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BEVERLY HILLS: Paulette Macarons

Posted in food, los angeles, recommended, restaurants by sue on January 26, 2011
9466 Charleville Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
310 275 0023

My brother Johnny brought these home for me (thanks 哥哥!), so all my judgments for Paulette’s are based off day-old macarons… which were still damn good. I’m typically not a huge fan of macarons; they were the cupcakes of a few years ago in New York, all hype. Everyone was selling them and everyone was eating them. I had Bouchons and some other places and while they were all good, I never understood why people loved them. They were airy and just nothing special. But it’s been a while now since i last had them, so maybe I appreciate them more now? Shrug.

I loved Paulette’s ganache because it had a consistency that reminded me of mochi. It was so good, I had four macarons in a span of five minutes and for anyone who knows me, that’s a lot considering I rarely eat sweets. I highly recommend you get their sweet wedding almond, earl grey, and pistachio macarons. And I personally would stay away from their violet and passion fruit ones… not because they weren’t good, but because they were really tangy when I wanted/expected something sweet.

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ROWLAND HEIGHTS: New Capital Seafood Restaurant

Posted in food, los angeles, recommended, restaurants by sue on January 24, 2011

1330 S Fullerton Rd (Diamond Plaza)
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
626 581 9813

Price: Cheap
Rating: Good/Great
Directions: Get off at Fullerton on the 60
Reservations: Not sure.
Must Get: Chicken feet (if your stomach can handle it!)

Tim and I went after a morning of hot yoga. I was starving as usual and my eyes are always bigger than my stomach so we ended up ordering (and finishing!) 7 plates between the two of us. The food here is definitely better than the dishes offered at Hong Kong Palace. I’ve actually been here a few times before with my family, but my dad still prefers Hong Kong Palace for some ungodly reason.

Everything we had here was good except their steamed spareribs (pictured above) and their tofu skin wrapped meat and bamboo shoots (also pictured above, on the left). The shumai was good as well, but too meaty in my opinion. Their chicken feet though was hands down my favorite dish. I’m going to push for this place the next time my family wants to do dim sum again. Haha.

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Posted in food, los angeles, recommended, restaurants by sue on January 23, 2011

1015 S Nogales St
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
626 965 5809

Price: Cheap
Rating: Yummmmmm.
Directions: Get off at Nogales on the 60
Reservations: Not accepted
Must Get: Shaved snow (any flavor)

I’ve been going to this place since it opened a few years back, but I guess in the recent years they added shaved snow (xuehuabing 雪花冰) to their menu. Prior to this trip, I never had shaved snow before, but according to my friend Howard, it was something that was popular in Taiwan 20 years ago. It’s like shaved ice, but BETTER because they use frozen milk as their base, instead of water.

When Ally and I went, they were out of mango, so we just had their red bean shaved snow with rice cake and added chrysanthemum jelly. My stomach is grumbling just thinking about it. It’s the best shaved ice/snow that I’ve ever had, totally worth all the calories! The only downfall was that there weren’t enough toppings. By the time we got through with half the bowl, we were already out of all the red beans, rice cake, and jelly. (Note to self: Get extra rice cake for all future visits. Yum!)

I’m definitely going back again this week for the mango or green tea shaved snow.

(It’s been a while since I had the food here. I remember thinking it was alright, but not particularly noteworthy. I remember I used to get this one dry noodle dish with chicken. If I try the food again, I’ll update this post.)

SAN GABRIEL: Liang’s Kitchen

Posted in food, los angeles, recommended, restaurants by sue on January 21, 2011

227 W Valley Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 281-1898

Price: Cheap
Rating: Great
Directions: Get off at Del Mar Ave on the 10
Reservations: Not accepted
Must Get: Spicy wontons, beef roll, oxtail, beef noodle soup

This is now my new favorite Taiwanese spot in LA. The food here is pretty amazing. I loved the spicy wontons. The beef roll was delicious, but could have done with more cilantro inside. I got their oxtail noodles (pictured above) which I loved because it was garlicky, but I think I would rather get a side of oxtail and their beef noodle soup next time. I didn’t have their beef noodles this trip, but I had a sip of Ally’s broth and liked it. The only disappointing thing we got was their scallion pancake which lacked scallions! There were barely any in the pancake, so the flavor was just not there. Ally, John, and I went late, so there were plenty of empty tables, but I hear the wait is usually long. And the servers were really nice. I’m bringing my momma here next time!

p.s. They have locations in Rowland Heights, Arcadia, and Irvine too.

