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Looking for a restaurant far away

That was actually the first La Serenada I went to, years ago. I thought the food was amazing, one of the best meals I've ever had. Sadly, not sure repeat visits have yielded the same results, and definitely agree that the westside locations aren't as good.

Sep 13, 2011
SusieGirl7 in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a restaurant far away

Oh yes, Happy Family is also on my eventually try list - thanks for suggestion.

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Happy Family Restaurant
869 N Wilcox Ave, Montebello, CA 90640

Sep 13, 2011
SusieGirl7 in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a restaurant far away

Just read a few reviews of Mariscos Chente - sounds good.

Where is Shanghai Restaurant?

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Mariscos Chente
4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Sep 08, 2011
SusieGirl7 in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a restaurant far away

Will look all these up. Not sure my dining companion will travel for Japanese food but will research. Thank you

Sep 08, 2011
SusieGirl7 in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a restaurant far away

You've reminded me that Golden Triangle has been on my to do list for a while. I just went to Jasmine Market in Culver City which has Burmese on the weekends and the fish soup was amazing. Seriously amazing.

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Golden Triangle
7011 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA 90602

Sep 08, 2011
SusieGirl7 in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a restaurant far away

Trying to get ideas for a good, cheap, exciting place far from the Westside. Not cheating on anyone, just want to try a place far from home.

Cost: $60 for 2 people or less, not including drinks.

Location: Echo Park, Downtown, Pasadena, South Bay, maybe the SF Valley or SG Valley, not Orange County.

Food wise, I want a place where a pescarian (fish/seafood eating vegetarian) will have more than one option. Cuisines I'm not interested in: Indian, pizza, Middle Eastern (unless the vegetarian mezze will blow my mind), bbq, Italian, sushi (like it but can get it close by), diner/American (though I recall liking Fred 62) or purely vegetarian/vegan/salad places. I like most Asian cuisines. Am neutral on Mexican or Central American food.

What I really want to try is a place that's exciting with good food. Somewhat unique would also be great. Don't care about decor or service. Dives are fine. This would be on a weekend afternoon if that matters.

Far away restaurants that I've been to: various Indian in Artesia and Renu Nakorn.

Thank you

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Fred 62
1854 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Renu Nakorn Restaurant
13019 Rosecrans Ave, Norwalk, CA 90650

Sep 07, 2011
SusieGirl7 in Los Angeles Area

In Search of the Chocolate Bacon Bar

I've looked both at the Venice WF and at the one in Westwood. How did I miss it? Guess I will look again, especially in the bakery area. If all else fails, I will call Surfas.

Maybe I'll actually have to ask a clerk for help.

Nov 18, 2008
SusieGirl7 in Los Angeles Area

In Search of the Chocolate Bacon Bar

A few weeks ago, I saw a chocolate bacon bar (or is it bacon chocolate bar) being sold, I think at one of the Whole Foods on the Westside. Now I can't figure out where I found it. I've gone to a few of the stores and scoured the chocolate displays. Anyone know where I can find one?

I saw mention of Surfas selling the same thing. I'm happy to go there if they have some in stock.

And I swear it's a gift for someone else. Thanks

Nov 17, 2008
SusieGirl7 in Los Angeles Area

Dinner in San Diego tonight

We ended up going to Saigon. The food was great (we had two kinds of bun w/shrimp and other stuff) and I've been eating the leftovers all week. It was great to just go to a place knowing it would be open, instead of driving around looking for options.

Oct 29, 2008
SusieGirl7 in California

Dinner in San Diego tonight

Thanks, all. Everything looks delicious. But it doesn't seem like much stays open past 10.

Oct 24, 2008
SusieGirl7 in California

Dinner in San Diego tonight

I am coming down to San Diego tonight to meet up with my sister who will be in town for 2 days and need a place for dinner.

She is staying in University Heights, so there or in Hillcrest or somewhere within a 10 minute drive. We probably won't get to the restaurant until 10, so a place that's open until 11.

We like Asian (all varieties) or Middle Eastern. I would prefer it if entrees were until $15. Nothing touristy or loud. Don't really care about drinks. Casual (as in no waiter service) is fine.

I've seen several posts about kebab places but reviews seem all over the place. I'm happy to go in that direction but would prefer a place that has fish on the menu.

Thank you

Oct 24, 2008
SusieGirl7 in California

Labor Day Early Breakfast

Thanks for all the suggestions. It's good to know there is something out there. I might stumble over to the Pinecrest if I can gather some energy at that hour.

