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Thanksgiving Restaurant for a Group of Vegetarians & Carnivores

For the first time ever my family is going to a restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner. There will be only two turkey eaters & the other five people are vegetarians (not vegans). I'm thinking maybe a nice hotel buffet would be best so the veggies can enjoy some Thanksgiving food rather than having to make do with pasta which we eat all the time at home. We will be coming from Encino but are willing to schlep somewhat, moderately priced or slightly above is fine - there are teens but no little kids. Thanks for your help.

Nov 17, 2011
sherpa50 in Los Angeles Area

Heading down to The Orange County Center for the Performing Arts ...

in a couple of weeks. Can anyone recommend a nearby restaurant for dinner before the performance? I am a vegetarian, my companion is an omnivore - prefer Italian, but open to anything that can accommodate both (although he's not too fond of Indian). Mid-range to higher mid-range prices are fine. We will be a little dressed up for the ballet so nothing too casual. Thanks.

Jan 06, 2011
sherpa50 in Los Angeles Area

Good Lemon Meringue Pie - Westside, Santa Monica, or ???

A dear friend wants lemon meringue pie for his birthday "cake". Since I am cooking dinner I'd like to buy the pie. Any suggestions for a good pie? Price is not an issue & I would settle for a nice lemon meringue tart.

I live in Santa Monica but would be willing to schlep.

Dec 26, 2009
sherpa50 in Los Angeles Area

Best westside pizza?

I think Pitfire on Westwood delivers, although like Mulberry & Vito's it suffers from the time lapse - all three are so much better fresh from the oven. Jacopo's delivers, too - now on South Beverly Drive.

Apr 05, 2009
sherpa50 in Los Angeles Area

Best westside pizza?

Funny you would say that - I grew up in WLA, still live here, but have only been to the Coop once (my sister is a fan, though). I stopped by for a slice awhile back & the woman at the counter was so mean to the pizza maker & very abrupt with the customers that I swore no matter how great the pizza was I would never return. Maybe it was a different woman? I can't imagine this woman calling anyone "sweetie" - she didn't seem nice at all. The pizza was just ok by my standards.

Apr 05, 2009
sherpa50 in Los Angeles Area

Japanese or Diner in Pasadena - tonight!

Going to a play in Pasadena tonight with an older friend. She has a tender tummy & prefers either Japanese or something like a diner where she can get plain food. I know Pasadena well, but usually stick to cuisines that include tomatoes (she can't eat them), so I am no help.

Price should be moderate, but it does not have to be cheap. Prefer something quiet.

Grazie.

Apr 05, 2009
sherpa50 in Los Angeles Area

Kid-friendly rec's for mexican in the Valley or West LA?

Kay & Dave's is very kid-friendly, but the food is anything but authentic (bar is ok, though). Also not authentic, but good for families is El Cholo in Santa Monica. They will take a reservation for groups of five or more (at least they used to).

Apr 05, 2009
sherpa50 in Los Angeles Area

Vegetarian Restaurants

Moishe's at the Farmers Market has a lot of veg choices. They're pretty unfriendly there but the food is good. I also love the tofu sandwich at FOOD on Pico in West Los Angeles. They have more than a few veg choices & their soups are especially good. Very casual, very friendly, under $20 a person. Highly recommend the vegetables, brown rice & tofu at Nook - much better than average - somewhat on the peppery side, which is nice. If you eat cheese, the mac & cheese is swell, as are their salads & the occasional vegetarian soup. They also have nice sauteed spinach & other sides. Good desserts, too. Open for lunch. Make a reservation for dinner (more expensive than $20/person if you have wine and/or dessert, but not pricey).

Jan 11, 2009
sherpa50 in Los Angeles Area

Best reasonable breakfast spot in LA?

I like FOOD on Pico (at Prosser, between Overland & Beverly Glen) in WLA. Actually, it is just a couple of blocks west of O'Groats, on the north side of the street.

Great ricotta pancakes with fresh berries, egg dishes, quesadillas, plus several veg/vegan choices. No booze, but good coffee & fresh juices.

