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Pasadena - North of 210 dining options?

Lavender & Honey -- Washington, just West of Hill -- (Sandwiches, coffee, hipster toast)
Burrito Express -- Washington, about 2 blocks East of Connals, (Burritos, I like the "Ross Perot" which is much more tasty than its inedible variant, the "Donald Trump")

Aug 22, 2015
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Looking for a Tasting Menu or Omakase near Pasadena

OP was hoping for dinner, no? Isn't the Royce only open for brunch on Sunday?

Aug 14, 2015
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Restaurants with tarragon dishes

Tarragon is one of my staples in my herb garden and isn't too difficult to maintain. I keep it in a small container, full sun, regular watering and it thrives. Aside from what's already been mentioned (Bearnaise, chicken salad etc.) I like to use it in vinaigrettes, compound butter, crab cakes, and fine herbes omelettes. I've also heard that it's used as a digestif in sodas.

Jul 12, 2015
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Top Leaf (Westwood)

Actually, commencement ceremonies extend all the way until late morning on Sunday the 14th, so Westwood will most likely still be challenging parking-wise.

Jun 05, 2015
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Grass Fed Beef at Pasadena Farmers' Market

They are retiring as of next week. Here's the link to their announcement:

Feb 21, 2015
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The best thing you've never had?

After reading Bill Buford's article in the New Yorker last year, I suspect that Canard a la Presse would be high on my list.

May 11, 2014
maxcatsilver in General Topics

A highly opinionated old Jewish man is taking us out to Yang Chow (Chinatown)

Pork. And shellfish. Duh.

Apr 17, 2014
maxcatsilver in Los Angeles Area

Recs for Gorman/Lancaster area

Big John's is still around. Now, around a month ago I was walking in their "downtown" area and a few yards West of the Mexican restaurant there was signage for a sandwich shop. Maybe it's open by now? And to pick a nit, if you're talking about shops right off the freeway, that is Lebec, not Frazier Park.

Mar 14, 2014
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Los Angeles sushi

Go here for latest discussion:

Mar 06, 2014
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What new flavor of M&Ms would you like to see?

Hazelnut, Marzipan, Lime/Mint, something with sriracha, Lavender, and something that is similar to the "Thirst" flavor of Australian Lifesavers.

Jan 08, 2014
maxcatsilver in General Topics

Alternate sources for La Boulange / La Boulangerie brioche buns, either size

1. Nag the closest 10 Starbuck's to see if they can carry the buns. 2. Contact La Boulange in Northern California to see if they can provide any insight into their changes of distribution and/or availability. 3. Talk to your local WF as well. I'm not saying any of these will work, but provider's should take your needs seriously. I've also noted the spotty availability of their brioche buns at my local WF, but I'm not obsessing about their lack.....yet. Good luck.

Aug 14, 2013
maxcatsilver in Los Angeles Area

Picnic at Huntington Gardens?

The members-only Summer evenings this year will be on June 23rd, July 20th, August 3rd, and August 18th, from 530pm to 800pm. Members are invited to bring blankets or chairs, friends and wine, and picnic in a designated area. Note: This is for "upper level" members (Contributors and above.)

May 08, 2013
maxcatsilver in Los Angeles Area

Is There Such a Thing as an Openly Gay Friendly Chinese Restaurant in Chinatown/SGV?

I work for a research project at UCLA, and we study HIV/AIDS. It's a multicenter study across four Universities nationwide and each center takes turns hosting a meeting annually. A large proportion of our staff is gay. I'd say about 6 years ago, our Prinicipal Investigator decided to host a dinner at a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown (sorry, I don't remember the name of the restaurant) and there were probably 50 or 60 of us total. None of us ever worried about (or even thought about it!) whether the staff was gay-friendly or not and it turned out to be a very pleasant affair as far as work-related dinners go. I think it's more important to worry about the usual logistics of arranging a banquet for a large number of people.

Jan 18, 2013
maxcatsilver in Los Angeles Area

Brit chef visiting California! wanting to buy cool stuff to take home.....

Since you mention serving platters and the like in your OP, you may wish to swing by Heath Ceramics (7525 Beverly Blvd.) to see if anything there captures your fancy. And by fancy, I also mean expensive. It's a California-based company and they do supply dishes to some high end restaurants like Chez Panisse and Animal, FWIW. (They also have a stall up in the Ferry Bldg marketplace in SF in case you stop by there during your travels)

Sep 04, 2012
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Best place in Pasadena area for celebratory dinner?

Check out the tasting menu at the Royce at the Langham. Looks like they can accommodate vegetarians.


Jul 14, 2012
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Sandwiches in the East Bay

My current rotation includes Gregoire, Southie (especially their pulled pork), and if I'm in the mood for roast beef, Star Meats. Gregoire changes their menu at the beginning of each month, which means I'm now looking forward to their scallop and avocado sandwich as well their brisket sandwich for June.

