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Highly convenient quality place to stop for tea/snack/conversation (Downtown to LAX)?

I wanted to report back briefly: We ended up at Café Del Rey which was a recommendation that really hit the mark (sorry for the cliché). Already being close to LAX with no parking/wait/etc. hassles let us relax and enjoy lunch and talking, we had a lot of good food options, good service, nice view and a great break from being in the work environment. Thank you WSG for this recommendation (and also a very belated thank you for getting Hummus Grill on our rotation). I will definitely go back.

I did have a question on Jin - does it now have a nice seating area in Culver City?

Sep 13, 2014
Heidi in Los Angeles Area
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Highly convenient quality place to stop for tea/snack/conversation (Downtown to LAX)?

I volunteered to take her, otherwise she would take a car or cab. She is only in the country for four days total and this gives us a chance to see each other more without a corresponding adverse impact on her schedule and/or sleep deprivation. My personal experience (shared by her as well) is that international business travel is tough, especially if you don't do well with time zones, do it frequently and/or would prefer to be home. I only see her a few times a year so this is well worth the LAX trip for me.

Thank you again for the input. I probably won't know for sure where we are going until tomorrow.

Sep 11, 2014
Heidi in Los Angeles Area

Highly convenient quality place to stop for tea/snack/conversation (Downtown to LAX)?

Thank you all for the replies! I will look more into the suggestions, especially Café del Rey.

I just took some English visitors to Pann's last month. It wouldn't, however, be a good spot for this visitor. Similarly, there are lots of places to try downtown, but not a right fit.

Thanks again!

Sep 10, 2014
Heidi in Los Angeles Area

Highly convenient quality place to stop for tea/snack/conversation (Downtown to LAX)?

I am taking a friend to LAX from downtown on Friday mid-day. We will have time to stop somewhere for about 1.5 hours to visit and have tea, coffee and/or a small snack. I would appreciate any suggestions for convenient (close to 110 to 10 route and convenient easy, parking) place where we can chat in a nice surrounding. Near LAX may be better. My friend, having lived in Paris for over 20 years as well as other countries, has high end taste, so I am looking for nicer places rather than funky kinds of places. If it helps, if we weren't on the way to the airport, I would pick lunch at Providence or tea at the Peninsula. Thank you in advance for your help.

Sep 07, 2014
Heidi in Los Angeles Area

Where to find a fruit tart in san fernando

Whole Foods is decent/good, but my first choice would be:
Pastries By Edie
21608 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303
(818) 340-0203

(They have lovely little tarts in two sizes; and we are generally very happy with everything we get there)

Jul 18, 2014
Heidi in Los Angeles Area

Croquembouche San Fernando Valley

We have purchased them for Christmas at Pastries by Edie. I've never hade homemade to compare with, but in general, their pastries and cakes are very good.

21608 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303
(818) 340-0203

Dec 18, 2013
Heidi in Los Angeles Area

What happened to the good bakeries in the SF Valley..?

Our "go to" bakeries in the Valley are Pastries by Edie mentioned already (we find it consistently good from pastries and cakes to other baked goods and there is a second location on Ventura Blvd, in Encino, I believe) and Big Sugar in Studio City. Sometimes we will purchase from Portos – they are less expensive but I don’t think as good as Edie or Big Sugar.

May 23, 2013
Heidi in Los Angeles Area

Need a great LA chocolate shop that also delivers locally

I can't say enough good things about them - the caramel and truffle box is my usual gift - it is insanely good.

They deliver by courier as well.

