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Soup Searching

Gelson's has some pretty good soups to go. Quick and easy.

Jan 28, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

DineLA Jan 2015 -- Meals, Reviews and Recommendations

where did he go?

Jan 26, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

DineLA Jan 2015 -- Meals, Reviews and Recommendations

I'm having dinner at Petrossian Thursday night. I'm there quite often for lunch, but a friend wanted to go for dinner. When he made the reservation, he was told that they would ONLY be serving the Dine LA menu. Thought that was interesting; haven't heard of anyone other place doing it exclusively.

Kalamatas no good for Italian cooking?

I just looked up a bunch of puttanesca recipes, and almost all of them call for kalamatas. Maybe the original recipe called for another type of olive, but evolved into something else here because of availability of kalamata olives. I've had puttanesca in Italy, and don't remember thinking it tasted much different. Except that everything in Italy tastes better!

Jan 23, 2015
perk in General Topics

Kalamatas no good for Italian cooking?

I certainly would never challenge anything from Marcella Hazan.....but I've always used kalamata olives in puttanesca sauce, and they work very well. I think most recipes call for them.

Recommendations for Bar Mitzvah location

Ok....this isn't a sports theme....but might be a fun spot. The restaurant at the Van Nuys airport.....I think it's Squadron 90something. It's a big space. I've seen a band and people dancing outside....but I think the inside might be large enough as well. It's right by the runway....so it's fun to see private jets coming and going. Maybe they're on their way to ball games? Ok....I know that's a stretch.......

Jan 23, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Make-ahead appetizers / snacks to be served at room temp for 25, including vegetarians

For a cocktail party recently, I did a deconstructed Caesar Salad. It was basically chopped romaine, parmesan and crumbled croutons served in endive leaves. You tossed it with a dressing and then put a mound on the leaf of endive. Really fun and pretty.

Jan 21, 2015
perk in Home Cooking

Superbowl 2015

yes....deflated little suckers....

Jan 21, 2015
perk in Home Cooking

Sherman Oaks/Encino lightweight dinner suggestions please

The Sportsmen Lodge has been redone. I haven't been (tried to go one day but it wasn't open yet) but friends tell me it's really very nice. Might be worth checking out.

Jan 21, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Rehearsal Dinner in San Fernando Valley/Hollywood

It's a bit further east, but Ca del Sole has a lovely patio. I've been to events there and they do a lovely job. Valet parking makes it easy. There's a private patio and two private rooms (that can be combined) in the back. Very nice.

Jan 21, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Sherman Oaks/Encino lightweight dinner suggestions please

Well....don't know if this fits the bill....but I went to Tipple & Brine over the weekend. I liked it a lot. It's very casual, but a nice, fun atmosphere. (it wasn't packed, so don't know what the noise level would be when it is.) Lots of interesting, small plates. The brussel sprouts were particularly good, and a bit different than most offerings. (chili and peanuts) Excellent cocktails. Nice service. I don't live in the valley, but I'll definitely go back when I'm on that side of town.

Jan 21, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Non-ethnic, (ok maybe Italian is ok) not further than 10 miles East or West from Beverly Hilton

Don't think the OP said they wouldn't be ordering drinks. I believe he/she mentioned that the $30 didn't INCLUDE drinks. But....I agree about taking someone out to dinner and then doing a "happy hour" menu. Dinner means dinner. And if someone asks me to dinner, unless I'm told otherwise, I'm not thinking I can only order certain, less expensive things. Which doesn't mean I'm not conscious of costs, and don't necessarily order very expensive items.

Jan 18, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Last Minute Recommendation - Bev Hills/WeHo Area

Glad you liked it!

Jan 17, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

honeymoon thru Cali (2.5 nights at LA)

Petrossian has a lovely cafe in West Hollywood.

Jan 17, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Mother daughter lunch/breakfast/tea place needed

Actually....it's been open for a while. At least a year, I think.

Jan 17, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Mother daughter lunch/breakfast/tea place needed

I had thought of Bar Bouchon as well. It's a nice spot with good food. And service is good, not snooty at all.

Jan 16, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Last Minute Recommendation - Bev Hills/WeHo Area

Plan Check on Fairfax. Slight further east, but casual, fun and good solid food.
Terrific burgers.

Jan 16, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area
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Mother daughter lunch/breakfast/tea place needed

I love Clementine. But the OP said her mother is in poor health, so I wonder if comfortable seating would be a priority. Clementine gets packed, and it's certainly not much on atmosphere or comfort. The chairs and tables are much more like a deli. But the food is wonderful.

Jan 16, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Mother daughter lunch/breakfast/tea place needed

Although it's not a tea, the restaurant at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills might be fun. It's one of the old school places for "ladies who lunch." Food is pretty traditional and good. Popovers are a specialty. Nice salads and sandwiches.
Could fit the bill.

Jan 15, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area
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Lunch on the way to Santa Barbara tomorrow

yea, but it's not on the way from los angeles to santa barbara. i think the place is fun....but you have to cut "inland" to get there. a bit out of the way, i think. i have friend with a ranch in santa ynez, and i pass the road to cold springs after i've gone through santa barbara and am on the 154.

Jan 13, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Lunch on the way to Santa Barbara tomorrow

Fishermen's Catch in Oxnard. Casual, family run seafood. They fish every day. So fresh.Terrific!

Jan 12, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Good Fish Tacos in Ventura/Oxnard CA area?

or rather...."how" you like it.....

Jan 12, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Good Fish Tacos in Ventura/Oxnard CA area?

Let us know who you like it.

Jan 11, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

What to serve for dinner with new neighbors?

sounds like a successful evening! congrats. i'm sure they're saying they're lucky to have you as their new neighbors.....

Jan 10, 2015
perk in Home Cooking

Avgolemono soup question

it's funny.....because i'm making it now. (orzo is cooking) the recipe i used calls for whisking egg whites....then adding yolks and lemon juice to them.
then you add two cups of the stock (which you've cooked the orzo in) to the egg/lemon mixture and add slowly while whisking. then you add the combined liquids to the stock...and whisk to incorporate.

Jan 09, 2015
perk in Home Cooking

Avgolemono soup question

i whisk as i add the hot liquid. it works for me.

Jan 09, 2015
perk in Home Cooking
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Good Fish Tacos in Ventura/Oxnard CA area?

Fishermens' Catch in Oxnard (in a strip mall) has amazing fresh seafood. Family owned and run. They fish every day....and list what they caught. They also have a list of what they buy from neighbors....and what they fly in from other places. They'll do tacos from almost anything they have. So good. So fresh. A very casual place. And reasonable.

Jan 09, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

10 year wedding anniversary dinner in Los Angeles Area.

I think it's Chris Livingstone? Not exactly sure....but I heard him doing a radio interview yesterday.

Jan 08, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

10 year wedding anniversary dinner in Los Angeles Area.

Maude...if you can get a rez.
If not, Alma or Melisse.

Jan 06, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Adventures in Hipster Service

lol.....

Jan 06, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area