Oh, hello world! I’m back! Alright, maybe I have been back for almost a month or something. Whatever! Things get busy, ok?! Anyways, here are some recent adventures we have had that you may be interested in checking out too.
1) Villains Tavern
Los Angeles, CA 91003
Yes, I know what you are thinking: “Brittany, Villains Tavern is in downtown LA. You hate downtown LA. Why would you suggest I go there?” I know, I know… I HATE downtown. The roads are confusing, lots of sketch people/areas, and the parking… OY THE PARKING! But, a few gal pals and I ventured to Villains a few weeks ago and I loved it! It’s in the industrial part of downtown LA, so you don’t have to deal with any of the crap I listed above. It’s basically this bar in the middle of nowhere, which I find to be a good thing. Parking is super easy (they have a FREE lot. Unfortunately the night we were there they were shooting Castle right down the road, so the lot was taken for cast and crew parking.) and the bar is really mellow, good prices and yummy food. Beers on tap are around $6 and come in Mason Jars (always love drinking my booze out of mason jars!). I hadn’t eaten dinner yet, so I got the veggie burger and seriously fell in love. It may possibly be the BEST veggie burger I have eaten in LA and I have had my fair share of veggie burgers. The atmosphere is great and quite the mid twenties crowd. They also usually have a band playing outside. It was a little loud, but it was all good. If you’re looking for a new hot spot to try out and not looking for the headache of a usual downtown bar, definitely check out Villains.
2) Sublime Food Lounge
8631 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Located in the heart of the art district in Culver City, don’t be fooled by the super chic set-up of this restaurant. It’s very well priced and DELICIOUS. My LA Grandmother and I decided to try this place out. Neither of us had been here and I was a little nervous. We opted to sit outside even though the weather had been quite chilly in LA. The help were more then willing to make sure a heater was right next to our table, so we didn’t feel the cold at all. One of the things that really stood out to me about Sublime was their unusual cuisine. We decided on the Soft Shell Crab as an appetizer (it was a special for the evening), the Crispy Pork Belly and Lobster Bacon Mac N Cheese as our entrees, and then the goat cheese Cheesecake for dessert. I was a little iffy at first about the Crispy Pork Belly. I’m not really a red meat fan, but I said “Hell, why not! I will try it out.” DELICIOUS! And the Lobster Bacon Man N Cheese was so unique and melted in my mouth. Like I said, not your average food to see on a menu, especially in LA. But damn was it good. And the best part was our bill. Which was only $75 for two people (a full course meal and we each had a glass of wine) and that ain’t shabby! If you are on the Westside and looking for a new place to try, I would def suggest Sublime Food Lounge.
3) The Hollywood Bowl
2301 North Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90068
The LAQP’s headed to the Hollywood Bowl to see LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, and Sleigh bells a few weeks back. I had never been to the Bowl before, but it’s been a desire of mine since I have moved to LA. Finally (even though we couldn’t really afford it) we bought tickets for the concert of a lifetime! I have never really been a huge fan of large venues, but the bowl didn’t have a bad seat in the house. It seriously was the most amazing concert I have ever been too and if you take a look at the bowl schedule, I highly suggest getting some friends together and going. Make sure to call ahead of time to see if you can bring bottles in the venue or not. For our particular show they didn’t allow alcohol in bottles. Which we did not get the memo about so we showed up packing 4 bottles of wine and we found out at the gate we couldn’t bring them in. Luckily the woman that checked our bags was a cool-ass chica and told us to go to the concession stand and buy a large cup and then we could bring the wine in. After spending $5 on a cup that was really worth a dollar, we ended up inside with our four “cups” of wine.
Then we saw the best concert ever. I really suggest heading here for a concert and even if you can only buy the cheapest tickets, which we did. We moved down closer to the stage and were never kicked out of our seats or questioned by ushers where we were supposed to be sitting. Also, not to mention LCD Soundsystem,
and Sleigh Bells
which are three of the most rad/danceworthy bands out right now. So please scrap some dollas together and go see one of your fave bands at the bowl!
4) Corner Cottage
310 S Victory Blvd
Burbank, CA 91502
One of those little restaurants that you shouldn’t judge from the outside. But once you walk in to the small café (literally, SO SMALL. There are maybe three tables and a small bar with a few stools) and smell those aroma’s, you know you have made the right choice. My boyfriend, Bryan, was told about this place by a co-worker that said they had one of the best breakfast burritos in LA. The two of us ventured over to the Corner Cottage one morning. Luckily we got there right in time because soon after we ordered, a huge line started to form. Since they are known for their breakfast burritos, we each opted for that. I got one with bacon and my boyfriend got the same but with sauce, which FYI IS EXTREMELY SPICY! The guys that work at corner cottage sure have a system down and it was cool to sit at the counter and watch these boys in action. I really wonder how many tortillas and potatoes these dudes go through a day. After about 10 minutes, our burritos were done and we headed back to Bry’s house to eat since the place was so tiny and seemed more of a take-out joint. I couldn’t wait to get home, I was so exited to dig in to this thing. And once we finally got back, I was not disappointed. I unopened my HUGE breakfast burrito filled with egg, cheese, potato, and bacon. I ate it so slow because I didn’t want it to be done. Bry ate his very slowly too, but more because of the spice level from the sauce. I would suggest getting it on the side or not at all if you’re a baby like me ☺ The breakfast burritos range from $3.50 (with no meat) to $4.50 and are quite a steal for the meal you get. If your in the Burbank area around breakfast time or maybe even lunch, stop my Corner Cottage!