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Pasadena is weak!

Here's a place to try pizza, it's in San Marino which shouldn't be too far from Pasadena.

Tony's Pizza (corner of Del Mar Ave. & Huntington Drive)
2555 Huntington Dr
San Marino

Their pizza reminds me of east coast pizza.

The best french fries I have ever had was at the Cordon Bleu Culinary School on Green St.--call in the order, because the wait can be long and parking sometimes difficult during the day.

Feb 20, 2007
foodie_girl in Los Angeles Area

Bahn Mi search in Fresno

There is mention of Mayflower, is that one one across from Fresno State. Sadly, they are close now. I went there the other day and the building was empty. Does anyone know if they are close or just relocated?

Feb 08, 2007
foodie_girl in California

sushi in sgv

Wow! I'm really surprise that you had such an experience. Everytime I have gone with my family, they do a great job and the amount of fish is just right. Do you have another recommendation? I would be interested in comparing and seeing what you consider a good place.

Feb 08, 2007
foodie_girl in Los Angeles Area

Luscious Dumpling or Golden Deli for comfort lunch.

Vietnam House is not as good as Golden Deli. It's own by a sibling (brother, I think) of the owner of Golden Deli. I have been there and was disappointed. Not to mention, I found them to be a bit dirty. Dr. Debs, thank you for mentioning Luscious Dumpling. I have often thought about trying it out. Now, with all the positive notes on it, I will definitely check it out next time I'm back in the area.

Feb 08, 2007
foodie_girl in Los Angeles Area

Best Coffee in LA

The Coffee Bean in Pasadena, Fairs Oak.

Feb 08, 2007
foodie_girl in Los Angeles Area

sushi in sgv

There's a Japanese restaurant on Valley, across the Hilton, next to Tea Station--good sushi. It's not one of those Americanize Japanese places. Even my picky Taiwanese uncle liked the food there, so it' somthing worth trying. Sorry..can't think of it's name right now.

Feb 02, 2007
foodie_girl in Los Angeles Area

My first durian

If your SO does not like the smell of it, it might be a good idea not to bring it into the apartment. I have family members that can't stand the smell of it and will not permit it in their home. There are hotels in SE Asia that do not permit it in their hotel. It is a strong smell that fills a room or more than one room once it is open. You can even smell it through the skin. If you like the smell of it and can stand it, then you probably will enjoy the taste of it. Since your SO can't stand the smell of it, he might think it the most disgusting thing he has ever eaten.

Maybe you can open it or have it on the balcony or patio, if you have one--throw it away in a very good plastic bag (double bag if necessary).

Jan 23, 2007
foodie_girl in General Topics

My first durian

This is what I find to be true, those who like the taste of durian can stand the smell of it (even enjoy it b/c of the taste association) and those who think it stinks, tend to dislike the scent of it.

I personally love it and agree with the description of the texture and taste. I enjoy it on the colder side. I have had it in cake, candy version, cookie version, and looking for other forms of it.

Jan 23, 2007
foodie_girl in General Topics

Honey

Honey is a great way to sweeten up a dish or dessert if you don't want to use sugar. I use honey in marinating meats, making cakes with it, used it in bread baking, and even in lemonade.

Jan 19, 2007
foodie_girl in General Topics

Bahn Mi search in Fresno

Slice of Cake, Cedar and Barstow in the Bulldog Shop corner, sells Viet. sandwiches and pretty good spring rolls.

Jan 19, 2007
foodie_girl in California

Bahn Mi search in Fresno

I have had Jasmine Garden's food and I can tell you that it's overpriced and not so good--tried 3 different items (Chinese influenced, Vietnamese influenced and Hmong dishes).

Jan 19, 2007
foodie_girl in California

Is it OK to start eating before your host eats?

I usually take cues from the host or other diners. If I didn't know the host very well or I am at a restaurant, I wait for everyone to be served. If the host says it is okay to start without him/her, I wait for someone else to start before I start to eat. In some cultures or households (like my own), we start eating once we are serve and usually don't wait.

Jan 19, 2007
foodie_girl in Not About Food

What's for supper tonight?

Baked salmon, Italian veggie mix, and spanish rice; vanilla yogurt and fresh tangerine slices for dessert

Jan 18, 2007
foodie_girl in Home Cooking

What's the most indulgent thing you ate/drank over the holidays?

One of the richest and most sinful desserts I have eaten over the holiday was a slice of ganache (chocolate and cream) with 5 raspberries.

Jan 18, 2007
foodie_girl in Not About Food

Top Chef: The "Scandal" ...reactions?

not hots...she probably feels sorry for the kid...

Jan 18, 2007
foodie_girl in Food Media & News

Top Chef: The "Scandal" ...reactions?

