littlemissbusiness's Profile

Title Last Reply

Hungarian Peppers

My husband's parents are Hungarian and Czech. That means when he's having a bad week, all he wants is Hungarian comfort food.

My mother in law SWEARS by Jon's Market. Here are the locations:
http://www.jonsmarketplace.com/locations.aspx

They stock a wide variety of Eastern European foods, including the peppers you are looking for. They will likely be labeled "yellow peppers" and they look like this: http://foodandwinehedonist.files.word...
They're about twice the size of a medium jalapeno.

Can you post the recipe? My husband LOVES meatloaf, and a Czech meatloaf would send him over the moon.

Have fun!

Mar 29, 2013
littlemissbusiness in Los Angeles Area

ISO: Group of 12-14, close to Metro (Red/Purple), talkable, under $20 per person

Thanks in advance, folks.

Mar 29, 2013
littlemissbusiness in Los Angeles Area

ISO: Group of 12-14, close to Metro (Red/Purple), talkable, under $20 per person

I've been charged with getting a group together for brunch or lunch on Sunday, April 14. Ages 25-35, WeHo/Silverlake/DTLA crowd. I have been trying to figure this out, but it's proving harder than I thought.

Here is the task:

1. Somewhere b/n West Hollywood and Downtown LA. People are coming from both locations.

2. Easily walkable from the Red or Purple Metro lines. There are a couple LA newbies, and I don't want anyone to have to hoof it if they're taking public transit.

3. Can comfortably accommodate 12-14 people without splitting up tables or causing the waitstaff to hate me.

4. $-$$. Affordable is great -- around $20 per person (incl tip) would be fantastic.

5. Takes reservations. Otherwise I'll have to show up an hour early.

6. Diner or New American would be good. Next time, I'm sending the group to dim sum. I want to do something more accessible for the first time out.

7. Nothing too loud -- we're getting together to talk. Sorry Wurstküche.

8. Vegetarian options. Doesn't have to be half the menu, but I don't want the veg folks to starve. Sorry Phillipe's.

HOUNDS -- ONLY YOU CAN SAVE ME! I have faith in your wisdom. Fire away.

Mar 29, 2013
littlemissbusiness in Los Angeles Area

Mid-range birthday option -- we like Umami, Church and State, Animal.

you guys are totally picking up what I'm throwing down. thanks for the great recommendations.

May 17, 2010
littlemissbusiness in Los Angeles Area

Mid-range birthday option -- we like Umami, Church and State, Animal.

My birthday was yesterday -- this is for my honey's bday in a couple of weeks.

Thinking:
Bistro LQ
The Tar Pits
Lou on Vine
Cube

I'm in school, so we don't eat out a whole bunch, but I want to do something nice. Everything is still looking like $40-$50 a plate once all is said and done.

Any other ideas, hounds?

-----
Lou on Vine
724 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Bistro LQ
8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

The Tar Pit
609 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

May 17, 2010
littlemissbusiness in Los Angeles Area

Mid-range birthday option -- we like Umami, Church and State, Animal.

Hello:

Looking for a low to mid range birthday dinner restaurant. Was just told that Church and State is too expensive (which throws out Animal, another favorite choice). We like Umami, but have been there 100 times. Looking for something mid-city to downtown (Hollywood are okay too). Any suggestions?

Group of 8, trying to keep it under $30 a plate for the total bill.

Help!

May 17, 2010
littlemissbusiness in Los Angeles Area

SUNDAY BRUNCH -- on the water (early mom's day)

Hello!

My fiance and I are doing our first group mother's day a weekend early (on May 2nd). We would like to take our mothers out somewhere nice -- possibly on the water (Newport-Malibu ok). We live near downtown LA, and want to get out and make a day of it.

Interesting, inventive, fresh... We want to impress the moms. Small restaurants near the water would be the BEST. Also good restaurants in lovely hotels.

Hounds, help me!

Apr 19, 2010
littlemissbusiness in Los Angeles Area

Providence Reservation, but...(and a breakfast/brunch rec)

Church and State downtown is a great little French bistro -- from your self-description, you'll love it.

