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POP UP

the toy kind or the real thing. been waiting for a robot store where I can walk out with my own customized assistant/housecleaner.

1 day ago
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Large Pumpkin Carving party, where in Los Angeles (Hollywood) are they cheap?

I'd head to your nearest pumpkin patch and make an offer. they're the only ones who'll have anywhere close to the number you need. I'm pretty sure I passed one today on the corner of Highland and Franklin.

Oct 17, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

POP UP

Chefs Inc, a cooking school on Pico near Westwood, closed earlier this year and may be vacant. they must have a kitchen setup.

the original Spago. not sure why they've never been able to rent that space out. old Puck joints must have a curse...Granita still empty too.

Oct 17, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Sweet Crush and Surfas

they hold food classes/events
http://www.cookingschoolsofamerica.co...
from the events I've seen, it looks like a strictly teach/demo thing, as opposed to a hands-on cooking lesson for participants. doubt the end result ends up in the cafe. oh, and try their canele next time. excellent.

Oct 13, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

"Old Palm Springs"

Vons isn't good for much, but it will be your friend for ice and a superior selection of well-priced CA wines and spirits. I don't know if they'll have exactly what you're looking for or whether the selection in their PS and DHS stores is the same as in L.A.
here's a specialty wine store that rates on yelp
http://www.yelp.com/biz/desert-wines-...

Oct 08, 2014
iOnLa in California
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"Old Palm Springs"

I assumed Canada, so my bad.

Oct 05, 2014
iOnLa in California

"Old Palm Springs"

tour either w/ Michael Stern or Robert Imber
http://www.palmspringsmoderntours.com...
both know the town and the architecture inside and out and can no doubt give you great dining recs.
or you could download the self-guided tour from PS Modcom
http://psmodcom.org

but why you want all to get all this input and travel all that way and then cook dinner in your hotel room (albeit on a groovy infrared bbq) is bizarre to me. that said, Jensens was my go-to market of choice when I was spending a ton of time there, but that was a while back.

Oct 05, 2014
iOnLa in California

Unusual and interesting ethnic markets in the Greater Los Angeles Area?

Westwood Blvd. for Persian. Super Sun market, Saffron & Rose ice cream, Pink Orchid bakery, Nathan's Kosherland for bagels and excellent fresh-squeezed orange juice, plus all the restaurants/grills.

Oct 03, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Where to find frozen mini tart/pie crusts?

Oct 03, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

honey cake for rosh hashanah

who knew.

Sep 27, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area
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honey cake for rosh hashanah

right. it's probably not the oil, whichever kind is used. it must be the ratio of dry ingredients to wet. and the alcohol!

Sep 25, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

honey cake for rosh hashanah

I might try Clementine—good call—their kugel looks awesome.

but I might just make the damn thing myself and experiment. I found 2 well-reviewed recipes online. one suggests rye or whiskey, the other red wine. maybe that's what's been missing all along!

the first is apparently a classic—Marcy Goldman's Majestic and Moist (gotta love the name)
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

this from Melissa Clark uses olive oil and sounds odd, but worth a try...
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/28/din...
http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/10...

Sep 25, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

honey cake for rosh hashanah

so I made it to Gelsons CC (Schwartz was too much of a schlep). I'd give the VB honey cake one thumb up. the top part w/ the walnuts was moist and had lovely flavor but the bottom still too dense and dry. Next year in Fairfax....

I think my problem is that I keep seeking a honey version of carrot cake (minus the frosting), and it doesn't exist. or maybe it needs to be an olive oil honey cake.

but I did like their plain challah (grabbed the last one—they ran out around 1 p.m.)

side note. the deli section had good chopped liver—nice texture and flavor but way too salty. I did like the way they did it w/ whole pieces of egg. their noodle kugel was, according to my kid, ok but tasted "plasticky" and not as good as the one I used to get at Beverly Glen Marketplace, which has alas closed for good. The latkes were decent too but nothing to rave about. It's one of those cases of a deli case where everything looks fantastic but.....

Sep 25, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

honey cake for rosh hashanah

anything not dry and w/ walnuts on top make it stellar.
I'll see how my morning errands go and if I can make it over. but what are Beane's and Lennder's?

Sep 23, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

honey cake for rosh hashanah

how would you rate their honey cake—not heading someplace new, let alone Fairfax tomorrow, unless I know it's going to be stellar.

Sep 23, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

honey cake for rosh hashanah

I'll try VB because I trust their products. thx for the #.
but have you had Lenny's honey cake or any of their baked goods? I don't want to deal w/the crowds tomorrow over yet another dried-out cake.

Sep 23, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

honey cake for rosh hashanah

my nearest Gelsons is Century City, which I generally avoid, but I'll give it a try tomorrow a.m.

here's my CC parking tip. they've opened a new parking lot, and the (not well marked) entrance is on CPW before Constellation—plenty of spaces and you can walk straight into Gelsons.

Sep 23, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

honey cake for rosh hashanah

any place that does a moist honey cake? I've tried the former Bayleys (now Tutto Bene) on Crescent and Beverlywood Bakery, even Nate n Als because I could get my challah and chopped liver at the same time.

all dry as a bone.

my travel parameters—Robertson down to SM. it just needs to be moist.

Sep 23, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Best chocolate truffles on the current scene in LA? (no mail order, no see's, no godiva)

+1 Compartes. One block south of Coffee Bean on same side.

Sep 22, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Cooking Classes in L.A.

was it your business? if so, sad to hear. imagine it's a very tough business to sustain unless you're charging students a fortune, like Cordon Bleu.

