Temporary Couch Hopping Nomad

4 Feb

I’m not dead and I haven’t abandoned my quest for amazing food, I have just been moving and couch hopping, and room sharing, and all sorts of fun things the last 8 months or so, and things, like this, just slowly got away from me.
In May my mom sold her home in California, where we were living, and moved to the literal middle of nowhere Utah. I moved her up there and stayed for about a week, but had to come back home to finish up my internship in Anaheim. Upon returning to California, as can be assumed, I had nowhere to live. I shared a room with my nieces at my sister’s home for a few weeks, before moving into a spare room at one of my dad’s old friend’s house. As not to inconvenience too much space, as far as personal belongings go, I primarily was living out of my Little Bug.

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Local Goats in Scipio

By the time my internship came to an end I had yet to land a permanent full time job and had made the decision I was going to follow my boyfriend out to Hawaii, where he was stationed starting in May, but needed to save a little money first. So, in July, I loaded into my little bug and followed my mother out to the middle of nowhere Utah.

 

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My Dairy Queen

In Scipio, where my mom moved to, her cousin owned a Dairy Queen, and I was able to get a part time job there. First day was a shock, as I think would be for anyone who had just finished working their ass off in college and had spent the last two years working at places like the Newport Beach Film Festival and Visit Anaheim. After a few days I adjusted though and looking back now that job and the few months I spent in Scipio really were quite amazing and changed my life. I had a ton of fun working at DQ, got to know new family members, fixed a lot of things with my mom, and made some amazing friends.
By September though I was done with small town living and decided to take the plunge and move to Hawaii. I drove back to California, to say goodbye to family and friends. On September 25, I boarded a plane, my first plane ever, to Hawaii.

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Goodbye LA

I stayed in two vacation rentals when I first arrived, for about a month and a half. Although I managed to get part time holiday job offers at Macy’s, Sears, and Target, I managed to not have to take any of them, as my sister helped land me a job as a social media marketing specialist at a cell phone company, part time. That allowed me the income to move in somewhere more permanent. I found a room, in a really awesome home right outside of downtown, with some pretty cool people. (I’m still living there now.)
Shortly after moving into my new room, I managed to land a full time job as a communications associate at a really awesome company. Right after landing that job though a new family emergency came up and I had to fly back to Utah for a month to help with some things. Everything turned out just fine though and I was able to come back to Hawaii and my new room, and my new job.
During this time I was still pigging out and trying awesome new places. I tried to keep up on my writing, as can be seen my publish dates, but slowly time just slipped away. I think now though I have fallen into enough of a flow with things that I can pick this back up.
I have a few more back places from back in California, waiting to be written about and then I will dive in to the hand full of fun Utah places I dined at. Hopefully in the next month or so I can finally start eating my way through this new island I now call home…for now.

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Oahu Sunrise

Warehouse Pizza, but not a Pizza Review

8 Oct

Warehouse Pizza

2340 D St
La Verne, CA 91750

Hours:
Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm / Fri 11am-11pm / Sat 11am-10:30pm /Sun 11am-9pm

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Beef Dip Sandwich

This is a strange review for me as it is for a pizza joint where I did not indulge in one piece of pizza. One of my dad’s friends offered to take me to lunch and I decided that I would follow his lead and eat as he did. Sometimes I don’t like to be a fatty all on my own. He ordered a sandwich, so I did too and I am very happy with that decision.

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Salad with Ranch

I ordered their hot beef dip and it came with a salad and simple Lays Potato Chips. For the price the beef dip had a good amount of meet and just the right amount of cheese to bind it. The salad was delicious and fresh with amazing ranch. My only complaint would be the au jus. It needed salt and lots of it, but that’s not a big enough issue to ruin my meal.

What I also really loved about Warehouse Pizza was the location. It felt laid back and easy going, yet fun. At the same time it is a large enough space that all sorts of different groups of people could have a good time there without irritating the others, at least that’s how I felt. There is a big indoor and outdoor dining area. Service was also very polite.

Anaheim Packing House – Han’s Homemade Ice Cream

3 Oct

Han’s Homemade Ice Cream

Location:
Anaheim Packing House
440 South Anaheim Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92805

Hours:
Sun-Thurs Noon-10pm / Fri & Sat Noon-11pm

**Second location in Santa Ana and new location coming to Los Angeles**

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Single Scoop of Coconut Pineapple Ice Cream

Now I have already raved about the Packing House’s PopBar, but they have a second location perfect for satisfying you desire for a nice cool dessert. Han’s Homemade Ice Cream is serving up amazingly creamy and unique ice cream flavors. Some of their options include coffee Oreo, chocolate raspberry truffle, German chocolate, and wild mountain blackberry. On my visit I tried their pineapple coconut, which is their coconut cream ice cream with chunks of pineapple and coconut mixed it. It was incredible. The coconut cream ice cream is super creamy and not too sweet. The pineapple paired perfectly with it adding a nice refreshing component.

On top of their ice cream they also offer munchies which include chocolate dipped bananas, handmade drumsticks, and ice cream sandwiches.

Grand Burger

30 Sep

Grand Burger

710 S Grand Ave
Glendora, CA 91740

Hours:
Mon-Sat 6am-11pm / Sun 6am-10pm

**Second location in Rancho Cucamonga**

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Cheeseburger Combo

I really wanted to like Grand Burger. I was living in Covina at the time and really craving some classic comfort from a perfect burger. I didn’t want to drive all the way over to my classic go to, Colima Burger, and Yelp photos made Grand Burger seem promising.