My fiance and I can't get enough of Animal. Our favorite dinner spot in LA right now.

There are tons of reviews of both restaurants on this board.

Nov 14, 2009
littlemissbusiness in Los Angeles Area

My Mom needs some paprikas szalonna. Please help!

Laszlo, who owned Hortobagy, had to close the restaurant because of some mix up with their landlord. He opened Maximillians, which is lovely. There is another recent board post about the restaurant. If you call ahead, he may be able to help you out.

-----
Maximillian's
11330 Weddington St, Los Angeles, CA 91601

Nov 14, 2009
littlemissbusiness in Los Angeles Area

Hungarian Food In Los Angeles?

Maximillian's is great -- we ate there last weekend. I am marrying into a Hungarian family, and they love Laszlo's food and have been going to his restaurants since my fiance was a boy. We had the wood plate -- we split it between three people, and it was PLENTY of food. We ordered spatzel on the side. I'm learning to cook Hungarian dishes, and Laszlo gives me something to aspire toward -- everything was deep, rich, and lovely. Stand outs were the cherry and poppy seed dessert and the roast duck.

I don't have a lot of other Hungarian food to compare this too -- just my fiance's mother's cooking (divine) and the couple of Hungarian restaurants I've been to. It was a lovely night. I would have preferred a more casual atmosphere (white linen and pastels were a bit of an overkill - this is hearty, rustic food), but the waitstaff was fantastic and Laszlo came out to chat about the old days.

Good times.

-----
Maximillian's
11330 Weddington St, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Nov 14, 2009
littlemissbusiness in Los Angeles Area

Romantic Birthday Dinner Westside or Silverlake/Downtown

Not sure what your budget is... When we're going out for a romantic meal, Blair's on Glendale is lovely, but a little loud. We love Canele in Atwater Village just around the corner. It's cozy, and the food is lovely, fresh and unpretentious. Palate in Glendale is lovely -- fresh, local, sexy food. http://www.palatefoodwine.com/

If I had my choice, I would go to Palate and make an evening of it.

Another option is Church and State downtown -- French bistro -- not dark and moody, but very romantic. In that same vein, Anisette in Santa Monica could be great.

Have a wonderful night, and I hope you find what you're looking for!

Oct 12, 2009
littlemissbusiness in Los Angeles Area

Mid-Hollywood: Fantastic & cheap(ish) pre-show dinner near The Music Box @ Henry Fonda.

Going to see Ariel Pink and Animal Collective at the Music Box tomorrow. So excited!

Searched the board, and can't locate anything within walking (or quick driving) distance that isn't $$$. Need a mid-Hollywood restaurant to eat at before the show. Usually go to the 101, but wanted to try something different.

Let me know!

Feb 25, 2009
littlemissbusiness in Los Angeles Area

Help Please - the slow creeping beginnings of Jewish New Year cooking Angst

Diane - thank you for the breakdown!

I decided to cook Rosh Hashanna dinner for my boyfriend's Hungarian Jewish family and a few friends - we'll see how everything goes....

So far, the menu looks like this:
Vinegar & Paprika Cucumber Salad
Saffron Rice with Peas & almonds
Brisket
Apple/Honey plate (collection of different apples)
Baby greens/pomegranate/walnut salad
Noodle Kugel
Honey Cake

Sep 23, 2008
littlemissbusiness in Home Cooking

Vietnamese Grocery?

The is PERFECT. Thank you!

Jul 26, 2008
littlemissbusiness in Los Angeles Area

Vietnamese Grocery?

Hello everyone!

I want to put together a few Vietnamese dishes for a picnic this Sunday, and I was wondering if anyone knew of a great Vietnamese grocery? I'm in Mt. Washington, so Little Tokyo is close, and I can get many of the items I want there, but I'd prefer a larger variety of Vietnamese and/or Thai ingredients. Any ideas??

Jul 25, 2008
littlemissbusiness in Los Angeles Area

MOVING BACK TO LA: What's new?

I'm moving back to LA after a year's absence. I'm so excited to see what's new - I've been prowling the boards for a couple of weeks now catching snippets here and there. What's happened in the last year? Tell me all about what's new!

