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American breakfast

Since you're jn the San Gabriel area m, I would recommend Twohey's at Huntington and Atlantic. http://www.twoheys.com/

Apr 07, 2014
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Italian Buttercream Frosting Cakes near Pasadena?

I did. Hence the "can't find a real website" comment; no information about their offerings, hours, etc. Just the street address and phone number (better than nothing of course, but was hoping for some sort of menu) and some rotating photos.

Mar 31, 2014
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Italian Buttercream Frosting Cakes near Pasadena?

I think it's Eagle Rock Italian Bakery, but I can't find a real website for it.

Mar 31, 2014
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Indonesian in Pasadena

Er, forgot to add that they're closed on Saturday. Much to my frustration, two Saturdays in a row (really should have looked again at their website).

Mar 29, 2014
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area
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Indonesian in Pasadena

So laksa is a creamy curry? It really does sound intriguing.

Mar 28, 2014
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Indonesian in Pasadena

Stumbled across a reference a couple of weeks ago to a new pizza place, opening on Colorado across the street from Big Mama's and Papa's Pizza / Lucky Baldwin's Pub. It's owned by the family that used to own Fredo's Pizza (not to be confused with the great Fredo's cheesesteak place on Lake Ave, which I still mourn), previous located at Colorado and Mentor, in where EuroPane, an Indian place, a Vietnamese place, etc. used to be.

Anyway, I was happy, because I like their red sauce (it's on the sweeter end, which is my preference) and they offer a decent assortment of vegetarian pies.

Looking at their menu, though, I was surprised to see several Indonesian pizzas and, at the bottom of the menu, in the "The Kitchen" section, they're offering:

Mie Ayam Jamur
$6.99 Indonesian Chicken-Mushroom Noodle
$7.50 Bakso Tennis
Indonesian Meatball Soup
$7.50 Bebek Goreng Suroboyo
Indonesian Fried Duck
$7.50 Ayam Kremes
Crispy Fried Chicken

I didn't try any of the dishes, as I'm eating fairly vegetarian these days, but they sound interesting.

http://www.beyondmenu.com/27926/Pasad...

Mar 28, 2014
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

PIE - LA Dish of the Month (March 2014)

After many years of wanting to go, I finally made it Jongewaard's Bake-n-Broil (I'm just not in Long Beach very often) last Friday. The place was bustling at about 2:00 PM so we opted for carryout. In celebration of the Dish of the Month, two pies were included. Here's what we brought home:

* A Broccoli Cheddar Quiche (one of the best quiches I've eaten) (and I think this is a pie, right?)
* A Pecan Pie (pretty darn excellent, but too many pecans [yeah, I know - it's the filling I like, the pecans not-so-much])
* Four pecan shortbread cookies with a lemon glaze (beyond amazing - perfect with coffee)
* Three lemon bars (dessert tonight)
* A carrot loaf cake (also incredible)

Total was $40 something and change. Tossed in a decent tip (yes, I tip on take-out and no I don't want to discuss it) because the counter person was incredibly helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient, even in the midst of the chaos.

Mar 23, 2014
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

LA donut and burger tour

Fun report. Love how you were able to see a decent amount of the L.A. Basin and explore the food, too.

Mar 16, 2014
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Do Any Restaurants Deliver from Eagle Rock?

Isn't that very near The Kitchen for Exploring Food? Maybe boxed lunches or something (though I've no idea if they deliver - but might be in walking distance)? (Disclaimer, I've not been there, just driven by.)
http://www.thekitchen.net/

Mar 11, 2014
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Hows last location is closing!

The one on Huntington at San Gabriel?

Mar 06, 2014
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Bouncing page/automatically refreshing

DeborahL, I am experiencing all three of the issues dmjordan is reporting. Using a First Gen Kindle Fire.

The page refreshing happens most often when I am on one of the Board pages, not an individual thread.

The bouncing / waiting for a page to finish loading takes between five and eight seconds and I am loathe to attempt to touch the screen because I will often end up on a page - or ad - that I didn't want.

