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fancy lunch on saturday in burbank area

It's not that fancy, but Castaway in Burbank has great views, especially if you're on the patio.
http://www.castawayrestaurant.com/bur...

May 08, 2008
L.A.Hound in Los Angeles Area

Mexican wine in l.a.

Babita's, a restaurant in San Gabriel, has a pretty nice Mexican wine list. You could try calling them to see where you could find them in stores.

Aug 16, 2007
L.A.Hound in Los Angeles Area

Bridge-style faucet?

Hi everyone,

I am at the last stages of a kitchen remodel, and I have to choose a faucet. I really love the look of the bridge faucets, since I have an older home (1920's). But they all seem to be VERY expensive. I will be drilling holes into my soapstone countertops, so I want a quality product that lasts, but I don't know if I'm willing to spend $1,000+ dollars (i.e. Perrin & Rowe). Can anyone recommend a more affordable bridge-style faucet that is just as attractive? And do I really need a side-spray? (it's cheaper without one). I have had a side-spray in the past, and just found that it got water everywhere.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Jul 09, 2007
L.A.Hound in Cookware

Looking for a date place (food & bar) on eastside

Oh, and if you are willing to go to Eagle Rock, there's wine tasting at the Colorado Wine Shop on Friday nights that is pretty fun, and then you could go down the street for dinner at Cafe Beaujolais (great French food, no attitude at all, very nice staff).

Jul 09, 2007
L.A.Hound in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a date place (food & bar) on eastside

The Edendale Grill in Silverlake might work. It's got an outdoor patio that's really pretty at night, and there's a bar connected to the restaurant that is really nice. The food has been bad in the past, but was much improved the last time I went (a couple of months ago).

Jul 09, 2007
L.A.Hound in Los Angeles Area

The Best Bouillabaisse and Cioppino in L.A.?

I had a very nice Cioppino dish at Vivoli Cafe and Trattoria in West Hollywood. It's located in a mini-mall, but very charming inside.

Vivoli Cafe
7994 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, Ca 90046
(Two Block West Fairfax)
323 656 5050

Mar 30, 2007
L.A.Hound in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe wine bargains

I'm a big fan of Robert Hall Cabernet for $11.99 (in Southern California). It's always sold out at my TJ's.

Mar 30, 2007
L.A.Hound in Wine

Best sushi in Pasadena/Glendale area?

Also, I had a really nice meal recently at Blue Fish in Montrose. Very generous cuts of fish for the price.

Mar 30, 2007
L.A.Hound in Los Angeles Area

Best sushi in Pasadena/Glendale area?

I think you may be referring to this place:
Sushi Nishi-ya
1712 Victory Blvd
Glendale 91201
818-244-2933

It's omakase only. I haven't been there yet, but its gotten great reviews on this board.

Mar 30, 2007
L.A.Hound in Los Angeles Area

Juice box wine at Target

I also just recently saw Sake in small "juiceboxes" at Whole Foods.

Mar 14, 2007
L.A.Hound in Wine

Nominations for outstanding yet under-the-radar LA pastry chefs?

This pastry chef isn't at a restaurant, but he makes fantastic french pastries and other desserts, and no one I know has heard of him, which is a shame. The chef is Jean-Louis Kippelen, and his pastry shop is called Caprice Pastries. It's on Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica. I love everything he makes, but his creme brulee is wonderful, as is anything made with chocolate (it's that wonderful kind of chocolate that isn't overly sweet).
http://www.capricefrenchpastries.com/

Mar 14, 2007
L.A.Hound in Los Angeles Area

Beach Foods

I like Cha Cha Chicken (tasty Caribbean cuisine, reasonable prices) on Ocean Ave in Santa Monica, which is walking-distance to the beach and pier.

Mar 09, 2007
L.A.Hound in Los Angeles Area

Chilling whites in the freezer- the science please

This may not be entirely on point with the current discussion of methods of chilling wine, but I found a neat little device on the Brookstone website that digitally reads the temperature on a bottle of wine, and has a little guide indicating the optimal temperature for different varietels. I don't know how accurate it is, but it was only $30.

http://www.brookstone.com/store/produ...

Mar 09, 2007
L.A.Hound in Wine

Best countertop surfaces

I am also trying to decide on a countertop, and I am considering soapstone because I love the charcoal grey color. For those of you with soapstone, do you mind having to treat it with mineral oil? Does applying the mineral oil make the counters feel "dirty" afterwards? If so, for how long?

What would be an equivalent to soapstone? I don't really like the shiny look of granite, I would prefer something more rustic. Thanks.

Feb 28, 2007
L.A.Hound in Cookware

Who has the best hummus?

Cafe Bravo in Glendale on Glenoaks Blvd. Very creamy and smooth.

Feb 27, 2007
L.A.Hound in Los Angeles Area

Gloria's in Culver City

I love this place! You have to try the camarones al mojo de ajo, if you like garlic. They're the best version of this dish I've ever had.

Feb 26, 2007
L.A.Hound in Los Angeles Area

Dishwasher drawers?

Thanks for all of the helpful responses! This may be too much detail, but the reason the drawer would be "easier" is because my cabinets are going to be inset, and if I use a traditional dishwasher with a cabinet front panel, I won't be able to maintain that inset look...it will "stick out," so to speak. And the reason I want to hide the dishwasher is because my kitchen is not that big, and I live in a historic home, and would like to see as much wood as possible, not glaring stainless steel.

Has anyone encountered my problem? (i.e. wanting to have a full-size traditional dishwasher, hidden by cabinet panels, but integrating into inset cabinets). Did your paneled dishwasher look out of place from the rest of the inset cabinets?

