Foodie Friday Continues! Time For Some Lemonade…

Welcome back to another edition of InMotion Hosting’s Foodie Fridays!  It’s finally feeling like winter time here in Los Angeles with today’s rainy and cooler weather.  With that in mind, everyone agreed to have some type of home-style comfort food, but still keep it somewhat healthy. And a perfect place for that kind of food here in LA is Lemonade, “Southern California Comfort Food.”

Don’t let the name throw you off, they actually do serve lemonade…and, in different flavors!  Check out their menu. But they also specialize in excellent marketplace salads, braises, sandwiches, AND delicious desserts!

Check out these pics:

Needless to say, the office gave Lemonade a 4.2 star rating.  We highly recommend the Jamaican Jerk Chicken and Red Miso Beef Short Rib Braises, and definitely try the Jalapeno Bacon Mac ‘N Cheese.  It’s to die for!

And if you’re a vegetarian or just want a large variety of freshly tossed salads, this is the place to go.  Oh, and don’t forget to try their desserts and lemonades!  My fave is their Red Velvet Cupcake, yum!

Foodie Friday: InMotion’s LA Marketing Team Welcomes A New Member

This week at InMotion Hosting Los Angeles, we welcomed Mia, SEM Manager, into our Marketing Department. She had the honors of choosing this week’s Foodie Friday destination, in which she opted for Greek food.  This was a great choice because we’ve all been meaning to try out Big Fat Pita, which has been highly recommended by Jeff in our Marketing Department.

Mia Enjoying Her 1st InMotion Foodie Friday

Needless to say, with an average rating of 4.4 stars, everyone was quite satisfied with today’s lunch choice.  One of the highest ratings we’ve given so far!  Who would’ve thought that a Greek “fast food” place at the mall would be this good!

To keep it short and simple, here are the highest rated items from this place:

Mousaka and side of Big Fat Pita Fries

Mousaka & Big Fat Pita Fries

Big Fat Pita w/ Gyro

Big Fat Gyro Pita

The Olympian Plate with Grilled Tofu Kabob

The Olympian w/ Grilled Tofu

Avgolemono Soup

Avgolemono Soup

Greek Salad with Salmon

Salmon Greek Salad

And last, but not least…

Chocolate Baklava!

Chocolate Baklava

As you can see, we were all happy foodies today!

Juliana Enjoying Her Mousaka

Foodie Friday: Pizza Party!

Welcome to another edition of InMotion Hosting LA’s Foodie Fridays!  So it’s looking like we’ve been falling off the wagon a bit on trying to stick to healthier options.  But today was an exception because we gave the lunch choice to one of our team members who just celebrated her birthday yesterday.  Her option was for Compari’s Trattoria/Pizzeria, located just one exit south of us on the 405 freeway.

It’s hard to sticking to healthy options at an Italian restaurant.  Unless you just eat a salad, every other option is pretty carb-heavy or smothered with cheese.  So your best bet to be somewhat health-conscious is PORTION CONTROL! Lol, at least that’s what I say to myself.

This place got an above average rating from our team being given 3.9 stars.  This is a pretty decent Italian place to try out.  We highly recommend the Eggplant Parmigiana, whether it’s the sandwich or the plate.  The breaded eggplant itself was very well seasoned!  As far as the pizza goes, it’s pretty much slightly above average.


But you gotta remember, we’re getting delivery, so the majority of the hot foods we get delivered would most likely be much better fresh from the kitchen.  Regardless, I’d definitely give this place another shot and try out one of their specialty dishes, such as the Lobster Ravioli, yum!

Foodie Friday: Chicken ‘n Shuttles…

Today was quite an eventful and adventurous day for us here at the Los Angeles InMotion office.  First off, we were able to witness history in the making as the Space Shuttle Endeavour made its rounds all over Los Angeles for it’s final journey before retirement, which has been all over the news today.

Though the picture below does not do any justice (everyone in the office only had camera phones on hand), we actually had a great view of the shuttle piggy-backing a jumbo jet, and being escorted by a couple smaller jets.  Quite an amazing sight to see!

But here’s a better pic…

In other news, we decided to be adventurous with our lunch option today and tried out Dinah’s Family Restaurant down the street from our office.  A few people were a bit hesitant to try it out because of a couple people’s opinions, but I say you gotta judge for yourself.

This is place is known for their fried chicken, so fried chicken’s what I got.

Dinah's Fried Chicken

As far as their chicken goes, I can honestly say I’ve had better.  It was a little dry, and the batter was slightly above average.  However, their side dished were pretty good.  I really liked their mashed potatoes and gravy, and their mac and cheese was nice and creamy, though it needed a little salt.

But the star of my meal today was their Banana Cream Pie.  It was amazing!  I’d definitely go back to try out all their other homemade pies!

Dinah's Banana Cream Pie

Other high rated items from Dinah’s was their BBQ Chicken, Fried Fish Fillets, and the Special Club Sandwich.

