Took out of town guests to the Melrose Trading Post and couldn’t figure out what to have for lunch because I don’t really go into the West Hollywood area that much. Tried going to Umami Burger on La Brea, but there was a wait AND it happened to be the only Umami location that does not serve alcohol, which did not sit well with us. Instead, we went up two blocks to Luna Park and had bottomless mimosas and sangria. This mac and cheese ($14.75) is insanely overpriced with the option to add ham for $1.25. The addition of broccoli was very good and improved an otherwise monotonous (and a little watery) mac. I did like the shells and topping, though. I didn’t mind that it wasn’t the best mac because it was a nice meal overall with great (but windy) weather eating outside on the patio.
Here’s some Kraft mac served alongside Jack Daniels pulled pork (topped with Vietnamese style shredded radishes and carrots) and pickles. Kraft recently redid their box and even though it looks more modern, the nostalgia of the old design is lost. I also heard that the formula for the mac had changed, but since I used the thick & creamy version, I’m not sure if that’s true yet. In any case, it’s been a while since I made the original Kraft mac and cheese, so I don’t know if I’d be able to tell anyway.