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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

Yep totally agree!

Sep 09, 2014
Obessed in Chains

Moderately priced large b-day cake

Agree with comments re: Ralph's. I think "Fresh Fare" Ralph's cakes are better.

Sep 05, 2014
Obessed in Los Angeles Area

Private room for Birthday Party - 12-14 adults, 6 kids

Thank you for the suggestion of Jaleo. The private room only holds 13, but they can accommodate us in the dining room. They sent me a variety of prix fixe menu options to pick from - starting at $56 per person. The kids do not need to pay this price, but they said we could order a few "kid-friendly" items ala carte if we wanted. Sangria $45 pp for 2 hours or beer/wine for $28. Still looking at other alternatives, but leaning towards Jaleo.

Aug 17, 2014
Obessed in Las Vegas

Private room for Birthday Party - 12-14 adults, 6 kids

Thank you for the suggestions. I have been to both Buca Di Beppo and Maggiano's in LA - and probably looking for a non-chain. I'll look into S&W and Bootlegger. Keep the ideas coming!

Aug 10, 2014
Obessed in Las Vegas

Private room for Birthday Party - 12-14 adults, 6 kids

Looking for a private room for my dad's 70th birthday party. He is young at heart and loves to have a good time! There will be 12-14 adults, and 6 kids ranging from 3 years old to 8 year old. All are used to dining out. Giada was at the top of our list, but it's a over our budget since they are requiring a minimum $150 per person AND CHILD!? Anyway, I digress...

Would love suggestions on family friendly places - I love the idea of a family style menu. Maximum of $100-$150 per person is fine, assuming we don't need to pay this much for the kids who barely eat anything. Open to any type of cuisine - as long as there are vegetarian options (fish/sushi okay). On or off strip, though strip would be preferred. Thanks so much in advance!

Aug 07, 2014
Obessed in Las Vegas

DineLA Meals Reported -- July 2014

We went here too for DineLA and LOVED it!! We did start with Oysters (not part of the DineLA menu) and they were really tasty. Will definitely be returning.

Aug 01, 2014
Obessed in Los Angeles Area
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Newport Beach - Wildfish or The Cannery?

So we ended up at The Cannery and it was fine. Actually it was pretty good...and the waiter was amazing! My picky kids devoured their Pasta Marinara (from the kids menu). I had the swordfish and hubs had the halibut - very different entrees and both tasty.

Jun 16, 2014
Obessed in Los Angeles Area

Newport Beach - Wildfish or The Cannery?

Last minute trip to Newport Beach tonight. Where should we go to dinner? Considering Wildfish or The Cannery? Will have two-3 year old toddlers, who are used to dining out. Not really interested in LA restaurants (Mozza, Red O, etc.) TIA!

Jun 14, 2014
Obessed in Los Angeles Area

Baby Friendly in LA

I have 3 year old twins - and we have been taking them to restaurants all over LA since they were babies!!! The key was to go at non-busy times, meaning dinners at like 6pm or earlier. Pretty much any restaurant was fair game and accomodating.

Some places that stick out that were very welcoming to our baby twins: Robata Jinya, Craft, Bouchon, Saddle Peak Lodge, Plan Check.

In the areas you mention...

I'd recommend Loteria Grill near Hollywood Walk of Fame -- we had our twin group here when they were all around 1 year or younger and they were very accomodating to like 20 babies.

In Santa Monica, I'd head to the Santa Monica Place Mall dining deck to Zengo or La Sandia. There is also a play area in the food court, but your kids may be too young for it. Tongva Park - next door to the mall - is great! Or Stella Barra, which is between Santa Monica and Venice on Main Street.

Highly recommend the Fairfax Farmer's Market (as Servong already did). A little hard to manuver a double stroller there because it's tight and always crowded, but lots for them to look at and would be worth a trip. Plus there is a trolley!

Jun 05, 2014
Obessed in Los Angeles Area

Sandwich Trays (WeHo area)

Thanks for the suggestion!

May 26, 2014
Obessed in Los Angeles Area

Sandwich Trays (WeHo area)

You're totally right! I just want simple sandwiches for my twin 3 year olds "Princess" party...their platters are $39.99 for Boars Head. Perfect! And they even have a Princess cake!!

May 25, 2014
Obessed in Los Angeles Area

Sandwich Trays (WeHo area)

Thanks for all the suggestions! I guess I should have said what 'reasonable' to me means since it's subjective. Porto's is around $46 for tray for 25 count. I love Mendocino, but too $. Mini sandwiches look awesome tho. We are having approx 35-40 adults/35-40 kids. Bristol Farms will prob be above budget also, but will look into Soda Pop (LOVE), Greenblatt's and Gelson's. Thanks again!

May 25, 2014
Obessed in Los Angeles Area

Sandwich Trays (WeHo area)

Any suggestions of where I can order sandwich trays for a kids birthday party (in West Hollywood)? Looking for something reasonable, but also tasty of course. My first thought was Porto's, but it's a little far. Prefer non-chain (i.e., no Subway). TIA.

May 25, 2014
Obessed in Los Angeles Area

Private Room - 15 People - Limited Budget

We actually had our group at Maggiano's last year and it was like $1200 -- and so not worth it!!! Our budget was obviously cut A LOT this year, unfortunately.

May 23, 2014
Obessed in Los Angeles Area

Private Room - 15 People - Limited Budget

I was thinking about Plan Check! Do they have a private room? I'll call them today. Thanks again for all the recos.

