Shrimp, octopus or scallops… dishes featuring these items are always a hit or miss. More often than not, places will do shrimp dishes justice, but when it is wrongly cooked, it’s the worst. Nobody wants to eat overly chewy or rubbery tasting shrimp textures. OH! And I’ve never been fond of artichokes, but sometimes it can be delicious – if it’s dipped in butter or drizzled in a sauce. All of the dates dishes sound delightful. Wait, this is my last question regarding your last post – so were you disappointed in the cheesecake with pears bathed in red wine?! Because it looked and sounded incredible to me. LMK, K. But I totes agree, one can never go wrong with chocolate. #ChocolateIsLife #ChocolateLife.
Anywho. Do you ever feel like time escapes you and just zips by super fast? Where does the time fly away to? I don’t know, but what I do know is that I’m so very sorry for this delayed letter/post.
Lately, I’ve been feeling like time has been slipping away way too quickly. Maybe time is slipping away whilst I’m sipping away on Rosé. It’s a very real thing, drinking away time. That’s kind of what I feel like happened this weekend.
Well, this past weekend has been quite eventful.
- I’ve tried the most horrible pizza place in LA
- I’ve made up for it with the best pizza place in LA
- I drank way too much wine at several different wineries in SD
- I ate even more pizza… like, I mean, a lot of pizza.
- I had lots of sweets and dessert foods.
- I’ve come to the realization that California has no shortage of good food and bad food.
As all these things were happening, simultaneously, a bazillion ideas were popping into my head like “Snap, Crackle, Pop” and then I imploded.
There’s just not enough time to channel these ideas out in order. I know, I know, I have to make the time. But that’s much easier said than done, eh? Wouldn’t it be cool if we could actually create time and be able to use it again (like re-usable bags or recycled bottles – but with recycled time? That’s some Dr. Who or Dr. Strange shenanigans.
- I had the worst pizza I’ve ever tasted in LA. I didn’t think it was possible. But it is.
Okay, so I know you were expecting the best pizza joints and what not, but it just so happened that I decided to try this new place in Westwood area that apparently is pretty good. Well, I never thought a pizza could be bad, but I was proven wrong this weekend. Maybe I didn’t give it a chance, or maybe I just don’t like “healthy pizza” whatever that means. This place was rated the nation’s healthiest pizza… is that even possible? I should’ve asked for its sources. It tasted salty. And bleh textured. I don’t know who rated this place #1, but it all seems like false advertising to me. I might come here again, just to give it a second chance, but my first impression/taste of this pizza joint was a thumbs down.
2. On the other hand, the best pizza place is in Santa Monica and it’s called Joe’s Pizza! They only accept cash, and they’ve never let me down. It doesn’t matter if you’re drunk, sober, starving or semi-hungry… this place will never disappoint. Some say that this place is the best pizza joint on the west coast because it was opened by a true New Yorker. Joe Vitale of NYC’s original Joe’s Pizza opened up on Broadway St. in Santa Monica and it was phenomenal. You can even read all about it here, by this true east coast dude, Chuck K., a New York expatriate living on the West Coast, who happened to drop by on the outpost of Joe’s Pizza that opened in Los Angeles. He stated that it wasn’t the water, because the New York style pizza pie was cooked perfectly as it’s done in the big apple. Either way, I will say this, New York pizza is great and this place has never let me down, but I will still search and scour for what exactly makes a California pizza different from a NYC one. #WestCoastBestCoast! #EastCoastBeastCoast/#EastCoastFeastCoast!
3. I drank too much wine. Celebrating bachelorette parties at wineries is a thing. Temecula wineries are no joke. It’s also no joke when your friends are friends with these said wineries and then the glasses are always full, you are never left dry (unless it’s a dry wine) and your cup over~floweth with wine forever. I’m pretty certain we had 12-15 flights of wine… I was clinking my glass every time I had a pour, it was like a glass clinking symphony at the rate I was clinking and drinking.
