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Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

Grew up near one and always loved it.

When I went here, I bought 50 bucks worth and froze em! Shared with people who had never had CFA before.

There are finally a couple here in L.A.

2 days ago
gr8pimpin in Chains

Belcampo hotdog

Albertson's, Smart & Final, Bristol Farms.

Sep 13, 2014
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Movie Dining Etiquitte/Landmark Theatres, Westside pavillion

Yeah, you'd think, right? LOL!

Sep 13, 2014
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

Belcampo hotdog

These days I'm partial to Nathan's in the natural casing. I've tried all the store brands and they don't stand up to Nathan's. 2nd best to me are Boars Head (they have a lite dog in natural casing that ain't bad).

I used to special order dogs from the defunct Best Kosher -- 1/4 pounders in the casing. Now if I special order anything, it's the knoblewurst from Katz' (though you and I have covered this ad nauseam).

Sep 12, 2014
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

Until a few years ago I had to drive 50 miles for a Chick-fil-A. But the chains that I miss now...

White Castle
Bojangles
Sonic
Shake Shack
Waffle House
Cracker Barrel

but at least I have In N Out and Jack In The Box so It could be worse

Sep 12, 2014
gr8pimpin in Chains

Gordon Ramsay - The London?

I watched a cooking demonstration with Gordon Ramsay where he made his famous beef Wellington. He did not use any foie gras.

First time I've seen one without it.

Sep 12, 2014
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

"Mother-in-law" restaurant in the Valley

Agree with you.

I prefer the North Hollywood location (TWO full bars and smokier meats) but it is jammed on Fridays. I think that's why OP stated that was out. Shame.

By far my favorite asada and carnitas are at S & B, the steak is so smokey good.

Everything may not be authentic but I'll tell you what, I am usually one of the few non-Latinos there.

Sep 12, 2014
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

Kimchi Wang Mandu ????

I could've sworn I had those at Myung In Dumplings.

Sep 11, 2014
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

Belcampo hotdog

Right you are!!

Knoblewurst from Katz' are so good. I had someone fedex them to me several times.

Awesome if you get it super dark brown on a griddle, then split it on grilled rye with kraut and mustard.

(I'm drooling as I'm typing this!!)

Sep 11, 2014
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

Mexican near Bergamot: Juquila, Tacomiendo or Monte Alban?

Yeah that roja is beverage-worthy. I swear, though, i need to start bringing a little bowl of my own to put it in, something more dip friendly than those tiny soufflé cups they give. I like to dip the chips in that stuff.

Outing to Sabroso for Bean & Cheese Burritos...

If you go to Cupids make sure you go next door to Daglas for some of their killer fries :-)

Sep 11, 2014
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

Mexican near Bergamot: Juquila, Tacomiendo or Monte Alban?

Yeah, tried that last night (chorizo, cheese, and potato)... That was REALLY good!!!

Movie Dining Etiquitte/Landmark Theatres, Westside pavillion

She had plastic souflet cups with lids. LOL!! And a large purse, but rolls were perfect because the lie pretty flat.

LOL!!

Sep 11, 2014
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

Movie Dining Etiquitte/Landmark Theatres, Westside pavillion

I had a girlfriend who owned and cooked at an Asian restaurant, and she would prepare those un-fried Vietnamese spring rolls (the ones with rice paper filled with a BBQ pork, shrimp, glass noodles, basil, etc) and she would smuggle 10-15 of them in with us with some sweet dipping sauce. That was chow worthy movie food.

First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

It's always busy every time I go by. Passed it at 10:00pm tonight and probably 70 people in line.

Sep 09, 2014
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

Based on my Dunkin experiences from back east, I agree with you.

Sep 09, 2014
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

An ode to the ordinary: Shrimp Burrito

You mean dee-licious (one less E) :-)

Sep 09, 2014
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

Private Luncheon in the Valley? ANYWHERE in the Valley?

+1 on Sportsman's lodge : they do these things all year long.

Sep 09, 2014
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

An ode to the ordinary: Shrimp Burrito

Nice review!! Can't wait to give it a shot!!

Sep 08, 2014
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

What do we call ...

I think I'm going to go there now!!

EDIT: I'm at Daglas now. Attaching photo of the fries!!

Sep 08, 2014
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area
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What do we call ...

Those fries are damn good and a crazy bargain! Gotta eat them quick though or get em out if the waxy paper they put em in or they get soggy.

Sep 08, 2014
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

What do we call ...

So does Daglas in the Valley "where every day is fryday"

Sep 08, 2014
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

Best Pizza?? Not Paper Thin Crust Either

Great rec!! My clan went to Grimaldi's... I sat there with my hand in my lap, watching the pizza get devoured, starving, so that I could go across the street and get a Union pie to go. Been dying to try it since your recommendation.

Totally worth it!! Got "The Village" with pepperoni, sausage, smoked ham and mushroom. Crazy filling and two slices did me in.

They claim "ALL our meats and toppings are 100% natural and nitrite free! " (though I'm sure it has nitrate laden concentrated celery juice) so $26 for a really hefty pie with top notch ingredients was worth it!

Sep 07, 2014
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

Mexican near Bergamot: Juquila, Tacomiendo or Monte Alban?

Agree about the asada from what I've had I think the asada is the call. The carnitas, while crispy had none of the fat (I mean the juicy fat not globs attached to the meat) that give real carnitas taste and moistness. To me they were just ok. The beans are awesome as are the salsas -- gotta try the shrimp diablo next.

Sep 07, 2014
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

Mexican near Bergamot: Juquila, Tacomiendo or Monte Alban?

Went to El Abajeno tonight.

We all agreed no reason to go back. Everything we had is better some place else.

First time ever... I left most of my food on the plate untouched.

Carnitas, asada, Colorado, verde, relleno... Not good. Colorado I felt like I was eating dog food. Beans best thing. Rice was horrid.

I pondered aloud was there anything I had here that would make a good, taco, burrito, torta etc? Answer a resounding no.

Sep 06, 2014
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

Must have been 50 people in line when I drove by at 10:30 tonight (sat 09/06/14)

Sep 06, 2014
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

Tacos Por Favor

Personally I think the carnitas are not so great at Tacomiendo. I like the crispiness but they are super dry because there is no fat or juice left in them. I like lean food too, but to me that's what makes carnitas so tasty.

Sep 06, 2014
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

I hate autocorrect with my fat fingers: "between TWO velvet ROPES"

Sep 05, 2014
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

Sunday brunch in West LA

Is that "The Palace" ?? I've wondered about that place.

Sep 04, 2014
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First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

I drove down Wilshire last night at 9:30ish and there were likely 40 people in line between to velvet rips like they were waiting to go into a club.

I was stunned, but then again, in my old age, I have issues waiting in any line.

Sep 04, 2014
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