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Valley restaurant for small wedding

Don't know if it's "trendy", but I've been to some very nice events at Ca del Sol near Universal. They have a lovely private outdoor space...where you could do the ceremony (I would think) And then a dinner inside in the adjoining private room.

about 11 hours ago
perk in Los Angeles Area

Old dog.....new trick?

this looks great....though i'm sure my smoke alarm will go off. (i can deal with that for a great steak however) but....what kind of oil do you use? vegetable?

about 15 hours ago
perk in Home Cooking

Looking for old issue magazine recipe

wow. impressive 51rich!

about 22 hours ago
perk in Home Cooking

Old dog.....new trick?

A friend and I have a holiday tradition of a basic steak, baked potato, Caesar salad meal. I usually put the steaks on the grill (I'm in Southern Cal) but this year my grill isn't working. I know I can broil them, but I thought it might be fun to try a new method (well....new for me. I haven't done it.) Searing them in a grill pan and then finishing in the oven. I'm a pretty good cook....but don't do a lot of beef. She'll have a porterhouse or ribeye.....I'll have a filet mignon. Help please.....wise and knowing chowhound friends.......

about 22 hours ago
perk in Home Cooking

Best Mexican in Sherman Oaks?

Yea....I was going to mention that as well. I agree that it's pretty good....and
I've seen larger parties in the back. I think they can put table together to accomodate a group. And there's parking in the big retail lot behind.

Dec 26, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Christmas Eve Dinner For 16 - Westside

Where did you end up?

Dec 25, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Need Rec for Good Meet Up Place in Studio City or Thereabouts

wow. the chef at warren's blackboard left already? that was quick.

Dec 24, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Mashed potatoes to go with fig/bacon hen

carmelized onion? maybe add some balsamic while they're cooking....

Dec 23, 2014
perk in Home Cooking

PIZZA TAKE OUT MELROSE AND SWEETZER

that's not TOO far from mozza2go. and worth a mile or so....though i know traffic can be prohibitive.

Dec 23, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Christmas Eve Dinner For 16 - Westside

You don't specify types of food....or budget. Many Italian restaurants are open, and like to accomodate kids on holiday. I also think Rocksugar in the Century City mall is a good place for big groups. Good food and a fun atmosphere.

Dec 23, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Tasting menu

I loved Maude's tasting menu....but have to say Providence is still my favorite restaurant in town. Went Friday for a holiday lunch with a friend. Had the four course tasting menu with a truffle supplement. The food was wonderful, the service was flawless and the wine pairings were very successful. (that was my one complaint about Maude--the wine pairings.) We had three lovely amuse tastes to start. Finished with some sweet treats. And then a small cake of some sort to take home. The room was lively, but you could have a conversation. I'll keep going back again and again.

Dec 22, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Champagne Recommendation <$75

Also Billecart Salmon Sous Bois.

Dec 20, 2014
perk in Wine

safe to eat? help please.....

Thanks! I figured if they were still that cold, they would be ok. Happy holidays!

Dec 20, 2014
perk in General Topics

safe to eat? help please.....

I received a holiday package of Omaha Steaks. It was missing the "jumbo franks."
I called and they said they would send them. They did, but I wasn't home that night. So the cooler probably sat in the entry hall for about 18 hours. By the time I found them, they were thawed but still "ice cold." Safe to eat?

Dec 20, 2014
perk in General Topics

Hinoki & The Bird or The Bazaar for Birthday?

I'll add to the Bazaar chorus.

Dec 18, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area
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Christmas Dinner: in charge of turkey and ham and mashed potato -- but traveling 5 hours to get there, arriving just 2 hours before scheduled dinner time

I'm with the group nominating you for sainthood. The people who are making the trip should be assigned food that can travel easily. If it's a matter of finances, everyone can divide that up easily. It's a holiday. It should be enjoyable. And not stressful. (not that YOU'RE acting stressed.) Again. Sainthood.

Dec 17, 2014
perk in Home Cooking

Wine for Prime Rib <$25

I agree with buying a couple of different wines and comparing. Maybe one domestic and one imported? A malbec and a cab?

Dec 17, 2014
perk in Wine

Affordable wedding catering in Los Angeles

Contact Auntie Em's. Don't know if they can do it.....but it's worth asking. They're really very good....and definitely work with you to make it happen.

Dec 15, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Cocktail party report!

Sounds like a great success. Congrats. It's always a terrific party if YOU enjoy it....

Dec 15, 2014
perk in Home Cooking

birthday dinner suggestions?

How about Petrossian? Very civilized. Excellent service. I really like the food. And while it's not cheap, it's doable at prices less than most Providence meals. You can check online about tasting menus. I've had them there....but I think they were for special events.

Dec 13, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Holiday cocktail party menu ?

Certainly seems like plenty of food (and sounds delish!) but I would add some greens and crunch. Stuffed endive work work, if it's stuffed with something fairly light.

Dec 11, 2014
perk in Home Cooking

Christmas Day Dinner

Obviously, I don't know the family dynamics, but can't you say "I'd be happy to host again this year, but I really could use some help so I can enjoy the holiday along with the family"? I know that's not the question you asked....but I certainly don't think it's an unreasonable request. That what you "really want" for Christmas is being able to enjoy the day WITH your family....instead of waiting on them.

Open on Christmas day/night?

I think Eater L.A. just had a list as well.

Dec 10, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Rivera Closing by End of the Year

I was there a few months ago for a wine dinner. Terrific food. Sedlar came to the table and chatted. We had a great time. I agree with folks who say they've only had very good experiences there. I will miss it. But...one more reason to go to Santa Fe.

Dec 10, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Need help marinating a whole chicken in lemon

Check out Marcella Hazan's recipe for lemon chicken. Just a couple of lemons in the cavity of the chicken....pierced with a ford. Lemon flavor will permeate.

Dec 08, 2014
perk in Home Cooking
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Lg party, with kids, looking for fine dining for Christmas Eve

I love Nobu Malibu....but I'm thinking Lawry's is a really good recommendation. And Benihana is not a bad idea.....with the kids.

Dec 08, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

dinnerware L'Orangerie, Los Angeles

I found some vintage plates at the L A Dish Company downtown. You could also ask them who buys up the stock when a restaurant closes.....they'd be a good resource.

Dec 08, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Champagne Report, 2014

thanks ns1. really informative report. i've recently been buying champagne at k & l because of selection. they have a variety of choices....at different price points....that i don't find in other places. i also like topline. i just don't get to glendale all that often.

Dec 08, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Best Delivered Food Gifts?

There's a terrific olive ranch in Los Olivos/Santa Ynez valley that makes their own olive oil. It's great stuff. My favorites are meyer lemon and rosemary/garlic. They have a website and ship.....Rancho Olivos. Also holiday packaging (I just sent some out today).

Dec 08, 2014
perk in General Topics

Petrossian

I would be curious to see the New York version. Mink chairs?

Dec 06, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area