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vonger44 Jul 11, 2007 08:42 PM

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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    schrutefarms Oct 20, 2009 03:43 AM

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

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      Harry Nile Oct 19, 2009 11:07 PM

      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

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        chris1621 Oct 15, 2009 04:35 PM

        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...

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          yummyewe Oct 15, 2009 12:36 PM

          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. hyacinthgirl Oct 15, 2009 12:24 PM

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

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            1. re: hyacinthgirl
              Dommy Oct 15, 2009 03:17 PM

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


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                hyacinthgirl Oct 19, 2009 01:02 PM

                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
                  bulavinaka Oct 19, 2009 06:52 PM

                  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...

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                    Dommy Oct 19, 2009 10:32 PM

                    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...


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                      bulavinaka Oct 19, 2009 11:18 PM

                      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.

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                        hyacinthgirl Oct 20, 2009 12:51 PM

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

              2. Das Ubergeek Oct 14, 2009 08:57 PM

                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. tablefor1 Oct 14, 2009 08:18 PM

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


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                    ns1 Oct 13, 2009 01:05 PM

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

                    Full picnic box for <$20

                    Screw BF/Gelson's/TJ/WholeFoods.

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                      trimtab Oct 13, 2009 12:23 PM

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

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                        ElsieDee Oct 15, 2009 07:07 PM

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

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                        Fejade Oct 12, 2009 05:12 PM

                        Elements Kitchen website.

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                          Fejade Oct 12, 2009 05:10 PM

                          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. hyacinthgirl Jun 17, 2009 03:17 PM

                            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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                              foodie21 Oct 12, 2009 04:12 PM

                              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.

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                                mollyomormon Oct 13, 2009 12:55 PM

                                Yum! Please report back how it was!

                            2. sandra76 Jun 17, 2009 01:57 PM

                              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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                                ipsedixit Jun 17, 2009 10:37 PM

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

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                                winedinker Sep 6, 2007 02:26 PM

                                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.

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                                  Diana Jul 12, 2007 08:54 AM

                                  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. Emme Jul 11, 2007 09:45 PM

                                    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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                                      whatsfordinner Jul 12, 2007 08:46 AM

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

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                                        Emme Jul 12, 2007 10:26 AM

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

                                    2. Local Jul 11, 2007 09:05 PM

                                      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.

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