Living it up…. LA Rose Café and a trip to Sta. Cruz, California

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This is a record for me….. 12 days of  zero [ 0 ] blog reading.  And,  I can’t believe I have not seen , heard  nor  read any news about  that man living in the White House for 12 days, as well.   That’s amazing !  I’m sooo happy.

 

So , what have I been doing the past 12 days ?   Well, I went to Long Beach, California to visit my brother ( well, he insisted and paid for my plane fare…. otherwise , I wouldn’t go, he he ) …….that was on July 3 and 4, and came back home on the 5th at 10 AM, rested a bit at home, and went straight to work at 12 PM.  I thought I could swim at the beach , but it was cold, around 70 F ( ~ 22 C ) . Bro’s house is just a  15 minute walk from the beach. From Long Beach airport , we drove about an hour  to LA  to have lunch at LA Rose Café , an authentic Filipino restaurant  somewhere in East Hollywood.  This is my second time to eat there. My brother goes there at least 3 x a month so the owner , Lem, knows him already.  He’s a very friendly guy who talks to customers.  The area is a bit , well, ghetto-ish,  and the outside of the restaurant is kind of old and unpolished…. (  don’t judge a book by its cover, y’know ? ) but inside, it’s Old Manila  interior , with rattan chairs , chandeliers and elaborately designed mirrors, things one wouldn’t expect to see in that place.

Photo of LA Rose Cafe - Los Angeles, CA, United States

Photo of LA Rose Cafe - Los Angeles, CA, United States

Photo of LA Rose Cafe - Los Angeles, CA, United States

Photo of LA Rose Cafe - Los Angeles, CA, United States

Photo of LA Rose Cafe - Los Angeles, CA, United States

Photo of LA Rose Cafe - Los Angeles, CA, United States. They had a violinist playing filipino love songs

Photo of LA Rose Cafe - Los Angeles, CA, United States. cafe 3rd room

Photo of LA Rose Cafe - Los Angeles, CA, United States

Photo of LA Rose Cafe - Los Angeles, CA, United States

Photo of LA Rose Cafe - Los Angeles, CA, United States. The pianist

Photo of LA Rose Cafe - Los Angeles, CA, United States. Sunday brunch: live music mellow & soothing

 

Don’t think it’s pretentious to have live music  in this  Philippine restaurant.  It’s actually in their culture.  In the Philippines, some serenaders  are called combancheros , and they usually sing old  Spanish songs… * sings * Besame , besame mucho….. Good thing there’s no karaoke… thank God for small mercies, because Filipinos = karaoke.  I didn’t want to listen to some random guy singing, ” I , I who have nothing…” while I was eating grilled tocino, 2 sunny side ups and fried garlic rice.

 

Photo of LA Rose Cafe - Los Angeles, CA, United States. tocilog with easter eggs over easy... :P

 

My dessert of bread pudding was heavenly. oTNK9M05H

 

Lem, the owner , even gave us the secret ingredient for his pudding. They don’t use old , stale bread…. they use freshly baked croissant.  By the way, bread pudding is a staple in all bakeries in the Philippines.  ( for obvious reasons… all that old, unsold bread, y’know )  I always cook bread pudding from old bread. This time I’ll use croissant.  Oh, I know he has other secrets, ha ha !

 

So , am I promoting LA Rose Café ?  Yes, I guess so.  Filipino restaurants are few and far between, and most of them are cafeteria/carinderia style…. definitely the lowest in the totem pole of classic dining.  LA Rose Cafe has been existing for 35 years, and that says something about the place. ( By the way, it catered for the Grammy Awards 2x. )

 

This week, too, my co-workers and I went to Sta. Cruz, California for a 2 day R & R.  It’s a 3 hour drive from our city.  Tuesday and Wednesday, July 10 and 11. It’s a quaint, old  beach town . We had fun at the boardwalk and rode on one of the oldest rollercoaster ( called Big Dipper )  in the US ( circa 1926 ). It was a scary ride… sounded like it would fall apart at any moment ( while we were on it )

 

So what else did I  do the rest of the week ? I finished God of War 4 ! ! !   Holy mother of pink ! ! ! Woo ! That was an amazing game  …. insanely difficult, too.  The Valkyries… oh, goodness gracious !  I  posted about this video game on my manga/anime/video games blogsite @  https://2megaworthitwordpresscomblog.wordpress.com/

 

This is all for now. Gonna start reading your blogs now…. bye, and see you on your blogs !

