Stout Burgers and Beer – Hollywood

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Burgers are one of those staples that can either be gourmet or fast food and still taste amazing. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Stout Burger so I knew I had to check it out. My friend Bridgette and I decided to give it a go on Saturday night. It’s a small restaurant and it was pretty packed. After getting a drink at the bar, we finally got seated.

For my main meal I decided to get The Morning After Burger ($11). This burger came with rosemary bacon, an egg over easy, aged cheddar and chipotle ketchup. Not only am I a sucker for burgers, but anything with an egg on it, I’m sold. This dish was also recommended by the waitress, and with good reason. The meat was cooked to a medium rare and it paired so nicely with the bacon and eggs. It felt as if I was eating a hearty breakfast, and I loved every second of it. For our side, Bridgette and I decided to split the cheese fries. These weren’t on the menu but the waitress told us about it. The fries were seasoned with rosemary. These were very good, but a little heavy on the rosemary and definitely not enough cheese. It was however one of the fanciest fries I’ve had.

Overall, I really enjoyed Stout. I’m excited to come back and try out their other burgers.

Beso – Hollywood

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My friend Brian recently moved to town, and to celebrate we decided to go to Beso. Beso is located in the heart of Hollywood. After seeing it on various TV shows, I was excited to give this place a try. The inside is very dark and romantic, this would be the perfect place for a date. I started the night off with a “Pretty Girl” cocktail which was made of Grey Goose, strawberries, basil, lemon and sparkling wine ($14). This drink was as delicious as it sounded. I also tried the “Watermelon Cooler” which had Svedka, watermelon and lime ($14). Out of the two drinks the Pretty Girl was my favorite. The Watermelon Cooler didn’t have a very watermelon taste too it and was a bit stronger.

For my main meal I decided to get the Jumbo Sea Scallops, this came with four scallops on top of truffle oil mashed potatoes and a pomegranate sauce ($30). The scallops were delicious and they paired nicely with the mashed potatoes. You couldn’t really taste the pomegranate sauce, however the fresh herbs on top added a nice touch.

Since the dinner portions were small, we decided to also get dessert. I chose the Fried Banana Split ($12). This came with cinnamon ibarra chip ice cream, hot fudge, salted caramel and pepita brittle. Oh my goodness. This was absolutely amazing. I could probably eat this every day. The cinnamon ice cream paired perfectly with the fried bananas. All the flavors really came together nicely. Brian decided to get the Churros ($11), which came with a caramel sauce. I got to try some and boy was it delicious. It was one of the best churros I had ever had. I highly recommend both desserts.

Overall, I really enjoyed my dinner at Beso. The food was delicious and really complimented the romantic atmosphere inside. I would highly recommend checking out Beso, especially for date night.

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Fishbar – Manhattan Beach, California

afterlight (1)The other night I was craving seafood so I dragged my dad to Manhattan Beach for dinner. After looking through reviews online, I decided to try Fishbar. When we got there there was about an hour wait, which is always a good sign. About 45 minutes later, we were able to get seated. First, they came out with bread, which I could have eaten as my meal. It was fresh out of the oven and so delicious.

For my main meal I decided to get the Shrimp and Scallops on a Skewer ($14.99). This came with two sides. I decided to upgrade both my sides for an extra $2.99 each. I got grilled asparagus and lemon dill brussel sprouts. Both of the sides were delicious. The lemon dill on the brussel sprouts was a little too heavy so I could only eat a few but the asparagus was grilled to perfection. The shrimp and scallops were also delicious. It was spiced with some seasoning which added a nice flavor without being overwhelming.

Overall, I really enjoyed Fishbar and would definitely come back.

Colonial House – Rapid City, South Dakota

On my big road trip to California, my dad and I stopped in Rapid City, South Dakota. We decided to stay here one night because it was close to Mount Rushmore, which we wanted to see in the morning. Unsure of where to go for dinner, I went to my trusty Yelp app. After doing some research we decided on the Colonial House, which was “where all the locals go”. The place was pretty packed and the inside resembled a dinner. For starters, I got a salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette. Unfortunately, the salad was very bland and dry. We also got homemade honey wheat bread that came with our meal. This bread was delicious. It was warm and soft. I couldn’t get enough. I probably could have finished the whole loaf myself.photo(22)

For my main meal I decided to get Railroad Bill’s Buffalo Special ($14.99). This was ground buffalo seasoned with Cajun spices covered with sauteed onions, mushrooms and topped with a beef gravy sauce. This also came with a side of mashed potatoes. I had never tried buffalo before so I was excited to give this a try. Unfortunately the buffalo wasn’t anything special. It just tasted like regular ground beef. Even though the buffalo wasn’t amazing, the toppings made this dish. The gravy was delicious and paired really well with the onions and mushrooms. I also really liked the mashed potatoes, they were buttery with chunks of potato skin. Although I enjoyed this dish, I don’t think I would order it again.photo(23)

Overall, the Colonial House was a nice place to eat. It’s nothing gourmet but if you’re looking for a quick, tasty and fairly cheap meal, check this place out.