I'll be living in the Eagle Rock area, so anything from Hollywood to Pasadena to downtown would be lovely. I'll go out to the water on the weekends (especially for a tasting menu).

Sacramento has been bleak with a few bright points (The Kitchen, Mulvaneys B&L). No Philippes. No Providence. No bacon-wrapped street dogs at 2 a.m.

I am craving the izakaya house on 2nd in Japantown so badly.

Hope all is well, hounds.

Jun 13, 2008
littlemissbusiness in Los Angeles Area

Delivery near University of Washington?

Looking for good delivery joints near the University of Washington. I just found out that the hotel I'm staying at (Watertown) doesn't have food service, and occasionally I'm an "eat in" girl. Any ideas? No greasy chinese or same-ol' pizza, please. Anything interesting? late night and/or 24 hours a +++.

Mar 18, 2008
littlemissbusiness in Pacific Northwest

FOUR DAYS IN SEATTLE : foodies on a mission

This was the headline for a local newspaper article about Salima: Peanut heaven in the shadow of transit construction

I'm there.

Mar 04, 2008
littlemissbusiness in Pacific Northwest

FOUR DAYS IN SEATTLE : foodies on a mission

Two foodies with four days in Seattle, a rental car, and glorious appetites.

Two late 20's travelers on our way to Seattle for the first time. We're staying at the Watertown near the University, but we plan to be mobile, and are looking to spend quite a bit of time in the city center area (not downtown, what do you guys call it?)

I found the Pike St Market Food Tour (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/even...), which sounds like a fun lunch, but otherwise I have no direction.

A couple of "fancy" meals would be great (looking for stand-out chefs), but we would prefer hole-in-the-wall joints for the most part. Budget is not tight, but then again we're not rolling big on this trip.

What are your regular go-to spots? Where do you take the hot date? What about the best desserts in the area? Best dim sum?

Note: Boyfriend has a life long mission for the world's greatest chimichanga. I just love great food.

I'll be stalking the boards for the next couple of weeks, but I thought I'd seek out some general input.

Hounds, you rule.

Mar 04, 2008
littlemissbusiness in Pacific Northwest

The best of LA restaurants in 3 nights, 4 days

If you come out to lovely Silverlake, make a couple stops:

Blair's is wonderful for dinner- contemporary and cozy. Here's the website: http://www.blairsrestaurant.com/ This is the best restaurant in Silverlake, hands down.

Gingergrass is Thai-American- casual, hipsters spilling from every corner, and helthy. Great minimalist look and satisfying food. Go early for dinner or stop by for lunch. Dinners after seven are so loud you have to yell at your dinner companions to be heard. The fish in banana leaf entree is always wonderful, as are their pho soups.

The Kitchen on Sunset and Fountain is more kick back- it looks like a coffee shop from the outside, but they serve lovely, unfussy meals. The waiters are always a hoot, and they serve updated comfort foods- pork chops with goat cheese, mac and cheese with garlic and parmesan, etc. Yum. Easy on the pocketbook.

Mar 21, 2007
littlemissbusiness in Los Angeles Area

The BEST dining experience in LA for $100-150/person

Okay folks, here's the verdict:

Next time I'm going to Providence.

Could not get reservations at Providence or Josie's, so went for Lacques. Big mistake. Food was lack luster, waiter was practically a ghost (trying to get coffee after dinner proved to be nearly impossible), and the atmosphere was so-so. I would NOT NOT NOT go there again. We were there for the "Sunday Supper" menu- a limited weekly offering. Since the kitchen had limited itself to two entrees, I expected both to be truly stellar. My scallops were nothing beyond what I could readily sear at home. Maybe the "Sunday Supper" was not the night to attend Lucques... Total bummer.

The great part about that is that exie and I made a running joke out of the bad service. God bless a sense of humor.

