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Pre-Thanksgiving Menus ?

Anyone seeing any menus featuring Thanksgiving foods-won't be here next week...there's a great sandwich at Stanley's -
"taste of Thanksgiving"..anything else ?
Thanks !

Nov 18, 2013
alison in New Orleans

Amsterdam on a Sunday night - where to eat??

Proeverij 274- was the yummiest food we ate.
nouvelle dutch cuisine.
small & charming.


Feb 16, 2013
alison in Europe

ISO Lemon Layer Cake

Had a great one from Proof Bakery a few weeks ago-very light and moist.
What about Sweet Lady Jane or Valerie confections ??




Mar 07, 2012
alison in Los Angeles Area

Speaking of Atwater Crossing...

Ate there today for brunch-had a great berry brioche french toast w/ vanilla marscapone on the side, tons of fresh berries and pistachios.
Also had a spinach/bacon/goat cheese flatbread w/ 2 over easy eggs on top-yum !!!
My daughter had pancakes, nice & fluffy w/ 2 eggs & bacon& a side of breakfast potatoes that were really well seasoned.
Fresh squeezed orange juice & a homemade chocolate biscotti.
Great space, kid friendly, good for groups. Lots of breakfast items and flat breads, there was a corned beef hash w/ eggs special that looked really good.
Very friendly & prompt service.

Jan 21, 2012
alison in Los Angeles Area

Spekuloos in LA?

Saw it at Albertson's in Los Feliz.

Jan 20, 2012
alison in Los Angeles Area

Atwater Village Farm is open for business

3224 Glendale Blvd.
LA, CA. 90039

Jan 20, 2012
alison in Los Angeles Area

Last night in L.A, Have a reservation at Hatfield's. Should we change to Little Door?

Little Door has a beautiful atmosphere, very LA, but I find it really expensive.
$40 for 4 scallops ??
They have great salads, beautiful cheese plate, the food is really good, but just so expensive for what you get.
Maybe try a walk in at Son of a Gun (same chefs as animal, but seafood based).
Hatfield's is very good, but more fine dining direction.
Also, you could do a walk in at Osteria Mozza or Pizzaria Mozza.

The Little Door
8164 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Osteria Mozza
6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Son of a Gun
8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Sep 10, 2011
alison in Los Angeles Area

Echo Park spots

Mohawk Bend-lots of vegan choices, plus pizza-ish flatbread, tons of craft beers, and a skillet chocolate chip cookie !!!

2141 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

(213) 483-2337

Sep 08, 2011
alison in Los Angeles Area

Nashville Fri/Sat with an 8yr old

We'll be at cityhouse w/ our 8 yr. old on Sat. PM too & then also heading to Memphis on Sun. for Graceland also !
We also love pancake pantry for breakfast...
and loveless cafe for lunch.

May 19, 2011
alison in Kentucky & Tennessee

Need Ribbon candy

Little Flower Candy Co.

1424 W Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105-1414
(626) 304-4800


Little Flower Candy Co
1424 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA

Dec 13, 2010
alison in Los Angeles Area

does anyone know what the decision was re: the hollywood farmer's market??

Agree-I've parked in their bldg. many times & they have happily taken my money-why would they want to stop doing that ??

Why does the Film School have to take the whole street back ?
They don't own the street, why do they get to kick the merchants off it ?

Seems really strange the city would go along with this..

Dec 10, 2010
alison in Los Angeles Area

Thanksgiving Dinner for 10-where ??

Ok, let's start the Thanksgiving thread-any ideas for Thanksgiving Dinner , party of 10 ?
We made a res. at Landmarc, but trying to think of any other places / options.
Thanks !

179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Nov 01, 2010
alison in Manhattan

Kid-friendly restaurant for dinner in Los Feliz area

Little Dom's-pizza, pasta, breakfast, fruit foccaccia, rice balls.
My 7 year old 's favorite restaurant.

Mexico City-Mexican
Chi Dynasty-Chinese
San Sui-Japanese

Oct 05, 2010
alison in Los Angeles Area

Santa Barbara kids birthday restaurant?

I think you have the wrong address for Carlito's-the one you showed is up in the Bay Area.
this is the one you want in Santa Barbara & yes, they have mariachi's-call ahead to make sure & tell them it's her B Day.
Good for kids & grownups-outdoor fountain & Lovely patio.

Carlitos Cafe and Cantina

1324 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 962-7117

Aug 11, 2010
alison in California

salted cupcakes

Please don't tell anyone about the caramel cupcakes at Lark, because then there won't be any left for me.
Or the caramel cake there either....
3337 W. Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Sunset at Micheltorena Street
in Silver Lake


Jul 21, 2010
alison in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy undecorated cookies in Los Angeles?

Ralph's also has undecorated sugar cookies-in bell, Xmas tree & star shapes, with a hole in the top you can put a ribbon thru to hang on your tree.
In a plastic 24 count box in the bakery section.
I think about $6.00 per box.

There is a Ralph's at Glendale Blvd. & Fletcher Dr.

