All Reviews by Sheauen

  • Al Gelato 806 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035 (310) 659-8069

    5 stars Posted on 10/08/2010 05:00pm

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    I love this place! My roommates in college introduced me to this place 10 years ago. They had spent the summer in Italy and swore up and down it was the best gelato in LA. 10 years later, I'm still on the Westside...and I still love Al Gelato. I always spend a long time in front of the case trying to decide. Today, the pumpkin gelato was my pick. They only have it during the fall and its basically pumpkin pie on a cone (or in a cup). Light, creamy, speckled with pumpkin pie spices...it basically made my Saturday afternoon. My boyfriend had the coffee crunch...and basically polished it off before we made it back across the street to the car. LOVE IT!
  • Rosamunde Sausage Grill 545 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (415) 437-6851

    5 stars Posted on 09/06/2010 05:00pm

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    i was introduced to three twins ice cream the last time I was in SF and had to go back for some. we hadn't eaten lunch yet and noticed Rosamunde. I walked by and had to have a sausage. its hard to find a good bratwurst in LA. I was not disappointed.\r \r she took my order wrote my name down and said 10 minutes. I guess they grill them fresh which is great! 10 long minutes later (not a problem, we stood outside and watched the sidewalk BBQ party across the street sing a romping rendition of Queens ""We are the Champions"") i had two steaming brats in a soft (yet toasty) roll topped with onions, sauerkraut, and brown mustard. I'm drooling just thinking about it.\r \r Would I go back and stand in line in a cramped hole in the wall with maybe seats for 8 people. HELL YES. Best Brat ever! juicy, with a snap. *sigh* i want another one right now.\r \r Oh yeah, we went to three twins after and the ice cream paled in comparison to the awesome-ness of rosamunds. should've had another sausage instead of the ice cream.
  • Alexander's Steakhouse 10330 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014 (408) 446-2222

    3 stars Posted on 09/05/2010 05:00pm

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    I wish I could give this place one more star at the very least. It came highly recommended from zagat (for service) and from some of my friends either through 2nd hand knowledge or first hand knowledge. However, at some point, the compulsion to make things ""special"" or ""unique"" can really make something that has the potential to be amazing, just...ok. When we arrived at the restaurant it was surprisingly unassuming from the outside. But once inside, you see a window into their t-bone steak drying rack. I stopped in my tracks and gawked at the meat on display. We were seated and our server introduced us to the menu, the special steak menu, the drink menu, and the wine menu. He then proceeded to tell us he came here the day before on his day off and all the amazing things he ordered. We ordered the following items: Dirty Martini (for my date) - the 1st was amazing, the 2nd was not so good we think the 2nd was made with sub premium vodka. Sidecar (for me) - one of the best sidecars I've had. they put 3 brandied cherries into it. I ate one, and the flavor of the cherries was definitely a good addition to the drink but not meant to be eaten. We shared everything else: Hamachi shooters - a little bland but overall yummy. T-Bone steak with three salts and grilled lemon - very well done and the pairing with the salts was very appropriate. I disagree with some of the other reviews, this place definitely knows its way around a steak. The steak was perfectly prepared to our requested medium rare. Tony's potatoes - greasy, heavy, and the bacon chunks were overpowering, bacon to potato ratio was 1:1. Corn Succotash - the best part of the meal. sweet, savory, fresh, and the perfect side dish for the steak. Plum Panna Cotta - not really plum flavored but it was accompanied by this lovely sorbet. With your meal, you get an amuse bouche, a intermezzo, and another palate cleanser. Our amuse bouche was much to my squeal-y delight was a foie gras mousse with an apple foam. I'm not a foam fan but the foie gras mousse was...AWESOME. The intermezzo was a white asparagus soup. It was the best asparagus soup I've ever had. A perfect balance of cream and the fresh floral asparagus flavor. The palate cleanser was a truffled passion fruit granita. I was very amused by this restaurants obsession with foie gras because it matches my own unabashed loved for the ultimate indulgence. However, my date and I were less impressed by their overuse of truffle oil. It was in the hamachi shooters, the mac and cheese, the granita, and the fries. (we didn't order the mac and cheese and fries because of that.) This brings me to the headline...sometimes you don't need to go over the top. Sometimes the best dishes are the ones where you don't add that extra touch. Our favorite items of the night were the most simple. The soup, the steak, and the corn succotash. The service is amazing. They are incredibly attentive there, sometimes annoyingly so because you can't finish a topic of conversation without the guy hoovering to see if you're enjoying every bit of your meal. He made it up to us though, by giving us the asparagus soup intermezzo and dessert on the house. (btw, we asked them to put the ginger puree from the dessert on the side. again because it wasn't needed.) We ended the night with their cherry cotton candy. A very nice touch. We were seated in between two tables where the guys were obviously trying to impress the women. The women were definitely enjoying their foray into fine dining. Alexander's is IMPRESSIVE. It is also Pricey...and a bit over the top. I would go back if I needed a foie gras fix but other than that, I don't think it's as good as it could be. I guess I'm annoyed by the fact that they try to do everything ""unique"" but the extra stuff isn't always a good thing. Sometimes just because you can...doesn't mean you should.
  • Rainbow Acres 13208 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066 (310) 306-8330