4. I ate more pizza in Temecula.
Why is pepperoni pizza with olives so delicious? This appears to be super salty, but I promise you, it was not. It was delightful and I ate three slices of this. I also had two slices of this basil pesto chicken pizza with arugula on it and another slice of this other cheese pizza with artichokes, but that wasn’t good at all and not even worth mentioning. The other pizzas weren’t pictured, because I was super drunk on wine and it was a gourmet pizza and probably would’ve photographed well, but I didn’t realize how hungry/drunk I was so I just stuffed my face with it instead of snapping a pic of it first. SHAME. FOR SHAME. Well, this pizza that’s pictured below was better tasting anyway.
If you ever decide to throw a party with wine tasting and pizza, do it at Carter Estates Winery and Resort! They have great places to stay and hang and have fun. It’s really close to the other wineries (Wilson Creek winery and Callaway vinyard and winery) and it’s all really remote and super cool and you will get super drunk.
5. I ate so many sweets. Way too many sweets were consumed in the past three days I’m pretty sure I have diabetes now and gained 10 pounds. Not only did I dip several pieces of French baguettes in Nutella straight from the jar, I also dipped strawberries and smeared them with cream cheese and chocolate onto some bagels. It was intense. I ate way too many smarties, zours, and york peppermint patties. I drank lots of sweet dessert wines like moscato (wines count as sweets too) and consumed lots of chocolate.
Now that I think about it, I’ve been back and forth in THREE COUNTIES, ALL OVER SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, EATING MY WAY THROUGH EACH ONE. GOODNESS. Other than that, I finally tried The Loop! Handmade churros are so worth trying. I’ve had some not-so-tasty churros in my life, from fair fried food to random joints that claim their churros are good, when in reality, they’re really not. THIS PLACE WAS BY FAR, HANDS DOWN, THE BEST CHURRO PLACE I’VE EVER TASTED. HONESTLY, I NEED TO COME BACK HERE. I MIGHT EAT LIKE SIX LARGE LOOPS OF CHURROS! Hold off on the ice cream please, because the churros are seriously where it’s at.
FRIENDLY RIVALRY!?!?!? I think there’s a place in New York that could possibly rival this place… it’s called Sweet Churros – also handcrafted churros, but I’m not sure how good this place is, as I’ve never been, but you should check it out and tell me. I still stand by my churro place, but I will have to taste east coast churro when I visit sometime, and you will have to try our west coast churro. I want to say that west coast churros sound much more appetizing than an east coast churro. Just sayin’. 😉
6. My final closing thoughts… basically California is a cluster of just good and bad joints. I guess that’s sort of what you get when you venture out to try new things. And I suppose that’s probably why a lot of people stick to what they know and like, because they don’t want to be disappointed. That’s what kind of sucks, people won’t take the risk because they just love that one thing so much and don’t want to waste their time trying a new thing because what if it isn’t that great. It’s like, what if it fails miserably? Then again, what if doesn’t? What if it’s the new best thing; your new favorite thing ever? That’s what I’m looking out for… my new favorite thing. Currently, in the dessert realm it’s still the affogato (USA/Italy) and sticky toffee pudding (England). But, I’m willing to try new things and venture out to seek my new favorite dessert or dish. Like you said, bite by bite, we must be brave and scout out new delightful dishes (desserts and mains alike)! A good thing cannot be hidden for long; beautiful things never ask for attention, and neither do delicious dishes – they just are and they command it in their own right naturally. I can’t wait to discover more dishes.
SO, TO RECAP:
- I THINK CALIFORNIA HAS BETTER WINES/WINERIES
- I THINK CALIFORNIA HAS BETTER CHURROS
- I THINK CALIFORNIA DOES A DECENT PIZZA BUT I HAVE YET TO STILL FIND WHAT CALIFORNIA PIZZA IS AND IF IT IS COMPARABLE TO NEW YORK PIZZA. BUT I THINK I HAVE A PIZZA JOINT IN CALIFORNIA THAT RIVALS NEW YORK PIZZA JOINTS – ALTHOUGH IT WAS BROUGHT OVER FROM NEW YORK… HE SAYS IT’S NOT THE WATER THOUGH LOL.
- I THINK I’M ALL SWEETENED OUT, SO MAYBE I’LL STICK TO SOME SAVORY STUFF THIS WEEK.
- BRING IT EAST COAST! #WESTCOASTBESTCOAST
Until we write again,