There are also issues with having CH open in one tab and reading something in another tab. When I return to the CH tab, the page often appears with the mobile display rather than the modified desktop version for the tablets which it had been displaying. And if the page was actually a thread, comments are collapsed. Frustrating.

Mar 06, 2014
ElsieDee in Site Talk

Current Tone on the Boards

Thank you for this, Melanie. That post, about the chattiness and the stance that was taken at that time, really resonated with me.

And that was one of the strongest appeals of CH for me, too: this was (and still is, though the signal-to-noise ratio is currently less than grand) a treasure trove of information. Easily accessible tidbits and morsels, offered by people who genuinely wanted to share their finds, and who didn't mind guiding someone new to the boards or to the region.

I come here for the Chow. For the finds. For the suggestions. For the intelligent disagreements that are based on the food, not the Hound's personality.

I don't come here for banter, rudeness, chit-chat, or anything else along those lines: I don't see this as being a social networking site.

Or maybe it is, and I just missed that notification.

Mar 03, 2014
ElsieDee in Site Talk
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Ignore button, please

I have basically stopped flagging the chit-chat / banter, quit opening posts where I can see the bantering participants, and stopped contributing. There is still value in this site, but the noise is drowning it out.

As for my decision not to contribute? I have watched too many attempts by others derail because of snarkiness, off-topic banter, and outright rudeness. Oh, and the "in Crowd" crap happening on my local board. I choose to spare myself that frustration.

Mar 01, 2014
ElsieDee in Site Talk
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Chowhound or Cuisinepoodle?

We are in the same price bracket. I enjoy reading about some of the higher end meals, but we won't be partaking of them. We look for dinners between fifteen to twenty. Anything over that either needs to yield leftovers or becomes a special occasion destination.

Feb 02, 2014
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

What's a dive bar in LA or OC on the current scene that Mr. Bukowski would not feel out of place at if deigned to enter the joint ?????????????????????????

Actually, Bukowski was a notoriously heavy drinker (and alcohol features in many of his stories) for most of his life. And yes, he did spend time in bars, as well.

Kevin, I'm not sure where he'd hang out, to be honest, but it's an interesting question.

Jan 28, 2014
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Unshelled Nuts, in Bulk - Pasadena-ish?

Oh, good one, Servorg; I need to head that direction on Thursday and it looks like they do will calls! Thank you so much.

Jan 14, 2014
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Unshelled Nuts, in Bulk - Pasadena-ish?

Thanks, boogiebaby - I think Van Nuys is too far, but Pico Rivera is doable.

Jan 14, 2014
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Unshelled Nuts, in Bulk - Pasadena-ish?

*grinning* Thanks for replying, anyway. I appreciate you wanting to help me on this quest.

Jan 14, 2014
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Unshelled Nuts, in Bulk - Pasadena-ish?

Looks like there's a Super King in Altadena, Linus - will definitely be checking them out. Thanks!

Jan 14, 2014
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Unshelled Nuts, in Bulk - Pasadena-ish?

Looking for a source for unshelled nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds, peanuts) in bulk in the Pasadena area. (To feed to wildlife, though we humans will partake, too, I'm certain.) Any leads?

Jan 14, 2014
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

4 days in LA/Pasadena

Are there any particular cuisines / types of food that you and your family like and can't get where you live? Pasadena has a lot to offer, as does the San Gabriel Valley - incredible Asian feasts, great pizzas, sushi, excellent Mexican (and Tex-Mex / Cal-Mex). Basically, if you give us some parameters in terms of food preferences and budget, we can better guide you.

Dec 29, 2013
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Pasadena - Avanti Wood-Fired Pizza, a New Branch?

Went by the north-east corner of Foothill and Sierra Madre Blvd yesterday (where the Spring Garden Chinese restaurant was located). Looks like Avanti Wood-Fired Pizza is renovating the property and opening a branch at the spot.

Nothing on the website, that I can see, though.

I'm not a great fan of the place, but I know others love it (my significant other included in those numbers).

http://www.avanticafe.com/index.php

Dec 29, 2013
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

The Bucket in Eagle Rock is Now Dee Dee's Dive

I never ate at The Bucket, but I know some of y'all have.

http://www.scpr.org/programs/offramp/...

