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South Pasadena, 2015 Summer: Any updates/experiences/reviews?

Almost forgot another thing about Carmines: their Caesar Salad comes with fusilli pasta and sometimes black olives in it (seems to be a scoop of one of those pasta salads you'd find at a salad bar). I like it, but it's far from traditional.

May 19, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

South Pasadena, 2015 Summer: Any updates/experiences/reviews?

Carmines: Not happy with the recent interior renovations (now a LOT louder, to the point where we won't dine there). On the other hand, their calzone is astounding. It's the size of a large pizza - you choose the fillings - and a second crust goes over the top. A slice or two is the equivalent of several pizza slices. I'd recommend asking for semi-well-done. Also, if you order "all vegetarian" you may end up with broccoli, cauliflower, and pineapple. You've been warned.

Gus's BBQ: Very good, made in-house, veggie burger. Sides aren't bad, either. Can't speak to the meat offerings. Never had a messed up take-out order from them.

Tokoro: (Disclaimer - we go for Americanized sushi) Fine for what it is; really like their iced green tea (I think it's a barley tea, maybe? Dunno. Tastes toasted.)

May 18, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Any tapas places in the Pasadena area?

There's Casa Cordoba in Montrose, but I've not yet been (the menu is so intriguing, though!).
http://www.casacordoba.us.com/

May 17, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

What's your favorite vegetarian pasta recipe?

Sautee a bunch of broccoli (bite sized pieces - I peel and toss in the stems, too) in a bunch of garlic and some olive oil, until slightly browned. Stir into barely al dente spaghetti / vermicelli, with a healthy grinding of fresh black pepper, and dump into deep casserole. Cover with grated cheese (I like a nutty swiss), dot with dabs of butter, splash a bit of milk over the top, cover with aluminum foil (or the casserole lid) and bake at 350 until cheese is melted and bubbly. Let sit for a few minutes before serving.

Any variation on vegetarian lasagna is always a hit, too.

May 14, 2015
ElsieDee in Vegetarian & Vegan

Thumbs down on brunch at Taco Maria

I think I understand your disappointment, omotosando; I'd likely make the same assumption: Mother's Day + increased price + required deposit = (I'd assume) something other than the regular brunch menu. And, to be honest, I don't know it would occur to me to call and verify that my assumption was correct (though I should).

I had something similar happen with an Easter Brunch many years ago: jacked-up prices and the regular menu (and not bottomless mimosas!). Thankfully, they had plenty of foods there that I / we wanted to eat and all was okay.

I am wondering about the Huevos Pescador you were served: sounds like maybe someone messed-up in the kitchen on that one. I'm sorry your special meal out was such a flop (and an expensive one at that).

May 14, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

"Nominate Your Favorite...for the Best of 2014"

These are still included in some (don't know if they're in all) of the regional board "Information" pop-ups that appear when one mouses over the "I" in a circle at the top of the board.

May 12, 2015
ElsieDee in Site Talk

If you were invited to a birthday party (for someone else) on the day of your birthday... what would be a nice touch for you?

My former husband and I share the same birthday (10 years apart); we did combine parties for the sake of family / friends. But it was really...weird...to share one's "special" day with someone else (no matter how much we loved each other).

May 12, 2015
ElsieDee in Not About Food

What's the most unique and upscale Iranian/Persian food in LA?

Maybe this restaurant? http://www.daryasouthcoastplaza.com/

May 12, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

MENA (Middle Eastern and North African) Cooking Club?

It's all new to me, JungMann: I have often wondered about the various traditions and recipes of the region, and how they vary from area-to-area, but don't know a lot about any of it. (The only blog I regularly follow is My Persian Kitchen.)

I like the idea of what they're doing and hope they can keep it up. I agree we'd all benefit from what they're doing!

May 12, 2015
ElsieDee in Home Cooking

L.A. Dish of the Month, May 2015 -- Curry

For some reason, All-India Café wasn't on my radar (so rarely in that part of Pasadena); the menu looks intriguing, especially the appetizers. Thank you!

May 12, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

MENA (Middle Eastern and North African) Cooking Club?

I was wondering if anyone here is participating in or following / cooking with recipes from the MENA Cooking Club: http://www.menacookingclub.org/?

I've been spending far too much time reading the recipes and drooling, but haven't yet got it together to actually cook anything from the site.

May 11, 2015
ElsieDee in Home Cooking

What's the most unique and upscale Iranian/Persian food in LA?

I don't know of such a restaurant, but you might try reaching out to the author of the My Persian Kitchen blog (http://www.mypersiankitchen.com/) who lives here in Los Angeles. She's on Facebook, too. She *might* have some recommendations for you.

Best of luck - please let us know where you end up going and what your friends enjoy about the food and experience!

May 11, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, May 2015 -- Curry

Perfect, thank you paranoidgarliclover-who's-not-mc-Michael-and-I'm-good-with-that.

I know so little about Indian food, other than that I like pretty much everything I've had (with a few notable exceptions, primarily vindaloo).

May 11, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, May 2015 -- Curry

I'm certainly willing to pay more for quality, I was just surprised. Out of the four restaurants you mentioned (Sitar Indian, All-India Café, Akbar, and New Delhi Palace), which do you prefer and are there any particular dishes (vegetarian or with seafood) you'd recommend? In keeping with this thread, especially their curries?

May 11, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, May 2015 -- Curry

You're welcome; I'd love to hear your impression of the place - and the food!

May 11, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, May 2015 -- Curry

I didn't see anything on the menu about a buffet (and am not sure where they'd set one up in there: it's a small space), but if that's an option we'd go back sooner.

