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Two weeks in Nice

Headed over at the end of this month to a house just outside of Nice for a much needed vacation from LA with the inlaws/cousins/nieces/nephews/husband/son etc --- going to be a wonderful house full of people.

We're going to have access to a car and want suggestions for where to explore with my husband (and where possible, our nearly 3 year old son who loves to try all kinds of foods).

Looking for:

- restaurants places not to miss in Nice (read about Flaveur, sounds like one to not miss), esp off-the-beaten path places where locals go

- where to find the best cheeses, bakeries, etc

- great food excursions within an hour or so drive (the more adventurous the food, the better)

- vineyards

Any/all advice. My husband and I are avid home cooks and will eat virtually anything.

Thanks!!

Jul 17, 2011
Nehna in France

Need suggestiin for tonight - chinese hollywood area

Yeah we live right near that but was hoping for something with more interesting food...

Apr 01, 2011
Nehna in Los Angeles Area

Need suggestiin for tonight - chinese hollywood area

Have family in town from pennsylvania and need accessible but interesting idea for dinner tonight. Thy have 3 teenagers who are a bit sheltered on the food thing and my toddler will be with us (who has more diverse taste than the lot of them put together...). The suggestion was they wanted chinese. Would love a place that has something more intriguing for me but wont freak them out by not having anything tame for them. Dont think leaving hollywood or close surrounding areas is in the cards.

Ideas? Thanks!

Apr 01, 2011
Nehna in Los Angeles Area

Same style as Gjelina but in West Hollywood ?

Going to District for the first time this week -- any recent reports now that Kris M has been gone awhile? Who replaced him? The sample menu on their site right now has a lot less offal than I thought I'd see.

Jan 25, 2011
Nehna in Los Angeles Area

Moving to West Hollywood

Hi there---

Well with our 2 year old and work, we don't have nearly as much time as we would like to explore, but here is what we're enjoying so far:

Traktir for Russian-loved the chopped herring and the borscht
Garden of Taxco for bizarro but fun mexican
Bastide
Enjoying the recommended meat market at the grove, though disappointed in how difficult offal is to come by without preordering in weho/LA (still miss our brooklyn butcher, need to do some more searching)
Mao's has been a reliable chinese delivery
Haven't had a chance to delve into the sushi scene yet, other than a couple of local small spots
Had a solid meal at Providence
Anxious to check out The Bazaar as we keep being told about it by friends/colleagues
Had some good food at the bar at Red O (though hated the scene at the door)

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Traktir
8151 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Bastide Restaurant
8475 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Taxco Restaurant
29050 S Western Ave, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Red O
8155 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Oct 19, 2010
Nehna in Los Angeles Area

Poutine??

Montreal has tons of varieties of poutine incl the insanely tasty fois gras poutine at au pied de cochon. So no reason to be close-minded about what poutine can be. That looks awesome, and one more reason for me to finally go to animal.

Sep 14, 2010
Nehna in Los Angeles Area

Seongbukdong is The Definitive

We went there tonight, my husband me and our little boy (2 yrs old). Damn, this place is amazing. Some of the tastiest food we've had since we moved here from NYC earlier this summer. That braised short rib was just as delicious as Thi says---we cook a pretty mean short rib ourselves but that flavor knocked me out. I would love to know what all was in there. Our 2 year old even appreciated it---I think he easily had a third of the dish. Loved the spicy pork too though I wouldn't have minded it a little spicier. Kimchis were superb. Will need to go back for that mackerel!

Sep 12, 2010
Nehna in Los Angeles Area

Moving to West Hollywood

mm that place looks awesome Jerome -- might have to hop in the car soon and check that place out (looks like a bit of a hike, but I have to get used to that being the way out here vs NYC).

Aug 03, 2010
Nehna in Los Angeles Area

Moving to West Hollywood

thanks guys, planning to wander the street over there this weekend.

another q -- where can I go for some hand pulled high quality soba noodles? I was obsessed w/ Honmura An in NYC before the owner moved back to Japan. Where can I find similar quality in LA? Prefer the super thin buckwheat kind that they did there.

