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Excellent Peruvian food in L.A.?

Not a fan of El Rocoto. I much prefer Mario's (locations in Los Angeles and La Mirada). Service is excellent. The aji sauce is amazing, and the food is seasoned better.

about 14 hours ago
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Kooky, but good - Clearman's Steak N Stein (Pico Rivera)

It's not too far from the 605 freeway Whittier Blvd. exit. There's not a whole lot to be worried about from that standpoint.

about 14 hours ago
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Kooky, but good - Clearman's Steak N Stein (Pico Rivera)

The cheese bread is definitely there...not too sure about the salads as I've never been to North Woods. There were about 6 salads on the menu last night.

1 day ago
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Kooky, but good - Clearman's Steak N Stein (Pico Rivera)

The menu is pretty limited compared to North Woods. About 7 apps, some salad offerings, steaks/chops/seafood, and dessert for dinner. No sandwiches or burgers like at North Woods.

1 day ago
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Kooky, but good - Clearman's Steak N Stein (Pico Rivera)

My friend comes home from Japan after a 5 year stint as a teacher, and asks for dinner at Clearman's Steak N Stein in Pico Rivera. So the family and I take her here. The restaurant is quiet and the lounge is old school plush and dark. We sit and have a drink by the fire while the kids sip their Shirley Temples and Roy Rogers. The drinks are reasonably decent, nothing particularly special. The staff is really friendly and just allows us to go about our own pace while they set up our table.
When we're ready, we go into the dining room. This place is a trip. Red walls, lighting a little on the dark side, old paintings, stained glass...kind of weird, but it's eclectic and I like it.
Dinner comes with unlimited servings of salad (with house made dressings), cabbage slaw, and cheese bread. You pick your steak/chops/surf and it comes with a gigantic baked potato and onion rings. The friend had steak and lobster (the shell had some amazing stuffing in it), the husband and I split a ribeye, and the kids ordered steak and fries. All of our steaks were cooked perfectly. Seasoned well. The baked potato comes with house made sour cream and onion dressing, cheese sauce, and chives. They dress it for you.
Service here is really good. David and Luis where great in helping us out. When they realized that the kids liked the house made croutons, they brought out more just for them. Drinks and water were seamlessly refilled without request. Additional servings of bread, slaw, and salad were offered. While a little expensive, it was a nice way to welcome home an old friend.
With drinks, tip, and tax dinner came out to be about $230 for 6. The kids' dinners were $12 each and for the size of the steak they got, I think it was a good deal.
I'd like to try sitting out in the lounge just for happy hour next time. It's dark, a bit forboding, and interesting.

DineLA Jan 2015 -- Meals, Reviews and Recommendations

Darned auto-correct. I think you'd enjoy it, nosh. I'm already making plans for multiple return trips.

Jan 26, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

DineLA Jan 2015 -- Meals, Reviews and Recommendations

Went to L'Assinette Steak Frites Friday night. Saw the dineLA menu, which was good, but went for the traditional menu instead because we didn't want salmon and steak...we wanted two servings of steak instead.
Service was efficient and friendly. We likened the menu to In-N-Out...simple, short, but done well. We brought our own bottle of cab, and the corkage fee was an approachable $20. We both LOVED the sorrel soup...so much that I'll be actively looking for a recipe to recreate at home. Bread service was good. But the true highlight was the steak and fries. Sous-vide culotte cut was perfectly cooked and seared for color. I got the truffle sauce, and happily dipped my fries in them. Cheese curds would have made it the world's best poutine. The husband got the regular sauce, and that was delicious, too. While gluttonous, we were so full after the first serving, we only picked at the second serving. That was conveniently boxed up for us. For $25, it was still an amazing deal. We'll likely be visiting again in the near future.

best dine la restaurant for 2015

I would suggest searching for past posts regarding dineLA. That would broaden your scope a bit and be more helpful.

Jan 22, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Jamba Juice boost powders

We got a VitaMix for Christmas, and are looking to maximize the gift. We want to make our own Jamba Juice creations at home. Any idea where or how to get the boost powders? The Coldbuster is a particular favorite when someone feels just a little off in the house.
Thanks!

Jan 15, 2015
attran99 in Chains

Looking for a nice dinner in North OC area.

I think you could be happy at The Ranch, Bruno's or Taps. All offer pretty solid food with good service.

Jan 14, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

any upscale anaheim restaurants not near Disneyland

The Ranch is about 5-10 minutes away. The food is fabulous (new American), and they have a stellar wine program run by Michael Jordan of Napa Rose fame.

Jan 14, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Lunch on the way to Santa Barbara tomorrow

Fisherman's Catch is the place to go to. They do regular fried with fries deals, but also offer Santa Barbara spot prawns and Korean delights. If you have time, you pick a fish and they'll prepare it in 3 different ways for you. We didn't have time, so we opted for SB spot prawns sashimi-style with the heads fried. Delish!

