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Need a great recommendation for dinner for 1.

Santa Monica Seafood might be a good spot for oysters. They have wine and beer....no cocktails.

about 17 hours ago
perk in Los Angeles Area

Malibu in March

Tra du Noi is very pleasant....good food....and run by Italians who love kids.
There's a relatively new place called V's....right on PCH....which has very good food. Lots of locals go there. I agree that Nobu Malibu is a terrific place....one of my favorites. I've seen kids there. But, as previously mentioned, it is pricey.
John's Garden is a good place for sandwiches and salads to go. And Duke's is right on the water....has good food at moderate prices....and has some "specials" like Taco Tuesday. Nice family choice I would think.

1 day ago
perk in Los Angeles Area

Pita Bread

Farmers markets usually have stands with pretty good pita bread.

1 day ago
perk in Los Angeles Area

Need a great recommendation for dinner for 1.

I'm a big fan of Petrossian as well. And they have a terrific happy hour...if that's not too early.

1 day ago
perk in Los Angeles Area

What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

Blair's in Silverlake has a good version as well.

Feb 24, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Seeking Recommendations for a Celebratory Dinner

I agree with recommendation for Providence and Maude. Two of my favorite spots.
I'm also a fan of Petrossian. They often have a tasting menu....though I would check with them about that. But their food and service is really first rate.
I also like the food and atmosphere at Nobu Malibu.

Feb 24, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Need a great recommendation for dinner for 1.

I think Petit Trois would fit the bill. Good food. Casual and fun atmosphere. Open all day so you can go early. Tiny place. Only bar seating.

Friends visiting from England and Italy- where to eat?

I know that I ALWAYS say this...and it's a bit tight with your budget. But I think being somewhere on the ocean with crashing waves is something all visitors should experience. It IS the Southern California experience. Maybe Nobu Malibu for happy hour? You could go somewhere else for dinner, if cost is an issue. But it's certainly worth a cocktail and snack at sunset.

Feb 20, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations for casual dinner spot in West LA?

Is Tender Greens comfortable seating? I've only been to one.....but I don't recall it being very comfortable. It seemed more "have a nice salad and get out of here."
But....it's been a while.

Feb 19, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

"02 Linne Calodo

I love Matt Trevisan's wines. I just saw six bottles of an '02 zin blend on an online auction.
I'm wondering if they're good to drink....and for how long. Help please......
Thanks!

Feb 19, 2015
perk in Wine

Happy hour near Hollywood?

Ok....I felt like a "bad hound" giving you incomplete information. Both Littlefork and Mud Hen Tavern have happy hours from 5 to 7. If you like oysters.....Littlefork might the place for you. Though they have other options....

Feb 19, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area
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Happy hour near Hollywood?

I think Littlefork does a happy hour. Not sure of the hours, though. Also the Mud Hen Tavern....which used to be Street. I haven't been there, but it sounds interesting. Again, I'm not sure how late it goes.

Feb 19, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations for casual dinner spot in West LA?

Nook Cafe might work for you. The food is good and they have a wonderful brown rice and veggie dish. It probably wouldn't be too crowded on a Monday, but I'd make a reservation. Otherwise, you could end up at the communal table. Obica (they have a new spelling....don't ask) has good Italian. It's on the second floor of the Century City mall. There's a nice patio and it's fine for conversation. I'd consider both of these places good neighborhood places.

Feb 19, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Westside restaurant where you can watch the Oscars?

Casa del Mar used to do it. Don't know if they still do. And I'm not sure how crowded or crazy it might be.

Feb 18, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Great salad for dinner - Culver City area

Akasha?

Feb 17, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Where to eat INSIDE LAX

If you can eat at the Bradley terminal......Petrossian offers a a very nice "layover" option of caviar and champagne.

Feb 16, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

What are you Cooking for Valentine's Day?

terrific job!

Feb 15, 2015
perk in Home Cooking

Restaurants that don't take reservations near Pantages

Did you check Open Table? Sometimes they highlight "restaurants that still have reservations for tonight." And since you're going fairly early....pre-theater....you might want to give Musso a try at the bar. Don't know if you can get the full menu there, but they must serve some food. And Cleo has a decent sized bar as well.

Feb 14, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Chicken Pot Pie At Costco?

I've had it at a couple of casual dinner parties. It's actually very good. It is huge....so I've never bought it myself. But I've always enjoyed it. The first time I had it, friends brushed the crust with some melted butter. Very nice addition. They've been selling it for quite a while. Another, higher end option, though more expensive, is Clementine's version. They do a standard sized pie, and a mini one. Very nicely done.

