EATING MY WAY DOWNTOWN: LOS ANGELES

I was in Los Angeles for work last week and had such a great time! I learned so much for my new job and the 70-degree weather definitely didn't hurt. (Currently 15 in Oklahoma ๐Ÿฅถ) BUT I have to say... the absolute best part about my trip was the FOOOOOOOD.

Everything I ate was incredible. From Korean oxtail soup to In-N-Out burgers, I definitely flew back to Oklahoma with my pants a little bit tighter than when I first arrived. ๐Ÿ˜‰


TUESDAY
I landed at LAX around 7:30 on Tuesday morning. I was picked up at the airport with a delicious aรงai bowl from Starbucks that I didn't get a picture of, but ate by the pool at the Marina Del Rey Hotel. Not a bad way to start off the trip!


Once the rest of the group had landed, we headed over to Venice for brunch at Great White. One of the best things about California is that brunch is available 7 days a week!


It's no secret that I love avocado toast (because #millenial) and order it non-ironically at restaurants whenever I get the chance. This definitely did not disappoint! It had avocado, fresno chilis, radish slivers, cilantro, and cotija cheese... plus even more greens on top. AMAZING.


For dinner, we headed to Koreatown for my first foray into Korean food! I had oxtail bone broth soup with dumplings which was so good. I also tried kimchi for the first time and really liked it. It was spicy and sour at the same time, which was really nice paired with the soup. 


Mine was very good... but this spicy soup definitely won.

WEDNESDAY
We headed out to Burbank on Wednesday to be closer to a flight out of the airport up there. We stopped at a Mediterranean fast-casual restaurant called Yallah.


I love Mediterranean food, and having it farm-to-table at a fast-casual restaurant took it to the next level! I got a salad place with spicy kale falafel balls (YUP) with hummus, tabouli, and fire feta (definitely my favorite side). It was soooo good, but I definitely need to return to try the fries topped with feta ranch. ๐Ÿคค


That night, we headed across LA to Hermosa Beach to work a little bit and meet a friend of the company for dinner at ABIGAILE. Holy crap y'all... this food was AMAZING. It's family style so we ordered a bunch of different dishes like the wild mushrooms above with polenta, grana padano cheese, and truffle oil. 


I also got this crispy goat cheese and arugula salad with salt roasted beets, barley, pepitas, and honey sherry dressing. It's been a week and I'm still not over the delicious fried goat cheese. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป 

Not pictured: crispy brussels sprouts with bacon, goat cheese, and an apple vinaigrette, grilled asparagus with prosciutto, poached egg, and truffle aioli, and Asian-inspired fried shrimp.

THURSDAY
On Thursday we went to a place that truly changed my life: Erewhon Market. Ok, it's just your average (overpriced) family-owned, organic, healthy grocery store... but DANG. The food is amazing.


We were there for a demo of our products but grabbed a late lunch while we were in the area. (This is also where I saw Doctor McSteamy from Grey's Anatomy!!!!) I got a vegetarian plate with eggplant lasagna (to die for) with a side of roasted green beans (ok, yum) and brussels sprouts with potatoes.


I also snagged this sugar, dairy, and gluten-free peanut butter and jelly donut. It was worth every cent of the $7 it cost. ๐Ÿ˜‰


We stayed in the Venice area after our demo to get some work done, and I got a matcha latte for an afternoon pick-me-up.


For dinner, we headed to Tony P's Dockside Grill for a bite to eat next to Marina Del Rey. Everything on the menu looked so good, but I decided to get a classic cheeseburger (can't go wrong) with caramelized onions, special sauce, and sweet potato fries. Yum.

FRIDAY
After setting up for the show on Friday morning, we headed to one of the places I had been most excited to try: In-N-Out!


Obviously I had to get another cheeseburger and a chocolate milkshake, and we decided to split animal fries. Overall consensus: burgers = amazing, fries = good but a little overrated. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ


One more look for good measure. ๐Ÿค—


That night, we went to Tocaya Organica in Venice for a quick dinner. Pictured above is the prickly pear margarita, and below is the fajita burrito with diablo chicken. It was so good - and so SPICY!


SATURDAY + SUNDAY
Saturday and Sunday were the main events: the Los Angeles FitExpo, so I was busy working and not eating! But I did manage to snap a quick picture of the street tacos I had on Sunday for lunch!


Two beef, one chicken, lots of cilantro, onions, and salsa verde.



Then Sunday night we had a nice dinner at Plan Check downtown. I had a kale ceasar salad with grilled chicken. It was so perfect after a week of heavier eating.

MONDAY
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. We had to head home on Monday... but not before one last stop at Erewhon. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Had to get the eggplant lasagna again, but I switched up the sides (a little) with vegan mac and cheese and roasted brussels sprouts with cranberries and a vinaigrette. The vegan mac and cheese was actually my least favorite thing I ate on the entire trip. But the brussels were AMAZING!

I'm headed back to Los Angeles in early March and I'm already looking forward to more delicious food. ๐Ÿคฉ

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