Monday, March 3, 2014
LAKEWOOD!!!! I was getting new tires in Lakewood and stumbled on this really cool OG diner. Heritage Family Pantry is located at 2601 Carson Street Lakewood CA 90702. The servers were very friendly and welcoming. I ordered the salmon diner w vegetables and mashed potatoes and gravy. The food was average but i really enjoyed eating my dinner in there. I suspect the steak would have been a better choice.
There was a feeling of fun, novelty for me, being on the Rio Hondo College campus and eating in their cafeteria. We had a Metro event there for artists and set up a little early. We ordered the tostada, burrito and a chicken sandwich. I drenched the sandwich in ketchup, mayo and mustard. they had those dispensers that they have at Dodger stadium. I guess we all agreed that it wasn't as bad as we thought it would be and let's just leave it at that.
A couple of friends told me that Chef Patti who used to run Homegirls opened up her own place called La 1st Street Taqueria, 1843 E 1st Street LA CA 90012. My daughter and I went for lunch this past Sunday and it was true. it's her new place. Incredible. Fresh, healthy and so tasty. They even had the green drink, a kale-based lemonade-like drink. Eureka!!!!! I'm gonna try to go tomorrow during lunch. It's a half block away from the Mariachi Station. Please go if you can. This is great food.
Homemade clam soup with Duck Fat Fries, my goodness, I felt like royalty. So I went to Santa Ana to document an exhibition at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. I got there a little early so I walked into this place and sat at the bar. The staff was very cool. i wasn't super hungry so i asked what sort of snack would they recommend. Turns out they had a clam special that past week and the chef decided to make a clam soup. it wasn't something on the menu but the bartender said it was amazing, so, naturally I ordered it with a side of the fries. The food was fantastic. Someday, I'd like to go back and have a meal. Chapter One is located at 227 Broadway Santa Ana CA 92701.
Riding around Alhambra, we came across a place that architecturally seems interesting so we stopped by for an early lunch. What was this place before? Whatever it was, it now is a cool retrofit. Grind's specializes in waffles both sweet and savory; sandwiches and breakfast style. Unfortunately, I wasn't that hungry so i ordered a salad, which was delicious. Elon ordered a waffle sandwich and said it was absolutely delicious so I'll have to go again in the near future.
Kio mentioned there was a new place that specialized in chocolate, so off I went the first chance I had. Choco Vivo is located at 12469 W Washington B LA CA 90066. I ordered the iced hot chocolate with homemade nut milk and it had 75% Cacao bittersweet. The butter croissant was also fresh out of their oven, quite remarkable.