Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tasty Garden (Irvine, CA)

Baked Fish with Rice and Cheese

Chinese Waffle Cake (Sweet)

Interior of the restaurant

Is that fish on top?

The front (waiting area)

is that a boot for the milk ice tea bob? Das boot?

Yep, those are fishes.. Thats awesome

So, was in Irvine a week ago and wanted to grab something to eat before we visited my brother's new place. Luckily theres a big plaza of restaurants to choose from thats close by his new place. So as we arrived at the plaza, my folks were contemplating, suggesting, throwing out ideas of where to eat. We drove and drove and finally came across Tasty Garden. Well, of course it was me who had pointed it out that there's "whoa, there's a tasty garden." Mom looked up and was happy to see it and immediately told my dad, "tasty garden... lets eat there!" From the front of it, it doesn't look much. When you enter inside, it still looks a bit different from the other Tasty Garden's I have visited. 

As we sat down, I had noticed the decor here. It was really upbeat and different. As I looked at the center of the restaurant I noticed something different about the ceiling. There were fishes hanging from the ceiling and it displayed a bright display. Those were amazing!! Lights that were fish from glass. That's pretty epic. Something you do not see everyday. The bathrooms here are definitely top-notch and it does seems that it gets attended to. That's one of the things I definitely like about a restaurant is when they keep it clean. 

Now, on to the menu. They have a Chinese menu and Western Menu. So for those who are tired of eating Chinese food all the time, there is an option to eat American food. Or as they call it "western food." Since we wanted a light meal, we ordered baked fish with mushrooms on rice and cheese, Pork on rice baked in Portuguese style. For drinks, my folks ordered hot water and I ordered Ice Milk Tea with Boba. When my drink came, it came in a form of a boot! WTH? That is strange, indeed. But, definitely cool!!! Oh, btw for those who have never come here before, it's definitely a treat. Free refills on drinks. Just don't get too carried away. I don't think they do free refills on sodas though. Just Chinese drinks. The dishes came in, and the presentation of it was good. It could be better if the dish was shaped as a fish which I have had at ABC Cafe. But the taste of the food was perfect. To top it all of, they even gave us a Chinese waffle cake that's famous in Hong Kong. 

Would I come back here? Well, since my brother lives in the area... for sure. And it would have to be when we make a visit to Irvine. Irvine is about 60 miles away from us. 

If you like the address, I left it here. There are Tasty Garden locations in Arcadia, Monterey Park and Alhambra which is about 25 miles. I hope you enjoyed this review! More to come!!

15315 Culver Drive, Irvine, CA

Monday, September 8, 2014

Siam Cuisine (Granada Hills, CA)

     I finally get to write about Siam Cuisine. This place was the first place that started the Thai food revolution for me. To further explain, it had got me to eat Thai food for the first time. I was at a friends house studying when he had asked, "anyone down for some awesome thai food?" Without a shadow of a doubt, I raised my hand with certainty. So did everyone else. So we drove to this place that's located in small plaza near his house. We entered into the small restaurant and the lady greeted us. She instantly greeted my friend.. and told us that he had been a customer since he was a kid. Thats when it had struck me that I'm definitely going to eat some really good Thai food if he's been eating here for a long time. I have no doubt in the choices of places to eat when my friends choose them. So we stared at the menu, but he ordered chow mein. I was puzzled to why he'd ordered chow mein. And he responded, "this is the best chow mein that you will ever taste." Of course when I heard that, I ordered chow mein as well without hesitation. Siam Cuisine is a family operated restaurant. It's a mom and pop place that has been here for like the longest time. I would guess since the 80s. There are tons of foods to choose from other than noodles, but I wanted noodles. The seating area is limited but quite nice for a private occasion. When we got the chow mein, we left for my friends house. We started to grub and the second the noodles got into my mouth, bursts of flavors exploded into my mouth and I had a "awww" look of expression on my face. My friend noticed it and said, "yup.. see... what did i tell you?"

  Seriously it was the best chow mein I have had in a very long time. After our study session, I made sure to make a trip back to order 2 more orders. I met up with another friend and him try it to make sure that this wasn't just a one time "OMG.. that was the best ever" chow mein. He tried it and he showed the same facial expression that I had when I first ate the chow mein. So, I knew that it wasn't just me. Siam Cuisine has the best chow mein ever! Yet, I need to come and try their other dishes..but if you are ever in the mood for some really good Chow Mein? Come to Siam Cuisine, Located in Granada Hills.

