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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Anaheim Brewery opens tomorrow! (July 1st)

Just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, the Anaheim Brewery will open its tasting room this Friday and will be serving four types of beers – Anaheim 1888, Anaheim Gold, Anaheim Red and Anaheim Hefeweizen. Prices are $5 a glass or $8 for a flight if beers Growlers will also be available at $20 for the first bottle and $15 for refills. The weekend tasting room hours:  Friday 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The brewery is open only on weekends.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Review of the Pogi Boy Truck Debut!!!

Today was the long awaited debut of the Pogi Boy Truck! My friend Jessica and I went to the IE Food Truck Fest to support our friend Brent and his food truck debut!

I have my ticket in hand and I am ready to go in!






Check out the line behind us!





We were the first ones in line at the Pogi Boy Truck! Jessica is ordering her foot long lumpia!!!


Here is my foot long lumpia! Coming out fresh from the truck! The novelty of this was so great! When we walked around everyone was asking us what that was and where did we get it! The foot long lumpia was even better than the smaller lumpia that the rest of us are use to! I only want foot long lumpia from now on! They also gave just enough sweet chili dipping sauce to go along with it!


I also ordered the taco trio which was a beefsteak taco, a chicken adobo taco and a crispy pork taco! I already ate one before I realized that I didn't take a picture yet lol! Underneath the tacos is that foot long lumpia! The tacos were even better than the ones I had at preview night! Brent took some minor recommendations and really delivered on the flavor and juiciness of the meat and skillfully combined vegetables in each of the tacos!





Take a look at the Pogi Boy Truck! I love the color scheme! It just pops out of the crowd!





Congrats on their second place finish in the "Life of The Party" category at the Food Truck Fest! But that thanks really goes out to their "man on the street" interviewer Jordan who was infectious and had great energy to talk to the crowd and passersby!





That's Jordan talking to folks as the Fest just opened!

Check out their web site at:

The Pogi Boy Truck

Preview Night for Pogi Boy Food Truck

I have been waiting for years for my friend Brent to come up with a restaurant or something to show off his cooking skills. Well, my wait is soon to be over. Tonight Brent invited a large portion of his friends to try some of his food for his Pogi Boy Food Truck that he hopes to launch this summer in Orange County.

Here is Brent working hard for preview night!


The Pogi Boy fries topped with chicken adobo, sour cream, guacamole, and cheese. The adobo was soft and tender and full of flavor. I loved the guacamole and actually wanted more of it! The portion size was just right and went great with the tacos and the quesadilla.

The delicious pork belly taco! The pork belly was perfect and the slaw really pulled this taco together! The fresh squeeze of lime made this perfect!

The beef quesadilla! This one didnt even need anything extra! A great blend of cheeses and tender beef just blended together nicely.
Apparently I forgot to take a photo of the other two tacos just by themselves. The two tacos together were the beef taco and the chicken adobo taco. both came with a nice bed of bean sprouts that added a great crunch to the taco!
I kept the lumpia for last because they were my absolute favorite! The blend of pork, shrimp and bacon with sweet chili sauce was addicting! I had two orders and took home even more for tomorrow!

This is only part of the menu to get reaction and from all the smiling faces this was a great success! I'll be there for the launch of Pogi Boy and you'll get that info as soon as I do. Who knows there may even be a special deal for Sasaki Food time fans too!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Review of Burger Parlor

The latest pop-up restaurant is a winner and dare I say the best burger in the O.C.?  Located in the Rialto Cafe in Fullerton, the Burger Parlor is only open Wed-Sat starting at 6pm. I went Wednesday night with a friend of mine.

Check out the menu:





They offer a great selection of burgers that are made from 100% certified black Angus beef, the buns are baked fresh daily, and everything is 100% hormone free products. They also have salads, shakes, a good selection of sodas and a great selection of craft beers. I went for a St. Bernardus (an Abbey beer).





It went great with the burger that I ordered, the Mahon, named for the Chef Joseph Mahon and it's a winner!
It is an Angus beef patty, pastrami, caramelized onions, mustard sauce, and swiss cheese. The Mahon was juicy, perfectly cooked, and soft fatty bites of pastrami complimented and did not overwhelm the burger.

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I also ordered the Belgian Fries to go along with it. The fries are thick and hearty and piping hot! A touch of sea salt makes it perfect! The ketchup tastes like it was blended with some rosemary so you know it's not your ordinary ketchup.



My friend ordered the Smoky which is one the most popular burgers on the menu. It is an Angus beef patty, bacon, fried onions, cheddar cheese, bibb lettuce, oven dried tomato and secret sauce. I was fortunate enough that my friend gave me a bite of her burger.  It was just as good as my Mahon. The bacon chunks were perfect with the burger. Another winner!



