Thursday, January 9, 2014

#1 Ice Cream of 2013 & My Series of Unfortunate Events

Happy New Year 2014!!!

I have been horrible at updating this regularly, but I promise to be better this year! Why? Because it's on my resolutions list and that should insure I follow through with consistent blog entries. The one thing I have been consistent with in 2013 though is eating good food...

With that being said, I have found the best ice cream I have ever tasted in my entire life. Now all to this point, MILK had been the trendy ice cream parlor to go to in LA. Although I love those ice cream macarons with all my heart, I have found a new object of affection. Opening just last year, the Ice Cream Lab has become one of the best things to come out of 2013.

The Ice Cream Lab in Beverly Hills is absolutely a mouthful of happiness. Words cannot properly describe the euphoric sensations you will feel once that milky nitrogen ice hits your taste buds. I've tried most of the menu which boasts distinct flavors, but the shining star of the bunch is definitely the blue velvet. Ice Cream Lab concocts ice cream using liquid nitrogen to freeze natural ingredients into heavenly goodness. It's also really cool how they make the batches right in front of your eyes so it adds even more to an all around great food experience.

For you haters out there who think, "Ice cream is ice cream, we all scream for ice cream, so what difference can Ice Cream Lab really provide aside from your neighborhood ice cream truck?" I say to you all: You will scream!

Just kidding...

The first time I went to Ice Cream Lab, my friend driving was catching a big case of road rage, because mind you it is LA. Also we were coming from the Hollywood area but somehow ended up in Whittier before we finally arrived in Beverly Hills. Well let me tell you, as soon as he took a bite of that blue velvet, his eyes narrowed and his frown turned upside down. Til this day he swears Ice Cream Lab has some "special" happy powder ingredient. (But we won't comment any further on this.)

I hope you as the reader have come to the serious conclusion that ice cream is a way of life. You see, last year in 2013 I went through a series of unfortunate events:
  • I cracked my new iPhone 5 screen...after only 2 months of using it.
  • I lost my ID and debit card.
  • I received my first speeding ticket...and the cops made me take the eye ball test and "walk in a line" procedure. #thuglife (Just kidding, I listen to TSwift)
  • I lost my ID again.
  • I lost my debit card again. 
  • I got into my first car accident...I went the wrong way on a one-way street, attempted to make a sharp U-turn, and smashed into the field gates of an elementary school.
...This was all just in the span of January '13...and then further down the road of 2013 more problems accumulated, but at the end of the year I still remained to reflect on the positives in spite of it all. On that note, you and I may have had our drawbacks in the past year (ups and downs, thick and thin, rain and shine), what remained constant was knowing the little things in life were worth holding on to. Little things like ice cream.


“Blue Velvet – Fresh and organic vanilla bean ice cream with homemade blue velvet cupcakes topped with cream cheese frosting”


Ice Cream Lab's idea revolves around the molecular gastronomy cooking concent, utilizing liquid nitrogen as the style of preparation to instantly freeze different natural ingredients into ice cream.” (www.icecreamlab.com)
Ice Cream Lab's menu changes seasonally, the blue velvet will always stick around so go reward yourself with 5 ounces of the #1 ice cream for achieving all your goals for 2013! But if you are on the same boat as me in keeping resolutions and not updating your blog in a timely manner, then...go ahead and order the 12 ounce size because hopefully the awesomeness of the ice cream will inspire you to have a great start in 2014!

--C.H.

Follow Ice Cream Lab & shoutout @fooodisgoood 
Twitter: @LAIceCreamLab
Instagram: @LAIceCreamLab

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Lemme get that egg drank, thanks!


If I blind folded you and walked you into Copa D' Oro, I don't think you'd have any idea that the Santa Monica 3rd Street Promenade was just around the corner. Consider this spot a hideaway from the otherwise busy tourist scene near the location. The underground, small-town vibe from the cocktail joint is the perfect place to be if you have the post-weekend blues because they have $5 Happy Hour specials all night on Mondays. In fact, I came in on a Monday evening and it provided me with a much needed chill atmosphere.


Copa D' Oro guarantees quality cocktails sourcing fresh organic driven produce from local farmers and premium products from around the globe. Definitely, definitely try the Pisco Sour! It's name is not entirely accurate since the drink was not that sour but actually delivered a sweet, smooth taste. Curated with pisco, fresh lime juice, and pasteurized egg white, the Pisco Sour defintely stands out among its peers. (Quite honestly, I just wanted to see how an egg white served in a cocktail would taste like.) The Moon Goddess cocktail was probably my second favorite of the night, consisting of St. Germain, Fresh Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice & Prosecco. All in all, I appreciated the fact that the drinks weren't kicking in too strong since, may I remind you, it was a Monday night.

