LA Snacks: LA Chapter

by Gabrielle Antonette and Carrie Nusbaum

Sometimes you wake up on a Sunday and the only choice is fancy brunch. We went downtown to eat and chill at LA Chapter at the Ace Hotel a few Sundays ago. Pro-tip: call 40 minutes before you go and make a reservation if you hate the threat of having to wait for breakfast like we do. If you have a close friend, you probably already know that splitting two meals (especially for breakfast) is the way to go. We decided on the ricotta pancakes and the house-cured gravlax for a nice combination of savory and sweet, and a side of hash browns because...why not? They come in perfectly browned sets of two, so it's really as if they were made for us. We also tried out a couple of cocktails after debating over whether or not one breakfast cocktail would make us sleepy for the rest of the day (they ended up being strong, so the answer to that was yes...but that's really one of those lessons we just refuse to learn).

After brunch, we headed upstairs to take in the view, and to stand and sit around for a bit. We both feel pretty strongly that the pool should be a hot tub, for the record.  It definitely looks like one in terms of shape and, uh, bubbly-ness. And then we could all use it and not just look in the less-warm winter months. But hey, that's just us.

After a little drive through the fashion district on the way home, we continued on with our Sundays.

LA Snacks: Honeymee Seriously

by Gabrielle Antonette

Weekend Babes love snacks, of course, and we feel like maybe we haven't been talking about it enough. We talk a lot about our trips, but there are endless gems at home in LA, and we appreciate that maybe more than anything else. LA Snacks is a new series that looks at the food component of local wandering. We apologize in advance if it ends up being all ice cream all the time. 

Honeymee has just a few menu items that all sound really delicious. We went with their signature Honeymee: "true milk" ice cream with a honeycomb chip on top. It's as simple as it sounds, in the best way. The true/plain ice cream works perfectly with the very sweet honeycomb, and it's overall a light and refreshing treat. The yelp reviews for this place aren't overwhelmingly favorable. People have said they've gotten attacked by bees while eating their dessert (really though?), that the honeycomb is too sweet (it's a honeycomb and that's what they taste like FYI), and that it's too expensive (reassess your snack budget if needed).

A slightly hidden secret about Honeymee is that it's located steps away from a classic LA monument, Koreatown's Brown Derby. The Brown Derby (shaped like a derby hat) was one of Hollywood's hottest restaurants in the 1920's. It is now a decrepit, abandoned piece of LA history that has been almost entirely enveloped by a strip mall/the strip mall that Honeymee is in. We recommend you eat your ice cream on the second level of the structure, sit on the seemingly useless and phallic bumpers that surround the hat, and enjoy the views.

Some details you may find useful: 3377 Wilshire Blvd Suite 116, Los Angeles, CA 90017, noon to 11pm Monday-Thursday, noon to midnight on the weekends, accepts credit, and there's no indoor seating.