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Honeymoon in Healdsburg

I've already downloaded the sample menu and prepped him. My birthday is 3 days later, so we're basically treating this like my birthday dinner instead of his. He's more interested in making me happy than what we'll be eating. I think we'll enjoy ourselves no matter what. Thanks for the heads up though.

**PS, I'm usually on the LA board since I live down there and I've gotta say that you Bay Area folks are REALLY FANTASTIC! Thank you.

May 09, 2009
luv2savr in San Francisco Bay Area

Honeymoon in Healdsburg

I already booked it...and on soon-to-be hubby's b-day too! :-)

May 08, 2009
luv2savr in San Francisco Bay Area

Honeymoon in Healdsburg

Sold! Thank you so much.

May 07, 2009
luv2savr in San Francisco Bay Area

Honeymoon in Healdsburg

That's perfect! I was thinking about lunch at Willie's after reading tons of great reviews. There are so many great places to try! Thanks for the advice. I'm planning to spend most of our meal budget in Healdsburg...we'll be cooking for ourselves when we head up the coast a bit further.

May 06, 2009
luv2savr in San Francisco Bay Area

Honeymoon in Healdsburg

We'll be spending 3 days in Healdsburg as part of our drive up the coast in June. Though I'm sure we'll spend most of our time lazily wine tasting, I truly want our 2 dinners in Healdsburg to be special. This will hopefully be a once in a lifetime experience. That being said, though my soon-to-be hubby is not quite as enthusiastic about food as I am, he's getting there. And of course, we'll be pretty broke after the wedding (we certainly are before it), but I guess that's what credit cards are for. So I'm thinking maybe an expensive gourmet dinner one night and a less expensive comfort food meal the next. What do you think?

Please help me choose 2 dinners (feel free to add something else if I'm leaving it out):

Cyrus (is it worth the $??...if it is, great.)
Scopa
Santi's
Zin
Zazu
Barndiva
The Farmhouse Inn Restaurant
Dry Creek Kitchen
Madrona Manor

THANKS!

May 06, 2009
luv2savr in San Francisco Bay Area

Affordable Wedding Caterer

Wow, thanks for all the great suggestions!!! I'll let you know how it goes.

Oct 01, 2008
luv2savr in Los Angeles Area

Affordable Wedding Caterer

Love it! Great idea! ...and we love Angeli!

Sep 29, 2008
luv2savr in Los Angeles Area

Affordable Wedding Caterer

That is the one thing that our location requires. We can only use their bar vendors, but thanks!

Sep 29, 2008
luv2savr in Los Angeles Area

Affordable Wedding Caterer

Wow, thank you so much for checking with them! I will definitely give them a call.

Sep 29, 2008
luv2savr in Los Angeles Area

Affordable Wedding Caterer

Great ideas! Thank you!

Sep 29, 2008
luv2savr in Los Angeles Area

Affordable Wedding Caterer

Thanks for the great info. I know most of this already since I've been sifting through quotes, but it's nice to compare notes.

I'll contact Chris Baker cincyn. Thanks.

And unfortunately, we can't go with an entirely vegetarian menu. ...too many meat eaters in my family.

Sep 29, 2008
luv2savr in Los Angeles Area

Affordable Wedding Caterer

I have an almost impossible catering request for a budget of less than $5,000

May 2009 evening wedding at Orcutt Ranch in West Hills
(outdoor facility with full indoor kitchen)
80 - 90 guests
buffet style
locally sourced ingredients if possible
we'll also need service and rentals

Is this even possible???...I don't want the food to suffer because of my budget.

Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated!

Sep 28, 2008
luv2savr in Los Angeles Area

Chinese fermented black beans?

In the past, I've purchased canned fermented black beans (don't remember the brand, but definitely an import) from Surfas in Culver City.

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Surfas Restaurant & Supply
8777 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

May 30, 2008
luv2savr in Los Angeles Area

Kona Report: KTA, Palazzo Aikalima Gelato, Aloha Angel Cafe, Kenichi Pacific, etc (long, with a happy ending)

Thanks for the recs....we're staying at Silver Oaks next week...I'm counting the days! :-)

Sep 16, 2007
luv2savr in U.S. Elsewhere Archive

Something going on at T on Fairfax?

