Cavitena in Lomita, California has a new look and new location! The South Bay Filipino restaurant is back at the Lomita Village plaza but in a bigger venue. Previously it was a small turo-turo; where one can “point” to the pre-cooked Filipino items. Their new spot is no longer turo-turo but instead is a full dine in restaurant with a bar and karaoke stage.
Many of the old Filipino favorites that were available at the location can still be ordered here. Filipino silog breakfasts which include garlic rice and two eggs were very popular then and what’s nice about the new location is they have added me even more silog dishes! My favorite is the lumpiasilog which comes with twelve of their delicious and crispy lumpia!
Breakfast is served all day but if one is looking for non-breakfast Filipino dishes; they definitely have a good variety offered. From adobo to pancit to kare kare they have it here! More rice; please :).
The new Cavitena is a great and spacious place to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner and if you’re up for it; you can even go up and sing at their new karaoke stage. It’s truly Filipino good times when there is singing :).
Red Sakura is well known for their Taiwanese gift sets featuring cookies, sun cakes and pineapple cakes. They make the perfect gift because the yummy cakes and cookies are made out of premium ingredients. For Hello Kitty fans like myself; there is an added bonus! The Hello Kitty gift sets come with a special souvenir via tins, plates or mugs. Red Sakura recently debuted their new Hello Kitty sets and every thing is so kawaii!
Hello Kitty Shaped Cookies
The Hello Kitty Shaped Cookies comes with two Hello Kitty souvenir tins (pink and white) and comes with 12 Hello Kitty shaped cookies.
Hello Kitty Rusks
Hello Kitty Rusks include a cute purple mug along with some tasty Hello Kitty rusks biscuits.
Hello Kitty Pineapple Cakes
Hello Kitty pineapple cakes comes with 8 Hello Kitty shaped sun cakes. This is the only gift set with just food and no additional gift item. It’s a good set if you want to try out Red Sakura for the first time.
Hello Kitty Pineapple Cakes
Hello Kitty Pineapple Cakes come with a porcelain plate featuring Hello Kitty, rabbits and pineapples and 6 pineapple cakes.
All the Red Sakura x Hello Kitty gift sets are available at H-Mart. Prices range from $26.99 to $29.99 depending on location. One can also check out H-Mart’s website at: https://fresh.hmart.com
Earlier this year Hannam Chain Del Amo opened up in Torrance, California. The Korean market was a highly anticipated opening and lots of South Bay locals like myself was happy to welcome the new market offering fresh fruits, vegetables and Korean goods. This month Hannam Chain Del Amo opened up a food court in their market and brought even more (food) happiness to the Torrance. The new food court has currently three occupants: Paris Baguette, Kyodong Noodle and Goobne Chicken.
It’s a welcome sight to see Paris Baguette back in the South Bay! A few years back they had a lovely store in Redondo Beach, California and I loved their fresh bread offerings. Unfortunately the Redondo Beach location closed but I am happy to see them now in Torrance! My Hello Kitty Foodie recommendation here is their almond croissants. Yes; it’s another croissant crush recommendation. I love the huge, flaky buttery croissants topped with lots and lots of almonds.
Kyodong Noodle is also not new the South Bay as they have a location in Gardena, California. This eatery offers authentic Korean dishes such as Woolpong (White Seafood Noodle Soup) and Jjajangmyun (Black Bean Noodle). My Hello Kitty Foodie recommendation is the Black Bean Noodle. It’s like a Korean pasta with sweet and savory black bean sauce. The black bean sauce even has little chunks of meat in it.
Last but not definitely not least is Goobne Chicken. This place is definitely a new favorite of mine. Goobne in Korean means “it’s roasting.” This eatery offers fresh roasted chicken in a variety of flavors. The flavors range from original to volcano. My Hello Kitty Foodie recommendation is the Galbi. The Galbi chicken is flavored with Goobne’s special sauce that is flavored with 10 different Korean domestic fruits and vegetables. I love the smoky, sweet taste.
