Ahhh macarons…If there is a better way to end a Ramen lunch I haven’t found it. These tasty morsels come in 13 flavors and 13 colors at Layer Cake Bakery in Irvine. But I’m a total creature of habit when it comes to dessert its either chocolate or vanilla please; although I opted for the pick 7 and was suggested flavors such as lychee, pistachio and rose. Most were handed out among colleagues, but saved the best two for myself.
If you haven’t tried one of these Asian cookie delights, don’t to be deceived by the hard outer shell, these little babies pack a punch for your taste buds, the crunchy outside is quickly met by the chewy ganache filling, which is quite the deadly combination.
Ahi Tartare│Nick’s Laguna Beach
A go-to favorite place of mine, Nick’s in Laguna Beach, offers some of the best eats in this compact beach city has to offer. From the daily soups that leave you wishing it were always Friday (Clam Chowder day..my favorite) to the rare brick ice served with the tastiest of whiskeys, Nick’s has always been an absolute staple of mine. Whether friends are in town, or I’m looking for that quick drink amongst the chaos of tourists.. I constantly find myself ducking in here and looking for a high-top table next to the bar. These are the best seats in the house, just barely big enough for two. Over the past weekend I had a friend in town, so here I was. One of my favorite dishes is the Ahi Tartare, which is offered as an app, but I’ll easily settle for it to be my whole meal. Simple and delicious, it’s a great meal to share…or just do what I do and pull the plate closer and enjoy all to yourself!
Walk into either a Mexican or Asian restaurant and there they are placed reassuringly on each table along with the salt, pepper and the rest of the tabletop players. This is always a good sign of a real deal eatery and surely you won’t be disappoint. Tapatio and Sriracha have been in my life since Pb & j’s. With burritos, eggs, soups, rice, hell even crackers, I’ve put both of these spicy additions on just about anything.
While I’m rarely presented with the issue to choose between the two, I can’t help but enjoy a food debate. It’s as healthy as arguing about crunchy or creamy peanut butter (personally I’m on the creamy side of the fence and never leaving). None the less, today after making an egg scramble consisting of whatever vegetables survived the bottom drawer, I peered at the condiment section of the fridge and couldn’t decide. While I’ve always stood by Tapatio for just about everything, Sriracha has never disappointed (and this was a brand new bottle) and so my taste buds would not give up on either. Wow that was really a…
Nothing like a free Sunday afternoon following a holiday weekend. After attempting to Christmas shop, a girlfriend and I decided we’d rather indulge in sopes and micheladas at the wonderful Super Antojitos. Ahhh the micheladas.. Beer and tomato juice rimmed with chili powder (forewarned for ones with chapped lips). This place has some of the very best authentic Mexican food, or so I’m told by my best Mexican friend…With an impromptu mariachi band walking around table to table playing songs and endless chips and salsa..hot salsa… I can see why.
And so nothing beats a Sunday filled with Mexican food and music.
Thanksgiving is over, and I can begin to celebrate Christmas with less guilt. Although the red cups at Starbucks have been out for a while, I feel it is now necessary to begin the official holiday season with one.
To kick off Black Friday, which I have to work on, I grabbed a grande Pike and headed to the office. Starbucks is the only place I feel is aloud to announce Christmas with such an in your face approach: Christmas cups, Christmas treats, Christmas music and Christmas blends. This is the only time of year I’ll order Hot Chocolate and not feel 12, even though there is a moment of regret when the barista shouts out “Jessica, tall hot chocolate!”.
But here it is, the holidays have arrived. Let the hours on Amazon, the countless cups of Holiday Blend, Christmas Pandora stations and leggings weather commence.
SlapFish is one of the first big Orange County food trucks to shut off the engine and open up doors. This infamous food truck started cruising the O.C.’s streets in May 2011, but quickly grew a local following via Twitter & Facebook and now has broadened its horizon to its first restaurant. They only serve seafood, which is displayed on a chalkboard menu, and a variety of fresh fish and oysters.
Neatly placed in a busy shopping center in Huntington Beach, this somewhat open kitchen and white walls has a modern/minimal feel. A sauce bar just past the cash register allows those who love a dousing of goodness on everything to get their fix. I’m a bit of a fish taco aficionado, so my first time I went to SlapFish it was a must try. Served on brown paper, along with the rest of their menu, these delectable tacos were done right; letting the fish speak for the taco, and adorned with a small amount of an avocado salsa and tiny amount of pico de gallo. Accompanied by house made chips, these fish tacos, with the rest of the menu, are a must try.
Umami Burger, the California burger chain with a modern twist, has finally arrived in Laguna Beach. Living in the north part of Laguna, I don’t quite get the luxury of walking to get some good grub, minus Husky Boys of course. Now that the highly anticipated Umami Burger has opened up in the Pavillion’s shopping center I’m in luck of some delicious eats walking distance. Being a nonmeat eater I was hesitant at first to try yet another veggie pattie, you just never know what you’re going to get. The Earth Burger, made with mushrooms and edmame, covered with aioli, truffle ricotta, cipollini onions and slow roasted tomatoes that sits perfectly between a brioche bun, branded with a U had me believing it was real meat, and possibly that I could eat two. Didn’t though. Paired with onion rings this Umami experience was just that, umami. With topping such as house made truffle cheese, parmesan crisp and port caramelized onions… a far cry from the newly popular burger joint the Counter. With an impressive beer list an array of cocktails for the ladies and real sugar soda for the kids, Umami Burger quickly is becoming a favorite spot of Laguna locals.
Crow Bar Grilled Zucchini with Blood Orange and Smoked Goat Cheese.
New Menu introduced April 24th, 2012
Mozza, this cozy crowded restaurant offers up some rather large flavors. I’ve been craving wood fire pizza and just needed to try this new PCH restaurant and finally called to make reservations…two weeks in advance. Mozza offers a completely open dining area encased by two bars; one for wines and one seating. Your placed front row to the half-moon shaped open pizza oven where pizza chefs create masterpieces. The menu is simple, pizza being the center of the list. Stars like in-house fennel sausage and uncommon ingredients like squash blossoms and Fresno chiles begged me to ask the waiter for a recommendation. We first start with the Mozza Caprese, freshly made mozzarella garnished with pesto and cherry vine tomatos…heavenly. We almost ordered another it was so delicious. For our main course my date orders the fennel sausage with panna, red onion & scallions and I couldn’t resist the Bianca, a fontina, mozzarella, sottocenere & sage pizza. The pizzas come out crisp, thin and spotted with char..yum. Each slice covers your fingers in flour dust giving you the all time wood fire feel. I decided to take half my pizza home, for the Laker game, and to save room for dessert. Which I boldly picked to be chocolate whiskey cake with house made whipped cream. I was already too full by the time the cake came, but my date, whose not really a chocolate lover, fell in love with the whipped cream and ended up eating almost the entire thing. We left perfectly satisfied and beaming we found a new place we can always count on for good food.
Hello lovely. My favorite treats on Tuesdays, like quite a few fellow so cal residence, is tacos. And not just any tacos… Street tacos sold on the street. Fresh, vibrant, and filling, these fantastic fish tacos always leave me in debate of wanting to get more. Every Tuesday Main St. in Huntington Beach has Surf City Nights with food, fashion and fun I try to come as often as possible. Everytime I make it down I’m determined to grab a few tacos offered by none the less and Irish Pub and sit on the curb and just enjoy.