Month: March 2017

hanhgry.com: wearing miss patina outfit in courtyard

outfit: lots of cats

I love most animals, and I also love animal prints. When I bought a couple items from the Miss Patina after holiday sale, I noticed how cute their animal themed prints were, especially the cat ones. I had so much fun wearing this cat shirt and the detailed embroidery on both the shirt and skirt always get compliments!

hanhgry.com: wearing miss patina outfit in hallwayhanhgry.com: wearing miss patina outfit in courtyard

 

hanhgry.com: wearing miss patina outfit in hallway

hanhgry.com: wearing miss patina outfit in courtyard

We have two rescue cats; the older one was a stray that lived behind our first place in LA. She had a litter of kittens that were all adopted out, and she was spayed and left back outside. Ross and I felt so bad for her, and she was friendly with us so we eventually lured her into the house and she became ours. Our second cat we rescued when she was a tiny kitten, her and her siblings were found outdoors in someone’s backyard.

I never had pets growing up because my parents always said no. But once I moved out on my own, I knew I wanted pets of my own. Do you have a rescued pet? How long have you had him or her?

Outfit details:
Shirt: Miss Patina
Skirt: Miss Patina
Shoes: Bait Footwear
Purse: Forever21

Overhead shot of pizza slices

food review: NY style pizza at Gracie’s Pizza in East Hollywood

There are always new places to try in a city this big. Sometimes places open up that fly under the radar and I wonder why it took so me long to try it out. Gracie’s Pizza opened up nearby in the past year and a friend recommended that we try it, knowing that Ross and I are originally East Coasters.

Gracie’s serves New York style pizza, which has a thin and crispy crust, but is still soft enough that you can fold it. I’ve had NY style pizza from a few places in LA that were mushy, or had weird ratios of sauce to cheese, so I’m wary about pizza here. But fortunately, I had nothing to worry about at Gracie’s Pizza.

Gracie’s is located in the neighborhood of East Hollywood, kind of plopped in a more residential area. There is plentiful parking. The inside of the restaurant has a good amount of seating but still feels like an neighborhood place, like the pizza places from back home. We sat down and an employee came by to take our order. We didn’t have to wait long for the food to come out.

Cheese slice: $3

a slice of cheese pizza from Gracie's Pizza

I had just gotten my new camera lens that day and I was testing out taking photos with it, so please excuse the extreme focus here. This slice of cheese pizza was exactly what I wanted it to be; thin crust, crispy at the edges but still soft in the interior. Not overloaded with sauce or cheese, just the right amount. Ross teases me because I never fold my pizza when I eat it and take dainty bites instead. Hey, at least I don’t eat it using a fork and knife.

Grandma slice (pesto, grandma sauce, roasted garlic, burrata): $5

a slice of Grandma's Pizza

So Ross got this slice; I did not taste it. According to him, it was good but it had too many elements going on all at once and he preferred the cheese slice. The burrata was good though, silky and not salty.

Garlic knots with marinara dipping sauce: $5

These garlic knots were delicious; I ate them so quickly. They came out hot and were super soft and fluffy. They weren’t dense or tough at all, which happens to garlic knots sometimes. The parmesan garlic herb mixture on top was a nice bit of crunch and added extra flavor. They didn’t even need the dipping sauce. I wish I had gotten two orders of these.

Overhead shot of pizza slices

I thought this sign in the front window was pretty cute.

Neon red sign spelling out the word PizzaCool neon sign inside the pizzeria.

Overall, I really enjoyed the pizza at Gracie’s and the people working there were really nice. It reminded me a lot of the pizza back East, and we found out the owner is originally from New Jersey, so he definitely knows his pizza.

Gracie’s Pizza
Menu
4330 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029

hanhgry.com | outfit photo at vista hermosa

outfit: pretty much all modcloth

hanhgry.com | outfit photo at vista hermosaI recently bought a new camera lens because I wanted to improve my photography for the blog. The kit lens that came with my camera is fine, but I wasn’t getting the kinds of pictures I wanted. I did a bunch of research and settled on this one. I’m still learning, and sometimes it’s annoying to take a bunch of photos and then you realize that a lot of them are out of focus. But that’s what practice is for, right? So you can get better.

