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What's going on at Murph's in Sherman Oaks

Something like Murph's or Tipple & Brine, or Lucy's 51, or many of his other names of today and yore.
Maybe he should test-market names before any proclamation(s).

Apr 06, 2015
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Lamb on Easter Sunday

Consensus, now that the store has closed for the weekend!
Enjoy the bunny!

Apr 04, 2015
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JINYA Ramen Bar Now Open in Santa Monica

Being that I was with 2 Chinese friends, the pork broth is what we ate that fateful day early in Studio City's history.
Was not memorable, but as we all know, times and broths can change.
However, since there is not a lot of food value in ramen, I doubt I will return soon to find out.

Apr 03, 2015
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Lamb on Easter Sunday

Costco has great lamb chops or marinated legs of boneless lamb.
Do it yourself at home.
Not open on Sunday, but the price and quality are very good.
doing the rack of lamb here in Sherman Oaks.

Apr 03, 2015
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Dinner for 10 in Studio City area?

If Mexican food might be of interest, you might inquire about taking over the patio at Cascabel in the westerly end of Toluca Lake, aka basically the corner of Lankershim & Riverside Drive.
The food is very good, the patio allows for the conversation, the margaritas are $10, just so you know. I would think the outdoor nature of the place would allow for flexibility of the crowd.
Stanley's in Sherman Oaks, Ventura Blvd. 2 blks west of Woodman, might also suffice, again taking over a portion of the patio.

Apr 03, 2015
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JINYA Ramen Bar Now Open in Santa Monica

Everyone has their own definition of subtle.
To me, ramen needs a depth of flavor, and this was closer to non-existent flavor.
But you are so right regarding its service back then.
Have not returned to find out if any improvements have been made in either category.

Apr 03, 2015
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Epicure Imports Sale March 27-28

The French really do like a light salting of their butter, and the difference between some and none is not really that much, unless of course you eat a pound in three days or so.
Just checked the 250 gram package - 3 grams per 100 grams is the ratio.

Apr 03, 2015
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JINYA Ramen Bar Now Open in Santa Monica

I am in the minority on this one, as when I tried the ramen in the Studio City location back in its infancy, the broth had virtually no taste, character, or any reason to even finish it.
Three of us tried it, three of us agreed on this point - two of the three of us being Chinese.
Hopefully that was an anomaly and I can only hope things have improved.

Apr 03, 2015
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Sharky's?

Here is a link to the founding of Sharky's, and Steve's last name is Paperno, not quite as fish-sounding as you may have thought!
http://www.sharkys.com/about-us/shark...

Good food, with the original unit on Burbank Blvd. across from Valley College, corner Fulton, next to the Orange Line station.

Apr 03, 2015
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Epicure Imports Sale March 27-28

Next sale dates are May 1&2, June 12&13, July 24&25,
September 11&12.

Apr 02, 2015
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Epicure Imports Sale March 27-28

Le Gall butter is pretty tasty!

Apr 02, 2015
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Cascabel, Toluca Lake

Interesting place for a CH meet-up, un-announced except to those here. Just take over the patio on a week night around 6pm.
Been a while for a meet-up, especially in the Valley.
But this place warrants additional attention for those who like Mexican food beyond red sauce and yellow cheese - name your place of "choice"!

Mar 28, 2015
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Cascabel, Toluca Lake

Meet you there any night.
Couple of local friends have also been, and they too cannot wait to go again.
And it is so convenient, right off the 134 Freeway near Cahuenga.

Mar 28, 2015
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RIVA BELLA CLOSED

From Matthew Kang at LA Eater:

IDG has decided with another quick switch with its prime located Rivabella. After flipping Chi Lin to h.wood (where it subsequently became Blind Dragon), IDG is turning their expansive Italian project Rivabella into a larger format Japanese restaurant called ROKU. Rivabella's last day will be March 14, with ROKU slated for a mid-summer debut along Sunset Strip.

Fusing a bit of their expertise with Boa, ROKU combines steakhouse elements to prepare meat and other dishes right at the table a la teppanyaki. It's a decades old format that Benihana's has already mastered, so why not go with a tried-and-true format rather than another spaghetti joint? (Pistola, Madeo, Dominick's, Dan Tana's, et al). Also, it's along the lines of what IDG's already done successfully with Katana just down the road.

In addition to the teppanyaki setup, IDG is hoping to use ROKU as a sort of "innovation hub" or test kitchen for the rest of its empire. So despite initial efforts to expand the Rivabella, IDG seems to be putting its chips into a more tested concept of communal teppanyaki, which is already dinner and a show at its best.

Mar 28, 2015
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Epicure Imports Sale March 27-28

For the Epicure Imports fans, Friday and Saturday are the days to get your charcuterie/butter/mustard/oils fix on.
https://epicureimports.wordpress.com/...

And they do have more than your share of sweets, if those may be of interest. All largely imported from Europe.

