I heart pomegranate seeds. Trader Joe's makes it easy by doing all the work, removing them from the fruit and selling them all packaged and ready to go. I love them sprinkled over ice cream, in salads and as shown here on an English muffin over chia peanut butter (also from TJs) and honey. They have a wonderful tangy flavor and are also high in fiber, vitamins B & K and potassium, some also believe they can even aid in weight loss. A quick search on Amazon yields lots of juices, oils and supplements available but nothing beats the real thing.
As promised, another stop on our Donut Tour 2016. After much yelp research by Izzy we hit Donut Friend located in Highland Park. With their own unique take on specialty donuts, rave reviews and a loyal following, how could we not? They offer tons of unique options and they even have a DIY option so you can create your own favorite combos! Prices are pretty reasonable ranging from $2 to $5 dollars. They even include a gluten free-ish option and vegan ice cream.
Being close to the hills, we sometimes get a visit from a hungry bear or two when the weather warms up. Though cute from a distance, few of us want to stumble upon them in on our own back yard. However, The Baked Bear a new "ice cream sandwich" shop that just opened in my hood, is bound to be an exception to that rule. This places allows you to build your own ice cream sammies! Pick from a variety of cookies or choose a brownie or yeah that's right, a DONUT! Then choose your ice cream and toppings and tada... heaven!
Though not a traditional donut shop, this inspired me and my visiting partner in crime, Izzy to find some other great donut happiness while she was here. Stay tuned for a report on the rest of our discoveries in the coming weeks.
Pie 'n Burger is a very old school (since 1963) eatery in Pasadena that does simple food really well. Named one of the top burgers in the country by the Food Network, I was excited to give it a try. I was not disappointed. A classic burger, very juicy with a yummy toasted bun and served a perfect medium well as requested. I skipped a side to have pie instead. I chose my personal favorite, custard, served with fresh whipped cream. Excellent flaky crust and nice traditional custard flavor. They also serve breakfast, traditional hand scooped shakes and have a food truck. Cash or checks only, they open at 7 am daily & close at 9pm, 10pm Friday & Saturday.
Scallion pancakes as I recall are easy to find in NYC but not so much on the West Coast. I had to do a google search to find places that offered this yummy traditional appetizer. I decided to try Flavor Garden n Alhambra based on the good reviews and promises of some very traditional Chinese cuisine. Their "green onion" pancake was indeed flaky and delicious. They are cash only and luckily the $6 I had on me got me this and a diet coke. ✽ Bonus! Next door is the Simply Splendid Bakery, an Asian style bakery (lots of custard filled things!) that lives up to the name and takes credit cards!
Several places in So Cal are dishing out this hybrid concept of a build-your-own non-traditional Poke bowls aka Sushi in a box. Poke n Roll in Glendale is my current favorite to get my Poke fix. You first choose a box or roll (I recommend the box) then salad or rice or a combination (always the combo) then your fish (2), toppings (3) and sauce (1). Crab is free and you can add on more of anything for a price. Not super cheap (about $15 with tax/tip no add ons) but it is super tasty and can be pretty healthy if you choose wisely.
Finally, my love for Food Trucks has not wained, though I didn't get a lot of opportunities despite the many operating on the SoCal streets. Timing is everything I've learned with these mobile restaurants. I finally lucked out, my teaching gig is next to Warner Brothers Studios and there are usually a few trucks parked outside mid-day. Most recently I splurged on these very tasty lobster tacos from the Cousins Maine Lobster Truck. A bit pricy (duh, it's lobster) at $13 for 3 tacos but totally worth it!