Dinah's BBQ Chicken

Overall, the office gave Dinah’s Family Restaurant a 3.75 star rating.  One IMH team member quoted “all pretty standard stuff here, nothing amazing, but solid.”  I’d have to agree, with the exception of their amazing pies!

Dinah's Box of Fish

Foodie Friday: InMotion Welcomes Sam To The West Coast Systems Team

This past week, the LA InMotion office welcomed Sam, who transferred across the country from the Virginia Beach InMotion systems team.  And since he’s the “new” guy in this office, he had the honors of choosing this week’s Foodie Friday lunch.

Being new to the area, he asked the team for some suggestions.  So a safe choice that everyone in the office liked was good ol’ Mendocino Farms.

Sam & His Korean Short Rib Sandwich

This time around, I tried out one their new Fall seasonal sandwiches, which was the Korean Short Rib Sandwich (plus bacon!).  Sam also had the same sandwich (minus the bacon).

Korean Short Rib Sandwich & Jeff's Homemade Cookie

We both agreed that this sandwich was excellent!  The short rib meat was tender and the sesame chili glaze gave the meat a great sweet and slightly spicy flavor.  In addition, the cucumber-carrot kimchee, pickled red onions, and Asian pear relish were all very complimentary to the sandwich’s overall flavor!

Modern Tuna Melt on Gluten Free Bread & Squash Soup

The majority of the office also gave their lunches an above average rating, making this week’s total rating 4 stars.

Juliana & Her Chicken MBT

Other highly recommended items from Mendocino Farms were the Singaporean Dosa Wrap (which is another Fall seasonal item), the Sophisticated Chicken Salad, and the Modern Tuna Melt.

Singaporean Dosa Wrap

So as I’ve said before, Mendocino Farms is an excellent choice for fresh, gourmet sandwiches and salads.  Oh, and their soups and side salads are excellent too!

Korean Short Rib Sandwich (with Bacon) & Squash Soup

Alex G.’s Last IMH Foodie Friday

In honor of Alex G.’s last day with InMotion (of the West Coast Systems Dept.), he got to choose our lunch spot of the day, which was Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ.  And a good choice it was!

Even though I’m still on my health food kick, there were some delicious “semi-healthy” options here.  But I had to give in and have one of their famous biscuits with apple butter!  I’m learning that the key to staying healthy is not completely cutting out the bad stuff, but keeping it to a small portion. In other words, portion control!

For being a chain restaurant, Lucille’s is still pretty high up on the quality BBQ scale.  However, like with almost every restaurant, the food’s better freshly cooked and eaten at the restaurant as opposed to delivery.  But in general, the food’s still quite tasty.  So to no surprise, the West Coast IMH team gave this place a 4.3 star rating, which is one of the highest so far.  You can’t go wrong with good ol’ Southern-style BBQ and sides.

There weren’t any low ratings this time around, so basically, we recommend any of the BBQ items, whether the chicken, ribs, tri trip, etc.  And the sides are excellent as well, such as the Garlic Mashed Potatoes and the Southern Braised Greens. And of course, the biscuits and apple butter!

So if you’re into BBQ and Southern-style comfort foods, and feel like shopping before or after, check out Lucille’s at the Westfield Culver City Mall!

And thanks again to Alex for your time here!

“Healthy” Foodie Friday: Pure Energy Cafe

Starting this past Monday, I decided that it was time for a food consumption makeover.  For the past few months I’ve indulged in tons of unhealthy food, such as lots of processed foods, red meat, dairy, fried foods, etc.  And my body’s finally given me a signal that it’s “No Bueno” for me.  With that in mind, I’ve forced myself to eat more fruits and veggies, less red meat and dairy, and basically more “healthy” choices.  And just within these past 5 days, I actually feel like I have more energy and feel less “bloated” (because of all the sodium I’ve consumed) than the past few weeks!   Now the challenge is keeping this up…

So for today’s Foodie Friday lunch, I wanted to spread the healthy eating with my coworkers and opted for the Pure Energy Cafe located next to the Spectrum Gym across the street. This place offers fresh made salads, sandwiches, soups, and many grilled dishes.  They even offer fresh made juices with health boost powders.

This is the second time I’ve had lunch from this place.  Now I can say both times have been excellent!  The rest of the office had a similar opinion, giving this place a 4 star rating.  Eating healthy doesn’t mean sacrificing taste quality!

Today I had the Salmon Over Greens, which was part of their daily specials.  It was delicious!  The salmon was cooked  and seasoned well!  I also got a little daring and tried one of their “Healing Organic Juices,” which was the Potassium Drink.  This was definitely a daring drink because it consisted of spinach, celery, parsley, and carrots.  Needless to say, it tasted like exactly what was in there.  I wouldn’t quite recommend this drink unless you’re a health nut…

Other highly recommended dishes from the team included the Grilled Chicken Chipotle Quesadilla, Grilled Chicken Jalapeno Melt, Tuna & Avocado Melt, Garden Veggie Burger, Southwest Turkey Roll Up, All Natural Sirloin Burger, Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad, and Rosemary Turkey Burger.  As you can see, a lot of highly recommended items!

