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Niagara Wineries

I live in LA but grew up in Toronto and my parents have a cottage on Niagara on the Lake so I visit when I can. The Niagara region is under-rated. There are some great wines there. White wines and the ice wines are generally better than the reds (as many feel young) but I was surprised by some great finds:

Stratus is one top of my list. Southbook is up there too.

I'd also suggest: Frogs Pond, Coyote's Run, Jackson Triggs, ...there's an area called the Bench...Jordan area, it's close - some good ones too. 30 Bench; Daniel Lenko (by appointment - awesome chardonnay); Malivoire (sp?);

The Riverbend hotel has a great restaurant with wineries from all over..their main one is Reif but they have others...

Please help a Torontonian with his itinerary

I'm a fellow Torontonian also having lived in LA for last 8 years and most of it on westside.

I love NanbanKan in WLA for Izakaya. Musha is good too in Santa Monica. Some hounds love the Redondo beach izakaya.

Love Mozza - stick with rez.

Some other good options: Joe's in Venice; Orris in WLA; Kiriko for Sushi on Sawtelle

For an exciting experience, try Bazaar at SLS

Also, for Oaxacan, Monte Alban is great....I don't think I recall a Mexican place like this in TO

Happy Travels

11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Monte Alban
11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

8420 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Jun 23, 2011
skaderal in Los Angeles Area

Burgers and Beers

Waterloo & City is my favorite. Eclectic pub food. Not necessarily burgers but the short ribs rock. Culver City

Golden State - Mid Wilshire. Awesome lamb burgers on Thursdays. Turkey burgers are good.

I hear hounds (some, not all) love Umami in Los Feliz.

Rustic Canyon is awesome for burger and beer, but also wine. Nook has a great burger and decent beer selection.

The Golden State
426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

May 19, 2011
skaderal in Los Angeles Area

Cut or Melisse?

I've never been to Melisse but hear awesome things about it. Cut is good but overhyped and over-priced.

May 18, 2011
skaderal in Los Angeles Area

Guilty Pleasures - Foods you shouldn't eat, but eat them anyways

Guilty pleasures? This is a little bit west-side biased:
Foie Gras at Animal and Orris
Burger at Nook and Rustic Canyon
Lamb Neck at Shamshiri
Ribs at Bandera
Tandoori Sea Bass at Akbar

The list could go on....

Shamshiri Restaurant
19249 Roscoe Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

Bandera Restaurant
3201 E Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

May 16, 2011
skaderal in Los Angeles Area

San Diego suggestions for gastropub hounds


About 10 of us will be in San Diego to celebrate a good friend's upcoming nuptials.

He's a big fan of gastropubs (think Father's Office in LA). There are 3 vegetarians in the bunch so something that is vegetarian friendly would be nice.

We'll be in the downtown area and up to $20-30 pp on food is fine.

Any suggestions?

Jan 05, 2011
skaderal in San Diego