Thursday, March 29, 2018

Why You Should Be in Torrance Right Now: A Foodies Guide to Torrance.



When Discover Torrance invited me to Torrance my first thought was...why? What was in Torrance? I knew it as a city that had a lot of Japanese people...something about cars and it was in the South Bay. After a weekend in Torrance I found a city that doesn't get enough credit for being a destination. 


Madrona Marsh
3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance, CA 90503
Madrona Marsh is a little slice of nature right in the middle of this busy city. At over 40 acres its a great spot to see tons of native birds,flowers, and even frogs! Admission is free and its a place you can go with just about anyone. 





Torrance Bakery 
1341 El Prado Ave, Torrance, CA 90501
Torrance Bakery is doing things old school because that's what works. One of the oldest bakeries in LA they make hundreds of cakes a day from scratch. Some of their recipes are decades old. You can get cakes donuts and even sandwiches from this baking institution.  









Torrance Farmers Market.
 2200 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90501
Farmers Markets just don't seem as fun as they should be anymore. But the Torrance Farmers Market is a foodies dream. Oysters from the esteemed Jolly Oyster, artisanal mushrooms, strawberries from the famous Harry's Berries (Wolfgang Puck is a fan.) Eat some various grilled meats while looking around.  





Del Amo Fashion Center
3525 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90503
As much as I would like you cant eat ALL the time. So having one of the biggest malls in America right n the heart of Torrance is pretty convenient. With two virtual reality arcades, tons of restaurants, and a movie theatre there's plenty to do while digesting. 






 Madre! 
 1261 Cabrillo Ave #100, Torrance, CA 90501
The owner of Madre will tell you that he makes the best Oaxacan food in LA. But that's for you to judge. They do make some mean grilled meats and the chrozzio cheese skillet is a must try. Looking to try something than your usual beer? Madre has a huge selection of artisanal Mezcal's (a Mexican liquor) that they get from the brewers themselves. 






Din Tai Fung
3525 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90503
Din Tai Fung is the king of dumplings in LA and this is one of their newest branches. Specializing in soup dumplings you can actually watch them make the dumplings from a window inside! You can get anything from truffle to crab and pork but I suggest trying a simple pork soup dumpling splashed with black vinegar for a beginner. 







Get Shaved
1790 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

With Get Shaved I'm cheating. I have been following this truck since it opened and have actually been to this location once or twice...and maybe three times while I was here for my trip. They take SHave Ice very seriously here. Ice sliced paper thin. Housemade syrups. It all results in a product better than anything you will find besides on the Hawaiian Islands themselves. 








Brazilian Plate House
4509 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503

Maybe its just me but Brazilian food can be...hard. If you want to eat it and you don't want to pay a small fortune for a all you can eat meat dinner well your options are very limited. Plate House fixes that issue. Making Brazilian food from family recipes you can get brazilian cheese bread (which is seriously addicting) one ball at a time here....you wont eat just one though. 


Mitsuwa Marketplace
21515 S Western Ave, Torrance, CA 90501

Mitsuwa might be my happy place in Torrance. In fact I think I could have spent my entire weekend pretty happy here. Besides a large grocery store they have a food court, a candy store, and a bakery. You could indulge in a ton of Japanese food that's better than most of what you will find in LA. In fact the ramen and tempura stands are a little famous on Yelp.





Torrance Beach 
Torrance has one beach and this is it. Its a beautiful small beach right on PCH. There's a lot of photo opportunities with the paths and gourgou rocky cliffs. If its too cold to swim you can play volleyball and watch the kitesurfers. 








Tuesday, March 6, 2018

La Puente is Home to LA's Newest Underground BBQ

La Puente is not know for much. A vaguely Hispanic suburb of Los Angeles for most. So coming out to a random street in La Puente at 9pm may feel odd. Standing around you may notice that Sunset is pretty much deserted at this time save for a few taco trucks looking for customers.

You see it first and then the smell hits you. Eric has arrived. Coming in his truck with a hitch carrying his custom BBQ platform, Eric is part of LA's changing street food demo. It's not all about tacos anymore. 

Get up.close to the action and it's a sensory overload. Oak Wood Smoke has big lit up BBQ letters cutting through the darkness. It's not quiet near the stand with orders and hustling going around. At the center is Eric the owner who quit his car salesman job to do BBQ full time. The man never stops moving, pulling briskets, chopping ribs, or scooping sides from his huge smoker. 

This is clearly a work of passion and Eric has devoted fans despite being pretty new to the game. Customers will.ask if it's your first time and make recommendations. The BBQ itself doesn't fallow a particular style. The brisket is fatty and the ribs are served dry. Who knows you may see Oak Wood Smoke in a fancy food hall soon. 







Thursday, August 10, 2017

GIVEAWAY Islands Has Brought Back Golden Ale!

Islands Restaurants is reintroducing its Golden Ale for the Summer! 

This light hoppy beer is a great choice to go with Islands chili cheese fries (which are my favorite thing at Islands.)

To celebrate Golden Ale being back Islands is partnering with us to give dinner away to one lucky reader! Enter on our Facebook page! 


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

BALEEN Kitchen May Be Redondo Beach's Most Instagramable Restaurant


BALEEN Kitchen has been around for a while. It's the signature restaurant for the  Portofino Hotel overlooking the Redondo Beach marina. 

 After extensive repairs and renovations BALEEN Kitchen has reopened with a new tight menu and a new Exe Chef the dishes at Baleen are going to make your Facebook friends jealous. 


From everything to the charcuterie plate to the duck crepes is Instagramable. 

Looks aren't everything so how does everything taste? 

They kept their famous duck carnitas (shredded duck in a chocolate sauce served with crepes) which some people go crazy for. The cioppino is loaded with fish and has some beautiful seared scallops for a nice touch. Overall not any real duds on the menu. 

If you go tag us in your pictures!







260 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach, CA 90277





charcuterie


flank steak

lobster mac and cheese

Bar in action 




cioppino (Italian American fish stew)


duck carnitas 

brick chicken 

shrimp and grits 



the marina 

clam chowder 


Apple croissant 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Some of LA's best meatballs are coming from a Rotisserie in Eagle Rock


Turningfire  is a small semi new space in Eagle Rock that's the brainchild of Michael Riboli a man who visibly gets excited talking about his food and how Turningfire came to be.

Turningfire has a lot of great dishes. You should try some stuff when you go (I would check out the elote fries) but this is about a new addition to their menu meatballs.

Meatballs are not edgy sexy food that drives restaurants. Its not something people mention like grabbing a slice of pizza. A friend recently said that she doesn't think of meatballs because they are boring.

Turningfire changed her mind.

The meatballs here are a bit modern. They are topped with ricotta salata (dry sheep milk cheese) a new school touch for sure. The meat is a blend between pork and beef. Add crushed fresh tomatoes to the mix and you have meatballs that can rival some of LA's best Italian spots.

Give them a try and let us know what you think!








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