• Local Business: Melina Davies of Olive & Thyme

    Happy Tuesday friends!

    I had the opportunity to sit down with Olive & Thyme owner, Melina Davies, having never worked in the food/restaurant industry in her life she has managed to take her dream and make it a successful reality.  Originally, Melina worked as a producer for the studios. “I took a complete gamble with opening this restaurant. I had no prior experience with opening a restaurant. I had never even worked in one! All of my chef friends said don’t do it, which of course made me want to do it even more! I had put so much into this venture that I couldn’t fail. I can’t fail.” Melina’s drive, dedication and passion for following her dreams of having a restaurant are truly inspiring. Check out my interview with Melina as she talks about the inspiration behind the interior of her restaurant and her favorite dish!

    Have you always been involved in the food industry?

    No, I worked as a producer in the film industry. I never had worked in a restaurant before.  I loved my job a producer but I also loved throwing dinner parties and found joy and happiness in cooking.

     

    What inspired you when creating the interior of your restaurant, Olive & Thyme?

    The South of France, European culture. The kitchen in Nancy Meyers’ filim, It’s Complicated, was a perfect example that I could show to our architect of what I had been envisioning.

    Do you follow any specific diet? (Vegan, Vegetarian, etc.)

    No, I eat everything.

     

    What is the most popular dish at Olive & Thyme? Which is your favorite?

    For meat lovers it would be the Short Rib Sandwich, for vegetarians it would be the Fattoush Salad. My personal favorite is the Egg Salad Sandwich. I also really like the raw Brussel Sprout salad.

      

    At home, what is your favorite meal to cook?

    Bucatini pasta with lemon, peppers and prosciutto.

     

    Do you have plans of expanding?

    We are! We haven’t commited to the second location yet but we are very close to deciding!

    Credits:

    Written, Interviewed & Photographed by: Kristen Tola Hettich

     

  • Restaurant Review: Olive & Thyme // Gourmet Cafe & Marketplace

    Happy Thursday friends!

    Today I’m sharing a restaurant that is not only beautiful but they have amazing food! Not to mention all the other goodies they sell such as, chocolates, pastries, juices, books, olive oils, the list goes on! Olive & Thyme offers dishes for everyone! There are vegetarian friendly options as well as meat options! Check out my review on this super cute cafe!

     

    Olive & Thyme

    4013 Riverside Drive

    Burbank, CA 91505

     

    818-557-1560

    www.OliveandThyme.com

     

    First Impression: Immediately when I walked in I thought, “what a beautiful and cute restaurant!” Olive & Thyme really has a unique vibe and great menu!

     

    Taste: Amazing! I tried the Grilled Vegetable Panini with goat cheese, salad and their secret sauce! (Which tastes incredible!) Definitely one of the best panini’s I’ve had!

    Décor: So beautiful! I really love the interior of this café/market! I love the mix of rustic, the wooden chairs and table, with a touch of modern/clean look with lots of white and subway tiles.

     

    Price: Very reasonable for great tasting and quality food!

     

    Service: Great! All the staff at Olive & Thyme is extremely nice and helpful! Makes for a real pleasant dining experience!

    Ambiance: Cozy and relaxing! I can see this café getting extremely busy during the week for lunch and also on the weekends. It’s located right near all the studios in Burbank, so I assume they get a big lunch crowd. They have lots of seating indoor and outdoor as well so I feel even when it does get busy it doesn’t feel crowded or overwhelming. Definitely during a lower traffic time it can be a place where you could read a book and enjoy a glass of wine or sip on some coffee.  

     

    Overall Experience: Great! I highly recommend trying this restaurant! They have great food, great ambiance and a beautiful space! Would be great spot for a date, casual lunch or even just to go have a drink and yummy meal by yourself at their bar.

    Credits:

    Written, Reviewed & Photographed by:  Kristen Tola Hettich