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In LA, I was finally able to meet up with my personal favorite food blogger, Oishii Eats aka Jeni (I hope her name isn't a secret). I'm embarrassed to say, but in the overcrowded sea of food blogs, OE is the only one that I consistently keep up with- it's totally unpretentious, easy to navigate, and the pictures are always stellar. She's been doing it for 2 years now, alongside her job as a 2nd grade teacher. Cute!

Before our big first date, Jeni suggested I walk to Scoops, an ice cream parlor that she had written about a year ago. I remembered this post, so I started my trek from Sara's in Silverlake to Scoops.


The ice cream here deserves all the hype-- it's all homemade, very unique flavors, and the texture was like nothing I had ever tasted before. It's gelato style in it's creaminess but also airy, even lighter than sorbet. Bizarre, right? It's so hard to explain! Fantastical flavors include blueberry/coconut, pistachio/lemon, vegan strawberry/balsamic, chai and horchata. Scoops definitely pushes the limits of ice cream flavors.


I got the strawberry/jasmine and jackfruit/kiwi sorbet. Flavor explosion!!! I really loved the jasmine flavor- subtle and refreshing. Pretty ingenious to pair that with the strawberry.


Seems that they're known for their vegan line- there's a vegan restaurant across the street, so there were lots of people leaving the restaurant who came over for ice cream.


The Super Scoops Spoon pseudo Calder-mobile!
From here, Jeni picked me up- even though this was our first date, it was as though we had known each other forever, so it was weirdly normal and casual. Like "Hey Jeni, what's up, take me to tacos pronto."

We drove a little ways (a few blocks) to the best fish taco. Like literally, the place is called "Best Fish Taco in Ensenada". Kinda weird, but pretty awesome that this dude would name his joint simply "Best Fish Taco".

This place opened less than a year ago, in a shared lot with an auto mechanic. So my style! The place is super mellow, with seating inside, as well as picnic tables out front. Thank god for the umbrellas- you know, just another scorching day in February. Jeni confessed that she's addicted and comes here for her fix at least twice a week.

Dude (seriously, the guy sorta reminded me of The Dude) only has 2 items on the menu: fish tacos for $1.50 and shrimp tacos for $2. Sweet deal.

We got one of each, and horchatas. I guess the dude has a rule about only ordering one taco at a time, so they don't get soggy. Good lookin out. The fish and shrimps are breaded and fried- Jeni asks for the totillas doradas, so the totillas are crispy.

After you get your tacos, served on square styrofoam plates (like when you buy meat at the grocery store), you go to the salsa bar, where there's mango salsa, pineapple salsa, spicy, mild, a bowl of cabbage, and as Jeni yelled, "Don't forget the cream stuff". I didn't.

These tacos were THA BOMB. No other real way to describe them. It's so magical that something as simple as fried shrimp and fish wrapped in a flour tortilla could taste so damn good! The crunch of the batter, the moist, tender heat of the fish and shrimps, the crisp from the cabbage... I could go on and on here.


Fresh horchata!
I'm a total pig and I went in for another shrimp taco. I took my plate with me, cause they encourage you to reuse for Round II. You probably don't care to see my half-eaten taco, but I can't not share this heavenly bite:

Can't vouch for Ensenada, but these fish tacos could very well be a major contender in the fish taco race of LA. If I lived in LA, there is no doubt Jeni and I would meet here everyday for a little afternoon delight (sky rockets in flight).

Scoops
712 N Heliotrope Dr.
LA, CA
323.906.2649

Best Fish Taco in Ensenada
1650 N. Hillhurst Ave.
LA, CA
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8 comments

  • I’m so glad we got to finally hang out!!! Next time we have to have your over for dinner along with a Scoops and BFTIE run!

    Oishii Eats on

  • asian food bloggers unite!

    kayoko on

  • my favorite two asian american food bloggers together! its like a delicious, fifth element of happiness to read!

    Anonymous on

  • WOW awesome. Then did you drive to San Jose with him for a chimichanga orgy?

    ayagwa on

  • let’s just say that after my meal, i was on such a taco high that this guy and i totally made out against that fence.

    kayoko on

  • the tacos look awesome. But who is that hot guy in the muscle T leaning up against the fish taco gate? You should have bought him a taco.

    ayagwa on

  • I’ve always wanted to try Scoops.. heard so much about it!! I love the scent of Jasmine so that’ll be a flavor I want to try! And the fish tacos look bomb.. I’ll definitely add that to my “must try” list as well! =)

    Katy on

  • i brought him back to NY in my suitcase. he’s a little cold here, as he only has his tank top.

    kayoko on

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