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Sunday lunch/brunch between Hollywood and Orange

I've been asked to recommend a lunch or brunch place - my folks plan to meet some friends of theirs somewhere between Hollywood and Orange - they think maybe Downey? Norwalk? I have no idea what to suggest, and searches haven't turned much of anything up.

The 'rents have a pretty limited range of what they like to eat - a great diner or something like that would be the safest bet. No fabulous Thai, Indian, or Mexican will be enjoyed for this luncheon.

Thanks for any leads...

sll

Dec 16, 2007
sll in Los Angeles Area

Red Velvet Cupcakes or Cake?

Not by the slice, by the cupcake - regular (huge) or mini. And I would say it was well worth the trip, especially if you go for lunch and try their blt. They also have a coconut cupcake that's really good. And the carrot cake is great too!

Apr 22, 2007
sll in Los Angeles Area

Vegetarian ramen?

I'm pretty sure the ramen at San Sui on Hilhurst in Los Feliz is vegetarian. It's not great, not bad though - has lots of veggies and tofu, and is surprisingly spicy.

Mar 30, 2007
sll in Los Angeles Area

Westside Hounds in Silver Lake tonight...where to eat?

I agree - Saito very good.

I tried En Sushi a few months ago (it's only a few blocks away from my apt., had to try it) and it was surprisingly bad. We went with low expectations, hoping it might at least be ok for rolls or something, but everything was terrible. Between 4 of us, got a wide variety and everything was crappy, and as much - if not more - $ than Saito.

Glad you liked Canele - I love that broccoli!

Feb 10, 2007
sll in Los Angeles Area

Princess Cake Los Angeles?

Hmm - I've only had the P. Cake by-the-slice from Berolina once, the other 4 or 5 times I've had it, it was a whole cake made to order. I do remember being less than thrilled with the slice, but I love, love, love that cake when it's fresh... can you come up with a good excuse to order a couple of whole cakes from your top contenders?

Feb 10, 2007
sll in Los Angeles Area

need recipe for white cake with chocolate frosting

Here's a white cake I love making... it's the Old-Fasioned Buttermilk Wedding Cake from the old farmer's almanac. I've made it for birthdays, showers, and even a wedding. I've used a cream cheese frosting and a buttercream, but a chocolate would be great with it. I"d say a chocolate buttercream would be lovely. I have had my eye on the cake LAcupcake suggests, so if you bake that one you gotta report back on it...

1 cup butter, softened
3 cups sugar
4 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon butter flavoring
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Preheat over to 350°. Grease and flour three 9-inch round cake pans. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Pour in buttermilk and begin mixing slowly. Continue to mix until well blended. Add flavorings and stir.

In another bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Fold the egg whites into the cake batter. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared pans. Bake for 20 minutes at 350°F , then lower heat to 300° and bake for about 25 minutes longer, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove cakes from oven and cool on racks. After 10 minutes, remove from pans and continue cooling on racks.

Feb 07, 2007
sll in Home Cooking

Steak! Inexpensive to Moderate $

Or La Canada...

taylorssteakhouse.com

Feb 04, 2007
sll in Los Angeles Area

Can't Get Enough Splenda

Ill effects from stevia? Do you mean splenda? Stevia's from a plant - splenda is a chemical...

Jan 31, 2007
sll in Not About Food

Looking for Good pizza in Eagle Rock

I live a few blocks from Cheech's - never tried it, and your description is *exactly* what I always assumed it was like. Good to know... now I never, ever have to try it.

Have you had pizza from Farfalla? It's actually pretty good. We usually get the sausage arugula pie - if you pop it in a super hot oven for a bit when you get it home (I always pick off the arugula first, then put it back on when I take it out of the oven) it's better than eating it straight from the box. Of course, eating it there is even better. Thin crust with a little chew to it, good toppings but not overpowering...

Jan 31, 2007
sll in Los Angeles Area

Can't Get Enough Splenda

"I wanted to try Stevia but it was so expensive I guess you only have to use a little bit right?"

