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la tache burger Jun 30, 2008 12:29 PM

Trying to eat more brown rice and whole grains. Just finished a plate of brown rice and kale in spicy peanut sauce from M Cafe in Culver City -- which was (and always is) awesome. Love the brown rice sushi at Shima. Who else really cares about their brown rice?

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    Diana Jun 30, 2008 01:00 PM

    Follow your Heart in Canoga park, Hugo's, some sushi palces serve sushi "gen mai" brown rice" Sweet brown rice cakes from Yum Cha Cafe are a fave (but loaded with sugar..but GOOD)

    Native cafe , maybe?

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      la tache burger Jun 30, 2008 01:08 PM

      Thanks. We live in Sherman Oaks and have been trying to get to Follow Your Heart for the last few weeks. Psyched for it. Any particular brown rice oriented dishes you like there?

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        Diana Jul 1, 2008 06:46 AM

        Frankly, I enjoy the steamed or grilled vegetable plate with brown rice. Keep in mind, you're going into a health food store! I also like the Burrito, and the Indian dishes. The specials can be great, and breakfast is wonderful

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      Burger Boy Jun 30, 2008 01:03 PM

      26 Beach
      Warm Brown Rice Salad & Chicken Curry with Pasta (substitute brown rice) or the have Hawaiian Royals over brown rice.

      26 Beach
      3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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        la tache burger Jun 30, 2008 01:11 PM

        Wow, cool. I love 26 Beach but have always gotten the burgers.

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          Burger Boy Jun 30, 2008 02:42 PM

          26 Beach also does their jambalaya with brown rice, it is very very goooooodddddd!

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        MobyRichard Jun 30, 2008 01:27 PM

        I never have been able to develop any enthusiasm for brown rice, but love quinoa. And quinoa makes an excellent fried rice of any variety; beef, chicken, pork or shrimp.

        1. Emme Jun 30, 2008 07:12 PM

          not everyone here likes it, but for healthy chinese food (low/no oil, sugar, cornstarch), i love the baby eggplant w/ scallops at Uncle Chen's in Encino, and their brown rice is SO rich, nutty, and flavorful.

          Xi'an in bev hills does brown rice; try their power rice.

          A Votre Sante

          Porta Via has a great seasoned brown rice

          Nook Bistro - brown rice bowl

          Saketini - garlic brown rice

          Aroma on Tujunga

          Full of Life on Magnolia

          Kung Pao Bistro

          Vegan Plate


          Inn of the Seventh Ray - some interesting variations here

          James Beach

          Bloom Cafe


          Jitlada Thai

          ...is that a start for exploration?

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          1. re: Emme
            la tache burger Jul 1, 2008 11:15 AM

            Phenomenal list! Thank you so much. Yes, I will begin the explorations, probably today with brown rice bowl from Nook as I work so close to them.

          2. westsidegal Jun 30, 2008 07:40 PM

            You can have ANY of the specialty rice dishes served at shamshiri grill made with their terrific brown rice. you must request brown rice, though.

            i brought their adas polo (rice dish made with currants, raisons, lentils, and dates) made with brown rice to a potluck dinner. it was a hit--EVERYONE raved about it.

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              TracyS Jun 30, 2008 09:34 PM

              I just recently learned about the brown rice substitution at Shamshiri about two visits ago.

              It's worth mentioning with brown rice you only get about half the normal portion of basmati rice, but since their rice servings are obscenely large anyway, the half serving is about normal. Great taste but closer to a forbidden rice than regular brown rice.

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                westsidegal Jun 30, 2008 10:15 PM

                seems to me that i've gotten about 80% of the 'normal' basmati portion--much more than half.
                still, it's PLENTY (enough to take home an adequate amount to serve as the next day's lunch).

              2. re: westsidegal
                la tache burger Jul 1, 2008 11:16 AM

                Sounds stunning, can't wait to try that adas polo, thank you!

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                  westsidegal Jul 1, 2008 11:55 AM

                  be sure to specify when ordering that you want them to use brown rice instead of the basmati.

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                    la tache burger Jul 1, 2008 12:00 PM


              3. DanaB Jul 1, 2008 02:52 PM

                It's kind of basic, but the brown rice with veggies and chicken/tofu at Ammo (on La Brea) is always satisfying when I'm looking for a healthy lunch. Veggies are nicely sauteed and very fresh-tasting.


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