Sep 26, 2008
sherpa50 in Los Angeles Area

Need thank you goodies rec in valley

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I want to send someone a thank-you goodie basket (or just one special cake or ???) & would like some valley recommendations since his office is in Burbank. My first choice was the red velvet cake from Buttercake Bakery but the delivery charge was $30 - same amount as the cake itself.

He's from New Orleans & loves sweets (esp chocolate). I want to spend about $50 (inc delivery charge), but will go higher for something especially nice.

Thanks.

Jun 05, 2008
sherpa50 in Los Angeles Area

Nordstrom's Cafe Bistro

I eat at the one in the Westside Pavilion at least once a week. The soups & salads are excellent, & the desserts are tempting (I think they come from somewhere else, though). Good sandwiches, too - especially the California Grill (I get the no-meat version: swiss, avocado, tomatoes & aioli on grilled sour dough), or the tuna on ciabatta. Definitely recommend it. You can sit there & read as long as you want & there aren't usually too many kids. Staff is friendly.

May 02, 2008
sherpa50 in Los Angeles Area

Best Coffee Cake in LA?

Buttercake Bakery - yum!

buttercakebakery.com

Jan 20, 2008
sherpa50 in Los Angeles Area

POQUITO MAS--WHY THE CROWD??

The white rice is served on the Studio Plate only which is kind of a diet dish, I believe. They have Spanish rice, which is a little undersalted for me, but has a good amount of tomatoes, onions & a little potato in it.

I think their pinto beans are good, & I like the tortillas. But to each his own; I would never go to Baja Fresh or La Salsa unless there was no other choice.

Jan 20, 2008
sherpa50 in Los Angeles Area

Good breakfast spots near Century City?

The street is Patricia Ave.

Thanks for the reminder about the golf course coffee shop - haven't been there since I was in high school (almost 40 years ago). It was fun!

Dec 27, 2007
sherpa50 in Los Angeles Area

best italian with least attitude

Da Pasquale.

Dec 03, 2007
sherpa50 in Los Angeles Area

went to snola yesterday for fro yo

I tried it - didn't like it & actually threw half of it away.

To each her own!

Nov 26, 2007
sherpa50 in Los Angeles Area

Heart of India Sherman Oaks - nice

Just went to Salomi last week - it was great! Wish I lived closer - I would go all the time.

George! I miss him.

Nov 26, 2007
sherpa50 in Los Angeles Area

Vegetarian Chili in WLA

I like both Urth (more soup-like) & Mrs. Winston's.

Nov 12, 2007
sherpa50 in Los Angeles Area

Regular dinner for one on Thanksgiving

Clifton's!

Nov 12, 2007
sherpa50 in Los Angeles Area

Coconut Cream Pie or Coconut Layer Cake in LA?

Buttercake Bakery makes both coconut layer cakes & coconut cupcakes - yummy.

buttercakebakery.com/

Nov 12, 2007
sherpa50 in Los Angeles Area

I've been sick! Want a yummy dinner for Sat and have no clue!

Second Nook's mac & cheese. They call it a "side" but don't be fooled - I had it the other night & it was generous (& deelish).

They always have the lentil soup (v.g.) & one other that changes daily.

Have the little brownie pot thing for dessert.

And make a reservation - they were crowded on a Tuesday.

Feel better!

Nov 01, 2007
sherpa50 in Los Angeles Area

We've done movies; what is your fave food read?

I am also a big fan of the two Laurie Colwin food essay collections, "Home Cooking" & "More Home Cooking". All of her novels have good food moments in them, too - especially "Happy All the Time" & "Family Happiness".

Barbara Pym was another novelist who always worked food into her stories in funny as well as poignant ways. Colwin was a big admirer (& a fan of British food).

