Paella Nights at Gasolina Cafe 05.13.2016

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I’ve had Chef/Owner Sandra Cordero’s paella at my son’s 10th birthday party. When she mentioned she’s having another pop up for May I decided to invite a dear friend who also happened to be my son’s second grade teacher.

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It was a beautiful evening, not too hot nor cold out. Just perfect. And we started with this  toast beautifully topped with tomatoes. Perfect for a late spring evening.

#gasolinacafe #paellanights It was followed by an amuse of salad with frisee, peach and honeyed lardons. The sweetness from the peach and honeyed lardons balanced out by the bitterness of the frisee.

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I personally had the Black Seafood Paella and it tasted exactly like Chef Sandra prepared it during my son’s birthday. I love squid ink myself so I enjoyed it very much. The rice is cooked with squid ink mixed with fish, shrimp, squid and clams topped with lemon. I think it’s a must to add lemon juice before eating as this rounds up the dish. I find it wonderfully light perfect for spring and summer.

#gasolinacafe #paellanightsEveryone else in my group had the Paella de Carne. It’s a heartier, meat version. The taste makes you want to curl up your toes and relax. It’s my comfort food, Spanish style.
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Our paella night ended with coconut flan. I had to apologize for the quality of this phone. When I reviewed it last night I honestly thought it was clear. It was perfect blend of tart and sweet.

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Chef Sandra’s paella will always be a winner in my book and I will always come back for more.
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If you’re a big fan of Spanish food please visit Gasolina Cafe. And if you haven’t had paella ever…well now’s the time to head out to the Valley. They are just off the 101 freeway De Soto exit.

Hope to see you there.

xo, Emilie

GASOLINA CAFE,
21014 VENTURA BLVD,
WOODLAND HILLS, CA, 91364
818-914-4033
INFO@GASOLINACAFE.COM
http://www.gasolinacafe.com

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Granada Hills Grubfest 06.21.2013

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It’s not often that I document my visit to the two blocks of food truck heaven that’s happening in Granada Hills every Friday night. I know I have been MIA from blogging and I thought why not make a comeback of sorts starting with a regular event such as this, right?  Here it goes…

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signs

Something new that I haven’t seen the last time I was there was the signs. Finally this thing now has an official name.

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Cousins Maine Lobster Truck

We’ve never tried this truck before and since we (meaning my kids and myself) love seafood, it seems like a good choice to try out and we weren’t disappointed.

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Line was manageable but they kept it flowing with an efficiency of the armed forces. When paying with a card, you have your choice to add tip with a choice of 15%, 20%, custom or no tip. Their system does not look like that of the square reader but it sure is cool. Takes the guess work our of everything. Since they have more than one person working the griddle, we have our food in the pick up window within 2 minutes.

Connecticut Lobster Roll

The Connecticut Lobster Roll is Maine lobster, served warm with butter and lemon on a New England roll. You can easily tell the lobster was fresh, supple and juicy. Just has the right amount of lemon butter not drenched in it. There’s actually more lobster meat in relation to the roll.  Love it!

Maine Lobster Roll

The Maine Lobster Roll on the other hand is served chilled with a touch of mayo on a New England roll. I want to say this is my favorite but then I also like the warm version. So let’s just say I like them both. Again, just a touch of mayo so it did not overwhelm the lobster meat. Really, it boils down to preference whether you like your savory food warm or cold. Both are excellent choice.

New England Clam Chowder

We got a bowl of New England Clam Chowder to share. It was creamy and hearty. You can definitely chew on the clam meat in the soup amongst the potatoes. I’m not a potatoes kind of person so I left the potato eating to my kids but I enjoyed it very much.

Now, after trying out a new truck we were all ready for some comfort food. Meaning, the same two trucks we always end up with whenever we are there.

The Grilled Cheese Truck

At The Grilled Cheese Truck the kids got the Cheesy Mac and Rib Melt and the Brie Melt (on wheat).

Jogasaki Burrito

And for the adults, there’s the King Crab and Lobster Salad Sushi Burrito from Jogasaki Burrito.

And that wraps up our Friday night food crawl at the Granada Hills Grubfest. I’m actually quite excited to come back and have food from a never-before-tried food truck.

xo, Emilie

Summer Canteen | Toluca Lake, CA

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Recently I’ve visited Summer Canteen with the kids and had a blast. I don’t know why I’ve never blogged about it before but Summer Canteen is a family favorite. So let me show you what we had.

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Blood Orange Sodas for everybody

Who does not like these blood orange bubblies? Totally refreshing!

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Miang Kham

These littles nibbles are little bites of heaven, I tell you! It is coconut, peanut, lemon peel, shrimp, ginger, chili wrapped in spinach leaves drizzled with tamarind caramel. Totally food-gasmic.

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Beef Panang Curry

A classic Thai curry dish. It’s beef slow cooked in spicy coconut curry sauce. Delicious.

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Pad Thai

Not all Pad Thai are created equal. This one’s superb by my standards.

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Rib Eye Steak

Perfectly done with lots of veggies. The best part? The brown rice that came with it.

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Mango Sticky Rice

I will never get tired of Mango Sticky Rice. Two of the things that I love.

Summer Canteen
4444 Lankershim Blvd, Toluca Lake CA 91602
818-985-6611
https://www.facebook.com/summercanteen

xo, Emilie