Overall Grand Burger wasn’t a bad experience, but for a little over $8 it is a little pricey compared to other greasy spoons in the area. The burger wasn’t amazing and in fact reminded me very much of a Carl’s Jr. burger. It also had way too much lettuce. On the plus side I did really enjoy their fries, hot and crunchy with a nice fluffy inside, and the service was very polite. Overall, however I don’t think it is worth the cost.

The Packing House (And I’m not Talking Anaheim)

28 Sep

a la minute – Claremont

532 W 1st St
Claremont, CA 91711

Hours:
Mon-Thurs Noon-10pm / Fri & Sat Noon-11pm / Sun Noon-9:30pm

**Second location in Orange**

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Vanilla Bean Olive Oil

I have discovered The Packing House and I’m not talking Anaheim. While searching for something sweet to eat, my best friend and I stumbled upon not only a second a la minute location, but another packing house.

Now I have had a la minute in Orange before and when I saw it pop on my Claremont ice cream Yelp search I knew that was where we had to go. I had no clue where it was located, but when my friend and I pulled up on this new Packing House, I was so excited.

Now before I get into the ice cream, let’s talk a little about this Packing House. Now if you have been to the Packing House in Anaheim, Claremont’s Packing House has a similar feel, but overall is nothing like it. It’s an old packing warehouse that has been converted and has some places to eat, but that is where the similarities end. Anaheim’s Packing House is ultimately a dining hall and that is all. Yes, they have some live entertainment and some knick-knack shopping, but you go there to eat. Claremont offer’s so much more.

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Olive Oil and Strawberry Balsamic

Claremont’s Packing House has cool places to eat, ranging from a coffee shop to a full sit down restaurant, but that’s not all. It is full of shops. They have a used book store, clothing, aerial acrobat classes, and a comedy club. It’s a full weekend of fun rolled into one warehouse.

Now a la minute. It is just delicious, creamy and unique as it’s Orange location. I didn’t try any new flavors this time around, we ordered strawberry balsamic and vanilla bean olive oil. Just like last time they were creamy, flavorful, and just a wonderful dessert.

I Like my Tacos Greasy

25 Sep

Colonia Taco Lounge

13030 E Valley Blvd
La Puente, CA 91746

Hours:
Tues-Thurs 11am-9pm / Fri & Sat 11am-10pm / Closed Sun & Mon

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Crunchy Avocado Taco

Reviewing Colonia Taco Lounge is a strange task for me. This place puts my desire and love for greasy carne asada tacos served on the street against my desire to be surprised and see something classic taken to new levels. Colonia Taco Lounge is not a basic tortilla, meat, and salsa taco place. It is a taco shop filled with flavors, toppings, and options you would never ever imagine.

My English professor took me here as a going away celebration and although my taco craving was very disappointed, my foodie side was thrilled by my experience here. I got to try three of their tacos. I ordered their crunchy avocado taco and their fish taco. I got to try part of their campeon.

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Fish Taco

Their crunchy avocado was just that, pure avocado, a little bit of corn, topped with a salsa, and served in a crunchy shell. The flavor was good and the avocado was refreshing, but it needed something else to break up that super creamy texture of the avocado. The fish taco was a fried mahi-mahi, spicy honey, and cabbage. I have mixed feelings on the fish taco. The flavors were good and it had a nice kick, but was overwhelmed by the tortilla.

My favorite of the three tacos I tried was the campeon. It is a taco with seared queso fresco, bacon, and salsa. It was simple, but packed so much flavor. The cheese was gooey, but the sear offered a sharp taste. The bacon was fatty and greasy and crunchy. The salsa was spicy. It was a perfect taco and probably so satisfying because it was a slight nod to a greasy street taco.

Colonia Taco Lounge is big and spacious. It seemed like a great place to meet up with friends on a Friday night. The taco menu rotates and changes so will vary slightly every time you go. The staff were all super kind, attentive, and helpful. Overall, although it goes against all my taco desires, Colonia Taco Lounge was pretty cool.

Far East Joint

22 Sep

Far East Joint

1230 Lakes Dr, Ste 104
West Covina, CA 91790

Hours:
Mon-Thurs 11:30am-9:30pm / Fri 11:30am-10pm / Sat 12pm-10pm / Sun 12pm-9pm

**Serves beer**

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I went to the Far East Joint anticipating a place similar to Cha Cafe. That is not what I got, but I was by no means disappointed.

Walking in, Far East Joint has a very spacious Sports Bar feel; Bench seating runs along the walls with individual 4 person tables breaking up the space. Flat screen TVs dot the wall. The staff are fun, polite, and quick.

Now like I said, being a fusion place, grouped by Yelp with Cha Cafe, I was expecting traditional fusion dishes like Asian flavor inspired tacos and funky rice bowls. They do have some of that, Joint Tacos and Bacon Fried Rice, as well as their own funky fusion creations like their Spam N Egg Sliders, but for the most part they are a fry and wing place and although I stuck to basics they seem to be doing a damn good job.

My nephew and I ordered their plain fries and classic hot wings. They do offer funky fun flavors for both such as Curry Fries and Siracha Honey Wings, but I decided to go classic. The fries were ok, nothing special and a little thin for my taste, but clearly would be a good vessel for fun flavors. The wings were a win. Not greasy at all, good amount a meat, and packed good flavor. My nephew who is a wing man, said it was easily some of the best he has had.

I can’t wait to go back to try something beyond the wings and fries.

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