Street Style: Splendid

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Ran into this fabulous chica while brunching at Mattei’s. Her brunch outfit looked super comfy but also so stylish! She was celebrating her birthday and just looked so happy with her oysters and champagne and the beautiful ambience! The best part of her outfit? The striped top is actually her boyfriend’s sweater — she “made it work” because she got cold! WHHAAAAT. That’s the sign of a true fashionista… making it work, no matter the circumstances. Her pants? Fabulous, and from Splendid. Get them here or here.

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Restaurant Review: Mattei’s Tavern

matteis-tavern-4Restaurant Name: Mattei’s Tavern
Location: 2350 Railway Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★★
Halfsies Bank: $$
Genre: American
Great for: Brunch / Your wedding / Living here forever

This place is a little magical getaway in the middle of Los Olivos. It’s perfect for brunch because outdoor seating is plentiful. There’s a huge grassy outside area with bocce ball, live music, and lots of space for dancing and frolicking in the sunshine! Plus, the food is amaaaaazing. So is the coffee. Do you really need anything more?? #heaven

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Brunch was followed by a fun little photo shoot around the grounds! We were all soooo over caffeinated after 4 cups of coffee each… the stuff was just so damn good and they kept refilling our mugs!!

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How fun is this little chalk board cabana?? It’s literally a cabana on the grounds and the walls are all chalk… pretty sure it’s there for little kids to doodle on while their parents brunch. We’re kids. That’s why we love it.

Drooling yet?? Visit the website here 

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&& “WRITE DRUNK, EDIT SOBER.” Words of wisdom, blogger friends. Never let that wine leave your hand. JK! But only kinda…

Restaurant Review: JiST Cafe

Restaurant Name: JiST Cafe
Location: 116 Judge John Aiso St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★☆
Halfsies Bank: $$
Genre: American (Asian Fusion)
Great for: Breakfast, Brunch, & Lunch

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What first started out as a mom-and-pop joint, that was known for its chashu dumplings in the 1940s, is now a happenin’ breakfast and lunch dive with heavy Japanese influence.

JiST Cafe is a lovely little breakfast and lunch spot, that sits on first street in the heart of Little Tokyo. Not only is the food great, but the employees are so welcoming and attentive, which makes the experience so much more enjoyable. The decor inside is so artistic and gives the small cafe such a big personality. I love how they placed the plants on the wall, and how they used desk lamps as ceiling lights! So creative!

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Now, onto the best part… FOOD! As I mentioned before, JiST is well-known for all their chashu/pork base dishes. The first time i came here, I had the Chashu Hash Skillet, although a little on the oily side, it was DELICIOUS! Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.. nommmssss!

I decided to change up my order during my recent visit. I ordered the Katsu Sandwich, which was huge! It was a little difficult to eat because it came in more of a flatbread form. I didn’t even attempt to try to make it into a real sandwich – probably because I was STARVING, and ain’t nobody got time for that! My co-worker got Porky Omurice, and based on her silence, I am guessing she enjoyed it.. Did I mention she loves to eat just as much as I do, and persuaded me to share an order of the French toast, which by the way was filled with custard.. OMG! My thighs were very happy.

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I highly suggest you check out this great cafe for breakfast or lunch! Take a look at their website! ENTER WITH CAUTION: WILL MAKE MOUTH WATER.

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Restaurant Review: Zengo

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Restaurant Name: Zengo
Location: 395 Santa Monica Pl, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★★
Halfsies Bank: $$$
Genre: Tapas
Great for: Brunch

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What we loved: $39 brunch includes unlimited tapas & drinks for a two-hour period

What we’d improve: If you don’t make a rezzie, tough luck. We wish there were better accomodations for walk-ins, but this place is so great, we’re actually okay with making brunch plans ahead of time.

What we’d recommend: Ask your server to bring out an assortment of dishes, proportionate to the number of guests you have at your table. Once you’ve tried everything on the extensive brunch menu, you can request seconds (and thirds) of your favorite items!! I’m in love with the empanadas, brussel sprouts, sushi rolls, yucca fries, and meatballs!!

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Be forewarned… on weekends Zengo is known for DJs spinning hot tunes! It can get loud, but is a perfect way to keep the party going on Sunday Funday!

Healthy(ish) Cornbread Muffins

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These are the bomb-diggity, and are soooo totally easy it’s not even fair. Okay… I admit, they’re probably not the mosssst healthy breakfast option, but HEY, you gotta live a little. And we’re using coconut oil, almond milk, and real corn kernels to make cornbread muffins as healthy as they can possibly be!

