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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.

where to get Shirataki noodles??

They are refrigerated. Two bagged portions and soup portions in a plastic tray.

Mar 22, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Torrance Memorial Hospital - anything nearby?

The intersection of Lomita and Pennsylvania has a lot to offer. Kotosh at Kamiyama for Japanese-Peruvian food and sushi, Gaja for serviceable okonomiyaki, Oumi Sasaya for ramen and Patisserie Chantilly for excellent pastries/desserts - cream puffs are killer.

Mar 22, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

where to get Shirataki noodles??

Nijiya is on Sawtelle. I usually go to their Torrance store because of the broader selection and easy parking/traffic. But the West LA store has great selection despite its size.

We picked up some "soba" noodles made of konyaku, buckwheat flour, chlorella and seaweed powder. A couple of soup packets are included. We haven't tried it yet - waiting for the next impending heat wave.

I know it's not the straight-up colon-blower stuff of this OP but I thought this deserved mentioning since it denotes the selection one has at places like Nijiya.

Mar 22, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

PIZZA DELIVERY CHARGES

>>If you are too cheap...<<

I think it's often not what one states, but how one states it.

L.A. Dish of the Month, March 2015 -- SEAFOOD SANDWICHES

I had the "pan-grilled" version recently. I personally enjoy the "pan-grilled" more. The shrimp has a spicy Cajun-type seasoning and are perfectly sauteed. The result is plump, tender shrimp and the shrimp flavor is more pronounced.

Also had the oyster po' boy which was really tasty as well.

Great breakfast LAX / Culver City

Haven't been to J Nichols for breakfast in a while but they were brewing Verve from Santa Cruz the last time I was there.

I believe the son of the original owners is calling the shots now. He did a total remodel and completely revamped the menu. The breakfasts have always been good there.

Another worthy breakfast stop in (west) Culver City is Rockenwagner on Washington.

Meet in Paris serves breakfast on the weekends. Service always been strong and the food is very good.

Mar 13, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

REVIEW: Mariscos Chente, Mar Vista

I went two weekends ago. I think the "new management" was already giving it a go. I recognized the lady behind the counter from the past - she is not the regular lady who would normally be running things. And the two very young ladies (mid- to late-teens) in the kitchen had replaced the chefs who usually were there.

I called in an order and was told it would be 20 minutes. I got there in 20-25 minutes and waited another 20-30 minutes before we finally got our order.

The food seemed acceptable - mostly tacos - but the camarones borrachos was not the same - lacked the additional flavor dimension normally brought on by the teqiila - wonder if they skipped the tequila? Also, no more smoked marlin until further notice. I will probably give them another go before contemplating a xhange.

Mar 12, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Ode to The Godmother

I've never asked but don't see why not...

Mar 10, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Ode to The Godmother

Yes - they put it on the griddle. The one I had last week was a little different. It looked like the top and bottom crusts were sliced off before grilling it.

Mar 09, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Ode to The Godmother

The corned beef reuben is good too.

Mar 09, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Ode to The Godmother

Pride? I have no pride. I eat what I like. If the food-combo etiquette grand jury of CH feel I've broken some law, please ban me from the board...

Family friendly restaurants in Santa Monica??

Nothing Middle Eastern in Santa Monica that your Israeli hubby would respect comes to mind except maybe one. Hummus Bar & Grill in the San Fernando Valley is Israeli - very good Israeli. They do have a counter in the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. I've never tried the counter but it may be worth a go.

Mar 09, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Ode to The Godmother

Die? No. More like purgatory.

Mar 09, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area
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Ode to The Godmother

I like the mustard on this sandwich and I like cheese with my seafood...

Mar 09, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants in Los Angeles 2015 is Out

Lum-Ka-Naad has two locations in the SFV, no?

Mar 04, 2015
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area