Hello Yelp Elite Event at Stonefire Grill!

Hello Yelp Elite Event at Stonefire Grill!

Yelp Elite Events in the South Bay are my favorite! Being a South Bay girl; I was so excited to see a Yelp event in my hometown; Torrance! Not only was it in Torrance; it was also at a place that I have been wanting to go back to for awhile; Stonefire Grill!

I first visited Stonefire Grill during their soft opening last year and absolutely loved it. This Yelp event allowed me to revisit and discover some new items.

Our Yelp Elite Event first started off with the Stonefire Grill’s Whole Roasted Cauliflower.

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It is a gigantic warm cauliflower that is also gigantic in flavor. Topped with lemon tahini and chopped parsley; it truly is a treat.

After the cauliflower; we were all treated to a wonderful buffet filled with some of Stonefire’s classic dishes!

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The buffet consisted of Stonefire’s bbq chopped salad, breadsticks, pesto pasta, mesquite bbq chicken and tri tip, lemon garlic chicken and tri tip, garlic mashed potatoes, meatballs and pizza.

It was my first time ever to try Stonefire’s BBQ chopped salad and I absolutely loved it They served it vegetarian style and it had mixed greens, black beans, roasted corn, carrots, red cabbage, cilantro, Jack cheese, tortilla strips, tomato, scallions along with buttermilk ranch.

It was also my first time to try their meatballs and pizza! The meatballs came in signature mesquite bbq meatballs and spicy bbq. Both flavors were great! For the pizzas; they served mesquite bbq and Stonefire’s “favorite.” The “favorite” had homemade pesto, avocado, red onion, mozzarella, feta cheese and fresh basil. It quickly became my favorite too especially since it had lots of avocado!

The feast continued on with dessert as we got try an assortment of Stonefire’s classic desserts!

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We got try Stonefire’s Heavenly Cheesecake topped with blueberry, Stonefire’s famous fudge brownies, Stonefire’s Incredible Carrot Cake and Sandy’s cookies. The carrot cake will always be a favorite of mine but I was also impressed with Sandy’s cookie. It was my first time trying this and I loved the oatmeal-based cookie with heath bar, dark chocolate chips and walnuts. It’s actually named after Sandy; a Stonefire Grill family member!

It truly was a feast that evening and am so happy to have gotten the chance to try some new things; thanks to this Yelp event!

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on YEE: A Feast at Stonefire Grill Torrance!

Hello Homemade Cream of Mushroom Chicken!

Hello Homemade Cream of Mushroom Chicken!

Ingredients: skinned boneless chicken breast, cream or mushroom soup, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms

One of my favorite Filipino restaurants is Nita’s Restaurant in Carson. Recently they added a new dish to their offerings, cream or mushroom chicken. I liked it so much that I tried to recreate it at home.

First up for making this dish is to slice the pieces of chicken breast, mushrooms, carrots and potatoes.

Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in skillet and then add the chicken breast. Heat the chicken until fully cooked.

Add in the cream of mushroom soup, mushrooms, carrots and potatoes.

Let it simmer until the carrots and potatoes are nice and tender.

Add in salt and pepper to taste.

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The cream of mushroom chicken is great when topped over white rice. Other options are to place on top of asparagus, pasta or quinoa. I’ve even had it plain with no accompanying side but I feel it is nice to have the cream of mushroom sauce as topping for some sort of side. Whatever way you choose to eat it, I do hope you enjoy and get a smile on your face :).

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Hello Hong Kong Express combo and boba!

Hello Hong Kong Express combo and boba!

Perhaps one may wonder why I am blogging about and writing a yelp review on a place that is a fast food joint/chain. I don’t think there is a rule of what to blog or yelp about and whether it is fine dining place or a hole in a wall, if I believe in a place, I will give the place the praise it deserves ;). I really wanted to blog about this place because I truly believed it is deserving of getting more positive feedback.

I stopped by here to get a quick lunch as well as some boba drinks and was really impressed.

I got a two item combo consisting of fried rice, chow mein, teriyaki chicken and chicken with mushrooms and zucchini. Portion wise the combo was enough for at least two meals. The lady working there even threw in a free egg roll. Taste wise the food was delicious too! My taste buds were delighted with the succulent teriyaki chicken. Equal in yumminess was my other chosen entree. The chicken with vegetables and mushrooms had a flavorful sauce that went well with the fried rice. The side chow mein was soft and good.

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Equally impressive was the boba drinks here that are made to order. I really liked the boba here! The boba balls themselves are perfectly chewy and soft. The boba drink is tasty and sweet. This will be a new summer hot spot for me for drinks to keep me cool :).

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For more smiles, please see my recent yelp review on Hong Kong Express.