Google Midsummer Meet & Eat

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.


Last, but certainly not least, dessert! Duff's Cake Mix Bakery & Studio set up a cupcake decorating station complete with delicious frosting and fun shaped fondant and sprinkles. Their DIY studio is basically the Color Me Mine of cupcakes. I cannot wait to go on a date night here and decorate some cupcakes! They offer gluten free cupcakes if you call ahead which I think is incredibly convenient! They also have special flavors for every month. Peanut butter & jelly cupcakes in September anyone??


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? 
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36 comments:

  1. Wow!! What a super fun event!! Those tacos look amazing, as do those cakes!

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    1. It really was a fun event! The tacos were my favorite, so so good!

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  2. UMMMM AWESOME. You're the coolest person I know. The fact that there are even parties in SECRET LOCATIONS is mind-blowing to me, and one day I hope to attend one. Or even just be invited to one. Ya know, no big deal, you're awesome.

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    1. Oh you're awesome! Also, I promise I'm not actually cool at all in real life haha

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  3. That looks like a great event!!! Tacos are my weakness... well any Mexican (vegan) food is my weakness haha!

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    1. I love most Mexican food too! Lucky for you many things can be made vegan!

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  4. This is so cool, a secretive event hosted by google with amazing looking food? Man how'd you find out about it? Lol

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  5. Hmm,,yeah, I am going to agree with you that Google definitely knows how to entertain. Everything looks so awesome.

    Thrifting Diva
    www.thriftingdiva.com

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  6. OH MY GOSH, what is this party!?! I want to come next time. It looks SO good!

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  7. A secret location party hosted by google!!? That DOES sounds like a cool party! It's so neat that you got to go to this!

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  8. Love Everything! So amazing that you got to attend!

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  9. I loved Don Cucos in Glendale. I hear it closed down though :-( Looks like an amazing party!

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  10. Soooooo cool! You rockstar! I wish we had things like this in my part of the country!

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  11. This looks awesome! and hosted by google. So cool!
    Have a great week!
    Dee from www.thecsiproject.com

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  12. That looks incredible. I wish I had been there.

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  13. This looks like my kind of thing! That pac-man cake just makes me happy. :)

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  14. DIE!! GAH... that looks amazing and must have been such fun!!! You had me at gazpacho with goat cheese

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  15. I love that pacman cake!! :) that's so awesome that you got to attend the private event! what is a city expert? We have several friends that work at google, so we always stop by for food.. but the food here actually looks way better! :P

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  16. What a fun event. The food and drinks looked so good!

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  17. Fun times and good food (from the looks of it)! I'm jealous. :)

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  18. Looks like a fun event! All that food is making me hungry!

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  19. i have friends at google and i always think google is super cool!

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    1. It totally is! I really want to tour the google headquarters!

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  20. That is so cool. Who knew Google had secret parties?!

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  21. I can't believe you managed to get through so much of the yummy food! I have to say the cocktails look pretty amazing too! If only it was a little closer to London ;)

    Katie <3

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  22. Wow, that is so cool that you got to go to this event! I am loving that Pac Man cake!

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  23. Looks so fun! My fiancee used to work at google!

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  24. What a fun way to try a bunch of different kinds of foods! I have never been to anything like this before but would absolutely love to. I am going to have to look into our local listings to see if anything like this is happening in our city.

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  25. Looks like a great event and you got some lovely shots.

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  26. This looks like so much fun! Google and Facebook both always put on awesome events here (Silicon Valley).

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  27. Looks like so much fun,never really been to private parties so tudos for you hun x

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  28. Oh my gosh, the foooood! It looks amazing! And those cakes are adorable! Looks like so much fun!

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  29. The food looks absolutely amazing and fabulous! And sounds that it tates like it too! I want it all!

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  30. WHAT! I want to go to the cupcake place! Double date? I love how much fun you had!!

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  31. So, I am officially jealous! I live in LA and would have loved to be in the mix! Looks like a great time. :)

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