Three (out of four) of my siblings live in Los Angeles. I typically visit a couple of times a year. I’m lucky enough to get out there for work usually once a year and I always tack on an extra weekend to spend time with them. The first time I went out to visit them was soon after I had 3 kids in 3 years (!!), so I was definitely ready to let loose! We were celebrating my sister’s birthday and a few of my cousins joined us for the trip too. We had a blast and I definitely took advantage of being childless for the few days I was there! They ended up nicknaming me “LA Meghan” and the moniker has stuck!
It’s always an adventure when I’m there. This time revolved a lot around food. We got to go to Majordomo, David Chang’s restaurant. I’m slightly obsessed with David Chang and the best meal of my life was at Momofuku Ko in 2008. As soon as I knew I was going to be in LA, I booked a reservation when they opened up 30 days before. It was AH-mazing. The space was super cool. The service was fantastic and the food was seriously SO good. I started with a “cobbler” cocktail which was made with scotch, smoked short-rib fat, apricot and oloroso sherry. It came in a copper julep cup and was delish!
It was great going with 4 people because we got to try a lot of dishes – and none of them disappointed! We started with the Bing with Pork Neck & Spicy Pineapple, then we had the stuffed peppers, which are one of their most popular dishes and definitely a crowd pleaser.
Next we had the marinated mushrooms, which were so good – super clean and bright flavors.
The next dish was my absolute favorite – macaroni & chickpea with black truffle. This dish was so good – no cheese at all, but it was the creamiest, yummiest pasta ever.
We also had the Black Cod, which was also amazing – I wish I could eat it every night! Then we had the roasted duck crispy rice – yum! Loved the crispy bits of rice – they mixed it all at the table.
We finished out the meal with the amazing boneless chuck shortrib, which was topped with melted raclette right at the table. We literally had other tables gawking to see what it was.
We somehow had enough room to try dessert and I was SO glad we did! We got the passionfruit dessert, which had meringue on top and it seriously just hit the spot! Such a perfect way to end the meal. If you’re in LA anytime soon, I’d say it’s a must!!
We also checked out Milkbar while I was there. Tried the famous cereal milk ice cream and the crack pie – both were delicious! The space was super cute too – lots of pink (my fave!). They had a class going on when we were there, which I’d love to try next time – maybe learn how to make crack pie on my own? That might be a dangerous thing!!
Anyway – all in it was a fantastic trip to LA. I got to spend a few days with my family and then attended my company's sales kickoff event for a few days at the Beverly Hilton. Ended the trip with an awards gala on the same stage that they have the Golden Globes, so that was pretty cool! LA Meghan had a pretty great trip and can’t wait for the next one!!!
I love the new year - and not just for the champagne (but I do love me some Veuve Clicquot and of course a sparkly top!). The new year is a great time to reflect on the past year and look to make some changes to better yourself in the coming year. I’ve found that self-reflection has really helped me make changes for the better in my life. I also love making resolutions. The start of a new year is a fresh start and definitely reinvigorates me to focus on things that are important to me. This year, as one of my resolutions, I’ve decided to take the plunge and create a blog about things that I’m passionate about - fashion, travel, food, etc. - and share my "zest for life" with others (hence the moniker “Seeking Zest”). I’m looking to share things that make me happy and hope you’ll join me on this journey.
Some of my other resolutions include:
What are your resolutions?