Happy Friday Eve!A few nights ago I got to feel like a super cool person for .5 seconds of my life by attending a private Google party at a secret location in Los Angeles. Not only did I get to feel super cool for a bit, I got to be surrounded by awesome people in a fun creative environment all while eating some amazing food! WIN WIN WIN! I don't get to go to many private parties (read: never), but I'm going to go out on a limb here and say Google throws the best ones!
We started the night off by being given a "passport" where we had to stop at every station, try the food, and get a stamp. Tough work I tell ya.
Our first stop was The Upper West where we had gazpacho drizzled with California olive oil, a mix of goat cheese & queso fresco, pickled peaches with ginger, and a tiny bit of cilantro and mint. I'm just going to give you a second to recover from all the deliciousness you just read....seriously, it was incredible! The mix of all the ingredients complimented each other perfectly to make a sweet and savory treat. So, so good! What I want to try at their restaurant: grilled butterfish, roasted corn soup, caramelized cauliflower with sage, parmesan and apple. No words.
Next up, booze! Because what's a party without it, am I right? The Spare Room treated us to some of the stiffest cocktails I've ever had. I wish I could give you some detailed info on the cocktails they served, but we guzzled them before thinking about what was actually in them. Woops! I did get a chance to check out their site though and it looks like such a fun place to hangout and enjoy a drink with your friends! They are a gaming room and cocktail lounge inside of the Roosevelt Hotel (hello, Lauren Conrad? Are you there?), their atmosphere seems super upscale but fun and relaxed all in one. Check out how cool everything looks! What I want to try/do here: bowling and monopoly! I also want to have a few of their baby faced killers...because RUM.
We then moseyed on over to The Mexican Village station. This was the highlight of the night for me. I'm going to be honest, I'm Mexican and I do not like tacos. Ya, I know, I know. Maybe it's because I've had one too many in my lifetime? Who knows. Tacos aren't usually my first choice, so the fact that I loved these so much is a huge deal! All their meats were perfectly seasoned, and the toppings were incredibly fresh. What really did it for me though was the authentic mole made by the sweetest Oaxacan lady. My mom makes mole quite often but she's not from that region so hers is made to be slightly sweeter, which I love by the way. This particular mole however is made to be spicier and richer in flavor, so it was cool to me to be able to add it to tacos and enjoy the combination of all the flavors. What I want to try at their restaurant: coctel de camaron, jumbo garlic shrimp plate, and their Mexican village botana.
After our delicious tacos, Andrew ate an Italian sub from Rocco's Italian Market & Deli. This place really intrigued me because all their spreads are made in their restaurant and they really stress the fact that they do not put bottled anything on their subs. In fact, their spreads are primarily veggie based which I thought was absolutely awesome! Andrew is so anti vegetables but this, he loved! What I want to try at their restaurant: potato salad with bacon, tuna, and an Italian iced tea.
To wash down our subs, we were given lemonade from The Original Farmers Market. Um, lemonade in a mason jar with a paper straw? You speak my love language, Farmers Market! The lemonade was really refreshing and they set out some awesome add-ins such as blueberries, strawberries, limes, etc. The lemonade is perfect for a hot summer day! Merchants I want to check out at their location: Little Spain Gourmet Market, Zia Valentina, and Essence of Nature.
To sweeten the deal even further, Google sent us off with the cutest little cookies at the end of the night!
Also, let's take a second and admire Andrew's passport at the end of the night haha.
Have you tried any of these restaurants before? What's your favorite place to eat, play, drink or shop in LA? For you non Angelino's, what's your favorite place in your hometown?