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jonesstonehaven Aug 5, 2010 08:50 PM

My best friend just lost 70 pounds and we want to celebrate with her favorite food ever for her birthday which is flan. We dont care how fancy the restuarant is as long as it is in the general LA County area and if you guys have lots of suggestions we may go on a flan fest as we care about is the flan as she has not had one in one year. We have the same taste flan wise - we both like the caramel dark and almost to the point of being bitter, has to be really creamy and light and almost slippery on the tongue not heavy and dense and defintetly not too eggy.

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  1. ipsedixit RE: jonesstonehaven Aug 5, 2010 09:30 PM

    Try Porto's or Ciudad.

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    Ciudad
    445 S Figueroa St Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90071

    1. JAB RE: jonesstonehaven Aug 6, 2010 07:41 AM

      La Serenata de Garibaldi in E LA for coconut flan.

      http://laserenataonline.com/

      1. la vida dulce RE: jonesstonehaven Aug 6, 2010 09:29 AM

        Super A markets, either in Rosemead/Temple City on Rosemead Blvd. or in Montebello on the corner of Garfield & Beverly Blvd. Both have their own bakeries. Also great whole wheat torillas, teleras, corn tortillas (small taco size) and bolillos.

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          attran99 RE: jonesstonehaven Aug 6, 2010 09:55 AM

          I highly recommend the flan at The Bazaar by Jose Andres. Honestly, the best flan I have ever had. And according to the servers there, it's Jose Andres' grandmother's recipe. Custardy...creamy...not overtly sweet...nice well-balanced flavors.

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            fdb RE: attran99 Dec 9, 2010 10:13 PM

            Agree. The flan at The Bazaar is the best!

          2. Dommy RE: jonesstonehaven Aug 6, 2010 10:10 AM

            The BEST flan is at Sazon Latin Fusion in Mar Vista. Eggy, firm with just enough caramel. We love it so much, I bought a whole tray for my Husband's birthday as his 'cake' He was over joyed. :)

            --Dommy!

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            Sazon Latin Fusion
            12406 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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              Mr Taster RE: Dommy Aug 6, 2010 10:53 AM

              How does it compare with the flan at La Casita Mexicana in Bell? Their flan con rompope is dense, velvety love personified. Or, rather, flanified.

              Mr Taster

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              La Casita Mexicana
              4030 Gage Ave, Bell, CA 90201

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                hnsbmg RE: Mr Taster Aug 6, 2010 11:00 AM

                La Casita is one of my favorite places, but I've never investigated the desserts. Next time I'll be sure to flanify -- thanks.

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                  Dommy RE: Mr Taster Aug 6, 2010 12:07 PM

                  I didn't find the Casita Flan incredibly dense (Mind you, I've had it only once), it had that typical sort of pock marked texture... which is fine, but the one at Sazon is much more refined... definitely a solid piece and more like Creme Caramel than most flans I've had around town....

                  --Dommy!

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                  Sazon
                  12406 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066

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                    Mr Taster RE: Dommy Aug 6, 2010 12:11 PM

                    I'm more of a snow ice guy than a flan guy, so I defer to your judgment in this regard :) Casita's was dense in comparison to the cheap flan-flavored-jello that seems to proliferate like kudzu in this city. This is the style I think of when I hear "typical" and "flan" in the same sentence.

                    I'm definitely up for trying Sazon's. *bookmark*

                    Mr Taster

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                      Dommy RE: Mr Taster Aug 6, 2010 12:18 PM

                      Hey... I love snow too... ;)

                      http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/de...

                      Anyway, FINALLY found a picture I took with my iphone (P. always eats the flan before i can take a snap and at the party felt wierd taking a picture as everyone was waiting for their piece...)

                      http://twitpic.com/196q62

                      See... you can bounce a quarter off that... and yet SOOOO goood....

                      --Dommy!

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                        Mr Taster RE: Dommy Aug 6, 2010 12:26 PM

                        Oh great, Dommy. Now there's a gigantic lick mark on my monitor. Thanks a lot!

                        Mr Taster

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                          kevin RE: Mr Taster Aug 6, 2010 12:58 PM

                          i liked the flan at babita.

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                            Dommy RE: kevin Aug 6, 2010 12:59 PM

                            The chocolate one? It's GOOD, but more like a firm chocolate pudding than a flan IMHO.

                            --Dommy!

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                              kevin RE: Dommy Aug 6, 2010 08:46 PM

                              yep, the chocolate one, yeah, you're right not exactly the caramellly-ness of a flan. but sure goes great and to sooth nicely after the killer Shrimp Topolobampo with the super hot habaneros.

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                      raizans RE: Dommy Aug 6, 2010 06:27 PM

                      la casita's flan was very dense when i had it. kind of gunky, actually.

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                        Dommy RE: raizans Aug 7, 2010 09:30 AM

                        Gunky? LIke stuck to the spoon? ewwww....

                        --Dommy!

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                    Jase RE: Dommy Aug 6, 2010 03:47 PM

                    Oh second that! Love the flan there. Been known to walk there just to eat that. We've also placed a big order to take to gatherings.

                    I also like Sazon's take on the capirotada. But the flan is definitely my favorite dessert there.

                    Mr. Taster, maybe you could combine it with a trip to the Cemitas truck that's parked in front of Top Valu. I still think I like the cemitas from that truck better than the one that's parked on Venice and Sepulveda. Although the Smart&Final one is a slight notch better than the Top Valu one, in my estimation.

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                    Sazon
                    12406 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066

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                      Mr Taster RE: Jase Aug 6, 2010 04:05 PM

                      Any excuse to get a cemita is a good one, particularly when flan is involved.

                      *bookmark*

                      Mr Taster

                  3. mstinawu RE: jonesstonehaven Aug 6, 2010 12:43 PM

                    OMG LOVE the cheese flan at Taco Sinaloa in Torrance. Sometimes I just go there to pick up a flan. Their flan is rich, creamy and delicious!

                    Definitely a hole in the wall kind of place, so just go for the flan, not the ambiance.

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                    Taco Sinaloa
                    1647 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

                    1. tablefor1 RE: jonesstonehaven Aug 9, 2010 07:12 PM

                      Not at a restaurant... but if you get to the Hollywood Farmer's Market on Sunday, the Flan King will be there and his stuff is worth a taste.

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                        wienermobile RE: tablefor1 Aug 9, 2010 07:55 PM

                        Here is a link for The Flan King.
                        http://www.flan-king.com/

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