THE SEMI-TROPIC

A CAFE, RESTAURANT AND BAR IN ONE

Posted April 10, 2016

The Semi-Tropic is one of my favorite new neighborhood hangs. And for quite a few reasons. For one, there aren’t many places that have the cozy comforts of a cafe, amazing food and alcohol available all day. This 21+ cafe serves its many purposes seamlessly from 8:00 AM through 12:00 AM on weekdays, and 2:00 AM on weekends. They also house the friendliest staff I’ve had the pleasure of meeting since the Park restaurant. Hospitality can sometimes come last in cool, hipster joints such as this; an unfortunate and unnecessary mistake made on the management side. But kindness always wins in the long run, and The Semi-Tropic is a perfect example of this.

As I also experienced the other day, it’s a space you can camp out at for a fulfilling day of work with some luxuries to aid you along the way. It’s fully equipped with plenty of outlets for all your electronic needs, and offers comfortable couches along with many tables. My workdays at The Semi-Tropic generally start with a delicious latte, evolving to a lunchtime delicacy – my favorite is the Avocado & Burrata Toast with pesto, confit tomatoes and pickled peppers. If I accomplish my tasks, I reward myself with a glass of wine, reasonably priced at $6 during their happy hour.

Make sure to check out this special spot, and prepare to stay a while. You won’t want to leave!

|| 1412 N Glendale Blvd ||

|| Open Sunday – Thursday 8am to Midnight; Friday & Saturday 8am to 2am ||

|| Kitchen Open Until 10pm ||

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THE PERFECT EGG SALAD SANDWICH AT VALERIE CONFECTIONS

Posted on March 31st, 2016

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The delicious Egg Salad Sandwich at Valerie Confections

 

As a vegetarian, I’m always on the hunt for local, tasty, healthy, high protein eats. One of my favorite discoveries has been Valerie Confection’s Egg Salad Sandwich. Their egg salad is divine that not much else needs to be on the sandwich, though the leafy greens, light mayo and rustic bread add the perfect final touches. Paired with a piping hot pot of their aromatic tea and you have a lovely lunch with the necessary provincial charm.

|| 1665 Echo Park Avenue ||

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DINETTE — A SLICE OF EUROPE IN ECHO PARK

Posted March 21, 2016

Ever since Dinette claimed the little slot on Sunset between El Classico Tattoo and what was previously Jumbo Bargain, it has been an unmistakeable success. And rightfully so! Their food, while not exactly unique, is remarkably fresh, tasty and consistently on point. The outside layout beckons memories of small, walk-up cafes in Europe with patrons enjoying coffee and eats in seated alcoves along the busy streets.

My husband and I usually eat there twice a week, ordering one of the same usual items. I’m obsessed with their vegetarian Nor Cal sandwich (pictured below), consisting of fresh heirloom tomatoes, avocado, sprouts, fine-cut onions, pepper jack cheese and Vegenaise. Compiled together on delicious, rustic bread, it’s amazing how such a simple sandwich can taste so scrumptious. But it does.

My hubby loves the French Dip, Italian Cold Cut and Indochine, all of which are reportedly top notch. I must not forget to mention the coffee — they offer Intelligentsia’s brews (one of my favorites) served in-house in beautiful clay cups handmade by PKK Ceramics. Though prices verge on steep, I admit after first biting into that salivating sandwich that it’s absolutely worth it.

|| 1606 Sunset Blvd ||

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