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Lunch near the Bonaventure

Thank you, everyone, for the suggestions!

Feb 17, 2011
LAmonkeygirl in Los Angeles Area

Lunch near the Bonaventure

Are there any good places to get lunch and/or breakfast within walking distance of the Bonaventure? I'm a Westside girl, so Downtown is a bit of a mystery to me.

Much obliged!

Feb 15, 2011
LAmonkeygirl in Los Angeles Area

Listing of weekly restaurant specials?

Is there somewhere that lists the different weekly specials around town? I'm thinking, for example, of the Sunday Supper at Lucques, or the Monday (?) Bistro Menu at Jiraffe, and I think there's a Wednesday Farmers' Market special at Josie. Are there others I'm missing, or perhaps a central location where I can find out who offers what on particular days?

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Jiraffe Restaurant
502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Lucques
8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Jan 04, 2011
LAmonkeygirl in Los Angeles Area

Goin' to Torrance, What's For Lunch?

I've been interested in trying Chik-Fil-A. Tried to at the Atlanta airport, but they were closed on Sunday.

Dec 10, 2009
LAmonkeygirl in Los Angeles Area

Goin' to Torrance, What's For Lunch?

Hey Hounds,

I have to head to Torrance this afternoon (to the Del Amo Mall, specifically), and was thinking of turning it into a lunch field trip. Any suggestions for lunch around there? I'm open to all cuisines. Thanks!

Dec 10, 2009
LAmonkeygirl in Los Angeles Area

Sticky Buns

Didn't know they sold 'em there. Thanks!

Aug 25, 2009
LAmonkeygirl in Los Angeles Area

Sticky Buns

I'm actually looking for sticky buns in order to decide if I want to make them, myself. And if they match your Platonic ideal, I'll let you know.

Aug 25, 2009
LAmonkeygirl in Los Angeles Area

Sticky Buns

I'm craving, or I believe what I crave is, sticky buns. Not cinnamon rolls, but gooey, pecan-topped sticky buns that are full of brown sugar, buttery goodness. Some say they originate in Philadelphia. All I know is that I don't think I've ever had one, and yet, somehow, I crave it. I've had that delicious sticky bun cake they serve as an amuse bouche at Jar, but I'd like to find individual sticky buns so I may sit on a bench somewhere and stuff my face whilst watching Los Angeles pass me by.

So, what say you, 'Hounds? Bakeries or restaurants in the greater L.A. area that make good sticky buns?

Aug 24, 2009
LAmonkeygirl in Los Angeles Area

ISO Pastry Rings in the LA Area

I found them at Surfas. Odd, I don't remember seeing them before, but there they were! Now I'm off to use them for Bakewell Tartlets. Thanks!

Jul 05, 2009
LAmonkeygirl in Los Angeles Area

ISO Pastry Rings in the LA Area

I'm searching for pastry rings (freestanding metal rings of different sizes, with no bottom, that are placed on baking sheets and used to make straight-sided tarts and other pastry items) here in Los Angeles. Sur La Table stores offer a minimum selection (I need 4", and they either had 6" or 3"), and I've searched with no success at Surfas. I tried to call Surfas, but could not get anyone on the line to let me know if they stocked pastry rings.

Does anyone have a source for these rings? They look like this: http://www.pastrysampler.com/Products...

Your help is greatly appreciated.

Jul 02, 2009
LAmonkeygirl in Los Angeles Area

Monday night dinner specials?

I think I'll go with JiRaffe. Thanks for the great suggestion!

May 08, 2009
LAmonkeygirl in Los Angeles Area

Monday night dinner specials?

JiRaffe looks great! Thanks!

I'd heard that Mozzarella Night was only at the bar, so they didn't take reservations, which makes me dubious about my husband's enjoyment of the night--fighting for a space at the bar.

May 08, 2009
LAmonkeygirl in Los Angeles Area

Monday night dinner specials?

The hubs birthday falls on a Monday this year, so I was looking for any restaurants that offer special menus (i.e. Sunday at Lucques, Wednesday at Josie, &c.). I know Monday isn't supposed to be a good day for going out to eat, but that's the day of his birthday. So, any suggestions? We're open to any kind of food, and preferably no further east than West Hollywood.

Thanks in advance!

May 08, 2009
LAmonkeygirl in Los Angeles Area

Best Veggie Burger you've had?

I've tried many veggie burgers, and I really like the one served at the Colony Cafe on Pico, a few blocks west of the Westside Pavillion. It's house-made and tastes very similar to a large falafel, served with a tangy barbecue-type sauce and an aioli. Try it.

I also liked the veggie burger at The Stand. Tried the one at the Hole In the Wall and was slightly underwhelmed, but their regular burgers (even turkey burgers) are great. They're just around the corner from Santa Monica Blvd. and Sepulveda, actually located on Bentley Ave. Found them by taking up jogging. Irony, I know.

