Brunch at Sophie’s Place Redondo Beach, CA

It feels good to get out and try even more restaurants in the South Bay now that I have, dare I say, a little normalcy in my life.

We went to Sophie’s Place for brunch last Sunday. Yes, Super Bowl Sunday. However, we got there early enough to beat all the crowds. Their menu was pretty simple. A few breakfast entrees, eggs benedict variations, and of course, omelets. The service was pretty quick on that busy Sunday morning.  I sipped on a giant latte which was foamier than any that I’ve had at the big chains, and it was a good thing & refreshing in more ways than one. I’m glad it exceeded expectations; especially since the restaurant isn’t known for its handcrafted coffee drinks.

The Corn Hash

Okay, so I vowed that I’d eat healthier in the new year; and for the most part I have. Everyone needs a little cheat day every now & again right? The Corn Hash was just that. A hearty breakfast without going overboard. Everything from the corn beef hash, to the runny over easy eggs, the breakfast potatoes, and toast & jam really hit the spot. It didn’t leave me feeling too full. The great thing about Riviera Village is that it’s such a nice area where you can walk off your meal while window shopping!

So if you’re looking for a place for brunch, give Sophie’s Place a try. With a good selection, you’ll be sure to find something you like.

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Pancake Week: Cottage Cheese Pancakes

I didn’t know Pancake Week existed. I thought it was a made up foodie holiday (not that I mind). I did find out that it’s a week long pancake fest before Ash Wednesday. I’ll go with that. Heck, I could never turn down a pancake but a pancake week w/ a date reminder is pretty good.

This pancake recipe actually came to me by accident. I had some cottage cheese left but had no idea what to do with it. Well, with my handy dandy Epicurious app, I found out about cottage cheese pancakes. It seemed rather odd to me but I decided to go for it. What I found was a delightfully sweet & cheesy version to a classic that I’ll no doubt eat again & again.


Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Adapted from Epicurious (dot) com

  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1  cup whole-milk cottage cheese
  • 3 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 200°F.

Cook onion, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in 2 tablespoons butter in a small heavy skillet over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, then add cottage cheese, eggs, flour, 1/4 cup butter, remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper and whisk until combined.

Brush a 12-inch nonstick skillet with some of remaining butter and heat over moderate heat until hot but not smoking. Working in batches of 4, scoop 1/4-cup measures of batter into skillet and cook until undersides are golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip and cook until undersides are golden brown and pancakes are cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes more. Transfer to a baking sheet and keep warm in oven. Brush skillet with butter between batches if necessary.
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The Kettle Stays Boiling for 24 Hours

It’s hard to find a 24 hour restaurant in the South Bay. Yes the beach cities have their fair share of bars & clubs but to find a decent meal during the wee hours of the day, you have to do a bit of searching. Fortunately, there’s a place in Manhattan Beach that serves more than the greasy diner fare at 2am. Enter The Kettle.

Overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean is Manhattan Beach’s own 24 hour restaurant. The first glance of the dining area immediately recalls the decor of another cafe albeit not 24 hours, Mimi’s. Decked in the same faux French cafe style with its dim lighting and earth tone furnishings, you wonder why it’s just not called Mimi’s. Even the menu carries the same comfort food such as meatloaf, stews, and soup. Breakfast is also served at all hours of the day & it includes the usual fare of French toast, eggs, and pancakes.

The restaurant was half  full on a Saturday evening but the servers were either overwhelmed or hanging around the bar area which was a bit awkward to see. Now I realize why my manager would always be on us servers for standing around. Just doesn’t look right. If you’re going to do it, go where the patrons can’t see you. With that being said, our server was one of those stop & go kind. Yes he was there to take our order & run our food but he went missing from time to time, like his mind was elsewhere.

Tortilla Soup at The Kettle in Manhattan Beach

My entree came with a choice of soup. I had ordered the Tortilla Soup which was a bit spicy but thankfully not so much. The soup to me was a good prequel to dinner.

French Dip Sandwich from The Kettle in Manhattan Beach

What was supposed to be the highlight of the evening was sadly a sore disappointment. I found the roast beef to be rather dry and had to depend on the au jus more than I should have to season the sandwich. Some extra remoulade dressing would have helped but sadly our server had managed to disappear at that time.

My husband on the other hand enjoyed his pancakes so perhaps I ordered the wrong thing. For being the practical identical twin to Mimi’s, I expected so much more. Instead I was sadly let down. I would stop by again when everything else is shut down for the evening as I did like the atmosphere here a lot more than the local diners. However, I won’t be stopping by when more decent restaurants are open.

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Hermosa Beach restaurant profile: Good Stuff

Good Stuff is located right on the strand in Hermosa Beach. The location alone is perfect for people watching, and simply to take in the beautiful ocean view. The patio, like many in Hermosa is dog friendly. Runners and casual walkers alike are known to dine outside with their pup in tow.

Good Stuff opens at 7am daily and is known for its breakfast which is served all day long. Many an athlete resides in Hermosa and the menu reflects this offering both healthy and hearty options Some breakfast notables include the fitness breakfast, the island breakfast, the energy bowl, and the California Omelette.

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