Delvigne’s Sunday Chouquettes

These Delvigne pastries are devine.

The Culver City-based Delvigne Croissant, a relatively new vendor at the Sunday Santa Clarita Certified Farmers Market at College of the Canyons, has been selling artisanal croissants (almond, butter, pan au chocolat) and seasonal fruit paniers, breads and brioche.

But our hands-down favorite treat is their bag of chouquettes (shoo-kets). Airier than a croissaint, the bite-sized chouqettes are traditionally made with a choux pastry and can be made into profiteroles (cream puffs).

But this chouquette is exceptional.

Delvigne’s simple version, sprinkled with course sugar, pairs perfectly with a Sunday morning coffee. (There are five in a bag for $5.)

Santa Clarita Certified Farmers Market
College of the Canyons / Parking Lot
Valencia Boulevard & Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia
Open 8 a.m. to noon on Sundays

Quarantine Treat #888: Bake Up’s Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies are really hard to get right. Many times, there’s just not enough peanut butter. Or there are too many bits of nuts in lieu of peanut butter. (We didn’t ask for peanut cookies, thank you very much.)

But we recently found a nearly perfect peanut butter cookie at the Newhall Farmers Market. Bake Up pastries sells an assortment of sweets, including cookies, coffee cakes, homemade poptarts, loaves and bars.

The peanut butter cookies, however, are heavenly. The flavor balance is ideal: There’s enough peanut butter to savor without overwhelming the palate. If we had one nitpick, it’s that the decorative sanding sugar on top, while pretty, isn’t necessary. The cookies are $10 for a six-pack.

The six-pack from Bake Up | SCVFoodie.com

A few folks in the Santa Clarita Valley might already know of — or tasted —Bake Up, as Kimberly Gonzalez’s Acton-based home kitchen makes goods for several local coffee shops, including Bodhi Leaf (the blueberry cornmeal and cinnamon coffee cakes are hers, as are the assorted poptarts).

The Newhall Market is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Bake Up posts its weekly menu on Facebook on Tuesdays. Message them by Thursday evening to reserve baked goods.

Bake Up
Newhall Farmers Market (Saturdays)
Old Town Newhall Library parking lot
24500 Main St., Newhall

Quarantine Treat #875: Alfajor de Maizena

For this week’s quaran-treat, we stopped at the House of the Peruvian Cookie at the Saturday Newhall Farmers Market to pick up a dozen alfajores de maizena. These melt-in-your-mouth biscuit cookies, with dulce de leche filling, are made by hand in SCV resident Angie Schenone’s home kitchen.

For those not familiar with the cookie, the biscuits look a little like macarons, but the alfajores are delicate, light, airy and crumbly made from cornstarch rather than almond flour and sugar. Biting into one of these delicacies is probably comprable to biting a fluffy cloud.

The delicate alfajor de maizena. | SCVFoodie.com

The House of the Peruvian Cookie offers a traditional flower-shaped cookie, dusted with powdered suger (which are the ones we bought); a heart-shaped version; a coconut cookie in which the dulce de leche is coated in coconut; and multicolored alfajores.

Because these Peruvian treats aren’t mass produced, and it’s a local operation, the alfajor is $1.25 for a single, and $12 for a dozen of the traditional. Prices vary on the other cookie options.

The cookies are available at the Newhall Farmers Market on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. They can also be ordered online for deliveries in the Santa Clarita area on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Find the House of the Peruvian Cookie online, on Facebook and Instagram.

Hot Stuff: Check Out Temple City’s Blazin’ Chicks

A sampling of Southern fried goodness from Blazin’ Chicks in Temple City.

If you live in the L.A. area, you’ve probably driven by Temple City without even knowing it. Located just south of Pasadena and between the 210 and 10 Freeways, the community is predominently residential. But the four-square mile city boasts a number of great restaurants, tucked in the strip malls.

SCVFoodie has written about several restaurants for Temple City’s Connect Magazine. Last year, we wrote about the Michelin and Bib Gourmand restaurants in the area, including Grand Harbour and Dai Ho.

Our latest adventure took us to Blazin Chicks, a fried HOT chicken place that opened just before the pandemic took hold of the country. It specializes in chicken sandwiches, wings, mac and cheese, butter rice, collard greens and other Southern-style comfort foods.

Read the entire story about the restaurant and  co-owner and chef Henry Lu on the city of Temple City’s website.

Blazin’ Chicks
5728 Rosemead Blvd Unit 102
Temple City, California 91780

Henry Lu creates the spicy, hot delectible offerings at Blazin’ Chicks in Temple City.

Eat This Now: Pizza Bread at Italia Panetteria & Deli

Italia’s Pizza Bread | Image: SCV Foodie

If you’ve been craving carbs during the stay-at-home pandemic, then SCV Foodie suggests an addition to all the sourdough and banana bread baking we’ve seen on Instagram lately.

The family owned and operated Italia Panetteria & Deli on Newhall Ranch Road bakes its rolls and breads daily each morning. Among the selections is its Pizza Bread, a deep, thick-crusted bread topped with a savory tomato sauce and dusted off with parmesan cheese.

The dense bread can be eaten by itself or add a bit of mozzerella cheese and toppings for a DIY pizza.

At $5.49, the Pizza Bread is a bargain because it’s heavy and filling and only the heariest of appetites can tackle in on sitting. There are limited quantities available on a daily basis so once they sell out, they’re gone.

