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Eating in LA: Queso, Mole, Fried Grasshoppers… Oh My!!

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Everybody loves cheese, but with fried grasshoppers? Add an impressive and flavorful selection of mole and you get….well… an average lunch in Los Angeles, I suppose.

In an attempt to fulfill our appetites (and yours) with only the best and most unique kinds of foods all over the country, and eventually the world, TheMillennial paid a visit to Guelaguezta, a colorful and very authentic Oaxacan restaurant located in the heart of Los Angeles. Known for it’s out-of-this-world mole, the restaurant’s menu items are as unique as its décor.

The architecture definitely stands out, making the location not just extremely appealing to those passing through, but also easy to find on w. Olympic Blvd. Inside, the walls and tables are adorned with fascinating Oaxacan culture.

Not your average chips and salsa

Let’s be real here. We all love going to Mexican restaurants and a big reason is the chips and salsa–let me clarify, the free chips and salsa. Well, have no fear, Guelaguezta has you covered, but not with your average mild salsa. Instead, the restaurant will give you chips drizzled in mole rojo sprinkled with queso cotija– regular tortilla chips with their famous mole on top, sprinkled with dry curd cottage cheese. Yum!

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So much cheese!

Quesillo Fundido is an appetizer that will make any cheese lover’s head spin. With melted Oaxaca cheese and grilled chorizo, the item is very filling! So make sure you share it with friends! Think of mini quesadillas. Or maybe even string cheese? Its ooey-gooeyness was worth taking a photo of and not worth missing out on!!

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Crunchy Fried Grasshoppers, hold the legs

I know what you’re thinking but these were actually pretty good! Readers should be warned though. This isn’t a cute little bed of lettuce with grasshoppers sprinkled on top; these are two tortilla chips bowls, (the size of my fist) FULL of fried grasshoppers! I was taken aback when the server initially brought it to the table, but come on, what was I expecting?! The menu says ‘fried grasshoppers.’

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After giving me the classic you’re on your own look, my boyfriend graciously offered to take the first bite. The grasshoppers, otherwise known as Chapulines A La Mexicana, which read: sautéed grasshoppers with jalapeños, onions, and tomatoes, were served with Oaxacan cheese and avocado, and came with corn tortillas. To our surprise, they were tasty. At first I couldn’t handle the fact that I was eating something my bearded dragon considered a delicacy. It gave me the jitters just thinking about it, but once I had a few more bites over rice, I was happy I tried it!!

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This is considered an appetizer, so I would definitely recommend sharing. And don’t be shy, add some cheese and avocado and you won’t even realize you’re eating bugs! This crunchy item goes great with the mole so make sure you save some for the main dish. But keep an eye out for the legs, they weren’t my favorite part, so I cut them off 😉 Still not convinced? Well, it has a lot of protein if that helps!

Mole for days

I really wasn’t the biggest Mole lover before I came here. I recently tried it, it wasn’t bad, but I just never loved it. I never saw it as anything special, until I came here. I didn’t realize how many different flavors of mole there were, and how it pairs so well with so many things! It’s great over almost anything!

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The item came with four different flavors: negro, rojo, coloradito, and estofado, along with rice and a tlayuda (a giant tortilla-looking thing for those unfamiliar). Negro was bold and smokey, while the rojo was “the right combination of sweet and the typical strong mole flavor,” said Orange County native Manny Andrade.

Estofado was my personal favorite. It had jalapenos and a more mild flavor. Coloradito was our least favorite, but still descent with a clash of sweet and bold flavors. “It tasted like they used chili Colorado in it, which is a red chili that’s used in a lot of very basic enchilada sauces. It was good, but not as good as the other three,” Andrade added.

In the end, it was perfect for us to share and obvious why the restaurant is so famous for it.

Michilada madness

For those who drink, you can’t miss this. Guelaguezta’s micheladas are too good to pass up and so is the price. $15 for a large carafe! And if you go on Fridays after 4, it’s bottomless! This spicy beer cocktail pairs great with all the menu items. It’s so popular, the restaurant sells the mix online and at their location. Just add beer!!!

