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The Edison Downtown

IMO, the food is actually quite good, albeit a little on the pricey side. The space is amazing though - my favorite bar/lounge in Los Angeles. There are circus performers on Wednesday nights, and a live band on Thursdays, so it may be more noisy for your group on those nights.

Cheap Food from Religious/Community organizations

This is hardly why you should go, but the Great Tao Foundation in El Monte serves a free vegetarian lunch every Sunday after service. There is a wonderful English speaking discussion group that meets from 10:30-12:30 every Sunday.

Taiwanese Pineapple Shortcakes

Ditto I Fu Tang. They should have pineapple cake year round, and they come in beautiful individual packaging as well.

Where to buy kalbi and bulgogi bulk?

Wow, that's pricey. I get my bulk kalbi and bulgogi from Arcadia Korean Market and it's as low as $4 a pound if I buy 30 pounds. But with gas prices these days....

Arcadia Korean Market
171 E Live Oak Ave, A Arcadia, CA

SGV Coffee Shop - Free WiFi, Late hours?

Oh, I also forgot Antigua Cultural Coffeehouse in El Sereno. I haven't been there since last fall, so I'm not sure of their hours, but with a big Calstate student population in the neighborhood, they will probably be staying open late these days. Otherwise, I think their regular closing time is 10pm on weekdays and 11pm or midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Wifi is free.

Metropolitan Coffee & Tea
716 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

Ibrowse Coffee & Internet
11 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

Piece of Cake Coffee
709 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Tapioca Express
800 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA

SGV Coffee Shop - Free WiFi, Late hours?

Piece of Cake Cafe is open from 4pm-12am every day, and offers free wifi and Japanese style siphoned coffee! It's on the corner of Las Tunas and Mission in San Gabriel.

Tapioca Express is catty corner from Piece of Cake and open till at least 11pm on weeknights and 12am Fridays and Saturdays. They have free wifi, but get pretty packed out.

iBrowse Coffee & Internet in Alhambra is open till 2am with lots of tables for studying, but wifi is $3 an hour.

Metropolitan Coffee & Tea in Pasadena across the street from Vroman's has fast free wifi, but are only open till 10pm. Lots of big tables for studying though.

That should be a start.

Metropolitan Coffee & Tea
716 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

Ibrowse Coffee & Internet
11 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

Piece of Cake Coffee
709 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Tapioca Express
800 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA

Nubi yogurt in San Gabriel

Haven't been to Nubi yet (where is it?) but when I am in a Fakeberry mood, I go to Peach House on Valley near New.

Peach House
531 W Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA

Best Chocolate cake in LA anyone?

If you're going to include chocolate lava cake, then I will have to say that the chocolate lava cake from Beard Papa's was an absolutely incredible surprise, and for only $2.50 a serving!

Internet cafe with playgrounds?

Not really in the neighborhood you are looking for, but Swork Coffee in Eagle Rock has good coffee, free wifi, and a play area for the kids. There is a location in Montrose as well, but I've never been there.

The Infield

I haven't tried it, but after hearing about the s'mores dog, I gotta try it.

Good and Bad Pho in the San Gabriel Valley

I really like the bun at Pho Super Bowl (very fresh and light), and find the pho there to be better than the pho at Golden Deli/Vietnam House. But I'm Taiwanese, so what do I know?

I love taro..

Vegetarian Wok in San Gabriel does a sweet and sour "pork" that is actually made with deep fried taro. This is one of my favorite dishes in the world. MMmmmmmmm.

In Search of Party Trays (Chinese Noodles)

You can order chow mein trays as well as egg rolls from Dim Sum Express in Monterey Park

Dim Sum Express
326 N Garfield Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754

Pho Places other than Golden Deli

I like Pho Superbowl more than GD, Vietnam House, and Pho 79, but will concede that they have a smaller menu than the other three.

amazing bbq in the pasadena area

IMO, the beef ribs at Barn Burner are always [surprisingly] jaw-droppingly good. But everything else is eh.

Watermelon Juice

Tapioca Express also carries watermelon juice year-round. Freshly blended, though the melon might be frozen if it's the off season. Still, you can hardly beat the convenience of $1.99 watermelon juice year round!

Valentine's Day dinner review

(Should we collect all of our Valentine's Day dinner reviews in one thread? I'm sure other people want to weigh in on their meals from last night...)

Valentine's Day dinner for us was at Opus, followed by coffee at the Jack Cafe, which was just written up in a story in the LA Time yesterday on the slew of new high end coffeehouses that are all the rage in Koreatown. (


Verdict: I wasn't "blown away" by the dinner at Opus, but we were both quite pleased with the experience. Despite one of my friends telling me that prix fixe menus are "assembly line food", the lineup on the chef's menu was too tempting and too much of a good deal to pass up:

Amuse Bouche - Crawfish and avocado served on Belgian endive
Lobster bisque and lobster ravioli
Caesar salad with goat cheese and herb aioli topped croutons
A duet of a beef medallion with white truffle on a bed of potatoes and king scallops atop baby asparagus served with a citrus ginger sauce
A shared dessert of fresh berries and cream and chocolate mousse

There was something a little off about the amuse bouche - too much sauce, perhaps? But I love hors d'oeuvres served on endive, and the crawfish was good. The bisque seemed lukewarm and the lobster meat previously frozen, but the soup was pretty tasty with a nice kick about halfway down the bowl. The raviolis were wrapped in a beautiful black and white dough. I had to pause halfway through the soup to pace myself better for the meal. The salad was good, but would have been better if the croutons were not quite so stale. The medallion was beautifully tender, the pureed truffle was just lovely, the asparagus and citrus sauce just right. Finally, the dessert was a perfect accompaniment to the rest of the meal - not too rich, not too sweet, just fresh and enjoyable and delicious. And the entire menu was only $48 per person! Much more reasonable than the $100+ meals so many other restaurants were offering. Like I said earlier, between the meal, the service, and the ambiance, we were quite pleased and would definitely go back for another occasion.

