February 22, 2012

Weekend in LA (and an Apology for the Thousands of Multiple Posts)

Weekend in Los Angeles, California

First you guys, I just wanted to say I am so sorry for the duplicate posts that went out to the RSS feed! This weekend I moved all my recipes to the recipe section where they belong, in hopes that it will make searching for recipes more convenient. :) I am done moving things around now though, so it shouldn’t happen again! However, you may need to resubscribe to the RSS feed to continue receiving new recipe notifications. If you’re having any other trouble with the RSS feed or receiving email updates, please don’t hesitate to let me know so I can do my best to remedy it for you immediately. So sorry for the inconvenience!

Whew, now that that’s out of the way, first I have to tell you about this photo, lol! I left for Newport Beach the day after Valentine’s Day to spend a sunny girls weekend in California with my sweet friend and fellow blogger Jenny, from Picky Palate. Kevin had bought me a beautiful bouquet of roses for Valentine’s Day, and he knew I was sad to have to leave them behind when they had barely even started to open yet. So my first morning in OC, I woke up to a text with a gorgeous photo of my roses. How thoughtful, I thought! The next morning, I woke up to another text, but nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to see! I nearly died of laughter when I saw this photo of Miley holding one of my roses in her mouth. At first I thought it was Photoshopped! How on earth did he get her to do that?! They both just crack me up, life is always full of smiles with these two around.

Weekend in Los Angeles, California

Okay, now let’s talk LA! :) On Friday Jenny and I drove into gorgeous Hollywood, California, down Sunset Boulevard, and headed straight for one of my absolute favorite breakfasts on the planet: The Griddle Cafe. I know I’ve told you guys about this place before, but I am completely in love with their famous, massive pancakes and french toast. I almost always get the “Recess Time” pancake, which is a decadent, fluffy pancake topped with a cinnamon brown sugar streusel. You can see a few photos of this seriously swoon-worthy pancake here, from my last visit. It is totally and completely out of the world. But the last time I was there, I took my friends Josh and Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod, and heaven bless them, they recreated this recipe and shared it on their blog! You can find their fabulous recipe here: Cinnamon Streusel Pancakes. It really does taste very close to the Griddle Cafe pancakes. So this time, since I can now make the cinnamon struesel pancakes at home, I decided to try a new pancake, The Black Magic Pancake. As you can see it is a sweet, light, and fluffy pancake stuffed with crushed Oreo cookies, topped with powdered sugar, whipped cream and more Oreo cookies. I nearly fainted when I took my first bite! Rocked. My. Face. Off.

Weekend in Los Angeles, California

And of course, I had to get this indulgent pancake with a side of French Toast. The Griddle Cafe’s “Mama’s French Toast” is hands down, the best French toast I’ve ever had. I don’t know what the secret ingredient is that makes this French toast so special, but I’ve never had anything like it. Ever since I first had it almost two years ago, I’ve ordered French toast at every single restaurant I can find it, and nothing even comes close to this French toast! I was a little worried after almost two years of taste-testing some seriously fabulous French toast dishes from all over — after all, the Cinnamon Bun French Toast from Another Broken Egg Cafe is hard to beat! — but when I had it again this weekend, it absolutely did not disappoint. My eyes closed with delight upon first taste! It was exactly how I remembered it. Yay!

Weekend in Los Angeles, California

Another place I always must stop in LA is Joan’s on Third. This is such a cute little cafe, with a seriously fantastic bakery case. There are always way too many delicious-looking treats to choose from! So after walking off our massive breakfast in Beverly Hills, we made our way here for lunch, and of course a few treats!

Weekend in Los Angeles, California

The one thing I always must get here is the Snickers Cake. This decadent, fudgy chocolate cake is stuffed with layers of light, fluffy chocolate mouse and topped with crushed Snickers candy bars. It is truly heaven! Jenny and I both love this cake so much, we recreated it in fabulous cupcake form as these Snickers Cupcakes with Chocolate Mousse Filling. Such a fun little cupcake! I seriously need to make those again soon.