Aug 02, 2010
Nehna in Los Angeles Area

Moving to West Hollywood

Hi again all -- I'm looking for something a bit more traditional and with a more extensive ethiopian selection than Meals by Genet. Place looks a little to americanized for me (esp with pastas and stuff on the menu??). I want a place that I can go with big platters of food, piles of injara, honey wine. In college I used to go to a place called Addis Red Sea in Boston and I like Ghenet in NYC. If that helps at all. I might just have to go exploring though I hear parking is horrible over there.

Jul 30, 2010
Nehna in Los Angeles Area

Moving to West Hollywood

Hi Helen,

Thanks so much for the advice. Our son just turned 22 months a day ago!

We didn't get to go to the farmers market last weekend so I'm definitely planning to check that out this sunday.

We just got our bbq so I will be hitting up the butcher at the grove per suggestions too.

Few other q's:

- I love ethiopian and would love some pointers on which spots to hit/miss in little ethiopia
- best grungy mexican spots for tacos and margaritas
- any favorites in the korean area
- where to go for great papusas, tamales
- noticed the aforementioned russian places around us, esp near the whole foods on santa monica --- any other tips on these? the challahs at the bakery next to WF look very good and my husband loved the poppy seed bear claw he got there.

Jul 21, 2010
Nehna in Los Angeles Area

Moving to West Hollywood

Excellent, thank you Jerome, had no idea we would be close to Russian food. Much of my ancestry is Russian so I grew up with a lot of Jewish/Russian peasant food classics. Will absolutely be checking that out. And thanks on the Feng Mao suggestion too, that sounds fantastic.

Another question---where can we get our best bet for a Bahn Mi craving? We have a great spot around the corner from us in brooklyn and would hate to think I have to give that up. And is Stumptown coffee impossible to come by in LA? Figuring I'll have to order online to get my fix.

Jul 01, 2010
Nehna in Los Angeles Area

Moving to West Hollywood

Mmm that sounds awesome! Thanks everyone for the wonderful suggestions, so excited about a new terrain of restaurants (for us) to explore.

Jun 30, 2010
Nehna in Los Angeles Area

Moving to West Hollywood

I'm a very long time poster in the NY outer boroughs board in NY and after 8 years in NYC I am moving with my husband, son, and dog to west hollywood (N Laurel near Melrose). Never lived in LA before though have visited frequently over the years.

Would love any advice for restaurants, bars, food shopping. We're avid cooks and plan to do so frequently. We will eat and do eat almost anything, the more unusual the better (we cook offal dishes frequently, though have also tried to curb our excessively carnivorous ways a bit and have gotten very into vegetarian cooking too). Love Indian, Ethiopian, Mexican, South American, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Sushi, Izakaya, Greek...you name it.

I realize that's a pretty wide mark---but I'm mainly hoping to find the true gems that LA does best (i.e. I know I'm not going to find bagels and pizzas like we get here but the Mexican food will be out of this world), esp the ones not far from where we live. We're hopelessly NYers in thinking we can find some places that we can walk to. Planning to hit Animal as soon as humanly possible (must haves?) and discovered a great little tapas place, Vinoteque on Melrose, when we were in town last renting our home. For perspective, that's walking distance for us from our house.

And to the other home cooks, any advice on butcher shops, cheese shops, farmers markets for fruit and veg would be greatly appreciated.

And of course, if anyone needs any Brooklyn/Manhattan tips, please ask.

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Vinoteque on Melrose
7469 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Jun 29, 2010
Nehna in Los Angeles Area

Cobble Hill\Carroll Gardens Questions

Red Hook is a little tedious, we typically get a zipcar for a couple of hours if we want to head over there for Fairway (and while you're at it, you can hit Baked for great cookies and brownies and stuff and also the Red Hook Ballfields for amazing tamales and papusas). It's very rare we feel the need to go to Fairway though, with so much great stuff in the neighborhood. If you're into middle eastern food, you should also hit up Sahadi's and Damascus on Atlantic (Damascus for their homemade pita, samboosaks, falafel, pastries and Sahadi's for a variety of prepared foods as well and also a huge cheese selection and by the pound section).

Oh and seafood be sure to check out Fish Tales on Court St----great fish selection brought in daily from the fish market, very friendly staff (they'll clean up your shrimp while you wait, etc).

