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Santa Monica

The Hungry Cat at PCH and Channel Road has a nice private room upstairs with a great ocean view.Attended a private party there and they set up a great oyster bar. Really nice food and ambiance. Also, excellent cocktails.

Nov 14, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Maude: Truffles

I was thinking of Piero as I was reading this thread. For $250 pp, Piero would shave an awful lot of truffles into your beautifully prepared pasta or risotto and you wouldn't need another thing. When one orders truffles from Piero you know you are getting the very best available. He is often the high bidder on truffles at auction in Alba. He is never stingy with his truffle portions either.

Tis the season for...Pot Pie.

Tavern makes a yummy mushroom pot pie

Nov 14, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Tis the season for...Pot Pie.

Dinner tonight was Shepherds Pie from Clementine. Truly delicious. Really a great beef stew topped with rich mashed potatoes. Heat in oven for 25 minutes.

2014 LA meal of the year. Where was it? What was it?

I am going with Fishing With Dynamite as my 2014 Meal of the Year. With our $100.00 gift cert from Open Table (10,000 points) we went to Fishing With Dynamite and ate dozens of fabulous oysters. We had cocktails and oysters and finished it off with their great Key Lime Pie. That meal was my idea of heaven. Who says there is no such thing as a free lunch?

Dinner close to Cedars Sinai - Public Transit-friendly locations most appreciated

AOC is on third street just across from Cedars. Many things on the menu kids would enjoy. Make a reservation and ask to be seated on the patio. Chances of getting reservation are good if you come before 6

Nov 13, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Last minute dinner downtown tonight?

You could try The Factory Kitchen. They may have availability at that hour or availability at the bar.

Nov 07, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area
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Where do you buy your Turducken?

I have seen them at Surfas but I have not bought one.

Nov 07, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Retaurants for Thanksgiving?

Tavern does a great job

Nov 07, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Dragon Palace in Santa Monica, for americanzied stuff ?????

Can't answer as I have only been once(tonight) and was very happy. The person who recommended it to me has been several times and has never complained about inconsistency. The fact that they have been there for over 30 years and is still busy with in-house and take-out dining indicates they are doing something right. I don't think it is only about the low prices. I have had Chinese food on this side of town for 3x the price which was not as good. This food was fresh and tasty. The diners looked happy and it was clear that many were regulars. Very pleasant, if a bit overworked staff.

Nov 06, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Dragon Palace in Santa Monica, for americanzied stuff ?????

Not even a beer and wine license :(
Food sure was tasty. Very close to St John's Hospital and the many ancillary medical buildings in the area.,Apparently, they do a phenomenal lunch business., I think a 3 course lunch is around $5.00.

Nov 06, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Dragon Palace in Santa Monica, for americanzied stuff ?????

Went there tonight for the first time as it was recommended by one whose tastes I respect.
I thought it was terrific. Won Ton soup was a good, clean broth and the dumplings were light and tasty. One of the best iterations of this dish I have seen in this area. No canned corn or any other canned stuff present.
Sweet and sour shrimp was another clear winner. Shrimp were cooked perfectly and the sauce was delicious. I didn't even detect a hint of corn starch. We also shared an order of vegetable fried rice and it was delicious. Even our tea was good.
Portions are quite generous. Service is not great as they are filling a lot of take out orders, yet our waiter was very pleasant and immediately brought another pot of tea when we requested. At 6:30! The restaurant was busy and grew busier over the next hour. Saw a few solo diners, thus I assume it is a comfortable venue for the solo diner. I will definitely return. Loved my food. Took me back to the Cantonese restaurants of my youth..e.g. Kowloon and Won Q. Also want to add that I feel none of the I'll effects I often experience after a Chinese meal. Those ill effects are from too much sodium and oil. This restaurant clearly uses a light hand with both.

ISO Muffaletta

Farmshop makes a really good one. They sell it at the counter in the market area.

Nov 04, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

What bygone food fad do you still enjoy? [NYC]

Polynesian appetizers. Loved things like coconut fried shrimp, rumaki. Trader Vics food.

Nov 03, 2014
maudies5 in Manhattan
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Smallest entree ever!

Agree that the Grill does a great Dover sole. This minuscule piece of sole was part of a tasting menu at Quince in San Francisco. I initially mistook it for a small piece of potato, that is how tiny that sole was. Adding insult to injury was the $25.00 supplement. I'm not going to review a San Francisco restaurant on the L.A. Board. Just a response to the OP's experience.

Nov 02, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Smallest entree ever!

I'll bet the Dover Sole ($25.00 supplement on $199.pp menu) was even tinier. This was the smallest portion of sole I have ever seen. It was literally one small bite. This was at Quince this weekend in San Francisco, a Michelin 2 Star restaurant. Absolutely insulting that a chef would send that out of the kitchen.

Nov 02, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area
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Oyster Happy Hour Deals 2014

Just returned from S.M. Seafood. Happy hour oysters were $2.00 and fantastic

Oct 28, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Lunch on westside?

OP mentioned a martini. Farmshop is beer and wine only.

Oct 28, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

10 Best Places For Smoked Fish In LA

Decided to try Amazon Fresh 30 day free trial. Pleasantly surprised to see they sell Dry Dock's delicious smoked salmon.

Oct 27, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Veggie Grill to Pasadena

Soup. The Monday tomato soup is really good and I also like the lentil soup. Corn chowder is seasonal but very good.

Oct 23, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Is it depressing to dine out on Thanksgiving?

When my kids were younger I always prepared Thanksgiving dinner. Then, one year I decided I didn't feel like it so for a few years we went out. I loved going out for Thanksgiving dinner. First of all, I don't particularly care for most traditional Thanksgiving dishes, including turkey. I hate the cleanup and most of all I detest the leftovers. Now, the kids insist on preparing Thanksgiving and I still can't stand the food. For several years, my husband and I made it a point to travel when Thanksgiving rolled around. White truffles in Italy in November trumps turkey in Los Angeles. :)

Oct 23, 2014
maudies5 in General Topics

Thanksgiving?

+1 for Tavern. They do a great Thanksgiving

Oct 22, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

darn, and it was the only sort of offal that I'd consider eating again because it's so incredibly delicious.

I had some recently on an Air France flight. It was delicious. That's one way to get it. Eat it on a flight coming to California

Oct 14, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area
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cooking for your dog

My 12 year old Yorkie is allergic to chicken. He loves salmon. Not necessary to buy the fresh wild king, but he enjoys canned or packaged salmon and tuna. He also loves all kinds of fresh vegetables, especially carrots, apples and sweet potatoes. We feed him Royal Canin hypoallergenic dried food and add one of the above ingredients.

Oct 14, 2014
maudies5 in Not About Food

An ode to Tana's

Nice piece of writing, Kevin.

Oct 13, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Sweet Crush and Surfas

Surfas is great. The great cheese and truffle expert has been out sick for a a couple of months but is expected to return shortly. David is the best Fromager in town.

Oct 12, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Best trout in LA

I don't know if it is the best trout in L.A. but Santa Monica Seafood does a really good job preparing grilled trout with fresh seasonal vegetables. I frequently have this for lunch at the counter and it is always delicious. Best of all, it is not drowning in butter.

Oct 12, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Maude: Truffles

Kevin, if I tell you I will have to kill you. :)

Maude: Truffles

More today. Fantastic!

Maude: Truffles

IMHO, gilding a beautiful lily

Oct 07, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area