The grilled paninis on LaBrea Bakery Sourdough were also great to snack on while I sipped on my carefully crafted drinks. The primavera panini oozed with the goodness of roasted tomatoes, basil pesto, and mozzarella. I also ordered the "House Made Lemon Artichoke Spread, Made with Straus Dairy Cream & Gorgonzola Dolce" as an appetizer. My stomache was satisfied with just the right amount of oomph to make my Monday a little bit brighter.


So if you want to just rest your body&mind at a nice little lounge after work, want to vicariously live as a New York hipster, or if you just want the chance to say "Lemme get that egg drank!" please invite me to hangout at Copa D' Oro next Monday :)

--C.H.

Tweet @Copa D'Oro and tell them you think #FooodIsGoood


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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Dine LA: Amazonian Fish Ribs and other Peruvian delicacies

Dine LA Week basically gives 20 something year olds an excuse to try out trendy, fancy-schmancy restaurants. Unless it's a special occasion, most of us normal folk do not splurge on meals that cost as much as a filled tank of gas. Fortunately, restaurants participating in Dine LA offer a full course meal at a flat rate. Lunch ranges from $15-25, while dinner sets are generally $45.

I had the chance to try out a "Peruvian Izakaya" (Izakaya = tapas style dining) called Paichẽ located in Marina Del Rey. Peruvian food incorporates Asian culinary styles so don't be surprised to find fusion plates on the menu along with other unique gourmet discoveries. The Dine LA dinner menu included two options of appetizers, two options of the main course, and a choice of dessert.

And now, a photo map to guide you through what you can find on Paichẽ's menu:

Albacore Ceviche
(Aji Amarillo Leche De Tigre, Rocoto Garlic Sauce, Garlic Chips)
THIS WAS MY FAVORITE, THE SAUCE IS DELICIOUS!
Ensalada Rusa
(Seared Albacore, assorted steamed veggies, Aji Amarillo Yuzu Dressing, Quail Egg)
I WOULD SKIP ORDERING THIS...
Seabass Tiradito
(Seared seabass, Amazonian Sacha Inchi Oil,
Soy Dressing, Garlic, Oba)
Yuquitas
(Stuffed Yuca Beignets, Manchego Cheese, Grated Parmesan)
THE GREEN SAUCE MAKES EVERYTHING TASTE EVEN BETTER!
Uni Shrimp Toast
(Sea urchin, shrimp paste toast, rocoto honey sauce)
The most expensive piece of toast you'll ever have!
Short Ribs
(Prime Short Rib, BBQ Sauce, Huancaina)
Huancaina = Peruvian salad of boiled yellow potatoes
Chaufa De Langosta
(Lobster, Mixed Seafood, Fried Rice)


Finally, of course, you should always save the best for last...*drum roll* ....

Pacu Ribs
(Amazonian Fish Ribs)
The Pacu is a cousin of the piranha that can be found in South American freshwater. Paiche's Pacu Ribs are drenched in Anticucho Lime Miso with Zapallo Puree on the side. Digging into this dish was pretty interesting because you're dealing with the typical fish bones yet there's the rib bone to dodge as well. Overall, the Pacu ribs were truly impressive and definitely the stand out dish at Paiche.

Just when I thought my food adventure was over, dessert was served! The Chicha Raspadilla incorporates shaved ice with flavors reminiscent of cranberry/pomegranate and a strong clove essence. The mandarin orange sorbet scoop on top really gives the extra kick to the dessert.

    
   
I guess the lesson learned here is that when the next Dine LA rolls around, definitely keep an eye out for Paiche! If Peruvian food interests you and you're on a tighter budget, I'll be posting another blog soon about another delicious restaurant :)

--C.H.


Follow @PaicheLA and mention you heard about them from @fooodisgoood
www.PaicheLA.com


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Friday, June 14, 2013

What does a rattlesnake, rabbit, crocodile, and pheasant have in common?

Roughly a year ago I started this blog one day while I was daydreaming about food during a college lecture. It was a rash decision but I bought this domain name and had my blog running...for a month. Three posts and a thousand of views later I kind of put this project on the back burner.

