June 24, 2009
Sprinkles Cupcakes has recently released a Sprinklesmobile allowing their beautiful, luxury cupcakes to travel around Los Angeles so you no longer have to bare the long lines in Beverly Hills when the sugar craving takes control. The van carries 1500 cupcakes for $4.00 each and can be followed on Twitter. This past Sunday they distributed nearly 500 free cupcakes at The Grove! Ta-ta bikini season, yummy Red Velvet here I come….
find the Sprinklesmobile
June 23, 2009
Located in Venice along Abbot Kinney this “high-energy Mediterranean” restaurant features delicious food made from seasonal, local, organic ingredients. With two long communal tables in the main dining room and a uniquely made chandler – the place buzzes with energy during peak hours. Travis Lett, the young chef, offers an impressive menu of thin-crust pizza (think roasted baby artichokes, gremulata, parmesan – yum) and other fresh fare that keeps the crowds coming.
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice CA (310) 450 1429
June 19, 2009
Located in the heart of Marylebone, The Providores & Tapas Room is a welcomed escape from the busy high street. Inside the ground floor Tapas Room, customers enjoy specialities such as Turkish eggs (apparently from Changa in Istanbul) and other global-inspired tapas. Upstairs the Providores restaurant offers a roast that I am dying to try on my next visit.
109 Marylebone High Street
London UK W1U 4RX
June 10, 2009
Brothers Rick and Michael Mast are the only bean-to-bar chocolate makers in New York City. Using single orgin Venezulan and Ecuadorian cocoa, they create magical, pure chocolate wrapped in beautifully imported Italian paper. They recently opened up a storefront at 105 N. 3rd Street in Brooklyn. Yummm…
105 North 3rd Street
May 29, 2009
Located on a small street in the charming Vieux Montreal district, Garde Manger serves honest, simple, impressive food in a rustic chic setting. With exposed stone walls, blackboard menus, and a wildly oversized chandelier, the restaurant has gained a reputation for its fresh seafood and seasonal ingredients. The sea scallops with carrot butter literally melted in your mouth and the short rib braised in red wine was delightful. At night the restaurant transforms into a nightclub offering premium table service and encouraging patrons to use the bar and tables as their dance floor. Next time I will have to make room for their infamous fried mars bar dessert..
Chef Chuck Hughes is featured on the Food Network in Chuck’s Day Off where he prepares his fresh, simple fare for family and friends.
408 Rue St.-Francois-Xavier (there is no sign or website)
Montreal QC +514 678 5044
May 27, 2009
Although this street food truck was featured at the Milan Design Week 2008, I recently stumbled upon it and loved the design. I believe that gourmet “vendies” are a growing market with huge potential. Designed by architect Andrea Carletti and built by Vespa, the trendy, modern street cart served Italian sandwiches and wine to patrons. Even the packaging for take-away kept design in mind, with a combination bag and wine glass holder designed by Chiara Moreschi. Magnifico!
Street Food Mobile
Milan Design Week 2008
May 22, 2009
With a newly opened location in Culver City, Chef Sang Yoon’s Father’s Office continues to attract crowds with juicy burgers, artisan beer brews, and yummy sweet potatoe fries. File into the long, narrow space glance at the chalk board menus and place your order at the bar. With toppings such as blue cheese and applewood bacon compote offered you you can’t go wrong at this office!
3229 Helms Avenue Los Angeles, CA
1018 Montana Avenue Santa Monica, CA