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Pasadena with Toddlers?

Not sure if it's too far, but Intelligentsia or Le Pain Quotidien for breakfast. If I'm not mistaken, you'll be pretty close to Vroman's, an enormous independent bookstore that is great for kids. Hope you have a good time during your short stay!

Mar 30, 2012
Suebee in Los Angeles Area

Pasadena with Toddlers?

We were just at Lemonade with our 3.5 year old today! Yes, perfect suggestion if not too inconvenient.

Mar 30, 2012
Suebee in Los Angeles Area

O.C. Treasures.....?

Not new but a favorite: Zinc (Laguna and Corona del Mar). Also, True Food Kitchen at Fashion Island is both healthy/healthyish and really good.

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Zinc Cafe & Market
3222 E Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

Cafe Zinc & Market
344 Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Mar 13, 2011
Suebee in Los Angeles Area

Street - LA's Most Toddler-Friendly Restaurant?

Totally, they should have mentioned that it's not appropriate for kids. Lukshon's on our list, but maybe we should move it to the date night list.

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Lukshon
3239 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90034

Mar 13, 2011
Suebee in Los Angeles Area

Street - LA's Most Toddler-Friendly Restaurant?

We met Valley-based Grandma for Friday night dinner at centrally located Street last night, not sure it would be kid-friendly for our almost-three year old. It quickly became obvious that Street is a restaurant that welcomes everyone, even sometimes crazy toddlers.

Top 8 reasons we'll return to Street often:

1. Reservationist assured me, “kids are welcome!” when making our reservation. Always a good sign. And, she gave us a perfect corner booth, comfy and easy to navigate.

2. “Ugh, there’s a toddler” looks from co-diners quickly ameliorated by warm welcome from everyone from the busser to our server. People, we have an iPhone with toddler apps, it will be ok, promise!

3. Our lovely server assured us there were no pecans, pistachios, or walnuts (our guy’s allergic) in anything, but would make a note for the kitchen just in case. So much better than the annoyed reaction we often get.

4. Kajsa Alger, Street’s Executive Chef and Partner, visited our table with a bowl of strawberries for our guy. She chatted with us about kids (she has a 4 year old) and how they either love or hate Street’s food. Our guy inhaled everything, from the millet rice krispie treat amuse to the carrot & harissa salad, short ribs, Brussels sprouts, and shitake & shrimp fritter.

5. The one bummer, especially on a triple-poop night (sorry, overshare), was the absence of a changing table in either bathroom. Luckily, two big chairs outside the bathrooms were easily dragged into the single-occupancy men’s room for our makeshift changing table. We got an ok from our server before we started moving furniture.

6. On our way to the bathroom for diaper change #3, our server and two others stopped us to say how much they loved having our son there and asked us to come back to Street soon. Non-parents, this is an extremely rare sentiment. Shocked, I told them how much we appreciated their warm welcome and support as we try to raise a well-mannered little diner.

7. Sheparding our guy out the door, we were sent off into the night with sweetly enthusiastic thank-yous and “please come again!” from Kajsa and others.

8. Almost forget to mention, the food was fabulous. Loved it all. Favorites included:
- Black Kale with Refried White Beans
- Braised Short Ribs
- Tatsutage Fried Chicken
- Sauteed Brussels Sprouts
- Kaya Toast
- Shrimp Stuffed Shitake Mushrooms
- Carrot and Harissa Salad

Street
742 North Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038-3415
(323) 203-0500
www.eatatstreet.com

http://reservationforthree.blogspot.c...

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Street
742 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Mar 13, 2011
Suebee in Los Angeles Area

Tater & Mommy: Forage

Review + Pics at http://bit.ly/a3X3D6

OK, so Forage has the basics every parent needs: plenty of high chairs, booster seats, and a changing table. What sets Forage apart is the TLC the staff provides, not as some customer service schtick but because they're all just so darn nice. Can Tater have a side of avocado instead of one of their available sides? Of course! And for $1.50, it's a bargain, trust me. They have little kiddie plates they provide if your kiddo's into his own special plate.

Other than the warm, family vibe they've cultivated, the food keeps us coming back again and again. Succulent Jidori chicken's always a hit with Tater, but so is almost everything else we've ever tried. They always seem to have a pot of Rancho Gordo beans available, another no-brainer for our guy. Today we both gobbled up the watermelon, feta, and arugula salad, the heirloom tomato & ricotta salata salad, and the Jidori. The tomatoes were summer in a bowl...so good. And the classic watermelon dish was juicy, sweet, and salty. I'm still thinking about the fava bean, mint and ricotta crostini and avocado sandwich I had months ago.

