November 2015

The Coffee Cup Cafe – Good Morning Long Beach

by Franklin on November 19, 2015

I wouldn’t call myself a morning person, but man do I love breakfast. Something about meetings friends and family and having a nice big breakfast/brunch is just perfect. Maybe its the first sip of coffee or the amounts of egg and cheese, but mornings are swell. The Coffee Cup Cafe in Long Beach is just my type of spot. Good portions, bottomless coffee, and classic breakfast is all I need to be satisfied.

I went a bit asian with the brown rice, but this still worked very well. The chicken chili verde omelette was flavorful and hearty. With brown rice, the dish almost reminded me of what I would eat at home when I was broke. Rice and eggs is the name of the game, and the chili verde acted as like gravy. Loco Moco without the patty? Maybe. The dish was comforting and delicious. Oh, and the chili verde was quite delicious.

The breakfast enchiladas were great as well. The red sauce with the tortillas and egg and cheese filling was a great mix. With potatoes and your choice of hot sauce, you are good to go.

My breakfast was classic. Some call it boring, but I say nothing beats it. Bacon, eggs, and french toast is simple and delicious. Their bacon was nice and thick, had a great chew, and not salty at all. The French toast was quite nice. The bread was cooked nicely with a gooey center and crisp outside.

With my hot cup of coffee and my classic breakfast, I was happy. Thanks Long Beach. I will be back.

Coffee Cup Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Amor y Tacos – Mole Tots Got Me, Like Whuh?

by Franklin on November 12, 2015

Amor y Tacos was a great surprise. “Cerritos got nothin’ on good Mexican food,” so I thought. After checking out the lady making fresh tortillas and the cool decor inside, my pessimistic views were quickly crushed. The food at Amor y Tacos was spectacular and exciting. The flavors were definitely bold and delicious.

Chips and salsa was complimentary of course and quite good. The chips were thin and crispy, and the salsa was tasty.

We had the Tour de taco which included tinga de pollo, short rib, rajas con queso, carne asada, and carnitas. The freshly made tortillas mad all the difference and all of the tacos were on point. The classic carne asada was my favorite as it had a nice amount of guacamole and topped with cotija cheese. Instead of the taco tour, I would just opt for the carne asada and short rib tacos.

I was excited that they had Brussels sprouts on the menu. The charred brussels sprouts were perfectly cooked and had a nice side of roasted garlic aioli on the side as a sauce. The aioli was superb and gave a nice flavor the dish. The flavor kept coming with the lime, cilantro, and cotija. Topped with pepitas, the dish had great flavor and a nice crunch. This is a dish I always order.

Mole on tater tots? It’s like my two favorite things in a bowl. The mole tots had crispy potato tots and was topped with their 21 ingredient house made Amor mole. The queso fresco and sour cream gave a nice richness to this dish. Cilantro and onion made sure everything was balanced out. I could eat this dish for days!

Enchiladas are so simple, yet so delicious. The red and green sauce cheese enchiladas with rice and beans was perfectly executed and classic. The sauces were great and flavored the dish perfectly.

Amor y Tacos is my kind of spot. The food is exciting and has everything that I like. The vibe here was great too with a nice bar and interesting decor. Don’t let the location fool you. The food was spectacular and the flavors will satisfy.

Amor y Tacos Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Mendocino Farms (Fairfax) – Not Fried Chicken

by Franklin on November 3, 2015

Fried chicken is good. Everyone loves fried chicken! I mean, don’t quote me on this, but even vegetarians love fried chicken. People even put it between two slices of bread and call it good. Putting fried chicken in a sandwich is a good idea, but I would rather have my fried chicken sans bread. Mendocino Farms does a sandwich called the “Not So Fried” chicken sandwich. It has shaved roasted free range chicken, but it’s rolled in Mendo‚Äôs krispies. With herb aioli, mustard pickle slaw, tomatoes, and pickled red onions, the sandwich is quite delicious for not having fried chicken in it. All on a toasted ciabatta, the sandwich really has the qualities of a friend chicken sandwich without being fried chicken. What’s better than this sandwich? Fried chicken, obviously, but the sandwich will do if a sandwich is what you are looking for. Did you count how many times I wrote “fried chicken?” FRIED CHICKEN!

Check out the post here for the Mendocino Farms of Marina Del Rey. I got the Kurabota Pork Belly Banh Mi of course.

Mendocino Farms Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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