Daily Archive: January 2, 2013

True Food Kitchen, Santa Monica

Posted by Nicole

As you can tell from the title, I’m back in Los Angeles. Let’s rewind…

My last night at home was pretty great. After a delicious dinner with my mom, David, and two of the future step-bros, I finished packing all my boxes and bags for the trip back to USC. Then I drove to Cassie’s house to join her and Jessi for a few fun activities:

  • eating krispy kreme donuts and chocolate covered pretzels (totally don’t count as dessert, right?)
  • watching Pitch Perfect (loved it!)
  • making a list of New Year’s Resolutions (most of which were joking)
  • puppy snuggles!

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The only bummer was that I didn’t get to say goodbye to Lauren when she stopped my mom’s house. (Sorry sis!! Hopefully the container of muddy buddies made up for my absence?)

This morning, I woke up early for a trip to the gym.

My legs felt very sore from yesterday’s trail run, and I ended up running two miles and then completing the following moves with the cable machine:

  • 3×10 chest flies
  • 3×12 tricep pulldowns
  • 3×12 trunk twist
  • 3×12 single arm rows

Back at the house, I showered and made a tasty breakfast with one egg (fresh from Dahlia, our chicken), a cup of egg whites with collard greens, and a piece of amazing toast. Dave’s Killer Bread makes delicious bread that tastes extremely earthly and healthy. Try it.

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Then I brushed my teeth, went to the dentist for a cleaning, came home, and said goodbye to all the Christmas decorations. Tear.

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Fast forward 6 hours and my mom and I safely arrived in Los Angeles.

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We unloaded the car and then took a little stroll around the USC campus. I had to leave my mom half a mile into our walk because I had dance practice from 5-8 PM. It was a tiring practice complete with running stairs and perfecting a routine for tomorrow’s game.

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When practice ended, I was more than ready for food. At 8:45, my mom and I arrived at the Santa Monica Third Street Promenade for a late dinner.

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Remember when I went to True Food Kitchen with dance friends a few weeks ago? The restaurant really made an impression and decided it would be a good dinner spot.

True Food Kitchen

395 Santa Monica Place
Los Angeles, CA 90401
WebsiteYelp

Although the restaurant was closing in 15 minutes, they nicely sat us down at a table. Talk about wonderful service!

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As we perused the menu, I ordered the Kale Aid Juice – kale, apple, cucumber, celery, lemon & ginger. This was the perfect blend of sweetness and bitterness, and it tasted like drinking handfuls of vegetables (that has to be a good thing…) Even my mom enjoyed it!

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Then we had salads. My mom ordered the Harvest Chop Salad – squash, apple, pomegranates, walnuts, goat cheese & balsamic vinaigrette. This is the same salad that I ordered last time I visited True Food Kitchen and it was just as tasty tonight. I may or may not have stolen a few bites of the goat cheese and pomegranate seeds ;)

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I chose the Autumn Ingredient Salad – roasted cauliflower, brussels sprouts, squash, mulberries, pomegranate & horseradish vinaigrette. Though I hoped the plate was a little more full, this salad was perfect. The horseradish vinaigrette was spicy, but also tangy and sweet because of the dried pomegranates. Also, this was my first time trying mulberries, so that was exciting. I would definitely order this again… or try to recreate the dish at home.

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Next up, entrees! My mom chose the Butternut Squash Pizza – walnuts, smoked mozzarella, sweet onion & arugula. She thought the pizza was good, but kind of bland. I stole a couple slices and had zero complaints. I liked that the pizza wasn’t covered in too much cheese and it wasn’t greasy at all. The dough also tasted very fresh, and I saw the chef rolling the dough 5 minutes before this pizza was on our table. Fresh food is great.

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For my main dish, I chose the Panang Curry – brown rice, potato, broccoli, ginger, carrot, mushroom & coconut shellfish broth. (Oops, totally just realized this is not vegetarian…) Anyways, I was very happy I ordered the curry. There were a lot of vegetables and the curry was a little spicy and full of that signature thai flavor. We used the curry as a dip for the pizza crust and it was yummy. I’m glad I have leftovers!

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There are many more dishes on the True Food Kitchen menu that I want to try. Let’s hope there are many more trips to TFK in the future.

And…… it’s almost midnight. Busy day, time for bed!

– Nicole

Question: What’s your favorite “healthy/natural/local ingredient” restaurant?

Question: What are some of your 2013 resolutions?

WIAW 1/2: Pizzeria Delfina + Radish, SF

Posted by Lauren

Hello everyone! I’m back at work today after a glorious holiday break. It’s strange going in to the office after so many days away, but I’m excited to get back to “normal.” My definition of normal includes regular exercise (I vacationed in Lazy Town), prepped lunches for the week, and WIAW participation!

