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Tempo Urban Kitchen: A Culinary Wonderworld


There are very few places that this blog has taken me that I absolutely love. Okay, I admit, it mostly restaurants.  But, hey! We all like to eat out once in a while, right? Last week, as a member of the Gigasavvy Social Club, we were treated to a night of culinary delights from Chef Chris Tzorin, Chef Salvador Carrillo, and Chef Charlie Perez.

Tempo Urban Kitchen: A Culinary Wonderworld

Good food, good friends, good night.

Tempo Urban Kitchen: A Culinary Wonderworld

Tempo Urban Kitchen: A Culinary Wonderworld

See, there are very few places that offer that sort of environment. Tempo Urban Kitchen in Brea is a mixture of urban and rustic. The restaurant offers booth and table seatings and a wide variety of dishes. Ok, so

Ok, so lets begin with the comida.

I didn’t get a chance to check out the kids menu, so the following items are just from the regular menu, but you can check out the Tempo Urban Kitchen menu here.

The night started off some drink. As it should, right? This is the Gardez Margarita.

Tempo Urban Kitchen: A Culinary Wonderworld

It’s made with mango and serrano infused tequila and the rim of the glass has Tajin. Tajin, people. Oh, and there is no judgment at the restaurant. So, yes. I licked off the remaining Tajin. It was that yummy.

Next was an Octopus dish. I personally don’t eat seafood, but those around me were singing its high praises. It looked good. I love the chard look of the octopus. And the farm-to-table look of the ingredients of the chipotle aioli looked tempting.

Tempo Urban Kitchen: A Culinary Wonderworld

The pork belly was A M A Z I N G. It was perfectly seasoned and it literally melted in my mouth. I mean, talk about a mic-drop moment. The night could’ve ended right after that, and it would’ve been just fine. It was served with a mango roll and cream was spread across the dish.

Tempo Urban Kitchen: A Culinary Wonderworld

The next dish in our tasting was the short rib. The short rib cut like butter and the taste was out of this world. It was topped with a vegetarian caviar What’s that? Well, they were mustard seeds. It wasn’t overpowering and it added a nice touch to the short rib. Also complementing the dish was a pickled carrots wrapped in prosciutto. Aren’t all the dishes pretty?

Tempo Urban Kitchen: A Culinary Wonderworld

Dessert. Simple and flavorful. Simple because they gave us an ice cream cone.  Flavorful, because it wasn’t just any ice cream cone. It was made with liquid nitrogen. This was my first experience with this craze.

Tempo Urban Kitchen: A Culinary Wonderworld

Although I couldn’t tell the difference, it was a nice touch to the evening. Oh, and it was made tableside. Wouldn’t that be an amazing experience for the kids to see up close?

Overall, the experience was fantastic and the food was perfect and it was all because of this guy here:

Tempo Urban Kitchen: A Culinary Wonderworld

This was the second time I had the pleasure of tasting Chef Chris Tzorin’s food. He was on a natural high, just coming off the heels of winning Guy’s Grocery Games. His ties to the Food Network dates back a while. Just this past month, the kids and I saw him on another Food Network show and my kids were thrilled to know that I’ve had his food before.

Please visit www.TempoUrbanKitchen.com to learn more. Also, follow Chef Charlie @ChefCharlyUrban, Chef Sal Carrillo @Chavacheff and of course Chef Chris Tzorin @ChrisTzorin.

Tempo Urban Kitchen

1060 E. Imperial Hwy.
Brea, CA 92821
Restaurant: 714.529.2900

Email: info@tempourbankitchen.com. I highly recommend you make reservations ahead of time.

This is not a paid post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. As a member of the Gigasavvy Social Club, I share these culinary finds with you. 

Liz Cerezo

Liz is a Mexican-American blogger living in Southern California. Married 19 years, and a mami to 3 kids, her content is inspired from living in and raising a multicultural familia. Liz has been blogging for more than 7 years, establishing herself as a nationally recognized Latina blogger. She often blogs in Spanglish and may throw in some Tagalog when talking about her hubby. You can also find her chit chatting away at @Liz_Cerezo on Twitter!

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