Five Restaurant Foods I Fell in Love with in 2019

Although one of my new year’s resolutions was to avoid going out to eat, I did end up making it out to a few places. The following are 5 places that I still think about to this day and that I hope to make it out to again in 2020. 

Omomo Tea

20190816_174220I am a big fan of boba and have been since my freshman year of college when I was introduced to it. My go to has always been the Thai Tea Boba since it is always available, even at my favorite Pho places. 

My friend Joann invited me to a place called Omomo and it was like no other Boba place that I have ever been to. For starters the place looked super trendy

with natural wood and plants, the menu was on paper hung on the walls with a minimalist touch. 

When it was time to order, they had many options and flavors. If you know me, you know that I am very indecisive, so having so many options made me panic. Luckily, my friend guided me through.

You choose your base, I chose matcha, then you go on and choose how sweet you want it, how much ice and if you want any toppings like cheese foam on it. Yes, cheese. It sounds weird but it is oh, so delicious. I had the regular matcha, regular sweetness and regular ice. Freaking amazing. 

Of course I went back many times after in order to try different combinations, I tried the cheese foam, the tiramisu topping and they also had one with brulee cream. 

Check them out, they have two locations, Chino Hills and Irvine. 

Piroshky, Piroshky


Very early in the year I went on a trip to Seattle and ate everywhere in that city. Of course two of the 5 places that I am mentioning here are in Seattle. 

This place is known by everyone that has visited the city and is loved by locals and tourists. 

Pirozhki are Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian baked or fried yeast-leavened boat-shaped buns with a variety of fillings. Pirozhki are a popular street food and comfort food in Russia and a stereotypical part of Russian culture. – Wikipedia

20190208_122005I took a food tour while in Seattle and this was one of the stops, we were able to try a variation of sweet and savory, including meat and chicken. They were simply put, delectable. We went back after the tour and picked up three each, and that was still not enough. 

If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend standing in line at Piroshky, Piroshky or maybe even placing an order online. 


Tomato Pie


Our very first episode of Question Crunch we recorded somewhere near Pasadena and Jimmy and I stopped for lunch at a pizza place called Tomato Pie. I have only been there once back in Septemb

er and since then I have not been able to stop thinking about this place. 

They sell pizza by the slice and they have a huge variety to choose from. I had THE REALLY REALLY FUNGHI which was of course a pizza that was full of Mushrooms.  It is quite a large building in terms of pizza joints and the decor is very mid-century with a hint of car hop. Just look at their website and you’ll get a feel for it.



What I liked about this place was the fact that you choose your slice and they reheat it just right so that the crust is crunchy and the top is perfectly melted. If you are a pizza fan, go check it out. 

Penny Royal


This place was faaaancy. My friend Ellen was looking for a place nearby that had drinks and food and we stumbled upon this place. 

We had quite a spread which included, Truffle Parmesan Fries, Spicy Chips and Yogurt Dip, Sage Sausage Fried ‘Scotch’ Olives, Seafood & Chorizo Paella with Squid Ink Aioli and some other Oyster dish that left me wanting more. 

The menu was hard to choose from because they 

had a great selection and my only regret was not ordering a glass of wine to enjoy with all this food. 


My favorite was definitely the Truffle Parmesan Fries, they loaded it with cheese and the seasoning on it was very flavourful but did not take over the classic taste of fries. 

Le Petit Paris


This was another find during a food tour that Ryan and I took for our anniversary. The most beautiful french spot that had modern french decor and music that matched the atmosphere. It is in downtown LA and again super fancy. 

They sat us down and we had a Croque Monsieur which is a sandwich with Ham, crème fraiche, cheese, and served with mixed green salad. They had a great wine selection and their waiters are attentive and very well dressed. Seriously go check this place out, even if it’s just for their decor. 


There you have it, let me know what places you enjoyed last year and recommend some great places I can go this year. 



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