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Restaurant gift certificate recommendation

Do they like to stay in the neighborhood? Melisse in Santa Monica is lovely.....French. Driving a bit further east, Providence is one of my favorite places....amazing seafood. But I believe it's now only tasting menus....so they'd have to be up for that. If you go the spa route....Burke Williams is always reliable.

about 20 hours ago
perk in Los Angeles Area

Cental Coast recommendations

I agree...the California board is best. But....a terrific place (especially for lunch) is Industrial Eats in Buellton. It's where all the locals....and winemakers....go. Casual atmosphere. Really good food. And if you're looking for meat....the Hitching Post does amazing steaks. Fun, old school cowboy vibe. Terrific grilled artichokes. Retro wedge salad.

Jul 26, 2015
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Looking for some good restaurant mushroom dishes

I think Maude did a mushroom tasting menu last year. You might watch for their fall offerings.

Jul 24, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Saturday Lunch

Nobu Malibu? Don't know if that is too ethnic....

Jul 23, 2015
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Fun things to do with huge basil leaves?

I do a grilled shrimp dish. I marinate the shrimp in an vinaigrette....then wrap with big basil leaves and some prosciutto. Put them on skewers and grill. Very nice appetizer for first course.

Jul 21, 2015
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Chopped liver, not pate, nor mousse

Gelson's carries a pretty good version....though it may be just during Jewish holidays.

Jul 21, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Dog Friendly Restaurants

I'll add to the Fat Dog. Casual menu but it's fine. And lots of people with their dogs sitting on the patio. It's fun.

Jul 19, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Wedding brunch/barbecue ideas

Some sort of couscous would go nicely with the chicken.

Jul 16, 2015
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A Very Happy Late Brunch at Industriel

Saw the show a couple of weeks ago. Thought it was great fun. We ended up at Cafe Pinot....but your review makes me want to go back and check it out again.
Thanks!

Jul 12, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Past favorites from the 1970's

I got to L.A. a bit after Perino's and Romanoff's....but have certainly heard of them. I have a (thought increasingly fading as well) memory of Au Petit Cafe. And another place that was mentioned in the other thread....but The Saloon.

Jul 07, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Past favorites from the 1970's

Long before Melisse.....that was a dish at L'Orangerie.

Jul 06, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Past favorites from the 1970's

There's another thread about restaurants "back in the day." Forget the the title of it. But lots of mentions about the Rangoon Racquet Cub. Even a couple of comments from Manny Zwaaf's son. I'm sure you could do a search and find it.
Great fun...

Jul 06, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Desert for July 4th Party?

I've done that a lot too for big parties. (the strawberries dipped in sour cream and brown sugar) I agree that it's fun and delicious.

Wolfgang Puck @ the Bel Air Hotel

Their wine list may be online. Some higher end restaurants don't have a lot of moderately priced choices. But....I would call them and ask to speak to the manager. I'd explain the situation....and ask if there are reasonably priced selections that you might choose that evening. Some sommeliers and managers pride themselves for having wines on the list that are well priced....and hidden gems. But....that's not always the case. (Food & Wine Magazine did a great piece about a year ago....sending someone to a number of high end restaurants.....and they selected the least expensive wine on the menu and wrote about the response to that.) Again....until you select the food at the dinner (assuming you're ordering off the menu).....you won't really know which wines you'll want to pair with the food. You can almost always fine some reasonable white wines.....reds are tougher.

Jul 02, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Wolfgang Puck @ the Bel Air Hotel

How many bottles will you drink? How many people? It really does depend on what kind of wine you like to drink. And it can be tough to bring wine if your guests don't know what they're ordering....because you'd want to pair it to the food.

Jul 01, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Grill Chef for a Party

I hired a sous chef for a party recently. He did a great job. But that may be more than you need for a kids party. Just let know if you want his information.

Jul 01, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Cold soup for summer cocktail party?

I love this cucumber soup recipe and make it all the time.
I serve it in shot glasses....don't even need the spoon.

