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Private Dinner

Agreed on Citrin, Giraud, but do they cater? If they do, wow.

Sep 11, 2010
FoodKitCat in Los Angeles Area

Best Ethnic Markets in Los Angeles

No one mentioned Vallarta?! This is a chain of about 15 Mexican grocery stores in the valley. Ridiiculous meats, great pre marinated ones. Of course awesome salsas and chips. Avocados and limes by the dozen for nothing. And the butchers are delightful. You can find anything there; very, very fresh. You walk into the meat department and it smells of blood, the way it should, instead of bleach in American markets. Can you tell I"m a carnivore? Must have been that experience as a kid when my Lithuanian grandmother made me watch my grandfather kill and I had to gut the pig.

Sep 11, 2010
FoodKitCat in Los Angeles Area

Best Ethnic Markets in Los Angeles

YoungConstance -- I love that place. There is a woman who makes homemade "Horesh" (stews) and they are in the freezer. AMAZING, homemade, of course. Beautiful Horesh Sabzi, and the one made from pomegranites, damn, I forget the name, but it's the Persian equivalent of Mexican mole sauce. The olives are cheap and you can buy a giant can of virgin olive oil for 9.00. The feta is also amazing. Persian breakfast: feta, tomatoes and flatbread. Yum!

Sep 11, 2010
FoodKitCat in Los Angeles Area

Cafe Habana Malibu

Yogachik, you crack me up. Not even for a drink? Listen, if you can't be honest, you really shouldn't give your opinion..... joking of course.

Yeah, it's pretty mediocre at best. Drinks are weak. There was one thing I had one day that was very good, which was the pulled pork sandwich, sans sandwich. It was just plates of pork, beans, accoutrements. I liked it. And Nadim --- yes! Burritos? I was thinking the same thing. I think there are tacos on the menu too. Bizarre. But maybe the owners thought it might be too dangerous to offer something too specific in this fickle, wierd business place of Malibu. I can understand wanting to please the crowds, because here you are lucky when you get one. Right?

Anyway, I think that if it something calls itself something -- it should be THAT. Cuban? Be freaking Cuban. Go all the way.

This all being said, I do like the teak on the patio.

Sep 11, 2010
FoodKitCat in Los Angeles Area

Jason Wilson (Crush) wins best chef NW at James Beard Awards

i LOVED it. Did a birthday party there, for which Jason and his wife (I think her name is Nicole), prepared a special multi course meal. Presentation was gorgeous, service impeccable, wine very good and food out-freaking-standing. Delicate, seasonal dishes, beautiful pairings. The plastic moulded chairs were a bit uncomfortable, but otherwise, I haven't one even mediocre thing to say. I think he deserves the award. Next time I'm back in Seattle, which I unfortunately won't be for a while, I"ll be back.

Sep 09, 2010
FoodKitCat in Greater Seattle

4 Meals in Seattle - looking for Pacific Northwest cuisine

Jeffo405, tell me about your experience at The Herb Farm. I haven't been for dinner, but passed by and looked into doing a bday party there. It just seems so romantic, lovely... tell me your thoughts.

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Herb Farm
14590 NE 145th St, Woodinville, WA 98072

Sep 09, 2010
FoodKitCat in Greater Seattle

4 Meals in Seattle - looking for Pacific Northwest cuisine

I had an incredible dinner for my first (and unfortunately last) anniversary with my (ex) fiance at Canlis. It's legendary and worth it. The service is impeccable. The night we were there, Howard Schultz was there and we marveled at how each diner at the 4 top got their own server. Alas, we were two, and only got one server, but were very happy. We even saw the famous "Betty" with her famed signature champagne glass. Wine list is like War and Peace. Wonderful.
Dahlia Lounge is romantic and delicious. All fish dishes as I remember and a good wine list.
I have passed the HerbFarm on a bike and really, really wished we'd gone for dinner. The place is SO romantic. Looks like an Irish farm. Smelled like that fabulous wood fire yummy smell. They do prix fixe dinners for only one seating a night I think. One menu for whoever the lucky diners are. Highly recommend Crush in Madison Park. Owned by Chef Jason Wilson a James Beard winner. In a little Victorian House, food: incredible. Wine: excellent. Modern interiors, moulded chairs and white linens. He did a special chef's dinner for a birthday party we threw. I loved it. Presentation first rate. For brunch, I adore La Campagne on Pike's Place. Traditional French -- killer Bloody Mary's.

