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La Reyna de Michoacan - Mexican Kosher ice cream

This sounds so tasty and inexpensive! Thanks for the heads-up!

1 day ago
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Cheesemonger in Sherman Oaks

Agree that the owners are very knowledgeable, very friendly, and very generous with samples. They don't have a huge number of cheeses, but large enough for me to always find a few that taste good. I haven't tried as many of their meats, but I've enjoyed what I have tried.

I also agree that for people who live near it, there's every reason to keep going. Also, as I mentioned in another thread, they had an open house recently with tasting of many of their cheeses and meats, and also third-party products (all for free).

Jul 24, 2015
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Cheesemonger in Sherman Oaks

There is parking shared with all of the "gray buildings" along that block of Ventura. It's usually enough, when I go on weekends. Access is easiest from the alley behind the building.

On another note, Murray's has some of the same cheeses as the Cheesemongers, but wrapped up in plastic so they can't breathe. Convenient when grocery shopping: yes. Quite as good as Cheesemongers: no.

Jul 24, 2015
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Tamashii Ramen in Sherman Oaks (is a no)

Cheesemongers are a delight, in my book. Nice people. Lots of cheese & meats to choose from (particularly cheese). They've been out of a few cheeses recently they had earlier (maybe growing pains of supply chain?), but they're always willing to let you try other cheeses to pick one you like. They had an open house a month or so back that was pretty fun (non-cheese/meat vendors came & had samples of their wares).

I don't have much to compare it to, but the Cheesemongers are great in my book.

Jul 20, 2015
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Chow worthy food in the most unexpected places

I haven't been in years, but Metro Cafe in the Culver City Travelodge on Washington Place just east of Sepulveda always had the best Serbian/Continental/American food for dinner, with good wine too. It always amazed people when we'd tell them we're taking them to a nice dinner in a Travelodge.

Jun 12, 2015
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Caramelized Spam Biscuit (or why Found Coffee is a true gem)

Creme Caramel is my favorite bakery in LA. Their main bakery always has delicious new treats. Sadly, they don't carry the caramelized spam biscuit at the main bakery. But sometimes they have spam bread pudding...

Jun 09, 2015
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

BRUNCH/LUNCH FOR SIX in DTLA before a visit to the Natural History Museum

Agree with Chichen Itza... while it is a food court, it's not a noisy one last time I went.

Jun 09, 2015
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Vintage LA diners with great food

Agreed. Nat's has excellent food for a coffee shop, if almost no decor.

Sadly, the late, great Tokyo 77 in Culver City had excellent food & vibe (again, if not decor), but it is no more.

Oh, and also throw Pie 'n Burger in Pasadena into the mix. I've only been once, but 'twas an exemplary coffee shop burger by my memory.

Tiki bars? And tiki food?

Agree with others about Trader Sam's at Disneyland hotel... great drinks, and some great food (not the tacos, when I last had them years ago).

I also agree that Trader Vic's downtown closed.

Ventiki in Ventura isn't toooo far, and has tiki drinks, and sorta-tiki food.

But otherwise, Cantonese food is the way to go.

Feb 09, 2015
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Fab's Hot Dogs Westwood.......breaking news

UCLA's Daily Bruin says that Pieology will be going into the Fab Hot Dogs spot:

Anyone know what happened, other than the usual "places don't last long in Westwood"?

Jan 28, 2015
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Asada Tacos and Rolled Tacos in San Fernando Valley

I second San Marcos. I'm particularly fond of their al pastor, but their asada is good too. Their salsa bar is amazing. Haven't tried their handmade tortillas, though. Sounds intriguing.

Dec 12, 2014
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Any great food with ambience in Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Van Nuys or North Hollywood?

I third Mistral. Very attentive service, quality food, can get loud for dinners, though. Depends on how full it is.

Sep 25, 2014
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Dutch Crunch Bread @ PAVILIONS

Good to know... as a Bay Area transplant, it's one of the things I've missed.

Does anyone know if it's available at other Vons/Pavilions? Looks like at least one Pavilions (Culver City), and one Vons (Burbank).

Jan 31, 2014
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

LA Dish of the Month (September 2013) - Voting


Aug 27, 2013
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Your favorite way to eat $5

I love the milanesa de pollo cemita from the truck outside Smart & Final on Venice Blvd near Motor Ave. The truck was called Angelica, now it's Latinos Catering. The cemita was $5, but it's now $6 (so, within a large wiggle of $5). Same huge, tasty cemita – make sure to get extra salsa chipotle.

Aug 27, 2013
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Vancouver Downtown/Gastown Restaurant Advice

Thanks all for the recommendations... I realized I never posted what we did do.

Sat lunch we went to Mill Marine Bistro along the waterfront, and it was good. Nothing fancy, but good.

Sat. dinner we went to Boneta in Gastown. Very good drinks, the octopus chips, and poutine. I think we had all small plates, and that was plenty of food, for not a ton of money (although certainly not cheap).

Had Tim Horton's for Sun breakfast (which was fine), and got a Japadog from the Robson store for lunch, since we wanted fries (thanks for advising going to that store). Enjoyed the Shichimi & Garlic fries quite a lot too.

Thanks again for all the advice! We're hoping to head back to Vancouver at some point, since the food and walking around the seawall were both go much fun.