MONTCLAIR: Bombay Bistro

Posted in food, los angeles, recommended, restaurants by sue on January 17, 2011

8851 Central Ave
Montclair, CA 91763
909 445 1455

Price: Cheap
Rating: Good/Great
Directions: Get off at Central Ave on the 10
Reservations: Not needed
Must Get: Chicken Tikka Masala, Garlic Naan

Indian food is one of my favorite cuisines.  I love the flavors from curries to naan to dosas.  My junior and senior year of college, I ate Indian food almost everyday with my roommate Amy.  How could we not when we lived so close to Curry Row (a street in the east village lined with Indian restaurants, 6th street between 1st and 2nd ave) and they had deals like $8 for three courses?  Yummm.  So you can imagine how excited I was when my friend Naomi mentioned that she knew of a good Indian spot near us.  I haven’t had Indian food since I left New York which is now TWO months ago.

Bombay Bistro did not disappoint. We went for lunch, so we did their buffet which I believe was around $9 per person not including tax and tip. Everything was great, but I loved their chicken tikka masala and garlic naan. The tikka masala had a smokey flavor to it which I haven’t had at other places. And the garlic naan was not too doughy; you’d be surprised by how many times I’ve had bad naan. Their basmati rice and daal were on the ehh side though.

Overall, it’s not the best Indian restaurant I’ve been to, but I think for the price and the food, it’s an amazing deal. I would definitely come back. Although next time, I need to restrain myself. I ate two full plates here and I wasn’t even that hungry!

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ROWLAND HEIGHTS: Newport Seafood 新港海鮮

Posted in food, los angeles, recommended, restaurants by sue on January 14, 2011
18441 Colima Road
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
(626) 839-1239

Price: Very Expensive
Rating: Greatttt
Directions: Get off at Fullerton on the 60
Reservations: They don’t take them
Must Get: House special lobster, boiled shrimp, fried tofu

This is probably hands down the best Chinese/Vietnamese seafood restaurant in the area. I’ve been here years ago, but I wasn’t nearly as impressed with it that time as I was this past trip. They remodeled since I was there last there and it was definitely for the best. This place is surprisingly beautiful. The decor is modern; it reminds me of the restaurants found on the top floors of department buildings in Asia. But the best part is, it’s clean! A huge rarity for Chinese restaurants in this area sadly. But anyway, on to the food…

Everything we ordered here was delicious with the exception of their clams. Stay away from them. They were sauteed well, but not cleaned well. They still had sand! And let me tell you, my parents are in the seafood business and that’s just not normal. (Soak clams in water for about 30 minutes before you decide to cook them and scrub the shells.) Their house specialty is their lobster, you’ll see it at practically every table and it’s worth it. It’s a little bit on the sweet side, but overall really tasty. You can’t really go wrong with boiled shrimp as long as it’s fresh and this particular type of shrimp (in Chinese it’s youshuixia 游水蝦). Their fried tofu was good too, crisp on the outside but the sauce needed some jalapenos with a bit more kick. We also got a plate of sauteed green pea sprouts (Don’t hold me to that English name, it’s what I found via Google. It’s called doumiao 豆苗 in Chinese) which were also good, but once again it’s hard to mess that up.

Anyway, this place is great and definitely worth going to, but early warning, if you want seafood here make sure to bring your parents or someone else who is willing to pay the bill. A small lobster here goes for about $60-70 and a pound of shrimp goes for $25-30… I could probably eat a pound or two alone and still be hungry. Ha! They do have meat dishes here that are cheaper like the bo luc lac (French style beef cubes in black pepper sauce), but this place is famous for their seafood, so how can you come here and not try it?

PASADENA: El Taquito Mexicano Truck

Posted in food, los angeles, recommended, restaurants by sue on January 11, 2011

510 S Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105

Price: Cheap
Rating: Good
Directions: Get off at Fair Oaks on the 210
Reservations: You have got to be kidding me
Must Get: Al Pastor Tacos

So after I got the tacos from Arturo’s, my cousin told me the better taco truck was the second one down on Fair Oaks which would be this place, El Taquito Mexicano Truck. A few days later, I found myself in the area with Myra so we stopped by to get our fill of tacos. We each ordered three: carne asada, lengua, and a pork one– she got the chicharron and I got the al pastor. Both of us agree that their pork tacos were the best of the three. I had my pork one last because usually the first two are my favorites; after one bite of the al pastor, I was wishing I got pork for all three tacos instead. The other two were just mediocre in comparison. Arturo’s lengua tacos were much better than El Taquito’s and the carne asada lacked flavor. They do the toppings for you here. Their “everything” consists of sauce (your choice of hot or mild), onions, and cilantro. I got mine with just onions and cilantro of course, but the guy definitely did not put enough onions on mine.