Oct 31, 2007
sherpa50 in Food Media & News

Go-to places - Westside

Nook (had a yummy salad there last night: greens, thinly sliced persimmons, fennel, red onion, with a creamy mustard vinaigrette & pom seeds)
Pitfire Pizza on Westwood & La Grange
Da Pasquale (BH)
Jaipur (Pico & Westwood)
Metro Cafe (Washington Place & Sepulveda)
Nordstom Cafe (good salads & desserts)
Urth (BH & SM)

Oct 31, 2007
sherpa50 in Los Angeles Area

I need a Resturaunt suggestion in greater L.A.area

I think of Violet as very casual. I've worn jeans or the equivalent each time I've been there.

I say Spago. She can definitely wear a dress, it's a lovely atmosphere, food is great (have the cookie box for dessert; they'll add ice cream if you like). $150 should be enough without booze.

Oct 25, 2007
sherpa50 in Los Angeles Area

Tired of Baja Fresh, Chipotle

I love Loteria's mole cheese enchiladas.

Oct 25, 2007
sherpa50 in Los Angeles Area

New Whole Foods Pasadena to be Regional Flagship

I didn't know WF & WO merged. I don't live in Pasadena (unfortunately), but go there often & have always enjoyed the WO - will be sorry to see it go. I like the big WF stores, but still do a TJ run for some stuff. TJ's is not so great for produce, though, so it will continue to be WF for me.

Oct 25, 2007
sherpa50 in Los Angeles Area

Haven't seen my friend in 3 years, good catch-up place with view in LA?

I can't think of a restaurant in the valley that has a view, but the restaurant at the Getty fits the bill view-wise, & the food is good. Also, it's relatively quiet, & you could take a walk around the grounds afterwards (no need to go into the museum if you don't want to, but the gardens are pretty). Maybe the brother could meet you somewhere on Sepulveda & then you could drive in together ($8 to park, btw). Have fun.

Oct 25, 2007
sherpa50 in Los Angeles Area

"Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant"

I am at work so I don't have the original recipe with me. I think I made my usual quick marinara sauce (olive oil, garlic, & a large can of plum tomatoes chopped up - don't buy them already chopped), but added a half a shallot & a knob of butter: garlic & shallot in the pan with olive oil & butter, let them get soft, add the tomatoes (which I smush up myself), some s&p & dried basil (fresh, if you have it). Meanwhile, put the pot on (as my mom would say), & just keep the sauce on med low, stirring pretty frequently - don't let it get too dry. When the pasta goes in the pot (& I was wondering why he said long pasta only - I think it would be fine on penne or pretty much anything), I added a handful or two of freshly grated parmigiano reggiano & just poured in some half & half (maybe half a cup?), reduce heat as low as possible. I made this in a wide pot so when the pasta was drained I could just dump it in & toss it all up. I probably added more cheese, pepper & hot red pepper flakes at the end. I think it would be good with baby spinach, too (I would add this to the sauce before the dairy stuff). Start to finish, under an hour.

Oct 23, 2007
sherpa50 in Food Media & News

"Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant"

I have read the book & made the salsa rosa (although I changed it a bit). There are many fine essays (mostly by well-known writers like MFK Fisher) in the book & some duds (some "dud-ier" than others). The title comes from a delightful Laurie Colwin essay, which is included in the book, as is an essay by her daughter, Rosa Jurjevics. Since I am a heartbroken Colwin fan, it was lovely to read her daughter's reminisces of her mom. If there is anyone here who has not read Colwin's two books of cooking essays (originally published in Gourmet Magazine), Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen, & More Home Cooking: A Writer Returns to the Kitchen, I say order them from Amazon immediately.

The Salsa Rosa was good, but not better than anything I've concocted on my own before (admittedly, I am Italian & that is mostly what I cook). It was a little rich for me (& I used half & half rather than cream), but it was definitely tasty.

Oct 23, 2007
sherpa50 in Food Media & News

Mushroom Pizza

I can't believe I forgot to mention Red Balls Rock & Roll Pizza on Topanga Canyon (address included in review below). Their mushroom pizza is deelish - the mushrooms are sauteed which makes it completely yummy. They are packed on weekends so go early (note: it's very noisy).

http://www.calendarlive.com/dining/cl...

Oct 23, 2007
sherpa50 in Los Angeles Area