Aug 27, 2013
hhewitt in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

How long have you LA Chowhounders been posting on Chowhound ?

According to my profile, 2006, but lurking for a bit before that. Still don't post much — mostly I lurk.

Jul 16, 2013
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Vancouver Downtown/Gastown Restaurant Advice

Hello BC board!

Like many people (even just on this board), I'll be in downtown Vancouver for a brief trip this summer. I've been doing some research on eating and wanted to ask your opinions of some restaurants. My wife and I will be staying between Canada Place & Gastown near the waterfront, and I was hoping to stick within walking distance of there for a few meals.

Sat. Lunch: I was thinking the Mill Marine Bistro (Cordova & Bute) on the waterfront. We'll be eating with some older diners, who aren't very adventurous eaters, and this is near Canada Place where we'll be.

Sat. Dinner: I'm thinking possibly Guu Otokomae, if we feel like eating at an izakaya. If not, I'm thinking Boneta, Chambar, or L'Abattoir. I'm a bit confused about differences between the atmosphere & pricing of these three. The food at all three sounds good. I was hoping to stay under $50/person (including maybe a glass of wine).

Sun. breakfast: Something quick & quintessentially Canadian — Tim Horton's.

Sun. lunch: Probably one of the Japadog stands near the waterfront (grabbing a quick lunch on the way to the airport).

If anyone has any strong opinions about these, or ideas for other places in the same area, I'd love to hear them.

Thanks, An LA Chowhound

May 07, 2013
hhewitt in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best Moscow Mule LA

At the Tam O'Shanter in Atwater Village, they serve it in a pewter mug, just like their Pimm's Cup. The Pimm's Cup is better, in my opinion.

Apr 26, 2013
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

ginger beer

Beverage Warehouse near MdR carries it:

I also recommend Bundaberg Ginger Beer.

Apr 23, 2013
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Quick Cheap Good Lunch After Golf at Encino/Balboa/Woodley?

Great to know! I live near Bamboo Forest, and only tried it once and found it just OK. Do you know if the lunch special is available 7 days a week, or just weekdays?

Oct 24, 2012
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Quick Cheap Good Lunch After Golf at Encino/Balboa/Woodley?

For Mexican, I'd also consider Tacos Corona (7213 Balboa Blvd @ Sherman Way). I've only eaten there once, but their salsa bar (especially the grilled onions) was particularly impressive, and their prices seemed very fair. It's a mile or two up Balboa, pretty close to golf courses.

I also second Sam Woo, Vinh Loi tofu, and Don Adrian for cemitas (although their bread is a littl dry for my taste).

Oct 09, 2012
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Looking For A New Fun Restaurant With Great Food in the Valley

This was my first thought as well. It's near the 405/101 interchange, has a charming chef/owner, and the food is great (and unique enough, in that tagines aren't sold on every street corner).

Sep 06, 2012
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Indonesian Rijstafel in Los Angeles?

They are kind of similar... although personally, I prefer Simpang Asia's.

I can't describe the differences between Porto's and Simpang's. The spices are certainly different, and I think Simpang's are ground chicken while Porto's are ground beef. Simpang's might be a little bigger too.

Aug 17, 2012
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Indonesian Rijstafel in Los Angeles?

The Mie Tek Tek noodles at Simpang Asia are great - chicken, scrambled egg, noodles all in a brown sauce. It's my favorite dish there. Some crunchy bok-choy-type greens too.

I'd also recommend their kroket — ground chicken & spices inside fried mashed potato.

Aug 14, 2012
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Ice Cream Sandwiches in LA?

While not an ice cream sandwich, if you want to recreate the flavors of your Sacramento sandwich (but not in sandwich form), Trader Joe's sells Lemon & Triple Ginger Snap Ice Cream. It sounds like the flavor combo you had, but the ginger snap pieces are mixed into the ice cream. It's quite good.

Otherwise, the classic ice cream sandwich-type item I grew up eating were It's-Its, which are available in most supermarkets in SoCal, I think.

Jul 11, 2012
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Super Nachos"/Spanish Sauce"/The Valley

Not that this was a popular topic, but I seem to have found something that works. La Fogata in Sherman Oaks on Van Nuys Blvd makes "super nachos/nachos supremos" with meat, beans, cheese, sour cream, and guacamole over chips. I asked for that with their (mild) salsa roja poured over it, and it was delicious!

Jul 02, 2012
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Looking for Raclette (Cheese)

I've tried Trader Joe's Raclette (as mentioned below), but it wasn't very good.

The best cheese was from Surfas and was recommended to me there (possibly by David). It's called Scharfe Maxx, and it's delicious... and it's also probable that its price will floor you too. I don't remember the exact price, but it wasn't cheap.

Dec 19, 2011
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Any casual, cheap Parisian-style couscous places in LA area?

I second Simon's. The price point is definitely not "cheap," but sharing as archer mentions would help alleviate that. Now if only more restaurants would have a "pichet du vin" like Parisian restaurants...

Dec 15, 2011
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

LA-made Dessert Gift... that travels well?

Their candy looks pretty good... and they'd probably travel well too! This thread is an example of why I love CH.

Oct 25, 2011
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area