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Epicure imports sale September 12 & 13

Next sale is tomorrow, November 21 & Saturday the 22nd.
11:30 am per the exact same info as above.
Gots to get me some more lamb merguez sausage, butter, and moutard.
Great samplings available. Go hungry, and with a shopping bag.
See you there.

about 22 hours ago
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For a vegan: Szechuan Impression v. Chengdu Taste. Which?

Went to Szechuan Impression late last week, neither the Taiwanese-born male, nor the Hong Kong-born female, nor I, the Manhattan Beach-born male, would return. Food so overly salty/msg(?), whatever, the real flavors were of no interest.
The place was half empty a bit after 1pm, while the Chengdu Taste a bit east still had a 30 or so minute wait.
I think the public has already gotten the message.

1 day ago
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Fab's Hot Dogs Westwood.......breaking news

Quick Service Restaurant

Nov 18, 2014
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itzik hagadol lunch yesterday

Funny you should mention slippage. While I have never been, most of my Jewish friends here in Sherman Oaks will not even go, as it never lived up to expectations in the beginning, and they say it has slipped from there.

Nov 15, 2014
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Bodegas Barbadillo La Pastora - fino sherry at Trader Joe's

Bought a bottle of the Lustau Palo Cortado Peninsula, and must say that it is a bit drier than I prefer, and thus a point of reference for my taste-buds.
Did find a good retailer in the Glendale area called Topline, which had a fairly wide selection of those you mentioned.
Thanks again for your knowledge.

Nov 13, 2014
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Green Village Reopens--In Sherman Oaks

Here is the activated liquor license for the existing Sherman Oaks site:
http://www.abc.ca.gov/datport/LQSData...

Nov 13, 2014
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Green Village Reopens--In Sherman Oaks

While over a year later, I gather Green Village and the Shanghai Rose operation may be taking over the Chi Dynasty in Studio City, be it for a 2nd location, or to relocate from the Sherman Oaks site.

Nov 13, 2014
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Dinner near Staples Center

And for future reference, Ford's Filling Station will be taking over a dining room at the JW Marriott at LA Live, with opening scheduled early/mid December.
Plan accordingly - yet another very local option.

Nov 12, 2014
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Quick Report: Pearl's Liquor Bar, Sunset Strip

And Craig Ley and the gang have also taken over the former Mirabelle, and will be creating Yellowtail, a sushi bar a block or two east of these two.

Nov 12, 2014
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Bodegas Barbadillo La Pastora - fino sherry at Trader Joe's

Thanks so much for the time and effort.
Actually, the last bottle I used was Fairbanks, and, while never anything wonderful to write home about, it sufficed for the cooking requirement.
Now if stepping up a notch, maybe two, for drinking and cooking, who knows, maybe even concurrent events(!), any personal choices from this list?
Living in LA allows for nearly all these to be available all the time.

Nov 10, 2014
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Bodegas Barbadillo La Pastora - fino sherry at Trader Joe's

Offer a good sherry for drinking, and an equally good one for cooking, yet none over about $25 or so.
Hopefully the cooking version will not rise above $10.

Nov 09, 2014
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And a PSA for you ballers out there.

Geez, that's my monthly dining out budget in one meal.
And on top of that, it's Italian food!
Not exactly cheap or for the faint of wallet!

Nov 06, 2014
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Bodegas Barbadillo La Pastora - fino sherry at Trader Joe's

Not bone dry because I do want the sherry flavor to come through, or at least somewhat.
However, sickly sweet need not apply.

Nov 06, 2014
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Bodegas Barbadillo La Pastora - fino sherry at Trader Joe's

What is your favorite sherry?
I am looking for a decent sherry that can be used for cooking, yet is good enough to drive on the rocks, or up!

Nov 06, 2014
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cheap eats & corkage in Sherman Oaks, CA

I was in the Boneyard last night, where it used to have a bargain corkage, or a discount, or something in the way of a small deal, on Wednesday night.
Not any more, unless you consider $18 a DEAL.