Happy to help if you need any other tips :)

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Sahadi's
187 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Jun 07, 2010
Nehna in Outer Boroughs

Cobble Hill\Carroll Gardens Questions

Two of my favorite shops---Esposito is also known as the pork store - so you'd only go there for piggy related purchases. They have excellent italian sausage.

Los Paisanos is our go-to for meat. Great grass fed NY strip, good selection of offal (sweetbreads, pig heart, trotters, kidneys, etc), standard organic chicken selection, solid array of sausages made in house (incl great chorizo, andouille, provolone chicken). Father and son own and operate and are very sweet guys, and very knowledgeable. They've sourced a lot of things for us as we are obsessive home cooks.

Organic eggs I usually hit the Borough Hall farmers market (tues/thur/sat) or the Carroll Street farmers market (sunday) for local eggs (and, of course, vegetables....and you'll find direct from farm meat sellers, and fish sellers). Trader Joes organic eggs are quite reasonable too.

Bequ on Smith st is where we usually get our smoothies and they do fresh squeezed juice.

Proscuitto, I typically go to Stinky on Smith St (great selection of meats and cheese incl a variety of ham on the bone...iberico, southern, italian, etc).

We do have a Fairway in Red Hook near Ikea btw...

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Paisanos Meat Market
162 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Jun 06, 2010
Nehna in Outer Boroughs

'Hounder moving from Brooklyn to LA this summer, need advice

I'll be moving to LA this summer, looking at West Hollywood / Hollywood / Larchmont area (would have loved Santa Monica, however a daily commute to Hollywood is going to suck, would love to be 15 mins drive max), and I'm looking for any advice people have as to great foodie friendly areas.

I'd love to find a place within walking distance of great restaurants, places to buy fresh food, (and other shops), and while Larchmont seems to fit that bill (at least for shops, no idea on restaurants yet), I'm not sure of other areas I should be looking.

Thanks!!

Jun 03, 2010
Nehna in Los Angeles Area

Oaxaca - just opened on 4th Ave and President

Funny we've never been anything but pleased with the food at Oaxaca. Really like the steak burrito (they grill the outside once it's assembled, which we find very tasty albeit nothing likes the ones we were accustomed to when we lived in San Fran). And all of the soft tacos we've tried have been very good too. Wasn't a fan of their corn (found its strangely off tasting the time we had it).

I do think the tacos at Fast and Fresh are better but I hate eating in there (that back patio is horrible and usually swarming with bees/wasps from all of the trash barrels).

Have always been a fan of Calexico as well (used to frequent their soho cart when I worked in the city).

May 27, 2010
Nehna in Outer Boroughs

Jury Duty in Brooklyn--Favorite quick lunches in Downtown Brooklyn

Wild Ginger (vegan) is at Smith Street near Atlantic Ave
Loads of middle eastern options on Atlantic Ave. near Court St (Damascus, Sahadis, etc)
Tofu Bahn Mi at Hanco's (Smith/Bergen) -- I LOVE this sandwich

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Sahadi's
187 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Hanco's
85 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Wild Ginger
112 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

May 27, 2010
Nehna in Outer Boroughs

A source for squid ink in the outer boroughs

Funny enough, I just noticed it yesterday at Fish Tales on Court St. in Cobble Hill. They have it fresh squid ink by the ounce in the refrigerator case. I was thinking of picking some up to make some pasta with.

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Fish Tales
191 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

May 27, 2010
Nehna in Outer Boroughs

Will I enjoy Per Se?

Agree....I've had 3 incredible experiences at Per Se and have never found anything about it to be cold or robotic. Nor have I ever felt annoyed by the bill in the wake of such an amazing meal.

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

May 08, 2010
Nehna in Manhattan

Dinner certificate for new parents - Cobble Hill

Agree with other posters on Union Market or Cobblestone Foods. Cobblestone does whole rotisserie chickens which always look delicious (haven't sampled) and always has a nice selection of prepared foods.

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Union Market
754 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Apr 29, 2010
Nehna in Outer Boroughs

Shichimi Togarashi in cobble hill area?