Paris Baguette, Kyodong Noodle and Goobne Chicken are just the start of yummy eateries to come to Hannam Chain Del Amo. I am definitely excited to see what other places will open up.
There is a new ramen spot in the South Bay and it is quickly making it’s way to the top of my favorite ramen places! Kotsu Ramen opened up it’s 10th location recently in Redondo Beach, California.
The concept of Kotsu Ramen is “Ramen for Fast Foodies.” They say “Eat. Slurp. Ramen. Repeat!” Being someone who is always on the go I love this concept. They’ve got food that may be fast but is delicious. There is a variety of options that is perfect for any ramen lover out there. At Katsu Ramen; one can your broth and protein. For the ramen broth; one can get the Kotsu (pork broth), Tori (chicken broth) or the Tonyu (plant based). As for proteins; one can get Pork Chashu, Chicken Meatballs or Tofu Steak. Aside from ramen; they have rice bowls and sides like Brussels sprouts, edamame, Takoyaki, chicken karaage and gyoza.
For my first visit here; I had to get one of my all time favorite Japanese side dishes; chicken karaage. Even for the chicken karaage; one has options. One can get it with original flavor, flame or curry. Being it was my first time I had to go traditional and decided to get the original.
I found their karaage to be tasty and unique. They give a bowl of small bite size, crispy pieces. It was bite sized bites but packed with flavor. It was definitely a nice starter for a great meal ahead.
For the ramen; I chose to do something a bit different. I got the Tonyu ramen with pork belly. Yes, I decided to get vegan broth with pork! No judging here as it was definitely a great mix.
I got the Tonyu with a kick and so it definitely had a spicy flare to it that added lots of flavor. The vegan broth was excellent. It was Iusciously creamy and I could barely even tell it was a vegan broth. One of the nice things about getting the Tonyu is it comes with corn, braised greens and Brussels sprouts. (Note they don’t have these veggies in the Kotsu or Tori but instead they have 1/2 an egg.) I am a big fan of brussels sprouts and corn and so this was definitely a nice touch! Overall enjoyed the crunch and texture this added to the ramen and the veggies paired really well with the protein.
Overall I am so happy to see Kotsu Ramen here in the South Bay! There are other locations are mostly in California but they also have a location in Portland, Oregon and they soon will be opening up Camas, Washington. There is a ramen for everyone here and it’s definitely the perfect ramen for fast foodies. Eat. Slurp. Ramen. Repeat.
For more smiles; please see my Yelp review on Kotsu Ramen Redondo Beach.
Hello and Happy Memorial Day Hello Kitty Foodies! Memorial Day; a day that I am thankful to those who gave every thing so that we could have every thing. ❤️🤍💙.
Traditionally Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and is celebrated with grilled food and bbq. For this Memorial Day however versus traditional bbq; I went with a bit more non-traditional via Korean BBQ. I always love food adventures and supporting local businesses and so this Memorial Day bbq celebration consisted of visiting Palsaik Korean BBQ in Torrance!
Palsaik Korean BBQ was first established in Korea in 2007. The Torrance branch opened up in 2015. Palsaik means “8 colors” in Korean. The name of the restaurant is because this place primarily specializes in pork bellies via 8 different flavors: ginseng, wine, garlic, herb, galbi, curry, miso and hot pepper. Aside from pork; they also have also have beef. The beef combo comes with Prime Brisket and Prime Ribeye or Prime Boneless Shortrib. All combos come with kimchi stew, ramen noodle, mushrooms, garlic, kimchi, bean sprout and lettuce.
Though popular for pork; I decided to try their beef combo with Prime Brisket and Prime Ribeye.
The meal here started off with the server bringing out the Kimchi stew. The Kimchi stew is cooked right at the table and among the ingredients inside are Korean sausage, pork belly and tofu. The combos also come with ramen noodles that you put inside the Kimchi stew.
This Kimchi stew is one very good stew. It has a little bit of a fiery kick to it but it is not overwhelming. It has just the right amount of spice to it. I loved the soft ramen noodles and especially loved the touch of Korean sausage. Both of these ingredients added nice texture and flavor to the soup.
