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Mirchi Indian Cafe

1 Sep

September, already.  Sigh… Weather’s cooling down, kids are back in school, and rain and drizzle are in.  Where did summer go?

For those of you out of elementary and middle school, remember that clichéd essay titled “My Summer Vacation”?  It comes in many flavors, but it all boils down to the same theme of what one did over the summer, and to prattle about one’s favorite activities and events.  Well, if I were to write said essay, mine would involve a story about a random finding while driving in Issaquah during an errand.  Continue reading

The Rose Garden Tea Room

19 Apr

How do you like your tea and how do you imagine drinking it?  At The Rose Garden Tea Room, you can have your mini cakes and eat them too, and obviously, it’s where you can have your tea and drink it too.  In fact, you can have your choice from five types of hot tea: Strawberry Kiwi, Rose, ApricotEstate Black, and Mandarin Rooibos. At that time, I liked my tea non-caffeinated so I went with the strawberry kiwi – it was lovely, tangy, and pink in color.  Our amiable hostess said that the kids love it very sweet.  The kid in me likes the tea, but the adult in me likes it tart.  And I imagine drinking my tea in a peaceful setting… the rose garden in The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens would do beautifully.  Continue reading

Father’s Office – Culver City

18 Apr

Los Angeles is packed with an overwhelming assortment of places to eat: from places that elicits “I-can’t-believe-they-call-this-food” from its diners, to mediocre restaurants, to one-of-a-kind eateries.  Father’s Office, a gastropub focused on good brews and good food fall somewhere in between average and A-1.  The Hubby’s longtime college buddy, Arthur, made the suggestion to eat in “Fo2”, chosen by us from a long list of other restaurant suggestions.  All he needed to say was it serves great burgers and that helped seal our choice.  Continue reading

Urth Caffé Pasadena

18 Apr

Traveling sometimes does funny things to one’s, ahem, tummy.  I’m going to beat around the bush here because food reviews and tummy issues don’t pair well together.  To be clear, for this review of Urth Caffé, the eatery was my savior not the cause of tummy bugs.  I have The Hubby’s college friend, Arthur, to thank for recommending lunch at this Pasadena neighborhood prize.  His presently preggy wife likes going to the café for lunch with her friends.  Urth Caffé was the best place he could think of for healthy and nourishing food, and he was right on target because the day before, I imagined having a Mediterranean-inspired meal.  Imagination can come to life every so often. Continue reading

Cafe Home Koreatown

17 Apr

This sizeable café has found a handy spot being right next to The Boiling Crab and The Boiling Crab To-Go, and whoever runs Cafe Home has got some shrewd business sense as the establishment has opened its doors to welcome customers from The Boiling Crab To-Go with the requirement that they order drinks.  Not a bad trade since The Boiling Crab is usually packed and that the next best thing is getting a to-go order and sitting somewhere nearby, and sitting in a place that sells drinks is convenient.  Cafe Home is that place. Continue reading