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

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

Hanabishi Izakaya and Sushi Bar / Kyushu Ramen, Van Nuys CA

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I’ve recently discovered a hidden gem in the valley(SFV, that is) that serves decent affordable Japanese cuisine. One late night we were looking for something open that’s not a Denny’s or IHOP (not that there’s anything wrong with them, we were just not in the mood for breakfast food). And I remembered this ramen place close to where we live that’s open late. And that’s the first time we ever tried Kyushu Ramen. Now I have no photographic evidence of that visit since I was dead tired and so not in the mood to take pictures. But now I do and I can’t wait to share them with you.

Hanabishi Izakaya & Sushi Bar / Kyushu Ramen

Hanabishi Izakaya & Sushi Bar / Kyushu Ramen

The restaurant is located on a strip mall along Sherman Way very close to the 405 freeway. I actually don’t have the story behind the union of these two restaurants or what have you but there’s two different signs outside. However, they are essentially just one restaurant and you enter through Kyushu Ramen and you can sit anywhere. They have 2 kinds of menu so make sure to look at both.

Hanabishi Izakaya & Sushi Bar

Hanabishi Izakaya & Sushi Bar

This time we were seated at the Hanabishi side and on a Friday night, it was a full house.

One interesting detail that caught my eye was the row of sake bottles along the wall…cute :)

Staff was very friendly and efficient. After we looked through the menus we decided on the following…

shumai

Shumai $3.00

We’ve had it before and I don’t know why it escaped my mind that this shumai has that ready-made, store-bought taste to it and this visit just proved it right. I had to send it back because the middle is still frozen cold. But then, this is not a dumpling place so I can’t really complain.

sushi set

Sushi Set (Tuna, Salmon, Albacore, White Fish & Shrimp) $9.50

Since I was craving for raw fish I decided to order this and it was ok. Quality was not bad nor was it excellent.

Pork Miso Ramen

Pork Miso Ramen

B had this the last time and wanted to order it again. Their portions are big. It was delicious.

Salmon Oyako Don (Grilled Salmon Rice with Salmon Roe)

Salmon Oyako Don (Grilled Salmon Rice with Salmon Roe) $5.50

This is what I ordered for J since he loves salmon so much. It was indeed as expected. Heaven on a bowl for a kid (or anybody else) who loves fish.

Salmon Miso

Salmon Miso $7.50

The salmon comes on a bed of mushrooms that are sliced paper thin. It was cooked just right. It was slightly sweet almost resembling the teriyaki flavor but not quite. I enjoyed this one very much.

Overall, it wasn’t the best experience but for the price and location you can’t really beat it. We would probably be making a return visit soon :)

Hanabishi by Kyushu
15355 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA 91406
open everyday 11:30 am – 1 am
http://www.freewebs.com/hanabishibykyushu/

xo, Emilie

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firsts: MOEggrolls

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I’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to try out the first kosher egg roll food truck in Los Angeles. And that time has come.

MOEggrolls at the Art Institute in North Hollywood

MOEggrolls at the Art Institute in North Hollywood

MOEggrolls Truck Views

MOEggrolls Truck Views

I’m loving the overall truck design. Main base color is bright but cool to the eyes. It’s got big letters so a blind bat like myself can read it if it passes by on the street.

menu

menu

to drink

to drink

The menu is pretty simple yet it provides options for everyone. There’s enough sides and sauces to provide a wide range of variety. There’s a little combo for those going solo and for those picking up food for a group also has the option of the nosh box. Perfection. It is a well rounded, well thought out menu. I am always picking up food for my family so the convenience of the nosh box is highly appreciated.

the egg rolls on display

the egg rolls on display

And the display box? Hello! I love it. Presentation is simple. It gives the customer an idea of what they’re ordering.

Challah Pain Perdu

Challah Pain Perdu

My favorite…Challah Pain Perdu.  It has stone ground bakery challah, coconut, banana, dry roasted peanuts and white rum. It is just delicious. In my opinion the best sauce to dip this with is the coconut lime glaze or the 5 spice scented applesauce.

The Latke

The Latke

The Latke is made of russet potato, green onions and red onions. This would be the vegetarian option. I dipped it in the bbq and the garlic sauce. Both are equally good.

Tonque Chinois

Tonque Chinois

Tonque Chinois has kosher beef tongue, shitake mushroom and scallions. Liked by everybody including my 5 year old. And that’s because he doesn’t know it’s beef tongue. I love the garlic sauce with this egg roll.

MOEriginal

MOEriginal

The MOEriginal has kosher chicken, cabbage and MOEpices. Another group favorite that goes well with either the bbq or the garlic sauce.

Dipping Sauces

Dipping Sauces

I love the range of sauces they’re providing the customers. You’ve got your cool sweet sauces to the spicy. I’m not a real fan of the sriracha that’s why I didn’t even try the MOE’racha. But the other four were exceptionally good.

MOE Slaw

MOE Slaw

The MOE Slaw is simply cabbage and carrots in pickled garlic vinaigrette. Dressed right and refreshing.

Tan Tan Noodles

Tan Tan Noodles

MOEggrolls own version of the Sichuan noodle dish. My first time to ever try tan tan noodles and they’re okay. It’s one of those things where I need to have more than one experience with the dish to form an opinion.

Bobby Ganoush

Bubby Ganoush

The Bubby Ganoush is served with chips and the Bubby Ganoush itself is super yummy but the chips were a tad salty. Later on that day I opened a bag of plain unsalted tortilla chips and a few minutes later bubby’s all gone.

Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo Ball Soup

The Matzo Ball Soup was as expected. Definitely a comfort food.

my very own tasting plate

my very own tasting plate

Another successful first look. I highly recommend MOEggroll if you’re looking to try something new. I’m sure you’ll find a favorite among their mainstays or may one of their seasonal ones. Me? I’ll looking forward to trying their seasonal ones soon.

Thanks for reading and see you on the road :)

MOEggrolls
check out their website http://www.moeggrolls.com/
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xo, Emilie
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