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Westwood Village update

OG was in the rotation, too! I once took an Italian paramour there, me thinking it was "classy" Italian food and wanting to impress. To his credit, he was gracious about it.

(But when you are young, broke, and hungry, those breadsticks are DAMN good. No shame.)

Oct 28, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Westwood Village update

Loved Ships! Ah, those turkey croquettes, and make-your-own-toast-at-the-table, after a long night of rockin' out... Ships was classic.

Oct 28, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Westwood Village update

I miss Monty's so much. It was our fancy date place when we were broke-ass students. (I think Sallie Mae is still getting paid back for some of those steaks and stiff drinks...)

Oct 27, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

Yeah, I think Simpson set out to do a take-down of certain attitudes -- attitudes which you personally don't hold; and I hope I didn't make it sound like I thought you might be at all like the protagonist when I recommended the book.

I also struggled to get through the book on a recent re-read -- the writing style just didn't grab me this time. Go figure.

Anyway, sorry for the dud recommendation -- I owe you an appetizer somewhere nice to make up for it.

Oct 27, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

New Banh Mi Shop in Venice, Southwest Corner of Rose and Lincoln

That little corner mall is so dispiriting. I hope this new place manages to perk things up a bit.

Oct 27, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, November 2014 -- VOTING

LATE NIGHT/24 HOUR EATS

Oct 25, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Maude: Pear (October) - Review

That works for me! Thanks.

I was wondering if there are some tacit no-nos that wouldn't be obvious to a n00b, along the lines of boorishly dunking a piece of schmancy sushi into a slurry of wasabi+soyu.

(...I was also flashing back to a relative of mine who stirs and smooshes all the food on her plate together into one unholy mess before eating it, on the theory that "It all gets mixed together in your stomach anyway.")

Oct 05, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Maude: Pear (October) - Review

The prospect of an 11-course meal would normally sound daunting given all our hot weather recently, but that looks lovely and refreshing -- a nice indoor respite from this infernal heatwave.

And $85 for 2.5 hours of ambiance and great food and great service is a really solid "entertainment" bargain in my book.

I have a really dumb question for you (or anyone else): when you are presented with a plate with the components of the dish "disassembled" (a dab of this here, a dollop of that there), how do you strategically get the different parts into Ye Olde Piehole in the optimal way to have the flavors blend best? (I am a rube about such things.)

Oct 05, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Santa Monica Vegan Oktoberfest

...I cracked up just typing in the post title.

I have all respect for my vegan brothers and sisters in chow, but come ON, you gotta admit: sometimes Santa Monica seems like a parody or meme-come-to-life.

Anyway: anybody go to this thing?

(I was tempted to go and people watch and perhaps sample some faux-meat in the form of "Deep Fried Cheeze-Steak", but the heat made sous-vide of my brain.)

Pretty sure Kevin would be all over the Kale Ale?

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
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

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