I looked there, they did not have it -- they had something called Ichimi Togarashi which appears to just be chili powder (according to the label anyway...and it looks like its not a mixture). I asked someone who worked there and they were pretty sure that wasn't the same as Shichimi togarashi.

I decided to make a compound butter w/ my excess ramps instead (can't bear the thought of them going off and I've already done a couple of dishes with them) but will either make my own or order online for next batch of ramps.

thanks all

Apr 28, 2010
Nehna in Outer Boroughs

Shichimi Togarashi in cobble hill area?

I'm looking for Shichimi Togarashi in the cobble hill area and have had no luck so far. Planning to do a pickled ramp recipe that calls for it. I've tried Sahadi's, the veg place near sahadi's (which has a lot of asian spices and sauces but not this one sadly), Pacific Market, and Two for the Pot (they have chinese 5 spice blend but not japanese 7 spice blend). Any suggestions close by (would rather not trek into manhattan)?

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Sahadi's
187 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Two for the Pot
200 Clinton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Apr 28, 2010
Nehna in Outer Boroughs

What Brooklyn dinner experience (tomorrow night!) will persuade my wife to move there with me?

Agreed on Henry Public for drinks---Char No 4 is a great choice for either drinks (though the bar area gets packed nightly) or for dinner (have had an excellent cpl of meals there recently). Sample is a wonderful local wine bar on Smith St to pop into as well. Would also add a nod for Buco Lupo which I waited far too long to frequent til recently --- really great meals there, reminds me of 'Inoteca in LES.

Also, I have yet to go (regretably....less opportunity for dining out these days w/ a toddler) but Brooklyn Fare's chef table experience is supposed to be out of this world.

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Henry Public
329 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Apr 23, 2010
Nehna in Outer Boroughs

The Vanderbit ripping off The Wing Bar

Hahaha, this turned into a very funny thread indeed. I hadn't realized Saul's new place was open. Might have to investigate.

And I love, love, love brussel sprouts.

Mar 12, 2010
Nehna in Outer Boroughs

Seeking a Good Bakery in Boerum Hill/Cobble Hill/Brooklyn Heights

Paisano's is wonderful and so is One Girl, both well chosen.

For breads, we tend to go with Stinky, Cobblestone Foods (both bring in excellent breads every morning). Union Market on Court St is a new option with a bakery section sourced from various vendors around the city.

As others have pointed out, there are a variety of great old school Italian bakeries on Court St (check out the pork store while you're down that way too, I love that place). And agree on Damascus...we got there every few days it seems for fresh pita and hummos (our toddler's current obsession).

If you take a short walk to Bk Hts, there's a Garden of Eden on Montague with a good bakery section too. And there's a bakery at the Borough Hall Farmer's Market typically, sometimes two of them (tuesdays and saturdays are the market and I think it's running somewhat during the cold months? you'll defn want to check it out when it gets warmer for local veg).

Mar 11, 2010
Nehna in Outer Boroughs

Brunch with Parents in Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill

I've only been once for brunch, and it was last year, but I was very disappointed in the food ...dried out tiny bits of corned beef in my hash and rather boring menu. It is quite big, so it would certainly be a reasonable option for 8...but nothing special.

We had a good brunch at Union Smith last weekend, though that's the only meal of the day I would eat there (dinner wasn't good the one time I had it there). Watty and Meg would be another good choice and I've always enjoyed the food there. Char is great but too small. Chestnut would probably work though I find the food hit or miss. Apt 138 could handle 8 if you can deal with the hit or miss service (brunch food is generally tasty, esp fruit stuffed french toast).

Feb 26, 2010
Nehna in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn Thai (that doesnt suck)

Another thumbs up for Em and their spicy menu--their duck dishes are typically quite good too.

Feb 25, 2010
Nehna in Outer Boroughs

Andouille sausage in Brooklyn?

yeah I must admit the idea of cheese andouille had me scratching my head too ;)

thanks drageaux for those links online, I might have to order some for next jambalaya to see how los paisanos stacks up (I haven't been to New Orleans in 10 yrs or so sadly, so my memory of the real thing is fading ...)

Feb 11, 2010
Nehna in Outer Boroughs