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Anniversary dinner: Osteria Mozza or A.O.C.?

+1 AOC...I've been there about three times in the last 6 months and remain continually impressed with the food and beverage service each time. Ask for a table in the patio area in view of the fireplace.

about 10 hours ago
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Mother's Day....dinner!

For what you've written, there's really nothing that's new or considered a must go in the Burbank/Glendale/Toluca Lake/Studio City area. You might want to consider using the search function with those cities to narrow it down.
I used to work in the area, and I've enjoyed the following:
Malbec - Argentinian...love their chimichurri steak
SweetSalt and/or Olive & Thyme - upscale cafe food
Prosecco - Italian bistro
Bistro Provence - French bistro
Ca del Sol - Italian

about 10 hours ago
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Need rec for lunch near USC

Would concur on Chichen Itza. Good food, but not where I would want a post graduation ceremony meal. The parking lot is super small.
FYI, if you're looking to go downtown, you might have some problems getting reservations as a few other thousand people might have the same idea and made their reservations months ago. I'm originally from the suburbs outside of the greater DTLA area, so we moved closer to home to celebrate. Congratulations to your family!

about 12 hours ago
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Need rec for lunch near USC

El Cholo brings back nice memories of the 50% discount and decent margaritas...nice to know that the food is still okay. Haven't been in ages since I finished my undergrad there.

about 13 hours ago
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Good Hamburger Buns in Los Angeles

I really like Homeboy breads and buns.

about 14 hours ago
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Need rec for lunch near USC

Downtown:
Drago Centro
Patina
Fogo de Chao
Church & State
Bestia

Close to LAX:
MB Post
Fishing with Dynamite

about 14 hours ago
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

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

Sandylc, what do you think of using coconut water? I've avoided using water because I'm afraid it might dull the flavors.

May 01, 2015
attran99 in Home Cooking

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

Thanks, Ttrockwood! That's a great recipe. I think I'm one of those folks who find it's easier to consume things via liquid form than grabbing a raw vegetable and eating it.
Now that summer is upon us, I really look forward to making gazpacho with the VitaMix. I don't use bread in my recipe and I add protein by grilling chicken or shrimp as accouterments.

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

Congratulations on such a great commitment and accomplishment!
Healthier meaning I add more fruit and vegetables to my diet so there's less of a need to snack on whatever junk might be lying around. I think something small like that will yield good results. Having the VitaMix is an excellent tool that can help with that.

May 01, 2015
attran99 in Home Cooking

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

Agreed. I find that I definitely consume more fruit now than before because I can easily blend it into a smoothie in the VitaMix. Before the VitaMix, maybe 2-3 servings a day. After the VitaMix 5-8 servings a day. Because I'm usually full from a quick blended drink, I feel less of a need to snack on whatever junk is lying around.
Ideas where I can increase vegetable consumption can only help add to nutritional eating/drinking.

May 01, 2015
attran99 in Home Cooking

Seeking a pork chop recipe that will go with this butternut squash dish...

I'd marinate those pork chops in your favorite marinade and then grill them.

Apr 30, 2015
attran99 in Home Cooking
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VitaMix - Liquid diet ideas (smoothies, juices, protein powders, etc.)

Thanks, all, for some great input! Much appreciated. Can't wait to start trying them in the coming week. My morning routine of greek yogurt, assorted berries, pineapple, and assorted fruit juices is starting to get boring.

Apr 30, 2015
attran99 in Home Cooking

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

Thanks, sedimental!
Some fabulous ideas. I've used the VitaMix to make butternut squash soup and tomato bisque in the past and they've both been great successes.
Spicy orange ginger soup sounds amazing. Would you mind sharing the recipe?

Apr 30, 2015
attran99 in Home Cooking

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

Looking to do this on a more permanent basis. I really don't eat enough fruit and vegetables. This seems the easiest way to remedy it.

Apr 30, 2015
attran99 in Home Cooking
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VitaMix - Liquid diet ideas (smoothies, juices, protein powders, etc.)

Sorry...must not have been thinking clearly when I posted. Looking to replace at least 2 meals a day.

Apr 29, 2015
attran99 in Home Cooking

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

In trying to be healthier, I'd like to utilize our new VitaMix a little better. Any tips on how what you all use to power pack your smoothies or juices? A few things to keep in mind:
-Not a fan of chocolate or bananas or oatmeal
-Suggestions for protein powder mixes that don't taste chalky or off-putting
-Willing to try new fruit and/or veggie ideas
-Looking to supplement at least 2 meals a day with these concoctions

Thanks!