    4 stars Posted on 01/01/2010 04:00pm

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    we go to rainbow acres every few months to stock up on penta water. they always have a box or two in stock and sometimes run discounts on bulk purchases. the last two times we were in there they were discounted. we went in today to stock up and we had missed the end of the promotion by 2 days. we were going to buy the water regardless and were pleasantly surprised when they gave us the discount even through the promotion had expired. they are a one stop shop for all your health needs. they sell toiletries, vitamins, bulk grains and other sundries, groceries, organic/gluten free frozen entrees, beverages, pet food, eco-friendly paper plates and cups, and the list goes on. they are a little pricey but i don't mind because the service, selection, and quality are great. every time i go there i discover something new thats good for me. i haven't eaten at their cafe yet, but i hear its great.
  • S & W Country Diner 9748 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 (310) 204-5136

    5 stars Posted on 10/28/2009 05:00pm

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    If you're on a mission to find the best corn beef hash in LA, you can stop looking now.\r \r Come here for their hash and eggs and waffles. Its worth it. Come through their old screen door (yes just like at mama's house), sit down at a table covered in checked tablecloths, and order some good ol country homecooking.\r \r I rotate through their corn beef hash, country fried steak and eggs, biscuits and gravy, and waffles.\r \r While you wait enjoy all the old school knick knachs they've collected on their walls. Old farmhouse pots and pans, untesils, milk jugs, signage, all of it takes you back.\r \r You get all kinds of people at SW, from older couples with their newspapers, college kids and young adults with their puppies, to business men grabbing a bite to eat at the counter before work. I love it!
  • Inn of the Seventh Ray 128 Old Topanga Canyon Rd, Topanga, CA 90290 (310) 455-1311

    3 stars Posted on 10/28/2009 05:00pm

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    My boyfriend brought me here for a little ""getaway"" one weekend. We went for their brunch and I must say brunch was a great experience. Except for the bugs, which i know kinda comes with the package. There were a lot of bees. It didn't seem to be bothering other diners but I seemed to be drawing every bee from the restaurant to my plate. not to me, but my plate of food. Being allergic, i realized probably not the best idea for me.\r \r A few months later we took my mom and sister here for a dinner, thinking that once the sun went down it would be better. Same situation, bees, lots of them, this time on all of our plates. The waiter brought out a dish of ground cloves and swore up and down that it would drive the bees away and proceeded to scatter clove powder all over the table. He also told us we were making too big of a deal of it and to ignore them and they would go away. Hard to ignore a bee thats planted itself on your 15 dollar salad making it impossible to eat.\r \r We asked if we could move into a room and was moved there between our salad course and the main entree. They brought us the entrees and then we didn't see anyone for over an hour. We refilled our water on our own. We weren't offered dessert but was given our bill directly, when we stated we wanted dessert, another 30 minutes passed before we saw anyone again.\r \r I like the atmosphere of this place, it is wonderfully romantic (if you can get over the bees and bugs) the food is good if not a little pricey. The service is questionable. I woudln't recommend going here for a special occasion. Maybe in the winter time to minimalize on the bugs.
  • Tito's Tacos 11222 Washington Pl, Culver City, CA 90230 (310) 391-5780

    5 stars Posted on 10/28/2009 05:00pm

    Provided by Citysearch

    There's not much to say about Tito's Tacos. It is what it is. Its fried tacos, enchillads, and burritos.\r \r I usually get one of each. It hits the spot during those late night snack attacks.\r \r Its not fancy, its not meant to be gourmet. Its a local standby thats been around forever. Its legendary. You go to get your titos fix (i know a guy who comes into town every couple of months from new york and titos is the first place he stops).\r \r Its just plain good. So simple, so good.
  • Randy's Donuts 805 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301 (310) 645-4707

    5 stars Posted on 10/28/2009 05:00pm

    Provided by Citysearch

    BEARCLAWS!\r \r I dont have much to say about this place except that its hard for me to drive by this place on Mancester and th3 405 and not turn off for one of their BEARCLAWS!\r \r sweet, crispy, with gooey apple filling. *SWOON*\r \r BEARCLAWS.
  • Old Ebbitt Grill 675 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 (202) 347-4800

    5 stars Posted on 10/25/2009 05:00pm

    Provided by Citysearch

    I live in Los Angeles and visit DC every other year or so. No matter what, my trip has to include three things, Visit to the Mall and Museums, Stroll through Union Station, and a meal at Old Ebbits.\r \r The best crab cakes ever. Make a reservation because they're always busy. But even if i had to wait an hour, it would be worth it.\r \r Wide variety of customers. Politicians, Tourists, Locals, all crowd in the bar and front lobby for a drink and to wait for a table.\r \r I never miss it.
  • Giovanni's Trattoria & Pizzeria 10026 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 (310) 839-1757

    5 stars Posted on 10/25/2009 05:00pm

    Provided by Citysearch

    I usually order take out or delivery from Giovanni's. The usual, is an order of garlic bread, their caprese salad, and a pizza or a pasta. I've never gone wrong with Giovanni's. Great friendly neighborhood place with a lot of charm.\r \r Sometimes my bf and i go here when we need to get away (aka walk across the street) and have some good italian food and a bottle of wine. (Bring your own and pay the 3 buck corkage fee). No dishes, great service, and cheap wine.\r \r notice the theme here, good service. means a lot. if the food was mediocre the service would bring me back, but the food is good too. definitely a great combo!