Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Looking for an authentic Thai restaurant in the San Gabriel Valley? Visit Thaitwist in the Rowland Heights/City of Industry area. This restaurant is fairly new to the area and people are still getting to know about it. Thaitwist is  a quaint little restaurant with friendly and attentive staff. The manager was very sweet helping me pick out the dishes. Many dishes on the menu are very tasty.

Don't let the emptiness of the restaurant from the photos discourage you from visiting. I got here very early, few minutes after they opened at 11am for the day. Parking can be a struggle depending on time of day and day of the week as there are many other businesses sharing the same parking area.

Thai Iced Coffee

Rotti With Yellow Curry Sauce. 
Rotti is an Indian pancake and this is very popular dish with customers.

Crab Meat Fried Rice with real crab meat. Another very popular dish with customers

Thai Twist Salad, a signature dish.
Steak, mango, noodles, cilantro, peanuts tossed with mixed greens and spicy lime dressing

Khoa Soi, another signature dish
Northern style curried noodle soup with chicken, shrimp and egg noodle

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Zama Tea and Kombucha

Zama Tea and Kombucha is a very quaint and very cute tea boutique with a tea bar plus retail store located in Old Town Tustin, CA. Tea products include specialty loose tea leafs (over 100 flavors to choose from), herbs, raw Kombucha and tea accessories which also includes tea pots and tea cups. Kombucha is fermented tea and tea on tap is lightly effervescent (giving off bubbles; carbonated/fizzy). Loose tea leavs have ools from antioxidants that will absorb into the water and they are better for health benefits. While Zama Tea does carry tea bags in store, there is a limited flavors in stock. You can enjoy tea on tap or a hot brewed tea from the tea bar with a sandwich, salad and hummus, a lively probiotic vegan yogurt or a vegan soup.

Before Zama Kombucha and Tea came, this was the site of the first doctor's office. Then it became a "go to spot" for teens clothing where many lovingly knew it as "Jabberwocky".

Monday, December 05, 2016

The Brass Lamp Bar

I recently went to Romeo Chocolates kickstarter (kickstarter link) event party. At the event, I won a raffle drawing for a gift basket that included a gift certificate to The Brass Lamp located in the heart of Downtown Long Beach, CA.

The Brass Lamp Bar is a book bar and lounge. It also started off as a kickstarter project one year ago. This is a great location for study groups, book clubs, meetings, or to hang out with friends. There are also plenty of different events happening here which includes live music, open mic, and Wine & Cheese Tastings. Just make sure you check their calendar for event schedule.

Hazelnut Latte with Hazelnut and Caramel

The Brassmelt

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Romeo Chocolates

Are you a chocolate lover? Are you someone who loves to support small businesses? Romeo Chocolates has a fundraiser kickstarter project to open up a brand new chocolate boutique store in Long Beach, CA to which will have a Grand Opening near the end of January 2016 or beginning of February 2017 located at 460 Pine Avenue. In the meantime, Romeo has several pop-up events for those who wish to sample various chocolate creations made by Romeo! You can also order online through the website or from local retail partners.

Romeo is his real name. He discovered his passion as a Chocolatier when he enrolled in some workshops making chocolate. He then travelled to Belgium to learn from Master Chocolatiers and the about the profession. Through his learning experience and journey, he wanted to become a Chocolatier.

With the help of his friends and family, he will be opening a chocolate boutique store, but he needs your support! Please contribute on his kickstarter project. No amount is too big or too small, but you get "rewarded" by donating a certain dollar amount. Please visit the kickstarter project to see more info.

I also won a raffle drawing which included a basket with wine, assortment of Romeo Chocolates and a gift certificate to The Brass Lamp.

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Poke Shack

The Poke Shack was started in Venice Beach, CA by two brothers in 2014. One of the brothers was interested in real estate and architecture, thus starting a new location in Los Angeles, CA.

Poke bowls come in two sizes: "Lil Daddy" (small) or "Big Daddy" (large). They are build your own bowls in a similar fashion as Subway. Protein: Ahi Tuna or Salmon. Base: brown rice, white rice, seaweed salad (extra charge) or organic kale (extra charge). Various toppings and your choice of sauce. However, the protein is raw yet fresh.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Mini Food Truck Festival - July 2012

Every Friday, Grub 'N' Go is held at the Chase Suite Hotel in Brea, CA and features different food trucks every week. This is like a mini-food truck festival in front of a hotel!

