Sep 29, 2009

Lobster Fest 2009 - Long Beach, CA

Here's the pics from Lobster Festival in Long Beach, about a week ago. We had some parking problems, we kinda had to park far away, but there was a tram that takes you to this festival place. Not only was there nasty expensive food, but also some little shops selling accessories and clothing, also playground so kids can play. We went to the port-a-potty bathrooms at night, and there were no lights inside or outside, pretty scary and nasty. I didn't go but I'm never gonna go.

I really wanted funnel cake, but there was a line whole time. Even when we were leaving, after 10pm.

Coca Cola Zero slot machine
You sign up online, then you can play, and you could win prizes (like coupons)

I wanted sausage, but it cost $7

making kettle corn

The Sea Food - where we got food

corn dog $2
It was good.

combination plate $8
shrimp, calamari, fish, zucchini,crab sticks, fish cake, fried rice

This was nasty. Because everything was deep-fried, I felt so sick after eating half. Rice tasted like left overs or sitting there for a while, the fish was seriously nasty. Nothing was crispy.

So at first, we were gonna get lobster, but there were huge lines of people waiting, like hundreds of people waiting for these lobsters, waiting for hours. And I'm not kidding. But after 9pm, the lines were getting shorter, and there were only 10-20 people waiting, then around 9:30pm, there was no line at all, so finally we decided to get lobster.

lobster $17

curry flavor potatoes (but it didn't have enough seasoning and taste)

It was a big mess, because you have to peel it yourself.
I don't know if it's because this was after the nasty fried food or not, but I liked it. But it was really difficult for us to peel it. We almost never eat something with the shell. Although there's gotta be some easy way to peel it.

Hawaiian roll, butter, and coleslaw

Sep 26, 2009

Vie De France bakery - Costa Mesa, CA

Vie De France, located inside South Coast Plaza (1st floor, under Williams Sonoma). They also have a restaurant next to the bakery counter.

We bought a baguette, apricot tart, and 2 croissants, and the total was $10. The taste was actually better than it looks. When I was looking the pastries in the showcase, none of them looked good to me. But actually the croissants were very good.

They also have so many locations in Japan, but menu and tastes are different from what I remember. They have more variety and also look better in Japan.

French baguette

apricot tart

I believe chocolate and almond paste or something in it.

chocolate croissant

Lots of chocolate. Not like the ones from Porto's Bakery.

Rating (food): 4 / 5
Rating (service): 3.8 / 5
Repeat: Yes

Vie De France
3333 Bristol St # 1420
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 557-1734

Mon-Fri.7:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Sat. 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Sun. 8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sep 22, 2009

Porto's Bakery - Burbank, CA

Porto's is one of the most famous and popular bakeries in Los Angeles. We've been wanting to try and we finally did! And luckily, there was no line when we were there.

I think this place is really overrated. It's fine, but there are better bakeries out there. Still, I'd go back to try out something else. They have hundreds of pastries and cakes. Plus the server was really nice and friendly, and she gave us some free ones.

"Dulce de Leche" and "White Chocolate Mocha" ice blended $3.95 each

Roasted Pork Sandwich (Pan con Lechon) $4.50
Oven-roasted pork served with special Spanish garlic dressing (Mojo) on Cuban bread.

This sandwich was really smelly. And to me, it didn't have that much flavor. Hard to believe this sandwich is such a popular item.

Choco raspberry mousse $3.50

Mango cheesecake $2.50
It was rich.

Carrot cake $1.50 (?)
Extremely sweet.

Napoleon $2.50

Potato balls 85 cents each

Basically it's like piroshki. This potato ball is their most famous and popular item.

This is the chicken ball that they gave us to try it for free.

We don't recommend this chicken ball.

Guava and cheese pastry

Cheese pastry (they gave us this for free)

Well, it's nice to give us some free pastries, just too bad I don't like cheese and I had to take the cheese out.

Croissant $1.05

Chocolate croissant $1.50

Wow! Look at all that chocolate!

Hey, don't get tricked by outside look. This is how much is really in it.

Rating (food): 3.7 / 5
Rating (service): 4.8 / 5
Repeat: Yes

Porto's Bakery (Burbank)
3614 W Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91504
(818) 846-9100

Mon-Sat. 6:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sun. 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Porto's Bakery (Glendale)
315 N Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91203
(818) 956-5996

Mon. 6:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tue-Sat. 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sun. 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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