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Two New Yorkers spending two nights in Los Angeles. Help us eat great!

I've only ever been there on Saturday nights and dinner is great. The hamachi tostada is devine as is the foie loco moco. Pricing is good if you're ready to spend about $40 per person not including drinks. Lots of shareable plates.

about 3 hours ago
attran99 in Los Angeles Area
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Boston Hound 2 nights in SOHO with kids

Afternoon snacks of cookie shots at Dominique Ansel Bakery would be a fun idea for the kids. Don't show up exactly at 2PM. We showed up close to 4PM in May and were still able to get some (albeit, we did not take our kids on our NYC trip).
The cronuts were good, but I'm not sure you'd want to wait in line with the kiddos so early in the morning.

about 6 hours ago
attran99 in Manhattan

Winetasting in Sonoma

You might have more luck searching and posting on the SF board. Most of the Napa/Sonoma discussions are there. Look for posts by maria lorraine...I believe she's a resident of the area and is very well versed on great places to check out.
While I've only driven through Guernville, I was in Sonoma in June and had a fabulous tasting experience at Sojourn Cellars.

about 6 hours ago
attran99 in California

Kid Friendly Dining in SD

I went in January and got this great list from the SD CH.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1001182

about 6 hours ago
attran99 in San Diego
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Help!! Cooking 30 lbs of ribs in oven

I've done this before plenty of times before for family/holiday meals. I dry rub them overnight in their foil packaging. Then I throw them into the oven for 4-5 hours at 220. Sometime along the way, I'll make the BBQ sauce (either a bourbon or root beer spiked sauce depending on my mood). Prior to serving, I brush on the sauce and grill to get the charred flavor and texture...usually 5-10 minutes. Beware, the ribs are fall off the bone tender then you take it out of the foil packaging and may fall apart if not handled properly. I usually open up the packets to let them cool for a good 30-45 mins before grilling. After the grill brush some more sauce on.

about 7 hours ago
attran99 in Home Cooking

Two New Yorkers spending two nights in Los Angeles. Help us eat great!

This list of Mexican/Latin eats is something you can't get in NYC. All the others previously listed are good, but you can find something like that where you're from.

about 7 hours ago
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

One evening in San Fran / 5 nights in Napa

Napa is not a hot bed of Asian cuisine. That's the last thing I want to eat when I come to town for a visit. I've enjoyed the following:

Grace's Table - Eclectic menu that with lots of farm fresh ingredients. I loved the salad and empanada.
Gott's - while this rec might not sit well with the rest of the hounds, I really really enjoy the ahi tuna poke tacos. It's the only thing my husband and I come for.
Oenotri - Fantastic pizza, housemade pasta, and salume. Get it all.
Hog Island Oyster Company - I love oysters, and the selection here is quite good.
The Fatted Calf - some of the best charcuterie I've ever had.
Bouchon - lovely French bistro for those of us who haven't been able to make the French Laundry cut. The bakery offers some really delightful treats, too.
Palisades Deli - located in St. Helena, the sandwiches and salads work well if you're in need of a quick lunch. I'm a huge fan of the beet salad.
Sonoma's Best - located in Sonoma, it offers some nice panini and sandwiches if you're looking for a picnic-style lunch.

Wolvesmouth dinner - Saturday, July 25

I've got two seats for a private Wolvesmouth dinner at the their secret loft that I can no longer (family emergency) go to on Saturday, July 25th at 6:00PM. This was booked for me through a friend of a friend and it's a fun foodie group, so the there's a specific price set for dinner at $150 per person. Dinner is supposed to be about 9-12 courses depending on what Chef Craig feels like doing.

Additional details can be found here http://wolvesmouth.com/faq

Anyone free to take my spots? My E-mail can be found on my profile.

Thanks!

Jul 23, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Best grilled cheese?

I actually enjoy hitting up the multiple Epicure Imports (North Hollywood) sales during the year (there's one this weekend starting 07/23/15-07/24/15), buying a selection of cheeses and then using them to make my own grilled cheese at home. The selection is amazing!

Jul 23, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

VitaMix - Liquid diet ideas (smoothies, juices, protein powders, etc.)

I love this recipe...I made it a bunch of time over the course of Spring. Even tried it with different colored rainbow carrots just for fun. My kids really enjoyed the colors...taste was pretty much the same...just the color change.

Jul 22, 2015
attran99 in Home Cooking

VitaMix - Liquid diet ideas (smoothies, juices, protein powders, etc.)

I really love this recipe. Thanks for the tip! However, I nix the banana...not a fan of bananas...was force-fed too many as a child. I sub it with either more orange or berries.

Jul 22, 2015
attran99 in Home Cooking

VitaMix - Liquid diet ideas (smoothies, juices, protein powders, etc.)

