Blue Bottle Coffee

City Sips, Heavenly Bites

If you’re anything like me, you need your daily fix — of coffee, of course! And if you’re anything else like me, a bad cup of morning joe can turn a good morning into an unwelcome one faster than you can roll your eyes and say, “It’s 10 a.m. and I already need a nap!”

Well, if you want to put those dreadful mornings behind you, then make Blue Bottle Coffee the newest addition to your morning routine. With twelve locations in the Los Angeles area, you’re bound to be within a few miles of one wherever you’re hiding.

My personal favorite is their New Orleans. I’m not a fan of sweet drinks, especially when it comes to my coffee — but I also don’t like my coffee black. This usually leaves my options limited and my decision difficult when I want to try something besides my usual iced coffee with milk. But, Blue Bottle has squashed the competition and made at least one decision in my life a no-brainer. The New Orleans is a delightful, delicate and creamy combination of their fresh Cold Brew, blended with a little more than a splash of whole milk (I often substitute almond milk) and just a dash of pure cane sugar. The ultimate trifecta! BUT the most unique part about the New Orleans is the subtle hints of roasted chicory laced within every sip.

Coffee isn’t all they do right at Blue Bottle — their avocado toast is decadent and their poached eggs are flawless. They have a minimal selection of mouthwatering snacks, but the avocado toast stole my heart (as avocados tend to do). It is dusted with red chili flakes and topped with a sprinkling of freshly ground pepper — my favorite way to season avocado in every form!

Blue Bottle Coffee provides a unique, modern take on a centuries old tradition of brewing and drinking coffee. The story behind its inception and their services is just as sui generis as their cup of coffee. So please, feel free to read more here about how Blue Bottle Coffee evolved into the small but fabulous network of cafes that it is today.

XOXO,

Your Not So Basic Bitch

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Rating: Strong 9.2/10

Address: 132 South Beverly Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Type: Coffee Shop

Price Range: $3 – $8

Must Haves: New Orleans, Cold Brew, Avocado Toast, Poached Eggs

Hours: Monday – Friday from 6:00 p.m. – 6:00 or 7:00 p.m. – Location Dependent; Saturday – Sunday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. – Location Dependent

Parking: Street

Non-Dairy Options: Yes

Connie and Ted’s

Heavenly Bites

What drew me to write a blog over any other platform of expression is that I get to create a rapport with my readers. Inevitably, with every post, you will come to learn something new about me, varying primarily with the type of establishment up for discussion. So here’s an initial toast to me bearing my soul to you and hoping that I can help at least a few of you find your way around this bustling city in the process! ♥

Holy Crab! This place absolutely rocked my socks. It is a seafood haven to say the least. From the moment you walk in, you are immersed in what feels like a seafood joint ripped right off the shore line of New England’s eastern coast — From the smell of densely battered fish and chips combined with the light fishy stench of raw clams and oysters by the truckload, you are transported from the busy streets of  West Hollywood to the very shore line that Chef team Michael Cimarusti and Sam Baxter intended to take you.

Connie and Ted’s offers a casual dining experience with an enormously open-air kitchen centered and tucked away in the back of the sophisticated clam shack. While very casual in regards to its visual experience, including the recommended attire for patrons, there is nothing casual about the quality or the the price. With most of their oysters running at $3.25 a pop, starters ranging between $9 – $18, main courses falling somewhere between $20 – $44, with a few sandwiches under $20, and cocktails costing roughly $14, I’d say it would be hard to get out of there without spending at least 35$ a person. With that said, if you can swing it, you won’t be disappointed. The oysters were fresh, the mussels were plump as I’ve ever seen, and the crab and lobster were steamed to perfection. We ordered a side of french fries for the table (always the move, am I right?) and they were thick cut AND crunchy — an all too rare combination!

Last but certainly not least, I would be remiss not to at least mention the Song of the Gringo cocktail and the Blondie dessert. The Song of the Gringo has to be one of the most unique cocktails I’ve ever tried. A delicate combination of apricot brandy, Rittenhouse rye and bitters, amongst other full and fruity flavors, it was topped with a light egg white foam. It tasted like Autumn in a glass — an elegant, spiked apple cider. It got me in the holiday spirit right in time for Thanksgiving! Speaking of, don’t even get me started on the Blondie — I was trying to be good and hold out on having dessert until Thursday, when I planned on having two heaping slices of Pumpkin pie (my fave!). But, as it turns out, I could not withstand the taunt of the giant, fluffy brown sugar blondie bar, topped with a scoop of vanilla bean ice-cream the size of a baseball and finally, the tantalizing and generous drizzle of  toasted caramel sauce sitting on a warm plate right in front of me — and I am SO glad I didn’t. It was, without a doubt, one of the top five dessert I’ve had to date.

Needless to say, I strongly recommend this place for any occasion — a fun date-night, birthday dinner, or Saturday night splurge! Find some helpful hints and facts below and feel free to comment on this post if you get a chance to try it out and let me know what you think!

XOXO,

Your Not So Basic Bitch

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Rating: Strong 10/10

Address: 8171 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Type: Seafood

Price Range: $31 – $60

Must Haves: Oysters, Local Crab, New England Clam Chowder, Blondie

Reservations: Yes – Tough

Full Bar: Yes

Parking: Street, Valet

Happy Hour: Monday – Friday from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Only at the bar

Are You Lost?

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Even as a life long resident of the greatest city on the planet — one ridden with divine eateries, coveted coffee shops, premiere clothing stores, and treasured boutiques — I still find myself Lost In The City at times. So, in the midst of a brief spell of unemployment after graduation, I have decided to learn the ins and outs of Los Angeles in order to create a continually evolving blog full of my realest, most unadulterated recommendations of the best, unique and trendiest shops and restaurants that the fabulous city of Los Angeles has to offer! In a nut shell, if you need help deciding if you should try that new Dim Sum place at the Century City mall or even if you just want to know where you can find kickass ripped jeans that fit real girls with real bodies, then you’re in the right place. Follow me and I’ll help you find your way.