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One Day Attack in UCity – Guerilla Ultima

May 29, 2013
Guerilla Ultima, Philadelphia PA
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Sesame Broccoli Salad
The Ultimate Patriot
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ImageGuerilla Ultima was a relatively new food truck specializing in BBQ that I had never seen around Drexel’s campus or anywhere else. The menu looked interesting with a lot of choices of protein. However, I do think it’s important to specify a burger and not call it a sandwich. 

The Sesame Broccoli Salad was a little too sour for my liking. I had a lot of broccoli as well as napa cabbage, carrots, and spicy jalapenos. It just had too much acidity to the salad and it was a little overdressed. However, I did like the crispness of the fresh vegetables. Still, for $4, the portion was quite small.Image

The Outsourced Patriot was in actuality a smoked curry chicken burger topped with coconut crema and guerilla slaw. The chicken was a little dry but still decent. It also had a smoky flavour but I had a hard time tasting much of the coconut crema. The burger was just a tad too dry and slightly bland, especially once you have the two pieces of the bun with the chicken breast. 

I think this food truck has potential but really needs to carve out its niche, figure out the tastes of its customers, and set a price that will generate a lot of business. Striking up conversations while customers are waiting is also not a bad idea. 

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Hail The Queen of Hearts – Sabrina’s Café

March 24, 2013
Sabrina’s Café, Philadelphia PA
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The Queen’s ‘Paint the Roses Red’ Stuffed French Toast
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ImageI cannot believe after almost two years here in Philly that I have yet to have brunch at the ever-so-popular Sabrina’s Café. Well, I finally got to try their famous challah stuffed French toast. Oh, and it was Alice in Wonderland week!

I got The Queen’s ‘Paint the Roses Red’ Stuffed French Toast, and yes, it was pretty in red. Inside the thick, soft challah French toast – which had a nice exterior might I add – were sweet cream cheese, Irish cream caramelized apples, raisins, coconut, double fudge chocolate pieces, and mint preserves, all topped with a berry-orange syrup. The sweet cream cheese was so scrumptious with the French toast. The apples added a nice tang while the raisins added another layer or sweetness. I saw the chocolate pieces but the flavour did not stand out. I could not even taste the mint and coconut, which were even fainter than the chocolate. It was just a whole plate of sweetness! The berry-orange syrup was tangy and sweet, though, so it made it not an overwhelming sugar overload. It was tangy, sweet, and very red, with just the right thickness to be soaked up by the French toast. I loved the fresh strawberries and blueberries a lot, wishing there were more to make it more refreshing rather than a very dense breakfast.

Looking at the weekly specials and the whole menu, I can easily come here every week. But that would just be sugar overload to the extreme, I guess.

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Back to the Tropics – Sugar Philly

February 27, 2013
Sugar Philly, Philadelphia PA
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Coconut Cream French Macaron
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ImageYet another macaron, this time the Coconut Cream French Macaron. I was not a big fan of this flavour. One of the shells was slightly browned on the flat side. The coconut cream was quite rich and tasted strongly of coconut. However, that is not one of my favourite flavours to begin with. 

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On the Need for Paninis: Part XV – Milk & Honey Market

February 23, 2013
Milk & Honey Market, Philadelphia PA
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Vegan Snickerdoodle Cookie
Bourbon Pecan Bar
Banana Bread
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ImageThe Milk & Honey Market is a good walk off campus, but it was National Banana Bread Day so I decided to check them out. The store was small and sold various, good quality cheeses, deli meats, and other gourmet foods. I love the atmosphere of a quaint little neighborhood store and also decided to have dinner there.

The Caprese Panini had very fresh Claudio’s mozzarella. It was light, slightly chewy, and very good with the tomatoes. However, I found this panini to be lacking in basil pesto. It was very fresh, house-made pesto, but there was not enough of the oily aroma.Image

The German Chocolate Cake looked scrumptious and tasted even better. The chocolate cake was moist yet dense, and not too sweet. I loved the frosting, though, which had syrup, I think, pecans, and shredded coconut. That part was certainly very sweet and sticky – I absolutely loved it.

