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A Girl’s Night Of Craves & Savors

2 Apr

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Don’t girls just wanna have fun? If fun means eating good food with the most entertaining company possible, than we definitely had a ton! It was a girls rule, boys drool night, but I have to admit I did a little bit of drooling… over some good eats at Baco Mercat and Syrup Desserts in downtown Los Angeles, where I ate with my girls Face, Jax, and Di. Normally a completely booked restaurant, we tried our luck and walked in into Baco without reservations. We put our name on the wait list and were told we would have to wait 45 minutes for a table. After a pointless 10 minute walk to get some tea before dinner and just as we walked into Syrup to order something, the restaurant texted that our table was ready… It may have been a blessing in disguise because while looking at Syrup’s menu, we were all on the verge of ruining our appetites (if that’s even possible), but we vowed that we would return after dinner.

At Baco, we ordered and ate the modern Spanish tapas that we’ve heard so much about. We ate family-style and shared the “caesar” brussels sprouts, squash blossoms, spaghetti squash with corn puree, the “double mushroom” Coca, which is a flatbread that Baco is known for, and my favorite of the night, the hamachi crudo. While the food was great, Jax commented that with all of the hype she’d heard, she expected “a miracle” in her mouth. Well, what I found that most of the magic happened at Syrup Desserts, which is an expresso bar and dessert cafe that offers a variety of pastries, signature iced teas, famous waffles, and more. We were super anxious to get back to Syrup and when we returned after dinner, we ordered two of the Syrup Signature Belgian Waffles, which is also a Syrup favorite, which has strawberries, bananas, Nutella, and French Vanilla Bean Ice cream (one without bananas), the Dulce & Banana Belgian Waffle, which as bananas and blackberries, caramel sauce, Vanilla sauce and instead of the Dulce de Leche ice cream, we substituted for the Blackberry Jasmine ice cream, and the Banana with chocolate chip Sweet Liege Original. We definitely savored our desserts there and time spent together.

Since it was such an awesome night to savor, full of cravings and QT, we agreed that “Girls Night” will be implemented on a regular basis, preferably and at least monthly. Any suggestions?

Saving At The Dessert Hills Premium Outlets

2 Apr

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What’s the best top designer outlet mall in California? The Dessert Hills Premium Outlets is the absolute destination for designer deals. This mall is located in Cabazon California, about 20 minutes from Palm Springs, heading back towards Pasadena, which is about another hour away. The mall has about 130 outlet stores, including designer labels such as Gucci, Burberry, Yves Saint Laurant, Jimmy Choo, Marni, Dolce and Gabbana, Bottega Veneta, Diane Von Furstenberg. There are so many shops, so it’s difficult to browse every store, but I usually park in the East Wing, which includes all of the stores just mentioned as well as the Nike Factory Store, BCBG Max Azria, Kate Spade New York, Theory, Michael Kors,Tory Burch, Polo Ralph Lauren, Barneys New York, James Perse and Lacoste. I have never failed to find some great designer deals during every visit, snagging items that range from 30-80% off retail prices. In addition to finding items from pasts season, many of the outlet stores also carry current season styes, such as the classic Burberry trench coats or designer bags. My bf was able to order a brand new YSL Muse bag for me, currently retailing in department stores for 30% more. The Nike Outlet Store had the Free Runs 3 in Liquid Lime that I was searching for forever that are no longer available anywhere in stores that I found along with some retro-style runners, new socks, and a dri-fit workout tank. I purchased a new black leather Max Azria belt for over 60% off, and some awesome Kate Spade headphones that I was eyeing a month ago but couldn’t resist getting at 40% off. What’s even better than saving at the outlet, are the additional Easter holiday sales that discount already discounted items. The outlets also offer great customer service, that will assist us in locating items at other outlet stores, will ship items if we decide we want shipped to us (after leaving the store, that may not fit in our luggage, or for conveniency), or will give us business cards for any future inquiries or questions. Seeing the prices at the outlets almost makes me not want to purchase anything at retail prices again… Well, I did say almost.