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Best Donut, Los Angeles

Buttermilk bar from Primo's in West LA. I can take or leave most donuts, but those I crave . . .

1 day ago
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Plain baked/grilled chicken and or chicken fingers/tenders in downtown?

It's not fine dining, but the Yard House at LA Live would probably work for you.

Jul 27, 2014
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Francois Payard tries supermarket snack cakes

I liked those too - much better than Devil Dogs, where the cake part was soooo dry. Don't know if they still exist.

Jul 25, 2014
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Francois Payard tries supermarket snack cakes

Absolutely. We always kept RingDings in the freezer.

Jul 25, 2014
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Francois Payard tries supermarket snack cakes

Loved his comments on the Snackwells in particular - "The chocolate is not pleasant. It’s not even chocolate, it’s all fake."

Jul 25, 2014
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DineLA Meals Reported -- July 2014

Very much! Don't want to hijack the DineLA thread - we decided we wanted to share a bunch of dishes off the regular menu rather than ordering from the DineLA menu. I loved the mushrooms, meatballs, and pasta with lamb. Have to say that I agree with others who have said in the great LA pizza debate threads that they're not crazy about the pizza at Sotto (now I'm definitely veering off this thread). I have no problem with some char on my pizza crust, but this one actually tasted like charcoal to me, and was too bready for my taste. But overall the meal was excellent and I'm looking forward to going back.

Jul 24, 2014
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DineLA Meals Reported -- July 2014

Has anyone been to Sotto for DineLA yet? I'm having dinner there in a couple hours and wondering whether it's worth taking a shot on the DineLA menu. (Friends I'm going with have eaten there before and love it, but it's my first time.)

Jul 22, 2014
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DineLA Meals Reported -- July 2014

Had dinner at Chinois for a friend's birthday a couple nights ago. We didn't ordered the DineLA menu because the dishes the birthday boy was craving (whole catfish and those oysters) weren't on the DineLA menu. I am so not an oyster fan but boy did those look and smell good! I was very happy with the dishes I did partake of - my personal favorite Szechuan beef, and a couple fantastic vegetable dishes.

Jul 18, 2014
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Susie Cakes -- yummm

Not happy about this. I love Susiecakes, but up until now it has been an occasional indulgence since there isn't one conveniently located to me. Maybe if I walk there . . . by way of Playa Del Rey . . .

Jul 17, 2014
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Oh no another tipping thread! When is no tip justified?

A couple years ago I had a dinner with three friends where we experienced epicly, surreally, comically, please-just-get-this-person-away-from-me bad service. In that case the owner/manager stepped in, finished up the service himself, and comped our entire check (even though we insisted that was too much - the food and drinks when we actually got them were quite good). In the end we still left a tip and asked that it be applied to the pool for the bussers, bartenders, etc. who had all done their jobs well. No idea of course if that in fact happened. But if the owner/manager hadn't stepped in as he did, I probably would have left no tip at all, for the first time in my life.

Jul 16, 2014
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Need ideas for cookies for a crowd

Not a recipe suggestion, but if you're going to be doing this every week and would like to have variety - many cookie doughs freeze very well, so you can mix up large batches, freeze them in portions, and then pull out a couple kinds to bake once a week. I make double or triple recipes of basic chocolate chip cookie dough (w/o adding the chips) and then divide it up and add various mix-ins - classic chocolate chip, coconut and pecans, white chocolate and dried cranberries, pretzels and caramels, the possibilities are endless - and then freeze for later baking.

Jul 16, 2014
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Restaurants to take my agents near Wilshire/Fairfax

I was also wondering if we were talking about talent agents or real estate agents (both of whom should be taking the client out to dinner, as you said). Either way I concur on AOC. or maybe Republique?

Jul 15, 2014
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High Produce Paleo

Yes, of course, and I keep most of my carb consumption to non-starchy vegetables, fruit and some whole grains. I was mostly thinking about how my personal digestive system would react to eating literally nothing except protein and fat, and I can't imagine it would be pretty.

Another question to satisfy my curiosity, and I know this doesn't apply to your diet, mcf, but do no- or nearly-no carb eaters take supplements to get enough vitamin C, potassium, etc.?

Jul 14, 2014
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High Produce Paleo

Honest question here from a non-Paleo, moderate-carb eater: is fiber (not found in fat or protein) not also essential to humans? Or at least pretty important to digestive health?

Jul 14, 2014
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Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

Edited to add that I finally took the plunge and started following people. It's opening up a whole new world of threads I probably wouldn't have otherwise read . . .

