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Craving Nicki C’s

23 Jun

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Ever go to a restaurant two days in a row? My first time was this weekend, when my bf introduced me to Nicki C’s for lunch, and then again the following day for breakfast for the second time. For lunch, we had a complimentary seasoned bread basket, the Brucshetta, a delicious Caprese Salad, and the best fish tacos I have ever had. After chatting with our server, we learned that Nicki C’s was actually known for their breakfast, so we had to try it, and it was goooood! They have fresh squeezed orange juice, which tasted incredible mixed with cranberry juice. My bf had the juevos y chorizo (eggs scrambled with chorizo, onion & cilantro, served with corn tortillas), which he ate in what seemed like a minute. I had the chiliquiles verde (eggs, tortilla strips, avocado, cilantro, cheddar cheese, and verde sauce) with a side of fruit. We shared the banana walnut pancakes with butter and maple syrup, which I had with a nice cup of black tea. Needless to say, we found a new breakfast and lunch spot, and I’m sure we’ll be back to Nicki C’s soon to try their, you guessed it, dinner!

Favorite Breakfast Spot: Pie ‘N Burger

28 Apr

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Shouldn’t we all have a breakfast spot, that makes a meal taste and feel home-cooked, even though we’re not at home? Pie ‘N Burger in Pasadena does just that for many locals and visitors alike. The prices are reasonable, the service is friendly, and the atmosphere is really relaxed and welcoming. Pie ‘N Burger has been around since the 60’s and when you walk in, it feels like not much has changed since then. The vintage cash register also looks like it’s been there since it’s opening, which means all of the calculations are done manually and the restaurant only accepts cash. While others rave about their famous pies and burgers, I LOVE going there for breakfast for my absolute favorite thing on the menu, the thin pancakes. They remind me of the ones my mom made for me growing up, and they are soooooo delicious, I can barely handle it. I usually start off with wheat toast and butter and a cup of fruit with cottage cheese. I like to save the bananas to eat with my short stack pancakes, spread with butter and drizzled with syrup. It can get a little busy during the weekend mornings, since there are a lot of regulars (for good reason). I doesn’t seem like any one minds the wait. For me, the pancakes end up tasting that much sweeter.

Craving Sushi Roku

5 Feb

Sushi Roku

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Can you ever get tired of Japanese Food? In my case, not really. I feel like there is such a diversity in types of Japanese food, and a variety of restaurants that serve it, so I will almost never turn in down. Over the weekend, I went to Sushi Roku in Old Town Pasadena with by bf, his mom, his sister, his niece and nephew (twins and they are the cutest and most loveable children I know). It’s easy to get in a routine of ordering the same types of dishes I normally get all the time, so always nice to go to dinner with others who will order things you’ve never tried before or know of dishes off the menu that can be prepared if you just ask. I normally start off with edamame, but in addition to this appetizer, I tried the shishito Japanese peppers, which I will definitely order again. I ordered my usual garden salad and miso soup along and we all shared the Crunchy Spicy Tuna Roll, Popcorn Shrimp Tempura, Steamed Shrimp Dim Sum, Yellow Tail Sashimi, Halibut with apricot sauce (off menu, yum!) and Lobster Tempura (not pictured, off menu). I also tried the baked crab handroll and California handroll, and although I ordered the CA handroll with soy paper, the server made up for it by giving us some vegetable tempura on the house. Is it just me or does Japanese food leave you still wanting more after your done eating? Maybe that’s why I crave it so often…

Craving Einstein Bros Bagels

9 Dec

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What is the perfect Sunday afternoon bite? Bagels! It was a perfect day to get out and grab some bagels to go. I went to Einstein Bros on Foothill in Pasadena and ordered Nova Lox (on Plain) Bagels for me and my boyfriend. I ordered another Asiago bagel with sundried tomato schmear and 4 doggy bagels for the kiddos. The doggy bagels are beef flavored and of course, they loved them! I loved my bagels too! The Nova Lox bagel has just enough cream cheese, lox, onions, tomato and capers. Whenever I crave bagels, Einstein Bros never fails.

Craving Vol. 94 Wine Bistro: Korean Fusion Tapas

1 Dec

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Have you ever heard of Korean Tapas? I didn’t until a few weeks ago… My boyfriend’s sister and brother in-law introduced us to Vol. 94 in Pasadena, and ever since then, I was craving to go back for more. Vol. 94 Wine Bistro doesn’t have a defined cuisine category. The server explained that the name stands for the different volumes of food and the 94 days in summer that are peak for picking grapes. Wine Bistro speaks for itself. (Starting from the top) We had the Grilled Sword Squid, Galbi-Marinated Escolar (Black Forbidden Rice Bibimbap) Crabby Patty, Pirate’s Gold (Inked Gnocchi), and Purple Couliflower. We also had the Shrimp Toast, which was eaten before I got a picture of it (thank you hungry boyfriend) and the Pork Belly, which I had no part of. This is a great place for a quite dinner date, conveniently located across the street from the Arclight movie theater. I was originally going to include my thoughts of “Killing them Softly,” starring Brad Pitt; however, it turns out there isn’t really much worth mentioning. Let’s just say the best part of the night was the food.

Craving Japon Bistro and Pink Boba

30 Nov

Craving Japon Bistro and Pink Boba
Pink Boba

Who loves Japanese food and Pink Boba? I do!

Tonight I had dinner at Japon Bistro in Pasadena. I ordered the house salad, shrimp dumplings, yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno, California hand roll on soy paper and cold soba noodles. Any one who loves Japanese food will not be disappointed while dining at this restaurant. I also hear they have a great sake selection.

After dinner, I skipped dessert at the restaurant and drove down Colorado to Au 79 Tea Express to get my most beloved Boba Drink. It’s not just any Boba drink, the tapioca balls are pink. Whatever magical ingredients in the pink tapioca balls that are different from the regular tapioca balls really set them apart, making this the best boba drink I’ve ever had. I crave it constantly. I usually order the Honey Green (Soy) Milk Tea with Pink Boba, with half of the normal quantity of both the boba and honey, with a ratio of 90% green tea to 10% soy milk. I also request that they don’t blend the ice. I know, I’m a little particular and sometimes it gets confusing, but it always turns out perfect. Not to mention, they always ask if the drinks need any adjustments. This boba is so good that I can no longer order boba from anywhere else. Yes, it has pretty much ruined any desire to ever order regular boba again. There are 2 other Au 79 locations close by, one in Arcadia and one in San Gabriel (both are open later than the Pasadena location, in case of any late night cravings). So if one location runs out of pink boba, which happens occasionally, there are two others not too far away. Like the sleeves on their cups say: “I HEART AU 79,” I’m sure you will too.