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. 

 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 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. 

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