Feb 05, 2013
Heidi in Los Angeles Area

Moving to Northridge

As a long time Northridge/Porter Ranch resident, we find ourselves driving to Ventura Blvd way too often, however, we do have some local places we go to. These might not be the best you can find in the Valley but beat the local chain shops in our opinion (other than mentioned below).
-I don’t really have any special recommendations for awesome burgers or ice cream., but have gone a little past your specific areas of inquiry in case it helps.
- Pizza – Thanks to a Chowhound recommendation a few years back, we are going to Vincenzo's Pizza in Granada Hills (San Fernando Mission and Balboa). We only like their pizza which we order well done.
- We really like San Carlo Italian Deli at Mason and Devonshire in Chatsworth. I don’t think I have tried the pizza, but like the sandwiches, lasagna, cold cuts and you can buy their dough, sauce, meatballs, etc. to do things yourself. Very neighborhood business, with a wide range of customers and family owned.
-Although you didn’t ask, for Mexican, we like Hot’s Tacos at Devonshire and Reseda and Senior Sol at Reseda and Nordoff.
-Although a chain, we like Jersey Mikes in Granada Hills (Chatsworth and Lindley) and there is another by the mall. We always get turkey which is super fresh tasting with all of the toppings. We also go to California Chicken Café for wraps (Reseda and Nordoff). Also feels fresh tasting to us.
-We like Sevan Chicken (Mason and Devonshire) for Chicken and also their filet minion skewers. A Zankou is coming to Granada Hills, it will be interesting to compare.
-I haven’t had a burger at Frosty Queen in years, but they weren’t bad at all although they have thin patties which might be rectified by a double patty. This is our guilty pleasure place for chili fries (we order well done), chili dogs, and they have thick shakes made from soft serve. They have been there since I was a kid decades ago and are on Chatsworth and Shoshone.

Please don’t hesitate to ask for any clarifications or questions. We’ve tried many, many places in Northridge and nearby areas.

Jul 05, 2012
Heidi in Los Angeles Area

Gourmet chocolates

I also cannot recommend them high enough! The truffles and caramel box is insanely good, and I too ship them.

Mar 09, 2012
Heidi in Los Angeles Area

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

I forgot to mention that I have their chocolates shipped to my office out of convenience all of the time...completely easy and reliable.

http://www.valerieconfections.com/

Oct 25, 2011
Heidi in Los Angeles Area

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

I recently traveled to France and London with Valerie's chocolates for a several different people - truffles/caramels, toffees and the less expensive bags of treats. I had an ice pack in the suitcase with them just in case. Not only did they travel perfectly, I believe they were/are better than the chocolates I was gifted in return (Maison du Chocolat) and they were quite well received.

Oct 25, 2011
Heidi in Los Angeles Area

Potential difference between Saturday or Sunday at Joel Robuchon?

We're planning to go to Joel Robuchon in November. Does anyone anticipate a possible quality or experience difference between going on Saturday night or going on Sunday night? I am wondering if the potentially less busy Sunday may be offset by this being a typical night off for industry people (I don't know if this applies to Vegas but it does in other areas).

I'd appreciate all thoughts. Last year we went to Alex for our annual trip "big" dinner, and I am excited about this choice.

Thanks!

Oct 12, 2011
Heidi in Las Vegas

Singapore family with 2 kids to Los Angeles seeking advise.

It is not as high end as CUT (prices and caliber/specificity of meats), but I have had a couple of enjoyable meals at BLT Steak on the Sunset Strip. I would rate BLT under CUT but def. above Mortons.

I think you've gotten really good feedback from others on other areas, so I won't comment other than to say I have never had a bad meal at Pizzera or Osteria Mozza whereas I though the service was great at Scarpetta, but the food quality varied over the courses and items.

Hope you enjoy your visit!.

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Osteria Mozza
6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Scarpetta
225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Jun 09, 2011
Heidi in Los Angeles Area

Any good ice cream places in the SFV?

LA Creamery is my current favorite as well.

I had some good gelato at Illy in Las Vegas on Sunday and was thinking while I ate it, this is good, but not as good...

Apr 19, 2011
Heidi in Los Angeles Area

Where to host a 100th Birthday party in Northridge?

Wonderful occassion to celebrate and as a long time Porter Ranch resident, I sure wish there were more things to recommend!. My first suggestion would be the patio at L'Affair although it is in nearby Mission Hills (On Sepulveda near 118) - I haven't been in a while, but it was a standby for my elderly parents and the patio was nice last time I was there. Buon Gusto in Mission Hills (on Devonshire near Sepulveda) might also be a suggestion - its family owned and they try hard to please. If it needs to be in Northridge proper, I might add Emele's to the mix - I don't think the ambiance is as nice as the above two but it sure seems to be popular with my parent's crowd (and others).

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L'Affair
11024 Sepulveda Blvd, Mission Hills, CA 91345

Apr 07, 2011
Heidi in Los Angeles Area

Looking to WOW the wife for her birthday....any ideas

And even more fun if you stay. We've also done that with CUT and the Beverly Wilshire...