I recently went to Grub 'N' Go, earlier this month. The food trucks, who were there on the day that I went, were "The Lime Truck" (featured on "The Great Food Truck Race: Season 2"), "White Rabbit", "The California Grill Truck" (not to be mistaken with "The Grilled Cheese Truck"), and "The Lobsta Truck". I was able to try something from every truck, except for The Lobsta Truck, mainly because I didn't have enough room for more food. I left with a happy stomach.

The guys from The Lime Truck were nicer in person than they appeared on The Great Food Truck Race.

I tried the "Duck Confit" from the Lime Truck. I wanted to try something that sounded/seemed exotic and interesting. It was good and I would order this again.
I also ordered the passion fruit aloe limeade from The Lime Truck. It was very sour citrus-y...maybe too sour citrus-y for my taste.

I tried a 3-taco combo from White Rabbit. I chose the beefsteak (left), pork tocino (middle), and chicken adobe (right). The pork tocino (pronounced "toe-see-no") was the best of the three that I tried. The tacos also came with a side dish and a drink. I chose the garlic rice for the side, which was ok.

I got a grilled cheese sandwhich from The California Grill Truck. You have a choice of cheese, meat, vegatable, and sauce. I chose the bulkogi (marinated ribsteak), basil, and mozarella cheese with garlic mayo. I've tried different variations of grilled cheese sandwhiches and this was pretty good...better than most that I've tried before.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Buick Discovery Tour - January 2012: Chef Ming Tsai

I recently attended the Buick Discovery Tour event which was sponsored by Buick and Food & Wine and it was hosted at the St. Regis Monarch Resort in Dana Point, CA. The were several vendors in attendance, such as Buick, Pastry Chef Ben Roche, Chef Josiah Citrin, wine aficionado Michael Green and Celebrity Chef Ming Tsai. For foodies or food fans, the Buick Discovery Tour is the event to visit where you get to learn and hear from many chefs while learning about Buick and its vehicles. This is a culinary rock concert meets luxury car show. It also helps that the tour is always hosted at beautiful locations. The Buick Discovery Tour is currently visiting several U.S. cities with the following at: SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, California with Chef Michael Psilakis on January 21 & 22, 2012; Stratta at Montelucia Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona with Chef Ming Tsai on January 28 & 29, 2012; and Westin Beach Resort Spa in Fort Lauderdale in Miami, Florida with Chef Michael Psilakis on February 18 & 19, 2012. For every guest that attends this event, Buick donates proceeds to the Feed Foundation.

Ben Roche is a pastry chef at Moto restaurant in Chicago, IL and co-host of the series ‘Future Food’ on Discovery’s Planet Green network. Chef Roche was also known as the most innovative pastry with a bit of a mad scientist. He prepared for us "walnut and blue cheese" ice cream and chocolate malt balls. Walnuts and blue cheese sounded like very strange flavors for ice cream, but this flavor combination really went well together and the ice cream was very flavorful. During his demonstration, he used liquid nitogen to prepare the ice cream for us which was very entertaining and a joy to watch.

Many attendees had a chance to view several Buick models as well as test drive the Buick vehicles. Some of the models that were on display were the Enclave, Regal, Lacross, and Encore. I didn't do the test drive as I was actually interested in photographing and learning more about the vehicles on displays, although I didn't get to view all the models that were there on display. All the vehicles were really beautiful and it was great learning about them.
Chef Josiah Citrin is the executive chef and owner at Mélisse Restaurant in Santa Monica, CA where he specializes in French Cuisine. At the event, he prepared for us "hokkaido sallop with lime, basil and prawn salt over cauliflower mousse". It was a beautiful display and very flavorful. I particularly enjoyed the cauliflower mouse.
Michael Green is a wine aficionado and is always informative, and entertaining when he attends these events. At this event, he explained the history of the two wine that were in front of us.

Please excuse me for being ignorant while I'm not a wine drinker. The lemon slice, crackers and cheese were paired up with the white wine and red wine for a great taste.
Best of all, Celebrity Chef Ming Tsai gave a great cooking demonstration at the end of the event. I have seen Chef Ming on "The Next Iron Chef" as well as making a guest appearance on "Top Chef", but he was very entertaining and more delightful to watch in person! He prepared "chicken and tri-bell pepper chow mein" for us at this event.

At the end of his presentation, many attendees got to take a photo with Celebrity Chef Ming Tsai as well as get an autograph copy of his book, "Simply Ming: One Pot Meals". In case you missed this event in your city or your city never got a visit from the Buick Discovery Tour and you are a fan of Chef Ming Tsai, he is also a chef for the Macy's Culinary Council where he may still have a chance to visit your area for a cooking demonstration.