The only items that got a below average rating were the Turkey Sandwich and Tomato Basil Soup, just because “they were nothing special.”

However, for the most part, this place is an excellent health food cafe to check out if you’re ever around the Howard Hughes Center!





A Sunny Summer Day With Mendocino Farms…


It’s Friday, July 20th, and it’s finally looking and feeling like summer in Los Angeles!  Just a week ago, the sun seemed to be hiding in fear of the dreaded “Friday the 13th” date.  Seemed like the weather and date correlation was a little too coincidental…yikes.

Well today’s definitely more like the southern California summer that I’m familiar with.  And in celebration of the good weather out, we chose one of the office’s favorite lunch spots, Mendocino Farms, an excellent gourmet sandwich shop!

Mendocino Farms' Spanish Chicken Wrap & Summer Squash Soup

It looks like they’ve made a couple adjustments to their menu, which I’m personally happy about, such as making the Spanish Chicken a regular menu item!  One of my faves! And yes of course, that’s what I ordered today, but as a wrap, plus bacon, and a side of the Summer Squash Soup, yum!

With the exception of a couple of peoples’ sandwiches that were a little off today, everyone gave their order a 4 star and above.  Not surprising since we were basically weekly regulars at Mendocino Farms at the previous office.

Well as I mentioned earlier, there were two orders that were a bit off today. These were the Vegan Shawarma and the Chicken MBT on Rustic White bread.  The Vegan Shawarma didn’t fare so well because the vegan tortilla wasn’t able to hold all the fillings well and became soggy and fell apart.  Maybe go for a bread option if you ever give this item a try.  As for the  Chicken MBT on Rustic White bread, the bread seemed to be a bit oily from the sauces and dressings this time around.

Mendocino Farms' Chicken MBT Sandwich

On the other hand, two people actually gave their orders 5 stars today.  These items were the Sandwich Study of Heat and the Prosciutto and Roasted Chicken, and were quoted to be “Excellent” sandwiches.  And they weren’t the first ones to say that from our past experiences.

Well this time around there were actually a couple of new sandwiches, which were on the summer seasonal menu, that also received high ratings, the Shrimp Po’Boy and the Summer Cubano.  Definitely give these a try while they’re available!  I’ve tried the Shrimp Po’Boy before, and I agree, it’s quite tasty!

Well, since there were a few people out of the office today, the 2 lower rated items kind of skewed the rankings a bit more than usual.  Therefore, this week Mendocino Farms received a 3.8 rating.  But don’t be quick to judge just from one off day, check out our past review of this place, read up on our suggestions, and then try them out for yourself.  You won’t be disappointed!

Foodie Friday: Freaky Friday The 13th Edition

It’s Friday, the 13th of July, and it’s gloomy and damp outside.  This is quite unusual weather for southern California during this time of the year.  The weather strangely seems to be connected with this superstitious date because the last time it was Friday the 13th, the weather was the same! Well, I hope it goes back to normal summer SoCal weather after today.

Well here in the office, to add to the eeriness of this day, we’ve been having a Friday The 13th movie marathon playing on our projector screen!   Hmmm, and the guy sitting next to me’s name happens to be “Jason!” …ch…ch…ch…ha…ha…ha…



Hah, okay, on to Foodie Friday…

Today, we opted for another round with Ekkamai Thai.  This time around we gave this place 4.2 stars!  This is about half a star higher than the last time.  I think this time around, everyone had a better idea of what to order from this place.

Pad Ekkamai

The majority of the office ordered noodle dishes such as Pad Ekkamai and Pad See-Ew, which were given high ratings.  I myself ordered the Pad Ekkamai with combination meat (chicken, beef, pork and shrimp).  I personally found all of the types of meat to be a bit under-seasoned, except for the shrimp, which was very tasty!  Next time I’ll know to stick with the shrimp option for this dish.  But overall, the noodles were excellent and full of flavor.

For the rest of the InMotion Hosters, there were some different items this time around that were also given high ratings, such as the Sesame Chicken Salad, Garlic and Pepper Chicken, and the Shrimp and Crab in Curry Sauce.  These were all given 5 stars, so definitely give them a try!

On the other hand, there were a couple dishes that just received average ratings, such as the Chicken Pad Thai dish and the Spicy Mint Noodle with Tofu.

Spicy Mint Noodle w/ Tofu

It seams like this time around, most dishes were very well received, which leaves me to the conclusion that Ekkamai Thai definitely has more to offer than just their noodle dishes.  So next time, I’ll venture out on their menu a bit more!

Oh, and one last thing I forgot to mention, if you haven’t tried Thai Iced Tea before, definitely try it from this place!

Thai Iced Tea