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cocktail mixology classes in Los Angeles

Wow...this sounds great. A bit pricey. But a way better deal than the one I found:

cocktail mixology classes in Los Angeles

Any luck? I'm looking for one too, and all I can find are professional classes.

Westlake Village: Taco Truck Recommend

I know it's been ages since I first started this thread, but I wanted to let you know that I did use Taqueria El Tapatio. They were AMAZING!!! And we paid extra to get the vat of horchata which was just divine.

Westlake Village: Taco Truck Recommend

Ahhhh-MAZ-ING! My favorite was the Al Pastor.

Pasadena is weak!

LOVE Taratino's! That's my fave pizza place.

Need Client Dinner Recommendation

Hi, Everyone,

Flying in from Los Angeles next week to take a very important client to dinner. Looking for any/all recommendations. I'm a foodie and definitely want something that's new, hip and and amazing.


Jun 17, 2010
brattenheimer in Phoenix

Santa Cruz/Capitola Dinner Suggestions?

These are great! Thanks a lot! I think I'm going to go to Bonny Doon's on Sunday for Father's Day. :)

Jun 15, 2010
brattenheimer in California

Westlake Village: Taco Truck Recommend

I used Lety's:

Lety's Catering
323-353-8303 or 323-569-0558 Liz
3 of meat, 2 salsa, corn tortillas, limes, cilantro, onions, no guccamole. 4-5 tacos per person. They bring a grill, we provide plates. They come for 3 hours. They come 1 hour before.
What happens is they send a taco lady/guy to your house, with one of those portable cooktops. S/he provides red and green salsa, tortillas, onions, radishes and your choice of meat. They will also serve your guests. It is about $5-$6 per person

Where can I buy a "Boston shaker" in S.F. / any good barware supplier?

I bought an awesome one from a Williams-Sonoma store years ago. They don't seem to have any online, but maybe they have some cool ones in-store.

Santa Cruz/Capitola Dinner Suggestions?

[This is a copy of the post I put on the San Francisco area.]

Hi, Everyone,

My husband and I are headed to Santa Cruz this weekend and we're looking for a good dinner spot to go to for my birthday dinner this Friday, 06/18. Here are some thought-starters:

-NO chain restaurants
-Not too expensive (entrees in the $20 range)
-Offers a wide range of fish, beef and poultry options
-NO Indian or Vegetarian places

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.


Jun 14, 2010
brattenheimer in California


Did you ever hear back from Cinnabon? I used Lety's a couple years ago and I'm going to call them again. LOVED them.

Best Mac and Cheese - LA

Seriously???? Both KKR's and EPL's mac 'n' cheese is tasteless. I'd prefer a blue box of Kraft any day over these guys'.

Best Mac and Cheese - LA

I do so enjoy Luna Park's mac 'n' cheese.

Luna Park
672 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Westlake Village: Taco Truck Recommend

Hi, Everyone,

Looking for some taco truck catering recommendations for a picnic in July. I live in Pasadena and hired one for a birthday party (they were great). But I'm helping plan a party in Westlake Village and would love some local recommendations.


New Restaurants Downtown?

Hubby and I just went here last night for our anniversary dinner. It was EXCELLENT. I made the reservations through Open Table and noted I wanted a nice romantic table to celebrate our 8 yr anniversary. When we got there they gave us personalized menus that said, "Happy 8th Anniversary Mr. & Mrs. Thomas!" Of course, the food was EXCELLENT. The entrees range from $48-$33, with most in the mid-high $20s. Lots to choose from. We had the Crunchy Yellowtail Crudo for an appetizer - awesome. I had the duo of beef for my entree - a small NY strip steak w/ a peppercorn sauce and haricot verts and small Kobe beef short ribs served with a demi glace over potato puree. We shared two awesome desserts too - ginger creme brulee and milk chocolate croissant bread pudding w/ caramel ice cream.

We can't wait to go back. Their happy hour menu looks darn good too!

