In NYC I had a favorite spot I would frequent at least every other week called Earl’s Beer and Cheese. My friends would say I should do their marketing because it was always one of my recommendations. It was a little hole-in-the-wall decorated with pictures of deer and birds on the walls and made some heavenly grilled cheeses accompanied with a spicy tomato soup. Now being absent of NYC and Earl’s for a while I had to find another to replace it. Well LA, I think I found a good one.
Heywoods Grilled Cheese Shoppe gives a childhood favorite an artisanal twist. As you walk in you may hear some familiar music that may have you shake rattlin and rollin your way over to the counter. It was hard not to pop out of my seat and do a little boogie while I waited.
Ooey gooey goodness is the first thing that comes to mind when you bite into a Heywood grilled cheese.Their cheese is melted to perfection and bread has a perfect “crisp” sound as you bite into your first delightful bite.
I plumped for their Game Changer, a unique English double-gloucester grilled into a sourdough bread. The Game Changer is topped with a light spread of organic, homemade habanero jam and gives this purple and gold sandwich a gentle kick. You can choose to have your sandwich with a nicely dressed salad and tiny cup of tomato soup for dipping or a full cup of soup.
Jon decided on going a totally opposite route and ordered their Italian Blue Cheese. His sandwich comes with freshly sliced mozzarella topped with a creamy blue cheese, fresh walnut pesto and sundried tomatoes. We swip-swapped halves and each had the best of both worlds. Mine was spicy and flavorful, Jon’s was rich and creamy.
The staff at Heywoods is friendly and helpful. Don’t be afraid to ask for a recommendation or a change to your sandwich. They’re happy to oblige. And for the vegans and gluten-free people out there, they’ve got you covered. Heywoods is open til 3am so you’ll never miss out on a tasty grilled cheese and is located at 3337 W Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles.
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I’m a huge lemonade fan. If it’s tart and sour you’ve won me over.
Luckily, I knew of the mother of all lemonade places: Lemonade. Difficult name, right?
Oh, and they have sunflowers so that gave them extra brownie points in my book.
I guess you could describe their food as Southern comfort with a modern twist.
Lemonade is one of the rare places that is delicious and affordable…and actually pretty healthy. Foodies rejoice!
Lemonade is set up like a cute cafeteria. You can pick as many items as your heart desires to put on your plate. The prices are based off of the amount of proportions you choose and each portion is about $2.50. Not bad, not bad at all.
Oh and a little secret? You can do half portions so…for say 3 portions, you can try 6 items.
I ordered their passionfruit pepper lemonade and my lips puckered immediately. If a lemonade can make me pucker my lips, it gets a gold star.
The blood orange lemonade was also good, sweet and flowing of juices.
Sharing plates is a great idea because the portions are actually pretty big and then you get to try even more (more to try! that’s usually how my mind works).
Portions from left to right:
Pineapple chicken, green beans, coconut, apple jerk dressing
New Mexican chili roasted butternut squash, white corn
Soba noodle, kimchi marinated vegetables, toasted peanuts
Brussels sprouts, red flame grapes, pistachio, parmesan
It was a bit of a mix of diverse dishes but each dish was full of flavor and the ingredients mingled perfectly together.
And of course when you’re going down the line…you notice the desserts. I had to get their lemonade cake. It was worth the bit of indulgence. Lemonade has a ton of different locations around LA. This one was in Venice located at 1661 Abbot Kinney Boulevard. It’s a great place to grab a quick on-the-go meal and of course, a refreshing lemonade on a hot California day.
Juicebox is LA’s first mobile juice company.
They’ve been serving all over LA from the Rose Bowl to the Voice season finale.
I stepped in line and couldn’t wait to get my juice squeezed. (HA) jk.
They have a bunch of different mixes. Their mixes include totally interesting flavor combinations and when they’re put together become a delicious, refreshing juice.
Jon got the beach box.
I ordered their special called the basil box over on Abbot Kinney. It includes basil, cucumber, apple & lime juice. I loved it, it was tart and flavorful. My favorite.
The only thing that could make it better? If it came in an actual juice box. I just think that would be pretty awesome. If you’re reading this Juicebox, take note.
You can load up on enzymes and their vibrant juices almost any day of the week. Find their location of the day here.
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I’m living in Los Angeles for a few months. Ever since I got my taste of California last summer, I’ve been itching to come back. Thanks to Jon, my wish came true!
It was kind of a whirlwind decision in the past two weeks. We grabbed our two bags, a flight and ended up in the sunshine of California. I may have had to sit on my suitcases and sacrificed some clothes to get all my stuff here but it was well worth it in the end. I can’t promise what may be coming back with me though. It’s still sinking in but I’m officially out here for the next few months so get ready for some West coast posts.
I’ve already become a bit of a Californian having my fair share of hiking and avocados. By the end of the summer I’ll be ready for a triathlon! (joking)
And I’ve fallen absolutely in love with the weather, beautiful sights and the delicious restaurants of course. It didn’t take much for California to win my heart over.
I’m always up for suggestions so if any of you Californian folks have a place you’re absolutely in love with I’d be oh so happy if you sent me a comment. I’m off to another day of exploring and a mixer. Catch up with you all tomorrow!
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