Hello Sartori Thai!

Hello Sartori Thai!

Satori Thai is the latest restaurant to open up in the South Bay! Just this September 24, a new restaurant opened up in Torrance, California. With so many restaurants and small businesses closing; it’s such good news to see a new spot pop up in the local community and I was more than happy to help support this new spot recently.

Sartori Thai offers a variety of many of our favorite Thai dishes! The owners get their supplies right from Thailand and so you are sure to get some great authentic Thai food. Among the yummy dishes on the menu are chicken satay, kra thang thong, papaya salad, chicken lab, curry, pad see ew, and pad thai. I can never pass up a place that has curry and pad thai! Those are my favorite Thai dishes.

Both the curry and pad thai are part of the lunch specials too. The lunch specials are a great deal because it comes with a side salad and egg roll.

I chose to get they yellow curry with chicken and the pad thai lunch special. Both dishes are my go-to Thai dishes whenever I try a new Thai place and I was curious to see how it would be here.

Sartori Thai’s yellow curry is a traditional Thai curry cooked with coconut milk, potatoes, carrots, onions, and topped with fried onions. Traditional Thai curry is my favorite type of curry. Sartori Thai definitely nailed it with the curry broth. It had just the right hint of coconut and was perfect over white rice.

Their pad thai was traditional rice noodles with stir-fried chicken and shrimp egg, diced black tofu, bean sprouts, and Chinese chives. It was mixed in Sartori’s own house-made sweet and sour pad thai sauce. It came with crushed peanuts, carrots, and sliced lime for extra flavoring. Their pad thai was also on point. It was delicious and not too sweet. I can easily see this being their staple dish and one that will quickly become popular!

Sartori Thai is located in Old Torrance right on Sartori Ave. If you are in the area; do support the newest South Bay restaurant to open up in town.

For more smiles; please see my Yelp review on Sartori Thai.

Hello Thai Hub Torrance!

Hello Thai Hub Torrance!

Thai food is one of my favorite types of cuisine and I’m always on the lookout for a good place to find some great Thai dishes. This 2019, there’s a new “hub” in Torrance just for that!  Thai Hub Torrance Street Food and Dessert Cafe just opened up this new year and is quickly becoming a go-to Thai place for those in the South Bay (and beyond).

Thai Hub Torrance says that their love for Thai food is “infinite” and this is evident in the menu consisting of a large variety of Thai dishes. One can find authentic dishes such as  E-Sarn Rice Sausage, Tom Zap Baby Pork Rib soup, Thai Papaya Salad and Ka prow Grounded beef.

A good way to try out their different offerings is through their lunch set. The lunch set is offered daily from 11am through 3:30pm. I’ve found that these are great deal to get a glimpse of their variety.

Their Pad See Ew lunch set is one of my favorites.


The Pad See Ew comes with egg, wonton soup and two chicken wings. The chicken wings happen to be one of their appetizer offerings too! The Thai style breaded chicken wings are scrumptious! Served piping hot, each bite gives a delightful crunch. Not to be outdone is the wonton soup that consists of  fully stuffed chicken and shrimp wontons, tender BBQ pork and bok choy. The star of this lunch set of course however is their  Pad See Ew. The fact rice noodles have a good mix of eggs, Chinese broccoli and chicken.

Another popular lunch set and one that I also really like is their Yellow Curry Chicken.


Yellow Curry Chicken is a staple in Thai cuisine and here at Thai Hub they really know their curry! The Yellow Curry is full of flavor! There is tender chicken breast, potatoes, onions and carrot. It’s great over the white rice and mixed with hard-boiled eggs that comes with the set. On the side is their Spicy beef Salad. This salad has a bit of kick to it because of the spicy lime dressing. There is grilled beef, cucumber, lemongrass, tomatoes and mint.

I am happy to see this new “hub” for Thai food in Torrance! It’s one amazing new addition to the South Bay this 2019!

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Thai Hub Torrance.


Hello Sisters Thai, The Ordinary Cafe!

Hello Sisters Thai, The Ordinary Cafe!