We were both pretty darn full from dinner, but still ventured over to Cafe Jack afterwards, since it was only three blocks away. I hadn't seen the photo in the LA Times, but it really is shaped like a boat! Moreover, it's one of the most whimsical places I've ever been to, with the Titanic movies stills ALL over the walls and a fake port town inside the patio! I really can't do it justice here - you'll just need to see for yourself. The drinks were unremarkable, especially given the prices, but the service was good. I had been worried about how my white-boy boyfriend and I would be received in a Koreatown cafe, but actually, our server was quite cordial and friendly.

Definitely a good night, all in all.

Looking for the Best Americanized Sushi in LA!

Quadruple this rec. When I read the original post, California Roll Factory was the first thing to come to mind.

Best NON-seedy-looking THAI restaurant in LA??

Yes, Saladang Song has wonderful ambiance, but I've found the food keeps getting more unremarkable every time I go.

Chan Dara on Larchmont is also in a nice setting (though not as "wow" as Song - except maybe for the waitresses!). The food there doesn't blow me away either, but it's probably better than Salandang Song these days.

Trivia - Which was the first Trader Joe's?

I've always thought that the very first Trader Joe's was the one on Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena. It even says so in the store, and Wikipedia confirms that this was the first one, opened in 1966.

But then I read on Yelp (of all places) that the Trader Joe's on Mission in South Pas was actually the first one? A quick Google search of "First Trader Joe's" seems to also confirm this, yet most references list an opening date of 1967. (See for example.)

Any old timers on the board know the definitive answer to this one? Which TJ came first, Pas or South Pas?

Nov 21, 2007
stochasticgirl in Chains

Funnel Cakes

Crepe in the Grip in Alhambra has funnel cake in addition to crepes. They are a Chinese shop though, so their funnel cake doesn't taste quite the same as the ones you'd get at the county fair. They are open late, though, which is great when I get a killer crepe craving and don't want to drive all the way to the Farmer's Market.

Crepe In the Grip
7 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA

The Apple Pan - It's a Tourist Trap

I could have sworn that there was [yet] another Apple Pan debate just last month, but I guess it's been eight months already.

Like many, many other LA classics, the continued love affair with the Apple Pan is with the institution, not necessarily the food.

Free Ce Fiore this weekend! (Hollywood location only)

The coupon I linked to says, "Bring this coupon for one free small Italian frozen yogurt". Sounds free to me.

Free Ce Fiore this weekend! (Hollywood location only)

Some kind anonymous commenter posted this in my blog:

A free small frozen yogurt at the new Hollywood Ce Fiore this Friday and Saturday. I'm thinkin' a field trip is in order.

looking for thai in pasadena that's not too sweet

I have to echo burumun on not knowing what's "sweet" or not, but you could also give Taste of Bangkok a try. It was one of my favorite lunch spots when I worked on South Lake.


A Taste of Bangkok
924 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

[Review] NEW Shin Sen Gumi (Monterey Park, CA)

We checked out it out last night. My boyfriend's been very excited about going, as SSG's Hakata Ramen is our favorite in SGV, and he'd been to the Gardena location for yakitori before.

The space is pretty impressive considering it's in the now-aging Empress Harbor plaza, and the service was impeccable. But I think because the Chowhounders talked it up so much, and the bf had high expectations, the food itself fell short for me. The shabu shabu was delicious (I've never seen a more beautiful marbling in beef) but perhaps not worth $24.95? Most of our chicken and beef yakitori was chewy and not that flavorful, except for the beef tongue, which was tender and succulent but almost Lilliputian, with four pieces smaller than a quarter each. Maybe it is more well suited for a traditional Japanese palate. I'm happy we tried it, but I think we'll stick to the ramen house for that Shin Sen Gumi experience.

Where do you get your pre-marinated Korean BBQ?

Oh, one word of caution - because it is a small grocery store and so popular, they do run of of meats by 5pm or so. You can always call ahead and ask them to set some aside for you.

Where do you get your pre-marinated Korean BBQ?

Yes, they have chicken (quite spicy last time, too!). The chicken gets rave reviews from all of my friends.

A yummy place with TV to watch the dem debates tonight?

Don't know about the debates tonight, but the Pasadena chapter of Drinking Liberally has their weekly gatherings at Madeleine's Wine Bistro every Tuesday night, and on election nights usually has a TV setup in the back....You can try emailing Asa Hopkins and see what they have planned tonight.

Where do you get your pre-marinated Korean BBQ?

Arcadia Korean Market is the BEST. We order from them in bulk for our parties, but they serve smaller portions to feed 2-4.