Sep 17, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Overnight at LAX - outbound and inbound

I'm intrigued by Custom Hotel on Lincoln. run by Joie de Vivre, who have a great chain of boutique hotels in San Francisco. free shuttle to LAX so you could taxi/uber to MdR/Venice or Manhattan Beach for food.
and who knows, maybe Deck 33 is a hidden treasure:
http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/calif...

Sep 17, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

IL PICOLLINO - ALWAYS OUTSTANDING

right on.

Sep 17, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

IL PICOLLINO - ALWAYS OUTSTANDING

Kerkhofs. Belgian-born owner of Il Piccolino. former owner and chef of Le Dome on Sunset.

Sep 16, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

IL PICOLLINO - ALWAYS OUTSTANDING

Silvio de Mori! I had to google him to figure out where I knew his name from. he's had a ton of restaurants but I only ate at Mimosa and loved it.

for some reason Piccolino's menu just reads "continental" to me. regardless, the place is charming—I prefer the second, back room and if enough people, that one large wood table—and has an old-world buzz that's becoming a rarity.

off-topic but what was the name of Eddy Kerkhof's original partner at Le Dome. It wasn't De Mori. driving me crazy.

Sep 16, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

IL PICOLLINO - ALWAYS OUTSTANDING

always enjoyed going there and was my go-to place when I had business lunches/dinners in the area.
but last time I was there (couple of years ago) owner Eddy Kerkhofs looked awful—very frail, walked with a cane. Does he still own it. Remember him from Le Dome, which is what the menu here reminds me of—High Continental.

Sep 16, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Great Outdoor Breakfast in Beach Areas: South Bay, MDR, SM, Malibu

I was taken to Fig Tree for lunch last week. I haven't been in maybe 20 years, when it was considered the "best" place on the Boardwalk. I can honestly say that was the worst lunch (we shared ahi tuna sandwich and chicken/sun dried tomato sandwich) that I have had in the last 20 years. Sides were a choice of organic greens or "caesar salad," which was just a heap of chopped up iceberg lettuce and croutons, and I hate croutons, so that left me w/ some leaves and extra dressing on the side, which was the best part of the meal.
The waiter looked embarrassed when he served our food. The crowd was strictly tourists and they were mostly eating breakfast, which is obviously what I should have stuck to. Can still taste that sandwich. Blech.

Sep 16, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Great Outdoor Breakfast in Beach Areas: South Bay, MDR, SM, Malibu

Geoffreys. Had a superb brunch there in July. Easy to park, even if you have to valet, and it always feel like you're stepping into a romantic shady terrace in the South of France. Every seat has an ocean view. The quality of the food is typically unpredictable because you never know who's in the kitchen and I only go once every two years or so, but we had excellent eggs benedict, soup, crab cakes, all washed down with a good bottle of white that was reasonably priced. Great service and even dolphins on cue.

Malibu Farm. New spot at the end of the pier. I'd put this on the "maybe" list. We had one good plate—cauliflower lavash—and 2 mediocre salads. My "fresh" guava lemonade was incredibly sour. But I love the interior and there's plenty of seating outside and upstairs. We went on Labor Day weekend, which meant the traffic and parking was insane so we ended up paying $10 to park at the pier just to save my sanity. http://www.malibu-farm.com

Malibu Pier Restaurant. This is another new place at the beginning of the pier, on both sides. It was practically empty when we walked past, so maybe it's better for cocktails/dinner. The brunch menu looks amazing—who knows about the actual food.
http://www.malibupierrestaurant.com/m...

Back on the Beach. Can't speak to their breakfast menu, but they've completely revamped their dinner and made it more appealing to the Santa Monica family crowd—lots of kale, organic, etc. Only issue is parking. Get there early for a spot and drive to the lot on the north side of the Annenberg Center.

Sep 16, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Frogs Organic Bakery

bought a fantastic selection of pastries from Frogs, which was at the Beverly Glen farmer's market this morning.
chocolate chip croissant, almond croissant, almond brioche, 2 different kinds of "beignets" (which looked and tasted more like donuts than a beignet)—apple cinnamon and chocolate/hazelnut.
all fantastic, with a flaky chewiness, if that's not a contradiction. everything is certified organic, not that I think I need organic flour/dry ingredients, but I guess it can't hurt.
they are based in Gardena and sell at different FMs and online as well as Good Eggs. http://www.frogsorganicbakery.com
if you do go to this (rather small) market, go early because the parking becomes more of a PITA than usual.

on a side note, the Beverly Glen Market, after closing to renovate a couple of years ago, is gone for good. I always thought the layout sucked—the deli, which had a great selection and where I got my "jew food" for holidays, was hidden in the back. it should have been upfront next to the bakery. the wine shop took up too much space in front. the produce and meat/poultry were always priced too high, even for this hood. still, I'll miss this place.

Sep 13, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Going to make Porchetta. Want to get my pork belly and loin this weekend. Any good spots on the Westside you can recommend?

I've bought from Peads & Barnetts—he's at the SM farmer's market every Wed. but not sure if he's there Sat. as well.

I saw this on Ming Tsai's show....slow and (seemingly) easy, even with coke.
http://www.ming.com/food-and-wine/rec...

Sep 11, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Cooking Classes in L.A.

not sure exactly what you're looking for in terms of cuisine, expertise or location, but here are some suggestions on the westside:

Surfas (their calendar is for Culver City and Costa Mesa)
http://www.cookingschoolsofamerica.co...

Gourmandise School, top floor of Santa Monica Place
https://www.cookingschoolsofamerica.c...

Chef's Inc. on Pico in West L.A.
http://www.chefsinc.net
but their calendar isn't linking, whatever that may mean

New School of Cooking, Culver City
http://www.newschoolofcooking.com/cla...

Sep 10, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area