I don’t know why I rarely visit the San Gabriel Valley. When there’s no traffic, it takes less time than driving to Venice Beach, and it’s filled with all kinds of fun things to do – like super cheap foot massages!
There are a ton of businesses competing with one another, which is why you can get 1 hour for only $18. I ended up at Kortry Foot Reflexology – a good choice because not only do they have female masseuses (the Chinese dudes remind me too much of my father) but also these comfy purple massage chairs that fully recline:
It’s really more of a full-body rub – they do EVERYTHING – even your ears! I asked for my face to remain untouched, since I’m paranoid about zits.
Not the best massage in the world (akin to what you would get at a nail spa or at a street fair) but definitely not the worst. And for less than $20 for 60 minutes, who cares?!?
While I was getting high at the foot spa, a realization quickly brought me down.
Luckily, my lunch meeting with Koji was less than 10 minutes away and he came to my rescue, credit card in hand.
Then he filled my tummy.
Newport Seafood has a few locations – this one is housed in an old Marie Callender’s, as you can tell from the exterior framework. The inside is renovated, modern, and spacious:
Apparently, things can get really crazy here at night and on weekends. Since we arrived for a Friday lunch, there were zero parking issues, and no waiting. Plus, prices are slashed.
Along with the cheaper dishes, the specials come with free soup – mediocre, but since I was famished I downed the whole bowl.
Although Newport Seafood is known for their lobster, Koji and I weren’t about to lay down $50-80 for just the two of us. Well, Koji wasn’t. I had no wallet, remember?
When the Guru speaks, you listen.
I don’t think the shaking beef was on the lunch special menu; Koji ordered the Mongolian version
Sauteed Pea Sprouts
Free rice. I can’t stand when restaurants charge you for it!
Demolished two plates that looked like this
Doubles too on gravy-soaked rice
The Guru was right – his dish was my favorite – crunchy and perfectly seasoned, flavors blossoming with a squeeze of lime. I’ve never eaten shrimp whole – heads and all – but seeing that it was entirely deep fried, I figured the best parts shouldn’t be removed.
You can’t find food like this in Los Angeles. Don’t even try!!! (FYI – I’ve asked the Guru before.)
We ended the meal with a few complimentary orange slices. This is actually a Vietnamese Chinese place, but I found it to be such a straight-up Chinese touch.
Sadly, I couldn’t stop by the Great Mall of China to pick up Asian groceries or something to-go for Abe. But that’s okay, it gives me an excuse to come back to the SGV sooner, rather than later.
With my wallet, of course!