Sisters Thai, The Ordinary Cafe in Fairfax, Virginia is far from being ordinary.


Walking in, I could not help but be intrigued. There is a giant movie marquee with the restaurants name.


One wall is filled with books, making the cafe look like a little bookstore.


The place just has an overall cute, unique and homey vibe. This theme somewhat even overflows to the menu as the menu consists of a variety of traditional homestyle Thai cuisine as well as interesting Thai street foods.

To start off my meal, I chose to get the Angel wings.


I have always been a fan of angel wings. Here at Sisters Thai they had three chicken wings stuffed with ground chicken, glass noodles and veggies. There was sweet chili dipping sauce on the side. Golden deep fried and perfectly crisp on the outside, this appetizer was delightful! The chicken itself simply came off the bone. The filling was well seasoned and every bite was just heavenly. This appetizer truly was an angel.

After the Angel wings, I tried the Drunken Noodles with beef.


This was one spicy dish. The flat noodles were topped with plenty of beef mixed in with some spicy chili peppers, basils and jalapeños.It’s one very flavorful dish sure to bring a bit of fire to your mouth.

To offset, the heat of this dish, I had an order of Yellow Curry with chicken.


I am a big fan of curry. I find the complex combinations of spices and herbs to make this creamy creation so delightful. Sisters Thai does a good job with their curry. There was plenty of thick, curry sauce with tender pieces of chicken, sliced carrots and potatoes. I was quite pleased with putting all this curry over the white rice. It was very fulfilling.

I really enjoyed dining at Sisters Thai, The Ordinary Cafe. As I mentioned in the beginning of this blog post, Sisters Thai is far from ordinary. The overall atmosphere is intriguing yet comforting. Their food is traditional yet distinct in taste. It was no ordinary day for me when I dined here.

For more smiles, please see my recent Yelp review on Sisters Thai.

Hello Thaipanese!

Hello Thaipanese!

I’ve always been a fan of Thai food and Japanese food. A lot of blog entrees have been dedicated to visiting Japanese and Thai restaurants so just imagine this blogger’s delight when I discovered a restaurant offering both types of cuisine! The newly opened Thaipanese restaurant in Lomita, California specializes in both Japanese and Thai food.

The menu of this place is amazing. They’ve got Japanese specialities such as sushi, teriyaki and ramen and they have Thai dishes such as pad thai and curry. I found their lunch special to be really great because you can get a good mix of Japanese and Thai food. Their lunch specials come with rice, miso soup, house salad and your choice of sushi roll.

Whenever I go to a Thai restaurant, pad thai is a staple dish I must try. For Japanese restaurants, my favorite sushi is the California roll. It was a given that one of the first lunch special combos I would try here at Thaipanese would have both .


I liked the pad thai with the slight sweet peanut sauce here. The California rolls were fresh and tasty with a creamy filling of imitation crab.

My other favorite Thai dish is curry! I’m also a big fan of veggie rolls. Here at Thaipanese, they have both.


The yellow curry with chicken is spicy and had lots of sauce that was perfect over the white rice. The spicy curry was a good match for the veggie rolls. I liked the crispy veggies and avocado inside the veggie rolls.

I love that Thaipanese offers the best of both the worlds in terms of Thai food and Japanese food. It makes me smile that I can get dishes with both types. If you’re a fan of either Thai food or Japanese food, this is a place that will surely make you smile as well.

Hello Blue Basil Asian Cuisine!

Hello Blue Basil Asian Cuisine!

It’s a new year and time for new discoveries and new eats! Just right after the holidays, was the grand opening of a new Asian eatery in the South Bay! Located in Torrance, California is the brand new Blue Basil Asian Cuisine!


I am a big fan of Asian eats and was intrigued to find this place offers a gigantic smorgasbord of Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese and Thai dishes. They also have American and Italian food! Looking at the menu there just seemed to be something for everyone!

I came during lunch time with my mom and we started off our meal with an appetizer via their Vietnamese egg roll.


