Foodie Files

Asian Eatscapades

Asian cuisine is, without a doubt, my favorite. It’s easily my go to/comfort food, except on the rare occasion that I want a taco. Because I eat a lot of Asian food, I’ve decided to make a spin-off of the Foodie Files series – Asian Eatscapades! While still a great part of the foodie files, Asian Eatscapades will focus primarily on new Asian food that I try and sort of review on the blog. Recently, I visited two new Asian restaurants and wanted to share.

Stray Cat Poke and Dessert

I visited Stray Cat Poke with Nancy back in February when I was in town getting my car’s oil changed. Unfortunately, Alyse was unable to join us due to school obligations (you go, my chemist friend!). For the longest time now, Nancy and I always talk about grabbing poke when we meet up and we finally did it! We hit up this new poke place located in the heart of Downtown Pasadena.

Their poke was reasonably priced. I got the regular-sized bowl which came with two scoops of protein (salmon all the way for this girl). I got the purple rice and topped it off with some avocado (which was FREE by the way), onions, cucumbers, sesame seeds. They also offered truffle oil as a dressing for their poke which seriously blew me away. I love anything and everything truffle – truffle fries, truffle aioli, and now this?! Count me in.

After eating, Nancy decided to spit their dessert which was the taiyaki ice cream. We got the rose berry flavor and had a little bit of matcha sprinkled on it and a side of mochi. It also came with the cutest little shovel! The verdict? This place was VERY unique with their purple rice base and their rose berry ice cream is to die for. The downside? When Nancy and I were finishing up our poke bowls, we noticed one of the workers continuously glancing over our table to make sure we still had food in our bowls – pretty sure he was ready to kick us out if we didn’t! Then we found out through their Yelp page that they actually kicked out customers and apparently had a “time limit” to their indoor seating. 3/5 stars. Would probably stop by but get my food to go in the future.


After having been overstaffed and feeling a bit under the weather at work one day, I decided to clock out early. On the drive home, I decided that pho was the best way to cure whatever it was that was making me feel sick. After convincing Chris that we should get some pho, we found Sy-Salathai through Yelp. Sy-Salathai is a local Thai/Lao restaurant in the heart of the Central Valley. It had decent reviews on Yelp and after browsing through menu photos, we decided that the prices were decent enough.

Chris got some spicy cashew chicken with sticky rice (surprise, surprise) and I settled for their special pho. The portions were really good for being priced at $8. Their food was really good and the service wasn’t too bad either! We also found out towards the end of our meal that the restaurant serves pre-packed chicken & rice for $2 for those on the run. The verdict? We loved it here! The location of the restaurant isn’t the greatest but the food really makes up for it. This place proved to be a better dining experience than the Thai restaurant we ate during Valentine’s week. Already looking forward to ordering other items off their menu!


  • Sharon
    March 13, 2018 at 4:47 PM

    Those okra makes me want to have some today! Also how cute is ‘Stray Cat’ as a restaurant’s name, what an idea 🙂 too bad about the time limit though, it’s quite ridiculous really.

  • Kat
    March 13, 2018 at 5:58 PM

    If I lived there, I’d probably go to the Thai place. The pho looks good makes me want to have it for lunch!

  • Vivian
    March 13, 2018 at 6:12 PM

    The poke bowls look DELICIOUS! So excited for this series~

    Vivian | LIVE IN LOVE
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  • Sheena Sy Gonzales
    March 13, 2018 at 6:17 PM

    The food looks amazing and yummy! Hope you guys had a great time.

    Sheena |

  • Christine Kong
    March 13, 2018 at 8:51 PM

    Yum I Love poke bowls and this place sounds so cute with the bowls and their ice cream. I would hate it too if I was constantly being watched and felt rushed. Such a cute spot just even for their ice cream! xoxo, Christine

  • Kathrine Eldridge
    March 14, 2018 at 2:55 AM

    Everything looks delicious here! Great photos and I’m dying to have that dessert.

  • Simone
    March 14, 2018 at 4:22 AM

    I’m really getting hungry here! The food looks so divine, that ice cream is my fave.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  • Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's
    March 14, 2018 at 6:56 AM

    Eatscapades are my favourite kind of escapades, and Asian eatscapades are even better! // Was there a long line at Stray Cat? I get why restauranteurs might not want people hanging around for too long, but if that makes current customers feel uncomfortable, then something’s gotta change! At least both the poke and dessert look sooo good! // Pho is a comfort food for quite a few of my friends, especially when they’re sick! Now that I think about it… I haven’t had pho in awhile… Now I’m craving it… -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • Hannah
    March 14, 2018 at 9:30 AM

    Wow this looks GREAT. Why did I read this when it was time for dinner and I’m hungry. Gah.

  • Nancy
    March 14, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    YASSS I love the name of this series! Eatscapades is a genius play on words. I really appreciate the purple rice for some reason. It’s something I never had before and YASSS FREE AVOCADO! I hate it when places charge a dollar more for a small scoop of avocado. Like really? The staff was rude af for staring us down tho.

    Ooooho the food at Sy-Salathai looks delicious! Pho is life, girl! For the price you paid, the portion size sounds like a good deal! Glad you had a better experience here. Looks like Sy-Salathai can take your money vs that other Thai place. Shoot, you make me want to go out and get some Thai food XD. Pad see ew, anyone?

