A July 2005 trip
to Alhambra by E. B.
Quote: My friend invited me over to his house in Rosemead. This is part of the San Gabriel Valley area of Los Angeles, where most of the inhabitants are either Asian or Latino. We drove over to Alhambra, where there are several shopping areas.
Two of us decided to order the house mojitos. There were a whole variety of drinks and types of mojitos. I almost ordered a mango mojito, but wanted to order a regular one. I like the mint and citrus flavors of a regular mojito. I ordered the tostones rellenos, which were shrimp-stuffed plantains. They were excellent. We decided to split a salad. That was also very good. I was pleased after eating just the appetizers, so I was looking forward to the entrée.
My friend ordered one of the pork dishes that I was eying, lechón asado. His friend ordered the lamb dish. I ordered a dish that I have never seen in a Cuban restaurant before, pollo con salsa de guayaba, or chicken with guava sauce. It was marinated and covered in a barbecue sauce that definitely had guava fruit in it. It was fantastic. I tasted morsels from my friend’s dishes as well, and their dishes were great, too. I could only get through about a quarter of my half chicken, so I took the rest home. I actually got two more meals from my dish. Portions are HUGE.
I was disappointed that I was so stuffed that I couldn’t even take in any dessert or coffee. Given how good the rest of the food was, I had no doubt that the desserts would be just as good. Our food came out to be about $80 among the three of us. With tax and tip, it was just over $30 per person. Service was excellent, and the atmosphere was very nice. I’m sure it’s a wonderful place on the weekends. I can imagine Cuban music and dancing. Ahh… this is the place to take someone on a date. Good food, drink, and atmosphere. What more can you ask for?
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 24, 2005
28 West Main Street
Alhambra, California 91801
I was looking at the artwork, but I was not as impressed by it as my friends were. I don’t think I get the point of graphic art. Or perhaps it just wasn’t a style that I liked. I did, however, think that some of the work was mislabeled. It appeared that the tags had been switched on two pieces. I was amazed to see that pieces were going for $500, and people were buying them. I wondered if other local graphic artists could submit their work as well. When I got home, I checked to see if there was a submissions page on their website. There was. I told my sister about it so that she could inform her artist friends.
As I continued to look through the gift shop, I saw a journal that I knew my sister would love. It was a Tim Burton Tragic Thoughts Journal with a cartoon character that lit up. When I presented my sister with the journal, she loved it. At least the trip wasn’t for naught. There were several items that were definitely great gifts for those who love graphic arts.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 24, 2005
30 W Main St
Alhambra, California 91801