Overall, our visit to Guelaguezta’s was a fascinating one. Its cultural uniqueness and culinary skill make it a standout restaurant and we’d recommended it for anyone visiting Los Angeles, or any local simply passing through. Visit Guelaguezta in Los Angeles for a small dose of culture and a large dose a flavor.

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GUELAGUETZAAn advocate of Oaxacan Culture.

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Don’t have time to be healthy?

Five fast food items you can get that won’t wake your conscience.

Sometimes we just don’t have the time to pre-pack nutritious meals, esspecially when we are on the road traveling. While it’s more nutritious and economically wise to prepare your food at home, we’ve compiled a short list of options that may help when you’ve got no choice but to turn to fast food. Here are five things you can order that won’t break the scale, or your wallet.

1. More than a just billion burgers! – McDonald’s. The long-time burger chain tends to have a reputation of serving not-so-healthy options on its menu. Although this can be the case with certain items, many customers can agree that the company is making strides to promote healthy menu options. Running late to your flight and all you can see is a McDonald’s drive thru in your path? If you’re getting breakfast, stick to the egg white delight that’s only 250 calories and made with 100% grilled egg whites. And it’s really filling! Avoiding carbs? Try the greek yogurt parfait and some unsweetened tea! So delicious and so satisfying!

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[Egg White Delight from McDonald’s]

2. Now that’s healthier!! – Known for their delicious pretzel buns and tripled-stacked burgers, on the surface Wendy’s seems far from healthy, but they’ve got options for you. Consider ordering a baked potato and instead of sour cream, add a small dab of butter. Keep the bacon bits to a minimum and add a small Caesar salad with very little or no dressing, minus the croutons. You’re looking at a tasty meal at about 380 calories!

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[Side Caesar salad from Wendy’s]

3. Stay Fresh – This one seems like an obvious one, but just because Subway promotes eating fresh, doesn’t always mean you’re eating healthy. Be mindful of your portions and choices. A foot-long sandwich can be too large of a meal if you’re not burning enough calories, so consider buying a foot-long and eating half for lunch and half for dinner, or half for you and half for your colleague, or maybe have lunch for two days!! Stick to turkey and ham, and stay away from things like mayo and too much cheese. A six inch turkey sandwich with 9-grain wheat bread, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and cucumbers, is only 280 calories. And chips are not your friend! But if you just can’t stay away, tease yourself with some plain baked lays, but don’t even think about eating more than half that bag!

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[Six-inch turkey sub from Subway]

4. That’s what a healthy lifestyle is all about– In ‘N’ Out is hard because there really aren’t a whole lot of menu options for you to chose from. But if you’re traveling to California, especially from the east, you have to try this place. Although it’s really not the healthiest option, the reason why we chose this one is to prove that even the the simplest of menus– the ones that are unavoidable and that all our friends just love going to– can have some kind of healthy option. There’s nothing worse than being the only one in your group who can’t eat. So it’s past midnight and all your friends want In ‘N’ Out? Have no fear, for the lettuce wrap cheese burger is here.

This juicy “protein-style” burger won’t leave you feeling left out, that’s for sure. And it’s only 330 calories! Get really daring and leave out the cheese. I know a lettuce wrap doesn’t seem like a lot of food, but a large unsweetened ice tea is sure to help you feel full and energized!

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[Cheeseburger protein-style from In ‘N’ Out]

5. Healthy options!? Un-f*#%$#! believable! – While many can agree Del Taco isn’t the first choice when you’re trying to be healthy, it can sometimes be your only choice. When that happens, try the fresh turkey tacos! Each one is only 150 calories and comes with tangy fresh pico de gallo. Skip the soda and grab some water with lemon to cleanse your system and aid with weight loss!

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[Turkey Tacos from Del Taco]

Lets face it, as travelers, some of us don’t have time to prepare two, sometimes three home cooked meals, five days a week, every single day. Even with a 9-5 job it’s not easy. There’s always going to be that day where you’re starving, short on time and all you’ve got is five bucks and change and a drive thru on your left, and a drive thru on your right. There’s always going to be that day when your friends want to go out to eat between classes, or your co-worker asks you to grab a quick bite.

