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downtown group dinner

Agreed on the noise level...we went late and it was still loud.

about 10 hours ago
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, March 2015 -- SEAFOOD SANDWICHES

It is pretty delicious. It's a generous helping of fried oysters. I can never eat a whole one because I have to save room for their $1.50 happy hour oysters.

about 11 hours ago
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, April 2015 -- Nominations

CHARCUTERIE
HAPPY HOUR
Seem like sound options to me.

about 15 hours ago
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

downtown group dinner

Bottega Louie? I went the other night. Lots of small plates available to share. I had a delicious lobster nage soup with cauliflower panna cotta, toasted almonds, golden raisins, and poached lobster. They actually served the broth tableside. While a tad salty for my taste, the broth tasted like a lobster hopped into (some clean) Jacuzzi water and forgot to hop out. Also had a nice butter lettuce salad tossed with balsamic vinaigrette and topped with a ton of candied walnuts and goat cheese. It was presented very well...butter lettuce was stacked to look like a flower filled with candied walnuts and goat cheese in the center. If I were to get it, again, I'd ask for a little less dressing. The soup was $12 or $14, and the salad was $12. I also tried the portabello fries ($13) which came with an amazing aioli dipping sauce. The dessert case is also very pretty with lots of pastry options ranging from $4-12.
If you're looking for more formal, then Drago is good. I'm not sure the regular dining room would meet your budgetary constraints, but they have an excellent bar with happy hour specials that run all evening (I think). It's been a while since I've been there, so you might have to call to double check.

about 15 hours ago
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Hollywood and Highland

Mel's isn't a "light" choice. I'm not even sure their salads are light...but let's be real...who's ever ordered a salad from Mel's?

+1 for Hungry Cat and Littlefork

Mar 24, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

family dining for foodies staying at Melrose and Fairfax

Did you go for lunch or dinner?

Mar 24, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Unconventional recommendations for chowhound

The salt air margarita is a Jose Andres speciality. It's a margarita topped with a salt air foam so that each sip will have a hint of salt. I love it.
For another interesting Vegas experience, I would also suggest Rose. Rabbit. Lie. (also a part of the Cosmo). Really good food served in multiple rooms where they have entertainment streaming in and out of the rooms. You can easily be entertained all night long. I'm from LA and I don't think we have anything like that here.

Mar 23, 2015
attran99 in Las Vegas

Unconventional recommendations for chowhound

Secret Pizza is located inside the Cosmopolitan in the same area as Comme Ca and Blue Ribbon. I usually grab some pizza and head over to the Chandelier Lounge for drinks.
My friends in town just went to the newly opened White Castle. They've also been to the Heart Attack Grill where the milkshakes come garnished with a stick of butter.
Holstein's is a great idea (the alcoholic milkshakes are very good), and China Poblano next to it has a window where you can get an amazing salt air margarita without dining there. I also like the alcoholic milkshakes at Burger Bar.
You can always take her Downtown to Fremont Street where you can get deep-fried candy bars and Oreos.
If in the party mood, I would recommend dinner at Hakkasan and contacting a promoter to get you into the multi-level club. Each level of the club has a different vibe and music.

Mar 20, 2015
attran99 in Las Vegas

Fullerton, CA.. save me from Disney!

+1 on the following aforementioned recs: Hopscotch, Bizarra Capital, Amor Y Tacos, Thai Nakorn, and Honda-Ya
Since you're from the East Coast, I would recommend sampling Asian and Mexican offerings while you're here. Some ideas:
Vietnamese - Brodard (spring rolls), Hong An (7 courses of beef), Pho 54, Tip Top Sandwiches, Lee's Sandwiches
Chinese - Newport Tan Cang Seafood (get the House Special lobster and shaken beef)
Seafood - Boiling Crab (go to the Westminster/Brookhurst location and buy some baguettes from Banh Mi Che Cali to dip in the sauce)
Korean - Cham Soot Gol, Shik Do Rak (there's a lot of dispute on the board regarding which is the best KBBQ...while these two might not be the best, I like them)
On the non-Asian side, I like The Ranch in Anaheim...really solid modern American with a great wine selection. If you're into Country music, they have a saloon next door you can hang out at after dinner.

