Jamming it up in Vegas

I went on yet another food date with a friend of mine.  While in Las Vegas we decided to hit Jamms.  They’re a (F.O.) restaurant that prides themselves on providing everything made to order.  Therefor I sooo wanted to try their famous, freshly baked ‘Pot Of Bread’ which comes in cinnamon raisin and plain.  It was fine, but not as exciting as I was hoping.  I guess I was looking for something with more of a powerful flavor, for bread that is and something additionally exciting rather than their sweet cream cheese for its compliment.  Yes, the bread was warm and soft and the ratio of raisins were great.  And don’t get me wrong, I at it, it wasn’t bad, was just looking for more.

Funny, I find myself always looking for more these days.  This is only because I have found places that I absolutely love and enjoy and unfortunately find myself comparing these new spots to my favorite places. <sigh>  However, I can separate and respect a business simply for what it is.  This is why I always say, just because I did not love it, does not mean you should not go.  I always want you to try these places out for yourself.

JAMMS.jpgI placed my actual order once (S) arrived.  She went with pancakes of which I am learning is her favorite breakfast item.  For myself I wanted to try their Jamms French Toast.  This item was a nice egg bread coated with cornflakes.  I made it a combo adding a side of bacon and scrambled eggs.  The cost wanted too bad, no more than $11.00.  I’ve had cheaper and more expensive with literally fewer items on my plate.    The bread was thick and soft, which makes a great french toast.  I just wish the secret batter included some or more vanilla or considered some amaretto flavoring.  I can never go wrong with eggs for I only prefer them scrambled hard.  I even enjoyed my bacon and yes I have encountered some horrible pork in my time.

I still think my best cornflake french toast experience was at Blu Jam Cafe.  I haven’t been back in a really long time, I think two years, mainly because of the stress of finding parking.  You know, the joys of in Los Angeles.

Over all my time here was not the greatest so I know I won’t bother to return.  My negative was the long wait for someone to greet me at my table while I sat there alone waiting for my friend to arrive.  Nobody came over to greet me until way after she arrived.  Therefor I going to drop my rating on their customer service.  So much for jamming it up in Vegas.  Until then.

Amenities ***
Customer Service **
Cleanliness ***
Experience **
Taste **
Price **

 

 

 

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The Kitchen in Hollywood

Kitchen 24 is located in Hollywood which was once a popular jazz hall owned by Shelly Manne in the 60’s.  Claiming to keep the eclectic, variety of music alive in both locations, it is safe to say you will come across a tune or two that you can enjoy while waiting and/or eating your meal.

So the Eagle and I thought to make a stop here, you know, something new.  I absolutely enjoyed the pink and brown colors of the bar stools, benches and counter of this upscale, 24 hour diner.  I’m sure an important spot for those who hit the bars and clubs and need a clean spot to eat during the late hours.

The Eagle ordered what could be his basic favorite, steak & eggs while I went with biscuits & gravy, which consisted of cheddar scallion biscuits topped with chicken gravy and pork sausage.  My selection was a little under $11.00.

“Hope you’re enjoying your food,” I mentioned.

As much as I absolutely LOVED its presentation, I must admit, my meal tasted a little different from what I was expecting.  I wasn’t crazy about the gravy.  It was to stiff and could have used a little more of it.  However, I do respect others takes on these classic dishes. What others may enjoy is their assorted menu ordering everything from fun sides like sweep potato fries to breakfast items, soups, salads and sandwiches.  Enough for everybody to experience something.  If out late in Hollywood, go check them out!

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Amenities ***
Customer Service ***
Cleanliness ***
Experience ***
Taste **
Price **

Breakfast at The Farmers Market

Have you ever been at The Grove – Farmers Market in the evening and wanted breakfast?  Well, go check out Charlie’s Coffee Shop located at The Grove in the Farmers Market area, far back towards the end, near the restrooms…west patio.  (T) and I are always looking for some sweet bread options and Charlie’s is what we found.

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“OMG I want a pancake too.  I can’t sit here and watch you eat that,” I explained to (T).

She patiently waited while I put the orders in for the two of us.  And don’t get us wrong guys, you can order anything from breakfast served all day to burgers and fries.  We just prefer breakfast.

What I enjoy is that the food is cooked to order.  And if you come at a certain time during the season you can catch a small live band perform, while eating your food outside in the food court.   This (F.O.) spot has been apart of The Farmers Market for some time and you’ll continue to catch a relative behind the counter.  Sadly enough I did not order their french toast of which they’re known for.  Nonetheless, it gives me an excuse to return.

“Should we get another one?” The pathetic questions we dare to ask. Instead we slowly ate our yummy cakes and engaged in humorous conversation.  So again, if needing breakfast and near The Grove, hit up Charlie’s.

Oh and don’t forget to get your parking validated.

Amenities ***
Customer Service ***
Cleanliness ***
Experience ***
Taste **
Price **


RECIPE:

Buttermilk Pancakes

2 cups flour

2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons sugar

2 eggs, beaten

2 cups buttermilk

1/4 cup vegetable oil

  • Lightly grease pan/griddle with oil or butter.
  • Combine and stir first 5 ingredients
  • In a separate bowl, mix eggs, buttermilk, and oil
  • Began to heat pan/griddle
  • Next add the flour mixture into the egg mixture until moistened.
  • Pour batter onto hot greased pan while making small circles to create your pancake.
  • Cook pancake until multiple bubbles form and edges are golden, then flip it to the other side with spatula.

Chicken & Waffle Sandwiches

Eat waffles much?  Well there’s this place called Bruxie with 8 locations steaming from Las Vegas, NV, Los Angeles, CA to Seoul, Korea.  Known for their chicken and waffle sandwiches, they offer a variety of buttermilk waffles using all-natural, hormone-free chicken.

My first experience with them was in Las Vegas.  “What is that?” I asked.  A buddy of mine mentioned who they were.  Said everyone enjoyed it.  So I had to try it out for myself.

“<Hmm> oddly enough it just taste ok,” I said to myself.  “It’s not horrible, but I’ve had better”.  Wasn’t sure of the attention Bruxie was gathering.  Why?  Well, after eating waffles and chicken from Roscoe’s, it’s safe to say NOBODY has come close to their awesome chicken and waffle combination.  Theirs is so good I don’t really bother to get anyone else’s because I know I will be disappointed…and again I was.  Now, I’m not saying don’t go.  Please do!  I will always encourage everyone to try different places because you should never pass up opportunities to break bread with friends and family that may be a positive experience for you.

I personally would have wanted slightly more sweetness in the waffle, but not an overload.  The packaging and service were good and their facility was fine.  NO complaints in that department.

“Well, I’m glad you finally tried them out,” my buddy replied.

“Me too” I told him.

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I may have to try them out again to deliver a part 2 to this experience.  Why not!

Have you tried them?

Amenities ***
Customer Service ***
Cleanliness ***
Experience ***
Taste **
Price ***

Those Pink & White stripes on Western Ave.

What I absolutely love about M’Dear’s Bakery & Bistro is the fact they place a napkin over your flatware – LOVE!  Can we all do this?  I got hip to this place years ago as an auction gift certificate item.  There are two locations, 7717 S. Western Ave. – Los Angeles and 2450 Carson St. – Lakewood.  I recently took my buddy the other day.  It was his first time.

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“Well, well, well, she has a new fella with her,” someone mentioned.

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