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Melisse - Cirque du Soleil Prix Fixe Menu

I think that you mean Anisette Brasserie, which is 0.5 mi and within walking distance of the SM Pier and Cirque du Soleil

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Anisette Brasserie
225 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Nov 14, 2009
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Best Milkshakes

Agree with Bear City and Will Owen re. Oinkster in Eagle Rock-- made with Fosselman's ice cream. They make it from scratch every time that you order it. Also Connal's in Pasadena makes great milkshakes, with high quality ice cream and made-to-order.

For mass chains, Ben and Jerry's.

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Oinkster
2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Connal's
1505 E Washington Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104

Sep 09, 2009
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Restaurants near local beaches

Has anyone tried Back on the Beach in Santa Monica? We walked by while visiting the Annenberg Community Beach House, and the place was very busy even at 2 PM on a weekday.

Sep 09, 2009
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Restaurants near local beaches

How's the food quality post-remodel?

Aug 30, 2009
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Restaurants near local beaches

Price for quality is very important to this hound. I will be sure to mention this factor in future posts. It would be extremely annoying to be served overpriced food, even if it's competently done. My biggest pet peeve when eating out is to pay 3x-4x for food that I can make just as well (sometimes better).

Aug 30, 2009
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Restaurants near local beaches

Hmm, if a national chain like The Original Pancake House beats a local place like Uncle Bill's, then Uncle Bill's has really declined in quality?

Aug 28, 2009
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Restaurants near local beaches

Wow. Thanks for all the info.

How's I Cugini? It's part of the same chain as King's Fish House, sold by the King family to the Tiny Naylor chain.

Aug 28, 2009
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Restaurants near local beaches

We don't go to one specific area in SM. We cruise along PCH to find parking and then haul our stuff onto the nearest beach.

We'd love to find a tasty dinner place, not necessarily on PCH or on the beach. We care much more about the food than the view.

Aug 27, 2009
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Restaurants near local beaches

I've driven by Malibu Seafood, and it looks like a take-out stand without seating? Would they have tables and seats? What do you recommend there?

Aug 26, 2009
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farmers market at 3rd and fairfax

Agree with all of your recommendations. I used to live down the St from FM-3rd and Fairfax, and we usually ate at Pampas Grill, washed down with aguas frescas from Loteria Grill.

Re. Huntington Meats-- they are the real deal, old-fashioned butchers. They used to be the butchers at the Huntington Market (closed over 20 yr ago) on Huntington Dr in San Marino and supplied their top-notch meat to the posh families of San Marino. They're still using the same logo from the old days. I love those guys @ Huntington Meats.

Aug 25, 2009
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Restaurants near local beaches

We're always in search of family-friendly, high quality restaurants near our favorite beaches where we can end a great day at the beach with a satisfying dinner for the family. We don't care about the view, but the place should have an informal atmosphere where our post-beach attire with salty and sandy bodies would be acceptable. However, the kitchen should be all-business and provide high quality and competent food. Our family's favorite beaches in So CA are Crystal Cove, Laguna, Zuma, and Santa Monica. We've been going to the Reel Inn after Zuma and Santa Monica and Honda-Ya in Tustin after Laguna and Crystal Cove but would like to have more options.

Thanks for sharing your favorites.

Aug 25, 2009
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Lunch near Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium with kids?

Our family had lunch @ Soundings, the sit-down restaurant @ the Shedd Aquarium. The setting and view were spectacular overlooking the lake. You order your food from a grumpy cashier, pay, and then sit down to wait for the waitstaff to bring out the food.

It was the worst $30- we spent for lunch ever. The food was expensive and incompetently made. I had the California wrap sandwich with house-made potato chips. The sandwich was probably sitting in the fridge in plastic wrap for days, then unwrapped and placed on a plate for serving. Bland and without texture (sandwich had avocado, turkey, and bacon, lettuce, and tomato)-- everything tasted like it had been pureed in a blender. The "house-made" chips must have been fried over a week ago and left in a bin somewhere to go stale. They were hard and stale, too salty, with no crunch. I tasted the ranch dressing which came with my daughter's carrot sticks in her child's plate, and the ranch dressing tasted spoiled. The Chinese vegetable soup tasted like they boiled water with Asian chili paste, sugar, and soy sauce, then dumped a bunch of canned Asian vegetables and tofu chunks in it. Very salty with limp vegetables.

