Café Gratitude – Beverly Hills, CA
My brother-in-law, who’s a vegan now, has been raving about this place for a while now. While I’m not vegan myself, I do have an appreciation for plant-based food so I decided to check it out the last time I was in LA. First impression was that the space is beautiful! Open and airy, white and minimalistic…it’s a very peaceful environment.
My friend and I decided to share two things – the Mucho/Mexican Bowl and the Lucky/Torta Española Chopped Salad. Our server recommended adding braised oyster mushrooms to the Mucho bowl to give it that carnitas taste and texture. GREAT rec!!! Had I not eaten breakfast already, I probably would have gone for the Festive/Chilaquiles…I’m a sucker for those. Next time!
Spring – London, UK
What a beautiful restaurant! Spring is located in the New Wing of the Somerset House. I’m not going to lie…it was a little hard for us to find when we got out of our Uber. When you go, enter on the street that continues over Waterloo Bridge.
The interior alone is so soft and comforting. It’s “pretty”. The food was equally as impressive and beautiful. I’ve also heard from a friend that lives there that the bar is a great place to meet friends for drinks. I would definitely go back!
Wild salmon carpaccio with ginger, gooseberries and horseradish
Bistecca alla Fiorentina with cannellini beans and slow cooked chard for two (or three)
Bitter chocolate semifreddo with nocino caramel and walnuts
Costes – Paris, France
Our first day in Paris we were hot off the plane and needed some lunch pronto! Our hotel recommended the terrace at Hotel Costes as it was just a block from where we were staying. What a great find! Super chic and trendy, I would love to sit here all day and just people watch while drinking my French rosé.
Ivan Ramen – New York, NY
Oh boy! If you’re familiar with Chef’s Table on Netflix then you already know about this place. If not watch the show, you don’t even need to commit to the whole series, but this episode is worth it. I finally got my husband to watch it and afterwards, he was craving ramen every single night – no joke. We were conveniently on our way to NYC shortly after so we made going to Ivan Ramen our #1 priority. SOOOOO worth it! Holy cow. We were with another couple and all of us ordered the same thing – the Chicken Paitan (with an oven roasted tomato of course). When it came and we took our first bite we were all speechless and then…just moaned. I kid you not. I’m already dying to go back. We got in line 30 minutes before they opened because we didn’t have a reservation and it was a good thing. If you’re a ramen fan this should be at the top of your list!
Steamed Pork Buns – soy-mushroom glaze, picked diakon
Kyuri Pickles – persian cucumbers, spiced rice vinegar, dill
Miso-Roasted Cauliflower – shio-koji butter, fresno chili, bonito
Chicken Paitan – rich chicken broth, minced chicken, egg yolk, shio combo, rye noodles