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Burgers and Desert

What’s more authentically California than In-N-Out Burger???

I’m so glad they opened one in Cabazon because there’s really nothing much to eat around Desert Hills Premium Outlets  (except McDonalds)….

I like ordering from their no longer “secret” menu, the animal style burger…. which has added grilled onions and mustard cooked beef patty.

After stuffing ourselves with burgers and fries, we were ready to head to Joshua Tree National Park.

picture-worthy Joshua trees…..



multiple locations in California

49188 Seminole Dr., Cabazon, CA 92230, United States

Phone:+1 800-786-1000


Umami Burger – Los Angeles

Surprisingly, the cheapest direct flight from Vancouver to the states is to LA, so we made a quick 4 day trip to LA and Palm Desert.  First stop was Griffith Observatory!

City of Angels….

Since we were already near Loz Feliz, decided to try Umami Burger.

Umami burger : Parmesan frico, shiitake mushroom, roasted tomato, caramelized onions, umami ketchup

Truffle burger: truffle aioli, house truffle cheese, truffle glaze…..

I prefer the truffle burger as the taste is stronger… umami burger was a bit normal..


Umami Burger

4655 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, United States
Phone:+1 323-669-3922

Richmond Station – Toronto

For my only lunch in Toronto, I decided to continue eating through Canada’s Best restaurant list and picked  #42, Richmond Station.

It’s opened by a Top Chef winner and should be quite good…..

ginger beer..

quinoa salad… I think I can make this at home…

polenta fries… This is one of their most famous dishes but I’m not digging it.  The texture is weird and was quite dry….

smoked trout hush puppies… can’t describe the taste… was a bit funny too…

grilled summer vegetable sandwich with rosemary fries… a healthy alternative to a burger. loved the rosemary fries…

station burger…. really good juicy burger.. win!

peanut butter vibe…. all things peanut butter.. a bit too sweet

didn’t really like this meal.. the only good thing was the burger…..

hi toronto!

FAIM? un peu….

Richmond Station

1 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5H 3W4, Canada
Phone:+1 647-748-1444


Big Smoke Burger – Toronto

We were at Yorkdale’s food court and apart from the normal food court fare (nothing I really wanted), there was a gourmet burger stand.  I googled right away and bingo, Big Smoke Burger is a specialty burger place from Toronto…

I ordered the famous Craft burger: sautéed mushrooms, rosemary garlic mayo, tomato, lettuce and handmade beef patty…. Pretty good.. the mushrooms and mayo made it special.. but I wish there was a bit more rosemary to the mayo…

strawberry shake… I think back then there was a $3 milkshake promo.. good deal!


Big Smoke Burger

Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Address: 3401 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6A 2T9, Canada


The Spotted Pig – New York City

I planned the first full day in the city around food (no surprise here).  The plan was to have breakfast at the hotel, work that off by walking the entire length of the High Line, have lunch and dessert in West Village, work that off by walking to Soho, have afternoon dessert, take a break eating by visiting Wall Street 9/11 Memorial, then finally, have dinner.  What a jam packed day!

High Line!

I love the idea of an elevated park in a urban concrete jungle.. wish Hong Kong has this….

After walking the entire High Line, we continued to West Village for lunch at The Spotted Pig.

The Spotted Pig is one of the most influential restaurants in the world.  Why? cause it started the whole gastropub trend. O! and it has one Michelin star.

The interior decor reminds me of a pub in some quaint British countryside.

There are so many pig figurines!

Since we were still stuffed from breakfast, we didn’t order much.

soup of the day: tomato soup… kind of sour..

Chargrilled Burger with Roquefort Cheese & Shoestring Fries.…. mom and I shared the famous burger.  Unfortunately, I didn’t know Roquefort is blue cheese.. so I didn’t really like this… The patty was juicy and the shoestring fries are like hickory sticks!

Once again, I made friends with people sitting next to us.  Both of them are foodies and gave us lots of food recommendations! Thanks!!!


The Spotted Pig

314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014, United States
Phone:+1 212-620-0393

Shake Shack – New York City

Shake Shack is another item on my to-try list in New York.  I’ve seen so many Instagram photos and blog posts about it.  So for dinner the first night, before watching The Phantom of the Opera, we ate at Shake Shack’s location on 8th Ave.

There were sooooo many people, long lineup and not enough seats.

there’s a beeper that lights up when your food is ready….

We ordered:

Shack Burger (cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce)…. this was so yummmmmy.  The bread is the same as any fast food joint but it’s the meat and ShackSauce that sets it apart.  The meat was juicy and tender, and on top of that, the ShackSauce made it even juicier.

Smoke Shack (Cheeseburger topped with all-natural applewood smoked bacon, chopped cherry pepper and ShackSauce)….

fries.. average.. not too crispy..

black and white shake (vanilla and fudge)… this was too sweet for my liking… if it weren’t that sweet, I would have liked it…  very thick..

Because the burger was so good, we had to have it again before we left.  This time, we went to the original shack at Madison Square Park.

I read about the 45 minutes line at lunch, so we went right when it opened… and there was a line (a short one)!

This time, I took pictures of closeup:

Shack Burger… Kinda small burger.. but o so delicious!

Smoke Shack .. all the meaty goodness..

fries… looks kinda soggy…

strawberry shake…we mentioned that we didn’t like Black and White cause it was so sweet… so they suggested we try strawberry… this was less sweet.. but again, it too was overly sweet.

I suggest to go to Shake Shack just for their Shack burgers…. not the shakes.


 Shake Shack

Madison Square Park

8th Ave (closest to Times Square and Theatre District)

691 8th Ave, New York, NY 10036, United States
+1 646-435-0135

What I ate at Iquitos, Peru

We arrived at Iquitos the day before going into the Amazon.

Unfortunately, I twisted my ankle earlier in the day and couldn’t walk to dinner.  So I asked my friends to bring back anything that’s edible…..

the burger..extremely dry and salty.. .the meat tasted really weird…. but I like how they put in something like hickory sticks….

the bland, tasteless chicken sandwich…

the sauces for the burger and sandwich…. I was afraid of getting food poisoning so I didn’t add any……

After our Amazon trip, we went back to Iquitos and had time for dinner before catching our flight back to Lima.   We found this rotisserie restaurant that looked pretty clean.. and that was the  first chicken meal of the trip.  It turns out that frango (chicken), either grilled or fried, is a popular food item and what we ate the most in Peru…

this is a set with a 1/4 of a chicken, fries and fried rice!  The fried rice tasted Asian!  This was the first chicken meal….

Peruvian beer…

Our flight from Iquitos to Lima got canceled so we had an extra day in Iquitos.  We found a supermarket that serves really cheap meals…

microwave-cooked spaghetti with chicken….. for only 3.5 USD! it tasted really bland…..

FAIM? oui oui (not because it tastes good, but because I’m just hungry….)

Iquitos, Peru