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Food Adventures in California: Part I

As I spend yet another morning brushing snow off my car cursing what seems to be a never-ending winter, I reminisce back to only a few days ago when my life was nothing but beaches and sunshine. I was fortunate enough to spend an amazing week and a half vacationing in gorgeous California with a friend of mine. We had an incredible time and of course, consumed very delicious food everywhere we went.

Had a bit of a star-struck moment on my flight to LA, when I ran into the ever charming Chef Robert Irvine! My vacation could’ve ended right there and I would’ve been completely pleased with my trip.

Me with Chef Robert Irvine

Alright…that was maybe a lie because as you will see from the following pictures, I’d be a fool to take all this deliciousness for granted.

One of the only things we had planned out before we left Toronto was to see Sean Paul at the Arsenio Hall Show (I know that is super random, but my friend is a HUGE Sean Paul fan). We got there a little late and were turned away at the gate :(. Since food is pretty much the universal anti-depressant, we decided to cheer ourselves up with some Mexican grub at Mission Cantina on Sunset Boulevard.

Virgin Mango Margartia on the patio at Mission Cantina. Also had the Pescado Tacos there but they were nothing to write home about.

Tacos didn’t quite do the trick in the cheering-up department, but we pretty much squealed in excitement when we spotted The Waffle as we walked back to our car. Their Red Velvet Waffle was featured on The Best Thing I Ever Ate on the Food Network, so it was the obvious choice. I wanted to try a little sampling of their other offerings as well so ended up ordering the Sweet Flight of Wee which included mini versions of their Red Velvet, Blueberry Lemon & Sticky Bun waffles. They were absolutely divine and I highly recommend checking out The Waffle if you’re in the LA area.

Sweet Flight of Wee a la mode

Some notable mentions over the next couple of days included a late-night stop at Churros Calientes on Santa Monica Boulevard. I had mine filled with Nutella (of course I did) and topped with dulche de leche. SO SO good with a cuppa tea.

Churros Calientes

Fish tacos Round 2 happened at El Compadre, which seemed to be a favourite among the locals. The restaurant has a vintage Mexican feel with a beautiful interior, great atmosphere, and good service. The tacos were fairly decent and their chips & salsa definitely hit the spot.

El Compadre

The next day when we ventured out to Hollywood Boulevard, I must admit we were way more excited to spot a location of Crumbs Bake Shop than we were to see the Walk of Fame. It took us three days to consume everything we greedily purchased, but boy did we savour every last bite. It was also our first time trying the croissant-doughnut hybrid that seems to be quite the rage everywhere, and I most definitely see what all the hype is about. Mmmm…

From L to R: Red Velvet, Peanut Butter Cup, Salted Caramel, Chocolate Glazed Heart Crumbnut

Stay tuned for Part II where we make our way up the Pacific Coast Highway and into San Fransisco!

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