WELCOME TO 2016!
It's no secret that I'm a massive lover-of-food, it shares as much of the spotlight on my Instagram feed as it does on my workbench and in my life. Having just got back from our trip up North, I thought it appropriate to document a handful of our favourite places to eat on a budget (the Aussie dollar is bad, yo), and seeing as I uncharacteristically didn't take photos of any of these meals, I thought making it an illustrated listicle would be a nice self-initiated mini-project to kick off 2016.
Would defs recommend: Sea Salt Ice-cream with Caramel Ribbons - better than Messina's Salted Caramel & White Chocolate Chip (if you knew me you'd know that's a huge deal for me).
Gjelina 1429 ABBOT KINNEY BLVD, LOS ANGELES (VENICE)
Would defs recommend: Smoked Trout Salad and the Niman Ranch Lamb Burger. Great service, delicious grub and a beautiful courtyard. Edible and Instagram-mable.
Drunky's Two Shoe BBQ 4105 LEARY WAY NW, SEATTLE
Would defs recommend: the 1/4 rack of ribs (times two), the cornbread, and the potato salad. We stumbled upon this place on our way to Capitol Hill and ended up heading here twice on two separate occasions for a rib fix, this place was absolutely ace and the interior decor was hilarious.
Papa Haydn 701 NW 23RD AVE, PORTLAND
Would defs recommend: the Lemon Chiffon Cake, Hood River Crisp (Google it), Lemon Meringue Tart, Spiced "Buttered" Steamer (Seasonal). We escaped the Oregon weather twice at Papa Haydn, this isn't everything we had and we very soon learnt our lesson NOT to order one cake each after having dinner at Pok Pok. P.S. Dessert and dinner diners are split - I walked through the dinner dining room on the way to the bathroom and their savoury looked killer too.
Pok Pok 3226 SE DIVISION ST, PORTLAND
Would defs recommend: the Yam Tuna (Tuna Salad), Kaeng Hang Leh (sweet pork belly, pork shoulder curry), Vegetarian Khao Soi (a coconut curry noodle dish), coconut rice. Warning: we got in straight away but apparently there are usually insane lines - get there earlier than you want to eat.
Phnom Penh 244 GEORGIA ST E (CHINATOWN), VANCOUVER
Would defs recommend: the Buttered Beef (Melt in your mouth beef salad), Cambodian Chicken Curry, and the Fried Rice. This was one of those places you find online that doesn't have a website and looks dodgy as hell but is busy and tastes like a slice of heaven - had we had more time in Vancouver we would have visited again.
Shake Shack 366 COLOMBUS AVE (AT WEST 77TH ST), NEW YORK CITY
Would defs recommend: the Shackburger, a side of cheese fries, pink lemonade, a gingerbread shake and heading next door to the American Museum of Natural History afterwards.
This was just a taste of the wonderful food we got to experience - I wish I had the time to illustrate and list them all! As you may have seen on Snapchat (@furrylittlpeach) I'm currently on an elimination diet to see if any of the foods I eat cause my skin flare-ups - this means no gluten, dairy, refined sugar, soy, certain meats, certain fruit and veg for 4-6 weeks before slowly introducing them back into my life. Reliving the amazing food we ate on our trip was torture! Got a favourite food joint in the USA/Canada? Let me know in the comments below - I want to start my list for my next trip to the States.
More journal posts coming very soon!