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L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2015 -- POTATOES

I haven't been there in years and I know that they have moved but I miss the potato salad at Cassells.

1 day ago
chuck in Los Angeles Area

Recs in the San Fernando valley

They always have good soups. I like the duck breast and the chicken with mustard.

Aug 02, 2015
chuck in Los Angeles Area

Recs in the San Fernando valley

In Encino try Gio Cucina on Ventura Blvd next to the Land Rover Dealer by Densmore.

Jul 26, 2015
chuck in Los Angeles Area

Difficulty lighting my gas grill

I had a similar problem. The gas flow was low and the grill would not get hotter than about 250 degrees. Weber sent me a new hose and regulator. They told me that i should turn off the gas at the tank between cooks but i don't do that. If you have the same problem ask for a new regulator.

Neighborhood Restaurant on Westside

I would add Warzsawa on Lincoln and Santa Monica for Polish food.

Apr 07, 2015
chuck in Los Angeles Area

Rosh Hashanah Simanim

We eat pumpkin Pie for the Gourd. My wife bakes it but I am sure that you can buy kosher pies.

Sep 16, 2014
chuck in Kosher

"Mother-in-law" restaurant in the Valley

The airport restaurant is 94th Aero Squadron.The food is ok but it is fun watching the planes. We are going there tonight. It is owned by Specialty Restaurant Group which also owns The Odyssey and Castaways and The Proud Bird. Costco has gift cards for them. You pay $80 and get 2 $50 gift cards.

Sep 14, 2014
chuck in Los Angeles Area

appliance shopping - los angeles area

We purchased our Wolf range from Waadt and were very happy with them. The sales person was helpful and their prices were comparable to everyone else. As someone earlier mentioned there isn't much price difference on the high end appliances. They don't install but we used a Wolf authorized installer and received an extra year of warranty.

Jun 11, 2014
chuck in Los Angeles Area

PizzaRev – just came to Pasadena

We have a Pizza Rev in Northridge and I think that its pretty good. Blaze Pizza has more choices of toppings and I like it better. There is a Blaze on Colorado in Pasadena and one in La Canada at ACH and Foothill in the Sport Chalet center.

May 13, 2014
chuck in Chains

What restaurant do you really really really miss that is now closed?

I have to agree with others about Will Wrights and The Wiener Factory. At Will Wrights I would get a sundae with a scoop of regular whipped cream and a scoop of chocolate whipped cream, no sauce. I also miss Moskva Cliffs and near that was a small Italian restaurant called Villa Castriota. It was in what used to be a small house. The lights would dim often during dinner. They lost that location and moved to Tarzana but that location didn't last long.

Feb 10, 2014
chuck in Los Angeles Area

Rehearsal Lunch in Malibu w/ Ocean View??

We had a nice Sunday breakfast/Brunch at Geoffrey's on PCH.

Jan 20, 2014
chuck in Los Angeles Area

What stove would you buy?

I have a 36" all gas Wolf range that we bought about 8 months ago. It has the sealed burners which makes it real ewasy to keep clean and continoud grates. The burners put out lots of heat but also go really low for simmering. You can turn the convection fan on or off depending on how you want to cook. The only problem that I have had is the light switch for the oven. They changed the design of the switches recently and the light switch stopped latching. It was replaced under warranty without any problem. When we purchased the range they had a promotion that if you had it installed by one of their certified installers you received an additional year of warranty.

Dec 31, 2013
chuck in Cookware

Croquembouche San Fernando Valley

Check Delicious Bakery in Northridge.

Dec 17, 2013
chuck in Los Angeles Area

Remember these Restaurants?

My mom used to take me there when I was a kid.

Nov 20, 2013
chuck in Los Angeles Area

Remember these Restaurants?

My wife and I will always remember Robaires. We live in the Valley and we were going to go to Robaires for our first anniversary dinner. We got off the Hollywood Freeway at Highland and ran into bumper to bumper traffic. We slowly made our way to Franklin, got back on the freeway and got off at Cahuenga to be greeted with more traffic. We forgot that it was the night of the Hollywood Christmas Parade and there was no way we were going to get south of Hollywwod in time for our dinner so we turned around and had dinner at Rive Gauche instead.

