The Sycamore Kitchen | Los Angeles, CA


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.


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.


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


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


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.






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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Supper Stars of Bicolandia | Cebu Smile: Inflight Magazine for Cebu Pacific Airways


I grew up in Albay province in the Bicol Region and consider it my home despite the fact that it has been 17 years since I’ve been back to visit. I miss the food that I’ve known and loved growing up and as I tell my kids stories about my childhood, I usually accompany it with food. As I was googling for how to make Tinutungan, a dish made of chicken and burnt coconut milk, I came across this article that appeared on Cebu Smile. Click the link below to read the article…

Supper Stars of Bicolandia | Cebu Smile: Inflight Magazine for Cebu Pacific Airways.

xo, Emilie

Oh So Sweet…that’s B Sweet Mobile


When I finally had the chance to check out B Sweet Mobile, I took it. Why shouldn’t I? I love desserts and all things sweet (savory too!). So I decided to stock up for that weekend. I have nothing bad to say about this fine food truck. Everything that I tasted was exceptionally good. If only my overall health would allow it, I will have my daily fix in this food truck.

Now let’s check out the truck, its menu and especially what I got to try.




I’ll take everything! Hahaha, I wish.


milk bar? yum!


everybody’s taken care of… you want milk with your cookies? they got it…soda? they got it too…love it!


they even have soy



this sign will forever fuel my need for pudding…in this instance, bread pudding


B Sweet’s Fudgiest Brownie – this was on the house…thank you 🙂


Red Velvet Cheesecake – pure heaven…I mean…HEAVEN!!!


Chocolate Chip Banana Bread – perfect companion to tea and coffee…or soda…milk even…it doesn’t matter because it’s that great


the font used in Bread Pudding makes me think of disco (what?!?)


Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding – topped with hot caramel
*if the Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is amazing, imagine how gooey good is this*


Dutch Apple Bread Pudding – topped with streusel and caramel
*the play between those tart apples and the sweet caramel is so good*


Red Velvet Bread Pudding – topped with cream cheese frosting
*to all those red velvet lovers…this is what you call taking it to the next level*

Now I’m hungry…

xo, Emilie

Flippin’ Yolk is Flippin’ Good


I finally got the chance to try out new food truck Flippin’ Yolk. When I first heard about them, I thought what a brilliantly apt name.

According to their Facebook Page, they aim to…

Bringing Flippin authentic Filipino flavors with an American/Mexican twist to your neighborhood.

Did they do that? They definitely did. Plus their rice portion is on the larger side for those used to a lot of rice. And for those of us who loves Filipino food with a passion knows that Filipino food is best enjoyed with piping hot rice (can be plain white or garlic depending on your preference).

Let’s look at a little bit of their history…

Flippin’ Yolk was founded by four friends working in hospitality whose goal was to share Filipino cuisine to their local communities. Four of them decided to work on their dream of owning a food truck to contribute to the revolution of having authentic Pinoy food in SoCal with their twist on one of the famous Filipino dishes”Tapsilog” (TAPA-marinated beef, SINANGAG-garlic rice, and ITLOG-fried egg). 

The truck…





The menu…


1. Begin by choosing your FLIPPIN item

SISIG (See-Sig)
Pork shoulder (butt) braised tender, marinated in a tangy citrus soy sauce, grilled, chopped, and is then sautéd in onions, topped with sliced serranos and crunchy Chicharrón

Thinly sliced Top Sirloin (ASADA) beef that is griddled with FLIPPIN’s exclusive seasonings

CHICK ADOBO (ahh-doh-boh)
Chicken breast slow cooked till fork tender in a garlic soy sauce marinade with a hint of vinegar

LONGA (Lone-g-ahh)
In-Truck made Garlic Pork Sausage


TOCINO (Toe-seen-O)
Filipino version of bacon.

2. Select your FLIPPIN style

Three (3) corn tortillas, choice of FLIPPIN item, shredded cabbage, Tapatío aïoli $ 5

Choice of FLIPPIN item, Chipotle mayo, garlic rice, shredded cabbage, a FLIPPIN yolk (fried egg), wrapped in a flour tortilla $ 7

Cheddar and Pepper Jack Cheese melted inside a flour tortilla with your choice of a FlLIPPIN item $7

SILOG (See-Low-g)

Select a FLIPPIN item, Filipino style with garlic rice, and a FLIPPIN yolk (fried egg) $ 7


TURON (Too-row-n)
Banana spring roll $ 3

Breaded caramel custard $ 3

Sarsi, royal, coke, sprite, bottled water, buko juice ( coconut juice )


The food…


Beef Tapa Tacos


Beef Tapa Silog


Chicken Adobo Silog


Longganisa Silog


Tocino Silog


Beef Tapa Wrap


Sisig Silog


Deep Fried Leche Flan

Food is overall good. I’m not much of a soft taco kind of person but my daughter loves them and she loved her tapa tacos. The Silogs were great in general. I love that the amount of rice they have in one order is actually substantial even for those who are voracious rice eaters. The Tocino definitely looks and tastes homemade. I love that it’s not too sweet. I also like their Longanisa as it is skinless and tasted pretty good. My favorite would have to be the Chicken Adobo because it has depth of flavorful, kinda like a 2 day old adobo which I actually prefer over the freshly cooked one as the meat has been sitting in its own sauce and is more flavorful that way. Flavorwise, I would prefer a more vinegar-y kind of adobo but then adobo is pretty much is cooked based on the preference of the person eating it. The Deep Fried Leche Flan is muy delicioso.

It was a really good dinner and I’m so glad we had Flippin Yolk. I would definitely go back for more.

Flippin’ Yolk

xo, Emilie

I’m Back :)


Yes, I am back. I am so sorry for my absences. I got overwhelmed with my daughter’s health problems ( we’re talking about surgeries and complications and a bunch of heal insurance issues I had to deal with), death of a loved one and when I was getting ready to post some new post pictures on my digital card got erased. So as of this moment I don’t have anything new to share but I am ready to go out and try new to me gourmet food trucks. However, I will go back to my old ways of doing it. Through Twitter, unannounced. My blog posts are never reviews but a narrative of my personal or my family’s experience. I will continue to pay for my own meals and will always state if I received anything for free.

Thanks for staying with me!

xo, Emilie