Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Zona Rosa in Pasadena

Another day of exploring L.A.’s coffee culture, except this time, we ventured a little further to Pasadena. With Serial Foodies regular Bianca, I visited Zona Rosa, a tiny cafĂ© in Pasadena's Playhouse District. There is a paucity of tables, but at the same time, it doesn’t seem that there is ever an unbearable crowd. I recommend grabbing a seat on the sidewalk tables, because you can see the locals walk by and the theater crew pushing speakers back and forth across the street.

The coffee was great, a medium strength house bean that was perfect for a mid-morning meetup. A very strong A!

(I got the double caffe latte!)

Great company in Bianca! A local and a very great friend!

- Steph

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Eat Real Festival in Culver City

Last weekend (during the supposed "Carmaggedon"...not), I had the opportunity to check out the Eat Real Festival in Culver City, a food truck event at Helms Bakery celebrating sustainability and environmentally-friendly fooding! I grabbed a quick bite from The Hungry Nomad, a truck that comes to UCLA very often.

I tried out the Za'Atar Feta wrap, a super nomnom veggie dish that combines sesame seeds, mint, tomato, French feta cheese, and thyme within a thick and doughy wrap. I forgot to take a picture, but here's a snapshot from their website!

It wasn't a flavor explosion in my mouth, but it was definitely a light and tasty midday meal. If I was famished, it wouldn't have done the job. But I very much enjoyed it! B+


Monday, July 18, 2011

:) A Korean Delight

So this is more about a dish rather than a particular place. But, if you live near a Koreatown or anywhere in Orange County, finding a place that serves that dish is a piece of cake!

So in Korean, it is phonetically pronounced pat-bing-soo. It's a cold dessert with shaved ice, a scoop of ice cream, and every topping imaginable! The classic kind that your friendly neighborhood Korean person might get has red beans in it, but also popular are fruit-based and cereal-based pat-bing-soos! Basically, anything you can put on froyo you can put in this!