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
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.
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
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!