BlaqHaus (North Hollywood, CA)

American, burger

Upon entering, found the concept/decor to be trendy/hip but lacked in potential due to the location of this eatery. Just wouldn’t picture a place like this in the area that its located in… would’ve been more fitting in the NoHo Arts District. 

As soon as we stepped in, we immediately noticed the layer of oil that covered the floor–similar to what one would find in the restaurant kitchen after hours of busy activity cooking up a storm. We assumed the same water was used to mop the dining area floor AFTER mopping the kitchen ๐Ÿ˜– While we were eating, we witnessed a patron slip but, fortunately, she didn’t fall. 

For the food… we were pleasantly surprised! Both of us got burgers–The Venus (vegetarian) and The Hangover (had fried egg and bacon, yum!). And both was accompanied by a side of fries and three different dipping sauces (uh, yes, please!). 

I loved how crispy the fries were, Eli thought they were slightly over cooked… choose your preference ๐Ÿ˜‹

I had gotten a Groupon voucher which made the experience okay. But don’t think I would go back to pay full price since our total came out to be almost $30 for just these two burgers that tasted good… just not THAT good. I would go back for the fries ๐ŸŸ though! Hehe ๐Ÿ˜‹


Skynny Kitchen (North Hollywood, CA)


Purchased a Groupon for this place. 

They’ve been open for 2 years ๐Ÿ˜‘ I just learned about this place a month ago… From Groupon, haha! 

As soon as we walked in, I hoped that the food wouldn’t suck. I say that because the interior was nicely set-up–modern, hipster, trendy. 

Upon looking at the menu, one can tell that it’s geared more towards healthy lifestyles. I was relieved (phew!) ๐Ÿ˜ Let’s admit that it’s always easier to make healthy food choices when placed in a healthier setting ๐Ÿ˜

Eli and I both eyed the Turkey Meatball Sliders; thus, we shared… โคต๏ธ

Eli really liked it but I felt that it was just okay–nothing special. The pickle was good, though! ๐Ÿ˜Š Reminded me of Clausen pickles. 


Smoky BBQ Bison Burger โคต๏ธ 


Eli thought it was too sweet for his taste–he guesses it’s the BBQ sauce (sounds right). Next time, he’s going to try the regular Bison Burger–he’s confident it’ll be right up his alley ๐Ÿ˜Š I had the pickle, hehe… 

Oh, there was mushroom in Eli’s burger, which he quickly discarded–no mushrooms for Eli. 


Arugula Salad โคต๏ธ


From the description on the menu and what got to our table, didn’t quite match what I had imagined… hmm… At that point, I was afraid that I was going to be disappointed. FORTUNATELY, I was not!!! YAY!!! 

I know it looks simple, but it’s tasty! Contents included: arugula (as you could’ve guessed ๐Ÿ˜œ), soft goat cheese, onion, tomato, and dried cranberries. I squeezed all the lemon slices and 1/2 of the olive oil that came with it. 

Again, it was so simple but it was so good–filling but not heavy (my fave combination)! I’m definitely going to replicate it for home meals! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘


We will DEFINITELY be returning and trying other dishes. Oh, they also had smoothies, coffee, beer (yes, you read that correctly), and the usual restaurant drinks.

Check out the video… 

 Skynny Kitchen video snippet

Catch you guys at our next outing! ๐Ÿ˜™ 

Lulu California Bistro (Palm Springs, CA)


Wasn’t planning on eating here but saw how popular it seemed and just the decor itself is so inviting and chic.

Very nice patio seating area but we opted to sit indoors since it was too warm outside.

Was not disappointed by the overall decor of the place–LOVED it!!

Our good-looking server, Michael, was very friendly and had a great smile to go with it.

Bread was VERY good!! Good thing they didn’t leave us the whole basket, otherwise we would have gobbled it up in no time. I ordered ceviche, it was okay, nothing exciting–would definitely order something else next time. The bf got a veggie burger–didn’t look very good (felt a little bad for him, haha) but it turned out tasting AWESOME! Basically, his burger looked how my ceviche tasted; and my ceviche tasted how his burger looked… Hahaha!!

You DEFINITELY have to finish your meal with their bread pudding!!! Ohmigoodness!!! That’s all I have to say! JUST. ORDER. IT. You will thank me later! And (!!) get your own portions!! With a scoop of ice cream!