This past weekend, my fwend from up north (mrs general b) came down for the weekend to play. On Thursday and Friday we decided to do a little food tour around LA to our favorite hot spots and some new joints to spice things up!
First on the list: Tsujita LA, Artisan Noodles Annex
Spicy Tuna Bowl
–not great. wouldn’t order it again. the spicy tuna didn’t taste fresh b/c it was SO mashed. I like it to be a little chunky so we know what we’re eating. the consistency was kind of like mashed canned tuna fish. meh…
Tsukemen with Soft Boiled Egg
–overall meh. BUT let me start with the things i liked… i liked the chewy noodles, loved the crunchy blanched bean sprouts, and soft boiled egg. didn’t love the dry pork and the soup was overall very thick and greasy. the first few tastes of broth is delicious. but after 10…15…you feel sick. minus the broth, the dish was good~~ but not sure i could drink the broth again.
the annex was cute and intimate inside
NEXT UP~~ blockheads!!
we ordered a large with original and seasame oil shavings, strawberries and rice balls with condensed milk. the original flavor was aiite. i personally love the sesame flavor with fruit. the rice balls are on the large side but fresh and chewy~~
the boba at blockheads was decent but i probably won’t order it the next time (especially with volcano tea just a few doors away).
Friday we continued our little food tour to Sopressata in Silverlake! It was my first time here and I am DEFINITELY going back as soon as I can. Sopressata uses the Black Hogg restaurant space in the afternoon and sells sandwiches, beer/wine, unique sodas and chips!
First up, the Turkey and Avocado with picked veggies on the side.
SOO good. The first thing I noticed was the bread. Like you unwrap your sandwich and you just KNOW it’s going to be amazing. Then a generous helping of avocado oozed out to greet us. This sandwich was so fresh and light. There was also a balsalmic reduction spread on the bread that was bomb. Perfect combo of flavors and the spicy pickled veggies was a perfect pairing to the cold sandwich.
The original sopressata. SO GOOD. I dunno if i’ve ever had artichokes in my sandwiches before~~ genius! It was the perfect kick to pair with the sopresseta salami.
Next up…HERO SHOP LA! Owned by the same people as Sopressata and Black Hogg~ my friends and I were excited to try this new banh mi shop in downtown. We ordered BBQ Pork and Fatty Brisket.
Oh my oh my…again…when you unwrap this little deli present you could see and smell that the bread was amazing. the bbq pork was incredibly flavorful and had bold korean spices in there. The pickled veggies inside the sandwiches gave the marinated meat a great refreshing balance.
Fatty Brisket~~ my friend said hands down this was her fave. the brisket. i was really digging the brisket flavor as well. i mean…who doesn’t love brisket?
Took a picture with the shop owners and their gorgeous baby girl. <3
Last stop of our LA food tour: Half and Half in Monterey Park! Oh baby…was this worth the drive. not only did the fat cups make it all taste better (lol) but this time i ordered the RIGHT drink. the first and last time i went, i got the lychee green tea (#8 below) and it was too sweet for me. This time I ordered #5 which was iced milk drink with caramel, pudding, and honey boba. I asked for no caramel (b/c i hate that ish) and the drink was perrrrrrrrrrrrfect. I thought that there was a little too much pudding but one of my friends thought there wasn’t enough. lol ironic huh? In any case I now have a huge craving for half and half drinks and I can’t wait to go back.
oh…and for your half and half newbs…expect to wait 20-40 minutes for this crack in a cup. it’s thaaaat popular.
between the four of us we got milk tea, jasmine milk tea and the 2 iced milk teas (1 with caramel, 1 without). All were good, but I liked mine the best. =)
This was seriously the most fun weekend of eating foods in LA. Between the four of us we ordered 2 dishes at each place and it helped us try new things but without getting too full. I can’t wait for the next one!! xoxo