One of our good friends is a consultant. I’m not too sure what this means or what he does on a day to day basis, even though he’s explained it to me multiple times. What I do know is that he travels a lot, which means he gets to do what I like to call “travel eating.”
Travel eating is the best kind of travelling. It means planning out your vacation based on food. Really, it’s the only kind of travelling I do and thankfully, Mike is kind enough (hungry enough?) to indulge me. Don’t get me wrong, we throw site seeing in there occasionally, but really, what is travel for if not to experience new places and cultures? To me, really food is the perfect way to discover a new place.
The Consultant (as I’ll now refer to him) is currently situated in LA, and he kindly invited us to live in his spare bedroom so we could check out the LA food scene. When I asked him what he had that was good he told me: the balls.
Apparently the potato balls at Porto’s were out of this world. Deep-fried mashed potato balls stuffed with spiced ground beef. I love potatoes, especially in ball form, so when The Consultant sang Porto’s potato ball praises, I was hooked.
Mike and I went early one morning to the location in Burbank. We had potato balls (of course!) and a Cuban sandwich. The Cuban was amazing and I loved the fresh plantain chips that came with. But honestly, the sandwich was nothing compared to the potato ball.
The potato balls were seriously amazing. Soft, flavourful mashed potatoes with a centre of saucy ground beef, the potato balls were addictive. The outsides weren’t crisp or oily, but the just the right texture. Really, I could have ate a dozen of them, easy.
Next time The Consultant comes back to Vancouver for a visit, I know what I’m asking him to bring: a dozen potato balls please!