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Special birthday dinner Pasadena or environs

I like Gales. www.galesrestaurant.com

Gluten free and Vegan friendly in LA

How about "Follow Your Heart" on Sherman Way about 2 blocks east of Topanga. http://followyourheart.com
They have a market/bakery and full cafe with vegan meals. Yummy but a little pricey.

How did everyone celebrate National Pancake Day?

Happed upon w/o knowing. Such a crowd but, the folks at IHOP were quite efficent and was seated in 5 minutes. NEVER eat pancakes but, had me a stack. Oh so yummy.
Why I never eat them? Because I literally drench them in butter and maple syrup. I had the waiter take them back after I was served because they are never hot enough. When he returned w/steaming hot cakes he also provided me with a bucket of MELTED butter, not that cold glop they're served with. ...some pancakes with my maple syrup and butter soup! OMG!

Then I came home and took a nap- ha ha

Gluten free and Vegan friendly in LA

Cafe Gratitude hands down! In a cool neighborhood too - Larchmont. Around the corner from the Dr. Phil show....ha
Also, like the NYC bakery Babycakes located in the same area http://www.babycakesnyc.com/los-angel...
https://maps.google.com/maps?q=236+No...

Peanut Butter and Jam (Jelly) Sandwich.

Not PB and J but, just "noshed" on a tbls of PB mixed with a liberal helping of chocolate chips all at the age of 55! :)

Mar 07, 2014
Kitchen Queen in General Topics

HELP! Moving into the abyss.........

THX. Maybe that's not too far? I am totally ignorant of this area.

HELP! Moving into the abyss.........

Well, seems like it anyway.
Will live in Riverside and work in San Bernardino.
My commute will be up/down the 215.
Where do I eat??? esp, near Waterman/Baseline
TIA fellow Chowpals.....
(No beef and prefer healthier type stuff, Indian, Asian, Persian other ethnic)

LA Hound Potluck get together, before the next holiday ? anyone down ?

Hi Kevin-
I'd be happy to help in the planning. Maybe, I can find a free and realitively neutral location for a pot luck or, organize a yummy dim sum party..
LTM
Kitchenqueen

Fine Dining in the Valley

How about Vitello's. Ate there recently and was pleasantly surprised. www.vitellosjazz.com. After dinner, go a couple doors down to SUCK IT Sweets and Treats!

I have the skinny, or the fat...on Wat Thai

Attached this to an old thread but, wasn't sure if ya'll saw this info so, reposting:

First Sat. of every month, Wat Thai does have food however, it's NOTHING like the ole' days. It's located down the stairs under the school building NOT in the basement of the temple. There's one vendor with cooked and prepared stews and veges only. Most are rather spicy (for me anyway). 4$ for just the stew or vege in a small container or 5$ for 2 items and rice. Next to this vendor is one selling skewers but, they are not satay w/peanut sauce. Across the other side is another vendor selling Thai tea, coffee, sodas and some other items. I found her coffee (1$) way too sweet. There are school lunch tables where you can sit and eat. Up the stairs, I found a temple member selling the coconut rice stuffed w/either banana or taro and wrapped in banana leaf - banana was 4$ taro 2$

ON NOV 2/3, there will be the Loykrathong Festival.
For 10$ entry you can enjoy all things Wat Thai, including food. Otherwise, go on that first Saturday. GO early, say 9A. Food stall is open and you can stay to watch the children playing traditional Thai musical instruments. Wait for the monks to come out of the temple to accept community offerings. If you feel inclined, stand with the others and drop a 1$ in each of the monks buckets (maybe 12-15 monks)

Some years back, the temple did buy the adjacent land (where the gas stations was) with the intention of expanding and having the food again However, it is very costly and there are many restrictions/required permits, etc. that so far have made this move impossible. Anyone out there with a million dollar donation?

Hope this info helps.

P.S. Recently went to the Hollywood Farmers Market and the Thai stall is still there and still serving up yummy morsels!

SGV recommendations?

