La Fiesta Brava Restaurant Venice

There’s a small family owned restaurant in Venice that is serving up some authentic mexican food. You may not think to come in when you walk by La Fiesta Brava on Rose Avenue, you may actually notice the bars on the windows and not look back. I probably wouldn’t have but I heard the food was excellent so I hopped in for a bite last week.

There’s no tablecloths, everything is at a bare minimum here, but La Fiesta Brava is a nice little hole-in-the-wall. No frills needed.

And with very good prices might I add. La fiesta brava, mexican, venice california -acaffeinatedbrunette.comLa Fiesta Brava is very humble. What looks to be an average restaurant is actually a little gem. The restaurant doesn’t serve liquor but is conveniently located next to one so you can BYOB right on over.

To start we ordered some of their fresh guacamole.

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Jon tried their burrito. The burrito came stuffed with beef, beans and rice. La fiesta brava, mexican, venice california

I had the chicken enchiladas. The marinated chicken gave the enchiladas lots of flavor and the beans were excellent. La fiesta brava, mexican, venice california -acaffeinatedbrunette.comIf you’re looking for a quick bite at a very good price, La Fiesta Brava is a great little place to stop by. It is located at 423 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291.





Lemonade LA

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.

DSC00616Lemonade 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.DSC00615

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. DSC00618Lemonade 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.

Pucker up!


Smorgasburg In Williamsburg (A Brooklyn Food Flea Market)

Calling all Foodies! I have come to discover a little gem that I have frequented upon the past couple of weekends here in New York. Now, everyone loves flea markets and I have visited a few myself but this is the Flea of all Fleas, Smorgasburg. Smorgasburg is a food flea market encapsulating amazing foods of all types for you to try, snack, and buy. This flea market does not disappoint. For the food lover, Smorgasburg is the place to be. The past couple weekends I have gone and my taste buds thank me for it every time. There’s all different kinds of food to discover from Korean BBQ (we rub you is amazing!) to cold noodle Ramen. The market consists of fresh produce, packaged and prepared foods from all different regions. The market has about 100 vendors for you to peruse stealing samples and taking in the wonderful smells each tent is cooking up. Smorgasburg is the perfect place to go to on a hot day (definitely get a Kelvin Natural Slush to cool off while you’re there) and it’s open rain or shine, the vendors are there to please (and they definitely do!). Another great thing about the flea market is its location, it’s right on the East River. After you’ve scooped up some food head over to the park or onto the dock to munch and enjoy the great view of the city. Smorgasburg is open every Saturday from 11-6pm between North 7th street and Kent Ave. Definitely a must visit!

Find Smorgasburg at


The Market

Brooklyn Soda Works

King’s County Beef Jerky

Fermented Tea by Kombucha

East River Park