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2 days in LA with the family

People are advising you against Venice Boardwalk but I think it is a great place to bring teens that age, assuming they haven't seen this type of thing before. I have taken a 14 year old there who is a bit sheltered and it blew her mind. There are drum circles, grungy hippies, skateboarders, street performers doing flips and dancing, people selling jewelry and art, henna tattoos, etc. I also took my 18 year old nephew and he wasn't very impressed. I think he's seen places like this before. It's a fun place to go for younger teens though. Go during the day and it's not dangerous at all. There's lots of tourists, but the teens I know typically don't care about that. You can get pizza on the boardwalk or head over to James Beach for a burger.

No Corkage on Westside

Our problem is that since we are all mothers to young children, 10 people will say 'yes' and then 4 will show up. We do often go on Monday (tonight, in fact), but I don't feel comfortable guaranteeing that we'll be a large group.

I love Nook and I haven't been there in ages. I think I'll try that for the group. Thanks!

May 18, 2015
DanielleW in Los Angeles Area

No Corkage on Westside

I looked into it, but they close at 9:30pm and that's cutting it close. I don't want to feel like we have to rush out. Some of my friends can't get out of the house until 8:45pm (though most are there by 8pm).

May 15, 2015
DanielleW in Los Angeles Area

No Corkage on Westside

I need a restaurant on the westside that has no corkage fee and is good for small groups. Each month, some friends and I go out to dinner at a different place. There's usually about 6 of us, but it can be as high as 10. The type of place can vary (highish end/ethnic/whatever), since we do it every month. I think the only restriction is no sushi. For cost, I think we go as high as $25 entrees, but we are open to cheaper places as well, as long as the food is good. I'm just sick of spending a ton of money on wine when I have plenty of bottles at home. Another criteria is that it has to stay open until at least 10pm, because we can't get out of the house until 8pm for dinner. Any good ones out there?

May 14, 2015
DanielleW in Los Angeles Area

"Food" on Pico

I love this place. When I lived nearby I ate there weekly. The ricotta pancakes are really good, though my husband prefers the ones at BLD. I ALWAYS get a scramble. They cook the eggs perfectly every time.

The pastries are excellent as well.

Apr 20, 2015
DanielleW in Los Angeles Area
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Taquero/taco caterer for a party?

I was at a party last weekend that used Frida. They had tacos, quesadillas, and ceviche. It was really good.

Apr 17, 2015
DanielleW in Los Angeles Area

Kay N Dave's in Culver City

I've started bringing the family to Kay n Dave's on the occasional Friday evening for an early dinner. I love the patio and it's been really family friendly. However, I have not yet been impressed with the food. The menu is huge and it's really popular, so I figure there must be something good here.

Is there anything recommendable?

Apr 10, 2015
DanielleW in Los Angeles Area

Hollywood and Highland

Looking for a good restaurant near Hollywood and Highland. I'm bringing an out of towner to a taping of Jimmy Kimmel tonight and would like to walk to a restaurant afterward.

Looking for something that includes lighter options on the menu, so no steakhouses.
Price should be no more than $30 for an entree.
Trendy is preferred, as long as the food is good

I did a search but the results were several years old. Anything new? Thanks!

Mar 24, 2015
DanielleW in Los Angeles Area

Family friendly in Fairfax area

We ended up going to Golden State and passing on Prime. Neither of them are really good for families with babies. Prime had no seating and Golden State didn't have high chairs. This is just a note for anyone who reads this in the future. As we were leaving, we noticed Plan Check, which had a huge patio. I think that we should've gone there. Anyway, the burgers at Golden State were delicious and the clientele were really friendly to my kids, so that was nice.

Mar 14, 2015
DanielleW in Los Angeles Area

Family friendly in Fairfax area

oh great. I should've searched better.

Mar 14, 2015
DanielleW in Los Angeles Area

Family friendly in Fairfax area

I'm looking for a good place to have dinner with my husband, 3 yo, and 10 month old in the Fairfax area. I'm not very familiar with the restaurants there, but we'll be there shopping earlier in the day. We'll be eating dinner at 5 or 6pm. Ideally the food will be good, parking won't be too much of a challenge, and it will have outdoor seating. Our kids are well-behaved, but the baby can be messy and drop food on the floor. Something like burgers or sandwiches or pizza or a good diner is probably most appropriate. Not Mexican since we ate that last night :)
Thanks!

Mar 14, 2015
DanielleW in Los Angeles Area

Great breakfast LAX / Culver City

Hooray! I think you'll like it!

Mar 11, 2015
DanielleW in Los Angeles Area

Great breakfast LAX / Culver City

J. Nichols Kitchen in Marina Del Rey is really good. It opens at 7am. Personally, I'm not a fan of Pann's or Metro Cafe. I've never really enjoyed anything I've had at either place. J. Nichols is a little pricier...and I've only been once, but I was really happy with everything we got.

