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Where to buy heirloom pumpkins in Los Angeles?

Thanks!

Sep 29, 2013
strongcoffee in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy heirloom pumpkins in Los Angeles?

Can anyone suggest any places to buy heirloom pumpkins in the LA area? Thanks in advance.

Sep 29, 2013
strongcoffee in Los Angeles Area

Help narrowing down where to eat and drink in PDX!

You know, it's funny that you mention Original Pancake House because for years I told myself that whenever I end up visiting Portland, one of my first stops will be the Original Pancake House. I'm familiar with it from having grown up in Chicago, where there are a few locations including the Walker Brothers locations, which used to be my favorite breakfast spots when I lived there. I came to find out the original location was, in fact, the Portland location so I thought I'd make a pilgrimage of sorts. The problem is, we're probably not going to be renting a car at all so it's unlikely we'll be able to go there. Thanks for the Byways Cafe suggestion, though. It looks good and the restaurant itself looks like it has a lot of character.

Sep 10, 2010
strongcoffee in Metro Portland

Help narrowing down where to eat and drink in PDX!

Hello all. My gf and I will be visiting Portland this weekend starting Saturday afternoon and leaving Tuesday late afternoon. The purpose of the trip is mostly eating and drinking, but I also wouldn't mind experiencing an outdoor activity or two (if it doesn't take away too much from eating drinking). I wanted to know what you all thought of my rough list. Maybe note some special dishes or suggest alternative spots. Maybe suggest some interesting carts or supplement my dining selections.

Thanks in advance!

breakfast/brunch:

Broder Cafe
Ken's Bakery
The Waffle Window (gf likes sweets. is there a better alternative?)

Lunch:

Pine State Bisquits
Bunk Sandwiches
Potato Champion (cart)
Nong's Khao Mon Gai (cart)

Dinner:

Taro Bravo
Le Pigeon (have reservation for monday night)
Pok Pok

Coffee (i'll be buying several packs to take back for family):

Barista
Stumptown

beer/wine:

New Old Lompoc (brewpub)
Bailey's Taproom (bar)
Hair of the Dog (brewpub)
Hopworks
Deschutes (portland brewpub)
Upright (brewpub)
Belmont Station (bottle shop)
John's Marketplace (bottle shop)
Clear Creek Distillery
Oregon Wines

Stores/farmers markets (hope to find cured meat vendors and other stuff to take back)

King Portland Farmer's Market
Pioneer Courthouse
Olympic Provisions
Powell's City of Books
Cacao Drink Chocolate

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Pok Pok
3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

Le Pigeon
738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Stumptown
4525 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206

Waffle Window
36th and Hawthorne, Portland, OR

Potato Champion
SE 12th and Hawthorne, Portland, OR

Clear Creek Distillery
2389 NW Wilson St, Portland, OR

Bunk Sandwiches
621 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR

New Old Lompoc
1616 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210

Bailey's Taproom
213 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

Sep 09, 2010
strongcoffee in Metro Portland

Pumpkin Cheesecake suggestions?

that would be perfect as I live in Arcadia. thanks, i'll give them a call tomorrow. i didn't know they sold baked goods. i've only gone for brunch a couple of times and never wandered around the restaurant.

edit: it doesn't look like it's on their thanksgiving menu this year.

Nov 10, 2009
strongcoffee in Los Angeles Area

Pumpkin Cheesecake suggestions?

thanks. I should have probably mentioned I wanted to try from shops other than Susina and Sweet Lady Jane.

Nov 10, 2009
strongcoffee in Los Angeles Area

Pumpkin Cheesecake suggestions?

I'm looking to order a pumpkin cheesecake for thanksgiving. I normally order from Susiecakes but the max size is 8" and I would like to get something larger than that. I was thinking of giving Essential Chocolates in Culver City a shot or possibly Patticakes in Pasadena. Both offer 10" cheesecakes that would suit my requirements. Any opinion on either of these two? Any suggestions for other spots? Thanks.

Nov 10, 2009
strongcoffee in Los Angeles Area

Maneki or Nishino? (seattle)

So we chose Nishino in the end. Since we didn't provide enough advanced notice (they require at least 24 hours), we were limited to the standard omakase. We arrived a little bit early and were greeted and promptly seated at the bar in front of Mori-san who was to be our chef for the night. This is when we learned their omakase was an 8 course meal consisting of various fusion dishes and a little bit of sushi. I have to admit I was a little bit disappointed by this but I still appreciated the dishes nonetheless. Everything was carefully prepared and tasted great. I'm already missing Seattle and its plethora of culinary choices.

Maneki or Nishino? (seattle)

Wow, thanks for the feedback everyone! We didn't end up making it out tonight due to running late on events for the day. We still have tomorrow (sun) and Monday nights though. I think we're leaning towards Nishino but Kisaku might not be a bad choice either. Maneki, I'll save for another trip. I have two final questions.
(1) How much is the omakase at both Nishino and Kisaku?
(2) What would be the preferable day to go, Sunday or Monday?

Maneki or Nishino? (seattle)

Hello all. I'm in town (from LA) for the first time and interested in having sushi at least once during my stay here. I've already had some great food experiences during the couple of days I've been here and would like to continue by enjoying dinner at one of the better sushi spots in Seattle. I have no interest in crazy rolls--just creations utilizing the freshest ingredients around. I was thinking of having omakase. My research has yielded a few spots, but Maneki and Nishino (and possibly Kisaku) seem to be what I'm looking for. Atmosphere isn't a requirement... I'm more focused on having a good meal. Oh, I'm staying in the Belltown area so I guess anywhere that can be accessed by Metro would be great.

Taste Chicago in Burbank?

As a Chicagoan living in LA, I sometimes crave the culinary delights that remind me of home. A couple years ago, I heard about Taste Chicago and became excited at the thought of finally getting a taste of home. I braved the brutal LA traffic and reached my Burbank destination. I ordered what any self-respecting Chicagoan would order and happily asked for an Italian Beef. I wish I could end this anecdote on a positive note, but my experience was similar to "Just Cid's." The beef was sliced thicker than the norm and the aus jus lacked that robust flavor found in some of Chicago's finer beef establishments like Johnnie's. This isn't to say the food was horrid, but it didn't leave enough of an impression on me to get me make a trip out to Burbank just Taste Chicago. Luckily I can get my Italian Beef, Polish Sausage, and hot dog fixes at Portillos.

Jun 25, 2008
strongcoffee in Los Angeles Area

Mexican Coke SPOTTED!

yeah i got hit $1.20 for CRV but I won't trip. I'm just happy I got a good supply for a good price.

Jan 24, 2008
strongcoffee in Los Angeles Area

Mexican Coke SPOTTED!

i've seen bottled coke at Bristol Farms, but the ones i saw contained HFCS instead of pure cane sugar.

Jan 24, 2008
strongcoffee in Los Angeles Area

Mexican Coke SPOTTED!

I got a 24 case of Mexican Coke (pure cane sugar) at the 99 Cent Store on Wilshire near Fairfax for about $16 (including tax + CRV). There's still a lot left so enjoy!

Jan 24, 2008
strongcoffee in Los Angeles Area