Dining on a budget: Valerie’s Crepes in Arcadia

By Evelyn Barge

There’s an erudite Greek term for people like me: turophile, or one who fancies cheese.

No strange epicurean trend has thrilled me more than the growing prevalence of cheese cake – that’s not the dessert cheesecake, mind you – towers as an alternative to a traditional wedding cake. If I ever tie the knot, you can bet I’ll say “I do” to that option.

So, knowing that about me, it’s no wonder that my first dining experience at Valerie’s Crepes in Arcadia was such a disappointment.

I stepped up to the free-standing crepe kiosk in the food court of Westfield Santa Anita Shopping Center tempted by the promise of great things. The staff was busy preparing several orders ahead of mine, and the crepe batter was being skillfully poured and thinly spread on the griddle.

Jars of Nutella stacked high behind the glass counter gave me a visual cue to go for a sweet selection, the apple brie crepe ($6.29), which is billed to include apple slices, brie, walnuts and raspberry preserves.

The crepe that I was handed, and for which my receipt shows I was clearly billed, did contain a bunch of fresh apple slices – but that’s about it.   

30806-VALERIESCREPES_dining1-thumb-180x135-30805.jpg

 

In lieu of the handful of unaccounted-for elements, the preparer had sprinkled on some cinnamon. A healthy dollop of ice cream plopped on top of the folded crepe did very little to combat the overwhelming affect of a dry, powdery mixture.

When planning to eat dinner at any mall, there are few things I expect less than a peaceful mealtime. Obviously, the folks at Valerie’s can do little to alter their surroundings – mine involved being sandwiched by a giggling clique of teenage girls and a family with clunky stroller in tow.

But Valerie’s staff could at least make an effort to counteract the enveloping chaos by living up to their promise of a “gourmet menu” with “mouthwatering ingredients.” (Hint: Ingredients can’t cause your mouth to water if they don’t exist.)

After slogging through five bites of my apple “brie” crepe, a brilliant solution came to mind. I plucked up and asked for a to-go container and made my escape from the shopping complex.

From there, I proceeded to drive home to my apartment, open up the refrigerator and retrieve the sole thing that could rescue this remainder of crepe from further humiliation: brie, obviously.

Hey, Valerie’s, ever heard of it?

Valerie’s Crepes is located in the Westfield Santa Anita Shopping Center, 400 S. Baldwin Ave., in Arcadia. Hours are Mon.-Fri., 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, call (626) 821-6504 or visit www.valeriescrepes.com.

6 thoughts on “Dining on a budget: Valerie’s Crepes in Arcadia

  1. I love this little reicpe book! It is very simply written, but informative everything from what a crepe is and how to turn them, stack them, freeze them, and thaw them, to diagrams on folding crepes and blintzes, and, of course, the reicpes: the basic crepe reicpe followed by all the variations, as well as dessert crepes and blintzes. Haven’t tried very many yet, but am looking forward to it especially the orange dessert crepes.

  2. I have been surfing online more than 3 hours nowadays, yet I by no means found any fascinating article like yours. It’s beautiful worth sufficient for me. In my opinion, if all web owners and bloggers made just right content as you did, the net shall be much more helpful than ever before.

  3. Throughout the grand pattern of things you receive a B- for effort and hard work. Where you confused everybody ended up being on all the particulars. As it is said, details make or break the argument.. And it could not be more correct at this point. Having said that, allow me tell you just what did give good results. Your text is very engaging and this is possibly the reason why I am making the effort in order to opine. I do not make it a regular habit of doing that. Secondly, while I can easily notice a leaps in reason you make, I am not really sure of just how you seem to connect your ideas that make the actual conclusion. For right now I shall yield to your position but wish in the future you actually connect the facts much better.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>