Friday, April 29, 2011

Food Friday: A Novel Idea

Novel Cafe 1101 Gayley Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90024


One of my absolute favorite places to eat while I was in college was Novel Cafe. Only a 10 minute walk from my apartment in Westwood, it was the perfect spot to sit, relax, and sip a cup of tea, or indulge in a morning brunch. So, it was no surprise that I wanted to relive my former Bruin days by enjoying a Saturday lunch with some good friends and good food.


Novel California Burger
To the left is one of my best friends from college, Ryan, and to the right is another good friend and fellow English major, Shelley. They were kind enough to let me post this picture of them.
Look at all those books! An English major's dream scene

Novel Cafe was even more precious than I remembered it to be, although, I am quite positive that my amazing company had a lot to do with it. The owner of the cafe happened to be working that day, and since my friend, Shelley is such a regular there, we were treated to some free chips and dip and a comforting, warm soup, while we waited for our third guest to arrive. I ordered my favorite item on the menu, the Novel California Burger. Stuffed with a tender sirloin patty, bacon, cheddar cheese, avocado, tomato, and just about everything else you can imagine, my burger was enough for both lunch and dinner. Another great thing about Novel Cafe is the ambiance. Whether you choose to sit outside and bask in the sunshine and fresh air, or sit inside and surround yourself with shelves full of books, you will always feel a calm comfort around you. So, if you are in the Westwood area, definitely stop by Novel Cafe, and I promise you'll be happy you did.
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21 comments

  1. that burger looks ahhhmazing! have a great weekend :) xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  2. yum!! that omelet w/ cheese & avocado looks so yummy! i love it when you post about restaurants... currently making me hungry :)

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  3. Oh gosh this food looks DELICIOUS! What a great afternoon.

    xx,

    Bonnie

    http://flashesofstyle.blogspot.com

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  4. mmmmm! the food looks sooo nom worthy! i'm surprised that i've never heard of this place... growing up in socal almost all my life. haha

    i shall squeeze a visit while i'm still here! (a week and i'll be back to gloomy SF, wahhh!)

    thanks for making me super hungry now! hahaha

    xx,
    cins

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  5. yummy, yummy for my tummy :) you take such good food pics!

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  6. *drool, droool... drool!!!!!

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  7. YUM I want foot. these books are super pretty too! mm avocado is like my favorite food :)

    xoxo

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  8. that burguer seems really delicious! one day i hope to be a english major as well so that bookcase scenario seems lovely to me too

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  9. This food looks amaz!

    www.alifeinthefashionlane.blogspot.com

    xo

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  10. YUM! Adding this to my (growing) list of places to eat at! New layout and header? Loves it!

    xx, becs

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  11. If I didn't know any better... I would've thought this was a food blog ;)

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  12. I want this burger... NOW!!!

    the food looks so yummmy <3

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  13. this looks superrrr good! i wanna visit LA now and try out all the diff restaurants there, i need you there with me tho girl, so you can show me the best places ;). ps. we neeed to go eat at that indian buffet soon yes? ;)
    hope you're having a lovely weekend girl!! :)

    <3, Kathleen.

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  14. you blog is so tasteful? haha i don't know the right words, so cute! mmmwwaa.. hope someday my blog will be as cool as yours!!

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  15. you blog is so tasteful? haha i don't know the right words, so cute! mmmwwaa.. hope someday my blog will be as cool as yours!!

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  16. NOVEL CAFE! I too live down the street and I still have yet to go. haha THis sounds like a perf saturday afternoon. I have yet to explore the rest of the Westwood eateries. My love for in-n-out and mr.noodle is far too large to expand my horizon. haha


    <3, your fellow bruin!!! what a small world :)

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  17. Oh and definitely just wanted to mention. I LOVE pancakes. Eat em all day er' day if I could. haha

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  18. I found you at my friend mirroroffashion and when I saw "pancakeS" I came right over, I love them. Two nights ago I made them because some Sicilian friends of my daughter came over. They had never had pancakes, I put lots of maple syrup on them and the kids all loved them! You're very pretty and look fantastic in all those outfits. I like the combination fashion and food...I'm not a fashion connoisseur but I love to learn about it and see what the latest fashion is. Here in Sicily we're a bit behind...actually, WAY behind:) I'm following you from Trapani, Sicily. I grew up in New York, but never visited California, I only went as far as Arizona.

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