March 1, 2010

1 Mar

9 am

2 eggs, scrambled

11:30 am

Peet’s Coffee

1 small cafe latte

1 pm

Cha Cha Chicken

1 jerk chicken combo plate (1 chicken enchilada, 1 chicken tostada, 3 plantains)

1 bottle of Ting! soda

Cha Cha Chicken, the fast-casual off-shoot of Cha Cha Cha in Echo Park, is a swell place to spend a lunch hour on a sunny Los Angeles day. For one thing, it’s steps from the beach on the corner of Ocean Ave. and Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica. The entire dining area is an outdoor patio and every wall, counter, table and chair is green, yellow or orange, printed with a tropical motif and imitates a rough-hewn homemade shack one would find on a Caribbean vacation. The feel is calculated, but being a block from the Pacific Ocean makes it easy to go along with the facade. The food is pretty decent and fairly simple. Everything is made with either chicken breast or vegetables, and almost all of it comes covered with the same jerk sauce, a very citrus-y and surprisingly spicy concoction. The food is calibrated for a mass audience, but there’s still enough kick to get your attention. For some reason, I always drink a bottle of Ting!, a Jamaican grapefruit soda, with my meal here. It’s wildly overpriced at $3 and not that hard to find. But I just like the taste of grapefruit soda here. It fits with the decor.

7 pm

2 pieces of tonkatsu

side of rice

side of broccoli


As mentioned in a previous post, I love tonkatsu. I really can’t put my love into words that’ll justify the goodness of fried pork. In fact, you can say that it takes “More Than Words…”

9 pm

10 Nilla wafers

1 glass of milk


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