Forage is great too if you just don't have time to cook, but you still want your kid to eat whole foods. On our way out, I picked up dinner for him tonight: those heirloom beans, roasted summer vegetables, and navy beans & couscous with cherry tomatoes.

If Tater's losin' it, the crazy good pastries and cookies keep him planted in his seat long enough for mommy to finish chatting with her friend. Forage gets the beauty of thin, buttery cookies - today's oatmeal raisin was perfection. And the cream cheese bundt? Cushiony and creamy with a tender crumb, another winner. Would be perfect with any summer fruit.

Some complain it's expensive. I always end up spending a ton at Forage, though you don't have to. It's just impossible for me to resist the expertly-made food, prepared with the finest and freshest ingredients, much of it from the backyards of local amateur farmers.

We're never the only family there because Forage is a godsend for parents who want the very best for their family in a comfy setting.

Review + Pics at http://bit.ly/a3X3D6

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Forage
3823 W Sunset Blvd,, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Aug 15, 2010
Suebee in Los Angeles Area

Review + Pics: Fix Coffee in Echo Park

You know what? We love FIX. We're always happy with the coffee, the staff range from competent and a bit still to utterly charming, and our little guy adores the space outside. I'd say the only negative is that they allow smoking outside.

Feb 11, 2010
Suebee in Los Angeles Area

Berkeley: Like Cafe Fanny But With More Seating?

Agreed, Aunt Mary's is also a possibility - thanks!

Feb 11, 2010
Suebee in San Francisco Bay Area

Berkeley: Like Cafe Fanny But With More Seating?

My in-laws live close to the Emeryville/Berkeley border so Aquarius my be the place.

Love that Post Meridian is fancy but has a play are - so thoughtful. However, I think it's a bit more upscale than what we're looking for.

And they live very close to Sea Salt so we'll have to consider it as well.

Thanks so much for the suggestions!

Feb 11, 2010
Suebee in San Francisco Bay Area

Berkeley: Like Cafe Fanny But With More Seating?

Hmm, I think Flavah may not suit our group, but it sounds good, thanks!

Feb 11, 2010
Suebee in San Francisco Bay Area

Berkeley: Like Cafe Fanny But With More Seating?

Oh that's funny because my in-laws adore Local 123 so we'll for sure be stopping by. My understanding though was that they didn't really do breakfast, like eggy dishes but more pastries, etc. Is that accurate?

I think we're looking for something a bit more substantial. I know they like 900 Grayson, so maybe there. Still looking for other ideas.

Feb 10, 2010
Suebee in San Francisco Bay Area

Berkeley: Like Cafe Fanny But With More Seating?

We're coming up to Berkeley this weekend and wondering if there's anywhere like Cafe Fanny, which we love, but with a bit more seating. We'll have our toddler who is everywhere so parking lot adjacent is not ideal.

Any ideas?

Thanks!

Feb 10, 2010
Suebee in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Cinnamon Rolls

Delilah's in Echo Park. The best I've had.

Sep 17, 2009
Suebee in Los Angeles Area

Where can we get the BEST custard for a friend with a broken jaw?

Not custard, but if I had a broken jaw my go-to sweet treat would be the belgian chocolate pudding at Trader Joe's.

Sep 04, 2009
Suebee in Los Angeles Area

Any Non-Seafood Recs from NYC to Cape Cod along the I-95?

Thanks everyone! We ended up giving in to the easiest and quickest option, the Super Duper Weenie, which, truth be told, wasn't half bad.

Aug 24, 2009
Suebee in All New England Archive

Any Non-Seafood Recs from NYC to Cape Cod along the I-95?

Hi New England Hounds!

We're driving from NYC to Cape Cod on Sunday on the I-95. Since we're going to be up to our ears in clams, lobster, etc. once we're on the Cape, I'm hoping to find something else that's yummy along our route.

Maybe something in Providence? Something other than the Super Duper Weenie Wagon?

Thanks!

Aug 19, 2009
Suebee in All New England Archive

Family Dinner @ Prune, Bar Stuzzichini, Landmarc, Pastis or ?

Thanks for your input, Kathryn. I think I've decided on Pastis which seems safest for our group. We may do Prune for breakfast instead.

Aug 19, 2009
Suebee in Manhattan

Family Dinner @ Prune, Bar Stuzzichini, Landmarc, Pastis or ?

