May 18, 2010

Morning in LA: Celebrity Treatment & Giant Sized Pancakes @ Griddle Cafe. Then: Exploring an LA Institution: The Original Farmers Market

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!
Brittney, me, Jaclyn from Bertolli, my guest Jenny, Jenny @ Picky Palate, Jenny’s guest Mandy, & Shelisa
Photo via Mandy

Our first day in LA! Last Tuesday morning I was waking up in L.A. & getting ready for our amazing, all-day event with Bertolli. We all met in the lobby first thing in the morning and were officially introduced to the other bloggers, their guests, and our hostesses from Bertolli.

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!
Photo via Briana

Of course most of the day, we all looked like this! ;)

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect on our “culinary tour of the city”, but after reading the itinerary I found in the gift bag Bertolli had sent to our rooms (and seeing our massive stretch limo!), I knew we had an extremely exciting (and tasty!) day ahead of us!

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!
Photo via Jenny

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!
Jenny, Brittney, me, Mandy, Jenny
Photo via Jenny

First stop: the famous (and delicious) Griddle Cafe. We were escorted to a back room with a private entrance and exit out the back- how LA!

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!

Their giant-sized pancakes were at least 10″ across! It was so hard to choose between all their incredible selections from the griddle: the Nutella Stuffed French Toast, Black Magic Oreo Pancakes, Espresso & Chocolate Chip…

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!
French Toast photo via Jenny

Finally I settled on the cinnamon streusel topped buttermilk hotcakes. I can’t resist a stresuel topping. I go weak in the knees. Heavenly. Brittney ordered “Mom’s French Toast”- the waiter told us it was the best thing on the menu. She graciously shared an entire piece with me and Jenny- and I’m definitely inclined to believe him! We loved it! Seriously YUM! :)

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!

After our huuuuge breakfasts, our limo picked us up at our private back exit and we headed out for a morning at the LA Farmers Market! I totally didn’t know what to except- it was so much more than just fresh fruits and vegetables!

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!

There were soo many delicious looking desserts, cakes, and treats, sugary stuffed delectables piled high with chocolate, cherries, and whipped cream…

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!

Ice cream, smoothies, and hot fudge sundaes…

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!

Candy & candied apples…

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!

There were even treats just for Boston Terriers. :)

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!

Lots of shopping & souvenirs- There was an entire store devoted completely to hot sauces. The names of most of which (while not entirely appropriate to repeat in polite company *blush*) sent us into a fit of uncontrollable giggles.

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!

Tons of restaurants. You could easily spend an entire day here. I really, really wanted one of those doughnuts!

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!

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Next Up!

Gourmet food truck craze! We grab our phones, hop in the limo and track the location of popular traveling catering trucks via Twitter. Then: The most amazing Italian gelato ever. Have you ever had Vanilla Coffee Marscapone Cheese gelato? Well let me be the first to tell you. It’s delicious!

Thanks for looking!!



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1
Elizabeth May 18, 2010 at 8:30 am

Love reading about your exciting trip. I’m originally from CA and always loved going to Farmer’s Market in LA. Great seeing your pictures. I remember years ago seeing eggs separated so you could buy just yolks or whites. Such smart people out there.

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Sheila May 18, 2010 at 8:50 am

Thanks for sharing your wonderful trip. It looks like you all had a great time. Those desserts look yummy. WOW .. the size of those pancakes!

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Becky May 18, 2010 at 8:58 am

Great pics. Can’t wait to see them scrap booked. I love the pic of your feet. Way cool.

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Jacque May 18, 2010 at 9:05 am

This entire experience is way cool!!!! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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::Ida:: May 18, 2010 at 9:13 am

that photo next to Boston Terriers cream pie looks just like miley! (or howie) :P

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Kayla May 18, 2010 at 9:16 am

That farmer’s market looks AMAZING. Great photos!

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Lori M May 18, 2010 at 9:18 am

What fun & the pancakes look yummy from 2000 miles away! LOL The Farmers Market looks way cool, thanks for sharing your exciting trip with us, looking forward to the next segment.

