Went with a co-worker for a quick lunch since I didn’t have anything to eat. A $20 meal here is better than a $17 meal from #UberEats!

Although my first visit in 2005 and many times after that has been much different. I have not been in several years and came back not too long ago. Second or third time this year and I’ve been disappointed. The pasta wasn’t as dry before, the salad was more flavorful. I visited La Dolce Vita couple weeks ago and the pasta and chopped salad was better than La Scala. It was amazing, I licked my plate, just kidding, I did NOT lick my plate, I just swiped my bread on my plate. Cleaned it up! I don’t think I want to go back to La Scala anymore. My place is going to be La Dolce Vita. 😛


I know this place is frowned upon, especially since I’m a foodie. BUT a foodie doesn’t necessarily have to seek and enjoy novelty like dishes. Being a foodie means, enjoying food and eating from anywhere and everywhere. Even a chain restaurant that serves a trio of Italian entrees on one plate! 🙂

I was craving Italian and we were in Downey, so the only place we could think of was Olive Garden or Downey Pizza Company (they serve spaghetti and lasagna).

Olive Garden is like CPK, never disappoints and always consistent. I love their salad and bread sticks. We got the white sauce to dip our bread sticks in, it was very satisfying, so satisfying that we filled ourselves up with it before our entrees came out.

@MasaofEchoPark #Pizza

I’m not a fan of Chicago style pizza, but I am a fan of Masa! This place is intimate and the service is by far the best in Los Angeles (which isn’t a fine dining establishment). Everyone was so cheerful and attentive, the quality of every dish was above expectations and it was popping!

Thank god I made a reservation because we had five adults and three children. We ordered two pizzas, (my fave) gnocchi, salad and the bread pudding. By the way, their bread pudding is made from croissants. No wonder it’s so freaking buttery and out of this world. I love bread pudding to begin with so when our friend who frequents this place insisted we order it, I was on board. Little did we know it was made from croissants.

We got the meat lovers pizza and the other was a veggie. I preferred the veggie since Chicago style pizzas are already really heavy. Even their bread (that they serve pre-meal) was tasty.

Now time for me to talk about the gnocchi. Super garlicky, lots of mushrooms and cooked to perfection. I could have eaten the whole plate but I didn’t want to kill my husband that evening and the next day with my toots. 😛

I never thought I’d say this but I can’t wait to go back (to a place that’s known for their Chicago style pizza)!!!


We had dinner at Ca’ Brea in Koreatown, used to be on La Brea, with a bunch of friends. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was the same establishment and I didn’t have to worry about the quality and tastiness of the food.

The service was incredible and every item we ordered was perfectly cooked with the best of flavors.


I took my husband to The Factory Kitchen to feed him his favorite color in pasta form. 🙂

Known for their handkerchief pasta, we gorged on appetizers,b pastas, desserts, drinks and more drinks.

He seemed pretty happy about his meal. I was too until I stepped on the scale when I got home. Definitely worth the calories. 🙂

@TheFactoryKitch #DinnerDate @JoannaPark

Oh my! This place was such a treat! We got there earlier than our reservation so we had drinks at the bar and had the most pleasant bartender. Unlike The Continental Club.

He was sweet and wasn’t too talky! 😛

We ordered the prosciutto and gnocchi. Both were simply amazing! Unlike our normal selves, we didn’t finish the pasta but we did finish our vodka on the rocks! 🙂