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El Coyote Redux

El Coyote has never been about the food. It's a legend. There's nothing like a Jewish-run Mexican restaurant with canned peas and carrots - and very strong margaritas. I spent my 21st birthday there, and of course many other simply cheesy evenings. Viva El Coyote! Please don't change.

Apr 09, 2014
Senzinina in Los Angeles Area

Thrillist's Top 8 Dim Sum Places in LA?

I love the Empress Pavilion downtown. Nothing like ditching work in December and bringing the crew downtown for an adventure - it's just adventurous enough to freak out the interns.

Apr 09, 2014
Senzinina in Los Angeles Area

Anti Thanksgiving Foodists

OK, admit it, you never really liked turkey. Never been so fond of cranberry sauce. Could live you whole life without stuffing (well, unless it has shitake mushrooms in it). I've never really, truly liked Thanksgiving foods and this year I think I'm going to do something completely anarchist - a special menu and pairing, but no pumpkins anywhere to be seen. Am I the only one? For those of you who agree, what do you make on Tday?

Nov 11, 2013
Senzinina in General Topics

Best Breakfast Burritos

Lily's in Malibu - Heathercliff and PCH. Worth the drive. Crazy spicy salsa, green and smokey. Eggs, bacon, refried beans, cheese. Order ahead, otherwise, you'll be waiting a minimum of 30 minutes on a Saturday morning.

Nov 11, 2013
Senzinina in Los Angeles Area

Most coconuty coconut cake?

Unfortunately, you'll have to go north. The Monteceito Inn just before Santa Barbara has, hands down, the best coconut cake on the planet.

Mar 31, 2013
Senzinina in Home Cooking

Best Burgers in Los Angeles

Burgers.

Lucky Boy - Pasadena - the pastrami burger is off the charts. Old fashioned and so freaking good.

The Hat - Pasadena - old fashion, gooey, chili fries.

Stout - Hollywood - wow, wow, wow.... gourmet, simple burgers with huge selection of beers on tap. Outrageously good. Umami Burger for real men. Fantastic meat you can order med rare, simple, gourmet fixins'. Wow.

Umami Burger - Studio City - the truffle cheese gruyere burger is SO good. Real meat you can order medium rare, simple. Amazing fries with homemade ketchup. Cool atmosphere.

In N Out - used to be my fav, but recently they are going downhill I think. The meat is thin and grey. Fries still awesome though.

Jan 12, 2013
Senzinina in Los Angeles Area

Serious Burger Find in Agoura (of all places?)

About $10 for burger, fries and drink. It was indeed "drippy." I can't wait to go back. I'll have to try the Agoura Deli - thanks! I love a good, fatty pastrami sandwich.

Jan 23, 2012
Senzinina in Los Angeles Area

Serious Burger Find in Agoura (of all places?)

After a long bike ride yesterday, I stopped at my favorite TJ Maxx in Agoura for a little shopping and to find a burrito to replace all the calories I'd just burned. As I headed toward my usual fav Baja Fresh, I walked through the funky little strip mall on the corner of Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Lindero, and stumbled upon an incredible little gem called The Ranch Catering Co. and Restaurant. A tiny menu of about 10 versions of burgers, roast beef dip and chicken burgers on homemade buns sent me into fits of dancing foot umami burger happiness. The tiny place feels like a those comforting ranchy steak houses in Napa or Santa Ynez with dark woods, high tables with comfy stools and 4 inch slat wood blinds on the windows to hide the ugly strip mall parking lot outside. The simple menu included two sizes of hand molded certified black angus beef, two kinds of cheese, an honest piece of real lettuce, and their signature fresh baked buns. I ordered their Inferno, which I was actually able to request in "medium rare!" Came with jalapeno, jack pepper cheese and a spicy sauce. All the menu items come delightfully fresh from the kitchen in a top carried 10" tent of foil that looks like a poofy gift just arrived at the table. Simple, you open the top and the aroma escapes - there is your burger on a piece of wax paper. As I gobbled it down, the burger actually produced delicious drippings onto my foil "dish" that i would swab up with french fries. Apparently this place used to be a full catering company, but they opened a little restaurant in the front with a few of their items. They have salads too -- but who cares about a rabbit experience, when you could have one heck of burger? What a find. Yay! I"ll be back!

