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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

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