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Long Beach Aquarium area recs?

Forgot about Cafe Gazelle. So right, it is a great spot to enjoy a good meal, but very tiny. I think Gazelle Restaurant on Broadway in East Arts Village area is owned by same people. Food and service always excellent. Beatutiful restaurant, but in a sort of artzy street folksie 'anything goes' part of downtown area.

One of my favorites was always Cafe Piccolo at 3222 E Broadway, so cozy and intimate you feel like you've been on a mini holiday. Atmosphere and food is always wonderful. However, I moved to SC about 5 years ago from Long Beach, so can't verify it's still there. I think it is perfect place for a special occassion.

Thnks for update on Malvasia. I was in Long Beach about 2 weeks ago, but I spent my time at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods trying to stock up for the cupboards at home. BTW - Phone number to Cafe Piccolo is (562) 438-1316.

Jun 27, 2009
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French Door, Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator - New Owners, Please Post

My husband and I debated pros & cons of the side-by-side versus the French doors. He wanted the new french door design, but I wasn't keen on bending over for all my frozen needs. I imagined lifting heavy frozen birds and hefty hams from a bent over position to my back's dismay. It reminded me of a chest-style freezer where all foods are layered on top of one another, instead of many levels of front row center items. He assured me that was not the case, saying no one would buy them if they were that inconvenient. I agreed with him. But we still bought the side by side, LG stainless :)

Jun 26, 2009
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Long Beach Aquarium area recs?

I’ve eaten at all these restaurants (except Malvasia & Margarita Grille) and enjoyed each for the different seasons and reasons. Good food and atmosphere. There are so many other wonderful little places all in and through this area, but a list must end somewhere. All these are easily accessible from the Aquarium via the Passport,a bright red complimentary mini-bus that transports peeps to and from Downtown’s major attractions, such as the Queen Mary, Shoreline Village (Aquarium), the Convention Center and East Village Arts District. For a small bus fare routes to Belmont Shore, the Marina and every in between is available too. Another form of public transportation is the AquaLink, a 68-foot catamaran that comfortably ferries up to to the most popular attractions in Long Beach Harbor and on down to Alamitos Bay Landing.( My notes in parenthesis)
La Creperie French Restaurant 562-433-8499
5110 E. 2nd Street, (Belmont shore, casual, reasonable, tiny café. Scrumptious crepes! Entres & Desserts)
Long Beach
Ooh-la-la the crepes! The locals stand in line just to get some, and now they have a table waiting for you! Enjoy the finest in crepes and other bisto faire. Great patio, too!

Malvasia (Belmont shore, I never ate here, walking distance to LaCreperie)
5316 E. 2nd Street
Long beach
Step into opulence and sit down to amzing Greek food. A popular and amazing tavern! Come for the atmosphere and stay for the food.

L'opera Ristorante (Downtwn on Pine, expensive, formal, great food & service. I
101 Pine Avenue celebrated an elegant, romantic birthday here)
Long Beach
Gorgeous setting and the finest in classic and modern Northern Italian cuisine. Multiple award winning establishment.

Margarita Grille (Never ate here, ride the Passport, about 5 blks east of Pine
70 Atlantic Ave. off Ocean Blvd.)
Long Beach
Fun and relaxed atmosphere with great happy hour, margaritas, and ,of course, authentic and nouveau Mexican cuisine. The best Mex menu in Long Beach!

La Palapa
4020 Olympic Plaza
Long Beach (Lovely ambience, contemporary dishes, stylish/semi-casual, average
800-958-7729 priced. small fare on the Passport -red bus easy)
An ocean front eatery with the freshest and finest in Latin style seafood dishes. A great place with a great view!

555 Restaurant (semi-expensive, stylish, great food & service. Had many good times.
555 E. Ocean blvd About 5 blks east of Pine Ave across from the Cooper Arms)
Long Beach
This was voted the best steakhouse in California, and has received awards from Wine Spectator as well. Great steak, prime rib, and seafood. A must-eat-at! Reservations recommended.

Sir Winston's Aboard The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway (Like the Aquarium, south of Ocean Blvd, free transport via the
Long Beach Passport,and no admission fee into Queen Mary with
800-437-2934 reservations at restaurant; semi-casual to dressy, pricy, good
food and service)
A truly unique fine dinig experience! Hop aboard the one and only Queen Mary and partake of one of the finest meals available in California. this one you'll be writing home about! Reservations recommended!
Long Beach Cafe
615 E. Ocean Ave.
Long Beach (very casual climate & food, relatively reasonable, small restaurant, about
562-436-6037 5 blocks east of Pine, next to ‘the 555’ and Margarita Grille).
Just good food in a great cafe. Try the giant omelets and 1 pound burgers. A local favorite and a must-eat-at!
Wasabi Japanese Restaurant
200 Pine Ave. (Great Food! Great Atmosphere! Stylish-casual. Average priced & service.
Long Beach Often crowded, right on Pine Ave – ride from Aquarium on the Passport for no parking problems)
Fun and funky atmosphere combined with incredible sushi bar and teppen-yaki tables make for a great dining experience!

Jun 26, 2009
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Gumbo Z'herbes

Gombo Zhebes "Gumbo of Herbs" is a delicious way to consume a plentiful portion of leafy vegetables. Creole version of French 'sept herbs' or 'seven greens' is traditionally cooked on Holy Thursday for good luck. But I feel like I'm in luck anytime a steaming hot bowl of this southern green combo hits my palate, especially with a nice sprinkling of Louisiana hot sauce or vinegar to taste. Soo good!

Jun 26, 2009
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Need unique Charleston SC Recommendations

My husband and I were treated to a wonderful gift of Dinner for two at this very unique restaurant called Roberts of Charleston. The food was superb and the experience was kind of magical. It's a bit pricey and being a long time resident of Charleston, she may have been there before. But if not, it offers a five course prix fixe dinner, including wine and coffee, four nights a week. The owner, Robert, a classically trained singer and chef serenades patrons with Broadway tunes and opera while dinner is served. It is located in historic downtown Charleston just one block from Charleston Harbor,

What Is the Best Way to Wash Fruit?

Most smooth surfaced fruit, such as apples, pears and even plums are waxed improve curb appeal, and cleaning with plain water just won't do. Water, like everything else, rolls off the waxy surface as intended. I tried using baking soda. It works very nicely for removing the waxy polish and any previous shopper's fingerprints. When I don't feel like getting the BS down, then a little abrasive rubbing with salt helps also.

May 23, 2009
ladycakes in Features

Your Sassafras Has Been Neutered

Oh no! For some time now, it seems that file' hasn't had the nice distinctive flavor I recall as a girl. Now I'm afraid that you may have confirmed it. I'm hoping it's just that it's a different brand or 'old product' too long on the the shelf. Zatarrain's is what my family sends me from New Orleans, but I don't know. Neutering has of way of canceling many things...the taste of Sassafras should not be one of them.

May 23, 2009
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