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New Korean restaurant in Pasadena?

Is this where Masa was then? Sounds about right address wise? Does anyone know if it is the same owner as the "upgraded" version of Masa, which btw was a different owner, staff, chef, menu, and concept? The original Masa was completely different -- old school Japanese . . . there were always several older (80s+) Japanese couples there before it got revamped by the new owner. I will check the yelp reviews. Cham is fusion-y and the servings are pretty small

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Masa Restaurant
2063 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

Jan 14, 2011
MaryT in Los Angeles Area

New Korean restaurant in Pasadena?

Is this where Masa was then? Sounds about right address wise? Does anyone know if it is the same owner as Masa? I will check the yelp reviews. Cham is fusion-y and the servings are pretty small.

Jan 14, 2011
MaryT in Los Angeles Area

Offshoot of Mike and Anne's coming to Sierra Madre?

I could never understand how Lozano's ever stayed in business. It was never busy and had horrid service. I hope it isn't too pricey . . . especially the wine prices :-) Sierra Madre could sure use a good restaurant.

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Madre's
897 Granite Dr, Pasadena, CA

Dec 14, 2010
MaryT in Los Angeles Area

German Pancakes?

They are both very good IMHO. There are multiple locations of the OPH, btw, one on Lincoln in Anaheim that I used to love to go to . . . they are also in Orange, Yorba Linda, etc.

Dec 14, 2010
MaryT in Los Angeles Area

where can I get smoked beef short ribs?

Beachwood has a nice beer selection, but I went with a few people, and not one entree or side was above average. I would not go there for the food.

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Beechwood Restaurant
822 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292

Nov 09, 2010
MaryT in Los Angeles Area

Long Beach and vicinity, must be open for Sunday lunch

I lived in Los Al from 1983-2003! I agree it is a keeper! They get such a long wait on the weekend that I was thinking this might not be such a good idea. But thanks for reminding me. I sure miss the place. (And the Katella Deli.)

I didn't realize Shenandoah had moved -- I assume this is the place that used to be on 2nd St in Belmont Shore?

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll definitely have to check the Shenandoah next time I'm back down that way.

We ended up at Beachwood BBQ, because of the beer selection, my friend has a beer and coffee website and blog. I was really impressed that they have such a great selection. They have a lot of side orders I'd like to try also (asparagus, hush puppies, greens).

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Katella Deli-Restaurant
4470 Katella Ave, Los Alamitos, CA 90720

Beachwood BBQ
131 1/2 Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740

Aug 24, 2010
MaryT in Los Angeles Area

Best Spare Ribs in SGV - Annias's Kitchen

I didn't see the spareribs on the menu at their website, maybe I missed that. I haven't been there in a while, but I will check it out. My husband is a pilot and he would love going back here just for the planes :-)

Aug 24, 2010
MaryT in Los Angeles Area

Best Pasadena Lunch

Is Bonnie B's a takeout place? I've noticed it driving by. Hard to find good reasonably priced bbq. Hub is from Houston, best thing about going to Houston is the bbq! I guess I need to check this place out.

Aug 19, 2010
MaryT in Los Angeles Area

Long Beach and vicinity, must be open for Sunday lunch

I have an expat friend from Sheffield UK back in the area for a visit. We can only meet for lunch, so that limits the choices. I am not looking for comfort food, bbq, burgers, bar food . . something a little higher end than the usual choices, no chains for sure! My friend eats fish, but no meat. Any help would be so appreciated. I used to live in Los Alamitos, but it's been a long time since I've eaten higher end food down that way. Thx folks.

Aug 19, 2010
MaryT in Los Angeles Area

Brits, Pasadena -- What's Going On?

After eating there 2x, ordering 5 drinks for 2 people, an appetizer, but only one entree, the 3rd time, they politely said they can no longer allow "splitting" an entree (we didn't even ask for an extra plate). Needless to say -- considering the size of the check for 2 people -- with 2 beers and 3 glasses of wine each time we went??? That seemed ridiculous. They were not some 3 star Michelen restaurant or even an upscale place with a wait at any time of the week. Almost every time we we've driven by (I live up the hill in Altadena) business has been slow at dinner time. I hope something better goes in that spot!!!

Aug 17, 2010
MaryT in Los Angeles Area

Hatch Chile Roasting 2010

It makes more sense for me also to buy the smaller qty, and use up as much as possible in things I can freeze (empty nesters). I meant to try this last year but we were out of town.

Aug 17, 2010
MaryT in Los Angeles Area

Pasadena is weak!

Isn't Thaitalian CLOSED?

Apr 22, 2010
MaryT in Los Angeles Area

Just Days til Trans Fat Ban in effect (moved from L.A. board)

And it turns out, in NYC it was not that painful. Most of the big national chains are switching without the regulations, the supplier pricing has been reduced with the increase in volume in healthier products, so it is not just eliminating a toxin from your diet, it has not been the big evil government horror story some people predicted -- the costs have NOT gone up, and the food tastes great. (Regulations standardizing and enforcing food manufactures' labelling of their food is a horror to many of these same people.)
I have been cutting down on transfats since the late 70s and my spouse, kids, and I all have very low cholesterol and low blood pressure. Just like cigarettes, they have known for decades that that transfats are bad (early research from the 40s in fact suggested this).