Pocha 32

afterlight-2I love Korean food, but I don’t get to eat it as often as I would like. My friend Grace and I decided to take advantage of K-town while I was still in New York and we settled on Pocha 32. Mainly because of the Watermelon Soju pictured above. This place is known for its Watermelon Soju, and for good reason. This was so tasty you could barely taste the alcohol. This drink is large enough to split with at least three people. This drink was so delicious we even tried to recreate it at home.

photo-192For our appetizer, we decided to get the Dukbokki. Dukbokki is one of my favorite Korean dishes. It’s a spicy rice cake with fish cakes and an egg. This dish is very flavorful and also very filling. If you like spicy food, I highly suggest dukbokki. The dukbokki at Pocha 32 was very good and reminded me of my mom’s homemade version.

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For our main meal, we decided on the Boodaejigae (부대찌개). I had never had Boodaejigae before and this one sounded very intriguing. Inside the soup it had hot dogs, pork, mushrooms, ramen noodles, bow tie pasta, zucchini, tofu, spam and was topped with cheese. Now I know this sounds extremely random, but for some reason it just worked. All the flavors combined into a nice hearty soup. The different elements made for a very flavorful and unique dish. I really enjoyed this soup and would highly recommend it to anyone feeling adventurous.

Overall, Pocha 32 was a hit. Not only was the Watermelon Soju amazing but so was all the food. This is a fun place to bring your friends for a night of eating and drinking.

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The Meatball Shop – West Village NYC

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As part of my NYC Bucket List day with my friend Amy, she took me to The Meatball Shop for dinner. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this place so I was excited to try it out. We went to the location in the West Village. It was pretty packed for a Saturday evening. After looking through the menu I decided to get the Hero ($11). There were so many different options to choose from, but I decided to go the traditional route. I choose white bread, beef meatballs, with a spicy meat sauce topped with mozzarella cheese. This also came with a side salad, which was very refreshing and flavorful. The sandwich itself was amazing. It’s the ultimate comfort food. The only down side what that the “spicy meat” sauce really wasn’t spicy. It just tasted like a plain tomato sauce. Regardless, this was delicious.

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For dessert I decided to get a Chocolate Chip Cookie ($1.50) and an Affogato ($4.50). The cookie was not very good. It wasn’t warm, and almost tasted store bought. I only ate half of it. The Affogato, which is a shot of espresso over a scoop of homemade ice cream (I choose vanilla), was absolutely amazing. I wish I could take my espresso like this everyday!

Overall, I really liked The Meatball Shop. I think it lived up to the hype, and is definitely a place I would return to. If you enjoy meatballs (who doesn’t?) then definitely go check out this place!

Gaslight Lounge – Meatpacking NYC

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After a long day of being out in the sun, my two friends and I aimlessly walked around the Meatpacking area trying to find a place to eat. We were starving so when we came across Gaslight and saw it had outdoor seating, we thought we would give it a try. The first sign of bad service came when our waitress only brought out half the drinks and waited about another ten minutes to bring out the other. We decided to start with an appetizer and got the Spinach and Artichoke Dip. This came with a handful of pita chips. The dip was very delicious and so were the chips, but the chips were quickly gone and when we asked for more to use for the rest of the dip the waitress told us it would be an additional charge of $2. They really shouldn’t give out so much dip if they’re not going to supply enough chips to eat with it.

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For my main meal, I decided to get the Philly Cheese Steak. I should have known ordering a Philly Cheese Steak in NYC wasn’t the best idea, but I still gave it a try. The meat was very dry and not very flavorful. The cheese steak was definitely not a good choice. The fries that came on the side were very good. They were crunchy and had a nice seasoning. It took almost to the end of our meal before our waitress decided to bring out the additional pita chips that we had asked for almost twenty minutes prior.

Overall, I really did not enjoy Gaslight. It had terrible service and the food was just sub par.