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Freshest fish, SM farmers market

scored some salmon this Wed. incredible. really.

about 11 hours ago
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

2 days in LA with the family

since your teenagers are young, I'd make the following adjustments:

lunch at Gjelina/afternoon stroll down Abbot Kinney, drive to Main St. and continue walking/shopping. late afternoon coffee Urth Cafe there.

Robertson Blvd. is not a bad idea but it's only a couple of short blocks of shops. I wouldn't make it a destination but you could head there early evening and have dinner at The Ivy—still a special-occasion restaurant that your teens would enjoy.

May 19, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

2 days in LA with the family

I specified Beverly Hills but only Beverly and Canon Drives because they are the 2 streets that have local stores and restaurants where real people actually shop, which Rodeo doesn't.
PGL is correct—Rodeo has morphed into a corporate stroll down Prada/Vuitton/Chanel/Gucci/Van Cleef/Tiffany lane. strictly tour buses and tourists. any celeb shopping is done via stylists going in the back doors.

2 days in LA with the family

OP wrote Melrose Place but I'm sure he meant Melrose Ave. regardless, both can be avoided. there is nothing on Melrose these days beyond Fred Segal, and they can do the one in Santa Monica if they head that way.

and totally disagree w/ bundyal about the Boardwalk. It's the epitome of "sketchy" with no saving grace any more in terms of food or shopping or "local characters," unless you want to experience winos, cops and pot. avoid!

May 18, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

2 days in LA with the family

+ Abbot Kinney
+ Farmers Market and The Grove, especially if you're with teenagers
+ Third St. Promenade, Santa Monica
+ Montana Ave., Santa Monica, between 11th and 17th

Forget Melrose Place—it's essentially a couple of charming blocks of high-end fashion boutiques you can find anywhere. Only recommended if you're also looking to browse furnishings stores on La Cienega. Fig & Olive is a good place for lunch if you do go.

Beverly Hills—you could go up Canon and down Beverly and continue on Beverly south of Wilshire.

My teen and her friends have started hanging out in Studio City. west of Laurel Canyon is a stretch of some pretty cool boutiques. east has more cafes/restaurants and a solid farmer's market Sundays with lots of prepared foods.

May 18, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Freshest fish, SM farmers market

Huge thumbs up to Wild Local Seafood for the best local fish I've had in ages. Everything I've bought from these guys so far—ahi, black cod, halibut—is incredibly fresh. I got there later than usual this morning so they had sold out of CA king salmon. They said they'd brought 80 to 90 lbs. and it went fast. Ah well, the season runs thru Aug.

Better quality than SM Seafood. More options than Community Seafood.

My runner-up in the fresh fish category these days is Costco and I don't shop there weekly. that said, copper river is coming soon....

http://wildlocalseafood.com

May 13, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Pacific Palisades

Cafe Vida. sit outside w/ your dog. healthy organic Mexican. hugely popular w/ Pali families.
Palisades Garden Cafe for lunch.
Vittorio's used to be my go-to for Italian in that area, but I haven't been in years. good thing too because I was addicted to their garlic knots.
Maison Giraud's croissants were imo small, expensive and not that fantastic. but if you're around on Sunday morning, hit the farmer's market right outside (good for tons of prepared foods—hummus, baked goods, chocolates, etc.) and have brunch/lunch there.

May 05, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

special birthday dinner & drinks

Ventura near Radford in Studio City has exploded w/ gastropubs. I've been to Laurel Tavern, across the street are Black Market and Lala's, if you're into meat. everything is within a couple of blocks so maybe make a reservation at one and have drinks beforehand at another. all have outdoor seating and evenings are quite a scene w/ people hanging out on the sidewalk.

May 04, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Searching for Tapas in Santa Monica next Tuesday night

+1 Bar Pintxo. Great value. Outside tables w/ some ocean view.
http://www.barpintxo.com/happy-hour.html

May 01, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Hal's Bar & Grill on Abbot Kinney Will Shutter After 30 Years

probably—LA is a village. funny, Orson Bean's ex-wife Carolyn Maxwell is an old friend.
I'd hang at the bar drinking Remy Martin. we didn't eat there often because we were still starving journalists/artists.

and no, by the early 90s I'd moved from Ocean Park to West L.A. and drifted from the whole beach scene. that must have been a memorable get-together!

Apr 27, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Hal's Bar & Grill on Abbot Kinney Will Shutter After 30 Years

Cafe California was Marder's first restaurant.
http://articles.latimes.com/1988-12-0...
West Beach Cafe was my hang in the early to mid 80s. Along with Hal, Sally Clarke (who went on to open Clarke's in London) also manned front of house. The incomparable Dennis was behind the bar. Thursday nights were pure magic.

Apr 27, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles - West Side - Good food/Good view/Good value

Bar Pintxo. Outdoor seats have a bluff/ocean view. Had a 3-course lunch here for $15 during DineLA and thought the food was very good and a fantastic value. haven't been for Happy Hour or dinner, but you can do tapas or appetizers and then move on to entrees, or not.....good selection of sherry, port and wine. and you can park easily in one of the city lots on 2nd st.—90 minutes for free.
http://www.barpintxo.com/happy-hour.html

Apr 23, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Fresh English Peas

I bought a couple of packages at TJ last month. they're already shelled (which takes the fun out of it, imo), look like they're coated with butter and didn't taste fresh. if you can't get to a FM you might be better off w/ canned.

Apr 17, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Fresh English Peas

try farmers markets. several vendors had them at last week's SM market on Wed.

Apr 17, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Help: Palm Springs Dinner Spots open Memorial Day Monday?

