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Culver City Happy Hour?

Bottle Rock, beer and wine only. only been once but was impressed w/ their wine selection and small plates.
http://www.bottlerockculvercity.com/h...

Aug 04, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Cheesemonger in Sherman Oaks

just passed by there yesterday and was curious. also good to know about the sandwiches. I'll try to stop by in the next week or so.

re Murrays, that Ralphs is one of my go-tos and I think they have a pretty great selection. I've been buying Morbier and a goat cheese brie lately. yes, the people behind the counter are very enthusiastic and friendly but obviously it's not the same as a single-ownership shop. one girl gave me a sample of some new brie last week and it was served on a sweetish cracker, which is never my preference, but otherwise no complaints. for me it's often easier to do one-stop shopping. is there parking behind the Cheesemonger—that's the deal breaker.

Jul 23, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Chopped liver, not pate, nor mousse

my favorite is Nate 'n Al, BH. not that coarse, but not puree either.

Jul 21, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Restaurants with tarragon dishes

am making a modified version of Ludo's roast carrot salad for tonight and he finishes it w/ parsley, tarragon, chervil and chives. assume they serve it at Petit Trois or Trois Mec.
http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/10...

Jul 15, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

West LA & Santa Barbara

there are a handful of clubs where you enjoy a cocktail and smoke a cigar.
Buena Vista Cigar Club, BH
La Descarga, Hollywood, and Cana Rum bar, downtown, if you don't mind traveling further east

and you should check out the Tinder Box in Santa Monica. a smoke shop that's been there forever and is worth a detour. http://www.tinderboxinternational.com...

Jul 14, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area
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Best Desserts in LA?

a sundae is the sum of its multilayered parts. I've had plenty that have been sub-par, or at least not memorable.
per their website, the sundae is made with homemade vanilla and praline gelato.

Best Desserts in LA?

The Ivy. I'd say it's a split decision between the sundae and banana split. or maybe the profiteroles.

Jul 08, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Desert for July 4th Party?

we love the Private Selection mini eclairs at Ralphs for our annual bbq. 1 box has about 36 eclairs. let them defrost for an hour before serving—they will vanish in an instant. chocolatey, cool, gooey goodness, good for adults and kids, especially after pizza. actually, I'd buy 2.

they'd also work for the Bowl if you keep them frozen till you leave the house. they should be just right when you're ready to eat.

Jul 03, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area
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Best place to buy fondant for baking? Westside preferably....

+ Surfas.
also Chef's Toys on Sepulveda. you probably have to buy the coloring separately though.
http://chefstoys.com/fondant-mix-lb-4...

Jul 01, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Date spot - west LA?

Beverly Hills has some solid options.
Nic's—cool bar, chill (literally) Vodbox for vodka tastings, booths for dinner.
Bar Bouchon—great happy hour menu, outdoor seating on terrace, good people-watching. Free concerts on Thurs. evenings in the small park right in front.

Jun 26, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Food to bring a family with a new baby - Culver City

empanadas from Empanadas Place or Grand Casino.

Jun 22, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area
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Desert Recmomendations for Father's day Brunch (low cal, low sugar)

true. fruit and pastry are not this dad's friend. the WF mini pastries are one-bite size, which is what I was thinking of—no need to eat an entire cake.

figured that most bakeries could accommodate requests for a sugar-free/low-calorie alternative like low-cal cheesecake or banana bread. curious to hear from any diabetics what their solution is. doesn't sound like the OP is going to be baking him/herself.

Jun 17, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Desert Recmomendations for Father's day Brunch (low cal, low sugar)

a fruit tart from Viktor Benes might work—fresh fruit, flaky pastry, light bavarian cream. or maybe a carrot cake—at least it sounds healthy. or cheesecake.

not sure what part of town you're in but call a Persian bakery like Pink Orchid or top bakery like Clementine or SusieCakes and see what they suggest. they usually need 48 hrs notice.

Whole Foods bakery at 23rd/Wilshire in SM has a great selection of mini fruit tarts and other small-size pastries.

Go Greek on Bedford in BH probably won't work for this but they have fresh and frozen greek yogurt and large selection of sweet or savory toppings. you could do a gift basket
http://gogreekyogurt.com/offerings/gi...

Jun 16, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

French speaking restaurant in LA or OC

Chaumont Bakery for breakfast/lunch.
Soleil in Westwood. more quebecois than francais, but hey....excellent brunch btw.
Champs Elysee on Robertson
A Food Affair on Robertson (free byob).

all have French owners/chefs but no idea if staffs speak French too.

Jun 16, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Where to eat Brunch/Lunch 4th July near Sherman Oaks?

there's a clutch of new gastropubs/cafes in SO and Studio City. no idea if they'll be open July 4—don't see why not.
I really enjoyed lunch/small bites at Laurel Tavern.
Local Peasant looks good in an earnest, hipsterish way http://thelocalpeasants.com/menu/satu...
ditto On the Thirty, which has bottomless mimosas http://www.onthethirty.com/#!brunch/c...

and for breakfast/lunches in general, Sweet Butter Kitchen.

Jun 10, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Old School Italian in the Valley

agree w/ all comments re quality in ratio to red sauce + tablecloths.

Pinocchio/Monte Carlo deli in Burbank. cafeteria-style food, big portions, good prices, massive trays of lasagna, chicken parm, meatball sandwiches. separate rooms to eat. adjoining deli. fantastic gelato selection. they close early, so probably best for lunch.

Jun 05, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Helping picking a GREEK Restaurant on West side?

Sofi's on 3rd St. near Fairfax. http://sofisrestaurant.com

used to go for lunch when I worked mid-Wilshire but it looks like they're only open for dinner now. anyway, loved the moussaka and lamb.

Jun 01, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Ye Olde King's Head

Scotch egg is probably the only reason to return.

slight correction. the Kings Head was where the bar and dart boards are now, then there was a tiny takeout Chinese place, then Knoll's Black Forest and then a pawnshop on the corner. Phil Elwell (YOKH owner) and Norbert can'trememberlastname (owner of Knoll's) fought over the Chinese restaurant when their lease expired. Phil won and Knoll's moved.

May 29, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Salad in the 'San Fernando

Aroma Cafe on Tujunga, Studio City
Sweet Butter Kitchen, Sherman Oaks
Aroma Bakery, Encino

May 29, 2015
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Freshest fish, SM farmers market

scored some salmon this Wed. incredible. really.

May 22, 2015
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