Weekend in Los Angeles, California

We also tried a few new things this time, like this delicious looking chocolate chip streusel topped coffee cake. How fun is this cake? I might have to recreate this recipe soon… :)

Weekend in Los Angeles, California

And oh my gosh… this massive High Hat Cupcake!

Weekend in Los Angeles, California

Can you believe this perfectly pillowy soft frosting?! Combined with the thin chocolate shell and the soft, fluffy chocolate cake, this cupcake was just perfect. So fun!

Weekend in Los Angeles, California

After completely stuffing ourselves silly with LA’s decadent treats, we made our way back home to Jenny’s cute cottage in Newport Beach. We took an evening walk just at sunset, and this was our view.

Weekend in Los Angeles, California

I. Am. Never. Leaving. California.

That is all.

Thanks for looking! :)

 



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31 Comments





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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 22, 2012 at 2:33 am

I think you should move here! You love it, there are plenty of CA bloggers (me included) who would love to have you here, you’d be closer to Jenny, and closer to all the bakeries and restaurants :)

And I knew you were up to things with your blog and doing a migration or merge or something with all the posts. No biggie.

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Nicole H. February 22, 2012 at 6:26 am

I loved seeing and following all of your decadent food travels with Jenny last week on Instagram. It seems like whenever you two get together you take sweetness to a whole new level! Thanks for sharing your trip and I sincerely hope I can get to CA someday to try some of these scrumptious treats for myself.

…and since today starts Lent and I give up the usual no chocolate, no baked goods, no sweets… I. AM. (DROOLING. DYING. CRYING. DREAMING OF SMASHING THESE GOODIES IN MY FACE) INSIDE. Ugh.

PS: Sweet Sweet Miley. SUCH a charmer! SWOON!! :)

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh February 22, 2012 at 7:00 am

Girl, your metabolism is so enviable! ;-) I’m bookmarking this because I can’t wait to take the Mr to CA. I spent my summers there as a teen and I’m sure everything is completely different (they do still have the Hollywood sign right? HA!) so I rely on good research by you and others to point me in a good new direction for my eventual return! That pancake place will be at the top of our list!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) February 22, 2012 at 7:10 am

i forgive you :) honestly i just kept drooling over the cupcakes every day – it was a good reminder to get into the kitchen and make stuff!

and california? yes please, i would like to live there. minus the living expenses :)

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Erin @ Brownie Bites February 22, 2012 at 7:21 am

So I was impressed at the massively tall pile of chocolate frosting on that cupcake. But then when you sliced that puppy open? I died.

Don’t even get me started on the pancakes and french toast.

Excuse me, I need to go consume 15,000 calories.

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Emilie February 22, 2012 at 7:49 am

Looks amazing! I’m heading to LA in October so I’ll definitely be adding The Griddle Cafe to my list of necessary meal stops :)

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Amanda February 22, 2012 at 8:04 am

Next time you head out that way there’s a place you need to go. If you go to vegas there is a food truck, but they hve a restraunt in LA. Its called Fuku Burger. Its amazing how creative these guys were in their food truck… wewaited in a long line to try it, but it was so worth the wait! :-)

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Beth February 22, 2012 at 8:22 am

This all looks amazing! Yum! And your puppy is just the cutest thing ever… I love him :)

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Kat February 22, 2012 at 8:27 am

What a sweet husband and a great photo!!
My dogs would never do that, heck, I can barely get them to sit still for a photo!

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giozi February 22, 2012 at 9:06 am

I just saw you have a story about how you lost weight. Now I wonder how you have achieved all these dul is so good you do. I’m going to leeer history, but also follow your recipes: D

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Chelsie @ A Little Peanut February 22, 2012 at 9:13 am

Oh wow, that cupcake is insane, but in a good way. I’m dying to try those pancakes, and that picture of Miley is too cute!

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JENNA February 22, 2012 at 9:55 am

how fun!! all that delicious food looks insane!! Wishing I was on my way to CA!

