The Melt | Burbank, CA

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I couldn’t catch the truck so off we went to Burbank for some comfort food.

The Melt on San Fernando Blvd

totally love the drink selections

totally love the drink selections

The Mac Daddy Combo

The Mac Daddy Combo

The Swiss with Bacon

The Swiss with Bacon

Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato Basil Soup

brie cheese with apple honey and bacon on country French bread, along with the Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup

brie cheese with apple honey and bacon on country French bread, along with the Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup

My thoughts…

  • great place for everybody
  • aesthetics is very clean, minimalistic, bright
  • simple menu with options for pretty much everybody
  • totally in love with the sugar cane soda options
  • quick service
  • perfect for a quick bite or something to tide you over until the next meal
  • not really your place if you are ready for some major feasting

So have you been to any of The Melt around town? What do you think?

xo, Emilie

Granada Hills Grubfest 06.21.2013

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It’s not often that I document my visit to the two blocks of food truck heaven that’s happening in Granada Hills every Friday night. I know I have been MIA from blogging and I thought why not make a comeback of sorts starting with a regular event such as this, right?  Here it goes…

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signs

Something new that I haven’t seen the last time I was there was the signs. Finally this thing now has an official name.

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Cousins Maine Lobster Truck

We’ve never tried this truck before and since we (meaning my kids and myself) love seafood, it seems like a good choice to try out and we weren’t disappointed.

menu

Line was manageable but they kept it flowing with an efficiency of the armed forces. When paying with a card, you have your choice to add tip with a choice of 15%, 20%, custom or no tip. Their system does not look like that of the square reader but it sure is cool. Takes the guess work our of everything. Since they have more than one person working the griddle, we have our food in the pick up window within 2 minutes.

Connecticut Lobster Roll

The Connecticut Lobster Roll is Maine lobster, served warm with butter and lemon on a New England roll. You can easily tell the lobster was fresh, supple and juicy. Just has the right amount of lemon butter not drenched in it. There’s actually more lobster meat in relation to the roll.  Love it!

Maine Lobster Roll

The Maine Lobster Roll on the other hand is served chilled with a touch of mayo on a New England roll. I want to say this is my favorite but then I also like the warm version. So let’s just say I like them both. Again, just a touch of mayo so it did not overwhelm the lobster meat. Really, it boils down to preference whether you like your savory food warm or cold. Both are excellent choice.

New England Clam Chowder

We got a bowl of New England Clam Chowder to share. It was creamy and hearty. You can definitely chew on the clam meat in the soup amongst the potatoes. I’m not a potatoes kind of person so I left the potato eating to my kids but I enjoyed it very much.

Now, after trying out a new truck we were all ready for some comfort food. Meaning, the same two trucks we always end up with whenever we are there.

The Grilled Cheese Truck

At The Grilled Cheese Truck the kids got the Cheesy Mac and Rib Melt and the Brie Melt (on wheat).

Jogasaki Burrito

And for the adults, there’s the King Crab and Lobster Salad Sushi Burrito from Jogasaki Burrito.

And that wraps up our Friday night food crawl at the Granada Hills Grubfest. I’m actually quite excited to come back and have food from a never-before-tried food truck.

xo, Emilie

Summer Canteen | Toluca Lake, CA

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Recently I’ve visited Summer Canteen with the kids and had a blast. I don’t know why I’ve never blogged about it before but Summer Canteen is a family favorite. So let me show you what we had.

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Blood Orange Sodas for everybody

Who does not like these blood orange bubblies? Totally refreshing!

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Miang Kham

These littles nibbles are little bites of heaven, I tell you! It is coconut, peanut, lemon peel, shrimp, ginger, chili wrapped in spinach leaves drizzled with tamarind caramel. Totally food-gasmic.

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Beef Panang Curry

A classic Thai curry dish. It’s beef slow cooked in spicy coconut curry sauce. Delicious.

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Pad Thai

Not all Pad Thai are created equal. This one’s superb by my standards.

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Rib Eye Steak

Perfectly done with lots of veggies. The best part? The brown rice that came with it.

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Mango Sticky Rice

I will never get tired of Mango Sticky Rice. Two of the things that I love.

Summer Canteen
4444 Lankershim Blvd, Toluca Lake CA 91602
818-985-6611

https://www.facebook.com/summercanteen

xo, Emilie

Sycamore Kitchen (2) | Los Angeles, CA

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The kids were itching to have some babka roll so here are the delicious yumminess we had as a heavy snack…

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Ginger Limeade and Iced Hibiscus Tea

My son had the Ginger Limeade and my daughter and I had Iced Hibiscus Teas. I was still thirsty when we were done so I ordered another Iced Hibiscus Tea to go.

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Double B-LTA, crispy and braised pork belly, butter lettuce, balsamic tomatoes, avocado, mayo, country bread (11.75)

The Double B-LTA has long been my daughter’s favorite and this time it’s no different. She just had to order it.

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Bacon, Onion, Swiss Quiche – served with small salad (8)

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Salted Caramel Pecan Babka Roll (3.50)

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xo, Emilie

Tomato Basil Spaghettini with Goat Cheese, Lemon Pepper Garlic Shrimp and Mushroom with 5 Cheese Bread Crisp

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it's pasta night! #pasta #pastanight #homemade

This would be the very first time I would be sharing a recipe ever. I apologize in advance if some of the proportions are not exact. I wasn’t sure either when I was making them. I guess, that’s where the fun lies…in experimentation and the eating of course. I hope you like it :)

5 Cheese Bread Crisp

1 pack Kraft Mexican Four Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1 pack shredded Parmesan Cheese
Lite and Low Fat mayo of your choice
Thinly sliced French Bread

Mix the cheeses with the mayo. Spread over sliced French Bread. Toast in oven at 350 for 15 mins.

Lemon Pepper Garlic Shrimp and Mushroom

Shrimp, peeled and de-veined
Sliced Baby Bella mushrooms, washed and dried
olive oil
Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper Seasoning

cook in oven at 350 until done

Tomato Basil Spaghettini with Goat Cheese

2 28 oz cans Contadina Crushed Tomatoes
1 pack of Basil, chiffonade leaves
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
4 tablespoons minced garlic
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
red pepper flakes, according to taste
sugar according to taste
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 pound Spaghettini, cooked according to package directions
crumbled goat cheese
parmesan cheese

1. Boil water and cook pasta according to package instructions. Don’t forget to put salt in the water.
2. In a large saute pan, heat up the olive oil. Add onion and garlic and saute for 2 minutes. Add basil, thyme and red pepper flakes.
3. When the garlic starts turning golden brown, add the crushed tomatoes and sugar. Stir. Lower the heat and cook until the mixture is almost dry.
4. Arrange pasta in a bowl, spoon sauce over pasta. Top with crumbled goat cheese and parmesan cheese. Serve with the Shrimp and Mushroom on top or on the side. Don’t forget the 5 Cheese Bread Crisp.

dinner's ready!!! #dinner #pasta #pastanight