This bakery is clean, open and staffed by some of the friendliest faces in the area but the baked goods are not all that they are cracked up to be. I read about this place and how wonderful the cakes are so I trekked over and bought a red velvet cupcake and vanilla cupcake. Neither was tasty. The red velvet cupcake was moist but extremely bland as was the icing. The vanilla cupcake was as dry as the Sahara. I will say that the buttercream icing on the vanilla cupcake was rich, thick and just right. The icing was the only thing worth eating between the two cupcakes. I don't know what other baked goods taste like but since I went in for red velvet cake, I can honestly tell not recommend them to another.
My friends and I went to Vintage Tea Leaf with the idea of having a nice and quiet afternoon tea. The atmosphere was nice, the tea cups clean and lovely and the employees were very nice. The menu was nicely laid out, the food was promptly served however the owner was more than enough to spoil our time. She hovered over us for longer than I ever imagined anyone telling us about her recipes, vacations and teas. We were only there to eat, not to talk to her. Futhermore, the scones were all that great. I have had better from a local market. I have no intention of returning to Vintage Tea Leaf anytime soon.
I read about this place and how wonderful their red velvet cake is. My friend and I drove by last night and needless to say, I had to stop. We quickly ran in and grabbed a cake. They all looked good and were reasonbly priced at $4.50 each. The employees told me that the red velvet cake is the best in town and all of the rest. Though the cake looked wonderful, only to icing is raveable. The cake was dense and tasted like sweat cornbread with a cream cheese icing. It isn't worth going back for. I don't know what the food taste like at Doughboys but the experience that I had with the red velvet cake, I know that I will probably not go back for any other pastries.
When watching the FoodNetwork, I saw a show about cupcakes and learned of Sprinkles in Beverly Hills. I curiously paid a visit to see what all of the hype was about only to find that there is only hype. I bought a red velvet cupcake for $3.25. I seriously thought this was going to be the cupcake of a lifetime. Boy, was I wrong. This cupcake was very moist but had NO FLAVOR. I felt as though I was feasting on a bland piece of cake with whipped sugar on top. There was absolutely nothing to this cupcake.
Sprinkles is a place for those who have bland palates because there is nothing special about their cupcakes. I do not recommend this place.
Cliftons is the one place that my friends and I remember as children dining at with our parents for home cooking. There are so many choices in salads, entrees and desserts to chose from that one my go nuts. My favorites are Macaroni and Cheese and Custard Pie. Everything is made fresh and served in hearty portions. Though the other locations were closed years ago, the original Downtown Los Angeles cafeteria is kind of prehistoric in appearance and approach, the food is the same and classic in taste.
Open Sesame has to be one of my favorite restaurants on Second Street in Long Beach. Everything on the menu is simple, tasty and served in large portions. My favorite items on the menu are Zatar (Lebanese pizza) and hummus. The hummus is the best that I have ever tasted, as it is fresh and moist. I sometimes go there for pita and hummus.
The meat dishes are nice however the chicken shwarma is a bit too salty for my taste. I think that since the chicken is so salty that it would be better served on a bed of greens without a dressing.
The staff is always young and some forget what is going on but overall, they are pleasant and willing to please. The kitchen is open and clean. The restroom is clean as well however with the two restaurants being side by side, they need yet another stall.
As a child, my parents treated my sister and I to Le Yen and since then, I have never been able to find any chinese food outside of China that is comparable to Le Yen. My favorite dishes are the egg foo young and chicken chow mein. I am not a big soup eater but their wor won ton soup is the best in the world. It is hearty, fully of meat won tons, bok choy, napa cabbage and thick slice of pork in a light broth. The portion is large enough for two or one very hungry person. Everything that I have ever eaten from Le Yen has been delicious.
This place is family owned and run, they are very nice and the restaurant is clean.
Alsace is a landmark in Long Beach. Since I was a kid, I have always been spoiled by the wonderful cookies from Alsace Lorraine. The cakes were the real treat. They are positively remarkable. The white cake with strawberries and whipped cream icing are what keeps one coming back for more.
Everyone that I know here in LB buys celebration cakes and more from Alsace Lorraine because they are indeed the best. I cannot imagine any other white cake tasting as good as the ones from Alsace Lorraine.
Enriques has the best mexican food in all of Long Beach. Everything is fresh, tasty and presentable. I am a big fan of their carne asada plate. The beef is tender and well seasoned. The portions given are large enough for two. I always take home the leftovers. The halibut is always good too. Never before have I eaten grilled fish that was so light and tasty. The black beans are right on the money. They are lightly seasoned and well cooked to the point that I will order just the beans alone.
The staff is always pleasant and fast in serving. This location is clean as well. Everything about Enriques is worth ones experience.
I have had afternoon tea at many places abroad as here in the states but never did I expect to enjoy informal afternoon tea in the heart of Los Angeles. For $15 the afternoon tea served is enough for two hungry persons as there is a significant amount of food offered. The egg salad sandwich is my favorite because it is light and not overwhelmed by mayonnaise. The scones are real scones,very much like the ones found in Britain and not like rock cakes sold at Starbucks. The tea selection is vast. It alone is worth the trip being that it is not easy to find such teas anywhere else. I have told my friends about Chado Tea Room and they too have become occassional diners.
Chado is so much better than the high priced hotels that serve afternoon tea, not to mention, no reservations are required.