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Restaurant Review: Stacked (Cerritos, CA)

31 Dec

My company humored me with a pitstop at Stacked. (We just ate elsewhere but since we’re never in this side of town, why not?)

Amused by the ginormous, purple-orange-yellow facade (think Bauhaus-inspired stained glass) and tall tables and high chairs so my feet dangled.

Fiddling with the iPad when you order? Fascinating. Nothing like this in the IE! We ordered fries and homemade crisscut potato chips with chipotle mayo, garlic aioli, and curry ketchup. It’s all about the sauces, folks.

The founders of BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse are onto something here…

13 Feb

I love tapas!

urbanarchiver

One of my favorite cities….. Barcelona has the sea, the mountains, the fashion, the beautiful people and the food. I think its one of the few places that has it all….including conmen and robbers (thats another story)…

There is a 3 hour break in between work. Not wasting anytime, i googled “best tapas” and Quimet y Quimet came up. Looking at the metro map, ah….a few stations away on a direct tram L3 to Paral Lel. Good, here we go.

A short 5 mins walk from the subway.

I would have missed it if not for the fella standing there. Why are most good food places in a not easy to find location ? And which is the entrance ?

Took this with App “Autostitch” for the panoramic view. A very small place, no seats. But the chatters in spanish, english, french (what to expect, this place was featured in…

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8 Feb

Been looking for a good cucumber salad recipe…

bento zen

a quick lunch tomorrow (in my new bento & co. “origami bento,” bought on karaimame’s brilliant suggestion), made up of leftovers from batch dinner cooking i did earlier this week, plus a pantry item.  recipes and calorie count below.

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7 Feb

Bananas, chocolate and nutella? Be still my heart!

Lea & Jay

A Nutella, Double Chocolate & Banana Tart for the Annual World Nutella Day. Be still my heart! Has there ever been a happier, more delicious convergence of ingredients? I think not, though perhaps adding a little peanut butter into the mix would have made it even more enticing… if that is possible. That’s right, today February 5th is World Nutella Day. This celebration of all things Nutella was started in 2007 by Sara at Ms. Adventures in Italy and Michelle at Bleeding Espresso as a day to celebrate, get creative with and most importantly, to EAT Nutella.

I absolutely love Nutella. Just spreading it on toast is a joy, not to mention just eating it straight out of the jar. Yup, I might do that from time to time. I participated in World Nutella Day last year with my Nutella & Banana filled Peanut Butter Ebelskivers. ( See..I got…

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Restaurant Review: California Fish Grill (Brea, CA)

30 Aug

Met up with our friends Peter, Lana and Baby T for a Sunday dinner. They recommended California Fish Grill. Craved fish all week and the prices fit our budget. (For dessert, belated birthday gourmet cupcakes for Lana from My Delight Cupcakery in Ontario.)

CONS: A bit far from where we live. Ha!

PROS: Order at the cashier and seat yourself. Turn over is high so not much of a wait for a table (unless you’re in the midst of the lunch or dinner rush). Squeezed some lemon into the clam chowder (a bit too salty for my taste).

But my dinner was delicious. Look at my plate! Dined on the swai with garlic butter, coleslaw and brown rice (50 cents extra for brown rice; I love that that’s an option). Only $8.50 for all that! And grilled zucchini side for only $1.75.

Grilled seafood in a fast, casual atmosphere. Healthy and refreshing!

Grilled zucchini, clam chowder and swai with garlic butter and brown rice

Me, Marvyn & Baby T

Peter, Lana & Baby T

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Chocolate -- YUM!

Restaurant Review: Cafe Glace (Los Angeles, CA)

11 Aug

Once a week during lunch, my colleague Nannette and I walk around Westwood. Today I also had the urge to try Cafe Glace, a Persian ice cream/smoothie/sandwich/pizza snack shop. 

The restaurant has a short menu. We decided on the pizza. Only personal-sized pizzas, with or without meat. $5 a pop. We indulged in one of each. The owner/server speaks little English. He’s friendly and brings the food to your table.

This pizza reminds me of Little Caesars — melted cheese on top, creating a shell over what’s underneath. I like it. No tomato sauce so you grab your choice of condiments — mayo, ketchup, Tapatio or olive oil. I could barely taste the difference between the pizzas because the slices of meat are small. Flatbread crust is light and puffy; you can taste the freshness of the onions, tomatoes, and green peppers. In 20 minutes, we ordered and ate. Plenty of time for us to still enjoy a few jaunts around the neighborhood.

 

Restaurant Review: California Chicken Cafe (Los Angeles, CA)

10 Aug

Where else can you go for lunch in Westwood and get a samosa, 3 veggie sides, rice, naan AND a mango lassi for $8.50?! Tell the owner (C.K.) that “Celeste sent me.” I’m serious.

Took this pic before the samosa came out. Look at all this food!