11 May 2014

Sin City (and LA!) - Part III


We awoke in LA on Sunday morning feeling nicely refreshed having had a reasonably early bedtime (a sudden lack of energy the night before had struck us...three big nights in Vegas can do that to a girl!). A couple of weeks prior, fellow blogger Melanie of Sunny In London had told me about a breakfast spot that she said I just had to try while I was there - The Griddle Cafe. Having taken a look at the incredibly tempting menu online, I decided that this was definitely one not to miss.


There's no denying the popularity of the place. Having walked 15 minutes down a practically empty Sunset Boulevard (everyone drives everywhere in LA), we suddenly spied a huge line of people which we correctly assumed was the queue to get into The Griddle Cafe. It's a firm favourite with the West Hollywood locals.

And you can understand why once you've witnessed what they're serving. So many breakfast options - pancakes in all different flavours (including their renowned Red Velvet pancakes), eggs cooked in countless ways, waffles, French toast, frittatas, cereals...

Whilst Mary went for the more sensible option of a delicious scrambled egg dish, on this particular morning it was all about the pancakes for me. Introducing the 'Black Magic' - crushed Oreo filled pancakes topped with whipped cream and even more Oreo.


They were huge!


It tasted as amazing as it looks!  Thick, soft and fluffy pancakes packed full with the crushed cookie pieces. The cream melted divinely over the top of them as I ate. A heaven sent start to the day for anyone with a sweet tooth!


We asked the waiter how many people actually finished the whole thing. He replied that in the years he'd been working there only about three people had managed it.

This is how well I did before I gave in:


And I was working on them for quite some time too!

It was a delicious and exciting breakfast in a lively morning atmosphere. In fact, this place is so good that they're actually opening the second Griddle Cafe over in Vegas in September! Visit if you can!

We ordered ourselves an Uber cab (they have them over here too!) and headed to Venice beach for a stroll along the promenade. For the people-watchers amongst you - and by now you probably know that includes myself and Mary - there are tonnes of interesting people there to see!


When I was in LA earlier this year, Alex and I visited a seafront bar in Santa Monica that I'd read about on Lauren Conrad's blog. It was called The Bungalow


The Bungalow is a glamorous but chilled out bar which is actually a bit like hanging out in a very rich person's home - there's a big garden area with lounging sofas, an inside 'Study Room' to relax out of the sun and a games room where you can play pool and ping pong. Never before had I been to a venue where there were so many beautiful people and pretty summer dresses in one space! Also, the drinks were great. I had to take Mary.


It was so nice just soaking up the rays with a cocktail - an ideal way to spend our last couple of hours in LA. We moved inside for a little while though; my shoulders and back were starting to get a bit pink in the California sun! 


By fluke we had arrived at The Bungalow just before it opened it's doors at 2pm. By the time we left a couple of hours later, the queue was round the block! Thank goodness we missed that.


Mary and I took our flight back to Vegas for our final night on the Strip. We saw The Thunder From Down Under (always such a laugh but sadly no photos of them I'm afraid!), ate Italian in the gorgeous Allegro restaurant in The Wynn and had our usual fun on the casino floor.



And then, before we knew it, it was our very last day. Our frolics in Vegas had almost come to an end.

But we weren't going anywhere until we'd got ourselves the best nachos and pulled pork sandwiches in  town! We were back in one of my favourites, Diablos Cantina. It never disappoints!


Mary and I had another fantastic stay in Vegas and although the time had seemed to fly by, we packed so much in. We felt sad as we took our limo back to the airport - suddenly the luminous lights and sounds system weren't quite so exciting! 

But we still managed to muster up a smile


Viva Las Vegas!! 

(any excuse for Elvis...)


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21 comments:

  1. Ahh I've loved your Vegas posts so much! I'm desperate to go back! Bloggers trip!? ;) haha

    Those pancakes and nachos look ah-mazing! So jel.

    C x

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    1. Thank you! Aah, imagine a bloggers trip! SOooo many photos :)
      Cx

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  2. Some of my great loves in this post - oreos, pancakes, nachos! Looks like such a fun holiday!

    Saskia / girlinbrogues.com

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  3. Wow I think I'll be trying to make those pancakes when I get back together with my partner in crime at uni. These posts have made me miss my time in America so much, can't wait to graduate and get a proper job so I can jet back over there! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua Italy

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  4. yes to the bloggers trip to vegas!! sounds like a plan
    www.thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. that pancake looks INCREDIBLE!!

    www.michelle-leanne.blogspot.com xx

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  6. Good lord, you ate loads... how are you so small!!?? Oreo pancakes look and sounds D-Lish.

    Sophie x

    www.yourgirlislovely.com

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  7. Oh my goodness those pancakes are insane - seems like such a mighty waste of food as well ...! Looks like you had a fabulous time xx

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    1. They were amazing! Most people were taking the leftovers away in boxes so there wasn't too much waste. We didn't just because we were travelling, otherwise it'd probably have been my lunch and dinner!
      Cx

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  8. Oh wow Caroline those pancakes are INSANE!! I don't think anyone would be able to move if they finished that.. a true food coma!!
    Glad to see you're having an amazing time in Vegas (as always!) X

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  9. My god those pancakes look amazing! I don't think I've seen any that huge.

    Victoria
    FlorenceandMary.com

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  10. Oh my god. The portions of the food are balmy! I've never seen pancakes so big. Or nachos for that matter! The Bungalow looks like just my kind of spot! I don't think I could take people seriously at Muscle Beach!

    Katie <3

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  11. Wow this looks like my perfect adventure food, food and more food. Those Oreo pancakes are huge impressed it you managed to eat them. With food that good you can see why it is popular. The Italian in the Wyn looks lovely. You can never have enough of Vegas stayed in the Venitian for 10 days last year swimming, eatting on repeat was brilliant and still sucked to come home. Glad you had fun looks like an amazing adventure Lucy

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  12. Caroline! I'm sooooo jealous of your pictures. It's hysterical that you picked the EXACT SAME pancake that I always get. And there's a HUGE menu to choose from! The Griddle Café is on my list of "must visits" every time I'm in West Hollywood. Looks like you're hooked now too. ;-)

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    1. Great minds think alike! I adore Oreos so it was the natural choice for me. Thanks again for recommending the place, it was amazing x

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  13. Ahh as much as I love Vegas I can't wait to hit up these places in LA! My friend LOVES the Griddle Cafe.
    Glad you had such an amazing visit!
    Juliet x

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  14. You had what looks like an AMAZING trip!! So cool to see photos of you in our neighborhood & at our beach-side bar (The Bungalow). We're so happy you didn't have to stand in line...it's horrible!!

    xo, K
    www.BKCsquared.com

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    1. I wish it was my beach-side bar! :) x

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  15. I've been reading your blog for a while now and when I saw those Oreo pancakes I just had to comment - I think I need a challenge that goes along the lines of 'Early morning run and attempt to demolish the whole stack'..I would break my sugar free lifestyle for those bad boys! Anyway reading about your trip has made for a lovely lunch time and you'll know how precious a lunch is when your a insurance broker! xo
    www.cakevsscales.co.uk

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    1. Hey fellow insurance broker! Well, I'm ex-insurance but we're kind of in the same gang. I'm so glad you enjoy my blog, that's so lovely to hear. Those Oreo pancakes really are something else, aren't they? Not convinced you'd be able to finish the whole thing but everyone loves a challenge! :D Thanks for commenting!
      Cx

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  16. Wow, these pictures are SO awesome! fun times and I'm totally dying over those pancakes.

    X Malena
    www.Fashioncontainer.com

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