Aug 26, 2008
SusieGirl7 in San Francisco Bay Area

Labor Day Early Breakfast

Is there any place that's likely to be open for breakfast at 6am (ish) on Labor Day Monday in the Embarcadero/Union Square/SOMA/Little Italy/Chinatown area? I know that's a big area, but it's an early hour. I want to eat and maybe sit for 30 minutes - eating trumps sitting.

I just want some eggs or a pancake. I'll eat Chinese or Mexican food too if that's an option. I don't want a place that just had coffee and muffins.

Thanks!

Aug 25, 2008
SusieGirl7 in San Francisco Bay Area

Gyu Kaku Pasadena- a review w/ photos

I remember visiting the Topanga Plaza Gyu Kaku soon after it opened and the service was a total mess. They couldn't figure out what the wait would be and then when we were seated, we saw tables sitting open for 15 to 20 minutes because there seemed to be no system in place. When I went back recently, the service was much better.

But I guess none of this impacts the size of the servings.

I think the AYCE option at Topanga is only worthwhile if you're a major carnivore, if you can get the vegetarian option, coming at lunch or have a coupon (they send those if you sign up). Otherwise, I don't think you get the bang for your buck. And I swear that the food in the buffet area is designed to expand in your belly.

Feb 22, 2008
SusieGirl7 in Los Angeles Area

Best Baguette on the West Side

A few months ago, I came across a place in Santa Monica on Pico Boulevard, just east of Lincoln. I can't recall the name but they seemed to sell mostly baguettes and pan du chocolate. And it's run by some ex-pats.

Jan 08, 2008
SusieGirl7 in Los Angeles Area

Visiting Vegetarians

Hsi Lai sounds like an interesting possible spot if we go out in that direction. Do you know when/how often they offer food? I couldn't find the info on their website.

And I think Wat Thai is now closed, which is very sad.

Papillion sounds interesting. I'm occasionally in that area but with meat eaters, unfortunately.

Is Soul Vegetarian a restaurant or do they just make food for outside retail sales.

Dec 19, 2007
SusieGirl7 in Los Angeles Area

Visiting Vegetarians

Funny, I was at Samosa House last night and thought that my friends might enjoy it especially since they serve unique items like jack fruit and lotus and the set-up is much nice than the India Sweet & Spices on Venice.

I hadn't considered Ethiopean but I will look into Rahel since most Ethiopean places only have one veg option (plus appetizers). I think Merkato is where we usually go - love their fish.

Just looked up Homegirl Cafe and it definitely seems worth a visit.

Thanks for all the suggestions!

Dec 10, 2007
SusieGirl7 in Los Angeles Area

Visiting Vegetarians

I have two vegetarian friends coming to visit at the end of the month and I'm trying to decide where to take them. I'm a pescatarian veggie so I tend to not notice the lack/abundance of pure veggie options if there is seafood. I don't know the full extent of their vegetarianism but I believe that eggs and dairy are ok. I think fish sauce being used to cook something won't throw them off but beef broth won't cut it.

I'm interested in three specific cuisines. Korean, in Korea Town (for the atmosphere) or elsewhere. Japanese - maybe a soup place or Mishima market on Centinela since I find veggie sushi to be dull. Indian in Artesia or an Indian all-veggie place anywhere. I'm open to hearing about non-Westside choices or all-vegetarian restaurants which are in the under $10 an entree category. I might also take them to Govinda's (the Krishna place on Venice) because I know that nothing of the kind exists in their hometown. And I was also considering a Thai Temple visit. Any suggestions or experiences to share?

Last time, I took them to Ruen Pair (which is my fave place ever) and we had papaya salad, the morning glory and the pad see ewe with tofu - they loved all three, so I think great food overall is important. And they will try things they have never seen before.

Of course, an LA vibe doesn't hurt so places like Newsroom Cafe are also in the running.

And finally, is there anything in proximity to Joshua Tree/Palm Springs that they might enjoy? Thanks.

Dec 07, 2007
SusieGirl7 in Los Angeles Area

Pink Taco (moved from LA)

I was "forced" to go to Pink Taco in Century City on Friday night. What I think was the nachos seemed to be made with Velveeta. On the other hand, the veggie quesadillas were excellent. A large serving and plenty of actual vegetables inside. Guac and sour cream on the side. Definitely a filling main.

I had the Pink Taco Margarita. Supposedly made with hibiscus/jamaica. Definitely sweet and pretty good. Better than the too tart regular margarita.

