Paella Nights at Gasolina Cafe 05.13.2016


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.


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.

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


Granada Hills Grubfest 06.21.2013


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…



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


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.


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



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.


Blood Orange Sodas for everybody

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


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.


Beef Panang Curry

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


Pad Thai

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


Rib Eye Steak

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


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

xo, Emilie

Wholly Rollers’ Valley Food Truck Fest – Day 1


3-day fest... epic!

Friday marks the first day of the Valley Food Fest organized by Wholly Rollers in Encino. And I would not miss it for the world. Speaking to Athena of Wholly Rollers, she wanted to bring this kind of event to the valley for the valley families to enjoy and not feel harassed. I can really say that it’s family friendly as I have my kids and one of them in a stroller. Falling in line is easy and I didn’t have a problem navigating with a stroller. There was enough seating as long as you don’t mind sharing the rest of the table with strangers. Luckily for me I had nice tablemates. I was able to park on the street but I found out there’s a $2 parking right next door. Crowd is mostly made up of families which is always nice to see. There’s something for each member of the family.

food trucks are lined up on both sides of the lot with tables and chairs lined up in the middle... the best set-up I've seen... people can line up in front of the truck without getting mixed up with the line from the neighboring trucks

Let me do the tour beginning from the entrance…

Border Grill Truck - they never opened due to truck troubles which is a shame because I was in the mood for the corn tamal 😦 hopefully they will be back Saturday.

White Rabbit Truck

India Jones

Greenz on Wheels

The Greasy Wiener

Tango Mango for some really good italian ice

Papa's Tapas

Maui Wowi

Tapa Boy

Vizzi Truck

The Place

The Munchie Machine


B wanted to get dinner from Tapa Boy and this is what she got…

Hand Roll Trio - Beef Tapa, Chicken Tocino & Pork Tocino

J had this…

Chicken Tocilog - chicken tocino (cured chicken), fried rice, tomato/cucumber slices, pickled papaya

and I had these…

Crispy Adobo Bowl - egg, crispy adobo flakes, fried rice ... really good

White Rabbit Truck tweeted about a special and here it is…

White Rabbit Truck's Red Velvet Flan

flan on top of a red velvet cake... sooooo sinfully rich!

Aren’t you hungry from looking at all these food? Here’s some screenshots from Wholly Rollers‘ site about the event and truck line up….

So what are you waiting for? Two more days left, plenty of time, plan accordingly, don’t harass people for parking spots and bring a big appetite…


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