However, the upcoming weekend marks a year after my college graduation, so what better way to commemorate this by reviving the Foood is Goood blog! From time to time I will have guest bloggers to join in on the festivities as well. Hopefully this site will bring you good food to eat in the LA/OC area, all under a $20 price tag.

To kick off the relaunch of this blog, I'll start off simple. Now, I love 7-Eleven hot dogs and if you've never had one from there then don't judge me. I am a big hot dog fan and I consider it to be the best- worst meal ever. But I'm not going to waste anymore of your time talking about that because you're probably thinking, "Okay why is she making me read her blog about $1 hot dogs I can find at every corner." So let's move on...

What does a rattlesnake, rabbit, crocodile, and pheasant have in common?

1.) They all can be found in the zoo.
2.) Oh, and you can find them in the middle of your buns at Wurstküche.

Wurstküche is a trendy joint operating in Downtown LA and Venice Beach. There tagline claims the place to be "a purveyor of exotic grilled sausages." Extra emphasis on the "exotic" please! Just read the exotic menu details yourself because here at Foood is Goood, we don't just spoon feed you our experiences (that's what Yelp is for), we're here to just tell you that FOOD SHOULD BE GOOD!


Seriously though don't be afraid to try the outlandish sausages Wurstküche offers. The flavors really come together in such a way that you will almost forget that you're kind of (borderline) eating roadkill. But hey live a little okay? You're 22! (Or within 5 yrs of that.)

My favorite was the rattlesnake & rabbit, and the one on top is the buffalo:
(This photo was taken with the Foto R Us app)


FYI: Apparently in February a truck crashed into the Venice location, I don't know why thats relevant but it is.

Well, please follow @fooodisgoood on Instagram/Twitter if you want to motivate me to continue this blog for longer than a month! I need inspiration, thanks :)

-C.H.


Check it out:
http://www.wurstkuche.com/
Twitter: @wurstkuche

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

GO NUTS FOR DONUTS!!

If you guys are all like me you guys know that the best cheat day food for any diet is the carby sugary goodness of DONUTS! So, recently I paid a visit the well know DONUT MAN in Glendora, CA. This mom and pop donut shop is opened 24 hours and pops out pippin hot fresh donuts everyday and hour of the week. What sets this donut joint apart from your neighborhood Krispy Kreme is the selection of donuts that they have to offer. The Donut Man is famous for their seasonal fruit donuts, depending on what season they will have Strawberry donut or Peach donut. But don't be fooled this is not your average artificially flavored strawberry or peach donut, the donut has fresh fruits. Basically, the break down of this donut is that it is a glazed donut cut horizontal and stuffed with fresh strawberries (since I tried the strawberry one). The donut was a delight, once you bite into the donut a mesh of fresh fruit flavors and a doughy glazed donut all meshed into one and complement each other so well. The only compliant I had was that the donut was not warm, thus indicating to me that it did not just come fresh out of the oven :( boooooo! But, despite that it was a good $3.00 well spent, a little pricey for just a single donut but the donut is HUGE I ate about a quarter of it and saved the rest for the morning.

In addition to the fresh fruit donuts that Donut Man has to offer, the true gem that Donut Man has to offer is there FRESH HOT OUT OF THE OVEN TIGER TAILS!! Oh MY GOODNESS are these good, in my opinion ( and some of my friends) these are better than the fresh fruit donuts. The tiger tail is basically a long twisted glazed with strips of chocolate. It is DE-LI-CIOUS, BEWARE it is a bit addicting once you start eating it you can't stop. It has the perfect texture for a donut, crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside and WARM all around (indicating to me that it is FRESH AND HOT OUT OF THE OVEN). It cost $1.50 but it is very long and filling (that is probably why I could not finish even half of the strawberry donut..haha). THIS IS A MUST TRY, it is often the donut that gets swept under the rug because it does not sound as appealing as the fresh fruit donuts, but it is in my opinion it is the best thing that the Donut Man has to offer!

