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Looking for a place to have a quick early lunch...

TLT in Westwood.

Jan 22, 2015
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Orleans and York: Now with a second location in Inglewood

I like their IPAs and stouts. Their current stand out has been the Messenger - IPA collaboration with Noble in Anaheim - yuzu zest really stood out. My wife cannot stand the bitter afterbite of IPAs but she actually enjoyed this one through about half a pint. I know a lot of folks are not IPA fans - I'm in the middle. As long as they're well crafted and fresh, I can definitely be a fan. And Three Weavers fits that profile.

Probably about half the patrons bring food. There are a fair amount of eateries around the brewery, and I think some sort of food truck schedule exists, but a po' boy, seafood platter or mumbo gumbo would go well with a nice fresh brew.

They have tables and benches in the warehouse as well as out on the deck. The warehouse is pretty chilly right now - the deck is the place to be. Call for growler policy.

Orleans and York: Now with a second location in Inglewood

Take that po' boy west on Florence to Three Weavers Brewery off Isis and pair one of their cold brews with it.

Looking for interesting spots to eat with teenagers in LA

>>Can you take the burger to-go?<<

I honestly don't know - interesting potential option though.

Jan 03, 2015
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Looking for interesting spots to eat with teenagers in LA

Father's Office is only for adults. Otherwise it would be a nice stop.

Jan 02, 2015
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Atticus Creamery and Pies

We ordered a banana cream pie from Atticus for Thanksgiving. I believe it was around $40, which seems like a lot for a pie, but it was huge - probably could serve 12. The crust was shaped from a tart mold - dense and substantial. The babana cream filling was very rich and flavorful, and the whipped cream was quite rich and dense. I even received a text from them asking if we were happy with the pie, which we were. I told them the only thing I would add to make this pie over the top would be a layer of dark chocolate between the pie crust and the filling. This serves to not only add another layer of flavor, it also keeps the crust protected from moisture seeping in from the filling. Between Atticus and The Apple Pan, West LA has a couple of very good choices for pies.

Dec 30, 2014
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Boza - Turkish drink?

Thanks for the recipe. Our friends have tried making it but they say it's not the same. They suspect the it must have to do with the yeast/culture in the fermentation process.

Dec 28, 2014
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Boza - Turkish drink?

I'm interested too. My son's school mate's father is from Turkey. The family lived there for a while and the mom (orig. from Texas) misses it dearly. They can't find it anywhere in L.A.

Dec 27, 2014
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Hummus Bar and Grill

They have a counter on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Has anyone tried it?

Dec 16, 2014
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Is there a single good Thai place in Santa Monica or Venice?

Someone messed up then. Never had that sweet aftertaste. Spice level is up to you - they normally ask and tend to be spicier than what we might expect.

Dec 12, 2014
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Is there a single good Thai place in Santa Monica or Venice?

Too sweet? That's weird. Sweet is something I've never associated with that dish - shrug.

Dec 11, 2014
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Is there a single good Thai place in Santa Monica or Venice?

We usually stick with the dishes on the North/South parts of the menu. The anchovy or shrimp salads and the dry curry dishes are regular items we order. We also check for specials. I can't remember what dish it was but I think it had green (not dried) pepper berries in it - really good and atypical (as are most of their regional items) of the usual suspects found on most menus.

L.A. Dish of the Month, December 2014 -- TAMALES

The Spanish were worldwide conduits of food and culture in their empire-building days:

http://www.pinoyhapagkainan.com/tamales/

Dec 02, 2014
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Is there a single good Thai place in Santa Monica or Venice?

What ns1 said. And I think when one plays the numbers, it's been said before: Chowhound-types are such a small percentage of the eating public - this includes those who are willing to try more Thai Town-like dishes. In order for the owner to commit to such a change, it can be pretty scary for such a small place. I don't see him doing a major overhaul of the menu - it would be a gamble. But I think baby steps would be acceptable, and that is why I feel feedback is important. Otherwise, it's like the dog chasing its tail.

The last time I spoke with him, he said he was in the process of opening a tea shop a door or two over - it sounded somewhat like the ones in SGV. If he gets some momentum, who knows what might be next. I'm hopeful and patient.

Dec 02, 2014
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Is there a single good Thai place in Santa Monica or Venice?

We like Lum-Ka-Naad in Northridge - we haven't been to their Encino location.

Dec 02, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Is there a single good Thai place in Santa Monica or Venice?

We also like the shrimp/crab in yellow curry, as well as the green curry shrimp coconut. They use crab meat - not k-r-a-b. So any mention of crab will be real crab meat (not crab in the shell though). We also like the crab fried rice for this reason.

Gai kua with chicken has a nice umami-ness.

Any rolls with rice paper and peanut sauce - as mentioned above, the produce here has always been fresh.

The crispy pork items are made with pork belly. The chinese brocolli one is tame but good. The one with green beans and prik khing is spicy enough.

Omelette over white rice w/ chili sauce is simple but very good and comforting. It also holds up well - makes for good leftover candidate.

The crispy brown rice salad has lots of great flavors and textures.

Keep an eye on the specials board behind the counter. I once had a pork knuckle that was (I think) roasted then deep-fried - excellent.

