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Best Fried Zucchini and Fried Asparagus in Los Angeles and surrounding areas.

The Ranch dressing is at Tops on Walnut as well. And yes, while their fried zucchini is tasty, it is the dressing that separates it from the pack. I always ask for extra. As everyone says, their portions are huge and there is never enough sauce to go around.

Aug 25, 2015
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Lunch in Pasadena?

I've been eating here for over 20 years--since it was Sachi Sushi. I haven't tried many hot dishes since Chef Takuya purchased the restaurant. But, I love the chicken karage. My son had a katsudon that he really enjoyed. Chef Takuya does a really nice job with his sushi. Very fresh, clean pieces of fish, no connective tissue. If he is overwhelmed, his rice can be warm and mushy--not good and I don't know how to tell him. He is so nice.

Aug 18, 2015
Fru in Los Angeles Area
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Good Persian Vegetarian ?

Shaherzad in Westwood has many good vegetarian options if you don't necessarily need the restaurant to be completely vegetarian. http://www.shaherzadrestaurant.com/wp...

Aug 15, 2015
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Shake Shack is coming

While I love In-N-Out,(Yes, I am a California gal who started going to In-N-Out on Lankershim in NoHo as a teen in the '70s), we are not comparing apples to apples. I love In-N-Out's charitable/philanthropic philosophy, how they treat their employees, AND their high standards. Per their website:
"Our commitment to quality starts with our hamburgers. And our burgers begin with our patties. We make them from fresh, 100% pure beef. They are free of additives, fillers and preservatives of any kind. But the focus on quality starts well before we deliver our hamburger patties to our stores. We own and operate our own patty-making facilities in Baldwin Park, California; Lathrop, California and Dallas, Texas. Since we only serve burgers, fries and drinks, making a high-quality hamburger patty is everything to us."

But, you cannot sell a
"100% all-natural Angus beef, vegetarian fed, humanely raised and source verified. No hormones or antibiotics – EVER. We pride ourselves on sourcing incredible ingredients from like-minded artisanal producers",
that Shake Shack sells for the same price.

I like The Counter as well because they serve beef raised without hormones or antibiotics but again, it will never compete with In-N-Out's prices.

Aug 15, 2015
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Good Hamburger Buns in Los Angeles

While they don't normally keep them on hand, I special order hamburger buns from Federico's Bakery in Pasadena. I'm guessing this can be done at many local bakeries.

Aug 11, 2015
Fru in Los Angeles Area

What's the most unique and upscale Iranian/Persian food in LA?

90024, many refer to themselves as Persian rather than Iranian because they fled during the revolution and to distance themselves from the current regime/Ayatollah.

Jul 18, 2015
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Armenian in Glendale

Timing is everything:)

Jul 05, 2015
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Armenian in Glendale

That was Caesar's! Seta, Caesar's wife made the best damn rice I have ever had! I long for their food. So sad when they decided to retire. And yes, Old Sassoon is delicious.

Jul 03, 2015
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Desert for July 4th Party?

Ice Box Cake...Nabisco World Famous Chocolate Wafers sandwiched with and covered in whipped cream. Make several hours ahead so that the cookies absorb the liquid in the whipped cream. Just finished making one for tomorrow!

Jul 03, 2015
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Armenian in Glendale

Yes navacom46, for a place that continuously gets recommended, the food should be better.

Jun 29, 2015
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Over-easy vs Over-medium

I hate when that happens. I responded too, not looking at when the OP originally posted!

Jun 26, 2015
Fru in General Topics
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halvah in LA?

Honestly, the only difference in taste is the addition of pistachios. It is just a mild difference. To me, halavah already has a nutty taste so the addition of pistachios is redundant-not really discernible. I still like the marble better because I like the addition of chocolate.

Jun 26, 2015
Fru in Los Angeles Area
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Over-easy vs Over-medium

You order over easy and get solid whites?! Not in my experience--which is about 40 years worth and in a variety of states. I always order over medium because I do not want the whites runny. If the yolks are solid, that is over hard. If I am somewhere new, I will verify with the server that their version of over medium would be, whites set while yolk still runny. Boy that sounds gross but I still love them with crispy hash browns!!!

Jun 26, 2015
Fru in General Topics

halvah in LA?

Any Jewish deli. Cambridge Market (Kosher) in Valley Village and probably every other Kosher market. Mom's products sold at farmer's markets sells it too. I get Mom's at the Pasadena market on Saturdays. They carry marble and pistachio.

Jun 25, 2015
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Armenian in Glendale

Sorry, I've been to Raffi's 3 times. Kabobs always dry. Grilled eggplant undercooked. Rice, nothing special. Definitely family style but I still think it is overpriced. Nice indoor/out interior. And while I cannot give a good first hand Glendale recommendation, I have heard good things about Elena's and Carousel.

Jun 25, 2015
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Where to get Dutch Crunch Bread in LA?

Frank's Famous uses Dutch Crunch Bread. http://www.franksfamous.com/menus/pdf...

May 07, 2015
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Anything interesting in San Fernando Valley?

