finals food.

16 Dec

Although I have been on a blog hiatus for the last 2 weeks (I’ve missed it as much as I’m sure you have all missed my insightful presence on the web –  hah), I haven’t been a TOTAL library recluse (although my friends would beg to differ). I have adventured to a few new and fun eateries these last few weeks – and don’t worry, I took hella pics. A ver…

Joan’s on Third. In my quest to become Lauren Conrad, my roommate Jenn and I had a lovely Sunday breakfast post-Thanksgiving, pre-Finals at Joan’s on Third, a trendy LA brunch joint. I felt accomplished having checked this off the list before spending the rest of the day surrounded by mens rea terminology and sketch murder cases. It was so nice to see Meredith and Cody, two friends from my sorority, and so nice of them to trek out to WeHo to see us 🙂

Jenn and my first trip to Joan's on Third. And yes, I wore a tank top in December. #ILoveLA

Cody and her parfait.

you can LITERALLY never go wrong with oatmeal.


why hello Joan's on Third!

Whitney’s 24th at Hostaria del Piccolo. My best friend’s birthday fell conveniently just before finals, and a big group of her girlfriends went to dinner in Santa Monica (love) at my new favorite (authentic yet modern and innovative) Italian place, Hostaria del Piccolo. The birthday girl and I shared two dishes – a pizza with an egg on top (check that off the life “must” list) and a decadent fig ravioli. It was delicious and such a fun night! I am dying to go back.

new fav italian place 🙂

yes, this is as incredible as it looks.

incredibly rich fig-stuffed rav.

My BFF Whitney and me celebrating her 24th! (i try to avoid terms like "biffel" or "bestie")

I cleaned my plate, with the caveat that I’d run 18 miles the next am, only to have to cut it short due to knee pain (I’ll save that for another post). Guess I have to come up with another excuse now, dang.

That same weekend, Whitney and Caroline cooked a delicious meal of potato leek soup and grilled cheese, and invited me over! It was beyond delicious – and now I am realizing that I can never repay them for all of this (unless sarcastic self-deprecating comments count as any form of valid payment?) Maybe over break I can learn to cook half as well as C + W. I’m not holding my breath though, let’s face it.

potato leek soup and grilled cheese.

gingerbread ice cream sandwich.

Jenn’s sister, Christine, is home for winter break from U of Oregon, and she spent a night with us – we put up our Christmas tree, watched the guilty pleasure girl-fest of a movie Something Borrowed, and hit up Urth Caffe in the morning (featured prominently on Season 1 of the Hills, if you wanna know). I went with the granola, excellent call.

Jenn (right) with her sister, Christine at Urth.

granola with everything in it - including pumpkin seeds. Great job, Urth.

I took a break from the dungeon of the LLS library and met my parents for dinner one night downtown at the DTLA Border Grill. I’m a big fan of anything Top Chef, and love Susan Feniger, and I’ve been to the Santa Monica Border Grill before, so I knew we couldn’t go wrong here.

Loved the food and the decor. I am a big fan of Mexican food, especially done in a new, refreshing, and eclectic way. It was also nice to unwind with my parentals (and watch my mom enjoy her margarita while I sipped on water, rough life).

Border Grill DTLA.

my Dad.

my mom and my empanada duo and watercress, jicama, and orange salad with bacon wrapped dates.

Finally, last weekend Amber and I took a break from school for a bit to meet up with our friend Aviva at Los Feliz’s delightful “There’s No Place Like Home.” I don’t spend nearly enough time in Los Feliz – it’s spunky and totally different from where I live and where I go to school – parts of it reminded me of Oakland and the East Bay. So nice to take a break from implied reciprocal negative easements for some grub.

Amber and Aviva at There's No Place Like Home.

spinach dipppp.

warm spinach salad.

That about sums up my eatery adventures for the last few weeks 🙂

4 Responses to “finals food.”

  1. Kristen - Anywhere There's An Airport December 16, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    Per usual – your eating adventures make my mouth water. And I have to say I love that you show real life. Real food pics and real friend pics… not all styled with optimal lighting 🙂

    • gillian December 16, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

      Thank you, Kristen!! Really it’s because I am too impatient to style anything and I use my oh so loved iPhone.

      I hope you’re doing well – I am so behind on my blog reading – looking forward to catching up on that!

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. Kaley December 17, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    Um yumm!


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