 

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33 responses to this post.

  1. I thought of you recently when I saw something on tv about a really popular Filipino bakery in Chicago called Jennivee’s.

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    • You know, I read a cook book written by a well known TV chef ” Wok with Yan ” . About Philippine cuisine, he writes that Fiipino baked products are second to none. I think I believe that. Hmmm, jennivees …. I’ll google that.

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  2. It looks like a nice place . . . not sure I would like what you ate but I’m sure they do hamburgers.

    . . . right? They do hamburgers, right?

    But, the place looks nice. Not sure about the music . . . unless they sing this song:

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    • The music is nice and mellow, classical, actually.

      Hamburgers ? I’m not sure… but I saw a chicken sandwich, so most likely there’s hamburger. After all, it’s a café, not a full blown restaurant. I heard the hipsters have discovered the place, and nurses, doctors from 2 nearby hospitals ,and office workers. The place was almost full when we got there at 10:30 AM. They are also selling desserts and other stuff to go. I bought 4 of their bottled sauces, empanadas and their ube cake . ( purple yam . ube =Filipino, ha ha )

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    • All the music in that movie is pretty good. Also, my favorite movie.

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    • Wait ! ! Ahahaha ! I heard that song in a restaurant in the Philippines, sung by combancheros ….

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    • I like both the music and the lyrics. You should watch the movie . . . when you’re not playing games or reading blogs.

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      • As long as the movie is not subtitled, then I can watch the tv and read blogs at the same time. I multi- task.

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      • Ammo say this once . . . no one can multi-task.

        That’s just the reality based on how the brain works. We do not have parallel processing.

        At best, you can split time between multiple things but doing a disservice to each.

        https://www.scienceabc.com/humans/can-humans-actually-multitask.html

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        • Aaaargh…. my own comment did not go thru my own blogsite.

          Anyways, laterz……

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        • . . . perhaps you were “multi-tasking” . . .

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          • So, to be honest, I watch a TV show, and on my table is my laptop, and I read the blogs.If the post calls for some ” thinking ” , like a political ” post, or someone ranting, ~_~, then I put the show on pause, and then I read. But if the post is a photo of , say, ” flower of the day”, or a smart or funny one -liner or quote , I don’t have to pause . I don’t do this though if the movie or TV show is a thriller, a mystery , or a detective story , where every dialogue or scene can give us clues…. I don’t want to miss that. ‘Course it’s really impossible to multi task , like do things at the same time. It’s physically impossible.

            Oh, wait….. I watched a Filipino comedy film, where the main character is a single dad with 2 young kids, one is a baby. So, the scene goes like, he’s ironing clothes, and there’s a string that’s tied to his wrist,a nd that string is also tied to a hammock where the baby is sleeping. so the movement of his wrist when ironing is also moving the hammock to and fro, he he…. it seems the baby loves it. Do you think that’s multi-tasking ?

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          • . . . unless he forgets the string is attached and when he goes to put the iron away the crib does a 180 and launches the baby out the window.

