Monday, February 22, 2016

Tea Bar Metro is my new addiction.  I have been to the Tea Bar Jungle in Rowland Heights many times but recently I really like this location because they have a bunch of innovative concoctions that are quite tasty.  Warning : Their drinks are good but not cheap.  The good this is that they use these super durable cups that are almost like regular cups and they also offer a Yelp check-in for one free large drink upgrade.
Currently my favorite drink is their Orange Passionfruit Green Tea where they use real fresh squeezed orange juice that adds a nice refreshing flavor to the drink.  The Watermelon Slush is made with fresh watermelon and is very refreshing after hot pot or on a hot day.  I tried some of their other concoctions that were a little off for my taste, but interesting combos.  They have a Grapefruit Rose Green Tea and Lala Land Slush, which consists of guava and strawberry slush.  Each drink contains some fresh fruits.  The flavor combos were a little off for me but definitely points for creation! So if you like good tea drinks and are willing to pay the price, I'd definitely come here.  They also offer free wi-fi and have very friendly service.

Tea Bar Metro
18174 Pioneer Blvd 
Artesia, CA 90701 
(562) 865-0888

Friday, February 19, 2016

Many years ago I went to the Espetus Churrascaria in San Francisco and was very unimpressed.  So why would I go back to try Espetus Churrascaria again?  Well, Ms. Lin Guide said that she went to the San Mateo location and found that it tasted much better than the one in San Francisco.  She also raved about this cut of meat that was like pork belly bacon.  So.... I had to give it another try!
They have a small salad bar with some interesting selections.  I liked that they offered guacamole, mango salad, and chicken salad.  Still, I wish they had a wider variety that other churrascarias provide.  Oh well, guess I will just have to eat the meats! =9
My favorite reason to eat Brazilian BBQ is so I can get my hands on some delightful Pan de Quiejo! I just wished that the bread had its own basket to keep warm.
I decided to play with my food and used the delightful bread to make my own mini sliders with great cuts of meat! It was fun and tasty.  It was fun to try out with different types/cuts of meat to add a little oomph.
One of the specialties here is that they offer Roasted Pineapples.  Many people love grilled pineapple and I loved the presentation.  They use whole fresh pineapples and slice them table-side.
My favorite cut is the Picanha.  It's always the most flavorful and has the best texture in my opinion.  The best cut is to get it when it's hot off the grill because the flavor is maintained on one side, while the other is still juicy.  
Lunch is always cheaper than dinner, but the weekday lunch did not offer the mysterious pork belly bacon like cut.  We decided to go on a weekend for lunch as they still offered the pork belly and less than their dinner price.  Almost everything offered on the dinner menu was served for lunch on the weekend.  
All in all the meats were not bad but I wasn't over the moon.  I did enjoy the pork belly cut when it was fresh off the grill.  It's almost like a tasty porchetta! We had to request it to get this meat, so be sure to ask if it does not come.  The Espetus in San Mateo is a lot better than the San Francisco location, but that's not hard to do.  They just opened the Fogo de Chao in San Francisco, so it will be tough to see which place I'd go next time up in the Bay Area.  
Espetus Churrascaria
710 South B Street 
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 342-8700
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The first Whole Foods Market to open in Northern Orange County will be in Brea and the store opening is tomorrow, February 17th, at 9 am!
Join Whole Foods for a bread-breaking ceremony on February 17th at 9 am, followed by a day-long celebration with music, samples and tasty food demos. 
At Whole Foods Market in Brea they will be offering ramen and sushi from Kikka.
They have a wide variety of fresh fruits from local farms.
I loved that they have prepacked meats and fish that were nicely seasoned and vacuumed sealed.  Very convenient for people on the go or would like a quick and tasty dinner.
The first 300 customers will also receive a free reusable shopping bag.  From 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., kids of all ages can enjoy bag decorating in the activity tent with fun stamps made of potatoes, wood blocks and corks
Customers will receive free samples, giveaways and learn about all the exciting amenities this location has to offer. 
There will be food and beverage demos by Hearst Winery, Beyond Meat, Pitman Chicken, Sambazon Truck acai bowls and Cabo Chips. 
A DJ and photo booth will be available for guests throughout the day.
The Whole Foods Market in Brea has a mezannine area for customers to sit and enjoy their purchases.  It gives you a nice view from the top.  There is also a kitchen area above that can be used for cooking classes and demos.  Be sure to check it out! I am lucky to have joined the Whole Foods Team recently so I will be able to check out more of their wonderful products.

Whole Foods Market 
3301 East Imperial Highway
Brea, CA 92823

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

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