Here’s what you’ll need:
♥ 1 box Trader Joe’s Cornbread Mix
♥ 1 egg
♥ 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
♥ 1/2 can Trader Joe’s whole kernel corn
♥ 3/4 cup almond milk

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The how-to:
Mix it all together! Seriously, just throw it in a bowl and stir it all up.

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Set a cupcake tray with liners and fill 3/4 of the way with batter.

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Bake in the oven on 400° for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out dry.

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Enjoy the delicious (semi-guilt-free) goodness!!!

Easter Fruit Salad

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Happy Easter everyone! Whether or not you’re celebrating the holiday, it’s a beautiful day for brunch with friends and family! This delicious fruit salad recipe is super healthy and yummy for any meal – I could eat it all day long!

Just combine these ingredients into a bowl, toss, and serve!

-1/2 cantaloupe, balled
-10 strawberries, chopped
-20 grapes, whole
-1 cup spinach
-1/2 cup kale
-1/4 cup crumbled feta

No need for dressing, the fruit is sweet enough! If you’re really craving something extra, try drizzling some honey or agave nectar mixed with coconut oil. For a tangy approach, squeeze some lemon & grapefruit juice on top of your salad.

What did you have for Easter brunch? Share your photos and recipes with us by commenting below!

Restaurant Review: Fig & Olive

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Restaurant Name: Fig & Olive
Location: 420 W 13th St, New York, NY 10014
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★★
Halfsies Bank: $$$
Genre: a Pascal Lorange restaurant; French; Farm-to-Table
Great for: Brunch, Drinking, Social scene

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Fig & Olive is a Pascal Lorange restaurant that’s renowned not only for it’s amazingly delicious culinary work, but also for it’s social scene! After discovering this hot spot in NYC, I came back to LA and had to check out the WeHo location (8490 Melrose Pl, West Hollywood, CA 90069) which is just as good! Their basket of viennoiseries is to die for, especially when paired with a cappuccino. My fave is the pain au chocolat, but make sure to get some of their fruit & nut bread to have with their famous fig jam!

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I also absolutely heart their lobster bisque (make sure you opt to add lobster meat! Sooo yummy!).

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And of course, there are drinks. In this department, Fig & Olive can do no wrong! From their Bloody Marys to their Cucumber Cosmo and their straight Martinis… I vote you try them all ;)

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What are some of your favorite brunch spots??

Restaurant Review: Little Bear

Restaurant Name: Little Bear
Location: 1855 Industrial Street, Los Angeles 90021
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★☆
Halfsies Bank: $$
Genre: Belgian, Gastropub
Great for: Brunch, Dinner, Drinking, Late night hangout with friends

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I stumbled upon Little Bear on my friend’s Instagram – I couldn’t stop thinking about her ‘Valencia’ filtered eggs benedict, so I decided to try it out. Little Bear is located in the Arts District in DTLA, on Industrial Street, across from one of my favorite restaurants, Church & State. I decided to take a stroll to Little Bear for brunch (Saturday/Sunday 10am – 3pm) – there was absolutely no crowd and we were seated immediately. They had an array to choose from, but i went with the Smoked Salmon Benedict, while my friend had The Grizzly. We both licked our plates clean! It was ‘beary’ good, and I can’t wait to go back for dinner and burr!

What I loved: Chill ambiance and very filling!

What I’d improve: Parking (that’s LA for you!) and wish the waiter was a little friendlier.

What I’d recommend: Smoked Salmon Benedict & The Grizzly (my friend LOVED it)

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Restaurant Review: Bizarra Capital

Restaurant Name: Bizarra Capital
Location: 12706 Philadelphia St, Whittier CA
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★☆
Halfsies Bank: $$
Genre: Mexican
Great for: Brunch with girlfriends

It’s a rainy Sunday here in LA, and what better way to spend a pre-Oscars morning than mimosa-brunching with the GFs?

We decided to try out Bizarra Capital, a spot recently featured in the LAtimes as both trendy & delicious.

What we loved: super cheap, super delicious, super filling, and super-cute brick backdrops for photoshooting our rainy-day outfits (score!)

What we’d improve: the place doesn’t have bottomless mimosas! For us, that’s a necessity. But at only $4 a pop, no one’s really complaining

What we’d recommend: chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, & agave syrup margaritas 

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