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Feb 10, 2002 07:28 PM

Mustard Seed(s)? Foodie History Question

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I've just noticed a restaraunt on Hillhurst called "Mustard Seed Cafe"; I haven't eaten there yet, since they don't appear to do dinner.

My question is this: about a decade ago, before I got married and we produced Cam the Chow-Mutt, my wife-to-be owned a little house in North Long Beach. On the naerby strech of Atlantic Bl, (long with Lamar's Records (then THE blues record store in LA County))was another "Mustard Seed", which I recall, through the fog of time, as looking remarkably similar.

Anyone know if the two are in some way connected?


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  1. I used to go there all the time. I now go to CAFE CAMILLIA in Bellflower.

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    1. re: russkar

      Russkar, if you enjoy Camellia, head over to the Cerritos Town Center, just off the 91 at Bloomfield, and go to Arte Café. It's the sister restaurant of Camellia, and it sports a fantastic Pacific Rim menu. Throw the printed menu to the side, put yourself in Richard's hands, like we do, and just tell him to start bringing his best. You won't be disappointed, and it won't even come close to breaking you.

      1. re: Kriss Reed

        Been there lot's of times too! THANKS

    2. Speculating, but it is probably a Christian-based restaurant. There is a whole parable to the mustard seed in Christian mythos: And Jesus said unto them, ... If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, "Remove hence to yonder place"; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. (Matthew 17:20)

      There is mustard seed jewelry, mustard seed t-shirts, and all sorts of stuff. I'm not a Christian, but study religions and know about the relationships...

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      1. re: Renee

        Legend has it that Spanish padres sowed mustard seed during their travels between California missions to mark El Camino Real.