Taza : Waffle Sliders and Coffee

By Tsz on March 28, 2013

Taza Coffee House Waffle Slider

Gastrophoria is a crispy ham and cheese waffle slider from Taza. An idea so simple, yet so brilliant that I'm surprised no one has thought of it before. What's a waffle slider you ask? Take a slider roll—preferably King's Hawaiian—and fill it with cheese and ham (or any other meat and cheese combo of your ...

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King’s Hawaiian Bakery : Unwrapped!

By Tsz on August 27, 2012

King's Hawaiian roll with butter

Gastrophoria is a piping hot King's Hawaiian roll straight of the the oven slathered with salted butter. Ever since watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in third grade, I longed for a similar experience—well, minus the accidents a la blueberry gum bloating, etc. My golden ticket finally came as an invitation to visit the ...

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Baco Mercat : Taco/Sandwich Hybrid Win!

By Tsz on August 18, 2012

Baco

Gastrophoria is pigging out on bacos and pecan panna cotta at Baco Mercat. For the uninitiated, a baco (miles away from the close sounding Jumbaco a la Jack in the Box) is a flat bread taco/sandwich hybrid—the brainchild of chef Josef Centeno (of the The Lazy Ox fame). However, all you need to know is that ...

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Palihouse : Strawberry Bash with California Strawberries

By Tsz on August 12, 2012

Strawberry Mojito

Gastrophoria is OD'ing on fresh, right-off-the-vine strawberries. The California Strawberry Commission, a collective of 500 strawberry farmers, hosted a cocktails and canapes night, celebrating strawberries in its delicious glory. Set in the swanky Weho-based Palihouse, it was like witnessing a fashion show of colorful strawberry confections. There were the classic strawberry shortcakes and tarts, which are ...

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Demitasse : Iced Coffee Perfection

By Tsz on January 6, 2012

Demitasse_1

Gastrophoria is a refreshing glass of iced mint Cubano from Demitasse. Best served on a hot winter day (thanks to LA and global warming). Before this, excellent coffee alluded me. I thought all coffees tasted like varying degrees of diluted charcoal water and the only way to make the compound palatable is to mix in an ...

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