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Craving Porto’s Bakery

27 Apr

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What do we call a seriously packed restaurant filled with people lined up to order food, drinks, cakes, and pastries at every single moment from open to close? That restaurant would be Porto’s Bakery & Cafe, where people are lined up everywhere we turn just to place an order from this Cuban restaurant in Glendale. After waiting in two different lines, I was able to sneak my way to the “cake line,” which was much shorter than the other lines to the counters to order. I needed desserts for a small get together at our house with friends, and Porto’s is always a hit! There are so many options that it’s almost impossible to decide what to chose, everything looks so incredibly mouthwatering. With some restraint, I ordered a Strawberry Shortcake and a dozen individual sweets including the Tiramisu, Carrot Cake, Triple Chocolate Mouse, Fruit Tart, something called the Banana Mille Fuille, and the most amazing dessert of all the Josephine (Senorita). I was helped by Stanley, who actually allowed me to order the cold sweets from a different counter in addition to my cake. I asked him what the most amazing thing was that I couldn’t leave without, and he suggested the Josephine describing it as a cake with layers of crispy puff pastry lined with custard and real whipped cream, finished with powdered sugar. I am so glad I asked him, it was ridiculously good! Everyone loved the strawberry shortcake as well. Like all cakes from Porto’s, the order was completely devoured. It’s no wonder Porto’s is always full of customers.

Craving Café Madeleine

28 Dec

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What’s better than your favorite meal at your favorite café, in your hometown? I flew to San Francisco Wednesday night to visit my family. In the famous Union Square, I had lunch with my brother and nephew at Café Madeleine on O’farrell St. and Market. Whenever I’m in the City, I usually always have an opportunity to grab a bite at this very familiar café that I often frequented when I used to live in SF, which is conveniently located across the street from the Four Seasons Hotel. This café has one of the best Cobb salads ever, with fresh blue cheese, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and a hard boiled egg. I ordered it with no chicken or bacon with a substitute of balsamic vinaigrette dressing instead of Ranch. This cafe also has the most amazing pastries and desserts, and the last time I visited my family the weekend after Thanksgiving, they ran out what I usually like to order, so I made up for lost times and got two of my favorite desserts: the Tiramisu, which is made fresh with Mascarpone cheese and coffee soaked ladyfingers and the triple chocolate mouse, which consists of layers of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate mouse topped with white chocolate shavings. Sooo good! This is the perfect meal before a day full of shopping for great after Christmas bargains.