Mission Impossible?

dinner - movies - restaurant

I’m not terribly fond of New Year’s Eve – probably since I don’t drink alcohol?

That said, I always use holidays as an excuse to do something out-of-the-ordinary. We see a lot of movies throughout the year, but rarely huge blockbuster/action ones. Ghost Protocol at The Arclight Cinerama Dome was fun!

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Our next mission – find a last-minute, delicious dinner that wasn’t overpriced and overhyped. Impossible on December 31st, right?

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Not in the San Gabriel Valley…

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…no prix-fixe menus or reservations required here!

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101 Noodle Express has several locations (including one in the Westfield Culver City mall) and many accolades

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They’re famous for their beef rolls – but I knew I couldn’t handle an entire order by myself

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After much discussion with the waitress over the menu, we discovered the few vegetarian dishes to share

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Steamed Dumplings

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Scallion Pancakes

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Ya gotta have noodles for new year! They had one without meat, but it was in soup form, which Abe doesn’t like…

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…instead, we ordered the Dan Dan Noodles with Minced Pork Sauce on the side

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Abe garnished his handcut noodles with the condiments on the table…

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…chili oil, vinegar, soy sauce…

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…and this wonderful hot cilantro mixture

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I wound up eating 2 porky bowls myself…

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…plus one of the veggie-filled dumplings

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Mostly we focused on the scallion pancakes, since they don’t taste as good leftover.

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Ate about 4 or 5 pieces…

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…with “Abe” sauce…

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…made my own meat rolls too

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The waitress’ English was much better than my Mandarin, but I still couldn’t get a glass of ice water throughout the entire meal! Finally, I asked for a Diet Coke, and it was brought out pronto. I guess everyone understands the language of $$$…

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…speaking of which, Mission Accomplished – “Dumpings” et al = less than twenty bucks!

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Missed seeing the ball drop, but a (somewhat) big apple made an appearance near midnight

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Felt like I got my party fix on Friday night, so we turned down a few invites and stayed off the roads. Did some writing, watched another movie, and hung out with Julius instead.

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What’d you do to ring in 2012?

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  • Jacky

    Oh goodness that all looks so good! Happy new year.

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com Lynn at The Actors Diet

      it really was gooood. happy new year to you too, jacky!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jhsieh8 Judy Hsieh Bigman

    Looks delicious! Happy New Year to you, Lynn, hopes it’s full of great foodie adventures :)

  • http://boldmeasures.com Phil Lorenzo

    Awesome post! So much good food in the new year!

  • Darcee

    Happy New Year Lynn!!!

    I spent the evening at a house party a friend had. Surrounded by like minded friends having a great time. It was fantastic.

    Looking at the noodles, I realize I’m starving

  • http://cookingwithkate.wordpress.com katecooks

    happy new year! looks like a lovely way to ring in 2012. i could go for those scallion pancakes myself right about now!

  • http://www.notoriousrd.com Stephanie Brookshier

    Oh man, I’m going to look up a recipe for scallion pancakes. Yum! We relaxed for the new year, and a lot of my night was spent writing, too.

  • Kristine

    Looks like a great dumpling house. I’m always looking for a great dumpling place with a menu written in english for us ABC’s. I’m going to try this place.

    Oh – just saw Mission Impossible. Love the action!

  • http://squigglefloey.wordpress.com squigglefloey

    Yay for 626 food :) I love scallion pancakes! Had some the other day from a Asian-style cafe–it came with curry though? I had it plain though — enough flavor by itself :)

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com Lynn at The Actors Diet

      mmmm curry pancakes – WHERE?!?

  • http://prasoudadietsite.com/ prasouda diet

    Those pancakes look fantastic!

  • http://glidingcalm.wordpress.com glidingcalm

    this post made my mouth water