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Brunch delivery

you probably need to define "brunch items" and your location.
most delis (Nate n Al's, Canter's) will deliver bagels, cream cheese, lox, etc.

can't imagine anyone delivering eggs benedict or omelets....or anyone wanting to eat egg dishes an hour after they've been cooked.

Aug 27, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Frida - Beverly Hills MANAGEMENT IS A JOKE

we like terrace at Bar Bouchon for HH. here's the online menu but it seems outdated—I'm pretty sure they offered more choices last month. plus every Thurs. during the summer there's a concert in the park—noisy but fun and always good people-watching.
http://bouchonbistro.com/storage/menu...
there's also a new bar at Porta Via. haven't been but heard from friends they have a good HH:
http://portaviabh.com/about/the-bar-r...

Aug 26, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Fun upbeat restaurants in Beverly Hills?

Bar Bouchon (not the restaurant upstairs) for happy hour/drinks on the terrace.

Il Pastaio for lunch—always crowded.

Nic's Martini Lounge for cocktails and the VodBox.

Jul 03, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area
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Copper River salmon at Costco

you're quite right. heads were missing. I didn't realize they had been gutted as well—I'd have bought one to try. might return in a couple of weeks.

Jul 01, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Copper River salmon at Costco

I saw Ivory at SM Seafood a couple of months ago. Didn't buy any—thought it was an albino offspring. How does it taste exactly.

And what's with the Copper River backlash. It's still a gorgeous piece of salmon.

Jun 28, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Malibu in the Mornings

The Dume Room! dear lord—just a whiff from that front door was enough. never set foot inside. now it's too late, for better or worse.

Jun 28, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area
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Malibu in the Mornings

as Spoonlicker says, there is no one center, just 20-odd miles of strung out neighborhoods, which makes it tough for any restaurant to build a dependable, year-round clientele.

I worked in Point Dume for 7 years, so I've eaten at the higher end and the blech and the in-between, and I watched as people tried to raise the bar and failed.

not sure how a "soft spot" for Taverna Tony was interpreted as "getting excited about tired Greek food in a shopping center." If you are going to succeed, and your name doesn't end in Ellison, then high-traffic Cross Creek or the shopping center where Ralphs is or Point Dume or Trancas seem the most central and logical places to open. regardless, you will be dependent on locals, not seasonal homeowners or tourists, for your business.

here's my reality check—I wish you great success w/ your dream restaurant.

Jun 28, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area
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Copper River salmon at Costco

I'm waaaay late for my annual Copper River salmon run at Costco. Finally got some today at Van Nuys—$10.99 a lb.
But this year, for the first time, they are selling whole CR salmon (in the seafood cases they put out on weekends, and no they will not fillet it for you) for $7.99 lb. Each weighs 3 to 4 lbs. A pretty good deal if you can deal with boning/scaling.
Can't recall if people have had luck freezing these—anyone?

Jun 28, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area
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Malibu in the Mornings

Apples and oranges. Venice has a deep multi-ethnic demographic base that right now favors hipsters, tech start-ups and tatted, edgy chefs. Malibu has a strong year-round population but is still seasonal, and restaurants rely on that summer surge. Sage, Savory and even The Sunset started out strong and faded or closed. There have been numerous places between Carbon Beach and the pier that have failed.
Tra di Noi to me is like the old La Scala...classic Italian, maybe not brilliant, but certainly better than "just ok."
also have a soft spot for Taverna Tony. Dommy can do a light lunch solo or order the lamb and take it home for dinner w/ hubby.

Jun 28, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Malibu in the Mornings

Cafe Vida, hugely popular w/ Palisades crowd. I can usually find street parking in the a.m. Great smoothies, veggie quesadillas....

Malibu Country Kitchen, always a line for sandwiches/deli. If you want humongous pastries/cakes/sweets, this is the place.

Tra di Noi at Malibu Country Mart for a higher-priced lunch. Otherwise grab a salad/smoothie at John's Garden and hang out at one of the tables in the shade.

+ one for Lily's—love their chicken quesadillas. either order ahead or be prepared to wait.

haven't tried the new Malibu Farm on the pier but the menu looks great and it's a place that probably could use a boost to stay in business.

Farmer's markets in Malibu and PP on Sundays, alas.

Jun 27, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

"Old Palm Springs"

RIP also Ken Kellogg's brilliantly original Chart House in Rancho Mirage, which burned down a couple of years ago.
http://www.pspreservationfoundation.o...

I'll let PS'ers address your request for Mexican. All I can say is do not go to Las Casuelas—horrible. Blue Coyote much better even though it's not mc modern.

on a final note. Spencer's at the Tennis Club isn't bad, but the renovation of the classic Paul Williams/A. Quincy Jones building didn't leave much intact. don't recall if the oval swimming pool remains.

May 19, 2014
iOnLa in California

"Old Palm Springs"

yes, Johnny Costa's sounds right.

and if you're seeking Continental, then you need to check out Wally's. less cool rat pack, more country club, but still swinging.