Does anyone know what's going on at the closed T on Fairfax? I just walked by at 11pm on a Friday night and there are people at tables with candles...eating...and there's an A rating in the window. I was on the opposite side of the street, so I couldn't really see what was going on. There doesn't appear to be a sign and there haven't been any signs of life there in months. Is this a private party or is there actually something we should be looking forward to? ....I hope so.

Sep 14, 2007
luv2savr in Los Angeles Area

Fresh Carrot Juice

I know you said w of Robertson, but for the ABSOLUTE BEST JUICE EVER (I mean, these guys buy fresh organic produce every morning and cold-press the juice out of it) you have to try Beverly Hills Juice Club. I know I sound like a commercial, but I’ve never tasted such great tasting juice...just check it out.

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Beverly Hills Juice Club
8382 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Sep 14, 2007
luv2savr in Los Angeles Area

Good fish market in West Hollywood area

Ditto, ditto, and more ditto on the horrible fish at the places you listed! Though I don't have a solid suggestion, I have been meaning to try the kosher fish market on Fairfax, just N of Beverly. Have you tried it?

Aug 14, 2007
luv2savr in Los Angeles Area

Pinkberry IS TAKING OVER THE WORLD

Personally, I would still like to see an ingredient list. There's a powdered "sour" yogurt mix on the market that is low fat and all, but the first 2 ingredients are: corn syrup solids and partially hydrogenated oil. Um, I love the yogurt too, but if it's just as unhealthy as every other low-fat dessert concoction, I don't know if I would like it as much. ...or maybe no one cares.

Jun 26, 2007
luv2savr in Chains

Pinkberry IS TAKING OVER THE WORLD

Ce Fiore, Yogotango, Yogurt Queen, Red Mango, Ice Berry...I'm sure there are dozens, although they each have small differences. Someone seems to have sold the yogurt shop idea to every interested entrepreneur in the Los Angeles area. ...or maybe they're all just so addicted to the stuff that they felt compelled to become their own supplier. Why do you ask?

Jun 25, 2007
luv2savr in Chains

Fish - Westwood - Grandmother - HELP

Well, it ended up being PERFECT! My grandmother is an EXTREMELY picky lady and though her asparagus was a bit tough for her (she's not used to grilled veggies), she actually said she really liked the restaurant and would come back! YAY!

Everyone there is VERY friendly and attentive. When I called, they offered to give us a quiet booth, which made a great first impression on my grandmother since the bar area was very noisy when we walked in. That also kept us near the restrooms which was good for her.

Our waiter suggested the salmon special, which we split, and it was excellent. Palomino may not be the most super-trendy gourmet restaurant out there, but it was very comfortable and the service and food were great. Thanks for the suggestion!

Jun 23, 2007
luv2savr in Los Angeles Area

Fish - Westwood - Grandmother - HELP

Thanks! I'll let ya know how it goes.

Jun 22, 2007
luv2savr in Los Angeles Area

Fish - Westwood - Grandmother - HELP

I'm taking my grandmother out for dinner tonight before we see a show at The Geffen. She wants some good fish, probably nothing too ethnic or exotic, just nice "normal" food...whatever that means. Are there any decent fish restaurants or American places that serve good fish in or near Westwood that aren't too pricey ($10 - $25 for an entree)? Any ideas would be appreciated!

Jun 22, 2007
luv2savr in Los Angeles Area

Central Park Cafe, Pasadena

Yes, you are right. I wanted to complain at the time, but my boyfriend was very embarrassed and begged me to eat the food anyway. I wasn't quite sure what to do in that situation, which is why I erupted on this site. I am sorry to sully a restaurant w/ such great reviews, but my disappointment overcame me. I was just so excited to finally try a place that every Chowhound seemed to agree on. I thought I was guaranteed a good meal. I guess that's never possible in real life. There are too many factors that go into a meal. I wish you better luck at CP and I will try to be more honest with the wait-staff in the future.

Jun 19, 2007
luv2savr in Los Angeles Area

West Hollywood Cheap Good Eats

Toi on Sunset and Gardner, Swingers on Beverly (1 blk E of Crescent Heights), North End Pizzeria on 3rd, Astro Burger on SM Blvd., M Cafe de Chaya on Melrose...