Mar 11, 2015
DanielleW in Los Angeles Area

Gifting a meal

I'd like to buy a gift certificate for a restaurant as a thank you to my sister. She is planning to visit soon. I know nothing of the area or restaurants...and honestly I don't know my sister's preferences that well. I know she likes a wide variety of things from escargot to oxtail soup, but is happy with simpler things as well. I'm pretty sure her husband is more of a meat and potatoes kind of guy. When she visited me in LA, she loved the meal she had at the Ivy in Santa Monica (I wasn't at the meal, so not sure what she ate), if that helps.
I'm looking to spend $100 on the gift certificate. Neither of them drink alcohol, so that won't be an issue. I think the atmosphere should be pretty relaxing. She's had a crazy, exhausting couple of months. They are in their 50s, if that matters.

Thanks so much!

Mar 09, 2015
DanielleW in Las Vegas

Great salad for dinner - Culver City area

oh that's very close to me. I've been intrigued by it even though vegan food is not my preference.

Feb 18, 2015
DanielleW in Los Angeles Area

Great salad for dinner - Culver City area

I used to eat at Fresh Corn Grill a lot when I lived in Westwood. Loved it.

Feb 18, 2015
DanielleW in Los Angeles Area

Great salad for dinner - Culver City area

I'm stuck inside with a sick toddler and a baby by myself today. Once my husband gets home, I'm going out by myself for dinner and a glass of wine. Since I've eaten pretty poorly so far today (mac and cheese, red velvet muffin, oatmeal with chocolate chips (the only way I can stomach it)), I think I'd like to get a really delicious salad for dinner. Any recommendations for a place around Culver City that has nice salads, wine, and is low-key enough that I'd feel comfortable bringing a book and eating by myself? Thanks!

Feb 16, 2015
DanielleW in Los Angeles Area

Vegetarian-friendly restaurant as gift

Hi everyone,

This my annual post to get your restaurant suggestions for my brother in law and his wife. They live in Philly and I live in LA, so I'm ignorant to the good restaurants in your city. Each year, as a gift, I send them a $100 gift certificate to a Philly restaurant and I'd like to do it again. (I'd prefer that it's not a Starr Restaurant.) Are there any new, exciting restaurants this year that have good vegetarian options? I'm not sure if she's eating fish these days, so best to be safe and not send them to a seafood restaurant. They are in their 30s, if that makes a difference. I have no recollection of what restaurants I've sent them to in the past. (I have an infant and a 3 year old, so my memory is shot.)

ETA - My BIL is not a vegetarian.

Thanks!

Dec 10, 2014
DanielleW in Philadelphia

An ode to the ordinary: Shrimp Burrito

The spicy steak burrito is also really good at Eduardo's.

Sep 11, 2014
DanielleW in Los Angeles Area

Culver City Breakfast

I actually went by C&M a couple months ago, but it was closed. Then I forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder. I'm in this area pretty often because of its proximity to my daughter's school.

May 22, 2014
DanielleW in Los Angeles Area

Culver City Breakfast

It was a while ago, but I think my husband got a spinach feta omelette. The ratio of feta and spinach to egg was way off.

May 21, 2014
DanielleW in Los Angeles Area

Culver City Breakfast

I just recently moved to Culver City and am currently home on maternity leave. I'm looking for some breakfast options. I need something that has a great brunch, but is not too fancy. I used to eat at places like Food and Clementine when I lived in Westwood. I'm hoping there is something similar nearby. It needs to be family-friendly, as I have a 2 yo and a newborn. We would mostly go to it on weekends as a whole family. We've been to Metro Cafe, but I just wasn't that impressed. Maybe we ordered wrong?

I'm also looking for a place that has a really amazing breakfast sandwich. This can be a completely different place, preferably one pretty close to the intersection of Sawtelle and Sepulveda. I would go to this place on weekday mornings with my newborn just to eat some good eggs and have a change of scenery.

Thanks!

May 21, 2014
DanielleW in Los Angeles Area

BURGERS!

On the top of their order form it says something like "All burgers will be cooked medium unless specified otherwise."

Glad you enjoyed it!

Mar 17, 2014
DanielleW in Los Angeles Area

BURGERS!

I've been to the new location twice, both on a Saturday afternoon. It's definitely different people behind the counter and at the grill. (I haven't seen the owners there...maybe they take the day off.) I found my burger to be just as flavorful as the old location though. Maybe you just went on an off day?

Mar 13, 2014
DanielleW in Los Angeles Area

BURGERS!

My favorite is Hole in the Wall burger on Colorado in Santa Monica.

Mar 12, 2014
DanielleW in Los Angeles Area

Reasonably priced food for 2 year old birthday party

I'll check this out. Even if it doesn't work, I have been looking for a good eggplant parm!

Jan 30, 2014
DanielleW in Los Angeles Area

Reasonably priced food for 2 year old birthday party

I like the idea of a taco bar. Though that could get pretty messy with the kids. But it sounds really delicious to me. I'll have to look into prices.

Jan 30, 2014
DanielleW in Los Angeles Area

Reasonably priced food for 2 year old birthday party

I suspect this could end up getting expensive and sandwiches are hard for 2 year olds.

Jan 30, 2014
DanielleW in Los Angeles Area

Reasonably priced food for 2 year old birthday party

yes, I was considering this. I'll have to look more closely at their prices.

Jan 30, 2014
DanielleW in Los Angeles Area

Reasonably priced food for 2 year old birthday party

I think a fruit platter is a good idea, but I would definitely need something else to go with it.

Jan 30, 2014
DanielleW in Los Angeles Area