Happy National Fried Chicken Day

Happy National Fried Chicken Day

Happy National Fried Chicken Day!

I’ve always thought it was interesting that several foods have days in their honor :). Fried chicken is a staple at many holidays, picnics and parties and so it seems only appropriate that there would be a day to honor this scrumptious, crispy delight!


In honor of National Fried Chicken Day today, KFC had special $5 buckets of their tasty fried chicken! They gave several pieces of their drumsticks and thighs. Customers had the choice of choosing between their original recipe or extra crispy. I try not to eat the skin off the fried chicken so it didn’t make much difference to me but I decided to choose the original. Winner, winner chicken dinner! Yay to celebrating National Fried Chicken day with some good ol’ KFC!


Hello BamBiBu!

Hello BamBiBu!

BamBiBu is a nice new little spot in Redondo Beach. I found this place thanks to Yelp and was excited to try it out. I’ve been on a ramen run for the longest time and when I heard about his new spot, I had to try it.


Walking in, I took notice right away how cute this place was. One wall is filed with origami of different sizes, shapes and colors! It adds such a neat and happy vibe to this restaurant!


When my friend and I sat down we were served our menus, drinks and the cutest chopsticks ever. The chopsticks were wrapped in origami paper! It’s a neat concept! The chopsticks match their origami decorations.


The menu here is comprised of starters (edamame, koro koro french fries and seaweed salad), rice sets (chicken teriyaki, karaage, tonkatsu and chicken katsu), ramen (tonkotsu, miso, shoyu, tsukemen), sushi and gyoza.

We decided to start our meal with gyoza. We got the regular gyoza which is filled with ground Berkshire pork, cabbage, brown onion, green onion, chives and special homemade seasoning. The gyoza was freshly made and fried. It was soft and very tasty! I find it neat and interesting that the pork used for their gyoza filling is imported from Canada!


We dipped our gyoza in vinegar and chili oil. The chili oil added quite a kick to these dumplings because it was spicy!


I chose to get the Karaage set. First up for the set was the miso soup! The miso soup was served nice and hot. It was very flavorful. I liked that it had several little pieces of tofu inside


The set comes with white rice but I chose to substitute the white rice with chashu meshi. The flavored rice was filled with tender pieces of sweet chashu. It had a distinct taste of soy sauce. This rice was very tasty.


The miso soup and the chashu meshi is already a lot of food but the Karaage set has even more food! There were several pieces of Japanese style fried chicken marinated in ginger, shoyu and garlic. On the side were a coleslaw type salad and pasta salad. The crispy chicken matched well with the yummy chashu meshi as well as the side salads. I liked how the chicken was crispy on the outside but soft in the inside.


Aside from the karaage set, I got to try a little bit of my friend’s shoyu ramen. I liked that it was chicken broth. It also had tender chashu pork. The ramen was filled with thick noodles.


Overall I liked this little new ramen spot in Redondo Beach. It has a cute and clean atmosphere, their offerings are neatly presented and their food is tasty!

For more smiles, please see my recent yelp review on BamBiBu.

Hello Jollibee!

Hello Jollibee!

Ever since Jollibee was first introduced to the United States, I’ve had a fascination with trying their different offerings. Perhaps its the feeling of being in the Philippines (Jollibee is a popular food chain in the Philippines) or it’s likeness of having home cooked liked breakfast meals (yummy -silog (meat+egg) breakfasts or maybe it’s the convenience of having quick yummy Filipino dishes, I don’t quite know where the fascination comes from but Jollibee has grown on me a lot! It wasn’t always my favorite place but through the years, I’ve come to quite like this little Filipino chain with its cute red bee mascot!

I love coming to Jollibee for breakfast! They have different -silog offerings. You have your choice of different meat breakfasts that come with egg, tomato and garlic rice.

I’ve tried the longsilog. They give two pieces of the longanisa/sweet sausage!

I’ve also had the tocino or sweet pork! The pork is very tender, sweet and not fatty at all!

The joy at Jollibee does not stop at breakfast though because they are quite popular for their chickenjoy or fried chicken!

I love getting the fried chicken with sweet potato fries! It comes with a gravy dipping sauce that is perfect to dip the crispy chicken and fries in.


Jollibee also offers different Chickenjoy perfect combos! I like the chicken with spaghetti. It is a sampling of two of the most popular offerings at Jollibee!


The spaghetti at Jollibee is one of my favorite Filipino spaghetti offerings! It has the sweet banana ketchup flavor in their sauce and then it is topped with Filipino hot dogs and cheese.


Last but definitely not the least, I really like their pearl coolers or boba here! Right now there is a “weekday chill” offer of buy one, get one free ube pearl coolers! It is perfect for their warm days.


I’m happy to see Jollibee has grown and improved throwing the years! This improvement at Jollibee has definitely brought me joy :).

For more smiles, please see my recent yelp review on Jollibee.

Hello Ramen Hayatemaru!

Hello Ramen Hayatemaru!

I’m on the quest of finding even more good ramen places in the South Bay! After reading some of the Yelp reviews and seeing this place feature in the LA times food blog, I decided I needed to try this place out.


I came here during happy hour time! Both the regular menu and happy hour menu are filled with lots of good treats and yummy deals!

My friend and I each got the half white miso ramen. The white miso is one of the more popular items according to Yelp. (You can either get a whole size or half size but we chose half in order to save room for appetizers ;).

white miso

My friend and I had to get an order of gyoza! It was a must try because it was a special mention in the LA times food blog! They are soft and filled with delcious ground meat.


The best appetizer we ordered however was the fried chicken! These were served hot and crispy. It was super tasty! I love how they were flavorful without being salty. I know I will be ordering this again on a future trip!
fried chicken

Yay to another good spot in the South Bay! Yelp and the LA times food blog never fails to point this foodie in the right direction :).

For more smiles, please see my recent yelp review on Ramen Hayatemaru.