The atmosphere in general was ok. Lots of trashilly dressed bridge and tunnel types and lots of drunken girls. But it was nice to be out on their balcony. The wait staff can be a bit indifferent though that could just be because they were really crowded.

Sep 10, 2007
SusieGirl7 in Chains

Govinda's?

I used to go there quite often at one point. I like the salad bar - small but with more veggie options than at a regular place, great beet salad (I don't mean the grated beets). Their pasta as usually just ok. Some sort of steamed veggie options. Great daal and soups (often vegan). What I really love is the halavah - different flavor every day and always delicious. Never tried the sandwich and pizza bar. My brother claims the bima burger is quite good. They also have veggie desserts -cookies and such which I've never tried and a small selection of drinks.

It's $6 all you can, which is hard to beat. I think $4.50 for students and $4 for seniors, that's why my mother loves it - $4 and you're full all day.

BTW, I am mostly a veggie. But my mother and brother who also like it are regular ole carnivors. It's not fabulous Indian food but it's nice enough in there, no one bothers you (though yes, there is literature and you can hear the recorded chanting if you sit outside)and it's great people watching.

May 23, 2007
SusieGirl7 in Los Angeles Area

The old Pentola location ... ?

The last time I went past the Zucky's location (a month ago?), the signed said "leased". I guess the nice paint job and spiffing up did the trick.

No idea who leased it or what it will become.

Oct 28, 2006
SusieGirl7 in Los Angeles Area

Pioneer Bakery on Rose

Thanks for the info.

I don't remember the cafeteria but my first visit was probably in around '83 as that's when we moved to Santa Monica. I swear, at least one of the women working there has been around as long as I can remember. I've seen the place on Montana, but have never been in.

I feel so sad now, the bakery was a childhood favorite.

Oct 26, 2006
SusieGirl7 in Los Angeles Area

Pioneer Bakery on Rose

When did the Pioneer Bakery on Rose close? I remember it being open this summer. I loved that place - the cheap "used" bread, the fresh bread, the muffins and those strudel like creations. That was the first place I ever saw sourdough bread shaped like a lobster (back in the 80s).

What happened?

Oct 26, 2006
SusieGirl7 in Los Angeles Area

Best Chinese delivery on Westside (Santa Monica-ish)??

That JR Seafood is no longer there. There is still a Chinese restaurant but I'm blanking on the name.

Oct 24, 2006
SusieGirl7 in Los Angeles Area

Recycled Grocery Bags

Thanks for the links everyone. I will investigate. I was actually surprised that the recycled bags really have come down in price.

Oct 24, 2006
SusieGirl7 in Not About Food

Recycled Grocery Bags

I'm looking to buy recycled grocery bags. I've looked at two websites - reusablebags.com and ecobags.com but I can't seem to make up my mind. At home I have both the canvas kind and the recycled (polypropylene?) kind and I prefer the recycled kind but I'm just wondering what other people think. I want something sturdy and easy to carry, no string bags.

I would like to buy about 100, so each one being $6.95 is a bit of a problem. But bags in the $4 to $5 range is worth considering.

Oh and if anyone has ever seen a source for the grocery bags you can buy in Paris supermarkets, please share.

Oct 19, 2006
SusieGirl7 in Not About Food

What are "Belgian Fries" anyhow? [moved from L.A. board]

There is a Dutch chain called Maoz Falafel which has great Vlaamse Frites and they have an outpost in Philadelphia. Maybe one day they will arrive in Los Angeles.

http://www.maozveg.com/index.php?id=395

Oct 09, 2006
SusieGirl7 in General Topics

Is there "Pret a Manger" quality chicken and avacado sandwich in west side LA?

Have you ever been to Howard's Bacon & Avocado burger at Venice & Sepulveda. They definitely have the avocado part and possibly also the chicken part.

Oct 07, 2006
SusieGirl7 in Los Angeles Area

Tarte Tatin

Cafe Angelique in downtown LA has excellent Tarte Tatin. Though I believe they close at 3 or 4.

Oct 07, 2006
SusieGirl7 in Los Angeles Area

chinese buffets

On Sunday, I tried the buffet at CBS Seafood in Chinatown - it's one door down from the restaurant. Maybe I was just really hungry but my food was delicious. I had eggplant and a broccoli/tofu dish with what seemed like the best fried rice I'd ever had. This was at 6pm and the food tasted very fresh. They had about a dozen options, including typical "American" Chinese food and more authentic items.

Best of all, rice plus 2 was just $3.60. Amazing!

Plus, they have great almond jello in the case nearby.

Oct 05, 2006
SusieGirl7 in Los Angeles Area