Italia Panetteria & Deli
27674 Newhall Ranch Road #55, Valencia
(661) 294-9069
Hour: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday

They’re Back: Wolf Creek’s Beer Braised Shortribs

Toward the end of last summer, longtime SCV restaurant Wolf Creek did something that SCVFoodie didn’t agree with: They took their shortribs off the menu.

We couldn’t understand why…why take off such a tasty and popular dish? Wolf Creek’s version was so tender—dry rubbed and braised with the brewery’s own Midnight India Black Ale.

Oh, and the sides were plain and simple, but complemented the spices used on the meat: roasted garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus. It was the perfect comfort food meal (for those who eat meat, carbs, gluten, etc.).

Wolf Creek heard from patrons about the missing menu item, and after the short hiatus, the beer braised shortribs were added back to the menu, just in time for winter. Right where they belong.

Wolf Creek Restaurant
27746 McBean Parkway, Valencia
661-263-9653

Braised shortribs: $23

Eat This Now: The V10 at Pho Sure

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Order the V10 at Pho Sure on Copper Hill. Trust us on this one. | Image: Christine N. Ziemba

Pho Sure, located on Copper Hill Drive in Valencia, is known for its pun-inducing namesake, Vietnamese pho (soup), and banh mi (sandwiches), but SCV Foodie is a big fan of its bun—vermicelli noodles—particularly the V10.

It’s easier to order by menu item (V10) instead of its formal name: Bun Cha Gio Thit Nuong Tom Nuong. Yes, it’s a mouthful, but it’s a hearty, taste-pleasing dish. Rice vermicelli noodles are placed over lettuce, greens, herbs and pickled vegetables and topped with egg rolls, grilled shrimp and beef or pork. The fish dipping sauce on the side adds an sweet acidity to the savory dish.

Pho Sure
23876 Copper Hill Drive
Valencia, CA 91354
Open daily at 11 am, seven days a week

Stonefire Serves Up Our Kind of Happy Meal

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A petite BBQ chopped salad with chicken and a breadstick from Stonefire.

Stonefire Grill has been a salad-BBQ-sandwich-pizza staple in Valencia since 2000. The restaurant proved so popular that it has since grown into a fast-casual mini-SoCal empire with eight Stonefire locations.

While Stonefire has been served at many business lunches or big family gatherings—they know how to do BIG portions—we wanted to call your attention to its lunch specials, which make wallets and appetites happy.

Stop by from 11 am to 2 pm, Mondays through Fridays, for $7 lunch entrees, including petite salads like the Salmon, Golden State KaleBBQ Chopped all with breadsticks; a Pesto Pasta with breadstick; Petite Lemon Garlic Chicken with a breadstick (we love their breadsticks); BBQ Chicken Wrap; a 9″ one topping pizza and more options. You can add a fountain drink, iced tea or San Pellegrino for $1.49, too.

Yes, we know packing lunch or McDonalds is cheaper, but this $7 deal is our idea of a happy meal.

Stonefire Grill
23300 Cinema Drive
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
661.799.8282

Eat this Now: Temakitto Burritos

Sometimes a hand roll or a couple of cut rolls just aren’t enough to sate the appetite when you’re really really hungry and craving sushi. We found a great solution to that #firstworldproblem on Newhall Ranch Road: Temakitto.

Billed as the first Japanese Burrito restaurant in Southern California, Temakitto merges Japanese and Mexican flavors for tasty and varied “burrito” offerings. Instead of corn or flour tortillas, customers’ burritos are wrapped in seaweed or in soy paper (for a little extra).

Crunchy Tiger ($10.95) is one of the fast-casual restaurant’s more popular options: spicy tuna, crab mayo, shrimp tempura, red cabbage, guacamole, pickled cucumber, pickled radish and carrot, and rice crunch with a sweet/spicy aioli.

For those who don’t like raw fish, we can also recommend the Excelente Salmon  ($10.95) which features baked fresh salmon, tempura asparagus, lettuce, pickled cucumber, mango pico de gallo, rice crunch and pepitas. We especially like the latter burrito wrapped in soy paper (add $1).

Landlubbers don’t worry—Temakitto’s menu also includes beef, chicken and veggie options, too. Save room for desert because there’s also macaroon ice cream sandwiches.

Temakitto
28126 Newhall Ranch Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
661-678-0820

Eat This Now: Chao Phraya Pad Thai

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Jasmine Thai’s Chao Phraya Pad Thai Topped with Egg. (Photo: Christine N. Ziemba)

Get yourself to Jasmine Thai on Valencia Boulevard and order the #46b asap: Chao Phraya Pad Thai Topped with Egg (as opposed to #46, their regular Pad Thai). Trust us on this one: The “b” version is one of our favorite dishes in the SCV.

Chao Phraya Pad Thai Topped with Egg: Thin rice noodle stir fried with chicken and shrimp, egg, tofu, red onion, crush peanut, chili powder, and sweet shrimp radish.

At $10.95, it’s a generously portioned noodle dish that stands apart from the standard (i.e., bland, boring or super sweet) Pad Thai found about town. What makes the Chao Phraya different is that heat—an extra kick of chili powder that contrasts the inherent sweetness of the dish.

Here’s what it looks like right out of Jasmine Thai’s kitchen, topped with that scrambled egg(s). Who’s hungry now?

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Jasmine Thai
23360 Valencia Blvd.,
Valencia, Calif. 91355

661.254.2012