i am susan thye. aka chocolatesuze. sydney, australia. gemini. married to noods. this is a food and lifestyle blog. i like cheeseburgers, cake and fried chicken.
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14 September 2015, 11:48
We were sticking to the west coast of USA this trip so I was sad there wouldn’t be any Shake Shack until Google told me there was a Shake Shack location in the New York Casino (3790 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas). Success! SmokeShack (US$6.69), ShackBurger (US$5.19), Cheese Fries (US$3.95) and Shack-made Lemonade (US$2.75).
Ohhhh yeah! I’ve always been pro-In n Out but I turned to Shake Shack after this SmokeShack burger because, bacon! The applewood smoked bacon is the bomb yo! Juicy patty + melty cheese + dat bacon = ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD.
And then somehow we stumbled into White Castle (Casino Royale Hotel, 3411 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas) and I was so full but I REALLY WANTED IT. Solely because of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and that ep of Ugly Betty haha so I ordered 1 Cheese Slider (US$0.98) and the server thought I meant 1 dozen because apparently noone buys just 1 slider lol
It’s so teensy tiny right? I didn’t realise the patty would be so thin, it kinda reminded me of bak kwa but thankfully it wasn’t chewy and I fell in love with the fluffy bread. Next time I will order a dozen and do White Castle the proper way I swear!
Stay tuned for Part 2 where we visit the Grand Canyon and Heart Attack Grill!
7 September 2015, 00:09
I love In-n-Out. I am borderline fanatical about these damn burgers and yes it’s the first thing we ate after we dropped our bags at our AirBnB and set off for burger nirvana. Animal fries from the secret menu of course and 2 double double’s, 1 with grilled onion and 1 with no lettuce. I freaking love how the burgers are nestled in their little burger packet and sitting upright to see the burger layers in all their perfection! This post is a bit of a round up, Eggslut and The Boiling Crab get their own posts because they were out of this world awesome and a definite must visit.
I was determined to visit Santa Monica Pier because I watch a helluva lot of teevee and wanted to see the pier irl to see where the scenes were filmed for Sarah Connor Chronicles, Flashforward, Castle, Chuck, Touch, Modern Family and of course, Gilmore Girls! I thought the Pier was longer but other than that it was exactly as I imagined it- full of tourists with their selfie sticks, locals jogging up and down the beach and buskers aplenty.
We wandered around the for a while as there was a 1 hour wait at Blue Plate Oysterette (1355 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica) but it was totally worth it and I don’t care if people say it’s a tourist trap, the food was awesome and the service was super friendly. We ordered a Lobster Roll ($25) each and it’s a pretty big size, the brioche roll was split in half, toasted and stuffed with juicy lobster pieces and see that little pot of melted butter? MELTED BUTTER IS GLORIOUS! I poured about half of it into my roll and then set about dunking fries in it haha I really should go for a cholesterol check soon.
Back in Hollywood and Noods wanted to hit a food truck so we uber’d to El Flamin Taco Truck (6200 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood) because I’d previously tried the tacos with Helen and Lex on our eat all the donuts trip 2 years ago.
The Hollywood location sadly didn’t have the quesadilla cart attached but no matter for the tacos are pretty damn amazing! I ordered the chorizo, beef and pork and they were all so tasty I instantly regretted having to share. The tortilla is pillow soft and yet is able to hold all the ingredients without it instantly going soggy.
And then the fun part of customising your tacos with whatever toppings your heart desires- I went for a mountain of coriander, pico de gallo salsa and some kinda spicy sauce that almost kicked me in the face with how spicy it was.
Oh and because I wanted carbs I ordered the Carne Asada Fries which were freaking massive! Golden fries + juicy steak + cheese = muy deliciosa!
