Whenever an anniversary rolls around, MOH and I like to reminisce about how we used to be. You think back and realize just how far you've come on a physical, mental, or in this instance, foodie standpoint. We remember back when we first met - our go-to surviving college student meals consisted of packing sandwiches with all the fixings (wheat bread with cheese slices, romaine or cabbage, and ham) and dinners with either ramen or baked goods (fish sticks, pizza rolls, chicken nuggets). A "healthy" meal to us was stir frying green cabbage with eggs and topping off this healthy mix with thai chili sauce. Serve over white rice, and dinner was served! Now, we're making better attempts to eat healthier and have sworn off using the thai chili sauce on all occasions except as a dipping sauce for samosas or eggrolls.
As a throw back to our younger days, MOH and I decided to venture into the Anaheim Packing House, a collection of more than 20 old school meets modern food vendors and restaurants all located conveniently inside a giant warehouse. Many of these restaurants take food classics and put a twist on the favorites. Each restaurant has its own autonomy with decor and range from old parlor feel to the up scale bar scene.
|Inside decor of the packing house - beautifully lit, lots of spaces to eat and hang out|
|Little vendors strewn throughout the district including this "springtime stand" featuring easter eggs, bath towels, and specialty floral soaps|
|The restaurants all vary with some specializing in just ice cream bars, or dark chocolate mixes, or Japanese hot-pot|
The Black Sheep Grilled Cheese Bar (GBC) is this cute little mini-diner that specializes exclusively in grilled cheese delights. The menu lists about 10 items, everything grilled dairy.
MOH and I tried their signature #1, which consisted of fromage blanc cheese (super creamy and nutty), caramelized onions, roasted tomatoes and pesto.
As if our arteries weren't already shot from eating cheesy goodness, we decided to do more damage by ordering a side of fish and chips from good 'ol Chippy's.
We ordered their sampler of fish, calamari and fries and the size was pretty decent for the price.
I sometimes encounter fish 'n chips having too much batter compared to fish, but the fish to fried dough ratio was really good. The fish was a good size and the calamari had a good bite to it (not too soft or chewy). The fries were sadly, just fries, but the fish was really delicious.
We tried to sample more places, but our tummies just couldn't handle it (although we were seriously considering getting more grilled cheese). Instead of getting dessert, MOH and I opted to just save dessert for next time. There's a cute little popsicle bar that does creamy/fruity variations of ice cream bars that I think we'll try for next time.
The trip to the Packing House was a great success - MOH even walked out with a cute little friend and we spent our special day happily eating grilled cheesy goodness. Fried fish didn't hurt either.
Until next time, happy eating all!