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TonyC Finds Shaanxi style food on Westwood Blvd.

i called and they told me that nothing was vegetarian.

about 10 hours ago
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

Strauss Milk Sightings?

good Eggs will deliver it to you.
they carry the nonfat, the 1%, and the 2%
for the whole milk they only carry the St. Benoit organic.

here's the link for the 2% half gallon
https://www.goodeggs.com/la/strausla/...

Side for Lasagna other than Garlic Bread

to me, an organization's board meeting is inherently a very DIFFERENT animal than a dinner party.

taking the additional info into consideration:

1) for a group like this, with some of them being vegetarians, AND with the entire cost coming out of your pocket, i would completely forego the meat/poultry.

the cheese in the lasagna will provide more than enough fat and protein, and, imho, the addition of meat as a side dish unnecessarily complicates the service (a real consideration for a meal that will be served and consumed during a board meeting) and unnecessarily adds to the cost.

2) i would also skip the salad.
salad, imho, is not a good choice either for serving during a board meeting and is especially a poor choice for nibbling during a meeting.
after all, the main purpose of this get together is the meeting, right?
if you feel like you absolutely must have something along the lines of a salad, i'd go with crudite, but my first choice would be to skip this entirely.
the vegetables in the lasagna are adequate.

i would avoid thinking of food served at a board meeting as some sort of variation of a full-blown dinner party.
i'd save the "dinner party" treatment for a REAL dinner party.
wowing people with my hostess and cooking skills is not the point of a board meeting. having too much food variety changes the focus, imho.

2 days ago
westsidegal in Home Cooking

Leaving half doughnuts behind

was at a meeting last week at which there were several half-doughnuts and half-cookies.
ALL THE HALVES were consumed within 7 minutes of becoming halves.
(yes, i timed it)

some of the wholes were still sitting there 45 minutes after being served. . . .

Oct 18, 2014
westsidegal in Not About Food

After slaughter, what happens to the unused cow parts?

every pet food store sells pizzles as dog chews

Oct 18, 2014
westsidegal in Not About Food

TonyC Finds Shaanxi style food on Westwood Blvd.

also, it is "cool" in that it is not completely impossible to find a parking spot.

Oct 17, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

Best Mexican food in WLA?

AAQjr: i'd add Casa Sanchez to your list of mexican-STYLE restaurants. . . . .

(a friend of mine on occasion, is forced by his work schedule to get coffee from a lousy vending machine. he told me that by forcing himself to think of the stuff as "warm brown caffein-containing beverage," it became tolerable. if he were to try to think of it as anything related to "coffee" he wouldn't be able to gag it down, but as "warm brown caffeine-containing beverage" he can.)

Oct 16, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area
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Best Mexican food in WLA?

kevin: you are absolutely correct.

Oct 16, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

Best Mexican food in WLA?

on most days, the cooking at Coni'Seafood is done by Sergio Peneulas.

the owner of Marisco's Chente in mar vista is Sergio's mother in law; he DOES NOT cook there.
the owner of Marisco's Chente in Lennox is Sergio's father in law, and, he DOES NOT cook there either.

the set up for the charge card machine has NOTHING TO DO with who is doing the cooking.

personally, i don't go unless i call first to confirm that sergio is doing the cooking that day (on occasion, he takes a day off).
the only one of the restaurants at which sergio cooks is Coni'Seafood.
310-672-2339

Oct 16, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

Baked spuds: To poke or not to poke?

i have been present when unpoked potatoes did explode
and
i have been present when an unpoked eggplant exploded.

(my, otherwise brilliant, cousin can't seem to learn. . . . .)

Oct 16, 2014
westsidegal in Home Cooking

Won't be returning to Per Se

maybe that explains why a restaurant would NOT want a solo diner---the diner might feel that it's ok to use the internet and/or text while dining!

Oct 14, 2014
westsidegal in Manhattan

Suggestions for vegetarian-friendly dinners in Fairfax or WeHo area, downtown, and Santa Monica area

the tesla guy who, reportedly, is interested in making cars that will drive themselves

Oct 14, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions for vegetarian-friendly dinners in Fairfax or WeHo area, downtown, and Santa Monica area

if i'm jonesing for fish and i'm in el segundo, my car will automatically go to west imperial highway and yukon and for $23 i get a kilo of pescado zarandeado WITH waitress service WITHOUT being hit with any upcharge for sliced tomatoes.

elon musk, see if your fancy car can top that.

Suggestions for vegetarian-friendly dinners in Fairfax or WeHo area, downtown, and Santa Monica area

you said it all: <<kind of>>

i "kind of" like it too, but if i find myself in the el segundo shopping center and the choice is between veggie grill or the counter, the counter wins every time.

if i find myself at the grove and the choice is between the veggie grill or moishe's, moishe's wins every time.

if i find myself in westwood, i end up chosing either shamshiri grill or 800 degrees.

it's not that i DON'T like it, it's just that i'm no longer inspired by phony meat like i used to be.

