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Olson’s Scandinavian Delicatessen

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Our BuzzFeed sandwich adventure has been getting some great press online!

The shoot brought us to some new places; one gem I couldn’t wait to share is Olson’s Scandinavian Delicatessen.

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The shop has been around since 1948 but Christian Kneedler took over and gave it an update.

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I fell in love with the shop, the space…

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Must admit, I did not care for this salty black licorice…

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P.S. – My favorite places to eat in LA are being featured on The Rex App’s blog – Olson’s would’ve definitely been on the list, but I did the interview before the sandwich shoot!

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Dockside at Playa Provisions

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Playa Provisions is like my favorite Barbie of all time – Day-to-Night.  A totally different experience once the sun sets.

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(My mentioning Barbie has nothing to do with the stunning blonde who was my date.)

DSCN6508 Kailey is a longtime blog friend (we both started our sites around the same time) and she now works for the PR company that reps Playa Provisions.  Dockside is their high-end restaurant open for happy hour, dinner, and weekend brunch.
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We started off with Salt Cod Clam Chowder, with braised bacon in a Sourdough Bread Bowl…

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…and Ceviche (Albacore, Shrimp, Avocado, Coconut, Jalapeño, Lime, Passion Fruit, Radish, Salmon Roe) with Chips.

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Next up…

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…perfect Brown Sugar Roasted Acorn Squash…

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…with fried sage, maple brown butter and toasted pepitas…

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…Cheesy Stone Ground Grits, Vinegar Cooked Collard Greens, Crispy Onions, Runny Soft Cooked Egg…

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…and two salads – Grilled Baby Romaine with Marinated Cippolini Onions, Radishes, Breadcrumbs, Creamy Garlic Dressing…

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DSCN6546Once we wrapped up on Chefs Nick Roberts/Brooke Williamson’s genius, we ended with Kristin Feuer’s perfect chocolate chip cookies (<—click for the recipe)…
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…warm n gooey…

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…served with Bourbon Milk.

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A perfect place for a dinner date – especially a blind blogger one.

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Swingers Coffee Shop

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Since I’m always trying new restaurants for the blog, I’m not really a regular anywhere anymore (other than ice cream places).   When we first moved to Los Angeles, we ate at Swingers a lot.  I remember it being a fun, casual place with good vegetarian options…

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…not to be confused with the 101 Coffee Shop, from the MOVIE Swingers (which I’ve actually never been to).

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I got a Vegan Cobb – sautéed tofu, soy cheese, avocado, tomatoes, crispy onions, and carrots with tahini-dill dressing on the side…

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…Abe had the Veggie Joe – soyrizo, veggie chili, and cheddar cheese.  (You can get these vegan-ized, too.)

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Both were solid dishes – and the ambiance was low-key (which I love).  Why did it take us so long to come back?  It’s so money, baby!

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