Blue Marlin (Sawtelle)
We're lovers of Japanese Pastas. Thank god there are some nice Japanese Pasta restaurants in this desert too~~ The best in my opinion is Blue Marlin on Sawtelle (West LA).
Unfortunately it takes about 35 minutes drive. The interior is "underwater" :D! There're many Japanese restaurants and businesses on that street, Giant Robot's there as well. It's a popular hang out place for young Asian crowd.
Carbonara & Bolognese with Eggplant
Their Curry is really yummy too! Basically everything's good there. They use very yummy salad dressing, I can't tell what it is. It has a little hint of peanut taste in it.
Freda | August 29, 2004 06:42 PM
at least on the website it says it's a huge hit all over asia......^^; and some Japanese guy knew about it, so it must be popular?
tomoko | September 6, 2004 09:24 PM
I think I've heard that title before, but I didn't know it's famous in Asia!? ^^;;
Freda | September 1, 2004 01:23 PM
speaking of taiwanese culture...
does anyone know about taiwanese comic called
Just curious how popular it is, cuz I'm doing a bowling-related project right now and was told it's really popular all over asia!
tomoko | September 1, 2004 01:58 AM
Oh yeah, that Taiwanese tea place I went to pass time in that Chinese mall near your house, they played really loud 宇多田光 I remember. But if you ask me, I can still stand bad Jpop, while I get goose-pimple listening to Cantonese pop...^^;
I've never tried the cakes in Italian tomato actually. The "soup and bread set" there I tried once long time ago was quite good though.
seat | August 31, 2004 09:34 AM
yup, that's the place (゜▽゜)
did I say it was small?
.......maybe I meant it's independently-owned or something.
urgh, and the crowd is CRAZY there....it's definitely the most happening place in sleepy Glendale.
I used to like the spinach and cheese pastry.
and the potato balls. and the sandwiches.
yeah, and the cake at Italian Tomato WAS identical to the other place, huh! but the pastries from the bakery is original. if I'm not mistaken.
tomoko | August 31, 2004 02:01 AM
You mean Italian Tomato? Aren't they a chain in Japan? I remember we had cake at that bakery after Elaine's wedding (wow that feels like long time ago~~ it was like 2nd term or something?) However the very last time I went there (which is long time ago), the cake seems to be identical as the ones from Italian Tomato?!
Hey Porto's is very good! BTW, when you lived in Glendale, was Porto's on Brand? Was it really huge with 2 big rooms (one side is cafe the other side is bakery) and two floors (2nd floor for cake order and gifts)? Somehow I remembered you saying that Porto's being a really small bakery that's over-crowded? But the Porto's I went to recently (to order bday cake for dad) is really huge AND over-crowded?
Joan | August 31, 2004 12:36 AM
oh yeah, yeah~ the "normal（普通)" tasting udon place!(^^;
I've been to the cake place next door too, they're quite 普通 normal as well! At least when I went. They got mad at us for "bringing in outside food" (just snacks we happened to have) so I don't have a good impression of them.
I remember I used to buy cakes inside Mitsuwa(...oooohh the flashbacks....) There's a place called Tomato (they're okay) and there's a bakery (I think they're better). We hung out at the bakery after Elaine's wedding (oooohhhh another flashback to way back....)
I mean, they're way better than average American stuff, for sure, but compared to stuff in japan, they're just normal standard.
tomoko | August 30, 2004 09:12 PM
Yeah those two pasta places are owned by Japanese, the staffs are all Japanese too, so they should be quite...err... "authentic" ^^;; Both are located at area populated with Japanese. Such as Gardena+Torrencce area, there are lots of Japanese corporation there (Toyota, Hitachi, etc). Yup they have those pastas with cod roe, squid, and white radish sprouts, and...Neapolitan (is this Japanese inventioni??) Though I usually stick with J-Italian ones because the point of eating pasta was getting my cheese/heavy cream/tomato-sauce-fix ^^;;;
I have yet to find a good "authentic(?)"Japanese cake house, but I remember there was a cute one in Torrence but never tried it (next to a famous Ramen place which supposedly lots of japanese celebrities went, we went with Tomoko once and we agree it taste normal ^^;;;).
Yeah it's my bad for always going for "-berry" flavor ^^;;, red/pink always look more attractive than brown/white, but like you said it really takes good fresh sweet fruits to make. Yes I think the problem with that Raspberry mousse was too much sugar, hence flat and gross tasting.
All those Taiwanese-cafe/ tapioca place here always blast awlful chinese pop loudly, it's really hard to sit thru. Oh the salon I always went is owned by Chinese, but that their boss forbid anyone play Chinese pops. So it's always equally annoying dance club music. Though the boss think it's okay to play Korean/Japanese pops (ex: ayumi), aren't they essentially the same thing?
Freda | August 30, 2004 07:24 PM
Seriously, all asian customers in that first pic... ^^;; Are the Japanese pasta places owned by Japanese then? Are there any Japanese-styled pasta in the menu like "ikura" or "mentaiko cream sauce" or "soya sauce based" that kinda stuff??
The cakes look good! Fruit-based cakes really vary in quality. If the fruits are sour, you need to use so much sugar and that eventually makes it gross. And if the fruits are sweet and nice, you don't want to spoil the natural taste...when not sure about the quality of the shop, I always go for "brown stuff" like chocolate or Hazelnut, or "white stuff" like cheese mousse cake, which seldom taste that bad. btw, is there any Japanese patisserie in L.A.?
So funny your "cafe bossa parisian something" comment....^^;; Even in Japan, of course French and Italian restaurants and cafes generally have good taste in the music they play(the French restaurant with the self-made road sign in my blog played some really good old-sounding French pop which I never heard before but I was too chicken to ask the chef about the singer...the chef is a French guy...), but Ethnic restaurants like Korean, Indian, South-east Asian, sometimes play really bad chart pops(Jap or Eng), which is quite annoying since I eat alone most of the time and it is hard not to listen to it if you have no one to talk to. It would have been better if they played ethnic music or something.
seat | August 30, 2004 03:51 AM