Hello to one last meal @ Vince’s!

Hello to one last meal @ Vince’s!

Back in April, I wrote a story for South Bay Foodies about Vince’s in Torrance closing their doors after four decades.

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When I first heard the news, I could not help be a bit sad. I have very fond memories of going to Vince’s with my family. It was always a treat to dine here when I was younger and it was a restaurant that I always looked forward to going to. It was slated to close last April but luckily they extended their stay for a bit longer. Alas’ however the time for them to close was still lingering around the corner. Sadly, today was that day. Today was the day for one last meal at Vince’s. In this blog post, I look back at the delicious food that were favorites for many that dined at Vince’s.

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A good meal at Vince’s always started with their homemade vegetable beef soup. The soup was so heartwarming with the warm broth, tender little chunks of beef, crispy celery and carrots.

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Alongside with the soup, was Vince’s salad with choice of dressing.

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After, soup and salad, customers would get serve Vince’s bread. Restaurant go-ers had the choice of either garlic and cheese bread. The bread here always came out so fresh, hot and tasty. The garlic had the distinct garlic flavor at first bite. The cheese bread had a nice, sharp cheddar taste. Soft middle, crispy on the outside, it was a perfect match for their pastas!

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For the pastas, Vince’s offered all the classic Italian favorites of spaghetti, ravioli and lasagna. Their pasta dishes came with choice of meat sauce or sicilian style sauce.

The ravioli are soft ravioli squares filled with cheese. They were little squares big in taste.

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The lasagna dish was my personal favorite. From childhood until now, it for me tops the list of the best lasagna I’ve ever had. The layers of soft pasta with cheese and meat in between and topped with the hearty sicilian style / meat sauce was always so fulfilling and heavenly.

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For those looking for a triple treat, Vince’s offered “Misto de Tre” with spaghetti, lasagna and ravioli. It was all of their classics in one dish. It was a big treat to be shared!

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Last but not least was the dessert at Vince’s! Among their desserts were gelato truffles, cheesecake, cannoli and spumoni. The spumoni at Vince’s was a must treat. The cherry, pistachio and chocolate flavored ice cream filled with cherry fruits was creamy, sweet and a perfect way to end a delicious meal.
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This weekend I went back to Vince’s and had my favorite Vince’s food of vegetable soup, lasagna and spumoni one last time. I could not help be a bit nostalgic during this meal and remember fond memories of times spent with family at Vince’s. Even writing this post now, I am somewhat sad knowing their will be no place serving Italian food in the South Bay quite the same.

Thank you to Vince’s for the delicious food that we got to eat through the years, the happy dining out with friends and family and for being a favorite place in the South Bay. When the lights at Vince’s go out tonight for one last time, a little piece of our foodie hearts will go with it.

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Hello Tofu Shirataki Noodles!

Hello Tofu Shirataki Noodles!

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Today’s culinary creation is tofu shirataki noodles!

Ingredients: shirataki noodles, meatballs, hot dog slices, Filipino spaghetti sauce

On a recent trip to a local Asian market, I was introduced to tofu shirataki noodles. They are a traditional Japanese noodles that are made of tofu and yam. After a bit of research, I found out shirataki noodles have several benefits! They are cholesterol free, gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, vegan and high in fiber! They can even help in weight loss. I found these noodles intriguing and interesting and decided to try it out. There were two versions of tofu shirataki noodles that I bought. I got the spaghetti and fettuccine.

The tofu shirataki noodles already come cooked and so all I had to do was add a little boiling water and then mix in the ingredients that I wanted.

For the spaghetti, I added beef meatballs and sweet Filipino spaghetti sauce.

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For the fettuccine, I mixed in hot dog slices and sweet Filipino spaghetti sauce.

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I really liked how these noodles came out when cooked. They were so soft and tender. They tasted great too! I could not tell at all that I was eating something that was low in fat and low in calories! I couldn’t even tell that they are low in carbs! It’s as delicious as regular pasta. I am a fan! It’s healthy and yummy! Yay! I really liked the tofu shirataki noodles and can see myself using these noodles for other homemade creations!

Hello Jollibee!

Hello Jollibee!

Ever since Jollibee was first introduced to the United States, I’ve had a fascination with trying their different offerings. Perhaps its the feeling of being in the Philippines (Jollibee is a popular food chain in the Philippines) or it’s likeness of having home cooked liked breakfast meals (yummy -silog (meat+egg) breakfasts or maybe it’s the convenience of having quick yummy Filipino dishes, I don’t quite know where the fascination comes from but Jollibee has grown on me a lot! It wasn’t always my favorite place but through the years, I’ve come to quite like this little Filipino chain with its cute red bee mascot!

I love coming to Jollibee for breakfast! They have different -silog offerings. You have your choice of different meat breakfasts that come with egg, tomato and garlic rice.

I’ve tried the longsilog. They give two pieces of the longanisa/sweet sausage!
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I’ve also had the tocino or sweet pork! The pork is very tender, sweet and not fatty at all!
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The joy at Jollibee does not stop at breakfast though because they are quite popular for their chickenjoy or fried chicken!

I love getting the fried chicken with sweet potato fries! It comes with a gravy dipping sauce that is perfect to dip the crispy chicken and fries in.

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Jollibee also offers different Chickenjoy perfect combos! I like the chicken with spaghetti. It is a sampling of two of the most popular offerings at Jollibee!

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The spaghetti at Jollibee is one of my favorite Filipino spaghetti offerings! It has the sweet banana ketchup flavor in their sauce and then it is topped with Filipino hot dogs and cheese.

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Last but definitely not the least, I really like their pearl coolers or boba here! Right now there is a “weekday chill” offer of buy one, get one free ube pearl coolers! It is perfect for their warm days.

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I’m happy to see Jollibee has grown and improved throwing the years! This improvement at Jollibee has definitely brought me joy :).

For more smiles, please see my recent yelp review on Jollibee.

Hello homemade spicy spaghetti with ground chicken!

Hello homemade spicy spaghetti with ground chicken!

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Ingredients: noodles, ground chicken, Filipino banana ketchup

Today’s culinary creation is spicy spaghetti with ground chicken! I love Filipino spaghetti because it always has a slight hint of sweet. The reason for this is because instead of using tomato sauce, banana ketchup is used.

For a healthier spin on this dish, ground chicken was used instead of ground beef!

Also, today’s spaghetti is a bit on the hot side. There’s a spicy zest today due to an addition of a little bit of pepper & spices.