Mar 19, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area
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Good Oysters around North OC?

Shuck is one of the best places to have oysters in the LA-OC area. The variety is amazing considering they're $3 a pop. Come early during the weekend (Friday/Saturday) because they do run out. On Friday, they have as many as 15 varieties, but by Sunday they can trickle down to as little as 5. Service is always good when I come.

Mar 19, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

NIce Birthday Dinner suggestions?

Rose Rabbit Lie is a good choice, but it can get loud depending what room you are seated in. The Library being the most quiet...while the food is very good, the entertainment is something that's truly Vegas and makes for an unforgettable experience. It's on my list for when I'm next in Vegas...all those things, I've been told by friends who love it.
Sage is a great choice. I've had good meals at Sirio, CP Steak, and Julian Serrano. If I were you, I'd skip Julian Serrano because it's a lot like Jose Andres...and I prefer Jose Andres to Julian Serrano.
Off-strip, Raku would be a good time, but reservations can be hard to come by.

Mar 18, 2015
attran99 in Las Vegas

Dinner menu feedback, please

For appetizers, how about crostini with burrata, fresh tomatoes, drizzled with olive oil/balsamic and salt/pepper. That's always a big hit at our house parties. Or you can always create a crostini bar with different toppings so that everyone can get creative and make their own. I've got lots of counter space in our kitchen so as I'm finishing things, everyone's welcome to hang out in the kitchen with me with wine and assorted snacks.

Mar 18, 2015
attran99 in Home Cooking

Taco Caterer with Al Pastor Trompo?

I'd be interested in getting their contact information, too, please.

Mar 18, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Coming back for a quick visit - anything interesting in Pasadena?

There are no calories when one vacations :)
And in my case, there are no calories when it's just plain delicious.

Mar 16, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area
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Coming from LA for a few days...

I've been to Frances, and don't remember anything like Extraordinary...maybe it's time for a revisit. I'll have to hit up Hygge and Jin, too...thanks!

Mar 16, 2015
attran99 in San Diego

Coming back for a quick visit - anything interesting in Pasadena?

When I'm in Pasadena, I make it a point to go to EuroPane for an egg salad sandwich and some macarons. I'm addicted.

Orange County Desserts/Drinks - Tonight

I have cousins coming in from Chicago, and they want to have desserts and drinks tonight. They have a family dinner planned, so no need for food. We're looking to go after 8PM tonight. No budget set, and plus points if I can make reservations. Can be anywhere in OC north of Mission Viejo. I'm coming from Cerritos, and they're coming from Garden Grove.
Thanks so much!

Mar 14, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Coming from LA for a few days...

Be sure to have dessert at Extraordinary Desserts...I'm unaware of anything like it in LA/OC...and when we go down to SD for the weekend, our family walks over from our hotel almost every night. I'm a sucker for really good dessert. Try it all...I've never had anything bad there.

Mar 13, 2015
attran99 in San Diego

family dining for foodies staying at Melrose and Fairfax

You're not too far from the Original Farmer's Market on Fairfax and 3rd. That's a fun adventure with kids. I'm partial to the seafood joint there...the fish and chips are really good. Loteria (Mexican), Short (burgers), a Spanish tapas place. I also like the Monsieur Marcel market. Du-Par's Pie shop and a couple of other bakeries are there, too.
Regarding Petit Trois, it is really really small. I went the other night, and while it was good, there's very little walkway room between the kitchen counter and the counters along the walls. Not sure how comfortable the kids would be there.

Orange County -- Can't-miss markets, bakeries, butchers, etc.?

