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Mar 12, 2010 12:55 PM

LA trip in my future

I will be visiting for a few days in April and will try to fit in as much eating as my tummy will allow. I"m going to try for Mozza at lunch on a Friday if they do lunch will I need a reservation?

Saturday I may go to the Santa Monica market not sure where to eat lunch. Maybe Bay City Deli for a sandwich and take some pasta home to have with a salad from the market stuff

Sunday thinking about Arcadia for a beef roll at 101 Noodle and maybe soup dumplings at Din Tai. And maybe some kind of fun dessert in the same area. My concern here is hubby seems sensitive to MSG any better picks for someone with this problem.

Monday I will be in the Burbank area. Not sure what's out that way. I love Middle Eastern anything in this area

Somehow I have to fit Langers in and gelato or ice cream from Scoops or Gelato Bar or Bulgarini

Am I being too ambitious? I arrive Thur. about 5:30 pm and leave Tuesday morn

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  1. Do you mean Din Tai Fung on Baldwin? It that's were you're going there is a really Chinese-French pastry shop around the corner on Duarte & Golden West. It's called RJ Patisserie. It's in the Food Court of Presidents Square next to Full House Seafood Restaurant.

    Wonderful fusion pastries. Small moist cakes of mango or chocolate, mango pudding, green tea chessecake and a lot more. None of theose lttle gems is more than $5.00. The full size cakes are a bargin too and are works of art on their own.

    1. When you are in Burbank you are only about 5 miles from: for Middle Eastern

      ADD: On second thought Monday is the one day they are closed (IIRC). Check, but I am fairly certain they are closed that day....sorry.

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      1. re: Servorg

        Two other thoughts, also in Glendale: and they ARE open on Monday...(but check in case things have changed). Glendale has a big Armenian community so this type of food would be a good choice. Also, Raffi's Place which is Armenian as well.

        Raffi's Place Restaurant
        211 E Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205

        Elena Greek Armenian Cuisine
        1000 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91205

        1. re: Servorg

          My Lovely Tasting Assistant and I were in Glendale a few weeks ago... Elena's (always our #1 pick, we find consistently better-- and cheaper-- than Carousel) was closed, and we looked for Raffi's. Google Maps mobile gave us an address for a random kebab place (I think it was the one on S. Glendale, across from Elena's) but with no sign of the Raffi's name we decided to go elsewhere.

          I see you've linked to a different location-- are these two different Raffi's or did he move at some point to the Broadway location?

          Mr Taster

          1. re: Mr Taster

            The Broadway location just popped up on Place Links, so I assumed it's right. I couldn't remember where it was the time we went as my brother, (who lives and works over that way) drove and I was paying no attention to where we were.

      2. I take it you mean "101 Noodle Express." It is located in Alhambra, not Arcadia. It's about 20 minutes away by car.

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        1. re: raytamsgv

          101 Noodle Express does have a second location in Arcadia:

          101 Noodle Express
          1025 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

          It opened sometime around September last year. Not sure how it compares with the original.

          1. re: Peripatetic

            Thanks for the update. I guess I must have not been paying attention when I was on that street.

            1. re: Peripatetic

              I've decided on Elites for Dim Sum on Sunday walk around for a bit than 101 Noodle Express for a beef roll. I've seen mention about getting a reflexology session in between bites. Would that be in Monterey Park or Alhambra? Any addresses would be helpful. I would also like to find a place that has the asian style shaved ice. Any suggestions on where to stroll while making room for the beef roll would be great

              1. re: starre

                Shau May for the shaved ice, in the Garfield-Lincoln plaza just north of the corner of Garfield and Garvey (northeast corner, behind the actual buildings on the corner).

                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  and is that near Elite in Monterey Park or 101 Noodle express??


                  1. re: starre

                    I believe it's about a mile from Elite to Shau May and a mile and half from 101 to Shau May so it's pretty much of a "you pick 'em" deal.

                    1. re: Servorg

                      i've been searching around the boards and I'm thinking class 302 sounds really good. Shaved snow mmmmmm

                      1. re: starre

                        Class 302 is tops..... be sure to get the special mango shaved snow (I believe it's slightly more expensive, and a large photo near the front of the menu). The standard mango snow ice is missing certain elements.... chewy rice balls or something, I forget exactly.

                        Plus, the nostalgia factor of Class 302 (if you're Taiwanese) is pretty amazing... it's kitschified up to look like a grade school classroom. It looks like they even imported the furniture, bookbags, and school uniforms.

                        Mr Taster

                        1. re: Mr Taster

                          perfect just what I want to know cause while I'll be passing on the chewy pig ears at Animal I would like the chewy whatever in the special mango shaved snow

                  2. re: Das Ubergeek

                    I still prefer Old Country Cafe for shaved ice as they have a machine uses ice discs instead of just ice cubes. Makes for a much smoother, lighter and, IMO, better texture. Papa Walk also has that style and the "snow" like Class 302, but larger servings (for more people), more expensive and no three combo toppings. Papa Walk is best for it's mango shaved ice/snow and with a larger group of people.

                    Old Country Cafe
                    2 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

            2. Just made reservations for Thursday night at Animal
              WOO HOO Love these boards
              I may try Noodle House as I read there is no MSG. Got to take care of hubby

              1. are there any must stops for a kitchen gadget junkie and or great cook book store especially used books that I might be able to fit in. I have a car so getting around is no problem

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                1. re: starre

                  Sur la table (multiple locations) is a great store for kitchen ware... IMHO. Since you're going to be in Arcadia and in Santa Monica, they have locations nearby (Pasadena, Glendale, and Santa Monica).

                  So, you also asked if you're being too ambitious... honestly, if you're only coming out here JUST to eat (fill your tummy)... then, probably not. However, since you're going all over the place and it sounds like you're not familiar with just how spread apart LA is... you're potentially going to be sitting in a lot of traffic.

                  Keep in mind Langer's is only open 8-4pm and is closed Sundays. However, their pastrami on rye is totally worth it...

                  Since you're considering Bay Cities for a sandwich, unless you read the ingredients and it turns you off, you really should try their Godmother sandwich (which is what gets most CH'ers excited).

                  We hope you have fun and fill up! Please let us know where you ended up going and what you thought of the restaurants.

                  1. re: starre

                    Also, Surfa's in West L A is a great kitchen store. And they have a fun little cafe next door.