This is my 3rd visit to LA since 2005 and I fall in love the city more and more each time. This trip we found ourselves doing things we’d normally wouldn’t/never be able to do.
To offset all the eating (who am I kidding, some is more like it), my cousin took us to Runyon Canyon Park for a morning hike.
It’s dog friendly so we took Mr. Oliver and apparently it’s not uncommon to see celebrities here. We hike to the top of a mountain and can see views of downtown LA like you would never imagine (refer first photo).
I couldn’t help but throw this photo in. Everyone, meet Oliver :)
After a good morning hike we of course need to fill our selves with a good breakfast.
We head to Du-Pars which is essentially your stereotypical American breakfast diner that’s opened all day. It’s almost like what you see in movies!
Stack of Buttermilk Pancakes (5 – one I gave away)
I’m in a diner and I feel the most appropriate choice for me is the stack of super fluffy buttermilk pancakes. Oh man, seriously the best pancakes I’ve had. Sorry Sydney, ain’t no one does it better than America.
Left: Country Fried Prime New York Steak & Two Large Fresh Eggs with Country Gravy
Right: Country Fried Chicken with 2 eggs and Country Gravy
My eating companions go for something slightly more on the heavy side. A piece of steak/chicken is coated in bread crumbs and then fried (southern style inspired) which is served alongside a hash brown and 2 eggs cooked to your liking. On the chicken we also see country gravy which is a thick white milky sauce using sausages as a base – yep, a meat based sauce. So crazy, but so good. These are both very substantial meals which I wouldn’t be able to down for breakfast myself. Kudos to my cousins for doing so!
My sister in law goes for a more sensible option with the eggs benedict – two eggs topped with hollandaise sauce placed on an English muffin served with fresh golden hashed browns.
We know McDonald’s is an international fast food chain. Ever wonder what’s on the menu in other countries?
20 McNuggets $4.99
This happens only in America! Although we just had a family dinner at my Grandparent’s place, we couldn’t help but order 20 nuggets for a mere $4.99. Seriously, that is so ridiculous. So ridiculous we ordered 40! Who wouldn’t for that price?
Baked Apple Pies $0.59 USD
Even the baked apple pies are so cheap. Just uneblievable. I have to say, Australia’s deep fried apple pies reigns supreme though, nothing beats the crunch that we get ;)
Wanting to taste everything sometimes comes at a cost. Even after a fulfilling lunch, we somehow always squeeze in some more.
My cousin really wanted me to try this particular sandwich…
Not So Fried Chicken $9.65
Shaved roasted free range chicken breast is rolled in Mendo’s “Krispies” with herb aioli, mustard pickle slaw, tomatoes, and pickled red onions on toasted ciabatta with a side of chipotle BBQ sauce. Yep, all of that in one sandwich and let me tell you how HEAVENLY it was. Perfect meat to veggie ratio. The slaw was well dressed to keep the sandwich moist. The krispies gave the most wonderful crunch and texture in a sandwich but it was that chipotle bbq sauce that was the star of the show – tangy, smooth, a bit of spice and slightly sweet (it sure does beat Subway’s chipotle sauce). It didn’t matter how full I was at the time, I still managed to scoff down half the sandwich.
One place that my cousin highly recommended was Sushi Stop – a quick fix for sushi freshly made and at a damn good price. My brother and his friend went a couple times. I was only able to go once, and again, after already having lunch… it happens, a lot.
I kid you not, all items are $2.75 each!
Top: Fresh Water Eel
Left: Popcorn Shrimp
Right: Baked Salmon
As it is only a stop over (oh dear god help me!) we share 5 plates amongst the 4 of us for a total bill of $USD 13.75 + GST haha! One piece of everything was more than enough to push me into a food coma.
Aburi Salmon Belly
Everything is made to order. Even the salmon belly gets a blasting with a blow torch right in front of our faces.
Spicy Scallop Roll
Everything really was fresh and a delight to eat. My favourite of them all was ineeded this little beauty – the spicy scallop roll. The spicy mayo sauce won it for me, with the extra sprinkle of chilli powder on top.
We really need a Sushi Stop here in sydney. Please, anyone?!
A day’s worth of eating isn’t complete without dessert.
I thought I knew what shaved ice was after going to Fairfield Markets (in Sydney, Australia) all the time but Brian’s proved me wrong. Super soft and super fluffy (if such a thing is possible) shaved ice is flavoured with syrups and hidden inside is our choice of dole whip which is essentially a soft serve that’s pineapple flavoured. Oh it was all sorts of amazing! No crunch, instead the shaved ice just melted in your mouth (which is how it should be by the way!!).
Any chance for Brian’s to come to Sydney too?
Aaaaand what better way to finish this post than with this obligatory shot ;) This was the first time we went to a proper lookout to see the Hollywood sign. Pity we couldn’t get closer to it but it was good enough for us :)
P.s I feel exhausted knowing that these were our “snacks” during the trip… I guess we tried a little bit of everything so we could eat more of everything.. ;)
12036 Ventura Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 91604
300 South Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 9001
2053 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Brian’s Shaved Ice
11301 Olympic Blvd #103
Los Angeles, CA 90064