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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

Hamburger Hamlet Pasadena Done

I'm conflicted as well, having grown up in the SFV where we frequented both HH in Sherman Oaks and Dupar's in Studio City during their heyday. My only consolation is that blueberry cream cheese pie will now be more readily accessible.

Jan 03, 2014
Fru in Los Angeles Area

HAIL FSM!~ Din Tai Fung to open @ Americana

In same boat as X. Went to DTF in Glendale because we were already there. Even though DTF is considered the McDonalds of XLB by some, it is reliable. I will not ever purposely go back to the Glendale outpost. Under-seasoned and over-salted. There were 5 of us so I justified ordering the truffle soup dumplings--$22.50 for 5. I am still miffed that I got suckered. We were told when being served to not use any dipping sauce so as to not mask the truffle taste. What truffle taste? It was masked by salt. When I complained to our very sweet, very young, very um, white waitress that they were more salty than anything else, she mused that it must be because of the broth. I just got off the phone with management to tell them of my experience for no other reason than I just wanted to vent. He thanked me and said they would check with the kitchen and we said our goodbyes. So, don't waste $22.50 on the truffle dumplings!

Jan 03, 2014
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's Going Downhill?

Regardless of whether or not it has gone downhill, I always return rancid, stale, or just plain don't like it products. The staff have never been anything less than cordial.

Dec 24, 2013
Fru in Chains

Help! I bought nuts at Arcadia Market and I don't remember what they are called

Thanks SG! I actually had found that same thread and more. Fortunately, I purchased the nut with the fruit already washed off but they still have an aroma. Already fried them. And yes, I will not eat too many at a time.

Dec 24, 2013
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Help! I bought nuts at Arcadia Market and I don't remember what they are called

I did a search and found them. Ginko nuts. Now I just have to figure out how to prepare them.

Dec 24, 2013
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Help! I bought nuts at Arcadia Market and I don't remember what they are called

I purchased a bag of nuts from the refrigerated produce section. They were labeled but I promptly forgot the name. I called today but was told that they are too busy to check. They are white and look like pistachios. Maybe I should be posting on home cooking but I figured someone here would know what I am talking about. Thanks & Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2013
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's Going Downhill?

I just talked to an avocado grower at my local farmers' market that enlightened me to the fact that if avocados are picked before the oil that develops naturally inside, they will go from hard to not edible.

Dec 01, 2013
Fru in Chains

Fukada before Cirque du Soleil?

Ahh...Thank you Porthos, the menu looks awesome. It might be a little while before I can get there but I look forward to trying it and reporting back!

Nov 30, 2013
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Fukada before Cirque du Soleil?

We got there at a little before 6. Only waited about 15 minutes and got out in plenty of time. So many of my favorite things on the menu. Would have loved to try the udon but since we were going to a 2 1/2 hour show, well, you know...Tempura was just the way it should be--crisp and hot, loved the vegetable assortment. Can't tell you how many places I've been to that just can't do it right. Loved the agedashi tofu, and the fact that it was several small pieces rather than a couple of large hunks. I have never had miso soup with more than just onion and seaweed. Theirs has lots of chopped veggies. Didn't try it but my hubby had the salmon skin salad, looked delicious. I had trouble finishing my salmon/tempura combination. Love the fact that you have the option of brown rice. Son had pork cutlet. Huge! Again, I was too full to try but by the way he pounded it, it must have been good. The spicy tuna roll was good too. I liked how it was more solid than minced and it had a nice kick. Wish we could have tried more. Very happy to find Fukada. Must go back but gotta have a reason, as without traffic, it was an hour drive.

Nov 29, 2013
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Fukada before Cirque du Soleil?

We'll try to get there before 6pm so I think I'll take my chances. Thank you!

Nov 29, 2013
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Fukada before Cirque du Soleil?

I know I'm only leaving 2 hours for responses but I could not find any recent threads regarding Fukada. Live in Pasadena, going to an 8pm show at the OC Great Park. Any reason we shouldn't try to have dinner there at 6pm? I like the menu--From the fact that the chicken in free range, to tempura by the piece, great noodle options, to full traditional combo dinners--along with sashimi options. It would satisfy the needs of one who is on a low carb diet, and the rest of us! Any other suggestions?

Nov 29, 2013
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Where can I find out Feijoa Fruit in LA?

They are nearing the end of their season--at least mine are, I have an entire hedge of them. Farmer's markets are your best bet. I saw them Saturday at the Pasadena market at Pasadena High School.

Nov 26, 2013
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Remember these Restaurants?

I'm mostly in the SGV now so this is based on memory only, but I believe it was either Travelini's or Fiori that Mitchell Litt Antiques replaced.

Nov 04, 2013
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Remember these Restaurants?

I loved Jean's Blue Room! I miss everything about them. And yes, we ate at Fiore d' Italia on special occassions...Shrimp Scampi was my dish! They used Deruta pitchers in the form of chickens to pour wine. We used to call them the 'Spit-Up Chickens'. Gosh, it's been 40 years? I don't think I have ever been to Stromboli.

Nov 04, 2013
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Remember these Restaurants?

