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Help me finalize my Seattle list!!

Canlis was already mentioned here a couple times. I was just in Seattle for 2 weeks and it was sooooo good, I had to go TWICE. Everything I tasted was great, but my favorites were:
Wagyu Steak
Truffle Fries
Chocolate Covered Chocolate

Call at least a week in advance for reservations & request a window table. 7:30p is an ideal time so that you can enjoy the views while it's still light out and then watch the sunset. Dinner takes about 2.5-3 hours and there is a dress code.

I also liked the food at Wann Izakaya in Seattle, but it's not fusion.

May 21, 2008
stacey8989 in Pacific Northwest

visiting Seattle with friends

Suggestion for a nice place-
I just came back from a trip to Seattle & my favorite restaurant was Canlis. I went twice during my trip, and each time the average bill was about $115/person with tax & tip.

Appetizers we tried:
Peter Canlis Prawns
Braised Beef Short Ribs
Ahi Poke & Kona Kampachi

No complaints about any of these, but if I had to pick only one, I'd go with the prawns.

Mahi Mahi- My friend liked it, but I'm not a fan of Mahi Mahi
All of these were great- Wild Pacific King Salmon, Muscovy Duck Breast, New York Steak, & Filet Mignon
My favorite is the American Wagyu Tenderloin. For the 2nd meal, I ordered it with the sauce on the side. The beef has so much flavor on it's own, I really don't think the sauce is necessary. A side of truffle fries is a must!

I've only tried the Pear, Hazelnut & Thyme, Chocolate Covered Chocolate, & Grand Marnier Souffle. The chocolate is by far my favorite. However, the pear is great if you want something unique. In general, I don't like grand marnier souffles, too bad Canlis doesn't make a chocolate one!

If you go, call ahead for reservations and request a window table. The best time to go is just before sunset (around 7/7:30).

May 07, 2008
stacey8989 in Pacific Northwest

Wedding cake - Vietnamese Bakery?

You might check out Angel Maid bakery. I love it, and other people have posted here recently as well.
It's not a vietnamese bakery & it won't be $2/slice, but they should able to do something for $3-4/slice. I got a smaller cake (60-80 ppl) and I think it was about $250 with a 20% surcharge for fresh strawberries.
The bakery is located on the westside (about 5 miles from UCLA). I can't hurt to call & ask about the pricing.

Mar 24, 2008
stacey8989 in Los Angeles Area

Gonpachi: Nice food until they messed it up

The Wagyu steak I had there was super tender. The negima was good as well. I did not order the tasting menu since I'm a super picky eater.
I was rather disappointed in the bar menu. I was expecting the bar to have more cocktails like the Gonpachis in Japan.

Jan 27, 2008
stacey8989 in Los Angeles Area


I don't think any of the Lawry's group of restaurants are about being hip/modern. Five Crowns is cozy- large fireplaces, dark wood paneling- feels like you're dining in a house. I always go with my parents in December because my mom likes the Bell Carolers. lol.

I always order the same thing:
Continental Salad (they took it off the menu for some reason, but just ask for it)
Prime Rib w/mashed potatoes
English Trifle (they bring it b/c it's my birthday)

They don't have Lawry's Spinning Bowl Salad, but the Continental has lettuce, bay shrimp, egg, tomatoes, w/a vinaigrette dressing.

Jan 02, 2008
stacey8989 in Los Angeles Area

ISO dobash cake, kal bi jim, and mustard BBQ sauce

nomo- I've heard that Amy's went downhill, that's why I never went back. If you're ever on the westside, you should give Angel Maid a try. I'm a big fan of the fresh strawberry cake as well.

As for the dobash- it is the light fluffy kind like King's Hawaiian has. You can order it with whipped cream & chocolate shavings on top or you can get the chocolate pudding top. Angel Maid has smaller round cakes & the regular sheet cakes.

Jan 02, 2008
stacey8989 in Los Angeles Area

ISO dobash cake, kal bi jim, and mustard BBQ sauce

I haven't been to Amy's Pastry since it changed owners 15+ years ago. I like the dobash cake at Angel Maid Bakery better than the one at King's.

4538 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Phone: (310) 915-2078

Dec 31, 2007
stacey8989 in Los Angeles Area

Wilshire & Doheny - ??

I love the Chicken Pot Pie @ Kate's and yes it is only available on weekends, and only at dinner. I think the pot pie is $18. I've only been disappointed once. I hate sending food back to the kitchen, but the middle of the pot pie was COLD (not even luke warm) so I had to send it back.

