Saturday, July 26, 2014

Chalios Mexican Restaurant Introduces New Dishes. Goat Sopes Anyone?

Chalios Mexican Restaurant  has been around for a while in East L.A. Jonathan Gold has been there (and liked it) and so has Anthony Bourdain.  Now they are trying to change things up with some new menu items. The focus of the new items is trying to make the sope (a deep fried thick piece of masa) a cool dish to the younger generation. They offer a cactus, asada and cactus, and a  stewed goat (birria) option. The goat is the clear winner of the sopa options and what Chalio's is best known for.  Other new dishes include a sauce covered goat taco and a spicy shrimp dish. Again I would go with the goat. I am going to to tell you this. Get anything goat (a way underused meat I think) and make sure to get some of their handmade tortillas. You can't go wrong. 
 760 S Atlantic Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90022

Making tortillas 


Spicy shrimp (only dish I did not care for much)

drowned goat taco 

goat sope 

Cactus and asada sope 

cactus sope 

Strawberry lemonade 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Candyland Dream: Lolli and Pops Opens in the Glendale Galleria

The child in you who saw Willie Wonka for the first time will thank you for visiting Lolli and Pops. Recently opening in the Glendale Galleria Lolli and Pops is a Willie Wonka meets Around the World in 80 Days. They have candies from all over the world. You can get anything from Japanese Kit Kats to butterbeer soda. Every room here has a theme. You can go from party, to gummy, to chocolate whatever tickles your fancy. The best part for me was the old fashioned soda fountain. Their sundaes are the size of a childs head. Goat caramel with pink sea salt on a sundae? Yes please. 
1128 Glendale Galleria Glendale, CA 91210

a 27 pound gummy bear 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Weekly Dish. Places You Need to Try. Casa Córdoba

Casa Córdoba is a love letter to Spain. Owner Jeannie Bone lives for Spanish culture. She travels to Spain all the time, she spends most of her time in her restaurant and when she gets the chance to eat out? Its usually Spanish food.  Needless to say Spain and its culture is taken pretty seriously here. Walking into Casa Córdoba  is like entering a Spanish courtyard. Located in Montrose above Glendale its a peaceful quiet area.
As always what matters is the food. You can order entrees at Casa but whats the fun in that? Tapas which are small plates of food in Spanish cuisine are the way to go ordering wise. You can try a lot of different things and share with your friends. Favorites for me included the fried eggplant with cheese and honey (maybe the best eggplant dish I have ever had) and the Spanish meatballs which have Spanish ham in them. If you get the chance ask the owner about how she made the menu. You may hear about how she took her chefs to train in Spain or the fact the bread is made in Spain. Hopefully eating there you can feel the passion that goes into the food.

2331 Honolulu Ave Ste C Montrose, CA 91020

Owners Jeannie and Chris Bone

The chef 

Spanish custard 

Spanish bread cheese and ham 

Spanish meatballs 

shrimp and garlic 

Potato tapas 

eggplant and cheese. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It's National Tequila Day! Heres a Drink By Chef Arnold Preciado

Arnold Preciado is the executive chef of the Pasadena convention center. He whipped up this drink for EASC and he loves it. If you don't love it you will break his heart. 

Avion Tequila Splash

2oz Avion silver tequila
1oz grenadine
1/2 a lime squeezed
1/2 cup orange juice
1oz club soda
1/2cup crushed ice

Mix tequila, lime juice, orange juice, club soda, shake in shaker. Pour grenadine in cup, pour ice on top and slowly add tequila mix and add a wedge of lime for garnish and enjoy!

Chef Arnold Preciado

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Rubio's Introduces New California Bowls.

 I go to Rubio's for one thing. Fish tacos. Rubios just introduced their new California Bowls and wanted me to check them out so I set aside my fish taco biases and went in to try it out. As of now Rubio's has a special where you can get a new bowl plus a drink for 7.99. Not bad. As for the bowls can get chicken, beef, or shrimp as the bowls protein. I tried both the chicken and beef (for science) and lean towards the chicken. These things are large. If you get them without lettuce like I do..well you may be able to split one if you are a small eater with someone else. Chipotle has nothing on these bowls. Overall I guess I have another thing I will go to Rubio's for. If you try it please let us know what you think!