Dessert First with Iron Skillet Cookie Sundaes at Planet Dailies LA

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Never make friends with people who scoff at the suggestion of ordering dessert first. They’re the sort that hoard paper clips, kick kittens and put too much salt on everything. Hardly the crowd you’d want to spend more than two minutes with. I recommend avoiding them like the plague.

The aforementioned thought occurred to me while grabbing lunch at Planet Dailies in Los Angeles. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of a building overlooking the Grove, which is a mega shopping center known for its frou-frou boutiques and local farmers market. Planet Dailies is sleek, the kind of spot in LA you go to for dainty drinks and to flirt with the aspiring actors/bartenders.

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We sat outside, beneath the shade and settled into the plushy, bright orange seating at our table. Our waitress, a lovely lady named Dalesia, slipped us drink menus. I picked out the Raspberry Collins, while my friend went with the Summer Fling. My Raspberry Collins consisted of fresh mint floating amongst the crushed raspberries in my gin and reminded me of a mojito, rather than a play on a traditional Tom Collins. Can’t say I was complaining. The Summer Fling was a tarty mix of vodka, Prosecco, pomegranate syrup and a squeeze of lemon, a solid summer refreshment.


I suppose this is the point where I slowly lead into the main course, but f*ck it, ladies and gentlemen. I’m going to save you the trouble of reading through this entire piece and get straight to the good good — the Iron Skillet Cookie Sundae. Yes, the dessert, because that’s all any of us want anyhow.

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Look at that beauty. The hefty triple chocolate chunk cookie arrived baked and served in an iron skillet. The chocolate behemoth was decked out with gobs of vanilla ice cream slathered in an inappropriate amount of chocolate sauce and topped with a mountain of homemade whip cream and a generous amount of white chocolate shaving. There was no skimping here.

Our knives cut through the soft cookie with ease. The ice cream melted into every crevice of the baked treat, making for an especially heavenly bite of cold, sweet cream, crunchy white chocolate flakes, and warm cookie.

Like I said earlier, dessert first.

Planet Dailies Beet Salad

For the rest of you still interested in reading, it’s worth noting that Planet Dailies has an especially divine Roasted Beet Salad on their seasonal summer menu. The dish features delicate slices of roasted beets layered with the most sumptuous of goat cheeses and accompanied with a sweet agave dressing. However, I do wish that it wasn’t so tiny. For roughly $11, something so addicting shouldn’t be so petite.

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Another notable item from lunch was the Chicken Caprese Sandwich, a classic, well-made combination of grilled chicken breast, thick slices of mozzarella and juicy roma tomatoes. Again, the cheese selection at Dailies is en pointe and the mozzarella was noticeably fresh, pairing well with the balsamic dressing.

Kudos to the chef, Joshua, for keeping the menu provocative. It is summer, after all.


Planet Dailies LA

6333 West 3rd Street

Suite O20 Los Angeles, CA 90036



Cute Caprese Bites

When the first thing out of Boyfriend’s mouth when he enters the kitchen is “OH MY GOD, ARE YOU TRYING TO KILL ME WITH CUTENESS!?” I consider that a win.

This army of cuteness couldn’t be easier to assemble, nor more delicious. Cherry tomatoes and basil are two things I pretty much always have on hand, I just happened to have a container of boccacini hanging out in the fridge that I just had to use up, so out came these little guys.

Sweet, salty, creamy…. perfect.

I wish I had more to say about them, but I just don’t. I think the pictures sum it up pretty good.

So the “recipe” if you’d like to call it that is as such

Cute Caprese Bites

  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 12 boccacini balls
  • 12 leafs of basil
  • Fleur de sel (optional)
  • Good quality balsamic vinegar (optional)

Cut cherry tomatoes in half, sprinkle boccacini with sea salt.

Place boccacini on bottom half of cherry tomato, top with basil leaf, and replace top of tomato. Skewer with a toothpick (or something fancier if you wish).

Sprinkle with sea salt and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. I suspect a drizzle of pesto might not be a bad idea either… ooh, or maybe pesto and balsamic on the side so you can dip into whichever you prefer… mmm


If you can’t find boccacini, just cube some fresh mozzarella and call it a day. :)


Pandagrub Adventure: Rosati Restaurant (Melbourne, AU)

My friend Clayton Woodley .aka. PartyWithPanda .aka. re-occurring Foodbeast contributor, just recently spent a month in Australia shooting photos. After the Missy Elliott concert he shot, they all headed over to Rosati Restaurant in Melbourne. Take a look at the gorgeous food Panda and the crew he was with got into, after the jump.