The Tropicale. Had a fantastic Valentine's Day evening there. Bummer was they were only serving pizza at the bar, where we were, instead of the regular menu because it was so crowded, but the pizza was fantastic, as were the vodka martinis, and the whole place was a giant scene.
http://www.thetropicale.com

btw, you need to search the CA board for more recent posts.

Apr 09, 2015
iOnLa in California

Lamb on Easter Sunday

+1 Costco. our favorite is the lamb loin chops. you get about 8 per package for around $17.

Apr 04, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Lamb on Easter Sunday

Apr 03, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

any rhubarb sightings lately? in desserts/pastries or raw at farmer's markets/grocery stores?

there is one vendor at SM market on Wed. and she always has rhubarb. she's on the northwest corner of the alley on Arizona between 2nd and 3rd. assume it has to be hothouse grown if she has it year-round, but I've never bought it, so no idea how it tastes.

Mar 24, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Organic Produce Farms, Organic Pastured Eggs and Meats, that you can pick up around Cali?

and this weekend is their Tomatomania sale. nothing to pick but seedlings to grow.
http://tomatomania.com/encino/

Mar 19, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Organic Produce Farms, Organic Pastured Eggs and Meats, that you can pick up around Cali?

Tapia Brothers in Encino, one of the last farms and farmstands around L.A. I think you can pick your own corn and strawberries.

best to head north to Oxnard/Camarillo. McGrath Family Farms has a roadside farmer's market and you can pick your own strawberries. we did it one year on the way to Santa Barbara and had a blast, but you need to check each place for seasonal availability.

Mar 18, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Good bar/pub grilled cheese?

Laurel Tavern, Studio City. w/ caramelized onions. divine.

Mar 17, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Great breakfast LAX / Culver City

I like places that have been around forever. Maxwell's Cafe. Rutt's Hawaiian. Both on W. Washington.

Mar 10, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Family friendly restaurants in Santa Monica??

Back on the Beach for breakfast/lunch. you can stroll/ride bikes on the bike path past the pier to get here. good menu w/ lots of organic options and there's a playground right next door on the sand.
Urth Caffe on Main St. another good breakfast/lunch spot w/ plenty of outside seating and room for strollers.
also like the Coast cafe at Shutters, a hotel near you that's right on the bike path w/ access to the boardwalk and pier.
for an early dinner, maybe The Lobster at the top of the pier for happy hour when your kids can get fish and chips.

Mar 09, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Malibu in March

1. yes, Back on the Beach is a good breakfast stop.
2. for groceries, there's a Gelson's in Pacific Palisades, a Ralphs on PCH in Malibu and a new upscale market at Trancas (just past Zuma), Vintage Grocers. all good for fruit, nuts, wine, cheese.
3. Lilys for lunch but call ahead and order or be prepared for a 20-minute wait. I found Maison Girard croissants small, expensive and not-all-that, but if you stop at Gelsons it's just across the street.
4. Malibu Country Mart is perfect w/ kids. you can do casual at John's Garden or sit-down at Tra di Noi. both are on top of a grassy area w/ a small playground. walk across to Country Kitchen for dessert—humungous cookies and cakes. Taverna Tony is always fun especially for dinner. I like The Sunset but haven't been in a couple of years so not sure about the food. you can't beat the view.
Malibu Farm at the end of the pier is great for casual breakfast/lunch. lots of tables outside and on top deck.
I'd highly recommend brunch at Geoffrey's. I went this summer w/ relatives and I'd forgotten how gorgeous the setting is, and the food was absolutely fine.
I'd avoid Spruzzo—always had greasy food. Sage Room is closed.

Mar 02, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Recs Near Santa Monica Boulevard and Canon

there isn't much w/in short walking distance. Tutto Bene on Crescent is a small bakery/cafe (formerly Baileys) that serves decent egg dishes. Il Tramezzino does salads but is mainly known for sandwiches. Porta Via and Il Pastaio might be too pricy (not sure how much you want to spend)—check their menus online. Coupa Cafe does great coffee but the food...meh. The Farm is one of the worst and noisiest places in BH. Nate n Al is classic Jewish deli.

Feb 27, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

party caterers West Los Angeles

Barbara Linton, Rhubab Delivered. Have known her for years. She is an amazing caterer.
http://rhubarbdelivered.com/catering/

Feb 10, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Cutesy cupcake shop/bakery that can host small party SFV/westside for girly baby shower

I just got a flyer in the mail this weekend that seems to fit your needs perfectly. hope it's not too late:

Baby Bea's Bakeshop grand opening, Jan. 24.
311 S. Robertson Blvd., BH
www.babybeas.com

they hold decorating parties and celebrations.

Jan 19, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Non-ethnic, (ok maybe Italian is ok) not further than 10 miles East or West from Beverly Hilton

Westside Tavern
http://westsidetavernla.com/menus/Wes...
Dominicks, West Hollywood
http://www.dominicksrestaurant.com/di...

if the visit falls during DineLA restaurant week, you can get prix fixe deals around town. here's a list of participating restaurants:
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/din...

Jan 14, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy Dried Plums (red plums, not black prunes) in L.A. area?

Trader Joe usually has a good selection of dried fruit. I've also noticed a new brand at Ralphs—Bare Fruit. not sure if either carries red plums though.

Dec 16, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy Dried Plums (red plums, not black prunes) in L.A. area?

yes, there's a permanent vendor at SM farmer's market on Wed. (outside garage on 2nd st. north of Arizona) that has a huge selection of dried fruit, including red plums.

Dec 15, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area