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Review: Latin Food Restaurant In West Monroe

A few days ago, my friend, Helen, called me and invited me for breakfast to this Latin restaurant just a few miles from where we both live. I always passed this place whenever I am driving around the area. However, I didn’t get the chance to stop by and try their food until this day.

It looks so small outside, but this restaurant has pretty good space inside. The place has a relaxing atmosphere, and it’s pretty clean too! The only downside is the parking area. The parking area is too small. You have to either park to the next building’s parking lot, or to the other side, which is a gas station.

I had a great time eating breakfast with my friends, Hele and Mishelle. They told me that the coffee is excellent. So I did have a coffee, and yes, it was good! I may have found a place to get a good coffee, after all. I also had an omelet for breakfast, and it goes with purple rice with beans in it. It’s called Morocco rice. It was pretty good. It reminded me of the purple rice back home (Philippines), we called it “Tapul,” meaning “Purple” in our region.

Later on that very same day, I told Sean about the place when he came home from work, and we decided to dine there for dinner. We had a good experience there. The food was excellent, and their menu prices are very reasonable. This place is worth checking out if you live in the West Monroe area and haven’t been to this place, you need to check this place out.

This coffee is really good!
This serving shocked us. This looks like an order for two ♥♥♥. Sean couldn’t finish his order. It was a lot!
Yummy!

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Review: 2Dudes Brew & Que Barbecue Restaurant in Monroe

I can’t believe we haven’t been to this restaurant before because this place is incredible! This place is very clean. The food was tasty, and the service was outstanding. This place is by far the only restaurant (from all the restaurants we dined in) in the Twin Cities that has the best sausage, in my opinion. Their menu prices are very affordable, as well. I’m so glad Sean was able to find this place while randomly searching for restaurants in Monroe. We had a great time, and the food we ordered was fantastic! If you haven’t been to this place yet, be sure to give them a visit. The only thing I don’t like is the parking space. We had to park a little farther. However, if you don’t mind walking for a little bit, then it shouldn’t be a big deal. So, go ahead and visit this restaurant. ♥♥♥

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Scrumptious Lunch Date at El Paso Mexican Grill

My family loves El Paso Mexican Grill. This restaurant is one of our go-to restaurants to dine. They have two locations in the Twin Cities. One is located in West Monroe and the other one (bigger one) is located on Highway 165 in the Monroe area.

Every time we dine at El Paso I always order my most preferred meal, it’s called Beef Arrachera. Trust me, this one is so good! Also, my first-line refreshment is the non-alcoholic Mango Daiquiri. So tasty!

Mango Daiquiri (non-alcoholic)
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Beef Arrachera:

If you choose Beef Arrachera you’ll get: Grilled Sirloin Steak served over Onions with Rice, Charro Beans, Guacamole and Flour or Corn Tortillas. The Charro Beans are so amazing with the good sized ratio of bacon and sausage to beans and the savory broth! And the steak? I always cut the steak in half because it’s a little too much for me, that being said, I always take the rest home with me to devour when I get hungry.

Chicken Fajitas
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Sean usually always orders the Chicken Fajitas. We called it “A.K.A deliciousness.” It’s very delicious and it’s a lot of chicken for such an affordable price (presyo).

So, if you happen to know one in your area but haven’t tried their food yet, you probably need to give it a try and let me know what you think. I would love to hear your feedback too.

What is your go-to restaurant?

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WHEN CRAVING FOR FILIPINO FOOD

Being away from home and not able to eat your favorite Filipino dishes is not easy. Now and then I crave for Filipino dishes. Yes, I’m not kidding! I’m sure many of you can relate to this. Lately, my friends and I decided to have a Filipino dinner together at my place after their work is done. Guess what we had?

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Fried Marinated Bangus
Bangus ( Milkfish )

This fried, seasoned marinated Bangus (Milkfish) is so good! We called this Daing na Bangus in the Philippines. Daing are usually split open, gutted, salted and air-dried. This is a preservation technique. For others, I’m sure this doesn’t look appealing at all. However, for us-Filipinos, we could eat lots of rice with this dish.

Grilled Skipjack Tuna
Inihaw Na Tulingan

Inihaw Na Tulingan is one of our native dish in the Philippines. This is one of my most favorite dish growing up. I love eating this fish when it’s grilled, friend, or stewed.

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Fried Galunggong

Galunggong when crispy fried is the best! You’ll never see even bones on my plate. My friends, Melanie and Odette both love the crispy friend as well.

Ginisang Ampalaya na may Itlog
( Sauteed Bitter Melon with Egg )

Now, when it comes to cooking bitter melon you need to make sure you know the technique on how to lessen the bitter taste of it before cooking.

Steps:

  1. Cut melons in halves. Remove all the seeds and slice it thinly.
  2. Soak the thin slices of bitter melons in a bowl with warm water and plenty of salt for 30 minutes. The salt helps the bitter juice to come out.
  3. After 30 minutes, wash the slices really good and give it a squeeze to help get the bitter juice out more.
  4. Now, it’s ready for cooking.

Pancit ( Stir Fried Noodle )

There are numerous variants of Pancit in the Philippines. This savory dish is very easy to prepare and ready in less than 30 minutes. In this one, I added fried slices of chicken breast and fried shrimp and mixed in the noodles before I seasoned it all together.

Halo-halo

The word “halo-halo” means mixed. This cold dessert is a mixture of crushed ice, evaporated milk, enough sugar, and other various ingredients including fruits, sweetened beans, topped with ice cream.

Puto ( Steamed Rice Muffin/cake )
My Friends are hungry 😉

Now, who’s hungry? We are going to do it again soon and we are going to cook another Filipino dishes. Stay tuned!

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