Feb 14, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Need a great Sunday lunch place in Pasadena/Glendale/ Monrovia

A bit outside of your requested area....but I think Cliff's Edge could fit the bill. A fabulous outdoor patio, and very nice food. Always a nice atmosphere.

Feb 12, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

What to order "to go" from Jitlada for Oscars?

In case you decide to go with something else......Little Dom's deli or Mozza2Go?

Feb 12, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Mr Taster is leaving Los Angeles!

Portland HAS become a very good food city, and the Northwest is a wonderful (albeit wet) place to live. Best of luck on your new food adventures. If I were leaving the area, I'd have to make a visit to my favorite (there are a few, actually) oceanside spots. Gotta hear that pounding surf one the last time.....not the same sound as rain on the roof!

Feb 10, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

party caterers West Los Angeles

The former catering director at Auntie Em's has just gone out on her own....and is representing a number of companies. I went to a recent dinner she coordinated and it was terrific. I took her card. Her e-mail is esawaya@gmail.com

Feb 09, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

DineLA Jan 2015 -- Meals, Reviews and Recommendations

funny that the burger at hungry cat used to be one of my favorites as well. what is it about burgers at seafood places?

Feb 03, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area

Afternoon dining in Beverly Hills

I would second ipsedixit's recommendation for Bar Bouchon. And Wally's (the wine store in Westwood) has now opened a wine bar in Beverly Hills on Canon. It's a terrific spot, with (not surprisingly) a fabulous wine selection. I've only had lunch there so far....but the food was very nice. Staff was spot on. Also....in West Hollywood.....Petrossian is a favorite of mine. I'm pretty sure they serve all day. Wonderful menu. Well executed. Nice room. Top notch service.

Feb 03, 2015
perk in Los Angeles Area
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Menu for baby shower brunch

I think the raw peanuts really make a difference. I buy them at an Asian supermarket.

Feb 03, 2015
perk in Home Cooking

Menu for baby shower brunch

Here's the recipe--

© Quentin Bacon
Dan Dan Noodles
CONTRIBUTED BY JOANNE CHANG
TOTAL TIME: 35 MIN
SERVINGS: 4
•BASIC-EASY
•FAST
•HEALTHY
•VEGETARIAN
Joanne Chang, owner of Flour Bakery + Café in Boston, sets aside her rolling pin to make stir-fries and noodle dishes like this peanutty dan dan at a second restaurant.

Plus: More Asian Noodle Recipes

1/4 cup peanut oil
1/2 cup raw peanuts
1 small jalapeño, minced
1 small garlic clove, halved
One 1/4-inch slice of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons water
1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon Sriracha chile sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
Kosher salt
12 ounces chow mein noodles
Cucumber matchsticks, sliced scallions, chopped cilantro, sesame seeds and lime halves, for garnish
In a large skillet, heat the peanut oil. Add the peanuts and fry over moderate heat until golden, about 8 minutes; let cool slightly. Transfer the peanuts and oil to a food processor. Add the jalapeño, garlic and ginger and process until minced. Add the soy sauce, water, rice vinegar, Sriracha, sugar and sesame oil and process until smooth. Season generously with salt.
In a pot of boiling salted water, cook the noodles until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water; pat dry. Toss the noodles with the dressing and mound in serving bowls; top with the garnishes and serve.
SUGGESTED PAIRING
A dry, vibrant, fruity rosé.

Feb 03, 2015
perk in Home Cooking
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Menu for baby shower brunch

I've tried quite a few with varying degrees of success/failure. But my favorite by far is one from Food & Wine (I think) several years ago. It was from Boston....I think a woman who actually had a bakery/cafe.
I think you can find it on Epicurious. It would be called "Dan Dan noodles." Let me see if I can find a link for you. It's really terrific. My friends call it "crack noodles."

Feb 03, 2015
perk in Home Cooking

Menu for baby shower brunch

I've done that large Costco salmon lots of times for parties. I like to serve it with mango salsa. And a sesame/peanut noodle or rice salad is a nice side dish.

Feb 02, 2015
perk in Home Cooking
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Menu for baby shower brunch

Quiches or frittatas can be made ahead.....and served with a lovely salad is a great brunch. Add some fresh fruit, mimosas and little desserts.....and your'e good to go. Not terribly labor intensive so you can enjoy.