Porto’s Bakery, a Cuban bakery famous for their potato balls and guava cheese rolls, is a favorite of ours and we try to stop by a few times a year when in the LA area.

My mom was in San Diego a few months ago, and she absolutely adores the pastries at Porto’s. She asked to do an “LA eating trip” while she was visiting, having read so much about my eating adventures, so we took her on one. Our first stop was to Porto’s (Downey location).

There are three locations in LA, each one equally busy with customers. You can dine in on sandwiches in their cafe section, or order baked goods to go. The line for ordering their famed pastries is quite long but it moves pretty fast.

Shrimp Chips, also called prawn crackers, are colorful fried chips often served at Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants as decor with dishes like crispy duck.

They have a slight sea/shrimp flavor and are usually made with a little food coloring for appeal.

‘Lette Macarons, a popular macaron chain in Los Angeles, recently opened a kiosk inside the UTC mall.

The beautiful displays of macaron towers have been attracting a crowd. There was a steady stream of customers when I visited, with most people seemingly just drawn in, like bees to honey. The macarons are not made in San Diego, but rather are brought over from Beverly Hills.