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L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2014: OFFAL

Sounds dang tasty.

What's the texture like on those porker ears? Is it sort of tough and jerky-like, or more stretchy (for lack of a better word)? Or crunchy-crackly?

The pig is truly a magical animal.

Sep 26, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, October 2014 -- Voting

LATIN AMERICAN SEAFOOD

Sep 26, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, October 2014 -- Nominations

Kabobs, aka "Skewered Foods" aka "Food On A Stick" would be a super fun theme. I hope you will add it to the ballot, if not this month, than maybe a future one.

L.A. Dish of the Month, October 2014 -- Nominations

Solid contender.

(But when I checked your post, I was mildy perturbed to find that it does not include one of your trademark drool-worthy photos...)

Sep 23, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

If you could go to one restaurant on your birthday, what restaurant would it be ??????

I know, right?

And isn't there at least one Piccolo-something-or-other in Brentwood?

Sep 23, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Michael in Santa Monica, old, but maybe new again ?????????

All good points, w'gal. There is a lot to be said for classic dishes prepared and served beautifully. Next time a pot of money falls off the back of a truck, I'm going to eat my words and go pay Michael's a visit.

(Am I mis-remembering that they used to serve lunch or brunch way back in the day? Do you recall?)

Sep 23, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

If you could go to one restaurant on your birthday, what restaurant would it be ??????

I would choose Piccolo Venice for my birthday (assuming I am dining as part of a couple, not a big rowdy gang).

I love the warmth of the service, and always feel special and properly feted (and fed) there. And because I have Venice grit under my nails as a local, I enjoy the contrast of the smooth dining experience with the rougher context of the general area. Just suits my dual nature, I guess.

...And while we are on the subject: when are they moving shop to the former Powerhouse Theater space on Hampton Ave (or is it 2nd Street; it's right on the border of SaMo and Venice)? Seems like that has been in the works and under construction forEVER.

Sep 23, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

hound-worthy food near carwash @westside

Bonus is my go-to carwash as well. My only gripe with them is some of the guys who "check in" the car are really pushy with the upsell. On the other hand, they are the first unionized carwash in the U.S., so that's kinda cool.

It's an easy stroll from Mariscos Guillen La Playita (not my favorite local taco emporium, but it has its fans here on the board).

Sep 23, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

I'm Going Deaf Eating Out in LA

If you get a chance to relate that story to the management or staff next time you are there, it would be an interesting follow-up post to let us know their thoughts on the change. I wish more loud restaurants would follow their lead.

Sep 22, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, October 2014 -- Nominations

CANDY

(In honor of Los Angeles' favorite holiday, Halloween)

Sep 22, 2014
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Bye-bye Omelette Parlor (Main St., Santa Monica), hello...

I would eat the heck out of those.

I used to get dragged to Hooters (don't hate) by friends (don't ask), and consoled myself with the fried pickles. I suspect Bareburger will be a more, erm, aesthetically-pleasing dining experience.

(Always felt bad for the server-gals having to wear those darn pantyhose with those orange shorts. Yeesh.)

Sep 22, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, October 2014 -- Nominations

Oh hell yes.

LATIN AMERICAN SEAFOOD

This could be the best DotM, ever!

Sep 22, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Michael in Santa Monica, old, but maybe new again ?????????

Oh no, I'm not weighing in with actual experience re: their latter-day dishes. It's just that nothing on the menu reaches out and grabs me by the horns.

It could all be perfectly lovely and delicious, but it just reads as kinda...yawn.

(Someday, historians will look back on the whole Kale Salad fad and laugh and laugh...and don't get me started on quinoa.)

Michael in Santa Monica, old, but maybe new again ?????????

Is it just me, or is the menu a bit of a snore?

Still, gotta admit, it would be a fun sentimental journey to revisit the place. I think I last went there in the mid-80s. Jeepers. I might have to bust out the big hair and the acid-wash denim skirt for my triumphant return. Maybe rent a white convertible VW Rabbit and put The Go-go's in the cassette deck...

Sep 22, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

Good find.

From the article:

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In some cases, not only did the surcharge money go back into owners' pockets, but employees were denied health care altogether...

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Wow. That's just COLD.

Bye-bye Omelette Parlor (Main St., Santa Monica), hello...

I was curious about the breakfast hours as well, and am curious to see what their a.m. menu will be like. It'll be interesting to see if they draw as large a brunch crowd as the Omelette Parlor did.

And YES, the name prompted that very same association for me. "Bare" is just a really off-putting word in this context. Eek.

Sep 20, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Bye-bye Omelette Parlor (Main St., Santa Monica), hello...

...Bareburger.

http://www.bareburger.com/

Well, I suppose Main St. could do worse than a chain hamburger establishment, but I'm not sure it adds any new vim or vigor to the (perhaps already over-saturated) burger trade on the Westside.

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From the local online rag:

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Coming before the [Planning] commission for the first time is New York-based “gourmet burger” operator Bareburger, which plans to open a restaurant at the former Omelette Parlor location on Main Street.

No exterior changes are planned for the building except for “minor modifications” to the outdoor patio, according to the staff report.

Bareburger plans for an 89-seat restaurant that would be open Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Beer, wine and distilled spirits would be available during all business hours.

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(I'm assuming that they will also be open Friday and Saturday, despite the news article omitting those days of the week from the operating schedule.)