Other places we went (more casual for the rest of the trip):
Took a crowd to dinner at The Kitchen in Silverlake off Sunset- they were wonderful and the food was great for the price (~$20 per person w/ beverages and appetizers). My pork chops with warm goat cheese were lovely. Grilled squid appetizer was a crowd favorite. Waiters were charming, chatty, and attentive.
Cliff's Edge in Silverlake for brunch - romantic and cozy up on the mezzanine. Exie and I lounged on pillows and sipped coffee. Lovely. Food was enjoyable, as always.
Manna in KTown (olympic and st. andrews) for all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ with a big crowd- a blast- great fun for a group. Take someone with you who can speak Korean- makes the experience much more enjoyable. We had 6 kinds of meat and had to roll ourselves out. Yum.
Paradise Cove in Malibu for lunch- was looking for something on the beach. PC was a bit too Jimmy-Buffett-loving-tourist for my taste- should have gone to Geoffrey's or just buzzed into the Malibu Country Mart. Food was okay- standard seaside fare. Proportions HUGE. Would go back in the summer and eat outside- the restaurant is RIGHT on the beach.

The trip went very well, and he'll be back down again soon. I'm planning on taking him to either Providence or Josie for a proper pampered dinner. Also planning on Moun of Tunis for fun. More ideas: Where should we go for Japanese small plates? Other suggestions?

Mar 21, 2007
littlemissbusiness in Los Angeles Area

The BEST dining experience in LA for $100-150/person

Exactly- I was saying NOT Nick and Stef's.

$$$ is not the primary issue here. Atmosphere, amazing food, and overall experience ARE. If we spend $60 and it's amazing, so be it. If we spend $300, great.

Think: Sumptuous, not fussy. Cozy and attentive over the deafening “place to be”. Belly dancers over tuxedos.

Save me, hounds.

Mar 08, 2007
littlemissbusiness in Los Angeles Area

The BEST dining experience in LA for $100-150/person

Hello hello-

Long time no post.

I have a friend (read: ex that I am still crazy about) coming into LA for three days. We want to do a "fancy" dinner Sunday night. We were talking about doing a steakhouse (Nick & Stef's or Mortons), but I really would like to do something SPECIAL and MEMORABLE beyond "that was a really good steak". I want a meal we will still talk about a year from now- a start to finish experince.

So, hounds, help me out. Neither of us really drinks, so we can afford a spendy meal. I'm thinking $100-$150 a person without booze.

Keep in mind:
1. I'm looking for a whole experience- if the service or the atmosphere is off, I will be bummed. I don't need waiters in tuxedos, just attentive service, attention to detail and an intimate space.
2. The food has to leave me speechless
3. Romantic is a plus.
4. $200-$300 total food bill.

I live in Silverlake, and work in Century City. Anywhere from Pasadena to Berverly Hills would be GRAND.

I adore you hounds, littlemissbusiness

Mar 08, 2007
littlemissbusiness in Los Angeles Area

The Raymond in Pasadena

I live in Silverlake, and ventured out for a WONDERFUL brunch this morning.

I treated my boyfriend to a leisurely Sunday morning meal, and it was top-to-bottom splendid.

Here's the info:
The Raymond Restaurant
http://www.theraymond.com (the website does not do it justice
)1250 South Fair Oaks
Pasadena 91105
(626) 441-3136

I found an ad for The Raymond in the back of an old American Bungalow magazine last week and called to make reservations. The restaurant is in an old Craftsman style home, and they have remained true to the style of the time- the hardwood floors, period wallpaper, simple wood furnishings, cozy atmosphere... I have a warm spot for the Arts and Crafts movement, and they have done a wonderful job keeping the house in beautiful working order. The house was revamped into a restaurant with care, and it was obvious that they worked to retain the Arts and Crafts aesthetic.

My boyfriend and I sat in the front garden under huge umbrellas. The restaurant butts right up to all the traffic of Fair Oaks Blvd., and there is a huge industrial park right next door. Nevertheless, they did a great job of making the outdoor dining feel like its own little world. The garden is really cozy and enjoyable.

The service is all white linen, and the waiters are in white button downs, full aprons, and black slacks. Elegant, but not stuffy. Our hostess greeted us warmly and made sure we were comfortable. Everyone- the bussers, waitstaff, etc.- was low-key and ready to be of service. LA waiters are often more apt to tell you about the screenplay they are working on than the house specials. This used to drive me nuts, but now I pretend I'm in a sitcom about LA when they start in so I don't lose my humor. Not so at the Raymond- everyone was intent on making the dining experience special. I was so appreciative.

