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Agora Churrascaria - Irvine - Review with Photos

Yes, it is Amazon and yes, we went with huge families. I would have to try Agora with my hubby only then.

Jan 18, 2007
silvana in Los Angeles Area

Best food city in North America.

In fact, I have to say Mexico City has a huge advantage on Spanish, Argentinian, Brazilian restaurants... and small advantage on French restaurants etc.,

Your opinion only buddy.

Jan 18, 2007
silvana in General Topics

Agora Churrascaria - Irvine - Review with Photos

I have been to one in Santa Ana, I am not able to remember the name, it’s off the 91. I can only eat one plate of meat along with the buffet bar, but I have no idea how my husband can go for more every time. I am so scared that I am going to have to call the ambulance to get him out of there. I love their turkey wrapped in bacon. But yeah, I would only recommend going once a year.

Jan 18, 2007
silvana in Los Angeles Area

Good places to eat in Cerritos?

I wanted to try them yesterday with my co-worker; they have a C for the rating so we skipped them and went to Kabuki (sp?) next door.
In the Cerritos Town Center you have Wood Ranch, TGIF, Mimi’s, Macaroni Grill, and also Arte Café, as mentioned above. Not that far from Cerritos in La Palma, you have Aroma’s. They have pretty good Italian food; I usually get their gnocchi’s or lasagna.

Jan 18, 2007
silvana in Los Angeles Area

Hubby's chicken soup

We still have some left, I am going to try to put some ginger in it for tonight. Hopefully it will taste just as good...mmm

Jan 17, 2007
silvana in General Topics

Hubby's chicken soup

I just wanted to share this with you guys, my children and myself have the sniffles, hitting below 50 in South California, something we are not that used to. My husband made chicken soup last night for us. I have had chicken soup before, but something in the way he makes it cures us. One year I was feeling extremely lousy, getting the flu at work, I went home and he made this huge pot of it and the next day I went in a felt like new. Even my co-workers saw me and try to pry out of me what I had. It’s his soup. It’s just the basic, chicken, potatoes, carrots, celery, and some rice; of course salt and some pepper. It always works; maybe it’s the love he pours into or something. =-)

Jan 16, 2007
silvana in General Topics

Panera: Pretty Poor

They opened a Panera by my house in La Mirada, CA. My friends and I thought it was something new, we did think that it opening next to a Starbucks was kind of funny, but hey who knows. I have been there 3 times, once for lunch but I had a croissant, while my hubby had an artichoke sandwich, and the kids had a grilled cheese sandwich (which was pretty good). Last time I went I got the spinach and bacon quiche. Sorry, fellow chowhounds, but I loved it; maybe really high in fat, but to have once every blue moon, why not. The decor is ok; it has a fireplace, but it does not seem a cozy place to hang out or something.

Jan 15, 2007
silvana in Chains

Recs for Cerritos/Artesia not Chinese, Indian, or Korean

La Capilla is a pretty good Mexican place, its off of La Palma and Carmenita which turns into Moody in that intersection, its in La Palma, not that far from Artesia/Cerritos.

Jan 15, 2007
silvana in Los Angeles Area

La Mirada Recs

There are a few placeds off of Beach and Imperial, mostly chains though. Chili's, Applebees, Red Robin, nothing special, there is a Peruvian place off of Imperial and Santa Gertudes, little hole in the wall, it's very good. In the same shopping mall where the theater is at there is a Mexican place, kind of more of a hang out than good food, and also a sushi place that keep changes owners (should tell you something)
Nothing really in La Mirada, I should now, I live here. =-(
And from being from Pasadena, it still hurts after 5 years.

Jan 12, 2007
silvana in Los Angeles Area

How Did You "Deal" With Being Poor (and Young) Before You Could Afford to Dine Out (or eat well dining in)?

Living close to Old Town Pasadena in my late teens early twenties, it was Del Taco (2 chicken soft tacos and small drink) for me when I had no money, I would even walk there from my apartment 1⁄2 mile to save on gas, if I had a little money to spare it was Ko Ko Roo Chicken (sp) breast, leg, potatoes, and again a small drink, since I lived around the corner I also walked to it.