Nov 04, 2013
chuck in Los Angeles Area

semi-romantic new american or italian restaurant in the Valley?

Gio Cucina is my go to place also.

Oct 25, 2013
chuck in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Restaurants in the 80's

We went to Moska Cliffs many times but there was a small Italian retaurant down the street on Venture Blvd called Villa Castriota. It was in what was probably a house originally. I believe that they lost their lease and moved to Woodland Hills. They didn't last very long at the new location.

Oct 13, 2013
chuck in Los Angeles Area

Lunch after Golf near Simi Hills

You could come back to the Valley and get off at Topanga and go to Les Sisters for some Southern/Cajun food.

Sep 18, 2013
chuck in Los Angeles Area

Center Cut Brisket

I am smoking one. Putting it up very early Wednesday morning. When braising in the oven I cover it with Montreal Seasoning and cook it dry for about an hour at 400 then add some beef bullion and cover it and let it go at about 300 for another 4 hours.

Sep 02, 2013
chuck in Kosher

Knife for cutting raw chicken?

i saw him do it live on stage earlier this year. He is very good and even keeps up a monologue while he is doing it.

Sep 01, 2013
chuck in Cookware

SF 'hounds need lunch help near North Hills

Cha Cha Chicken on Parthenia near Balboa has a good buffet lunch.

Aug 26, 2013
chuck in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Restaurants in the 80's

My family was going to Victoria Station once for a birthday and were in the funicular when it got stuck about half way up. The fire department had to come adn pry the doors open and use a ladder to get us out. Everyone in the car got a free dinner that night. We also used to go to the Velvet Turtle both on Sawtelle and on Victory Blvd at Owensmouth.

Jul 05, 2013
chuck in Los Angeles Area

Jack’s Gourmet Sausages at Costco

I just bought some Sweet Italian at my local butcher today. I also like the spicy italian and the southwest one. I also saw Jacks Facon. I usually use Aaron's beef fry and like that and it was cheaper than Jacks. When I am in the neighborhood here in LA i also great great sausages from Jeff's Gourmet. They have lots of flavors and are freshly made locally.

Jul 02, 2013
chuck in Kosher

Where can I buy iced/decorated sugar cookies that won't cost a fortune?

Check out Delicious Bakery on Reseda and Nordhoff in the Von's shopping center.

Mar 24, 2013
chuck in Los Angeles Area

In Search Of: PASTRAMI!

I will concur with the others that Jeff's Old Fashioned Pasterami is very good. I also like the pastrami at Weiler's at Nordhoff and Balboa.

Feb 13, 2013
chuck in Los Angeles Area

Any affordable places where you can dress up?

Check out Far Niente.

The entrees are out of your price range but the pasta dishes are ok. If you go ask for the cheese when you sit down.

Jan 11, 2013
chuck in Los Angeles Area

Cheesesteak...Capriotti's or Phillys Best? This may start an interesting debate topic...I hope!

Check out the South Philly Experience trucks. Often in West LA or Santa Monica or Grand Street downtown. Check out their locations on Twitter.

Nov 26, 2012
chuck in Los Angeles Area

Organic and Kosher Chicken Sausage At Whole Foods - Thumbs Up

I was going to say the same thing.
I have Jeff's sausages in my freezer.

Nov 24, 2012
chuck in Kosher

Favorite All-You-Can-Eat Restaurant?

The Odyssey has a decent Sunday brunch. The view is always good. It is even a better deal if you stop off at Costco and get the gift cards. You get 2 fifty dollar gift cards for 80 dollars.

Nov 21, 2012
chuck in Los Angeles Area

Best Kosher caterer for large (400+) wedding?

Starlite caterers did my wedding and my kid's bnai mitzvot.

I hear that 5 star is also good.

Nov 13, 2012
chuck in Los Angeles Area