Jan 13, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Weekend Birthday trip with kids - downtown SD

Thanks for all of your recs! We (and the birthday kid) had a great time this weekend.
We arrived into town way too early to check into out hotel, and too early for lunch. So we dropped by the Farmer's Market in Little Italy to hang out, then headed over to the Coronado ferry. The ferry was a family hit...totally reminded me of the Seattle ferry to Bainbridge. We had a light lunch at the Coronado Brewing Company, where the birthday boy got a pretzel he loved and the rest of us loved the garlic fries. Since it was a nice day, we walked down to the Hotel Del. We stopped at Nado Gelato for delicious gelato and sorbet.
For dinner, we walked over the Puesto and really enjoyed the food. We ordered and assortment of tacos, guacamole, and ceviche. The margaritas were just okay. Walked over to Extraordinary Desserts for dinner because it's a family San Diego trip tradition.
Breakfast was supplied by the hotel. We walked over to Seaport Village after the kids made one last trip to the hotel pool. They loved the malted milkshake. We had late lunch/early dinner at The Duck Dive in Pacific Beach before heading back to L.A. Their duck fat-fried fries were good, but not duck-y enough for me. Homemade sauces (garlic aioli, roasted tomato aioli, and ketchup) were delish. Also love their duck wings because of the crispy skin, though the plum hoisin sauce was a touch too sweet for me and it was weird to see it served with a side of ranch. Kids split the burger and corn dog bites, and the husband had the meatloaf melt that he really enjoyed.
Thanks for introducing us to new family favorites in SD!

Foie ban no more??!!!

Come to LA. Foie is popping up one some menus tonight.

Jan 07, 2015
attran99 in San Diego

CA Foie Gras Import Ban-Struck Down by Court

Terrine is doing a special foie thing on Monday.

Jan 07, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

faculty candidate Interview dinner choices

If in Little Italy, I suggest stopping at Extraordinary Desserts for desserts. I go every day when I'm visiting SD.

Jan 07, 2015
attran99 in San Diego

Newport Beach dinner recs

Mozza might be a good idea. While I've been to the LA location, I've not been to the OC location so can't vouch for food or service. But I do love the LA location. The food is good...you can never go wrong with good pizza and some tasty salads. Wines are good, too...and overall, it's not terribly expensive. Fun for groups.

Jan 07, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

CA Foie Gras Import Ban-Struck Down by Court

Thank God! Foie is coming back!

Jan 07, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area
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Restaurant Week (Jan 19-Feb 1)

Never mind...found it.

Jan 06, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Restaurant Week (Jan 19-Feb 1)

Is it me or has Fogo de Chao gone from the list? Just looked it up and can't seem to find it.

Jan 06, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Weekend Birthday trip with kids - downtown SD

Thanks, RdBchAndy! I totally forgot about the UBER option. Okay, casting the net wider. What are your better options further afield?

Jan 06, 2015
attran99 in San Diego

Weekend Birthday trip with kids - downtown SD

We're taking our son (and his brothers) on a weekend birthday (he's turning 9) trip to SD. Staying at the Embassy Suites downtown (next to the Midway), and looking for some fun places to eat. When we come down, we usually hit up Cotixan (for rolled tacos), Point Loma Seafood, Extraordinary Desserts, and Little Italy. Ideally, places within walking distance of the hotel would be great. They have an evening happy hour, and it makes it hard to drink and then drive to dinner.

Jan 05, 2015
attran99 in San Diego

What to serve for dinner with new neighbors?

I'm a fan of garlic bread and a salad with the meal. However, I'm going to vote for tiramisu for dessert...so traditional, and yet so good.

POULTRY SOUP! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (January 2015)

Never thought to add green chiles to the soup base before. Going to have to try that next time. Thanks!

Jan 02, 2015
attran99 in Home Cooking

POULTRY SOUP! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (January 2015)

Chicken tortilla soup is always a favorite in our house. This recipe is from a neighbor of ours. All made in the crock pot. In a crock pot, throw in chicken (boneless breast or thighs, I like thighs), 1 can cream of chicken, 1 can tomato sauce or paste (whichever you have on hand), bell peppers sauteed with garlic and onions, frozen corn, and as much chicken stock as you want. Season with salt, pepper, oregano, chili powder, cumin, and smoked paprika. Cook on low for 8 hours. After 8 hours, take out the boneless chicken and shred. Serve with cheese, fresh cilantro, green onions, crema con sal (salted Mexican sour cream), and lime.
I also made this chicken lemon orzo soup last night that the family loved. I added corn, yellow squash and zucchini for more veg, and didn't have room for orzo.
http://damndelicious.net/2014/04/25/l...

Jan 02, 2015
attran99 in Home Cooking

Oyster Bar at Harrahs - Beyond Great Hidden Gem

What kind of oysters did they have available that day? Do they offer Happy Hour specials?

Dec 29, 2014
attran99 in Las Vegas

Scarpetta, Julian Serrano, LOS....help me out please :)

If at Scarpetta, the spaghetti is a must. Simple, elegant...and the best spaghetti you will ever eat.
I love drinking at the Chandelier bar at the Cosmo. It's fun, and the drinks are delicious. If you want something different, the alcoholic shakes at Holstein's are great...and I adore the salt air margarita from China Poblano (you can even order it from the take-out window) if it's still open.

Dec 29, 2014
attran99 in Las Vegas

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

Thanks, JAB.
We tried Public House for our Friday dinner and LOVED it. Meatloaf for her, pastrami for me. Cocktails for us both. Thanks! I can't wait to go back.

Dec 29, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area
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French Macaroons - alternative to Bottega Louie?

I'm a huge fan of the macarons at Euro Pane in Pasadena. I love the salted caramel, pistachio, and fruit flavored ones. They retail for about $1.85 each, and are huge.

Dec 29, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Beef Tenderloin from Costco

I generously rub it with chopped fresh rosemary, salt, pepper, and a little olive oil. I cut small slits in the meat and shove in thin slices of garlic. Throw it in a roasting pan with a rack into a 375 degree preheated oven. I use a meat thermometer to determine rare-medium rare.

Dec 29, 2014
attran99 in Chains