Monday, August 29, 2016

+update+ Please help me fix my van or get a vehicle

For those who read my blog, I will continue on in a weeks time. I have been trying out restaurants near my work place which is in Burbank, CA. I need your help, if you can donate any money to my gofundme page, and share this page with your friends, co-workers, community. Help me get transportation to work. Uber and Lyft is just way too much.

Please help me out! Thanks!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Little Jewel of New Orleans; Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

Truly, this is a restaurant that you definitely must try. It's not just an eatery, but also a small market where you can buy nawlin's spices, and ready to prepare foods. The dining area is quite nice and near the dining area is the menu. The menu is written on a chalkboard style. There is tons of po-boys (sandwiches) to try from. The Beignet is the dish that we tried here and it was amazing. It's texture and taste was similar to the one you can find at new orleans square, Disneyland. Of course, I do want to visit the real new orleans, but that will be sometime in the future. There is so many other dishes like the sloppy joe that I want to try. The other desserts they offer is also quite eye-catching. I really want to come back here to experience a full menu dining experience. There is also seating outside the cafe, so if you like to eat outside there is tables and seating along the side of the street. Inside and Outside feels like eating in New Orleans and the best part .. that it's located in Chinatown of Los Angeles. Who woulda thunk? I have added some pictures of the Beignet and pictures of the cafe for you to enjoy and maybe entice you to pay a visit. I sure will.

Beignet made fresh!!

Here is where they store
the deli meats and dessert.

The market side of the cafe

Here is what the menu looks like up-close


Today is 10/15/15, Thursday. It has been a rough couple of months. The reason for me not being able to post on this blog was because of a few major events in my life. The most important event that happened was the passing of my father. His passing had affected my life in so many ways. Til this day, I still see his face on certain reflections such as last weekend when I had celebrated my birthday at Cafe Sierra, his face appeared on the salad bar glass window. I saw him for a brief second. No matter the differences we had, he is still my dad! I wish I could've hugged him more! I am grateful for everything he has done for me. R.I.P. Dad!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Delancey Street Restaurant (San Francisco, CA)

Located on 600 The Embarcadero in SoMa, SouthBeach of San Francisco lies Delancey Street Restaurant. To any onlooker, it's a restaurant facing the east bay bridge. To the restaurant itself, it's a second chance for ex-convicts, homeless, etc individuals that work at a restaurant making top-notch, mouth-watering food. The staff is very warming and welcoming. Outside looks very modern, and since it's the winter-time, the patio has been closed off. Inside is very comfortable and cozy. There's a full bar at one side which serves mainly beer and wine. The other side is a coffee bar that serves most of the hot beverages including hot water.

The menu is very intimidating because of the wide selection of food choices. It's difficult to choose one particular entree, because you want to know "what does this other dish taste or look like?" My brother has dined here before and has already recommended my dad to get the baby back ribs which comes with a sweet potato pie and my dad agrees with the selection. My mom is always into fish and decides to order the rare ahi dish. My brother looks and orders the sirloin steak that comes with corn and mash potatoes. I decide to order the same. My mom and I decide to get the Boston Clam Chowder. Now as we wait for our dishes to come, the waiter serves us with dinner rolls and bread. The bread and rolls are soft which makes it more appetizing. Not many restaurants in LA will serve you soft bread. Most of the time, the bread is so hard to chew.. you worry that your teeth are going to be ripped apart.

Now behind me, my broth notices a server is cooking the Boston clam chowder behind me. He has a pot on a portable stove and is cooking the chowder. He then brings two bowls of chowder to our table. Miraculously as my mom takes in a serving after another and is pleased with the clam chowder. She is a loss for words and is praising the waiter for the delicious taste that the clam chowder has brought to her senses. She even talks about the clam chowder later in the hotel room and wishes we could've make a return back. She quotes that its better clam chowder than the crab house at pier 39.

Our dishes arrive and it's just one miracle after another. The dishes are served with perfect marks. The sirloin steaks are moist and succulent. The sides that came with our dishes are just embracing with tasteful aroma. My mom's rare ahi tuna looks very pleasant and so is my father's ribs. The waiter also brings in my dad's dessert which is a sweet potato pie slice. Wow!! is all I can say. My brother smiles and says he will order one afterwards.

Dessert is very good with much to select from. My mother and I ordered the tiramisu and by far was the best decision made. The taste is not too sweet and just hits the spot. I wish I could've ordered the sweet potato pie. It looks huge but very delicious. I ordered the Delancey Street Coffee and it was delicious. No sugar was needed, except for a small serving of cream.

This place is very good in taste, customer service and environment. Would I recommend people to come here. Most Definitely. Would I come back here again? Of course I would. I would like to try the other dishes served here as well.
Sirloin steak with corn and mash potatoes

The restaurant, itself. 

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

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

Pinkberry's philosophy??

mmm. delicious..