ImageThe Vegan Snickerdoodle Cookie was a little dry and crunchy. I prefer soft, chewy cookies. However, it was sweet and did not lack any flavours of a regular cookie. It was not very buttery or oily, which I did appreciate.Image

The Bourbon Pecan Bar was also delicious. I could not taste much bourbon but the pecans in the sticky, syrup-based bar was crunchy and sweet. The crust on the bottom was buttery and not sweet, so the bar was still acceptable for most people. I loved the sweetness a lot and am sure the bourbon helped with that.Image

Finally, the Banana Bread had good flavour and was not overly oily or sweet. However, it was a little dry, especially the sides and the bottom. I did like the crunch of the walnuts inside.

The Milk & Honey Market offered so many small treats that all looked incredible. Their prices are decent so I am sure I will be back soon to try some cookie sandwiches, smoothies, and other delicious goods in this neighborhood gem.

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Tropics and Italy – Sugar Philly

ImageFebruary 22, 2013
Sugar Philly, Philadelphia PA
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Pineapple Coconut French Macaron
Italian Chocolate Chip French Macaron
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Sugar Philly churned out two new flavours. First was the Pineapple Coconut French Macaron. I loved the pineapple flavour in this, from all the bits inside the filling. The coconut flavour was there and made it even more tropical but took away from the refreshing aspect of the pineapples.Image

The Italian Chocolate Chip French Macaron was not my favourite. It was not very sweet and I could not find too many chocolate chips. I wished there were a bit more crunch and a more defined chocolate flavour. 

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A Hawaiian Native – Poi Bowl

ImageJanuary 4, 2013
Poi Bowl, Honolulu HI
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Local Boy Special
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After returning to Honolulu, we went to Costco for food for the next two days but headed to Ala Moana… yet again… for dinner. This time, I decided to try some traditional Hawaiian cuisine besides the poke I had last time. Thus, I found myself in front of Poi Bowl. I was not excited by the already made food kept warm rather than being freshly made to order. However, it was the only option for Hawaiian cuisine around.

I settled for the Local Boy Special that included the signature Poi, Lau Lau, Kalua Pig, Chicken Long Rice, Lomi Salmon, and Haupia. Let me just say none of us liked the poi, the mashed up version of the taro’s corm. It tasted off to us and was rather disgusting. Perhaps we are just not used to it but the texture was like wet mashed potatoes, which was not the most textural in any way. The Lau Lau was my favourite. The pork inside was nicely steamed and simple, soaking up the taro leaves flavour. The leaves were cooked until they were completely limp and I loved the fresh aroma. The Kalua Pig was okay, with decently tender pork. It was flavourful but a bit salty for my liking. The Chicken Long Rice did not have much distinct taste apart from roasted shredded chicken. The Lomi Salmon was very salty and fishy but okay in small amounts. Finally, the Haupia was not bad. It was a coconut pudding that was bouncy and sweet.

Overall, all of us found Hawaiian food very disappointing. I think I will stick with poke from now on and maybe a serving of lau lau just so I can eat some delicious taro leaves!

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In the Land of Taro, Coffee, Guava, Pineapple, and Coconut – Yogurtland

January 3, 2013
Yogurtland, Kahului HI
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Taro
Kona Coffee Blend
Guava Pineapple Tart
Toasted Coconut
Toppings: Mango, Pineapple, Mango Popping Boba, Strawberry Popping Boba, Passion Fruit Popping Boba, Mochi
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I so wish Yogurtland still had those Hello Kitty spoons. Well, at least they had many interesting flavours for Mom and I to indulge in. It had been a long – and winding day – going to Hana and back, and then up to the peaks and back down again. We were so ready to eat some comfort food and go back to the hotel for the night. 

The Taro frozen yogurt was sweet and creamy. I loved how earthy it tasted, not just sugary. The Kona Coffee Blend was quite bitter, full of coffee flavour and hardly any sweetness. The Guava Pineapple Tart was, well, tart, and refreshing. Finally, the Toasted Coconut was a lot better than I imagined. It was creamy and rich, not just sweet. The toppings were all lovely, especially the popping bobas! Those are always so good.

