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May 3, 2008 06:30 PM

Attn. Carter: (Valley Chow question)

Greetings hounds,

I was walking to Watercress and saw a storefront maybe half a block West on the same side of the street. On the window pane, was written something to the effect of "Sno-ball" or similar. It's a new spot that will open, and I don't know if it is an ice cream store, or something else. It definitely is going to be a food related. Curious if Carter or someone might be in the know.


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  1. Jeff - Dr. Dirt here!
    Yes, it will be a New Orleans sno-ball place, whatever that is all about.
    It is located on the west side of the Coffee Roaster, 2 doors west of Watercress. eventually, yet for now google just nolaice and you will come up with the following:

    Nola Ice is Los Angeles' premium ice dessert shop serving traditional New Orleans sno-balls. They are the perfect dessert, boasting fewer calories than cupcakes, pastries or lattes! Thirty flavors to choose from, including: FROM THE FRENCH MARKET: Banana, Black Cherry, Coconut, Grape, Orange, Peach, Pineapple, Strawberry --- FROM THE BAR: Amaretto, Apple Pucker, Fuzzy Navel, Margarita, Mojito, Pina Colada, White Russian --- FROM THE FRENCH QUARTER: Bananas Foster, Bubble Gam, Cafe Au Lait, Cotton Candy, Hurricane, Mardi Gras King Cake, Praline --- FROM THE BAKERY: Apple Pie, Cheesecake, Ice Cream, Strawberry Shortcake, Wedding Cake, White Chocolate Chip ---
    Anything more, you are on your own!!!

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    1. re: carter

      I knew you could do it! Thanks Carter. Now to push the envelope even further, I have another question. When I was at Watercress for my first lunch (and by the way, it was very enjoyable), I noticed toward the end of my meal, a familiar face. Dana, the fellow who owns The Coffee Roaster, was bringing food to some of the tables. It was busy, and I didn't ask our waiter---but I am curious. Does Dana also own Watercress?

      Thanks again Dick,

      1. re: JeffW

        Oh, yes he does. He wanted to add food to be able to attract more people to that side of the street to improve his sales of coffee products at the roaster. Still wish he could make a decent cup of coffee at the roaster, though!

        1. re: carter

          It's ironic. There are a couple of reasons why I don't purchase coffee any longer at The Coffee Roaster---but as for Watercress, I have only good vibes thus far. I like the feel, and the food. Now should I ever get similar treatment at Watercress that I've had at The Coffee Roaster---well that will be another story.

    2. Drove by Watercress the other day and wondered about it. I've never noticed it before. Any comments?

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      1. re: perk

        It's a nice little neighborhood cafe, not a destination spot. We've gone three times recently for lunch. They have a few sandwiches and panini - once my husband really enjoyed the salami and brie version though it was pretty rich. The panini come with a nice side salad of arugula, pine nuts and some shards of parmesan. They also have some salads such as tuna (without mayo is the default though they will add mayo if you want) and a tarragon chicken salad. Breakfast items as well, which are available all day. They have a salad case with a few choices which vary (examples: shrimp and fennel salad, Greek-salad with chicken), and you can also have a salad sampler of three from the case but this option isn't on the menu. The selection isn't nearly as deep as at Clementine. They have daily specials as well and one or two soups. The sandwiches tend to be in the $10 range give or take a dollar or two. Service is relaxed but competent enough. Apparently the owner also owns the Coffee Roaster.

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