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ISO soup LA or OC

Hi - I had some, or what was proported to be them, at Daisy Mint in Pasadena. I'm not sure how much liquid is supposed to be in them, there wasn't much, but I really liked the flavors. We were instructed to bite them open and sip out the liquid.

Feb 21, 2008
ciaobella in Los Angeles Area

The Edison, early Friday evening--a good idea?

Good idea to go early, I don't think it will be too crowded on a Friday after work - have you tried calling for a reservation? It's a pretty big space. I went around 8 last Saturday and all the tables had "reserved" placards on them, we spoke with a waiter and he gladly let us sit at one as long as we promised to get up before the 9:30 reservation arrived - which gave us a good hour to eat. The tesla fries are yummy!

Feb 14, 2008
ciaobella in Los Angeles Area

Philly's Best Opening in Pasadena (Del Mar Station)

My boyfriend swears by it, hope it lives up to the hype!

220 S. Raymond Avenue, Suite 120
Pasadena, CA 91105

Feb 12, 2008
ciaobella in Los Angeles Area

pasadena discovery

I tried it too and had a great meal. The panang curry with pumpkin was to die for, I will definitely order this again. I prefer the tom kah soup at City Thai, but it was decent and the crab/cream cheese wontons were tasty, but I don't know how authentic those are. Staff was very friendly and the atmosphere charming. Too bad someone etched graffiti in the front window :(

Jan 28, 2008
ciaobella in Los Angeles Area

Kaya Sushi - Marina Del Rey

When I went there 3+ years ago, it was a Korean/Japanese fusion restaurant - I remember having some very good kim chi alongside my sushi.

Jan 15, 2008
ciaobella in Los Angeles Area

Help me w/ the name of a bar on Sunset in Los Feliz/Silverlake

I can't remember the name of this bar for the life of me - I do remember that it was numbers (displayed in neon signage), presumably the numbers of the address, and I'm pretty sure it was on Sunset - I vaguely recall getting off the 101 at Rampart and making my way up to Sunset to get to it???

It was a one story, brick building, dark inside, great bar...


Jan 09, 2008
ciaobella in Los Angeles Area

J. J.'s Pasadena - Any Good? Other Steak Choices?

I was going to recommend Taylor's too. Love the Molly salad, seconfd the ribeye.

Jan 02, 2008
ciaobella in Los Angeles Area

Variations on Chili Cheese Fries

In high school we used to fill a bag of fritos with chili from the lunch truck! Classy and gassy...

Aug 10, 2007
ciaobella in Los Angeles Area

Date with husband, need help!

Little Door is romantic and delicious

Aug 09, 2007
ciaobella in Los Angeles Area

Wheatberry in Pasadena

I had no idea turkeys were rare birds, thank you for enlightening me.

If you care to help endanger the species, try Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Bristol Farms, Gelson's or pretty much any higher end grocery store. Gobble, gobble.

Aug 09, 2007
ciaobella in Los Angeles Area

Wheatberry in Pasadena

Hmmm, I had lunch here and was disappointed. My turkey wrap was made out of pressed, rather than freshly carved turkey and was overall very tasteless. Perhaps I had a bum meal though.

Just around the corner on Colorado is Euro Pane, which in my opinion, has excellent pastries and breakfast goodies. If you're looking for omelettes and such, I like Heirloom which is in South Pasadena on the corner of Meridian and Mission near the Metro tracks. Happy Breakfasting!

Aug 08, 2007
ciaobella in Los Angeles Area

Houston's Pasadena

me too - that's my favorite! The mint really makes it interesting.

Aug 08, 2007
ciaobella in Los Angeles Area

Best Eggplant dish?

I enjoy Il Fornaio's Carpaccio Melanzane - grilled eggplant, roasted red and yellow peppers, goat cheese, kalamata olives, basil, capers, balsamic reduction, extra-virgin olive oil. It's a light meal, but full of great flavors.

Aug 06, 2007
ciaobella in Los Angeles Area

Outrageous Behaviour in Restuarants-NYT

At Cobras y Matadors, a fun tapas bar in LA, a couple next to me and my boyfirend were acting quite odd. It seems the male liked it when his girlfriend sang opera to him in a falsetto voive, because she was doing that in his ear and he had an "o" face - you know - eyes closed, face squinted in pleasure.

