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Best Berry Pie ala Mode in Santa Barbara?

That does sound delicious!

I am not a big pie fan, but I can-not-stop thinking of that olallieberry pie!

Apr 22, 2013
sparklegem in California

Best Berry Pie ala Mode in Santa Barbara?

Thank you! I had been looking at their website, but did not know if they served pie by the slice or with ice cream.

Apr 22, 2013
sparklegem in California

Best Berry Pie ala Mode in Santa Barbara?

I would love to find a good slice of berry pie, ala mode, while we are in Santa Barbara. I had a slice of Olallieberry pie at Avila Valley Barn in November, but I would like to find a slice a little closer if I could.

Apr 22, 2013
sparklegem in California

Dumpling or Sushi Party Platter, near Hollywood or Pasadena?

Thank you for all of the suggestions but my husband decided to make spring rolls and he also made a Chinese style, bar b que pork.

Apr 22, 2013
sparklegem in Los Angeles Area

Dumpling or Sushi Party Platter, near Hollywood or Pasadena?

mmm :p !

Apr 16, 2013
sparklegem in Los Angeles Area

Dumpling or Sushi Party Platter, near Hollywood or Pasadena?

Thank you for all of the great suggestions! Sushi Don will be right on my route from Pasadena to Hollywood and I see that they are offering four party platters for $100.

Apr 16, 2013
sparklegem in Los Angeles Area

What's cheaper: u-pick fruits or wholesale fruits?

Great question! Where would one find wholesale fruits?

Apr 16, 2013
sparklegem in Los Angeles Area

Dumpling or Sushi Party Platter, near Hollywood or Pasadena?

Any suggestions of where to buy an affordable dumpling or sushi tray, near Pasadena or Hollywood? One caveat, the dumplings need to be green onion- free.

Apr 16, 2013
sparklegem in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a fun place for 20 teens in Little Tokyo

Gosh, Ebisu, looks gorgeous! I am wondering if we could make an abbreviated menu for the party. It would super fun to have it there!

Sep 11, 2012
sparklegem in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a fun place for 20 teens in Little Tokyo

Thank you, Paul! I will check it out!

Sep 11, 2012
sparklegem in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a fun place for 20 teens in Little Tokyo

Thank you all so much for the terrific suggestions! I have been looking each one up and I really appreciate all of the help!

I think that Honda-ya might be my favorite so far. They have great reviews, the tatami adrea would be extra fun and the prices look great. One review on yelp says that they even take reservations on Friday and Saturday nights!

Any favorites on the menu at Honda-ya?

Sep 11, 2012
sparklegem in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a fun place for 20 teens in Little Tokyo

Thank you for the suggestion, but I am hoping for a Japanese Restaurant :)

Sep 11, 2012
sparklegem in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a fun place for 20 teens in Little Tokyo

Any suggestions for a fun place to host a dinner for 20 teens in Little Tokyo? For my daughter's 16th birthday party we are planning to have a photo scavenger hunt in the Japanese Plaza Village and then dinner with her friends at a nearby Japanese restaurant. I am hoping to come up with something that will be about $10-$15 per person, if that is possible. Some guest may be vegan or vegetarian and so that may rule out some of the ramen and shabu shabu restaurants that have a more limited menu.

Sep 11, 2012
sparklegem in Los Angeles Area

Fresh fish in OC or LA and a nice beach nearby?

Thank you for ALL of the fantastic suggestions!! I think that we will spend some time at Leo Carillo, eat at Malibu Seafood and finish off the day at Grom Gelato!

Dec 21, 2011
sparklegem in Los Angeles Area

Fresh fish in OC or LA and a nice beach nearby?

Thank you so much for the great suggestions! I have narrowed our playing field to Malibu and would love some good beach, tide pools or restaurants with fresh fish suggestions!

Dec 18, 2011
sparklegem in Los Angeles Area

Fresh fish in OC or LA and a nice beach nearby?

Thank you Scott! Little Corona sounds really nice. I am now thinking more about Malibu since it is much closer for us. The website that you linked suggests Leo Carillo for tide pools. Do you think that is a good option? If we go with Malibu do you have any suggestions for fresh fish in the 'Bu?

