My Los Angeles Restaurant Bucket List

A few years before Daisy was born, Nick and I got the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles for one of his countless work meetings.

During his free time, we had an absolute blast exploring the city and doing all of the typical tourist activities, like visiting Rodeo Drive, Universal Studios, and Hollywood Boulevard.

walk-of-fame-1315254_1920Despite my uncontested love for old-school Hollywood movies and fashion, I have to say that my favorite part of the entire trip was getting the chance to try out a huge batch of brand new restaurants.

Nick and I have been talking about planning another trip to Los Angeles for when Daisy gets older.

In honor of that future event, I’m going to take this occasion to share my NEW Los Angeles Restaurant bucket list.

eLOVate Vegan Kitchen & Juicery

If you don’t know by now, I am going to make it clear that I am 100% omnivorous.

However, with the interest in veganism and organic ingredients growing so rapidly, I’d like to think that I have done everything possible to give it a fair chance.

Roberto-MartinEach dish is designed by Roberto Martin, the lead authority on vegan cuisine in the Southern California.

It has been said that Roberto is one of the few vegan chefs that manages to “bridge the gap” between non-vegan and vegan foods,

The eLOVate dinner menu consists of various delicious sounding items, such as Maitake Mushroom Skewers with an ancho chili marinade and served with chimichurri, and Sake Braised Daikon Scallops served with bok choy, shiitake, and red rice.

In addition to their great selection of appetizers, “handhelds”, bowls, and desserts, eLOVate also features a large selection of vegan desserts and cocktails.

Which, let’s be real, is everybody’s favorite part.

Wexler’s Deli

It’s possible that I subconsciously felt the need to select this addition to counteract the health factor presented by eLOVate.

Consciously, however, I chose Wexler’s Deli because I am the ultimate fan of all that is pastrami.

Last_2012_20Months_20-_208.0.0Wexler’s is fairly new to the Los Angeles scene, not having been around during the time of mine and Nick’s last visit.

However, despite its novice status, it has quickly become one of the most popular delis in Los Angeles, with  Johnathan Gold of the LA Times stating quite frankly, “Wexler’s is the only deli I know that actually makes its pastrami on-site.”

This includes everything from curing the beef belly, smearing it was seasoning, steaming it, and finally slicing it down to portion.

In addition to their homemade pastrami, the bread used at Wexler’s is a custom recipe, with Gold revealing that it is composed of a percentage of rye flour much higher than any other Los Angeles-based location.

Au Fudge

With Daisy undoubtedly in tow for our next Los Angeles adventure, Au Fudge is a clear topper of the bucket list.

This restaurant, created by Justin Timberlake’s wife Jessica Biel, combines aspects of both womanly chicness and kid-friendly fun, offering both fine dining art classes and a playroom supervised by pleasant nannies.

Entrees at Au Fudge include items such as mussels served in saffron broth with crispy bread, and Prime NY steak frites.

The children, meanwhile, are free to dine on dishes such as truffle grilled cheese sticks, baked mac and cheese, and cauliflower puree.

My name is Michelle Lawrence and I am what some may call a “foodie”. Although I’ve never worked in what can be considered a “formal” kitchen setting, preparing and enjoying food has always been an integral part of my life since my early Easy Bake Oven days.

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