Yikes, my boyfriend and I could hardly refrian from laughing.

Aug 02, 2007
ciaobella in Food Media & News


Don't know if you're already done or if you have one by you, but Sur La Table was having a major sale on their knives when I went in on Monday.

Aug 01, 2007
ciaobella in Cookware

Help! I have to "meet the parents" and bring dessert!

How about strawberry shortcakes or angel food cake topped with real whipped cream and summer berries, like blueberries and raspberrys. Both of these are summery and light and involve fruit.

Jul 27, 2007
ciaobella in Home Cooking

Best Happy Hour in Old Town Pasadena?

I like BODEGA in the Paseo for happy hour. I like their food (particularly the tuna & cracker plate), selection of drinks and the outside patio. Food and drink specials everyday from 4-7 pm.

I have been meaning to try Monday nights at Union Cattle Co. when all apps are 1/2 off.

If you want to venture down to the Rose Bowl, I noticed that Brookside has a serious happy hour promotion going on - something like $1 beers from 5pm until closing every day of the week! Might not be the crowd your looking for though.

Jul 27, 2007
ciaobella in Los Angeles Area

What discounts/coupons do you know about?

Don't forget about Rubio's $1 fish tacos on Tuesdays (after 2:30pm) - that's a good deal!

Jul 24, 2007
ciaobella in Los Angeles Area

Celadon or Cobras and Matadors

I think Celadon might be better if a nice long dinner where you can hear each other is what you're after. The times I've been to C & M, it's been loud and crowded - but that may just be because we go later in the evening.

Jul 17, 2007
ciaobella in Los Angeles Area

Sushi Time Sushi Serving Plate

It's only $36 at

Jul 16, 2007
ciaobella in Features

You Could Argue That It's 50 Percent Humane

I don't feel this preparation honors this fish for giving it's life to us for nourishment. I would choose not to eat it.

Jul 12, 2007
ciaobella in Features

Falooda in South Bay or Pasadena

Yes, I was just there yesterday and asked -they do not serve the drink, only the ice cream. I have had the drink in Artesia, but boy is that a drive from Pasadena! I guess we have to make our own!

Jul 06, 2007
ciaobella in Los Angeles Area

What's the name of the restaurant between Sharky's and The Vitamin Shoppe on Lake, Pasadena?

Thank you! Here's their website:

Jul 02, 2007
ciaobella in Los Angeles Area

What's the name of the restaurant between Sharky's and The Vitamin Shoppe on Lake, Pasadena?

Something Asian...

Jul 02, 2007
ciaobella in Los Angeles Area

RED hamburger relish - where to buy?

My fave is Pacific Dining Car's

Jul 02, 2007
ciaobella in Los Angeles Area

Getting the Boot

Oh no! Is this the same company that makes Pirate's Booty?

Jun 29, 2007
ciaobella in Features

What is with the smell at Subway??

ziggylu - it's marketing strategy, it's supposed to smell like a New York subway! Just kidding ~ hasn't bothered me before, but now it probably will!

I cannot stand the smell of 7-11's and other quickie marts- ugh, must they alway smell like expired hotdogs and vomit?!

Jun 28, 2007
ciaobella in Chains

Too Many Coconut Flakes!!

SInce it's a going away party I assume she's travelling? How about some tropical trail mix for her adventure?

Honey coated papaya, chopped
Dried banana chips
Dried chopped pineapple
Coconut, shredded or shavings
Chopped dates
Carob chips
Carob raisins
Shelled sunflower seeds
Dried chopped mango
Mixed fruit medley

Mix all ingredients and store in tightly covered container. Very high in magnesium, Vitamin A, Protein, Iron.

Jun 28, 2007
ciaobella in Home Cooking

Which Frozen Dinner is your favorite?

I like LeanCusine's brick oven style gourmet mushroom pizza - it really gets crispy in the microwave!

Jun 18, 2007
ciaobella in General Topics

Caterer for a small budget

Will you have access to a kitchen? What's your venue? If you do, you could get a bunch of frozen apps from costco, trader joe's etc...

Jun 12, 2007
ciaobella in Los Angeles Area