Jun 18, 2007
luv2savr in Los Angeles Area

Great Vegetarian in or near Culver City

If you're willing to drive up to Fairfax/Beverly, Grace is very nice and always has a vegan option or two.

And for the absolute opposite end of the spectrum, there's Swingers in Santa Monica and at Fairfax/Beverly that has plenty of vegan options, and is a great trendy diner.

Jun 18, 2007
luv2savr in Los Angeles Area

Fiore Yogurt becomes "IF"

I can't agree more! I tried the North Hollywood CeFiore and never got more than 4 or 5 tiny oreo pieces and it cost much more than some of the other yogurt chains.

Jun 18, 2007
luv2savr in Los Angeles Area

flourless and chocolatey?

I believe so, but you might want to speak with them directly. Many of their baked goods are "wheat-free" which doesn't necessarily mean "gluten-free" because they could be using another type of flour that contains some gluten, like spelt.

If she's truly gluten-intolerant, your safest option may be to make something yourself using the gluten-free mixes they have at Whole Foods and other healthy stores. I think one of the brands is Glutino, which makes a chocolate cake mix and several others.

Jun 18, 2007
luv2savr in Los Angeles Area

flourless and chocolatey?

Mani's Bakery on Fairfax will be adding a new flourless chocolate cake to its menu starting 6/22/07.

Jun 18, 2007
luv2savr in Los Angeles Area

Imitation Pinkberry

YOGOTANGO ROCKS!!!! I went there today and was very pleasantly surprised. Tasted as good if not better than the other 5 chains I've tried, prices are great...I think it was like $2.50 for a small, and then 55cents per ounce of toppings and they let you put the toppings on yourself. The guy at the counter was really friendly and loves his job as well as the product. It's also bigger than most of the other yogurt places and they offer some other random items like belgian waffles, cookies, tomato yogurt w/ breadsticks...very creative. ...and they're giving out 2 for one coupons.
(NE corner of Highland and Fountain)

Jun 18, 2007
luv2savr in Los Angeles Area

Central Park Cafe, Pasadena

I hate to be a downer, but after reading all the great reviews, I can't agree that Central Park restaurant in Pasadena is a good choice. My boyfriend and I saw a play in Pasadena tonight and decided to try CP for dinner. It started out great...got a Sunday night reservation w/ an hour notice, had a lovely table at the window, nibbled on mediocre focaccia & flat bread w/ some very tasty olive oil and tapenade, and truly enjoyed my glass of Echelon Pinot and tomato stack appetizer. ...unfortunately, things went downhill from there...

I ordered the well-reviewed sand dabs. They were practically deep fried (oil soaked w/ petrified skin) and drenched in a very bland cream sauce. My 5 capers were not enough to trick my taste buds into downing the fish, so I stole my boyfriend's mountain of capers (which he doesn't eat anyway) and forced myself to eat the tasteless greasy fish.

I had replaced my mashed potatoes w/ the "healthier" broccoli salad which was tasty at first, but drenched in mayo and sickeningly sweet, it didn't pair very well with the fish. ...and maybe not the best health alternative.

My boyfriend had the shrimp scampi, which was also bland and overcooked. Also, the shells were left on, and though butterflied, they were quite a pain to peel for not much meat or flavor. His mashed potatoes, however, were excellent and most definitely the best part of both main courses.

After all this, we still wanted to end our meal well and ordered dessert. My boyfriend had the chocolate mousse which was rich and chocolatey...yay! ...but I had the creme brulee, which was so thick and eggy that my spoon stood up without falling over. The texture of the crème was almost grainy and tasted as if it had sat out for days. On top of all that, the ramekin was extra deep, almost 3", so I could only stomach the top layer of crème that was connected to the brulee.

Besides the sub-par food, the manager and waitress were very selective of who they paid attention to. They spent plenty of time with a handful of other customers, explaining specials, discussing tidbits about the menu and sharing restaurant stories. Our waitress waited until just before we ordered to even ask if we wanted to hear the specials, which was the most attention she gave us throughout the entire meal. Let's just say we felt a bit jilted.

Central Park is a cute neighborhood restaurant with decent prices and a good wine list. Maybe this is just a story about inconsistency, but we won't be going back to find out.

Jun 18, 2007
luv2savr in Los Angeles Area