6311 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Good deals on caviar

Is Bel-Air Caviar (10423 Santa Monica Blvd, West LA) still in business? If so, that's a good choice for caviar. If you're willing to settle for tobiko in its technicolor glory, I've seen a decent variety of choices at 168 Market in Alhambra.

168 Market
1421 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA

Apr 26, 2011
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Beef Wellington

According to their website, Derek's closed on March 26th.

Apr 15, 2011
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stopping for food along 5 from LA to SF

OP didn't say when you were going to start your trip, but there are now two In n' Outs on I-5. First is off of Laval Road, just as you come down the Grapevine (about 85 miles N. of LA) and the second one is in Kettleman City (Highway 41), which is about 170 miles of LA. Keep in mind they don't open until 1030am. If you're like me and like toleave at the crack of dawn, you'll have better luck stopping off in Buttonwillow (Highway 58), about 120 N of LA and try your luck with one of several Mexican/Salvadorean restaurants that are open for breakfast. Also, a Chipotle was just opened at Laval Road if that's something of interest to you.

Mar 29, 2011
maxcatsilver in California

Housemade ketchup?

There are far better bottled ketchups on the market than Heinz, in all its mainstream corn syrupy glory.

Try this instead:

Both spiced and regular are far superior IMHO.

Feb 15, 2011
maxcatsilver in Los Angeles Area

Thoughts on the best ice cream places?

I will vouch for the excellence of Carmela's in Pasadena. Went there on opening day, and took home two pints -- mint cacao nib for myself and lavender honey for my two year old daughter. We're both happy. The mint ice cream is the freshest tasting mint I've ever experienced, it's almost like chewing on mint leaves.

Jan 31, 2011
maxcatsilver in Los Angeles Area

"Suan Tsai"or "Tzai Tsai" Chinese pickled condiment

After having lunch at 101 Noodle Express yesterday and being told that their cilantro-based relish is not for sale, my Wife and I took a stab at recreating the condiment at home today, and we were quite pleased with the results for our leftover beef roll(s). This is what we did:

Finely chopped about 1 cup of cilantro (stems included), and two jalapeno peppers (seeds included, we like it spicy), added about 1 tbsp of sliced packaged Chinese pickled mustard tuber, about 2 tbsp of sesame oil, a dash of salt and about 1 tsp of white vinegar. It wasn't exactly like 101's, but we had no problems scarfing this all down with our leftovers. Hopefully this provides anyone who's interested with enough info to experiment with their own version.

Oct 23, 2010
maxcatsilver in Home Cooking

You would have a hard time finding _________in Los Angeles...

Kewpie's sesame mayonnaise. And while on the sesame theme, commercially available black sesame ice cream.

Jun 30, 2010
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Drinks in West LA?

OP mentioned "drinks with a client" I'd break it down this way:

If client likes a hipster setting and can handle noise/crowds: Liquid Kitty

If client prefers an anti-hipster setting (or sees an atavistic jukebox as ironically hip) and likes it quieter: Lost & Found

If client prefers something between the two and then maybe wants to go to a restaurant within walking distance (I.e Bombay Cafe, Sushi House, Chan Dara, Yabu): Arsenal

Though as someone already noted, Liquid Kitty and the Arsenal aren't that far from each other on Pico, so the restaurant info applies equally I suppose.

Jan 13, 2010
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If you're look for the best Sichuan Spicy Noodle (or Dan Dan Mien) ...

My Wife and I went for lunch on New Year's Eve. We too, thought the noodle dishes (Dan Dan and glass) were the highlights and the seafood hot pot being just OK in our opinions. While we were there, I was excited by the fact that they took down one of the empty IKEA frames to place a new review (In mandarin??) inside. Maybe somebody can suggest to them that they download this thread and hang in on the wall as well???

Jan 04, 2010
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LA for Hippies

Juliano's Raw in Santa Monica. The culinary equivalent of Transcendental Meditation.
I think it's at 601 Broadway. Om........

Jul 14, 2007
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Rarely legal?

I went there while out in Bethesda on a business trip. Went at lunch during their "soft opening" week and had a pretty tasty "triple prime" burger--cooked rare (natch).8 ozs and a very good deal for ~$10. Mind you this was 5 weeks ago. Got the impression that once they were fully up and running, it would be a full-fledged steak house. By now, I'm sure the Larry Flynt jokes have gotten old for the wait staff. To the original poster--give it a shot!

Recommendations for good place to eat off 5 freeway between Bakersfield and Orange?

I don't know where you're starting or ending your trip, but Noriega's is nowhere near I-5; it's closer to Highway 99. Probably a good 30 minutes out of the way. There's an OK taco stand right off of I-5 and Highway 58 (Buttonwillow) on the East side of the freeway. (look for an awning near the truck in a dirt lot) A good selection of tortas, burritos, tacos and seafood cocktails. About $5pp. I don't know their hours, as I always drive by there around lunchtime.

Feb 13, 2007
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