Dec 18, 2011
sparklegem in Los Angeles Area

Fresh fish in OC or LA and a nice beach nearby?

HI Scott!

Thank you for your reply and the super suggestions! To answer your questions:

-my daughter will be turning 15

-the restaurant does not need to be on the beach. I think that she just wants really fresh, delicious fish

- I would prefer no beach amenities; a natural beach without a lot of people. We will be going mid-week in January so I think that most beaches will be quiet. Tide pools would be fun!

Thank you for your help!!

Dec 17, 2011
sparklegem in Los Angeles Area

Fresh fish in OC or LA and a nice beach nearby?

My daughter has asked for a day at the beach for her birthday. She would like to spend some time on a beautiful beach and than have some well prepared, not deep fried, fresh fish. We are just back from Tulum and her first choice was to go back to the beach in Tulum but since we can't do that we are hoping to find something fun in Los Angeles or Orange County. Any suggestions?

Dec 16, 2011
sparklegem in Los Angeles Area

Trip Report: Tulum Valladolid Akumal PDC

Thank you for the excellent report!

Oct 06, 2011
sparklegem in Mexico

Any restaurant suggestions for The Cook Islands?

We will be spending two weeks in the Cook Islands, splitting our time between Rarotonga and AItutaki. Does anyone have restaurant suggestions? We would like to find some really good local spots.

Thank you!!

Nov 05, 2009
sparklegem in Europe

Any hole-in-wall restaurants in Riverside?

thank you for ll your help! I have convinced my husband to keep going to Palm Springs. Now, I just need to find a lunch spot there...

Feb 23, 2009
sparklegem in California

Ethnic Asian Food in Thousand Oaks

We love Lum Ka Naad!! We eat there often or get take out and have catered a party and a large event with their food. Some of our favorites are the Lompoon Jerky, Krabi Chicken, Prihk King Green Beans and Pad Key Mao.

Feb 07, 2009
sparklegem in Los Angeles Area

Any hole-in-wall restaurants in Riverside?

Hey, thank you for the suggestions! It is not too late; this time I planned ahead and we are not going to be there untill later this month.

I have to admit that I am little wary to eat somewhere called Phood but I will look into both Simple Simon and Brandon's Diner since we will be there alllll day, passing time.

How is the Mexican food at Brandon's for lunch? I can't seem to get enough (good) Mexican food!

Feb 07, 2009
sparklegem in California

Any hole-in-wall restaurants in Riverside?

I will be spending a day in Riverside and wondered if there were any terrific hole-in-the-wall restaurants in Riverside or very near by. Things like outrageous donuts or great diners would good, too. Also, wondered if there was a place for really good Mexican food.

Jan 29, 2009
sparklegem in California

Looking for El Salvadorian food in the Valley

Heidi,
I think that I discovered you El Salvadorian restaurant by accident. Is it called Belen? I was there last week and it is was terrific! Excellent pupusa and had the plate of the day. Oh! And the banana bread was out of this world!! It was similar to pound cake. It had carmelized plantains on top. The owner was super nice and helpful!! It will be a regular stop for us.

Apr 13, 2008
sparklegem in Los Angeles Area

Tacos Por Favor

Hey Salsaqueen,

What are you Valley recommendations? We have moved from Santa Monica to the valley and left our beloved Tacos por Favor far behind.

Apr 13, 2008
sparklegem in Los Angeles Area

Looking for El Salvadorian food in the Valley

San Fernando Valley. We live in Porter Ranch. Anything near there?

Mar 31, 2008
sparklegem in Los Angeles Area

Any New York style pizza near Porter Ranch?

mmm, that sounds really good!

Mar 30, 2008
sparklegem in Los Angeles Area

Any New York style pizza near Porter Ranch?

When we ordered from Z Pizza, I asked for a super thin, crisp crust.

Mar 30, 2008
sparklegem in Los Angeles Area

Looking for El Salvadorian food in the Valley

Any suggestions of where to get El Salvadorian food in the Valley?

Mar 30, 2008
sparklegem in Los Angeles Area