Skandia
Piccolo's
Hoppe's Old Heidelberg
Travellini's
Fiori d' Italia
Moskva Cliff
La Serre
Jean's Blue Room
I especially miss Jean's!

Oct 28, 2013
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Remember these Restaurants?

You put a smile on my face!

Oct 28, 2013
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Thanksgiving pick up in La Canada/ Pasadena/ Glendale?

Well, everything I have ever had there is very good. And by good, I mean, I couldn't make it better myself, and I pride myself on being a good home cook. I haven't done Thanksgiving but I have been there for Mother's Day. Their quiches, mac n' cheese--all their sandwiches...I love the Dutch crunch rolls! Their dressings are home made. I used to use them to cater events at my son's previous elementary school when I was in charge of hospitality. People were always coming up to me asking where I got the food. So, I can honestly say that they know how to put a meal together. There was a Frank once upon a time but it is owned by Roger and Tracy. Roger is Cordon Bleu trained. Talk to Tracy. I can't guaranty that they can accommodate special requests but give it a shot. Their website is accurate, everything they say is true. They also sell Dr Bob's ice cream and an interesting variety of sodas. Their baked goods are delicious too!

Oct 28, 2013
Fru in Los Angeles Area

Thanksgiving pick up in La Canada/ Pasadena/ Glendale?

Frank's Famous Kitchen
http://www.franksfamous.com/menus/Tha...
Hands down better than the 3 suggestions so far.

Oct 28, 2013
Fru in Los Angeles Area

CaCao Mexicatessen in Eagle Rock

Had been driving by for years and after an urban stair hike, finally had an opportunity to try it. Pretty much agree with OP. No, it is not inexpensive but, I don't think it is expensive for the quality, and the portions are generous. I had camarones enchipotlados as a burrito. Delicious!!! All the flavors were distinct--cilantro, lime, chipotle, and the shrimp were firm and meaty. My friend had a calabacitas burrito--vegetarian with Mexican zucchini, corn, tomato, serrano chiles...While I didn't try it, it looked delicious which my friend confirmed. We got chips and salsa which I guess you normally pay for but since we were first time customers, it was on the house. The green salsa was one of the best I have ever had. The chips come hot and seasoned. My son got a beef torta that again, I didn't taste but I know he enjoyed. I am looking forward to going back for breakfast. And yes, while you do have to wait in line to order, the people working there are friendly and gracious. It is really nice to spend money in places where people appreciate your patronage.

Aug 06, 2013
Fru in Los Angeles Area
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The best (non-tourist) seafood restaurants in Boston proper, please.

Am perusing this thread because we will be in Boston in a couple of weeks. Had been to Neptune's Oyster about 3 years ago (I guess it was prior to the original post) and will definitely consider going back this trip. As we are early eaters, we didn't have to deal with a line. Agree with threedogs. The North End has so much to offer you certainly could make NO your destination.

Aug 04, 2013
Fru in Greater Boston Area

Mammoth has some possibilities

"One can appreciate dining for more than food; and sometimes the food more than the dining experience.With regards to the remote setting,"

I wish. As much as I love to cook, I would have much rather enjoyed this meal more than the meal I made the next night from ingredients purchased from Von's for less than $25 and eaten in the same setting. It kills me to pay top $$ for mediocre food. This isn't my first outing, much less my first time to Mammoth. Yes, the experience should be about more than just the food. I like to get a lot of bang for my buck. I would have been happy with The Stove.

Aug 01, 2013
Fru in California

Mammoth has some possibilities

Stayed at Convict Lake Resort last week. While the service was very attentive, I was a bit disappointed with the restaurant. I realize that there aren't a lot of fine dining options but check $$ before you commit. Check previous posts. Yes, the setting is beautiful but I don't feel I got the value for the price. I ordered Caesar salad, potato leek soup and goat cheese raviolis as my meal. I love Caesar salad because of the garlic and anchovies. Well, I know not everyone uses anchovies in their dressing but I would think with an up scale place I wouldn't have had to ask. While a pretty and generous salad, it wasn't Caesar. The potato leek soup was the best part of my meal. The raviolis were tasty but tough. My dining companion had the vegetarian entree of Portobellos. Her description of them was, "rubbery". They were neither grilled or seared. Our sons ordered steaks--top sirloin at $28 and filet Mignon topped with Maytag blue cheese for $38. While I didn't try the top sirloin, I had to help cut it because the 14 year old was a bit frustrated. I'm sorry to be so vague, I wish I could recall how he ordered it. My mistake letting the other one order filet Mignon because he complained that the steak had no flavor. I explained that typically, filet Mignon gets it flavor from whatever sauce accompanies it. Anyway, it was a lovely setting but I don't feel I got my money's worth. Had been to the Tammarack Lodge years ago and would love to go back as I do remember really enjoying the food but would rely on more current reviews.

Jul 28, 2013
Fru in California

pizza making class at mozza = hugely disappointing

Agreed!
http://bandbhg.com/our_restaurants.cfm
Sounds like the situation was resolved to the the satisfaction of the OP but, to not go to the source to verify in the first place, especially in this age of the information highway...caveat emptor.
Personally, hands on or not, I could not see shelling out $150/person...unless it was Julia Child:)

Jul 13, 2013
Fru in Los Angeles Area