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Favorite Five Friday: Restaurants under $10

27 Jan

These little gems are my five favorite, quick, inexpensive places (in Los Angeles) to grab a bite to eat. Oh and did I mention they are amazingly tasty. The research I had to endure to get you all these wonderful authentic pictures was brutal.  I had to eat at one of these joints every night this week!!!!! Please Christine, don’t volunteer to do something so horrific ever again. 🙂 Actually I couldn’t think of a better task for myself!!!! If you don’t know about these delicious places well now you do. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Number one on my list is White Rabbit, Filipino cuisine with Mexican-American flavors. This place is the bomb!!!! It’s located in Canoga Park and driving by you would probably never stop, but what if I told you they had burritos full of deep-fried pork belly, garlic fried rice, and a juicy fried egg!!!!! Words really can’t describe how wonderful it is, and the pictures aren’t doing it justice. If you have never had Filipino food you absolutely must try this place.  They also have a food truck so check and see when they will be in your area. No excuses people!!!! I recommend the pork belly burritos or tacos with anyone of their five delicious meats.

My second favorite is a little Mexican restaurant called Melody’s in Reseda. It’s the sister restaurant to another great place Las Fuentes. They are just down the street from each other but I prefer Melody’s because they have my favorite item, the hard shell chicken tacos. Don’t ask me why they don’t serve these at both locations, all I know is they are a must!!!!!  My order never changes , two hard shell tacos with rice and beans. I always leave satisfied yet eager to return.

I probably don’t even have to write anything about this place. The pictures speak for themselves. I’m drooling as I type this. Panini Cafe has multiple locations so you may have already experienced the joys of the chicken kabob, hands down my favorite item on the menu!!!!! It hits the spot every time and the best part is you get all of it for under $10. The servings are huge but somehow I always manage to clean my plate!!!! It’s just soooooooooo good!!!!!!

Number four on my list has multiple locations as well; Versailles is a Cuban restaurant that serves traditional Cuban food. Although everything on the menu is delicious, I love the #6 Roasted Garlic Chicken (I may have lied a little here! This plate is actually $11.99 but I promise the rest of my favorites are under $10). It comes with half a chicken, rice, beans, and yummy plantains. The chicken is smothered in their famous mojo sauce; they even sell this sauce/marinade so you can enjoy it at home. I always have a couple of bottles in my pantry. Once you try it you’ll be hooked. 🙂

Last but certainly not least is More than Waffles, it’s an award-winning breakfast joint in Encino and there’s always a crowd to prove it. There waffles literally melt in your mouth. I don’t know if it’s the light and crispy waffle or the melted clarified butter they put on top of it. Whatever it is they got it down because I have never had waffles so good! P.S. once again the picture isn’t doing it justice.


Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

26 Jan

Pancakes are one of my favorite breakfast items but regular old flapjacks can get a little boring at times, so I decided to dress mine up a bit. It’s amazing what a little lemon and blueberries can do to such a basic dish. These pancakes are light, fluffy, sweet and tangy. The lemon really kicks it up a notch, I would eat these for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Add a few roasted walnuts and some powdered sugar and you have yourself a real breakfast of champions!!!!!

All your “not so basic” ingredients.

Juice and zest your lemons then add to the batter.

Fold in your blueberries and you know the rest 🙂

For the pancakes I used this recipe. I added about one cup of fresh blueberries and the zest/juice of two lemons to the batter, then topped them off with more blueberries, toasted walnuts, and powdered sugar.