Thursday, 30 July 2009
Tropicalia on Hillhurst. I have been eyeing this place on Yelp for a while. And I've finally tried it out. The place is small, but their food is pretty good. Somehow, I've been on a South American food-roll. I've tried two Peruvian places, and now Brazilian. What's next?
Anyway, I tried their Chicken Tropicalia Molhado: Grilled half (de-boned) chicken topped with tomato, malagueta and cilantro sauce, served with farofa. I don't know what malagueta is or farofa, but as always I will try anything. I was served a huge plate of food, and I finished it (though I shouldn't have). The chicken was tender and still juicy. The plate is really about the sauce and farofa. I mixed it with every bite of my chicken and rice, and it's like the best combination in your mouth EVER.
I was pretty content with the main dish, and I really didn't need to stuff anymore food in my mouth. However, we decided to look at their desserts. We ended up ordering the Brazilian Banana Split. This was basically the same thing as a normal banana split, but they used plantains. This was delicious! They served a very generous amount of ice cream, caramel, plantains, fudge, and whipped cream.
Yup, after all that food... I'm falling into food coma heaven.
** Please excuse the pictures. I did not have my digital camera with me, so I had to settle with my camera on my phone.
Monday, 27 July 2009
This past weekend I tried Peruvian food at LOS BALCONES in Hollywood. I got the recommendation from a friend, and I must say it is FANTASTIC! I should have tried something new, but I wanted to compare the same dish that I got at another Peruvian restaurant. This one was just as great. The only thing I found missing was the sauce that I had before. But in any case, just as good. Perfectly grilled chicken with over-easy egg on top and fries underneath, delicious plantains, yummy dressing on the salad, and perfect rice. I'd go back here again, that's for sure. Plus, it's way closer to me than EL ROCOTO over in Cerritos.
The portions are generous. I couldn't finish my whole plate. And I left satisfied. Mhmmm, so good.
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
I remember the first time I tried sushi. I didn't like it. It took me a while to get used to. Especially the raw stuff. I could hardly chew and swallow the cold pieces of fish in my mouth. But time has passed, and I definitely LOVE sushi. If I were rich and didn't have to worry about mercury poisoning, I would eat it every day. No lies.
I made a trip out to Tokyo a few weeks ago and I got to taste the freshest sushi ever. Sushi in Tokyo is different. It's straight up fish on rice. I LOVE IT. Wherever I went, I did not see the spicy mayo or the spicy tuna. None of this americanized-type sushi. I ended the trip with the best breakfast ever: SUSHI @ TSUKIJI FISH MARKET. I was told to go see the auctions of the big tuna, then go to the small sushi bars nearby. But not just any small sushi bar; it had to be the one with the longest line. We did just that. Waited about one hour @ 7am. Got in about 8am. And the best 7 pieces of sushi entered my mouth shortly after.
My favorites were the fatty tuna, salmon, squid, and another one (I know!! I forgot! How could I?!) The fatty tuna was like heaven in my mouth. The salmon was like no salmon I've ever tasted before. I don't even really like squid, but this one was so good. It wasn't super chewy like others I've had. And the mystery sushi I had, I loved that small amount of ginger on the top.
Needless to say, if you are ever in Tokyo, I suggest you do the same. It was a great way to end the trip, and I'll say it was worth waking up at 4am. I swear there was an instant smile on all our faces after walking out of that sushi bar. Mhmmm, I dream of the day I come back and slap that smile on my face again.