Next time I’m craving tacos while in Pasadena, I’ll grab some pork tacos here and head up the street to Arturo’s for the beef tongue.

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PASADENA: Arturo’s Taco Truck

Posted in food, los angeles, recommended, restaurants by sue on January 11, 2011

Bellevue Dr and Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105

Price: Cheap
Rating: Great
Directions: Get off at Fair Oaks on the 210
Reservations: Ha, it’s a truck…
Must Get: Lengua Tacos (Beef tongue!)

I heard about the taco trucks on Fair Oaks from my cousin Alan one night during dinner at Mi Piace. And so despite having finished a calamari appetizer and my pasta plate, when I left I was craving some tacos. I swung by Arturo’s for two lengua tacos (that and fish tacos are my favorites) before heading over to another cousin’s place, so they sat in my car for about 5-10 minutes before I actually sat down to eat them.

They were still great. The meat was tender and well-seasoned. The tacos here are served plain, just your meat filling and the tortilla. They have huge containers in the front of the truck filled with onions, cilantro, tomatoes, salsa, etc. You just help yourself which I think is awesome. I like mine plain with just onions, cilantro, and a hint of lime. I definitely plan to come back and try their other meats. If it’s any reflection of the tongue, i know it’ll be amazing.

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Posted in food, los angeles, recommended, restaurants by sue on January 10, 2011

2306 W 11th St
Los Angeles, CA 90006
213 738 9197

Price: Cheap
Rating: Great
Directions: Get off at Pico on the 110
Reservations: Not Accepted
Must Get: Tacos (Lengua, Al Pastor), Tostadas, Horchata

My two recent obsessions are green milk tea and tacos. They aren’t new to me, but it’s been a while since I’ve had good ones since I spent the last year and a half in New York. So, you’re going to notice a pattern in the next few posts. Haha. =)

Albert brought me to El Taurino which he discovered during his days at USC. I guess we’re hungry people because we ordered 6 tacos (2 lenguas/tongues, 2 al pastors, and 2 carne asadas), a pork tamale, a beef tostada, and nachos con carne (with meat) to share and we nearly finished it all. The lengua taco and tostada were my favorites, but the al pastor taco and the pork tamale were good too. The carne asada taco wasn’t bad either, but it didn’t live up to the hype it’s getting on Yelp. The nachos on the other hand were horrible– DO NOT get them. It’s movie theater cheese and beef bits on top of some corn chips; the cheese made it completely inedible. But if you refuse to listen to me on your next trip to El Taurino and decide to order them anyway, I suggest you cough up the extra 50 cents to get it topped off with some onions and cilantro.

Make sure you round off your meal with their horchata– best horchata I’ve had yet.

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ROWLAND HEIGHTS: Phoenix Food Boutique 鳳城

Posted in food, los angeles, recommended, restaurants by sue on January 9, 2011
18166 Colima Rd
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
626 965 8688

Price: Cheap
Rating: Great
Directions: Get off at Fullerton on the 60
Reservations: Not Accepted
Must Get: Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings, Green Milk Tea, Mango and Coconut Mochi Rolls, Coconut and Taro Jello

I am in love with this place. I’ve been a number of times in the past, but I did not appreciate it until I moved back to LA. The stuff here is great. I usually stick to their tea and dessert, but I got their House Special Fried Noodles and their Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings the other day. The noodles were alright, nothing special, but their chicken wings were amazing– not oily, perfectly crisp, and just the right amount of flavor. We finished the first order so quickly, we had to get another even though we had just eaten two hours before.

I’ve had green milk tea from a number of places in the area this past month– Ten Ren, Tea Station, Phoenix, Half and Half, some random restaurants– and I have to say Phoenix is now on the top of my list. The tea flavor is really strong and it’s not too sweet. (I always get half sugar, less ice at every tea shop by the way.) Now that i’ve discovered their tea, I’ll have to stop going to Ten Ren, a shop I’ve been an avid fan of since I was in high school.

But if the tea is great, their desserts are out of this world. I can’t think of another place in SGV (San Gabriel Valley) that makes desserts like this place or in New York or Taiwan for that matter. Everything I’ve had here has been amazing, from their pre-made desserts to their hot made to order ones. They aren’t too sweet, but they’re really flavorful. As mentioned above, their mango coconut mochi rolls and their coconut taro jello are my favorite. They can be found in the glass counter when you walk in.

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