May 23, 2014
Obessed in Los Angeles Area

Private Room - 15 People - Limited Budget

I mean alcoholic - about half of the group will probably have a few drinks. But perhaps I can get non-alcoholic included.

I think we may do Marix SM if they take reservations and can accomodate us - still need to call to check. Our party date is a Tues and they have taco Tuesday - unlimited tacos for $8.95 per person, get some apps to share, and the rest on margarita's! I know the food is not the best, but will be fine for our group.

Thanks again! Please keep suggestions coming - still open to ideas!!

May 22, 2014
Obessed in Los Angeles Area

Private Room - 15 People - Limited Budget

Westside Tavern was above our budget for the private room (menus start at $40 pp). Though we could afford a "Appetizer Party" ($25 pp), but would be pushing the limit with drinks (alcoholic). Thanks for the idea!

May 22, 2014
Obessed in Los Angeles Area

Private Room - 15 People - Limited Budget

Planning a group dinner for 15 people and would love to have a private room. Open to locations - West LA, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Moncia areas preferred. Our budget is $600 (including tax, tip & drinks). Any ideas? My first thought was Cube, but they are above budget (on their website) - but I may call anyway to check since we our dinner is on a Tuesday night, so maybe they will be flexible. No corkage fee is a bonus! TIA.

May 21, 2014
Obessed in Los Angeles Area

Possible to hire a Mexican fruit cart vendor for a party?

Does anyone have any contact info for a fruit cart vendor? Or am I just going to have to drive around to find one to hire? Any ideas on prices? I'm going to try to find Joe on Oxford per the reco. TIA.

Assuming this is Joe?

http://www.yelp.com/biz/joe-mendezs-f...

May 19, 2014
Obessed in Los Angeles Area

Lunch near Long Beach Arena

Going to see Disney on Ice @ the Long Beach Arena on Friday - with 8 toddlers/4 sets of twins (aged 2.5-3 years old). Any suggestions on a place to have lunch after the show that can accommodate our group. Walking distance would be best, of course. Thanks so much in advance!

Apr 22, 2014
Obessed in Los Angeles Area

Easter Brunch/Lunch - Downtown

Thanks for all the suggestions...we had a reservation at Industriel, but ended up not going out at all because hubs wasn't feeling well ;(. We like to go Downtown and have been wanting to check out the new Grand Central Market so that's def on our list.

Apr 20, 2014
Obessed in Los Angeles Area

Easter Brunch/Lunch - Downtown

I hate going out on holidays, but we are planning to go to the Easter Festival at Grand Hope Park in the afternoon and would like to grab brunch/lunch before. My first thought was Bottega Louie, but they don't take reservations. We'll have 2.5 year old twin toddlers in tow with limited patience (plus MIL). I have a res at Engine Co No 28, but read some mixed reviews recently. Any other recos I'm missing? TIA!

Apr 16, 2014
Obessed in Los Angeles Area

Paso Robles Wedding Help

We got married at Summerwood Winery in 2009 and it was absolutely perfect. I know they have renovated since then, but have not had the chance to go back. We had 100 guests, so I can't really speak to your budget, but they are for sure worth looking into.

Not sure if you searched the board, but here is a thread I started when I was looking for venues with a lot of info, though maybe a little outdated. Congratulations and good luck!!

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5213...

Mar 12, 2014
Obessed in California

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

Agree about the low-fate ice cream sandwiches. And also that Skinny Cow is much much better!

Feb 07, 2014
Obessed in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

I tried the pizza crust tonight and wasn't super impressed, not that crisp...but I cooked it on a pizza stone. Next time I'll cook directly on the oven rack. Guess I should have read the directions more closely :)

Feb 07, 2014
Obessed in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - December 2013 [old]

My 2.5 year old twins go crazy for these! One of them had FOUR for dinner tonight!!??

Dec 30, 2013
Obessed in Chains

Best baby-friendly places in LA

I should also mention that when we go to places like these it's usually around 5-6pm or lunch time.

Dec 12, 2013
Obessed in Los Angeles Area

Best baby-friendly places in LA

Probably Saddle Peak Lodge. We've taken them to places like Laurel Hardware, Connie & Ted's and MB Post and they have all been accommodating (but these are maybe considered more casual).

When they were babies we used the double snap 'n go - but we mostly just carried them in the infant carriers when we went to restaurants. We try not to take a stroller into restaurants. We would never take our Bumbleride Indie Twin into a restaurant, but we have a McClaren Twin that folds up easily/smallish and restaurants usually have a place to put it.

Dec 12, 2013
Obessed in Los Angeles Area

Caterer - for Holiday Party

I just wanted to report back on our caterer. Thank you again for all the suggestions!!

We used Bite Catering and they were really wonderful! They worked within our budget and provided delicious food and awesome staff. Highly recommend them and would definitely use in the future.

Here are some food pics:

Dec 12, 2013
Obessed in Los Angeles Area

Kid-Friendly on Strip

Thank you for all the suggestions. I will look into them.

Any thoughts on Bonannos New York? I can't find any reviews and someone in our party suggested it.

I should have also added -- I am coming from LA and my brother lives in NYC, so trying to stay away from chains and same restaurants in these cities. I know that's challenging since it seems like every LA restaurant has popped up in LV recently.

Dec 12, 2013
Obessed in Las Vegas