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Sushi in South Bay (revisited)

Sugarfish in Marina Del Rey is a short hop from MB, and has fabulous nigiri and sashimi!!

Dec 17, 2014
jeffandnat in Los Angeles Area

Blue Bottle Coffee Beans

Thanks for the info. everyone!

Dec 07, 2013
jeffandnat in Los Angeles Area

Blue Bottle Coffee Beans

Does anyone know where I can find whole bean Blue Bottle coffee for home use in LA?

Dec 05, 2013
jeffandnat in Los Angeles Area

Help! Anything good around Victoville?

Oops, sorry. Just saw that you mentioned them in an earlier post. However, I think they are the best thing going on in Victorville. Let us know if you find better options.

May 24, 2013
jeffandnat in Los Angeles Area

Help! Anything good around Victoville?

Ala' Al-Deen has really good middle eastern/mediterranean food. Very nice family running the place. Your first instinct will be to not go in, as it is a bit of a dive. But, get over that, because their food is solid!

May 24, 2013
jeffandnat in Los Angeles Area

Southern Tuscany

DavidT, Thanks for the links. I have been searching those cities and have found some great stuff. Thought I would throw out Sarteano in a new post, since that is the town we are staying in.
Cheers!

Feb 07, 2013
jeffandnat in Italy

Southern Tuscany

Our family has booked a villa near Sarteano for this summer. We are looking for a few great restaurant picks, worthwhile markets, vineyards and cooking classes in and around Sarteano, Chiusi, and Montepulciano. We will be traveling with a 9 year old, so nothing too formal. Thanks in advance!

Feb 06, 2013
jeffandnat in Italy

Ahi Poke to go?

Looking for great Ahi Poke in the South Bay area. Preferably a market or restaurant that sells it to go. Thanks!

Feb 06, 2013
jeffandnat in Los Angeles Area

Sofitel where to eat for my anniversary in December?

I will start by saying, that I am a Los Angeles chow hounder that has been in Chicago this week. I'm sure the locals will have the best recs, but I have been staying at the Sofitel, so thought I would chime in.
If you can upgrade, the Sofitel junior suites are well worth it. Hermes amenities and a nice sitting area. Let the hotel know it is a special occasion. Maybe they will bump you up.
Also, the Sofitel serves great croissants/pastries and french press coffee in their lobby restaurant, if you are looking for a lighter breakfast one morning. Definitely superior to most hotel breakfast options.
If you are feeling lazy one night and want to be close to the hotel, Bistronomic on Wabash is a 1 minute walk. Quaint little french bistro that was excellent the evening we dined there, although reviews are mixed.
Tavernita is a fabulous small plate/tapas style restaurant. Very cool interior space and pork belly sliders! I enjoyed it more than Frontera, and I am a big fan of Mr. Bayless.
Have Fun!

Sep 30, 2012
jeffandnat in Chicago Area

Poutine at Redondo Beach Cafe???

I hit RBC often with a Montreal native, to crave her need for poutine. Their version is very close to what you would find in Canada. Like bulavinaka states, the curd is the hard to duplicate part, but I think this is as close as you will get in LA. RBC is pretty basic fare, but with poutine, smoked meat, hockey on the tube, and all things Canadian on the walls, my ex-pat Montrealian(?) is very happy here.

Jun 08, 2012
jeffandnat in Los Angeles Area

rec's near LMU , Playa del Rey

Westsidegal, have you tried the chopped salad? It is great, and Chow-worthy, imho.

Jan 22, 2012
jeffandnat in Los Angeles Area

rec's near LMU , Playa del Rey

How about Alejo's on Lincoln. Fairly pedestrian italian, but they have a great chopped salad. A good inexpensive lunch/dinner option.

Jan 21, 2012
jeffandnat in Los Angeles Area

Manhattan with a six year old

Thanks for the posts! I will research Blue Smoke, and an early dinner at Lupa could be the perfect spot. These are all great ideas. I will pass them along.

