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Chez Mimi?

A friend is in town who used to live here. One of her favorite places was Chez Mimi in Brentwood. (she actually followed Mimi from the earlier spots) I had read that she moved to Pacific Palisades when she lost her lease in Brentwood. But now I'm hearing that may be closed. Anyone know when/why? Thanks.

Sep 01, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

1950s Atrocities

I had a party for the final episode of Mad Men. Served 60s appetizers and cocktails. We did sauerkraut balls and when the server told people what they were....they were skeptical. Until they tasted them. Then they started gathering by the kitchen so they could grab them again when they came out.

Aug 30, 2015
perk in Home Cooking

Beverly Hills lunch...

Thanks for the suggestions. They all sounded good....except I'm avoiding the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Bel Air these days. (though i do miss the polo lounge)
We decided to try Prospect Gourmand. Menu looks great....my friend was really intrigued by it. I hadn't even heard of it. I just called and make a reservation. Appreciate the help!

Aug 29, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Beverly Hills lunch...

A friend and I are meeting there for lunch after she has a business appointment. We both are very interested in food and restaurants....and tend to try most of the new places. This doesn't have to be new....could be an old favorite. But I'm kind of drawing a blank. I'm not sure she's been to Wally's...so that's possible. And I'll recommend Bouchon....though I suspect she's been there. And Spago is a possibility. What am I missing hounds? Thanks....

Aug 29, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Rustic garden party ideas needed

a cold soup might be fun. gazpacho....or cucumber....or watermelon. you could put it in little plastic shot glasses.

Aug 28, 2015
perk in Home Cooking
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Weekend lunches in or near Malibu

i had a feeling that howdy's had closed, and figured someone would catch that. but isn't there another taco place in the same location? very similar to howdy's? and i really like taverna tony's....and it's a fun place for a solo diner.

Aug 28, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Weekend lunches in or near Malibu

If you're really on a hunt to find great tacos...I doubt that there are any serious contenders in Malibu. But maybe someone else can weight in on that. I just know that Duke's does a nice version....in a fun setting. When I lived at the beach, I could walk there....and it was a great place for fish tacos and a beer or glass of wine. I would definitely make a reservation at Nobu...they are always busy. And when you call...tell them you're a single diner. I think they'll say that there are seats at the bar....but you're not on the deck right on the ocean if you do that. But I know they have a bar...not sure if there's a bar menu all day....or just certain hours. But I would ask. Might be a bit cheaper....and good for a single diner. Though I've been on the deck as a solo....and I was perfectly happy.

Aug 28, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Weekend lunches in or near Malibu

There are several options....but it's good to remember that although Malibu is well known, it's actually a pretty small community. There are a number of restaurants that cater to tourists, but there isn't a large year round clientele. That said....you didn't mention price point....but Nobu Malibu is hard to beat for lunch. A spectacular setting and very good food. It's expensive though, and if that's a concern....maybe a good spot to hit for happy hour. You won't find many ethnic restaurants in the area....though there is a good thai restaurant on PCH. (Cholada?)
I'm a fan of V's....which has very good food and is a local favorite. It's not on the ocean however....but land side. Many of the tourist attractions are on the water....local favorites are not. (Nobu is an exception) I also like Duke's for casual fare (and pretty good fish tacos). The Barefoot Bar is on the sand....and you can have good, casual fare at reasonable prices. There is a fast food taco place in the shopping center on the land side....Howdy's I think, that has pretty good food. Also there....John's Garden, which has good hamburgers and salads. I'm sure others will weigh in on Malibu Seafood....I don't know that much about it. Or going further up the coast to Neptune's Net for very casual seafood....and lots of local color!

Aug 27, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Ideas for planned leftovers/make ahead meals

interesting story john. thanks for sharing it.

Aug 26, 2015
perk in Home Cooking
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birthday celebration place

Sorry noone else has responded. I just recently moved to Studio City....and know there are lots of new places that I need to try. So far...I just keep going back over the hill to my usual haunts. Valley folks? Suggestions? But...you might do a search. I think there was a recent topic about this.....

