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West Side Deli Lovers Rejoice Wexler's Deli is Coming to Santa Monica

It'll be across the street from Philz Coffee. This might get me into financial trouble!

Good Vegetarian?

I really love Azla Vegan for Ethiopian food. My other favorite is Ihsan's Falalfel, who do a Sudanese take on falafel. Their spicy peanut sauce and homemade pickles are to die for. You can find Ihsan's stand at various farmers markets in SoCal throughout the week.

Aug 10, 2015
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Past favorites from the 1970's

Thanks, tritip! I had no idea he owned it.

Jul 08, 2015
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Past favorites from the 1970's

Ah, good to know. I haven't been to Tender Greens for a while. Thanks, Baron!

Jul 07, 2015
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Past favorites from the 1970's

I was a kid in the 70s. My biggest treat was going to the Bicycle Shop Cafe in West LA and having a green salad with cheese, ham, and a tarragon dressing. Actually, I'm still obsessed with recreating that dressing. Any leads?

Jul 07, 2015
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Banoffee Pie in LA?

I love banoffee pie. They have it Sunday through Tuesday at Simple Things, but I haven't had a chance to try it. Here's their menu with the addresses of their three locations: http://simplethingsrestaurant.com/WW/....

May 31, 2015
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Torrance Memorial Hospital - anything nearby?

Rezpeni, I hope your relative has a quick recovery. I have a couple of suggestions for you. I'm a big fan of the French-Japanese pastries at Pâtisserie Chantilly, especially the decadent sesame cream puffs. A little further away is Sanuki no Sato, an old-school Japanese noodle joint in Gardena. I love their very toothsome udons.

Pâtisserie Chantilly
2383 Lomita Blvd. #104
Lomita, CA 90717
(310) 257-9454 phone
http://patisseriechantilly.com/menu.htm
mon, tue: closed
wed-sun: 11 to 6

Sanuki no Sato
18206 S. Western Ave.
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 324-9184
http://www.sanukinosato.com/pdf/SanuD...
Lunch:
11:30am-2:30pm (Monday-Friday)
11:30am-3:00pm (Saturday, Sunday)
Dinner:
5:30pm-9:45pm (7 days)
Last Call: Lunch 2:15pm, Dinner: 9:45pm

Mar 22, 2015
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Korean Market

If you decide to go to Torrance, here are the Korean markets in the area:

Market World
3030 Sepulveda Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505
310-539-8899
hannamchain.com
Mon - Sun - 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

S-Mart
2515 Torrance Blvd
Torrance, CA 90503
424-731-7447
hannamchain.com/smintroduction
Mon - Sun - 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Mar 17, 2015
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Korean Market

I would suggest checking out these two Korean cooking channels on YouTube: Omma's Kitchen and Omma's home. I've been using her recipes for a couple of years. One of her daughter's boyfriends is vegan, so she has lots of vegan and vegetarian recipes. She has great suggestions for boosting the flavor of vegetable-centric dishes. Here's the links:

https://m.youtube.com/user/OmmasKitchen

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCnOUSi...

Mar 16, 2015
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Falafel in West Valley

paranoidgarliclover, it's real deal Israeli food. The falafel is great, and my husband's a fan of the sabih, which has vegetable salad, eggs, fried eggplant, and hummus stuffed into a pita. Since it's a kosher restaurant, the prices are a little higher. Here's their info:

Habayit
11921 West Pico Boulevard,
Los Angeles, 90064
(310) 479-7173
http://www.habayitrestaurant.com/rest...

Sun. - Thurs. - 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri. - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat. - CLOSED

Falafel in West Valley

gr8pimpin, thanks for your review of Falafel Palace. I haven't been there in years and thought that I could have romanticized it from my old student days. However, if you're ever in West LA, Habayit is the real deal.

Mar 08, 2015
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Falafel in West Valley

Back in my student days, my go-to falafel purveyor was Falafel Palace in Northridge. I remember it being quite tasty with fried eggplant. I haven't been back since 2008, so I can't verify the quality of the food. Perhaps, it was just satisfying as cheap, filling studenty food. I now satisfy my cravings at Habayit in West LA.

Falafel Palace
9255 Reseda Blvd
Northridge, CA 91324
(818) 993-0734
http://www.falafelpalace.co/#!who_we_...

Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

Mar 08, 2015
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Vicente Foods in Brentwood has a sneaky good Pastrami sandwich

I'll have to check it out. I go to the pharmacy next door, and I have a couple of prescriptions to pick up next week.

Mar 06, 2015
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Why can't LA get real, squeaky, Quebec-style cheese curds?

Glad to be of service, Anna! Thankfully, the curds weren't in Dårlig Ulv Stranden.

Mar 04, 2015
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Why can't LA get real, squeaky, Quebec-style cheese curds?