We did tell the manager about the spoiled ranch dressing since it was a public health hazard.

The service was amateurish-- we saw most of the waitstaff, cashiers huddling and chatting. Our food came without any silverware, and we had to remind the waiter to bring us silverware and napkins.

I realize that there is an inverse proportion of food quality to view in restaurants, but the complete lack of care in their food preparation, particularly with the spoiled dressing in a child's menu item, showed a concerning level of incompetence and indifference.

Aug 25, 2009
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Silit Silargan - anybody have experience with this cookware?

Thanks for your input.

I fried 2 batches of eggs in the 8" frypan. 1st batch was with canola oil, and the eggs stuck to the pan. Then I soaked the pan in soapy warm water for a few minutes, and the stuck eggs scrubbed out easily. The 2nd batch was with a small amount of butter-- an amazing difference! The eggs slid around the pan just like in your experience.

We also fried some frozen Chinese pancakes with a small amount of canola oil, and the pancakes also slid around in the pan.

Lesson learned: must use butter to fry eggs.

Next experiment: Korean pancakes (pa jun)

Aug 05, 2009
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Silit Silargan - anybody have experience with this cookware?

Did the same with my 8" (20cm) Silit Silargan frying pan-- fried eggs in tiny bit of butter. The eggs released easily. This frying pan is also a stunner to look at and to hold. If this 8" frypan holds up over the next few months, then I'll be replacing the other sizes of frying pans with Silit Silargan.

Jul 23, 2009
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Silit Silargan - anybody have experience with this cookware?

I just ordered the Silit Silargan 8" frying pan on-line. I'll report back when I've put it through the paces.

Jul 10, 2009
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Banh Mi & Che Cali in San Gabriel?

Baguette Express closed > 1 yr ago. I spoke to the owner, and he said that he was concentrating on his other branches elsewhere and closed the SG branch, which used to be next to Howard's Appliances on Valley Blvd.

Apr 02, 2009
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San Gabriel Valley Banh Mi with cilantro

I agree with you about Banh Mi My Tho. Really wonderful banh mi.

Apr 02, 2009
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Banh Mi & Che Cali in San Gabriel?

Yes. I just went 2 weeks ago. Two thumbs way, way down.

Very skimpy on the fillings (both meat and veggies). Bland fillings. No cilantro. Stale baguette. I was very disappointed.

I'll drive the extra mile or so down to Valley Blvd and get my banh mi from Saigon Sandwich and Bakery. I just had their special banh mi 2 days ago, and the baguette was superfresh. I'm drooling thinking about it.

RIP Baguette Express, which remained my all time fave banh mi in San Gabriel.

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Saigon Sandwich & Bakery
718 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Banh MI Che Cali
135 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Apr 02, 2009
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Bananas for Bananas

Auntie Em's Kitchen in Eagle Rock has the best banana cream pie I've ever had. The same pie @ the Apple Pan is a distant second. Auntie Em's version has a shortbread crust, creamy custard made with real vanilla bean, ripe bananas, and fresh whipped cream. You have to call ahead to make sure that they have it since it frequently sells out, and they rotate their dessert menu

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Auntie Em's Kitchen
4616 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Apr 02, 2009
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Izakaya Honda Ya - Little Tokyo

Briefly, we've been going to the Tustin branch for 10 yr or more and tried the Little Tokyo one last night for the first time. We're disappointed overall. We had mostly yakitori, a few stir-fried and deep-fried items. Only the soft-shell crab @ Little Tokyo was better than @ Tustin. Most items were worse (mainly yakitori).

Oct 01, 2008
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Kokkekoko report (or... $80 for chicken??!!)