  • Audrey
    March 14, 2018 at 10:44 AM

    Yummm- I love Asian food! The Stray Cat Poke looks yummy and I love the name, but super rude about the kicking people out!! I’ve never tried poke before. It looks interesting!

  • Agness of Run Agness Run
    March 14, 2018 at 11:22 AM

    I love Asian cuisine and these dishes are making my mouth water and whetting my appetite, Eena! Loved your pictures!

  • Emily
    March 14, 2018 at 12:23 PM

    Yummmm! This is making me hungry! I’ve never had Pho, but always wanted to try it! Thanks for sharing girl!

    -Emily |

  • lesley kim
    March 14, 2018 at 7:06 PM

    These looks so good! I miss eating Vietnamese food


  • Kate
    March 14, 2018 at 7:52 PM

    Yum! This looks so good! That ice cream is making me want some!
    -Kate //

  • Mani
    March 15, 2018 at 2:08 AM

    Woww, just reading this is making me hungry! Asian food is always my go to, especially pho. It’s definitely the perfect thing when you’re feeling under the weather 🙂

  • Demilade
    March 15, 2018 at 5:04 AM

    I’ve never had poke before but it looks so yummy. I haven’t had pho either, guess I have to change that soon haha. I wouldn’t like to eat at a place where someone is constantly looking over my shoulder, how stressful! xx

    Coco Bella Blog

  • Valerie
    March 15, 2018 at 1:39 PM

    Everything looks amazing! I am a huge fan of poke bowls, and that ice cream looks so good!

  • Mercy
    March 15, 2018 at 4:43 PM

    The ice cream from Stray Cat looks cute and yum. I still have to find a good poke bowl here in Sydney, you made me crave for it girl 🙂 Wishing you a great weekend!

  • jane
    March 15, 2018 at 5:40 PM

    The food looks delicious.
    I love asian foods so much!

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

  • Susie @ Mile High Dreamers
    March 15, 2018 at 6:17 PM

    That ice cream looks EPIC! I need some of that in my life ASAP. If you ever come to Boulder you have to hit up Chez Thuy. Best Vietnamese food of your LIFE! Well… unless you go to Vietnam. They probably do it better haha.
    Now I’m hungry!

    Susie |

  • Monica Sors
    March 16, 2018 at 12:53 AM

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  • Emily
    March 16, 2018 at 10:58 AM

    Also this food looks so good!! I eat Poke like twice a week. It is definitely one of my favorites. 🙂


  • Britney
    March 16, 2018 at 8:33 PM

    I enjoy Asian food, but I haven’t gotten to try nearly as many things as I would like. This food looks delicious!

  • Bambi
    March 17, 2018 at 2:49 AM

    After seeing all these amazing dishes now I’m hungry! I wish that there would be more places with Asian Food in Europe but instead all I can see is Pizza and Pasta but usually it’s a disgusting Pasta (or maybe my standards are too high after studying Italian studies where half of my time we spent on eating and cooking traditional food).

  • Katherine
    March 17, 2018 at 8:07 PM

    I’m not a fan of raw fish and actually tried poke for the first time last week! I was sad I didn’t enjoy it much haha, but the photos look good!

  • Heather Rowland
    March 18, 2018 at 12:43 AM

    That dessert looks absolutely incredible – I love the bright colour!! Unfortunately I’ve never tried poke before but it looks delicious – I’ll definitely ned to give it a go!!

    HEather xoxo

  • Pauline
    March 18, 2018 at 5:47 AM

    Ahhh, these two places look like such a wonderful place to have your Asian food fix 😉 It’s weird but my comfort food is always Italian food – my parents make Filipino food everyday but whenever I need “comfort food” I always turn to PASTA LOL. xD

    I haven’t had Asian food for a while and I’m planning to eat out this week sooOOoooo *inspired*

  • Alessa
    March 19, 2018 at 3:31 PM

    everything looks delicious!

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  • Mira
    March 20, 2018 at 12:12 PM

    I wish I lived closer so that I could actually try all these places! A time limit is a bit ridiculous though, so much about a relaxed meal aha. I would still go for the pink rice and free avocado though! I’m currently on a mission to change my mum’s opinion about Asian food – the options aren’t great in my small home town so every time she comes to London I take her to a really good Asian restaurant. xx

  • Dasynka
    March 21, 2018 at 12:33 PM

    Oh Gosh, this looks so good! I need to try this ice-cream somewhere!!!! That’s crazy!
    xx Dasynka

  • Allie Mackin
    March 22, 2018 at 1:14 PM

    Yes Asian food IS the best comfort food. Wow you made me sooooooooooo hungry. Everything here looks amazing and uber tasty.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  • suresh lukhi
    March 23, 2018 at 9:55 PM

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  • Colleen Welsch
    March 28, 2018 at 4:49 AM

    Pho is the absolute when you’re sick! Asian food is my absolute favorite as well. The biggest downside of living in Ohio (besides the weather) is that there aren’t nearly as many Asian places to try as there are in Cali! There’s like .01% as many. What a bummer.

  • Jessica
    March 30, 2018 at 6:19 PM

    YUMMMMM! Your photos always make me hungry girl

  • ice pandora
    April 11, 2018 at 1:33 PM

    Darn I want some poke bowls right now and woop’! Go free avocado :)!!


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