Daily Archives: December 8, 2011

Scouting Mashti

dessert

Have you guys ever heard of Scoutmob? Yes, it’s another one of those “daily limited-time discounts” (which, quite frankly, I’m completely tired of and overwhelmed by) but the difference with this one is that they often have 100% off deals!

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I was in the area for a commercial audition this afternoon, and decided to swing by Mashti Malone’s for my free ice cream

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I’ve been here a couple times (the last time I blogged about it, I had the most amazing Peanut Butter Cup Sandwich) but have never shown the actual Mashti experience.

Located inside a strip mall at La Brea, above Sunset, parking is scarce but they take care of you. A uniformed attendant makes sure you follow the rules, too.

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This place is old skool

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…with tons of prizes/press

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Despite the shamrock sign and the Italian last name, the owners have Middle Eastern roots, which are reflected in their packaged treats…

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…and house specialities – like their famous Rosewater Ice Cream

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I’ve tried it before – not for me (too much like perfume). I am, however, a huge fan of their “more traditional” flavors – they use no preservatives, no eggs, no refined sugar, no corn syrup, no trans fats, no artificial flavors/colors.

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Hello pumpkin on a sugar cone!

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Hello free deal!

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Hello happiness.

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S’more Luna Park

dessert - dinner - restaurant

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Luna Park is definitely my go-to place for a romantic, easy dinner with Abe. I’ve had this Groupon deal saved for a little while, waiting for the right time. Since I thought/hoped I’d be working on a TV Show Wednesday, I hadn’t made any plans – so last night was perfect!

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The Prix-Fixe Dinner meal (offered every single night) is 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, and 2 desserts from their menu

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We split our starters…

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…Roasted Cauliflower with Calabrian Chiles + Capers (even better than it was the last time we were here) and Grilled Artichoke

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The latter came with Lemon Aioli; I didn’t use any since it was already pretty greasy. This ‘choke was actually really tough and skimpy.

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Not at all disappointing, however, was my main dish…

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…Ale Marinated Chicken with Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash, and Sage Jus

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I ate every savory + sweet bite, save a couple pieces of skin…

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…plus some of the crust + noodles from Abe’s Mac n Cheese with Broccoli

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We got a dessert to go…

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…I dominated most of this one, which CANNOT be wrapped up in a box

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These make-your-own s’mores were featured on the Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate

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Sad to say, they were definitely NOT the best thing I’ve ever eaten. In fact, they were the WORST s’mores I’ve ever had!

The graham crackers were flimsy…

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…most of the marshmallows got stuck to the side of the pot…

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…the chocolate was like Hershey’s syrup. It was a hot mess…

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…but I still finished it off.

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Gotta stop ordering dishes I see on the Food Network!!!  Other disappointments – Dorowot, Chicken Meatball, Chicken Pot Pie

But I’ve had some winners too – Garlic Noodles, White Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Butter, and of course, Umami Burger!

What have your experiences been with media-hyped-up meals?