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Anyone been to Le Colonial recently?

Thanks, that's good to know.

about 18 hours ago
MarkC in San Francisco Bay Area

Restaurant recs near Union Square

That'll work.

Jul 31, 2015
MarkC in San Francisco Bay Area

Restaurant recs near Union Square

Thanks, but if there isn't at least one vegetarian entrée on the menu, my daughter gets a little tearful.

Jul 31, 2015
MarkC in San Francisco Bay Area

Restaurant recs near Union Square

Thanks. We have so many Thai restaurants in Los Angeles, I thought to try something less available. I do notice you have a lot of Vietnamese restaurants, lots more than we have. Can anyone recommend a more upscale Vietnamese (other than Slanted Door and Le Colonial, which I asked about in another thread).

Jul 31, 2015
MarkC in San Francisco Bay Area

Anyone been to Le Colonial recently?

Le Colonial location is convenient. But if the food is nothing more than acceptable, maybe go with Slanted Door. I was surprised to see no reviews on CH in over ten years.

Jul 31, 2015
MarkC in San Francisco Bay Area

Restaurant recs near Union Square

Thanks! I always check earlier threads before posting. Most of the questions asked about breakfast, and if a thread is much more than a year old (especially regarding restaurants), it is already out of date.

Jul 31, 2015
MarkC in San Francisco Bay Area

Anyone been to Le Colonial recently?

Debating between them and Slanted Door. Le Colonial gets mixed reviews on Yelp, but Slanted Door also seems to get some downhill alerts.

Jul 30, 2015
MarkC in San Francisco Bay Area

Restaurant recs near Union Square

We will be in San Francisco for a weekend in August, staying at the Rex Hotel near Union Square on Mason and Sutter. Would appreciate any recs for vegetarian-friendly restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. Budget up to $50 per person. We like everything.

Jul 30, 2015
MarkC in San Francisco Bay Area

Winetasting in Sonoma

Sounds like it won't do to come to Sonoma and not look up some pinot noir. I'm taking my kids zip-lining on sunday, so maybe I'll have time to zip over myself and try some of these - maybe one international and one of these idiosyncratic, terroir guys like Woodenhead or Swan. The zip-lining is 21/2 hours, so figuring a half hour each way, that'll give me a half hour per winery.

Jul 29, 2015
MarkC in San Francisco Bay Area

Winetasting in Sonoma

Thanks! Since posting the question, I found a home cakemaker in Guerneville called Noel's Cakes on facebook. It was a little harder to track down her contact info, but finally ordered a cake from her.

Jul 29, 2015
MarkC in San Francisco Bay Area

Winetasting in Sonoma

You are right. At the winery they said it was about forty minutes - not prohibitive, but a lot farther than Forestville and Graton.

There are so many wineries in the Forestville/Graton area - too many to list. In order to narrow the field, what is anyone's opinion between Garry Ferrell and Scherrer? Or any other winery, for that matter?

Jul 29, 2015
MarkC in San Francisco Bay Area

Winetasting in Sonoma

Thanks for the replies. I did spend a lot of time on the earlier postings. As kids are under 21, and wife not really into it, I will probably limit myself to a tour of Jordan Winery, and maybe try to steal away to Dry Creek Valley to taste a few zins.

Follow up question for any Guerneville experts. What's the closest place I can find a good birthday cake? I scoured the internet, but couldn't find anything.

Jul 29, 2015
MarkC in San Francisco Bay Area

Winetasting in Sonoma

I posted this on the California board, and someone recommended I try here instead. We're renting a house in Guerneville for a week in August. Interested in winetasting recs (within an hour's driving distance) or local restaurant recs.

Thanks!

Mark

Jul 28, 2015
MarkC in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to find fresh yuzu in Los Angeles? (Ideally westside)

I planted a dwarf yuzu last year. It's doing fine. Has about a dozen or so unripe fruit on it now. I imagine they ripen in the winter.

Jul 28, 2015
MarkC in Los Angeles Area

Sushi bar with veggie options

Was thinking of a more casual evening out, but thanks for the recs. I will definitely keep these in mind for a special occasion.

Jul 24, 2015
MarkC in Los Angeles Area

Sushi bar with veggie options

Looking for a good sushi restaurant that has decent options for a vegetarian. Understand that that excludes a lot of the better known places. Ideally within 5 mile radius of Hollywood.

Thanks!

Jul 24, 2015
MarkC in Los Angeles Area

Planning for LA in late August

I think Sugarfish has the best, most reasonably-priced sushi special. I think they call it - "Trust me", it's something like $30, and they bring you a selection of sushi and rolls. Excellent quality. They are open for lunch. It's close to Pink's on La Brea, so you can at least drive past (or maybe do a sushi-hot dog crawl).

You could combine Pie Hole with a visit to Little Tokyo, or to conclude your East LA taco crawl. It's great, but not worth a special trip downtown.

Jul 20, 2015
MarkC in Los Angeles Area

Pre-cooked lobster meat

Anyone know where I can buy pre-cooked lobster meat in LA? I live in Hollywood, so preferably within a ten mile radius from there.

Making lobster benedict for brunch and don't feel like boiling and cutting up lobsters, on top of all the other work.

