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Santa Monica Birthday Dinner for 2

Madelaine,
Just went to JiRaffe for a birthday this past Monday. We had a terrific relaxing meal. Each of us ordered the Prix Fixe (38 dollars) Bistro Menu that is only available on Mondays. http://www.jirafferestaurant.com/news.... There is usually a fish and meat entree choice and you can still order off the regular menu that is Californian French. The Bistro Menu changes every week depending on what Chef Lunetta wants to cook. The waiter brought out a plate with Happy Birthday written on in chocolate with the dessert. The service was professional and the restaurant seems very intimate in relation to most restaurants today. I love Musha but it is a very different restaurant . It's a izakya that is more casual. The price point for Melisse is much higher than Jiraffe.

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Jiraffe Restaurant
502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Musha
1725 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

May 04, 2011
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Help! Boston 'hound seeks recs near Sheraton Delphina, Santa Monica

Servog
Just my opinion of Urth's strengths. I don't go to a place like Hide for their complex sushi rolls.

Jan 20, 2011
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Need Macaroon Help

it sounds like you solved the mystery. I am going to take my son to Sashi when he gets home. Kobe have a terrific holiday season.

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Sashi
451 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Dec 18, 2010
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Need Macaroon Help

fdb
On the La Provnence website they spell macaroons with two o's.

Dec 18, 2010
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Need Macaroon Help

thanks kobe. i'll try Frances bakery. it might be the place, but my friend said that the article about the best macaron in los angeles was about a chef at a japanese restaurant who made the macarons for his dessert menu. this isn't as wild as it sounds. my son who i'm searching for, developed his love for macarons when he was doing a college gap year in japan. he told me that the japanese love macarons.

Dec 17, 2010
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Need Macaroon Help

thanks for everyones macaron imput. happy holidays

Dec 16, 2010
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Need Macaroon Help

My son who's coming home from college for the holidays loves macaroons. In the past he's loved the macaroons at Jin and La Provence. My friend told me that he read a best of article that raved about a Japanese Restaurant place that served the "best" macaroons in the Los Angeles on its dessert menu. Unfortunately he doesn't remember the reviewer or the restaurant. Does anyone know where this macaroon genius bakes?

Dec 15, 2010
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Lunch/Dinner Rec's in Irvine near the Woolett Aquatic Center

Das Ubergeek thanks for your rec's. I'm a fan of your posts. Will definitely make the drive from the Westside to try the Peking Duck at Tri Village one day. I haven't found a worthy place for Peking Duck in my area.
Thanks Ryoray

Aug 17, 2010
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Lunch/Dinner Rec's in Irvine near the Woolett Aquatic Center

thanks everyone for the great tips.

Aug 16, 2010
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Lunch/Dinner Rec's in Irvine near the Woolett Aquatic Center

Don't know the Irvine area going to Pan Pac's Swim Meet being held at the Woolett Aquatic Center located at 4601 Walnut Avenue in Irvine. Looking for a casual place to take 3 teenage hungry swimmers that is within 10 minutes of the pool between 3::00 and 5:30 pm. on a Saturday. Was thinking of a causal place like "The Counter". Any type of food is okay. Thanks

Aug 13, 2010
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japanese restaurants in san fernando valley

Kitchen Queen and others get it right when it comes to Daichan's charms. It's like a "Flaming Lips" concert. Eccentric but very pleasing. Its personalized decor is like no other Japanese Restaurant this side of the Pacific Ocean. You have to see the clutter to believe it. It's as if Walle-E found all his favorite Japanese toys and figurines and lovingly piled them up in various parts of a small room. My Mom who was a notorious pack rat would love the decor. The walls look like they have been decorated by aTim Robbins in "Shawshank Redemption". Covered with information that seem to have been written over a period of decades. Daichan's menu while not as eccentric as the decor is nevertheless extremely personal....and satisfying. My wife at our last visit had the yellowtail hamachi that was better than Hide her favorite Westside Sushi value place. The mix poki bowl that I had was better than the the one that I had at a legendary place in Maui. Daichan's quality at a reasonable price makes it a terrific neigborhood restaurant. My wife and I had a meal for 40 dollars that we enjoyed more than our 125 dollar meal at Faiche the night before. Daichan's personal and unique qualities make it a place that I love and cherish.

