Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Lazy Dog Unleashes Nutritious & Delicious Menu AND Thin Mint Milkshake

I have generally fond memories of visiting Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar back in the day when I was first starting my foray into eating out (end of high school, start of college days). Prior to that, home was where the food was...for the most part. My friends and I enjoyed eating there because their appetizers were always solid and consistently good; the price point was not too bad either. Their menu also featured a variety of styles, and when you're with a group of people, it's always good to have options. Fast forward a few years from then and it looks like Lazy Dog hasn't given up on the concept of having something for everyone. The menu spans noodle dishes to flatbreads to burgers/sandwiches and so forth. It also features items that have been guest favorites for years and has managed to keep up the consistency. Recently, the restaurant group added a Nutritious & Delicious section to their menus, and we were invited in to give it a try. Not only that but with the Girl Scout cookies season happening, we also grabbed ourselves a limited-time-only Thin Mint Shake available until March 25th!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Short Thoughts on Bloggers and Their Recipes

I recently read a post somewhere that incited quite a lot of comments from the readers. The author stated that the majority of bloggers' recipes out there are trash. I do not have the link handy to share but I am probably watering down his/her opinion a bit; I believe the actual claim was that all were worthless. Is this post of mine a retort to the claim? Not necessarily. I would have to agree that sometimes, there are bad eggs out there and not every single thing posted is perfect whether from a well-known or small-time blog. S/he also pointed out that the pictures are taken to draw the reader in but the recipe does not hold up a majority of the time. It's a pity, really, but I do have an example to share in today's post. Reference the picture above.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tempo Urban Kitchen Keeps Menu Upbeat

Restaurants updating their menus every season has become a regular occurrence these days as many start to focus on seasonal ingredients and giving their customers a change of pace every few months. However, how many do you know of change their menu every single week? Apparently, that is the case over at Tempo Urban Kitchen in Brea. Opened in late 2014 by veteran restaurateur Jorge Cueva, Tempo is a passion project that allows culinary landscapes to be explored. The menu has a heavy Mexican influence (appropriate for the region) but still manages to touch on a variety of cuisines in one go. So much experimentation makes a restaurant privy to successes and failures; we visited upon invitation to see what flavors could be cooked up then and what keeps the customers currently happy.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Rush of Hush Experience's AFTER DARK

When is the last time you did something sultry and secretive for a night out with your partner? Planning can take a long time and not everything could be exactly as you want it. Enter Hush Experience which plans pop-up dates that have an element of secrecy to it - you don't know the details about the date until just 48 hours prior. That can add a little pizzazz into your relationship, no? I had written about their Valentine's Day-oriented event titled AFTER DARK not too long ago and was happy to give a reader the chance to join on in. In addition to this, we were able to attend the event ourselves and see just what a Hush Experience is like...and the verdict is that it's spectacular.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Recipe - Lemon Parsley Pasta with Sunchokes

Sunchokes! They're so crunchy even after being steamed - it's amazing. This tuber is not all too common known as it has a reputation for causing a bit of...flatulence, to put it lightly. However, it doesn't affect everyone! If you want to experiment first, try eating it at home to save yourself any unexpected embarrassment. Aside from its funny little side effect, the sunchoke (also known as Jerusalem artichoke) is chock-full of vitamins and minerals that are good additions to your diet. Because of their crisp nature, they are fun to add for texture to dishes and the flavor is a mix between artichoke and perhaps a bit of jicama. I tossed it gently with some lemon parsley pasta purchased from Seattle but you can use it with other pastas as well. It just won't be as sour!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Eatery - Okina Cafe (HI)

66-472 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712
Pricing - $ | Dining - Casual, To-Go | Cuisine - Coffee & Tea

If you had an abandoned school bus at your disposal, what would you do with it? Strip the paint and turn it into a stationary food truck? I'm not sure if they necessarily had meant to operate out of a school bus but Okina Cafe rocks it pretty well now. We came across this cute little spot while stopping by a shrimp truck gathering at the North Shore in Oahu. When you've got your fill of tasty, sometimes salty seafood, you might find yourself craving drink; this spot's got your back. The easy to read sign with just a handful of options in addition to signs indicating their commitment to organic drew us in, and we were glad for it.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Eatery - ADYA (CA)

440 South Anaheim Boulevard #201, Anaheim, CA 92805
Pricing - $/$$ | Dining - Casual, To-Go | Cuisine - Indian

With all of the food adventuring we try to do, it is often hard to go back to the same place twice even if we enjoyed our experience there. I attribute that to the vast amount of restaurants, new and old, that fill up Orange County. When Anaheim Packing House opened after much anticipation, we sampled a few vendors here and there but found ourselves falling a bit in love with ADYA. Something about the clean way the food tastes and the balance in each portion is appealing; there is also a freshness that you don't often find with the Indian food around. Lunch buffets dominate the landscape easily but ADYA turns in a different direction. I write this particular post with some photos from a recent meal but we have been here several times and enjoyed it every time.