Oct 14, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions for vegetarian-friendly dinners in Fairfax or WeHo area, downtown, and Santa Monica area

that's why tender greens didn't work for me when i ate meat and still won't work for me as a pescatarian.

if i'm going to have to pay $23 in order to get enough food to feel sort of full at tender greens, i'd rather go to a nicer restaurant that starts off with a larger protein portion--one that also provides civilized service.

for me to be satisfied, i need two "large plates" at tender greens ($23 before tax and tip) and would then need to head over to gelato lounge for a medium sized gelato (add about another $5 or so).

for that general level of spending, i'd rather go to cafe del rey and sit at the bar and have a real meal and a real drink in a lovely environment served by great servers.

for that general level of spending, i want more of an "experience" than i can get at my own kitchen table.

Oct 14, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions for vegetarian-friendly dinners in Fairfax or WeHo area, downtown, and Santa Monica area

fwiw: the tender greens location in marina del rey does not really have much for vegetarians--very slim pickings. i've heard from other posters that some other locations are better in this regard.

(when i first tried tender greens i was a meat eater. even then, i felt the protein portion size at tender greens was way inadequate, but then, again, i like feeling full when i leave the table)

Oct 14, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions for vegetarian-friendly dinners in Fairfax or WeHo area, downtown, and Santa Monica area

i guess, in time, we'll see whether this turns out to be a good thing or a bad thing. . . . .

Oct 14, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions for vegetarian-friendly dinners in Fairfax or WeHo area, downtown, and Santa Monica area

re: veggie grill

they are more than "vegetarian-friendly," they are out and out vegetarian.
very informal.
most of their proteins are phony meat

Oct 14, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

top veg in LA

not a direct answer to your question, but here is the strategy that i normally use:

if you go to gjelina restaurant and order every vegetarian dish in their menu section VEGETABLES
you will snare them.
the dishes rotate based on seasonality

be aware that the dishes in the VEGETABLES section are not available during the break between lunch and dinner and during the late hour (after dinner) serving hours.
during those hours only the abbreviated charcuterie and pizza menu is available.

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

concur about the peanuts and would like to add that their pecans are the best around (freshest, most consistently sized, etc) as are the pistachios in shell.

Oct 13, 2014
westsidegal in Chains

Suggestions for vegetarian-friendly dinners in Fairfax or WeHo area, downtown, and Santa Monica area

i love loteria grill +1
hugos, not so much

Suggestions for vegetarian-friendly dinners in Fairfax or WeHo area, downtown, and Santa Monica area

TheOffalo: thanks for the heads-up.
didn't know that.

Oct 13, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions for vegetarian-friendly dinners in Fairfax or WeHo area, downtown, and Santa Monica area

for dinner in santa monica, FIG restaurant, which is located in the miramar hotel..

re: mexican food
much of it, even the stuff that looks and sounds vegetarian, contains lard.

Oct 13, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

I have never eaten at _______ and I never will!

beg to disagree if the vending machine carries any one of my "cheap thrill" chocolate bars.

Oct 12, 2014
westsidegal in Chains

Sweet Crush and Surfas

re: surfas
their pricing on valrhona cocoa powder is better than that at whole foods. (and since i live on this stuff, very important to me)

also, their molonay savory ketchup is a favorite product that is not easy to find elsewhere.

Oct 12, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, October 2014 -- LATIN-AMERICAN SEAFOOD

i WISH:

1) i starve myself going into the dinner
2) NO CHIPS
3) no booze that day
4) no liquid calories of any sort that day (i.e. no iced blended mocha made with valrhona cocoa)
5) NONE of the rice that normally comes with the shrimp

Oct 11, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

Winter Emergency Stock-Up

i think i have TOO MUCH booze stored for an emergency.

Winter Emergency Stock-Up

the only thing i have to add is shelf-stable ALREADY PREPARED rice.
(i get this stuff from Trader Joe's)

also, want to emphasize the peanut butter.

a couple cans of chile along with the rice is a meal.

if you have no power, it is still a meal (although a cold one)

when my daughter lived in the dorm, the girls on her floor demonstrated that shelf stable rice, canned chile, and cookies, are more than enough to get you through 10 days of studying for and taking finals. . . . .

peanut butter can be eaten with a spoon in a pinch.
granola made with nuts actually is pretty nutritious, and requires no refrigeration.

Oct 11, 2014
westsidegal in General Topics

Am I being too cheap? Splitting restaurant bill on family vacation

so, 512window,
if it were me going with my SO's family,
since i don't eat meat nor poultry for religious AND moral AND medical reasons,
do you think that it would be fine/normal/socially acceptable/supportive of my SO/
for me to demand that they subtract out the cost of any meat from my grocery costs?
especially given that THEY were generously footing the whole bill for the lodging costs?

beg to disagree.

Oct 11, 2014
westsidegal in Not About Food

"We don't take reservations for less than 6." Restaurant Owners Listen Up! [moved from Seattle board]

agree on all points

Oct 11, 2014
westsidegal in Not About Food