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Looking for a good bean cassolette recipe

I looked through all my cook books, and the only one I could find was in the Art of French Cooking, which had a recipe that involved making homemade sausage. I don't need anything overly authentic, but I want that deep flavor and comforting flavor.

Thanks in advance

THz

Nov 02, 2011
Terahertz in Home Cooking

I'm looking for Indian food in Pasadena - with good service and decent food

My wife loves Indian food and we have tried all the Indian places in Pasadena (including Rahdika's) and none are exceptional. We always eat Indian in the San Jose area when I visit my cousin and nothing in Liittle India, let alone SGV compares (alas and alack). Having said that the places mentioned here are all solid, if unspectacular. All India Cafe used to be our standby, although we have been eating at Rahdika recently since it is closer to our house. The Tibet Napal House is similar to Indian, but not strictly Indian. I have not yet been to the Himalan Cafe.

THz

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All India Cafe
39 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

Nov 02, 2011
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Fatty's in Eagle Rock is back?

We ate there last night (the final night of the pop-up.) The food was very promising. I have not been vegetarian since my college days, but I was really in the mood for some good food that was a bit lighter than normal last night. There were a couple of memorable dishes (a crispy eggplant entree and a fava salad). We spoke with Charlie Puffer after dinner, and he is optimistic that he will open somewhere, although not necessarily in the Fatty's space. It would be cool if they used Fatty's as a east-side test kitchen.

THz

Aug 29, 2011
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basil drink recipes please!

I like to make a "Tom Collins" with Basil

Muddled Basil
Lemon juice
Gin (or Vodka)
Simple syrup
Seltzer

On ice in a tall glass. Very refreshing on a hot day.

Aug 25, 2011
Terahertz in Spirits

Any must tries at Rivera

I second this. There is a cocktail called blood sex and magic or something that is darn good and unusual.

The pibil is good, but not amazing. I enjoyed some of their beans quite a bit. Overall I like, but don't love the food at Rivera (been there a couple times).

THz

Aug 23, 2011
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Cheval Blanc, Roy's, or Parkway Grill?

Personally I like Cheval Blanc better than Roy's. You also might consider AKA An American Bistro http://www.akabistro.com/ . We have had some very solid meals there. I went to Shiro once and thought it was good, but overpriced.

THz

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Shiro Restaurant
1505 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Cheval Blanc
41 S De Lacey Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

Aug 23, 2011
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AKA Bistro Pasadena

The wines were not supplied by AKA. It was a selection of high-end Australian Shiraz and Shiraz blends that were pretty amazing. We had won the dinner at a charity auction, so I don't have a price. Looking at there menu, Entrees are 17-25$ starters 7+, so not a cheap meal, but not off the charts either. Looking at the menu, the second desert was the bread pudding, which was my recollection, but I had quite a bit to drink at that point.

Apr 18, 2011
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AKA Bistro Pasadena

So my wife and I were lucky enough to have dinner at AKA Bistro in old town Pasadena. Normally I am not a huge fan of old town food, but this was a hugely pleasant surprise. Before I go on, I have to mention we ate a 6 course chef's tasting menu, which may or may not be available normally. We plan to go back soon to compare and contrast with their normal fair. The chef (I apologize for forgetting his name) is a recent transplant from Napa, and the food definitely had that farm to table feel to it. I love that style, so it has a lot to do with my enjoying this meal so much.

The first course was warm wild mushrooms with a sixty degree egg yoke. We stirred the egg yoke in with the mushrooms and the creaminess of the egg-yoke played off well with the earthiness of the mushrooms. I have seen this dish served with asparagus, but not mushrooms. It was a great start to the night.

The second course was fresh pasta with a smokey tomato sauce and fresh asparagus and squash. I am not generally a huge pasta fan, but the smokey tomato sauce worked great with the dish. my only complaint was the plating was poor and my dish had no vegetables. Luckily my wife shared with me ;)

The third course was a raw tuna dish. It was served with avocado and deep fried sea-weed (I forget the name of the sushi wrapper stuff, but that was it). The crispy texture of the sea-weed played off well with some really fresh tuna and the creamy avocado. My wife normally does not like fish, but she ate most of hers.