Six crunchy pieces of Vietnamese egg rolls packed with meat and veggies was presented to us! I loved the wrapping that they used for the crispiness did not go away during the whole meal. It was fresh tasting all throughout. They were also very generous with the filling.

For our main courses, we chose to do their lunch special which is served with seamed rice and a daily soup. The soup of the day was a nice egg flower soup. It was good for a chilly day like today.


The first of our lunch entrees was the Fried Chicken with Basil.


An abundance of flavorful basil leaves was mixed in with tender pieces of chicken and red chiles for a delicious and slightly spicy stir-fry that was perfect on top of white rice.

Our other entree was the Beef with Vermicelli in Satay Sauce.


Tender pieces of beef along with crunchy bell peppers and sweet pineapples were tossed on top of long, soft, silky vermicelli noodles. This noodle dish made for a light and tasty entree.

The deliciousness of this place does not end with their appetizers and entrees because equally impressive is their drink menu that consists of various milk teas, fresh fruit drinks and ice milk drinks. I chose to get a strawberry, pudding and boba ice milk drink.


When my drink came out, I was happily surprised with the large concoction in front of me. The large drink consisted of sweet milk and lots of strawberry, pudding and boba inside. It was a perfect pairing to all the savory dishes we had above.


Blue Basil Asian Cuisine is one nice addition to the South Bay! Offering a variety of Asian dishes, it is one place that every one can enjoy. I know that I will be back here for sure this year.

For more smiles, please see my recent Yelp review on Blue Basil Asian Cuisine.

Hello Suki Time Thai Kitchen!

Hello Suki Time Thai Kitchen!

When I first spotted the newly opened Suki Time Thai Kitchen, my curiosity was quite peeked. I am a big fan of Thai food and am always on the look out for good Thai places.


I was further intrigued upon hearing that not only did their menu have traditional Thai dishes like Satay and Panang but it also had Thai hot pots!


With Thai food and hot pot offerings, it did not take long for me to check this place out!

It was a cloudy day the day I went so hot pot seemed perfect. The hot pot here comes in two ways. The first was is as a food set for solo eaters. The second way is family style for groups. Although I came with a friend, we chose to get a food set so that we could try another Thai dish with our meal. The food set comes with a bowl of vegetable, choice of rice (white or brown), regular soup and choice of meat platter (USDA Prime beef, USDA choice beef, pork, white chicken breast and vegetable).

For the food set, I chose to get the regular soup which is a mixed vegetable soup and white chicken breast. The waiters brought out the broth and meat along with a bowl filled with mixed seasonal vegetables for us to cook at our table. This is one of my favorite things about hot pot! I love being able to see the cooking of the pot right in front of me.


To accompany the hot pot, Suki Time Thai Kitchen has different sauces for the dipping of the meat. The sauces were all at the Sauce bar. They had different sauces like Thai peanut sauce, chili sauce and even a crying tiger sauce.


They also had offerings of cilantro, red onion, green onion and garlic to add to the soup and to enhance the flavor even more.


My favorite of all the sauces and garnishes was the peanut sauce. It’s a little sweet and adds a different kind of flavor to the soup.


The mixed vegetable soup, white chicken breast, various veggies, garnishes and sauces all came together to make a hearty hot pot.


Alongside with the hot pot, I got to try their Pad Thai. It’s stir fried noodles with chicken, their special Suki Time sauce, peanuts and sprouts. The noodles were very long and soft and the chicken very lean.


Last but not least I got a complimentary Thai Milk Tea. It was refreshingly sweet drink and perfect accompanying drink for the meal.


I loved how this place gives a taste of Thailand through both traditional dishes like Pad Thai and drinks like Thai Milk tea and through not so traditional dishes like Thai Hot Pot. The hot pot is something different. It has the same good Thai flavor but not through a dish that is typically seen at Thai restaurants. I like how you even have the choice of making the hot pot with Thai broths of Tom Yum and Pok Tok too.

Suki Time Thai Kitchen’s offerings of Thai Hot Pot and traditional Thai dishes made me smile.

