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new Hollywood Bowl picnic ideas

Hello. I am in search of new picnic dinner ideas for the Hollywood Bowl.
Have done Bristol Farms/Gelsons/Trader Joe's pick and go thing, enjoyed the
bento boxes from Mako, and overdosed on Julienne and Joan's on 3rd....have never really gone wrong with these choices but just looking for something new to try.
Any fresh new ideas esp in the W. LA and Pasadena areas would be lovely. TIA.

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  1. in pasadena... http://www.thekitchen.net/takeout.htm on West Colorado Blvd. on the west side of the Colorado Bridge. also, run a search...there were at least two other recent posts with similar inquiries during the last month.

    1. Beverly Hills cheese store
      Artisan Cheese Gallery in Studio City does sandwiches and cheese
      Maison Akira also does bentos
      Little Next Door
      Vert (also nice and close to the Bowl itself)
      The Spot on Lincoln
      Bay Cities
      FarmBoys in Sherman Oaks will do a sushi platter
      Dinah's Chicken
      Auntie Em's
      Green Street

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      1. re: Emme

        Emme, I'm always amazed at your lists! Is it all in your head?

        1. re: whatsfordinner

          I have a "junk brain;" I simply scan the city :)

      2. Second Artisan Cheese Gallery. Great Charcuterie, Cheese, fabulous salads and sandwiches.

        Little NExt Door is great, too.

        How about Chili form Chili My Soul in Encino? Coolers keep things warm, too!

        Le Pain Quotidean will pack up sandwiches.

        What about a sushi platter from Farm Boy? Affordable, and really good.

        Get some pita, hummous, babba ganouj and more from The Italian Mediterranian Deli in Studio City, or from your favrite mediterranian place.

        Pick up some great Burritos from Sabor A mexico.

        Surfas has yummy sandwiches you can pack up, and good wines in the store.

        What about Just a dessert picnic? Get an assortment of baked goods from Leda's or your favorite bakery-cupcakes, tarts, cookies, brownies. Grab a bottle of dessert wine and have a sugar rush!

        1. Hit the farmers markets on Saturday or Sunday. Grab cheese from "The Big Cheese", bread from the Breadman, fresh fruit from just about anwhere. You get better products and a fraction of the price, and support your local farmer too. The markets I've found with the best Artiasan cheese selection; Brentwood, Palsades, Encino, Calabasas, Larchmont, and Torrance. Many of these markets also have other goodies for noshing.

          1. The milanesa sandwiches and empanadas from Tito's Market in El Monte are fantastic.

            Tito's Market
            9814 Garvey Ave, El Monte, CA

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            1. re: sandra76

              Y'know, I love the stuff at Tito's (and it's darn cheap as well), but it just doesn't travel well.

            2. Third the Little Next Door, great picnic items.

              Also, for my next Bowl trip, I'm thinking of trying the Curious Palate on Venice.

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              1. re: hyacinthgirl

                I just ordered the "fall" picnic box from Tavern LA's Larder. $25 for proscuitto, figs & burrata, roasted veggies, wheatberry salad, slow roasted beef & horseradish cream, bagette & butter. Plus I'm sure I'll get some AOC bacon wrapped dates from the counter when I pick up my order.

              2. Elements Kitchen of Pasadena has done bento boxes for the Hollywood Bowl. My name is Felicia and they are my clients. On the website you will find a picture of their bento boxes.

                Please contact me at fhoward @elementskitchen.com for more information . Please put in the subject title Hollywood Bowl.

                1. Elements Kitchen website.

                  1. Check out The Spot on Lincoln in Pasadena. Great assortment of meats, fish, pastas and salads. Very reasonably priced.

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                    1. re: trimtab

                      The Spot is open again? Are they doing regular sit down meals or ... ?

                    2. Pillage Jon's for some wine, cheese, and melba toast.

                      Full picnic box for <$20

                      Screw BF/Gelson's/TJ/WholeFoods.

                      1. BLD on beverly blvd has GREAT picnic boxes. very stylish, very tasty, very thoughtful.


                        1. When we go we like to bring Vietnamese with us -- banh mi, a packet of goi cuon (the un-fried salad rolls) and some che chuoi (banana coconut pudding) and che ba mau (three-sweet-bean pudding). It normally costs us about $8 for three people.

                          1. Might also suggest getting a good to go from Lemonade. And don't skip the desserts.

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                            1. re: hyacinthgirl

                              Lemonade was a hit our last visit to the bowl... but have yet to try their desserts... which do you like?


                              1. re: Dommy

                                I had a really delicious lemon macaron from there. It was the highlight of my meal. And the BF had something chocolate that he loved, but for the life of me, I have no memory of what it was....

                                1. re: hyacinthgirl

                                  I've tried most of the stuff in the dessert case - they're pretty good to really good. Like you, I thought the lemon macaron was very good, and huge. If you like moist red velvet, theirs borders on wet...

                                  1. re: bulavinaka

                                    REALLY! I have been sniffing around for a replacement of my beloved Boule Lemon Macaron (passed by their empty store front yesterday and felt a major loss :() I assume you got this at the Venice location? If so, I'll be there soooooonnn...


                                    1. re: Dommy

                                      Not in the same class as Boule, but I think it was two or three bucks, and about the diameter of a tennis ball. It was the Venice location.

                                      1. re: Dommy

                                        I agree, it's not quite as delicate as Boule, but, still, it is delicious. And yes, I was at the Venice locale.

                              2. Street by Susan Feniger at 742 Highland Avenue (near Willoughby and Waring) has AMAZING bento boxes for only $25 for the bowl. Her food is unusual, rare, exquisite and she just started doing these boxes this summer! Cheaper than Whole Foods, really...

                                1. I haven't tried Food + Lab yet, but have some friends that say their sandwiches are really good and they do make boxes for the Bowl:


                                  On Santa Monica, near La Brea...

                                  1. You can't do better than AP-petite in Pasadena ( www.ap-petite.com ). The dozens of tiny European-style sandwiches and pastries are a joy to behold and a delight to eat. I may have read that in a motel-room dining guide, but it does apply, especially if Gustavo Dudamel or Kris Kristofferson -- somebody like that -- is playing the Bowl.

                                    140 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

                                    1. Lemonade!!! (The place, not the drink)