The fourth course was a raw beef dish with mustard seed. I think this was our least favorite dish of the evening. The meet was beautiful, but I thought the mustard overwhelmed the beef. My wife really liked this dish, but she was in the minority.

The main course was a perfectly rare piece of meet (I didn't hear the cut) served with a red-wine reduction, thick bacon chunks that were cured in house, a mild chili that gave a nice texture but didn't overwhelm the flavor and some earthy baby potatoes.

Two deserts were served. One was a butterscotch pot de creme. I can't say a lot about that because my wife didn't share more than a bite with me. The other was some fabulous vanilla ice cream with something on the side (I am blanking), but the icecream was tremendously rich and had a strong vanilla flavor. It might have been too rich if served alone, but it worked.

We are SGV folks and our normal favorite place is Palate in Glendate. I think AKA Bistro holds up very well by comparison. One last caveat. We were doing a wine tasting and we had quite a bit, so the end of the meal is fuzzier than the start ;) I know we will go back, and I suggest you give this a try.

41 Hugus Alley
Pasadena, CA 91105
Neighborhood: Pasadena
(626) 564-8111
www.akabistro.com

THz

Apr 18, 2011
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Private dining room option in Pasadena?

A number of the Smith brother's places have private rooms, and they are all very good. We had a large family dinner recently at McCormick and Schmick's which was very reasonable.

THz

Jan 04, 2011
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What bourbon are you drinking these days?

For my money you can't beat the Black Maple Hill. For about 3 years it was not available anywhere (rumor has it that a Chinese company bought it all up), but it has now reappeared on the shelves. If you live in Los Angeles, Top Line Wine has it. Unfortunately, the aged stuff went from $90 a bottle to $140 :( Feeling poor, I picked up a bottle of the Green Maple Hill and it is quite good and much more affordable.

THz

Aug 31, 2010
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Red O Opening Night Report

We went on Monday. Because I had to work the following day I got an early (6 PM) reservation. My only minor complaint was that they did not open until 6 PM, which no on mentioned, and we ended up spending 15 minutes on the corner of Melrose. It would have been nice if the bar opened at 5:30 PM...

I will not try to out do Kevin's great review, but I will chime in with a few thoughts. My favorite dishes of the night were the corn and goat cheese tamales and the pork belly Sopas. Both were very complex dishes. The tamales were subtle and luscious, while the Sopas started quietly but finished very spicy while maintaining a nice complexity. Overall everything we ordered was great. We also loved the meatball tacos. I loved the lamb tacos, but my wife and my friends wife found the taste off putting. The only disapointment was the fundido; we all felt the cheese just overwhelmed the chorizo, which had a nice subtle taste. Of the deserts we tasted the cheesecake was my favorite.

Oh and the cocktails were amazing!

My only regret was no sign of Rick Bayless ;)

Jun 02, 2010
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Red O Opening Night Report

Awesome report. We have reservations on Monday and I can't wait!

THz

May 27, 2010
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Looking for Pasadena location with a private room (40 people)

The people who keep Kosher are conservative and will eat fish or dairy when they go out (except my one cousin who is a bit crazy).

I considered the Athenaeum. I am affiliated with Caltech, but no longer a member of the Ath, so I don't know if I can book a dinner. My wedding rehearsal dinner was there and this will be for my daughters Bat Mitzvah, so there would be a certain symmetry to that. Does Parkway Grill have a private room? I have not been there in many years.

THz

Edit: Parkway Grill does have a private dining room, although it may be too small depending on how many people we have and it is a bit expensive for our budget.

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Parkway Grill
510 South Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105

Apr 14, 2010
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Looking for Pasadena location with a private room (40 people)

We have a family event coming up, and we need something in the Pasadena area that has a private room for up to 40-50 people. I guess I would like something at or below the $30/person price range (excluding drinks). While I love any cuisine, this group calls for something a bit more boring, and I would like a place that serves fish for the people who keep Kosher. While I have lots of experience eating in the SGV, I don't know who has large private rooms...

