Thursday, February 11, 2016

Who doesn't love an adorable gelato?  I couldn't resist trying Eiswelt Gelato after seeing the enticingly cute photos online! Since I was out in Garden Grove to pick up some snacks, I had to stop by so I can check this place off my list!
They serve gelato made from whole milk and no artificial flavoring/ingredients.  All their gelatos are made in small batches so no product sits on the shelf for any long periods of time.  Here they actually offer Durian gelato that is quite pungent and fresh.  You can taste the quality and freshness of the ingredients.  
All the gelatos have a very smooth and solid texture.  You can choose from a bear, pig, or the monkey in honor of the lunar calendar.  The prices are very reasonable and generous portions.  I decided to choose the pig with the piglet but I had to see what the monkey looked like and forced Ms. Lin Guide to have some on me.  I am such a slave driver, huh? lol
I tried a bunch of their different flavors but they were all just okay.  The only flavor that really popped was durian.  Beware, this is only for people who know what durian tastes like and enjoys it like I do.  For the little piglet I wanted to choose a color that will not take away from the cute little piggy, so I settled for the Taro.  This was just okay and a little light in taro taste for my liking.
All in all the flavors were just okay but the cuteness is UNDENIABLE! Great for photos! Needless to say we took a bunch of selfies and played with the little piggies and monkey for a while.  O=D It;s definitely worth a visit, but not a place I'd frequent unless I see another cute design that I must take pics of.  The service was friendly and I left a nice tip for her services.
Eiswelt Gelato
9605 Bolsa Ave
Westminster, CA 92683 
(657) 245-3141

Monday, January 4, 2016

We were in Vegas for the holidays and I decided to do a quick search of cheap eats and to try something new.  To my surprise, I found Flock & Fowl that offers Hainan Chicken! It's been a while since I last went to Savoy Kitchen in San Gabriel Valley, so it was time to eat Hainan Chicken again.  =D
They only recently opened and the word has definitely gotten out.  It's a small joint near Capriotti's with limited seating and no bathroom.  We waited patiently for a table.  It was quite funny to see a group of Asians eating on their car because they probably didn't want to wait and had a big party.  Not a bad idea!
The owner/chef was very friendly and accommodating.  They talked to their patrons as much as they could to find out how they learned about their place and if they liked the food.  
We wanted to try their chicken wings.  I had read online that they had spicy chicken wings but as they just opened, they are testing different flavors for the wings.  When we went, they offered the Thai Caramel Chicken Wings with Crispy Garlic.  The wings were very sweet and packed a lot of flavor.  I like sweets but I know Ms. Lin Guide is never a big fan.  They were nicely fried and juicy.
The reason why I came was to try their Hainanese Chicken Rice.  It's 1/4th of Mary's free range chicken deboned with the ginger scallion sauce, house made chili, and house made soy.  Here you can add sides onto your order as well.  We decided to add Chinese Sausage and Chicken Broth.  Both are good by itself or topped onto the chicken and rice.  The chicken was tender and flavorful with all the sauce.  I didn't feel like the sausage really complimented the chicken as I am a purist, but still good to eat.
I also wanted to try the Night Market Fried Chicken Bao.  Inside is a 5 spice buttermilk fried chicken with kale pea sprout sesame slaw inside a guo bao bun.  The chicken was tender and juicy.  It came out piping hot.  I wish it had more flavor or a sauce on top to enhance it.  This was just so so to me, but you do get a nice chunk of chicken inside.
All in all it was a tasty place and great find for something different in Vegas.  I would go back but I must warn you that it actually turned out not to be a cheap eats place as our bill for 3 people was close to or over $50.  Ms. Lin Guide and I discussed that it is probably because they use higher quality items like Mary's free range chicken, which I do really like.  So if you are in Vegas and love Hainan Chicken Rice, I'd recommend a quick stop here to compare.  =D

Flock & Fowl 
380 W Sahara Ave 
Las Vegas, NE 89102
(626) 616-6632
Flock & Fowl Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, December 18, 2015

Inside the Mitsuwa in Torrance they have a few stands to check out before or after you shop or if you are stopping by for a quick snack.  They have a huge seating area for customers.  Yamamotoyama is a popular place that people like to stop by and grab a drink.
The prices are very reasonable.  If you buy the normal green tea it is only $1.50, which is a pretty good steal as most tea places have quite an up-charge.  There is a price difference if you want the drink sweeter, which is also reflected in the teas that you can buy to make at home.  Ms. Lin Guide decided to get their normal iced green tea, which was light and refreshing.  Of course I wanted the extra sweet iced green tea, which was slight more expensive but a little too sweet for even my taste.  The normal iced green tea is sweet enough, so word to the wise.  =)
I wished the Mitsuwa in Costa Mesa or in Irvine had this stand as the prices are very reasonable and a great drink to pick up for on the go or to enjoy with your meal.  So if you are in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by! There's lots of good food in the area, especially if you like izakayas.

Yamamotoyama
Mitsuwa
21515 Western Avenue
Torrance, CA 90501
Mitsuwa Marketplace Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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