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Octopus, Glendale 

For the sushi lovers out there. Here’s a little delicious serving of Octopus in Glendale. I wanted to share one of my favorite places to go to for sushi. It’s just a laid-back, unpretentious, casual place where friends and I can have inexpensive yet fresh sushi, be served by really friendly and accommodating wait staff, and enjoy drinks and conversation ’til we finally give up. It’s not really one of those where they blow you off the water, but sometimes simple and generic, like a chain restaurant such as Octopus, is as gratifying as authentic and high-end. Here are the photos and I hope you all enjoy and salivate as much as I do whenever I get a peek at them:

KAMPAI!!!

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Filed under Clams, Dessert, Fish, Ice Cream, Japanese Food, Mixed Seafood, Sushi

The tale of two: Rick’s VS Oinkster

Yonder the green foliage and paved gray of 2S, tucked in a corner says “Voted the Best Food in LA“. O’er the bridge and a block beyond sees the blue sign and a drive-thru that entices the curiosity of any foodie alike. Rick’s, aren’t you famous for your pastrami? Oh, doubt was not in will and in mind when it was time to voice thy need. Pastrami sandwich and a veggie burger; please, oh please. Do add some zucchini and chili fries so mine heart and belly shall rise in adornment of thy morsels.

Oh let me SHUT UP! Let’s get down to business.

I was in need of a pastrami fix but I was still in my pajamas and over-sized shirt. What’s a girl to do? Dig into my foodie memory bank and be a blogger once again. Rick’s Drive In & Out? Yes! Let’s see if it’s really the best food in LA. Well, looking at the prices, it may be the best deal in LA but I need to taste it first before I even do my happy frugal dance.

This was a very simple, no-hype sandwich. There weren’t really any add-ons, it had pickles and mustard, and the rest was all meat. Beat that! The meat was a little tougher and saltier than I’m used to. I understand that I’m eating pastrami but I still have standards and preferences regardless. The bread was one tough carb though, it held up to all the juices and sauce, which was a plus for me. I want to hold my pastrami sandwich, not fork and knife it.

The veggie burger was a little dry, and the veggies were not as fresh. Maybe they didn’t have much need for it for days now? I do not know the answer, really. Honestly, I’ve had better. Blah, on to the next.

The zucchini was deep-fried to a golden crispy. Those I loved, but weren’t mine. Ugh. The chili fries were ok. It was a bad idea to do salt with salt. Salty pastrami, salty chili, salty cheese, and salty fries. No relief at all.

I had half my sandwich wasted  and was later given to my Aunt’s dogs. I felt bad, not only are they supposed to not have human food but this salty of a sandwich?  Sad, indeed. The chili fries are still in the fridge, I think? Oh well, woe is me. But I had hopes, I hoped that dinner would go ahead and redeem itself.

Lemongrass had no parking spot anywhere near it. So as we turned back, it hit us like a light bulb. Oinkster. I still had the taste of salty pastrami and chili cheese fries, so it was definitely genius that I now have the perfect opportunity to do a VS blog.

Having read many blogs about this place, I came in without expectations. Many opposing opinion from Wandering Chopsticks, Inuyaki, Sinosoul, and Burnt Lumpia, I had no choice but eat with no preconceived notions. And so we ordered.

The Oinkster pastrami had more complex flavor and additional ingredients than Rick’s pickle and mustard. Other than the tender, house-cured meat, it had a red cabbage slaw and caramelized onions that partnered well with the pastrami. The meat itself had obvious specks of black pepper and seasoning, not as salty as Rick’s. Poor bread, it could not hold up to the onslaught of meat and juices. At the second half, I had to eat the rest of my sandwich with a knife and fork, which is the opposite of what I want in my pastrami.

The veggie burger was the perfect size. Big enough for a big appetite. The vegetables were crispy and the sauce did not overpower the patty, which was not dry at all and packed with flavor. A good substitute for its meaty counterpart.