Mar 26, 2015
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Wally's Vinoteca (Beverly Hills): A Pictorial Essay

As I said, they must be pouring something beyond the non-vintage, which is the 2004. I did not look at the website to see any specifics as I rarely find a use for Wally's, except for their Central Coast tasting, which has not been held for several years now.

Mar 26, 2015
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Wally's Vinoteca (Beverly Hills): A Pictorial Essay

Selection top notch, exceeded only by the prices.
And as TailbackU says, a bottle of Veuve can be bought selectively around town for around $40-$42, so that $35 figure either means a glass of something beyond Orange Label, or ?

Mar 25, 2015
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Burger Continental Closed

Chang's has been for sale forever, and your assessment of it is correct. Maybe not the correct place for a Brentwood-focused comment, but since you brought it up...

Mar 24, 2015
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Hollywood and Highland

If more casual is of interest, then Mel's Diner is on Highland, just south of Hollywood Blvd.
You also might step into the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to determine if any of its options might suit you.
New place Birch just opened at 1634 Cahuenga, not REALLY close, but Brendan Collins is a very good chef.

Mar 24, 2015
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Cascabel, Toluca Lake

Interesting that your post drew NO replies.
Well, I went there last night, and can't wait to return.
Companion and I both had the duck confit tacos, which are excellent, making the assumption you like duck as much as I do.
The side dish of black beans was very good, as were the celery root/potato flautas.
Margaritas @ $10 were very good, fairly priced for these times, and the total bill for two was about $76.
As MagnoliaGardens stated above, the place does not look anything like a Mexican restaurant streetside. It looks more like the dental office next door. Once inside, oh my!
On Riverside Drive, 10717 to be exact, about one block east of Lankershim, meaning not in the heart of Toluca Lake.
Can't wait to return. Menu hardly your standard Mexican fare, which is such a good thing.
http://www.cascabelrestaurant.com/men...
Place was comfortably full, not overflowing like Casa Vega gets way too often with NO justification.
This kitchen is in the hands of people who know how to cook, not just apply tomato sauce and queso galore.

TJ's has NO walnuts for another 3 or so months - now where?

Didn't think I was until I examined the competition to TJ. They really are a deal when available.
I sort of took them for granted - no more.

Mar 21, 2015
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TJ's has NO walnuts for another 3 or so months - now where?

Funny enough, but I too just returned from S&F, and those 1 lb. packages looked so unappetizing, that I went over to Costco, and after asking 2 different employees where they were, I finally found them. They are processed on machinery that also processes nearly everything else in the world, give or take.
I think I will check out the FMs, as I remember there is a nut specialist in the S/C FM, but due to the cyclovia tomorrow, I may hit the Encino version instead.
Or maybe travel up to Super King.
Gotta know the options.

Mar 21, 2015
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Recs for watching UCLA basketball Saturday morning in the Westside?

Best part about that is that there is NO sound.
When was the last time the announcers knew more than you did?
If you can't get the drift of what is going on, maybe BB is not your sport.

Mar 21, 2015
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2 Questions: Where to buy European Nutella and Best (inexpensive) Oysters in LA?

Monsieur Marcel @ The Original Farmer's Market or now in Santa Monica would be worth a call.

http://www.mrmarcel.com/about/

Birch

I remember Brendan Collins from his days at Waterloo & City - his chicken liver mousse was outstanding, as was all the charcuterie on that platter. Likewise, ordered it every time I ate there.
Glad to hear he is now closer to me in Sherman Oaks.
And, yes, Hollywood is finally get rid of some of the fad dining concepts and becoming a finer dining option.
But parking in that area is still challenging and or expensive, or both!

Mar 20, 2015
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TJ's has NO walnuts for another 3 or so months - now where?

That is good to know. While I enjoy walnuts, I'm not sure I need a 3lb container at any one time.
The Super King on Van Nuys Blvd. is closer than any Sprouts Market, and while I get to Smart & Final periodically, I don't know why, but I am not sure how good theirs may be.
Organic is preferred.

Mar 20, 2015
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TJ's has NO walnuts for another 3 or so months - now where?

They have all the other kinds on the shelf, save maybe one variety of almonds, per the sign posted.

Mar 19, 2015
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TJ's has NO walnuts for another 3 or so months - now where?

Do I have to buy a lifetime supply, or just for a month or two?
As to Sprouts, there closest store is nearly 15 miles from Sherman Oaks - we are just talking walnuts here.

Mar 19, 2015
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TJ's has NO walnuts for another 3 or so months - now where?

Contamination at the plant forced TJ's to remove all walnuts from their stores.
Well, just checked at WFM and they have organic halves & pieces for $18 per pound.
Any other, hopefully less expensive, ideas?

Mar 19, 2015
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Corned beef prices in LA

Interesting, I bought mine at the new Ralphs Sherman Oaks store on either the 13th or 14th.
btw, turned out really well after 3 hours at very slow heat.
Adding the 2 tall cans of beer made all the difference. Not salty at all

Mar 18, 2015
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