May 18, 2009
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Pho or Vietnamese Sandwiches on the West Side?

my family and I go to Le Saigon at least once a month and it's always satisfying experience. the people are nice and the pho is the best you will find on the westside. It's a short drive from Century City. It's west of the 405. it's cheap (cash only), give it a try. The Nem Muong is also good.

Oct 21, 2008
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need rec's for special birthday dinner near san clemente

Looking for a unique, special place to take my Mom for a special birthday. She loves Beach Fire and Vine. I want to try something different. One idea is to go to Iva Lees. She doesn't want to eat Mexican or Sushi. She is open to anything else. Thanks.

Oct 03, 2008
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Any Yakitori restaurants on Westside

Nanban-Kan Restaurant
(310) 478-1591
11330 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Don't know if they are open for lunch. But vastly superior food wise to Robata-ya. More old school atmosphere, but nothing is cooler than sitting at the bar watching the chefs grill.

Oct 01, 2008
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need dinner rec's for anisette

exilekiss
big fan of your writing. thanks for your review.

Sep 24, 2008
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need dinner rec's for anisette

thanks everyone for the food tips. my expectations are lowered, but still looking forward to the dinner.

Sep 24, 2008
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need dinner rec's for anisette

will avoid the mussels thanks.

Sep 23, 2008
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need dinner rec's for anisette

sidwich and zoeZ thanks for your comments about the food and the seating.
looking forward to the dinner

Sep 23, 2008
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need dinner rec's for anisette

Read the Chow thoughts on the slow service, but saw little information on the food. Can't find the menu on the Anisette website. Read Virbila and Gold for their rec's and will try the onion soup, liver pate, steak tartare, moules frites. . Any thoughts on the duck confit verses the duck a l' orange. My wife loves the old French standards of cooking duck, but hates it when the duck is dry. I wanted to try the sweetbreads or the roast leg of lamb. My kids wanted to see if the steak and frites bring back the favors and memories of our family trip to Paris. . Any food thoughts would be recommended. Our last family meal at Fraiche was outstanding. Big fan of Giraud. Probably have too high of an expectation of the meal. But you can always hope. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks

Sep 22, 2008
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Where to buy soft shell crab for cooking?

santa monica seafood has sold live soft shell crabs occasionally. they are high quality but expensive.

May 29, 2008
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KATSU-YA OR TAMA SUSHI OR ASANEBO FOR h.s. grad lunch

fooddude37
my son is at HW. he'll soon find out that there are few spots like los angeles for sushi. he's going to college where "applebee" is the norm.
thanks for your help
ryoray

May 13, 2008
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KATSU-YA OR TAMA SUSHI OR ASANEBO FOR h.s. grad lunch

Everyone thanks for your great imput. I'm looking forward a lovely meal on this lovely day.
thanks again,
ryoray

May 13, 2008
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KATSU-YA OR TAMA SUSHI OR ASANEBO FOR h.s. grad lunch

Need help on decision where to take my son for LUNCH after his high school graduation on a Friday. His school is located near Coldwater/Ventura in North Hollywood. A 10 minute drive radius from the school is cruicial because some people in the party have to go back to work in the area after lunch.

After researching on the board I came up with the three possible choices...Tama Sushi, Katsu-ya, Asanebo. We have not eaten at any of these places. We don't live in the area. My son did eat at Katsuya in Brentwood. He liked the food but hated the chic vibe. He heard from his friends that the Katsu-yas in the Valley are much different. My son enjoys places like the artisan Kiriko in West LA rather than the trendier, hipper Sushi Rokus of sushi world. Food is more important to him than the decor. Currently his two heroes are Obama and David Chang of Momofuku. We will not be able to eat at the sushi bar because there will be at least 7 people eating. So I guess that rules out a Omakase Lunch.

