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Recs in the San Fernando valley

Boogiebaby et al, sorry to hear Lum-Ka-Naad is so dreadful now. Tail between my legs... Head hanging in shame... Signing up for remedial Chow course in Thai recs for the SFV...

Recs in the San Fernando valley

We never tried that one - since it's on Ventura, we were afraid that it might lean more to the not-so-Thai side. Have you had a chance to try them?

Jul 27, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Recs in the San Fernando valley

That's too bad. Our last trip was about a year ago and really enjoyed it. We ordered almost completely from the Northern/Southern list (mostly Northern). Curious - what were the issues? Thanks

Jul 27, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Cental Coast recommendations

Big Sky Cafe in SLO has been a reliable stop over the years.

Jul 27, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Recs in the San Fernando valley

Lum-Ka-Naad on Reseda for Thai.

Jul 27, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Benny's Tacos and Chicken Rotisserie in Westchester

I tried Benny's when they first opened on Lincoln in Venice. They offered al pastor which was roasted on the trompo. The problem was they preroasted/shaved the meat and put it in steam trays - it was pretty disappointing and very oily, so I never went back. I recall the tortillas being pretty good.

I believe Benny - the person whose caricature was on the sign board - is Armenian - maybe Leabanese as well. This could explain the preparation of the chicken and the garlic sauce (think Zankou).

Thanks for the post (to Jase as well) - we will give them a try some time soon...

Jul 27, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Where to eat near breweries?

I felt our food - including the burger - were better than okay. Not doubting your opinion - I just felt our food was at least as good as many very good mid-priced eateries (in L.A.).

When a brewery has a kitchen, the food is usually mediocre. I think most guests are happy that any food is available, aside from a food truck or packing one's own food - whatever is offered is readily accepted. At Ballast Point's Little Italy location, there seems to be an effort to offer very palatable food at a casual level with their beer line up. Just my opinion...

Jul 23, 2015
bulavinaka in San Diego

Where to eat near breweries?

We had lunch at Ballast/Little Italy today. Enjoyed a few flights and the food was much better than expected.

Jul 22, 2015
bulavinaka in San Diego

L.A. Dish of the Month, July 2015 -- SKEWERS

I'd bet those would travel well enough to Three Weavers Brewery in Inglewood.

Most underrated LA restaurants

They also now have beer and wine - very good beer and wine. And their desserts are simple but delicious.

Most underrated LA restaurants

Del Rey Kitchen in Del Rey/Mar Vista.

Jun 27, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area
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L.A. Dish of the Month, July 2015 -- Nominations

That was officially for brisket. Barbecue in general is a much broader category. There's always deviation from the specified dish, but no where near enough in this case to unofficially proclaim it spanning bbq in this board's area of coverage.

Moreover, various forms of bbq from other parts of the New World, Asia, etc. would greatly expand the category. If the smoking process is fair game, then places like J and T European Gourmet are included AND will also be a nod to those nominating sausages.

Jun 21, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- Nominations

Soft-shelled crabs are exactly as the name describes - the shell is soft (and soft enough to eat). The crabs are caught after the existing exoskeletons are moulted. The crab's new forming exoskeleton require time to harden, and mineral/ion exchange with the water. If crustaceans are palatable to you, give these a whirl.

May 24, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- Nominations

I'd add Gjusta's breakfast sandwiches to this list. The one that's similar to sister-eatery GTA uses harissa, giving it a different flavor profile. Gjusta also has great bialy sandwiches. The egg sandwich with merguez sausage add-on is unique to me. And the selection of smoked fish and choices of schmeers creates a lot of combinations.

L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- Nominations

Playa Provisions has a great one.

May 23, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Hal's Bar & Grill on Abbot Kinney Will Shutter After 30 Years

That is the Hal who I was thinking of. He lived in or at least had a home in Venice. Haven't seen or heard about him for a while.

Apr 25, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Hal's Bar & Grill on Abbot Kinney Will Shutter After 30 Years

From what I recall, the Novacks were partners with the previous landlord (I think his name is Hal) who owned the contiguous buildings from Hal's to Casa Linda's. As a major part of their partnership contributions, the Novacks
managed the properties.

Remember that the Novacks were in Venice when houses in the Oakwood/Washington (now Abbot Kinney) area were going for $20-30K at the time. Hal was there even longer - I'm guessing at least since the 70s. Property taxes were minimal (think of their pre-gentrification tax basis) so sharing such expenses was nominal given the rental income over the past decade.

Once the properties were sold and the ownership changed over to the new partnership, the new tax basis was astronomically higher. The Novacks were supposed to continue their part of the partnership but the new partners expected the Novacks to pay into the now-burdensome property tax. Tap-out time.