Dec 30, 2007
stacey8989 in Los Angeles Area

Mandarin - Fountain Valley - A Review

It's been about a year since I've been there. I used to eat there quite often when I lived in OC/worked in FV. I'll have to go back and give them another try.
I've been to DTF in Arcadia(?), but have never had the dumplings in Shanghai. I watched people make them, but sadly, the line was insanely long and I didn't have enough time to wait. :(
One thing I did like about the XLB at Mandarin was their size. My only complaint about DTF is that I feel like a pig eating 2 orders by myself. ;)

Dec 30, 2007
stacey8989 in Los Angeles Area

Mandarin - Fountain Valley - A Review

That's too bad. I've had the shanghai dumplings at least 1/2 a dozen times and they're always nice & soupy.

Dec 29, 2007
stacey8989 in Los Angeles Area

21st birthday in los angeles?

ehh...I would never go back to The Belmont. Maybe it's different at night, but I went at lunch and ordered a sandwich without mayo. The sandwich came out with about a cup of mayo slathered all over both sides of the bread. When I asked the waitress to take it back, she was like..."Seriously!? I'm trying my best, but it's really difficult because it's busy!" Note: Over half of the restaurant was empty. My friend ordered a BLT and was basically brought an LT. When she asked the waitress why there was no bacon, the waitress said "We ran out."

Dec 13, 2007
stacey8989 in Los Angeles Area

Any good waffles in LA (NOT Belgian)?

Have you tried Original Pancake House? I haven't been to the LA location & I can't remember if they serve regular or belgian waffles, but I'm sure other people here will know.

Nov 29, 2007
stacey8989 in Los Angeles Area

Food near Westin on North Michigan

If it's a clear day, you might want to try the Signature Room at the 95th (John Hancock Building). It's across the street from your hotel and the views are beautiful. The food is just ok, so don't bother if it's a cloudy day.

There are alot of restaurants within "walking distance." By walking distance, I mean less than 1 mile. However, since you will be in Chicago after Thanksgiving, the weather could make your walk rather unpleasant.

Gibson's is on Rush (walking distance) as are several other restaurants.

If you need a casual lunch place, I like Gino's East on Superior.

There are quite a few discussions on this board about Italian food. Spiaggia's (980 N. Michigan Ave) is mentioned quite often, but I haven't had a chance to try it yet. It's on my list for my next trip.

Michigan Ave. has a lot of chain restaurants (not sure where you live, but I have all these restaurants at home)- Cheesecake Factory, Bandera, Grand Lux Cafe (all walking distance)

Oct 25, 2007
stacey8989 in Chicago Area

Need delivery in Beverly Hills!

We have the same problem at our office. Other edible food choices:
Natalee Thai
Aram (Persian food)
Pizza Rustica

Oct 09, 2007
stacey8989 in Los Angeles Area

Sawtelle Blvd. recs, please...

I prefer Asahi Ramen. Chabuya's soup was too overpowering for my taste. My other usual spots are Hide Sushi, Sawtelle Kitchen, Hurry Curry, and Tofu-Ya.

I also agree with SauceSupreme's dinner recs for Orris & Furaibo. Furaibo is open for lunch, but the menu is different.

Oct 06, 2007
stacey8989 in Los Angeles Area

2 nights in LA on an expense account...

If you don't eat a Spagos, go there for dessert. The strawberry shortcake is yummy! I was disappointed with the 12 layer chocolate cake.

I also had the Hong Kong style steamed bass, but the dessert was really the highlight of my lunch. :D

Oct 06, 2007
stacey8989 in Los Angeles Area

BH on Saturday: Nate n' Al or Barney Greengrass?

Dinner at Kate's is pricier than Cheesecake (most of the Entrees are 20+).
El Torito Grill is close to Teuscher! ;) Champagne truffles are good!

Places I go for lunch/dinner with the co workers, but nothing spectacular:

North of Wilshire:
Sharkey's 435 N. Beverly Dr.
Il Tramezzino 454 N. Canon
Yu & Mi Sushi 9475 Santa Monica Blvd
Pizza Rustica 231 N. Beverly Drive
Nic's Martini Lounge 453 N. Canon Drive
Il Fornaio 301 N. Beverly Drive
La Scala 434 N Canon Drive
Il Forno 9705 Santa Monica Blvd
Frankie & Johnnie's 9533 Santa Monica Blvd

South of Wilshire:
Beverly Dr is pretty much all food- CPK, Champagne, Chipotle, Bossa Nova, Burger 90210, Mulberry's Pizzeria, Aram

Oct 06, 2007
stacey8989 in Los Angeles Area

Pho in Orange County?

I like the Cha Gio and bun there as well.

Oct 06, 2007
stacey8989 in Los Angeles Area

Where can I find dango?

Chi chi dango is the one that comes in different flavors, right? If that's what he wants, Mikawaya & Fugetsudo both make it. You can buy them at those stores or pretty much any Japanese market (though probably not as good as the ones you bring back from Hawaii).

