Hello Taqueria Gardena!

Hello Taqueria Gardena!

Pacific Square in Gardena; home to fabulous eateries such as Sweet Rice and Happy Lemon now has a new addition that will add even more deliciousness to the area. Taqueria Gardena just opened up this December 2019 and it is quickly becoming the go-to spot for tacos.

The new taqueria offers Tijuana style tacos topped with cilantro, onions, guacamole and salsa all on fresh made tortillas. One can get fish tacos, shrimp tacos, cachete tacos, suadero tacos, carne asada tacos, al pastor tacos and chicken tacos. There are even specialty tacos with cauliflower mole, portobello and enoki mushroom, pork belly and spicy fried chicken. Tacos are definitely not just for Tuesdays anymore! ūüėČ

I recently visited and had some tasty taco treats!

I chose to get the al pastor tacos and chicken tacos. The flavor profile on these tacos are excellent. I love the spicy kick; the creamy texture and the chargrill on the meats. For a more fiery flavor; I even added some of their extra spicy salsa that they offer. This extra spicy salsa contains nuts and is made fresh by the same lady who makes their fresh made tortillas.

The tacos here are fantastic but they offer even more! They’ve got quesadillas, nachos and even Mexican fried rice!

Yes; you read that correctly! This taqueria offers fried rice and I knew i just had to check it out. Their version of Mexican fried rice can be purchased con carne (with meat) or sin carne (without meat).

I chose to get it with carne asada and was presented with a beautiful plate of loaded fried rice. It was topped with scrambled eggs, guacamole, chunks of carne asada and drizzles of sour cream. Yum! Similar to the tacos it was full of flavor. Fried rice has never been so unique.

Overall Taqueria Gardena is a great add to my favorite Pacific Square plaza in Gardena. I will definitely be stopping by again in the future (after some Hello Kitty shopping at the neighboring Sanrio Surprises) ;).

For more smiles; please see my Yelp review on Taqueria Gardena.

Hello Frida Mexican Cuisine @ Del Amo!

Hello Frida Mexican Cuisine @ Del Amo!

When Del Amo Fashion Center had their Expansion Opening Celebration back in October, I was one of the many who was excited about all the upcoming new hot spots that would be opening up at the mall. Many amazing restaurants were in the line up! Just right before the holidays, one of the highly anticipated eateries opened up and this is no other than Frida Mexican Cusine.

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Frida is a popular Mexican restaurant with¬†locations already in Beverly Hills and Westwood. It is headed by Chef Vincent Del Rio who’s concept is¬†“Mexican gastronomy is an art.” He brings out authentic Mexcian cuisine full of traditional flavors and ingredients from his homeland Mexico City.

Hearing about the wonderful food from the Beverly Hills and Westwood location, I was very eager to try the new Del Amo location and I recently had the pleasure of doing so.

The meal here starts off with a delicious complimentary chips and salsa. They’ve got red and green salsa for your tasting buds pleasure. The red salsa has a tomatillo like taste while the green salsa has a lime like flavor.

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The savory menu consists of indeed many traditional delicious Mexican “Entradas”¬†such as¬†Consome de Pollo, chicken broth served with vegetables, rice and chicken and Burrito campechano, a burrito combo of marinated grilled chicken and beef sirloin with rice, beans, lettuce, sour cream, queso fresco and guacamole, wrapped in a flour tortilla.

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I happened to come on Tuesday and it seemed that tacos would be appropriate. Taco Tuesdays always makes me smile. Their traditional tacos come in soft tortillas but I chose to get the crispy taco version, one chicken and one beef.

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I liked how their tacos were topped off with lots of fresh lettuce, tomatoes and white cheese. Underneath there was plenty of tender shredded meat.

I also wanted to try a variety of their other items and chose to get the Frida platter with some friends.

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The Frida platter consist of crispy taquitos, quesadillas, mini sole and guacamole.  The guacamole is made fresh and this was perfect on top of all the appetizers! The quesadillas was oozing with white cheddar inside. The mini sole were cute and yummy small tostadas topped with similar lettuce, tomatoes and cheese that were found in the tacos. My favorite of the whole platter had to be the taquitos. The taquitos were crispy, crunchy and simply wonderful. It was filled with lots of tender chicken and drizzled on top was tasty sour cream. The guacamole on top of the taquitos was like icing on the cake! Just the perfect topping for a treat.

Not to be outdone is the Drinks menu at Frida.

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Frida Del Amo offers happy hour on weekdays from 3 to 6pm and 9pm to closing.

They’ve got various handcrafted drinks and specialties. I chose to get a virgin mango margarita.

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It was one refreshing drink and the taste of mango hits the taste buds right at first sip.