Apr 29, 2015
attran99 in Home Cooking

Canyon Lake,Lake Elsinore, or Temecula

You actually might get more from the California board...Lake Elsinore and Temecula are definitely not a part of the greater LA boundaries.
However, I can recommend Public House in Temecula. The food is good, the atmosphere is casual...and the drinks were well-made.

Apr 27, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area
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Recs for Weekend in LA

This is pretty solid dining on a budget list...with a couple of reasonable splurges.

Apr 24, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Howell and Spring Mountain Wineries

Hi, Maria. Thanks for the input. I'm unwilling to forsake Howell and Spring Mountain for some glass beach. Appointments have already been made at Neal and Lanborn. I'm waiting on confirmation from Smith-Madrone as the last stop of the day before we head off to this picked over glass beach...the husband is quite insistent on going. I will be consoled during our drive back to the airport where we'll make Russian River and Anderson Valley stops before getting on the plane.
Thanks!

Howell and Spring Mountain Wineries

I shared your post with him, and he's still insistent on going. I'm already not all that excited. Won't be a complete loss if we find plenty of wine on this trip to ship home.

Howell and Spring Mountain Wineries

Thanks, Brian! The tips are very helpful. We've been to both Gott's and Goose and the Gander...enjoyed them both. We were planning on checking out a Cindy Pawlcyn place during this trip.
I'll be contacting you shortly to schedule an appointment.

Long Beach deli or caterer for sandwich platter?

Katella is a great choice...the pastrami there is quite good...though not as good as Langer's. The pickles there are also good.
Angelo's in the Long Beach 2sd Street/Belmont Shores area is also good. Italian-style sandwiches.

Apr 23, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Howell and Spring Mountain Wineries

I completely agree. My husband wants to check out some glass beach in Fort Bragg before we fly home on Wednesday night. Tuesday is mine to plan, and I really want to explore Howell and Spring Mountain. Conflicting interests make for interesting adventures.
Thanks for the tip, Robert! I keep that in mind if we decided to change our plans.

Howell and Spring Mountain Wineries

Thanks, goldangl! I always appreciate your helpful tips. I've not had a chance to look at a road map yet...just the general region map. How long do you think it would take to get from one to the next? Maybe I'll cut a Howell Mountain stop. This will be our 4th day of wine exploration, so we might be wine-d out by then.

Howell and Spring Mountain Wineries

As part of our upcoming Napa trip, I'm planning a day in the Howell Mountain and Spring Mountain area. We didn't get to spend much time up here during our previous trip. Based on some threads I've read on the board, here's what I'm thinking for the day:
Neal Family Vineyards
Lamborn Family Vineyards
O'Shaughnessy Estate
Smith-Madrone
Neal and Smith-Madrone are a lock for sure. We're headed to Fort Bragg afterwards, so ending the day at Smith seems like a good idea...and they were bottling the last time we were up there, and were closed for visits.
We're focused on finding some lovely Cabs and other reds during this adventure. Would really appreciate ideas for lunch/snacks, too. I know being on the mountain might take us away from traditional dining options.
Thanks so much!

Honeymoonin' from Napa/SF to LA (with a stop in NOLA)

Thanks for the tip, beetlebug! I'll make sure to keep some allergy meds on hand just in case.

Honeymoonin' from Napa/SF to LA (with a stop in NOLA)

Thanks, goldangl...looks like you'll also be making suggestions for my day on Howell Mountain, too. This is the most recent thread even mentioning Howell Mountain.
We plan on spending the morning at Schramsberg for their cave tour and then going on to Howell. Haven't spent too much time out here before, but during our last trip, we were able to enjoy tastings with Midsummer Cellars, V Madrone, Delgadillo Cellars (all Cabs in St. Helena). Really looking forward to tasting Cabs in this area...I know they're first rate.

Carneros (Napa) Tasting and Snacking Tips

All, thanks for your input. Here's our tentative itinerary for the day:

10:30AM - Sojourn Cellars
12:30PM - Donum Estate Vineyard
2:00PM - di Rosa Preserve
4:30PM - Adastra

Tips on where to pick up a light lunch to go in Sonoma would be much appreciated. We seem to have a bit of time in between Sojourn and Donum and Donum and di Rosa to snack/eat.
I don't know how some folks manage to get 4 locations and a trip to di Rosa all in the same day. I tried and it seems logistically impossible. It's our second time in Carneros, and I wanted to explore as much as I could. We'll be spending the rest of our trip in the exploring the area north of St. Helena.

Napa report Feb 2015

Thanks for the write up. We're headed in that direction in June. Farmer and the Fox and Tarla just might hit our list.

Fresh English Peas

I see them at Trader Joe's.

Apr 17, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area