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Along the 118: Moorpark > La Canada - Anything Chow-Worthy?

Brent's is an old standby for me, but this LA Weekly article about the lengthy salmonella outbreak at the Westlake Village location gives me pause: http://www.laweekly.com/restaurants/b...

Jan 28, 2015
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Pok pok phat thai

Well, I'd like to eat at both of them. I've been meaning to go to LAX-C for a while. I understand that some of my favorite vendors from the Thai Buddhist temple in the valley are there now.

Jan 02, 2015
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Pok pok phat thai

Thanks for Instagram link. Oh yeah, I did have the duck in my bowl. Next time, I'll have to eat more mindfully. I started off the New Year being way too greedy!

I think I'm going to wait a month or so on Pok Pok, even with the tip from my friend Dave.

Jan 02, 2015
MaladyNelson in Los Angeles Area

Pok pok phat thai

I didn't notice the duck. It was so delicious that I pretty much scarfed it down way too quickly. I wholeheartedly agree, it's one of the best noodle dishes in LA!

A friend went to Pok Pok, I believe this morning. He arrived 15 minutes before it opened. Apparently, the line is no problem if you get there a little early.

Jan 02, 2015
MaladyNelson in Los Angeles Area

Pok pok phat thai

I really wanted to try Pok Pok, but I don't have the stamina to wait in long lines anymore. My husband and I went to Sapp Coffee Shop instead. Wow, those jade noodles are such a revelation. Hello, where have you been my whole life?! The bright green, room-temperature noodles were embellished with barbecued pork, bits of crab, dried red chiles, Thai basil, and crushed peanuts. It was a perfectly refreshing meal with the textures and complex flavors being balanced harmoniously. Looks like there's going to be many visits to Sapp in the new year. As for Pok Pok, I'll give it a go when the crowds die down.

Manuka Honey

I buy medical-grade Manuka honey from Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy:

Brentwood
12025 San Vicente Blvd
Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA 90049 USA

Pacific Palisades
15150 W Sunset Blvd
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 USA

Nov 16, 2014
MaladyNelson in Los Angeles Area

Copenhagen Pastry in Culver City

The Culver City location is still open. Here's their address:

Copenhagen Pastry
11113 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232

Apr 23, 2014
MaladyNelson in Los Angeles Area

Koreatown, Little Armenia and Thai Town most interesting restaurants?

Thanks for your opinion about DeSano, JAB.

Mar 29, 2014
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Gluten Free Breakfast options near LAX?

Yeah, I did look at the menu. They might have chosen non-carby items to avoid cross-contamination. Indeed, eating at Pann's would be more fun and economical. John O'Groats, M Cafe de Chaya, or Cafe Gratitude would probably be my picks for a gluten-free breakfast, but they're too far away. A Mexican restaurant that serves breakfast could be a good option for you; they tend not to use too much gluten with the exception of flour tortillas.

Mar 20, 2014
MaladyNelson in Los Angeles Area

Gluten Free Breakfast options near LAX?

I'm not a fan of The Daily Grill either - too boring and bland for me. It's probably been 20 years since I last went there.

Mar 20, 2014
MaladyNelson in Los Angeles Area

Gluten Free Breakfast options near LAX?

Not the most exciting restaurant, but The Daily Grill in Westchester has a gluten-free breakfast menu: http://dailygrill.com/wp-content/uplo....

Mar 20, 2014
MaladyNelson in Los Angeles Area

Koreatown, Little Armenia and Thai Town most interesting restaurants?

I used to live in the neighborhood for 16 years, but recently moved to Culver City. Jitlada was my go-to Thai restaurant, but switched allegiances to Ruen Pair and Ganda.

I've read great things about DeSano Pizza Bakery. If I didn't have gluten and dairy intolerances, it would be at the top of my list of places to try.

Marouch is an old favorite. I used to get the Meza for Two, being partial to vegetables and appetizers.

Feb 26, 2014
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Looking for Oyakodon Tonight

I have a real soft spot for Otomisan. I used to work around the corner, and I'd drop in for a bowl of yamakake (tuna sashimi, grated yamaimo, and rice) whenever I got homesick for my mother's cooking. Yes, there are better Japanese restaurants, but this is a warm and welcoming little place. I loved seeing Latino families tucking into sushi and tempura alongside the Japanese old timers - a real slice of Boyle Heights.

Bulk Spices

Here's a photo from one of the spice vendors, World Flavorz Spice and Tea Co.

Jan 08, 2014
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Bulk Spices

Not a brick and mortar per se, but a good option:

Spice Alley annex - Hollywood Farmer's Market
Sundays, 10:00am-2:00pm
EaCa Alley (behind east side businesses on Cahuenga Blvd. from Selma to Hollywood Blvd)

Here's the press release:
http://www.seela.org/wp-content/uploa...

Jan 08, 2014
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Dairy and Gluten Free Cake

Babycakes on Larchmont is a stalwart of gluten-free/vegan baking, but I find their baked goods to be dense and overwhelmed with sickly sweet frosting. However, I know a lot of people that are fans.

