Welcome back readers to our April food reviews, where we have ventured into two fun exciting fresh new finds. One, a restaurant and market of new world flavorful traditions. The other, a new modernized market for the average trendy food explorer to shop. Last issue, we hope you have tried Raffi's Place in Glendale and El Vaquero Restaurant here in El Sereno and enjoyed them as much as we did.
Don't forget to mention you heard of these two wonderful places from Our Town El Sereno's Dining With Anthony and Deidre.
Fresco Community Market
Our first visit is to Fresco Community Market in Hermon. This trendy new style market is conveniently located at 5914 Monterey Road. If you tend to shop at markets like Trader Joe\ s or Whole Foods, where you can find specialty items, then you should walk into this new addition on the block. This new market is a shopper\ s dream, well lit and always well stocked with items ranging from spices, wines meats & cheeses, etc. We attended the exciting grand opening in February and became instant fans. Every lover of good food always wants to replicate dishes that they have tried or a recipe they want to create, so it is refreshing to know there is a wonderful new place to purchase your groceries from. Kind hearted and humble owners, husband and wife, Jon Murga and Helena Gubany, opened this new community market on January 7th, 2011. Each time, we are in awe of the magnitude of such a wonderful and clean market where employees with fresh faces are eager to help. Anthony loves the fact that Fresco\ s management listens and considers ideas from the public, so suggestions are taken into account. It is refreshing to know there are still people with good work ethics who are placed in charge. For instance, we found this to be true in the friendly and helpful manager, Maggie Darett, who shows good customer service qualities to her staff by getting involved herself. We are extremely appreciative of such a rare quality of true good customer service with that genuine helpful vibe. We were really touched by the owners inspiring passion to think of a way to contribute to the community and helping the homeless, 14 to be exact, come off the streets and back into the work force. Owner, Jon Murga, told us that he and his wife deeply care about the community and hope to have opportunities for Christians to give them avenues to grow. They hope to start a chain of markets to inspire others and help communities with their vision. We are happy to be part of this thoughtful contribution to society and to be able to participate in this sweet endeavor of human kindness by shopping at Fresco.
Up next on our food adventure is Bhanu Indian Grocery & Cuisine located at 7246 Rosemead Blvd, in San Gabriel, which was suggested by, Anthony\ s friend and employer, Donald J. Schroeder. One rainy, cold night, we stepped into this fabulous food find with an open mind and a yearning hunger for good food. Instantly, as we walked in, the aromas from another world suddenly opened our senses to old world spices. We were greeted by the warm and helpful staff who were so informative in educating us on Indian cuisine which helped us in selecting some flavorful dishes. Since then, we have been automatic fans. Sister, Bhanu Radadia, and brother, Gurbachan Bedi, teamed up to open this delightful restaurant / market in October 2010, and also operate their Indian Market in Alhambra. Starting from catering from home with recipes brought over from India, they hope that one day they could have a chain of restaurants. With family helping them with great customer service and delicious dishes to indulge in, you can truly enjoy tasting each spoonful with delight. Anthony loves their Chicken Tikka, which comes to your table on a sizzling hot plate while filling your senses with the aroma of home cooking! Deidre loves the pleasantly herbed creamy sauce that surrounds the tender succulent chunks of chicken which is called Chicken Tikka Masala. For vegetarians, we recommend their Masala Dosa, a long crisp crepe like rice wrap that includes, potatoes with spices inside. Deidre likes the Plain Naan, a leavened, oven-baked flatbread, while Anthony likes their Garlic Naan. For appetizers, we enjoy their Veg Samosas, a stuffed pastry snack which is filled with vegetables, as well as their Chicken Samosas. We both love to order their Mango Lassi, a refreshing yogurt based and mango pulp mixed beverage that we drink as we engulf the savory dishes we have learned to love. We hope the flavors we tried here open your taste buds and bloom in your mind to this new food find.
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