Aug 26, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Let's Do Something Different for the Holidays

Sometimes it's fun to do something totally "off the grid." I agree that a potluck would make it less stressful for you. How about everyone brings their favorite comfort food? It's a way to acknowledge your husband (sorry for your loss) and celebrate his life at the same time. Maybe you could make his favorite comfort food. And lots of toasts help!

Recipe for leftovers?

tacos....

Aug 22, 2015
perk in Home Cooking

birthday celebration place

They've totally redesigned the bar/restaurant at the Sportsmen's Lodge. Haven't been though...but a friend said it was good.

Aug 21, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Caramelized Onions - would like more ways to eat them

A friend just did a fabulous savory pastry....a German recipe....that was carmelized onion and bacon. I forget the name....but it amazing. Really rich. But so good.

Aug 20, 2015
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One night solo in Beverly Hills

it is a great happy hour. but if he's getting to his hotel at 830...he's way past that menu. i think spago actually has a late night happy hour in the bar.

Aug 20, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Beverly Hills / West Hollywood recs?

Connie & Ted's? I like Wally's as well.

Aug 17, 2015
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Hiatus BBQ on La Brea

I lived in that neighborhood when they opened....and posted about it. I think it's in a tough location, but the food is generally good. They have different proteins....and four different slaws. Most have some crunch. Sometimes he does ribs too. And now he's added some salads....besides the slaws. But it is messy. And I really think the sandwiches need heartier buns....because otherwise they fall apart. He (the owner) said he was working on that....but I don't think they've changed. The sliders are a fun option....three different kinds....but the buns are a problem then too. But it's certainly worth a shot. He buys really fresh produce.

Aug 16, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Engagement Brunch for 70

ummmm.....i meant "backyard buffet."

Aug 16, 2015
perk in Home Cooking

Engagement Brunch for 70

I'm with hotoynoodle.....I think grilled flank steak and grilled salmon would give you two very nice options. An orzo or couscous salad. Maybe some grilled asparagus. Nothing wrong with quiche though. But I agree with the idea that green leafy salads can be a bit of a pain at a background buffet.

Aug 15, 2015
perk in Home Cooking

Maude is really special!

I think I've posted this before....but I went to the truffle dinner there last year. I definitely will try and do it again.

Aug 15, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Have You Tried Costco Lasagne? Alternative take-out suggestions?

Clementine's has some really nice choices. Their spaghetti pie is pretty amazing.

Aug 14, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Tue night dinner in downtown area

I'd agree with Redbird. Also Patina is always solid...though maybe a little pricey.

Aug 12, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

2nd Anniversary Dinner

Maude, Melisse, Petrossian.

Aug 11, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Feedback on dinner party menu

It sounds good. You could combine the heirloom salad idea with the crostini.....and do a bruschetta.

Aug 08, 2015
perk in Home Cooking

What is good Limo Food on the way to a concert?

I agree with the folks saying it's a "grab and eat" kind of thing. Deviled eggs would be good....cucumber cups filled with smoked salmon.
Anything that is "anchored" so it won't spill. You could do some sort of crostini if the topping isn't one that slides off. And I agree with the champagne beverage. Have fun!

Aug 08, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Looking for excellent party food for housewarming in Orange

Porto's is a very good idea. Good food and lots of people love it. Remember not to set anything mayo-based outside in the sun for too long....it's a quick way for food to spoil and people to get sick. (sorry if that's a "duh" moment....but i'm always surprised when I go to bbqs and pool parties and people have potato salad and macaroni salad sitting out for hours. I don't know your neighborhood....but food trucks that are in the area are usually a good idea.

Aug 08, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Recs in the San Fernando valley

I'm not Greek....but I do love Greek food and have been there a few times for the "real thing." It's not wonderful but it's not bad....The Great Greek on Ventura is in Sherman Oaks. They're very nice. Kind of a fun place. And I do think it's made with mostly fresh ingredients.

Aug 01, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles (Silverlake) Catering

Aug 01, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles (Silverlake) Catering

Go on Elayne Sawaya's website. The Catering Concierge. She has a number of different chefs that she represents.....all different price points. I've been to some terrific events that she's done....and I used her for my recent final episode of Mad Men party. Her people are great.

Jul 31, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

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.

Jul 30, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area