Sunday, March 19, 2017

Tortugas Torteria Pasadena

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In Spanish, "Tortugas" means Turtles.
But in Mexico City, it's also slang for Torta. 


What's a Torta?
It's a sandwich served on an oval-shaped roll, called Telera.
Tortas are both served hot or cold with different
proteins, condiments, and with different types
of Mexican cheeses.




Opened in February 2016,
just a couple of doors down from
the Pasadena location of King Taco.


Tortugas is opened by the same family as King Taco.
Their idea is to serve authentic Mexican Tortas
in Pasadena.



Lots to choose from...

I had a hard time choosing,
but ended up ordering the Cubana (or Cuban),
a Mexico City and Tortugas Favorite!


Each Torta is made to order,
so it might be a few minute wait.

But it's worth the wait...


See What Jay Eats...


The Cubana

The Cubana includes,
a slice of pork ham, Milanesa (choose between pork,
beef, or chicken), homemade chorizo, a slice of
head cheese, pickled jalapeƱos, Oaxaca cheese, onions,
and Chipotle mayo on a Telera roll.




Hot Stuff!



All tortas are served with house-made chips.



Not only are they part of the community,
but also working with Homeboy Industries
and proudly serving HOMEBOY Telera Rolls!




37 N Arroyo Parkway
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 792-9791

Open Daily
9 am - 10 pm






NOTE:  I was a guest of Tortugas Torteria.
I thank them for their invitation and hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.





Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Midori Matcha Cafe - Little Tokyo (New)

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I've been walking by this place for months
and now it's open!

Located in Weller Court
at the corner of San Pedro and 2nd Street
in Downtown Los Angeles.

serves
Organic Japanese Ceremonial Grade Matcha
tea and desserts.

I've had a lot of matcha tea
and this the real deal.




The menu
(from my first visit in Mid-January 2017)



All of the matcha is made
the traditional way.


By using a bamboo whisk



Ceremony Matcha

I learned something at Midori Matcha Cafe,
it's rude to give someone a matcha tea
with large air bubbles.

The staff at Midori Matcha Cafe takes
care of the large air bubbles before serving.



Matcha Limeade

I noticed on my last visit,
it wasn't on the menu board anymore.



Matcha Latte and Matcha Limeade



Organic Matcha Soft Serve
in a waffle cone.

This was my favorite!

And I've been back
again and again and
again.



Matcha Eclair 



Matcha Cream Puff


Check them out the next time
you're in Little Tokyo.

You might even see me
having their soft serve!

UPDATE:
They've added a Hojicha soft serve!

Hojicha is a roasted green tea,
served Kyoto style.
Has a nice roasted flavor to it.


Weller Court
123 Ellison S. Onizuka St, Suite 101-C
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 325-5262

Open Daily 10 am - 10 pm





Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi