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Saint Martha

Do they have parking? Is it in a minimall? The menu looks very intriguing!

Aug 29, 2014
annie in Los Angeles Area

Har Lam Kee (Monterey Park) Closing

Drove by yesterday. Same name, slightly updated signage, but didn't go in. Has anyone tried this new rendition of HLK yet?

Jun 17, 2014
annie in Los Angeles Area

I might be ready for Vietnamese but I think I need your help...

Did you have a bad experience with fish to come to this hatred of it?

Apr 13, 2014
annie in Los Angeles Area

Sushi in Hollywood

That is sad about Ike. It used to be the go to place for good sushi in that area. Are there any other good sushi places in the vicinity? Maybe Saito's in Silverlake? Or Shibucho on Beverly?

Feb 12, 2014
annie in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Restaurants in the 80's

Does anyone remember a strange restaurant called "Gloria's" on Sunset near the present SL farmer's market? It was quite a trippy place, with fountains, plants and all kinds of bric-a-brac inside?

Oct 16, 2013
annie in Los Angeles Area

FRIED FISH - LA Dish of the Month (September 2013)

The whole fried red snapper at Girasol in Studio City is pretty tasty, although I am still more partial to the cilantro ponzu dipping sauce with Shiro's fried catfish!

Sep 24, 2013
annie in Los Angeles Area

Sunday nights in Siracusa?

I will be going to Sicily and staying a few nights in Siracusa, and a good friend is joining me from Tokyo there. It will be her birthday on a Sunday, and from what I know about Europe, most nice restaurants are closed on a Sunday. Would anyone have an idea where we could have a nice meal on a Sunday evening, that wouldn't be at a hotel? Any other 'must tries' in Siracusa welcome too, although I've culled a lot from this board....

Many thanks for any suggestions!

Sep 24, 2013
annie in Italy

D.F Christmas?

A few friends and I are planning a big birthday bash to take place in D.F, but the birthday is on December 26. Are most places closed then? We were thinking Pujol... I was just there over the summer and loved it as well as Maximo and Contramar.

Any ideas or itineraries welcome, many thanks!

Oct 31, 2012
annie in Mexico

Shibucho on beverly

My friends and I (four of us, one who is Japanese and a regular) asked the chef to just do his thing on a sushi sampling with two appetizers each. The first appetizer was warm mackerel in a light vinegar sauce - delicious - although it might not appeal to those who aren't fond of oily fish; and the second were scallops in a cream sauce. Both dishes were cooked. We then each had about 8 or 10 pieces of sushi, running the gamut from toro to yellowtail to sweet shrimp. We did have two bottles of cold sake among the four of us - and the bill came to about $130 per person. We don't dare venture into Shige's wine world, the last time we did that, the bill was almost double that!

Oct 08, 2012
annie in Los Angeles Area

Shibucho on beverly

Was there a few weeks ago. Did not have the omakase, but the sushi was fabulously fresh. I don't have many other benchmarks to compare it to from the neighborhood, as there is such a dearth of good sushi restaurants in the SL/EP hoods (imho). I'd say its the Go's Mart of the eastside of town. The clientele, on that friday evening, was leaning more hipster, most likely a reflection of the neighborhood. But still definitely make reservations ahead if you'd like to sit at the sushi bar and let Shige san do his thing!

Oct 08, 2012
annie in Los Angeles Area

Dinner Before Melody Gardot at the Orpheum Theater

There's a hidden jewel right nearby - Alma.

http://www.alma-la.com/#!home/mainPage

Wonderful inventive farm centric cuisine. Not sure if they have their liquor license yet though.

Sep 20, 2012
annie in Los Angeles Area

two women in mexico city in august

Maximo mi amor!!! Ruth - I agree, Maximo was just fabulous - I ate at Pujol too - that food is on a different plane - almost slightly experimental (but delicious!) but Maximo has it hands down: fresh market driven menu. My friend and I walked by earlier and made a reservation and then returned for dinner at 9 - there was a huge line which didn't recede till 1030p, but they honored our reservation immediately. Absolutely loved Contramar - they don't take reservations, but ask if you can sit at the bar if its crowded, or be prepared to wait. Fabulous dining experiences.

Aug 21, 2012
annie in Mexico

Dress Code

I was in Mexico City recently and dined at Pujol for a midweek lunch and Dulce Patria for a Saturday dinner. Pujol was filled with a business lunch type crowd in suits and ties; but Dulce Patria, on a Saturday night, ran the gamut from hipsters to tourists in T-shirts and people dressed to the nines in high end designer fashion. The service at both was impeccable, and the food was absolutely amazing. Mexicans eat late, lunch starts around 2 and runs the entire afternoon. Dinner is usually a more casual affair - starting after 9p or so.

Aug 21, 2012
annie in Mexico

Loud and louder restos: Maybe I'm getting old, but...

Jun 08, 2012
annie in Los Angeles Area

Ba in Highland Park?

