Food Adventures #6

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).

Website: https://www.yelp.com/biz/qq-kopitiam-pasadena

Pricing: $

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.

Website: https://www.halotop.com/

Pricing: $4-5

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!

Website: http://www.granvillecafe.com/glendale

Pricing: $$

*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!

Website: https://sushistop.com/location/sushistop-pasadena/

BuzzFeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/stevenlim/we-tried-3-sushi-and-250-sushi-to-see-if-its-worth-the-price?utm_term=.roOxJedpE#.wulLQNqV0

Pricing: $

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).

Website: http://glorias-cafe.com/

Pricing: $$

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:)

Blu Kouzina- The Best Greek in Singapore

After meeting a couple who owned a Greek restaurant at a party years ago, Blu Kouzina has become a family favorite. Being Greek, I’m an absolute sucker for for a really good rack of lamb, or the sweetest, stickiest Baklava. I can say, without a doubt, Blu Kouzina has some of the best Greek food I’ve ever had in my life. Some of our favorites are grilled octopus, lamb meatballs, Greek salad, and hummus with pita. The grilled octopus comes in bite sized pieces and is lightly seasoned with salt, pepper, and olive oil and grilled perfectly with a light char. The lamb meatballs are crunchy on the outside and insanely soft and meaty on the inside. It comes with a light citrus and mayonnaise dipping sauce, which cuts through the strong lamb flavor. The Greek salad consists of large chunks of tomatoes, olives, onions, cucumbers and a whole slab of Greek feta, with olive oil drizzled over the top. The hummus is perfectly smooth, with the right balance of tanginess, bitterness, saltiness and sweetness. It goes perfectly with the think, light pieces of pita. And of course, a must for every Greek family, the lamb. The lamb chops are charred to perfection giving it a smokey crunch on the outside, which coats the medium-rare cooked lamb.

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Of course, you can never go to a Greek restaurant without ordering dessert. Their platter consists of Baklava, Walnut pastry, and Greek yoghurt with honey and nuts. The Baklava is unbelievable; crunchy and extremely sweet with honey. The Walnut Pastry is amazingly flaky with the bitterness of the nuts cutting through. The Greek yoghurt with honey and nuts is the perfect way to end the meal, with it’s tangy and fresh flavor.

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Blu Kouzina never fails to deliver an amazing Greek meal! Go visit them at 893 Bukit Timah Rd, and or check out their website at http://blukouzina.com/SG/.