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After our doughnuts and a little bit of Funko Pop! hunting we were ready for real food! We were in LA at this point and headed over to a place called the Honey Badger Noodle Shop in Alhambra. Jake and I really got a kick out of that honey badger don’t care video back in the day and Jake has this honey badger t-shirt… I kinda figured he would like this place just because of the name.
When you actually get there though it doesn’t say Honey Badger on the sign. Hah.
There’s a lot of artwork on the walls plus two long floating wood tables for seating.
It does say “Honey Badger” on the menu though!
We all got drinks and they were all Hokkaido Milk Tea [$2.75]. Probably because you got a free refill with the tea, which was insanely delicious. Normally I don’t even like milk tea without boba, but damn, they were doing some kind of voodoo milk tea magic back there because this glass was TASTY. Jake and I managed to snag refills and then after that they RAN OUT OF MILK TEA. T was a bit sad about that but the fine servers at Honey Badger Noodle Shop offered T the chance to try another drink (at no extra charge). Then we got all of our drinks in to-go cups. We were all happy campers in the end.
T requested, nay insisted, that we get an order of Dirty Fries [$5.51]. The fries are topped with bits of freshly cooked bacon, scallions, and a quite pungent tasting garlic aioli sauce. I thought it was some kind of Japanese mayo at first. The aioli was quite overwhelming to me and I ended up picking around it. T announced “you’re welcome” after he had his first few bites, indicating that he was more than pleased with his requested dish.
Originally I told Jake that they had sesame noodles and beef rolls… but I accidentally mixed this place up another restaurant. At least they still had the noodles but I did get a bad look for them not having beef rolls.Oops. One of the noodles I wanted to try at Honey Badger Noodle Shop were these New York Style Sesame Noodles [$6.42]. We notice that extra noodles were only 92 cents so we ordered it with MOR NOODLES.
I made the boys take the egg out and eat it separately. I did not want that yolk touching my food! I understand I’m a weirdo about eggs and that’s okay. You can go and order this and eat the egg with your noodles. Just don’t tell me about it.
In any case, these noodles had a little bit of heat on them! Normally I shy away from that kind of crap but it didn’t bother me with the sesame noodles. I had to eat these and then eat something else for awhile but that was okay. The flavor of the sauce was great and I loved the chewy noodles.
We also got a bowl of General Tso Chicken [$7.34] with extra chicken [$1.75] and extra noodles [$0.92]. In retrospect, we didn’t need the extra chicken or noodles. But we figured we had a teenager with us and he’d eat a lot of the meal. In fact, we had leftovers!
The General Tso Chicken had a citrus flavor to it, reminiscent of orange chicken but not nearly as sweet. The chicken bits were nice and crunchy and I liked eating them with the noodles. The noodles didn’t seem to have much sauce but I still enjoyed their chewy texture.
We also got an order of Party Wings [$6.42]. I think we went a little overboard on the chicken, eh! The wings comes with a variety of sauces on top. There were two badger pesto, two honey soy, two honey mustard, and one naked wing. I tried the honey mustard first – it wasn’t bad as far as the sauce went and the wing had some nice crunchy bits to it. I then tried the honey soy which was … meh. Then I tried that red saucy looking wing at the top. I hate to it but I disliked the flavor and texture of the badger pesto that I actually spit it out. It was overwhelming in it’s flavor and it had an incredibly odd mouthfeel that I couldn’t stand. My favorite of the bunch was the naked wing since none of the sauces really wowed me. The wings were plump and juicy so I will give them credit for that at least.
Our last item we tried was this Crispy Pork Belly Bao [$3.67]. Mostly I ordered this because hello! Pork belly! And I love bao but I’ve never had it quite like this before. This is “crispy” bao, aka fried bao.
The pork belly is stuffed inside the bao and it’s topped with a tangy sorta sweet-ish sauce and scallions. The bao almost tasted like a fried donut… but with pork belly inside. I found the bao to be a tad greasy and I felt like the pork belly’s flavor got a bit lost within the fried bao. It was interesting to try something different at least.
Last weekend we went up north for a little day trip to go Pop hunting. I was in charge of where we would eat. Our first stop that day was once again in Tustin but this time we visited Halfsies Doughnuts.
It’s in a little trip mall right off the 5. Easy to get in and out.
Also there was no line on a Saturday morning. Score.
There’s a few ways you can get your doughnuts. You can get it with ice cream and make a doughnut sundae or sandwich. It was too early and too chilly for ice cream so we just went with making our own doughnuts.
At Halfsies Doughnuts they are all about letting you make your own custom creation. As the name suggestions, you can make you two different halves completely different, if you so choose.
You pick your own glaze.
You can add some fruit.
And your choice of toppings (up to five) for a mere $3.
If the choices are too overwhelming for you, Halfsies Doughnuts also offers up their own pre made doughnuts for you to choose from. Some of these were quite tempting, I must say!