Here is their address: 11033 Balboa Blvd. Granada Hills, CA 91344. (Closed on Mondays)


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pinkberry (Northridge, CA..near Costco)

   After having dinner with my mom, lately she has been asking me where to go for dessert. I had remembered that we went to a place called Fluff Ice in the Monterey Park Area and immediately thought about Pinkberry. Not able to recollect the name right away, I just remembered that it was near  Costco and it was in Northridge. Also that my buddy Ed and Mariano had taken me there saying it was the best thing ever. So, I wanted to take my mom there. Once we got there, parking was a no-hassle since it was about 930 at night and most of the businesses were closed by then. The only thing opened was five guys hamburger joint.
   So, Pinkberry it is. We got inside and immediately I felt like it was my first time entering into this fine establishment. The decor was pretty impressive. As we queued in line, my mom jumped ahead to look at the different choices they had. I told her that I will get her "everything mango." She loves her mango. When it was my turn, I immediately said, "Medium size (2) and Mango yogurt." But they also serve mango ice which if we go next time, I will order that for my mom and see how she likes it. I get her the Mango tapioca and the Mango chunks. I get the same but with kiwi. The attendant forgot the mango and I had to remind her. It's all good, maybe she had other things on her mind. Paid for it and sat down. The seating that is attached to the wall on the side is pretty comfortable. I prefer that seating rather than the individual chairs. The lighting is not too bright but adequate. There are plenty of sitting areas inside as well as outside. I prefer inside, though.
  Now to the yogurt. In my honest opinion, I would give it a 4/5 for taste. I would give a much better score if I had tried something different, but I was aiming for something a bit healthier. Will give props and a 5-star rating for comfortability and environment. It's definitely a nice place to hang with friends and loved ones. I wouldn't see myself hanging out there for more than an hour. I guess I will have to give this place a little more time and try out the different flavors. Maybe by then, I will update this review. Hope you enjoyed this review!
View from where I was
seated.

Mango Yogurt with kiwi pieces,
mango chunks, and mango tapioca.

Pinkberry's philosophy??

mmm. delicious..  
irresistible?
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Original Gazpacho Shots

This review isn't concerning a restaurant this time, but a much more healthier option to dress your noodles or spaghetti with; dipping sauce for your chips, pizza crusts, muffin, bread, etc.; even use it for cooking. However, I had used it for dipping sauce for muffin and bread. The gazpacho shot comes in a 4 fl.oz bottle and it must be used once, hence why it's called a "shot".

What you need is a blender, 2 lbs. of RIPE tomatoes (it doesn't matter what tomatoes you use), and 1 4 fluid ounce of gazpacho shot. Make sure you wash your tomatoes a few times and then proceed to put 3-4 whole pieces into the blender. Make sure your blender is powerful enough for such feat. If you own a much older or not so powerful blender, make sure to cut your tomatoes before placing them in the blender. Blend the tomatoes into puree form. Make sure that the amount comes to 30 oz. If it reads less than 30 ounces, then add a few more tomatoes. I had ended up adding 6 Roma tomatoes. Each tomato is different in size, so make sure you add 2-3. Blend until its creamy.

Now onto the last step, open the plastic film surrounding the gazpacho shot cover and then shake vigorously. Open the cap and pour in every last drop of Gazpacho in the bottle to the blender. Now, blend both together until the mix reaches into a puree form. Or you will also notice the mix change color from red to a pinkish color. Now unplug your blender, take the top off, and pour the puree into a  container in which you will put in the refrigerator for 12 hours. This will allow the ingredients to soak and coexist with each other. After 12 hours, it is then ready to serve. I had used muffins yesterday for lunch and for breakfast, I used muffins again. My father enjoyed the taste of the gazpacho "dip" which I had called it. My mom is a very picky eater when it comes to anything. She took her first bite and was immediately asking for seconds and thirds. So, I am glad she finally liked something that's new. Now whatever leftovers can be refrigerated. I hope my brother comes back home to taste it. I for sure would want to buy some more gazpacho shots so I can give it to friends, brother, and some for myself. This would be great for parties, dinner, etc.

If you want more information, you can check their website on www.gazpachoshots.com, or check my youtube channel: www.youtube.com/user/traveldude1981 and look for my gazpacho shot review.

All the ingredients on the bottle are organic and vegan. So check it out. You will certainly love it as much as I do. Check them out on twitter: SaludFoods and instagram: Saludfoods  or email them at saludfoods2014@gmail.com

After 12 hours, this is the finished product

I wanted to use muffins to eat the gazpacho sauce with 
looks tasty!

