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Pioneer Bakery on Rose

Photos of the Pioneer Bakery on Rose taken the week that it closed:

Mar 21, 2009
M23 in Los Angeles Area

Pearl Sugar in Los Angeles?

I tried IKEA Carson but they don't carry pearl sugar anymore. No luck at Bristol Farms, Cost Plus Market, or Sur la Table. I found them today at Olson's Scandinavian Deli, (which is open 10-4pm), so I can finish my X-mas cookies tonight.

Dec 19, 2007
M23 in Los Angeles Area

Pearl Sugar in Los Angeles?

I was just at Surfas also looking for pearl sugar for a cookie recipe. I only saw plastic bags with chunks of pearl sugar. They did not have the Swedish-style little sprinkle grains. I'll try IKEA tomorrow.

Dec 15, 2007
M23 in Los Angeles Area

Takoyaki at Mitsuwa this weekend

They are having a Takoyaki festival this weekend at Mitsuwa Torrance. These are the Japanese batter dumplings with octopus inside. I saw a big line so I decided to try them. They have a stand set up in the middle of the store with guys making them and women singing and shouting at them to hurry up, and then a man bangs a drum when they're ready. You get a big box to go for $7. This was my first time eating them, they were really good. We ate them in the car while they were hot and melty, which is the best time to eat them.
Mitsuwa Torrance, 21515 Western Ave.

May 18, 2007
M23 in Los Angeles Area

Jin Patisserie - Very Disappointing - The Search For A Decent Cup Of Tea In Los Angeles Continues

I live a few blocks from Jin's but have never stopped in until last week. My sister-in-law (a chef from the Midwest) was visiting so we went for a walk to check it out. I remember the fun place Jin's replaced, the Hydrant Cafe that was a coffee shop and doggie hangout. It was a very cold day, so we didn't feel like sitting down to eat. We went inside to look at the minimalist cake selection, the six slices on display for the day. We only picked out one to try. It was a chocolate cake with rum soaked fruit. My sister-in-law thought the chocolate was very good but the fruit seemed to be those nasty red and green things used in Christmas fruit cakes. I had to spit them out. They did put the cake in a lovely box tho.

Jan 25, 2007
M23 in Los Angeles Area

Banh Mi in Redondo Beach, Torrance, Lawndale Area?

Have any other Banh mi places opened in the South Bay? I've been to Saigon Flavor at Carson & Crenshaw. Their sandwiches were OK. The owners were very nice, but it's a sit-down place and not really set up for take out orders.

Jan 05, 2007
M23 in Los Angeles Area

Looking for eats near LAX

How about Mercedes Grill at 14 Washington Blvd. in Venice for breakfast. It's right near the Venice Beach pier, so you can take a stroll out into the ocean afterwards.

Dec 24, 2006
M23 in Los Angeles Area