I drive about 45 miles just to eat at SinBala and to get treats at Phoenix Food Boutique.
Maybe you know these places already?

Wat Thai Temple Food Court Rumor

So, resurrecting this thread. I have the skinny, or the fat...on Wat Thai
First Sat. of every month, Wat Thai does have food however, it's NOTHING like the ole' days. It's located down the stairs under the school building NOT in the basement of the temple. There's one vendor with cooked and prepared stews and veges only. Most are rather spicy (for me anyway). 4$ for just the stew or vege in a small container or 5$ for 2 items and rice. Next to this vendor is one selling skewers but, they are not satay w/peanut sauce. Across the other side is another vendor selling Thai tea, coffee, sodas and some other items. I found her coffee (1$) way too sweet. There are school lunch tables where you can sit and eat. Up the stairs, I found a temple member selling the coconut rice stuffed w/either banana or taro and wrapped in banana leaf - banana was 4$ taro 2$

IN TWO WEEKS, NOV 2/3, there will be the Loykrathong Festival. For 10$ entry you can enjoy all things Wat Thai, including food. Otherwise, go on that first Saturday. GO early, say 9A. Food stall is open and you can stay to watch the children playing traditional Thai musical instruments. Wait for the monks to come out of the temple to accept community offerings. If you feel inclined, stand with the others and drop a 1$ in each of the monks buckets.

Some years back, the temple did buy the adjacent land (where the gas stations was) with the intention of expanding and having the food again However, it is very costly and there are many restrictions/required permits, etc. that so far have made this move impossible. Anyone out there with a million dollar donation?

Hope this info helps.

Okonomiyaki anyone?

On the way home from San Pedro today, hubby and I stopped in S.M. for lunch, particularily to go to Gottsui. I lived in Japan and one of my food fav's was Okonomiyaki, Japan's answer to pizza.

If you have never had Okonomiyaki, give it a try. I enjoyed but, wasn't as yummy as what I had in Japan. I also felt it was a bit expensive esp for lunch. We ordered 1 okonomi (pancake) for 12$. It's their basic traditional pancake with cabbage topped with a bit o' shrimp, squid, small scallops, bonito flakes. Drizzed with the tradtional kewpie mayo. I love mochi in it as well but, that was another 3$ so, I opted out. We also ordered their roasted corn salad for 6.50$ Yummy but, $$$ for corn and butter lettuce and chicken teriyaki which was just ok.
I'd go again because it's okonomi but, wouldn't rush over there like I do for SinBala and Phoenix Food Boutique. Think I'll learn to make it at home.
Across the street is Blockheads shave shop. Looked fab but, left. A decent bowl of shave ice yumminess will set you back 7$! If you're willing to settle for a bit less, on the other side of Gottsui on Sawtelle is Brian's shave ice. It's half the price and satisfies. Gottsui also had yummy looking desserts.

Have fun.

Gottsui Oknomiyaki and Teriyaki Sawtelle/Olympic
http://gottsui-usa.com/store.html

Gluten Free Seattle

I LOVE Seattle The city has so many great places to eat. And, you can eat GF all the way!
Here's where I go:
Best Happy Hour Elliott's on the Pier http://www.elliottsoysterhouse.com
Green Leaf Restaurant -Vietnamese (International District
)http://greenleaftaste.com
The Walrus and the Carpenter
http://thewalrusbar.com/menu And, so so many great GF bakeries.
CK on Yelp. They're all listed.

May 15, 2013
Kitchen Queen in Greater Seattle

Best Eats for $2

Fresh made Chicken satay stick from Bangluck Market - on the weekends and, the one on Reseda/Sherman Way 1.50$ ea! And, I think a bag of fried banana is 2$
YUM!

Bday lunch in da Valley

Japanese?? How about Daichan. So yummy, much variety (do not have to eat anything raw, if you don't like) and a fun atmosphere! ...............And, in Studio City :)
I'd be there all the time if I lived in the area!
http://www.yelp.com/biz/daichan-studi...

Specific Type of Tuna salad sandwich in the SFV or Santa Clarita Valley?

