Restaurants

Milo & Olive

by Koko on March 14, 2013 · 1 comment

in Restaurants, Review

After last week’s amazing breakfast at Huckleberry, my mom and I decided to stop by Huckleberry’s sister restaurant, Milo & Olive for lunch with a girlfriend this week. For not being a “westsider,” I’ve been heading over there quite a lot recently thanks to this whole dentist thing! We headed to Milo & Olive early (11:30) since the small restaurant, which seats around 20, fills up quickly during the lunch rush. The menu is mainly pizzas with a few pastas and salads thrown in for good measure.

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We ordered the Burrata Pizza, cauliflower and chopped salad. Don’t be confused by the caulifower which you think is going is going to be a pile of veggies only. Instead it is a bowl filled with goat cheese, spinach, pine nuts and roasted cauliflower, a perfect side salad. The chopped salad was filled with garbonzo beans, red onion, cheese, salami and cherry tomatoes and was equally as delicious as the cauliflower. The pizza is the true star here. With a perfect crust and unique toppings, the pizzas at Milo & Olive are perfection. We had the burrata pizza which was creamy, salty (there is some prosciutto on there) and a little spicy thanks to some arugula thrown on top. I would definitely try the mushroom next time, which are neighbors got and loved.

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The wait staff is SO friendly, the coffee is one of the best I’ve had and the baked items are to die for. Yes, we did order a glazed doughnut before we had pizza. If you can come early and without a line, this place is unbelievable. I guess even with the line it would be well worth the wait!

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Milo & Olive 2723 Wilshire Blvd.  Santa Monica, CA 90403 p 310.453.6776

BAKERY Opens at 7am. BREAKFAST 8am to 11am daily, LUNCH & DINNER 11am to 11pm daily

Oh and just for fun, what I wore to lunch:

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Jean Jacket: Earl (old, but similar from J. Crew $128) / Tank: J. Crew $18 / Skirt: Jessica Simpson (old, but same skirt, different pattern $36) / Sandals: Sam Edelman $65 / Necklace: Similar J. Crew $85

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Huckleberry

by Koko on March 7, 2013 · 8 comments

in Restaurants, Review

I rarely head out to Santa Monica unless it’s for a dentist appointment or if I need something from the Promenade. On Tuesday, one of those lovely dentist appointments came up and my mom and I headed out to the westside for a little lunch before my can’t-eat-real-food-for-3-days surgery. We decided on Huckleberry, which is known for its baked goods and yummy breakfasts and we were in heaven!

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To start, we ordered coffees and the Maple Bacon Biscuit, one of the more famous bakery items. Much to my mom and Q’s chagrin, I’m not a bacon person. I’ll eat bacon, but I don’t ever order it on purpose. But I figured if this biscuit is as good as everyone says it is, then I have to try it. This biscuit makes a non-bacon lover love bacon. It is a great consistency and the saltiness of the bacon offsets the sweet of the maple perfectly. YUM.

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For our mains, I got the fried egg sandwich (bacon on the side…) and my mom got the half roasted chicken. We both loved our dishes. The sammie I got was on fresh homemade bread with a perfectly cooked, very yellow egg. The chicken was juicy and cooked with a Moroccan/cinnamon type spice which was unusual, but delicious.

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We were lucky that we headed over for lunch early (11) because by the time we left at 12, the lunch crowd was pouring in. Huckleberry is owned by the same people who are behind Milo & Olive (bakery similar to Huckleberry), Sweet Rose Creamery (an ice cream shop), and Rustic Canyon (fine dining). Fun fact: Q actually learned most of his impressive chef skills at Rustic when he worked there for a summer. The food at Huckleberry’s wasn’t only delicious, the ambiance and decor was lovely. I never thought I would say this, but I can’t wait to go back to the dentist’s office, so I can stop by for lunch here first!

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Huckleberry / 1014 Wilshire Blvd. / Santa Monica, CA / 90401 / 310.451.2311

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An American in Paris 3

by Koko on January 13, 2013 · 7 comments

in Restaurants, Travel

Day 3 was a blast. I took my first trip on the French subway, which was a lot like the British tube. We were packed like sardines in those cars!

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We began the day by going to our favorite silverware shop. My mom stumbled across this small shop 5 years ago and every year since she has brought back a set of silverware for the family. This year she let me pick a set for Q and myself to take back to Fairbanks with us.

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We then had lunch at Le Comptoir, the first high end French restaurant I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating at.  I ordered escargot, why not! Delicious food, amazing atmosphere, and such a fun lunch.

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Views from the Paris streets:

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We ended the day by taking a French flower arranging course. I love flowers, but am lost when it comes to putting flowers together in a bouquet. This class, taught in French, taught us how to create a bouquet the French way. They like monochromatic bouquets that are placed at an angle in their vases. The instructor breezed through her arrangement and I struggled with mine for an hour! It was SO much fun.

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Outfit from today:

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Coat: Vince (super warm and stylish!) (similar)

Snood: J. Crew Wool Snood

Polka Dot Sweater: J. Crew (similar)

Pants: J. Brand 901 Legging Jeans

Boots: Stuart Wietzman 50/50 (the best boots ever, worth every penny!)

Bag: Zara (similar)

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Anchorage Weekend

by Koko on September 17, 2012 · 4 comments

in Alaska, Restaurants, Travel

So we had the best time ever visiting our friends Jen and Herman down in Anchorage. The drive was absolutely gorgeous – all snow capped mountains and trees with leaves changing colors. The beauty made 6 hours fly by. On Friday night, Q and I went on a date to a highly recommended restaurant, Simon & Seaforts. We were so happy to be eating delicious food again (no offense Fairbanks, but your restaurant selection isn’t great) and we loved taking in the scenery. On Saturday, Q played golf and I got to go shopping! I’ve never been more excited to be in a Gap store in my whole life. The four of us all went to the famous Moose’s Tooth for dinner (delicious pizza joint) and then went to sleep since we had a long drive on Sunday. We had one final meal at Spenard Roadhouse and were off. The weekend was quick, but memorable. Making friends in the military world is really a catch-22 because eventually one of you is going to move away. We were lucky our friends only moved 6-hours from us and we were able to spend some much needed time together!

And I apologize for only food and scenery pictures, we were having so much fun I forget to take out my camera!

This guy caught a huge moose (look at the antlers attached to his ATV). Only in Alaska…

 

First delicious meal in a while. We maybe overdid it on the ordering…

Best brunch place!

The second best part of the trip = TARGET!

Heading home, into the storm!

Home sweet home (French bistro wine glasses my mom got us, I found them online here). 

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