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All Fruits and a Touch of Caramel – Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt


December 31, 2012

Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt, Honolulu HI
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Honeydew
Lychee

Toppings: Strawberry Popping Boba, Mango Popping Boba, Lychee Jelly, Assorted Jellies
Strawberry Field
Mango Delight
Salted Caramel
Acai Berry
Toppings: Strawberry Popping Boba, Mango Popping Boba, Cookie Dough, Halo Halo
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ImageHere it is, Mom and mine favourite DIY frozen yogurt combination we have ever created! It is basically just Honeydew and Lychee frozen yogurt, with a variety of juicy and fruity toppings. The Honeydew flavour was so flavourful, tart, and sweet, as was the lychee one. Both were fantastic. The day before, we also had Lychee Popping Boba in addition to strawberry and mango flavours. The fruit jellies are so chewy and good too, but the bobas are just popping delights! Image

A new creation included Strawberry Field, Mango Delight, Salted Caramel, and Acai Berry frozen yogurts with Strawberry and Mango Popping Boba, Cookie Dough, and the lovely mixture in Halo Halo. Half of this bowl was fruity and tart while the other half was sweet and hearty. Well, as hearty as frozen yogurt can get anyways. The Strawberry Field and Acai Berry flavours were a little on the sour side. The Mango Delight did not have a strong aroma and the Salted Caramel was just slightly sweet, without much as a hint of saltiness. Perhaps that was due to an overload of sweet ingredients.

Regardless, Mom and I are clearly digging this DIY idea that popped up a few years ago. It is everywhere now but still a memorable experience to enjoy it Mom and see her get excited over the whole concept. Oh, and you gotta love those cute, colorful spoons!f

 

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Hey There, Halo! – Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt

December 30, 2012
Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt, Honolulu HI
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Taro-bly Delicious 
Coffee

Toppings: Plain Mochi, Cookie Dough, Sweet Red Beans, Halo Halo
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First thing to note, this is where Mom and I first discovered the DIY frozen yogurt. Since then, Mom has absolutely fallen in love with the concept. She has been wanting to return here for the past two years and decided to get the $20 for $25 gift card promotion, especially since there is a store in Philly as well. We actually shared two bowls between the three of us, but the photo for one did not work out and will be in another post (we loved the combination so much we made it again!).

This time, we tried the Taro-bly Delicious and Coffee frozen yogurts, topped with Plain Mochi, Cookie Dough, Sweet Red Beans, and Halo Halo. The taro flavour was so creamy, rich, and sweet that Mom found it too sweet. I loved, though, despite it not being quite so refreshing. The Coffee was not sweet at all but rather aromatic and bitter. The two richer flavours went well with the toppings. The Plain Mochi was sweet and chewy, as was the Cookie Dough. The Sweet Red Beans were mushy and, well, sugary. I loved the Halo Halo with its myriad of ingredients, especially the coconut and palm fruit. All in all, it was one bowl of cool deliciousness!

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Cheesy and Tart – The Cheesecake Factory

December 29, 2012
The Cheesecake Factory, Honolulu HI
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Mango Key Lime Cheesecake
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ImageOriginally, we planned to eat at least one meal here. However, on New Year’s Eve, the line was out the door and pretty much went along the shoreline to the other side of Waikiki. Okay, maybe not THAT long, but it was still a good two hours before getting a table. Fortunately, we did have a slice of cheesecake to go on the first night of getting there and IT WAS DELICIOUS! We ate our first few bites in the old McDonald’s by the beach since we wanted something to drink after our evening stroll and it was just too good to resist until we returned to the hotel.

The Mango Key Lime Cheesecake had mango mousse, key lime cheesecake, and a vanilla coconut macaroon crust. The mango mousse was light and the texture was excellent. That mango flavour was so good, especially paired with the creamy yet very tart key lime cheesecake. The two flavours were just so perfect together. Add the shredded coconut texture of the crust and you have got a bite of scrumptious dessert. It was so dreamy!

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