Chaya Downtown
525 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Need Dinner Reco for Pleasanton Visit

Hi, Chowhounders,

I'll be staying in Pleasanton this weekend (10/16-10/18) and I'm looking for a restaurant to meet some friends for dinner on Friday evening. I'm looking for:

-Nothing too pricey...maybe $12-$25 an entree
-Great ambiance (no glaring fluorescent lighting)
-Any type of cuisine
-Will do well for very well behaved children/infants


Anything Decent at Knott's Berry Farm?

OMG - now I want Knott's Fried Chicken. I loves those evil little buttery biscuits. Line is long, but it's fast.

Midwest Chowhound looking for recs near Ahmanson

Mozza's way too far. Nowhere near the Ahmanson. It will take you at least 30 minutes to get from Mozza (located in Fairfax/Hollywood area) to get to the Ahmanson in Downtown.

If you want Italian...try Zucca's in Downtown L.A. It's about 5 blocks from the theater. Great food and full bar. Love it.

Zucca Ristorante [CLOSED]
801 South Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Midwest Chowhound looking for recs near Ahmanson

I highly recommend Engine Co. 28. It's a great dining building too. It's actually in what used to be an old brick fire engine garage back in the hey day. I love the skillet fried chicken, creamy corn chowder and their meatloaf. Don't let the comfort food fool you...they have a full bar, great atmosphere, white linens on the tables and an incredibly unpretentious atmosphere.

They're good at catering to pre-dinner theater crowds too.

Another good option is Ciudad...a nice Latin fusion restaurant. GREAT mojitos. It's fun to get a lot of different little tapas to share with everyone.

Breakfast/Brunch Spots in Long Beach

Hey, Hounds...

Looking for some reasonably priced breakfast/brunch spots to go to in Long Beach while visiting on Sunday, 10/5. We'll be staying at the Westin...and will be looking for a good, greasy breakfast to help us recover from the previous evening's 20-yr H.S. reunion festivities. ;)

Cooking Classes

I "third" this recommendation. I love taking classes at The New School of Cooking. Unlike the more demonstration-based classes at Williams-Sonoma and Sur La Table, you will get to do all of your own chopping, cooking, stirring and eating! There are about 16 people max per class. The instructor will talk about how to prepare all of the recipes shared in the class, and then you will get to work on one of the recipes w/ another classmate or on your own. At the end of the class, everyone gets to eat all of the food. It's a lot of fun.

The autumn 2008 catalog is already up:


I'm using Lety's Catering next Saturday, 6/21 - I'm very excited!

Oinkster Burger

Have you checked out their sister restaurant Max's in Sherman Oaks? Definitely a white tablecloth setting...GREAT food.

Favorite Empanada

Check out Empanada's Place in West L.A., on Sawtelle at Venice Blvd near the 405. They're quite tasty.

Pasadena is weak!

Have you tried the apple, toasted almond and roasted garlic pizza? Delish.

Pasadena is weak!

Cafe Verde has such potential, too bad they under-season all their food. Seriously, have they heard of SALT? They would be a great place to go since they don't have corkage.

I must say though, I really do enjoy the braised shortribs w/ creamy polenta for dinner and the red flannel hash for brunch at Mike & Anne's in SoPas.

Pasadena is weak!

Gale's has GREAT pizza - try the prosciutto and arugula one.

Pasadena: What should I have for dinner tonight?

Lupita's sounds PERFECT. Thanks! :)


Check out Big Mama's Rib Shack in Pasadena, not too far from Roscoe's on North Lake Ave.

I love Big Mama's.

What makes LA a foodie city? Tell Me

GREAT local ice cream, which also happens to be in the SGV...

1824 W. Main St.
Alhambra, CA 91801

Great old fashioned ice cream, shebets, sorbets and frozen yogurts. They also have great seasonal and unique flavors too. I LIVE for their pumpkin pie and cinnamon flavors in the Fall. They also have some great Asian-inspired flavors like Lychee, Green Tea and Macapuno.

Don't go there expecting to use your credit card though, I think they only take cash.

I think they also serve Fosselman's ice cream at the Fair Oaks Pharmacy in South Pasadena too.