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Lupa
170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

Blue Smoke
116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

Nov 06, 2011
jeffandnat in Manhattan

Manhattan with a six year old

Kathryn-
For this special trip, I do not think that budget is an issue. They want to have at least one special occasion meal, where price could be high. It's more about finding a great foodie meal for the parents and something that works for the six year old. I always lean toward Italian with my daughter, as I know there will always be a pasta or flatbread that will work. But the kids also love Dim Sum, and Thai.

Nov 06, 2011
jeffandnat in Manhattan

Manhattan with a six year old

A good friend of mine is coming to NY to watch the Macy's TG parade with her 6 year old daughter, and I am looking for some recommendations for good restaurants that are kid friendly, but are not awful chain restaurants. They will be staying in Midtown. She is a foodie, but not sure if Babbo is going to be on her list for this trip. Italian is always a safe bet, but she is up for anything. Also, they are looking for a good Thanksgiving Dinner spot. Thanks in advance!

Nov 05, 2011
jeffandnat in Manhattan

Apple Cider in LA

Fall always gets me thinking about the cider mills in Michigan. The combo of cider being pressed in front of your eyes, and the whiff of cinnamon sugar/spiced cake donuts in the air brings a huge smile to my face. Short of driving out to Julian, is there good cider in LA? And, who is making the best spiced cake donut in the city?

Oct 07, 2011
jeffandnat in Los Angeles Area

Dine LA Restaurants

We dined at Craft last year for DineLA, and it was fabulous. Great Deal! Four of us went, and shared everything family style.

Sep 23, 2011
jeffandnat in Los Angeles Area

P.O.G., (the Hawaiian drink) where can I find it in LA?

Bulavinaka: That sounds great! You gotta love lilikoi. We always use a light semi-inexpensive rum due to how quickly the bottle gets emptied when you start serving these drinks to a crowd! Everybody will start sharing stories of some rum soaked tropical escapade.

Sep 03, 2011
jeffandnat in Los Angeles Area

Food at Steingarten LA

We got there at around 7pm. No table wait. They were probably half full most of the evening. Tables near the bar were full the whole time we were there with the dining room being more on the available side. The sausage platter was $20. A really nice presentation with toasted baguettes and three homemade dipping sauces, (spicy mustards and curry ketchup). I also tried the parmesan fries served in a stylish cone. Thin crispy shoe strings. Very good. I would say the crowd would be 25-40. A good mix of guys and gals. There seemed to be a lot of beer knowledge in the room. The selection is just amazing. Similar to Congregation in Long Beach. Beers were $5 and up. Out the door, two of us were around $70-75. The Parabola stout was a little more pricey than the IPA.

Sep 03, 2011
jeffandnat in Los Angeles Area

Food at Steingarten LA

Follow up: Had a great evening at Steingarten. Ended up eating the sausage platter. You get to choose 3 from their list of 12-15 sausages and multiple toppings. My picks: Hungarian, Elk, and Duck w/bacon. I added carmelized onions and kraut as the toppings. Paired them with the El Segundo IPA, and finished with a Firestone Russian Imperial Stout called Parabola. Two amazing beers, great food and a super cool staff!

Sep 02, 2011
jeffandnat in Los Angeles Area

P.O.G., (the Hawaiian drink) where can I find it in LA?

Marukai in Gardena has the Meadow Gold POG in cartons, just like on the Islands. We mix it with Bacardi Light Rum and fresh lime, for a fabulous adult twist. Marukai has a great Hawaii section. Huli Huli sauce, coconut syrup, Lion coffee, etc.

Sep 02, 2011
jeffandnat in Los Angeles Area

Food at Steingarten LA

Heading up to Steingarten LA tomorrow night for the first time,(Wednesday 8/31), for dinner and the the "Pint Nght" with El Segundo Brewing Company. What is the best thing on the menu that will pair with ESBC's IPA?