Jan 22, 2012
Senzinina in Los Angeles Area

seafood joint - mumbai

I landed up at Mahesh Lunch Home by mistake today. Tried to get to Gajalee, but it had closed by 4 pm. My taxi driver brought me here and I was delighted to see I'd recognized it from this thread. What an awesome experience! They were out of the crab for the day, so the waiter recommended the lobster. It was OUTSTANDING. Fried and swimming in chili garlic sauce with garlic butter naan on the side. I had a glass of an Indian chardonnay with it, that I liked very much. For being the wine freak I am, I should have noted what it was, but did not. The spices killed it anyway, but anything cold is always good here. LOL. Anyway, this is a little oasis and very close to the international airport. Hurray!

Oct 09, 2011
Senzinina in India & South Asia

Lunch Suggestions in Andheri Mumbai for Today?

I have one day here before I get on a plane back to the US. Mumbai is insanely crowded so I"m going to stay in the area, but would like suggestions for great restaurants here. I went to the Leela last night and tried Indian wines - that was a blast! Want to go to Trishna, but it's a 1.5 hour drive to the other side of the city. What is local? And, suggestions for shopping would be great too. I'd love a seafood restaurant by the way.....

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Trishna
7, R Walk Lane Mumbai Maharashtra, Maharashtra , IN

Oct 08, 2011
Senzinina in India & South Asia

Best Mac and Cheese - LA

LOL.. I"m with ya SDV.

Sep 08, 2011
Senzinina in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy Wine?

I know, I know, I can sound like a snark sometimes; my apologies. The truth is - I do'nt know squat about anything south of LAX and have strong opinions about what I know up here. So Cal is so incredibly massive. I was actually born here, and still, discover new places, freeways, I've never knew existed (and I am not a hermit). If you clicked on my user ID, you'd find that my favorite food is mac n' cheese and I have an uncanny talented to being able to recite every In N Out Burger on most major So Cal freeways - so you might turn to cheese instead of gold. Anyway, sorry for my tone. :)

Sep 08, 2011
Senzinina in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy Wine?

Wow...............

Sep 06, 2011
Senzinina in Los Angeles Area

What are your favorite dives and cheap eats WORTH THE DRIVE?

Tito's is horrible. With you on that. Nix.

Sep 05, 2011
Senzinina in Los Angeles Area

What are your favorite dives and cheap eats WORTH THE DRIVE?

Bay Cities is AMAZING. The Godmother sandwich with every salami known to man. The hot meatball sandwich with provalone and pepperoncini.And, while you're waiting in the very long line, you can buy great Italian wines, fresh, hot bread and cheese with truffles.

Sep 05, 2011
Senzinina in Los Angeles Area

Magical Finds in LA

Reeeeeally? Hurray! I'll see you there then. I was blown away by that place. Who knew?

Sep 05, 2011
Senzinina in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy Wine?

And, if you want something special, call James Yobski at the Old & Rare Wine Company, 310.829.5390. He's in Santa Monica and you need to make an appointment.

Sep 05, 2011
Senzinina in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy Wine?

Everything south of LAX is a mystery and frankly it all happens in LA anyway.

The Wine House and the incredible 20/20 on Cotner next to the 405 in West LA are the quinessential wine stops. 20/20 is great, wood shelving, like a giant wine libary from ceiling to floor. Talk to owner Bob. He's got some amazing gems. And, you can find interesting 375's from incredible producers in the back right corner. If you venture to the valley, there's an incredible place called Liquid Party Spirits on Topanga Canyon near the 118 freeway. It's the strangest, out of the way place, but put it this way - the wine retailer in Malibu has been known to buy some of his stuff there and resells it in Malibu. So great, iconoclastic selection and killer prices. Owner is Peter. There's also a fabu place in the valley called the Woodland Hills Wine company. Very knowledable staff. Fantastic French, excellent CA, good selection of Spanish, and great Italians. I can spend a whole Saturday there.

