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Short report: Anisette

I went to brunch with a friend and experienced a lot of the service pains I have read on these boards. Everyone we did encounter was nice though. And aesthetically it's a beautiful space.
We were very, very pleased with the food. The croque madame was excellent , as well as the croissant sandwich. My friend said the hash brown looked and tasted like a large crispy tater tot and I think she's right. We were both disappointed that by noon they were out of chocolate croissants and the French press organic coffee. I drowned my disappointment in a very good cafe au lait though.

Jul 18, 2008
Rm33 in Los Angeles Area

LONG BEACH any organic rest or cafes?

I believe theres organic items @ Christies on Broadway. Its been a while since I have been there but I would check. And maybe Fora on second. Sometimes the chain, Its a Grind, has organic coffee as its premium brew, but its sporadic at best. Good luck.

Jul 18, 2008
Rm33 in Los Angeles Area

Park Pantry, Long Beach

I can appreciate the review, but like others have stated I would not go here as a destination restaurant in Long Beach, especially if I was driving from LA. I would go to the Bake and Broil. It is my favorite place in Long Beach and is superior to the Park Pantry in every sense of the word. I would even rather go to the Potholder than the PP. Sorry Will.

Jul 04, 2008
Rm33 in Los Angeles Area

which wineries worth it/worth tours?

For something different I would do Judd's Hill which is off the trail. They have a new tasting room and its a small winery thats family owned and operated. Art, Bunnie, Judd and Holly are great and I like their wine. I am not a big wine person but we were in Napa and one tends to drink when there. I visited their old location a few years back and Holly did a tasting for us. She nice, gave clear explanations, and treated us very well. Some of the other places we visited were impersonal and sometimes robotic. At Judd's Hill they were super nice and they took us around on a nice tour too. It was one of my most memorable visits to Napa and I hope to get back and visit them soon.

Jul 04, 2008
Rm33 in San Francisco Bay Area

BJs Brewery

The pizookie is great. We get one and share it. I like the BBQ chicken salad but always get the dressing on side. My friend loves the white sauce pizzas. We like going to the ones by the beach in CA and stay away from the bigger ones they have been opening inland. They're more neighborhoody.

Jul 04, 2008
Rm33 in Chains

Whole Foods consistently overcharges

At my WF its bad as well. I was overcharged 4 dollars and went to the customer service desk the next morning. I was given an attitude. Apparently the ad had switched overnight and she could no longer look up the correct price(?). She would have to call the meat manager, who wasnt there, to verify the price. Suffice to say, it was a nightmare and it never got resolved because she said she had to go through "an elaborate process". She was annoyed, even though it was her job to help me, and when I asked to speak with someone else, she went into some little office and came back and said she was the only one who could help me at that time. I asked her, look can I just grab a cup of coffee and we can call it a day, and she said no. She was a complete FB and I have not shopped there since. That would never have happen at Wild Oats.

Jul 04, 2008
Rm33 in Chains

Report : eating and coffee in the city

I met up with a friend and have some nice food vignettes as memories. Disclaimer: he's from Milan so we stayed away from any Italian food or anything he eats regularly there, and we actually ate a lot less than we should have since we hadn't seen each other in years and were talking a lot.
Our thoughts:

Blue Bottle Cafe @ Mint Plaza
A big Thank You to scarmoza who recommended this cafe. We loved this place. We both ate the
gem (?) salad with poached eggs for brunch, which was delish. I drank some of the best organic coffee ever. We stayed for hours, and I drank so many lattes that my friend was a bit in awe of my indulgence. I could have stayed there all day and been perfectly happy, except for the stools maybe.

La Boulange @ 500 Hayes street
A local hooked us up and we were again quite pleased. The environment was aesthetically pleasing and the service was exceptional. It was a great neighborhood place that I wished was in my neighborhood at home. The organic cafe au laits came in nice, red and white bowls and were excellent. I ate a vegetarian croissant that had pine nuts and was perfectly yummy. The salad was reported to be very good by our neighbors too. Everything looked good and had I more time I would have tried more things. All breads were made from organic flour, for those of you who care. A great organic coffee place.

Mo's @ 1322 Grant Street
The guy at City Lights said NOT to eat any food at either Mexican place nearby and since we weren't feeling like Chinese, which is what we had last time we met up in SF and were book shopping, and Italian was out, we went to Mo's gourmet burgers per his suggestion.
He had the Best Burger and was very happy with it. I had the cheeseburger and it was very good too. We both thought the fries were just ok. The real star of the show was the burgers. They were very fresh, just like the clerk said they would be. And big too. The service was friendly, but there was no coffee so I drank a coke. This meal was the antithesis of what I usually eat since I always drink coffee, mostly eat organic, and hardly ever eat red meat. That being said, I would definitely eat here again.