Thanks for the recipe...I've slowly been going through the great recipes on the thread as I buy most of the ingredients from Costco. A 5 lb. bag of frozen fruit and 3 lbs or Power kale mix go a long way. This one has easily become one of my faves.

Jul 22, 2015
attran99 in Home Cooking

Weekend Dinners in Palm Springs Area

My friend took me to Las Caduelas Nuevas one time a couple of years ago on a girls' trip. The food and the margaritas were good. Try to get a table outside on the patio...they have music Fridays and Saturdays. The crowd is vibrant...full of families and people pre-gaming for a night on the town. The plus side is that it's on a main street so you can walk around a bit after dinner...not before because it's 5,000 degrees hot.

http://www.lascasuelasnuevas.com/

Jul 22, 2015
attran99 in California

L.A. Dish of the Month, July 2015 -- SKEWERS

Damn...forgot to take pictures of the beef kebabs from dinner last night. We ordered take-out from Kebab Crush in Artesia/Cerritos last night. The husband had kefta and beef kebabs. I just had the beef pita pocket. The beef option here are filet mignon and are cooked to a perfect medium rare. The husband likes the kefta, but I think it's on the dry side. The sides are great here, too...but I like basmati rice and not the pilaf that they serve here. Easily the best Mediterranean food in the area. The food takes 15-20 mins to come out because it's cooked to order, but is delicious.

Kebab Crush
18300 Gridley Rd, Artesia, CA 90701
(562) 860-4777

Jul 21, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Pre-cooked lobster meat

Santa Monica Seafood always has a supply available for sale.

Jul 17, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

West LA & Santa Barbara

Since you're from Vancouver, hit up our Mexican/Latin offerings. I'm not familiar with Westwide Mexican, but Border Grill and Monte Alban do well on this board.
If you're hitting the beach for the day, I highly recommend getting a Godmother from Bay Cities for a lunch order to-go. It's an awesome sandwich.
There are a couple of pleasant surprises on the way to Santa Barbara in Oxnard that we really enjoy.
Moqueca Brazilian Cuisine (http://www.moquecarestaurant.com) - Brazilian cuisine that's not a meat-fest. Get the moqueca seafood stew...one is good enough to feed the both of you. It's divine and service is great. Get a window seat to enjoy the view of the harbor.
Fisherman's House - Local-caught seafood in tanks...you pick one and they serve it in a few different preparations. The first being a sashimi...and it's amazing to have fish that was literally just butchered for you. They'll do a couple of cooked preparations...one being a Korean-style seafood soup...so good. Do get a couple of SB spot prawns and get the heads fried. It's run by a lovely Korean family and they treat you very well.
2810 Harbor Blvd, Oxnard, CA 93035
(805) 985-3306

Jul 14, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Camping Recipes

Best to do most of the prep work (chopping, mincing, measuring, etc) ahead of time and throw it all into Ziploc bags. A friend of mine camps with 2 Dutch ovens. One to make the savory portion of the meal (chili, stew, braised something or other), and the second to make dessert (fruit cobbler).

Jul 14, 2015
attran99 in Home Cooking

Korean bbq in OC?

The family and I enjoy Cham Soot Gul (Garden Grove and Buena Park). Meat selections are good whether you choose AYCE or a la carte...and it's always a plus to finish the meal with a little ice cream from their freezers.

Jul 13, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Manhattan Restaurant Recommendation - Group of 8

Mercato (Hell's Kitchen bordering Times Square) is completely casual. They were able to accommodate our group of 9 flawlessly for dinner in May during Grad week. We ordered appetizers, entrees, desserts, and cocktails and the bill came out to be a little over $400 tax and gratuities included. They had good vegetarian options...one in our party was vegetarian and he was completely happy.

Jul 13, 2015
attran99 in Manhattan
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August visit - 1 lunch, 2 dinners - how are my choices?

Since you're from the MSP area, I think you're right to focus on Asian and Latin flavors that aren't as predominate in your area.
LA is the perfect town to eschew tablecloths and candlesticks because we're moving more towards bites and drinks.

+1 to the aforementioned Korean suggestion...totally worthwhile to brave a little traffic for some K-town delights
+1 for Mozza, too...the pizzas there are terrific and the butterscotch budino for dessert is divine

Jul 13, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Desert for July 4th Party?

It would help to know your geographical constraints (if any) and budget. Since you're working with kids, are there any allergies?

Jul 03, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

La Cienega

Also in the neighborhood...Petrossian. I find good caviar always interesting.

Jul 02, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Halfway spot between Hollywood and Anaheim (with tweens and teens)

My pleasure...please report back regarding the dining options you choose.