For more smiles, please see my recent Yelp review on Suki Time Thai Kitchen

Hello Thai Thani!

Hello Thai Thani!

Here it goes…I’m about to reveal one of my favorite restaurants ever. Drum roll please…Thai Thani in Redondo Beach.

I have loved this restaurant ever since I was a little girl. From lunches with my parents to dinner celebrations, this Thai restaurant has always had a special place in my heart and remains to be my favorite place for Thai food.

Lunch is my favorite time to go here because their lunch specials come with either salad or soup. I love their salad because it comes with their own housemade dressing. The salad dressing is oh so creamy. I often have a hard time choosing between salad or soup because their soup is delightful is so well. The soup that they offer is a wonderfully light and comforting soup filled with wontons and bok choy. The wontons are filled with ground chicken.

There are two particular dishes that I always love getting here. My first favorite dish is their Stuffed Chicken Wing. It is a boneless chicken wing that is stuffed with pork, chicken, onions and glass noodles. It comes with two dipping sauces, a sweet and sour sauce and a cucumber sauce. The cucumber sauce is a like a little mini salad because it has mixture of onions and peanuts. I simply love the fried chicken wing because it is perfectly crispy. The stuffing inside is so fulfilling. The chicken is perfectly paired with fried rice.


My other favorite dish at Thai Thani is their Pad Thai. I’ve tried many Thai restaurants but Thai Thani for me has the best Pad Thai. The flavor of the Pad Thai here cannot be beat. The noodle dish has soft noodles and is topped with a great mixture of shrimp, baked tofu, bean sprouts and crushed peanuts. Wonderful flavor and texture, these noodles are always a must for me when I come here.


I love this place as you can see via this blog post and via my previous Yelp reviews and hope to have many more smiley lunches and dinners here in the future.

Hello Thai Original BBQ!

Hello Thai Original BBQ!

In all my various blogging adventures, the most special ones to me are the ones I get to share with my family and friends. Today was one of those special times as I got to celebrate a very special occasion, my mom’s birthday.

We actually had different plans for the day but we accidentally found ourselves at a place I’ve had on my bookmarks for awhile, Thai Original BBQ.


It’s a sister restaurant of one our favorite restaurants in Redondo Beach, Thai Thani. My mom and I are both fans of Thai food and we were excited to try this place out.

Since it was my mom’s birthday, we had to order noodles. It’s an Asian tradition to order noodles during ones birthday because long noodles are symbolic of long life.

My mom’s favorite type of noodles is glass noodles and so we chose to get Thai Original BBQ’s Glass noodles dish. It had chicken and noodles scrambled with eggs, tomatoes, carrots and green onion. The noodles were long, soft and delicious. It’s a very flavorful dish because of the good mix of veggies and egg


The other dish we tried was the Chicken ruby dinner. It’s dish with deep fried whole baby hen stuffed with a combination if shrimp and pork. On the side is shrimp fried rice and a homemade sauce for dipping. The stuffed baby hen is amazing. It’s deep fried to a perfectly golden color and crisp. The inside is a finely ground pork filling that is comparable to a meatball. Fresh and crispy, this was a great chicken dish.


It was a really nice birthday dining experience for my mom and I really enjoyed sharing another foodie blog adventure with her. It’s always a good, smiley day when I see my mom smile.

For more smiles, please see my recent Yelp review on Thai Original BBQ.

Hello Tantalice Thai and American Diner!

Hello Tantalice Thai and American Diner!

Hockey and Thai food, two of my favorites. Who would’ve thought that I’d find two of my favorites when I recently dined at Tantalice Thai and American Diner.


Tantalice is not your typical Thai restaurant. The moment one walks in, customers will notice a giant backdrop showcasing hockey players. This can easily be explained by where exactly Tantalice is located. It is adjacent to an ice skating rink. Formerly a sport bar, it became a Thai restaurant. Diners have a great view of the skating rink because there’s a large open window next to the restaurant tables and via that window people can watch the figure skaters skate or sometimes if lucky, a hockey game! I came here with a friend on a Friday and got a great table with an excellent of the view of the skating rink! Yay for this little hello kitty hockey fan. 😉

When my friend and I came here, it was also lunch time and so we were able to try out Tantalice’s lunch specials. Lunch specials here are served with green salad and jasmine rice. The green salad comes with a tasty and sweet house made dressing.