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Wine House
2311 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Sep 05, 2011
Senzinina in Los Angeles Area

Magical Finds in LA

Last night, I had the good fortune of stumbling upon a little gem on Sawtelle. Restaurant 2117 is owned by a Japanese wine freak and is completely unassuming, ridiculously delicious and understated. Even in a strip mall. The owner and his wife are wine lovers, as are all the patrons. Everyone sitting at a marble tables and wooden chairs have brought (or bought) incredible bottles of wine. And... it's cheap. Grilled Quail. Wild mushrooms with goat cheese and truffle salt, Kobe short ribs Thai style with spicy lemon fish sauce. I can't believe this place isn't stuffed every night. Wine lovers - get there. And get there fast. What's your favorite little magical find in LA?

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Restaurant 2117
2117 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Sep 05, 2011
Senzinina in Los Angeles Area

One Night in Mumbai, Where to Dine?

I'm going to India for a meditation retreat just outside Mumbai. I have ONE day to experience the food in the city. Where to go? I'd love a killer street or market recommendation for lunch and maybe a fancier, special, but magical, typical place for a nice dinner. What say you India Hounders?

Aug 23, 2011
Senzinina in India & South Asia

Bourdain - Boston show -- discuss

I thought it was hysterical. Love Bordain. He has guts to get drunk on camera. It didn't make Boston look like a place I"d ever want to go, that's for sure, but I loved the gritty, way he showed us around. And, who was the dark haired guy with him? He was from a local band? Loved the boxing segment with those of crusty tough guys.

Apr 19, 2011
Senzinina in Food Media & News

Going to Mumbai - Great Food and Cool Places to Stay

I'm going to a retreat outside of Mumbai in October. But, for the first and second night, we'll be staying in Mumbai. I'd love to find a lovely, homey place to stay. I don't mind if it's expensive, might be fun to be spoiled for a night before I immerse myself in an ashram for 7 days. Also, of course, I'd like to find incredible food; obviously Indian and rustic, homemade - which I'm guessing is probably the case there everywhere? I love spicey and exotic food, but don't really know the details of what to request, other than an experience a sensory loving Taurus would love!

Apr 18, 2011
Senzinina in India & South Asia

Road Trip: Seattle to Malibu - Need Recs

OK Chowhounders....I"m goin' on a road trip and need your help. This isn't any old roadtrip - my fiance and I, who have endured a long distance relationship, are finally joining households, by giving up the one in Seattle and moving together to the one in Malibu. We are wine freaks and love good food. Fancy, Dives. Ethnic. He is particularily fond of IPA's with high alcohol content; I am fond of tiny inns owned by cool people with dogs in off beat places. We'd love everyone's suggestions on places to eat, go and stay between there and here. Bring it on.....

Feb 15, 2010
Senzinina in California

LOOKING FOR RECOMMENDATIONS IN CAMBIE AREA

We are coming up for the Olympics and staying in a house in Cambie. We are wine freaks, but also have a couple of mid size kids with us. What are the great restaurants, as well as the killer dives? Any good pubs as well?

Need a sure thing celebrity spotting restaurant

No sure thing as a "sure thing celebrity spotting" unless you pay one to be there....but Nobu Malibu is a very good bet.

Jan 16, 2010
Senzinina in Los Angeles Area

Dinner w/ Good Food and Decor between Pasadena and Westside

For whatever it's worth after the fact......Palate in Glendale is probably one of the best restaurants in So Cal right now. Created by the former chef and wine director from Patina, it's a mind blower. On Brand Bl in an old wine storage facility, they have a wine bar in the back and small restaurant in the front. They are super foodies and wine freaks...homemade butter everyday: you get the picture. Must go for your next biz dinner!

Jan 16, 2010
Senzinina in Los Angeles Area

Where Are the Best Wine Shops in Seattle or Eastside?