Also at SoCo is Surfas Culinary District, where you'll find additional cheeses, chacuterie, and other odds and ends you might want for a foodie dinner. I am also a fan all of the aforementioned places:
Cream Pan
Claro's
Mitsuwa/Marukai
Sabatino's
85 degrees C
But I'll also add Hi Time Wine Cellars in Newport Beach/Costa Mesa if you like wine. The selection there is first rate and so is the customer service.

Mar 13, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Type of white "shortcake" used in grocery stores strawberry shortcake - recipe?

You might want to try the Home Cooking board. The L.A. board might not be able to help you out.

Mar 12, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Hollywood Area and Universal Studios

I used to work in Burbank. While it wasn't a normal occurrence to see celebrities, I saw more than my fair share in the Burbank/Toluca Lake area. Paty's (diner...a lot of folks sit on the patio), Sushi Yuzu, Priscilla's Coffee, The Smokehouse (steak), The Continental (formerly Mo's) are the hottest spots in the area. Olive & Thyme and SweetSalt coming in close. However, it's not a guarantee that you'll see anyone when you go. You've more of a shot going on the Warner Studio tour or calling Disney Studio Security if you can get on the lot to shop at the store there because they stock items that aren't available in stores anywhere else. Afterwards, you can have lunch at the commissary and maybe walk around a bit...but even that's not a guarantee unless you're escorted by a Cast Member friend.

Mar 12, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

LA and surrounding area recoomendations

I went when I was in town. Loved the Brussels sprouts, the Reuben sandwich, and the meatloaf. We got the pop tart to go for dessert. Delish!
While you're there, I'm a big fan of Lumiere Winery and Hart Winery.

Mar 12, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area
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Good Food Near MSG

That and the Breslin have caught my eye, but just wanted to check the board to see if there were any other ideas. Thanks!

Mar 12, 2015
attran99 in Manhattan

Good Food Near MSG

Including the graduate, there's 7 of us. The ceremony is supposed to start at 9AM and go through 12PM. I've allowed extra time for them to find each other, take pictures, and get out of MSG (only 4 of our party is actually going to the ceremony).
We picked the neighborhood because of it's proximity to make it easier for those going to the ceremony, but are willing to move it to a different location. It's our first time in Town, so we want to make the best of it. Willing to defer to your expertise.
Lunch doesn't have to be fancy at all, as we're taking the graduate to a super nice dinner the next night after his ceremony at Yankee Stadium. Just something fun and relaxing.
Thanks!

Mar 12, 2015
attran99 in Manhattan

Making ahead a tart with meringue

That's a good game plan. You absolutely can make the crust, caramel, and ganache the night before. Just make sure you cover the caramel and ganache with plastic wrap so that it doesn't pick up any possible aromas from the other items in your fridge. If you choose to fill the crust, still cover the top with plastic wrap, and if you have an airtight or Tupperware container large enough, place the tart in that before you place it in the fridge after the ganache has set. The meringue should hold up just since you're making it that morning.

Mar 11, 2015
attran99 in Home Cooking

Affordable Bachelor Weekend Dinners in Vegas

The CP Steak inside the Four Seasons offers a Cut of the Week special that's a 3 course meal with unlimited wine pairing for about $60 before tax and tip. Service is always great, and the food is always good. We keep going back here when we find ourselves in town.

Mar 11, 2015
attran99 in Las Vegas

Salsa recipe?

Agreed. Blending is the best technique for non-chunky salsa.

What to do with pulled pork

I love nachos. I use leftovers as a nacho topping, and proceed to add cheese, chiles, Mexican crema, green onions, salsa, guacemole...whatever I've got on hand. It's best with fresh tortilla chips. One of my favorite post-pulled pork snacks/meals.
A friend once turned it into a chiliquiles brunch dish that was out of this world amazing.

Mar 11, 2015
attran99 in Home Cooking
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August Gathering (Chinatown)

Thanks, ipsedixit! My sentiments exactly!

Mar 10, 2015
attran99 in Manhattan