How I Order My In-N-Out


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#SomiSomi


Last night I was craving something sweet so Bear and I went to Somi Somi because they have the best ice cream dessert in Los Angeles.

I had never walked into the Koreatown location before. Tyler and Bear got it for me last time while I waiting in the car. The Irvine Spectrum location was clean and acceptable.

When I walked in, I couldn’t believe the filth. The floors were disgusting and there were strawberries on the floor. I wanted to grab a napkin and pick it up before someone stepped on it but I realized there were more than one and it’d be weird if I started to pick up stuff off their floors.

When we got to the register, I noticed more filth all across their counter. As we waiting by the window for our ice cream, I also noticed the fish pieces that were being cut all over everything. I couldn’t help but take a video and feel disgusted by their establishment.

After getting our ice cream, as we were walking out, I noticed the strawberry on the floor closest to the exit door (the first strawberry I saw) was stepped on. Bear had just handed me a bunch of napkins for our treat so I used it to pick up the strawberries. I went to the overflowing trash bin to throw it away.

As we were walking back to the car, I grabbed my spoon to eat the ice cream and at that moment, I forgot how disgusting Somi Somi was because their ice cream is so good.

Bear also mentioned that the AC was not turned on… “why is an ice cream place so hot inside” was his comment. Very true…

All in all, the place is a pig sty however the ice cream is so good that I forget how gross it is and is willing to come back next time I’m craving ice cream.

It’s almost torturous… I must go through hell to enjoy such a delectable treat!

Buffalo Chicken Chowder


BEST SOUP I’VE HAD EVER! I had to look up with Whole 30 was, apparently it’s great for you. So there it is.

I of course made my tweaks to make it spicier and have some texture. I added corn (from the cob) and blended the soup with fresh habanero peppers for that extra kick.

Well, not me, my husband, Bear. He meal preps for me. I love this soup because it’s hearty, flavorful and filling.

I also realized that it’s so good with a side of corn tortilla. This flavor is a combination of pan roast meets tortilla soup meets a Thai coconut curry.

My favorite ingredients in this soup are below… they really make the taste of this soup something like you’ve never tasted before.

Coconut Cream
Frank’s Red Hot

All you need is a pot or a slow cooker. I didn’t have an immersion blender so I just used my smoothie blender.

We just pack it in a microwaveable to go bowl and I eat it at work.

RECIPE

@TheNoMadHotel Lobby 1st Visit


These photos and videos were from my first visit to The NoMad Lobby the day after it opened. My friends and I were visiting venues in DTLA for a birthday party and decided to dine here last-minute after reading about its opening on EaterLA just few days before.

My first visit to The NoMad in NY was several years ago with my gf JL. She had dined there and had their roast chicken and black truffle pasta and wanted to share it with me. After that first visit in NY, we made it a point to visit the establishment every time I visited New York. (It was 11 times in 2016)

During our visits, we met Jhonel and got to experience The Library Room. Our favorite was the NoMad Bar. I don’t usually drink cocktails but I got suckered into ordering one while we sat at the bar. Guillermo was are bartender and he made the best drinks. We probably had five cocktails each. My experience in NY left me desiring to go back as often as I could so when I heard about the DTLA opening I was ecstatic.

The first evening in DTLA was just as wonderful as my memories of NoMad in New York.

My favorite dishes in NY were the crudite and steak tartare. Though DTLA doesn’t have the steak tartare, their carrot tartare is just as divine.

(I’m sorry my posts are not sequential but I have them as drafts and ended up not going in order)

I’ve now been to NoMad about 10 or more times. I try to make a standing reservation on Thursdays which has been pretty consistent and easy to get through the Resy app. However, finding someone to go with was the challenging part. I ran out of friends to go with. I’m the type of person (with OCD) where if I like something I’m going to go (or eat) as often as I can. But with NoMad being NoMad, I’m not able to go every day. I almost wish I lived at the hotel or had the means to go there every day to have the crudite and the 375ml bottle of the sancerre sauv blanc. This would be the ideal diet for me.

My joke to all my friends who ask what I’m doing on Thursday is that I’m trying to get NoMad to become my Cheers, where everyone knows my name. All my friends laugh when I tell them I’m going to NoMad or post it on my social media because the shriek in shock, “AGAIN????”

Yes, again. I love it so much. The ambiance is just my stitch and most importantly the service is flawless. I haven’t had a bad experience in all the visits.

If you have a chance to go, dine in the lobby first, then the next visit go to the Mezzanine. In the lobby you must order the fried chicken, crudite and carrot tartare. In the upstairs dining area, you must order the whole roasted chicken. As for dessert, milk & honey is ace on both levels.

My cocktail choice is the Sherry Painkiller or Cocktail No. 3.

Cocktail No. 3 is literally a cock, copper cock at that. Serves 2 but I’m greedy so I drink it all. Next time I want to order the crystal dispenser and ask for a long straw.

I promise you’ll love and if you want to find me, come on a Thursday.

I’ve also had their breakfast (yummm) and now need to go for lunch!

 

 

 

 

@TheNoMadHotel


Valentine’s day dinner was amazing because of the food. NoMad opened earlier this year and I was so ecstatic. Every time I visit NY I ALWAYS go to NoMad.

Their roasted chicken is the best. Well, everything is the best. We dined in the mezzanine for a more formal experience. Since it has opened, I’ve been there almost every week and won’t stop (until everyone knows my name). Seriously.

If you’re going on a date, both the Lobby and mezzanine are fine, if it’s a first date, I say Lobby. The upstairs is more for special occasions and serious conversations. It may feel a bit tight since you’re so close to the ceilings however the food and service makes up for it.

I saw other tables being presented with this dessert show so I had to order it. The Baked Alaska that is. I’ve never had it before and seeing that my husband is white, he obviously had. Personally it wasn’t the best. I love their Milk & Honey dessert the best.