Hello Bahay Kainan/BaBoys!

Hello Bahay Kainan/BaBoys!

October is Filipino πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ American πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ History Month and Bahay Kainan/BaBoys is the perfect place to celebrate. Their menu brings classic Filipino favorites with an American twist.

Bahay Kainan first started off in 2001 as a catering business by Philippine immigrants. Elizabeth and Guillermo Ferido. The served only traditional Filipino food and hence the name Bahay Kainan; Tagalog for “Home Cooking”. In 2016; they added the name BaBoys when their son Guilbert Ferido; a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena; took over as head chef. He added the name “BaBoys.”  The name “BaBoys” has a special twist as in Tagalog it means “Pork” while the “Boys” can is a reference to American young men.

The new name, “Baboys” with a Filipino American twist was perfect for the new Filipino fusion menu that Guilbert Ferido created. Inspired by his Mom’s cooking of lumpia he incorporated the popular Filipino appetizer into a burger and made the Lumpia burger.

The Lumpia Burger consists of a Lumpiang Shanghai Patty in between two Hawaiian buns and topped with slices of cheese, Asian slaw, tomato, scallions and smothered with garlic aioli and banana ketchup. Filipino classic lumpia is often dipped in the popular Filipino condiment banana ketchup and even that is creatively incorporated in this burger.

Alongside the Lumpia Burger; are other Filipino fusion items such as fries topped with Sisig (Filipino minced pork, chopped onion, and chicken liver),  Tocino (Filipino sweet pork) Burrito and Bistek (Filipino beef steak) Onion Rings.

The Bistek Onion Rings are a favorite of mine on the menu. Filipino Beef Steak is a dish I’ve loved growing up. The traditional way is thin slices of beef with lots of onions stewed in soy sauce and lemon juice. Here at BaBoys; they have lots of beef and lots of onions but the onions consist of fried onion rings. There is also garlic parmesan cheese and cotija cheese. It’s Filipino and American cuisine paired perfectly.

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With it’s Filipino American cuisine, Bahay Kainan/BaBoys is the perfect place to eat this Filipino πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ American πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ History Month.

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Bahay Kainan/BaBoys

Hello Hermosa Beach Fish Shop!

Hello Hermosa Beach Fish Shop!

Picture perfect Friday in the city of Hermosa Beach, the city of beach side bliss. With sunny skies, fresh air, the cool ocean breeze coming towards me, today I was at the heart of Hermosa Beach at Pier Avenue. Pier Avenue for me is where beach side happiness starts because it’s down this street that you find the cute boutiques, fun beach shops and delicious eateries. It’s the street of beach smiles. Now right at the start of Pier Avenue, there’s another reason to smile because of newly opened Hermosa Beach Fish Shop!

The original fish shop restaurant is from my other favorite beach side bliss city, San Diego, via Pacific Beach Fish Shop. It’s sister restaurant is now in Hermosa Beach as the Hermosa Beach Fish Shop! The Hermosa restaurant has only been open for a couple months and plenty of people on their way to the pier are already flocking to this new beach eatery. I was super flattered and honored when I recently received an invite to dine at Hermosa Beach Fish Shop as a media guest.

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I dined at Hermosa Beach Fish Shop today and the very first thing I noticed was their menu. The menu is perfect for any Seafood fan! Folks dining here have the choice of selecting which seafood and marinade they want and whether to have it as a taco, salad, sandwich or plate! The menu also has plenty of sea options such as chowder, ceviche, oyster shooters.

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I came here with my mom because she is a big seafood fan. We started off our meal here with a cup of Fish Shop Chowder. It’s clam chowder with a twist because it’s clam chowder with smoked andouille sausage. I really enjoyed this soup! I liked the thick, creamy broth and I was such a fan of the smoked andouille sausage. I thought this touch was great. The chunks of sausage brought extra depth and flavor to the soup!

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Our other starter for this meal was the lobster lumpia. This was also a nice little appetizer! Little crispy fried egg rolls are filled with shredded lobster! It was served with jasmine rice and sesame sweet chili dipping sauce.

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My mom chose to make her own fish entree. Her customized dish consisted of sea bass with garlic butter marinade and sides of six grain rice and seasonal vegetables. It was a very healthy dish with the grilled sea bass. I got to try the six grain rice and found it be well seasoned and flavorful.

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I got the crab cake sandwich with a side of house cut onion rings. The crab cake sandwich was filled with a big crab cake, caramelized onion and a horseradish remoulade. I was impressed with this crab cake sandwich. The crab cake itself had a crisp crust on the outside and a creamy filling on the inside. The caramelized onion and horseradish remoulade made for a nice relish. The onion rings were a great side! The onion rings here are made fresh to order and so they come out nice and crispy. They hand batter each. The batter has a nice, buttery like flavor to it. I am a fan of these onion rings!

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Hermosa Beach Fish Shop is a nice addition to happy little Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach. I truly enjoyed this sunny Friday today because of my lunch here. Thank you to Hermosa Beach Fish Shop for inviting me to try out your restaurant. My mom and I both left with big smiles on our faces. This place is sure to bring even more smiles to the street of beach smiles, Pier Avenue, in the city of beach side bliss, Hermosa Beach. πŸ™‚

For more smiles, please see my recent Yelp review on Hermosa Beach Fish Shop.