May 19, 2014
iOnLa in California
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"Old Palm Springs"

at the top of your list should be Melvyn's at the Ingleside Inn.
http://www.inglesideinn.com/melvyns_r...
next: Le Vallauris, owned by Paul Bruggemans.
http://www.levallauris.com
then: Wally's Desert Turtle in Rancho Mirage
http://www.wallys-desert-turtle.com
fourth is a classic Italian joint on the right hand side as you drive into PS between the Tramway Gas Station and Chino Canyon. can't remember the dat-blatted name but they had an RIP sign up when Harold Robbins passed away. classic, but may be closed.

May 19, 2014
iOnLa in California

Suggestions for day in LA with 3 year old

Cross Creek, Malibu, for lunch at Tra di Noi. not oceanside but you can sit outside right next to grassy area with small playground and then browse expensive boutiques.
skip Marina del Rey and Venice: Abbot Kinney is too hipster for small kids and the boardwalk is horrible.
Santa Monica is kid-central—3rd St. Promenade (Loteria Grill) or SM Pier (the Albright) or Montana Ave. (R+D Kitchen)
Spago always treated our daughter royally but I find the new revamp cold plus there are plenty of newer places to try.
for a mall: Westside Pavilion has a kids play area on one side of mall and Westside Tavern on the other.

Apr 18, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Dan Tanas - what to order?

spaghetti caruso—pasta and chicken liver. my idea of heaven.

Apr 09, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Best non-chain grocery in West LA?

my go-to ethnic market in that area is Santa Monica Glatt Kosher on the corner of Colby and Santa Monica. good produce and herbs at great prices, well-priced spices, good selection of yogurt, feta, rice, tea, dried fruits, pita. because it's kosher, prices for meat and chicken are high but it's where I get chicken schnitzel. I'm not a fan of the bakery but packaged baked goods are ok. just know it's small and crowded and you should park in the lot across the street. closed Saturday. on Sunday they set up a tent and grill meat in their parking lot.

one of my favorite Ralphs is at Olympic and Barrington and, as noted by others, with a Ralphs card you can get excellent deals if you shop judiciously.

Feb 11, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Chicken Livers, What To Do?

haven't been to Dan Tana's in ages, but the one thing I always had was Spaghetti Caruso—chicken livers, onions and who knows what. huge portion and v. rich, so plenty for 2 to share.

and planning on making this recent recipe from NY Times sometime soon:
http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/101597...

Feb 03, 2014
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

creamed spinach

curly spinach leaves—you're killing me.
oh, the heat-and-serve brand at Ralphs is Harry's—if anyone's tried it, would love feedback.

Dec 16, 2013
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

creamed spinach

have you ever tried this w/ fresh spinach. I've never had any luck w/ frozen spinach—never manage to squeeze all signs of life out of it.

Dec 16, 2013
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

creamed spinach

one recipe I looked up (Aarti's) had mostly spices and the cheese w/ yoghurt. then I checked another and it had the same heavy cream etc. etc.

it was a good suggestion but I'm going to stick w/ my original plan—better fit w/ the menu and the crowd.

Dec 14, 2013
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

creamed spinach

that's actually a genius idea, and a healthier alternative to all the heavy cream.
so now I could use some input on best "decent" Indian in same zone, which probably means one of the joints on Wilshire—Chandni, Nawab, Akbar, India's Oven.....

Dec 13, 2013
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

creamed spinach

agreed! on one one show she poured heavy cream into ground beef for burgers. made me nauseous just looking. but then she made spring rolls with turkey leftovers that looked fantastic. totally hit or miss.

Dec 12, 2013
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

creamed spinach

aha. think you've hit the sweet spot, which is somewhere between Bird's Eye and Huckleberry/Joan's. will call to make sure they have it and will report back after the holidays.
thx.

Dec 12, 2013
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

creamed spinach

thx, and good to file away for the future.

Dec 11, 2013
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

creamed spinach

right. I'm doing my main shopping at Ralphs so I'd probably go w/ their heat-and-serve brand. this obviously requires some serious comparison tasting ahead of time, by which time I'll be sick and tired of the stuff.

Dec 11, 2013
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

creamed spinach

hmmmm. that wouldn't have occurred to me. thx.
stopped by for an apple pie for Thanksgiving but couldn't justify spending $50 on their cranberry/apple croustade or the stunning looking chocolate pumpkin pie.

Dec 11, 2013
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

creamed spinach

the one in SM on Wilshire is still open but haven't been in ages. might take a look while I'm down there next week. not getting very favorable reviews for their sides on yelp. I know...I know...

Dec 11, 2013
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

creamed spinach

lol. actually thought Pioneer Woman's recipe looked damn near perfect:
http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/20...

I may resort to making it. It all looks simple until I take into account all the other things I'm juggling. if only Lawry's was open during the day....

Dec 11, 2013
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

creamed spinach

I'm probably in the minority, but not a BF fan. stopped by the new superduper one in West L.A. a month ago and apart from a cool poke bar, wasn't impressed w/ their hot food selection—all looked lifeless and dried out. also find their prices higher than everyone else's.

Dec 11, 2013
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

creamed spinach

ok, thanks. it's a toss-up between Gelsons and Joans.

Boston Market sucked the last time I tried their roast chicken/potatoes/spinach to go.

Dec 11, 2013
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area