These pre made creations are all on their yeast doughnuts. You have the option of choosing a yeast doughnut, a vegan doughnut, a gluten-free doughnut, or a freshly fried cake doughnut.
Naturally all three of us went with the freshly fried cake doughnut. It’s not often you get to have a freshly fried made just for you doughnut! I kinda wish we had tried the yeast doughnut as well. One of the ladies working there told us the yeast doughnuts had been fried about 20 minutes prior to our arrival but we were still hung up on the cake doughnuts. Next time!
All three of us had a hard time deciding what we wanted to get. There were just SO MANY options! It’s a blessing and a curse all in one.
Here’s Jake’s custom doughnut creation which I posted on IG. I think he went a little cuckoo on the toppings. He got lemon glaze on one half and apple cider glaze on the other side. He topped it off with pecans, Captain Crunch cereal, blueberries, raspberries, and a peanut butter drizzle. I didn’t like the flavors of his. There was too much going on!
T got a kinda weird one as well. He topped his cake doughnut with a nutella glaze, coconut flakes, Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, mochi, and a condensed milk drizzle. I thought the coconut with the nutella and cinnamon toast crunch was also weird with the soft chewy mochi on top.
Boys are weird.
I went much, much simpler on my doughnut. I got half honey glaze and half coffee glaze. The glaze on mine was really light so I couldn’t hardly taste either of them. On top of the glaze I got pistachio and pecans and a few slices of fresh strawberry. For my topper, I got a dusting of powdered sugar and I was good to go. I liked my simpler flavor combination the best as I could really taste the freshness of the cake doughnut. The light glaze was to my advantage since it didn’t make the doughnut overly sweet. The nuts and strawberries gave it a good crunch and a nice bit of sweetness from the strawberries.
The only complaint we had was that the cake doughnut fell apart really easily once we started digging in. But it was so fresh and so tasty that it’s really more of a minor thing.
I totally recommend checking out Halfsies Doughnuts and making your own custom doughnut creation!
The weekend before Valentine’s Day I had a sudden urge to visit Le Parfait Paris again. Jake and I took two out of three dogs with us for a little brunch adventure. Shorty isn’t allowed to go with us lately because he gets car sick. He’s like the little brother who’s not old enough to do stuff. Aww.Brunch at Le Parfait Paris
Le Parfait Paris brunch overview.
It was pretty cool that morning and had rained just a teeny bit. We had to sit outside since we had the dogs with us, but it wasn’t too chilly especially since we both got hot beverages to sip on. I got the Chocolate Viennois [$3.50] while Jake got the Sea Salt Caramel Latte [$4.25]. The Chocolate Viennois is like an uber fancy hot chocolate drink. It’s not too sweet and comes with whipped cream on top. The whipped cream is outstanding here and really makes the drink feel extra special.
A Chocolate Croissant [$3.50] was on my “I gotta have one” list! I loved the deep, dark red color on the outside (normally this is dark brown, I believe) for Valentine’s Day. The croissant wasn’t quite as flaky as I was expecting it to be. They use a semi-sweet or dark chocolate for the filling so it’s not tooth achingly sweet (yay). The croissant was okay but I think next time I’ll try something else.
I was remembering the sandwiches we had on Le Parfait Paris’s tasty baguette bread so I ordered another sandwich this time around. I got the Corse [$7.15] sandwich which comes with salami, fig chutney, and gruyere cheese. Really my favorite thing about this sandwich is the BREAD. Oh man. The bread is so good! It’s light, chewy, and has a nice crispy outer crust while being soft on the inside. Everything else is delicious, too, but I think the kind of bread you use for a sandwich is what makes it special and the bread they make here at Le Parfait Paris is extra special. Om nom nom.
Jake hasn’t had a lot of crepes in his life and he’d never had a savory one before. He was waffling on a decision and in the end decided to try out this Galette Tradition [$10] which is a savory crepe filled with ham, egg, and cheese. The thing you can’t see inside is that it also had a cheesy bechamel sauce inside of it. The bechamel sauce MADE MY MORNING because it was so damn tasty. Jake gave me a bite and my eyes kind of popped out of my head at how good it was. I eventually stole a few more bites from him and he scooped some of the bechamel out for me. I dipped my baguette in the sauce. If I could just have a little bowl of bechamel + a baguette I’d be all set. YUM.
The lady who worked as our waitress that day remembered us from our previous visits to Le Parfait Paris and she was nice enough to give us these delicious macarons on the house. So sweet! The shells on these were perfect – just a tiny bit crisp and then chewy on the inside. I’ll have to get a few more of these on my next visit!
I got one dessert to go. They had a few specials out for Valentine’s Day and I decided on the Délice De Coeur [$7.50]. I love the decorations on their cakes!
Now for the inside of this dessert! The dessert is filled with Stracciatella mousse. In the center there is a Griotte Coulis (aka cherry filling). The entire dessert had a thin chocolate shell. The mousse was so smooth and creamy with little bits of chocolate in it. The cherry center was amazing paired with the mousse. Jake didn’t want any when I finally got around to eating it and well… I scarfed the whole thing down by myself and enjoyed every little bit. No shame, man.
