All Things Foodie

Avocado Toast

Avocado toast has been popping up at every restaurant around town. It is so vibrant in color, fresh and filling. I decided to test out a recipe and found it to be absolutely delicious and a snap to make. Please try the recipe below and let me know how you put your spin on it.

I heated up my panini press, but you could just use a toaster. I pressed one slice of seven grain bread in my panini press to get those great grill marks on the bread and a lovely crunch. I sliced one ripe avocado and placed that in a small bowl. I squeezed half a lime’s juice over the avocado, added two dashes of black pepper, one dash of sea salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of garlic paste. I mashed all the ingredients together with a fork and spread it over the toast. I cut the topped toast on a diagonal for a prettier presentation and took a bite. The crisp, crunch of the toast paired with the soft, fresh avocado mixture was very satisfying. It is a healthy bite that can be served for breakfast, lunch, snack, or cut smaller for an appetizer. You can add a fried egg, prosciutto, or tomatoes on top for even more flavor. The possibilities are endless and are sure to please all.

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Gusto

Gusto is a hidden gem in the neighborhood for amazingly satisfying Italian food. The restaurant is quaint, with an inviting wood door and the name of the restaurant etched on the window in gold.

The concept from Chef Vic Casanova is free-range italian. The dishes are inspired by the best ingredients of the moment and translate exquisitely on each plate. A glass of prosecco is the perfect start to the meal, accompanied by a slice of bread topped with a garlic laced butter spread. Make sure to save a bit of the bread to dip in the bold sauce from the meatballs. The meatballs are fork tender, delicious, and are served on top of a bit of burratta cheese splashed with olive oil. I had the asparagus which was grilled and topped with a sunny side egg that when broken oozed just the right amount of richness over the crisp vegetable. It was light and right. The bucatini carbonara is the chef’s signature dish, so I had to try it. The homemade noodles paired with the creamy egg yolk and salty, crisp bites of the pancetta were complete perfection. It is the kind of dish that makes your taste buds do a happy dance in your mouth and your voice let out a small “mmmm” sound as your enjoy it.

The flavors soothe your soul and the place is so inviting that it will for sure be a neighborhood staple. The eatery seats up to 38 people in the dining room and they do take reservations.

Gusto is located at 8432 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048 323-782-1778

The hours are Sunday-Thursday 6pm-10pm and Friday and Saturday 6pm-11pm. Visit the website below for more information.

http://www.gusto-la.com

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Wellness Shot

The Wellness and Cold + Sinus shots from Earth Bar gives a whole new meaning to taking shots. Whenever I feel a cold coming on or a little run down, I head straight to Earth Bar and down one of these shots.

The Wellness shot contains Fresh Lemon, Ginger, Oregano Oil, Garlic Extract, & Cayenne Pepper. It has a little kick on the way down, but will help push out whatever is making you sick.

The Cold & Sinus shot is a Wellness Shot + Horseradish, Echinacea, & Other Immune Boosting Herbs. This shot is super potent and spicy, but is sure to clear your sinuses.

I usually chase my shots with an orange slice and drink lots of water after. Take them two days in a row to really get rid of what is ailing you.

These shots can be purchased at Earth Bar. They are located in the Equinox gyms in Southern California and independently. Visit http://www.earthbar.com for more information.

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