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  3. Nice of you eating in a Filipino restaurant there. Mukhang masarap nga yung pudding 🙂

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    • It’s really delicious, Tita Arlene. Also, the place is a bit on the high end. You know, there are no nice Filipino restaurants here in our city…. pulos carinderia style…. kaya we don’t see any non-Filipinos eating here. Okay sana kung masarap at presentable, pero, walang kwenta. Another thing, the dishes are soooooo common and ordinary… fried fish ? menudo, pakbet, chorizo ?? May daing pa yata . Aaargh. Kahit na yung small Chinese restaurants dito, presentable and ala carte. We are not being snobbish, but my Mom said , parang carinderia dyan sa kanto ang image . For Pete’s sakes, nasa America na sila, hindi sa squatters’ area in Manila. We want to eat at some presentable looking restaurant, just like the ones in Manila. No wonder LA Rose is thriving, and thriving amazingly well.

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      • Siguro they can’t afford bigger establishments ‘no? Do you have Jollibee there too? There are so many high end restaurants here, you can always take your pick. Even in malls, they have lots of them.

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        • It’s not the size, it’s the restaurant itself. It’s not a place where we can bring friends, or someone on a date, kasi carinderia dyan sa kanto ang hitsura. I think owners of good restaurants in the Philippines should invest here. They should establish a restaurant that Filipinos can be proud of. One of the restaurants voted as one of the best in Washington DC is a Filipino restaurant called Purple Yam. One can really tell they spent a lot on the ambience ( Capiz chandeliers, etc and the staff wear a simple Filipino costume, my Mom says is called baro saya ) and the food they say is great.

          Anyway, that’s my rant. Ikaw ba Tita, will you bring someone on a date sa turo-turo and eat fried fish ?

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          • Haha, you made me laugh. Siempre pakitang gilas ng kaunti, huwag naman tuyo at itlog ang ihain…hehe! There are so many high-end restaurants here and the food is just great.

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            • Well, they should have a franchise here. Get a partner here or something. Restaurant business is very risky. But it’s worth it if it’s going to be worth it for Filipinos to patronize it. Just look at LA Rose Café… they ‘ve been in the business for 35 years, imagine that. Filipinos don’t want to celebrate in a carinderia where they point at the food they want to eat. It’s so……..

            • Haha!

  4. While you were missing anything about the Man in the White House, he was busy causing mayhem over here in the UK! I’d love to believe something good will have com from his meddling – finally getting rid of the equally awful Teresa May – but, like Trump himself, I think she’ll survive his mess. Alas.

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  5. reading your post made me hungry and envious! I wish I was at the beach! When I was in Cali, we went to Pimosa Beach, and I tried to go into the ocean. Nope not happening. It was too cold! And I am Canadian! forget that!
    I never been to a Filipino restaurant even tho there used to be one here. the girls tho keep telling me to try a Chinese restaurant because their chef is a Filipina and she fries chicken just like Jollibee! Chicken Joy!

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  6. Now I’m feeling hungry, or is that just greedy ?

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  7. Thank you for being here, and for sharing cheers!

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  8. Posted by Mario Savioni on July 21, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Wish I had gotten to meet you. You were about three hours away when you were in Santa Cruz.

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  9. Hello Ren, long time no visit here. ひさしびり!

    The café locks like a throwback from the 1900s or even earlier than that. It looks like an ancestral house we visited in Tayabas, Quezon. I wish the café serves Sinigang.

    I will be assigned in Japan this September so now they will call me Aren (アレン). Sounds like your name, Ren (レン). Hehe! 😂

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    • I know ! Those decorative mirrors and consoles ! Filipinos love these things. Ha ha We even have mirrors like those here at home…. my mom’s stuff, he he he…..

      Aren= Allen LOL It took me a while to get it.

      Oh, wait, Japan ???? Whoa ! Lucky, lucky you ! ! !

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  10. no crispy pata? 🙂 continue…

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  11. Santa Cruz is one of my favorite places. It has been a long time since I visited there but would love to go back.
    I have three students from the Philippines working with me this summer. Ma Isabella, Pauline and Jenevie. They are awesome and I will miss them when they return home.
    Blessings to you thanks for sharing your journeys,

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  12. And thanks for stopping by my blog;)

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  13. I would much rather read about a Philippine restaurant than Donald Trump. Thanks for reading my blog.

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