Dec 31, 2009
MaryT in Not About Food

Just Days til Trans Fat Ban in effect (moved from L.A. board)

I try to avoid them as much as possible, I never eat them at home, so eating out will be much simpler. I do not know why anyone would want to eat them, they are toxic to your body.

Dec 29, 2009
MaryT in Not About Food

Zankou Chicken....TERRIBLE

I haven't tried the tri tip but I will, sounds good, I'll check that out. And no, they won't leave the purple radishes off, it's like you've insulted them for asking! And as for the chicken, I agree with the above poster that the $5 Costco brined and rotisserie roasted chicken is far superior IMHO. I love those garlic sauces at those places though :-)

Oct 20, 2009
MaryT in Los Angeles Area

Peruvian Food: Los Balcones del Peru, Mamita's and Mario's

Puro Sabor is wonderful but long drive 4 me. Two places not mentioend. Mi Patria in Pico Rivera is pretty darned good, very large servings, good menu. Norys in Cypress is the best I ever have, BUT it is a strip center divey place, not fancy, just beer and wine, gets very busy with repeat customers. Still waiting for new Pasadena place, with hope!

Oct 20, 2009
MaryT in Los Angeles Area

New Pasadena Peruvian on Colorado?

Anyone know if this open yet or what is going on with it?

Oct 13, 2009
MaryT in Los Angeles Area

fresh produce

I am a little farther than I'd like from places like Vallarta, Jons, Superior, but we now have a Super King in Altadena, and I finally got off my duff and am pleasantly surprised at the trip.

First off, great sales, $1.69 15% fat ground beef, $1.49 boneless chicken breasts, and a huge bag of spring mix for $1.50. Next I was impressed by the quality, as a prior poster said, it's not for organic only people, but I thought the produce section was quite fresh and a good selection.

The deli counter had at least 7 or 8 different fetas, I got a French feta myself, and they also had cheeses in a "packaged" area, along with a variety of smoked meats and sausages. I noticed Kasseri and some other European cheeses, like Ementhal, etc. The butcher counter area seemed to have very high turnover of product, they were the busiest area in the store, and the store and parking lot were a zoo!

They also had some items I usually go to specialty stores for, saving me a trip, for instance the olives selections, peruvian yellow ahi (pepper) sauce, fair priced ghee choices (priced like you would see at your average Indian grocer). Loads of grains, rices, beans.

I liked all the Mexican and Armenian treats at the bakery area too, and I ended up buying a small package of 4 baklava, and a slice of Tres Leches.

Definitely need to read labels, there are plenty of unhealthy options, sugary cereals and cookies with margarine, etc.

Jun 12, 2009
MaryT in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles coffee - I'm calling you out (many boos, and one hooray)

Geez , what I meant was that was the time period where Starbucks started becoming that trendy fix that we were all ordering it mail order and the beer places really started taking off, I am not talking about the origins of Starbucks for sake, that original place and Pikes Place Market are nothing like they were 30 years ago. I made a lot of business trips after I moved, to Seattle and the environs, and that had turned into a big deal, and during the 80s and 90s I entertained a lot of business people and I do not think the beer and the coffee really got big until that era. And Starbucks was not something most people in the US had heard of.

I don't think most anyone knows of Starbucks before that era. Why I need do defend this I am not even sure of. And myself I have some chocolate and a half a cuppa when I have a really good day, but I don't do caffeine heavy either, and I drank too much of it when I was young and regret it frankly.
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When did Starbucks start showing up everywhere?
I did not research this but I was pretty well travelled in the 80s and it was a Seattle thing for quite a long time am I wrong????

Mar 18, 2009
MaryT in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles coffee - I'm calling you out (many boos, and one hooray)

I lived in Seattle from 1980-'83 around the time places like Starbucks and the beer venues were just showing up, and had a couple European trips under my belt. I have cut back on my caffeine dramatically, since I can provide a little too much adrenalin or anxiety unless properly exercised, and I must say, I never have the kind of coffee experience I'm looking for at any average place, and most places that are sometimes good are still inconsistent. So if you are gonna go a little above the crap you are served as mentioned above, I highly recommend bothering with the really good venues. (But not all the time! :-) )

Cuz if you really want a good cuppa nothing will meet it. I can honestly say, that now that it is more a "vacation" drink, not something in my routine all the time, it makes it easier to make a point of buying a small amount of really great beans, grinding and dripping it at home, and yes, I too like it dark. And I still use my espression and cappucino machines now and again too!

Mar 15, 2009
MaryT in Los Angeles Area

OATS?

I seem to be in the minority since no one has mentioned this, but I really like the Silver Palate steel cut oats. I don't actually buy any other of the Silver Palate products (they seem pricey, I usually get their oatmeal on sale) and maybe I haven't tried enough others but so far that is my favorite, including a few mentioned above.