The reason I didn’t order more food was because we were headed to Roscoe’s Fried Chicken and Waffles (1514 North Gower Street, Hollywood) for dinner and I uh didn’t realise it was literally around the corner haha good thing there was a queue so we had time to digest! The fried chicken was ace with golden, crispy skin and juicy meat but sadly the waffles seemed a lil anaemic and kinda reminded me of eating a maccas ice cream cone. And no, that’s not ice cream on the waffles that’s butter :P
And of course there were many donuts to be eaten! Not as many as before but still. Randy’s Donuts (805 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood) is a bit of a trek since it’s in the middle of nowhere but teehee GIANT DONUT!
Helloooo caramel glazed donut! Even though Randy’s is open 24 hours they didn’t have much of a selection when we went around 1am and there were quite a few people around so maybe we were too early for the next wave of freshly fried treats? We uberd back into the city and our driver was so awesome and made pit stops at other donut shops that he liked so we could duck out and grab a box to eat at home heh dat service
Aaaand I leave you with this grilled cheese sandwich that was also stuffed with macaroni & cheese and bacon mmm this was insane, super cheesy and something I totally want to recreate haha this baby was from the Grilled Cheese food truck that had set up shop in downtown LA during the 4th of July festivities.
30 August 2015, 17:18
So Noods went to the Hunter Valley for the weekend away with the boys, leaving me unsupervised which meant I may have bought 3 pairs of shoes, 2 books about robots, 6 boxes of Kit Kats, 3 handbags, a 17g Madame Truffles truffle, truffle ice cream and truffle salt. Yeah I dunno how that happened but the highlight of my weekend was having lunch with Viv, Sarah and Eric at Chester White Cured Diner with a sneaky beverage or two.
The place is pretty tiny, the bar runs the length of the room and behind the counter hangs an entire row of cured meats. So first things first, we order the Meat Platter (2 meats with sides $20, added 2 more meats for $6 each). We choose the Culatello ITA (King of cured meats! the menu exclaims), Truffle Salami, Sopressa Salami and Fennel Garlic Salami and the board is crammed with pickled carrots, cauliflower and radishes, bread, slabs of asiago and fontina cheeses and of course some olives.
We love the culatello which is similar to proscuitto but has a much more intense flavour and the heady aroma of the Truffle Salami has me weak at the knees. The fennel and garlic salami would’ve been awesome if it was a bit more garlic-y but it’s still tasty as is the sopressa washed down with a Negroni ($16) that is perfect for this almost spring weather.
We were actually thinking of heading to Buffalo Dining Club, Chester White’s sister restaurant in Darlinghurst- for their Spaghetti in a wheel of cheese, but then we heard about Chester White’s Truffled Spaghetti Cacio E Pepe ($22).
DAT TRUFFLE SCENT! Spaghetti, olive oil and pepper is mixed in the wheel so flakes of deeelicious truffle parmesan is scraped off ermahgerd if you love truffle you will love this! The pasta has a satisfying chew and as we scrape the plate clean I quietly contemplate ordering a second round.
And we couldn’t resist ordering the Not Chester Carbonara ($20) made with casarecce pasta, organic porcini mushrooms and speck.
Oooh yeah, mix it goood
Speck! My god how good is speck?! That fat, that flavour, THOSE GLORIOUSLY CRISPY NUBBINS! Each twisty pasta shell was coated in rich egg yolk so that the earthy mushrooms and bits of speck clung on for dear life before being delivered to my soul.
Oh and there’s the house made chilli sauce if you like a bit of spice.
I heart their plates hahaha
Not wanting to share, we ordered a round of the Cheeky Tiramisu ($5 each) which arrive in the cutest little mugs. It is the perfect ratio of cream and coffee soaked savoiardi biscuits and it turns out to be the perfect size for us after all the pasta.
Jars of house made pickles all lined up.
I love that Chester White has that Potts Point hipster vibe and the brilliant service, incredible pastas and tasty meats has secured a special place in my pasta loving heart.
Chester White Cured Diner
3 Orwell St,
Wed – Thurs: 5pm – 11pm
Fri – Sat: 12pm – 11pm