Thanks in advance,

THz

Apr 14, 2010
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Anyone been to the Parkway Grill in Pasadena in the last year or two?

I have not been yet, but if you want upscale you can always hit the Langham Huntington Hotel. They got a Michelin Star, and Michael Voltagio, how won Top Chef is now their head chef.

On a side note, I proposed to my wife at the Parkway Grill over twenty years ago ;) Of course there were a lot fewer options back then.

Jan 11, 2010
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Dinner in South Pas?

I live in So. Pas, and our favorite spot is Mike and Anne's. It is your basic neighborhood bistro. The space is nice, although a bit loud. I prefer to eat out on the patio if the weather is nice. My only complaint is that the menu is a bit too static. Still I really like the short ribs and the spicy calamari risotto. Shiro is good, but I think it is overpriced.

THz

Dec 16, 2009
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St. Germain Elderflower Liquer

I made a Basil Mojito with SG last weekend that came out great:

Muddle 1/2 lime and Basil
1 jigger Rum
2/3 jigger SG
2/3 jigger Simple Syrup
1 jigger Grapefruit
Ice
Shake and Serve

We all liked it quite a lot, although I am still playing with the simple syrup amount

THz.

Jul 17, 2009
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Cafe Massilia?

I concur with the others. Very reasonably priced French food, but not high cuisine. The one dish we loved was the chicken ravioli in a walnut creme sauce. That sauce was outstanding. The other food was fine for what it was, but nothing memorable. I will be going back, but we live in the SGV...

May 12, 2009
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St. Germain Elderflower Liquer

My wife loves St. Germaine. I just polished off our first bottle this weekend. My favorite cocktail is basically a SG Cosmopolitan:
Vodka
St. Germaine
Grapefruit juice
Cranberry
Shaken with ice...

The St. Germaine really meshes well with Grapefruit juice. The flavors are similar, but the St. Germaine really brings out the best in the juice.

THz

Apr 20, 2009
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RIVERA - John Sedlar's new restaurant downtown

We ate there two weekends ago (I think it had been open for two weeks at that point). The space is very nice. We ate in the main dining space, and it is the normal very "live" space. I prefer to dine in a quieter environment, but it turns out there is a back room. I think it was called the blood room in Spanish because of this gorgeous red chandelier. Anyway, you have those options as well as a little bar area around the kitchen.

Overall the food we had was outstanding, although one of the fish courses was on the raw side for our tables taste. I would definitely recommend this crazy cocktail they serve with Agave, Rye!, Basil and a whole Chile. It sounds very funky, but it was very tasty. The rest of the food dishes were interesting and fun. The pork which was slow cooked in a banana leaf (Yucatan style Pobli I think), was great, and the steak course was also exceptional. Unfortunately, I have a poor memory, and 10 days is like a lifetime, so that is all the detail I can call up.

THz

Feb 17, 2009
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Where do you go to buy roasted coffee beans?

I mail order mine from Peete's in Berkeley. They roast every Wednesday, and even if you ship it to LA via ground transport, you usually get the beans by Friday. I also know people who swear by Chuck's coffee roaster in Pasadena.

THz

Oct 20, 2008
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Broasted chicken...don't be fooled

Charlies Trio on Huntington Drive in Alhambra also has it. I never knew what Broasted meant, and I always assumed it was a way to market fried chicken and imply it was healthy ;) Well you learn something new every day, but it still does not sound really healthy. Having said that, it is delicious.

THz

Oct 07, 2008
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REVIEW: Palate Food + Wine

I went just after they first opened, and loved it. We are going back Saturday, and I am counting the hours ;)

THz

Jul 30, 2008
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Anything on Wuksachi Lodge in Sequoia National Park?

We are staying at the lodge in August. Do we need to get reservations in advance, and if so does anyone have the phone number? I cannot find it.

