Food critique

Not So Slutty

The last time I visited Grand Central Market in DTLA was about 6 or 7 years ago. It wasn't quite what it has become today. The boyfriend and I decided to try out Egg Slut and so that is what sparked the long overdue visit. Egg Slut has been on my list of "must try places" for a short while now. I've heard only good things and was curious to see what all the fuss was about. I must say that I probably wouldn't wait in line again to eat there. It definitely wasn't slutty enough for me. I actually thought it was somewhat basic, over-rated and whatever. NGL, I was a bit disappointed. While we were there I stumbled across a little ice cream spot called McConnell's; they had some unique flavors and it saved the day haha. What do you guys think? Any other suggestions of places I should try? XO

Rachel Rates It

Guess what! I finally did it, I got myself a gym membership. I 've probably told myself that I'm signing up for a gym membership everyday for the last year. I took my first Zumba class yesterday and boy am I sore today! Power to the chicks that go to the gym on the reg. Having said that, I feel terrible about presenting to you this most delicious food photo diary. I just can't resist; You must be aware of some of the yummy goodness I've been eating lately.

Blu Jam (Melrose location) : Hands down the BEST french toast I've had in a long time! The eggs Benedict was also so delicious. The food here is a great delight! The only negative is the wait for a table, as they are always so busy!  

The Hart and the Hunter:  Wow, the food is incredible! Featured here is the kale salad and the chicken cracklings sandwich, both were excellent. This place has a super small menu but delivers. I wont be surprised if it becomes one of my regular spots. 

9021 PHO (West Hollywood location) : Usually for pho you can go to any whole in wall and you'll be satisfied with what you get. I recently tried this place out, simply because of its proximity to me and I'm glad I did. I really love the broth they use for their pho. Awesome comfort food for a reasonable price. 

Kettle Glazed : This donut place has some good donuts. The maple bacon one is the best in my opinion. The donut featured is the pistachio cronut they only feature on Tuesdays. I didn't particularly love it so I prob wouldn't return for it. Although they do have regular cronuts as well that are pretty decent. I haven't found a good cronut in LA. If you have any suggestions, let me know I'd love to try em out! XO

Rachel Rates It

This week I'm rating Gingergrass, a charming little restaurant located in Glendale/Silverlake.
My boyfriend first took me there and this is how I discovered the trendy little spot.  
Only having gone a handful of times now, I feel that I am capable of giving you some insight about the place. It has a minamilast decor, which I enjoy. Because I'm always cold, I always sit inside, but they do have a lovely outdoor sidewalk terrace as well. The daily specials are written on a large chalkboard hung above the cashier/ kitchen area. It's a cozy little spot.. you almost feel like you've stumbled upon a secret treasure. 
As for the food, it's more fusion vietnamese rather than traditional vietnamese. I personally enjoyed the Pho, the Wok tossed noodles and Wok tossed lemongrass chicken. I also tried the grilled shrimp skewers and although they were tasty, the portion size was very small. The seasonal grilled vegetable rolls were interesting, but I wouldn't order it again. This last time I went I tried a daily special, the molasses brussel sprouts, and I did not like them. They were undercooked and the molasses brought out the bitterness of the vegetable. One thing I absolutely love there are the shrimp chips! They are a perfect starter and are made perfectly. The crunchy little chip reminds me of my childhood and this is perhaps why I enjoy them so much :P
The service is good, the food is quick, tastes great and the environment is clean and comfortable.
Overall, I give the place a thumbs up. Check it out and let me know what you thought and what you enjoyed so perhaps the next time I may try your suggestions! XO

Who you calling a FATTIE :)

Ok so here's the deal, I eat out.... I eat out a lot. My busy, on the go lifestyle, truly limits my home cooking. I know it's bad for you, but lets be real, it can be quite enjoyable. Since my move back to LA, I've frequented a few new spots and they have become my favs.

BOTTEGA LOUIE - What a wonderful restaurant! I loved everything about it. The architecture and design of the restaurant was so bare but beautiful. I love that all the walls are white, makes for great lighting. Reasonably priced, yet somehow I felt like I was splurging. 
The desert bar is to die for; not only pleasing to look at, but delicious as well. I like the eclairs! The macarons there are overly hyped. Lette macarons or La Duree are the only way to go when it comes to macarons :)
The only negative for me was that there was no parking, its not easily accessible.

SUGARFISH BY SUSHI NOZAWA - This place has become my absolute FAVORITE sushi restaurant. I can't believe I'm barely discovering it. It was JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI, that sparked my interest in the art of sushi and prompted me to look for a restaurant that is considered to uphold such a standard. TRUST ME menu all the way! The Studio City location is the best of all its locations, but be prepared to wait for a table.

THE BOILING CRAB- I gotta say, it was a fun experience! I got to wear a bib and eat with my hands. I'm a seafood lover too, so this place truly was a delight. I was kind of grossed out by the shrimp still having their heads but all in all, it was awesome!

FIG AND OLIVE - Honestly this place has such amazing food. I love almost everything on the menu that I've tried. My absolute favorites are the Sea bass and the Fig and Olive salad. Although this restaurant is a little more pricey than the others, it's totally worth it.

Happy Eating! XO