Wednesday, December 17, 2014

dustiD2 contstance Pasadena Brings a Little Gourmet Asian Flair to East Pasadena

dustiD2 contstance Pasadena  is Pasadena's newest high end boutique hotel. Located in East Pasadena its a perfect spot for a room for the Rose Parade. Owned by the Dusit Thani Group a Thai hospitality group dustiD2 adds a little Asian flair to Colorado Blvd. Food wise dustiD2 a menu of Korean influenced dishes. Expect dishes like roasted pork belly with white kimchi and ramen with spicy sausage and shrimp. Already this may be one of the best fine dining options for Asian cuisine in the area.

                                     928 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91106
Sausage and shrimp ramen 

Mixed berries with cream and caramelized honey 

Pork belly with white kimchi 

Monday, December 15, 2014

MOD Pizza Opens in Laguna Hills

MOD Pizza is about to expand rapidly in So Cal. With locations in Irvine and now Laguna Beach in Southern California MOD is planning an aggressive expansion campaign (already wildly popular in Seattle where it was founded.) Its a build your own pizza/salad place with more topping options than most of its competitors (garbanzo beans on your pizza anyone?) With several gourmet tea and lemonade options along with a few craft beers the drink options may be the best I have seen at any build your own pizza chain. The pre set pies here are usually pretty good. My suggestion? Try the Lucy Sunshine with chicken. 

26562-A Moulton Pkwy Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Blackberry lemonade 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Chick Fil A Pasadena Opens

Just in time for the Rose Parade Chick Fil A Pasadena opens. This is one of the first locations to use Chick Fil A's new interior called heritage. It features handcrafted tables from a charity that provides jobs to men in need. The owner operator of Pasadena Chick Fil A actually started as a employee at the Chino Hills location.

                                       Pasadena 1700 E Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91106

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Lime Truck Brings California Fusion Restaurant to Irvine: TLT Food Opens in Irvine.

 TLT Food  is the child of Daniel Shemtob, one of the chefs/owners of the Lime Truck an OC based food truck that won Food Network's Great Food Truck Race.  Like the truck TLT brings fun California fusion dishes to locations in Westwood, Irvine, and soon DTLA.  Located inside the Irvine Spectrum TLT offers dishes like tacos, wings, and sliders. Theres a reason Shemtob won on Food Network. TLT's tight menu  has a few options for everyone (yes including vegans.) A few key ingredients like short rib appear throughout the menu without being tiresome. 
Seeing as TLT is a child of the Lime truck you would be stupid to not try one of the two daily limeade flavors they have in every shop (although I was not crazy about the dragonfruit option.)  The lime theme also runs too TLT's one dessert option a lime panna cotta (think sexy milk jello) if you haven't had panna cotta this is a great place to start. Favorite items would be the cilantro chimichurri wings (a nice twist on a Argentinian steak sauce) the short rib quesadilla, (TLT uses a lot of tomatillo which gives the salsas a nice bright flavor ) and obviously the panna cotta. Oh and yes they do have Taco Tuesday. 

71 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618

Lime panna cotta 

Mexican street corn 

Vegan potato taco 

Cilantro chimichurri wings 

Short rib taco 

Short rib quesadilla 

TLT offers two limeade options every day. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Project Taco Comes to Los Angeles

Project Taco is all about tacos. You won't find a burrito here ever founder/owner Nick Fontova says. Its a simple menu of braised tacos with a few extra touches. Founded in 2012 in a stand in Hermosa Beach this is Project Taco's second location. Fontova feels hes addressing a stretch of LA thats lacking a lot of good food options and Project Taco provides that. The tacos can get a little crazy. Theres a hummus based taco and a vegan fake beef taco. The peanut butter Thai chicken taco may win craziest taco though.  My recommendations would be the  chicken and avocado it's served with a fiery tasty habanero salsa  And the other would be the beef and bacon (I swap out the horseradish for aioli.) If you are in the area its a great spot for Taco Tuesday. 

6325 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90048
Pot roast taco 

Chicken bacon club 


Chicken and avocado. No avocado because of an allergy 

Beef and bacon. Favorite taco