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Foodie Friday: Pop-Up Brunch and Ice Cream

Welcome to the 1st installment of GeekGirl World’s Foodie Friday. Before I get into all of the delicious meals, snacks, and desserts I consumed this week, I would like to establish myself, in your mind, as the food aficionado you should all learn to know and trust.

I am, as anyone who knows me will attest, a food geek. I follow chefs like an obsessive teenage fan girl following One Direction. I spend all of my downtime reading food blogs and making crazy lists of where I want to eat next in any given city; once a list for a city becomes long enough I begin planning my next trip. Everywhere I ever go is food motivated. If some asks me to go to an event or make plans I immediately scope out my best dining options in the area. I once broke up with someone I was dating because he told me a story about a “gluttonous” person who ate dinner and then went to bed thinking about what they are going to have for breakfast. I think about what I’m going to have to breakfast tomorrow at breakfast today…we were never going to last anyway.

My fiancé now is a chef; intelligent design at its finest. He is now one of my many eating partners in crime. I have an entourage I refer to as my “Food Friends.” Most of this elite group of food people were people I met at various food related events or on food related discussion sites. My Foodie Friends were each chosen to be in my “foodie circle” because they have seemingly endless stomachs and a penchant for great food. We are kind of like our own twisted version of the Justice League. Home base is Los Angeles, where most of my Foodie Friends live or travel to often. While I call LA home, I have traveled extensively around the country, and dabbled in food adventures in other parts of the world. Chef has planned our upcoming honeymoon around eating exclusively at Michelin Stared restaurants. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t discriminate. I will eat anything that tastes good. It doesn’t have to come on a white table cloth or cost an arm and a leg. My only criterion is that anything I eat that doesn’t bring me joy. I am particularly fond of cheese, carbs, and dessert. I hope my food freak flag as been appropriately flown, and by now you have a good sense of how much I really love to eat.

Enough about me, on to the food! This week as I prepare to get back on my pre-wedding diet (I’m angry about it and I don’t want to talk about it), I tried to capture every defiant meal in all its overindulgent glory.

Elysian Donut - Photo: @dineLA
The overly instagrammed Sticky Oatmeal Donut from Elysian photo: @dineLA

Sunday started with a trip to the Pop-Up brunch at Elysian in Atwater Village. Hosted by Roxana Jullapat (formerly from the restaurant Cook County) and Sonoko Sakai (who runs the website/project Common Grains,) the pop-up runs until April 26th and is a true ode to carbs. The menu is almost exclusively grain based, with the exception of one lonely little salad (that we didn’t order because we aren’t stupid.) While I didn’t find anything to be particularly mind blowing, especially not the overly instagrammed Sticky Oatmeal Donut on the menu, I did thoroughly enjoy this meal. Highlights included the Smoked Trout Toast with herbed cream cheese, red onion, capers, and radish, as well as the Soft-scrambled Eggs on Toast with ricotta, pea tendrils, and oyster mushrooms. The latter was my personal favorite. The eggs were perfectly seasoned, soft and pillowy, the toast was doughy in the middle and crisp on the edges as toast should be. I would highly suggest stopping by if you live even remotely nearby, though I’m not convinced this is necessarily worth a lengthier excursion.

Smoked Trout Toast
Smoked Trout Toast at Elysian
Soft-scrambled eggs on toast at Elysian
Soft-scrambled eggs on toast at Elysian

Not feeling perfectly satisfied from our brunch, we decided to make our way to Jeni’s Spendid Ice Creams in Los Feliz for a post-brunch pick me up. Jeni’s is an incredible artisanal ice cream company based out of Ohio. The Los Feliz location is the 1st location anywhere near the west coast, and as a result has culminated a cult following which lead to massive queues for a week after opening. We decided to check it out right around noon, and found only a small 15-20 person line. The scope of flavors is so overwhelming we found we needed more than the time it took to get through the line to make a decision. I decided to make my own sundae with Brown Butter Almond Brittle ice cream, peanuts, and hot Honey Butterscotch sauce. My food friend had a scoop of the Yazoo Sue (milk, brown sugar, cayenne, and rosemary mixed nuts,) along with a scoop of the Askinosie Dark Milk Chocolate ice cream in a fresh waffle cone. One of the many reasons Jeni’s is so popular is the mix of different and interesting flavor combinations plus the use of only the freshest quality ingredients. I would 100% recommend making a trip to Jeni’s. I literally dream about my next scoop from Jeni’s.

My DIY sundae at Jeni’s
My DIY sundae at Jeni’s
2 scoop cone at Jeni’s
2 scoop cone at Jeni’s

Be sure to join me next week for more food adventures!

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