Jan 11, 2007
silvana in Not About Food

MONTE CRISTOS

I ate one whole one, it was to good not to...mmm

Jan 11, 2007
silvana in Los Angeles Area

15 guest for dinner

OUCH!!! I am to try this, sounds yummy...

Jan 10, 2007
silvana in Home Cooking

Empanadas

Empanadas Gourmet in Monrovia are ok, kind of dry for me. They do have a little stand on the weekends in Old Town Monrovia during the spring/summer months. Just going down there is fun. Tito’s Market in El Monte has them too, they are a little bit juicier, I like them but people born in Argentina don’t. You also have El Gaucho Meat Market in Manhattan Beach, they are pretty good, El Gran Casino are really good, kind of far for me but on a Sunday morning just going down there for facturas, and then hanging out for their empanadas, YUM!! You can also try El Gaucho Grill, they are in L.A. somewhere and also Pasadena, but for me they are to Americanized. There is El Sandwichero in Downey I think, they are good and huge.

Jan 10, 2007
silvana in Los Angeles Area

Valentines day dinner

Thanks for the replies, I am going to check out Napa Rose and also the Anaheim White House, I got thier site from La Vie En Rose.

Jan 09, 2007
silvana in Los Angeles Area

Any Food Recs in the Buena Park, CA area?

Po-folks is good, nothing fancy, mostly comfort food. I have had the pork chops with smashed potatoes, real good and their grilled cheese sandwich with some fries. You also have Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant over by Knott’s Berry Farm, been there once and it was pretty good. It’s off of Beach as well. Sorry, but I can't help you with ethnic choices.

Jan 09, 2007
silvana in Los Angeles Area

Valentines day dinner

Hello fellow Chowhounds,
I would like to take my hubby out for dinner on the 16th of next month, since Valentines Day falls on a Wednesday. He loves steak, one of my co-workers mentioned Ruth’s Chris in Irvine. Has anyone been there? Are there other places to look into? I want to stay close to home (La Mirada) since we are having a baby sitter watch the kids. I want it to be very special for both of us since we hardly go out alone. We both are meat and pasta eaters, I would like to keep it on the down low, nothing outrages like over 300 for both.

Jan 09, 2007
silvana in Los Angeles Area

15 guest for dinner

Thank you both, I just might try the chicken marbella, looks good.

Jan 08, 2007
silvana in Home Cooking

15 guest for dinner

Hello fellow Chowhounds!!
On the 21st I am having over 15 guests for dinner. My hubby is basically the cook in the family and I am the one who LOVES to eat. But that night I would like to make something myself for our guest. I want to keep it simple since I have two children at home who love my attention on Saturdays, and I don’t want to order something in. I was thinking some chicken with potatoes, or raviolis with a good meat sauce. What are your some of your ideas on this? Thank you in advance.

Jan 08, 2007
silvana in Home Cooking

Dirty looks while eating out with kids...

I totally agree with you. I am sorry but I know that I might offend some people here, but I rather have a screaming child any day than an adult that can’t hold their liquor or a very loud one!!! We have all been there, you are eating quietly with some friends or family and you have this group in the same restaurant that you can literally hear what they are talking about or they laugh so hard that you jump up every time with freight thinking a chicken was killed or something.

Jan 03, 2007
silvana in Not About Food

Dirty looks while eating out with kids...

