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Peasant Wine Bistro - Tarzana

I went last night and despite it's location, though easy parking, it's a delightful respite! It's gorgeous inside, thoughtful menu for both food and wine, great service and execution. We were a group of six and had attentive service, tried lots of diffferent small bites, the cheese board, a pizza, and a couple of entrees and really enjoyed everything. Great date night spot, or place to pop in for an interesting glass of wine...The bar is really nice too...Definitely worth trying. It's not your usual Valley spot.

Feb 27, 2013
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LA Dish of the Month (March 2013) - Voting

Eggs

Feb 26, 2013
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Peasant Wine Bistro - Tarzana

Has anyone been to the Peasant Wine Bistro that opened last week in Tarzana?

Feb 26, 2013
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Best Dover Sole

Try South Beverly Grill on S. Beverly...They often have Dover Sole as a lunch special and it's terrific...

Apr 04, 2012
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Marzipan layered cake

My FIL is nuts for Marzipan and has requested a cake with Marzipan for his birthday next month. Anyone know of any local bakeries who do a Marzipan cake?

Aug 22, 2011
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A Decent Hoagie in the Valley!

Try Capriotti's in Encino...near Woodley on Ventura...They have terrific subs!

Aug 11, 2011
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Best CCC in L.A.? That's chocolate chip cookies to those of you whose teenagers don't text them abbreviations all the time ...

After seeing Duff's new show Sugar High, I'm really keen to try Auntie Em's CCC...big, flat, crispy on the edges and chewy and melty in the center...like Clementine's...My favorite type of CCC.

Aug 10, 2011
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Two days in Manhattan...

I'm meeting my husband Nov 16-18 (Wed - Friday morning)...coming in from LA. We have an event at the Bowery Electric on the 16th, so looking for a casual dinner spot nearby - any type of cuisine is fine by us. We've both spent a lot of time in NY but haven't been in several years so keen to try new places...I think we max out at the $125 mark pp for dinners...(including vino)...
Thanks!

Aug 09, 2011
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Two days in Manhattan...

I'm heading to NY for two quick days and am hoping for suggestions for best eats for lunches, a casual dinner near the Bowery Electric, and one mind blowing dinner for the second night...Nothing has to be fancy or expensive, but I'm also not concerned about the cost. Ideas???

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Bowery Electric
327 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

Aug 09, 2011
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Looking for great pizza place in Sherman Oaks/Studio City Area

I agree with 420 regarding Barone's...It's a specific pizza but it's really yummy - especially their mushroom (cooked in wine) and pepperoni (thick cut). We also get Mulberry St. and Slices (on Ventura near Sepulveda - they deliver)...Both are good NY style thin, chewy crust with decent sauce, cheese and both do a good sausage and really good plain cheese!

Jul 08, 2010
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Downtown LA Dinner Party Catering Options

Try Bottega Louie...

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Bottega Louie
700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Jul 05, 2010
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tasty and inexpensive Mexican food

La Fogata is really good and inexpensive...Family owned on Van Nuys near Magnolia...It's been around forever and is consistently good...

Jul 05, 2010
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Places to eat in Dana Point

Stonehill Tavern is a lovely place for a nice dinner...great food, service and wines...It's at the St. Regis in Dana Point...

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Stonehill Tavern
St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA 92629

Jul 05, 2010
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Fish & Chips in the Valley?

Looking for great fish & chips in the SF Valley...Something along the lines of Eammon's in Alexandria, VA...

Jul 05, 2010
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Any recommended Corned Beef Hash?

Though I don't eat beef, so I'm not personally an expert, my husband & niece order CBH everywhere we go and both feel that the CBH at John O'Groats is tops...big chunks of well flavored corned beef, onions, and good potatoes...

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John O'Groats
10516 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Jun 15, 2010
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Is there some place in LA that will alter my opinion of Red Velvet Cake?

I think the Red Velvet at Susina is really great too...It's super moist and the icing is so yummy.

May 14, 2010
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Good Chinese in the West Valley

I know that too...It's a location logicistics thing...some of the party is more interested in convenient driving than really good food! (harumph)...Yang Chow is a good idea...I used to go there when I was a kid! Thanks so much!

Oct 08, 2009
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Good Chinese in the West Valley

My almost 11 year old niece wants to do a big family dinner for her birthday at a Chinese restaurant. She'd really like a place with a private room for the 15 or so of us, and good food...(She's a bit of foodie in the making!)...Any suggestions? Woodland Hills, Tarzana area is preferred...I know of places further east but not heading west...THANKS!

Oct 08, 2009
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culver city restaurant rec?

Akasha is my favorite...

Sep 10, 2009
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Amazing Birthday Cake

I'm looking for an amazing cake for a coworker's birthday...No lemon...nothing overtly chocolate. We've ODed on Sweet Lady Jane triple berry and I'm trying to think of something great! Any suggestions...I travel from Sherman Oaks to Culver City so I've got a pretty wide span of locations...

Aug 11, 2009
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Business Breakfast in Beechwood Cyn Area

Any suggestions? It's at 8:30 so that rules Highland Grounds out as I believe it opens at 9:00...I am considering 101 Coffee Shop, but thought I'd seek CH advice...Thanks!

Oct 03, 2007
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cocoa mix

Tyler Florence also has a really good recipe that uses cocoa powder, powdered milk, sugar...Check on Food Network.com...he did it for a holiday episode last year with homemade marshmallows...I think there's also a spiced version...

Oct 02, 2007
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Finger foods for tea...40 people

Besides some of the usual tea fare (scones, finger sandwiches), you can also do a couple of salads served in edible cups...I did a sort of Asian themed tea for a wedding shower a few years ago and baked wonton skins in mini-muffin pans then filled them with a chopped Chinese chicken salad...You could do a curried chicken in puff pastry cups, or a chopped Greek in phyllo cups...

Oct 02, 2007
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Manhattan Clam Chowder ...

Crab Cooker is the best...worth picking up a few quarts for the freezer for times when cravings strike...There was a brief time when they actually canned their soup and sold it at some local grocers but I guess the demand wasn't great...

Oct 02, 2007
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Pre-nuptial dinner in SFV

Cafe Bizou handles large parties really well...We had our baby shower there with forty or so guests and it was terrific! It's fairly affordable too...

Oct 02, 2007
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Food for kid's party

I just saw nice looking premade mini-burgers at the newly remodeled Encino Ralph's...They had quite a few different somewhat upscale sections with lots of entertaining made easy options...

Oct 02, 2007
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Nice Brunch/Early Lunch in Santa Monica with Kids?

Back on the Beach on PCH...Picnic tables set up in the sand with swings in easy viewing proximity! Can't really beat the ocean and boardwalk view...

Jinky's is also really good but the later you go the longer the wait...not always ideal with kids.

Sep 28, 2007
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BIRTHDAY HELP NEEDED!

I second the Red Lion Tavern! It's a great spot for a party!

Sep 28, 2007
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Brandywine in Woodland Hills...anyone ever been?

It's a rather great little nieghborhood gem! The food and service are consistently (over a span of the fifteen or so years I've been going there) very good and the banquette offer a little privacy so you can hear your conversations...

Sep 28, 2007
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Forest Lawn in Glendale - need a nearby restaurant

Ramsey's at the Toluca Lake Country Club is just west on Forest Lawn Drive. It's a lovely space and the guys running it also own Mo's...Ramsey's is a bit more upscale than Mo's but still reasonable, great, interesting salads and sweet potato fries!

Sep 28, 2007
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