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Restaurant wedding locations

I don't know your budget but I have been to lovely weddings at Il Cielo. The owner, Pasquale, helped up plan a party for my mother-in-law and we found them surprisingly accommodating on the budget. It's very charming.

Oct 09, 2007
clairelouise in Los Angeles Area

Yays and nays from Trader Joe's, lately [OLD]

MAJOR YAYS:

the tarte d'Alscace - ohhhhh so good! just make sure it browns all over. yum!

the tri-tip, marinated or not. I have served this to some pretty discerning eaters and have received compliments every time. just follow the directions on the sticker

the giant chocolate bar - I am a chocolate fan, but kind of a picky one. this bar reminds me of Cadbury in its super creamy flavor.

the baby beets from the deli case.

also, the chicken breasts that are individually vacuum packed are great because they freeze and thaw really nicely and are a great price for high quality.

NAYS:

I had some horrendous mochi (sweet japanese rice balls)

All in all, I love TJ's. It's such a CA thing - I'm so glad so many more of the country gets to scour the aisles now. Happy hunting!

Oct 03, 2007
clairelouise in Chains

Looking for eats near LAX

There was a place right by the airport - with a view of the runways - with an aeronautical theme and fabulous burgers. An old boyfriend's dad used to go there with his fellow tech-heads who all worked in El Segundo. Does anyone remember this place? Is it still there? I think it may have had an Irish name? Help!

Sep 15, 2007
clairelouise in Los Angeles Area

Just ate at Hamburger Hamlet

I LOVE the Hamlet. I am from Los Angeles and in high school Hamlet was a date night favorite. Zucchini zircles and a burger and off to the movies.

We still love the one on Sunset and it's great to take out of towners to look for celebs. One night, Elton John took over the tap room for his birthday party.

Do they still have Goth bingo night?

Sep 14, 2007
clairelouise in Los Angeles Area

ISO really good sukiyaki on westside

I am sure there are some good spots on Sawtelle but which are the treasures? SOS!

Sep 09, 2007
clairelouise in Los Angeles Area

Breaking the Code

If you have cracked these codes are you going to share them?

Sep 08, 2007
clairelouise in Los Angeles Area

Three Cheers for Bossa Nova Delivery

If it weren't for Bossa Nova delivery, my family would have starved to death right after both of my daughters were born. I'm so happy to see someone else giving them some props. I think I'll order in tomorrow night.

Sep 07, 2007
clairelouise in Los Angeles Area

Under-rated/Under-hyped

Instead of griping,let's share some places we think are real gems - fine dining, taco truck, whatever.

Sep 03, 2007
clairelouise in Los Angeles Area

Title 3 dinners in LA recommendations?

Orris on Sawtelle is out of this world!

Aug 17, 2007
clairelouise in Los Angeles Area

Kitschy Birthday Dinner?

It's apparently closing soon, but how about Lowenbrou. That place is the kitschy-est place you will ever enter.

Aug 17, 2007
clairelouise in Los Angeles Area

Know a good knife sharpener ???

The Bristol Farms on Beverly (the old Chasen's spot) used to sharpen knives for free back at the butcher's counter.

Aug 15, 2007
clairelouise in Los Angeles Area

Romantic Place in LA?

Il Cielo on Burton Way is very romantic and they have a ravioli (mushroom I think? anyone know?) that is absolutely lovely.

Aug 15, 2007
clairelouise in Los Angeles Area

Best breakfast in L.A.

The Farm (both locations) make a lovely benedict and I believe you can order them all day. Gardens on Glendon (in Westwood) also has really good benedict but is a bit expensive. Great Bloody Marys, too.

Aug 13, 2007
clairelouise in Los Angeles Area

KID FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS

This is kind of a tough one. I have two small daughters and we often go to The Farm at The Grove because you can sit outside and the kids love to watch the fountains and the trolley. I think they make a darn good hamburger, BTW.

Aug 12, 2007
clairelouise in Los Angeles Area

How the Other Half Cooks

I'll tell you what else is in there. Servants to work all that stuff.

Aug 04, 2007
clairelouise in Features

Great Dinner at Patina Last Night

It's so nice to see someone post a topic that is positive! I think it's so easy to fall into snarkiness. I know it is for me.

I have always had a lovely time at Patina with great food and excellent, friendly and knowledgable service.

Happy Birthday.

Jun 23, 2007
clairelouise in Los Angeles Area

Crazy Fish - What's the appeal?

I am so happy to see some others wondering about this. This is not good sushi! When I went (which was quite a few years ago) we ordered some roll that was about the size of a plate, stuffed with three or four different kinds of fish, and it was just, well, vulgar.

Jun 23, 2007
clairelouise in Los Angeles Area

Barney's Beanery WH....Ugh!

Oh, you poor thing. I had forgotten that place even existed even though I drive by all the time. Let this serve as a warning to all others - DON'T GO THERE. IT'S A PIT.

Jun 23, 2007
clairelouise in Los Angeles Area

Good Inexpensive Eats in the Westide/Culver

Try Shamshiri for some great Persian food. And don't just order kabobs, get into the stews. If you haven't had Persian food, it's really interesting and not quite like anything else.

Welcome!

Jun 13, 2007
clairelouise in Los Angeles Area

Help! 1st Date in Brentwood/WLA

Another vote for Nook! It's fits all of your reqs. Good luck!

Jun 11, 2007
clairelouise in Los Angeles Area

Best Breakfast Bars

I now have Carnation Breakfast Bar on the brain and it is making me nuts! I remember them so well and they were kind of pebbly and soooooo good. RATS!

Jun 02, 2007
clairelouise in General Topics

recs for sat nite dinner between sm & brentwood?

orris on sawtelle just north of olympic is really good.

Jun 01, 2007
clairelouise in Los Angeles Area

Good "old boy" bars?

If you like dives The Bounty on Wilshire across from the former site of the Ambassador is pretty good.

Jun 01, 2007
clairelouise in Los Angeles Area

Need a Romantic Lunch Spot in Beverly Hills

Il Cielo is very romantic, even at lunch-time. It is on Burton Way very close to the Four Seasons.

May 31, 2007
clairelouise in Los Angeles Area

which hotel has the best brunch buffet?

The Jonathan Club is a members-only club and not open to the public.

May 31, 2007
clairelouise in Los Angeles Area

which hotel has the best brunch buffet?

There is no other answer than the Four Seasons BH. Absolutely the best buffet brunch in town and I have been to every single one.

May 31, 2007
clairelouise in Los Angeles Area

Cafe 50's Diner - Worst Diner in L.A.; What is the best L.A. Diner?

Also, don't go to Dinah's. It's AWFUL. Even their so-called specialty apple pancake. YUCK.

May 30, 2007
clairelouise in Los Angeles Area

Cafe 50's Diner - Worst Diner in L.A.; What is the best L.A. Diner?

It's been a long time but Rae's on Pico used to have great biscuits and white gravy. Anyone been there lately?

May 30, 2007
clairelouise in Los Angeles Area

Good "old boy" bars?

I second the Chez Jay nomination. Despite all of the winging from others, I do think Father's Office has very good bar food and great beer.

May 30, 2007
clairelouise in Los Angeles Area

What's the big deal about Dinah's?

I know what you mean! My in-laws drag our entire family down there whenever anyone visits from out-of-town for the apple pancake and, I swear, you do better at IHOP. Plus it smells. YUCK!

May 30, 2007
clairelouise in Los Angeles Area