7 Fusion

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7 Fusion

7Fusion is the creation of husband and wife team, Shera and Edu Obasi, who after 2 years of delicate and painstaking work, designing a space and menu experience that would bring to life their multi-cultural backgrounds and travels to the far corners of the globe. 7Fusion offers diners a unique, sensual, multi-sensory experience, which artfully fuses influences from the Far East with California cuisine, delivering a true collaboration of flavors from each of the 7 Continents.

You can create your own meal cooked by chefs in the dining room facing open kitchen. You're able to choose from 7 house-made marinades, such as Red or Yellow Curry, spicy Chile Garlic and Miso Ponzu, organic vegetables, noodles, and a selection of exotic proteins and seafood. Another signature menu feature is the Hot Pot series; a fantastically presented stir pot service offering diners a choice from a large assortment of fresh, raw ingredients that will be cooked right at the table, in one of three flavorful broths including Fresh Beef Bone, Citrus Lime or Vegetable. 

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Pirolo's Panini

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Pirolo's Panini

Pirolo's Panino

7461 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

There's a new spot on Melrose that's bringing East Coast Italian sandwiches with American Italian flavors. Pirolo’s Panino focuses on great signature sandwiches, and also has a selection of Chef favorites including salads, plates, sides and desserts. Signature paninos include the Italian Dip, The Godfather, Meatball Parmand Chicken Parm while signature entrées include Chicken Limone, Chicken Parm, Baked Macaroni and Cannolis for dessert.

CAESAR SALAD - romaine spears with walnut, sun-dried tomatoes, and grilled garlic bread

MEATBALL PARM - chef’s mother’s meatball with their signature parmesan, fontina and house marinara

ITALIAN DIP - house roasted Italian beef topped with salsa verde and caramelized onions, served with au jus

CANNOLI a classic Italian cannoli with chocolate

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The Olive

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The Olive

Located at the new Downey Promenade, you will find The Olive. This restaurant is not only beautiful but serves up amazing Mediterranean cuisine. I've only had a few Mediterranean experiences, but nowhere to be on the higher end (except Momed), but this place was extraordinary and I'm pretty impressed.

I would say that everything we had was as made in-house as you could imagine.

Fresh pita made to order with a side of spicy green crack sauce (it's that ridiculous).

Perfect brew with a nice froth. I'm a coffee type of gal instead of mimosa.

A little more about the restaurant:

The Olive’s distinct and unique craft cocktails, created by Carlos Morales, feature the Downy Godfather or Chili Pepino and could easily be found in the best resorts. Comfort staples like babaghanouj, sweet African peppers and wonderful spicy Hummus ride alongside shawarmas, seafood, chicken and steak entrees and specialties including Cornish hens or a mixed grill feast for 6 at a bargain $88. Wraps, soups and a wide variation of salads along with paninis, flatbreads and vegetarian options round out the menu with desserts, Italian sodas, coffee. And, of course, cocktails, high end spirits and aperitifs from the full-service bar are also available.

8830 Apollo Way Ste 104 Downey, CA 90242

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Luna Grill

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Luna Grill

Your day just got Feta! Had Luna Grill's Beyond Burger. Yup you guess right. A beefless meat patty that is 100% pant based. How cool is that? Or scary. Whatever floats your boat. I'm a little with both. Cool that we've come a long way for veggie patties and scary to know people are actually trying to mock the flavor and texture of beef. Even the looks of a medium/medium rare exists in these Beyond Meat patties.

The verdict? The texture was pretty spot on. It didn't have the fat you would imagine a fatty chuck would have. It didn't have the same fat crust you would normally get. However, did I miss a burger while eating this? No. It actually satisfied my craving for a burger so it did it's job. This is a great alternative if you want to cut out meat, but still enjoy a burger that has a better substance than one made with beans. 

They also sell this in Ralphs. I'm excited to eat this again to be honest.

 

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Mercado

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Mercado

This post is long overdue. I work in Pasadena and we've all been anticipating Mercado to open. Amazing art work like bullet skulls as you walk in from the commons. By them being here, it's definitely brought a lot of life to lake avenue. I'm not even kidding when I say I've been here multiple times within a week. I can honestly say the food is that good.

Here are some food from my first visit (Full menu here for Pasadena):

Mexican Coke - Cane sugar for the win.

Guacamole - hass avocado, serranos, cilantro, red onions, Yxta salsa brava, spicy pepitas, and fresh chips. There dip duo is also highly recommended. It's basically guac and their choriqueso - melted cotija, parmesan, oaxaca cheese, white wine, house chorizo, poblanos, and mushrooms.

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Enchiladas de pollo en mole oaxaqueno - pulled Mary’s free-range chicken, oaxacan mole, queso fresco, crema fresca, red onions, sesame seeds, mexican rice, and chile piquín black beans. The mole wasn't too sweet, velvety and luxurious. Probably one of the best Oaxacan moles I've had.

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ELOTE - grilled sweet corn, caramelized onions, chile piquín butter, topped with queso cotija.

Tostaditas de ceviche - citrus-marinated white fish and shrimp, mango, corn, cherry tomatoes, serranos, fresno chilies, avocado, chile de árbol aioli. This is probably the best ceviche I've had in a while. Fresh, citrusy with a good balance of sweet and heat from the mango, corn, fresnos and chile de arbol aioli. This is a must order if you're here.

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COLIFLOR AL PASTOR - roasted cauliflower, chile morita marinade, pineapple, cilantro. A great side dish if you're doing low carb and want tons of delicious flavors. GM Justin loves to eat this with tortillas. Man was he right.

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Camarones al ajillo - mexican sweet shrimp, chile de árbol garlic butter, market vegetables. You will never find a dish that's executed like they do it here. I've had this many times and didn't know how it should taste until I had it here. The flavor is to die for. Another highly recommended dish.

 Spicy Cucumber Margarita with Mezcal. Mez always gets me.

Spicy Cucumber Margarita with Mezcal. Mez always gets me.

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FLAN. 

Other items I recommend not shown:

Carnitas. Anything carnitas but I love their tacos. From their happy hour menu, order their jicama shrimp tacos. 

Cucumber salad with skirt steak (trust me it's delicious).

Tamales - I ordered their special tamale of the day. It was carnitas, but I know it changes from time to time.

tres leches - YES

Heard the fried chicken torta is a must. Stay tuned for that!

140 S. Lake Avenue #101, Pasadena, California 91101 626.345.5778 www.cocinasycalaveras.com

 

 

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