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Who remembers Arriba's in West L.A.? (It was called Arriba's, right?)

Wow, that's a great trip down memory lane! Do you remember the name of the place that was below street level on the east side of Westwood Blvd. approximately across from what is now Tanino's? I know it had a bar; not sure about the restaurant area.

Aug 18, 2014
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Can't make Paris this year, go to L'Amand

I stopped by today and bought a baguette. It was very good-looking: nice crust, just dark enough and with lovely hash marks. Unfortunately, it was awful. I got it at 11:30 am and it tasted stale, although I'm sure it was baked fresh this morning. Even worse, the flavor was horrible. It tasted sweet, as if they had added sugar. FWIW, my standard for comparison is the baguette at Republique; for me, it even bests Bread Lounge's offerings.

Aug 11, 2014
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Simon's Cafe in Sherman Oaks, a true find

Are you sure? Their website shows a lunch menu.

Aug 11, 2014
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ISO Sheng Jian Bao

Just read about these. I eat a lot of xlb all over SGV, but I've been oblivious to the presence of these.

Jul 30, 2014
Bob Brooks in Los Angeles Area

ISO Sheng Jian Bao

I assume we're looking in SGV for this, but anywhere would be fine.

Jul 30, 2014
Bob Brooks in Los Angeles Area

Nice place that's easy access from Encino?

I think you'd be very happy going to Saddle Peak. Plus, it would make for a unique experience for someone from out of town.

Bread and Butter

You can pick up a great baguette at Republique and if you feel like dining there, they serve a wonderful French butter as an option.

Jul 17, 2014
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Email address for Food editor desk at LA Times?

Could this be the recipe?

http://articles.latimes.com/1999/dec/...

Jul 16, 2014
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DineLA Meals Reported -- July 2014

I was also at AOC today. Had the Spanish fried chicken and the farmer's lunch. Both very nice. That chicken is really terrific.

Jul 15, 2014
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Food & Wine's 'Mad Genius' Justin Chapple's YouTube videos

That's a pretty cute trick with the water bottle. But Jacques Pepin's technique is much better: Once you have the eggs in the bowl, just reach in with cupped fingers and pull out the yolks. Perfect and simple.

Jul 02, 2014
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MasterChef US June 30 chatter

Apropos of nothing, I've been watching season 6 of Masterchef AU online. It is so, so much better than the American version. Not least of which due to the fact that all of the contestants really care about each other and try to help each other. No backbiting, just decent, self-effacing people trying to do their best. It puts the US version to shame.

Jul 02, 2014
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Lunch Near Airport Court -- 405 and 105

I've been to Coni a number of times after leaving the LAX courthouse. Granted, I've gone well before noon, when it wasn't very busy, but I've never had much of a wait. Plus, jurors have a ninety minute lunch break and it's barely a ten minute drive.

Smoke House Burbank What to Eat

This place is pretty much all about prime rib. It's fine but will never threaten Lawry's. Their cheese toast is also fun with a cocktail

Jun 18, 2014
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Finding Grits

In that case, I thought you might enjoy Michael Ruhlman's recipe for butter poached shrimp and grits. I've made it many times and it's wonderful.
http://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/...

Jun 07, 2014
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LAMB -- L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2014

The lamb with cumin at Lucky Noodle King is pretty awesome.

TonyC's Definitive Guide To San Gabriel Valley Dining

Shouldn't ever blame the writer for the headline of their article. That's almost always in the hands of editors and out of the writer's control.

May 30, 2014
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Neven McGuire-Home Chef

I think his recipes are overwroght and his plating is somewhere from the 1980's.

May 22, 2014
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Paninoteca -- Scarpetta's New Sandwich Shop

They do a grilled eggplant with mozzarella. Close?

May 21, 2014
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Paninoteca -- Scarpetta's New Sandwich Shop

Just had lunch there. Very elegant operation at such a low price! I had the porchetta and was very pleased. Alas, not nearly as good as Bucato's version on the truck.

May 20, 2014
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shape of butter "quarters"?

I live in the West and when Land O' Lakes first appeared here it came in East Coast-style long slender sticks. For some reason, they later changed to the more common western style of short/stubby. Too bad, I liked their original shape.

May 18, 2014
Bob Brooks in General Topics

Tipple and Brine...has anyone eaten there?

Ate there last night. Very nice oysters, but a tad pricey at $3.50 per. Kale Caesar was very good. Uni toast interesting but maybe the uni gets a little lost in the avocado. Smoked trout rillettes were great.
Fried octopus was very good, but the sauce was a bit too rich. Same problem with the brussels sprouts; well cooked, but the sauce was too much and became cloying after a few bites. Nice atmosphere and the waitstaff is first-rate.
You should definitely give it a try.

May 12, 2014
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l.a.mart area

There's Chichen Itza at Mercado La Paloma, 3655 S. Grand. It's a bit of a hike, though.

May 11, 2014
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Best Thai Restaurant in Hollywood

Sapp is fine for Boat Noodles and Pa Ord is also good for it's noodle dishes. However, if your looking for more, then Yai is the answer. Their duck with chile and garlic is phenomal!

May 01, 2014
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Flores?

Apr 24, 2014
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Best HH in LA

In the SFV, Izakaya M is very good.

Apr 20, 2014
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HAPPY HOUR near Egyptian Theater? (Walking distance)

I've read good things about the HH at Delphine. Especially if you like oysters.

Apr 19, 2014
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Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Bread Lounge makes a great one. Also, the one I had at Republique was textbook perfect.

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

They are that good! Probably the best baguette in L.A. right now.

Ink - Republique - Perch - Riva Bella?

Republique definitely! Great vibe and energy for younger diners and the food and service are awesome.

Apr 02, 2014
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I [HEART] The Splendid Table and Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Well, here's a hint on how to detect a phony laugh. You can do this even with your eyes closed: Nothing remotely funny or, even mildly amusing, precedes it.

As for the music, it's usually mawkishly romantic. Something with a bit more energy would be much better suited. The producers could take a lesson from Car Talk.

Mar 26, 2014
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