Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Blossom and Cherry on Top

Here in Los Angeles, we're not used to rain, and we're even less used to the downpours that have been omnipresent in the city for the last few days. I mean, there was a tornado in Orange County! Thankfully, I haven't had to worry about flooding or evacuations, so my mind has been preoccupied by smaller rain-related issues...namely, what to eat with it's cold and wet outside.

J and I love to walk around downtown LA, and we always pass a cute little Vietnamese restaurant named Blossom on Main Street. The restaurant is usually packed at lunch and dinner time, with a crowd outside waiting for a table--a good sign. A nice, hot bowl of steaming pho sounded perfect, so we decided to give Blossom a try.

I don't have much pho-eating experience, but I really enjoyed this beef pho with rare steak and beef balls. The broth was lovely and flavorful, and the delicate rice noodles were complemented by the hearty beef balls and steak.

J ordered the Bun--or rice noodles. His dish was topped with shrimp, eggrolls and grilled lemongrass steak. This was absolutely delicious! I had food envy (doesn't food always taste better when it's not yours?) and think I will order this the next time I go back to Blossom, which, given how much I enjoyed it, will be soon!

In a happy change of circumstances, D.C. was able to stay in LA for another day. He ordered the chicken curry, but the picture did not turn out well because of the steam coming from the rice and curry.

We were all starving, so these are the only pictures I snapped!

After dinner, J and I took D.C. to Cherry on Top-- a new frozen yogurt shop in the Little Tokyo Market. D.C. is a fro-yo fanatic. In fact, I think it's his favorite thing about LA... Cherry on Top bests Pinkberry (overpriced!) and Yogurtland (plagued by claims of unsanitary yogurt practices!) in my book. The flavors are all delicious, crisp and taste more like what they're supposed to than most other frozen yogurt. They also have a huge selection of toppings.

I opted for Blueberry-Pomegranate, Blackberry, Mango and Green Tea, topped with blueberries, strawberries, rainbow sprinkles, mochi and a few gummi worms. Yum!

I would have taken more pics, but we had to eat and run so that D.C. didn't miss his flight back to the other coast. Promise to do better on my next outing!

426 S. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Cherry on Top
333 South Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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