Granada Hills Grubfest 06.21.2013


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…



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


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.


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



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.


Blood Orange Sodas for everybody

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


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.


Beef Panang Curry

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


Pad Thai

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


Rib Eye Steak

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


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

xo, Emilie

Sycamore Kitchen (2) | Los Angeles, CA



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


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.


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.


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


Salted Caramel Pecan Babka Roll (3.50)


xo, Emilie

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


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

Flip Night at The Point with Chef Mayet Cristobal


I got invited to this event through my good friend, Abby of Pleasure Palate. I’m always excited to eat Filipino food prepared by chefs that doesn’t normally cook Filipino food. It’s quite interesting what chefs come up with when they’re cooking “non-traditionally”.

Let’s explore Chef Mayet’s creations…

Sweet Corn Soup 3 (Porcini and truffle croutons, chives)

Sweet Corn Soup with Porcini & Trufle Croutons, Chives | Flip Night @thepointfeedsme #thepointfeedsme #filipinofood

Sweet Corn Soup

The soup is rather good. The corn naturally sweet. On the menu though it mentioned porcini and truffle croutons but I didn’t detect it in the soup. If there was, I would prefer that the croutons be at least visible so it can provide a textural contrast to the smoothness of the pureed sweet corn.

Heirloom Tomato & Salted Duck Egg Salad 6 (spinach, scallions, crispy onion, pan de sal croutons with anchovy vinaigrette)

Heirloom Tomato & Salted Duck Egg Salad | Flip Night @thepointfeedsme #thepointfeedsme #filipinofood

Heirloom Tomato & Salted Duck Egg Salad

This is among my favorites. It’s such a perfect well rounded salad. The creaminess of the egg balances out the sourness of the dressing. The crispy onions and croutons provide flavor balance and enhancer as well texture to the dish. I love it.

Duck Confit & Chinese Sausage Lumpia 5 (mushroom, cabbage, carrots, celery, onions & two dipping sauces)

Duck Confit & Chinese Sausage Lumpia | Flip Night @thepointfeedsme #thepointfeedsme #filipinofood

Duck Confit & Chinese Sausage Lumpia

Another one of my favorites. The combination of duck confit and chinese sausage is gold. Seriously. This should be a staple. Heck, they should sell these frozen and I would buy them by the hundreds. *hint, hint*

Pancit 7 (rice noodles, seasonal vegetables, tofu & lime)

Pancit | Flip Night @thepointfeedsme #thepointfeedsme #filipinofood


There’s different kinds of pandit and the bihon-style (using rice noodles) is not my favorite. My preference aside, this pancit felt a little dry to me. The tofu and vegetables are the good things because they are quite tasty and flavorful.

Shrimp and Potato Fritter 7 (bean sprouts, green onions, with soy-vinegar dipping sauce)

Shrimp & Potato Fritter | Flip Night @thepointfeedsme #thepointfeedsme #filipinofood

Shrimp and Potato Fritter

My least favorite. I would guess that this is a variation of “okoy” or crispy shrimp fritter. It was dough-y and not as crispy as I would like.

Chicken Adobo Banh Mi 10 (pickled vegetables, jalapeños, chicken thigh, chopped chicken liver spread, balsamic onions, chicken cracklings)

Chicken Adobo Banh Mi | Flip Night @thepointfeedsme #thepointfeedsme #filipinofood

Chicken Adobo Banh Mi

I’m not a sandwich kind of person but I do enjoy a good one from time to time. The chicken is super flavorful with just the right balance between soy sauce and vinegar. The chicken liver looks like it was cooked adobo-style before it got transformed into a spread, adding more flavor. The vegetables added a nice crunch. The addition of crispy chicken skin makes this bank mi excellent. What would make it ultimately superb (in my opinion) is a creamy element to balance out the tart and sourness from the adobo and pickled vegetables, I’m thinking like a creamy aioli sauce would make all the difference.

Smoked Fish & “Fried Rice” Cake 9 (crispy garlic rice cake, egg, onions, tomatoes, fish sauce)

Smoked Fish & "Fried Rice" Cake | Flip Night @thepointfeedsme #thepointfeedsme #filipinofood

Smoked Fish & “Fried Rice” Cake

One of my favorites despite the fact that I do not like crispy rice. The smoked trout is delicious. Freshness still comes through despite the fact that it’s smoked. Love this tinapa. If you do love rice cakes, you will love this fried garlic rice version.