Okay Okay, enough making all of guys salivate! All in all just remember go go to the Donut Man, get the fresh fruit donuts and tiger tail!! Until next time, and don't forget foood is always goood!! =)

Much Love,
Claudia

The Famous Strawberry Donut


The Delicious TIGER TAIL
The trip to the DONUT MAN:)



Address: The Donut Man
915 E Rt 66,
Glendora, Ca 91740
Phone Number: (626) 335-9111
Hours: Mon-Sun 6am-6am





Saturday, March 31, 2012

Bruxie Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches: Reinventing the waffle

To keep you all in context, I just had Roscoe's House of Chicken & Waffles the day before I first tried Bruxie's. That weekend I just had a sudden waffle craving so I decided to try Bruxie's since the one in Downtown Brea had just opened not too long ago. After I had Bruxie's for about 2-3 weekends straight, I even bought a box of Eggo's to ease my waffle cravings during the weekdays.

I'm a big fan of anything salmon, so when I heard about Bruxie's Prosciutto and Gruyere Smoked Salmon & Dill Cream Cheese, I just had to try it of course! Boy was it delicious, the portion of smoked salmon was just right and the amount of cream cheese spread was perfect. The waffle carried all these wonderful ingredients masterfully with a golden brown crisp taste at every bite. All of this comes at a price tag of $7.95, not too shabby for the O.C. right?

There are many other options for the regular sandwich categories such as pastrami or chicken, but for those with a sweet tooth you might also want to try Bruxie's sweeter sandwiches. I believe everyone I've influenced to go to Bruxie's has taken my Seasonal Fruit Creme Brulee recommendation with much appreciation. The Bruxie Creme Brulee Sandwich is absolutely delicious whether you were a creme brulee fan to start with or not. The sandwich is filled with creme brulee and fresh strawberries, all lightly topped with powdered sugar. This all comes to a grand total of $6.50.

If you're not into smoked salmon or creme brulee, don't worry because Bruxie's offers a wide selection of different tastes you're sure to fall in love with. Additionally, there are different specials everyday and seasonal sandwiches as well!

Now I don't like to overhype these trending food places because that's just not me, but I've been convincing a whole bunch of people to go their recently and they've been coming back to satisfy their Bruxie cravings. I know Bruxies didn't invent the "what can we do with a waffle" trend but (almost like Apple), they definitely reinvented the way I think of waffles.

Yum, just thinking about Bruxie's again makes me want to go buy one right now...

-C.H.


Prosciutto & Gruyere Smoked Salmon w/Dill Cream Cheese
Seasonal Fruit Creme Brulee

Visit www.bruxie.com for the online menu! Locations in Brea & Orange :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

SUSHI + PIZZA = SUSHI PIZZA!


Being from Irvine everyone knows that when the clocks strikes 9pm practically all food stores that are worth eating are shutting its doors. But not Tokyo Table, this little fusion Japanese food haven stays open Mon-Thu, Sun 11:30 am - 11 pm & Mon-Thu, Sun 11:30 am - 11 pm. Needless to say these late hours means that they have some bomb ass happy hour, but that will be for another post ! Why I'm writing today is to applaud Tokyo Table for combining my two loves PIZZA and SUSHI into ONE. Yes, ladies and gentlemen you read correctly a SUSHI PIZZA!!

The sushi pizza is an ingenious idea created by the chefs at Tokyo Table. They have a seaweed platform (the counterpart of a pizza dough/crust), followed by a generous layer of rice (analogous to the usual tomato sauce), and last but not least a heaping amount of toppings made of salmon sashimi and jalapeño, topped off with drizzles of dynamite and eel sauce. All of this for the price of around $9.95. The size is as big as a typical specialty roll that you would order at a sushi restaurant, but unrolled so it is flat like a pizza and cut into about 16 individuals squares. The squares are a little bit small, but for the price and quality it is worth every penny.

Your mouth watering yet???

In addition to the SUSHI PIZZA, Tokyo Table also offers a SASHIMI PIZZA for all you sashimi lovers out there. The sashimi pizza has the same set up and everything is identical to the sushi pizza but they replace the jalapeños with Tuna sashimi. The price is a bit pricy for the sashimi pizza (at $14.95) but if you love that sashimi like I do go for it. (Note: the Sashimi Pizza is not on the menu, but all you have to do is ask your server if they are able to make it that night.)

mMm just typing up this post makes my mouth salivate. Well cheers until next time and don't forget foood is goood, always! :)


Much Love,
Claudia

The Sushi Pizza
The Sushi Pizza (Hungry yet?)
Sashimi Pizza ( cus i'm STARVING)


Info you might like to know about Tokyo Table:
Diamond Jamboree Shopping Ctr
2710 Alton Pkwy

IrvineCA 92606(949) 263-0000


HAPPY EATING ^.^



About Sushi Pizza via @FooodisGoood