Five Food Things To Eat When You’re Sad
With June gloom still ahead, and as we await the more permanent residency of our Los Angeles summer, you’re bound to have at least one psychologically “rainy day.” Whether it’s a Garfield Monday type of blues, or just a general passage of ennui, here are some dishes from our SoCal favorite restaurants that will definitely brighten up your day. The first half of the list is for emotional eaters, and the last half is for people who want a more “science-based” meal pick-me-up.
1. In N’ Out:
Double-double, no onion, animal fries, and a vanilla milkshake. Nothing beats an In N’ Out burger when you’re feeling down and out. Their bread is always just the perfect amount of butter, and the burgers and cheese are always grilled to perfection. Once you take a bite into that sweet double-double, you’ll forget why your were sad to begin with. Hallelujah!
2. Jolly Oyster Grilled Butter Jalapeno Oysters
Oysters come in all sizes. I generally prefer kumamoto oysters, but when grilled with the Jolly Oyster’s Butter Jalapeno blend, I’ll take them all. There’s something perfect about watching the experts at the seaside truck pull a fresh oyster and toss it on the grill right in front of you. In addition, oysters themselves have a natural mood-boosting effect. They’re high in omega-3 fatty acids, and have also been known to be an aphrodisiac
3. Beef Brisket Hot Pot From Shabu Hyung
The beef brisket here is always reliable. I generally order it and place half the tray in the spicy soup side, and the other half in the plain hot pot side. Eventually the two create this perfect beef broth that you can choose to sip on, or have them use the remaining broth to create an amazingly savory rice-pumpkin porridge.
4. Magnolia Bakery Classic Banana Pudding
Banana bread pudding from Magnolia Bakery is an absolute God-send. It’s both fluffy and dense at the same time, in the best way possible. The banana pudding itself tastes almost like a banana creme brulee. When the pudding is married in layers to the Nila wafers, the wafers become perfect little sponge cakes. If you’re ever having a tough day at the office, this dish will save you.
5. Eight Korean BBQ
Eight Korean BBQ is known for its 8 pork BBQ marinades- wine, garlic, black sesame, herb, garlic, curry, miso paste, and original. My favorite is the herb marinade, but when you’re having a bad day it’s nice to have a rainbow of flavor options to inspire your tastebuds and remind you there are better things to think about (like food). This option is best when you and your bestie are both going through a rough patch, so you can ruminate together over this large serving of premium pork belly. The next best thing about eating here? The after-BBQ nap time.