Saturday, September 29, 2012

Tacos @ El Fogon - Riverside, CA

Carne asada & carnitas tacos!!
El Fogon
765 Blaine St
Riverside, CA 92507

These first two pictures are of carne asada and carnitas tacos that I got with Grace last night. The pictures of the three tacos (pork, asada, al pastor) are from when I had lunch with my cohort on Thursday. Yes...I went back the next day. :) They are $1.50 each and so tasty! Plus Alex, the owner who makes the sauces and I'm sure a lot of other things from scratch, is SO sweet and welcoming. Grace and I loved her. We will be back to visit and eat reasonably priced, delicious food!

Salsa for chips, mild, medium, and spicy sauces. Each is different and tasty. I prefer less spicy food in general, but I liked the flavor of all three.

 Al pastor, carne asada, & carnitas:

 Haha...the radish slice is crawling up the middle taco.

Green Tea Matcha Slush @ Boba Tea House - Riverside, CA

Boba Tea House
767 W Blaine St., Ste A
Riverside, CA 92507

OH MY GOSH! I found a good boba place in Riverside! Ten Ren's Tea Time is decent/good, but I haven't tried too much there (I do like their Jade drink, which is basically a blended green tea drink). Boba Tea House has excellent milk tea and matcha slush, and today I'm going back to try their shaved snow. Hopefully it's just like Class 302's shaved snow because that was delicious and unique.

Anyway, on to the pictures. Usually, if a place uses real matcha powder, it's fantastic in my opinion. This one was heavenly. I still miss Pearl Tea House's green tea latte slush back in Fresno.

Pizzeria Luigi - San Diego, CA

Pizzeria Luigi
2121 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92104

Went to this place because Todd had mentioned it being potentially good. It looked fantastic online/on TV (the original place featured on Diners Drive-ins, and Dives no longer exists) so I tried it with Alex, one of my favorite fooding buddies. This was my first time driving to SD from Riverside. SO much faster than going from Fresno to San Diego (about 1.5 hrs). Anyway, the flavors were excellent together, but the crust was a huge disappointment (hard and flavorless). You just can't beat real Chicago pizza, Cheeseboard in Berkeley (see this and this), or Zachary's in Oakland and Alameda.

Here is what we tried from Pizzeria Luigi:

My favorite (Frenchie = "Honey Ham, Fresh Pear, Blue Cheese Crumbles, Caramelized Onions")

We tried a few. Not sure of some of the names because not all items on the menu were displayed. We did get the Frenchie, a ricotta and spinach one (Alex liked this one a lot), a margherita one, and maybe a pesto one? Hm...I probably would have made more of an effort to record exact names if I had been completely blown away by this place.

The ricotta and spinach one (also good, but the crust was hard and just blah):


The Frenchie again (YUM! minus the crust):

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pink Oreo Pops for a Baby Shower with Emily!

Emily had me over for dinner and Oreo pop making. So fun! All you do is...
(1) Untwist Oreos
(2) Dip each lollipop stick in melted Candy Melts (or melted chocolate)
(3) Press sticks into the Oreo filling
(4) Replace the Oreo cookies over the centers
(5) Place cookies in the refrigerator to harden (~10-15 minutes)
(6) Carefully dip Oreos in melted Candy melts (or melted chocolate)
(7) Sprinkle with edible decorations such as sprinkles! Sprinkle with sprinkles! :)
(8) Harden in the refrigerator again (~15 minutes)


Monday, September 17, 2012

Pumpkin Round-up!

One of the best things about fall (besides the milder weather in both Central Cal and Riverside) is the popularity of PUMPKINS and PUMPKIN-FLAVORED things everywhere! I honestly believe pumpkin shouldn't really be strictly seasonal (although being seasonal makes eating pumpkin things more exciting), so I eat it year-round. I love when I find fellow pumpkin lover! Here are some of the pumpkin things I've enjoyed:


Rectangular Pumpkin Pie (and mini pumpkin pies):



Trader Joe's Pumpkin Butter (from Cheri):

Pumpkin Pie (Thanksgiving 2008):