Anyone been? First impressions? Looks promising... although does the price point seem a bit high?

http://www.restaurantba.com/about-res...

May 15, 2012
annie in Los Angeles Area

Loud and louder restos: Maybe I'm getting old, but...

I can't wait for the findings! My friends and I were at Rustic Canyon and we all found ourselves exhausted from fighting the din trying to converse. It is a good way for the restauranteur to clear the tables and fit the next revenue generating party in!

May 14, 2012
annie in Los Angeles Area

The Nook

RP - I was at UCLA at the time. There were not too many dining options that worked for my dining companions and me. I may be a glutton for punishment when it comes to seeking out good food, but after time, it seemed that the food started to become pedestrian and the attitude really began to grate on us. Perhaps the food seemed to decline because we were tired of the attitude, or perhaps it really did start to go downhill; I'm not wont to give it another try to really find out after all this time, especially when there are so many other tills in this town waiting for me to open my wallet.

That said, I did return to Nozawa incessantly, and would still were he still in business.

May 07, 2012
annie in Los Angeles Area

The Nook

I agree, flowergirl. I've dined there perhaps half a dozen times, and the owner has always treated my dining companions and me with such indifference and haughtiness, I've stopped going just to avoid feeling as if I've done something wrong by showing up at the restaurant on time and with a reservation! The food is decent, but not worth the attitude.

May 04, 2012
annie in Los Angeles Area

Loud and louder restos: Maybe I'm getting old, but...

are some restaurants just way too noisy nowadays?

I was at Lazy Ox and could hardly speak with my dining companions. They had the volume turned up high with Hendrix blaring. I'm a fan of Hendrix's but it made for very difficult and imho uncomfortable dining. Then my friend mentioned that it seems to be a trend - noisy and noisier - Bottega Louie and Red Medicine come to mind....

So I'm taking a poll - what do you think is the noisiest restaurant in LA? Would you avoid a noisy restaurant even though the food is good? Or do you think the noise just adds to a convivial atmosphere?

I'm not trying to rap any of these restaurants, but just to find out what everyone's temperature on this is....

Annie

Apr 30, 2012
annie in Los Angeles Area

Great places to grab lunch/dinner on the road from LAX to Palm Springs on I-10

How about stopping at that mecca of Chinese food called the San Gabriel Valley which is on your way? There is practically something for any hankering - from dumplings to noodles to sit down feasts - just do a search on the board if this interests you.

Mar 15, 2012
annie in Los Angeles Area

Paris for 5 nights

Have you tried booking online through the website the fork? Its useful in a pinch for restaurants in Paris and France. They run the gamut in terms of places - you could even use it for michelin starred places!

Mar 15, 2012
annie in France

DC recs for one stellar meal?

I'm coming from LA - where we have Mexican, East/Southeast Asian foods galore.

Thanks so much for the recommendations!

DC recs for one stellar meal?

Will be in DC for a weekend in April, can any fellow DC hounds steer me to a fabulous eating experience - either lunch or dinner? I'll be staying in Georgetown but will have a car. Don't care about scenes or people watching, just good food. I'm trying to limit to one meal so I have the financial resources to do it - and live on ramen the rest of the time! Thanks!

Post Screening Drinks -- Raleigh Studios

Marino's has a very nice bar, and they have lovely wines by the glass. Its very quiet during the week, and it does have old school Hollywood elegance. It depends on what mood you're looking for - Marino's is zen and contemplative, while sitting at the bar at Osteria Mozza people and things seem to go by a mile a minute.

Mar 12, 2012
annie in Los Angeles Area

Guy Savoy

Magnificent! Brings back such incredible memories of an amazing lunch I had there a few years ago. Everything was impeccable.

Feb 03, 2012
annie in France

Dine LA Jan/Feb 2012 Reviews

Was at Craft this week for Dine LA. The salmon was perfectly cooked and delicious. Loved the chicken liver pate and the mixed greens, the firecracker shrimp only so-so. The meyer lemon dessert was just the right finish. My friend had the short rib ravioli - unctuous and decadent. The mushroom au jus was the best part! Enjoy.

Jan 27, 2012
annie in Los Angeles Area

where can i get unhulled barley?

I just found it at Erewhon on Beverly.

Jan 19, 2012
annie in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy Fennel Pollen in Los Angeles?

Thanks everyone. I totally forgot about Spice Station! Happy Holidays!

Dec 23, 2011
annie in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy Fennel Pollen in Los Angeles?

I'm looking for it for a pork recipe? I live in the Silverlake area, but can - will travel for this item! Any suggestions appreciated! Thanks in advance!

Dec 22, 2011
annie in Los Angeles Area

What edibles or food related items do you bring home from a visit to Paris?

This is a very handy guide for what is allowed to be brought into the country food wise...

apologies if this is not the correct board for this.

http://www.thedailymeal.com/guide-foo...

Nov 02, 2011
annie in France