Jul 11, 2014
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Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

I don't actually follow anyone. Why, I don't know, just haven't ever hit that button. But there are a handful or people who either live in my area or spend a lot of time there - westsidegal, wienermobile, Dirtywextraolives, servorg, maudie5 - and I'm always happy to see what they have to say about the new places that are constantly cropping up, or the old favorites.

Jul 11, 2014
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Romantic Restaurant in west LA?

Capo seems really tough at $150, even before alcohol, if you want to order meat or seafood. It's been a while since I was there but my recollection is the steaks run in the $50s and most of the apps in the $20s.

If Italian interests you, this recent thread has lots of ideas.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/971573

Jul 10, 2014
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Dinner for foodie w/ non-foodie friends

Depending on how unadventurous your dining companions are, Jaleo at the Cosmopolitan could work for your group dinner. Large Spanish menu with lots of interesting things for you and your wife to try, but then there are also salads, skirt steak, roasted chicken, various paellas. And the atmosphere is fun, not intimidating.

http://www.jaleo.com/las-vegas

Jul 09, 2014
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Best Eye Candy Staff in town

I agree with Servorg (and I'm female, btw). Yes, I want a restaurant to have good service; if the servers are also easy on the eyes then that's a plus in my book. Just like I want the food to be good, first and foremost, but a pretty room or a beautiful view also enhances my enjoyment of the whole dining experience.

Jul 09, 2014
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Instant Breakfast Cereal

Whole Foods has an unflavored instant oatmeal with flax seeds that I like. You can add your own sweetener, dried fruit, whatever.

Jul 08, 2014
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Best Eye Candy Staff in town

Agree on Laurel Hardware. Also have to give a nod to Gjelina for attractive staff of both genders.

Jul 07, 2014
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3 Questions about Gjelina

Glad you all enjoyed it! I agree that their wine mark-ups are too high, but the by the glass list is mostly in the $14 - 16 range:

http://www.gjelina.com/#/wine-front

Granted it changes regularly, but that's been my experience over many visits.

Jul 03, 2014
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Preserving asparagus??

How was it stored? I routinely keep asparagus in the fridge for a couple days, stored upright with the ends in water. If you roast or grill it tomorrow, it'll be good to eat for a few days after that (if you like cold roasted or grilled asparagus, which I do).

Jul 01, 2014
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What's the best recipe off a supermarket item label you have made recently?

My go-to meatloaf recipe is still the one from the Quaker Oats box (as it has been my mother's for 40+ years).

Jul 01, 2014
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Itinerary Review (Kauai, Oaho, Big Island)

Good point about scouting out the best dining options near the locations you plan to visit. There are some truly bad places aimed at tourists. I now have a back-up plan when I'm wandering about the island, in the form of a cheap cooler and ice packs in the back of the rental car stocked with fruit, cheese, crackers, salami, yogurt, cookies, bottled water, etc for impromptu picnics.

Jul 01, 2014
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Itinerary Review (Kauai, Oaho, Big Island)

What BC said in her first couple sentences, 100 times over. I adore Hawaii and try to go there at least twice a year (usually Maui). but at the risk of being de-Chowhounded, I have to say it's really not a food destination for me, unlike, say, Paris or NYC or many other vacation spots. I mean there are some restaurants that I really like, but to me it's a place where you plan your day around surfing, snorkeling, hiking, or sitting on the lanai staring at the ocean, not around where you're going to eat every meal. But that's just me.

Jun 30, 2014
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Women who don't eat much when among peers

Not in my experience, and I'm an urban professional woman about 10 years younger than your wife (and fit and trim but not rail thin). Among my female friends, it's much more common to order what you want and eat heartily when you're out for meals with friends, and then watch your food choices more closely when you're eating at home or out on your own. Although as another poster noted, we're more likely to choose a small plates restaurant and share a bunch of things rather than going to a steak house for a giant hunk of meat. But that's my true personal preference for dining out, not a nod to peer pressure.

Jun 29, 2014
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Better than acceptable grocery store cheeses

I like the Kerrygold cheeses - usually found in the deli case, not with the dairy.

Jun 27, 2014
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MENDOCINO FARMS GOING IN TO DAILY GRILL SPACE

Interesting. seems like a pretty big space for a Mendocino Farms. Nice addition to the neighborhood though.

Jun 27, 2014
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3 Questions about Gjelina

Not that I'm going to change your mind, but it's the name of the mother of one of the owners, not something somebody made up.

Jun 23, 2014
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