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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

Agreed - they are delicious. And I did a double take when I saw they were gluten free, would never have guessed based on taste.

1 day ago
RoxyGrl in Chains

Hot dog fast food chains

From the look of their expansion plans, Dog Haus might soon be be a contender


1 day ago
RoxyGrl in Chains


Once the lines die down a bit, I hope to answer that question for myself. Some of my best childhood memories (really gonna date myself here) are hitting the Naugles drive thru with my grandparents after they closed up for the night and eating my taco salad in my pjs while we all watched Johnny Carson.

So yes, lots of nostalgia but I also seem to remember that taco salad being really good.

Jul 29, 2015
RoxyGrl in Los Angeles Area

Chow worthy food in the most unexpected places

Monrovia Market Grill tucked inside a mini-mart that itself is off the beaten path (in other words, not on Myrtle).

Nearly everything made from scratch (soups, salad dressings, desserts, burgers ground in house and buns made from scratch). If you can catch them when the Red Line burger is the weekly special I promise you will become a fan:

"Inspired by the neighborhoods our Red Line Subway goes through in Los Angeles. An African spice rubbed fresh ground burger, Japanese spicy mayo, Cucumber Kimchi, fresh cilantro and tomato all served on a grilled Telera roll."

Dying for awesome taco truck tacos in theSGV Temple City, Arcadia area

Not sure it quite qualifies for awesome, and technically it is in (East) Pasadena, but I've been reasonably happy with the taco truck at the Lucky Car Wash on the corner of Rosemead and Colorado.

That being said, depending on what part of T.C./Arcadia you are in there might be better choices in El Monte

May 27, 2015
RoxyGrl in Los Angeles Area

South Pasadena, 2015 Summer: Any updates/experiences/reviews?

Ah yes, Golden China and the sliced chicken in garlic sauce. Co-workers and I frequented it when I worked on Fair Oaks a million years ago.

I'm sure many on the board will disagree, but for what it was - quick, cheap tasty lunch I could walk to during the work week - it really was great.

May 18, 2015
RoxyGrl in Los Angeles Area

South Pasadena, 2015 Summer: Any updates/experiences/reviews?

I can really only contribute to two places on your list:

La Monarca - I'm a huge fan for weekend coffee/breakfast. We take the train over from East Pasadena and get the cafe Oaxacan (also excellent iced or blended when it gets hot in the summer) and a ham/cheese/chipotle trenza or a bean/cheese bolillo.

And the bangers and mash is really quite good at Griffins of Kinsale. Service is always excellent as well.

May 18, 2015
RoxyGrl in Los Angeles Area

Korean BBQ in Koreatown for boisterous group of 15?

2nd this. We were there for a birthday and one of waiter/hosts kept us buying sake by carving up oranges and doing orange/sake shots with us.

Other KBBQ spots are probably just as good, but I've just always had really great service and a fun time there.

Apr 19, 2015
RoxyGrl in Los Angeles Area

Bahooka is Closing

Scroll down to page 17 and you can see the proposed new menu:


Apr 02, 2015
RoxyGrl in Los Angeles Area

Where can one buy Watermelon Radish's in Orange County

Bit of a stretch, but you might try asking Summerland produce http://www.summerland.is/boxes where they get theirs (Supposed to be in this week's box).

On a side note, if you are in their delivery area I really recommend their service. Sure, I can buy locally on my own for a little less $, but they do curate a very nice selection and the included recipes have really helped broaden my use of items I would never have bought on my own.

Mar 03, 2015
RoxyGrl in Los Angeles Area

German Food Truck in L.A.

There is a "Germany's Famous Bratwurst" truck in the area. I've only sampled a friend's food, but it was delicious.

Feb 26, 2015
RoxyGrl in Los Angeles Area

Which OO KOOK?

I'm only aware of the San Gabriel/Rosemead and K-town locations and to me, they are comparable.

I can't really speak to their food quality as compared to other KBBQ options, but I've always had really good service at OO-Kook.

Feb 23, 2015
RoxyGrl in Los Angeles Area

Hidden burger gems for under $5?

I'm also a fan of the turkey burger here. Whole wheat bun, dijon sauce, lettuce/tomato/onion.

Feb 03, 2015
RoxyGrl in Los Angeles Area

Kooky, but good - Clearman's Steak N Stein (Pico Rivera)

We are long time customers of North Woods in Rosemead but ventured to Clearman's in Pico last night for the first time.

We spent a fair amount of time in the bar waiting for folks to arrive. The bartender was fantastic and all drinks have some sort of happy hour discount. Peanuts are provided, but they are shelled already.

As far as similarities/differences - the bread is the same (delicious!) but the salads are very different. There is a red cabbage salad but it looks a little less fresh - more pre-made, but good. Salads are an iceberg lettuce dinner salad with croutons and a choice of 3 dressings on the side (french, ranch and bleu cheese).