Apr 25, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Hal's Bar & Grill on Abbot Kinney Will Shutter After 30 Years

Google continues to expand out from its original location on Main St, then Rose Ave and Hampton Dr. They are planning on expanding north of Rose Ave along Main and Hampton. I wouldn't be surprised if the expanded east to 4th as well.

Apr 25, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Friends from out of state moved to Venice CA. Looking for authentic Chinese food Locally?

Not for watered-down boba and bargain hot pot it doesn't. Oh yeah, and foot massages too. Otherwise, it blows...not!

Friends from out of state moved to Venice CA. Looking for authentic Chinese food Locally?

Qin on Westwood Blvd just north of Santa Monica in Westwood.

4 days in Santa Monica with teen

I'm guessing the OP is going to high-traffic areas like 3rd St, the beach, etc. If that's the case, I'd say it's a coin toss. I spent 40 minutes the other night going from Venice/Abbot Kinney to the north area of Main St in Santa Monica. Parking is also a pain in much of Santa Monica, Venice and the rest of the Westside. Having someone else do the driving and not having to find parking are big pluses. Not being able to take a drive up PCH at one's own choosing would be nice though.

4 days in Santa Monica with teen

Nice list as usual. Sunny Blue omusubi on Main St in Santa Monica might be unique to the OP and teens.

Apr 06, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

TLT

We ate through the menu and would order most things again. They also have a pretty good line up of beers on tap. Their limeade is very good too. My only personal negative r.e. Their food is that the dishes have a fair amount of salt.

Mar 25, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

PIZZA DELIVERY CHARGES

What's your point, westwood?

Mar 24, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

PIZZA DELIVERY CHARGES

Maybe I should have stated "apples and oranges," instead. Sorry for adding more fog. But I still feel that professional services have nothing to do with the issue at hand.

At least we can agree that calling someone cheap is rude - that was my original point. I'm not here to subjectively poke fingers in the eyes of others and think it's okay. This kind of mentality is far too pervasive in the virtual world.

PIZZA DELIVERY CHARGES

Did I say it was:

>>simply "inquiring about delivery"<<??

There's nothing simple about the OP's inquiry.

>>In this case, the OP seems to be surprised by the delivery charge, the amount charged may be questionable, and feels that if one is being levied a delivery surcharge, then what's the point in tipping? Fair enough.

Some seem to assume to know how each and every pizza joints' business models and policies relative to this issue - big assumption.<<

Mar 23, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

PIZZA DELIVERY CHARGES

When a comment is directed at me, and it begs for a response, I have a right to respond. If I feel there is false reasoning in it, I believe I do have a right to respond to that as well, no?

Mar 23, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

PIZZA DELIVERY CHARGES

You are straying way out of bounds. We are talking about delivery charges relative to tipping - not legal services. You are fogging up the issue. By the by, I have tried tipping our CPA and he sent back a check in the amount of the tip.

We do not tip our UPS and FDX folks except when we have leveraged their time and efforts beyond what we feel would be acceptable. We do give each a nice Christmas bump at the end of the year.

I agree that if one declines to tip without fully knowing where the delivery charge lands, they are doing a disservice to the delivery person. The problem in this case is this is not the issue. The OP states that he always tips and has an issue with the delivery charge itself. After rereading this thread, I don't see where your statement applies if you are directing it at the OP.

Mar 23, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

PIZZA DELIVERY CHARGES

West coast, 2nd/4th gen Japanese-American (complicated) born/raised in LA. To call someone cheap is somewhat an insult in my book, regardless of how one perceives it. I think there are other ways of approaching and stating thoughts about issues like this.

In this case, the OP seems to be surprised by the delivery charge, the amount charged may be questionable, and feels that if one is being levied a delivery surcharge, then what's the point in tipping? Fair enough.

Some seem to assume to know how each and every pizza joints' business models and policies relative to this issue - big assumption.

I rarely order pizza delivery for the reasons stated by many. But I have never incurred a seperate charge. If I did, I'd ask the driver who gets the proceeds and go from there. It also depends on how much. I usually tip minimum $5 for food delivery and go up from there.

Anyway, so if we follow the same logic, I sure the heck hope all who consider the OP's mindset to be cheap are tipping the UPS and FDX drivers for their delivery services upon each visit. There obviously is a delivery charge, these guys work their asses off, and go above and beyond at my work. And please don't counter with how much they are compensated already - it's irrelevant.

Mar 23, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

PIZZA DELIVERY CHARGES

You and I are from two different coasts and cultures. Calling someone cheap for inquiring about delivery charges would be considered brash and rude from my perspective.

Being accurate doesn't forgoe a bit of temperment in my book. I've always considered us to be a community. Our words determine to what extent that we are one.