Ivory on Sunset, Los Angeles

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Category: Los Angeles Restaurant and Bar
Cuisine:  Western, American
Price Range on Average: USD $12- $16 cocktail and main course at USD $35-$100
Ambiance: Chic and Glamorous. Amazing View.
Address:Ivory on Sunset, Mondrian Los Angeles, 8440 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA
Tel: +1 (323) 848 6000
Website: http://ivoryonsunset.com
Opening Hours: Dinner, Sunday-Thursday 5pm-10:30pm and Friday-Saturday 5pm-11:00pm, Breakfast, Everyday 7am-11:30am, Lunch, Everyday 11:30am-5pm, Brunch, Saturday-Sunday 10:30am-3pm,  Cocktail Hour, Monday-Friday 4pm-6pm
Last Visited: 2016

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Review:
Although Ivory serves good food, I love it best for its breath taking views of Los Angeles and for its open space. If you want to see the Los Angeles City landscape over a nice drink in a lovely setting then Ivory is the place for you. The atmosphere is usually busy and certainly very glamorous, usually frequented by celebrities with their agents, film producers and directors. If you want a quiet spot, request for a corner table by the window as I did during my recent visit, you’ll certainly get a very nice view of Los Angeles.  I love taking photographs of city views and often make an effort to take nice shots of the places I visit. Aside from fantastic views, their smoothies are for me the crown jewels. Ivory’s pineapple & mango and strawberry & banana smoothies are both made from sweet fresh fruit; lovely and refreshing perfect for the L.A heat. The best way to spend your Saturday afternoon.

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NB:
Pictures by Angelie Torne and la.eater.com

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Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant, Los Angeles

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Category: Restaurant
Cuisine: Delicatessen and Restaurant
Price Range on Average: USD $15 – $20 a sandwich
Ambiance: Classic old school Deli from a 1950s film noir movies, populated by L.A Cops.
Address: 704 South Alvarado, Los Angeles, 90057 California, USA
Tel: +1 213-483-8050
Website: http://www.langersdeli.com
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8AM – 4PM, closed Sundays and select holidays
Last Visited: 2016

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Review:
Located across from historic MacArthur Park, Langer’s is a cultural heritage institution in Los Angeles. Founded in 1947, Langer’s Delicatessen and Restaurant has been serving their famous #19 Pastrami, Swiss Cheese and Cole Slaw Russian Dressing for the last 66 years.
Their Pastrami sandwich is truly exceptional. Their #55 – Corned Beef with Cole Slaw and Russian Style Dressing is dish that should not be missed too.

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Finally, Langer’s also serves heart-warming boiled Chicken and vegetable soup with Matzo balls and noodles. One of my all time favourite soups. The portions are big but if you have room, have side dishes too. Langer’s also serves comforting chili cheese fries. Personally, being a small person I found that the hot Pastrami or Corned Beef sandwich is more than enough to satisfy my appetite.
Always packed with regulars and a batch of L.A. cops, that makes Langer’s feel like you just step into a scene in a 1950′s film noir movie, this place offers great heart warming dishes and an ambiance. The decor  takes you back in time and reminds me of LA diners of 1950′s. I love Langer’s and certainly a place that I am sure I will keep coming back to. The service is quick, ambiance is fun and the food is great, what else can you ask for? Well there is just one for me – they don’t serve Italian espresso. Just drip-coffee. Which I guess makes it all the more authentic, but if you have a caffeine addiction like me make sure you grab an expresso in the morning before you order #19. Aside from that I would highly recommend Lanager’s to all those who want to try a fantastic hot pastrami sandwich and experience a truly local L.A diner.

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All American Fluffy Pancakes

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I’ve always love pancakes. As a child I always look forward to fluffy pancakes for breakfast drizzled with real maple syrup. I used to look forward to pancake day and during my recent trip to New York my childhood obsession to pancakes resurfaced when I had this wonderful buttermilk lumberjack pancake at Comfort Diner in 214 East off 45th Street. I then wondered why I haven’t had pancakes in ages. So as soon as I landed in LA the following day I couldn’t resist having pancakes for breakfast again. In LA there’s nowhere better than The Griddle Cafe on Sunset boulevard for the ultimate pancake experience of a life time. An institution in its own right that’s certainly worth a visit when in LA. The Griddle Cafe’s pancakes are the giants of the pancake world. The pancakes are fluffy and tasty and made from buttermilk. Here’s my take on of the ultimate fluffy American pancake. I hope you enjoy it!

KITCHEN KIT:
A spatula, a crepe frying pan, a whisk, measuring spoons.

Makes: 6 pancakes

Ingredients:
1. 150g. plain flour
2. 1 tbsp. baking powder
3. 1/2 tsp. of salt
4. 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
5. 1 tbsp. caster sugar
6. 250 ml. of full fat milk or buttermilk
7. 2 medium size eggs
8. 30g. of unsalted butter (cubed into small pieces)

Process:
1. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla extract and caster sugar into a large bowl. In a separate bowl whisk the milk and eggs.
2. Pour the milk and egg into the flour mixture and, using a whisk, beat until the batter is smooth.
3. Heat a frying pan over a low heat and add a knob of butter. When it’s melted, add a ladle of batter. When the pancake begins to bubble, turn it over and cook until both sides are golden brown and the pancake has risen to about 1cm (½in) thick.