The meats come shortly after the Kimchi stew. The servers at Palsaik are the ones who will do the cooking. They started off first with cooking the bean sprouts, kimchi and the Prime Brisket. The Prime Ribeye is cooked last. I really loved how the servers explained the different foods and ingredients. They were super sweet the whole time and we ended up with some great tasting food.
Both the Prime Brisket and Prime Ribeye were awesome. Their beef here is very tender and flavorful. It practically melted in my mouth. For the beefs; the Prime Ribeye was my favorite. The garlic and onion flavors added great umami flavors and I could tell how well marinated the beef was.
I loved the beef paired with white rice but I also learned how to make Ssambap or Korean lettuce wraps during this visit. The perfect Ssambap consisted of their well flavored season meat with just the right hint of their Ssamjang sauce and the bean sprouts. The Ssamjang sauce added a bit of sweet as well as spicy. It’s a must to add to the beef! The sauce enhances the beef flavors even more.
Everything from the kimchi stew to the two varieties of meat was excellent during this visit. I loved just the abundance of flavors from everything I tried and am so happy that I got to try this Korean BBQ this holiday. I can definitely say this Memorial Day meal at Palsaik was very memorable.
For more smiles; please see my Yelp review on Palsaik Korean BBQ in Torrance.
Just this path month an amazing new Japanese restaurant opened up at the Rolling Hills Plaza in Torrance, California. Kozo Sushi Japanese Sushi Kitchen had their grand opening on April 1, 2022. Kozo Sushi originated in Japan in 1964 as takeout sushi place and now 58 years later the popular sushi takeout spot is now in the South Bay!
Similar to their original location; Kozo Sushi Japanese Sushi Kitchen specializes in sushi. One can mix and match to create your own sushi set or you can pick your favorite from their abundant selection. At the Torrance location they have 5 different signature sushi, 6 soy rolls and 24 different signature rolls. They even have one signature roll that was made specifically for the Torrance location. The Torrance Roll can only be found in Torrance and has shrimp tempura, cucumber, salmon, spicy mayo, sweet and hot sauce tempura, salmon spicy mayo and sweet and hot sauce.
My favorite here is the Tempura California Roll. It comes with Kanikama, Avocado, Cucumber and Sesame Sauce. It has the perfect crispy texture and I simply love that crunch at first bite!
Though sushi is their speciality; there are a lot more delightful dishes that can be found at Kozo Sushi Japanese Sushi Kitchen. They’ve got appetizers (edamame, takoyaki, sashimi, gyoza dumplings, tofu nuggets, teriyaki chicken, tempura, egg rolls, karaage), bowls (Teriyaki Chicken Bowl, Beef Sukiyaki Bowl, Mix of Chicken and Beef Bowl), noodles (Shrimp Tempura Udon, Chicken Udon, Beef Sukiyaki Udon), Curry Rice (Katsu Curry, Chicken Karaage Curry) and salads (Green Salad, Seaweed Salad, Teriyaki Chicken Salad, Soft Shell Crab Salad). It is definitely an amazing menu full of yummy Japanese dishes.
Being a karaage and curry lover; I just had to check out their Chicken Karaage Curry. I was definitely pleased with this curry. The curry sauce has just the right spice. It’s not too spicy but definitely has enough of a fiery kick to delight one’s tastebuds. The curry sauce is also thick and perfect over the rice.
There is definitely plenty to choose from at Kozo Sushi Japanese Sushi Kitchen and so one of my favorite things to do is to get a 3 item customized combo. It’s the perfect way to try a variety of things. The 3 item combo comes with your choice of main items including a roll if you’d like. It also comes with white or brown rice and miso soup.
I love being able to mix and match my favorite items. My favorites include karaage chicken, tempura and the California rolls. The Karaage chicken always comes out hot and fresh from their kitchen and is so crispy. Similar to that is the tempura. I love the crunchy texture of the tempura.
58 years after their first location in Japan; Kozo Sushi Japanese Kitchen continues to introduce delicious Japanese food to many. I am definitely happy that they have their newest location in Torrance. I have tried a variety of their food and can say each time I visit I leave happy and full.