So Tama Sushi or Katsu-ya or Asanebo for this big day for my son? My wife will probably be crying in the wasabi.

Thanks
Ryoray

May 12, 2008
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cornell university/ithaca visit with son need rec's

Solstice444
Just got back from College Days at Cornell. Back at home it was 95 degrees while at Cornell it was snowing. it was a fantastic experience. Due in part to the food feedback my son and I got from the board. Ate at the Taste and Thai and the Vietnam restaurants for dinner. Enjoyed both but was struck by the lack of heat of the dishes. The food seemed bland compared to the Thai and Vietnamese food we eat in LA. But they were both good choices for my son to see the Commons and Collegetown areas. I enjoyed the sticky buns at the Ithaca Bakery.
My son's favorite food experience was eating on Campus. We ate mostly on the North Campus because I wanted him to see where he would be living as a Freshman. I was overwhelmed at the choices at the "All You Care to Eat" at the Appel Commons. Had a greasy burger a the Purcell Center. Had pizza and a made to order burrito at the Hans Bethe House. And had peanut butter/coconut ice cream at the Cornell Diary. The Risley Dinner Room was sold out for a special Harry Potter dinner. Wanted to eat in that amazing room. I guess the only reason people aren't fat at Cornell is that have to walk to so far to their classes. All the students tolerated my concerned parent questions. ie. "Can my beach boy son adapt to the harsh winters?" "Will my son miss the big city?" "Is Cornell the most intense of the Ivys?" "Does the red stand for Red Tape?" Again thanks for you help. It was a great bonding moment with my son. Not as good as Tony Soprano with his daughter on their college road trip but close. We ate much better than Tony.
ryoray

cornell university/ithaca visit with son need rec's

my son will love these food ideas. You've been a big help.
ryoray

cornell university/ithaca visit with son need rec's

Emmmily
thanks for your help. great ideas.
ryoray

cornell university/ithaca visit with son need rec's

Visiting Cornell University with my son this weekend for four days. Any rec's would be appreciated. My son wants to try out some great local places so no chains please. He pretty an open eater, but doesn't want to go to a stuffy 3 hour meal. He's heard from his friend that Ithaca has a vibrant Asian dinning scene. He'd like to try places that he might be going to when he goes to school in the fall. Good food, good value. If possible he would also like to try places that are different from Los Angeles so no Mexican or Sushi. We have a car. I've looked at older links and came up these restaurants. I just don't know if they are still good and more importantly if they are still open.

For Breakfast:
Hope's Way
Carriage House Cafe

Lunch:
Lost Dog Cafe
Nines ( for the pizza and the "corn nuggets")
Glenwood Pines (best burger?)

Dinner:
Panyea
Taste of Thai (best Thai?)
Dijon Bistro
Taste
Maxies Supper Club
An old post described an Vietnam Restaurant on Dryden Road
The Antlers
Mediterraneo

For Dessert
Cornell Diary (to try the raspberry truffle ice cream)
Purity Ice Cream

Looking forward to this College Road Trip with my son.
Thanks,
Ryoray

2117 dinner report

It’s always taken some effort to find the right place to take my teenage son for his birthday. I usually pick wrong. It can’t be too trendy, he didn’t enjoy Chaya Venice or Katsuya in Brentwood from recent past birthday dinners. He likes restaurants that have a personal stamp by the chef. He loved the recent article on passionate, obsessive David Chang’s of Momofuku fame in the New Yorker. This past weekend I scored in my son’s book with the meal we had at 2117 Restaurant in the Sawtelle area of West Los Angeles. The restaurant which is located in a mini mall on the same street as Hide and Orris. It is a great value. For a little more than you would pay for a meal at Houston’s you get a terrific dinner experience. The big menu is filled with Asian influenced food with classic French and Italian techniques.

