Salt & Straw

  While Salt & Straw is originally based in Portland, Oregon, it really fits in with the LA foodie crowd. There are currently four locations in Portland, five locations in Los Angeles, and “coming soon” locations in San Francisco. Salt & Straw is primarily a gourmet ice cream shop. I definitely think the ice cream … More Salt & Straw

Willow Rm.

This restaurant was one of those places that I had just stumbled upon while in the area. I was seeing a show at St. George’s Theatre earlier in the day, and most of the restaurants around St.George’s Theatre and the Steppenwolf Theatre open in the late afternoon. Willow Rm. is located in Lincoln Park, a … More Willow Rm.

Portillo’s Restaurant

Known for their popular Cake Shake, Portillo’s is a classic Chicago-area favorite. You can find a few Portillo’s restaurants outside of Chicago, including two in California and Arizona, and one location in Wisconsin and Indiana. However there are forty Portillo’s restaurants in Illinois and it has become a neighborhood classic for those living in the … More Portillo’s Restaurant

Splashes Restaurant

  In Laguna Beach, right off the Pacific Coast Highway, sits Surf and Sand Resort. Within the resort, you will find Splashes Restaurant. I found this restaurant just from searching for Laguna Beach restaurants and wanting a place to eat that is as close to the water as I could get. Splashes Restaurant is right … More Splashes Restaurant

Malibu Farm Restaurant

  Located in Malibu, California, with a laid-back atmosphere and a unique and locally grown menu, Malibu Farm Restaurant represents southern California well. My favorite part about the restaurant is the location. I sat under an umbrella, listened to the waves, looked out at the Pacific ocean, and drank one of the best iced lattes I … More Malibu Farm Restaurant

Nothing Bundt Cakes

  As someone with a major sweet tooth, I am into almost every “dessert craze”, from cupcake shops to cronuts. My current dessert shop favorite is Nothing Bundt Cakes. I used to view bundt cakes as flavorless, boring, and dry. To me, bundt cakes were an unassuming dessert that I would walk past, as it … More Nothing Bundt Cakes

Snow Monster

I stumbled upon Snow Monster, a dessert shop, while visiting Long Beach. This specific Snow Monster, pictured in the photos below, is located on 2nd street, also known as Belmont Shore(which refers to a cluster of restaurants, bars, and shops in Long Beach). There was no sign outside indicating what the shop was, and I … More Snow Monster

Chef’s Table

Chef’s Table, a Netflix original docuseries, follows six different world-renown chefs. From Los Angeles to Sweden, each episode travels to various places around the world to learn the chef’s backstory and to peek inside their successful restaurant. I really hope they continue the series and I highly recommend watching it on Netflix. You Should Watch … More Chef’s Table

Ditka’s

What is more Chicago than The Bears football team? Well probably a Chicago steakhouse dedicated to the adored Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka. Ditka’s is an interesting combination of upscale steakhouse and sports bar. Although I know the restaurant is owned and named after a football player and coach, I was not expecting Ditka’s to … More Ditka’s