Hi, Anna! It's your pal, Yoshiko here. I remembered seeing cheese curds at the Artisan Cheese Gallery ages ago. I called them today, and they informed me that they usually have them in stock. At the moment, they have one bag left, and they are willing to put it on hold for you. Here's their info:

Artisan Cheese Gallery
12023 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

10:30am - 7:00pm (Monday to Thursday)
10:30am - 9:00pm (Friday & Saturday)
9:30am - 6:00pm (Sunday)

phone (818) 505-0207
http://www.artisancheesegallery.com

Recs Near Santa Monica Boulevard and Canon

I'm glad that M Cafe de Chaya was able to meet your dietary needs. You're right, pretty much everything there is fairly mild, but I find it deeply comforting.

If you'd like to give it another try, I'd recommend their kale with spicy peanut dressing, a side dish. As you can guess, it's not spicy, but it's more assertively spiced than their other dishes. However, you should check to see if it's gluten-free. I believe that they use gluten-free tamari.

By the way, my husband loves their teriyaki bowl with cod. Again, not spicy, but it's a somewhat sweet, hearty dish. Last tip, stay away from the sushi. It's really not up to par, but the inari isn't too bad.

Mar 02, 2015
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Recs Near Santa Monica Boulevard and Canon

I would suggest M Cafe de Chaya, a macrobiotic restaurant. Think vegan, but with fish options. They are very gluten-free friendly and can accommodate requests. The dishes range from $10 - $15. There aren't really any spicy options. Think of it as American macrobiotic with hints of Japanese and Indian cuisines.

Here's a link to their menu:

http://mcafedechaya.com/menu/

M Cafe de Chaya
9433 Brighton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Monday thru Saturday:
9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday:
10:00 am – 7:00 pm

BeverlyHills@mcafedechaya.com
Telephone: 310.858.8459

Feb 27, 2015
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BULLETPROOF COFFEE

By the way, a bulletproof coffee shop is opening up in Santa Monica - possibly by the end of the month. Here's the details:

Bulletproof Coffee
3110 Main St.
Santa Monica, 90405
www.bulletproofexec.com

Feb 19, 2015
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BULLETPROOF COFFEE

Not Santa Monica, but adjacent. It's the specialty at Another Kind of Sunrise:

1629 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291

It's listed as Buttery Brew on their menu. For more info, go to anotherkindofsunrise.com.

Feb 18, 2015
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Along the 118: Moorpark > La Canada - Anything Chow-Worthy?

Brent's is an old standby for me, but this LA Weekly article about the lengthy salmonella outbreak at the Westlake Village location gives me pause: http://www.laweekly.com/restaurants/b...

Jan 28, 2015
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Pok pok phat thai

Well, I'd like to eat at both of them. I've been meaning to go to LAX-C for a while. I understand that some of my favorite vendors from the Thai Buddhist temple in the valley are there now.

Jan 02, 2015
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Pok pok phat thai

Thanks for Instagram link. Oh yeah, I did have the duck in my bowl. Next time, I'll have to eat more mindfully. I started off the New Year being way too greedy!

I think I'm going to wait a month or so on Pok Pok, even with the tip from my friend Dave.

Jan 02, 2015
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Pok pok phat thai

I didn't notice the duck. It was so delicious that I pretty much scarfed it down way too quickly. I wholeheartedly agree, it's one of the best noodle dishes in LA!

A friend went to Pok Pok, I believe this morning. He arrived 15 minutes before it opened. Apparently, the line is no problem if you get there a little early.

Jan 02, 2015
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Pok pok phat thai

I really wanted to try Pok Pok, but I don't have the stamina to wait in long lines anymore. My husband and I went to Sapp Coffee Shop instead. Wow, those jade noodles are such a revelation. Hello, where have you been my whole life?! The bright green, room-temperature noodles were embellished with barbecued pork, bits of crab, dried red chiles, Thai basil, and crushed peanuts. It was a perfectly refreshing meal with the textures and complex flavors being balanced harmoniously. Looks like there's going to be many visits to Sapp in the new year. As for Pok Pok, I'll give it a go when the crowds die down.

Manuka Honey

I buy medical-grade Manuka honey from Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy:

Brentwood
12025 San Vicente Blvd
Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA 90049 USA

Pacific Palisades
15150 W Sunset Blvd
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 USA

Nov 16, 2014
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Copenhagen Pastry in Culver City

The Culver City location is still open. Here's their address:

Copenhagen Pastry
11113 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232

Apr 23, 2014
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Koreatown, Little Armenia and Thai Town most interesting restaurants?

Thanks for your opinion about DeSano, JAB.

Mar 29, 2014
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Gluten Free Breakfast options near LAX?

Yeah, I did look at the menu. They might have chosen non-carby items to avoid cross-contamination. Indeed, eating at Pann's would be more fun and economical. John O'Groats, M Cafe de Chaya, or Cafe Gratitude would probably be my picks for a gluten-free breakfast, but they're too far away. A Mexican restaurant that serves breakfast could be a good option for you; they tend not to use too much gluten with the exception of flour tortillas.

Mar 20, 2014
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Gluten Free Breakfast options near LAX?

I'm not a fan of The Daily Grill either - too boring and bland for me. It's probably been 20 years since I last went there.

Mar 20, 2014
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Gluten Free Breakfast options near LAX?

Not the most exciting restaurant, but The Daily Grill in Westchester has a gluten-free breakfast menu: http://dailygrill.com/wp-content/uplo....

Mar 20, 2014
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