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Sumo mandarins

Spotted at Whole Foods Venice---The sumo mandarins have arrived! If you haven't tasted these, please treat yourself to the best substitute to chocolate that has ever been bred. At $2.99/lb they're not cheap, but I spent $50/day on these last year and basically survive solely on them when they're in season. Highest sugar content of any fruit--easy to peel and so delicious. I have been calling WF for weeks in anticipation and now they're here! If you're interested, there is also a great article by David Karp about them....

Feb 13, 2012
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Vegetarian Catering

Thanks everyone for their help! We want to spend $10-15 pp on just the food and drink (this is an early afternoon gathering and we're not looking to get people loaded--and it's not really the crowd for that). The napkins, tax, tip, flatware etc would be above and beyond the $10-15.

Aug 02, 2011
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Vegetarian Catering

I LOVE that...just looked at their menu.

Aug 01, 2011
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Vegetarian Catering

I go to Samosa House at least once a week and love it. I guess I should have been a bit more specific and stated in my initial post--we are looking for little finger foods. I think that the only thing that Samosa House has that would fit into that would be samosas. However, the people at the reception are very very health conscious (models, fitness professionals) and want things that are uber healthy. Thanks nonetheless!

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Samosa House
11510 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA

Aug 01, 2011
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Funeral Luncheon

We ended up at Shutters. The food was so-so (pretty mediocre, considering price), but the room was beautiful.

Aug 01, 2011
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Vegetarian Catering

I need to cater a reception for 50-60 people who are very health conscious. Vegetarian in West LA/MdR/CC area with snacks and booze around $10-$15 pp. Any thoughts?

Aug 01, 2011
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Funeral Luncheon

Thanks so much for all of your help!

Jul 08, 2011
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Funeral Luncheon

Thanks! It's $48 for a caesar salad with chicken at Shutters, which makes me shudder.

Jul 07, 2011
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Funeral Luncheon

Thanks! How about PaliHouse vs Shutters vs Chateau Marmont (which, I recognize, is not on the westside)? We are getting estimates in now and they're charging around $70pp for lunch without drinks, which seems really high to me. I don't have a lot of experience with this and any advice you could give would be helpful! Thanks!

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Chateau Marmont
8221 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Jul 07, 2011
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Funeral Luncheon

I'm thinking about $30 pp for lunch. Places that I've considered are Fig at Fairmont Miramar, Cafe del Rey and Fraiche--mainly because each of those places have private rooms.

Jul 07, 2011
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Funeral Luncheon

I'm looking for a private room for a funeral lunch on July 26th for 30-40 people, preferably on the Westside. Something classy but not too expensive.

Jul 07, 2011
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A-Frame

Caveat: I love Chego and Kogi...

But A-Frame really blew me out of the water! The popcorn was unbelievably delicious--the furitake (sp?) lending just enough umami to make me consider ordering one to go.

We had the chicken salad on cornbread with pickled onions--a great blending of sour and savory with that amazing cornbread to soak up all of the juicy loveliness.

The ribs (5), were sticky sweet and were like the typical Chinese restaurant's on steroids--so packed full of flavor!

Sleeper favorite for us? The big salad with crispy slices of garlic, smooth cool tofu and thinly sliced sweet onions. Nicely dressed and huge!

The apple tart was like the dream version of the apple pie from McDonalds--remember them? This one was been re-envisioned and has the flakiest crust, southern comfort sauce and cheddar cheese ice cream. And I don't even like dessert!

Another thing to note--the ice in their drinks is hand cut. Nice big cubes that melt slowly so they preserve the craftsmanship of the drink itself.

Now all we need is a Roy Choi restaurant that's open for lunch!!

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Kogi
Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

Chego
3300 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

A-Frame
12565 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, USA

Dec 03, 2010
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Taco Caterer for Party - Any Recs?

I've contacted Taco Chop and they've been a little inconsistent about returning calls getting quotes etc. Was this your experience? I'm catering for 150+ and to not have food would be REALLY bad, to put it mildly. I'm a bit nervous. If you can let me know what the service was prior to the event, it would be helpful. Thanks!

Sep 29, 2010
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Outdoor catering Downey

Thanks!

Sep 20, 2010
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Outdoor catering Downey

I'm planning a volunteer appreciation for about 150 people in Downey on 10/10/10 in an outdoor public space. I would like to get some taco "ladies" (men are okay too) to serve food as well as any other catering suggestions. Please help me out here--Fatburger and In-N-Out are fully booked... I would need vegetarian and meat options.