My friend chose to order the “Ginger Lover” dish with chicken. It comes with sautéed chicken with fresh cut ginger, celery, carrots, mushrrooms, bell peppers and onions. I tried a little bit of this dish and the ginger love was evident from the start. There’s plenty of ginger in this dish, bringing lots of flavor to the variety of vegetables and chicken. It was a tad bit spicy.


For my dish, I chose to get the pumpkin curry. It’s my first time to ever see a pumpkin curry dish in a Thai restuarant. This place had classic red curry, yellow curry, green curry and panang curry but it was the pumpkin curry that caught my eye. I’m a big pumpkin fan and was curious to see how this dish was. My entree came with chicken in red coconut milk curry with basil, bell peppers and pumpkin. This was a very creamy and saucy dish, thus making it perfect when topped over the jasmine rice. There was plenty of pumpkin pieces mixed into the curry, making it a good dish for pumpkin fans like me. Classic curry taste but with a twist because of the pumpkins!


Aside from the lunch specials, my friend and I also got an order of pad thai. It was a good portion of stir-fried noodles with egg, bean sprouts, green onions and ground peanuts! Pad thai is always the one dish that I like to try at all the Thai restaurants I go to.


Dining at Tantalice Thai and American Diner was a unique experience in many ways. I enjoyed watching some good skating while some pretty tasty, distinct, full of flavor cuisine!

For more smiles, please see my recent

Hello Shrimp Lover!

Hello Shrimp Lover!

Life is good!

I’ve always been a fan of the beach. I love the sound of the waves crashing, the fresh air and the overall calm feeling of being at the beach. Redondo Beach Pier is one of my favorite places to go to. Aside from the beautiful view, there are also plenty of delicious places to dine. It seems every time I go to Redondo Beach pier, I discover new eateries. One of these places, I recently got to go to is The Shrimp Lover. The Shrimp Lover is a restaurant specializing in Cajun/Creole and Thai Food.


Walking into this restaurant, I became an instant fan. It’s very cute with lots of beach themed decorations such as a treasure chest up at the front of the restaurant and a fish net on the ceiling.
The tables are laid out right next to the large windows facing the beach. I love the tableside view of the pier!


Their menu is very cute as well. I love how they named their menu sections (“Deep to the Sea” for their boiled seafood. “On the Beach” for their fried seafood. “Sea side” for their side orders. “Get Special Delight” for their Thai food specialties. “Drive to the Ocean” for their soup. “Cool Down” for their drinks.) My friend and I ordered a couple of things from some of the sections.

From the “Drive to the Ocean,” my friend got their newest soup offering, clam chowder. A very hearty looking bowl of thick clam chowder was presented to my friend. It was accompanied with some crispy crackers.


Since I am not a seafood eater, I was thrilled that this restaurant offered Thai food! I love Thai food and was super happy to see some of my favorite Thai dishes were being offered here. We ordered pad thai with chicken and was impressed with the plate full of fresh, long, soft stir fried rice noodles, tender chicken and crispy peanuts.


I also got to try the BBQ chicken with a side salad and fried rice. I was such a fan of this plate because everything was so flavorful. The side salad had a nice, sweet Thai dressing. The BBQ chicken was seasoned perfectly. The fried rice had a good java flavor. Aside from how tasty this plate was, it was also impressive how large the portions were. The chicken was half a chicken and enough for two meals!


As we were dining here, I could not help see another of their beach themed decorations. It was a lifesaver with the words “Life is good.” It seemed perfect for this dining moment because I truly felt how life indeed is good. Dining good eats with a table side view of the blue ocean, the crashing waves and the sun shining. Life is good, indeed.


For more smiles, please read my recent Yelp review on The Shrimp Lover.