Day 5 saw our time with son Sam coming to a close. He made an appointment with the California DMV to take his drivers test the next day just before our departure. He chose to rest on this day so Trudy and I spent the day eating road food and sightseeing.
My day began with a visit to the road food reviewed El Tepeyac restaurant. The place was also on the MAN vs. Food T.V show where the host tried and failed to eat a huge burrito and there was a nice feature about the family that owns the place.
The place features huge burritos. I ordered the carnitas hollenbeck burrito which was so huge that it provided breakfast for Trudy and me and dinner of Sam. Tasty meat and a lot of it. I also saw the burrito that the man v food host failed to finish. Six people at the table took substantial portions and there was still some left. I openly gasped when I saw how huge it was. Large amounts of good food are always welcome at any road food place and El Tepeyac is a must stop for any serious lover of Mexican food.
Trudy and I had a late morning snack at the road food reviewed "Mom's Tamale"s. The Spinach and Cheese tamale was quite good and we saved sweet pineapple and coconut tamale for later in the day. But the best thing we ate was homemade flan. It reminded me of cream bulee with burnt sugar on the top and a crisp chewy,sweet texture. It was quite simply the best flan i have ever eaten. The servers in the restaurant were the cook's son, daughter and niece. They told her of our praise and she came out to thanks us. Our visit here was another reminder of the value of this website. This spot was small storefront in a residential neighborhood that i would never have found on my own and i was rewarded with the best flan ever.
We next dove to Glendale to eat lunch at the road food reviewed restaurant" Elena's".I learned from the review that Glendale is home to 65,000 Armenians, the largest group of Armenians in the world outside Armenia. Elena's is a wonderful neighborhood place that served as a fine introduction to the cuisine.
The meal began with an Armenian bread (much like pita)served with some sort of pickled cabbage( served like taco chips bout obviously a different texture and flavor0 that was pink in color and delightfully spiced. I ordered the lentil soup which was lemony and thick and good. Trudy ordered a barbecue lamb that was tender and flavorful. Our waitstaff was native and spoke english fitfully( always a good sign in an ethnic restaurant). The atmosphere was interesting. At one table sat 10 Los Angeles police officers partaking of the food. At another were 8 police officers from Glendale. i have never felt so safe at any meal.
Elena's was a great experience. A new cuisine, a local ambience, unpretentious staff and good food. Another coup for the road food website.
Our next stop was supposed to be at the road food reviewed "Best Fish Taco in Ensenada""s Glendale restaurant for a shrimp taco. I pride myself on calling ahead but this time i did not do so. And unbelievably Trudy and i were travel manned. When we returned we discovered the Glendale location of the restaurant had closed and the mini-chain had slimmed down 2 one location in Los Feliz. We handled the travel man very well but are still a little upset about it.
We spent the afternoon at the Norton Simon museum in Pasadena.We had last visited it 13 years ago when it was under rennovation. It has an excellent Europeans and Asian art collection(Degas works are plentiful and exciting).The sculpture garden features some wonderful works by Rodin and it was pleasant to spend time with a cool drink and look at the art and the pretty flowers. This trip was highlighted by pleasant times in Pasadena which has good road food restaurants and excellent museums.
We took the Pasadena freeway til the exit for York avenue and a last visit to Galto's. This freeway was the first freeway in the world and has not design changed since. The exit to york was 5(sic) mph. The original Dr. Pepper at Galto's hit the spot. It was such a wonderful store and i can't wait to get back.
Dinnner was at a small chain mainly headquartered in the San Gabriel valley called"The Hat". Pastrami burgers are a favorite and the pastrami goes well in the the burger. Fries served with gravy are called wet fries and a great compliment to the burger. Took the kid's to Fosselmen's ice cream shop in Alhambra( a road food reviewed place ) had nutella and blueberry ice cream scoops. Good . A nice finish to a good day.
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