913 S Broadway (Los Angeles)
Type: Street Food
While in LA to visit my favourite cousin (sister from another mother if you will), she brought me to a slew of delicious eateries.
I was also not a huge fan of Mexican food but this definitely changed my mind!
This cold, milky rice pudding treat with a hint of cinnamon is a Horchata. It’s literally rice pudding in drink form and I know it sounds odd but it tastes amazing!
The Chicken Tacos have a lot of onions and cilantro and while a lot of them were brushed off, a lot of them stayed on. If they were going to put that much on, it must add to the taste (it does). But make sure you spritz the lime on before taking a bite. The tortilla is soft, the chicken is tender and there is more than enough filling.
The Beef Steak Burrito was huge but so good I had to eat the whole thing! The flour tortilla was soft and chewy, the steak was in strips and the rice was cooked to perfection!
They have various locations throughout LA, some are actually stores while others are carts. Either way, they all sell the same items but people still have their preferences.Do you have one?
For December, Skoshbox did another Glico box and in light of the holidays, they included a Pocky Mini Pen as a gift!
The first time I tried the collon line I was hooked! But as I ate them more often I felt it was too creamy. The blueberry one gives it a nice sour taste while retaining it’s texture and vanilla taste.
Pejoy: Cookies and Cream
When it comes to Pocky and the like, I prefer the coating on the outside so I was a little skeptical but they completely fill in the inside of the stick. While I enjoyed the cream, there wasn’t much “cookies”.
Bisco Cafe Au Lait
This one is supposed to be a latte/milk tea biscuit sandwich. They included another one previously which wasn’t bad (strawberry I believe) but this one was dry and had very little cream. It was too plain and didn’t have much flavour.
This line is supposed to be their premium extra rich Pocky line and I have to say, you can taste the richness of the chocolate. The box is a small size so it can easily fit anywhere and there’s quite a lot in one box!
Mini Caplico Cones (Chocolate and Strawberry)
The mini Calplico cones are really interesting. I really just like the top part since I’m not a fan of cones in general. But it’s creamy, almost like hardened mousse and I wonder if there are other flavours available.
Various Locations Throughout the GTA
Type: Drinks/Bubble Tea
Chatime is a bubble tea chain that has gained a lot of attention over the last few years. Many Taiwanese chains have started coming over to North America and have become the new standard. Chatime is the chain that started it all and others like Gong Cha, Coco and other followed.
It’s still my go-to for bubble tea but I’m still waiting for Half and Half to come to Toronto!
This Fairy Milk Tea with Vanilla is the first one I had from them and I loved how chewy the tapioca was and how smooth the milk tea was. The taste of vanilla is faint so it doesn’t overpower the drink. I don’t think this one is available anymore unfortunately but they have a lot more to choose from!
The Lychee QQ (lychee with lychee jelly) is great for the lychee lover in your life and we all know one of those! This one is much sweeter than the others but it’s one of those things you crave once in awhile.
I haven’t had the Matcha Red Bean yet but I’ve heard a lot of good things about this one. I managed to get a sip and the bitterness of the matcha mixes well with the sweetness of the red beans. I’ve stopped getting icy drinks in general because it’s a little heavier and sometimes you just want a light drink. But when I do feel like, this will probably be my go to.
I used to always get the Pearl Milk Tea but have since switched to Milk Tea with Grass Jelly. The standard milk tea is made with red or green tea usually but you can get them made with different teas including oolong, jasmine, brown rice and different flavours as well.
Sometimes I stumble upon a new recipe I want to try with quinoa. It’s one of those things that have to be made right or it will be very bland.
The cheese really helps give it that salty flavour but I would recommend having this fresh. I had some right when I made it and the rest the day after for lunch and it wasn’t the same.
Ingredients (4 servings):
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth or water
- 2 cups broccoli, chopped
- 1 cup cheddar, shredded
- salt and pepper to taste
Bring quinoa, broth and broccoli to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer covered until the broth has been absorbed and the quinoa is tender, 13-17 mins.
Mix in the cheese, let it melt and season with salt and pepper.
780 Queen Street West
I really enjoy the pastries and food at Nadege. They’ve expanded quite a bit over the last few years but so far, I’ve only been to the original Queen Street corner shop. BUT I heard there’s one in Yorkdale now! I have to go back there sometime.
Their Madeleines are sold in small plastic cylinders and are soft and spongy. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a cup of coffee with me but they’re fine by themselves as well. Like biscotti, you’re supposed to dip them in coffee and eat them, making it partially soft and hard.
This is where things get good. I couldn’t help but get the Marie Antoinette, look how beautiful it is! Three mini macarons and whipped cream florets sit on top of a creamy vanilla bean tart. It’s sweet but goes together so nicely. And the tart shell is tender and crumbly.
I had their flavour of the month Masala Chai Macaron and their Blackberry Chocolate Macaron. I’ve had a few macarons from different places and Nadege is still my favourite. The exterior shell is hard and keeps its shape when you put it in your bag but falls apart easily when you bite it. And the filling is smooth and creamy but not too buttery, perfection.
Their Raspberry Tart was the first pastry I had from them I ever had and while it was a little sour, I still enjoyed it. The pastry was crumbly and the vanilla bean centre was smooth and had me coming back.
Their Turkey Nature Cranberry is a fall seasonal and you won’t find it year round but I definitely recommend it if you happen to see it. My friend actually was the one that got this because I have this assumption that turkey is dry but it wasn’t at all. It has a sweet cranberry sauce that wasn’t too runny and the bread was super soft and bouncy on the inside. And it’s a pumpkin!
It’s that time of the month again :)!
Sakupan-Land (panda biscuits)
Another addition to my Sakupanland Panda cookies! They reversed these ones and printed cute panda drawings on the biscuits instead of shaping the chocolate into pandas. Just as yummy and it comes with free sticky notes as well! ^-^
Hitorijime Senbei (rice crackers)
I don’t know if it’s because it tastes like it’s baked twice, but it’s extra crunchy and the outer layer is much thicker than other brands. And the umami flavour is on point!
Hello Kitty Marshmallow
Other than the Hello Kitty gimmick, these aren’t anything special. They’re bland and it isn’t as fluffy as I’d like. I’d rather have the Kraft marshmallows you find in a North American supermarket.
Ichigo Milk Candy
These seem interesting at first, strawberry milk hard candy. And they taste different too but I wouldn’t have more than one. I’d rather have pure milk candy, this one falls short and is a weird fusion experiment gone wrong.
Goma-Dango Chocolate (panda sesame chocolate)
I really liked these sesame mochi chocolates. It’s unlike something I’ve had before. It looks innocent enough, a square piece of milk chocolate, but once you bite into it, you taste a sesame jelly-like candy and together they taste pretty good. I’ll keep an eye out for this one next time I’m out.
These dinosaur themed milk-flavoured biscuits are pretty normal but they aren’t all that bad. There’s no filling or coating that makes it extra special but it’s good on its own. I wouldn’t buy it but I throughly enjoyed it.