Welcome to the Left Coast: My Trip to California Part 2

Southern California is truly heaven on earth.  The idea of wearing flip-flops and basketball shorts year-round excites me (don’t judge me!) and with only a few days left before catching a flight back to Providence, I was determined to scratch off everything from my “to-do list”. The spread you see above is courtesy of Roscoes House of Chicken N’ Waffles.

Located minutes from Sunset Blvd., Roscoes is known for two things….wait for it…..chicken and waffles!  I know what you’re thinking. “Breakfast for dinner and dinner for breakfast?!?!”  “How is that even possible?!?!”  Trust me, not only is it possible, it is delicious! Since 1975 they have been dishing out crispy, crunchy fried chicken alongside piles of light, fluffy waffles.  The dynamic duo were flanked by a variety of homemade sides and fixins (biscuits, cornbread, collard greens, and Mac and cheese).

Believe it or not, the combination of moist, tender chicken and sweet, airy waffles was surreal.  Each bite led to a symphony of sweet, salty, and savory flavors and textures.  I even got creative and built a mini biscuit slider which was piled high with fried chicken and Roscoes signature syrup.  The meal was utterly amazing and I even bought a T-Shirt to remember my time at the House that Roscoe built.

Later that day, I walked over to one of my favorite SoCal destinations; Flight Club LA. Back in 2009 I spent a week in San Diego and managed to quickly take a peek into the shop.  This time around, I made sure to take it all in.  Flight Club is a sneakerheads Field of Dreams.  Walls are filled to capacity with sneakers, hats, and collector items.  It’s the perfect place to discover rare, hard-to-find gems while at the same time picking up a pair of kicks you’ve been wanting for years.

After feeding my hunger for Nike’s, it was time to head over to Stout.  Without a doubt (hey that rhymed!) this was the highlight of my trip to California. Over 30 beers on draft, nearly 10 perfect burgers to choose from, and home to extacy on a plate; Gourmet Bread Pudding.  But before I explain the goodness that is GBP, I have to tell you about the Goombah Burger.

Parmasiano flakes, smoked mozzarella, crispy prosciutto, and roasted tomatoes are stacked onto a juicy, all-natural burger.  The final touch is in the form of a house made roasted garlic and lemon aioli.  The savory garlic and sweet lemon supplied the Goombah with a clean, refreshing finish. My friends and I constantly argue about where to find the best burger.  For me, it’s Stout hands down.

And then there’s the Gourmet Bread Pudding.  To this day I experience GBP withdrawals whenever I look at this picture.  The warm, gooey bread chunks were lined with cinnamon and hints of nutmeg.  It was then topped with mounds of milk chocolate and caramel chips and scoops of Vanilla Bean ice cream.

Although the trip was coming to an end, I was happy.  I mean who wouldn’t be after having Goombah Burger + Gourmet Bread Pudding?  Until next time…..

Goombah Burger: photo courtesy of guillotinehead via flickr

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