Best Places To Fulfill Your Cravings For Shaved Ice in Los Angeles

In the summer it can be extremely hot on the streets of Los Angeles. And a good way to beat the heat is with snow/shaved ice or sometimes called Hawaiian ice. This is the kind of treat that’s refreshing and affordable any time of the year. Something unique about snow or shaved ice is that it brings people back to a fun time.

Nowadays, they sell different ice machines that you can use at home and have some fun with the kids playing around with shaved ice and colorful syrups.  There are many different kinds of ice whether you call it Hawaiian ice or Maui Ice, snow ice, snowballs, snow cone, or just shaved ice they all taste great.

There are several nice places in LA where you can go to cool yourself with these wonderful frozen shaved ice treats, which you may remember from when you …

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Top Los Angeles Restaurants with Fireplaces

Los Angeles in California has earned a high reputation for maintaining a warm weather throughout the year. However, during the winter season, the temperature can go down as low as 40F in the L.A. area. Creating very chilly weather and then people start looking for restaurants with fireplaces.

Some of you have these cozy fireplaces in your own house to enjoy this winter.  If you don’t already have a fireplace you can do like I did and retrofit one into your living room or bedroom.  I love watching the flickering flames, it is more for looks than warmth that I bought one.  You can visit these restaurants to figure out what style you want to add to your own house.  I got a new fireplace – a ClassicFlame SpectraFire, one of the best-rated electric inserts for a modern home, according to TopRatedFireplaceInserts.com.  Have fun with this and enjoy trying …

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Late Night Menu at Terrine

UPDATE: Restaurant Closed

With changing economic times, the eating patterns of most working people have changed. Ultimately, more and more people are having meals late at night.

Most late night eaters turn to the all-time favorite of cheeseburgers and fries. This happens because many restaurants close before midnight, and then your choices dwindle. Here is a place where you can get a nice table and offers a late night menu which is a better option than a cheeseburger & fries.

Terrine, the Californian restaurant with a French touch introduced a new after-hours menu. The restaurant is an ideal location for late night eaters who do not mind spending a bit more for some delicious and filling treats to exciting and refreshing craft cocktails for those more interested in a strong late night drink.…

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The Annual LA Weekly’s Sips and Sweets Not To Be Missed

LA Weekly is best known as the local guide to Los Angeles’ culture, food, news, events, and music. In line with this essential role, this local weekly newspaper established an event called “LA Weekly’s Sips and Sweets“.

This event attempts to showcase the best bakers, pastry chefs, and even bartenders/mixologists in Los Angeles’ while at the same time, ensuring that attendees of the event have maximum fun, buy gifts and even give to charity.

The inaugural Sips and Sweets event was held on the afternoon of December 7th subsequently ushering in the festive season with a sugar-coated bang.

The event took place at The Majestic and the Reserve Downtown from 2 in the afternoon to 5 pm. The Majestic Downtown, designed and built in 1921 was an ideal location for the event given that it is LA’s premier event venue and therefore has unmatched historic significance in LA.…

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La Weekly’s Tacolandia With Bill Esparza

Los Angeles is well known for its delicious food and drinks scene as evidenced by the number of food festivals held in the city. One particular event has however emerged as a welcome breath of fresh air in the LA food festival scene; LA Weekly’s Tacolandia.  Because too many food festivals have come up with most of them simply after the potential profit. In addition to that, most of these festivals feature the same “top class” restaurants resulting in a huge sense of monotony.

In line with LA’s rich tacos culture, Tacolandia seeks to celebrate tacos while at the same time bringing both tacos vendors and the people who enjoy tacos together in one place.

Bill Esparza of Street Gourmet LA is the curator of Tacolandia. The inaugural event of Tacolandia took place on June 23rd, 2013 and it featured 30 of the best tacos vendors from Los Angeles,

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Summer Fruit Greek Yogurt Popsicles

Summer is just over the horizon, and this can only mean one thing that is high temperatures. Now is the time to start thinking about getting slip n slides for the children.

For other people, now is the time to start stocking on ice cream and other delicious calorie-filled summer treats such as brownie chunks, cookie dough, and crackers.

When I was younger, I remember one of my favorite things about summer was devouring Bomb Popsicles and Fudgesicles which I bought from the local ice cream truck.

Having grown older and more mature, I still haven’t discarded this childhood love for these frozen delights. One difference between then and now is that now I am more conscious about what I consume and how good it is for my health and wellbeing.…

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Passion Fruit Sangria

With summer just around the corner, temperatures are bound to start rising sooner or later. Most people would rather spend their hot summer evenings on the beach, drinking beer and probably dancing to some nice summery music.

Others, however, would rather spend their summer evenings seated in their fancily lit backyards, burgers on the grill and best of all, a glass of refreshing home-made summer drink in their hands. Mojitos, lemonades, margaritas, smoothies, and sangrias are all ideal drinks for the scorching summer heat.