Thanks!

Feb 23, 2007
L.A.Hound in Cookware

Looking for French Cookies and Chocolate

I don't know if this place actually carries the items you're looking for, but there is a little market that is right next (basically attached) to Bistro de la Gare, a French restaurant in South Pasadena. Maybe you could call the restaurant and get the name of the market?

Feb 22, 2007
L.A.Hound in Los Angeles Area

Dishwasher drawers?

Hello all,
I am starting a kitchen remodel, and I'm trying to conceal the dishwaster under a wood panel to match the cabinets, and have been told that it is easiest to accomplish this by using dishwasher drawers.

Does anyone have any experience with dishwasher drawers (positive or negative)? I have heard that they can have leaking problems, but this may have been older models.

Also, I may only have room for one drawer. For a couple and a child (with probably a couple more children in the future), will one dishwasher drawer be enough?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Feb 22, 2007
L.A.Hound in Cookware

Menu for Babita's in San Gabriel?

It is expensive, but soooo worth it. The dinner menu is actually larger than the lunch menu (I would highly recommend the sauteed mushrooms, which is an appetizer on the dinner menu only). And going there at dinner time, you won't feel so bad spending $20 for an entree. They also have wines from Mexico that are really good, which I have never found at any other restaurant.

Feb 13, 2007
L.A.Hound in Los Angeles Area

Menu for Babita's in San Gabriel?

Does anyone know where I can find Babita's menu online? Or does anyone happen to have a pdf (or any other accessible format) of their menu? Thanks!

Feb 13, 2007
L.A.Hound in Los Angeles Area

Soapstone countertops

Oh, and I had another question...is it necessary to treat soapstone with mineral oil? Is there any advantage to doing this in terms of wear? Or is it purely for aesthetics, to deepen the gray coloring? Thanks!

Feb 09, 2007
L.A.Hound in Cookware

Amazing Cabernet?

Thank you all for the terrific suggestions! I'm going to print this list to bring with me to the wine stores this weekend.

I have an additional question....does anyone have any familiarity with Cliff Lede Vineyards, and their "Poetry" blend? I will readily admit that I like the name for V-Day, but the tasting notes I've read also sound appealing. Has anyone actually ever tried it? I found a 2003 online. Thanks!

Feb 09, 2007
L.A.Hound in Wine

Soapstone countertops

I can't seem to find that thread...has anyone else been having trouble with the "search" function since chowhound starting using this new website?

Feb 08, 2007
L.A.Hound in Cookware

Amazing Cabernet?

Hello,
My husband is a big fan of Cabernet Sauvignon, and I want to get him a special bottle for upcoming Valentine's Day. He likes a Cab with a full fruity character, but also with a very smooth finish (he doesn't like the tannic edge (bitterness) that some Cabs can tend to have).

As an example, he really enjoyed Opus One (can't remember the year...but I think it was 2001). But I would really like to let him try something new.

So any recommendations for California Cabs or French Bordeaux would be greatly appreciated! Looking to spend less than $200. Thanks!

Feb 08, 2007
L.A.Hound in Wine

Soapstone countertops

Does anyone have any experience using soapstone as a kitchen countertop material? I have heard that it is very durable but may dent since it is softer than other stones. I am considering it for me kitchen, but I don't know anyone who has ever had soapstone countertops. Thanks!

Feb 08, 2007
L.A.Hound in Cookware

And the Top Chef Isn't ...

Agree. Excellent interview. I've no doubt Marcel will be a great success someday.

Feb 01, 2007
L.A.Hound in Features

Need Kitchen Cabinets...Help!

rtmonty,
Thanks for the info! Just a couple of questions about Diamond. Did the inside of your cabinets have little holes running down the sides? (they are for adjusting the height of the shelves) I really don't like the way it looks, and I also want glass doors on the uppers, so I'll have to see them all the time.

Also, did you get drawers in your base cabinets, or simply shelves? Are the drawers worth the extra money, if you got those? And is the hardware of good quality?

I've been looking at very basic cabinets, "easy reach" shelving (no drawers, etc.), and I'm wondering if I should think about "upgrading." Any advice?

Thanks again!

Jan 25, 2007
L.A.Hound in Cookware

Need Kitchen Cabinets...Help!

Hello everyone,
I'm doing a complete kitchen gut and remodel, and I need advice on kitchen cabinets. I have not been impressed with the quality of the products I've seen so far. My kitchen is not that big ( I only need about four 30" base cabinets and uppers, a few 15" base cabinets, a base corner unit, and a pantry unit), but the prices I have been quoted seem quite high ($9,000-$10,000), especially given the fact that many of these cabinets are made of particle board with only solid wood fronts. Even the shelves I've seen are only supported by pegs, not built in.

Is it now common to have to spend $20,000+ in order to get all-wood, quality cabinets, even for a relatively small space? Can anyone recommend a custom cabinet maker that is not completely out of my price range? I was hoping to spend less than $10,000 for all of the kitchen cabinets. And I would like to spend significantly less than that if I'm buying particle board.

Am I being unrealistic? Help!

Also, I want white painted cabinets, and I'm finding it difficult to find reasonably priced ones that don't look "cheap."

In case it matters, I am in the Los Angeles area. But I am willing to do mail-order for a quality product from a company with good customer service.

Also, does anyone have any personal experience with Diamond cabinets?

Thanks!!

Jan 25, 2007
L.A.Hound in Cookware

Need Kitchen Cabinets...Help!

Oh, and I would like to do white painted cabinets. I am finding that it is difficult to find white cabinets that are reasonably priced but don't look "cheap."

Jan 25, 2007
L.A.Hound in Cookware