Carrara Pastries, Moorpark CA

*            Fragolosa                            Carrara Brothers                          Profiterol

Phone: (805) 552.4250 Address: 476 West Los Angeles Ave, Unit A-13 Moorpark, Ca

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Menu Favorites: All pastries! They also design amazing Wedding cakes.

Carrara Pastries creates delicious & decadent “fine Italian pastries”. The Carrara family is from Lucca, Northern Italy. They opened their business in December 2011. Discovering this place a week ago made me thankful to know that I have a scrumptious, bite of N. Italy in my own backyard. This past week I visited the pastry shop four times. I’ve eaten over seven of their delicious desserts. Their large display refrigerators allow you to view the creations. All pastries displayed have a description of the main ingredients -this makes selection easier, for example: chantilly cream, hazelnut, chocolate filling, strawberries etc. Staff is also super friendly & helpful they will assist you when needed.

Tip: Preorder for a special occasion, although they have tons of daily, fresh pastries & cakes. Difference between a cake & a pastryPastry is made from flour a little water & butter/shortening oil & sometimes sugar & primarily used to encase savory foods. Sometimes a pastry can stand alone like the “Profiterol” (a croccante hazelnut base with bigné filled with zabaione cream, topped with fine Italian chocolate glaze). A cake is a stand-alone dessert which along with butter/shortening oil & flour also contains a mild raising agents eggs & some form of liquid usually milk cake are usually turned out to cool before being iced, frosted or decorated. Cake is sometimes called a pastry.

Price: Variety of sizes to fit your budget.

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Ay! Chihuahua, Fillmore CA

Phone: (805) 524.4642 Address: 1141 West Ventura Street Fillmore CA, 93015

Menu Favorites: Tacos, Burritos, Chile Relleno & Homemade Salsas. Menudo is a HUGE favorite dish during the weekend. The guacamole made with ripe avocados, chile, cilantro, onions, a hint of salt & lime – es muy sabroso!

Ay! Chihuahua has been a lifesaver on those nights when you just run out of time to fix dinner. “Ay! Chi” (as we call this restaurant at our house) serves a variety of traditional Mexican dishes. When I’m extra hungry my order consists of meat tacos or a meat burrito. I order the rice, bean & cactus or “nopalitos” plate when I’m not that hungry. You can have the nopalitos with or without egg. I ask for the bell pepper, onions, cilantro & no salt. Their Chile Relleno served in a corn tortilla -“A la carte”, is always savory, spicy & yummy. Service is always with a genuine smile & their salsa bar is lush, well-tended & clean.

Tip: Call-In Order if you are in a hurry – especially on weekends because the restaurant gets packed. Careful to not fill up with the tasty, chips, salsa & guacamole. Be sure to check the “Daily Specials” that are written & posted to the left of the salsa bar. Remember to leave a tip! The styrofoam “Tip Cup” is located to the right of the drink machine – far to left of the cashier.

Price: Affordable