One of my favorite things to do is explore parts of Los Angeles with my friends, and of course, try new restaurants. I think that one of the most underrated places to eat in Los Angeles, is Grand Central Market; however, within Grand Central Market there are a lot of amazing and diverse eateries. I love the produce shops, coffee shops, bread stores, and all the eateries and stores in this iconic location; one of my favorites is Eggslut.
Bacon, Egg, Cheese, and Avocado Sandwich
Bacon, Egg, Cheese, and Avocado Sandwich
The Slut with a side Salad
All of our meals 🙂
I’m currently trying to make the best egg sandwich when I cook at home, so I’m trying different egg sandwiches around Los Angeles for inspiration. The menu is fairly limited to just egg sandwiches, but they do have an option that’s gluten free and comes with a salad. A friend and I both got the Bacon, Egg, and Cheese sandwich (mine with avocado, because it was national avocado day) and my other friend got a Slut with a side salad. They honestly know how to make the best egg sandwich at Eggslut and I need to know how they do it! I loved the crunchiness of the bacon, and how the cheese melted on the egg. The avocado topped off the sandwich.
One downside of Eggslut is that it is a small restaurant, so there usually is a crazy long line. However, this gives you the opportunity to take turns waiting in line with your friends while letting one explore Grand Central Market. It also allows you to socialize before ordering, so that way you can enjoy your amazing sandwich. 🙂
Eggslut is a great breakfast option, and being in Grand Central Market makes it even more enjoyable. Look out for a future post about my adventures trying to make the best egg sandwich at home. Happy Eating!
One of my favorite things about Koreatown is all the hidden gems that you can find if you just look for them. There are hidden restaurants, coffee shops, stores hidden in quarters or malls. One of these hidden gems is a restaurant called All ’ Angolo, located on 3rd Street and Kingsley. It is an amazing affordable Italian restaurant, and everything that I’ve tried there has been delicious. I’ve had the Quattro Formaggi pizza, Squid Ink Pasta, Lobster Ravioli, Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken, Penne alla Boscaiola, Brushette Miste, and Tiramisu (pictured above). Each dish is classic, homemade, and affordable, which is an awesome deal for anyone looking for delectable food at an affordable price point ($11-$30). My favorite dish is the Lobster ravioli because the flavors in the sauce complement the ravioli so well, it just makes me smile while I eat.
Another thing that I love about All ’ Angolo is that they do carry out, and it tastes just as good as if you ordered the meal at the restaurant. I know all restaurants should be this way, but it’s not always the case. They also give you good bread with any meal- carry out or eating in. If you’re ever in LA or if you live here, then you definitely need to try All ’ Angolo in Koreatown for fresh Italian food!
One of my favorite things to purchase is jewelry. I love how it can dress up even the simplest of outfits; however, I really only like simple jewelry. I tend to get overwhelmed by crazy or colorful jewelry, so I love it when I can find simple pieces. One of my favorite places to buy jewelry is Bauble Bar. Over the past six years, I’ve bought a few rings from them. Recently, I bought the Crystal Mason Ring in Rose Gold and Silver. I love the ring in both colors, and it looks amazing no matter what you pair it with. If you’re looking for affordable and cute jewelry, then I highly recommend Bauble Bar. Also, with every purchase you make, you earn points that can be applied to future purchases and sometimes you can get free items (like the earrings below)!
Earlier this week, one of my friends told me to watch this week’s Carpool Karaoke and I had no idea why I HAD to watch. Now, I finally watched and I seriously just had the best nine minutes of my life since I saw Britney in Vegas. This might be my favorite episode of Carpool Karaoke, so enjoy!
So I named my blog after my love of coffee, and I figured that it was time to share my new favorite coffee spot in Los Angeles. I recently discovered Demitasse in Mid-City after I went to the chiropractor one day, and I’ve been back three times in the last few weeks. Demitasse is a small chain in Los Angeles, and they coffee is amazing and super fresh. They try to have all local products, and all of the baristas are super friendly. I’ve tried the Iced Mint Cubano, Cold brew Float, and the Nitro ice coffee (their own type of cold brew). Each drink has been delicious, and made with fresh ingredients. If you’re ever in Los Angeles and you’re obsessed with coffee, then I strongly recommend that you stop by one of Demitasse’s locations!
