So, FOOD is literally one of my top 3 favorite things. For my birthday nothing could have made it better than sharing delicious and decadent food with the people I love.
On my birthday Joe took me to the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills where we spent the day getting massages at the spa nibbling on their chocolates and refreshing our minds with their fruit infused water. Then for dinner we made it down to BAZAAR. An infamous LA restaurant that is definitely has 4/5 star food but offers it in a VERY affordable way. Tapas! Each dish is about $5-$10. Yes, they are bit sized dishes, but Full of attitude and flavor. My favorite was the Caviar cone and the Fois Gras Cotton Candy. The Sommelier was really great at finding the perfect wine to go with our selections and my odd taste buds. The Bartenders have a little extra something up their sleeves so feel free to ask them to make you something special. There's a ton of concoctions they can whip up that are not listed on the menu. Check Bazzar out HERE.
My Bestest girlfriend, January Seraph, treated me to a girls vacation in San Francisco where we tantalized our taste buds at a couple different places. The most memorable:
The Clift Hotel is where we stayed. I remember their funky restaurant: Asia De Cuba... But it is no more. Now there is the VELVET room to match the Redwood Room coctail lounge. The food was very good. But not just in how it was prepared but in that it is all organic locally grown items. You can read more about it HERE
My favorite place of that week was this itty bitty restaurant in the SOMA called MARLOWE. I was pretty amazed at a couple of their dishes. The Brussels Sprouts chips were so amazing that I want to learn how to make it at home. They are delicate and crispy and... Brussels sprouts! Then I had the Classic steak tartare (without onions or garlic) instead they made it with jalapeno, with a poached quail egg & crostini. Light, fun and filling. The one that surprised me was the Sauteed wild mushrooms with Grilled bread, truffle shavings & a farm egg. (poached or raw, the gooeyness was purrrrrfect). I could have eaten 10 of these. Truffles are one of my favorite things in the world of food (truffles, fois gras, caviar, sashimi, ginger, rosemary, basil...) and they had fresh shaved truffles.
But our adventure did not end there, we ordered their Meyer lemon curd cake (with whipped cream & lemon zest) and the Upside down apple crisp (with burbon ice cream and brown butter caramel sauce) and from this January decided to buy DESERTWARS.com. We're so going to get fat because of this new website... but we must taste all the most decadent deserts... and these are definitely two of them. It had me at Burbon Ice cream.