Welcome, here you will find my interests in design, music, creativity, food, art and technology.
A collection of thoughts, passions and random obsessions curated by Stephen Chavez
Cafe De Olla
Monarch Bakery in South Pasadena has AMAZING coffee and pan. This is my new morning spot.
Bone Marrow - Cannibal NYC
This place is amazing, and so is their beer selection and Bone Marrow dish. Enjoying a Siason Dupont and this dish is the perfect combo! Go see Eric there and tell him I sent you. Its located on the east side of midtown manhattan.
Chez Moi - Brooklyn NYC
The surprise of Brooklyn was this amazing french bistro located on Atlantic. The Watermelon salad and Tuna Tartar were amazing, the chef there was really cool and the food rocked. We will be back again.
Heirloom Tomato Salad
This salad from Akasha has to be one of my FAVORITES. The burrata cheese on top with the perfect chibatta toast is great with the light dressing and fresh organic greens. Do yourself a favor and head to Culver City and visit Akasha to get this salad. Ask for the server Steve, he's rad and ask him to have a shot of Fernet with you (he hate's it), and tell him I sent you. Your welcome!
Nothing much better then some vanilla ice cream with fresh espresso poured on top. This one is from Akasha in Culver City.
This perfect cup was experienced at a local restaurant. Its near our offices in South Pasadena and its called Briganti. The place is perfect and has some of the best italian food in the area.
Flying Tuna Platter
This has to be my favorite fish dish at Houstons. Seared Ahi Tuna grilled with cajun spices and paired with vine ripe tomatoes drizzled with oil and garnished with fresh basil. Simple, but perfect.
Pop's New Mexico Enchiladas
No words can describe how amazing these are... So I won't even try.
Mom's Thanksgiving Dinner
The holy grail of holiday food made by my mom. Everything is made from scratch and is amazing. Nothing compares.
MESA Heirloom Tomato Salad with Blue Cheese
MESA is one of my favorite places to hang, and this is one of the many reasons why. It's amazing.
It was off the menu for a little bit, but thankfully its back on! I love this dish!
Ajisen Ramen's Beef Curry Ramen
The curry broth is fantastic, and perfect for rainy days. Mmm.
Houston's Chocolate Sunday
Holy crap this is great. The best sunday on earth. I order it with an extra side of candied pecans, toasted coconut and caramel. Combine that with chocolate sauce on vanilla ice cream and you got yourself some heaven in a bowl.
Located at LACMA in LA the Stark restaurant has a burger on the menu that is awesome. I remember while eating it saying "the egg is perfect" and seeing this picture makes me want another one.
I don't know where this was... all I know is that I LOVE COFFEE.
Each ingredient is complimenting the next as you take a bite through this burger. The bun is perfectly toasted and the ground chuck is super fresh and cooked to perfection. The fries are also one of the best parts. I love Houie's burgers.
Chocolate Cheerio's and Nanas
Can't go wrong with this morning combo.
D'Angelo's Huevos Rancheros
Hands down, the BEST Huevos Rancheros I have had to date. The difference with these is that the tortilla on the bottom is fried to a crispy texture but its not overly done. The chili on top is really spicy and really finishes it off. Next time your in Santa Barbara you have to get these for breakfast.
Intelligentsia Latte & Cinnamon Sugar Donut
Great way to start the day, and this is one of my favorite things to do on the Colorado strip in Pasadena.
My woman turned me on to the world of "juice" and this place in Pasadena is great! This carrot, orange, etc.. combo is my fav.
I am a sucker for cheese and tomatoes, and this one found in Austin, TX at a restaurant called Taverna was no joke.
I know its not good for you, but it IS good. One of my favorite nacho plates and also acts as a hangover remedy. Alberto's Super Carne Asada Nachos are so good.
Amara Cafe Chocolate Churros and Mocha
Amara knows chocolate, and this combo is PERFECT. Next time your in Pasadena visit her and get some too!
Loteria Cafe Nachos
Not only my favorite childhood game but also a cool place to hang in Santa Monica, CA. The cheese is awesome and so are the chips. And if you want to really go over the edge get the queso fundido too, its equally amazing.
Bandera Waygu Steak & Squash Enchiladas
Bandera in Corona Del Mar, CA is awesome and this plate is even better. The enchiladas are unique with two sauces on one serving, giving you the best of both worlds. And the waygu steak is seared and seasoned to perfection. I love this place. Oh, get a side of jalepeno cornbread too its a Bandera requirement.
Hatch Chili Mashed Potatoes
This simple side blew my mind. Having New Mexico chili for most of my life I have never seen this done before. It was so good that I had to order another side of it AFTER my meal. Rio Grill in Carmel, CA is the place where this potato plate is found and if you go there you have to have a plate... or two.
Sabatino's Cheese Stuffed Sausage
There is a little italian place in Lido Island in the center of Newport Beach, CA. There they have this amazing sausage. Hand made and grilled perfectly this sausage is one of my favorite dishes to eat when in Newport. The spicy sausage is the better kind and make sure you ask to get your veggies well done. This with a glass of red vino and your set for a perfect date night.
This tiramisu topped with powdered chocolate and garnished with 24k gold leaf is sitting on a bed of latte foam and paired with chocolate ice cream, espresso beans & cocoa powder. Holy moly this thing is good. Next time your in Las Vegas at the Wynn/Encore Hotels go to Botero and treat yourself.