My husband and I have two small children and we love to eat out. We don’t go to fine end dining places, just the casual places, Chili’s, Applebee’s, est.... We try to teach them how to properly set and act when we go out. My daughter no problem, but my son...WE HAVE ISSUES. We have limits though, like when they start crying or throwing a tantrum, I don’t believe anyone there, including us, pay to hear kids cry when going out for dinner. So I leave or take them outside until they calm down. But I have noticed that some grown ups forgot what its like to be a child, or they think they were never that bad, and to them I say, GIVE ME YOUR MOMS PHONE NUMBER!!!
Not on food related issue but I have to share this, one time in Fashion Island (OC), I was in the restroom with my friend and both of our daughters, and they were screaming and running in the restroom, this lady comes out from one of the stalls and goes off on them for being bad behaved. Apparently our children interrupted her nature calling. For those of you from South California know what mall I am talking about and know that it’s a high-end shopping place, but still, going off on two kids in the restroom??? Hmm

Jan 03, 2007
silvana in Not About Food

Hang out with friends and family in Pasadena

I went to the Luna Negra a few months ago. I liked it a lot but for our large group it’s a little to small for my taste. I went into the web for La Maschera and I liked what I saw, its looks like a nice place to eat and lounge afterwards. Thank you all who replied

Dec 15, 2006
silvana in Los Angeles Area

Hang out with friends and family in Pasadena

Next Friday my friends and I are going to Old Town to have a get together. Are ages range from 21 to 31, and we have both sexes going. We need a nice place to eat but also hang out afterwards. Any suggestions? Anything but Sushi, please.

Dec 14, 2006
silvana in Los Angeles Area

Going to the Cerritos Center - Where to Eat?

You have Mimi’s Café, TGIF, Macaroni Grill, Wood Ranch, and Arte Café across the street from there, I know they are chains but you might enjoy them. A little further out but still close, you have Aroma’s in La Palma. They serve Italian; I really enjoy going there for lunch.

Dec 08, 2006
silvana in Los Angeles Area

Buenos Aires Recommendations--Just Returned from Trip

Erin, looking at your pictures, my Ceasar salad lunch looks sad =-(
It's so cold in my office that a submarino or cafe con leche would really come in handy. And sorry to say, but you will never get over the coffee, my husband has been here for close to 10 years and he can not find anything close to it. I am glad you enjoyed your time there. It's a beautiful city.

Dec 05, 2006
silvana in Latin America & Caribbean

ZONA ROSA CAFFE, pasadena - so disappointing!

Refresh my memory please, Zona Rosa is on El Molino, cross street Colorado right? If it's the little coffee shop that I am thinking of when I used to live down the street, I loved that place. It always made me feel comfy. Though it's been ages and I can not remember what thier coffee tasted like, but my hubby who is a big coffee drinker, loved it!!

Nov 29, 2006
silvana in Los Angeles Area

Empanadas- In Orange County

The argentine [meat] version I'm used to generally have ground beef, boiled egg, green olives and onions [and depending on who's making them, may or may not include raisins].

SouthOCHound, you got me hungry!!!

Nov 22, 2006
silvana in Los Angeles Area

Empanadas- In Orange County

El Gaucho Meat Market has Argentinean style ones, I am not sure what you are looking for. You can order them made and fry or bake at home or they will do it for you for a little more.
Also, Trader Joes has some like 6 in a pack, they were really good but very spicy.

Nov 22, 2006
silvana in Los Angeles Area

Any Argentinean gems I don't know about?

Yes, and I miss that when I go somewhere else. I love it!
I love going to Tito’s Market in El Monte too, even though I think they sold out big time. But the owners (son’s right now) know me since I was 5-6 years old, when they were a little hole in the wall across the street from where they are now, always greet you with a hug and a kiss on the cheek...

Nov 17, 2006
silvana in Los Angeles Area

Anyone else dreaming of a non-traditional T-day dinner?

Due to different life styles, my family does not spend the holidays together anymore. The last time we all were together was about 7 years ago. One Thanksgiving I will never forget was when my dad took us to Venice beach, I was about 14-15 and heard a homeless man say thank you to another homeless for an apple. That puts things into perspective quick style. Enjoy your time with your family, unfortunately my mom has passed away 14 years ago and I would love to spend at least one hour more with her.

Nov 16, 2006
silvana in Not About Food

Any Argentinean gems I don't know about?

What does not liking Argentineans have to do with food?! hmm

Nov 15, 2006
silvana in Los Angeles Area