I’ve had Grubz Takeout on my “to visit” list for awhile. It sounded like an intriguing little restaurant. Grubz Takeout is located in a strip mall that also houses a 7-11, a liquor store, and a dry cleaners. It’s kind of a weird spot for a restaurant but there’s not much else closeby in this part of Rolando. Jake and I recently went to check it out.
When you walk up to the door, it says “This Is A Bad Place for a Diet”. It’s tiny inside. Pretty much only a walk up counter with a couple of chairs for waiting. Few tables outside if you want to eat here. We managed it but I wouldn’t eat here alone in the dark.
Jake got a sample of beans to try. I didn’t care for the flavor of these beans. Also, not a big bean fan over here.
The one item I really wanted to try at Grubz Takeout was the Buffalo Style Tater Tots [$8.24]. These freshly made tots come with grilled chicken, buffalo sauce AND ranch sauce plus a bunch of green onions. The tots were nice and crispy and a little creamy on the inside. I really liked the combination of buffalo and ranch sauce together. Normally I’m not into mixing things but this combination really works. You get the spicy buffalo sauce with the cooling ranch which creates a pleasant combination of flavors in your mouth. The chicken was nice and juicy and I loved the burst of flavor from the fresh green onions. Yum!
I wanted to check out a burger and decided to go simple with the Plain Jane Burger [$6.24] which I shared with Jake. I asked for the burger to be medium rare but it came out well done instead. The practically pink tomato was discarded off the burger since I knew it would have zero flavor. The burger meat itself was fine – nothing fancy or frilly and true to it’s namesake. Maybe a more dolled up burger would have piqued my interest but as is this burger was pretty ho-hum.
For your fries you get a choice on the seasoning. Either salt + pepper or Parmesan + garlic. We went the parm n’ garlic route. The fries were a bit on the chilly side and seemed like they might have been hanging around for a few minutes before it got to us. Nothing to write home about on that front.
Jake got the Chicken Wing Basket with Onion Rings [$7.24] for us to share. It comes with your choice of fries or onion rings as your side item. You can get your wings doused with either BBQ sauce or buffalo sauce . Since we already had buffalo sauced tots, we decided to try the BBQ sauce. The wings were quite nice. Plump, juicy, nice crisp outer coating on the wing skin. The BBQ sauce was a bit on the sweeter side which only appeals to me. The onion rings were served warmed than the chilled fries, I’ll give them that much.
There are quite a few interesting looking items on the menu at Grubz Takeout. The tots and wings are enough to bring me back to try more and stuff myself with a few more grubby tots.
Jake and I celebrated Valentine’s Day twice! First was his treat, second was mine. On Sunday we went Downtown to Bub’s at the Ballpark.
They were having their annual Doggie Brunch! They had all kinds of stuff going on, including professional dog photography and pet adoptions from Second Chance Dog Rescue (which is where Jake’s family got one of their dogs from).
They also had a bunch of raffles going on.
Dogs were allowed inside the restaurant for this one time special event and I was so excited to see puppies EVERYWHERE.
This sweet girl was at the table next to us. From what I could tell she LOVED potatoes.
This cute girl was at the bar not too far from us. She kept trying to come over and say hi to me!
Now luckily the puppies everywhere made me happy because I wasn’t totally into this Redneck Benedict [$13] when it was set down in front of us. It looked like a giant mess of food but luckily it tasted better than it looked. There are waffles on the bottom, then cereal coated chicken, bacon, and country gravy on top (and maple syrup). There were sunny side up eggs, too, but we got those on the side since I don’t like runny yolks all up in my food. I really liked the country gravy. It had lots of sausage bits in it. In hindsight I wish we got the biscuits and gravy instead because this dish is total overkill. There’s too much going on and it felt way too heavy. Jake and I shared this and we both felt a little ill afterwards.
For some reason we got a Bacon Flight [$7], too. Maybe we didn’t see that the Redneck Benedict also came with bacon but holy crap… we had too much bacon. This was different though since each slice had a different flavor. There was Sriracha Maple, Garlic Parmesan, Thai Sweet Chili, and Cracker Pepper + Brown Sugar. Jake and I both thought the quality of the bacon was just… eh. The slices were flippy-floppy and not very crunchy, which is how I like my bacon. The flavors were semi-interesting. I can’t really say that any of them really wowed me or caught my attention.
I can say that I really liked the Bub’s Grilled Chicken Wings [$7.50]. We got a half order with Hawaiian Plum BBQ sauce. The wings were quite juicy and had a lovely outer crisp to them even after being sauced up. The Hawaiian Plum BBQ sauce is on the sweet side. Jake thought it was a tad too sweet but I really enjoyed it. The wings were meaty and plump and I liked dipping the chicken into the cool ranch sauce. This was my favorite item at Bub’s!