Wednesday, May 27, 2015

California Love - Terrine

This is the last of my Los Angeles posts. I do have to say I saved the best for last. I have read about Terrine and saw write ups by bloggers I follow who live in California for a couple months now. I told the Frans that I wanted to go and it just happened that one of Meredith's dear friends (whom I now love dearly too) works there! 

Terrine is a California Brasserie, which means they serve rustic french food cooked with a California flare.  The space is full of light and boast the most luscious back patio dining space. 

What's a little California brunch without some French Rosé.

We started with the Assiette de Charcuteries. Which translated in English to freaking awesomeness. 

We shared a number of beautiful dishes. Avocado Toast, Frisée Aux Lardons, & a Bibb Lettuce and Avocado Salad.

Main courses on the table included the Huevos Resaca, Herb Spaetzle & Eggs in Purgatory.

It was truly a luxurious and delicious afternoon.

(Jeans: Loft / Shoes: Seychelles / Top: RD Style / Purse: Aldo / Blazer: Gap)

Peace out LA, it was real. Back to life in NYC.

naturally ginger

Thursday, May 21, 2015

California Love - Downtown Vibes & Wedding Bells

So the reason we went to LA was to see our friends Jenny & Greg get married. The wedding took place in Downtown LA, so we stayed nearby. The morning of the wedding we popped a block over from our hotel to Bottega Louie to fuel up on some brunch before the festivities. 

The food was delightful and hit the spot. The unique shining star was the Portobello Fries. They successfully fried a mushroom people! 

We dined on the Smoked Salmon Benedict, Farmers Market Breakfast and Breakfast Flatbread. 

Bottega Louie had a Ladurée vibe but much less intimate. The space was vast with high ceilings, floor to ceiling windows and totally starch white. The colorful desserts popped in the space and were beautiful to the eyes. 

With a bit more time to spare, we headed over to the Ace Hotel for a cocktail. No offense NYC, but I wish our Ace was this awesome. Coffee, food, outdoor spaces and a rooftop pool!

Dress: ASOS / Shoes: Seychelles / Clutch: Clare V. / Sunglasses: Kate Spade / Necklace: Seed

Finally, it was wedding time! Congratulations to Jenny and Greg Weidman. We love you so much! It was an honor to be there to celebrate your special day. 


naturally ginger

Sunday, May 17, 2015

California Love - Katana

People...if there is one thing that I do well, it is eat. Now I just don't eat anything. I have inherited a palate for the finer foods in life. Luckily, my friends also enjoy similar fare. Enter Katana. I've been hearing about this place for years from Mer. 

This West Hollywood robata and sushi bar is tagged at the "super scene for the super hip". Robatayaki or "robata" is a method of cooking similar to barbecue in which skewered food is slow cooked over hot charcoal. This leaves the meats super tender.

We had the privilege of sitting outside on the front patio on a beautiful LA evening. 

We started with a trio of sashimi. 

This treat was cooked robata. It is Wagyu beef over rice. It literally melted apart in my mouth. 

This is the Hamachi Diced - Yellowtail with diced chiles. 

These lovely skewers are Asupara Niku Maki - Beef Rib Eye wrapped Asparagus with Soy Mirin Sauce.

Maguro Carpaccio - Tuna Sashimi with Wasabi Soy Truffle Oil over Arugula, Avocado and Shaved Parmesan. I learned that this dish was created/inspired by my dear friend. It was fabulous. 

Finally, the Hanabi - Spicy Tuna over a rice cake. We also had the Nama Kaki - Oyster on the half shell with a spicy ponzu. 

Let me tell you something I learned. Sake is always better cold. 

LA looked good on us that night. Thank you Katana for one of the best meals of my life. 

naturally ginger