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Serve with real maple syrup, berries and cream.

Note: To make a fluffier pancake substitute the plain flour with self-raising flour. If you do decide to use self-raising flour you still need to use baking powder.

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Randy’s Donut Inglewood, California, USA

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Category: Donut Shop
Cuisine: Serving donuts, sandwiches and bagels.
Price Range on Average: USD $0.95 to $2.00 a Donut
Ambiance: Drive-thru only no seating.
Address: Randy’s Donut Shop 805 West Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301, USA
Tel: +1 (310) 645-4707
Website:http://randysdonuts.com
Opening Hours:  24 hours, 7 Days a week
Last Visited: 2016

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Review:
Close family, friends, colleagues or even acquaintances can attest for my love or should I accurately say obsessions for macaroon, French patisseries and all sorts of desserts. A trip to Paris or anywhere in France will certainly involve a stop at a French Patisserie shop just so I can have a nice tarte aux pomme, chouquette or tarte aux citron. As my lovely family and friends read this blog, I am sure they will be shaking their heads as they remember the times I’ve dragged them on a very long detour trip just so we can try a patisserie, ice-cream or dessert that I’ve read about somewhere.

Food for me is a pleasure to be shared and enjoyed. Thus, I have made it my mission in life to always take my family and friends along in my food adventures around the world and on many cases experiment my new recipes on them.

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Aside from my French patisserie obsessions there is also no way I will take a plane back to U.K from Italy without having a creamy, heavenly gelato that just melts away under the Tuscan sun. A trip to Italy is not complete without an ice-cream tour.
Equally, there is no way on earth I will take a flight back to UK from L.A without stopping at Randy’s Donuts. My donut obsession started as a child, unfortunately for my mother who introduced me to donut my addiction to the yummy hollow donut did not diminish as I grew older. In fact, the donut obsession just grew with me. As I was growing up I discovered that there were in fact so much more flavours to choose from and try. My love for donuts therefore continues and my Mom certainly encouraged it or should I say shared those donut moments with me.

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Dunkin Donut’s strawberry and lemon frost were once a favourite when I was 7 years old, then there was the munchkins when I was 9, then came the Spanish churros con chocolate and Krispy Kreme and finally Randy’s donuts.

Randy’s donuts are freshly made every day, the old fashion glaze donuts are nice and hollow in the inside, not too sweet, has a lovely crunch to it and they are not stodgy at all. That means you can have two donuts instead of just having one. An opportunity to try more flavours!

Randy specialises in donuts, it’s what they do best and they are certainly well known for it. There’s always a long queue and there will always be, so be prepared to wait if you do visit. Randy’s donut is just a ‘drive-thru’ establishment so there won’t be a place to sit either. It is a bakery and a landmark building in Inglewood, California, near Los Angeles International Airport. It has a giant donut structure that will be so hard to miss. According to Wikipedia the first Giant Donut was built in 1953 there were 10, though only 4 giant donut structures are left today.

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Randy serves a variety of donut flavours that comes in different shapes and sizes. There’s the Texas glazed, raspberry or lemon jelly donuts, long john bar donuts with chocolate and maple syrup and the list goes on and on. Aside from donuts they also sell cookies, bagels, brownies, croissant, coffee, tea, other refreshments and souvenirs for the donut super fans! If you are a donut super fan then I would highly recommend a visit to Randy’s. The gigantic donut structure is so big and visible in the highway that it would be impossible to miss it. When I first saw the giant donut it made me giggle so much that I couldn’t breathe, the donuts at Randy’s are super delicious that it will make your trip certainly worthwhile! Happy donut eating!

 

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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Santa Monica Boulevard, USA

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Category: American Cafe
Cuisine: Serving croissant, donuts, sandwiches and bagels.
Price Range on Average: USD $6 for a coffee
Ambiance: Busy and Friendly
Address: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Santa Monica & Beverly Glen, 10401 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025, USA
Tel: +1 (310) 234-8411
Website: http://locations.coffeebean.com/usa/los-angeles/beverly-glen-and-santa-monica.html
Opening Hours: Mon- Sun from 5am to 9pm
Last Visited: 2016

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Review:
I love coffee and tea. In all my travels, I will always try local cafes and tea houses, find the time to visit a specialist coffee and tea shops and won’t hesitate to try local chain cafes too.
Although, I love American Diners, many don’t serve espresso or strong coffee. Five cups of coffee in many American diners will probably be an equivalent of a single Italian espresso shot. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is a chain just like Starbucks, Dunkin’Donuts, Costa and so on. If you are just like me, in need of a strong espresso in the morning before you can even function then ‘The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’ espresso is the place for you. There are many other good independent coffee shop in Santa Monica but if you happen to be having breakfast at a Diner and need to have a good a coffee shot of espresso, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is all over town and you can easily find one. They also serve ice blended coffee which in my personal experience taste so much better with an extra espresso shot and a perfect drink for the afternoon heat of Santa Monica beach. There’s also free wifi and the service is always quick and friendly. Open early in the morning from 5am to 9pm a good place to meet friends and enjoy a cup of coffee with a croissant, a brownie, a bagel or all of the above. Enjoy!

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