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Petit Trois last night

because the title of the post is confusing?

1 day ago
perk in Los Angeles Area

No time to marinate carne asada, alternatives?

Or....if you're close to a Trader Joe's....you can buy it already marinated. (i know...it's not the same....but it's an option.)

1 day ago
perk in Home Cooking

Dinner ideas for a tricky house guest combination?

If someone wants plain food.....and you're serving fish....it's hard to beat fresh fill on the grill. Just salt & pepper....maybe a squeeze of lemon.

May 24, 2015
perk in Home Cooking

Mr Chows - Malibu Recommended Dishes ??

sorry no one saw this and responded. probably a holiday weekend slowdown. a friend of mine who lives out there said she had a fabulous meal there recently. how did you like it?

May 24, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

No Corkage on Westside

sorry. i guess the santa monica location must have closed. it was in an office building. water tower building maybe?

May 15, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

No Corkage on Westside

Well...it's not "no corkage." But I think Cafe Bizou has $2 corkage....which is almost the same thing. I haven't been in ages....but there is/was one in Santa Monica. The food was always good. Don't know about the hours.

May 15, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Appetizers for a Memorial Day BBQ for a crowd

thanks. that's a kind way to look at it. better classic than senile!

May 15, 2015
perk in Home Cooking

Appetizers for a Memorial Day BBQ for a crowd

ok...i'm an idiot. this post is three years old....and i actually gave the same answer i gave the first time. oy.

May 14, 2015
perk in Home Cooking
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Appetizers for a Memorial Day BBQ for a crowd

I love grilled artichokes. You steam/boil them....and dress them....in advance. Refrigerate overnight (so they don't fall apart on the grill) and them throw them on to crisp up. Serve with a couple of dips....and you're good to go.

Goodbye Mad Men....sniff....sniff....

i so agree. that was peggy's "kick ass" final moment. i just read an interview with her....and she said she was just trying not to drop anything....because the box and the picture were both hard to hold onto.

May 13, 2015
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Goodbye Mad Men....sniff....sniff....

oops. forgot also sauerkraut balls.
oy.....

May 12, 2015
perk in Home Cooking

Goodbye Mad Men....sniff....sniff....

thanks. it's cocktails...not dinner....but this is fun. and i am doing a lot of food, since people will be there during dinner time. ended up with....stuffed celery, deviled eggs, shrimps mousse, onion dip, clam dip, pimento cheese ball w/ritz crackers, min quiche, cocktail meatballs, mini eggs rolls, crab rangoons, mini quiche, pigs in a blanket, chex mix, tomato aspic with curried crab and ham ball with a bourbon glaze. (my chef friend is doing those....very clever) also "blonde" bettys, brownies topped with chex mix and raspberry squares. i know it's a lot of food....but we've got around 40 people and most of my friends like to drink. besides, almost all of it is "one bite." i hired a cook, server and someone to buss....so most of the food will be passed. also hired a bartender. will have martinis (the booze will be poured down the "chute" in the martini ice bar). the guy i hired to do that had never seen the show....so he started binge watching. now he's addicted. he e-mailed this week and said he's doing an extra ice sculpture....no charge...in honor of the most recent episode! i'll also serve manhattans. i know don drinks old fashioneds, but i think more people like manhattans. i'll also have sparkling wine (in those old fashioned flat glasses) and waters. everyone has really been getting into the costumes....i'm getting photos from vintage stories. less than a week away. wish me luck! and thanks for all of your suggestions.

May 12, 2015
perk in Home Cooking

Inexpensive catering ideas for picnic in Pasadena?

Not sure if it will fall within your budget.....but I highly recommend Elayne Sawaya. Her website's link is http://cateringconcierge.net/. Elayne was the catering director at Auntie Em's for ten years....and has now gone out on her own. She represents a number of caterers....at all different price points. I've used her for a budget event....and a high end event. And I was beyond happy both times. She really works with you to provide what you want....at a price that works.

May 11, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area
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Party Portions Help Please!!!

sorry. it was clear. i must misread it.

