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mexican food on pch/malibu area

North of Malibu on PCH, I think your next options will be up yonder in Oxnard.

Well, there IS the Coral Beach Cantina up near Zuma...I've not been, so can't weigh in on its merits.

Feb 15, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

mexican food on pch/malibu area

The three options that I can think of:

1. Howdy's Taqueria
2. La Salsa
3. Chipotle

I don't know if any of those meet both criteria (inexpensive and down-home).

I've had enjoyable experiences at Howdy's, but more for the people-watching than for the quality of the grub (I confess a soft spot for their crispy tacos).

Feb 15, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

How long have you LA Chowhounders been posting on Chowhound ?

Ah, thank you for digging up those links.

It was a really great event. David went above and beyond. And the pig was deeelish.

Oh, I'd forgotten it was a fundraiser. Hey, does that make us OG hounds who kicked in some money "angel investors" or something? :-)

Jul 18, 2013
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

How long have you LA Chowhounders been posting on Chowhound ?

Golly, going on at least 10 years now (posting originally under a different nom de net).

Anyone here remember an early Gathering of the Hounds, featuring a pig cooked in la caja china in the backyard of a very gracious 'hound? Possibly circa 2004?

Edit: Just did some digging. My first post was in December 2001 under my original username. Holy smokes!

Jul 17, 2013
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Wanted: celebratory wine, under $100, available online, shipping to Virginia

Thank you for the intel! I wasn't familiar with wine-searcher -- good tip on that.

I decided to go with your suggestion for Charles Heidsieck (Brut Reserve -- I hope that was the right one?), using wine.com. I couldn't resist getting them something bubbly (and refreshing in the hot weather).

Thanks again! I'll post back when I hear from them, how they liked the bottle.

Jul 09, 2013
spoonlicker in Wine

Wanted: celebratory wine, under $100, available online, shipping to Virginia

I know zip about wine, but would like to gift my friends a nice bottle to congratulate them on buying their first home.

I'm looking for an online vendor, and a specific recommendation of what to buy.

I don't think they are big champagne buffs; I do know they like to do a lot of outdoor grilling, and would love something that fits with that type of meal, and the hot, muggy weather in their area (VA). Is there a white you'd recommend?

Not necessarily a grillin' wine, but: I do know they like Cabs.

Must be available online, with shipping to VA.

Hope that's enough specifics to get the ball rolling with suggestions! Thanks in advance.

Jul 09, 2013
spoonlicker in Wine

Does anyone else consider this rude?

...or better (worse) yet:

The smart-ass who shows up in a t-shirt with a tuxedo printed on it. Ooh, what a rebel!

Jun 28, 2013
spoonlicker in Not About Food

Tasty Salads in SM...?

California Chicken Cafe is legit for salads -- good call.

Their really nice selection of self-serve condiments kicks it up a notch from other salad establishments.

And for those who drink, there is wine by the glass there.

Jun 16, 2013
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Tasty Salads in SM...?

That is a really lovely image, cujo.

The last time I was there, I picked up a container of blueberries that turned out to be the most delicious ones I've ever had. I'll have to see today if they have more of the same. If they do, I'll sit outside on those benches and enjoy a few in honor of your dad.

(They were truly spectacular berries!)

Jun 16, 2013
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Tasty Salads in SM...?

Wow, cujo, we are almost-famous now! That's a nice little write-up. And you are right -- Bob's deserves the love.

Good score on the hootch. I no longer drink booze, but when I'm looking to pick up a gift of liquor for friends, I usually stop by Bob's. They have just enough interesting wine/hard stuff that I can find something nice, but not such an overwhelming selection that I run screaming out of the store in confusion.

Another thing to love about Bob's: there seems to be very low employee turnover. I see the same familiar faces there week after week. I'm thinking (hoping) that this means they treat their employees well.

...Off to Bob's now. I need to stock up on Davids Jumbo Sunflower Seeds (found near the checkout stands). Those suckers are surprisingly hard to track down in "normal" stores. Leave it to Bob's to meet all your snacking needs.

Jun 16, 2013
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Ex-LA hound: need tips in Santa Monica, lunch catering in Culver City

I love the Tommy's suggestion. That one on the corner of Lincoln/Pico is great for late night gut-bombs.

(Something about ugly ol' Lincoln Blvd and that payday-loan place in the adjoining mini-mall just add to that particular Tommy's greasy "charm".)

Jun 01, 2013
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Ex-LA hound: need tips in Santa Monica, lunch catering in Culver City

If you want to feel like you're in an Apple ad, take your laptop out under a palm tree and use the City of Santa Monica's free-range "hot zone" wifi.

http://www.smgov.net/uploadedFiles/Departments/ISD/GIS/Maps_PDF/wifi.pdf

If you are in town on a Tuesday night, you could wander to the Food Truck gathering at The Victorian:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/gourmet-food-...

(Food trucks always seem to tickle my out-of-town visitors.)

Jun 01, 2013
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Ex-LA hound: need tips in Santa Monica, lunch catering in Culver City

Agreed re: the Novel Cafe on Main St. That location was my second home when my place was being remodeled.

If the OP is interested in bringin' on The Weird in the wee hours, he could wander a bit further toward Venice to 212 Pier coffeehouse (open 24/7). While the food and drink is execrable for the most part, the people-watching is off the hook, esp. after the witching hour.