The piggy fries reminded me of In-N-Out’s animal style fries. I apologize, but it was a poor knock-off of the original. This came with caramelized onions (vs. the grilled onions), thousand island (vs. the spread), and shredded cheese (vs. the slices of cheese). It was good enough to take another bite, and another, and another. But after a few, the taste became too heavy to the tongue and overwhelming that after a while, it became untouched on the table. It didn’t help that the fries became too soggy to enjoy.

I needed reprieve from the oil and grease, so the ube shake was the right choice post pastrami and fries. It was good, with a great taste and chunks of the purple yam. But I will not give the credit to Oinkster, they use outside ice cream for their shakes (Fosselman’s).

The clear winner was Oinkster, only between these two. Ahead in taste and portion, but not by price. Compare $16 vs $33 (with tax and tip), I would be ok with a $16 lunch/dinner just to take the hunger away. Not to say that I won’t be back to either one. I love giving people and places a second chance. But a few more miles, I would’ve been at The Hat, devouring my pastrami and gravy fries with a vengeance.


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Spitz, Eagle Rock

As soon as you walk in to Spitz, your eyes are drawn to two things. One: the vertical meat broilers; look closely enough and you’ll see the juices from the meat ooze out and drip down to each tender, protein crevice. Two: the gelato display, from the indulging white chocolate decadence and the staple butter pecan, all the way to the unfamiliar blackberry cabernet. 12 flavors that is certain to confuse your cravings, surely the savory meal time is not enough to decide which gelato to pounce on first.

But looking will not make any tummy happy, so we  moved on up to the counter and ordered. A classic wrap with french fries. A falafelite wrap with sweet potato fries. A side of their dollar fried pita strips with hummus.

Let us elaborate and add to envy. The classic is half lamb and half doner beef with fresh slices of lettuce, tomatoes, onion, green peppers, and cucumber mixed with a Tzatziki and chili sauce. The falafelite comes with the same base except for slices of falafels. And the pita strips are deep fried and best dipped in their homemade hummus. They’ve added a new style to your kebab of choice. Spitz has now a “street cart” array of sauces to add-on to your meal. Extra Tzatziki, spicy, Mediterranean, and zesty.

The classic has always been consistently good. The lavash wrap was soft, chewy, and soaks in all that garlic sauce. The lamb and beef combo inside the wrap was just tender and flavorful despite the onslaught of sauce and vegetables. It does get messy, but sometimes sauce on your shirt is worth the trouble. Note-worthy were the fries. The well-seasoned, deep-fried french fries were crispy, with obvious specks of seasoning stuck to a yummy yellow outside. Each bite was almost enough to convert me into abstaining from anything else on the menu.

The falafelite was still slightly crispy on the outside. The falafel itself was packed with flavor. It does tend to get dry but not this one. The sauces inside the wrap helped in keeping it soft, warm, and with never a dry spot. The seasoned sweet potato fries were salty on the outside, soft and sweet on the inside. (I’m not really a fan of sweet potato fries, or anything that threatens to replace my Yukon obsession. So this is as much as I am willing to vouch for it.)

The fried pita strips were oily and crispy, a very deadly combo. And the hummus was chunky and obviously made from scratch. They are like partners in crime and they will steal away your health-conscious sanity if not careful.


The gelato was unremarkable. Although enticing to the eyes and the flavors were interesting enough to make one want to try them all, they were not good enough for a big cup with no sharing privileges. The blackberry cabernet was sweet and bitter. The double espresso was just like strong coffee with a sweet finish. The dark chocolate was milk chocolate in disguise. The texture was a little too rough, almost sandy but try one and let me know if I have to change my mind.

The wraps are cut in half yet each are huge portions enough to satisfy even the most hungry. Take the half home if you can’t finish and 4 minutes later in the oven and you have the perfect midnight snack.

Spitz is the spot for unique comfort food. Try out their many other choices: chicken, veg, doner plates, get a wrap or a sandwich and for sure you will come back for more. Be careful though, you might be wrapped in their yum and fail to leave.

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