Dec 22, 2013
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Best place to gorge on raw oysters in LA?

Not LA / SFV, but Plate 38 in Pasadena is advertising $1.50 each oysters between 4 and 6 PM and then from 9 PM to closing. (Caveat: I've had middlin' experiences at Plate 38 and cannot comment on the oysters, having never had them. On the other hand, every time we walk by, the place appears to be bustling.)

Dec 20, 2013
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Do You Think That Many Chowhound Posters are Loners, and/or Recluses IRL?

No it's just fantasy ...

Dec 08, 2013
ElsieDee in Site Talk
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Crab Imperial - As Filling for Portobella Mushrooms? Sides?

Hello fldhkybnva -

I posted a reply with the recipe, but it turns out that the "old family recipe" my semi-father-in-law sent was copied / pasted directly from the Old Bay website so the moderators pulled it (sorry mods!) AND they were nice enough to send me the link to the recipes (thank you!), so here's that link:

https://www.phillipsfoods.com/recipes...

I used chopped fresh parsley and fresh lemon juice. The Old Bay was a bit too intense for my taste, so I'll tone that down a bit in the future. Oh, and I spaced on the paprika. In fact, I'm not certain I have paprika in the cupboard.

As for the critters: primarily orphaned wildlife (squirrels, rabbits, opossums, raccoons, wild rats, etc.), plus the occasional orphaned pocket pet (hamsters, mice, rats, guinea pigs, rabbits), and then there are the small exotics (hedgehogs, sugar gliders, and the link), and we bottle-raise feral kittens during kitten season. Oh, and I take in small animals in need of hospice care. For all of those, tracking weight is essential (to make sure they're gaining if needed, or maintaining if they're adults, and to determine medication and fluid doses).

Dec 08, 2013
ElsieDee in Home Cooking

Crab Imperial - As Filling for Portobella Mushrooms? Sides?

I'm thinking that the cauliflower with the chimichuri sauce will be on our Christmas table - I love the idea of the white and brown and then the bright green and the burst of flavor.

Dec 01, 2013
ElsieDee in Home Cooking

Crab Imperial - As Filling for Portobella Mushrooms? Sides?

I've never heard of it but that looks perfect! Since I have been tasked (er, "gently encouraged") to make another pumpkin roll for Christmas, I will be on the search for the Baker's Joy can next time I'm at the store. Many thanks!

Dec 01, 2013
ElsieDee in Home Cooking

Crab Imperial - As Filling for Portobella Mushrooms? Sides?

Our feast was incredible!

Ended-up with shrimp cocktail as the starter, then the crab imperial stuffed portobella caps (which I roasted for about seven minutes before filling and baking), sauteed spinach with garlic, green beans with toasted hazelnuts, a wild rice bake with dried cranberries and toasted pecans, and dinner rolls, and went with the pumpkin cake roll and brownies (used a mix for these, I have to admit) for dessert. Everything was devoured and there were many happy faces.

Some notes:
* The aluminum foil suggestion made clean-up a breeze (and turned-out was essential, because the crab imperial was a bit more liquidy than I'd anticipated).
* Part of the crab recipe was in ounces and I didn't have a clean / sterile kitchen scale (I use mine for tracking weights of orphaned critters), so I had to eyeball that, which resulted in the filling being overly wet, but the flavor was perfect!
* The sauteed spinach was the perfect counterpoint for the richness of the crab and worked incredibly well.
* I have yet to figure-out how to properly remove the greased and floured waxed paper from a cake roll in one piece - ended-up getting most of it, but then had to go back with tweezers to remove the rest.

Y'all are wonderful and I hope that your feasts were marvelous!

Nov 29, 2013
ElsieDee in Home Cooking

Crab Imperial - As Filling for Portobella Mushrooms? Sides?

Just wanted to say thank you to each of you for providing guidance!

Dinner is coming together well and we shall feast happily this evening because of your insight and suggestions.

If you are celebrating Thanksgiving today, may it be joyous!

Nov 28, 2013
ElsieDee in Home Cooking
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