I hate Starbucks. Not because it overroasts its coffee beans, though it does, and not because I'd rather chew a jumbo roll of aluminium foil than order using the irritating, obfuscating jargon, though I would, but because I hate its cups -- more specifically, the lids.You know what I'm talking ab ... More >>
Edwin GoeiTropicana's Cheese Rolls versus Porto'sThe gauntlet was thrown down by our Dave Lieberman, who responded to my post about Porto's Bakery and its cheese rolls with a comment, nay, a challenge: "The cheese rolls at Tropicana Bakery (also in Downey) blow Porto's out of the water. I just bo ... More >>
Piaggio's empanada Filling a fried vessel is a great, almost universal idea: croquetas from Porto's, lumpia from grandma's, curry puffs. When we're talking empanadas, there are two major components to greatness: the casing and the filling. This round, we're taking a joint so confident with their ... More >>
Edwin GoeiIt has finally happened. Porto's in Downey has opened! I just got word from my trusty tipster Cecile, who lives near the area, that the long-awaited and OC-close outpost of the acclaimed L.A. Cuban bakery had their grand opening today.
Spent the weekend hawking books at the Anaheim Historical Society's biannual home tour. There, many folks told me the bad news: Cafe Contigo, located just down the street from Anaheim City Hall, is no more.
I reviewed it late last year, just a couple of weeks after it opened, and made it my place t ... More >>