It’s been a whole month now since we returned from our trip to the states, and boy am I missing that California Sun, however, if anything is giving me major wanderlust envy its the food pictures which are lurking in my holiday album. Whilst in the U.S we tried some pretty crazy eats, all of which were posted to Instagram almost immediately by us all. Friends that take food pics together, stay together I say. I really feel that some of these crazy creations deserve their very own appreciation post, so here’s a little rundown…
Chomp Eatery- L.A
Yep, you heard it. Unicorn grilled cheese. I don’t quite know how chomp create these magical multicoloured mouthfuls but they look insane. Chomp is a small cafe situated around two miles south of Santa Monica and is just a short Uber ride away from the pier. For me, the unicorn cheese was just a little but too strong, but I just couldn’t resist a try. The cafe also offers mouth watering fresh lemonades, available in a variety of flavours which are served in lightbulbs – could this place get any cuter?
District Market – L.A
No matter what you’re into, you are BOUND to find something in this amazing food market. From Ramen to freshly made deli sandwiches, the market is truly a foodies heaven. Situated in downtown L.A, the market has over 100 vendors selling dishes from all over the globe. After wittiling down my options I decided to opt for an “OG Pastrami” sanwhich from Wrexlers deli, a rye bread sandwich stuffed with freshly smoked pastrami and a massive pickle.
G&B Coffee – District Market – L.A
To follow our fuel at District Market, we also checked out G&B coffee where we tried their Business and Pleasure. As a massive coffee buff I am keen to try out any quirky creation that comes my way, and the Business and Pleasure was no exception. The drink comes in three parts, one single espresso shot, followed by a chilled almond macadamia nut cappuccino served in a chilled glass, and lastly a carbonated black tea. This was definitely one of the most unusual coffee creations that I have ever tried, and would 100% recommend it to all you coffee geeks out there.
Renowned for their world famous cupcakes and cupcake vending machine, Sprinkles was definitely high up there on our list. Whilst at Sprinkles, it’s safe to say we went all out, ordering a cupcake, ice cream sandwich. I opted for a chocolate marshmallow cupcake with butter pecan ice cream filling. It was a taste sensation!
Alfred’s Tea – L.A
WELL, if you a fan of London’s infamous Sketch restaurant, you best add Alfreds to your wanderlust list! Alfred’s actually have a selection of tea and coffee bars which are dotted around Melrose. However, we happened to have stumbled upon their Tea Bar. Furnished with pastel pink everythangg, neon signage and cacti, it really was a dream! Whilst at the cafe I opted for an Iced Chai Boba Tea which was to die for. Alfreds really is the perfect pitstop whilst shopping / taking pictures with walls on Melrose.
The Butcher’s Daughter – L.A
To detoxify from the crazy amount of additives and colourings that we consumed during our trip we headed straight to The Butchers Daughter. It is rare that you look at a Menu and just can’t decide on your dish of the day, but The Butcher’s Daughter had me stumped. I just wanted to eat everything. In the end my friend and I opted for the “Agro Bowl” which consisted of dragon rice, blackbeans, roasted veg, avocado and red pepper hummus. This was no doubt one of the best lunches of our entire trip. The interior of the restaurant was also stunning with rustic wooden tables, rose gold utensils and hanging plants for as far as the eye can see, I could have quite happily moved in.
Lemonade – L.A
Known for its hipster attracting powers, Lemonade is another excellent place to refresh in the California sun. Their selections of fresh made lemonades are perfect for cooling down in the crazy california heat. I initially tried their original lemonade but was so impressed I went in for seconds, yolo. This time trying out their blueberry and mint flavour, which was equally amazing! Lemonade also offer a variety of freshly made salads and pastries including a selection of french macrons. I mean, can you really walk by a giant fluerescent pink,macaron? I think not.
Upon reaching the typical “Things to do in San Fransisco” posts, it seemed that trying out Clam Chowder seemed to rank pretty high. We decided to head to San Fran’s oldest and most popular sour dough bakery – Boudin’s. The bakery, situated right on Fishermans Warf, offers some of the best clam chowder in San Fran, accompanied by freshly baked sourdough, available in all shapes and sizes. Whilst at Boudin’s you can also learn all about the bakery’s history in its mini museum and even watch the bakers of today creating the sourdough from scratch, which is pretty damn cool.
Mr Holmes Bakehouse
Known for their quiky donut creations, we just couldn’t visit San Francisco without paying a visit. The bakery, which only opens until 2pm each day serves up some of the most unique yet pretty pastries you ever did see. I opted for the raspberry and Lychee filled donut whilst my lovely friend tried out the vanilla bourbon. Its safe to say, we thoroughly enjoyed our treats and would definitely recommend fitting a visit into your travel schedule.