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Champagne Report, 2014

Thanks for the write-up! Super helpful as we roll into the holiday season.

Dec 08, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Hatfields closing end of December

Sure thing...enjoy!

Dec 08, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Hatfields closing end of December

According to the hostess who took my reservation for a different date, they do stay open later for midnight festivities. Best to call them for details :) I was tempted, but traditionally don't go out on NYE so I passed.

Dec 08, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Hatfields closing end of December

ns1, I can't remember exactly, but for $98/person it's a 3-4 course meal (drinks not included). There are different seatings, but if you're there for midnight, there's champagne and the chefs come out of the kitchen to entertain the dining room. It's an annual tradition they'll be doing for the last time. Don't think they have it listed on the website because I didn't see it when I was looking on Wednesday.

Dec 08, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Hatfields closing end of December

When I called to make my reservation, they indicated that the last day/evening of service would indeed be the 31st where they intend on keeping all of their NYE traditions. As of Thursday, multiple seatings were available at $98 per person.

Dec 08, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Dinner close to Cedars Sinai - Public Transit-friendly locations most appreciated

I've not the slightest clue. His rationale has always been a bit strange when it come to Souplantation.
But I adore it.

Nov 18, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Boy's Soccer Team Party - Lakewood/Cerritos

Thanks, WeFlipBurgers!
With the weather starting to get colder, I think outdoor parties are going to get ruled out and I don't see the boys wanting to ice skate.
My husband is heartbroken Red Chile is gone. We've heard that they want to reopen, but haven't found a new location. We've actually been going to Los Compadres and TNT Tacos & Tortas (both on Rosecrans in Norwalk). Los Compadres has a great happy hour, and TNT has a great Taco Tuesday special.

Nov 18, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Dinner close to Cedars Sinai - Public Transit-friendly locations most appreciated

I love Souplantation...but the husband (for some reason) hates it. Hope you and westsidegal had a great dinner.

Nov 18, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Dinner close to Cedars Sinai - Public Transit-friendly locations most appreciated

Thanks for your tips! We had a great happy hour at AOC. I loved the Moonraker and the Three Sisters cocktails...the last being autumn in a cocktail with rum, pumpkin, ginger, and cinnamon. The kids really enjoyed the Spanish fried chicken. We then headed over to Cafe Angelino for the antipasto and pizza. It was nice to scope out the neighborhood for future dinner adventures. Before we headed home, we did stop at Magnolia for banana pudding and dessert. Needless to say, we all had a great time. I can't wait to try out the other suggestions on the list!

Dinner close to Cedars Sinai - Public Transit-friendly locations most appreciated

Thanks for the tips! Though I would love a trip to Fogo, we went there recently. Love the idea of Matshhisa and Lawry's...I'm looking forward to using his job as another reason to eat up there more often.

Nov 13, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Dinner close to Cedars Sinai - Public Transit-friendly locations most appreciated

All the ideas sound so good. I'm tempted to go to AOC for happy hour and then dinner at Cafe Angelino. Thanks for tips!

Nov 13, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Dinner close to Cedars Sinai - Public Transit-friendly locations most appreciated

We live in the Cerritos/Norwalk area. According to Google, it's going to take us about 2 hours to get up to Cedars using public transportation.

Nov 13, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Dinner close to Cedars Sinai - Public Transit-friendly locations most appreciated

The most recent post was in 2008, so I started a new discussion thread. My husband just started a new job at Cedars Sinai. Though we only live 20 miles away, last night it took him over 2.5 hours to drive home. He suggested that the kids and I meet him in the area for dinner tomorrow (Friday) night to avoid the insane traffic. The kids and I will be taking the public transportation to meet him so we can carpool home. Are there any dinner suggestions in the area we can meet at? Our boys are between 8-11. We like all cuisines, are not picky, and there's no budget restrictions.

Thanks!

Nov 13, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Boy's Soccer Team Party - Lakewood/Cerritos

Thanks, all! I thought as much, too, but still wanted to post the question in case someone might have known something that I hadn't considered. Looks like it's going to be a John's Incredible trip to Buena Park, after all.

Nov 13, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Boy's Soccer Team Party - Lakewood/Cerritos

I'm the team parent for my kid's soccer team. They've amassed quite a sum for their end of season team party, and that money goes toward paying for the boys and the coaches...any extra will go back to the families to help pay for theirs. There are 12 boys under the age of 12 on the team. I'm out of ideas for locations, but do know that I do not want to do a party at Chuck E. Cheese. I need a place with decent food and some form of entertainment for the kids. All the families are invited so parents, siblings, etc. will be joining us. I'm looking to book for mid-December, and want to do so quickly before everything decent fills up. Looking to stay in the Lakewood/Cerritos area, but willing to travel up to 20 minutes if it's worth it. John's Incredible in Buena Park is on my list, but I was hoping to get some new ideas.

Thanks!

Nov 12, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

where can i find puerto nuevo style lobster?

Portsmouth in Whitter does it every Sunday. They also have an amazing oyster bar to boot.

