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Best Vegan Grocery Store

While I now live in L.A., I'm a native New Yorker and UWS dweller.
I recommend Gary Null's Whole Foods at 89th and Broadway.
If it's as good as it used to be, it would be a nice alternative to the giant whole foods at the Time Warner center.

2421 Broadway
New York, NY 10024
Cross Streets: (at 89th St.)
Phone: (212) 874-4000

Best,
HungryDiva

May 25, 2007
divakat in Manhattan

ISO Sunday Lunch in Beverly Hills where we can bring a dog

Hi Houndies,
We're looking for a lunch spot in B.H. with a dog-friendly patio. Any suggestions?

TIA,
hungrydiva

May 12, 2007
divakat in Los Angeles Area

Coral Tree Cafe in Encino - Loved it!

Coral Tree Cafe Encino -- First and Last Time (a cautionary tale)

I just had a miserable experience at the Coral Tree Cafe in Encino. I ordered a "caprese grill" -- that is, a grilled panini. It was ice cold. Just to clarify, they have a caprese sandwich, too, which IS served cold.
I sent it back and it returned close to 10 minutes later -- ice cold. I sent it back again, nicely asking whether they used a press or not? The waitress said that they did, and I replied it didn't seem to have been pressed. I then waited a good fifteen minutes (probably longer -- my fiance had long since finished his mediocre angel hair with turkey bolognese) -- before I finally went to the counter and asked for my panini. I waited at the counter for 5 minutes, and they brought out a molten panini with a soggy bottom that fell apart when I tried to lift it off the plate.
I fetched my fiance and asked for a refund. The manager was completely apathetic -- he didn't ask me whether I'd like something else or offer to comp anything.
In fact, he said that the mozzarella was sliced thick and released water making the bread soggy -- as if was MY fault for wanting it how it was described on the menu. Cut the mozzarella thinner then -- it's a panini, for pete's sake!
I think it was sitting, forgotten, under heat lamps for a long time.
It's just a shame that the waitstaff and manager had no interest in helping me NOR encouraging us to return.
I'm an easy going diner -- I rarely walk away from a meal, and I rarely gripe about service. Very disappointing -- Coral Tree has lost two potential customers who live 5 minutes away.

hungrydiva

Feb 17, 2007
divakat in Los Angeles Area

ISO good Indian food (Northern) in Encino, Sherman Oaks or nearby

We would like good, typical Northern Indian food tonight.
Any suggestions?
Encino, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Tarzana, Van Nuys, etc. -- with vegetarian options!

Thanks,
divakat

Dec 17, 2006
divakat in Los Angeles Area

ISO good place for early dinner near the Wiltern...

Thanks, all! We'll be at Opus at 6 pm, too.
Lindsay is going to be great!!!

Best,
Divakat

Nov 10, 2006
divakat in Los Angeles Area

ISO good place for early dinner near the Wiltern...

Hi Hounds,
I'm going to a concert at the Wiltern tomorrow and would like to eat nearby and only park once!
Any food, any price, as long as it's chowhound worthy.

TIA
divakat

Nov 09, 2006
divakat in Los Angeles Area

Bride to be ISO best of the best cookware and knives...

Thank you, baloo!
That was very helpful.
And yes, we have sur la table in L.A.
I will head there asap!

Best,
chowkat

Sep 08, 2006
divakat in Cookware

Bride to be ISO best of the best cookware and knives...

Hi all!
I'm a newly engaged foodie looking to get tips for our registry.
We have Henckel knives and a motley assortment of high quality stainless steel cookware, pressure cooker, etc., but I would like to register for some really top notch cookware and accessories.
Have fun and inspire me:
List your dream cookware, appliances, and more!
Please be brand-specific, when possible.
Also, I live in L.A. -- any recommendations on registry locations besides Williams-Sonoma and Surfas?
TIA,
chowkat

Sep 08, 2006
divakat in Cookware

ISO reception site w/fab food on west side (long!)

Hi Hounds --
I am newly engaged, and while we are tying the knot on Kauai,
we are also planning an L.A. reception.

We won't have all the flowers, etc., in L.A. -- we just want excellent food and ambience.

I've been in L.A. for just three years, so I could use your collective experience.

Stats: on the west side
Size: not sure yet, but probably between 100-150 easy.
My future inlaws have a LOT of family and a LOT of friends!
My future sister-in-law's wedding was 450 people.
That's why we're having a destination wedding - to keep it intimate.
Back here in L.A., though, we're going to let the parents invite anyone they want!
Let me know what hotel dining/spaces might be ideal, as well as restaurants we might reserve for the night.
I'm toying with A.O.C., if they could handle that amount of people.
We love good food -- we don't want rubber chicken on a plate!

Thanks in advance for all your recommendations.

Best,
divakat

Aug 04, 2006
divakat in Los Angeles Area

Update on German Bread at Kalinka

thank you for the info about Encino -- I will check out the deli.
If you need anything translated from the site, let me know -- I'm fluent in German.
Best,
divakat

Jun 24, 2006
divakat in Los Angeles Area

favorite brunch places in studio city and environs?

Hi Hounds --
Hugos, Jinky's I know.
Don't like Marmalade...
Brunch/lunch...for tomorrow (Saturday).
Need inspiration...
TIA
divakat

Jun 24, 2006
divakat in Los Angeles Area