Ok, well it might be the second fall that I’m not going to be in school, but I still love all of the back to school sales and items that go with starting school. Here are two of my favorite things:
Planners! I love agendas, they possibly could be my favorite accessory. I typically get a Lilly Pulitzer agenda, but this year I didn’t like the patterns and decided to get something new. This year I got a ban.do planner, and I am obsessed. I got the planner that says I Am Very Busy in blue. Ban.do planners are cute, simple but fun, and have motivational says on certain days. I can’t wait to start using it in August!
My second favorite thing is the Nordstrom Anniversary sale! I rarely buy a lot of clothes at once, but this year I needed some new clothes for work so I decided it was worth the splurge. I got 7 items, and I love all of them. Here are the links to the items I bought:
The Belted Short Sleeve Top is perfect for fall, and comes in lovely colors for fall. I got the shirt in the green and navy, and I can’t wait to wear it!
I am obsessed with the Short Sleeve Chiffon Top in Garnet. It fits perfectly and the color is amazing; just don’t wear it in the heat if you get hot easily.
Another item that I love is the Halogen® Kick Flare Knit Ankle Pants. They are perfect for someone who is short, and doesn’t want to alter another pair of pants. They aren’t on Nordstrom’s website anymore, but you should definitely monitor it for them!
I bought one pair of shoes, the Vans ‘Classic’ Slip-On Sneaker in Black Patent Leather. I bought the shoes to wear to work because I’m recovering from a stress fracture in my foot, and I needed a pair of gym shoes that didn’t look like gym shoes.
The final item that I bought was the Hooded Longline Cardigan in the Trend Section of the store. It is made by BP, which is the Nordstrom juniors brand. The sweater is super comfy, and perfect for fall weather.
I hope that everyone takes advantage of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale because there are tons of good deals on high quality items! Happy Fall Shopping 🙂
Recently, I have been working on improving my cooking skills. In the past, they have been one of my most abysmal skills that I possess. Deciding that I was going to start attempting to cook again definitely brought up some road blocks, but I knew that I had to try. I decide to try making Lamb Chops and Pasta Salad, and both recipes came out amazing. Here are pictures and recipes:
Rinse & place on broiler pan; if you want, you can put a little aluminum foil under it to make cleaning easier afterwards. You can bake them at 350 degrees for 20-30 min., then turn, put some oregano on, and cook for another 20-30 min. OR you can broil them – you have to watch carefully so they don’t burn. It’ll probably take 5-10 minutes per side.
Cooking time can vary, depending on how thick they are.
Boil a full bag of bow tie pasta. Once it’s done, you rinse the pasta in cold water, then drain it. Put pasta in large bowl so you can stir. Chop up half a cucumber and half a red pepper [I used tomatoes instead of red pepper] or other various veggies and throw into the pasta bowl. Add balsamic vinaigrette or dressing of your choice to pasta, stirring so the dressing is coating all of the pasta and veggies. Leave pasta in fridge for one day and serve next day!
To improvise I added some feta to the pasta salad 🙂
I named my blog But First Café, because I have a serious obsession with coffee. I love all types, flavors, and ways of making coffee. This week I saw a BuzzFeed post about the best memes related to coffee, and they are all super accurate. For everyone with a coffee addiction like mine, enjoy!
While I was in graduate school basically all of my classmates hated the policy courses we had to take. However, a lot of the areas they wanted to work in depend on federal policies. Recently, the University of Southern California School of Social Work published this article about 6 Issues Social Workers Should Consider this Election. These six issues are extremely important this election, and we need to be educated on the issues the candidates the support and vote accordingly.
Today is the 10th Birthday of the only reality TV show that I like, The Hills. The Hills marked a change in TV, and created the genre called Reality TV. Since it was the first reality TV show, it was probably the most real at the beginning. There have been numerous BuzzFeed posts about The Hills, and this one is by far my favorite because it shows how real the Hills was at one point. The protagonist and my favorite person on the Hills, Lauren Conrad, has made quite a career for herself since leaving the show. This Levo post discusses some of her biggest accomplishments. But really, thank you MTV for developing the Hills and Happy 10th Birthday to the Hills!