Dec 20, 2009
alison in Los Angeles Area

Good First Date Place

Lou on Vine
Food is really good & interesting wines.
No hard liquor.
Hidden in a strip mall, but nice decor inside.


724 N Vine St
cross street Melrose
LA, CA 90038
(323) 962-6369

Nov 24, 2009
alison in Los Angeles Area

Fig Produce in trouble! Please consider this excellent eastdside store for shopping this Holiday.

Listing their address may help to support them :

Figueroa Produce
6312 N Figueroa St Los Angeles,
CA 90042-2733
(323) 255-3663

Nov 21, 2009
alison in Los Angeles Area

Best Thanksgiving Sides ??

We are providing the turkey & people are bringing asst. things, but worrying about filing some side dish holes-like corn, green beans, carrots.

Anyone care to recommend any favorite side -dish takeout places ?

East Side preferred.
Thanks !

Nov 14, 2009
alison in Los Angeles Area

Suggest places for good Soup in Glendale

The lentil soup at Elena's Greek Armenian restaurant.

Elenas Greek Armenian Cuisine
1000 S. Glendale
Glendale, CA 91205
ph: 818-241-5730


Oct 14, 2009
alison in Los Angeles Area

Anyone been to Gobi Mongolian BBQ House in Silver Lake?

Went last night & thought it was very good. Healthy & yes, it was one "of those old-school places where you pick out the food and they stir fry it in front of you ".

They had 4 choices of meats : pork, sirloin, chicken & lamb + a large "vegetable " bar of items (including tofu ) and then noodles. All kinds of sauces to add & suggestions about combinations of sauces to try.

Pile everything in a bowl (and pile high, because it cooks down a lot ) and hand it to the cook, who cooks it there in front of you & hands it back to you on a plate.

White & brown rice was also available for an additional dollar.
They do have beer & soju.

Seems like a fun place for kids as well-the kid's price is cheaper.
Did not see if they had high chairs.

They also brought us out some warm sesame rolls, which were yummy & kind of "Hot Pocket " tasting-in a comforting , good way.

Very clean & well run.
Free Parking in the lot next door.
Yes, it is owned by the Pazzo Gelato people & they do serve gelato.


BTW-the pizza place (Andiamo) is out of business.

Sep 30, 2009
alison in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's new bag promo

All TJ's do it (I too have never won, also bitter !).

Gelson's does it too, fill it out & return it to the checker.
I did win a $25 Gelson's GC 2 weeks ago.

Whole Foods gives you 5 cents off your total bill for every
bag of your own you bring in-whoo hoo !

May 15, 2009
alison in Chains

Need Clear Cookie Sprinkles in SFV

Or Sur la table in Pasadena will have sprinkles too.

Mar 27, 2009
alison in Los Angeles Area

Need Clear Cookie Sprinkles in SFV

Homegoods stores have lots of sprinkles & cake/cooks decorations in clear jars. There is one on Brand Blvd. in Glendale across from the Americana. I just bought some pale pink sugary sprinkles there. Maybe that would work for you, or they might have other colors. Near the cookies & candy at the front by the register.

Mar 27, 2009
alison in Los Angeles Area

Looking for great Breakfast Sandwich

Fred 62 in Los Feliz has the New Amsterdam :
bacon, omletted egg, hash browns on a hamburger type bun. I always add cheddar cheese.

Jan 24, 2009
alison in Los Angeles Area

L'Artisan du Chocolate, where did it go?

Drove by today & it was open !!!
Please patronize this lovely shop so it doesn't go out of business !!!

Dec 13, 2008
alison in Los Angeles Area

L'Artisan du Chocolate, where did it go?

Valerie Chocolates is next door to L'Artisan & sells a more hard toffee-ish candy.

Cristian (owner)had been selling his chocolates, that his lovely wife hand makes, at several farmer's Mkts. around town.

The old Picholine deli wasn't his, but he did work there sometimes. I still miss the # 5 turkey sandwich !

Dec 13, 2008
alison in Los Angeles Area

L'Artisan du Chocolate, where did it go?

Uh, oh. The website says they are for sale..

L'Artisan Du Chocolat
3364 W 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(213) 252-8721

Dec 13, 2008
alison in Los Angeles Area

Pizzeria Mozza - kid friendly?

Depends on the kids & the timing.
I've seen some pretty grumpy grownups in there (and felt that way too myself while waiting on the bench outside for a seat at the bar !).
It can get really noisy in there, but on a weekday or weekend mid-afternoon/early evening , I would go for it.
You can always take turns walking the kids around the block. :-)

Dec 10, 2008
alison in Los Angeles Area

Pizzeria Mozza - kid friendly?

Pizzeria Mozza IS kid friendly, I think they even have high chairs (call ahead & ask ).
The only thing is :
It's kind of close together tables & it can be a really long wait, even if you have a res.
Go at an off time, or early like 5 PM.
We take our 5 yr. old there all the time, eat at the pizza bar & there are always kids there.

Dec 10, 2008
alison in Los Angeles Area