May 11, 2015
perk in Home Cooking

Party Portions Help Please!!!

2 quarts of each dip?

May 11, 2015
perk in Home Cooking

Party Portions Help Please!!!

I've posted before that I'm having a party for the final episode of Mad Men. It's a retro cocktail party....but people will be there for the dinner "hour" and drinking so I want to make sure the food is substantial. There will be about 40 people. Some of my friends are making/bringing things they like to make. (Everyone has really gotten into the 60s spirit) One friend is doing clam dip and onion dip. (I even ordered Utz chips...for those who watch the show) She's asking me how much dip to make. I have no idea what to tell her. I'm better with amounts of "bites"....but don't know about dips. There will be several appetizers. What say you.....knowledgeable hounds??? Thanks....

May 11, 2015
perk in Home Cooking

Knife Sharpening Where Should I Go?

I don't think anyone has mentioned it....but Surfa's offers knife sharpening...I think once a week. A guy comes in a truck. I was really disappointed. I showed up on the designated day/time....and he was late. I had to wait about an hour. They wouldn't take them without the guy being there. Then....the next day....at the appointed "pick up" time....they weren't ready. The Surfa's people told me to shop. I said I had done that the day before....for THAT hour wait. And then....when I finally got them....they weren't all that sharp. I won't do that again.

May 10, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Sunday brunch/breakfast ideas

Just remember that this Sunday is Mother's Day. Places will be packed.

May 08, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

special birthday dinner & drinks

I know some hounds will question the food....and I agree with them....but Musso & Frank is great fun. Terrific cocktails....old school atmosphere....and decent food if you stick to the basics.

May 07, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area
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restaurant on the Westside to have a business dinner?

I agree with Tavern. I was there a couple of weeks ago, and thought the noise level was really very nice...even though the place was hopping and had a nice, busy "vibe".

mini egg rolls?

thanks. i'll check it out....

Apr 30, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

mini egg rolls?

none at costco today. potstickers. but no egg rolls.

Apr 28, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

mini egg rolls?

will check it out. thanks.

Apr 28, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

mini egg rolls?

My Costco didn't have them the last time I was there, but I'll look again. Ralph's just got the chicken ones in....calling it a "new item." I'm starting looking for a vegetable version. I think I saw online that Albertson's and/or Von's might have them, so I'll check there. I also didn't see them at Smart 'n Final....say I'll try a bigger store. (I think they call them "plus" or "extra".)

Apr 28, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

mini egg rolls?

thanks. it's been fun to plan. but i have to stop ordering things....lava lamps, playboy club ash trays, chip & dip sets, a life sized cut out of don draper. and lots of fun to research retro food from the 60s!

Apr 27, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

mini egg rolls?

Just found them at Ralph's...a "new item." They only had chicken, not vegetable. But it's a start!

Apr 26, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

mini egg rolls?

wow. thanks. i don't belong to sam's club. and i looked at costco and didn't see them. has anyone seen them at a specific costco. i shop at the one on washington blvd....but will go wherever. they almost always carry mini quiches and pigs in a blanket too...but when i went to buy them, of course they didn't have them.

Apr 26, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

mini egg rolls?

I'm having a Mad Men party for the final episode. Serving all retro, 1960s appetizers....buying some, making some. I've found mini quiches and pigs in a blanket at a number of stores....but thought it would be fun to do mini egg rolls. I know I could cut bigger ones, but I don't think they'll stay together very well....and I want them to be passed and served. I thought I had seen them in stores....frozen ones. But now that I'm looking, of course, I can't find them. Any help from hounds? Thanks!

Apr 26, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Goodbye Mad Men....sniff....sniff....

thanks. good advice. i know people will drink more martinis than usual because the ice bar/luge is so much fun. just want to make sure i have enough substantial food for them not to get bombed. there will be lots of uber customers!

Apr 25, 2015
perk in Home Cooking

Special Occasion Restaurant?

Not sure if it's open for Saturday lunch....but what about Ca del Sole in the valley....near Universal. Great patio. Good food and service. Wine and full bar.

Apr 25, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area