Even though I only worked four days this week, I'm practically giddy that the weekend is finally here. I blame the fact that I totally thought Wednesday was Thursday, like, all day long. But, it's Friday, and a fun-filled local weekend is peaking around the corner. That being said, I couldn't help but take one more chance to relive our West Coast trip, which is the inspiration for today's Friday Five: the best foods I ate in LA! Whatever you do and wherever you are this weekend, I hope it's delicious :)
Honorable mention - In-N-Out Burger - It's truly un-American that I've been to LA so many times and hadn't visited the famous burger chain until this trip. We stopped at In-N-Out after our friends retrieved us from the airport. Matt ordered two "Animal Style" burgers (from the not-so-secret menu) and fries. The fries were just meh, but the burgers were freaking delicious! We agreed the beef patties had a great taste and texture and seemed much more substantial than other fast food burgers. I had only three bites, but that was enough to know that In-N-Out burgers are LEGIT, y'all.
5. Marinated fish & avocado with capers, Chinese peas, artichokes from The Milky Way - A staple of every trip to Los Angeles, this charming kosher dairy restaurant is one of my favorite places in the city. Though I've tried nearly everything on the menu, I usually stick to a few tried and true items: mushroom fettucine (with steamed broccoli), tuna melts, salmon puffs, and the best-I've-ever-had guacamole and chips. But, for some reason, I went rogue and ordered an item new to me... and it was awesome.
4. Mini peanut butter chocolate chip cupcake with PB buttercream from Sprinkles - Because one can never have enough dessert, especially on vacation, I convinced Matt to stop here after our shopping
3. Buttermilk pancakes from Mary & Robb's Westwood Cafe - Shame on me for not photographing these flapjacks because they were epic! I ordered the garden vegetable scramble with fruit as my main meal but decided to share a short stack with Rachel. Best.decision.of.vacation. These pancakes were the fluffiest I've ever had yet still moist and buttery and full of flavor. If I ever get to return, I'm going all in with a full stack. This photo of the best brunch dates in town will have to suffice.
2. Pistachio salmon sashimi from Yamashiro Hollywood - It was at this restaurant where I first tried sushi many years ago, so it's fitting that my first experience with sashimi was here, too. The sweet citrus and pistachio accents paired perfectly with the melt-in-your-mouth salmon that was so smooth, I could've sworn it was made of butter. It was so good that I wanted to devour it immediately but decided to make it last, punctuating each blissful bite of salmon with tastes of edamame, seaweed salad, and Matt's charred albacore. I'm not ashamed to admit that I got a little teary-eyed when my plate was empty.
What's the best thing you've ever eaten on vacation? Sound off!