Cold Cucumber Soup with Mint
Serves 2
Can be prepared in 45 minutes or less.

ingredients
• 1 hard-boiled large egg yolk
• 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
• 1/2 cup chilled sour cream
• 1 chilled seedless cucumber (about 1 pound), peeled, halved lengthwise, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
• 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, washed and spun dry
• 1/2 cup chilled well-shaken buttermilk
preparation
In a bowl with a fork mash together yolk and vinegar to form a smooth paste and stir in sour cream until smooth.
In a blender purée cucumber and mint with buttermilk and salt to taste until smooth. Add purée to sour cream mixture in a stream, whisking.
Divide soup between 2 chilled bowls.

Jul 01, 2015
perk in Home Cooking

Cooking for sick neighbor

Let me add to the kudos for being such a kind and good neighbor. I'm sure your help means the world to them.

Pimento Cheese 911

I just went on Goldbelly...and when you search for pimento cheese....two different companies come up that sell it.

Jun 28, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Pimento Cheese 911

it's from a website called "goldbelly." they have food items from all over the country. so....if you went to the site, i'm sure you could search for it. it came in plastic containers....i think.

Jun 28, 2015
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Pimento Cheese 911

I'm not sure about locallly....but a friend of mine just ordered some very good pimento cheese online.

Jun 27, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Can't stand the heat: your ideas for preparing meals without adding heat to the kitchen

A friend of mine once tried to "construct" a solar oven. We live in Los Angeles....and he said if we had an earthquake, he could cook on it. It took him a week to make a potato....smile.....

Jun 27, 2015
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Most underrated LA restaurants

Petrossian.

Jun 27, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Foodie Husband 40th Bday- Looking at Bazaar, but want other options- 15-20 people

Providence has a private room....I think it's called Chef's Table. I'm not sure how many it can hold. Melisse has a private room as well. And Petrossian could probably give you a semi-private space in the back of the dining room. I've been to special dinners there....and they just put one big table in the dining room. But those were their own sponsored dinners....so not sure what the setup would be for a party your size. But the staff there is great....I'm sure they'd be happy to work with you.

Jun 24, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Dipping sauces for steamed artichokes

hadn't though of freezing chipotle. what a great idea. thanks!

Jun 24, 2015
perk in Home Cooking

Baltaire in Brentwood

I almost went recently.....when I was taking a friend who lives in that neighborhood out for a birthday dinner. I glanced at the menu....and must say I was offended to see a charge for steak sauce. I don't use steak sauce....nor does my friend...but that strikes me as ridiculous. I don't mind spending money for good food and top quality ingredients....I do it all the time. But charging those prices....and then charging for a condiment....does not make me want to dine there. We went to Tavern....and had a lovely meal with very nice service.

Jun 24, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Dipping sauces for steamed artichokes

I like to do grilled artichokes...especially in the summer.
I usually serve them with two sauces.....chipotle mayo....and mustard dill.

Jun 20, 2015
perk in Home Cooking

In search of incredible lox?

I really like the smoked salmon at Petrossian.

Jun 20, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

French speaking restaurant in LA or OC

I just got an e-mail from some culinary site with the topic "practicing a foreign language at a restaurant"...or something like that. Sadly....I didn't save it because I forgot about this post until I came back on the site today. Sorry. Maybe you can google and find it?

Jun 17, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

How has your cooking evolved with age?

This is an interesting question. I think, as a younger cook, I used to add too many ingredients. I'd be making pasta, for example, and think "this would be good in there....oh, i should add some of this.....and a little bit of this." The result would be tasty...but too many things don't let basic ingredients shine. Now....I'm much happier with a dish based on excellent fresh ingredients that are showcased. Italians are very good at this. If it's a perfect tomato....slice it. And just salt it. Or drizzle with some oil. A really fresh piece of fish.... with oil and fresh herbs.
I still cook some "fussy" things....but the dishes I keep returning to are the simpler ones.

Jun 16, 2015
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