For more smiles; please check out my Yelp Review on Kozo Sushi Japanese Kitchen .
Indian cuisine is definitely one of my favorite types of cuisines in the world. I am always on the lookout for a good place for some Indian food and just this past week I discovered a new Indian food in Redondo Beach; thanks to dineLA! Copper Pot Indian Grill and Cafe just opened this past 2021 and has a variety of different dishes and drinks from North and South India. The dineLA offering that they had this past week allowed me to try several different things from the menu.
Their dineLA offering consisted of getting soup, bread, entree and a drink.
For the soup; I tried the Mulligatawny Soup while my mom tried the Crab Laksa. It was my first time ever to try Mulligatawny soup and I instantly became a fan of this soup. It has a bit of curry along with coconut flavoring and then is topped off with fried shallots. I loved the overall creaminess of this soup.
I also got to try a little bit of the Crab Laksa. It’s a Anglo-Indian lentil broth, served with a dollop of yogurt. This one is similar to the Mulligatawny soup in terms of creaminess. I thought it also had a slight coconut flavor. The main difference is the touch of crab. It definitely has that seafood after taste.
Accompanying our soup and entrees were Garlic Naan and Butter Naan bread. Copper Pot serves their breads fresh from the oven and piping hot! It’s perfect for dipping.
For our entrees; we got the Chicken Tikka Masala and the Andhra Chicken Curry. The Chicken Tikka Masala at Copper Pot is excellent. I loved how the dish was filled with a lot boneless marinated chicken pieces in buttery, creamy sauce. It was so perfect with basmati rice as well as the naan bread. I loved the mild and nutty flavor of their Chicken Tikka Masala.
The Andhra Chicken Curry had a bit more fiery and spicy kick to it. If you like spice; this dish is for you. This curry is a bit different as it has special blend masala from Andhra region of India. The freshly roasted spices blended with the chicken produced quite a unique taste in this curry.
I also got to enjoyed Mango Lassi here and it was one sweet and tasty drink!
I am definitely happy to have another great place for Indian food in the South Bay! स्वादिष्ट!
For more smiles; please see my Yelp review on Copper Pot Indian Grill and Cafe.
All of heaven is about to break loose. Just recently new brand Bon Devil launched. Formerly known as The Collaborative; the Bon Devil revealed their devilish new identity at Expo West and along with it launched a delicious line of ganaches.
Devilish on the outside, and angelic on the inside, Bon-Devil debuted the ultimate unguilty pleasures via angelic 1.6 cup of plant-based dessert made from coconuts. To hell with dairy, gluten, lactose and evil GMOs! To heaven with flavors! Bon Devil has four tempting ganaches in four heavenly flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla, Salted Caramel Choc & Caramelized Banana Ganaches.
My personal favorite is the Salted Caramel Chocolate. I love the dark chocolate flavor with sweet touch of salted caramel. The best part of all is that I feel guilt free from eating it. It is not loaded with sugars but loaded with flavors!
Death to guilt with the guilt free Bon Devil ganaches! You too can be set free. 😉 Bon Devil’s delicious coconut based desserts can be found in major US groceries.
Comin’ in hot from Torrance, California! There’s a new hot chicken spot in the South Bay and it’s no other than Hanky’s Hot Chicken. Hanky’s Hot Chicken is located at Rolling Hills Plaza in Torrance and in close proximity to the ACM Theaters. It’s perfect place to dine during movie nights or when about and about shopping at the plaza.
Being a hot chicken fan; I had been eagerly awaiting the opening of Hanky’s Hot Chicken and this week they finally had their grand opening. It is family owned and operated and also co-owned by another South Bay favorite; Caps and Corks. I love the breakfast burritos and tacos at Caps and Corks and it is no surprise that I am now loving the food from Hanky’s Hot Chicken. Move over Nashville; Torrance has some amazing chicken dishes! Hanky’s Hot Chicken menu consists of a variety of delicious hot chicken delights; from breakfast burritos to chicken sandwiches to even chicken and waffles.