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Collette May 18, 2010 at 9:32 am

It looks and sounnds like you had a fantastic time!! What a wonderful experience you and your lucky reader got to enjoy!!! Thanks for sharing it with us!! We can all enjoy the trip vicariously through you!!! :-)

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Angiemae May 18, 2010 at 10:27 am

So awesome, I’m so glad you’re sharing everything–its like we were there too!

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Phyllis May 18, 2010 at 10:42 am

I absloutely love every pictures. Looks like it was a great experience!

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Phyllis May 18, 2010 at 10:42 am

Pictures tell the story! Thanks for sharing

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Ali May 18, 2010 at 10:59 am

You look fabulous — love your outfit. Any details on where it all came from?

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Debi May 18, 2010 at 11:04 am

Girl, you are amazing! I admire your energy and enthusiasm and LOVE seeing all your photos and reading your blog! Keep up the good work–I can’t wait for more! :)

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Sara E May 18, 2010 at 11:07 am

it sounds like you all are having one super fun and exciting trip … I love reading about it and seeing your pics.. envious too!

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NaTahsha Ford May 18, 2010 at 11:13 am

Seriously! You’re making me hungry! All that food makes the oatmeal cereal I had for breakfast this morning seem like tasteless mush! *jealous* :)

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Tara May 18, 2010 at 11:17 am

I know this is totally unrelated to the post, but I just saw Howie on Little Beasts. I was like “I KNOW HIM!” Ha, I’m such a nerd.

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Kelly May 18, 2010 at 11:45 am

If you catch up with the Kogi truck, make sure to get a Tres Leches cake…. Amazing. And anything with the short rib meat!! :-)

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Amanda May 18, 2010 at 11:57 am

Hi Amanda!

(Love your name!) I’m a new follower and I love your site! Congratulations on your day in L.A. w/Bertolli- wow, what an amazing treat!! I look forward to reading your future posts! <3

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Nataleigh G May 18, 2010 at 12:31 pm

khfdskjhdsf I’m DROOLING.

DROOLING.

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Amanda Sevall May 18, 2010 at 12:52 pm

The boston terrier cream pies…. too cute!! Love it!!! Looks like you had an amazing time and it’s been fun reading about and seeing all the pics. Love the dress you chose to wear too!

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Lori Allberry May 18, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Amanda,
I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed reading about your amazing trip!

I have definitely been living vicariously through you!

THANK YOU! =)

Lori

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Bree May 18, 2010 at 2:43 pm

HOW AWESOME! :D Hooray! :D I’m excited to see your next post! :D

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kelly ann May 18, 2010 at 6:39 pm

i’m loving your L.A. posts! i’m in L.A. all the time and this is really making me take a step back and appreciate this city — i think i sometimes take it for granted! it’s so refreshing to see it through new eyes like yours! thanks for sharing, dear. :)

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Maria May 18, 2010 at 8:42 pm

your trip is so amazing! Sounds like you all had a fabulous time. I can’t believe there is enough hot sauce out there to have a store devoted only to hot sauce! Funny!

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Clare May 18, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Oooh fabulous pictures… You look like you had a fab time!

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Michelle May 19, 2010 at 12:39 am

Amanda your pictures are amazing!! It looks like it was an wonderful trip.

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Cheri Pryor May 19, 2010 at 1:52 am

Well it looks like you are having an incredible time here in my state!! Y’all look just adorable. And that food? YUM!! Excuse me while I go eat…

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Peta-Gai May 19, 2010 at 7:15 am

OMG, I adore your postings and this is NO exception! The desserts made my mouth water! What an incredible experience! You all look so happy and gorgeous! Yay! Thanks for sharing!! PG xo

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Lívia Andrade May 19, 2010 at 9:33 am

Hi! I take some free fonts in your outher blog and i loved! Thanks very much!!!
I link the outher blog with a blinkie.
hugs!

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Suburban Sweetheart May 19, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Holy crappppp, this is just amazing. Seriously. Looks like so much fun! And the photos are great. How exciting!

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Pat May 20, 2010 at 10:36 am

Hard to believe it came and went ..it was so much fun and the best part was meeting all of you wonderful ladies!

♥ Pat

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Becky at "Cheese My Head" May 21, 2010 at 3:19 pm

I would LOOOVE to know where your outfit came from! Especially the necklace! I’m sort of obsessed with turquoise and red together. Ob.Sessed.

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