Blu Jam Cafe (Sherman Oaks, CA)

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We are not strangers to Blu Jam Cafe in Sherman Oaks, CA. We have been here several times but never really took pictures. So here are some of our faves from this Hollywood-famous brunch spot.

This forever packed place seems to be the perfect spot for that perfect brunch or a quick lunch. There’s a nice little patio on the side that feels like somebody’s side garden (without the abundance of plants), the indoor space is cozy but breathable and there’s a covered sidewalk/al fresco that’s also available.

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Kamil’s Breakfast | pan-roasted macaroni scrambled with eggs, smoked bacon, ham, garlic, chives, and cheddar cheese | $13.95

Kamil’s breakfast is the grown-up’s breakfast version of the mac and cheese although kids can have it too and enjoy it.

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Bacon Grilled Cheese | grilled sandwich with melted mozzarella, Montchevre goat cheese, cheddar cheese, and sliced tomatoes on sourdough bread with bacon |$9.95 plus $1.95 for bacon

 

Who does not like grilled cheese? All the good things that make you curl your toes packed in one sandwich. Yes please.

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Brunch Carbonara | arborio rice with crispy smoked bacon, green peas, parsley and parmesan, topped with two poached eggs and herb pistou | $13.95

This gluten-free option is beyond delicious. Amazing. I can eat this all day, everyday. But I can’t for health reasons. That’s how yummy it is. Breakfast-y, check, lunch-y, check and dinner-y, check. Order for yourself or share with someone and split a breakfast dessert and call it a day.

They also serve a variety of other deliciousness so check them out. Create your own juice blend or coffee or tea.

Blu Jam Cafe
FB & Twitter /blujamcafe

Hollywood
7371 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90046
323.951.9191
Hours: 8am-4pm
“No dog” policy due to our small patio (service animals are exempt)

Sherman Oaks
15045 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, California 91403
818.906.1955
Hours: 8am-4pm
Dog-friendly

Woodland Hills / Calabasas
23311 Mulholland Drive
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
818.222.1044
Hours: 8am-4pm
Dog-friendly

x, Emilie

Trois Familia

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UntitledI have been wanting to hit this brunch spot since it opened. Birthday weekend came and I thought what a perfect reason to go. So we did. When we arrived, sign-up was already on the second page, meaning we will not be seated on the first wave and we have other things planned so we left. Well, we finally did make it and we were third in line. Perfect!

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It’s located in a strip mall along Sunset Boulevard in LA’s Silver Lake area. They open at 10 am every day but they don’t take reservations. If you’re brunching, it’s best to arrive early and have your name down on a clipboard situated somewhere next to the door. There are benches outside or you can grab coffee or take a nap in your car.

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poached egg, chorizo ham, potato mousseline, marigold flowers $10.85

One of the dishes we shared is the poached egg, chorizo ham, potato mousseline, marigold flowers dish. One word comes to my mind. DIVINE. You have to take small bites with the three major components in the spoon and just let it roll around your mouth. Tasting each component separately and together. It’s just wonderful.

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poached egg, chorizo ham, potato mousseline, marigold flowers $10.85

You can see in the picture above, hiding under the potato mousseline is the poached egg and chorizo ham.

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duck confit, leche de tigre, sweet potato, basil $19.50

This duck dish did not do it for me. I do like duck I guess just not this way. Maybe if it were boneless then maybe I would have a different opinion but the flavors were alright.

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double decker potato taco, lime, creme fraiche, carrot pico de gallo, jack $12.50

The dish above has to be the star of our brunch. It was amazing. Dare I say life changing? Yes, for me at least. See I never liked soft taco. The taco that I like and grew up with is the Filipino kind. It’s the one sold in Greenhills in the middle of a shopping mall in the Philippines. It’s a hard shell taco with shredded lettuce, ground beef and cheese. That’s it. I never liked the soft version, and being in LA, believe me I have tried. Well, I guess this one is a hybrid(?). As you can see it has both a hard and soft shell. I took a bite and I was hooked. I mean, I still think about it. I want to go back really bad. Maybe I should…just by myself or have those to go. (Now I’m just rambling LOL!)

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Galette crepe: egg, ham, comte, avocado milk $15.25

Galette crepe was suggested by one of the staff. And I can see why. Ham and cheese. Who does not like? I’m sure there are people who does not like but you know what I mean. The avocado milk adds a different touch to it. Maybe even safe enough for those who do not like avocado.

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salted caramel crepe $5

We had the salted caramel crepe to finish off our brunch. It was simple and good. Not too sweet.

Would I come back? Of course! Do I recommend? Of course!

xo, Emilie

Trois Familia
3510 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
323-725-7800
info@troisfamilia.com
press@troisfamilia.com

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The Melt | Burbank, CA

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I couldn’t catch the truck so off we went to Burbank for some comfort food.