Sangria is a traditional Spanish summer drink made using wine, fruits, and sweetener; it is cold, fruity, and intoxicating. Furthermore, it comes in a wide range of flavors.…

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Kale And Soba Salad With Avocado Miso Dressing

I do not just walk into a store and carry the most expensive ingredients with me. Rather, I ensure that the meals I have are well balanced with all the necessary nutrients. I have a little secret that I would like to let you in on.

During weekdays I eat clean meals just the way nutritionists recommend. I ensure that all my meals contain lots of vegetables and little carbs and meat.

On the weekend I let loose and do what I like to call “cheat” eating. I look for quick and healthy meals, and then I photograph them and post them here on my blog for you to see. Thank you for being an avid follower and supporter by the way.…

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Gordon Ramsay Steak, (Las Vegas, NV)

The resort city of Las Vegas is best known for its exciting entertainment scene and particularly its nightlife and its numerous casinos. Las Vegas is also world-renowned for its grand themed hotels. One of these is Paris Las Vegas also known as the City of Lights.

The hotel promises to transport guests out of Las Vegas and into Paris the romantic capital city of France. The Paris Las Vegas is even complete with replicas of Parisian landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and even the Paris Opera House.

Aside from the Parisian theme, however, Paris Las Vegas is home to yet another gem; Gordon Ramsay Steak restaurant.

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Top Sweets in Hawaii

Hawaii is well renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, unparalleled beaches, and beautiful sunsets. However, Hawaii is also rich in cultural diversity. This diversity manifests itself in all aspects of Hawaiian life and nowhere is it more evident than in the culinary culture of Hawaii.  I am particularly crazy about the dessert culture in the Aloha State. Visitors have the opportunity to try out a wide variety of tasty desserts and sweets in Hawaii.

As a matter of fact, the diversity of desserts in itself is enough to make one want to jet into Hawaii on a regular basis. I have visited Hawaii several times and sampled dozens of desserts; here are eleven of my favorite Hawaiian sweet treats and where to get them.…

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The Hart & The Hunter

I heard about Chefs Brian Dunsmoor and Kris Tominaga a few weeks ago when I learned of their pop-up kitchen in Venice, Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing. Unfortunately, they closed the kitchen even before I got the chance to try them out.

When I heard that they had opened a brick and mortar restaurant at the core of Melrose Shopping District, I decided I must try it out as soon as I could.

The first floor of Pali hotel plays host to The Hart and The Hunter. The restaurant features a Southern-inspired menu that has rapidly gained a good reputation. Luckily my friends had heard about the restaurant too and wanted to try it out as well.…

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Ricky’s Fish Tacos

Well, I simply cannot recall the number of times friends have recommended Ricky’s Fish Tacos, and I have blatantly and stubbornly ignored them. However, two reasons justified my lack of interest; firstly, I loathe fish which means that anything to do with fish automatically loses my attention.

Ultimately, I ignored Ricky’s Twitter feed; a decision I regret because had I not ignored it. I would have known earlier that they also sell shrimp tacos which I love.

Secondly, Ricky’s Fish Tacos old location comprised of a cart and some seats. As a matter of fact, one could have mistaken it for a social gathering of sorts; say a church meeting or a family gathering.

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Salina’s Churro Truck

So, first of all, I have heard of ice cream trucks, taco trucks, burger trucks but I have never really heard of a churro truck. Of late, however, two of my friends at work have raved continuously about just that; a churro truck called Salinas Churro Truck.

Since I like to do a bit of research on food joints/eateries before trying them out, I check for some reviews online and to my surprise, a huge majority of them are quite euphoric.

Having decided that I want to give the truck a try, I decided to take a drive to Echo Park which is just a few minutes from downtown LA. My friends had told me to look out for a blue corn quesadilla cart because the two often park close to each other. It didn’t take me long to find Salinas Churro Truck at the corner of Echo Park …

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The Bouchon

Las Vegas, also known as Sin City; is a city of dazzling lights, awe-inspiring fountains and majestic themed casinos and hotels. Although I have traveled to quite some places, I have never visited Las Vegas.

This summer, however, like any other 21 years old, I decided Las Vegas was my holiday destination. Well, of course, there was the lure of the nightclubs, but my friend and I were mostly interested in looking for the best food spots in Las Vegas.

One of the food joints we agreed to try out is the Bouchon at the Venetian. My friend’s parents are regulars at the Bouchon, and they had recommended we give the restaurant’s brunch a try.…

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Lucha Libre Taco Shop

When talking about San Diego, most people often think of one thing; the San Diego Zoo and its majestic giant pandas. As a matter of fact, pandas are the main reason I like traveling down to San Diego ever so frequently.

Of course, there is also the breathtaking coastline and the vibrant nightlife. Thanks to Travel Channel’s Man v. Food, I found an even better reason to visit San Diego and on even more regular basis food.

The last episode of Travel Channel’s Man v. Food featured a restaurant in Mission Hills San Diego called Lucha Libre Taco Shop. Personally, I thought it was a new restaurant until I learned that it started in 2008 and is one of the most popular food joints in San Diego.…

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