I thought Top Chef was suppose to be about the food and talent of the chefs. This season has way too much drama and stupid mistakes. These people are suppose to be professionals.

With that said, I think Sam is going to win this competition.

Jan 18, 2007
foodie_girl in Food Media & News

What do you eat when sick?

I am like you, when I'm sick I find that I'm super hungry. I would have to be dying to not want to eat at all.

Jan 18, 2007
foodie_girl in General Topics

What do you eat when sick?

I like juk too when I'm sick--chicken soup base and just juk with a little bit of salt if I am super sick.

Jan 18, 2007
foodie_girl in General Topics

Coconut Cream Pie Filling - Help!

I would say about 3.5 cups would be a good amount, but you can add to or reduce depending on your desire look of the pie.

Jan 02, 2007
foodie_girl in Home Cooking

Need help making tasty (semi) vegetarian meals!

If he likes fish, you can try topping it with your favorite sauce or herbs (dill is my favorite), wrap in foil and bake it. You can do a side dish of roasted veggies (in the same oven as the fish). Also, serve some rice with some toasted sesame or almonds in it.

If you take tofu, coat lightly in rice flour or AP flour, and fry it. You can stir fry it with any veggie you like. I've also steamed tofu with sauce on it.

Jan 02, 2007
foodie_girl in Home Cooking

Dining out, do you order what you can cook?

At first, I was going to say that I do order things I can make, but the truth is that often I do not. Things like steak, I normally do not order, because no one can marinate steak like my mom. However, if it is prepared in an "unique" way, then I would try it out--95% of the time, my mom's steak is way better and cheaper to make for a better cut of meat. One good thing about dining out is it will give you ideas on what you can make.

Jan 02, 2007
foodie_girl in General Topics

Davis Square bakery?

If my memory is correct, Harvard Square has a French bakery inside of the building behind the T exit (enterance next to that sandwhich place). I can't think of the name at the moment, but a friend told me that this place sells breads and french desserts.

Jan 02, 2007
foodie_girl in Greater Boston Area

[Austin] Exotic Mexican meats

I applaud those who are brave to eat items like lengua, brain and tripe.

Dec 22, 2006
foodie_girl in Austin

Roll your own Vietnamese Spring Rolls in PHX?

I must have misunderstood the dish for plain spring rolls, as some of them call it here. I do notice that a lot of Vietnamese (even on some of those travel shows on Vietnam) use the rice paper to with a lot of dishes. Just shows that the combinations are endless.

From my experience, it's a fun way to eat. Even the younger kids like it and it teaches something new. The only common downside is the prep work.

Have fun!

Dec 22, 2006
foodie_girl in Phoenix

Coconut Cream Pie Filling - Help!

You can make a pastry cream recipe and substitute coconut milk for the milk/cream. Make a basic stove top custard. Also, check allrecipes.com. They usually have some clever ideas. One more thing, if you have any southeast Asian stores around you, check for some coconut extract.

Dec 22, 2006
foodie_girl in Home Cooking

Roll your own Vietnamese Spring Rolls in PHX?

Most Vietnamese places do not offer this type of dish, usually it's already prepared. However, it's a fun dinner party idea. Our family, during the summer, prep all the items, boil water (warm water, and buy the rice wraps (at Asian stores). The best thing is you can use any kind of meat to wrap. You can just order a side of the cook meat with some noodles and use that to wrap.

Dec 21, 2006
foodie_girl in Phoenix

Traditional New Years Foods?

I would recommend allrecipes.com. I find it to be a useful site, but warning it may give you so many ideas that it will be hard to decide. Marinate some fresh strawberries or raspberries in champagne (about 30 minutes in fridge)and serve on top some mascrapone cheese (spelling?) with some toasted almonds..good for brunch.

Dec 21, 2006
foodie_girl in General Topics

Funny food names

Boba, which are these little starch balls placed in drinks, which I found out it's slang in Taiwan for breasts. It gives a funny twist to the "Do you want boba with that?" question.

Dec 21, 2006
foodie_girl in Not About Food

Whatcha making for Christmas morning B'fast?

Nothing is lighter then a bowl of mix fruits (apples, pears, pomegranates, orange slices, or whatever you can find at the store). I think this would be a lovely light touch with the scones. Fresh whipped cream is always optional.

Dec 21, 2006
foodie_girl in Home Cooking

Assigned brunch potluck item, have tons of eggs, bored with quiche -- any ideas?

You can make egg custard tarts. It's a bit sweet, but would be unexpected. They are usually eaten during Chinese dimsum. Suprisely easy to make, you can get the recipe from www.allrecipes.com. This is also a good resource for ideas. Also, www.foodnetwork.com can help too.

Dec 20, 2006
foodie_girl in Home Cooking