Sep 20, 2010
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CHEGO Soft Opening - Roy Choi of Kogi BBQ opens Rice Bowl concept on Westside

I've been there for my sixth visit (or so)--staff has really warmed up and is much friendlier.

Also--NEWS FLASH! You can bring your own beer or wine (and cups, since they don't have glasses)! Yay! Just be nice when there's a crowd of hungry people staring you down (a la Fathers Office)...

May 15, 2010
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CHEGO Soft Opening - Roy Choi of Kogi BBQ opens Rice Bowl concept on Westside

"Chego" means "the best" in Korean, and in my opinion, it is! I've been twice so far (Wednesday and Friday) and both times (8:30p and 7p), had no problem finding parking within the block. I've had: asparagus, meatballs, kimchee bowl, pork belly bowl, prime rib bowl and the dessert. Not all at once, though it has been the site of some gluttonous eating. The complexity of the flavors, the level of the cuisine really astounds me for the price. Two people for $20. Wow!

My favorite was definitely the pork belly bowl--with peanuts, seems a little Thai inflected. Great flavor and texture and tons of umami! Next favorite bowl is the kimchee bowl--mainly because of the sneaky chicarones in there--great texture and flavor in a bowl with soft tofu--a very mild bowl if people are seeking something a little tamer. I found the prime rib bowl to by my least favorite (though still delish)--there is a very strong wasabi cream in there with the fried onion bits that will clear our your sinuses.

As for the smaller plates--the asparagus was divine with a complexity of sauces and flavors that I have never found elsewhere. the meatballs with polenta--toothsome and yummy.

I strongly recommend trying Chego--not only is it fantastic, but the cost:ingredient ratio is ridiculous.

The staff is underwhelming in general, but the ambiance (a bit loud, but fun) is really young and fun. I also would like to note that whoever chooses their music has amazing taste--eclectic and interesting.

Three things I'd change? the dessert (oddly frozen yogurty with its only really great quality being the perfectly toasted almonds), the scramble for a table (they say it's "communal seating" but it's awkward when you're alone and trying to sit with a couple on a date) and the lack of booze (though I imagine that would seriously slow down table turn--but also perhaps be another source of revenue).

Overall assessment--i'll be back again and again and again and again and again and again...

Apr 17, 2010
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Hungry Cat - My Non-perience

I've been to HC 6-7 times over the past three years. there has been a marked decrease in quality of the food. last time i was there, we got that huge seafood tower (what I usually get) and we seriously could not eat it. the shrimp were still frozen, the clams were at least three inches in diameter and very tough, the caviar was lackluster and seemed stale (no fantastically popping eggs). Very disappointing. In the past, i've ordered the cooked dishes a few times, the lobster roll, the pug burger. For mid-priced seafood, it's just meh for me.

That being said--for real excellence, Providence and Water Grill (less so recently) are unparalleled in fine dining in LA.

Feb 27, 2010
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Any recent feedback about Lucille's BBQ in Long Beach?

I was there last week for a work lunch. I am from NC, so my bbq standards are pretty high. that being said, Lucille's was much better than I expected. The biscuits were bad (and the "apple butter" that went with them oddly margarine-y), but the pulled pork was pretty palatable. My suggestion is to stick with the basics--pulled pork, chicken etc. When they start doing things like deep frying pickles, stay away

Feb 27, 2010
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Private Dining Room SM 10/11/09

We're at it again and looking for a place on Sunday February 21st--private dining room, quiet, veggie options and in the $40-60 range. In October they went to Cache and liked it, but would like something different. If there's a view, that would be great...

Feb 08, 2010
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Bandera's mashed potatoes

Ah ha!!! Thank you!!

Feb 02, 2010
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Bandera's mashed potatoes

Since Bandera (Barrington and Wilshire) just added pick-up service, I have been reminded of their amazing mashed potatoes. For a restaurant that is otherwise fairly meh for me, those mashed potatoes are worth every penny!

I am wondering if anyone has a recipe--I know that there is cabbage, butter, leeks(?), parsley...but what else?! I'd love to be able to serve them at home without the road trip. Any suggestions are invited--

Feb 01, 2010
BunnieBear in Home Cooking

Jitlada suggestions

Since my original posting, I have been back to Jitlada again and again--last Friday it took 90 minutes to get there from Santa Monica. I have considered moving so that I could get the mango coco salad every day, twice a day. Thank you, Chowhounders, for all of your support and suggestions!

