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British baking contest?

Aug 24, 2015
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Republique - Lunch

Their jambon beurre sandwich is as good as it gets.

Aug 04, 2015
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Where buy chocolate-covered champagne-filled cherry?

I don't know if they have them but if anyone does it would probably be Edelweiss on Canon in Beverly Hills.

Jun 26, 2015
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halvah in LA?

Second Jon's Marketplace. They have a great selection in their fresh deli sections at very good pricing.

Where to eat Brunch/Lunch 4th July near Sherman Oaks?

I highly recommend 818 Public School. They have bottomless (and btw delicious) Mimosas and Bloody Marys and a great brunch menu. Everything I've eaten here has been a delicious surprise.

Omakase - First Time Recommendations?

I'd recommend Kiriko or Echigo, both on the Westside, for the best bang for your buck.

May 30, 2015
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Salad in the 'San Fernando

Public School 818, in Sherman Oaks, does a Happy Hour salad of brussels sprouts and farro that is absolutely delicious. On the regular menu they offer it topped with perfectly grilled scalops.

May 30, 2015
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How old is Madeo?

I don't know how much this helps, but I first went there in the early 80's. I don't think it had been open very long at that time.

May 30, 2015
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Ramen in SFV?

Ramen by Omae in the same mall as El Torito, on Ventura just east of Van Nuys blvd. is excellent.

May 25, 2015
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Lunch rec in Westminster

There's a million choices but I guess the obvious one to start with would be Brodard.

May 14, 2015
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Wine Pairing's at Maude

Going to Maude in May. My past experience with wine pairings at restaurants is that they're not usually a good value. Does anyone have any experience with wine pairings at Maude that they could share. TIA.

Apr 16, 2015
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Szechuan Impression, A Photo Story

Great photos and nice report. Thanks for sharing.

Apr 13, 2015
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How many Maude attempts?

I tried all day on April 1, and never got anything but a busy signal. Called April 2, at 10:01 am and got through immediately. Wanted May 5 but they were booked for a private event. Got May 6, no problem.

Apr 03, 2015
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Sharky's?

Sharky's Mexican Grill is a chain. Their tempura pollack taco is exceptionally good.

Mar 31, 2015
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2 Questions: Where to buy European Nutella and Best (inexpensive) Oysters in LA?

How Humble Salt Became the King of Ingredients

Also loved this book. Highly recommended!

Mar 14, 2015
Bob Brooks in General Topics

Need a great recommendation for dinner for 1.

Love and Salt, in MB, would also be a good bet that meets all of your criteria.

Feb 23, 2015
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Crunchy martini olives!

The secret to crunchy olives is whether they're packed with calcium chloride. Many are not, and they're the mushy ones. I particularly like Kroger's Manzanilla's stuffed with pimento.

Feb 20, 2015
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Happy hour near Hollywood?

Not sure about how late it goes but Delphine is supposed to have a good happy hour.

Feb 19, 2015
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818 Public School Open?

Just drove by the former Sisley's at Ventura and Sepulveda. The construction fence is gone and the lights are on. Couldn't see if people were inside eating yet...

Feb 13, 2015
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Afternoon dining in Beverly Hills

Forgot about this; that's a great idea!

Feb 04, 2015
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Afternoon dining in Beverly Hills

Porta Via, Il Pastaio, Doma, Barney's, Momed, Le Pain Quotidien are all good as are Bar Bouchon and Wally's. BTW, Wally's is a really good looking space.

Feb 04, 2015
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Zankou

Zankou has sucked/been inconsistent for many years. You don't need to go there for the sauce. Make it at home with this recipe:

http://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/...

Jan 26, 2015
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Rehearsal Dinner in San Fernando Valley/Hollywood

You might consider Braemar Country Club, which is in Tarzana, at the southern end of Reseda Blvd. It's been some time since I dined there, but the food was decent, the facilities were apt, and the view was gorgeous.

Jan 21, 2015
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Place to buy fresh seafood mix in LA?

99 Ranch has this.

Jan 13, 2015
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Live Lobster for New Year's

99 Ranch on Sepulveda at Victory has them. If you're willing to drive to downtown, Little Tokyo Marketplace at 333 S. Alameda will likely have them at a huge discount, think $6.99 a pound or thereabouts.

Remembering Cafe Swiss on Rodeo Dr. back in the 70's

I remember it well. I took many a client to lunch there. At the time, it was one of the few places in town that had a large patio to dine in.

Dec 13, 2014
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Happy Hour at Murph's Service Station - Sherman Oaks

Just returned from a great HH here. $4 pints of Sculpin IPA; pulled pork sliders, chicken wraps and fried pork ears; all really well made and attractively priced. Highly recommended.

Live Lobster Prices - Old topic, but a new year.

I'm not sure what the current pricing is, but it is always ridiculously low at Little Tokyo Market at 3rd and Alameda. Certainly less than $10.00. Could even be around $8.00.

Nov 14, 2014
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Quick Report: Pearl's Liquor Bar, Sunset Strip

No. Farther west, I think.

Nov 11, 2014
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