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Rainier Cherries

Just a heads up... Rainier cherries have been elusive for me to find this year. My local Sprouts had some sad looking specimens for $6.99 lb which I passed on and the local Ralph's and Pavilions all said they had a few cases back in early June but nothing since then.

Thankfully I found them at the Northridge Costco today in a 2 pound clam shell for just $7.99! They had a limited supply of about 20 cases left... Superfresh Growers brand from Yakima, WA.

Jun 22, 2014
darrenk in Los Angeles Area

Go Sushi & Popcorn?

In the same shopping center as Go's Sushi is a little place offering "frozen" popcorn called California Mad Poppers. I was wondering if anyone had stopped in there after visiting Go's?

May 04, 2014
darrenk in Los Angeles Area

Looking for Red Seedless Organic Grapes

Thanks for the suggestions... These are defiantly out of season! No one in LA has them. We need them to be organic since they are feed to a parrot who adores them. Unfortunately, all of the standard red seedless grapes seem to have been sprayed with a fungicide which can be hazardous if not washed enough. The owner won't take any chances...

Jan 13, 2012
darrenk in Los Angeles Area

Looking for Red Seedless Organic Grapes

I'm having trouble locating red seedless organic grapes in the LA area. Does anyone know of a supplier that has them available? I've tried the local chains without any luck!

Thanks!

Jan 12, 2012
darrenk in Los Angeles Area

Five Guys Burgers and Fries Opening in Thousand Oaks

IMHO Fat Burger has nothing to worry about either based on my meal at Five Guys.

Carl's Jr. would be a better comparison....

I just hope that INO expansion plans don't eventually ruin the whole chain (they are expanding but not franchising).

Jun 22, 2010
darrenk in Los Angeles Area

Five Guys Burgers and Fries Opening in Thousand Oaks

I've tried the one in Cerritos, In N Out has nothing to worry about. Based on all of the hype this chain gets I assume that they were really good at one point (before they started franchising across the country?).

Jun 22, 2010
darrenk in Los Angeles Area

Sweet Rose Creamery - a mother's delight

A followup, For $16 we received 5 scoops of IC and a small bottle of water. The scoop sizes were about a third of the size one would receive at Fosselmans.

May 14, 2010
darrenk in Los Angeles Area

Sweet Rose Creamery - a mother's delight

The flavors we tried today (chocolate malt, banana, vanilla) were average at best and way overpriced for the tiny scoop size. The banana had ice crystals in it also... The pricing may fly for the area, time will tell.

May 13, 2010
darrenk in Los Angeles Area

Where to get a champagne cake?

Plusko's Bakery in Canoga Park has been making champagne cakes for over 30 years. It's not my favorite but apparently it is a big seller for them.

http://www.pluskosbakery.com/special.htm

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Plusko's Bakery
21013 Sherman Way, Los Angeles, CA 91303

Canoga Cafe
6200 Canoga Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Apr 13, 2010
darrenk in Los Angeles Area

Red Velvet Cake at Los Feliz Costco

Taking the price and size into account it was a decent cake. The household consensus was that the CRV cake was a little flavorless and dry, and the icing tasted like the regular cake frosting Costco uses with cream cheese mixed in. Definitely no match for the RVC once served at Doughboy's.

Mar 22, 2010
darrenk in Chains

Bob's Big Boy - in PASADENA???!!!

Don't forget the Sun Valley and Northridge locations that have opened in the last year...

Feb 02, 2010
darrenk in Los Angeles Area

Valley Ranch BBQ Closed?

I had a chance to drop by today and sadly the restaurant is closed... The food wasn't the best but I had fond childhood memories of eating there (great bbq beans and coleslaw).

Their liquor license was indefinitely suspended on August 20,2009. It appears as if they just locked the doors one day and walked away. There are even notes from a few vendors looking to retrieve their leased equipment that is locked up inside the restaurant.

The hand written "specials" of the day board is even still standing...

Jan 23, 2010
darrenk in Los Angeles Area

Valley Ranch BBQ Closed?

Anyone know what happened to Valley Ranch BBQ in Van Nuys? I assume they have went out of business since their phone numbers are disconnected...

Jan 18, 2010
darrenk in Los Angeles Area

undecorated gingerbread houses????

Vons had these the other day for $14.99. They come fully assembled but undecorated, not sure if they included the candy needed to decorate at that price....