Last time I was there I tried two new things and suggest that you do too--Salmon Freshy (because of the funny name)--amazingly velvety and beautifully textured and flavored salmon with steamed veggies. If you are going to Jitlada with someone who wants a non-spicy choice, THIS IS IT! The other thing is a special--huge Dungeness crabs in XO sauce--divine!

Feb 01, 2010
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Lunch in Downey

I tried out Tropicana--good, very authentic. Maybe not somewhere I could go every day, if I wanted to still fit in a booth, but still yummy for a treat. I'll definitely try the guava-cheese next time. Thanks for the tip!

Dec 08, 2009
BunnieBear in Los Angeles Area

Jitlada suggestions

Thanks to everyone who helped with their suggestions! We came armed with all of them printed out and as a result had an amazing dinner. Jazz was so sweet and thankful and gracious as well as funny and helpful. It's wonderful to see an owner who is so passionate about their food and their customers.

We had:
rice salad (extraordinarly good--I've never had anything like it--citrus tangyness with the earthiness of the rice and veggies. perhaps my favorite thing),
green mussels (maybe because we had such high expectations for this dish, it was a little disappointing. But the richness of the broth should be the textbook definition of "umami"),
dry beef curry (wow, this one was really spicy and we got it low-med spice. But there was also a really amazing smoky complexity to it too--phenomenal),
mango salad (I could probably eat this every day. Really. So light and refreshing and a great counterpoint to the spicy beef. It made me like coconut, which is something that I had abhored before),
whole catfish (good and clean tasting with the nice crunch of garlic--and pretty much anything with garlic is good for me!),
soft shell crab (can't remember what it was called, but it was deep fried crabs in a reddish sauce. While it was good, compared to the other items we had ordered, it seemed a little "ordinary"),
mango and sticky rice (one of my favorite desserts)

And that was with just three people. next time we resolve to bring more Westsiders so we can order more food!

Unlike many restaurants, Jitlada really lived up to its reputation. From the warm and enthusaistic owner to every dish--fantastic!!

Dec 06, 2009
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Lunch in Downey

Thanks! I'm not at that location anymore, but have to stop in occasionally. I'm just excited for the Porto's!!!! Of course, they don't even have a foundation poured yet, but I'm still psyched!

Dec 02, 2009
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Brilliantly Average - Bouchon Bistro (Beverly Hills) [Review] w/ Pics!

We went on Sunday and were really underwhelmed. We were served the pistachios and their bread. Pistachios? Hmm. After hearing about the Tuscan bean spread, I was disappointed. Started with the charcuterie (nice, but nothing spectacular), then the cote de boeuf and the steak frites. The short ribs at Church + State are far superior. When we asked our server if there was anything unique about the steak frites, he just cited their provenance (Elysian Fields). It was served with a carmelized onion compote and a compound butter. My dinner companion did not like the onion compote and to the credit of the management, they came over and inquired about the steak and took it off our bill.

Overall, the food was really underwhelming for such a hyped restaurant. If I had stumbled upon it in my neighborhood, I would have been pleasantly surprised, but for a Thomas Keller restaurant, I expected more.

There were, however, lots of celebrities. Nancy Silverton, Hugh Grant, Lionel Ritchie, Don Johnson were all in our close proximity. And the flowers were really lovely.

But if I want a really remarkable French meal, I would definitely far prefer Church + State. Then Bouchon. Then Anisette (except those croissants, which really are extraordinary).

Dec 01, 2009
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Jitlada suggestions

This is a wonderful (and very comprensive) list! Thank you! We are going on Thursday so there will definitely be a report on Friday!

Dec 01, 2009
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Jitlada suggestions

I have convinced six Santa Monicans to venture to Jitlada. I would love suggestions on what we could order that would really convince them that there IS a reason to cross the 405. I would imagine that we'll all be sharing so a variety of items would be lovely. Thanks!

Nov 28, 2009
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New Restaurants Downtown?

We went to Church + State! Thanks so everyone for their recommendations. This place is so good, I might actually go downtown again (which is really saying something for a Santa Monican). Got the pigs ears, the brandade, the short ribs, the sea bass and the chocolate pot de creme--all were amazing! The short ribs particularly, have me dreaming about returning to that great place. The staff was warm and helpful and the sommelier was really on point with his selections. Thanks to everyone with your suggestions!

Nov 20, 2009
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