If you’re a new visitor from this week’s link-up on Jenn’s blog, check out our About page and learn a little bit more about us! Welcome!

Last WEDNESDAY (December 26th) I took the train up to San Francisco to hang out with my college roommates Kerry and Krizia. Kerry is a deal queen and found $1 bus rides from SoCal to San Francisco. As soon as I heard she was visiting, I sent both girls a list of restaurants in the Mission district I was eager to try….

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We started the night off with some Red Hook ESBs and metal puzzles (the kind you have to untangle). Kerry won the puzzle solving contest, FYI.

We tossed the metal toys aside and hopped on the slow moving 49 bus…

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A bajillion stops later, we were a few blocks from our destination!

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Pizzeria Delfina

3611 18th Street, San Francisco 94110
WebsiteYelp

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This well-loved pizzeria gets packed and doesn’t take reservations. You get there and add your name to the list and wait outside with everyone else. Insider Tip: If you stand in the little alcove between Pizzeria Delfina and neighboring Delfina, you can drink legally. We did just that and ordered this bottle of wine while we waited 30 minutes for an inside table.

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The wine wasn’t spectacular, but it did help us pass the time outside. We struggled for about 15 minutes trying to think of Cam’s partner’s name on Modern Family, guessing every name under the sun. After a Google search, I will never forget that the correct name is Mitchell.

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The inside of Pizzeria Delfina is intimate but very unique, with tall ceilings, a hip mural and bright white tiles. I sat facing the dizzying mural of SF, which winds from the Bay Bridge to the streets of outer SF neighborhoods to the Financial District to the Golden Gate Bridge and out to the SF Bay. Super fly.

Their pizzas represent a marriage of Neapolitan and New York styles, with the main focus on local, seasonal ingredients. In fact, half the menu is printed and permanent, and the other half has dotted lines with handwritten options that change from day to day.

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We ordered the Margherita pizza – tomato, fior di latte mazzarella, basil – with Hen of the Woods mushrooms. We all really enjoyed this pizza, but nobody was oohing and aahing over it.

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Since meatballs are still my favorite restaurant food, we selected the Neopolitan Meatballs in Sugo (impermanent menu item, folks). These were baseball-sized and extremely juicy/moist/tender/[insert awkward adjective here]. Loved!

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Krizia and I convinced Kerry to split the Brussels Sprouts with Ricotta Crostino (and that b-sprouts aren’t the completely icky food she remembers from her childhood). Another solid pick, but a bit unnecessary at that point since the pizza and meatballs were quite filling!

After dinner we stopped by two bars. Absinthe gets two thumbs up.

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Great live music and intriguing soju cocktails…

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Beatuy Bar gets one thumb down. Even the photo booth couldn’t make up for the… uh… everything. HA! We still had fun though :)

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Friday morning I returned to the city, this time for brunch!

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The three of us went back to the Mission neighborhood, but we had Kerry’s boyfriend, Matt, join us!

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Radish

3465 19th Street, San Francisco 94110
Website - Yelp

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This time, Kerry picked the place. She found a spot offering bottomless mimosas on a weekday. Matt and I picked the blood orange variety, while Krizia and Kerry went for the original. They tasted the same to me.

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We slowwwwwly ate our breakfasts and refilled the mimosa pitchers 3 or 4 times?

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My breakfast: Migas – scramble of egg, onion, bell pepper, cheddar cheese, and tortilla strips. Served with avocado, pickled jalapenos, corn tortillas, and hash (or fruit or greens).

I totally loved my breakfast, but honestly everything that came out of the kitchen looked amazing. For example, Krizia’s Biscuit Benny – two poached eggs, ham, and hollandaise on a house-made biscuit. Thanks for sharing a few bites with me :)

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Restaurants like Pizzeria Delfina and Radish make me want to move to the Mission right away. You wouldn’t guess it from walking around the “colorful” streets, but there are SO MANY fancy restaurants to try. Plus, it’s the taqueria capital of Northern California – the best of both worlds.

I’d also like to note that after mimosas, there were some shenanigans. Kyle took the train up to SF and met us around 2 PM. We dropped Kerry and Matt off at the bus station around 5 PM, and then Kyle, his roommate Darrin, Krizia, and I went to Thirsty Bear in SoMa for a few brews.

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Those pictures didn’t turn out well. This post is already too long. Sorry!

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Question: What’s your favorite meal to go out for? Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, 4th meal?

-Lauren