An early-riser option close to the Viceroy is Dogtown Coffee (opens at 5:30 a.m. on weekedays). Not much seating inside, though.

Jun 01, 2013
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Ex-LA hound: need tips in Santa Monica, lunch catering in Culver City

Aha, true! And it just so happens that the lovely lobby of the Casa del Mar is right nearby the OP's hotel. Great place to moss out on a squishy couch for hours. (Best restrooms in Santa Monica, to boot.)

Jun 01, 2013
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Poster Names faded or run off the right side

Thanks for the follow up!

I'm seeing the issue on:

Windows 7 64-bit
Chrome Version 27.0.1453.94

May 28, 2013
spoonlicker in Site Talk

Poster Names faded or run off the right side

Just did a search on Site Talk to see if others were having this issue. It is driving me nuts. I thought my laptop monitor was going bad. Yuck.

May 27, 2013
spoonlicker in Site Talk

Tasty Salads in SM...?

Excellent! I'm in the fewer-beans chili camp myself, so it sounds perfect.

(And the orange chicken is indeed fried and ghoulishly unhealthy. I order a small container only to keep myself from gorging.)

May 26, 2013
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Tasty Salads in SM...?

Please report back on those ribs and chili. I've eyeballed both, but have yet to try them.

Their orange chicken from the deli is good comfort food.

May 25, 2013
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Tasty Salads in SM...?

Shopper's Corner! Now that is a blast from the past (former Kresge girl, here).

Re: Bob's: they also have a very legit booze section, esp. wine. If you happen to catch their wine guy cruising around, he's very helpful with suggestions.

And if you tie your dog up out front, the nice butcher guy may wander out with a bone for the pooch.

May 25, 2013
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Tasty Salads in SM...?

Bob's is so great. I love everything about that place. And what is UP with the perpetually chipper, singing deli guys? I want whatever they are on.

Of their prefab salads, the Southwestern Chicken is my favorite. I pick up a bottle of the La Martinique bleu cheese dressing and use that instead of the dressing it comes with.

And their chicken-and-fries lunch special (available all day) is a great deal.

May 25, 2013
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Tasty Salads in SM...?

For ridiculously large salads, you could try Greens Up. There's a branch on Montana Ave, and one SaMo-adjacent on Main St (near Marine).

I always get mine to-go because it is simply too much food for one sitting, but it's amusing to see skinny little things sitting at the tables there, forking lettuce into their pie holes out of the huuuge stainless steel mixing bowls the dine-in salads are served in. It cracks me up every time.

The ingredient quality is excellent, and the to-go packaging does a great job of keeping the salad crisp over time (assuming you get the dressing on the side).

May 25, 2013
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Most anticipated openings of 2013?

I'm looking forward to this as well.

I did enjoy the oysters at Ocean Ave Seafood -- their oyster Happy Hour and oyster/wine sampler were quite good. But boy the decor was bit ho-hum. I hope Water Grill brings a fresher feel to the place.

May 19, 2013
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

800 Degrees coming to Santa Monica

As I was strolling through the 'hood today, I noticed permit signage on the corner of Wilshire and 2nd. No indication of when it will be open for business.

This will be a nice option for grab-and-go pizza -- it's a short walk to the bluffs to enjoy your slice al fresco while it is still fresh from the oven.

May 19, 2013
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Superba Snack Bar in brief

I walk by this place almost every evening (and wow, has traffic ever gotten nuts on Rose Ave recently!), and am curious: how is the noise level?

The boisterous crowd overflowing the nearby venues, and all the street noise, have made me hesitant to plan a nice meal with conversation there. Can you make yourself heard OK?

Mar 08, 2013
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Big Island in Feb.

Hey, that was good of you to update. I was just on the Big Island for a few months (Hilo side), so it's fun to read your post and relive the memories.

Glad you made it to Suisan. It's one of my favorite Hilo institutions; lots of history attached to that place.

Man, I could sure go for some of those Hilo Farmer's Market avocados right about now. Heavenly.

Mar 01, 2013
spoonlicker in Hawaii

As good as Chez Jay & The Galley in S M used to be

Ooh, how did I not know of Larry's?! Looks legit.

What do you recommend from the menu, foodwise?

Feb 28, 2013
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Late night bites in Waikiki (flight arrives at 9:30pm!)

You know, it seems like waaay, waaay back in the day (mid '70s, maybe?), I remember the Hilo McDonald's serving rice and Portuguese sausage for breakfast. Did saimin came on board about the same time?

Feb 02, 2013
spoonlicker in Hawaii

Roy's or other Hawaiian food in the L.A. area?

Lomi, kalua pork, laulau -- yep. I'm realizing now that that isn't going to happen in a fancy-pants setting, so I'll drop that requirement.

Do you have a rec for Bob's over Bruddah's, or vice versa?

Jan 27, 2013
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Roy's or other Hawaiian food in the L.A. area?

Yeah, thinking this through, a better approach is probably to go with a more casual place. Roy's menu has never thrilled me -- it does feel a little touristy, and it really isn't what I think of when I think of local grindz. Bruddah's might be really fun.

Any thoughts on Rutt's in Culver City?

Jan 27, 2013
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Roy's or other Hawaiian food in the L.A. area?

I'm trying to come up with a nice sit-down restaurant to introduce a friend to Hawaiian food. Is Roy's any good these days? Anywhere else you recommend?

Jan 27, 2013
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area