Dec 10, 2013
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Dairy and Gluten Free Cake

I like the Breakaway Bakery (a gluten-free bakery), which unfortunately stopped doing online orders recently. They are located mid-city.

Breakaway Bakery
5264 W. Pico Blvd. LA, CA 90019
(310) 968-9380
breakawaybakery[@]gmail.com

I haven't tried the next two places. Clara's Cakes is a vegan bakery that is operated by a teen baking prodigy out of her home. She has gluten-free options and is endorsed by Quarry Girl. I believe that Clara's Cakes is in the Silver Lake or Atwater area. Her website is claracakes.com. Lastly, I've heard great things about Whisk Gluten-Free Bakery. They have a gluten-free/vegan menu. Also, they deliver their baked goods. Here's their website: http://www.whiskgfbakery.com/whisk/Gl.... Whisk is a favorite of April of the Gluten Is My Bitch blog.

Dec 10, 2013
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Blue Bottle Coffee Beans

This doesn't help you immediately, but Blue Bottle is going to open a couple of LA locations: Abbot Kinney (Venice) and Hayden Tract (Culver City). Shouldn't be too long of a wait.

Dec 05, 2013
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simpang asia-- anybody been recently? any good?

I totally agree about the meat courses, which can be a bit dry. I adore the nutty flavor of the chicken curry braised tempeh.

Dec 04, 2013
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Copenhagen Pastry in Culver City

Great news, Ogawak! They would be a welcome addition to that neighborhood.

I forgot to add that they have wonderful customer service - very personable. They even delivered the pastries curbside since I couldn't leave my dog unattended after her surgery.

Copenhagen Pastry in Culver City

I brought the surgeon and her staff a Kringle. I also had Karen, the owner of Copenhagen Pastry, put together a selection of her favorites. I recognized the Copenhagen, Diamond, Nougat Crown, and Spandauer in the box. It was a big hit at the animal hospital!

Nov 22, 2013
MaladyNelson in Los Angeles Area

Tacos Punta Cabras at Sunday Mar Vista Farmers Market

Do you know if they have gluten-free options at this location too? Thanks.

Nov 20, 2013
MaladyNelson in Los Angeles Area

Copenhagen Pastry in Culver City

Thanks, Ogawak. Any particular favorites? Perhaps, they might have them in stock tomorrow. Much appreciated.

Nov 20, 2013
MaladyNelson in Los Angeles Area

Copenhagen Pastry in Culver City

I'd like to bring a treat to my dog's surgeon tomorrow morning. What would you recommend from Copenhagen Pastry? It seems like the Kringle is the perennial favorite. Thanks!

Nov 20, 2013
MaladyNelson in Los Angeles Area

WeHo Brunch options (farm-to-table & Paleo-friendly)

Glad to hear you're following a similar diet. It's pretty sensible. That being said, I do miss the wonderfully hearty bread from Poilane. My Paleo cheats are gluten-free oatmeal and quinoa. Cheers!

Nov 19, 2013
MaladyNelson in Los Angeles Area

WeHo Brunch options (farm-to-table & Paleo-friendly)

Paleo is a diet that restricts dairy, grains, gluten, processed sugar/foods, legumes, certain starches, and alcohol. You mainly eat meat, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and seeds on this diet. I enjoy cooking flavorful food, so I don't miss the restricted items too much. Some are on this diet for lifestyle reasons. I have several severe food intolerances and an autoimmune disease that required me to make a big dietary change.

Nov 16, 2013
MaladyNelson in Los Angeles Area

WeHo Brunch options (farm-to-table & Paleo-friendly)

This doesn't answer your initial query, but thought I'd give you a dinner option in downtown LA. Patina serves a four course, prix fixe Paleo menu at $45 per person. I've been meaning to try it for a while since I eat a predominantly Paleo diet.

Patina (Walt Disney Concert Hall)
141 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA
(213) 972-3331
http://www.patinarestaurant.com/paleo/

Nov 16, 2013
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ShopHouse Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade) Now Open!

Shophouse is solid for fast casual dining. It's in my regular rotation since they have an entirely gluten-free and dairy-free menu.

The tamarind vinaigrette is light, tangy, and slightly sweet; I usually get it when the weather is warm. Otherwise, I order the green curry, which packs a surprising punch for a corporate chain. I'd also recommend the beef and the meatballs for protein options.

Oct 25, 2013
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Best Roast Chicken $20 and under

+1 on Pollo a la Brasa. Golden, crispy skin and succulent meat. The aji sauce is downright addictive.

Oct 23, 2013
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I got Fritos! Where's the Chili?

During Jay's later tenure, I was enjoying a burger at the stand, and Jay showed up in his full plaid golfing regalia. He saw that my friend and I weren't having accompaniments with our burgers, so he split a bag of chips with us. He was awfully sweet and gallant.

Oct 22, 2013
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