I love trying new foods and going to restaurants in search of new taste. Last week, I was invited to go to a restaurant called Villetta. It’s this little romantic Italian spot in Santa Monica. From the time I got there until the time I left was pure magic. This is like the real deal Italian people! The waiters were all Italian with the accents to match. The ambiance was amazing and the food! Oh, the food! I have NEVER tasted Italian like this. The staff was so welcoming and hospitable. At the end of the night, I even had the chance to have a drink with the chef (who was straight from Italy and also was a female! I do not know why that excites me so much, I guess it’s because I’m use to seeing male chefs roaming around restaurants). She was so sweet and answered all my random questions about Italy. If you love Italian food like I do, you must go.
Braised octopus with heirloom tomato sugo, chickpeas and mint
Papardelle with pancetta, sage and white wine wild mixed mushrooms sauce/Fettucine ‘alla Bolognese’. It may not look like much from this picture but the flavors that came out of these two dishes were like nothing I ever tasted.
I have my own drink named after me! “Lady Lola”
Sometimes I forget LA has a Downtown. Sometimes I forget even more how cool it is! I rarely go Downtown, but last week I met a friend for dinner there. I felt like I was a visitor in a city I’ve never been to before.
To Do List:
1. Get to know Downtown LA
We had dinner at a restaurant called The Perch. The food was amazing and the views were fantastic!
Roasted chicken with truffle friesCaviar salmon on a bed of lemon risotto
Awhile ago I was introduced to this lovely hamburger joint in The Valley called Umami Burger. Hands down these burgers are the best burgers I have tasted to date! Yes, better then my fried egg burgers I raved about awhile back and yes, better than In and Out!! Umami is supposed to be the sixth sense next to smell, touch, taste, hearing and sight. Honestly, all I sense is goody goody goodness when I bite into those suckers !!! I have tried three so far and they just get better and better each time!
They also have the craziest cheese tots I have ever tasted and they are huge!
Last but not least this place has a full bar! I am officially in heaven. What’s a good burger without a good drink to go with it!
I cannot imagine a better way to spend a gorgeous Sunday afternoon than with good company, good wine, good food and good Jazz! Sunday was the second day of the Playboy Jazz Festival and it was amazing! I only have a few pictures to share. As the sun started to set, it became less about taking pictures and more about dancing!
I love salt! I try not to use it often but lets say…..hmmm…. once a week out of the month I am craving anything salty. Especially Lays potato chips. I think I may be able to go through half of a regular size bag in one setting. No es good! Well, I’ve been into Kale lately and I’ve been hearing about Kale chips. So I was like, “I gotta try this.” I found my new Lays potato chip!! (Cookie cue the tap dancing). It has the saltiness I need but I’m eating a veggie not a processed potato. And they are easy to prepare.
This is an off the top of my head recepie so there are no exact measurements.
Tear kale into bite sized pieces and rinse. Make sure to dry the kale well. If you have a salad spinner use that to dry. Put kale into a mixing bowl and coat with olive oil. Do not drench. I learned the hard way. Just enough to coat all of the kale. Sprinkle with salt. Whatever you find appropriate. Less is more though! Toss the kale to mix the salt and olive oil. Spread the kale in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes until kale is crisp.
Note: This snack is better eaten the day you prepare it. I tried to save some in a ziploc bag. Do not do that. It turned soggy and I threw it away.