I really enjoyed my very first trip to new Frida Del Amo. It was not hard to see why Frida has been so popular since the opening up of it’s flagship restaurant in Beverly Hills. Everything I tried here was delicious and I could really tell that they used the freshest and highest quality ingredients. One can really see that¬†“Mexican gastronomy is an art.” From the beautiful plating of dishes to the savory flavors, I was truly impressed. I was full of smiles at the end of my meal and cannot wait to be back!

Thank you Frida Mexican Cusiine for a wonderful night. This is a great addition to Del Amo Fashion Center!

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For more smiles, please see my recent Yelp review on Frida Mexican Cuisine @ Del Amo.

 

 

 

Hello Tom’s Tacos!

Hello Tom’s Tacos!

Hello and Happy National Taco Day!

What better way to celebrate taco day then some delicious tacos and a blog post about them!

This Hello Kitty Foodie celebrated National Taco Day with some crunchy treats from¬†Tom’s Tacos.

Tom’s Tacos is the “Home of the Hardshell Tacos and Fresh Salsa.”

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Tom’s Tacos sounds a lot like the famous¬†Tito’s Tacos in Culver City, right? That is no concidence. The very first Tom’s Tacos was once Tito’s Tacos in Orange County. The story of Tom’s Tacos started when a. fan of Tito’s Tacos, bought Tito’s Tacos OC location. Being such a big taco fan, he decided to offer the same menu as Tito’s Tacos and as well as some other yummy treats like tostadas and nachos! Tom’s Tacos offers same great taste as Tito’s Tacos and more!

Although originally located in Anaheim, Tom’s Tacos moved to Torrance, California this 2015. This move was of much delight to this Hello Kitty Foodie. Being a South Bay native, I welcomed this location change. I’ve been wanting to come check out Tom’s Tacos for sometime and finally the time came and just in time for National Taco Day!

My orders consisted of one beef taco with cheese, one chicken taco with cheese and taquitos! From the start, I was impressed. I was presented with a box full of crunchy delights! Their tacos are indeed special! The crispy shell was filled with lots of tender meat, fresh lettuce and tasty shredded cheese. The beef was savory and the chicken was tender. It’s hard for me to say which taco version was my favorite because I was a fan of both. Topping the tacos with the fresh salsa added a nice touch.

The taquitos which came with a side of guacamole was also a nice treat. The taquitos had that nice crisp on the outside and there was a good serving of meat inside. Dipping it in guacamole enhanced the flavor of the taquito even more.

Trying out Tom’s Tacos to celebrate National Taco Day was perfect. The tacos I tried are some of the tastiest I’ve ever tried. I loved how fresh everything was. Their made to order tacos that comes with housemade salsa was truly a winner. I sure was full of smiles for National Taco Day thanks to Tom’s Tacos.

For more smiles, please see my recent¬†Yelp review¬†on Tom’s Tacos.

Hello Brickworks Roasthouse & Grill!

Hello Brickworks Roasthouse & Grill!

Early this year I dined at Manhattan Village’s Brickworks Roasthoast and Grill. It was during the Lent season however and so I couldn’t eat many of their well known dishes. I wrote my Yelp review I was one “happy rabbit” with my wood grilled vegetable sandwich but I was definitely looking forward to trying out some of their other items on that menu. Just recently I had a chance to do that during a dinner out with my friends at Brickworks.

We started off our dinner here with the Charred Poblano and Corn Guacamole with tortilla chips appetizer. This was a very lovely starter. The guacamole has a pleasant mild sweet taste due to the corn that they mixed in. There was also a little cool zest provided by the poblano and onions mixed in. The tortilla chips were light, fresh and crisp.

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The next appetizer we tried were the Devilishly Delicious Deviled Eggs. These deviled eggs were amazing. They had spice and little pieces of bacon on top. Flavorful hints of cayenne spice, little bits of bacon and soft eggs made this heavenly. Yes, heavenly ūüėČ

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My friends got salads for their entrees. One of my friends got the Filet Mignon Salad. It was a beautifully plated salad with chipotle ranch, marinated filet chunks, pine nuts, romaine, corn, roasted peppers, jicamas and black beans.

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Someone else got the Beijing Roasted Chicken Salad. This was another lovely looking salad. It had chinese noodles, persian cucumbers, fresh mango, almonds, green onion and sesame peanut dressing. My friend described it best when she said it was like a lettuce wrap in salad form.

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For my entree, I got the prime rib dip. I’ve had my eye on that sandwich ever since my first trip here and since I couldn’t eat it then, I had to try it this time around. It was one packed sandwich with plenty of tender shaved prime rib. It came with an awesome rich beef jus for dipping and crispy shoestring fries on the side. The bread of the sandwich was hot and fresh and the prime rib was slow roasted to perfection. It was hearty, meaty and yummy.

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Dinner at Brickworks Roasthouse and Grill with my friends brought plenty of smiles this Monday night!