quick stop in Laguna Beach—we had an amazing time there at the Montage. I suggest this trip for any romantic types, or a couple just wanting to get away for a quick escape from the busy city. If you’re planning to wed, don’t let Temecula escape your list either. Most of these wineries are set for weddings, complete with altars and all. What a great way to begin your endless love! Happy wine drinking!
By: Nick Guillory
When someone at work asks if you want a breakfast burrito, you say YES! #Zeddemoreisms
Today I find myself at The Griddle Cafe in West Hollywood. Yes, there is a wait, like there always is at The Griddle, but really, isn’t that a good sign? I finally sit down, and flip the menu past the first two pages. While I’m sure their whole menu is tasty, I go to The Griddle for one thing: Pancakes.
Every time I visit, I try something new, and most recently I went with the Barry Yellow. The Barry Yellow, photo above, consists of raspberry and lemon folded into their classic buttermilk batter, and topped with powdered sugar. The pancake is thick and filled with gooey raspberry chunks. These raspberry chunks have a natural sweetness and bold flavor that makes syrup totally unnecessary.
Brunch, Quick Booze or a simple no b.s. dinner…
When I want something fast I come to Basix. The wait staff has come to know me by name. I come here 2–3 times a month or more.
If you are ever in West Hollywood and want a place for brunch, look no further. I mean, there are others in town that are pretty good too…but, if we’re looking for VALUE, I think you get more for your buck here.
Nothing better than an amazing brunch and this place right in the heart of downtown Palm Springs gets every note right.
Do you like really BOMB organic food? Do you like a totally amazing brunch? Do you like quality service? YES PLEASE to all of the above. All of which we experienced at Cheeky’s for breakfast.
So, let’s take you inside and show you what’s great about Cheeky’s.
Editor’s note: This post was originally published in May of 2008. It has since become a very popular post. Here is the same article, updated with some notes and glorious, brand-new photos by various foodies around the web.
I recently found out that Disneyland annual pass-holders are referred to as “Passholes” by Disneyland cast members. I guess that makes me a grade-A Passhole. My wife and I visit the park frequently, so I’m often asked, “Why do you go so much?” and “Don’t you get sick of it?” The answers, in order, are “Because it is immaculately clean, everyone who works there is friendly and polite, and the food is awesome,” and “No.”
10) Gumbo Bread Bowl at The Royal Street Veranda
It is in New Orleans Square, right by the entrance to Pirates of the Caribbean. This quick service stall serves a few Cajun-y items, but the ever present banner attached to the wrought iron framework invites you to “Try Our Gumbo.”
So I did. And it was pretty dang good.
12114 Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Phone: (310) 398-6326
Mon-Sat 6:30am – 8:30pm
Sun 7am – 8:30pm
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