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Canlis Restaurant
2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Campagne
86 Pine, Seattle, WA 98101

Dahlia Lounge
2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Sep 09, 2010
FoodKitCat in Greater Seattle

Two dinners, first time to Seattle

Do not miss La Campagne for brunch. A block up from PIke's Place. Authentic, super delicious French. Incredible Bloody Mary's, oeuf with pearl onions, puff pastry and champinon gravy. Newspapers on sticks. Must go.

Sep 09, 2010
FoodKitCat in Greater Seattle

Private Dinner

Along Came Mary (www.alongcamemary.com). Ask for Janine Micucci. Owner, Mary Micucci is the "epicurean Spielberg." She'll do something incredible. Impeccable service. Build a kitchen anywhere, no problem. Feed 10 with delicious, sexy food and grace or wow AAA celebs at a party for 6000. Done.

Sep 09, 2010
FoodKitCat in Los Angeles Area

New Wave for Gladstones??

Horrible. Glad to know everyone else agrees. But, they make a RIDICULOUS amount of money from tourists. They've got some rockin' marketing and a great location, but I'll never set foot in there unless I"m forced.

Sep 07, 2010
FoodKitCat in Los Angeles Area

Lunch in Malibu

Gladstones and Paradise Cove are same owners, same horrible menu. Paradise Cove is good for drinks ONLY (unless you like giant martini glasses filled with deep fried squid). Geoffreys is gorgeous during the day. Tiny, exclusive patio over the Pacific. Food is very good these days. Also, Malibu Beach Inn just south of the pier is a little known gem. Teeny tiny patio with only 6 tables - magical location - no one ever goes there oddly enough. Good wine list. Malibu Kitchen is great for a sandwich on the patio. Have the meatloaf and swiss cheese with coleslaw. Amazing. Coogies is a diner with no atmosphere and only one good thing on the menu: the Turkey Burger with the house BBQ secret sauce and fries. Tra Di Noi is excellent Italian on the sandbox square at Cross Creek. Have the sole with a glass of white wine. Machers do their power lunches there. Pretty patio. You can get take out from the same restaurant and eat on the park. Have the gnocchi with pesto. If you like Mexican, Howdy's at Cross Creek is great. Have the shrimp burrito. Organic Mexican. I'm not a salad person, but for those of you who might be, John's Garden on the Cross Creek sandbox park is nice for a redwood bench lunch in the sun.

Sep 07, 2010
FoodKitCat in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Cheap Eats Comfort Food Joints

Touche on Canters. Nothing like kreplach soup served at 2 am by a surly waitress.

Jul 09, 2010
FoodKitCat in Los Angeles Area

North Valley - Please God, Where is the Good Food?

Allow me to start by admitting that I am a Valley Girl. Born and bred. Since I"ve moved over the hill and don't know what's there anymore. Seems, however, that everytime I have to meet someone anywhere in the Valley, the choices boil down to chain restaurants like Chili's, Macaroni Grill or Islands. I have a lunch meeting next week in Porter Ranch. Is there anything there that's at least a single proprietor restaurant with excellent food and maybe a little ambiance? The only thing I could find that sounded even reasonably interesting was the Buenos Aires Grill. Help?

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Buenos Aires Grill
8856 Corbin Ave, Northridge, CA 91324

Macaroni Grill
, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Jul 09, 2010
FoodKitCat in Los Angeles Area

Westside Basic Mexican

Hey, NY Guy, you should really learn to be more honest... I mean, if you can't just speak your mind............................... LOL Love it.