The quality was good - the shrimp were fresh and perfectly cooked - but $15.00 for six shrimp was just...surprising. Same for the samosas. This is not a knock on the restaurant, it's more that I think I need to adjust my mind set for what Indian food *should* cost.

May 10, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Quality Indian Restaurant in Burbank/ Glendale/ Pasadena

We got take out from Mint Leaf - full write up here, in the Curry DotM thread:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1012...

Summary: Really liked the food, no idea of the authenticity, definitely too pricy for us to make it a regular stop and so it will be a special occasion place (which is okay).

May 10, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, May 2015 -- Curry

From Mint Leaf in Altadena:
Top = Goan Shrimp Curry - Shrimp slowly simmered in a traditional Goan curry sauce made of a coconut milk base and
flavored with curry leaves and tomatoes ($15)
Right = Mushroom Matter - Fresh button mushrooms and green peas in a golden curry with kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves) ($11)
Bottom = Mixed Vegetable Curry - Fresh vegetables slowly simmered in a traditional light curry sauce made of fresh onions, ginger, garlic and tomatoes ($11)
Left = Aloo Gobi - Garden fresh cauliflower and potatoes stir-fried with tomatoes, onions, ginger and Indian spices ($10)

(Also had veg samosas, veg pakoras, aloo paratha, garlic naan, and Basmati rice.)

Verdict: the food was very good (though we're not well-versed on Indian food - just know what we like, have no idea if anything we had was what one would consider "traditional"). However, at least for our budget, it was not a great value. We ended-up with six small / medium shrimp in the shrimp curry (the curry sauce was delightful). Two vegetable samosas (which were also good) for $5.00 is just too steep for us.

That being said, I'd gladly explore a lot of more of the menu, if someone else was footing the bill.

http://mintleafpasadena.com/wp-conten...

Amor y Tacos: No Amor

I swear I have read this post before, but it's showing up as new and I can't find the previous post. Am I hallucinating? (Also, the idea of mole tots is appealing, if the tots are properly cooked.)

Apr 30, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Solare - Tasting Menus

I rather like the in-depth reviews: a refreshing component to the community (I also like brief reviews, too; each has their place); however, I don't like it when people just link to their blog and toss in a few comments on CH. Just my two cents, of course.

Apr 27, 2015
ElsieDee in San Diego

Vegetarian Chinese in the Western SGV - Some Questions

Our default has been Vege Paradise, and we love it (whether dining in or doing take out). Had an interesting meal at Bean Sprouts a month or two ago - loved some of the items, others not-so-much (it was also late in the evening and they seemed to be out of some things [or the server was steering us away from certain items - there was a bit of a language gap, but that's okay, as there were many smiles from both sides]).

We're ready to branch out, but need some guidance:
* Are the vegetarian offerings at Din Tai Fung very good? Anything you'd particularly recommend?

And for specifically vegetarian restaurants, looking for menu recommendations / avoids for:
* Fine Garden Vegetarian Restaurant in San Gabriel (http://www.finegardenvegetarian.com/
)* Bodhi Veggie Cuisine in Rosemead (http://www.bodhiveggiecuisine.com/
)* Happy Family in Monterey Park
* New Happy Family Restaurant in Rosemead (is this related to the one in Monterey Park?)

And (as long as I'm asking questions), is there a restaurant you'd recommend for a birthday celebration (eight to ten people), where the person celebrating is vegetarian and a large number of the guests are vegan? Would prefer to select the dishes rather than going with a set banquet.

Any other places you'd suggest?

Apr 26, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, May 2015 -- Voting

CURRY

Apr 26, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Quality Indian Restaurant in Burbank/ Glendale/ Pasadena

Thanks for the response. We keep meaning to get some take out (not the same quality as dining there, of course).

Apr 23, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Quality Indian Restaurant in Burbank/ Glendale/ Pasadena

Sorry for thinking it was large - can't go on what I've heard, obviously.

How was the food, suvro?

Apr 22, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Quality Indian Restaurant in Burbank/ Glendale/ Pasadena

I've been drooling over the vegetarian and vegan options on their dinner menu, so I'm looking forward to hear what you think of the place!

Apr 22, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Quality Indian Restaurant in Burbank/ Glendale/ Pasadena

I haven't been, but the new Mint Leaf Indian restaurant, at the intersection of Altadena and Washington Blvd in Altadena, has a lot of vegetarian offerings on the menu. And it's my understanding that the interior is large - might be worth a call or a drop in to taste the food and survey the set up.

http://www.mintleafpasadena.com/

Apr 22, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

The cruelest cut: Pastrami prices soar as cattle herds dwindle | Al Jazeera America

Pastrami. Climate change. And drought.

Interesting piece looking at the price of beef and how that's affecting pastrami purveyors and their pricing decisions.

Apr 07, 2015
ElsieDee in Food Media & News

TOWN IN MONTROSE

Any more info? A rather Google-challenging business name, to be certain.

Looks like this is their website, though:
http://www.townkitchenandgrill.com/food/

Full business name appears to be Town Kitchen & Grill.

Apr 06, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Quiet place for vegetarian Sat early eve

The new "Mint Leaf" Indian restaurant on Altadena at Washington has a decent bunch of vegetarian options, but we've not eaten there (or had take out), so I can't vouch for the food or volume.

It tends to be quieter on the back patio at Daisy Mint, but that depends on who else is out there. Also, the service seems to go through periods of being rather dreadful. However, I still like their food.

We've had some very good vegetarian Mexican at Mexicatessen in Eagle Rock, but I don't recall how loud it was or if they have outside seating.

Apr 01, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Candied ginger in OC?

Did you ask at Sprouts? We bought some candied ginger (from the bulk tubs) at Sprouts in Pasadena this past Saturday.

Mar 31, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area