How about Islands. I like their tuna very much. They serve on a toasted bun with chesse but, I always ask w/o cheese and bun. Goes great w/their fresh cut endless fries! :)

Where would you go?

Thanks Servorg....
Do enjoy Ca' Del Sole and yes, the patio is a good option.
This may be the place. Also enjoy Gale's in Pasadena.

Any good Tapas in the Valley? Prob. not eh?I love Cleo but, it's so darn noisy!

Where would you go?

Thanks folks....Anything to recommend in the San Fernando Valley?

Where would you go?

Getting married. Want to have an intimate dinner with a couple of my close BFF's on the Friday b-4.

Criteria:
Nothing on the Westside.
No red meat, No sushi.
GF options.
Unique, fun, off beat
Nothing too loud
A special occasion kind-a place

TIA
KQ :)

Ethiopian Saturday lunch?

I have always had a good experience at Merkato. It's where the Ethiopians go and, I'm told like eating in an Addis Ababa cafe. Nothing fancy for sure but, delish.

Rent - a - Barista?

Any such thing around these parts.
Getting Married...Woo Hoo!
Pasadena April 21
Would really like a coffee cart and barista to be there to make coffees, cappuccino, espresso, etc.

Know of anyone who can do this?

TIA,

Shari (AKA kitchen queen)

Best "Little Gems" in town

Thanks folks these are great suggestions. esp Kabul.

Please chime in w more lesser $$ places.

He LOVES burgers

I prefer seafood and eat only GLUTEN FREE

Maybe a couple of Renton places or in nearby Tukwila or Issaquah

Feb 11, 2013
Kitchen Queen in Greater Seattle

Best "Little Gems" in town

I often come to Seattle and am always looking for those secret places like Green Leaf, that smal but powerful gem in Chinatown under the freeway..
Will be arriving next week. Can you help me with some other hidden gems. Lunch and Dinner spots.

Love most types of food esp. ethnic, and, seafood.

We stay in Renton but, always go into town for shopping (REI) and, PPM.

TIA,

K.Q.

Feb 08, 2013
Kitchen Queen in Greater Seattle

best decaf coffee?

I heading up to Seattle on Thursday (14th) hence, my interest in this thread too.
I was a major fan of Trader Joe's Italian decaf. Sadly, it was recently pulled forever....Flavorful, rich, delish. And, I only drink decaf. Very rarely go to Starbucks. Ill keep a lookout as well and, post back when I return.

Feb 08, 2013
Kitchen Queen in Greater Seattle

One night in Portland, from SF - Where to dine?

Hello!

I am a frequesnt visitor to the PNW. When I was in PDX last year, husband and I went to Toro Bravo. Fun, delish, Tapas bar. Same owners have Tasty and Sons and a new one as of 6 Feb: Tasty and Alder. Most unique to Portland is to have lunch off the food carts in dwntown, off Division St.

Jan 27, 2013
Kitchen Queen in Metro Portland

Private chef or Caterer

Cater my wedding????
I am in need of someone who can be REALLY flexible and, appreciate my needs: Gluten and dairy free, accept MY ideas and not be totally commited to just their preparations.
Someone who will NOT charge me more than 40$ per person for a small luncheon wedding in Pasadena.

Date is either April 21 or 28, 2013

TIA Shari AKA KQ

Viet Kiem Soup

Does anyone out there know of a good place for this soup

Inexpensive dark chocolate in SW San Bernardino County?

Try Whole Foods They have some lovely chocolates...Prob more costly that T.J.s tho. Have you tried Ghirardelli's Dark Chocolate Peppermint .. Delish.

Viet Kiem Soup

Whenever I go to Portland, I always stop by one of those great food trucks off Division. It's Vietnamese. The couple make THE best Kiem soup ever. (Vietnamese pumpkin soup). A special addition to this yummyness is a small smoky plum. OMG.
Anyone out there know where I might be able to get this soup in L.A.?
I cry for this, especially now with this cold weather n all.

TIA and Happy Holidays.

KQ