Got my Singaporean fix from QQ Kopitiam in Pasadena. The Laksa was super authentic and delicious, just like it would be at home! It was a really generous serving for a super reasonable price (two main dishes and one bubble tea was $21 with tax).
I know I may be a little late to hop on the bandwagon, but I am beyond obsessed with Halo Top. For those of you who don’t know what it is, Halo Top is an extremely low calorie, high protein ice cream (not that you can tell, it’s amazing!). The calories range from 240-360 calories depending on the flavor, so one serving is never more than 90 calories. A few of my favorite flavors are Birthday Cake, Sea Salt Caramel and Mint Chip.
This beautiful spread is from the Granville at the Americana in Glendale. They have a menu full of modern yet homey dishes that are absolutely delicious! This was the bacon & blue burger with a side salad, the Santa Barbara chicken sandwich, a side of sweet potato fries and the uptown mac & cheese. I would also highly recommend the chicken and blue flatbread (not pictures). A perfect stop for lunch or dinner during a day of shopping!
*As seen on BuzzFeed* Sushi Stop is a super affordable (and yummy) location in Pasadena (they have other locations too). At $3.25 for most of their dishes, it’s hard to spend more than $16 a person (and that’s if you are eating A LOT). Ranging from sashimi sushi to baked rolls to udon and tempura, they have everything you would ever want. To be honest, after eating so mush sushi in Japan, I was a little skeptical of this, but it did not disappoint!
Just throwing this in here because I miss Disneyland. A beautiful mickey mouse-shaped beignet (and some Mint Juleps) from New Orleans Square at Disney.
One of my favorite things about living in LA is finding all the small (what I like to call) hidden gems of the city. Gloria’s Cafe is a small Mexican-inspired breakfast/brunch restaurant tucked away in the back streets of Highland Park. Pictured above is the savory waffle (amazing!) and the breakfast taco. I would also highly recommend their breakfast sandwich which comes on a burger bun with pulled pork and scrambled eggs. For a main dish and (a big a**) iced coffee, I usually pay $14 (including tax and tip).
Where should I go next? Comment your favorite LA spots down below! And if you try one of these places, let me know what you think:)
QQ Kopitiam is a small Singaporean cafe/restaurant located across from the Pasadena City College on Colorado Blvd. A Kopitiam (Kopi for short) is a traditional coffee shop found in many South East Asian countries, including Singapore. As most of you know, I’ve lived my whole life (up until now) in Singapore, and was in serious need of some comfort food.
The restaurant is located on fairly quiet street, but stands out from the big, red sign. Staying true to traditional Kopi style, before getting seated at your table, you order your food at the counter and pay right there. There was an older couple, the wife running the cashier and the husband running the kitchen, who owned the place. As soon as we walked in, the lady quickly welcomed us and starting listing off suggestions. She suggested the Laksa (rice noodles in a coconut, curry soup) and Hainanese Chicken Rice (steamed rice with chicken boiled in a ginger broth), both of which are famous Singaporean dishes. Once we ordered (I ordered the Laksa), I started up a brief conversation with the couple and found out that they were both Singaporean and had only been in business for around four years. We chatted for a little bit about where in Singapore we lived and what our favorite Singaporean dishes were.
Laksa is a dish that Singaporeans feel very close to, as it’s served at every Kopi and Hawker stall (Singaporean style outdoor food courts). It is loaded with pungent ingredients including curry leaves, lemongrass, and sambal (a type of chili sauce), making it an acquired taste. Foreigners (or tourists) often have a hard time handling the aroma and flavor of laska, but for Singaporeans it’s a bowl of comfort.
I would 100% recommend QQ Kopitiam for anyone in the area, whether you’re Singaporean or not (the friend I went with wasn’t Singaporean and she loved it!). If you stop by QQ Kopitiam, let me know in the comments below and tell me what you think.
