If you’re a frequent reader of my blog, you know that I love taking road trips to LA just to eat for the day. My parents think I’m crazy. Obviously my craziness is contagious. Last week, Baby Bro took his first food eating trip, hitting up cheap chinese eats in Monterey Park and San Gabriel Valley. He went to visit a friend that lived in that area, and decided they might as well turn it into an epic eating trip. And I do mean epic. There were three of them, and in a span of about 9 eating hours, they ate at five restaurants, two bakeries and two dessert spots.  (I miss having the metabolism of a college student). I had fun helping him plan his trip, though I was also very envious and so tempted to drop everything and join them. (I don’t think I would have been able to keep up though.) Anyhow, Baby Bro took a lot of pictures, and wrote this guest post to share his epic eating adventure with you all. Hope you enjoy!

Hello everyone! This is Kirbie’s Baby Brother. This weekend my girlfriend and I went to visit a friend in Alhambra. While we were there, we decided to go on an epic food eating trip!

Our first stop was at Porto’s Bakery & Café:

Porto’s Bakery & Café
8233 Firestone Blvd
Downey, CA 90241

After reading Kirbie’s post on the potato balls, I knew for certain we had to visit there.  Luckily the line for us was “short” – it was all contained within the building rather than having a huge line out the door.  There are two lines, one for each side of the building.  One side is for sandwiches, and the other for the bakery/pastries, which is the line we went to.  It looped around several times through, but there were a lot of workers, and we got through in about ten minutes.  We got a chorizo pie, a chicken empanada, 25 potato balls to go, plus a few hot ones to eat on the spot.

They were better than amazing.  No adjective can do justice in describing how good they are. They come up to about 85 cents a piece of you get them in dozens, or 90 cents individually. Well worth the money.  I don’t think the 25 we got will last us…other people were getting about five to six dozen potato balls. The only people who think they’re crazy are the ones who haven’t had one before (and I was one of them before today).

Our next stop was 101 Noodle Express.  I absolutely LOVE noodles, so this stop was a must.

101 Noodle Express
1408 E Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801

After reading Gastronomer’s post on 101 Noodle Express, I knew I had to try the beef roll.  It did not disappoint.

I have this list I’ve made of all the places I want to eat at in New York City. Hopefully, I’ll be able to take some days off to go visit soon and fulfill that list, but it doesn’t look like I’ll be making it to the big city any time soon.

One of the places on my list when I eventually go is Momofuku Milk Bar. Momofuku has produced some pretty interesting desserts such as their crack pies and compost cookies. Since I can’t go to NY anytime soon, I thought I’d try making my own compost cookies.


I often turn to mmm-yoso for inspiration on places I want to eat at.  Recently, Kirk of mmm-yoso has made several visits to Alforon (found here, here and here) and so it went on my to-do list. Obviously I wasn’t the only one who wanted to visit after these posts, as Cathy from mmm-yoso, CC from Pink Candles at Ridgemont High, and Carol of CAB Cooks recently visited as well.

My experience with Mediterranean Lebanese cuisine is pretty limited. When we stepped in, the owners immediately pegged us as newcomers. The woman who helped us out (I didn’t get her name), was very friendly and nice. She sat down next to us and explained their whole menu. It made me feel like a kid, playing at a friend’s house, and the owner was like the mother of my friend, sitting at the kitchen table and giving us snacks.

Alforon specializes in an oven baked flat bread. Their menu consists largely of the flat bread with various toppings. It resembles a flatbread pizza.

We started out with some humous, which was accompanied with flat bread pieces.