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Weekend Report - Mangiamo's, Lotus Fest, Ieela, and Greek Fest (long)

coffeebeast | Jul 12, 200412:10 PM

The hubby and I did quite a bit of eating out this weekend -

Friday night was dinner Mangiamo's in Manhattan Beach. I've been there a few times, and have always had a pleasant experience, including enjoying their single malts. They have a nice selection of standard but good ones. We started with their tuna tartar, which was a stack of chopped pieces of tuna, avacado slices, and crispy pastry rounds. For dinner I ordered sand dabs over pasta with a lemon caper sauce. I hadn't had sand dabs before but gave them a try - they're really good! I'll have to go back to the earlier sand dab thread and try them elsewhere too. Hubby had salmon in lobster sauce, and he finished it all before I could get a taste. We had blueberry creme brule which was good, but I think I prefer the traditional way myself. And I forget what it was called - is was vanilla gelato with a shot of espresso over top. That was nice.

Saturday we went to the Lotus Festival at Echo Park. Some of the food vendors seemed like the standard Asian fast food places, but others had more interesting dried squid, rice bowls, etc. They had a booth serving young coconuts with the top cleaved off, and a straw for drinking the juice. I'd never had one of those before, and wow! The coconut flesh was so soft and sublime.

Saturday night we had dinner at a Thai placed called Ieela at 1737 Silverlake Blvd. It's a small casual place, and most of the customers were non-asian families. I ordered spicy noodles with chicken, and hubby ordered "heavenly chicken" with veggie rice. Both tasted good, were served fresh with good service. Compared to other Thai places I've been, this seemed more tailored to an American taste, but it was nicely done.

Sunday had lunch at Boston Market, not by our choice, but it was all edible. I like their cinnamon apples.

Sunday for dinner we went to the South Bay Greek Festival in Redondo Beach. We started with ouzo, and had an sampler plate with cheese, tomatoes, olives, and stuffed grape leaves. The grape leaves were really good - just enough but not too much lemon. I overheard someone say the gyro's were better last year, and I've had better. We also had a slice of spanakopita and tiropita which were excellent. Unfortunately they were 100% totally sold out of dessert! There was a live band, lots of dancing, and lots of people.

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