I got it fairly cheap at Trader Joe's, and yes - you're correct, you only need to use a tiny bit.

Jan 31, 2007
sll in Not About Food

Pozole anywhere in LA

La Cabanita
3447 N Verdugo Rd
Glendale, CA 91208
818) 957-2711

Not sure if they have the kind you're looking for...

Jan 30, 2007
sll in Los Angeles Area

Echo Park

Their pizza's good too, and there's not a sweeter staff/owners anywhere.

Jan 30, 2007
sll in Los Angeles Area

Echo Park

Aw, on a cold, rainy day, sitting by the fire in the lounge at Taix with some of their soup and a cocktail isn't half bad...

Jan 30, 2007
sll in Los Angeles Area

A restaurant worth buying out for 120 people?

Sure thing - I'll shoot off an email in a minute. I just wanted to add here that Cicada was also our choice because we wanted to have the ceremony and reception in the same place... so we had the ceremony downstairs, then cocktail hour upstairs while they set up tables downstairs, then guests came back down for dinner and dancing. (We hired a band.) It worked really well.

Jan 29, 2007
sll in Los Angeles Area

A restaurant worth buying out for 120 people?

Well, we definitely went over the tiny budget we'd hoped for, but negotiated with them to do a 3 course served meal (their wait staff was fantastic - formal enough to make it seem really special) for 115 for 10K. We had the entire place all night -- but, we did it on a Sunday night in order to get that price. Saturday or Friday prices are much higher. After looking at a lot of different places, we chose Cicada and it was really the most amazing night.

Obviously, with chowhoundish tendencies, the food was really important to us, and we were really, really pleased. Oh, we also had open bar all evening, and passed hors d'ouerves during the cocktail hour. Now that I think of it, with the extra things we asked them to do (special menus for the kids, vender meals, etc.) it was closer to 15k... still, not bad, considering.

Good luck with all the planning! Let us know how it's all going. My wedding was last year, and I'm more than happy to talk wedding.

Oh, and about the penthouse at the top of the Oviatt building -- that was what we'd originally wanted to do, but it was just going to be way out of our budget. But, if you can swing it, it would be pretty spectacular!

Jan 29, 2007
sll in Los Angeles Area

Can't Get Enough Splenda

Give stevia a try...

Jan 29, 2007
sll in Not About Food

Surprise Birthday Dinner Location!! 20-30people!!!!

Fu Rai Bo on Sawtelle (just a bit below Santa Monica) has a tatami room - seats around 25, I think.

The Carousel in Glendale has a private room. I think they do $/pp for groups, not sure.

Jan 29, 2007
sll in Los Angeles Area

A restaurant worth buying out for 120 people?

Depending on your budget... Cicada! You can either get the entire place, or I believe you can rent out the upstairs lounge area. Either way, there's no better interior, and while the food sometimes gets dissed or dismissed on this board, when I was there for a wedding (about 115 people) the food was fantastic. Best wedding food I've ever had, and every guest said the same thing. Ok, so it was my wedding, but I'm perfectly capable of objectivity!

You really can't beat the setting. It was a pretty dreamy evening. Can't recommend it enough, actually.

Jan 29, 2007
sll in Los Angeles Area

GOOD BRUNCH PLACE in LOS FELIZ?

Yes - I hit most of the other suggestions as well, but Cliff's Edge has for a while now been my favorite brunch spot. It's absolutely lovely there, and yes, the bloody mary's are very good. The bellini's are super delicious too, but my husband points out they're lady drinks. I guess they have a full bar, cause the last time I was there a friend had Baileys in his coffee (talk about a lady drink...)

The service ranges from decent to indifferent, but really - who cares. It's never bad, I've never had to wait for anything we requested, and the busboys are always super sweet and diligent with coffee, water, and bread refills. Once I brought cupcakes, and once I brought a layer cake on pedestal - they provided a knife, and didn't make a fuss (or bat an eye) over us bringing in homemade baked goods, which some places wouldn't allow, or would charge for. Anyway, I kinda love it there.