An example of the successful execution was the Japanese tai snapper carpaccio that my son loved. It was flavored with a subtle sesame soy vinaigrette and texturally was inhanced with thin fried crunchy noodles (7.95). There are around 16 appetizers or tapas that average around 8 to 9 dollars. The standouts were fried calamari with a garlic parsley sauce (7.95). Half duck leg confit (8.95). And a blue crab cake with sat on a layer of egg tartar sauce (7.95). For the entrees there are about 20 choices that vary in price from 13 to 28 dollars. My younger son who is a pasta fanatic enjoyed the spaghetti with fried calamari (13.95). The green onions and ume shiso made the dish interesting take on the Italian dish. The classic French influenced dishes of grilled angus beef mignon in a red wine reduction sauce (21.95) and the sliced duck breast with a peppercorn sauce (23.00) were perfectly executed. The birthday boy loved the four large scallops sitting on a layer of lemongrass sauce (20.00). The stacked Blue Crab salad that had a tasty sweet vinaigrette. For dessert there are about 10 choices. Our favorites were the crème brulee (6.50) and the apple cinnamon pie with vanilla cream (6.50).

Excluding wine for the five of us it was around 200 dollars. The meal was a great value for what you get. A chef working hard to give you a meal that has his own personal touch all over it. The restaurant also has a prix fixe menu for 36 dollars. You get a choice of any two tapas, an entrée, and dessert. For some of the tapas and entrée there is a surcharge. We will be back with our appetites to try more of the restaurants dishes.

Mar 24, 2008
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RECS FOR SPRINGSTEEN CONCERT

Going to see Springsteen at the Sports Arena and would like to WALK to dinner after we park before the concert. Only have time for an hour and half meal. Any ideas would be appreciated.
Thanks

Oct 23, 2007
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Maui w/ Kids

Two years ago we stayed at the lovely Kapalua Resort that is now being rebuilt into an overblown time share. Very sad. We found Kapalua a wasteland filled with overpriced restaurants. It killed me to spend 150.00 to 200.00 dollars to feed my family mediocre food. But we did find some spots that I would recommend.
Sansei a Japanese restaurant in Kapalua is fun if you have lowered expectations. The gimmick rolls are fun and pretty good. The straight sushi and sashimi was pretty average. But the restaurant has energy and is loud and would be fine with kids if you eat early. I don't want to oversell the restaurant, it's not perfect, but DK Kodama seems to have the magic touch on the island. We had a more fun meal here than at the local Roy's. It will cost between 125 to 150.00 for four without alcohol. Between 5:30 and 6:00 it is 25 percent off.
Try Okazuya Deli in Honokawai for lunch on the road. It's about 10 minutes north of Ka'anapali. It's located in a shopping mall and is pretty much is a casual take out place(although they do have some stool seats and three tables on the sidewalk in front of the deli). The food is a terrific change from the overpriced food you will find at the hotel. It's basically a plate lunch place. Your kids are younger, but my teen age boys loved the chicken katsu with a side of rice and macaroni for around nine dollars. I had their take on the fish chips, Mahi Mahi with panko flakes (around 9.00) and thought that it was excellent. My wife had the beef stir fry that was loaded with red peppers and sweet onions. It came with an asian influenced cole slaw that was really good. If I had a place like this near at home I would gain 50 pounds and have to go on lipitor.

I know you want to avoid chains. But my teenage kids had a fun time at Bubba Gump in Lahaina. The drinks for them were full of sugar, and the food was barely edible, but the view was amazing if you request a table right next to the ocean. At 125 dollars for a family of four it almost seemed like a bargain in Maui terms.

Have a nice vacation.
Aloha

Aug 23, 2007
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