Apr 11, 2009
LAmonkeygirl in Los Angeles Area

Please help me pick an anniversary dinner restaurant

Alas, it's on a Saturday. We've done the Sunday Supper at Lucques and enjoyed it, but, given that they raised the price to $45 pp, a $90 dinner really is too expensive (which gives you an idea of our limited budget). Some time ago, we did the Josie's Farmer's Market prix fixe and, while I'm not a big eater, found the portion size to definitely reflect the lower price.

Dec 30, 2008
LAmonkeygirl in Los Angeles Area

Please help me pick an anniversary dinner restaurant

I'm an avid home baker, so I think that if we did do dessert at home, I'd make it myself. But thanks for the suggestion!

Dec 29, 2008
LAmonkeygirl in Los Angeles Area

Please help me pick an anniversary dinner restaurant

Haven't been to Chez Mimi, so that will be offered up as a possibility to the hubs. We did eat once at Violet and were not much impressed, though perhaps it was an off day.

Dec 29, 2008
LAmonkeygirl in Los Angeles Area

Please help me pick an anniversary dinner restaurant

We have been to Luna Park several times and enjoyed it, and the private booths. Looking for something a little different.

Congrats on your own anniversary!

Dec 29, 2008
LAmonkeygirl in Los Angeles Area

Please help me pick an anniversary dinner restaurant

That looks promising, as long as we keep our ordering in check. I'm a dessert fiend, though, so how are their desserts?

Dec 29, 2008
LAmonkeygirl in Los Angeles Area

Please help me pick an anniversary dinner restaurant

I'd rather have really good food than an elegant room, but there should be a small degree of ambience--i.e. no Thai Town noodle joints, even if the rad na is outstanding. $50 pp is a little steep, perhaps something more like $30 pp. We share dessert and maybe have a glass of wine (or beer) each. A place that we've gone and liked many times is Nook, also Bombay Cafe. Something along those lines of price would be great.

Dec 29, 2008
LAmonkeygirl in Los Angeles Area

Please help me pick an anniversary dinner restaurant

It's our 11th anniversary, and, economics being what they are, we haven't much of a budget for our celebratory dinner. I have a few ideas, and I'd love your thoughts/opinions on them. Or, if something particularly inspiring strikes you, please let me know!

Some options:
-Taste on Melrose
-Itacho
-eat on sunset
-ciudad
-Ford's Filling Station

As you see, our tastes are varied, and we're willing to go as far as Downtown from West L.A.

Thank you in advance for your help!

Dec 28, 2008
LAmonkeygirl in Los Angeles Area

ISO Chocolate birthday cake

I concur. It's a very homemade-tasting cake, but in a good way. Comforting.

Sep 24, 2008
LAmonkeygirl in Los Angeles Area

Anisette for my birthday - review

Thanks to all the posters who responded to my request for a birthday dinner. We wound up going to Anisette and enjoyed the experience.

We asked for a table upstairs to minimize the noise, and they did try an accomodate us, but it would have been a longer wait, so we instead took a table downstairs. We shared the banquette, sitting side-by-side, so that we never had to shout to hear each other. Still, as others have noted, it's a loud space.

To start, we had a sampling of four different cheeses. We weren't told what *kind* of cheeses they were, but they provided a fairly good sampling of different varieties--two soft cheeses (perhaps Camembert and a kind of Brie?), a bleu cheese, and an aged cheese, which the hubs liked the best. It came with slices of olive bread, pistachios and halved fresh figs.

Hubs got the weekly lamb special (the specials are listed by day on the menu), which came with white beans. The flavor was terrific, but he confessed the lamb was slightly overdone. Being half-Greek, he takes his lamb seriously. I had the duck confit, which was accompanied by young carrots and a potato gratin. Slivers of cornichons dotted the top of the duck, which was a nice, briny contrast to the richness of the meat. Normally, I can't finish restaurant portions because they are too big, but I was able to eat my entire entree, which gives you a small idea of the size, more akin to European sized dishes than the traditional big ol' honkin' plates here in the US of A.

For dessert, we split the Foret Noir, i.e. the Black Forest Cake. I'm a dessert maven, so this is where most meals either win or triumph for me. This night was a success. Moist, chocolatey layers of cake with a chocolate-brandied cherry buttercream between one layer, and some variety of whipped cream/creme fraiche layers, one plain, one with cherries. A drizzle of a cherry sauce around the edge of the plate, and three fresh dark cherries (where the heck did they come from this time of year?). The people at the table next to us ordered it after exclaiming in delight at its appearance.

To drink, we shared a carafe of a house red, and it was good wine at an excellent value ($14 for the carafe, versus $9/glass for the least expensive red).