We also ordered the beer batter onion rings. Now, I am no fan of onion rings but I would order these again in a heartbeat! First, they are nice and hot like the fries. Second, they are not overwhelming in their onion flavor. The onions are nice and light and crisp. I just couldn't stop eating them.



To round off my dinner, I got a strawberry shake. Great way to end my meal with a nice and thick but not overly sugary shake.



My friend and I are totally sold on this place and will be back to try another round of burgers! My compliments to the chef!

If you are interested in saving some money on their menu, text burger Parlor to 902-10 and they will send you special offers!

Check out their web site with their menu at:
http://www.burgerparlor.com/

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Father's Day Weekend Deal at Alcatraz Brewing Company!

Father's Day Weekend: $10 for a Brew and Burger

:: $10 is all you need this Father's Day Weekend::
June 17-19, All Day and Night

Forget Father's Day, it’s Father’s Weekend at Alcatraz Brewing Company!  During Father's Day Weekend get an Alcatraz Burger and one of their homemade brews for just $10!  They'll also send Dad (or anyone in the family over 21)  home with a growler of their choice for only $10!  Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sasaki Food Time optimized for mobile devices

I am currently beta testing a mobile optimized version of my blog for mobile devices. Please let me know what you think.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Review of Stacked

I have been waiting for this restaurant to open for months now and it did not disappoint! Located at the Del Almo Mall in Torrance, Stacked is another restaurant in a growing list of restaurant specializing in customization of your food. Like Freebirds and Pieology and countless other places, Stacked offers burgers, pizzas, sausages, shakes, salads and even cookies and ice cream to customize. For those that are less adventurous Stacked offers items that are already Stacked.

They utilize the use of iPads at your table to order your food and drinks. It's so much fun to order this way and send your order off to the kitchen. Within minutes your order arrives! What a neat way to order food and not have to wait until everyone is ready to order. While printed menus are still offered, you still need to use the iPad to place your order and send it off to the kitchen.

So let's take a look at the printed menu to show off all the options. Here are the burger options:





Here are the pizza options:




The salad options:




The sausage options:





The cookie sandwich options:


The shake options:




The beverage options:





But here is the all important iPad interface!



They suggest that you order your drinks first so we looked through the list of sodas and beers and wines and decided on shakes! I ordered an apple pie shake that was simply amazing! It was recommended by one of their VP's who helped create all of the shakes on the menu. The shake tasted just like an applie pie that was little on the crust and heavy on the apple!






My friend put together his own shake with chocolate syrup and chocolate chips!


We also ordered some sweet potato fries with a creamy BBQ dipping sauce. The fries were fresh and hot. The dipping sauce was smooth with just the right hint of BBQ sauce and perfectly complimented the fries.


We also ordered regular fries with regular ketchup. These fries were also fresh and hot.


I couldn't resist ordering the homemade chips with a garlic aioli dipping sauce. The chips were fresh and light and the garlic aioli was strong, just the way I like it.





The shakes and the sides came out almost as fast as we ordered them. Then we went to the task of putting out meal together. My friend put a salad together. Everything was light and fresh, just the way she wanted it.


I put together a burger. The photo below shows the way I stacked my burger. It's cool to see the different layers come together on your creation! I chose a brioche bun, a medium rare cooked angus beef patty, swiss cheese, green leaf lettuce, bacon, red onions, pickles, avocado, and stacked sauce.


Here is my burger. The patty was cooked to perfection. I would say the burger is right up there with DG, it's just that good! For some reason we forgot to take a pic of my other friends burger.


Then we moved on to dessert. One of my friends ordered the snickerdoodle cookies and I went for the snickerdoodle cookes with fresh strawberry ice cream. The cookies were nice and soft and the ice cream was just creamy. Just a perfect ice cream sandwich.


A great meal and I want to come back to try the pizzas and the sausages. Ordering off the iPad is a dream and there are plenty of employees to come by to offer assistance if you need it.In the future, when you sign up and join their club, you will be able to save your Stacked choices to post and share on Facebook and other social media. If other people order what you have put together, it will give you credit. If this means credit towards free food or what, I'm not quite sure. but it also means you can use the preorder button on the screen to place an order for items you have already Stacked in the past.

Also, the use of the iPad lowers their cost and they pass the savings to you. So, for two shakes, sweet potato fries, fries, homemade chips, two burgers, a salad, an order of cookies and a cookie sandwich, the cost came out to just under $47. What a great deal!

Stacked is opening two other locations this year in San Diego and later in Cerritos. I will be there at the Cerritos one but plan to visit the Torrance location again soon!
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