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

I’m Back :)

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Yes, I am back. I am so sorry for my absences. I got overwhelmed with my daughter’s health problems ( we’re talking about surgeries and complications and a bunch of heal insurance issues I had to deal with), death of a loved one and when I was getting ready to post some new post pictures on my digital card got erased. So as of this moment I don’t have anything new to share but I am ready to go out and try new to me gourmet food trucks. However, I will go back to my old ways of doing it. Through Twitter, unannounced. My blog posts are never reviews but a narrative of my personal or my family’s experience. I will continue to pay for my own meals and will always state if I received anything for free.

Thanks for staying with me!

xo, Emilie

firsts: Chasing Paradise

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Chasing Paradise is a food truck name that’s not food related but definitely interesting. You can conjure up a gazillion ways of interpreting it. For me, the food will speak for itself because they are divine.

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They don’t have the usual menu board you see in most GFT instead they have pictures with name and price posted.

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They also have a variety of chips and drinks. I do love that they carry Hawaiian fruit drinks as well as flavored San Pellegrino’s.

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As it says on the menu they carry the original Tocino Burger which comes in a King’s Hawaiian Bun. It served with fried egg that’s nicely balanced with a sour slaw. This burger definitely has its own following and I’m one of them. Never fails to satisfy.

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I thought I’d get something that’s out of my usual so I went for the Skirt Steak Chimichurri Bahn Mi. It’s skirt steak that nicely grilled and seasoned with chimichurri sauce topped with slaw served on Porto’s Bakery Cubano bread. You get a myriad of textures and flavor explosion in one bite. Pretty soon, this will have its own following as well.

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The Cassava Fries with Aji Cream Sauce is super crunchy. The sauce is good but it’s too light for my own taste. I’d like my fries to come with a super strong kind of dipping sauce. My kids loved it though.

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Pork Egg Rolls

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Chicken Egg Roll

Both egg rolls were given to me for free to try. Here’s my thing when it comes to egg rolls, not unless it comes with giant shrimp or lobsters, I don’t really have much to say. Having said that, the egg rolls from Chasing Paradise are definitely better than some “turo-turo’s” version and certainly better than the ready made version. It is crunchy with a soft tasty center. Come to think of it, I should’ve ordered the saffron rice to go with it. Hmm…I will get that next time :)

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Cheese Potato Ball, 3 pcs for $5

The Cheese Potato Balls come 3 pieces in an order. It is definitely finger friendly and the taste and texture definitely friendly across all ages. Love the super crunchy exterior and ooey gooey center.

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Bombsquash, 2 for $4

The BombSquash is stuffed Kabocha squash with asian stir-fry ground beef served w/ Aji Cream. Now this is something special. Definitely unique. And certainly filling. It was my way of tricking my young one into eating his veggies :)

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Brulee'd Thai Tea Pancake Bites with Coconut Cream

Another MUST TRY on their menu is the Brulee’d Thai Tea Pancake Bites with Coconut Cream. Each bite has a firm exterior and soft pillowy center. The batter has a mild hint of Thai Tea. What I love is the drizzled condensed milk that has been torched on the outside. I love the mild Thai Tea flavor, however, when I ordered a big pan for my birthday the next day, I got mixed reviews. Some are okay with the flavor level and others prefer a stronger Thai Tea flavor. It really comes down to personal preference. But it’s certainly a unique and definitely finger friendly and portable.

Chasing Paradise is definitely becoming it’s own entity. A few more additions to the menu & specials from time to time is all it needs to make it a packaged complete GFT. I highly recommend the Chasing Paradise Food Truck for you to try on your next adventure.

Chasing Paradise
http://www.facebook.com/ChasingParadise?sk=info
http://twitter.com/#!/Cha5ingParadi5e

xo, Emilie
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firsts: Get Toasted Truck

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I first heard about Get Toasted Truck when a dear friend, Geri aka @PrincessGourmet, tweeted this…

Crab? I’m there. I mean I love seafood and real crab out of the shell? Even better. So i thought I should make it a point to give them a try. So i did. Verdict? I love love love their food.

Get Toasted Truck in Granada Hills

Get Toasted Truck in Granada Hills

So before anything else, let me share some photos. Let me introduce to you Get Toasted Truck. Design wise, the truck’s base color is black with a cartoon rendition of the owners on the truck.

Also if you look closely, somewhere in the truck there is an cool image of the owners’ nationality, mash-up style.

