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Monday, May 2, 2011

Two-Day Hummus Taste Test

Kimberly likes to cook. I like to eat. Together, we're unstoppable!



Our adventure started last Wednesday night at Real Food Daily in Santa Monica.



Everything there is vegan and organic -- even the beer!



We chose the Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus for our appetizer. Truth be told, it was pretty disappointing. I'm a big fan of hummus, but this one was flavorless. It needed more of everything -- more chickpeas and lemon juice, olive oil and salt.



But my entree, the Caesar Wrap, more than made up for our poor start. It was a spinach tortilla chock-full of fresh romaine, salty capers, soft avocado, blackened tempeh and tangy dressing. I added tempeh bacon for even more oomph. My taste buds were dancing, buzzing with activity! It's been almost a year since I last had bacon, and this was the first time I had something that tastes how I remember.



After dinner, we headed to Time Out Cafe for hookah. They had hummus also, but this time we got the real deal -- they specialize in Middle Eastern food!



We then walked across the street to The Fifth for drinks. I've been there a few times and it's one of my favorite little bars. Don't you just love the wallpaper?



The next day, we went out to Boneyard Bistro. They specialize in meat, but I still found a few vegetarian options, including -- you guessed it -- hummus!



Better than Real Food Daily but not as good as Time Out Cafe, this version sported various sauces that made it a mixture of tangy and sweet, with lots of lime.



For dessert, we walked over to Menchie's.



Isn't Kimberly cute? I'll be posting a separate entry with what I wore later! (Coincidentally, I wore blue on top & yellow on bottom...)



Can you guess which cup of frozen yogurt is whose? I'm a chocolate addict!



To our surprise, Stella & Dot was having a jewelry show there! It's like they knew two fashionistas were coming. Shout-out to host Carla! Cute stuff, no?



I had a great couple of days with this gal, and I look forward to our next outing!

15 comments:

  1. I loved reading this detailed post and the pictures are wonderful/fun :)

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  2. Are you trying to kill me of hunger???ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
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  3. I love RFD...... so yummy! I need to eat something, because now my mouth is watering!!!!

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  4. Ok. you actually got me hungry. Hummus is the easiest thing to make in the world. And I just might be skipping over to the Natural Food store today to pick up some tahini. Thanks, G-friend!

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  5. Hookah! God I love hookah and hummas! lol Looks like you girls had fun!

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  6. Awww how sweet, I Love this thank you so much for hanging out! we have such a good time together like we've been friends for ages. I look forward to our next outing. My real food daily entry is coming up soon. :)

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  7. i thought the dinner looked good until i saw the froyo... mmm and mm

    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

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  8. Looks like you had an awesome time. I love good hummus, my boyfriend makes a great batch of hummus. I'm also a chocoholic. Lately I can't stop eating chili chocolate.
    My Heart Blogged

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  9. awe it looks like you guys had a rad time:) I loooooooooove hummus...I've never been to a hooka bar...what exactly is it?

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  10. Awesome! Looks great! I love it when restaurants go all vegan! YUM!

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  11. Ahh I'm so hungry now!! This looks like such a wonderfully delicious and fun night, and all the hummus mmmm.... so good! xx

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  12. I love hummus. I used to make it back when I had a food processor, but it broke and I'm too lazy to try to make it in the blender.

    There's a place on Larchmont in Hollywood that has the best hummus in the city, I swear! I've never tasted better.

    Looking forward to meeting you in person!

    Love,
    Heather
    http://thestyleconfessions.com/

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  13. Hookah is much more toxic than cigarettes. You seem like you eat fairly healthy; it would be a shame to counteract that with something as stupid as smoking, even if you only do it on occasion.

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