Waffle Dog 3 (banana “ketchup”)

Waffle Dog | Flip Night @thepointfeedsme #thepointfeedsme #filipinofood

Waffle Dog

This brought back memories…yes, memories of my school-going years. I remember there’s another variety to this, the waffle cheese. It’s a stick of cheese encased in waffled batter. The waffle batter is just like I remembered it. Nice and fluffy. The only thing I would change with this is probably have the banana ketchup on the side.

Pork Lechon Tacos with Cilantro and Slaw 7 (onions, garlic, jalapeños, mr. tom’s sauce, flour tortilla)

Pork Lechon Tacos with Cilantro & Slaw | Flip Night @thepointfeedsme #thepointfeedsme #filipinofood

Pork Lechon Tacos with Cilantro and Slaw

The pork lechon was very crispy and flavorful. It did mention a sauce (Mr. Tom’s Sauce) but I don’t know what it taste like. I actually prefer it to have a little bit more sauce of some kind to break apart the crunchiness and chewiness of the pork lechon. Maybe a Mang Tomas? Maybe that’s what Mr. Tom’s is? Hmm…If it is, I wish there was more because it would make it perfect.

Braised Oxtail in Curried Peanut Sauce 12 (kare kare with steamed jasmine rice, eggplant, bok choy, long beans, okra)

Braised Oxtail in Curried Peanut Sauce | Flip Night @thepointfeedsme #thepointfeedsme #filipinofood

Braised Oxtail in Curried Peanut Sauce

This is THE favorite. Not your typical “kare-kare” swimming in sauce but the flavor’s there. This is what I’m talking about. Tastes exactly like the original without looking like an oily mess. The flavors are there, if not refined (in my opinion). The meat was super tender but not exactly fall-off the bone. I love that the vegetables still has some crunch. And of course, there’s no other way around it but it’s best with steaming hot white rice.

Pork Shoulder & Blood Stew with Puto 10 (dinuguan with tamarind broth, ginger, serrano chilies, cilantro, fried onions)

Pork Shoulder & Blood Stew with Puto | Flip Night @thepointfeedsme #thepointfeedsme #filipinofood

Pork Shoulder & Blood Stew with Puto

Another like. This time I would prefer it if there’s more sauce. I love a dinuguan with tamarind broth in it. The addition of the fried onions is really wonderful. And the puto was soft, pillowy, creamy and dense. Would’ve been perfect for dipping into the sauce if there were some but they were good on their own.

Coconut Lychee Sorbet 4

Coconut Lychee Sorbet | Flip Night @thepointfeedsme #thepointfeedsme #filipinofood

Coconut Lychee Sorbet

This wonderful sorbet was created by Pastry Chef Charmaine (I hope I spelled her name correctly). It is a wonderful palate cleanser as it was wonderfully fresh. I loved the toasted popped rice that provided crunch and texture to a creamy creation.

Purple Yam Ice Cream Sandwich with Pan de Sal 5

Purple Yam Ice Cream Sandwich with Pan de Sal | Flip Night @thepointfeedsme #thepointfeedsme #filipinofood

Purple Yam Ice Cream Sandwich with Pan de Sal

I died when I took a taste of the “Ube” (purple yam) ice cream. It is exactly what ube ice cream should taste like if it were made from scratch, not the manufactured flavor that we have gotten used to because it’s the only one available in the market. It has such distinct “halayang ube” flavor. OMG. I want a gallon. Yes, like maybe every week.

Turon ( Fried Banana Lumpia) 5

Turon ( Fried Banana Lumpia) | Flip Night @thepointfeedsme #thepointfeedsme #filipinofood

Turon ( Fried Banana Lumpia)

Turon is one of those dishes where everybody will say “my mom/dad/aunt/lola/tita makes the best ever turon”. It’s good…banana is sweet along with the jack fruit and fried till crispy. Not overly sweet.

Melon Agua Fresca 3


Melon Agua Fresca


It was a wonderful dinner courtesy of Bobby of The Point. Totally memorable with a lot of the dishes that are traditional yet made new because of different presentation or techniques. Hopefully there’s more Flip Nights at The Point in the near future.

On a regular basis The Point serves breakfast and lunch. And you can visit them in Culver City.

The Point
Monday – Friday
Breakfast: 9 am – 11 am
Lunch: 11 am – 3 pm
Coffee & Snacks: 3 pm – 4 pm

8522 National Blvd, Suite 100,
Culver City, CA 90232

xo, Emilie