Website (Yelp): https://www.yelp.com/biz/qq-kopitiam-pasadena
Number: (626) 696-3179
Address: 1491 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106
Hours: Mon-Fri: 11am to 7pm
One of the reasons I love the morning (I am such a morning person, haha) is because breakfast is hands down my favorite meal of the day (with brunch coming in a very close second). I love waking up after a good nights sleep and walking into the kitchen to see what we have. One of my favorite breakfast foods are waffles (with eggs, yum!), but I always find that regular waffles always weigh me down throughout the morning and don’t make me feel as nourished. After getting our waffle maker about a year and a half ago, we’ve been experimenting with all sorts of recipes, trying to find one that worked the best. In the end, the recipe that I fell in love with was one that mixed a bunch of different recipes together, and used coconut oil instead of any other oils or butter. My favorite breakfast at home would consist of these waffles, an over easy egg, some fresh fruit and an iced coffee. If you try this recipe out, let me know how you like it in the comments below! Happy eating:)
1 1/2 cup low-fat milk or unsweetened almond milk
3/4 cup coconut oil
2 cups whole-wheat flour
2 tsp. baking soda
pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional; this depends on whether you want your waffles more sweet or savory)
- In a large bowl, beat the eggs until light and fluffy. Add the milk, and coconut oil (and vanilla if you choose) to the eggs and continue to beat for another 2 minutes.
- Gradually add the flour, baking soda and salt to the wet mixture while continuously beating.
- Cook waffles in waffle maker according to instructions (each waffle maker works a little differently).
- Serve warm with a little bit of maple syrup and fruit or with an egg for a delicious breakfast!
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1 ripe banana
1/4 cup zero calorie sugar substitute
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- Melt the dark chocolate chips and coconut oil either in the microwave or over a double boiler. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, smash the avocado and banana. Add the sugar substitute, sugar and vanilla and beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Add the melted chocolate and beat on medium for 1 more minute.
- In a medium bowl, combine the baking powder, salt, flour and whole wheat flour.
- Add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture in three batches while continually beating until fully incorporated.
- Pour batter into a lined square tin and bake at 180 c for 22-25 minutes (brownies will be stickier than normal).
- Serve warm (maybe even add a little Halo Top ice cream if you’re feeling special:).
For today’s post, I thought I would just share the list of food items that I always have in my dorm room. One of the scariest things about coming to college (at least for me) was that I was going to get sucked in to the late night pizza orders and junk food eating habits of college life. To combat this, I always make sure I have these items on hand to grab whenever I want a healthy snack (at any time of the day). I hope you find this helpful, and if you have any other ideas/staples, share them in the comments below! I’ll try to find links to as many of these as I can.
- Trader Joe’s crunchy, no-stir peanut butter (I could put good old PB on almost anything)
- Justin’s nut butter packets
- Snyder’s pretzels
- Chobani yoghurt (I like making yoghurt bowls using yoghurt, bananas and granola)
- Chobani yoghurt flips (peach cobbler is my favorite!)
- Simply Balanced organic honey almond granola
- Some sort of flavored sparkling water, no calories (I like the grapefruit Ice and La Croix)
- Campbell’s chicken noodle soup
- 3 different types of chili sauce, including sambal for the Singaporean inside of me (I LOVE my spicy)
- Either milk or almond milk (usually unsweetened, vanilla almond milk)
- Instant iced tea and iced coffee mixes (these come in super handy when I’m in a rush to run to class)
- Iced tea: https://www.amazon.com/blendy-stick-flavors-english-20sticks/dp/B00U8NQKYO/ref=sr_1_7_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1516706345&sr=1-7&keywords=blendy+stick
- Iced coffee: https://www.amazon.com/Starbucks-Instant-Coffee-Sweetened-Count/dp/B01LTI9638/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1516706427&sr=8-3&keywords=instant+iced+coffee
- Protein bars (I always have some combination of Cliff bars, Luna bars and the Health Warrior Chia Seed bars on hand)
- Cliff bars: https://www.amazon.com/CLIF-BAR-Energy-Chocolate-Protein/dp/B0054RPY7I/ref=sr_1_4_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1516764164&sr=1-4&keywords=cliff+bars
- Luna bars: https://www.amazon.com/LUNA-Whole-Nutrition-Bar-box/dp/B075M5VNX6/ref=sr_1_27_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1516764129&sr=1-27&keywords=luna+bars
- Health Warrior: https://www.amazon.com/HEALTH-WARRIOR-Tropical-Variety-Gluten/dp/B00T0NE37O/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1516764107&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=health+warrior+chia+bars&psc=1
- Premier chocolate protein shakes (individually packaged)