Tuesday, March 17, 2015

LA Bound: Mini Trip Day 4

Foodie Day 4
A fancy brunch or should I say lunch since they didn't serve brunch on a Tuesday was saved for our last day in Los Angeles at Bottega Louie.

We ordered from the small plate section and got the portobello fries, ceviche, and harvest risotto. The fries and ceviche were each $13. The risotto is $9.

This was my first time trying out the Portobello fries and my first thoughts were: this is much healthier than regular french fries. The aioli sauce, I assume, that served alongside the portobello fries adds a nice touch to the overall taste factor. This is a must try appetizer if you ever venture in to this Italian restaurant.

Portobello Fries
Portobello Fries
Next up was the ceviche, there were bits of seafood served with a tangy sauce. I'm always a fan of ceviche.

Ceviche
Ceviche
The risotto was a bit bland for me but after taking a couple more bites and adjusting to the delicate taste, the risotto is actually flavorful. This is a light touch to the meal, similar to a salad. The presentation, itself, deserves an applause.

Harvest Risotto
Harvest Risotto
The clam linguini had Manilla clams and cockles. It was seasoned with white wine, shallots, garlic, red chili pepper, fleur de sel, lemon and extra olive oil. It was a delightful entree.

Clam Linguini
Clam Linguini
The pizza we finally decided on was the Napoli. Its got white mushrooms, olives, and red onions topped with mozzarella, Grana parmesan, tomoto sauce, and oregano. The pizza was definitely baked in a brick oven by the uneven burnt bottom.

Although this pizza was a joy to be served, I'm not accustomed to one of the ingredients that was added, either one of the cheese or the olives, leaving a bitter ending.

Napoli Pizza
Napoli Pizza
Dessert is just around the corner --- actually not even, it's just a few steps away. Bottega Louie is known for their exquisite desserts.

Bottega Louie Dessert
Many gift-sets to buy
Bottega Louie Dessert
Mmm dessert
Bottega Louie Dessert
More dessert
Bottega Louie Dessert
All the choices!
We bought some more macarons back home. Yes, more macarons to add to my collection.

Macarons

Macarons

I had macarons from Bottega before, which is why I wanted to buy again. Unfortunately, the macarons I purchased this time were hard in texture and almost seem like they were leftover macarons that didn't sellout. It was a great disappointment.

Macarons
Left to Right: Earl Grey, Pistachio, Grand Cru, Espresso, Vanilla
Since we still have plenty of time to spare, we drove up to the Griffith Observatory to look at some day stars. They even had a grand view of the sign Hollywood. And of course, to enjoy some science.



Griffith Observatory
In front of the observatory
What is everyone looking at?
Foucault Pendulum
The Foucault Pendulum displaying earth's rotation
Stars & Galaxy



Moon Stone
A piece of the moon
Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein


Periodic Table
Periodic Table with real elements
Tesla Coils
Tesla Coils
After the tesla coils, we decided to take a pit-stop at Porto's bakery to grab some snacks before we head for our departure flight.

Porto's Bakery
Porto's Bakery
Pastries
So much pastries
I'm generally not a big fan for pastries but this place has blown my mind. If you are ever near a Porto's, I highly recommend buying a pastry. I also normally don't like cheese and even hesitated to buy one of their infamous cheese rolls, turned out to be worth the surprise.

I also grab one of their chicken croquette, potato ball, and meat pie. They were all really good. I can now understand why people are obsessed with this place.

My Porto's Bakery Purchase
My Porto's Bakery Purchase
Cheese Roll
Cheese Roll
Meat pie, chicken croquette, and potato ball
Meat pie, chicken croquette, and potato ball

LA has been a heck of an adventure for me. I'll be back to try more!

Highlights of Day 4:
  • Bottega Louie
  • Griffith Observatory
  • Porto's Bakery

Check out:
Foodie Day 1
Foodie Day 2
Foodie Day 3

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Happy Pi Day!

The 27th annual Pi Day was held at the Exploratorium today. The celebration of the 3.14159… and also Einstein's Birthday. Not to mention that admission was absolutely free, sponsor by Uniqlo. Big shout-out for the entry-free event, volunteers even served lemonades for everyone that was waiting in line for admission.

Exploratorium
Exploratorium
Long Line at Exploratorium
Waiting in line to get in
Fog Machine
Giant Fog Machine
The schedule of events was packed from 1:00pm to 2:30pm, filled with activities and procession of Pi, ending the day off with pie serving and pizza tossing.

It took about an hour wait in long before I got my admission-free ticket. After that, I had a great time nerding out and exploring all the educational activities that the Exploratorium had to offer. A wonderful place for people of all ages.

The tourist-filled Pier 39 was just around the corner. This is also a must-visit if you're ever around the Embarcadero side of San Francisco. There's a lot of small shops, restaurants, and yes...sea lions that makes the experience worth it.

Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf
Pier 39
Pier 39
The famous original sourdough bakery, Boudin, is also something tourists enjoy. I had one of their clam chowder on sour dough bread. If you ask me, I had better clam chowder but their sour dough bread was delicious.

Clam Chowder Strip
Clam Chowder Strip
Boudin Bakery
Boudin Bakery
Clam Chowder Bowl
Clam Chowder Bowl

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