Dec 21, 2009
darrenk in Los Angeles Area

Where can i pick up an unusual apple pie (fondant topping, crumb, or caramel) for thurs?

I saw that Sam's Club had a caramel/apple/nut holiday pie for $9.87 in the Santa Clarita location. I'm not sure how good it would be nut it did look unusual.

Nov 23, 2009
darrenk in Los Angeles Area

Eggnog: ¿ 2nd choice behind Broguiere's?

Nov 19, 2009
darrenk in Los Angeles Area

Has anyone seen broguiere's egg nog yet?

I bought some today at the dairy. $3.39 for the quart in a glass bottle.

Oct 26, 2009
darrenk in Los Angeles Area

Has anyone found Coconut M&Ms?

Well when I say case I mean a case of 24 individual 2oz. retail bags. The GF ended up eating all of them, I wasn't impressed...

Oct 16, 2009
darrenk in Los Angeles Area

Has anyone found Coconut M&Ms?

I remember picking up a case of individual size bags at Sam's Club in Santa Clarita about 2-3 months ago.

Oct 14, 2009
darrenk in Los Angeles Area

Bobs Big Boy Northridge

For some reason the prices at this location are MUCH higher than at the Burbank Bob's.

Onion rings $5.99
Super Big Boy Combo $9.99 (fries and burger, no drink) vs $6.99
Chili & Spaghetti $9.49 vs $5.99

Sep 15, 2009
darrenk in Los Angeles Area

Why is Fresh O.J. So Expensive in L.A.?

Picked up a half-gallon today at F&E and it was $4.99. Just MAKE SURE you get the unpasteurized stuff, the taste is SO MUCH BETTER! They sell both and the containers look similar.

Good strawberry lemonade too!

Jul 14, 2009
darrenk in Not About Food

Why is Fresh O.J. So Expensive in L.A.?

Try the unpasteurized OJ at Fresh & Easy. Good as fresh squeezed and reasonably priced.

Jul 13, 2009
darrenk in Not About Food

Great Caesar Salad in L.A.

If you like your Caesar with TONS of garlic try Stonefire Grill's take on it.

Jul 04, 2009
darrenk in Los Angeles Area

Fishlips Sushi Truck ~ Short review + pics

Been to the truck twice now... Great sushi at a fair price.

Thanks!

Jul 01, 2009
darrenk in Los Angeles Area

New West Valley Thai

Tried out the new Pink Elephant Thai restaurant that is soft opening this week in Canoga Park (next to Cavaretta's).

The food was fresh and delicious! Of course it won't compare to the North Hollywood Thai joints but the food was solid and cheap (they have a discounted pre-opening menu) and MUCH better than the majority of the Thai places we have in the west valley.

Pad Se Ew beef was $4
Pad Thai chicken was $4
Combo fried rice was $6
Crab app was $4

There were for full size portions with lots of meat that wasn't sitting around drying out.

http://www.pinkelephantexpress.com/

22039 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303
(818) 883-0422 | (818) 883-0412

Darren

May 12, 2009
darrenk in Los Angeles Area

Buying Galbi (or some other meat appetizer) for a large party?

Might want to check out Costco. They recently started carrying pre-marinated Galbi in vacpaks. It's usually found over where the marinated tri-tips are located.... I think it was on the expensive side though!

Sep 16, 2008
darrenk in Los Angeles Area

Fresh Squeezed Juices

You might try your local Fresh and Easy. I know they carry a killer unpasturized orange juice and fresh lemonade. They might have what you are looking for...

Sep 10, 2008
darrenk in Los Angeles Area

ISO BEST FRENCH TOAST - SERVED ALL DAY

Bob's Big Boy does a deep fried french toast 24/7... Hmmm, looks like they changed the menu and it's a cinnamon french toast now.

4211 W Riverside Dr
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 843-9334

Aug 20, 2008
darrenk in Los Angeles Area

Fab Hot Dogs--mini report

Thanks for tip about this place! GF and I love it... They have great hamburgers too! Definately have to try the burgers!

Aug 04, 2008
darrenk in Los Angeles Area

David's Chili House - Azusa

Thanks!

We got to try out the spicy pork, spaghetti and chili, beef teriyaki and fried fish.

All of the items were surprisingly outstanding!

Jan 15, 2008
darrenk in Los Angeles Area