Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wednesday Dinner 9/8/10

Good morning, love bugs!! Happy Thursday!!!! Life is good, I can't complain so let me get into this blog. I had been craving Chinese food for about a week. So I decided to visit one of my old faithful places, "Bamboo Garden" in LA off of Vermont and Manchester. "Bamboo Garden" doesn't have a website but check out the yelp link ( I used to frequent "Bamboo Garden" years ago and they really had my heart but I haven't been there in some time. "Bamboo Garden" is your hole in the wall classic Chinese food restaurant, with menus posted all over the wall and offering many different food items this place is far from typical. The prices are extremely reasonable and would make one second guess themselves if they are not comfortable. "Bamboo Garden" offers take out only and only accepts cash. There were so many items to choose from but I decided on what I wanted and here is what I got:

No. 1- Chicken Chow Mein, Pork Fried Rice, Barbeque Pork, Egg Roll, 2 Fried Shrimp, 1 Fortune Cookie & 1 Almond Cookie
Broccoli & Beef

"Bamboo Garden" has a lot of dinner specials that come with 3 items or more and like I said the prices are extremely reasonable. So since I could only take my food to go it was back to the house to eat. The total for the No. 1 was $7.75 and the Broccoli & Beef was about $5.50 which rounded off my total $13.25 which wasn't bad for the amount of food I got, this meal was big enough for at least 3 people. I have so much food left over, by the time I arrived home the food was still HOT not warm but HOT and I appreciate that. The chow mien was yummy!! Hearty pieces of chicken and veggies!! Pork fried rice isn't my favorite but I did the trick, not to many pieces of pork so I got to really enjoy the rice. Barbeque pork was alright I only ate a few pieces of that not a huge fan of it but it was still alright. I didn't fool with the egg roll, the shrimp was BOMB with a little sweet & sour sauce it was right on point. The broccoli & beef really hit the spot it was BOMB also. All in all I was full and glad I stopped by "Bamboo Garden". If you like classic Chinese food stop by "Bamboo Garden" it’s the perfect place to get take out on date night or when it starts raining. They are open 7 days a week until 8:15pm however it’s located in the cut so if you’re not paying attention you’re going to pass it. If you would like to get on the "Wednesday Dinner" team drop me a line and follow me on Twitter In closing I would like to leave you with this "Don't regret anything because at one point in your life it meant everything" until next week I LOVE YOU! -Ashley

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Wednesday Dinner 9/2/10

Well good morning and happy Thursday! The weekend is here and I am so looking forward to this 3 day weekend. I want everyone to have a safe and happy Labor day! This weeks "Wednesday Dinner" was short but OH SOOOOOO GOOD! The sun was shining yesterday and it was such a lovely day here in California and I was feeling very Cali-ish with what I wanted to eat. I wanted something simple and flavorful and I got just that. I decided to stop by "All About the Bread" (, "All About the Bread" is located off of Melrose in a tiny little strip complex joined with another restaurant and a Pinkberry (EWWW). At first sight I got turned off because there was no parking in the front, however with a slight left turn into the alley I was greeted with Valet and I got a free hour of parking. Walking into "All About the Bread" I was immediately in sandwich heaven, I have to be honest but sandwiches are one of my favorite things to eat! "All About the Bread" was so clean, neat and it had this fresh aroma to it. I smelled the fresh bread being baked!!! There were quite a few people dining solo inside so I didn't feel alone and there were a group of guys sitting outside eating. With a variety of meats and cheeses and one type of bread ordering was easy, I was a little distracted because there was a cute guy taking my order but I was able to compose myself and here is what I ordered:

Small Honey Turkey & Swiss and Chips

"All About the Bread" makes all their sandwiches with the works which include (Vegan mayo, mustard, onions, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, Italian dressing, and roasted peppers, mild or medium Chicago style peppers). At first sight this might seem like a lot on a sandwich however its not. I got everything except the peppers, I asked for those on the side but I guess the guy didn't hear that. I was a little taken back that the drinks and chips were so expensive! A bottled drink is $3.00 and $1.75 for a bag of chips (SHAME) good thing I had my water in my purse. I waited about 5 minutes for my sandwich to be made, "All About the Bread" cuts their meat and cheeses in house which is great. So my name was called and it was time to dive into my sandwich. And it was LOVE at first bite! The freshness in this sandwich was so apparent! I could taste every veggie, the meat and the cheese. This sandwich was not overly saturated with onions or anything. It was absolutely amazing!!!! The vegan mayo along with the Italian dressing gives this sandwich its stand out taste! My total came to $8.25 which included $6.50 for the sandwich and $1.75 for the chips. Unfortunately I only ate half of my sandwich but it was good down to the last bite. I strongly suggest that you get familiar with "All About the Bread" real soon! I am claiming this as my #1 sandwich place!!! I will definitely be going back sooner than later! If you would like to get on the "Wednesday Dinner" invite list drop me a line and follow me on Twitter In closing I would like to leave you with this "You can't arrive to your new situation until you leave your old destination. Until next week stay fly- Ashley

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wednesday Dinner 8/25/10

I know I am a little late, however I was debating if I should blog about last weeks dining experience, which I would like to say was less than appetizing. Last week I had a lot going on; Shelby was preparing to leave for college and life was hectic last week, however we managed to get her off safe and sound. So last week was Shelby's last "Wednesday Dinner" for a while and the last "Wednesday Dinner" for August (I mean that’s nothing special but hey). So I was trying to get her and Melissa out for dinner, however the 3 of us together are extremely indecisive, we went to dinner about 8pm which is very late for me but whateve! We couldn't decide what we wanted to eat so I made the executive decision and decided to try "Nathan's" (, "Nathan's" has a new location in Manhattan Beach and I have to say that I was not pleased with the service or my food. We arrived around 8:20pm and it was just all bad, the cashier/order taker was very sharp and rude. The food was gross! It had an overly fried taste to it, here is what we ordered

Melissa- Bacon, Cheese & Ranch Fries
Shelby- Chicken Tenders
Ashley- Hot Dog Combo with Onion Rings

Everything was not appetizing, I am not sure how a hot dog can't taste good but it happened. I think it’s because the bun wasn't soft! I don't think I'll be going back to "Nathan's" ever! See the pictures and decide for yourself. Over dinner my sisters and I laughed and joked as we always do! My food came to a total of $6.40 which is a little much for a hotdog combo! If you would like to get on the "Wednesday Dinner" crew drop me a line and follow me on Twitter In closing I would like to leave you with this "In order to have demands you must be in demand" Until next week -Ashley