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 pastry. Pastry 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.
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.
Menu Favorites: Mango Rice (seasonal), Tom Yum Vegetable Soup, Eggplant Tofu with Sweet Basil plus a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, seafood, pan-fried noodle & currys.
Rachada uses the freshest ingredients. Whether enjoying a Thai Spring Roll, a Tom Yum Soup or a more elaborate entre, the sense of freshness is immediately apparent. Dishes look exotic, flavors are concentrated & complement one another. When in doubt ask the servers for they have great recommendations. My favorite are the vegetarian dishes they are simple yet have sophisticated seasoning, which leave my taste buds anticipating the next bite. I highly recommend the Mango Rice made with ripe mango, sticky rice & coconut milk – a great dessert large enough portion to share.
Tip: Conveniently located off New Los Angeles Ave., there is ample parking. Rachada provides Take-out, Catering & Delivery within a 3 mile radius with orderes over $20 & there is a $2.00 fee.