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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.

about 2 hours ago
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

creamed spinach

will be cooking our big meal Christmas Eve, and trying to simplify my life. looking for recs for superior creamed spinach to-go that I can pick up that morning.

first choice is freshly made that I can warm up later (assuming it's a dish that reheats well). second choice is pre-packaged but preferably not frozen. I've seen one brand in refrigerated cheese/deli section at Ralphs but can't remember the name....Otto's or somesuch.

needs to be Westside, between BH and SM, or Sherman Oaks/Studio City.
TIA.

Dec 11, 2013
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Small sufganiyot...

I'm also not sure I can taste the difference, but it just doesn't seem right to buy a regular jelly donut.
I get my sufganiyot (normal size) at Beverlywood Bakery on Pico. Call and see if they'd make you a batch of smaller ones.
http://www.beverlywoodbakery.com

or maybe Stan's in Westwood.

Nov 22, 2013
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Lox

I wasn't comparing them at all, just had always assumed that lox and smoked salmon were used interchangeably and that "lox" was the American word for smoked salmon.

so I now get the difference in prep, but that doesn't mean that smoked salmon can't be silky and smooth—and it should be if you get it from the right supplier and it's sliced correctly.

Sep 24, 2013
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Lox

I don't get to BH market that frequently or that early, but will certainly see if Drydock has any in supply. Curious about the quality.

one aside: growing up in London, Sunday wasn't Sunday without smoked salmon, and the salmon was always Scottish. I'd never heard of lox till I came to the States and always assumed they were interchangeable, so it's been fascinating following this discussion, and the link to zabar's is priceless.

here's one for H. Forman & Sons, one of the oldest smokers in the East End (it looks like dry government speak but is actually pretty fascinating):
https://whitehall-admin.production.al...

a second aside: growing up, we always pronounced bagels "bye-gels" but now my sister says it the American way....apparently Jewish north Londoners have completely abandoned their East End pronunciation and consider it "common."

Sep 24, 2013
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Deli-style chopped herring?

I get mine at Nate n Al's—perfect balance of slightly sweet and slightly sour—but assume most Jewish delis carry it.

chopped herring on challah—that was always how I broke my fast.

Sep 13, 2013
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Lox

I've become a big fan of Jons Market in Studio City/Valley Village. Since many of their customers are East European, they carry an interesting selection of locally made salami and cold cuts.

They carry Seven Seas lox—a 1 lb. package costs about $15. I prefer it to Costco's—seems silkier.
there are other locations closer to you but not sure if all have the same inventory.

Aug 26, 2013
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area
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Itinerary for Marbella and surrounding areas in the south

just back from an Andalusian adventure. we stayed closer to Malaga and toured inland. here are a couple of highlights:

Estepona: we tried the first chiringhito on the beach across from the town's central roundabout/parking. my heart sank when I saw tables of Brits eating burgers but there was an outdoor grill and we had an order of sardines and whitebait. they also offered whole grilled fish—the options that day were sea bass, dorade and one other. not sure I'd recommend a special trip here but if you're passing through....

Torreguardiaro is a tiny blip next to Sotogrande. we had more sardines and paella one lunch at beach bar/chiringhito Carrero. for dinner head to Pura Tapa (we went twice and loved the modern twist on tapas). go around 8 pm when they open to snag the best seats.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g659598-d2241894-Reviews-PuraTapa-Sotogrande_Costa_del_Sol_Province_of_Malaga_Andalucia.html

our friends also recommended La Verandah, which we didn't have time to try.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant...

Jul 02, 2013
iOnLa in Spain/Portugal

Any fresh Copper River Salmon (circa 2013) sightings yet?

could you share your online source.

there are several. one I found, FishEx charges $38.95 lb. for King plus $29 overnight shipping. might as well go to SM Seafood...
http://www.fishex.com/fish-market/sal...

Jun 06, 2013
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Any fresh Copper River Salmon (circa 2013) sightings yet?

well best-laid plans and all....can't get there today. but good point about calling ahead, thx, and it never occurred to me that Costco might set something like this aside.

Jun 03, 2013
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Any fresh Copper River Salmon (circa 2013) sightings yet?

wow. have never seen king at Costco, let alone at such a great price.....heading to Canoga Park today. worth the drive.

Jun 03, 2013
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Any fresh Copper River Salmon (circa 2013) sightings yet?

sockeye. $13.99 lb., as noted.

May 29, 2013
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

Any fresh Copper River Salmon (circa 2013) sightings yet?

just back from my annual Copper River salmon run to CostCo. $13.99 a lb. looks absolutely gorgeous, can't wait to serve tonight.
Ralph's price is good but I dunno, their fish, no matter how fresh, always looks skanky.
and I will never pay SM Seafood prices for King again. insanity!

May 29, 2013
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area

fresh lamb for Easter

do you know where their lamb is from? just curious because someone posted about super-fresh fish at their WeHo branch, so I checked it out and was underwhelmed by the selection. Gelsons in Century City was far superior if I was going to pay those kind of prices.

recipe sounds fantastic.

Mar 28, 2013
iOnLa in Los Angeles Area