I heartily agree with yinyangdi, having been to both Kokkekoko and Yakitori-ya. We now live in the SG Valley and tried Shin-sen-gumi in Monterey Park as well. Yakitori-ya rules! Their saboro chicken is the best I've ever tasted-- the proper balance of salty, sweet, and a touch of ginger. Unfortunately the service @ Yakitori-Ya is not very good. I'd describe their service as spacy-- the waiters and waitresses are wandering around without thinking about their customers.

Jul 09, 2008
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Legendary, Made-To-Order, Fresh Steamed Buns and Dumplings! (or "Are You Kidding Me?!") - NOODLE HOUSE (Mian Hsiang Yuan) [Review] w/ Pics!

Awesome review!

Did you see if this place has mao er duo (cats' ears) noodles? They are a childhood favorite, and nobody has been able to replicate my auntie's homemade version...

Jul 08, 2008
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Europane Musts?

Surprised that nobody mentioned the following must-haves:

pear tart-- frequently sold out
bacon, tomato, and avocado sandwich-- also sells out quickly @ lunchtime
hazelnut or pistachio macarons

Jul 08, 2008
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Dumpling and Taiwanese Shaved Ice Combo

Is it safe to venture back to SinBaLa after their health code violations?

Jul 08, 2008
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San Gabriel Valley Banh Mi with cilantro

Hi TonyC,

Your rec was mentioned on Chowpatty's blog-- eatingla:

http://eatingla.blogspot.com/

Pat gave your rec. Banh Mi My Tho the thumbs up.

Jul 08, 2008
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Dumpling and Taiwanese Shaved Ice Combo

Update on Sinbala-- recently closed by the LA Health Dept for violations.

Jul 04, 2008
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Dumpling and Taiwanese Shaved Ice Combo

I agree that DTF does not have the best dumplings, especially considering the price point. However, their dumplings are just fine, very consistent quality.

After the 2nd branch of DTF with the 2 stories of dining space opened up next door, there's hardly ever much of a wait...

Jul 02, 2008
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San Gabriel Valley Banh Mi with cilantro

Thanks to all the hounds for their recs.

I went to Saigon Sandwich and Bakery immediately after reading your posts, and here's my report.

Very uneven experience overall. The food is acceptable but not great.

We bought four sandwiches, and they gave us one whole delicious, fresh baguette for free. Their baguette, when fresh, has the proper crunchy crust to soft, fluffy inside chew ratio. However, your sandwich may not be made with this yummy fresh baguette. Out of our four sandwiches, one was made with stale baguette.

Although they give you plenty of cilantro, they are quite stingy with the veggies, and they provide only pickled daikon and carrots, no cucumbers.

The amount of meat/charcuterie in the sandwiches was rather skimpy. My husband complained about it, not realizing that I got our sandwiches from a different shop than usual (our usual place was the now-shuttered Baguette Express).

Friendly but spotty service. We asked them for NO jalapenos, and all four sandwiches had jalapenos in them. Our chowbabies couldn't eat the sandwiches because they are not fond of the heat.

For the coffee lovers-- the Vietnamese coffee is pre-made. I saw rows of pre-filled coffee cups waiting for ice and condensed milk to be added upon order.

Jul 02, 2008
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Dumpling and Taiwanese Shaved Ice Combo

Din Tai Fung in Arcadia for dumplings.

SinBaLa in Arcadia for shaved ice.

SinBaLa is on Duarte, near the corner of Baldwin, while Din Tai Fung is on Baldwin near the corner of Duarte. They are on basically on the same golden corner of Baldwin and Duarte, which has the highest concentration of yummy Chinese eats per square footage. If you walk behind the Chinese bookstore in the same mini-mall complex as the first Din Tai Fung restaurant, you can walk over to Sin Ba La.

You can top off your excursion with grocery shopping @ Arcadia Supermarket, a well-stocked Chinese market.

Jul 02, 2008
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San Gabriel Valley Banh Mi with cilantro

How are Ba Le and Saigon Bakery's banh mi? Ba Le got mixed reviews from the other hounds.

Jun 30, 2008
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