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Steingarten LA
10543 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Aug 30, 2011
jeffandnat in Los Angeles Area

Lucques "All American Rib Fest"

Excellent! I hoped that was the case. Aside from my complaining above, we had a great time. I think Lucques is a great restaurant, and they did a fabulous job of providing a casual environment for the BBQ. I can think of other high end restaurants that would not be able to pull that off.

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Lucques
8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Jul 25, 2011
jeffandnat in Los Angeles Area

Lucques "All American Rib Fest"

Here is my update on the Rib Fest:
We had a reservation at 3:00pm and the restaurant was full. (Maudies5, we were probably there at the same time).
The spiced lamb spare ribs were truly amazing. Tiny spiced, (curry, I think?), rib with meat that fell off the bone and melted in your mouth. The beef ribs were sauced and very moist with a nice smokey sauce. The chicken wings had a fabulous, spicy complex sauce on them, that woke up the taste buds. The pork ribs were the weak link, IMO. A little chewy and fatty. I liked the family style servings. Reminded me of going to Dim Sum with everything coming at once, and total chaos as everyone jockey's for their favorite thing. Fun, if you are with the right group.
Then, the bill comes. Ouch! I agree with the other posts, about $55 being crazy money for BBQ, but I signed up for it. I had some friends that wanted to go, and I was going to suck it up! I will say, that the flavors in the lamb ribs almost made it worth it, to me. (You aren't going to find those delicate morsels at Bludso's!) However, adding a couple of PBR's and two way overpriced specialty cocktails, put us well north of $100 dollars per person, and that is a little nuts. There was a couple sitting across from us, that brought their 4-year old. I wanted to ask if he was getting dinged $55. From what I could tell he only had corn and baked beans!
Next year maybe I can work out a Sunday business lunch, or have the in-laws come up from O.C. to cover the bill! : )

Jul 24, 2011
jeffandnat in Los Angeles Area

NorCal Hound w/kids heading to Disneyland: critique my plan!

It pains me to say it, but do not let your fellow Chowhounders talk you out of Ariel's Grotto. The food is bad, but the facetime your kids get with the princesses, is priceless. Make sure the batteries are charged, because the photo's/video from that lunch will be your favorites. Chances are your kids wont touch their food. Not because it is awful,(which it is), but they will be way too busy chatting up Cinderella!

Jul 22, 2011
jeffandnat in Los Angeles Area

Lucques "All American Rib Fest"

I have a reservation for the All American Rib Fest at Lucques on July 24th. Has anybody attended the past rib events? Curious if there are any opinions. Looks like a great menu.

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Lucques
8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Jul 06, 2011
jeffandnat in Los Angeles Area

Anaheim Convention Center

Looking for some good dinner spots near the Anaheim Convention Center. Any good Thai or Indian close by? I am trying to stay away from Downtown Disney and the chains, although I hear the bar bites menu at Morton's steakhouse is good. I will be staying at the Hilton. Has anyone tried Mix, at the Hilton?
Thanks in advance.

Mar 29, 2011
jeffandnat in Los Angeles Area

Best BACON in Los Angeles. Prepared or for Take Home

I would assume that they can keep up with the demand of a local market or small chain selling smaller quantities of it for $8 a pack as opposed to TJ's selling a truck load at $4 a pack. What a drag! I bet we will be seeing it at other stores for a higher price.

Mar 13, 2011
jeffandnat in Los Angeles Area

Best BACON in Los Angeles. Prepared or for Take Home

The Niman Ranch facebook page says they could not keep up with TJ's demand, so it looks like the TJ brand is not a repackaging of the Niman Ranch bacon. Bummer.

Mar 13, 2011
jeffandnat in Los Angeles Area

Favorite Meals Under $5

Spam Musubi and POG, (aka sugar in a can), at L&L Hawaiian. Or any Hawaiian BBQ joint, most likely.

Mar 08, 2011
jeffandnat in Los Angeles Area