Cafe de la Presse @ 352 Grant
Breakfast here was ok. Standouts were the croissant and hot chocolate. I had an egg breakfast and it was ok and thought I should have just stuck with the croissant and drinks. I got mixed feedback on this place and have eaten here over the years when in town. Its a nice location, ambiance is nice too, service this time was fair, and it was good as it was to be expected. Another friend of mine loves it ,but with the aforementioned cafe at Mint Plaza open, I'd rather go there.

Thanks again for responding to my original post.

Jun 22, 2008
Rm33 in San Francisco Bay Area

LA hound asks, organic coffee in the city?

Thanks for the specific info regarding the organic coffee. It is much appreciated and very helpful too. I made a travel card out of your post.

Jun 07, 2008
Rm33 in San Francisco Bay Area

LA hound asks, organic coffee in the city?

I had been searching by location (union square, tenderloin etc) and not by coffee since I have have been looking for food options too. Thanks for the links. They're just what we needed.

Jun 06, 2008
Rm33 in San Francisco Bay Area

LA hound asks, organic coffee in the city?

In LA I can get a great organic latte at Urth or Groundworks, which are smallish " independent" chains. I know we can probably find a coffee place (Peets, Starbucks) while we are shopping around but would rather have organic if its readily available. Does this exist in SF? We are only in the city for a few days, staying near Union Square. Thanks.

Jun 05, 2008
Rm33 in San Francisco Bay Area

Where Should I Have Lunch When I Need a Break from Oxford Street?

I wholeheartedly agree. I loved eating at Leon when I was in London.

Jan 14, 2008
Rm33 in U.K./Ireland

Favorite recipes from Bittman's How To Cook Everything

I have made the chocolate chip cookies and everyone who ate them, loved them.

Jan 14, 2008
Rm33 in Home Cooking

I need a new tea kettle!

I am an electric kettle convert after spending time with European friends. I have a Breville which I love and is probably my favorite small appliance. It has auto shut off and the base which is unattached. It works great and looks great too. I use it everyday and have had no problems with it. A year prior, I bought a stainless stove top kettle at Costco and it works too. However, the electric kettle revolutionized my kitchen and drinking practices. If you drink a lot of tea or other hot drinks, I'd go with an electric kettle.

Jan 14, 2008
Rm33 in Cookware

Chefmate dutch oven toxic?

A friend was telling me there is lead in the red, made in China, dutch oven I bought during last years no knead bread craze. Has anyone else heard that? I use it specifically for the bread ( I have other dutch ovens for other cooking.) I cook for people who are chronically ill, children, and/or elderly very frequently which is why my friend mentioned it. What do you think? Thanks for your help.

Dec 26, 2007
Rm33 in Cookware

Worthy delis in OC?

Cortina's in Anaheim is good.

Dec 26, 2007
Rm33 in Los Angeles Area

Looking for Harry Potter-inspired recipes

Have you tried Muggle Net or Leaky Cauldron? I think I read about someone having a Potter theme party for the book release on SuperNaturale /Glitter boards too. Try a search there. I remember reading about making traditional British foods for a Potter party and just renaming them. Any meat pasty might do too.

Oct 27, 2007
Rm33 in Home Cooking

VEGAS: report on great food

I went to Vegas for work and had some great meals. Being with a large group of people often dictated choices I would not have readily made. However, overall the food was great and the friends I was with made a good meal better.
& Thanks to everyone who has been writing reviews/reports. I appreciate your efforts and got some great advice.

BOUCHON @ the Venitian
Excellent in every sense of the word. Ate the salmon with peas and roasted potatoes with the mustard sauce. Delish. Friends had the gnocchi, croque madame, and veal. My friend who had the veal said "that was the best veal I have ever had." She travels a lot. Dessert was the special peach tart and the dark chocolate mousse. Everyone left happy. (approx 65 pp inc. drinks)

AUGUSTUS CAFE @ Caesars Palace
The security guard raved about it. We went for breakfast. Nothing outstanding. I wouldn't eat there again.

