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Pig Pen Delicacy at Steelcraft in LBC

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Pig Pen Delicacy recently opened their second location in Long Beach! You can find them at Steelcraft, a super cool dining space in Bixby Knolls that bring people and food together in one place!

If you haven’t been to Pig Pen Delicacy in Santa Ana yet, then you are totally missing out! They are best known for their American dishes and making their own spin on it which may or may not include BACON and CARBS…. and I mean CARBS on CARBS and then even more bacon!

Pig Pen Delicacy is the spot for your cheat meal, your bacon cravings, or you just want an all round great meal. My favorite has got to be the burger with buns made out of mac and cheese. It’s pure carb heaven. Another burger favorite would also be the maple bacon jam burger and if you’re not full of pork yet, the french fries and tots are a must have!

You’ll definitely want to bring your appetite next time you’re in Long Beach!

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Silog Sundays at LA Rose Cafe

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I feel like I hardly eat Filipino food nowadays. I don’t live at home anymore so I don’t have that wonderful luxury of my mom making fried rice and spam in the morning, and it’s also not the healthiest thing for you but who’s counting calories anyway??

I grew up in National City and Filipino food was EVERYWHERE! You would think there would be a ton in Los Angeles, but it’s not true. They exist, but they’re not as abundant as they are in San Diego. So I’m always excited when I find a great spot for Filipino food. I wish I could find more cafeteria style ones like Tita’s Kitchenette on Plaza Blvd, but these cute restaurants will do!

LA Rose Cafe is a super cute spot in East Hollywood. It’s Filipino af. I walked in and I thought I walked into my grandma’s house (which is a good thing btw). The owner was so nice and friendly. Lmao he even asked me if I was a nurse because the restaurant is located where three major hospitals are. He also recommended us to try the ube cheese rolls and chicken empanadas. Chicken empanadas were bomb and the ube cheese rolls blew my damn mind! They were so good. If my heart wasn’t already set on tosilog, I would have only ordered those.

My cousin, Angelo, ended up getting the tosilog and I decided to wild out on some sisig despite the fact I have a half marathon in a week but yolo right??? I also almost left out the best party- bottomless calamansi juice! It was perfect- not too sweet and not too sour. I have honestly never drank so much juice in my life haha.

I’m sure there’s more bomb Filipino food spots in LA! What’s your favorite?

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7th Street Cafe opens in Downtown Los Angeles!

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A new spot just opened up in Downtown Los Angeles today! If you’re like every other Angeleno, your life is fast and sometimes grabbing something to eat will take too long or be too expensive. 7th Street Cafe is more than your typical downtown cafe spot. They cater to your busy lifestyle by offering quick bites to eat and all under $10!

What’s also great about this spot is that they have an “Instagram Menu.” I’m always going to restaurants and asking what their most “Instagramable” food is. It’s so nice that everything is listed for me! Some of my favorites I got to taste are the chicken and waffles on a stick. If you know me, I am always driving so eating something handy like this is perfect for me! Lol. Their patty melt is also amazing which I burned my hand with since the cheese was piping hot! But hey, can’t be a patty melt with super melty cheese right?! My absolute favorite was the Flamin Hot Cheeto breaded chicken tenders. Wow wow. It’s everything I love in one!

They’re open early enough to grab something before work and late enough for your drunchies! Happy eating my fellow, Angelenos. Stay busy!

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Happy Small Business Saturday!

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Your local businesses are the heart of our communities. They circulate money in our community, provide jobs, and offer unique services or products. Small Business Saturday is a pretty big deal now and always falls the Saturday after Black Friday. It first began in 2010 when American Express launched it then later recognized and supported by the US Senate.

I spent this year’s Small Business Saturday with Infatuation LA, @dailyfoodfeed, @andythenguyen, and many other food bloggers! The day started out at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. Today they had specialty booze- infused @donuts made in collaboration with Jeremy Fall, owner of bar Nighthawk. The different flavors were Coco Puffs with cognac, Honey Nut Cheerios with bourbon, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch with rum. There was also Intelligentsia x Black Cat Espresso cookies along with Jeni’s Ice Cream Truck parked right outside. On top of grabbing some amazing donuts, I got the strawberry jalapeno, chocolate, and ham and cheese croissants. Mr. Holmes never disappoints! Everything was so good.

If you know me, then you know I like to eat dessert first so next stop was dinner at Sweetfin Poke. I used to work nearby and would have lunch there all the time. It is actually my favorite poke spot in LA so I had to swing by for their special #SmallBizSat bowl. It’s an albacore bowl with black- honey chamomile ponzu, preserved meyer lemon, cucumber, daikon radish, edamame, habanero, tempura flakes, and red shiso. As always, SO BOMB. It was actually more spicy than expected. I’m glad I took a bite first before adding sriracha haha. Sweetfin is also known for their popcorn which I have never tried before. After today, I am really confused why I never did because it was amazing! It’s a special popcorn with white chocolate, yuz, and black lava salt. Ugh, I couldn’t even.

