Paella Nights at Gasolina Cafe 05.13.2016


I’ve had Chef/Owner Sandra Cordero’s paella at my son’s 10th birthday party. When she mentioned she’s having another pop up for May I decided to invite a dear friend who also happened to be my son’s second grade teacher.


It was a beautiful evening, not too hot nor cold out. Just perfect. And we started with this  toast beautifully topped with tomatoes. Perfect for a late spring evening.

#gasolinacafe #paellanights It was followed by an amuse of salad with frisee, peach and honeyed lardons. The sweetness from the peach and honeyed lardons balanced out by the bitterness of the frisee.

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I personally had the Black Seafood Paella and it tasted exactly like Chef Sandra prepared it during my son’s birthday. I love squid ink myself so I enjoyed it very much. The rice is cooked with squid ink mixed with fish, shrimp, squid and clams topped with lemon. I think it’s a must to add lemon juice before eating as this rounds up the dish. I find it wonderfully light perfect for spring and summer.

#gasolinacafe #paellanightsEveryone else in my group had the Paella de Carne. It’s a heartier, meat version. The taste makes you want to curl up your toes and relax. It’s my comfort food, Spanish style.
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Our paella night ended with coconut flan. I had to apologize for the quality of this phone. When I reviewed it last night I honestly thought it was clear. It was perfect blend of tart and sweet.

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Chef Sandra’s paella will always be a winner in my book and I will always come back for more.

If you’re a big fan of Spanish food please visit Gasolina Cafe. And if you haven’t had paella ever…well now’s the time to head out to the Valley. They are just off the 101 freeway De Soto exit.

Hope to see you there.

xo, Emilie


Sweet Butter Kitchen – Sherman Oaks CA


This blog post is long overdue. I’ve taken a bit of a break from all things social media but now I am slowly bringing myself back to posting/blogging about materials I’ve gathered throughout my own holiday (away from social media, that is). Sweet Butter is among that pile of drafts.

After all the reviews from LA Weekly to Grub Street LA and Eater LA, I thought I should try it out with my bestie to all things food, B.

One immediately notices that they’ve utilized their exterior and made it into patio seating area which would be a perfect spot provided the perfect Los Angeles weather. And if you haven’t noticed yet, we happen to go during that time when it rained non-stop for days (take note: flooded street). I particularly love the black awning with matching black wicker woven chairs and those light fixtures are just elegant. Very bistro-like.

The front also has patio seating on both sides of the “gate”. This time there’s benches that run across both walls with accent pillows.

As soon as you enter the gate, both walls are flanked with plants, almost made me do a double take as if I’m going into somebody’s home. There’s two doors, one’s the kitchen and the other’s to the cafe & market.

My eyes were immediately drawn to these market totes. Made to be decorative but served as a reminder for me on how people do it in Europe when they go to their “marketplace”. I still see some people carry such totes during farmers market.

The chalkboard was full with their menu and there’s a lot to choose from.

Walls are converted into shelves.

I love how they made the interior very homey despite it being a market of sorts.

I ordered the Madam Chocolat hot cocoa and it was just perfect considering the weather at that time. It was rich and decadent.

The grilled cheese was good. It was really really good. And the shoestring french fries that went with it was just perfectly fried. It was crunchy and hot.

I heard about the Chef Ludo-approved Croque Monsieur and of course we have to order it. It was soooo good. I still have dreams about that sandwich. It was just delicious.

To end our perfect late lunch on a very rainy day, we had cupcakes and those were sinful as well.

And what a perfect sight to end our first visit to Sweet Butter

xo, Emilie
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Sweet Butter is located at:

13824 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, California 91423

Phone: 818-788-2832