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Cookin' Canuck February 22, 2012 at 11:47 am

I love that opening shot of your sweet pup holding the rose. What a good dog! It looks as though you and Jenny had an amazing time. I may have gained a few pounds just reading this post.

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Diana Wagoner February 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm

The high hat chocolate cupcake looks like the ears of a boston terrier. You could put circles on the cake part for the eyes! I have two boston terriers and I may have to make them!

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Kristin Murdock February 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm

So fun! Glenn and I are in LA for the next few months so we’ll have to try out a couple of these places. We hit up Mozza last week in Hollywood – so fun. :)

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Living The Sweet Life February 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Sounds like you had an unbelievable trip!! Great food – great friends – - what more can you ask for?
P.s – - I am now SO hungry from your gorgeous food pictures ;) lol

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Emily McManus February 22, 2012 at 2:04 pm

How funny! I too was in Newport/Los Angeles this weekend (a getaway from Fresno) and stopped at BOTH The Griddle (nom) and Joan’s on Third. Add in Lemonade, and you’ve got my trifecta of favorite LA foodie stops :)

PS Recess Time is my fave as well!

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Margaret February 22, 2012 at 3:35 pm

YES!!! Although, Alabama is my home, I absolutely love California too, Amanda. The Griddle Cafe is also one of my favorites!! We went there back in June from a friend’s recommendation and were very impressed!
Your pictures are fabulous and make me want to go back to CA!

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Amanda February 22, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Totally ironic that my most favorite french toast ever lives in Newport Beach…Mutt Lynch’s – I love that place so much. Too bad french toast does not justify a trip there from Indiana!

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Stacie M February 22, 2012 at 10:22 pm

We found The Griddle Cafe when we were out there last summer and I agree it is to die for!!! I had the nutella/banana stuffed french toast…YUM is all I can say…you have to try it next time!!!

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Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef February 23, 2012 at 7:43 am

so jealous! we were in newport for our honeymoon. i wanna go back!!!

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Jackie Wood February 23, 2012 at 10:41 am

If you ever want a beautifully done pastel pet portrait of your cute friend Miley. I’m your gal. Check out my Facebook page at remember me pet portraits. Or from the link on my Facebook page under Jackie Wood Drawing these loving friends is my passion.

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Maria February 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Glad you had fun! Loved following your Instagram photos! I need to go back to try that Oreo pancake! You always find the best spots:)

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Katherine @ Grass Stains February 23, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I’m somewhat of a French toast aficionado myself, and that looks DIVINE! I’ll put it on my bucket list. ;)

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Sommer@ASpicyPerspective February 24, 2012 at 8:48 am

Amanda…. YOUR DOG! I just want to squeeze him.

Looks like you had a delicious time–now I’m craving that cupcake.

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Amy Shertzer February 24, 2012 at 10:07 am

Thank you for your recommendations last weekend — I was with Erin Conn, showing off my new hometown for our own girls weekend! Bouchon warranted 2 trips for their fab macaroons… still dreaming about them!

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Michelle Torres February 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Wow. You lucky woman, ha ha sounds like so much fun tasting so many amazing treats! I am dying to have one of those high hat cupcakes!

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Emily February 24, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Ok, um… yum! Wish I was there!

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Elizabeth February 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I just moved away from California and I sure miss the food!
Flew back to New Orleans yesterday with treats on my mind… next time you head to LA stop by the Nickel Diner.. they have these crazy donuts and desserts.

These pictures are making my mouth water as usual.

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Vanessa February 29, 2012 at 1:08 am

Sounds like a great trip! And how adorable is Miley!! After reading this, I’m in the mood for pancakes, french toast and all of those amazing desserts… I need to give the cinnamon pancakes a try a.s.a.p!

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Deana February 29, 2012 at 7:53 am

I just wanted to say hello to a fellow Boston lover as Miley is completely adorable. I have a 7 mo old named Finley who keeps me completely entertained lol. I look forward to reading more of your blog!

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