SPAGO @ Forum shops
Excellent Lunch. Ate the house made spaghettini with garlic, plum tomatoes and basil. Friends had Deli calzone and pappardelle pasta. Again, Delish. (approx 30 pp)

CHEESCAKE FACTORY @ Forum shops
Very large group ate here and it was mostly good. Standout dish was the tamale appetizer. People liked the tres leches cheescake. My Evelyns favorite pasta was good. Someone else who ate it didn't like it. The service was very good and they didn't mind giving us separate checks. My favorite thing was the organic coffee. (approx 25-35 pp)

MESA GRILL @ Caesars Palace
Went for appetizers and drinks. Food was exceptional. Shared/ate the chopped salad, smoked chicken and black bean quesadilla and Yucatan tacos. Friend had the raw tuna nachos and said they were very spicy. (approx 140 for 4 people with a semi-round of drinks)

BELLAGIO BUFFET @ the Bellagio
Went for breakfast and it was quite good. Standouts were the salmon (smoked and roasted) potatoes and croissants. The eggs were ok. The pizza was good. Desserts were great, although the lemon tart was almost too much - it definitely woke up your taste buds. (approx 16 pp)

My friend discovered Illy coffee at Rao's in the morning and was very happy with it. They serve it to go in the gift shop adjacent to the restaurant. Our conference was at CP and the coffee served was ok. Most often they ran out by 8 am, so this was a good find.

Jun 16, 2007
Rm33 in Southwest

REVIEW: The Chili Pepper, Orange

I have not been there in years. Glad to see its still good.
And to the other poster, I think they has a sister restaurant called Juana Marias on Katella and Cambridge a long, long time ago.
Thanks for the review.

Jun 09, 2007
Rm33 in Los Angeles Area

Anyone else love the Starbucks Eggs Florentine breakfast sandwich?

I had this the other day and it was good. It makes for an easy lunch when in a hurry. The guy working said it was the best one, and he had tried them all.

Apr 29, 2007
Rm33 in Chains

REVIEW: Rutabegorz, Fullerton

Try the cockie leek soup and a Dala Salad. One of my favorite meals. I, too, think the hot meals are not the strength here I have had most of the salads and they are good sized and tasty. The sandwiches/wraps are good too but I tend to stay with the salads and soup. They had a great cranberry, apple, nut, creme cheese dip at Christmas which was outstanding. The specials are good too. I have only had the cookies out of the case which were decent but not great.
I have been eating here-all locations- for most of my adult life and it's true, everyone is friendly. Every location is a local's place and the food at all three is pretty consistant.
The Thursday market is very kid friendly and the museum puts on good shows and has the beer garden. I generally eat at Rutas and walk over for drinks. Can't comment on the
produce as I do the f. market in Long Beach.
Thanks for the write up.

Mar 15, 2007
Rm33 in Los Angeles Area

OC breakfast suggestions for the 24th

Thanks so much for all the great suggestions. I appreciate it very much and will see what the others think.

Dec 20, 2006
Rm33 in Los Angeles Area

Tell me about All-clad....

All Clad is great. They are right- there are good deals to be had via Ebay, Amazon etc.

Dec 19, 2006
Rm33 in Cookware

Tell me about All-clad....

There used to be an WS outlet at the Brimms outlet mall In Nevada, on your way from CA to Vegas, but I dont know if its still there.

Dec 19, 2006
Rm33 in Cookware

Your Ideal Kitchen.... Appliances, Utensils, Cookware, Cutlery -- any price, up for all ideas!!

Your kitchen sounds great- love the chest of drawers and pantry ideas.

Dec 19, 2006
Rm33 in Cookware

Baking books

Martha's Baking Handbook is great. It would be a nice gift.

Dec 19, 2006
Rm33 in Home Cooking

Three organic eggnogs -- a comparison

Thanks for this post.

Dec 19, 2006
Rm33 in General Topics

OC breakfast suggestions for the 24th

Would like some suggestions about where a group of girls could have a good late breakfast on the 24th. Any kind of place is ok, upscale, diner whatever. We will drive for a good meal- any location from Newport to North county to Long Beach. Everyone is really openminded and likes to eat great food. We will probably need to be able to linger a bit over coffee. Thanks for your help.

Dec 19, 2006
Rm33 in Los Angeles Area

Healthy Cooking Class

I know this is out of your area but PREP Kitchen essentials in Long Beach has some great cooking class offered periodically by Dr. Arnette. They are participatory and demo. He is excellent. I enjoyed his classes very much.

Dec 19, 2006
Rm33 in Los Angeles Area

Taste of France - Huntington Beach, CA (Review w/Photos)

I have had lunch here many times and the food is quite good. I have had most of the quiches and they are delish. A friend of mine works nearby too and eats there all the time. Maybe I'll try the chicken next time. Thanks for the review.

Dec 12, 2006
Rm33 in Los Angeles Area

Le Creuset rusting- report back

I had a problem with some rusting on the uncoated part of my Dutch oven lid. I posted and got some responces and yeah, I know it's not a big deal but I decided to call customer service about it nonetheless. They were very nice and helpful, so I sent it in. I only sent in the bottom even though my problem was with the lid. I was told it cuts down on shipping. On the phone they were able to tell me if they had my exact product match. It took a little less than 3 weeks and I have a new Dutch oven. Hope this helps anyone with a similar problem.

Nov 20, 2006
Rm33 in Cookware