Sanamulang Cafe

1999-03-09

Sanamulang Cafe is in the middle of Thai Town.  I didn't even know L.A. had a Thai town but it does.  I'm not sure what the boundaries of Thai Town are but Hollywood Blvd east of the 101 for a few miles seems to be the area.  Samamulang doesn't seem to be a Thai restaurant.  It's a mix of various Asian foods but it's good, and it's cheap.  Parking leaves something to be desired.  Expect to have to double park and leave your keys with some guy your not sure is actually in charge if you come at a crowed time.

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Rockbottom's

1999-03-09

This is one of those brewery restaurants where they make their own beers.  I'm not sure if the food is all that great here but I went a couple of times and the one reason I'd go back is they have this buffalo wings appetizer plate with 3 different types of wings.   It's about $10 and they give you something like 40 wings.  Just that plate alone was enough for 4 people.  Good Stuff.

The City of Long Beach is also trying to turn downtown Long Beach into a tourist area.   They just opened a new Aquarium down in the harbor and are increasing the size of their Shoreline Village.  A seaside touristy mall.  It's something to do.   Check it out.

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Relaxtation

1999-03-09

Relaxtation is where I was first introduced to Black Pearl Milk Tea or Bo Ba Nai Cha (Bo Ba for short).  Bo Ba I believe is pretty much any drink that you put large tapioca balls in the most common being Black Tea and Milk.  Once you try this I think you'll be addicted.  Each place I've had it has been a little different in the same way I supposed that coffee is different at different places.  Here's a quick review of the places I've had bo ba

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Rae's Cafe

1999-03-09

On Pico west of Centinela.  The thing going for Rae's is it's old looking like a 50s diner.  Not like Ruby's which is a commercialized version of a 50s diner but an actual 50s diner.  It doesn't look like this place has changed in 50 years.  Maybe it hasn't.  Food what you'd expect for a diner.  Reasonably priced and not bad at all and very middle American menu.

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Ocean Star

1999-03-09

In Monterey Park, this is one of the most popular Dim Sum places.  I'm sure you could wait an hour even on a weekday.  The place is huge too.  If you really want the Dim Sum experience this is the place to go.

Also, Monterey Park and the areas nearby are heavily populated by Chinese as well as some other Asian groups.  The cool things is there are tons of great and fun restaurants, several video game stores and also a couple of Hong Kong movie theaters so if you want to see the latest Jackie Chan or other Hong Kong movies years before their official American release check it out!

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Nozawa

1999-03-09

Here is a great review of Nozawa by my friend Danny.

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Noodle Planet

1999-03-09

There are two or three for these.  The one pictured above is in Westwood on Westwood Blvd.  There is another on Valley Blvd in Monterey Park just west of Garfield.  They have a ton of noodle dishes (and several non−noodle dishes) from lots of different Asian cultures.  My favorite is the Noodle Planet Pho.  It's a little spicy. 

 

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Newsroom

1999-03-09

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NBC Seafood

1999-03-09

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Nam Kang: The Tol Sok Bi Bim Bap place

1999-03-09

Tol Sok Bi Bim Bap is a Korean dish that comes in a large HOT stone bowl.  So hot that the food is frying on the bowl and you have to stir it around for a while to keep it from burning.  I'm not sure what all the things are in the bowl.  Rice, some meat, some sprouts, some spinach and then you add a red hot/sweet sauce.  It's really pretty good.

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