Strawberries ‘n Cream Pie


Sometimes, it’s all about compromise.

Some people like fruit pies — apple, cherry, strawberry. And other people prefer cream pies — banana cream, coconut cream, custard.

This pie is a great compromise. I’ll start from the bottom layer:
– Graham cracker crust. (The pie I bought used a darker graham cracker crust, which was crunchy and not super sweet
– Thin layer of vanilla cream. (This is the same type of cream used in the banana cream pies)
– Thicker layer of strawberry cream. (Small bits of chopped strawberry).
– Top layer of sliced strawberries and whipped cream.

If you like Marie Callender’s fresh strawberry pie, you’ll probably like this one too. However, I found the slices of strawberries weren’t as satisfying as whole strawberries in the fresh pie.

For those of you who like cream pies, there’s plenty of cream here to satisfy.

Even better. Marie Callender’s is having a sale on the Strawberries ‘n Cream Pie. $10.99. Compare that to the 13.99 fresh strawberry pie.
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Coupon for Friday’s

File this post under cheap eats, not tasty eats. I’ve never been a fan of Friday’s, but sometimes, cheap food is cheap food.

Here’s a coupon for a buy one get one 50% off lunch at Friday’s. It’s only good during lunch on weekdays from the “Right Portion” menu. If you go, let me know if it was worth it.


Ice cream vs. soft serve vs. Pinkberry

We’re in nebulous period between winter and summer. It can get very cold and very hot within a couple of days or hours. Still, it’s not too early to start thinking about ice cold summer treats. With some input from around the newsroom, here’s a pros and cons list for ice cream, soft serve and Pinkberry-like frozen yogurt.


Ice Cream Pros
Super rich and creamy
Sundaes, Banana splits, shakes, floats
Ice cream sandwiches
More than 31 flavors
Chocolate and Peanut Butter ice cream from Baskin Robbins

Ice Cream Cons
Really fattening
Brain freeze
More fat, sugar and calories
Freezer burn
Feeling so full you don’t want to get up


Soft Serve Pros
Easy access (McDonald’s)
Good ice cream substitute
Goes well with chocolate syrup
Great with toppings
Served in baseball helmets
It swirls!

Soft Serve Cons
Somewhat fattening
Fewer flavors
Can’t “mix-in” toppings
Melts easily


Pinkberry Pros (or similar frozen yogurts)
Won’t weigh you down
Nontraditional toppings — Cocoa Puffs, Mochi, Specialty fruits
Fewer flavors
Healthy bacteria (better BM?)
Trendy, therefore cool
Cute name

Pinkberry Cons (or similar frozen yogurts)
Fewer locations, not sold in stores
Not like ice cream
Can get expensive
Not usually served in a cone
Long lines
Trendy, therefore for followers
There are no pink berries in Pinkberry
Sounds too much like Blackberry

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No more liquor


Reporter Jennifer McLain has a story about Mariscos Uruapan, a Mexican restaurant in Irwindale that may be using a fake permit to serve liquor.

issued a liquor license to Mariscos Uruapan in 2003 for the sale of
beer, wine and hard liquor, but a city permit only allows it to sell
beer and wine.

Records used for the 2003 liquor license show that a
planner, Marcos Bereda, authorized the approval. But city officials
said that no planner with that name ever worked for the city.

The city concluded last month that ABC “erroneously” issued
the restaurant, at 16034 Arrow Highway, a license four years ago and
relied on false records to do so.

Although I’ve driven past this restaurant several times, I’ve never eaten there before. Anyone?

Tasty tacos

Although I’m no expert on tacos or Mexican food, I know what I like. And I like the carnitas tacos from Birrieria y Cenaduria Apatzingan in Baldwin Park.

I’ve had their carne asada, chicken and carnitas tacos, as well as the milanesa torta and cheese quesadilla. All of it is great tasting and inexpensive. I especially like their salsa, which packs a lot of flavor and heat, but isn’t so hot that it burns your taste buds.

The tortillas are hand made and very fresh.

Birrieria y Cenaduria Apatzingan
14901 Ramona Blvd.
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
(626) 813-3797

Disappointment at Euro Pane

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I may hear a lot of complaints later, but I have to say this: I bought a mini carrot cake from Euro Pane in Pasadena today, and it wasn’t very good. It was dry.

Because carrot cake is supposed to be super moist and Euro Pane is supposed to be super delicious, I was disappointed. The rest of the cake wasn’t bad. While the cream cheese frosting was a little too heavy for my taste, the gold foil garnish was a nice (frou-frou) touch. I’ve never been disappointed by Euro Pane before so I’m hoping that this dry carrot cake is a fluke.

I also bought a slice of blueberry lemon chiffon cake from Euro Pane. It was delicious.

Other notes: The best carrot cake I’ve had is from Craft in Los Angeles. After dinner, the restaurant gives each guest a take home carrot cupcake. The cake was moist, the shredded carrots were flavorful and not at all dry or stringy. The streusel topping was a just the right balance of crunchy, soft and sweet.

Microwaved miso soup


A few weeks ago, I went to Sushiya, a Japanese restaurant in the Eastern portion of Pasadena. According to a few reviews I read on Yelp!, it sounded like a decent place to go. And it was. The sushi chefs were nice, the waitress was friendly, and the food was ok. It definitely wasn’t the best quality sushi I’ve had, but it was extremely inexpensive. The sushi rolls didn’t taste bad, but they weren’t great either. This is the type of restaurant that’ll satisfy a cheap and quick sushi craving but not good enough for a “night out.”

Then comes the miso soup. I didn’t order it, but a table of women next to us did. First, I heard the “ding!” of a microwave from inside the kitchen. Moments later, the waitress comes out with three bowls of miso soup.

Is it OK to microwave miso soup?

2525 E. Foothill Blvd. # 2
(626) 795-1311

Huge crabs!

I saw these HUGE crabs at NBC Seafood in Monterey Park. The main body of the crab looked like it was 6 to 8 inches long. The entire crab must be at least 1 1/2 to 2 feet!

Anyone know what kind of crabs these are — and more importantly, if they taste good?