Man! Snark heaven!!! Can't Papuli just give an opinion based on her first impression of Tuning Fork's website? She didn't say she would never go there.

Burger Continental Closed

Haven't been in years. Once I started noticing leftovers from Sunday's buffet available on Monday night, that was enough for me.

Mar 24, 2015
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Need ideas for recuperating sister

Also, about 2 miles west on Colorado Blvd is The Kitchen for Exploring Foods, and Little Flower. Both are good for upscale goodies to go. Little Flower is known for their candy--caramels and marshmallows, has a limited but thoughtful menu http://littleflowercandyco.com/ The Kitchen, while it is primarily a caterer, has a great to-go counter. http://www.thekitchen.net/

Feb 04, 2015
Fru in Los Angeles Area
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Need good, independent (MSC) fish market in Pasadena area. Thanks!

Fish King in Glendale--which is just outside of Pasadena, is my fish market of choice, and I live in Pasadena.

How do people feel about San Marino Seafood? I've never been. http://sanmarinoseafood.com/

In Pasadena, Cameron's--More restaurant than fish market.
http://www.camerons4fish.com/fish-mar...

Jan 11, 2015
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Restaurants in the 80's

My dad was stationed in England during the Korean War. To him the only acceptable place for fish n' chips was Mucky Duck. I loved the sausage rolls!!! I never got the hang of using malt vinegar...Always inhaled the fumes! Wasn't there a candy store or specialty shop next door?

Dec 12, 2014
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Pasadena holiday food gifts, please

Aladdin's Nuts, on Washington west of Allen, carries several varieties of pistachios, among other things...Aleppo pepper, oregano, Turkish candy, the mix is always changing.

Nov 16, 2014
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Pasadena holiday food gifts, please

I buy macarons from Euro Pane frequently--last time being this past Friday. Am going to have to say something to Sumi because many times they have an unpleasant "refrigerator" taste. And buying them as a gift is not fun when they come with a disclaimer.

Nov 16, 2014
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Calling Chandavkl ... "House of Mandarin Noodle" opens in Temple City

I went on October 8th around 12:30. I did not see the owner--whom I followed after she sold Mandarin Noodle Deli on Las Tunas. She was not there and the lady behind the counter didn't speak much English. I was able to convey that I was in a hurry and that I know everything is made to order and would they be able to make me some pan fried dumplings. She assured me she could. There was only 1 table occupied when I came in. I went over to the table and asked if they knew anything. One guy told me he thought the owner was on vacation in Canada but it was her husband who was in the kitchen so that is why I stayed. Long story short, I had to leave after 20 minutes--minus my dumplings. Figured I would wait a couple of weeks and go back. If this is a change of ownership, it is not for the better.

Oct 18, 2014
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Birthday Celebration in Springfield, MA--Do I go to Woodstar in Northampton to get a delicious chocolate cake?

Well, I'm sorry to say, I was completely underwhelmed. While it is obvious that the ingredients were quality, neither cake was what I expected. I guess I should have gotten a better description. I tried the coconut cake first. While I don't like things cloyingly sweet, the cake was moist and dense, but was lacking in coconut flavor. Also, the frosting on both cakes was indeed buttercream, but I was expecting a fluffy frosting rather than a thin layer(without much taste). The cake of the chocolate cake while dense and moist, was also lacking in chocolate flavor. The frosting had a hint of chocolate flavor but was really not chocolaty. I would definitely go to Woodstar again to try other things but these cakes really missed the mark. Oh well, different strokes. Thanks anyway.

Jun 12, 2014
Fru in Southern New England

walking in the park and hungry!

Have definitely taken these posts into consideration. I think we'll have a big breakfast first! .

Jun 04, 2014
Fru in Manhattan

walking in the park and hungry!

Thanks for the reply. I realize how old this thread is but often, posters get lambasted for not utilizing existing threads when posing a question..

Jun 03, 2014
Fru in Manhattan

walking in the park and hungry!

Resuscitating an old thread. Will be our 2nd family trip to NY(LA native). Thought it would be fun to do the Boathouse--row boats...How do people feel about the Lakeside for lunch? Menu looks good, a little pricey but an experience that cannot be duplicated?

Jun 01, 2014
Fru in Manhattan

Birthday Celebration in Springfield, MA--Do I go to Woodstar in Northampton to get a delicious chocolate cake?

I ordered a 10" each of chocolate with chocolate buttercream, and a coconut cake with coconut buttercream. I can hardly wait to try both!

May 30, 2014
Fru in Southern New England

Birthday Celebration in Springfield, MA--Do I go to Woodstar in Northampton to get a delicious chocolate cake?

Will be in Springfield to celebrate my FIL's 85th birthday. Was considering La Fiorentina for their chocolate mousse cake but have read conflicting reviews. I want a quality cake, with quality ingredients, that not only looks like chocolate, but tastes like it as well. I live in So Cal and am good with driving to Northampton from Springfield to get what I need. Any other suggestions? Thanks in advance.

May 27, 2014
Fru in Southern New England