Gazpacho Shot: Original Flavor.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fusion Variation Root Vegetable Chips by Rowe Cusine

I actually have something really healthy for you all to read about. I love chips, and when I find something healthy to eat; it's definitely hard to find something that's gonna please my palate. My sense of taste is quite sensitive and if something doesn't appease my taste buds; it's going into the trash. However, when brought to my attention about these Root Vegetable Chips, I gave it a try. I had got these from a Farmer's Market. Apparently these chips can be found only in a few Farmer's Market. When I get more information, I will.

So on the back, they introduce to you what the chips are and Executive Chef David Rowe whom is the innovator behind these awesome chips. Before any sort of healthy snacks, we were consumers of eating any sort of junk food. Nowadays, we are concerned on our healthy and wanting to eat healthier. Thus, brings this review of the Root Vegetable Chips. The Company is based in Northridge and they sell this product line through various Farmer's Markets. I had asked the representative from Fusion Variations and they had provided me a discounted price for those interested in purchasing a bag of Root Vegetable Chips. It comes in a 2 oz bag and it consists of the following ingredients: Russet Potato, Purple Potato, Sweet Potato, Malanga Root, Red beet, Sea Salt and Oil. According to the representative, he stated that this is a big hit at the USC Farmer's Market and they sell out within minutes.

The Root Vegetable chips are quite tasty. My favorite one has to be the Red Beet. So, for taste 5/5, packaging 5/5, freshness 5/5. It's pretty much a win/win product. Now as I had mentioned, for anyone who is interested in this product, you can leave a comment here. or msg tenchimuyo1981@gmail.com.

Back side of the Root
Vegetable Chips

Front Side of the Root
Vegetable Chips

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Jug Jug Sports Bar (Granada Hills, CA)

 I have been to a few bars and there are somewhat nice. But as soon as I approached jug jug, this is where the story begins! My first time coming here is when my brother had took me here after the first big show at CSUN. The headliner was the cataracts since Dev couldn't make it due to being pregnant?? and it we had kreyshawn.. some weird singer who sang afterwards. I think B.O.B. came to sing as well. So after the big show, we wanted to grab a drink... my brother had decided jug jug.. ok.. we drank a liter of beer and ever since then.. jug jug has been the destination and choice to go whenever I felt the urge to get a drink. I have celebrated my birthday here once, graduation party here, and drank numerous times here with friends. Now, this is one top-notch sports bar. It's a Korean Sports bar. They serve you chips and salsa. The salsa is one-of-a-kind. I have never had salsa this good ever!!! The chips are good too.

The one dish i suggest anyone coming here to order is their spicy wings. OMG!!! Everytime my friend calls me.. i know what he's going to say. "Arthur, lets go to jug jug and get some of that spicy wings." This is spicy.. no doubt!!! Americans might know spicy, but not until they have had "Asian" spicy. WE do spicy like no other. Now on to the other dishes. The Galbi (beef short rib) is quite good. I haven't tried the bulgogi. I have friends who ordered the fried rice. I also have ordered the french fries which is pretty good. My brother enjoys the spicy wings and sweet potato fries. So, not only do we com here for the beer, but the food is amazing as well. The beer prices are mind boggling and you just have to come see it for yourself. There are t.v.s on the walls for your viewing pleasure and there's always a game on or even a replay of a game. So, you are never not watching something thats not a game.

The last thing I have to note about this sports bar is the soju. They have flavored cocktail soju that they flavor the soju with and comes in a liter. Its 19.99 i think and well worth the cost. I love the pomegranate soju. My friend Ed loves it and we always talk about the next time we are going to drink it. We definitely always talk about when we drink it and the good times that come out of it.

Finally, the owner is one cool dude! He's very chill, funny, and humble. If you get to meet the owner, you know right off the bat, that it doesn't just get any better. He's like one of us, but the owner.. lol.

Hope u check this place out.. it's definitely worth the try and money!


cup of soju cocktail

eating the spicy wings

cheers!

hanging out with the buddies

we just love the wings

more wings

of course the beer is good too

Happy July 4th!!!

Its the 4th of July Weekend.

Don't drink and drive.
Don't drive under the influence. In may honest opinion, if you are in such dire situation, you should download the Lyft app. Its available on both android and iPhone. It's a great way to avoid getting a ticket, getting into a collision, or anything else.

so
1. go to iTunes store or go to google play.
2. search for the lyft app and download it.
3. It's free, now sign up and after signing up: enter this free code: CSUNLYFT
4. After verification, your account will have a credit of $25 and it's good for a one-way trip..

so try it.