I do my best to support small businesses on the daily. How did you spend your money today?

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I Got Baked in Los Angeles!

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse is a popular bakery in Korea and San Francisco, CA. Their goal is to put carbs back into their place and create carb heaven for all you lovers out there.

FINALLY and FINALLLLYYYY, they are opening one up in Los Angeles! I was able to make it to their private party tonight and was able to try these fabulous pastries for the first time with a bunch of other food bloggers! It was so hard to pick what I wanted because they all sounded amazing so I just asked the lady helping me what the Top 3 was. I got their hazelnut donut, monkey bread and of course, their bacon and onion danish because I LIVE and DIE for savory pastries. And yes, these beautiful little things live up to the hype. They are so good!! There was flaky crumbs and icing everywhere. I washed it all down with an Intelligentsia brewed iced latte and that was that!

It was a great event! Got a bunch of goodies and had great picture taking opportunities. These foodie events are so great because I don’t feel like the only weird one taking hella pictures of my food haha.

The grand opening for the official carb heaven is tomorrow from 8am- 4pm. Be there or be a stale pastry!

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The Halal Guys are now in Koreatown!

The Halal Guys started as a food cart in New York and now has slowly reached the west coast! I had it for the first time in New York (I felt like it was only right) and have been patiently waiting for it to open in Los Angeles!

It’s located in the heart of Koreatown, right down the street from the LINE hotel. This is probably going to be the new go to spot after bar hopping since it’s open until 4am. 

I got there on grand opening day around lunchtime and surprisingly, I only waited for forty minutes. I got the mixed gyro platter with their famous red and white sauce. I would have to say it tastes exactly like the one I had in New York! Their hot sauce is still fire as usual. For people who haven’t had it, you really only need like a dot of it on your food haha. 

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Senor Fish

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Went to Senor Fish’s new location in downtown Los Angeles. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this place so I finally tried it out before visiting the MOMA. I started off with the shrimp ceviche aguachile style and ended with an al pastor taco. I love it! They weren’t shy about the toppings either. They’re both very good and I can say it’s almost as good as TJ’s Oyster Bar in San Diego.

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Tacos from La Reyna

I’m originally from San Diego and I am spoiled by what I think is the BEST Mexican food. Honestly, I get disappointed every time I try Mexican food in LA. I actually would rather eat Taco Bell or Del Taco (sorry, not sorry).

There’s this great hole in the wall in downtown Los Angeles called La Reyna. It’s funny because I’ve actually been in this restaurant before my friend recommended it to me and made me eat there lol. The first time was on a lunch break, but we ended up not eating there because it was cash only. Plus, it looked super sketchy in there. I know that a lot of amazing food places come out of spots that look like this. Not only did it look sketchy, but it looked like they were half open? Or they were about to go out of business? I don’t know. It’s really weird to describe.

Then one day my friend is talking about this taco spot near Pizzanista and I’m wondering if it was the same as La Reyna? And it is! I was craving tacos pretty bad so I decided to give it another try…. And I am so glad I did. I think it would be my favorite spot to get Mexican food in LA. I was there in the evening and they were only serving burritos, quesadillas and tacos, but they do offer a bigger menu including breakfast during the day.

Lesson of the day: Don’t judge a book by it’s cover!

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A- Frame Happy Hour

I feel like the westside part of LA has some of the best happy hours in the city. My current westside favorite is A- Frame! EVERYTHING WAS SO GOOD! I mean, you don’t expect anything less than mouth watering at a Roy Choi restaurant right?

The daily special were oysters that came with three dipping sauces. One of them was actually beer and I spent a few minutes trying to figure out what fancy sauce it was LOL. Then got a plate of assorted pickled veggies that was very good with the ranch- like sauce it came with. Pickled cucumbers and ranch sound weird together, but try it!

Of course the chicken wing lover in me had to order the Korean hot wings. It was the perfect blend of traditional and Korean hot wing flavor. It also came with the amazing ranch that literally tasted great with everything. Then I had the poke and the squash. The two types of poke that was available that day was shrimp and a spicy tuna- awesome as always. The squash was probably the best part of the meal! I don’t know what sauce was on it, but it was amazing! It wasn’t too cooked, but wasn’t too raw either. I don’t know how to explain it, but it was great. I’m actually drooling just thinking about it right now.

What’s your favorite happy hour spot on the westside?