Total came to somewhere a little over $100 for the both of us, not including tip. Our waiter was a very Gallic gentleman who was friendly without being unctuous.

So, again, thanks to the 'Hounds who chimed in with their suggestions. I had a lovely birthday dinner.

Aug 31, 2008
LAmonkeygirl in Los Angeles Area

SF report

I requested bakery suggestions for a trip to San Francisco, and it turned out I barely had time to visit any! But here's a very brief rundown of my eating experience:

Thursday lunch: dim sum at Great Eastern on Jackson. Incredible. No dim sum in Los Angeles has, in my experience, ever been this good. I can't list everything we ate, but we stuffed ourselves stupid and the tab was around $25 bucks for two people. You are very lucky to have this restaurant in your fair city.

Thursday night: Town Hall. Very good heirloom tomato salad followed by duck with fresh peas. Dessert was butterscotch and chocolate panna cotta. I love butterscotch, but its flavor was somewhat overpowered by the chocolate. Still, a very good meal. Thought I saw an ex-boyfriend at the bar. At least I looked good. :)

Friday morning: La Boulange on Market. Petit financiers. Husband had a hazelnut croissant, which neither of us had ever seen before. Tasty.

Friday dinner: Ame. Everything we had was quite good--I had a special corn soup with lobster ravioli, and a fish dish that escapes my memory. However, the dessert of the cherry savarin was disappointing. The cake was spongy and uninteresting, the rum flavor of the ice cream overpowering the cherries.

Saturday morning: La Boulange again. This time, I had an almond croissant. Lovely.

Saturday lunch: The Slanted Door. Damn it, I can't remember exactly what we ate, but the place was packed and the food fresh and flavorful. Later, we had a snack of Recchiutti (sp?) chocolates we purchased at the Ferry Building and were somewhat underwhelmed. I bypassed Miette because I won't pay five bucks for a cupcake I can bake myself.

The Farmers' Market was going on and I nearly wept because we had no kitchen. Gorgeous produce. Sampled some pluots and nectarines at a stand. Unbelievable.

Saturday dinner: Two. Very good pappardelle pasta, though I wouldn't have minded more mushrooms in the dish. Shared some ice cream sandwiches, the best of which was a chocolate cookie with strawberry ice cream.

Sunday breakfast: Sears Fine Foods. The wait seemed long at first, but it went fairly quickly. French toast, the hubs had the famed Swedish pancakes. Good, but not earth-shaking.

And then home!

Even with this tiny, tiny sampling, I can say without hesitation that San Francisco beats Los Angeles for food by miles. I'm glad I live down here so I don't both bankrupt myself and become morbidly obese.

Aug 08, 2008
LAmonkeygirl in San Francisco Bay Area

35th birthday dinner - where to go?

Not yet. Good? And what do the Francophiles think of Anisette?

Aug 07, 2008
LAmonkeygirl in Los Angeles Area

35th birthday dinner - where to go?

Thanks, Michael!

We've been to Fraiche. Ideally, I'd like to try someplace new.

Say hi to Ann for me.

Aug 07, 2008
LAmonkeygirl in Los Angeles Area

35th birthday dinner - where to go?

My husband wants to take me out for dinner to celebrate my 35th birthday, but has left the choosing of the restaurant up to me. Now I'm stumped for a high-end dining experience. Here is where we have already eaten:

AOC
Josie
Lucques
Jar
Hatfield's
Grace
Mako
Chaya Venice

Any suggestions? I'm completely open to types of cuisine. Urasawa isn't an option because we can't take out a loan to pay for it. Also, tasting menus don't work because I simply can't eat that much. My family is taking me to Craft, so that's scheduled for a little later.

Thanks!

Aug 07, 2008
LAmonkeygirl in Los Angeles Area

Ame or Slanted Door?

Well, the point is moot. I called to see about reservations, and they were booked solid. Maybe lunch...

Jul 30, 2008
LAmonkeygirl in San Francisco Bay Area

Ame or Slanted Door?

I have reservations for Friday night at Ame. But now I'm wondering if Slanted Door is a better choice. Any suggestions?

Jul 29, 2008
LAmonkeygirl in San Francisco Bay Area

SF Bakery Tour

Everyone has been so helpful--thank you! I'm really looking forward to sampling San Francisco's bakeries. When I lived in S.F. twelve years ago, I was young and broke, now I'm less young and slightly less broke, so I will enjoy the city's offerings. Thanks again from a grateful L.A. 'Hound.

(P.S. If you are in L.A., *please* do not, under any circumstances, go to Sprinkles. They are dreadful and dreadfully overrated. We have many other cupcake bakeries that are decidely better.)

Jun 26, 2008
LAmonkeygirl in San Francisco Bay Area