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Republic of Pie | North Hollywood, CA

republic of pie is one of my places to just hang out. we normally come here for pies and a coffee but on nice mornings when we can make it in, we go for the chicken pot pie! it comes in a small, cute cup.  it’s great. make sure you get it!

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  • tip:  they have live music on the weekdays!  love it!  favorite pies are the chocolate bread pudding (a la mode of course) and banana cream pie (also a la mode).  
  • parking: street parking. 
  • atmosphere:  homey, library, coffee shop, all in one. 
  • service:  always amazingly friendly. 

Republic of Pie
11118 Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601

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By |April 17th, 2013|Coffee, Tea, & Bakeries, Dessert, Food, Restaurants|2 Comments

Manmi Bakery | Garden Grove, CA

my family is addicted to the fruit cake at this korean bakery! it was my first time here last week when we had to get a cake for lunar new year.  delicious!! i love everything about this cake! frosting is not too sweet and the cake is light and fluffy.  if i could, i would eat this every day!  a medium cake will run you approximately $20.

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cream puffs are amazing here! $1 for 4! what a steal! little cream puffs that tastes like heaven? i’m in.

remember, cash only.  be prepared.

Manmi Bakery
8942 Garden Grove Blvd
Garden Grove, CA 92844

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By |February 12th, 2013|Coffee, Tea, & Bakeries, Dessert, Food, Restaurants|2 Comments

Porto’s Bakery | Burbank, CA

Portos Bakery | Burbank

porto’s bakery & cafe.  i really dont have to say much here.  this family owned restaurant is loved by thousands and thousands of people who come from far and wide to enjoy some cuban sandwiches and pastries.  my family has been going to porto’s for years (when the glendale store was the only one).  even when the burbank and downey ones opened up, these locations are still crowded (this is not an understatement).  we like to go to the burbank one pretty early so that we beat the crowds but even at 7am, there are a hundred or so people in the lines.  a few things we always get:

  • potato balls – amazing
  • cheese rolls – we buy this by the dozen since there is a discount.  these are delicious when they are warm and melt in your mouth.
  • cuban sandwich / midnight sandwich – my favorite is the midnight sandwich since its on a soft sweet roll.
  • guava cheese roll – my mom’s favorite

Porto's Bakery | Burbank

we barely get the food and eat there since we like to buy the pastries in bulk and eat it all week for breakfast.  one nice thing about eating the sandwiches there is that you get plantain chips! (see below) they are pretty awesome.

Porto's Bakery | BurbankPorto's Bakery | Burbankporto’s is a must visit.  i recommend the burbank location since its bigger and just has more seating.

tip:  there are two lines.  one express line (left) if you dont want any cake.  in this line you can get sandwiches and the potato balls/cheese rolls.  the right lane, you can order anything you want.

expect lines but again, its worth it in my opinion.

Porto’s Bakery
3614 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
Neighborhood: Burbank

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By |November 12th, 2012|Coffee, Tea, & Bakeries, Food, Restaurants|0 Comments

Vietnamese Ice Coffee @ Lee’s Sandwich

Lee's Vietnamese Coffee

vietnamese ice coffee at lee’s sandwiches.  if you have not had one, i suggest you go track one down and gulp one down asap.  your body will thank you.  ‘nough said. (oh, and get a large. its a given)

there are many locations in orange county and scattered locations in the los angeles area.  plus, they have pretty good vietnamese sandwiches. yumm.

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By |October 23rd, 2012|Coffee, Tea, & Bakeries, Food|2 Comments

Get Shaved | Northridge, CA

Get Shaved | Northridge

there are only a few reasons why one would know about the valley (san fernando valley) or even venture over here:

  1. you lived/grew up here.
  2. you work here.
  3. you welcome 95-100 degree weather any day (and literally at time even at midnight)
  4. or you know about the valley’s little secret called get shaved.

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its been a relatively mild summer.  however, i feel like the heat’s been picking up and it officially feels like summer for me. this could be because it was the first time that i’ve lounged by a pool all summer.  with the heat picking up and it being 85-88 degrees on average in our home, we have been going crazy with this dessert/ice cream business.  enter: get shaved.  it is the closest thing (in our opinion) to shaved ice in hawaii (still the best).  i forgot to mention that there is brian’s shaved ice in santa monica, which is also pretty high up there in the ranking.  anyway, hope you are enjoying this weather!  i know that although i come out of the subway sweating, i’m enjoying every minute of it!

Get Shaved | Northridge

  • favorite flavor:  monkey brains.
  • advice: its pretty filling. i cant finish a medium by myself.  also, go for the ice cream. go big or go home.
  • parking: ample
  • service: good. considering they are making your little cup of heaven in a small, hot, cramped hut-like structure on a 90-degree day…and smiling. i consider that pretty darn good.

cheers.

Get Shaved
9255 Reseda Blvd
Northridge, CA 91324
Neighborhood: Northridge

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By |August 8th, 2012|Coffee, Tea, & Bakeries, Dessert|7 Comments