Oh we actually just cancelled our reservation at DBGB because I thought it might be too chaotic for our guy.

And good to know about Pastis being so kid friendly. I think you're right about Prune being too small and maybe intimate?

There's going to be 6 of us around 7pm. Now I'm deciding between Bar S., Pastis, Artisanal. Any thoughts on Artisanal?

Aug 19, 2009
Suebee in Manhattan

Family Dinner @ Prune, Bar Stuzzichini, Landmarc, Pastis or ?

I know, all over the map but we're coming in to NYC from LA for two short days and need a good place for a family dinner. We'll have our 15-month old in tow, so we can't do anywhere remotely serene, though we'd love something delicious, preferably below 14th.

Have to say I'm a little overwhelmed with all of the options. Would love some guidance. Thanks so much!

Aug 18, 2009
Suebee in Manhattan

ISO Baby-Friendly Dinner Spot in the West Village

Wanted to see if there were any last minute recommendations from NYC hounds. We've made reservations at Otto and DBGB. Good choices? Are there any others you can think of? Great food, not too loud, but not too quiet?

Thanks!

Aug 17, 2009
Suebee in Manhattan

ISO Baby-Friendly Dinner Spot in the West Village

Hi All,

We're coming to NYC in August and need to find somewhere in the West Village for dinner with friends and our 15 month old. It should be not too quiet (nowhere even remotely serene) but not too loud, which would freak him out. Gastropubs are usually perfect, but we're open to anything else. Reservations are a must since he's a ticking time bomb that can't handle long waits.

We're only going to be in New York for a couple days before heading up to the Cape, so we'd love to find somewhere amazing. Loved The LIttle Owl last time, but it would probably be too quiet and tiny for us now.

Thanks so much!
Suebee

Jul 25, 2009
Suebee in Manhattan

Porta Via Italian Foods: A Quickie Lunch for Me and Tater

That's funny, Pat. After our lunch, I realized I still haven't tried your favorite, Daisy Mint, though yesterday was a bit too hot for thai.

Jul 12, 2009
Suebee in Los Angeles Area

Porta Via Italian Foods: A Quickie Lunch for Me and Tater

For a few pics: http://reservationforthree.blogspot.c...

Tater & I were on our own today, so we decided that a lovely, yet quick lunch at Porta Via was in order. A little shrimp & calamari salad and arugula & beet salad for me, Tater got a jar of yucky organic chicken with pasta stars (Dad's been busy).

We sat outside on their shaded patio and had about as relaxing a lunch as it gets these days. For a dude who eats almost all daddy-prepared food, Tater didn't seem to mind the processed junk, happily devouring the whole jar.

My salads were just right for this scorcher of a day. The seafood salad was crisp and light, with just a hint of heat. The arugula salad was good, though a bit too sweet for my taste and maybe a little overdressed.

After a few minutes, Tater decided our leisurely lunch was over so I quickly devoured the rest of my salads, gulped down my Pellegrino and off we went to do errands in Old Town.

Porta Via Italian Foods
1 W California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105
626-793-9000

Jul 11, 2009
Suebee in Los Angeles Area

Mozza 2 Go ~ Delivery and Take Out

Here's Matt in the Times:

http://tiny.cc/KDnhW

Jul 04, 2009
Suebee in Los Angeles Area

Mozza 2 Go ~ Delivery and Take Out

The executive chef is actually Matt Molina, fyi.

Jul 04, 2009
Suebee in Los Angeles Area

Mozza 2 Go ~ Delivery and Take Out

Totally agree. LOVED the tuna panini, which was cold by the time we ate it, but still amazing.

Here's the menu on Reservation for Three:

http://tiny.cc/1s9oM

Suebee

Jul 03, 2009
Suebee in Los Angeles Area

Four Jars of Horseradish, Help!

Oh, that's such a good and easy idea, thanks!

Jun 29, 2009
Suebee in Home Cooking

Four Jars of Horseradish, Help!

Mmmmm, such a good idea, thanks!

Jun 27, 2009
Suebee in Home Cooking

Four Jars of Horseradish, Help!

I think she just wants the pantry space, but not really any rush. Didn't mean to imply any urgency! :)

Jun 27, 2009
Suebee in Home Cooking

Four Jars of Horseradish, Help!

Well, ok, thanks! All of those links should give me some sort of direction.

Jun 27, 2009
Suebee in Home Cooking