Montrose is an adorable little town just north of our home in Glendale. We love wandering the streets, shopping in the boutiques and most of all, eating in the unique local restaurants. We’ve never had a fail at a restaurant in Montrose and last night we tried another win! I have noticed Montrose Wine & Kebabs for awhile. It sits on the second story of a building and has a beautiful patio overlooking downtown Montrose. Since last night was such a beautiful night, we decided to check it out!
The restaurant is an Armenian run place with Armenian/Mediterranean decor and food. One of the owners came over to our table soon after we sat down. I asked him what his favorite meal is at the restaurant in which he replied with a series of questions for me. Do I gravitate towards beef or chicken? Do I like whole pieces of meat or ground meats? He then said, you should order the Beef Shish Kabobs with grilled veggies. Now, that’s how I like to order my food! Josh ordered the Chicken Lula Kabob with mini potatoes. We expressed our concern about gluten in the sauce of the food and the owner said not to worry, we only use fresh seasoning and marinate the meats in onions.
The owner then brought us some radishes, basil leaves, and feta cheese. It appeared to be a take on the Caprese salad… I was skeptical about eating raw radishes, but this combination was awesome! Pretty soon our entrees were ready…wow. Josh and I were both amazed at how flavorful our meals were! They were beautiful displays of tender meats and seasonal veggies with the perfect blend of spices to not overshadow the entree.
We left Montrose Wine & Kebabs extremely satisfied and determined to return soon. If you like healthy, flavorful, and affordable Mediterranean food then this is the place for you.
Thanks Montrose Wine & Kebabs for a delightful meal!!
When we were in London we visited a pub and had a classic British drink called Pimm’s. From our first sips, we both loved this fruit liqueur. It has the perfect amount of sweet mixed with an exciting flavor of fruit. It has been nearly a year since our London excursion, and I have still missed the taste of Pimm’s. Until…last weekend!
Josh and I were wondering Santa Monica enjoying views like this…
When we discovered…The Ye Olde King’s Head English Pub! While I am no expert on British pubs, this place had the feel of an authentic British pub. The decor… the food choices… and most authentic, the accents! At least half of the people dining in the restaurant were British and the majority of the servers were British. A little taste of London in Santa Monica!
I encourage you to check it out. You may just be transported across the pond!
I have discovered Instagram! This means I can edit photos quickly on my IPhone and therefore have photos for my food blog. Today I want to highlight a new find of mine–a local coffee shop called “The Cow’s End.” Located in Venice Beach, CA “The Cow’s End” was born in 1988 as a recreation of Old Town Chicago. My husband had been to this local coffee shop many a time, but this was my first time. I was pleasantly surprised by the wide variety of teas… black, green, rooiboos, oolong, white, herb and more! It’s a rare day that I walk into a coffee shop and learn about new types of teas, but today I did. Despite the vast array of tea options I couldn’t resist a White Hot Chocolate made with Almond Milk instead of regular milk. Oh my goodness. So yummy! Sweet, luxurious, and surprisingly refreshing. Even Josh preferred my drink to his coffee (which was also good but not as good as mine hehe). I was also pleasantly surprised at how big the coffee shop was… there were many more tables and couches than most coffee shops. If you are on the westside and want a yummy drink from a local coffee shop, check out “The Cow’s End.”
Some people go to Vegas to gamble. Some people go for the spectacular hotels. We go to Vegas for the food. Vegas has some of the best chefs in the world, with cutting edge cuisine types and techniques. This summer we headed to Vegas and decided to go on a culinary tour. We wanted to go to one really nice restaurant and picked out a French restaurant called L’Atelier by “French chef of the century” Joel Robuchon. A foodie friend of our recommended L’Atelier and said “it will be the best meal of your life.” Wow. Did that lofty recommendation disappoint us? Well, look at these pictures and you tell me!
We chose the seasonal tasting menu. Sadly I don’t have the exact titles of the dishes, but I hope you can begin to see the art of each dish that the photos captured.
We love going to open kitchens where we can see all that the chef and his/her team is doing. At L’Atelier we had front row seats to the kitchen we watched the “show.” Here a chef is carving some sort of ham.
L’Amuse Bouche: I remember it being a mixture of grapefruit, avocado and tomato. A unique flavor that was very refreshing.
A salad with the most savory heirloom tomatoes we have ever tasted!
A very thinly slice sole fillet with the perfect amount of herbs, oil, and flavoring. I still dream about this dish. I don’t think I have ever enjoyed a piece of fish this much.
A sort of tropical Alaskan crab leg. Amazing.
An dish of mushrooms with a poached quail egg. Neither of us love mushrooms, but these mushrooms were absolutely divine. And the quail egg was great!
Josh’s favorite dish was this seafood salad mixture:
A lamb dish with mashed potatoes and greens. The lamb was crunchy on the outside and sweet and tender on the inside. That mixed with the most silky mashed potatoes ever = bliss.
First Dessert Course: A variety of homemade ice creams and sorbets
The second dessert course was spectacular. Sadly I don’t remember the exact ingredients, but the final touch was flecks of gold! First time we’ve ever eaten gold, and let me tell you, it was good!
We finished our meal off with some coffee and tea
So was it the most amazing meal I’ve ever had? YES. If you can, go to L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon located in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Months ago my friend Rebecca began sharing about this restaurant we had to try. So, she and I dined there a few months ago and I loved it. I knew I had to take Josh. So after an amazing morning of beach lounging and surfing in the South Bay we headed up to Santa Monica Place for a late lunch date at True Food Kitchen.
As Josh & I drove closer to True Food, we got more and more excited and even more and more hungry. By the time we finally walked in the door (Santa Monica traffic is no fun on Saturday afternoons) we were absolutely famished. We were seated on the outdoor patio, perfect for the pleasant summer day.
I ordered a Natural Refresher, the Green Arnie made with Matcha Green Tea & Honey Lemonade. It lived up to its name and was super refreshing with a little caffeine kick.
Josh ordered a smoothie, the Weekend Warrior which banana, flax, almond butter, low-fat vanilla yogurt, and apple juice. He loved it and it definitely refueled his exhausted surfing body!
We split the Herb Hummus for an appetizer, substituting cucumbers for the pita bread offered with the dish. One of the best things about True Food is that they are sensitive to dietary needs and are well educated on what gluten free means. We have found that to be rare with many other restaurants.
Josh never passes up a chance to eat breakfast foods, and ordered the Two Organic Eggs which includes turkey bacon and sweet potato hash. He loved his meal, and proclaimed that “these are the best eggs I’ve ever eaten!” Myself, not being a fan of eggs, tried a bite and enjoyed it. The eggs were fluffy and flavorful. We aren’t sure how such a simple egg dish really tasted that good!
Lately, I’ve been on an Ahi Tuna kick, so the Wild Ahi Sliders sounded super appealing to me. I requested them to be served without a bun and on top of lettuce instead. Oh my goodness. The lightly seared tuna mixed with the radish, avocado, cucumber, and wasabi aioli (not too spicy!) mixture was out of this world. It was one of those meals where the flavors danced around my tongue, leaving me longing for many more bites despite being pleasantly full.
I can’t say enough good things about True Food Kitchen. It has become my favorite restaurant in LA. It is a haven for people who love eating healthy, seasonally, and locally. It is a treasure for those with dietary restrictions. Go and try it. You won’t be sorry.