Parmesan Scalloped/Au Gratin Potatoes but not too sauce or creamy

I didn't even know that it could be done with chicken/beef stock substituted for cream. I tried this method last night. Layers of Yukon Gold potatoes, Parmesan cheese, salt/pepper, and then poured chicken stock to cover 3/4 of the potatoes using Masha's technique below. Got the perfect result that my husband was looking for. He said it tasted just like the version we had.
I'm still going to try the other techniques to see how cream would affect the result. I'm more of a cream fan then he is.

Thanks!

Oct 13, 2014
attran99 in Home Cooking

Parmesan Scalloped/Au Gratin Potatoes but not too sauce or creamy

Thanks, all! I will be testing these renditions in the next few weeks to find the version that I'm looking for. The ideas are fabulous. I'll let you know how it turns out. Much appreciated!

Oct 02, 2014
attran99 in Home Cooking

Parmesan Scalloped/Au Gratin Potatoes but not too sauce or creamy

We went to a fabulous wedding last night where the served a Parmesan scalloped/Au gratin potato side along the filet. The potatoes were tender and had a strong Parmesan essence, but was not creamy and saucy as scalloped potatoes/Au gratin dishes usually are. My husband loved them because they weren't creamy or overtly saucy, and I would love to re-create the dish. Any awesome CHs out there with an idea of how this was accomplished?
Thanks!

Sep 28, 2014
attran99 in Home Cooking

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

Urasawa or Providence

Sep 23, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area
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Epicure imports sale September 12 & 13

My favorites are the meats and cheeses.
Park in the candle factory lot. But make sure you leave before they close that lot...I think the close it at 5PM.

Sep 12, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Temecula offerings - Looking for guided wine tours, dining delights, and any other recs

Not sure if this should be posted in the LA or the CA board, so going to try both.

One of my best friends and I are headed into town for a weekend of girl time in late November. It's her first time, and she's a fan of sweeter wines (i.e. moscato, Stella Rosa swill, etc.). It's my second time in the area, and I love Cabs, Syrahs, Pinot Grigio, and Pinot Gris. I've done the main drag tour on Rancho California, so no need for any of those recs. I am a fan of Lumiere Winery on Calle Contento. I'm looking to plan our itinerary for the tip so I'm looking for some recs for the following:
1. Are there any reputable wine tours in the area? Hoping to make it easier so we can both drink without having to drive.
2. Please recommend wineries based on our tastes above. She's just barely getting into wine, and I'm a seasoned connoisseur with a collection from Napa, France, Italy, and Spain.
3. We would love lunch and dinner recs. We love all cuisines and are looking to spend no more than $50/each per meal not including drinks. No breakfast places needed as our hotel offers that.

Thanks!

Aug 20, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Girls' Weekend in Temecula - Wine tour tips, dining delights, all recs welcomed

One of my best friends and I are headed into town for a weekend of girl time in late November. It's her first time, and she's a fan of sweeter wines (i.e. moscato, Stella Rosa swill, etc.). It's my second time in the area, and I love Cabs, Syrahs, Pinot Grigio, and Pinot Gris. I've done the main drag tour on Rancho California, so no need for any of those recs. I am a fan of Lumiere Winery on Calle Contento. I'm looking to plan our itinerary for the tip so I'm looking for some recs for the following:
1. Are there any reputable wine tours in the area? Hoping to make it easier so we can both drink without having to drive.
2. Please recommend wineries based on our tastes above. She's just barely getting into wine, and I'm a seasoned connoisseur with a collection from all over the world.
3. We would love lunch and dinner recs. We love all cuisines and are looking to spend no more than $50/each per meal not including drinks. No breakfast places needed as our hotel offers that.

Thanks!

Aug 19, 2014
attran99 in California

Wheat & Sons at the Anaheim Packing House

I went with a friend this weekend, and also enjoyed the charcuterie plate from Wheat & Sons. We added in the confit potatoes, too. We just enjoyed our treats while waiting for our table at The Blind Rabbit.
Side note, the artisan cocktails at The Blind Rabbit were delicious. The bartenders were extraordinarily friendly, and shared that they make their own syrups. We got to taste the homemade ginger syrup, and it was delicious. We both had the two tea-infused vodka drinks (one in peach/berry and the other pear blossom). Notable bar snacks were a full-sized duck confit mac and cheese and fried Brussels sprouts with bacon and lemon.

Aug 18, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Best burgers in LV? And other lunch recommendations in/near Paris (on strip)

I'm a huge fan of Burger Bar. I think they make some of the best burgers.

Aug 15, 2014
attran99 in Las Vegas

Poke @ OC Costco (Tustin, The District)

Thanks for the tip. I'm headed over there tomorrow morning. Can't wait to try it all.

Aug 14, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Great Porchetta Sandwich at Wheat and Sons (Anaheim Packing District)

We were there on Friday night. They had valet service for $3. Totally worth it.
Loved the porchetta, too!

Aug 11, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Poke @ OC Costco (Tustin, The District)

Tustin is the only location doing this. We live in L.A. county and drove down one day to try it out. I like the spicy and the shoyu versions.

Aug 11, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Poke @ OC Costco (Tustin, The District)

What's the pricing at Dry Dock like? I think I'll swing by this week to check it out. Thanks!

Aug 11, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Teen-pleasing suggestions, please!

Agree with wienermobile.

Aug 11, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area