Jul 17, 2015
MarkC in Los Angeles Area

Outdoor Grill Northridge - Why did they close?

Grab a sandwich to eat while you're waiting for your table.

Jul 17, 2015
MarkC in Los Angeles Area

Outdoor Grill Northridge - Why did they close?

May have had something to do with the fact that the food was absolutely awful. However, don't fret, Northridge-ites. You actually have some of the best barbecue in Los Angeles. At Roger's Rib Shack, which has just moved to bigger digs on Corbin just past Plummer. Go check it out! If only they'd open a branch on the west side.

Jul 16, 2015
MarkC in Los Angeles Area

A not very extensive report on Barrel and Ashes.

God, I HATED the food here. Everything candy sweet, high calorie additions to disguise the underlying mediocrity. Melted cheese on the brisket sandwich - need I say more? This place is surely run by the food capitalists who know how to addict us body and soul to their nonsense.

It used to be so much easier to find good barbecue (talking forty years ago) than it is today. Like pizza. Good, simple iconic food is being supplanted by tricks and hype and image.

Jul 16, 2015
MarkC in Los Angeles Area

Restaurants with tarragon dishes

Other than bernaise sauce, the only classic dish I know of that uses it is chicken tarragon, though it's surely used elsewhere. I myself remember my first trip to France, and having a delicious chicken tarragon at an outdoor restaurant in the Loire Valley, so your question made me curious as well. Perusing the menus of the dwindling number of French restaurants in los Angeles (Bouchon, Church & State, a few places in the valley), I only found it in bernaise sauce. So chicken tarragon seems like a thing of the past.

Jul 12, 2015
MarkC in Los Angeles Area

Ethnic restaurants near Beverly hills

Not too far west, there is a stretch of Westwood Blvd dubbed "Little Teheran" with a slew of Persian restaurants. Plenty of threads on CH on that subject.

Good luck with your husband's treatment.

Jul 03, 2015
MarkC in Los Angeles Area

Armenian in Glendale

There is no Armenian food at Raffi's. It is purely Persian. The menu is indistinguishable from the menu of a Persian restaurant owned by a non-Armenian. I didn't even know that it was owned by an Armenian until I read this thread.

It's a really good Persian restaurant, though, in an elegant, sort of semi garden setting.

By the way, I like Maroush for Lebanese. Carrousel is very good, but it seems to me the menu at Maroush is more interesting, with more unusual dishes. Also a little more intimate than the banquet hall atmosphere at Carrousel. Have no idea if there is any Armenian connection, though it is in Little Armenia.

I accept that there is Armenian food, because knowledgeable people on this thread have said so, but I have never had it. The only Armenian dish I was ever aware of was lahmejune. When I was a kid, they called this "Armenian pizza".

Jul 01, 2015
MarkC in Los Angeles Area

Most underrated LA restaurants

Mud Hen Tavern.

Jun 28, 2015
MarkC in Los Angeles Area
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Armenian in Glendale

Seems to be listed in alphabetical order. I would definitely cross check them against Yelp or CH. Also, pay attention to location. Probably you don't want to go to the San Fernando Valley or too deep into the inland empire. I would limit the search to Glendale (or Westwood, if it's Persian).

Jun 27, 2015
MarkC in Los Angeles Area

Armenian in Glendale

Jun 27, 2015
MarkC in Los Angeles Area

Fun restaurant with teens?

If you're talking teenagers, I would choose a fun area first, and then choose the restaurants.

1) Don't listen the to the jeers from chowhounds, and do the Hollywood Blvd thing. Like it or not, it's part of LA. Check out Grauman's Chinese theater. Go to one of the cheesy "museums". Get a hot dog at Skooby's, and then an ice cream at Grom's. If you're there in the evening, see what's playing at the Egyptian.

2) Go to the Santa Monica pier. Ride the ferris wheel. Eat at the Mexican place at the end of the pier.

3) Do an LA Conservancy walking tour of the old movie palaces on Broadway downtown. Go to Cole's (hundred year old place doing French dip sandwiches) for lunch. Or Grand Central Market.

4) Do a low impact museum, like the Norton Simon in Pasadena, or one of the botanical gardens there. Combine it with a Chinese meal in the San Gabriel Valley.

5) If any of the kids are into manga or Japanese stuff, then definitely do Little Tokyo downtown. Great places for ramen or udon. Walk to Pie Hole for dessert, or sample some of the "interesting" Japanese sweets.

Armenian in Glendale

So? What are the true Armenian restaurants in Glendale?

Jun 26, 2015
MarkC in Los Angeles Area

Armenian in Glendale

Thanks for your informative reply. You will certainly not find that stuffed pumpkin on any restaurant menu. It could be that real Armenian cooking is the kind of home-cooked fare that does not lend itself to restaurant preparation. My wife's family are Moroccan Jews. They definitely have their own, distinctive cooking - simple but tasty and satisfying. It bears little resemblance to classic Moroccan cooking (other than a few dishes like pastillas), and you will not find it in any restaurant.

That Golden Fork looks good. I'll have to give that a try.

Jun 25, 2015
MarkC in Los Angeles Area
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