Apple Fritter Monkey Bread (Home-baked)

Breakfast, Dessert / Sweets, Homemade/Home-baked

My mom had visited last week and brought a butt-load of apples… why? 🤷‍♀️ I have no idea, haha! But that’s what my mom does–buy stuff in excess and leaves it at my house, haha!

Looked up some recipes and came across this…

Recipe – Apple Fritter Monkey Bread Seemed easy enough especially because it involves using canned biscuits (probably not the best thing to eat but it’s so good! 😂). Also, who doesn’t enjoy cinnamon sugar??? C’mon!!!! 🤤 Even w/ a drizzle of icing! So good!!!!!!

In the end, it tasted great! Even though the recipe called for as much sugar as it did, it wasn’t as sweet as I thought it would’ve been–a plus! Ended up making another loaf for a neighbor… hopefully they don’t have some sort of special diet (but I wouldn’t be surprised, I mean, we do live in LA–where all the trending diets are in full force 😂).

Eli says to make it w/o the apples the next time… I agree. But it’s dangerous for me to make things like this at home… because I’ll eat it like there’s no tomorrow 😖😫

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Noodle World, Jr (Sherman Oaks, CA)

asian, Fast Food, noodles, ramen, Thai, Vietnamese

Came upon this place one night when I was meeting up w/ a friend at the nearby On the Thirty (another post to come). As soon as I saw it, I was excited to tell Eli because he understands how deep my love of noodles goes, haha!

[Below] I ordered the Chicken Tom Kah–broth was not exactly like a traditional tom kah but it was a good base. So, I just asked for dried chili (came w/o any spiciness) and lime (a must in any tom kah) and problem was solved! Overall, it was good for being a fast food type of joint.

[Pic below] Eli ordered the Spicy Beef Stew Ramen. He must have not had high expectations because after the first couple bites, w/ his raised eyebrows, he exclaimed, “Wow, it’s pretty good!” And then proceeded to devour it 😂 No leftovers for him.

Aside from the food, the service was EXCELLENT! We interacted w/ two staff–the one that took care of us w/ bringing us food and making sure everything was good throughout our meal was especially awesome! Wish I had gotten his name 😑🤦‍♀️

Another great thing is that this place was very clean and organized!! How can you not enjoy a meal w/ seeing that???

So, if you haven’t figured it out… yes, go to this place for some fast food yumminess! BTW, this is the kind of place where you order first and then they bring the food to you. And they also have rice dishes, too.

California Fish Grill (Woodland Hills, CA)

poke, seafood

Omigoodness! I don’t know if this place can be placed more perfectly… it has become Eli’s and mine go-to after workout meal 8 out of 10 times. Same shopping center as our gym; so, we can just beeline over! 😁

Heard somebody raving about it and didn’t give it much thought. But, thank goodness to our laziness of not wanting to drive anywhere one night after working out, we discovered why ppl be raving about it 😝

The prices are decent and, from what I’ve ordered, the flavors are awesome! I usually stick to the poke bowls, the clam chowder, and some of their sides (Brussel sprouts and kale tabbouleh are winners). The hubs has ordered some of their fish plates—those aren’t as tasty as my dishes 😑 IMO, they’re a bit dry, no bueno 😔 The slice of bread that’s included… I don’t quite get it because it’s not toasted, warm, or buttered at all; literally, just sliced bread.

⬆️ Eli’s swordfish w/ Cajun sauce

As for the poke bowls, whether it’s salmon or tuna, you can’t go wrong. You have the option of it sitting on top of a quinoa mix or rice (brown/white). Also, if soup is your thing, the clam chowder is good, too–slightly thinner than what I prefer but still good.

⬆️ Appetizer Ahi Tuna

This location always has good service (to par), but we have been to another location in Culver City and that was kind of a mess (in terms of service and food)—maybe it was just that moment that we were there.

The interior is ALWAYS clean! And the team members are always on top of clearing and cleaning the tables—no matter how slow or busy 👍👍

Lastly, they have awesome soda—no artificial coloring!! Yay!!