Jun 03, 2010
FoodKitCat in Los Angeles Area

Westlake Village: Taco Truck Recommend

Does Westlake Village allow brown people? Me thinks that "taco truck" and "westlake" are two things that may not be lovin' one another. But there is always hope.

Jun 02, 2010
FoodKitCat in Los Angeles Area

GRACE restaurant closing June 19th

Wow; wild. Loved Grace. Love Rivera too.

Jun 02, 2010
FoodKitCat in Los Angeles Area

drinking well and early downtown--any ideas?

Rivera. Tequila on tap. All Latin wine cellar. Cocktails so wild and inventive it'll blow your mind. John Sedlar's nouvelle Latin place. Stay for dinner.

Jun 02, 2010
FoodKitCat in Los Angeles Area

Westside Basic Mexican

The Cuban plan in the Lumberyard has yet to open, I believe. But someone the other day just told me a bit about it's origins. Apparently, Habana is a teeny tiny place in the West Village in NYC that is a little dive legend - so now I"m looking forward to when it does open.

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Habana
2930 Bristol St Ste A110, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Jun 02, 2010
FoodKitCat in Los Angeles Area

Westside Basic Mexican

Ditto on Kay and Dave's; it's NOT Mexican and it's not anything. Horrible.

Jun 02, 2010
FoodKitCat in Los Angeles Area

Thai food in Santa Monica/Venice

The Thai Dishes in Malibu is the worst Thai I've ever had. Avoid it. If in that area , Cholada on PCH near Topanga is pretty good. The Wild Shrimp Salad is awesome... huge grilled shrimp on crisp bed of lettuce with red onions and yummy lime chili dressing and fresh cucumbers.

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Cholada
1282 Newbury Rd, Newbury Park, CA 91320

Jun 01, 2010
FoodKitCat in Los Angeles Area

Bazaar? Hm...I'd rather go to Providence or Melisse.

The egg caviar at Melisse is one of the best things I"ve ever put in my mouth.

Jun 01, 2010
FoodKitCat in Los Angeles Area

Westside Basic Mexican

Love Lares. So old fashioned with the leather chairs and brass studs. The chips are soooooo good. The seafood dishes are muy rico!

Have to say that i really DISLIKE El Cholo. Was so excited when it arrived on the Westside from it's original Western Ave location... I keep showing up hoping it'll be special and it's just like El Torito over and over again.

Oddly enough, I love Howdy's Mexican in Malibu. Developed by the guy who created La Salsa and went out on his own. Organic beans. Amazing salmon tacos with pineapple salsa.

On Lincoln, somewhere between Rose and Washington, there are two dives I love...but of course, I don't know the names. On of them MIGHT be called Paco's or Pancho's. little parking lot for 3 cars and yellow colored small building. The other is closer to Washington and is a marisco joint, this one painted in blue hues with the wonderful little food paintings.

Casablance on LIncoln at Rose is amazing. Homemade tortillas and a tequilaria. The fish soup is wonderufl. Decor is a crack up with old movie memorabilia from the movie Casablanca.... wait, is this place Moraccan? French? Mexican? LOL... It's Mexican alright and muy rico.

Jun 01, 2010
FoodKitCat in Los Angeles Area

XLB In Oxnard? Great Chicken Siu Mai Too?

Wow; good to hear. Seems that Port Hueneme is so absent of anywhere interesting to eat (unless Carrows makes you happy). My Mom lives there and going out for food is always something I avoid; especially when she exuberately suggests we go to the Whale Tail or some such tourist relic restaurant on the channels.

Anyway, I've always avoided Chinese food altogether in Los Angeles, as I just can't get past the smell of rancid oil that billows out from most restaurants before you can even get to the front door. I've spent some time in Taipei, Indonesia and Thailand and there the Chinese and Asian foods are incredible and interesting.

After my snobby comment though, I am embarassed to admit that I do love the freshness and punctuated flavors on PF Changs menu. In particular, I love their seaweed steamed seabass on a bed of fresh spinach, which probably is not Chinese anyway....but I digress.

