Tag Archives: vietnamese

LA Day 6 – A Legendary Sandwich, A Vietnamese Sandwich, Beer Geek Heaven, and Hong Kong-Style Chinese

After learning how to navigate the city with a combination of Google Maps, transit, and Uber/Lyft, we decided to head to Chinatown and take a train towards the southeast.

  • Philippe The Original (Chinatown)
  • Buu Dien Banh Mi (Chinatown)
  • The Bruery (Placentia)
  • Garden Cafe (Alhambra)

Continue reading LA Day 6 – A Legendary Sandwich, A Vietnamese Sandwich, Beer Geek Heaven, and Hong Kong-Style Chinese

LA Day 4 – A Cross-Cultural Mash-Up of Epic Proportions

After shaking off the emotional crap from the previous night, we headed out and did an epic day:

  • Quan Ngon Nha Trang (San Gabriel)
  • Fugetsu-do Sweet Shop (Little Tokyo)
  • Far Bar (Little Tokyo)
  • Angel City Brewery (Little Tokyo/DTLA)
  • Wurstkuche (Little Tokyo/DTLA)
  • Pie Hole (Little Tokyo/DTLA)
  • Pizzanista (Arts District)

So in this one day, we were able to pack in Vietnamese noodles, Japanese sweets, German sausages with Belgian fries, American pie, and New York(ish) pizza. We could’ve easily added in Mexican food (of which there are a ton of regional styles available in LA) but surprisingly we didn’t have a drop of during our entire trip because we just couldn’t fit it in.

Continue reading LA Day 4 – A Cross-Cultural Mash-Up of Epic Proportions

LA Day 1 – Vietnamese Intrigue, The Classic Fast Food Burger, and Dipping my Toes into the LA Beer Scene

Day 1 of our Los Angeles trip, featuring:

  • Summer Rolls “A Nem Nuong Restaurant” (Rosemead)
  • In-n-Out Burger (Rosemead)
  • Stone Company Store (Pasadena)
  • Congregation Ale House (Pasadena)

Continue reading LA Day 1 – Vietnamese Intrigue, The Classic Fast Food Burger, and Dipping my Toes into the LA Beer Scene

Sampling the Sprawl in Los Angeles – April 2015

It was a massive 10-day vacation in Los Angeles around Easter long weekend where we visited ~32 food/beer places. We brought Wicca’s mom there for the annual Qingming Festival (Ching Ming aka Tomb-Sweeping Day) because Wicca’s maternal grandparents are interred in one of the Chinese cemeteries there. We also did a whole lot on our own, so let’s jump into it!

I’ve split this trip report into sections this time (click on the days to view the post). I’ve added stars (*) to places that I felt were the best experiences of the trip:

Day 1:

  • Summer Rolls Nem Nuong (Rosemead)
  • In-n-Out Burger (Rosemead)
  • Stone Company Store (Pasadena)
  • Congregation Ale House (Pasadena)*

Day 2:

  • Yung Ho (Taiwanese Breakfast in San Gabriel)
  • Bhan Kanom Thai (Thai desserts in Thaitown)
  • Father’s Office (Santa Monica)*

Day 3:

  • Golden Road Brewing (Glendale)*
  • Night + Market Song (Silverlake)

Day 4:

  • Quan Ngon Nha Trang (San Gabriel)
  • Fugetsu-do Sweet Shop (Little Tokyo)
  • Far Bar (Little Tokyo)
  • Angel City Brewery (Little Tokyo/DTLA)
  • Wurstkuche (Little Tokyo/DTLA)*
  • Pie Hole (Little Tokyo/DTLA)*
  • Pizzanista (Arts District)

Day 5:

  • Highland Park Brewery / The Hermosillo (Highland Park)*
  • Ruen Pair (Thaitown)*

Day 6:

  • Philippe The Original (Chinatown)
  • Buu Dien Banh Mi (Chinatown)
  • The Bruery (Placentia)*
  • Garden Cafe (Alhambra)

Day 7:

  • Ocean Star Restaurant (Monterey Park)
  • Qingming Festival (aka Ching Ming)
  • Saigon Flavor (San Gabriel)
  • George’s Liquor (San Gabriel)
  • Boba Ave 8090 (San Gabriel)

Day 8

  • Elysian Food + Bar (Glendale)*
  • Phantom Carriage (Carson)
  • Smog City (Torrance)*
  • Hwal Uh Kwang Jang (Koreatown)

Day 9

  • Brodard Chateau (Little Saigon)
  • Thach Che Hien Khanh (Little Saigon)
  • Asian Garden Mall (Little Saigon)*

Day 9/10

  • Beer Belly (Koreatown)*
  • Banh Cuon Hai Nam Saigon (San Gabriel)

If you read from the beginning, it sort of tells a story. But enjoy in any order you want!

Trying to do something a bit different: Mui Ngo Gai Vietnamese

The owners at Mui Ngo Gai on Kinsgway near Victoria Dr. really have their heart in the right place. The menu is varied, but not in an unfocussed, sprawling sort of way, but more of an adventurous, curious way. On paper this would be the kind of place that I’d die for, but unfortunately it’s held back a bit by spotty execution.

Continue reading Trying to do something a bit different: Mui Ngo Gai Vietnamese

Fresh & Fantastic Northern Vietnamese Food at Mr. Red Cafe

“It’s the Quintessence of Vietnamese cuisine, Jerry, THE QUINTESSENCE!”, is how I imagine a scene from Seinfeld playing out. It’s an alternative version of Seinfeld, of course, with food bloggers playing all the main characters. Alexandra Gill would play Elaine. Yup.

Continue reading Fresh & Fantastic Northern Vietnamese Food at Mr. Red Cafe

Carmelized Claypot Catfish and More at Cuu Long

We’re always on the lookout for better Vietnamese eats in Vancouver. Even with the large-ish Vietnamese population here, I find the majority of the Vietnamese restaurants to be quite average. Most places stick to the same boring standards, executed with the bare minimum of care and attention. Lack of special herbs, pho soup with chili oil masquerading as bun bo hue, etc…

An exception to this rule is Broken Rice, but we wanted something a bit closer to home, so we tried Cuu Long on Knight near Kingsway after a highly respected chef recommended it to us. While not everything we had was great, some dishes really impressed us. Continue reading Carmelized Claypot Catfish and More at Cuu Long