For my first visit here; I tried the Fried Classic Chicken Sandwich, Loaded Tots along with some Mexican Coke.
One cannot go wrong with the Fried Classic sandwich. This has fried chicken breast smothered with mayo and layered with lettuce all on a buttery brioche bun. I loved the overall crisp of the sandwich and it was perfect when smothered or dipped into Hanky’s Hot Chicken dipping sauces! There are three dipping sauces: buttermilk ranch, honey mustard and comeback sauce. Each of the sauces gave a different delicious flavor and touch to the sandwich. The honey mustard was slightly on the sweet side. The ranch was a simple yet yummy classic sauce. The comeback sauce (my personal favorite) has a slight spicy kick!
The Loaded Tots with tenders, mac and cheese, cole slaw, green onion and drizzled with cheese sauce and comeback sauce made for a perfect pair with the Fried Classic sandwich. These tots are ooey, gooey, messy and oh so delicious! Get some napkins because you’ll need it. It’s such drool worthy large portion of food! It’s perfect for sharing. These were definitely on the top of my favorites here. I love how there is just a variety of food all packed into one dish. The chicken tenders in it give diners a good taste of the yummy chicken. The mac and cheese in this dish is cheesy and rich. The coleslaw has the perfect mayo mix. I love how everything comes together and just gives that oomph of flavor!
Aside from great food; they’ve got a variety of refreshing drinks from lemonades to bottles and cans. I had a Mexican coke with my meal and it perfectly paired with the sandwich. At the end; I also got to enjoy a sweet treat via the Strawberry milkshake! It was the perfect way to end a meal here.
They say “Life is like a box of tenders”……well life at Hanky’s Hot Chicken sure is great!
The food here is so “cluckin hot!”
For more smiles; please check out my Yelp review on Hanky’s Hot Chicken!
Manhattan Village in Manhattan Beach, California is truly becoming the go-to spot when in the Beach Cities! They’e been adding so many great shops and delicious restaurants in the past year that I’m also so excited to dine and shop. The latest restaurant to open up is Dan Modern Chinese. Dan Modern Chinese has four other locations in Southern California; Pasadena, Playa Vista, Santa Monica and Sawtelle (Go Bruins!). The Manhattan Beach location is their fifth and newest location am I am beyond thrilled to have Dan Modern Chinese in the Beach Cities.
With dumplings, noodles, fried rice and garlic filled veggies; it’s not surprising that I love this place. As a testament to how this place is my new favorite; I’ve already tried their cuisine twice this month.
A must try item on their menu is definitely their dumplings. They’ve got two main types: Xiao Long Bao (Soup Dumplings) and Handmade Dumplings. Both are handmade on site. The Xiao Long Bao is their signature dish. It’s steamed and filled with the most heart warming, soothing broth! Choice of fillings include chicken, pork, shrimp, dungeness crab and veggie. The Handmade Dumplings can be either ordered steamed, pan fried or crispy. The crispy version is definitely a treat as it comes with a thin crispy bottom layer! The crispy is not only a fun food item; it’s quite a delicious one too!
To accompany their dumplings; I either get the fried rice or their dan mein. I love fried rice but do have to say their dan mein is on the top of my favorite sides. I love the long, handmade thick noodles, snow pea leaves, garlic sauce along with my choice of protein; short rib.
Another great item here that I love is their Beef Roll. This item is on their small plates section of their menu but is not small in any means. The rolls are packed with oxtail, cucumbers, green onions and cilantro. It’s definitely filling and quite the treat.
Last but not least; the vegetable dishes should not be missed. Often veggies don’t get enough love but I highly recommend to try one or more of their vegetable dishes here. They pack their veggies with lots of flavor and lots of garlic. If you’re a garlic fan; you definitely don’t want the miss vegetables.
Dan Modern Chinese is a welcome addition to Manhattan Beach! It is true beach cities bliss to dine here!
For more smiles; please see my Yelp Review on Dan Modern Chinese Manhattan Village.