All Things Foodie

Mastro’s Butter Cake

Many of my friends have raved about the butter cake at Mastro’s. I have been to the restaurant many times for dinner but have been so full I have never ordered dessert. This visit to Mastro’s was specifically to try this sweet treat.

I was excited when the server brought the larger than expected individual butter cake to our table. It was a perfect golden brown color topped with a generous portion of vanilla bean ice cream, drizzled with strawberry sauce, fresh strawberries and orange segments arranged on the plate, and a heaping portion of whipped cream on the side. I made sure to get a little bit of everything in my first bite and it was spectacular. The cake was warm and crisp on the top, but soft underneath and melted so wonderfully in my mouth. The combination of all the flavors was so decadent and well paired. The butter flavor really developed after that first bite and got even better with every bite after. As hard as we tried, we could not finish the cake as it was very rich. I would recommend this dessert for sure and endorse it as worth the calories.  I suggest having a lighter dinner before the cake and add a glass of prosecco to end the evening.

I went to the Beverly Hills location which is located at 246 N Canon Drive. I was seated in The Penthouse which was super fun with a DJ spinning tunes and high energy.

Visit http://www.mastrosrestaurants.com for a restaurant located near you.

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Two Ingredient “Pancakes”

One of my favorite healthy breakfasts to make only takes two ingredients. Two eggs and a ripe banana. These make up thin, crepe like pancakes that are light and delicious.

Peel one ripe banana and put into a bowl. Blend well with a hand mixer to create a fluffy banana base. Crack two eggs into the banana puree and whip until frothy. Take a 1/4 measuring cup and measure out this amount of batter and pour onto a greased, preheated pan. The pan must be heated just below medium heat because these pancakes cook quickly and tend to burn fast. I use coconut oil spray to grease the pan. Use a metal spatula a flip the pancakes once the top is covered in bubbles and the bottom is a beautiful golden brown color. They will only need about 30 seconds to finish cooking on this side.

Once they are all ready, put on a plate and you can top with fresh fruit, greek yogurt, agave or all three!

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Blue Plate Oysterette

I was recently invited to dinner at Blue Plate Oysterette. It was a lovely night, the Southern California weather was perfectly temperate with a slight breeze. We decided to enjoy it and walk the few blocks through the neighborhood to dinner.

The restaurant is so cute, with an outdoor seating area and indoor accommodations as well. The vibe is laid back, inviting, and instantly comforting. There is a chalkboard with specials of the day, a light up wooden arrow with the word “Oysters” on it pointing toward the oyster bar, and maps on the tables that inspire talks of travel destinations and places with great seafood. The menu selection is mostly seafood based, but there are options for those of you who are more burger and fries types. There is something on the menu that is sure to strike your fancy.

We ordered oysters with champagne to start and had lots of fun deciding which ones were our favorites and powering through the larger ones. The undressed lobster roll with french fries was amazing dipped in melted butter and reminded me of the Hamptons. The bouillabaisse was so full of flavor and delicious.

Being a sweets lover, I ordered the strawberry shortcake for dessert, which was two generous portions of buttery pound cake with layers of fresh strawberries and vanilla bean whipped cream. The table behind us asked what it was, so I offered them a bite and they loved it so much, they ordered one too.

All the fellow diners at the surrounding tables on the patio were super friendly, which made the atmosphere of the restaurant unpretentious and perfect for a Sunday dinner. The service was wonderful and no one gave us any grief when we were the last table to leave.

The restaurant is a great addition to the neighborhood. The excellent food and laid back feel with keep me coming back for more.

Blue Plate Oysterette is located at 8048 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 323-656-5474

http://www.blueplatesantamonica.com

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Ghirardelli Ice Cream Sundae

When I go to San Francisco I must always get a Ghirardelli ice cream sundae if I can. I twist my friend’s arms, well I don’t have to twist that hard, to take me when I come to visit them in the city.

I wait in line, which goes pretty quickly, and promptly order my sundae with both hot fudge and caramel. I get several scoops of vanilla ice cream, topped with the two sauces, freshly whipped cream, and a cherry and chocolate square on top. The presentation alone is worth the wait, but the taste is out of this world.

The cold ice cream, slightly melting, swirled with the hot fudge, caramel and whipped cream is what I envision the clouds in heaven taste like. Sweet and so utterly delightful. Haha…no pun intended.

If you haven’t tried one of their sundaes, I promise you will absolutely adore them when you do. It is such a fun spot for a date, a family outting, or a day all to yourself, spurging on all the calories that wonderfully make up this blissful treat.

Ghirardelli has many locations, but the original one is San Francisco is my favorite.

900 North Point St.
San Francisco, CA 94109

Hours: Sunday- Thursday 9am-11pm, Friday and Saturday 9am-12 midnight (ice cream fountain opens at 10am)

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Southern Banana Pudding

I love the South! All the gentlemen, lovely ladies and the Southern accents draw me in. The food cooked from scratch with premium ingredients and full fat butter are mouth watering. I especially love the dessert, Southern Banana Pudding. 

Since I don’t live in the south, I need to get my fix somewhere and I often pop by Magnolia Bakery to satisfy my craving. They have perfected Banana Pudding and offer free samples for everyone who walks through the door. The bakery is an outpost of their flagship store in New York and I couldn’t be more pleased that there is a location in Los Angeles. The pudding has layers of vanilla wafers, fresh bananas, and vanilla pudding. I suspect there is some whipped cream folded into it to keep it light in texture. 

This pudding is divine and is packaged in three sizes, mini, small, and large. The bakery also offers catering sizes for parties. I promise this sweet fluff will tanalize your tastebuds and have you craving it time and time again. So get on over to your closest location and snap up a carton or two, you will go bananas over it. 

Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding is $3.50 for the mini, $5 for the small, and $6.50 for the large. Single bowl is $35 (serves 10) the double bowl is $60 (serves 20) 

visit http://www.magnoliabakery.com for a location nearest you. 

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