May 29, 2013
Guerilla Ultima, Philadelphia PA
Sesame Broccoli Salad
The Ultimate Patriot
Guerilla 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.
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.
March 24, 2013
Sabrina’s Café, Philadelphia PA
The Queen’s ‘Paint the Roses Red’ Stuffed French Toast
I 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.
January 4, 2013
Poi Bowl, Honolulu HI
Local Boy Special
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!
January 3, 2013
Yogurtland, Kahului HI
Kona Coffee Blend
Guava Pineapple Tart
Toppings: Mango, Pineapple, Mango Popping Boba, Strawberry Popping Boba, Passion Fruit Popping Boba, Mochi
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.
December 29, 2012
The Cheesecake Factory, Honolulu HI
Mango Key Lime Cheesecake
Originally, 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!