The menu is limited: Breakfast breads, egg dishes (a scramble, Eggs Benedict, a lobster omelet), a french toast the looked lovely, mid-day faire like sandwiches, salads, a seafood plate, and a couple of beef dishes- looking down the menu, most everything was tempting. My only gripe was that it would be a challenging place for vegetarian and vegan friends. Being an omnivore, we ordered the Raymond scramble and the breakfast bread sampler to share.

Breakfast breads:
A trio of a fluffy coffee cake with strawberry preserves, a currant scone with lightly sweetened whipped cream, and round little apple fritters with maple syrup. I usually pass on scones because they remind me of a dough brick, but I ate my half of this one and then snuck some off my boyfriend's plate when he wasn't looking.

The Raymond Scramble:
Goat cheese, applewood smoke bacon, avocado, fresh button mushrooms, and egg.
A simple, yummy service. I'm a sucker for a scramble.

During the course of the meal we had FIVE different breads on the table: a crusty ciabatta-like roll when we sat down, our sampler, and then a couple slices of a dark raisin-walnut loaf at the end. Prasie the lord and pass the starch- not for the faint-of-heart.

The latte I got was passable, but not the quality I expected. Their barista let the shots go to long and they came out a little more bitter than I'd like.

Throughout the meal, the service was grand- I waited tables for about four years, and I always strived to be attentive and unobtrusive. The Raymond staff fit the bill. I can't say enough good things about the staff.

There are lots of great breakfast spots throughout our area, but my boyfriend and I used to frequent one and only one- Fatty's in Eagle Rock. They stopped serving breakfast (screw that) and since then we've been without a regular spot. At $45 for breakfast (including a rotund tip) it was a bit rich for my regular budget, but from this time hence The Raymond Restaurant will be our splurge brunch. I forsee a monthly morning trek to Pasadena. We are both choosy foodies, but the all-around experience this morning made believers out of both of us.

Note- this is a take-your-time-and-enjoy dining experience. Plan to spend a a couple hours here. Good place if you want to linger and get romantic, or catch up with a friend.

Suggestion: Go to The Raymond for breakfast, and then go over to Orange Grove and take a tour of the Gamble House http://www.gamblehouse.org. A truly wonderful Pasadena Sunday.

Enjoy!

Nov 20, 2006
littlemissbusiness in Los Angeles Area

New to Pasadena

I live in Silverlake, and ventured out for a WONDERFUL brunch this morning.

I treated my boyfriend to a leisurely Sunday morning meal, and it was top-to-bottom splendid.

Here's the info:
The Raymond Restaurant
http://www.theraymond.com (the website does not do it justice
)1250 South Fair Oaks
Pasadena 91105
(626) 441-3136

I found an ad for The Raymond in the back of an old American Bungalow magazine last week and called to make reservations. The restaurant is in an old Craftsman style home, and they have remained true to the style of the time- the hardwood floors, period wallpaper, simple wood furnishings, cozy atmosphere... I have a warm spot for the Arts and Crafts movement, and they have done a wonderful job keeping the house in beautiful working order. The house was revamped into a restaurant with care, and it was obvious that they worked to retain the Arts and Crafts aesthetic.

My boyfriend and I sat in the front garden under huge umbrellas. The restaurant butts right up to all the traffic of Fair Oaks Blvd., and there is a huge industrial park right next door. Nevertheless, they did a great job of making the outdoor dining feel like its own little world. The garden is really cozy and enjoyable.

The service is all white linen, and the waiters are in white button downs, full aprons, and black slacks. Elegant, but not stuffy. Our hostess greeted us warmly and made sure we were comfortable. Everyone- the bussers, waitstaff, etc.- was low-key and ready to be of service. LA waiters are often more apt to tell you about the screenplay they are working on than the house specials. This used to drive me nuts, but now I pretend I'm in a sitcom about LA when they start in so I don't lose my humor. Not so at the Raymond- everyone was intent on making the dining experience special. I was so appreciative.

