Melodic Munchin’

This Friday’s post is a little different from prior weeks. The first difference, we’re not actually reviewing a restaurant, and the second, this post is a lot shorter! 🙂

For the past few weeks there has been a burning question in the back of my mind: does music effect our experiences with food, and if so, do different genres change, or dictate the way in which we are affected?

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This question came about when I was planning to cook for my best friends before I left the Bay Area after the holidays. I was prepping the night before, and I was pulling all of my ingredients out, but something just did not feel right. Without a second thought, I grabbed my laptop, flung it open, and clicked the iTunes icon, and jammed to Bruno Mars through the night as I prepped, and baked for the next day’s dinner. After cleaning the kitchen, I literally collapsed on to the coach, but then it hit me: I ALWAYS turn on music when I’m cooking…and I LOVE when I go to a restaurant and they are playing GOOD music. I knew that with all the cooking I had done that night, it would not have been nearly as fun without Bruno Mars; I may would have even lost momentum, called a quits and said, “Forget it!”

Then the question came up again about two weeks ago. Stef and I visited a restaurant, but when writing the blog post about the experience, one of my first thoughts was, “I really liked this spot, but there were no melodies to munch to.” 😦

Music is so powerful, it can make you laugh, cry, fall in love, get pumped for a big game, and each of these different emotions is typically prompted by different genres, and tempos of music. Is it the same for us foodies…does it change our cooking and/or eating experiences? Or is it something that is only effective, for individuals like myself, who love music? Personally, I know when I listen to more jazz-like melodies, I’m more relaxed, and tend to take more time to cook (and sway to the tunes), or eat; it is visa versa when listening to tunes with hard baselines like dub step or hip hop, but either way, it enhances my experience.

I just graduated, so I’m temporarily over learning, 🙂 and do not necessarily care to do a social experiment to find the answers to these burning questions of mine, but I wanted give a little Food for Thought by posing them, and see what others thought. I definitely think music has a major effect on MY experiences with food, but am I alone? Does music affect YOUR cooking and/or eating experiences? If so, how? Please comment below, and give YOUR take on MELODIC MUNCHIN’…we would love to hear from you!

Happy Friday, CoCo

PS- Oops…well, I THOUGHT this was going to be a shorter post! 🙂

Tasted Like Love: Opposites Do Attract!

Taste on Melrose

8454 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069, PH: 323.852.6888

http://www.ilovetaste.com/

Pricing: $$-Moderate

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Ambience and Service: Taste on Melrose is the cutest little spot. When you spot it, it looks like the quaintest little house in the mist of all the popular shops on Melrose. Besides the fact that it is a really nice restaurant, we really like that this spot, despite its location wasn’t over the top, and it did not feel like we were in some “uppity,” over priced for what you get restaurant. Some of the seating is on the street/patio, but enclosed in a canopied-like section, while the eating area inside the house is just as nice, but a bit more “intimate.”

Inside

Inside

Patio Area

Patio Area

Luckily, we went at an odd time and there was not a big crowd.

Our waiter was very pleasant, and was patient with us, as it took us a while to figure out what to eat. Here’s what we decided on:

Kobe Beef Burger

Kobe Beef Burger

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Kobe Beef Burger (Stef)- This burger was excellent! The meat was very tender and juicy. The onion jam was the stand out star on the burger; it gave it a sweetness that was just right to go along with the sharpness of the Gorgonzola cheese (that is if you add the cheese to the burger). The brioche bun soaked up all the goodness of the burger. I loved the peppery arugula, which balanced the burger out. It came with a side of pommes frites (French fries), which were paper-thin and almost like potato chips.  Overall Taste is a cute and quaint place to have lunch and I would definitely have to try more from the menu. However, if you want to try the burger, go during lunch as the price of the burger spikes during Happy Hour.

