Last weekend I went to Los Angeles to visit friends of mine who I met in Paris during our May 2009 chocolate adventure with David Lebovitz. Not only do my lovely friends adore great food, but they are absolute sweethearts and a lot of fun.
My fabulous friend Ursula picked me up from LAX, with a nommy hot chocolate in tow for me (did I mention how much I love my friends!) Before going to my hotel in downtown LA, we stopped for Italian food at a cool place in Westchester called Alejo’s.
Instead of the usual bread with olive oil & balsamic vinegar, we were treated to wonderfully soft bread with olive oil and tons of garlic. Not for the faint of heart, this bread and garlic concoction totally rocked – and I highly recommend it if you’re going to do some vampire slaying a la Buffy 🙂
For our main course, we split a pizza and it was definitely nommy, carbolicious goodness. Alejo’s is definitely a place I will return to in the future.
The next morning, we headed off to the Nickel diner to meet our fabulous foodie friend Chelsea. Yes I’ve spelled it out because I mistakenly called it the 5 cent diner. Standing outside while we waited for our table, we were almost overwhelmed by the sartorial offerings on display. Not since my last visit to Urban Outfitters have I seen so many hipsters in one spot. Of course I had to take photos because it was just too much for me to absorb all at once….
Now on to the important thing – the food…We started off with a pumpkin pop tart and a Nutella doughnut. The pop tart was fabulous and I loved the seasonal pumpkin flavour. The Nutella doughnut was decent enough but I would’ve preferred triple the amount of frosting and fewer crushed hazelnuts – basically they could’ve brought me a big bowl of Nutella and a cake doughnut and I would’ve been content.
For breakfast, Chelsea & I both opted for scrambles – mine had zucchini, spinach, leeks, tomatoes & mozzarella, with a side of potatoes. Ursula went with the Dutch baby – a pancake with carmelized apples and sugar.
Now no breakfast is quite complete without a look at the dessert tray (this is me we’re talking about here!) We were all stuffed so decided to take our desserts to go. Chelsea got this Smores cake and I took Ursula’s advice and went with the salt peanut cake with crushed potato chips. All I can say is it was beyond nommy and I didn’t do a good job of sharing my cake with others – duoh! Let this be a lesson to all of you – Rachel does not share cake willingly or easily…..unless I’m ready to explode or the cake is meh…
Stay tuned for more of my LA foodie adventures in upcoming posts…..