The menu is limited: Breakfast breads, egg dishes (a scramble, Eggs Benedict, a lobster omelet), a french toast the looked lovely, mid-day faire like sandwiches, salads, a seafood plate, and a couple of beef dishes- looking down the menu, most everything was tempting. My only gripe was that it would be a challenging place for vegetarian and vegan friends. Being an omnivore, we ordered the Raymond scramble and the breakfast bread sampler to share.

Breakfast breads:
A trio of a fluffy coffee cake with strawberry preserves, a currant scone with lightly sweetened whipped cream, and round little apple fritters with maple syrup. I usually pass on scones because they remind me of a dough brick, but I ate my half of this one and then snuck some off my boyfriend's plate when he wasn't looking.

The Raymond Scramble:
Goat cheese, applewood smoke bacon, avocado, fresh button mushrooms, and egg.
A simple, yummy service. I'm a sucker for a scramble.

During the course of the meal we had FIVE different breads on the table: a crusty ciabatta-like roll when we sat down, our sampler, and then a couple slices of a dark raisin-walnut loaf at the end. Prasie the lord and pass the starch- not for the faint-of-heart.

The latte I got was passable, but not the quality I expected. Their barista let the shots go to long and they came out a little more bitter than I'd like.

Throughout the meal, the service was grand- I waited tables for about four years, and I always strived to be attentive and unobtrusive. The Raymond staff fit the bill. I can't say enough good things about the staff.

There are lots of great breakfast spots throughout our area, but my boyfriend and I used to frequent one and only one- Fatty's in Eagle Rock. They stopped serving breakfast (screw that) and since then we've been without a regular spot. At $45 for breakfast (including a rotund tip) it was a bit rich for my regular budget, but from this time hence The Raymond Restaurant will be our splurge brunch. I forsee a monthly morning trek to Pasadena. We are both choosy foodies, but the all-around experience this morning made believers out of both of us.

Note- this is a take-your-time-and-enjoy dining experience. Plan to spend a a couple hours here. Good place if you want to linger and get romantic, or catch up with a friend.

Suggestion: Go to The Raymond for breakfast, and then go over to Orange Grove and take a tour of the Gamble House http://www.gamblehouse.org. A truly wonderful Pasadena Sunday.

Enjoy!

Nov 20, 2006
littlemissbusiness in Los Angeles Area

Don't come home without CANOLI!

"tans my hide" - tan as in to thrash or beat. Basically- 'that pisses me off'.
i.e.: "O man, I do stand, and he makes me to stand,
The tanner that stands thee beside;
He is a bonny blade, and master of his trade,
For soundly he hath tand my hide."

And the Al Gelato cannoli? Too sweet- overpowering. Will go back for the apple pie and gelato again and again, but nevermore for cannoli.

Jul 10, 2006
littlemissbusiness in Los Angeles Area

Victorian House in Santa Monica?

I have been to their upstairs "club" called The Vic a couple of times, where you can order from the Duck Duck Moose menu. Food was fair, noting stands out in my memory except the desserts, which were fantastic.

I thought the building was charming- great location and lots of PARKING. The waitstaff was ok, nothing spectacular. Owner/operator Ray (I think) was sweet and had LOTS to talk about once we got him going.

I've been back to the Vic a few times, but never to a large-scale event in the main building. If you book it, let us know what you think!

Jul 10, 2006
littlemissbusiness in Los Angeles Area

Don't come home without CANOLI!

okay, ordered from al gelato on robertson.

$5.25 EACH plus tax. Tans my hide.

Everything I've ever had there has been amazing. My boyfriend talks about their apple pie in his sleep.

Thanks, hounds.

Jul 06, 2006
littlemissbusiness in Los Angeles Area

Don't come home without CANOLI!

I am on a mission to bring rock em sock em canoli (plural?) to a dinner party tonight with a Italian theme.

I work downtown and the party's betwix Beverly Hills and Hollywood.

The last canoli post on the board was a couple years ago (I LOVE the new search feature), so I think it's time for an update.

Bring me ricotta or bring me death.

Long live the Chow.
L

Jul 06, 2006
littlemissbusiness in Los Angeles Area