Don’t ever feel like you’re out of healthy options. Don’t settle for that bacon cheese burger, those dollar-menu fries or that breakfast burrito. Too many times we’re convinced that bad eating habits just seem to follow us everywhere, like a dark cloud, but the truth is, good health can be found everywhere, so long as we are searching for it.

8 Nutritious Munchies to Turn to When You Suck at Eating Healthy

There’s nothing worst than expecting to read an article about “delicious” healthy food, then finding that these so-call healthy foods are well…. not so delicious afterall. Dried walnuts? Come on. Maybe for a day. Kale chips? No thanks. The goal should be to find healthy foods that even a stoner would find delicious. Here are some we found:

1. Dark chocolate covered frozen bananas. A snack that is both tasty and nutritious, this treat is an excellent replacement when you are craving a dessert, especially when it’s hot. Who needs ice cream anymore?! Ben and Jerry who?!

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2. Baby Carrots and Hummus. Everyone loves a good dip. Hummus is becoming more of a nutritious trend these days. Baby carrots alone? Forget about it! But that’s not an excuse to turn to ranch or blue cheese. Stick with hummus! There’s all kinds of different flavors–garlic, roasted pepper, vegetable. Hate carrots? Try zucchini!

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3. Greek Yogurt Parfait with Cookie Crumbs. Don’t just settle for greek yogurt alone. That will bore your taste buds. But give the greek a chance. Throw in some blueberries, strawberries, granola or even cookie crumbs! You’ll be surprised with how tasty it could really be!!

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4. Mini Flourless Cupcake. I say mini because that’s really all you’ll have room for. The flour less cup cake is so delicious and it’s gluten-free! The best part is that it’s so rich, a small taste will go a long way. Treat yourself to one of these small delightful sweets when you decide on your next dessert.

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5. Frozen Sour Grapes. I absolutely love these during the summer. They are like tiny popsicles. A cool and tasty treat, you can suck on the grapes for a while making it a great replacement for hard candy!

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6. Blueberry Fetta Kale Salad. No one particularly “loves” kale. Except maybe the fact that it’s good for you. You rarely hear that someone is just craving kale by itself. But there’s no doubt that it is good for you. So why not add a few things to make its taste value match it’s nutritious value? It’s simple. Add some goodies. Blueberries, stringed carrots, walnuts and my favorite–feta cheese crumbles. You obviously shouldn’t go crazy with the cheese, but a little bit of feta really goes a long way.

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7. Cool-shaped Fruit. I know it sounds silly. This one is a really good idea when you’re trying to decide whether or not to bring chips and salsa or a plate of fruit to that party you’re going to. Do you serve the girls chips or pretzels for movie night? Do you have one glass of top shelf whiskey on the rocks? Or do you have a few IPAs? Unfortunately, there’s a healthier option out of all of these pairs. Fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew and pineapple are not only a healthier option for a snack, they’re also boring. So make it fun! Because the truth is, we all love watermelon, most of us love pineapple, and believe it or not, there are some people out there who love cantaloupe. So make it more appealing. Grab some cookie cutters!! Hearts, stars and moon-shaped melons, batman-shaped water melon, whatever you’re in the mood for!

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8. Whole Olives and Baby Dill Pickles. Let’s start with the pickles. There’s a reason why Disneyland sells giant dill pickles as a snack. They’re good! And most can agree the crunchier, the better. The reason why I suggest the baby deli ones is because you can get a whole jar of them, keep them in your fridge and next time you’re feeling the munchies, pop a few in your mouth! Not a pickle fan? Whole black olives are another tasty snack. Grab a can from the grocery store, throw them in a bowl and start munching!

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Eating healthy is not easy. It sucks to have to give up some of your favorite snacks that have been there for you through every break up, stressful work day, and celebration. But you know what also sucks? Working hard on that long run and blowing it all away on one meal. Or that awful feeling of regret as soon as you swallow the last bite of those chili fries. Keep in mind that moderation and portion control is always an important aspect and too much of anything is never good for you.

Don’t be fooled into thinking there aren’t healthy alternatives– and don’t let big brands make you believe you have to spend all this money to be a healthy eater either! The right information is there, you just have to grab it and take a big bite out of it. Happy eating!!