FOODCATION: California Dream Eater Edition

Last month, my super hawt bf, Jeremy Johnston, and I hopped off the FL heat train and headed to Cali as part of the California Dream Eater trip. We started our adventure in Downtown LA at the Line Hotel, then headed to Pasadena to the dusitD2 Constance, followed by a trip over to Redondo Beach’s Portofino Hotel and Marina, and finally ended our trip at the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica. If you weren’t already following along on instagram, then check out the photos below to see some of the best dishes, places, and waves we could find!

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8265 Beverly Blvd Los Angeles CA 90048

California Dream Eater Terrine

California Dream Eater Terrine

Croquet Madame – smoked ham, gruyere, béchamel, and sunny side egg on brioche. [Terrine]

California Dream Eater

French Onion Soup – comte, beef broth, caramelized onions and crouton. [Terrine]

California Dream Eater Terrine foie gras

Foie Gras – sweet and sour prunes, baguette, flour de see. [Terrine]

The Line Hotel

3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

The Line hotel

Reading S.W. Basics Skin Cleanse in our awesome room at The Line Hotel. Don’t forget to note the boxed water and the Kenny Sharf donut! [The Line Hotel]

The Commissary at The Line Hotel

3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

The Commissary at the Line Hotel

Brioche Eggs Benedict, Lox Platter, French Toast and Fresh Grapefruit [The Commissary]

The commissary at the line hotel

Smoked Salmon Bagel with chive creme fraiche, arugula, fried capers, boiled yolk, and red onion [The Commissary]

Redondo Beach Break

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Quick trip to the beach to watch Jeremy Johnston gets barreled at the Redondo Beach Break [Visit Redondo]


Pie N Burger

913 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

Pie N Burger best burger in the US

Cheeseburger and fries – rated one of the best burgers in the country to numerous sources. They were right, it was the bomb! [Pie N Burger]

apple pie best burger in the US

Had to try the pie… And had to get melted cheddar on their classic slice of apple because what type of cheese blogger would I be without it? [Pie N Burger]

Alexanders Steakhouse

10330 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014

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Enjoying a Monte Carlo and taking in the sites of The Pasadena City Hall. [Alexander’s Steakhouse]

Union Restaurant

37 E Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103

Union Restaurant Pasadena roasted cauliflower

Cauliflower “agro dolce”- golden raisins, candied garlic, cap [Union Restaurant]

Union Restaurant Pasadena stracciatella

Housemade Stracciatella – roasted garlic, crostini [Union Restaurant]

Union Restaurant Pasadena ragout

Tagliatelle – pork ragù, parmigiano-reggiano, tremolata [Union Restaurant]

Union Restaurant Pasadena cacio e pepe

Bucatini Cacio e Pepe – pecorino-romans, black pepper, 63° egg*, white alba truffle [Union Restaurant]

Lavender and Honey

1383 E Washington Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104

lavender and honey

L&H Toast – goat cheese, dried lavender and honey [Lavender and Honey]

lavender and honey Pasadena

The Pasadena – avocado toast with lemon, sea salt and red jalapeño [Lavender and Honey]

lavender and honey pasadena

Bee Sting Latte and 3 Toasts from Lavender and Honey in Pasadena [Lavender and Honey]

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Locale 90

1718 S Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

locale 90 beet salad

Roasted Beet Salad – roasted beets, local greens, goat cheese, candied pistachios and shallot vinaigrette [Locale 90]

locale 90 pizza brussels sprouts

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Pizza – pancetta, pecorino and mozzarella [Locale 90]

locale 90 pizza

Table Spread from Locale 90 including arugula prosciutto pizza, beet salad and brussels sprouts pizza [Locale 90]

Baleen Kitchen at the Portofino Hotel and Yacht Club

260 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

baleen kitchen

Tuna Tacos – ahi tuna, guacamole, chili aioli, sesame seaweed [Baleen Kitchen]

baleen kitchen

Slow Braised Short Rib – horseradish mashed potatoes, haricot vert, and sweet carrots [Baleen Kitchen]

baleen fish

Miso Glazed Halibut – honey roasted sweet potato, ginger braised bok choy, and roasted shiitake [Baleen Kitchen]

Polly’s On The Pier

233 N Harbor Dr, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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A very serious spread including huevos rancheros, guacamole omelet and fresh fruit [Polly’s on The Pier]

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FIG Santa Monica

101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Fig Restaurant Santa Monica

Our super fresh and delicious lunch at FIG was not to be messed with. [FIG Santa Monica]

Fig Restaurant Santa Monica

Seared Wild Albacore Tuna Rice bowl – avocado, market sprouts, citrus soy dressing [FIG Santa Monica]

Fig Restaurant Santa Monica

Spicy Fries – harissa and garlic lemon mayo [FIG Santa Monica]

Fig Restaurant Santa Monica

A creamy strawberry yogurt cocktail that tasted like health! [FIG Santa Monica]

Fig Restaurant Santa Monica

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL (and delicious!) CHOCOLATE TARTE I’ve ever had! [FIG Santa Monica]

The Penthouse at the Huntley Hotel

1111 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Penthouse Huntley hotel

A cheese and charcuterie board perfectly fit for ME! haha jk… I shared it… sort of. [The Penthouse at the Huntley Hotel]

Ashland Hill

2807 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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Ashland Hill Burger – red onion bacon jam, sharp white cheddar, paprika aioli, watercress and herb parmesan fries [Ashland Hill]

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Avocado and Roasted Tomato Toast – goat cheese, lime, thai chili, pickled pearl onion, and smoked salt [Ashland Hill]

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Crispy Cauliflower – salmoriglio, parmesan, saffron aioli, and pickled vegetables [Ashland Hill]

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Blistered Shishito Mac N Cheese – charred shishito peppers, pickled cherry peppers, white cheddar and herb crust [Ashland Hill]

Santa Monica Pier

200 Santa Monica Pier

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MORE SURFING! We had to head back over to Redondo Beach to catch the swell!

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Getting down on some cotton candy before the sun sets over the Santa Monica Pier [Santa Monica Pier]

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And the sun finally sets on our trip! We had such an amazing time and we can’t wait to go back! [Santa Monica Pier]

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