Get Toasted Truck's menu

Get Toasted Truck's menu

I love the big blackboard, somehow it makes the experience more personal.

Lechon with Sweet Potato Tots

Lechon with Sweet Potato Tots

Can you see how fat this sandwich is? This sandwich is totally a winner. The pulled pork/lechon is super tasty, well seasoned and the pickled onion, cucumber, cilantro together with the spiced aioli add a freshness factor. The sweet potato tater tots has a crunchy exterior and a smooth interior. The sweetness is perfectly balanced and paired with the accompanying wasabi aioli.

Grilled Cheese with Pork Belly

Grilled Cheese with Pork Belly

J opted for the Grilled Cheese with monterey jack, cotija, cheddar and cheese whiz and for $2 more you can add any of the meats. To make the sandwich filling I ordered it with good old pork belly. You got a killer cheese combo plus pork belly, makes it a very delicious sandwich.

L-R: Curry Chicken, Mushroom, Carnitas Salbute

L-R: Curry Chicken, Mushroom, Carnitas Salbute

L-R: Short Rib, Spicy Chorizo, Pork Belly Salbute

L-R: Short Rib, Spicy Chorizo, Pork Belly Salbute

The salbute’s are yucatan mini tostadas topped with your choice of meat with roasted tomato salsa, pickled onion and cilantro. They are $2.50 each or you can get 3 salbutes plus a sweet tea for $7. The several times I’ve been to the Get Toasted Truck, I must’ve tried everything already, well, except for the elusive Bicol Express Salbute. I’m not giving up on that though. I will try it one of these days. Now, with the ones that I’ve tried. Among the ones that are regularly on the menu my favorite has to be the carnitas and mushroom. And the mushroom is special because it’s not the usual vegetarian choice. The addition of the salsa and cilantro adds a refreshing bite to the dish and the pickled onions offer a nice counterbalance to the richness of the proteins (the “meats”).

is it bad to steal your kid's Blue Crab Salbute frm @GetToastedTruck ? It's that good.

is it bad to steal your kid's Blue Crab Salbute frm @GetToastedTruck ? It's that good.

Once in a while the Blue Crab Salbute pops up on their specials and I got lucky enough to have had them. They are just sinfully delicious. I mean, REAL crab meat! All I can say is if it’s on the menu, it’s a MUST TRY.

Sweet Tea a la Get Toasted

Sweet Tea a la Get Toasted

Another MUST TRY is the Sweet Tea. It’s not the sweet tea of the south but more like the iced tea that’s found in the Philippines. It is super light and refreshing, perfect after a bite of the salbute or any of the sandwiches.

In my eyes, Chef Manny and John could do no wrong when it comes to serving up super tasty food. And it makes me happy to see my kids’ face light up on the mention of Get Toasted.

They should definitely be in everybody’s must try list and once you’ve had them, they deserve a spot on everybody’s favorites list. They are on mine :)

Get Toasted Truck
http://gettoastedtruck.com/index.htm
http://twitter.com/#!/GetToastedTruck
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Get-Toasted-Food-Truck/170210609709858

xo, Emilie
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firsts: CheeseBall Wagon

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profile picture from CheeseBall Wagon's Facebook page

I was at the Granada Hills Food Truck Row when I suggested CheeseBall Wagon to my son. He didn’t want anything heavy and wanted something “fun”.

Cheddar CheeseBalls

Cheddar CheeseBalls $6.50

So I thought, why not CheeseBall Wagon? We haven’t tried them yet so there’s the perfect opportunity. Cheddar CheeseBalls are breaded, deep-fried, cheddar cheese nuggets with creamy ranch dressing. They are nicely packaged in these handheld cone with a corner pouch holder for the dressing/dip. The packaging is genius and perfect for events, perfect for kids so they can munch and hold on to their food. I just wished the bottom is flat instead of pointed so you can actually put it down on a flat surface and still be accessible. Apart from that, it was cheesy with a nice crunch outside and soft chewy center. Ranch dressing is the safest choice for a dip but we’re not a ranch kind of family. I wish there’s a choice in dips as it would take this kid-friendly munchie to a whole new level. Otherwise, it is good and the packaging is definitely cool. I will definitely be back for those Cheesecake Cuties.

CheeseBall Wagon
http://cheeseballwagon.com/
http://twitter.com/cheeseballwagon
http://www.facebook.com/cheeseball.wagon
http://www.yelp.com/biz/cheeseball-wagon-los-angeles

xo, Emilie
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