Nov 06, 2014
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Westwood Village update

Glad you mentioned that Boysenberry pie - about 10pm or so, a friend of mine and I would stop in to get that, maybe once a month in season.
Was that good - wish other places today knew the virtue of a good boysenberry deep dish pie.
It and lemon meringue pie, probably my two favorite desserts, says he who eschews desserts nearly always.

Oct 28, 2014
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Best Steak within 200 miles not 201

And I have always liked the Filet at Ruth's Chris on Beverly Drive, simply ordered with no butter and served on a room temperature plate, which is easily accommodated.

Oct 28, 2014
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Westwood Village update

Fancy place was the Chart House, otherwise, Ships and a ship shape!

Oct 28, 2014
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Westwood Village update

Your assessment is spot on.
Interesting that places like Buffalo Wild Wings, and that genre, have not found the Westwood marketplace, or at least not yet.

Similar issue with Old Pasadena trying to become a fine dining option, when the weekend crowds demand affordability while driving away the locals with all the money.

Oct 27, 2014
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PLAN CHECK DOWNTOWN - NOTHING LIKE IT

There is also parking in the building, but at a price.
If you remember back in the days when that 1100 Wilshire tower was empty for the longest time, built by Chinese developer(s), well, this is across the street, and that tower is now full of residents with some of the best views in all of LA. And Good Samaritan Hospital is in the block or two west of Plan Check.

Oct 27, 2014
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Irvine: Talk about "Popcorn Chicken"

You want to drive more than a block or two for popcorn chicken?
Porque?

Oct 26, 2014
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Westwood Village update

I have been watching for a change of ownership at Yamato, whether to keep the concept the same or to change it being the only question.
Likewise, Tanino on its last legs.
Note the concepts that have opened per your list- not one being a dining destination, just a fast food concept, or thereabouts.

Oct 26, 2014
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The westside blood bath continues - Wakasan no more

I noticed the following on their Facebook page, dated August 31:

Thank you very much for all of your support and it was pleasure to serve you all - Wakasan's fam fan! — with Kohei Yamakawa and Hiroaki Wakasugi.

Oct 23, 2014
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My silly Safeway seafood salad search

I remember having a seafood salad looking quite similar that I bought at an Albertson's in San Pedro. Have not tried to find it again, but always remembered it to be a very different version from others that come from the heavy-mayo school.

Oct 23, 2014
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Looking for an authentic, memorably kick-ass, bowl of Hot and Sour Soup somewhere in the Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks/Studio City area. Any strong suggestions? Thanks.

Bamboo Forest has either already changed ownership, or is doing so as I type, but the place has been sold.

Oct 19, 2014
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Empress Pavilion Reopening Soon

Here is the ABC posting notice regarding the new ownership.
Any knowledge about Vivian Lau and her operations personnel?
It seems she may be a money manager, and not responsible for the day to day operation.
http://www.abc.ca.gov/datport/LQSData...

Oct 19, 2014
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Quiet small romantic restaurant near LA Music Center

First & Hope is out of business.
These days, a place in either Cal Plaza, Citicorp Plaza, or Café Pinot across from Citicorp Plaza are the only places, and none are cozy. Most are good, though none are great.
Personal value of that list - Café Pinot, with a no-corkage policy.

Oct 15, 2014
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Du-Par's Opening in Encino

But that vile syrup and margarine offered makes those cakes inedible.
And even the 'cakes themselves do not taste like they used to.

Oct 15, 2014
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Du-Par's Opening in Encino

Being owned by Tiny Naylor's can do that.

Oct 15, 2014
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Night+Market Song (A Photo Story and Review)

Have you or anyone else heard why the Studio City Talesai has different ownership, different menus, etc., yet a Yembamroong is still involved, meaning Chainarong.
Would most definitely be interested in its being converted to Song. The Studio City marketplace is quite hot these days, and it would most certainly be welcome, even though there are many decent Thai places up in North Hollywood, yet not the same.

Oct 14, 2014
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