Mar 10, 2011
Heidi in Los Angeles Area

Cupcakes in Sherman Oaks Area

I really like Big Sugar Bakeshop in Studio City. Best chocolate/chocolate cupcake I know of (with a disclaimer that I prefer less sweet desserts). Very good cookies and brownies too.

Feb 23, 2011
Heidi in Los Angeles Area

BLT Steak or Wolfgang's Steak House

Chiming in a bit late, but I went to BLT Steak for the first time on Valentine's day. Despite it being a traditionally "bad" day to go out for dinner, we thought it was excellent - both the food and service. We will absolutely go back.

Feb 16, 2011
Heidi in Los Angeles Area

Thoughts on the best ice cream places?

I tried the rocky road and the mixed berry and really liked those a lot. The rocky road is not too sweet which is in line with my general preference. I also had tries of two other flavors from others in my group which I thought were good, but not as good (and probably why I can't remember them...) I honestly thought it was the best ice cream I have had in a long time, which included trying the Gelato Bar mentioned below. I will be quite curious to know if others thinks it is as good as we do.

Feb 01, 2011
Heidi in Los Angeles Area

Thoughts on the best ice cream places?

I recently tried LA Creamery (in Westfield Topanga mall) and thought it was really, really good.

Jan 31, 2011
Heidi in Los Angeles Area

Canadians in LA this Friday

Cut is a great experience. If you haven't gotten your reservations booked, you may want to do so soon if your hotel does not have connections. You may also want to consider having some Mexican food; it is the one thing I especially miss when out of the country. Have a good trip!

Jan 26, 2011
Heidi in Los Angeles Area

Patina - worth it? Looking for some hound recs!

First off, a thank you to uhockey -- I have read your reviews for Vegas for our trips each of the last two years and found them very discerning and helpful.

I am a dissenter on Nick & Stef's. I find it inconsistent iand generally falling in the range of okay to bad for the price point (and I have been in the last week). Based on its reputation, Water Grill is a good suggestion (I don't eat seafood so I can't vouch for it).

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Water Grill
544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Nov 15, 2010
Heidi in Los Angeles Area

Burgers, Pubs, and More

We went to Todd English's PUB this weeekend and loved it. Mini Lobster rolls were killer. Chili was also very good and I am really picky with that. Fun atomosphere and lots of beers on tap. Not cheap, but tasty.

Nov 08, 2010
Heidi in Las Vegas

Nice Restaurant For Birthday Dinner

I live in the NW SFV and the within 30 minute drive choices are tough as you likely know. Although these are in the same vein as the places you mentioned, we go to Flemmings in Woodland Hills and have also been going to Larsen's Grill in Simi Valley which a bit more casual and less expensive. We always have a good/special occasion time at Flemmings even if not eating steak. I suspect there are some good/nice places to try along Ventura, but someone like Carter will have more informed/current opinions on those.

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Larsen's Grill
1555 Simi Town Center Dr. #565, Simi Valley, CA 91304

Oct 22, 2010
Heidi in Los Angeles Area

Booking a Reservation for Ludobites 6.0

I am having the same issue.

Oct 12, 2010
Heidi in Los Angeles Area

Taste of Beverly Hills

This is probably late, but I went last night and we had an excellent time. Good food and drinks and not too crowded. Waits for food and drinks were from zero (usually) to maybe 10 minutes (twice). I would absolutely recommend it (as long as crowds do not become frustrating).

Sep 04, 2010
Heidi in Los Angeles Area

Mozza2Go: Mangiare in Famiglia REVIEW

I was there on Friday too -- I think it was just a party of 6 (us), a party of 4 and a party of 12.

I more consistently liked/loved the food at pork night, but it was still great - absolutely fun night, great food - and will go again for sure.

Aug 29, 2010
Heidi in Los Angeles Area

Taste of Beverly Hills

I've looked at the participants listing and it looks promising...any thoughts on the event? I am wondering if the lines will be too long (thinking of going Friday night), and any other input would be appreciated as well.

Aug 22, 2010
Heidi in Los Angeles Area

Sub's in or very close to Northridge

2nd on San Carlo - it is my favorite of all places mentioned.

Aug 18, 2010
Heidi in Los Angeles Area