BUT -- I do them in the microwave (just use a larger dish than you need so it can bubble along, and cook them slowly, it is surprisingly easy once you get the hang of it) so it's much easier than on the stove believe me, to make it for 1 2 or 4 or in 2 batches for 8 . . . I think they come out creamier, the starch and the water make a "gravy": and it's less mess by afar. I put out garnishes of dried cranberries, raisins, or whatever dried fruits I have on hand, brown sugar, Vermont maple syrup, and nonfat milk and half and half to go, if we have guests we add coconut, nuts, whathaveyou, the chiffonade of mint sounds nice from westsidegal's mention of cafe del rey. (And it makes me feel like I am on a ski trip, and I'm going to Mammoth for the whole week after next so I'm even more into that right idea now.)

Mar 14, 2009
MaryT in Los Angeles Area

St Patricks Day suggestions

They are "on hiatus" according to their website show schedule, til late spring or early summer, and their last tweet was a couple weeks ago so that probably stands.
Both of these are promising suggestions, we'll see where we end up, maybe go to a restaurant and then a bar or two!
Thanks.

Mar 10, 2009
MaryT in Los Angeles Area

St Patricks Day suggestions

We're going out with another couple that evening and are looking for good food and a good time. They mentioned Tam O'Shanter, and a couple places we've not been. We all live near the Pasadena area, would rather not go more than 20 miles . . .
Thanks!

Mar 09, 2009
MaryT in Los Angeles Area

Purchase corned beef?

Sorry, I got distracted replying about Costco, I've not had their corned beef, but I've liked most other products I've gotten there, I remember a thread referring to the popular Alton Brown recipe using saltpeter to get the color, I think.

And I agree with Will O, a crockpot will never braise as well as the oven or even the stove . . .

Mar 09, 2009
MaryT in Los Angeles Area

Getting into flatbreads

I know this part of thread is a little venting/silly but can I say I even have had this happen by people on their cell phone a couple times, and the idea that you can't get off your phone while you are at the checkout, oh me, another silly peeve I know but yikes!
I miss some things about Orange County and some of these markets thought! Is there an equivalent to Super Irvine in LA area?

Mar 06, 2009
MaryT in Los Angeles Area

The Border Grill? Anything better?

I may be feeling grouchy myself, but I do not like a wine list without prices, and I can't stand an online menu without prices :-)

Feb 28, 2009
MaryT in Los Angeles Area

The Border Grill? Anything better?

Oh me oh my I can have dreams about Enriques and the pork shank and the crazy blue roof of the temple nearby all mixed together!
Actually anything I've had there.

Feb 28, 2009
MaryT in Los Angeles Area

Best pupusas in LA???

I used to hike in the upper Altadena areas with a Salvadorean that swore by a place off Fair Oaks and I've not investigated, but it was more of a takeout pupuseria.

But I finally got off duff and got to La Caravana! Tra la, about time, I was happy to have found another good place to eat!

The "Plato Tipico Loco" -- a pupusa of your choice, a tamale, plantains, cassava, mixed rice and beans, cheese and sour cream.

I had a lunch there today, and it by almost 2pm when I was leaving, it had several large groups there and had busy the whole time, and a lot of people picked up takeout. I've been meaning to try it for a long time. I asked about bringing a bottle of wine, and despite the language difficulties I think they meant that is okay, not sure if they would charge a corkage fee.
I think the beans may have some lard :-) For those of you who might savor or object!

Feb 28, 2009
MaryT in Los Angeles Area

Gluten-free Bakeries, Restaurants in Orange County

One very informative source is the support groups of celiac.org, I think it is called the celiac foundation or something like that. I am on an email list for my local group (my sister was at NIH in the 1970s when they were first figuring this out, and one of the first people to be diagnosed). They talk about everything from the local stores and restaurants, to stuff you can have shipped to make/eat at home, and events at places like Whole Foods. I highly recommend hooking up with them even if you don't want to attend events/meetings (e.g. they often have meal gatherings at restaurants that cater to GF, or stores promoting specialized products), they have great updated information in the e-mailings about more specialized products.
Trader Joes and Whole Foods have a lot of offerings, but I am beginning to notice more and more products at the national grocery chains too. I think they even publish a list of the larger chain restaurants that have a gluten free menu.

Feb 28, 2009
MaryT in Los Angeles Area

ISO Goat! (Pasadena area)

Many of the Indian buffets have goat curry also, it seems I had it at New Delhi at some point late last year but I can't say if it was a regular buffet item there. When I have lunch with 2nd half out in the SF valley we go to places like Punjab Palace that always seem to have goat and chicken curries as a standard though Punjab Palace goat curry always seems extra tender, I went there Wednesday and it was wonderful. Even though we go more for all the veggies at an Indian buffet, he loves the goat curry along with the other great dishes.

Feb 19, 2009
MaryT in Los Angeles Area