Case in point, this set of outfit photos was the second one with my new lens (the first shoot using the new lens was this post). It was incredibly frustrating because the auto-focus kept focusing on the wrong parts of the photo. Ross and I eventually got a few decent shots, but it was definitely a learning experience. (I also figured out how to manually set a focal point instead of relying on auto-focus. yay!)

hanhgry.com | outfit photo at vista hermosahanhgry.com | outfit photo at vista hermosa

This shot of me on the bench? It took about probably a dozen attempts before Ross got one I liked AND was in focus.

hanhgry.com | outfit photo at vista hermosa

I’m also trying to take photos in different settings. This is a park right outside of downtown, and part of the park is elevated so you can get some really cool views of the skyline. It’s a little silly; I’ve known about this park for a while but the entire time I’ve lived in this area, I never went to it. One benefit of doing this blog is that I’m discovering new places, or I’m looking at locations with an eye for seeing it if would make for a good backdrop for outfit photos. I’m even keeping a list filled with places that I think would be good for photos. For a while this past year, I kind of abandoned this blog, but now I feel pretty renewed and inspired.


Outfit details:
Sweater: Modcloth
Skirt: old, Modcloth (no longer available but similar style here)
Shoes: Modcloth
Trench coat: old, Modcloth
Heart scarf: old, GapKids

hanhgry.com: close up of box of ponchik pastries from Papillion

sweet treats review: ponchik from Papillon International Bakery

hanhgry.com: close up of box of ponchik pastries from PapillionYou know what everyone loves? Fried dough. I’m pretty sure every nationality or culture has its own version of doughnuts/beignets/etc, usually covered in sugar or stuffed with sweet, creamy filling. And I am totally happy to try them all.

There is no shortage of various fried goodies here from different cuisines. The LA area has a large Armenian population and clustered in Little Armenia near Hollywood and in the LA suburb of Glendale there are lots of Armenian bakeries. Some are well known for making ponchik, which are basically Armenian filled doughnuts. Ponchik are made with a yeast based dough fried in oil and typically filled with custard cream, although there are lots of other fillings like Nutella and different fruit jams.

Ross and I went to the North Hollywood location of Papillon International Bakery, an Armenian bakery well regarded for its ponchik. This location is in a small strip mall. They have two tables inside but it’s mostly a take-out or pre-order and pick up type place.

hanhgry.com: menu of ponchik filling flavorsThe ponchik flavor menu displayed in the bakery

We ordered four pieces: two custard, one dulce de leche and one strawberry. The lady told us it would take about 10 minutes, since they make them to order, so they are fresh. They sell a variety of other baked goods as well as the usual cakes but we were there for the ponchik! After waiting a few minutes, she called my name and showed me the box of freshly fried pastries, and I was surprised at how big they were. Each was about the size of my palm. They smelled AMAZING. Just imagine being surrounded by the smell of fried dough/batter with sugar everywhere. She suggested eating some right then and there since they just came out of the fryer, so she gave us some plates and we took one of the two tables in the store.

I took my first bite and it was sooooooo good. Steam billowed out since it was still so hot. The ponchik is hollow, as you can see in the picture below, and filled with custard.  While an American-style doughnut is denser and filled the whole way through with dough, the ponchik has a thin outer layer that is slightly chewy and fluffy.


hanhgry.com: eating a ponchik from Papillion

hanhgry.com: close up of ponchik pastry

I only took a photo of the custard filled ponchik, but that was probably my favorite filling. I enjoyed the dulce de leche with its sweet caramel flavor. The strawberry tasted ok, but I probably wouldn’t order it again. I don’t really like jam filled doughnuts so it makes sense I didn’t love the strawberry ponchik. I preferred the creamy, thicker fillings like the custard and dulce de leche.

If you’re ever in the area and want to try some ponchik, I definitely recommend going to Papillon! At only $1.75 each, it was a delicious, inexpensive treat. Because it is fried to order, your ponchik will always be super fresh and warm. (However, I saved two of them to eat several hours later and even at room temperature they were still pretty tasty. I recommend eating them within the same day though; I think they would get too hard or stale after a day.)

 

Info:

Ponchik, various flavors: $1.75 – $2.00 each

Papillon International Bakery
2904 Victory Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91606
Other locations here