The Melt on San Fernando Blvd

totally love the drink selections

totally love the drink selections

The Mac Daddy Combo

The Mac Daddy Combo

The Swiss with Bacon

The Swiss with Bacon

Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato Basil Soup

brie cheese with apple honey and bacon on country French bread, along with the Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup

brie cheese with apple honey and bacon on country French bread, along with the Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup

My thoughts…

  • great place for everybody
  • aesthetics is very clean, minimalistic, bright
  • simple menu with options for pretty much everybody
  • totally in love with the sugar cane soda options
  • quick service
  • perfect for a quick bite or something to tide you over until the next meal
  • not really your place if you are ready for some major feasting

So have you been to any of The Melt around town? What do you think?

xo, Emilie

Summer Canteen | Toluca Lake, CA

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Recently I’ve visited Summer Canteen with the kids and had a blast. I don’t know why I’ve never blogged about it before but Summer Canteen is a family favorite. So let me show you what we had.

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Blood Orange Sodas for everybody

Who does not like these blood orange bubblies? Totally refreshing!

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Miang Kham

These littles nibbles are little bites of heaven, I tell you! It is coconut, peanut, lemon peel, shrimp, ginger, chili wrapped in spinach leaves drizzled with tamarind caramel. Totally food-gasmic.

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Beef Panang Curry

A classic Thai curry dish. It’s beef slow cooked in spicy coconut curry sauce. Delicious.

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Pad Thai

Not all Pad Thai are created equal. This one’s superb by my standards.

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Rib Eye Steak

Perfectly done with lots of veggies. The best part? The brown rice that came with it.

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Mango Sticky Rice

I will never get tired of Mango Sticky Rice. Two of the things that I love.

Summer Canteen
4444 Lankershim Blvd, Toluca Lake CA 91602
818-985-6611
https://www.facebook.com/summercanteen

xo, Emilie

The Sycamore Kitchen | Los Angeles, CA

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new favorite spot
I first heard about The Sycamore Kitchen when I read Jonathan Gold’s tweet…two of them

And so, with kids in tow…off we went to the hip artsy-cool area of La Brea in the Mid-Wilshire district.

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love the very low-key facade

There are three options on seating. There isn’t a lot of chairs indoors but there’s lots of shaded tables out on the patio.

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there are three tables like these right next to the windows overlooking the patio and they seat about 4 comfortably

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on the other side of the cafe there are community tables for larger groups or smaller groups sharing one table…the exposed brick? lovely texture adding some cozy, home-y feel

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the patio is dotted with lots of tables with their own umbrella so there’s always a shade (we need one in this indian summer days)

Ordering is easy as they do have menu boards up and specials are also displayed. Baked goods are not easy to pass up as they’re right there to feast with your eyes. Everything is nicely labeled with name and price. There is not questioning the freshness of the baked good as they pretty much go from oven to display area (of course with the mandatory cooling in between). They also offer a nice variety of drinks from coffee, specialty coffee to non-coffee choices.

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Let’s check out what we ordered for our brunch…

Iced Hibiscus Tea and Ginger Limeade

Iced Hibiscus Tea and Ginger Limeade

My DD had the Iced Hibiscus Tea while my DS and I had our own Ginger Limeade. Both were very refreshing especially coming from the scorching heat outside.

Double B-LTA, crispy and braised pork belly, butter lettuce, balsamic tomatoes, avocado, mayo, country bread #thesycamorekitchen #BLT #sandwich #food #foodporn

Double B-LTA, crispy and braised pork belly, butter lettuce, balsamic tomatoes, avocado, mayo, country bread #thesycamorekitchen #BLT #sandwich #food #foodporn

The DD had the Double B-LTA (described above) and I have to say it was delicious (I had to take a bite so I can give you my first hand experience). The butter lettuce was crisp, avocado was creamy and the pork belly was succulent and tender all balanced out by the balsamic tomatoes. To round up the whole experience were two slices of crispy, sweet, tart pickles. A must.

Toast - house made ricotta, stewed citrus, fennel, mint, hazelnut

Toast – house made ricotta, stewed citrus, fennel, mint, hazelnut

The DS had the toast with ricotta (described above). I chose this for him because we are still training him to eat his veggies and he’s doing really good (as long as the veggies are not green and crispy). He’s doing good vegetable wise, we just have to work on his aversion to anything green and crispy. This dish, served on a thin, crispy bread (hence named Toast) is both sweet and tart and very refreshing. The addition of hazelnut is a wonderful contrast in taste and texture. While the sprinkling of mint just provides an additional “freshness” factor to the while dish. Very good these scorching hot days.

Toast - chicken salad, grapes, walnut, tarragon, Greek yogurt aioli #toast #chickensalad #food #foodporn #brunch #thesycamorekitchen

Toast with chicken salad, grapes, walnut, tarragon, Greek yogurt aioli

I had the toast above and I absolutely love it. I can have it for breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner and midnight snack. Fresh, light yet substantial. Love.

(left) Salted Caramel Pecan Bobka Roll; (right) Brown Butter Date Mini-Bundt

(left) Salted Caramel Pecan Bobka Roll; (right) Brown Butter Date Mini-Bundt

I have to try the Salted Caramel Pecan Bobka Roll as it is apparently crack (of baked goods, that is). So I ordered one and a Brown Butter Date Mini-Bundt as recommended by one of the staff. Both were good, like crack-kind-of-good. I am now in love with this place. Thank goodness I don’t live anywhere near otherwise I would be sweating sugar crystals. LOL.

Bottom line: A great, relaxed place to grab a meal from. Food is as fresh as it can get. Pastry snobs would be very happy here🙂

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xo, Emilie

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