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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

New Year's Eve Santa Monica with kids?

Hillstone Group (Hillstone on Wilshire and 2nd, R+D Kitchen on Montana) does a good job with "something for everyone" menus plus they serve alcohol. the restaurants can get loud, but I guess every place will be loud that night.
http://www.hillstone.com/pdf_menus/hi...

Dec 04, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Palm Springs on NYE

Le Vallauris.

Nov 20, 2014
iOnLa in California

Is there a good "pork store" in LA?

99 Ranch. Jons Market.

Nov 17, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area
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La Canada Flintridge

looks like an amazing festival. whenever we've visited friends in La Canada we end up eating in Montrose. Black Cow Cafe has always been a good standby.
http://www.theblackcowcafe.com

Oct 29, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Yamashiro for sale—will it be missed?

I know, tourist trap, and I haven't been in....decades, since I first came here. but the entire parcel is for sale, which means that whoever buys it will tear the restaurant down (I didn't realize it had been built by 2 brothers to house their collection of Asian art). just wondered if anyone's been lately, even if it was just for cocktails and the view, and if it's the sort of place we'll be mourning after it's dust.
http://la.curbed.com/archives/2014/10...

Oct 29, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Lunch on westside?

I will always love Spago and the patio, and the food and service are always outstanding, but I'm not a fan of the new design. it's gone from warm and eclectic to cold, bland corporate and lost its soul.
Madeo's on Beverly. Il Piccolino (I think they have a full bar). Hotel Bel-Air. Cecconi's.

Oct 28, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

POP UP

bringiton is right on. loopnet is the best place to plug in the parameters and see what's out there. but there's a reason we don't see pop-ups on the westside, even in places like Westwood w/ a bunch of empty spaces, and it's all about high rents and landlords not interested in short-term leases.

considering all the expenses involved, maybe there's a more efficient way to test a concept: take a stand at farmer's markets or flea markets. rent a food truck. or approach restaurants that are open only during the day or evenings and see if he can piggy-back on their business when they're closed.

just curious, from a chef's standpoint, why a brick-and-mortar pop-up is best.

Oct 22, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

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.

Oct 18, 2014
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