There is ONE Chinese restaurant that I dearly love in the LA area called "Hu's Szechwan" on the corner of National in that little village that turns toward Motor. The Szechwan shrimp is amazing. As for dumplings, I love going there in the late afternoon when the family sits down at one of the tables with a bucket of ground pork and together rolls and pinches dumplings by hand until they have made the alotment for the evening.

May 01, 2010
FoodKitCat in Los Angeles Area

looking for suggestions in Santa Monica

LOL... yes, well, what would like be like without avocado?

May 01, 2010
FoodKitCat in Los Angeles Area

looking for suggestions in Santa Monica

You all are funny. Of course it's not like the East Coast -- uh because we are on the Left Coast. It's a charming, lovely place for LA. Forget the sandwiches, if you are filled full of East Coast italian.....buy a loaf of warm bread with truffle cheese and wine and bring it to the beach.

May 01, 2010
FoodKitCat in Los Angeles Area

The Old Place Agoura

I was there for breakfast a few weeks ago and was completely charmed. The history of the place is really cool; very rustic, and nicely restored. Was originally a post office in the 1800's, I believe.. We stopped there for breakfast between a bike ride between Kanan and Malibu Canyon on a Saturday am.The food is also rustic, hearty and really good. I absolutely loved the smoked veggie frittatta with lots of roughly sliced potatoes and gooey cheese. Fantastic sourdough bread slathered in salty butter. Sitting at the bar is fun.Anyway, There is some fun history of the place on the walls. The owner was Tom Runyon (Runyon Canyon of LA), who apparently only died a few years ago. Their dinner menu looks wonderful, simple steaks, etc. There are only about 6 tables in the place, so dinner reservations are hard to get. The little gallery/wine bar next door is not to be missed. The room in the back is an amazing space for a party, if you like long rustic wooden tables, thousands of candles juxtaposed with glass chandeliers.. This little (former church, I think) is filled with lots of local wines made by the garagistes of the Malibu area (which is a rapidly growing bunch). Check out the amazing photos (they were shot by a friend of mine's son, can't help but gush about that). Also next door is a fantastic antique shop, the whole yard filled with stone fountains, old doors, fireplaces, lighting fixtures the flirty Frenchman owner has incredible taste..

May 01, 2010
FoodKitCat in Los Angeles Area

looking for suggestions in Santa Monica

Just learned about Monte Alban tonight here reading and can't wait....

But King's Head for food???? Uh uhh.... It's bad pub food. Good pub mind you, but the food? Is there such a good thing as "good" and "pub food" in the same sentence?

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Monte Alban
11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Apr 28, 2010
FoodKitCat in Los Angeles Area

A proper poboy and great cajun & creole cooking

"Proper" and "Poboy" in the same sentence? I get what you're saying, but I have to laugh at the choice of words............... there's something down and dirty about a PoBoy and it's not exactly proper.

Apr 28, 2010
FoodKitCat in Los Angeles Area

Looking for downtown recommendations

MUST, must, must go to Rivera. John Sedlar's place katty corner to the Staples Center, it's a pan Latino elegant place with the craziest , most gorgous cocktail menu. Oaxacan historical cocktails. Super interesting flavor pairings and booze you've never seen on a menu. It's so cool, in fact, you won't find a --tini anything there anyway...the mixologist is way past that. The wine list is all Latin and very cool too. The food is beyond amazing. The art on the plates will blow you away. The historical story Sedlar tells thoughout the space is interesting. Tequila on tap. Seriously....don't miss it. Flowers embedded into the handmade tortillas that is artful....but the food..........mmmmm.

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Staples Center
1111 S Figueroa St Ste 3100, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Apr 28, 2010
FoodKitCat in Los Angeles Area

Moving to the Valley, what's good?- Sherman Oaks/Van Nuys

Being a valley girl myself, the first glib thing I wanted to say was "nothing." But then I remembered a great meal I had last week at a place called the Boneyard in Sherman Oaks. Whoa...great BBQ kinda upscale. Good wine list.

Apr 28, 2010
FoodKitCat in Los Angeles Area