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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.


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…

DSCN6713…but I DID gobble up the rest of the gummy/sour treats.  I also LOVED the shrimp sandwich (aka Skagen) you see in the video.  Their breakfast sandwich recently made LA Weekly’s list too!

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.


(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.

We started off with Salt Cod Clam Chowder, with braised bacon in a Sourdough Bread Bowl…


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


Next up…


…perfect Brown Sugar Roasted Acorn Squash…


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


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



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

DSCN6532 …plus a Seafood Louie with Bay Shrimp, Crab, Lobster, Quinoa, Avocado and Papaya.

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)…

…warm n gooey…


…served with Bourbon Milk.


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…


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


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


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


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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