I'm a wine freak, but I love 'finds,' cool warehouse shops filled with gems that not everyone knows about. Where in the Seatttle (preferably the Eastside) can I find a place like that? Need to go shopping for Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2009
Senzinina in Greater Seattle

First Time at Legendary Canlis

LOL...yes, it was very, very old. Thanks for the catch. Proofing is not one of my strengths.

Nov 01, 2009
Senzinina in Greater Seattle

First Time at Legendary Canlis

My gorgeous fiance told me to get gussied up last night for our anniversary and took me to dinner. I had a sneaking suspicion that Canlis would be the spot. And bingo; I was right! What a lovely and interesting experience: Spacious, high ceilings with NW wooden beams supported by piled rock pillars; an elegant room overlooking the twinkling lights around Lake Union. Very gracious service, but a tinge stuffy for my taste. Simple and very good menu. Wine list -- outrageous; it’s like an edition of War and Peace. Funnily enough, my fiancé brought a bottle of an 05 Chateau de Pavie with us, and thankfully they opened it (thank you Phillip Dunn). They have this rule that they won’t cork a wine that’s on their list…whew. Corkage was pretty crazy: $35, but better than spending the $1395 for the same bottle on their lst. Note to anyone who loves bubbly --- Krug by the glass!

Howard Schultz (Starbux) was in the room; and I don’t think I”ve EVER seen 5 runners deliver a dinner at once to a table in my life. Impressive. I watched to see if every table got that kind of service; and mostly they did send one runner per plate.

Now for the food:

Amuse: a thimble of pumpkin soup laced with a delicious drop of vanilla browned butter. Warming and lovely.

Apps: Crisped Foie Gras with a pear compote and a savory au jus syrup. Pretty presentation on a rectangular plate, lovely Fall pairing.

Canlis salad: most likely the most delicious salad we've ever had. Crisp romaine with bacon and salacious dressing of lemon, olive oil and coddled egg. The punctuation of fresh oregano was refreshing and nice. The menu said it also had fresh mint, but I missed that.

Filet: Nebraska, 21 year aged, grain fed. Nicely salted and perfectly seared MR with a confit of garlic. Oh yeah! Oh so simple, but perfect.

Ordered sides of the twice baked potatoes, which were slightly dry to me, but I loved the presentation in the tiny iron covered casserole dish. A lot of sour cream and crisped top. The wild mushroom side was gorgeous, melt in your mouth perfection.

Wild Mushroom Raviolli: I'm a FREAK for mushrooms and tend to order this dish everywhere I go (just had it at Joe's on Abbot Kinney in Santa Monica last week -- delicious by the way) . Canlis wins the prize in my mind for the most translucently perfect pasta I've ever seen. Medium sized pillows of ravioli nested in a smear of mascarpone and a slivered Portobello balanced atop. Yum.

We skipped dessert, but they did regale us with a ginger snap with a dollop of pumpkin chiffon of some sort and a little candle congratulating us on our anniversary.

Our waitress did loosen up at the end of the evening and showed a little personality; she was beautiful and became more delightful as the evening wore on.

We enjoyed watching an older perfectly coiffed woman who dined alone with her name "Betty" etched on her own champagne flute. One of the wait staff sat with her for a while; we wondered about her story.

The stemware is all quite beautiful, but it seemed that better tables were graced with better stemware.The terrace tables had great gooseneck decanters, but we watched one of the somms decant a bottle of rose with an aerator? We wondered about that too, but hey, wine is a never ending education, anyone know why that would happen?

All in all, I was thrilled to experience this legendary place. We ran upstairs to check out the bar before departing. Empty by 9 pm, but it was Halloween night. What a view. I'm sure this would be a lovely space for drinks another time. Krug by the glass!

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Canlis Restaurant
2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Nov 01, 2009
Senzinina in Greater Seattle

japanese restaurants in san fernando valley

Go's sushi. Better than Nobu ever hoped it would be. And in a wierd little Japanese market in the back in a strip mall around Shoup and Sherman Way. They close early. DO NOT MISS IT. Friends of mine who have lived in Japan said it was the best they ever had. We love Go!

Oct 10, 2009
Senzinina in Los Angeles Area