Tempura Onion Rings

Tempura Onion Rings

Tempura Onion Rings (CoCo)- I have been a fan of onion rings since I was a kid; back then, going to Burger King to get onion rings was a treat to me. 🙂 However these onion rings were nowhere in comparison to what I THOUGHT were good onion rings as a kid. They were literally made, and fried to perfection. One of my onion rings pet peeves is when I bite into a ring, and there is just the thin film of a barely-there onion. The Tempura Onion Rings at Taste had a golden fried tempura batter on the outside, and hearty, “meaty” onions on the inside. It was served with their wasabi ketchup (and regular ketchup); it was good, but I think it would have been a GREAT sauce if there was a little bit more salt added to the mix. I would definitely order them again. And during Taste’s Happy Hour, it is just $5 dollars for an order of these.

Pear & Caramelized Onion Pizzeta

Pear & Caramelized Onion Pizzeta

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Pear & Caramelized Onion Pizetta (CoCo)- For someone who has never cared for pears, I have no idea why I chose to try this flatbread pizza; but I am so glad I did. Honestly, even after the first bite I wasn’t sure if I would be a fan, but after the second, I was hooked. The sweetness of the pears, walnuts and caramelized onions paired perfectly with the “bite” of the Gorgonzola cheese and spiciness of the fresh arugula on top of the thin, crunchy crust of the pizzeta. I still do not think I care much for pears, but I definitely care about this Pear & Caramelized Onion Pizetta, and at $6 during Happy Hour, I suggest you take a trip soon to try it out for yourself. Like Stef, I’m also looking to explore other things on their menu on our next visit.

Overall: Like many of our ventures, we spotted this place on TV, a reality show actually, and thankfully, we were not disappointed, and can not wait to go back to try more delicious things. We really enjoyed our experience at Taste. Our meals TASTED LIKE LOVE, both featuring contrasting flavors that tasted so delicious when paired together; OPPOSITES DO ATTRACT!

With EXTRA love on this day of love, Stef & CoCo…xoxo

Broke Our Hearts A Bit!

Georgetown Cupcakes

143 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, PH: 310.271.2171

https://www.georgetowncupcake.com/index.html

Pricing: $$-Moderate

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If there is one thing we like as much as going out and finding new places to eat, it is watching TV, to find new places to eat. 🙂 One of our shows was DC Cupcakes; so when we were walking down South Robertson Boulevard and saw Georgetown Cupcakes, we had to run in and try a cupcake.

The shop is cute; decorated with a crisp white exterior and simple black awning, and the inside was colored with the same crisp white, with pops of color in the form of cupcake pop art.

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They had a great variety of cupcakes, with most of them being some variation of chocolate; and the price was not bad at $2.75 a cupcake.

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Key Lime (CoCo)- Since I do not eat chocolate, I went for the first light colored cupcake I saw. 🙂 This cupcake was a key lime cupcake topped with a key lime cream cheese frosting that has actual lime peel whipped into the frosting, and finished with a candied lime on top. The cupcake was good, but I wish the actual cupcake was a bit more flavorful, and that the frosting did not have as much of the lime peel throughout; it was too much. Like I said, it was good, however I cannot say that I would go back for another.

Key Lime Cupcake

Key Lime Cupcake

Cookies & Cream Cheesecake (Stef)- I was really looking forward to trying a cupcake from Georgetown Cupcake when I heard that they had a location in Los Angeles. I tried the Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Cupcake; it was overly crumbly, but good. I loved how the cupcake was made in to layers; every bite you can tastes all of the flavors of the cupcake. The bottom layer was ground Oreo cookies that would crumble as soon as you bite into it. The middle layer was a vanilla cupcake infused with Oreo cookie crumbles, and the top layer is the buttercream frosting whipped with bits of Oreos. The overall cupcake was very moist and tasty, however, if I could change anything I would bake the Oreo crust before I baked the entire cupcake so it would be less crumbly, and easier to eat. This wasn’t the best cupcake that I’ve had, but I would definitely go back to try other flavors.

Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Cupcake

Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Cupcake

It is always disappointing, when you have been wanting to try something for a long time, or maybe you have been craving something, but when you finally get it, it is just…eeeeh!! Maybe that is just us, but after trying Georgetown Cupcakes, it BROKE OUR HEARTS A BIT! Hopefully the next foodie venture will mend our broken hearts.

-Stef & CoCo