Archives for the month of: September, 2012

patio scene

sangria rocks!

On a trend of checking out some new hot spots, I searched on Yelp and stumbled upon this eatery known as Rock & Brews. A quaint open-aired restaurant, or beer & rock garden as they refer to it, was packed to the brim filled with memorabilia from the rockin ages and tv’s to watch your latest sports craze. On this particular night, I was meeting up with an old friend to catch up on life.

I was on schedule and with the day I had endured, I got a table as quick as I could and ordered a drink right away. My friend was slightly off schedule but that didn’t stop me from immediately indulging myself with the La Bamba Red Sangria. There were two choices of this sweet wine and I told the waitress to surprise me. I’m glad she chose the red over the Goin’ To Acapulco White Sangria because she had mentioned the later to be sweeter than the red. As I am normally a lover of all things sweet, I like a nice balance of flavor in my alcoholic beverages and not one aspect to overpower another.

Wish there had been actual pieces of fruit rather than just a few maraschino cherries and a lemon topper. The Sangria was simple and to the point. Nothing amazing to really relish about but it sure kept me going for the time being and was a great cooler and palette cleanser when chowing down on the Garlic Cheese Fries. The fries could have been a bit more cheesier and more garlickly (two awesome combinations which one can never have enough of in my opinion, bread too, bread cheese & garlic mmmmm ok I’ll save that for another post) but were crisp on the outside and flaky on the inside, as they should be.

Sangria: B-
Garlic Cheese Fries: B+
Service: A

Overall, I’m glad I made it out of my element to try someplace new. Not saying I would go back and order the same things, but I would it give it another shot or two just for the ambiance factor. The place remained packed the whole night with parties of friends, families, dates and all things in between. Despite the torrid heat of the night, I along with everyone else seemed to be enjoying a beautiful night out in So Cal.

meat & noodle soup, pho style

Chicken noodle, pho, udon, ramen, shabu shabu all have one thing in common: for the love of broth!! Ok so I have always been a noodle lover, however until most recently, I had never gone to avid lengths just to have a bowl of soup for lunch.

Not just ANY bowl of soup, but one filled with more items than you’d normally get in any one plate.

So coming back for seconds in less than 2 weeks & was equally pleased with both flavor combo & choices. This time around I opted for a multi-meated “small” bowl of pho. Small as in not your average size unless the new “small” is feeding a family of 4….ok 2 very hungry people. Quick, cheap and tasty, not much more I could ask for.

Pho: A
Drinks: B-
Thai Spring Rolls: A- (needed better dipping sauce)

With my new found love for pho, my overall experience meet my expectations and I will be on the hunt for some pho fantastic meal deals in my surrounding neighborhood.

The perfect sweet & salty snack

It was a great day overall. First day at a new job. Went out & celebrated a birthday. A lil of everything is ok every once in awhile.

So my food feast begins at Saint Rock with a few drinks & a flatlined flatbread of bacon & pear. Eccentric array of food, drinks and a good night.

Flatbread: A-
Drinks: B+, Strawberry Friends, The Boss
Entertainment: A+, Singer & Trivia

Overall had a great time and will be coming back soon to see some live acts & try more drinks of course.


the most important meal of the day might as well be the tastiest

Consistently busy, mouth watering appetizingly delicious menu choices and always a friendly place with an even friendlier face. The Original Pancake House on PCH in Redondo Beach is by far one of my favorite breakfast go-to spots. Since I’ve been here so many times, I know what I like and only usually switch it up between a few things, but the two main breakfast bonanzas I order most often are either Eggs Michael or the Chicken Dinner Crepe.

This time happened to be a crepe kinda morning plus along side, 4 of the most delicate, well cooked little flat pockets of heaven were the potato pancakes. Well done accompanied with a nice slather of sour cream and ketchup.

My chicken crepe was as flavorful as a breakfast should be dripping with mushroom gravy, chunks of chicken and veggies, plus the crepe itself a savory spot of satisfaction. Lick your plate kinda good.

I also sampled on some chocolate chip pancakes which were equally delicious and each bite a mouthful of chocolate chip happiness.

Chicken Crepe w Potato Pancakes: A+
Fresh Squeezed OJ/Coffe: A
Service: A+

As usual, overall very satisfied with my meal and everything accompanying it. Will never stop craving or coming to my ultimate and favorite breakfast hangout.