The fries with gorgonzola dipping sauce are killer, they definitely rival Blair's (my other favorite fries in the city.) I've been for dinner a couple of times, and it's just as good, and even prettier. Desserts were great.

Jan 29, 2007
sll in Los Angeles Area

AOC Saturday Night

Thanks for reporting back! Glad your dinner was so fantastic. I was already really wanting to go back - your dinner makes me think I better head over this week!

Jan 28, 2007
sll in Los Angeles Area

Lunch at Blair's - Silverlake

I was there for lunch the other day, similar experience. Good sandwiches (the turkey pastrami was good, the burger with gruyere - which the waitress/cashier/coffee drink maker had never heard of and couldn't pronounce - was kick ass. Ordered med. rare, and served med. rare! Amazing!) The garlic fries are great, but need something other than ketchup - we agreed that next time we'll just ask for a little ramekin of mayo. The latte was a little grimy, the steamed milk, well, wasn't very steamy and no foam. Not the end of the world, certainly - but hopefully she'll get trained a little better. She was super sweet, so that's nice. But it isn't exactly a cheap lunch, so it would be nice if the staff reflected the prices a bit more.

Jan 28, 2007
sll in Los Angeles Area

Top Chef: The "Scandal" ...reactions?

Jan 28, 2007
sll in Food Media & News

Good fish sandwiches

Here are a bunch of suggestions for you...

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/34884...

In this thread I mention that my friends really like the fish sandwich at Houston's, but I'm not sure if it's grilled, broiled, or fried (I've never been there myself.

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I can personally recommend the Fish Grill on Beverly, just west of La Brea. Super kick ass grilled fish, either as a plate or sandwich.

Jan 27, 2007
sll in Los Angeles Area

La Super Rica type rest. in la/oc

ok, now i think i have to drive up tomorrow for posole and #16...

Jan 27, 2007
sll in Los Angeles Area

Foods/drinks/snacks you sneak into a movie theater...

Oh me too - great place. And the one downtown, can't remember the name?

Jan 27, 2007
sll in General Topics

LA TERZA revisited

inconceivable!

Jan 26, 2007
sll in Los Angeles Area

Cut

hi collins -
i haven't been yet, but there have been a lot of posts - here are a few to get you started...

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/36137...
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/35037...
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/320400

Jan 26, 2007
sll in Los Angeles Area

Birthday Dinner w/84 Year Old Parents

Quick question - are you going by Blair's website? Cause that menu hasn't been updated in a really long time. If it's really the desserts that keep you from choosing Blair's, I'd call and find out
what they might be serving. I think their desserts change though, and they don't always have the same things. Lucky day if they have donuts, though.

I can't think of a better place in the area to take parents, Blair's is my favorite of 3 "special occasion" places we like in my general neighborhood. The others are Canele and Cliff's Edge.

Canele is great, but small and maybe a bit noisy for them - I know my dad would be bummed if we went there, as his hearing aides would be going nuts. It is a nice little place though, and the food is very good. A fantastic addition to the 'hood.

Cliff's Edge is a really lovely setting - inside or out. I think they're desserts are great, and it's birthday worthy for sure. But again, if I was choosing between Blair, Canele, and Cliff's Edge for my parents, I'd go with Blair's.

Happy Birthday!

Canele
3219 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles 90189
(323) 666-7133

Cliff's Edge
3626 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90026
(323) 666-6116

Jan 26, 2007
sll in Los Angeles Area

Top Chef - Marcel Vigneron

My new favorite word: insultory. Brilliant.

Jan 26, 2007
sll in Food Media & News

Where can I find the best tasting healthy B-day cake?

I've had some pretty deelicious cakes from Mani's...
http://www.manisbakery.com/menu/c/cak...

Jan 25, 2007
sll in Los Angeles Area