Jul 02, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Halfway spot between Hollywood and Anaheim (with tweens and teens)

Halfway between those two cities puts you in the Downey/Norwalk/Cerritos/Santa Fe Springs/La Mirada neighborhood. Not a hot bed for a whole lot of excitement, but lots of chains and a few fun places. Not traditionally places that I would go out of my way to try (likely because I live in the area), but some are really really good...here goes:

Downey
Porto's Bakery - Probably the best Cuban bakery in Southern California. Sandwiches (cubano and medianoche) and pastries are really really good.
Across the street from Porto's is a food court-like area where there's a decent sushi place, a Burger Grill City/Burger City Grill (?), Pacific Fish Company, and Hummus Factory. There are a few super casual chains in the complex, too.
Lock & Key Social Drinkery - The adults will have fun because the drinks and snacks are really good, but not sure that kids will enjoy it.

Norwalk
Golf N Stuff - Entertainment for the kids. Mini golf, some rides, arcade...but not in pristine condition. We let our kids play, and then we go eat somewhere else. Not far from the aforementioned Downey locations.
Los Compadres - Easily my favorite go-to Mexican joint where the food reminds me of food my friends' grandmas could make. The bar here is good, too...margaritas on the rocks and the tamarita.
Renu Nakorn - Northern Thai specialties. The regular Thai offerings are good, but the Northern Thai options are really good and really spicy. I always enjoy the larb because I can't handle that Thai heat.

Cerritos
It's really chain city. Name a chain, and it's likely in Cerritos. The Gen Korean BBQ is always packed, but it's not my favorite KBBQ place.
La Tavolata - House made pasta made fresh daily. I'm a fan. Super reasonable prices, too...a lot of options being in the $13 range, and it's a lot of food. The house pink sauce is really good, as is the smoked chicken tortellini.

La Mirada
Mario's - Really good Peruvian food. Get the lomo saltado and slather it with the green aji sauce. It's the only thing I ever order...and the ceviche. Service is friendly.
Splash! Aquatics Center - Cool water park for the kids with Olympic-sized pools. Pretty clean, but they close early. The tween would like it, not too sure about the teens. Close proximity to Mario's.

Hope this helps.

North OC Farmer's Markets

It might cost you a pretty penny, but I think ST Patisserie in Costa Mesa will do it for you as a custom order.

Jul 01, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area
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Cold soup for summer cocktail party?

Jose Andres has a lovely gazpacho recipe that I use. To make it a little special, I grill some shrimp to garnish the cup/bowl/whatever that I serve it in. The gazpacho alone is terrific. Super refreshing and perfect for the summer.

http://www.delish.com/cooking/a1114/j...

Jul 01, 2015
attran99 in Home Cooking

Japanese restaurants in Rancho Cucamonga (Inland Empire)

This actually belongs on the LA board. If you search Rancho Cucamonga, you should get a few hits.
I used to live in the area, and for some reason, there were a ton of Japanese restaurants in the Upland/Claremont/Rancho area. However, they were primarily sushi places that also served Japanese food. I used to only eat sushi when I lived there but I remember the bento boxes at Kazama in Claremont being good. The teriyaki at Sho in Upland used to be good, but they changed owners and were more sushi-focused. There was a teppanyaki place in the same plaza as Dalia's pizza in Upland across the street from the Von's on Foothill and Euclid that's been there for ages with the same owners...the teppan grill offerings were better than Mora down the street.
For more variety, you're better off going to downtown L.A. for Little Tokyo.

Jun 30, 2015
attran99 in California

Restaurant suggestions in Mendocino and Fort Bragg area?

My husband and I recently were in the Fort Bragg area...wish I could have seen this post while we were there.
We had a late lunch at Silver's by the Wharf. The Perri Frito was good...local nightfish battered and fried. The fish in the fish and chips are also locally caught and was good. Chips were garlic fries. The coastal salad was nice...Bibb lettuce, roasted beets, Feta cheese, some sort of tangy house dressing. Not a bad meal, but not blow your mind good either.

Jun 30, 2015
attran99 in California

Restaurant Requests

I think Sage has a terrific seasonal menu.

Jun 30, 2015
attran99 in Las Vegas

Choza 96 - Peruvian / Latin American Fusion in Pasadena?

I used to go when it was Choza Mama. They used to make great saltados (sautes with french fries, red onion, and tomatoes). My favorite being the lomo (beef) saltado. It was great with the green aji sauce (slightly spicy green pepper sauce)...the red was way too spicy for me.
Peruvian food and a cross between Chinese food and Latin food. Lots of sautes/stir fries in sauces. They also so fried rices and noodle dishes using spaghetti noodles. The saltados are pretty standard, I think. I'm by no mean an expert, but I do like a good saltado...and green aji sauce.

Jun 30, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area
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