Date nut shakes
I recently has my first banana date nut shake outside of Palm Springs and am now craving them.
Any chowhounds know where to find one in the LA area?
No, the one you had at Hadley's is pretty much the only one.
NOT difficult to produce on your own, though:
Vanilla Ice Cream, Milk, Dates (pitted) = Voila!
I believe that they are available at Cafe 50s on Santa Monica Boulevard just west of Barrington.
I had one last year at an ice cream stand at the foot of the Santa Monica pier. It was my dinner (mostly because I still felt like a stuffed pig due to a mega chow tour of Thai town the previous evening), and a fabulous and satisfying one at that.
To follow on an earlier post, although obviously simple to make, I have never tried at home -- I am a bit worried about what the unsoftened dates would do to a home blender. Perhaps the thing to do would be to soak the in water or milk first to soften.