Salt’s Cure

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Last Saturday, my two best friends and I got together over brunch with an old friend of ours from middle school. As brunch enthusiasts, we all agreed to meet up at Salt’s Cure in West Hollywood. Granted it was the weekend, the wait for a table lasted for about 45 minutes. All of us have heard great things about Salt’s Cure, so we stuck around.

Also, we ran into Andre 3000 from Outkast! We noticed him walk in with an older lady. All of us recognized him immediately, but none of us were brave enough to actually approach him.

Unlike most brunch places in Los Angeles, Salt’s Cure is very unpretentious. Their exterior design is so simple I almost missed it driving by. In the same token, their interior is modest and charming.

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetThe place itself is fairly small, only seating about 30 people or so. The kitchen/griddle itself occupied about half of the space.

Each one of us ordered the All-Star 2x2x2, which wasn’t on the menu. The dish consists of 2 eggs, 2 pieces of bacon, 2 sausage patties, 3 pancakes and 1 biscuit.

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The meal itself look incredibly simple, but my god, that plate is what dreams our made of. It was probably the BEST brunch meal I’ve ever had in Los Angeles. Hands down. Everything was perfectly cooked and balanced and proportioned. There was sweet and there was savory.

The bacon slices were thick just the way I like them as well as the sausage patties. Their eggs could star in their own porn movie. Their biscuits were fresh and fluffy. Their pancakes were in the league of their own. I seriously don’t think I can eat regular pancakes again after having tried theirs. They were accompanied by maple butter, which melted upon encounter with the soft warm pancakes, oozing into its crevices and making sweet love to ’em.

Heavenly! Needless to say, I cleaned my plate off.

Love,
Anicka Nadine

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Big Bear, California

After a few days of heavy rain storm, Southern California’s peaks finally received a much-needed helping of fresh powder. It was absolutely breathtaking. Snow truly does beautify everything it touches.

My family and I headed up the mountains early Saturday morning and surprisingly had a smooth ride up. It’s been years since my last visit to Big Bear, and I had a wonderful time with my family bob sledding and having snow ball fights! Regardless of age, snow brings out the inner kid in every one!

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Thank you for reading!

Xx,
Anicka Nadine

What happens in [Vegas]…

I spent this past Labor Day weekend in Las Vegas to celebrate two of my girlfriends’ birthdays. It’s been at least 5 years since my last visit, so this makes it my first time experiencing Sin City not underage and not with family.

We rented a 7-seater van to accommodate our overpacked suitcases, and took off at 4:00 am in the morning to bypass the traffic. Our group consisted of 5 girls and 1 guy, which was incredibly convenient because he volunteered to drive most of the way.

I’m aware of the rule that “Whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” but here are some of the pictures below of our epic weekend.

Highlights include:

  • me tossing out a pair of gray heels (the pain was not worth it)
  • the 6 of us taking at least 30 minutes just to find Em’s phone inside the van
  • making “Bye, Felicia” our motto for the weekend
  • open bar at TAO = ordering at least 10 drinks in a span of 30 minutes
  • witnessing Trey Songz perform for free at Mandalay Bay’s Daylight Beach Club (we were 10 feet away from the stage)
  • Em’s magic sunblock
  • fighting off three bees while eating buffalo wings
  • singing at top of our lungs songs by the Spice Girls and Nicki Minaj and everything in between during the car ride
  • Club Crawl — hopping from one club to another all over the Vegas strip in a party bus
  • frantically looking for my cousin at the Flamingo pool after she suddenly disappeared on us
  • the fireworks show at Drai’s
  • adding “i-push mo ‘yan!” and “Mag Zumba na tayo, Darla!” in my vocabulary
  • making friends with random Italian boys at the Venetian

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We arrived in Sin City around 10:00am, and our first stop was Aloha Kitchen. The weather was extremely hot and dry (over 100 degrees)!

Aloha Kitchen's adobo burrito!
Aloha Kitchen’s adobo burrito!

Because our check-in time wasn’t until 4:00pm, we decided to kill time visiting the Bellagio Garden, walking around the strip and hanging out poolside at the Flamingo!

Dog Days of Summer

This past Sunday, my friend Dianne and I opted to lounge poolside in an attempt to beat the sweltering California heat.

Dianne created a homemade watermelon fruit bowl filled with fresh watermelons, strawberries, black grapes, and blueberries! For refreshments, pineapple juice was my drink of choice while my sexy sidekick selected guyabano. Yummy!

Lucky for us, the pool was empty throughout the entire duration of our mini staycation! True to nature, we laughed, we danced, we splashed around, we sang Beyoncé and ate until our hearts’ content.

It’s days like these that I’m truly grateful for being able to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Enjoying a beautiful Sunday in the company of one my dearest friends was enough to make both my tummy and heart very happy!

“It was one of those Zip-a-dee-doo-dah days – the kind of day where you can’t open your mouth without a song jumpin’ right out.”

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Watch my brief video diary below for a glimpse of our fun-filled day!

Thank you reading [and watching]! Have a great week, everyone!

Love,
Anicka Nadine