Monday, January 16, 2017

Cacao Still Rocks in Eagle Rock

After three years in France, my first stop for Mexican food was my old favorite, Cacao (see my previous post here). A GIGANTIC serving of guacamole was conveniently served in a plastic container ready to cover and take home to go. The serving was easily enough for four people and although I didn't have a ruler with me, I'm guessing it was 6" in diameter and 2" deep! The fresh home made chips had a nice spicy sprinkling if you didn't want one of the two salsas, one spicy, one not.
Lovely touches like rosemary table water set this place apart from the plethora of other Mexican places in Los Angeles.
Mission Fig Mole Poblano with free range airline chicken breast, topped with homemade mole sauce, marcona almonds, and sesame seeds, side of calabacitas, a vegetable mix of zucchini, squash, corn, and tomato for $19.95 is a great choice if you have never had home made mole. The quality of the chicken breast was evident with every moist bite, and the portion was generous enough to feed 2 or one very hungry athlete.
I couldn't decide whether I wanted my red snapper fish tacos fried or grilled so I got one of each for $3.95 each. The fried version used Alesmith brown beer batter, both topped with crema, cabbage, pico de gallo and salsa, and the grilled version was perfectly grilled. Even after eating both versions, I still would want both because I would have been unable to pick a favorite; it's like trying to decide if you prefer regular bacon or billionaire's bacon for your BLT :)
During lunch they offer a taco truck special of three tacos with a non alcoholic drink, rice and beans for $9.95. I chose the carne asada and adored the grilled scallions on the side as much as the classic asada. 

Their menu encompasses all the classics, a few twists, like sea urchin, duck, and Korean style kalbi. There are several vegetarian options, and people come in just to buy their chips or get orders to go because quality and care are two  of the most important ingredients in any dish. Eagle Rock may be a bit of a trek for most Angelenos, but it's closer than Mexico :)

Monday, January 2, 2017

Tournament of Roses Parade Part 2

The predawn close up view of the floats is incredible, but so is seeing the same floats in natural daylight with people on them and the animations running:)










There were lots of horses,

 including the famous Clydesdales,

 who had their own mascot,
 and luxury transportation.
















There was plenty of security.

The Goodyear Blimp hovered overhead with several helicopters.
Porta-potties were strategically placed on side streets.
The Red Cross was on hand in case anyone needed CPR.
But I doubt that this dragon will attack those people :)


The parade may be over for this year but some slogans ring true all year long:)




Tournament of Roses Parade

At 5 AM this morning I experienced the magical Rose Parade up close for the first time:)