Sep 20, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

You know it. The Three Amigas will be throwin' gang signs when we meet: Westsiiiiiiiide represent! (hands forming a big 'W').

And that ain't no joke (please don't sue me for copyright infringement).

Sep 19, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

Ok, whew...I sometimes get excited and garble my message unintentionally in a rush to post, and I would hate to have anything I say sit sideways with one of my favorite 'hounds.

I think you, westsidegal, and I should break bread together and talk about "My Hollywood" once we've all finished reading it. :-) Somewhere on Montana Avenue, in keeping with the book's locale.

Sep 19, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

And thus, the CH "Ladies Who Lunch" Book Club is born. I'm going to re-read it myself.

Lola the nanny is such a classic character. As much as I usually dislike serial novels, I wish Simpson would write a follow-up and continue the story just so I could get more of Lola's droll observations on the L.A. scene.

Sep 18, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

Oh, cool. Thanks for the rec. I just put it on hold at my local lending library.

It will be bittersweet to see Mr. Gandolfini's final role...

Sep 18, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

I certainly didn't mean to imply anything negative about how others compensate those who work for them. It's a personal decision, based on individual factors. In my case, my "outsourcing" takes the form of occasional, one-off tasks, vs. an ongoing relationship. I wouldn't characterize the help I receive as domestic help in the generally accepted sense -- it's more of an odd-job type deal.

I respect your position, your circumstances, and the choices you make. Vive la différence!

Sep 18, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

That's an interesting case -- I'd have to think of how I'd compensate for it (I do my own laundry, so it's strictly theoretical).

e.g. Would I pay only for the time the person is handling my clothes (putting in the washer/dryer, folding, etc.)? Or for the time they sat and watched the clothes spin, if they were also doing others' laundry?

I don't outsource much -- mainly stuff like hauling away old furniture -- so my real-world use cases are pretty limited. I'm less generous than I'm making it sound, for sure. Just your average self-interested chump, really.

Sep 18, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

Westsidegal (and latindancer, and anyone else who has a deep interest in the relationship between domestic workers and the families they help), if you are ever in need of a really beautifully written (and quite funny) look at the topic, I'd like to recommend Mona Simpson's "My Hollywood." It also happens to be a fine send-up of a certain slice of Westside culture (Montana Ave-adjacent, no less), with lots of local specificity. You might get a kick out of it.

It took her 10 years to write, and the TLC she put into it really shows. Damn book made me cry...it's very moving.

Here's the NY Times review:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/08/boo...

Sep 18, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

Just as an aside to this discussion, and riffing off of some of your themes, Mr. T:

I try to make sure anyone who helps me handle tasks that I could do myself makes about the same hourly wage that I do for my professional work (which, when I'm working at the top of my game, isn't chump change). You would not believe (or maybe you would) the amount of flack I get from other people who feel I am "over-paying" these people who make my life easier. Why shouldn't I? They are freeing up my time to work at my chosen trade, and/or to relax so I can be rested and ready to rock when I go back to work.

It's not noblesse oblige; it's just respect for their time (and my own).

It also helps me keep my head on straight, and encourages me to clean up my own messes, and to live within my means, time-wise; rather than live some sort of unmanageable lifestyle where I have to outsource normal daily tasks on a regular basis to support my Big Important Life.

(Just thinking aloud here...)

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

a213b is making a literary reference: specifically, to the character of Ignatius J. Reilly in John Kennedy Toole's comedic masterpiece, "A Confederacy of Dunces".

If you've not read it, you might really get a kick out of it. It has some chow-worthy food themes, even.

It's readily available at a lending library or used bookseller near you (please support your local mom-and-pop brick-and-mortar purveyor of literature, if possible; Amazon can kiss my lily-white be-hind for what they are doing to the publishing industry).

(And keeping it topical with the thread: "Confederacy" features a sub-plot involving labor-organizing rabble-rousing.)

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

Soften up.

Sep 15, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area
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3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

"This is nothing more than a piss and moan thread."

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I disagree. I think there's been some interesting back-and-forth as folks try to wrap their minds around this topic, and what it means to us as restaurant patrons.

I understand that you are disappointed that others don't share your same point-of-view on the subject, and that you've been unable to convince them to see things your way, but I don't think that merits a dismissal of the discussion.

I would also suggest that some of your participation in this thread might be fairly characterized as pissing and moaning, so I'm not sure why you object to the tone and content of the thread in that regard.

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

"I guess some people feel they are entitled to eat in a restaurant, whether they can afford it or not."

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I didn't read that in any of the responses here -- I'm not getting the sense that anyone is claiming that the 3% charge is making an otherwise affordable-to-them restaurant suddenly unaffordable, and/or that they would be reducing their tip by 3% to keep it affordable. But I might've missed something...

My impression is that some of our well-heeled 'hounds are objecting to the 3% for other reasons -- mainly, that it is line-item'd rather than folded into the menu prices, and that the restauranteurs sound (to some) like they are making a show of largesse.

(Among other objections.)

But I'm not seeing folks grousing about the affordability...

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

I'm comfortable betting money that it will happen, and happen with enough regularity to be an issue for servers. I'm basing this belief on the evidence of my own senses (what I've seen and heard in restaurants), the stories I've heard firsthand from servers re: customer 'tudes, and postings I've read online in forums written by servers.

However, I would be delighted to be wrong.

Sep 10, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area