Aug 29, 2007
stacey8989 in Los Angeles Area

Where can I find dango?

I think the dango Stan is referring to is different from okinawa dango (the donuts).

Someplace in Little Tokyo must sell it. Maybe try calling Mitsuru Cafe in Japanese Village Plaza?
117 Japanese Village Plaza Mall
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 613-1028

Aug 28, 2007
stacey8989 in Los Angeles Area

Tea Houses and Loose Tea

I've tried the following: Sakurambo, Apricot Hojicha, and Apple Berry

Jul 07, 2007
stacey8989 in Los Angeles Area

LA's BEST desserts????

I really like the desserts at Angel Maid Bakery. It's a small Japanese bakery on Centinela. The cakes might be lighter and less sweet than what most people are used to.
4538 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (310) 915-2078

My favorites are the mini cream puffs, chocolate dobash cake, white cake w/fresh strawberries (I don't know if it has a name), and the fruit tarts.

Not in LA- but the best chocolate souffle I've ever had was at Turner New Zealand near South Coast Plaza. I was disappointed with the steaks, but I'd definitely go back for dessert.

Jul 04, 2007
stacey8989 in Los Angeles Area

Take-home foodie souvenirs from Chicago?

I don't think it's a national chain, but thanks for the info. We don't have it here in Los Angeles (at least not that I've seen) and if it's out there, we usually have it.
We do have Frango chocolates.

Jul 02, 2007
stacey8989 in Chicago Area

Never been to Chicago, need your help <--in case you want to have a look before you get there. CTA is $2 per ride. They sell unlimited ride daily passes, but not at the actual stations. It should be pretty convenient since your hotel is close to the State or Randolph stations.

For the 21 year old, the Rush/Division area is quite fun.

Jun 26, 2007
stacey8989 in Chicago Area

Take-home foodie souvenirs from Chicago?

I love the Trinidads at Fannie May, the Mix from Garrett, and also the chocolate from Ethels (sold in NV & IL)

Jun 26, 2007
stacey8989 in Chicago Area

Take-out recs in Laguna Hills/Aliso Viejo Vicinity

Funny how I came here to add my recs, and they're already listed!
China Moon, Sango Sushi, and Mangia Bene are among my favorites when I'm at my parents' house.

Pho Bo Vang
23764 Mercury Rd , Lake Forest 92630-2810

Inka Grill
23600 Rockfield Blvd , Lake Forest 92630

Carnitas Plates:
El Conejo
25371 Alicia Pkwy
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Jun 24, 2007
stacey8989 in Los Angeles Area

Good Inexpensive Eats in the Westide/Culver

Good recommendations. I was about to say the same thing.

Empanada's Place
3811 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (310) 391-0888

If you like Japanese food,
Sakura - for udon
4545 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Shabu Hachi - for shabu shabu
Olympic (& Barrington, I think)

there are a bunch of places on Sawtelle (between Olympic & Santa Monica Blvd.)
Some of my favorites:
Hide Sushi - teri chicken & sushi
Orris - small plates, fun to go with 2-4 people (Japanese fusion)
Asahi Ramen - miso ramen/friend rice
Curry House - chicken cutlet curry
Hurry Curry - croquette curry
Sawtelle Kitchen - fish
Furaibo - small plates @ dinner, but more Japanese style than Orris.

Jun 20, 2007
stacey8989 in Los Angeles Area

Sukiyaki-where to find in in West L.A (not Asakuma!)

No, Gyu-kaku is a bbq place. They don't have sukiyaki.

Shabu Hachi
11680 W. Olympic Blvd.
LA, CA 90064

4545 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Jun 20, 2007
stacey8989 in Los Angeles Area

Never been to Chicago, need your help

I'm not a local, but here's a list of places I enjoyed most on my trip to Chicago in May. Everything is in downtown (quick cab ride) or near public transportation. Most of these places are fairly reasonable (no fine dining on this list).

Gino's East- (multiple locations) yummy deep dish pizza
Wildfire- I love the martini flight & ribs
Gibson's- I had the filet

Orange on Harrison-
Tweet- a bit outside of downtown, but take the red line to Argyle
Original Pancake House- (haven't been to Chicago location, but I've been to the ones in CA


Chains (but maybe different from what you have in Toronto)
Grand Luxe Cafe-

By the way- there are metro maps at O'Hare, just stop by the info desk on your way out of the airport. Your hotel concierge should have them as well.

Some fun snack places:
Ethel's Chocolate Lounge-
Garrett's Popcorn- try the mix!

Jun 20, 2007
stacey8989 in Chicago Area

Spega la Natura Yogurt?

I think it just depends when you go. Gelson's usually carries Spega as well.

Jun 18, 2007
stacey8989 in Los Angeles Area