Dinners are the same or slightly more expensive, but there are fewer lower price choices. No sandwiches, etc. Dinners come with the same gigantic potato but instead of cheese butter there is a choice of a sour cream sauce, green onions and cheddar cheese sauce on the side.

Service was very good, atmosphere was awesomely retro (for those who have some historical reference, apparently the paintings from Rosemead went here when they were removed).

All in all a nice, albeit a bit expensive dinner, but really glad there are still places like this around.

Jan 30, 2015
RoxyGrl in Los Angeles Area

Need restaurant recommendation in Glendale/Pasadena area

I'll second Smitty's, Houston's and Meat District. I also have had good experiences at AKA Bistro in Old Town Pasadena.

And as much as I'd like to second Old School Eatery, I have had such inconsistent service there I just can't recommend it.

Dec 17, 2014
RoxyGrl in Los Angeles Area

It's Healthy Organic Food but like having a Uptown Banana Split with all the extras

Welcome back! Your carne asada/salsa posts from a few years back greatly improved my tailgating experiences - I still owe you a thank you for that!

And The Salad Box menu sounds delicious - I'm not over that way often but next time I am I will be sure to check them out.

Nov 10, 2014
RoxyGrl in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 [Old]

Pumpkin bread pudding. In the freezer section.

Luckily I'm not the only one in the house obsessed with it - otherwise I'd likely polish it off in a day.

Nov 06, 2014
RoxyGrl in Chains

Copenhagen Pastry in Pasadena

Thanks Karen! We have heard great things and are looking forward to having you in the neighborhood.

Oct 27, 2014
RoxyGrl in Los Angeles Area

Copenhagen Pastry in Pasadena

I don't recall exactly, just saw it as I was driving past. It is on the North side of Colorado, just East of Rosemead

Oct 27, 2014
RoxyGrl in Los Angeles Area

Copenhagen Pastry in Pasadena

I noticed this weekend that the sign is up (NE corner near Rosemead and Colorado) - anyone know if an opening date has been announced yet?

Oct 27, 2014
RoxyGrl in Los Angeles Area

BOV800XL Breville Smart Oven

I have it as I frequently store things on top of the oven and this prevents melting, etc.

It's certainly not a necessity, but I have found it pretty handy and have used it for serving crackers/cheese/etc on occasion.

Sep 03, 2014
RoxyGrl in Cookware

Best Ice Cream Parlor in LA (like Farrells used to be)

Ahh, someone else remembers Morgan's! Mr Morgan lived across the street from me when I was a kid and on 4th of July would give all us neighborhood kids free ice cream.
What I wouldn't give to go back and visit that shop just one more time!

Jul 05, 2014
RoxyGrl in Los Angeles Area

How to ask guest to pay for meal/drinks at dinner?

Hear hear JT!!

Threads like this make me eternally grateful for my friends and family who understand events like this are about spending time with people they care for, not about obsessing over etiquette or griping because someone did something differently than they would have.

Jojo, I think some of the more helpful (and recommended) suggestions on wording above would be fine. And I hope your husband has a wonderful time.

May 14, 2014
RoxyGrl in Not About Food

Vicious Dogs - Sierra Madre

Just noticed that Vicious Dogs is going in to the old Mountain View Restaurant location at Sierra Madre Blvd and Baldwin. Have never been but am thinking it might be a good addition to the neighborhood. Anyone have any opinions or insight?

Jan 11, 2014
RoxyGrl in Los Angeles Area

Best way to bring smoothies to work?

I love the Klean Kanteen products. The insulated bottles have all sorts of lid options - some of which are spill proof while others are not. An extra benefit is that it will keep the contents cold for hours.

If you have an REI near you they carry bottles and lids


Jan 02, 2014
RoxyGrl in Cookware

Best Cheeses from Trader Joes [moved from Los Angeles area board]

Try the Cinnamon Toscano with the Raisin Rosemary crisps. So Delicious!!!

Oct 28, 2013
RoxyGrl in Chains

I got Fritos! Where's the Chili?

My vote goes to Dog Haus in Pasadena (and Alhambra). Their tater tots with chili and cheese? It may kill me but I am pretty sure I don't care.

Oct 22, 2013
RoxyGrl in Los Angeles Area

Help turn my Smoothie into a Super-Smoothie!

In no particular order, I sometimes add chia seeds, greek yogurt, protein powder, kale/spinach and/or coconut milk

Aug 16, 2013
RoxyGrl in Home Cooking

Need Rec for Meet-Up for friends to meet the baby.

Golden Road Brewery in Glendale has long communal tables, counter-ordering and, obviously, beer. No hard liquor but there are indoor and outdoor tables and a nice casual atmosphere.

Jun 04, 2013
RoxyGrl in Los Angeles Area

AYCE Korean BBQ?

Oo-Kook just opened a location on Rosemead Blvd in Temple City (where Sizzler used to be located).

Apr 15, 2013
RoxyGrl in Los Angeles Area