Midori Matcha was opening their second location at in Costa Mesa, CA. I was able to go to the Los Angeles location to help support them. It was great to finally check out a cafe dedicated to matcha! The matcha items were organic and without any artificial ingredients. I loved the black sesame soft serve ice cream and I enjoyed trying the matcha tiramisu and pastries as well!
Another restaurant that was having a grand opening celebration was Macchiato at their Hacienda Heights location, but I went to the Monterey Park location to help promote them. They were featuring Potted Plant Drinks, Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches, and Sundae Mochi Waffles. We were also able to try some snacks and other drinks from their menu as well!
Next Republic was promoting their grand opening too! I was always curious about this spot since it was Asian Fusion. We got to try items such as Korean Chili Cheese Chicken Bites, Japanese Burger, Truffle Burger, Pork Belly Buns, Kimchi Pork Pasta, Drunken Beef Noodles, and Black Angel Wings. A beautiful drink I tried and loved was the Beauty and the East!
Humphry Slocombe opened their first location in Los Angeles, on Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice. Previously, I had only seen their pints sold at Whole Foods and I was always curious about their flavors. Pictured were the Roy Choi's Hawaiian Shave Ice and Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee, but I pretty much tried all the flavors and loved them all!
Marugame Udon was opening a location at the Beverly Center! It was great to see that part of the mall including more new businesses. This was my first time trying out this restaurant chain. It was a cafeteria-like setup, but with udon, onigiri, and tempura. I loved the Tonkotsu Udon and the varieties of tempura I got to try!
8. Tea Maru (San Gabriel, CA)
Tea Maru recently took over the Sharetea location with a brand new menu and concept. They wanted to promote their freshly made in-house tapioca, with four flavors: Strawberry, Sweet Potato, Orange, Brown Sugar and Crystal. I got to try the Maru Milk with Brown Sugar Boba, Grapefruit Fantasy, and Tea Maru Latte, and my favorite was the grapefruit one!
I remembered falling in love with the Original Ground Beef Tacos from when I last tried Jimboy’s in Anaheim, CA. I was so happy to hear they were opening up a location slightly closer to me. I got my favorites, including the Original Ground Beef Tacos and Street Nachos, and I also got to try seafood tacos and their desserts. I loved the Grilled Shrimp Taco and the Creme-Filled Churros!
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