Thanks

THz

Jul 09, 2008
Terahertz in California

Anyone been to King Hua in Alhambra?

I live right nearby, and I have gone to various incarnations at this location. The original Casa de Oriente (ridiculously titled though it was) remains the best incarnation. Having said that, we went to Dim Sum 10 days ago, and it was solid, if not stellar.

THz

Jun 16, 2008
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PALATE - amazing new restaurant in glendale!!

We made reservations last Wednesday for Saturday evening just before the LA Times review ;) It was supposed to be four of us, but alas my friend's wife had to stay home to take care of her sick son (We missed you Wendey!) I would say this is the best meal I have had in recent memory. The quality of the produce and meat were excellent, and the dishes were all memorable. We split a number of dishes including the pickled cherries (yum), duck rillete, asparagus with Hen's egg (this was a surprise winner, and my wife's favorite), the flava beans, zucchini blossoms (my favorite). For main course we had the chicken, pork belly and beef. The chicken was cooked sou vide (sic) and was the most tender chicken I have ever had, although I would have wished for a slightly more bold sauce. I loved the pork belly, and the beef was also solid. Overall the wait staff was very good. My only complaint was the menu was needlessly confusing to the eye. They had mixed together the wine list, cheese, food and other beverages. The food had the shortest section, and they didn't separate the main courses from the side dishes. On top of that they mixed Italian, French and English willy nilly. A trivial complaint, which will not keep me from a return visit in the near future.

THz

Jun 09, 2008
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Good (& reasonably priced) French

I will second La Vie for very inexpensive traditional French food. I believe the entrees are around $15 including soup, salad and coffee. I really like their duck ala ronge (sic), and the orange souffle is a must.

As for Bistro de la Gare, we had a few decent meals there, but our last meal about 4 mos. ago was unforgivably bad (I will never go back), and it is more expensive.

THz

May 30, 2008
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Three Drunken Goats

I went to 3DG last Saturday with my wife and another couple. The manager told us they were still in a "soft opening" phase. I think a lot has already been covered, but I have to say both my wife and I really liked 3DG. The flavors were very clean with each dish being quite distinct and flavorful without being overwhelming. We particularly enjoyed the braised pork shank, and the bacon wrapped dates stuffed with chorizo. The octopus was also excellent. The ambiance was nice, but nothing amazing. I don't recall if this has been mentioned yet, but they have a wine and beer license with lots of Spanish wines both by the glass or bottle, as well as a some beers, but no liqueur license. I would encourage any Chowhounds in the SGV or SFV to give 3DG a try.

THz

Apr 29, 2008
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Gus's BBQ, South Pasadena

Well I went on Friday evening as well. I guess unbeknown to me, I was surrounded by fellow chowhounds ;) We arrived at 5:40 PM, and were seated within 15 minutes. The front of the house was very friendly, but a little disoriented. Perhaps this was due to their first really crowded night... I went with my wife, kids and one of their friends.

Overall the food was excellent. I had the pulled pork sandwich, and I enjoyed it. But I think I liked my wife's babyback ribs better. The meat was very tender, and the sauce good. I cannot comment on my kids food. I was happy to see they had Sierra Nevada on tap ;) and my wife had a mind julip, which was nice, although I am no expert on cocktails.The service was excellent. My son's hamburger bun was soggy from the meet juices, and the waitress replaced it very quickly. My only complaint was it was noisy. The decor was attractive, but every surface was a hard "live" surface, so the noise just bounced around. I know " noisy" places are in now, but I definitely like to be able to hold a conversation at normal levels.

Still all in all, we will be going back.

THz

Apr 21, 2008
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Can I like Brussel Sprouts?

I implore anyone who likes sprouts, or even those who are not sure to try this Bitten recipe from the NY Times: http://bitten.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/...
I have made it four times now, and my wife and I eat them all up. The recipe is very simple and easy to prepare.

THz

Mar 11, 2008
Terahertz in Home Cooking