Monday, October 16, 2006

Jolly Food at Jollibee

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Last Friday was a cold, rainy night in Los Angeles. We wanted to go to the art opening at Thinkspace Gallery in Silverlake, but needed a quick meal beforehand. We remembered the bright and cheery Jollibee on Beverly Boulevard near Vermont. Perfect! Jolly food on a dark and dreary night!

The best thing about Jollibee is the Jolly Bee statue. The place is certainly clean, tidy and modern. There were lots of choices on the menu. It's a chain restaurant from the Philippines. They are getting more popular here in the U.S. They have Yumburgers; chickenjoy; spaghetti with slices of hotdogs topped with cheese (yeah, that's one dish); Jolly-hotdogs, Jolly-fries; Jolly-steak and rice; and lots of really colorful desserts, beverages and Jolly-shakes.

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I ordered the Chickenjoy. Yes, it's called Chickenjoy, not just fried chicken. It comes with rice and gravy. Larry ordered the Fiesta Palabok...noodles with shrimp, pork, onions, garlic and hardboiled egg slices in a sweet-ish sauce. We both ordered American soft drinks. The fried chicken was very much like KFC or Pioneer, but not quite as spicy. I preferred the rice with my chicken to the usual mashed potatoes. Larry's Fiesta Palabok wasn't really a fiesta at all. It was a small plate full of slithery noodles with 6 teensy, tiny shrimp, some pork and that hard-boiled egg slice. This dish looks and sounds better than it actually is. It was just OK.

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We spent much more time photographing the cheery place and having our photo taken with the human-sized Jollibee statue in front of the restaurant. The only reason I'd go back to Jollibee would be to have a soft-drink or re-photograph that darling Bee.

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Mr. Jolliebee with Mr. Larry
The rain stopped. We made our way over to Thinkspace and had a lovely time checking out the killer art and hipsters.

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Hipsters, Ted and Brit @ Thinkspace



At 6:53 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 7:52 PM PDT, Blogger Pam said...

No one can photograph food like you can!

At 3:31 PM PDT, Blogger Alicia said...

Hey Ellen,

I drove through Jollibee on Sunday on my way home from work. I had a Juicy Joy Burger and fries. The name was much better than the burger- but I LOVED the bee in front. I was kicking myself for not having my camera... I love you photos!


At 11:57 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been to Jollibee in the Philippines but not here - yet! Hee.

The thing is, I don't have Filipino food that much anymore, but when I get a craving for it, I'd much rather have my mom's cooking than anything from a restaurant - even one with a cute bee! I kid - I think the bee would sway me. :)

At 6:48 PM PST, Anonymous Jollibee Philippine said...

Well, I also love Jollibee products and I really craving for it. Nice blog. Anyway, I'm been looking for topics as interesting as this. Looking forward to your next post.



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