The beers and wines are far better than one would hope for at a Thai eatery - the owner is partial to Belgian brews.

The owner is (at least) second-generation and relatively young. Culturally, he has one foot in Thailand and the other foot here. I get the impression that he goes to Thailand regularly. He knows what "real" Thai food is like, and mentioned that his trips are more for learning than visiting relatives or leisure. He is very attuned to the various food cultures here as well. I am sure he wants to replace stuff like orange or teriyaki chicken with more traditional and adventurous stuff, but the reality is that those standard Thai and other-Asian dishes are what pays the bills - Lowest Common Denominator items. Therefore, feedback is important to him. If he knows that there is a market for stuff that would be considered more Thai Town, he might give it a go. But another constraint is the size of his kitchen - it's small - so he can do only so much.

Is there a single good Thai place in Santa Monica or Venice?

We like Ekkamai because they offer a handful of dishes not found at the usual kinda-Thai places. They also have limited storage space, so the produce tends to be very fresh - I'm pretty sure they get daily deliveries. And it's the only Thai eatery that I've been to that has a solid selection of beer and wine.

Dec 01, 2014
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85°C Bakery Cafe opens in Pasadena

"Real" coffee in SGV seems like sodas at Chinese eateries - it's so low on the totem pole. Is Cloverleaf's coffee/espresso at least still acceptable?

Nov 26, 2014
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85°C Bakery Cafe opens in Pasadena

I think most who prefer Taiwanese-style breads/pastries over here don't mind/like/prefer the soft pillowy texture. So what ever sog occurs is acceptable/preferred to a point. I know you've spent time in Taiwan and beyond so you're experiences may tell you otherwise as far as what's preferred over there.

Nov 26, 2014
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85°C Bakery Cafe opens in Pasadena

I forgot to mention Cloverleaf on Las Tunas in Temple City. I haven't been in a year, but their baked goods were worthy. Like 85C, the goods are placed on trays and displayed inside of acrylic bins. The selection is pretty broad as well. Small batches, better quality than 85C IMHO, and real coffee/espresso as well. If you're getting a fair amount, ask for a box; otherwise, they will chuck the items in bags.

Edit: The pastries are not placed in bags until you get to the counter - if you don't want the bags...

Nov 25, 2014
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Live Lobster Prices - Old topic, but a new year.

I was there this past saturday. The tanks were full.

Nov 25, 2014
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Live Lobster Prices - Old topic, but a new year.

99 Ranch on Del Mar had lobsters at $8/lb and Dungeness for $5/lb this past saturday.

Broguiere's Eggnog Update – seen any yet?

Same here. Broguiere's is pimped-up egg nog on steroids to me. I think it has its place as in Will Owens' application. I'm not a big egg nog drinker, but Strauss will do for me.

Nov 25, 2014
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Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

Of the two, I prefer the SG location. I can see another one doing well somewhere around Monterey Park or Arcadia.

Nov 24, 2014
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Broguiere's Eggnog Update – seen any yet?

It's been a while but I think Strauss eggnog has a much lighter flavor profile - more in the dairy flavor realm. I recall Broguiere's to be far stronger in all other flavors, as well as having serious viscosity. There's a booze-like component in it that lends itself to more booze. If you like Broguiere's, you might find Strauss too plain.

Nov 24, 2014
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Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

If they opened another unit somewhere in the western half of the SGV, I'd bet they'd be packed for dinner as well. They are always crazy-busy for dinner - lunch isn't as nutzo. Slack time is service between lunch and dinner, but we've noticed a fall in prep/flavor during that time period. Maybe they have some sort of apprenticeship system in place where the second string gives the first string a break in between? Anyway, the Las Tunas location is way over capacity.

Their current location in BH doesn't do anything for me. I don't know how competent the kitchen is either way, but we are willing to drive the extra 20-30 minutes to the SG location. Outside of those who are familiar with Newport, most probably assume it's just another "Chinese" eatery but in designer duds. If tour companies that cater to Asians put this place on the meal list for trips to the general BH area, this might sustain Newport as long many are ordering crab/lobster/seafood. Otherwise, there's no strong Asian base to sustain Newport. BH has large Persian and OG Jewish populations - I just don't see these demographics getting down and dirty, fiddling with crabs and lobsters.

If I were to pick a location, it would be further west (lots of Asians in the Westside proper) or even south - way south to either South Bay or Irvine. The southern part of the South Bay and the general middle OC area have growing Chinese-Asian populations.

Nov 24, 2014
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Broguiere's Eggnog Update – seen any yet?

Sprouts in Culver City had Broguiere's and Strauss on Friday.

Nov 23, 2014
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If You Could Only Drink One Beer Forever...

I can't argue with jonkyo - I literally can't. I don't think anyone has...

Nov 15, 2014
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If You Could Only Drink One Beer Forever...

Rare Vos is one of my favorites as well. "Damn, that's good," after the first sip.

Nov 14, 2014
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Zam Zam market closing in Culver City

That's always the feeling I got as well - and that is why I have to wonder if they actually will reopen anywhere soon, if at all. This seemed to be an almost optimal location for them (based on what they seemed to want) prior to having the higher rent imposed. To find another location that is so near a slam-dunk source of customers without any other nearby competition seems pretty slim.

Nov 14, 2014
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