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ok, where on the westside can i find a GREAT baked potato with sour cream?

You can order anything on the menu at the bar. Valet parking is available in front of the restaurant. I believe the cost is $6.00

about 1 hour ago
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

ok, where on the westside can i find a GREAT baked potato with sour cream?

The Ivy and The Brentwood make good baked potatoes and if you want to cut back on the carbs you can order the potato skin with all the trimmings

about 19 hours ago
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area
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Bar Toscana, not half bad. Pretty good perhaps.

It is our neighborhood trattoria. We feel so comfortable there. Last night the staff were all taking selfies with my IPhone 6+.

Sep 26, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Bar Toscana, not half bad. Pretty good perhaps.

No denying it is expensive. We could have reduced the bill by sharing the appetizer and the mains. Portions are quite substantial.

Sep 26, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Bar Toscana, not half bad. Pretty good perhaps.

Took your advice, Kevin and ordered the white asparagus laced with a generous portion of shaved black truffles. Wonderful appetizer and generous enough that my husband and I split it. I had a perfect Manhattan. I followed with a grilled Orata. Cooked perfectly. Huge portion. Took half home, also took home half of my husband's pasta. Most dishes are definitely splittable. Nice crowd, which included a mix of neighborhood folks who regard Bar Toscana as a Brentwood " Cheers." Also, the "eye candy" you mentioned. William is a fantastic bartender/mixologist, Roberto is a very welcoming manager and service is Top notch.

Sep 25, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Red Medicine Announces It Will Close at the End of October

Thanks. In no way was I disparaging those chefs who did not participate. Glad you understand what I was trying to say

Sep 25, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Red Medicine Announces It Will Close at the End of October

http://la.eater.com/2014/9/22/6827381...
Nice having food from David Lefevre, Scott Conant, and these were not little bites, but big portions. By the time I got to the elaborate pastry tables by Zoe Nathan and Sweet Rose Creamery I was stuffed. Also, full open bar throughout the event. Great wines and my friend was enjoying some fine artisinal tequila shooters.
Full seafood bar from Hungry Cat, including shrimp, clams, oysters and sea urchin. Fun auction and hundred of thousands of dollars were raised to fight pediatric cancer. Mea Culpa: in the midst of all of that great food, I did split a Pinks Hot Dog with my friend.:)Event was beautiful organized. Felt like a big picnic. Lots of tables, chairs, umbrellas, activities for the kiddies, who really loved Pinks and learning to deal with sea urchin from David Lentz' Hungry Cat.
Another nice note is that many chose Uber for transportation, in anticipation of an alcohol and food-fueled afternoon. Great day for a great cause.

Sep 24, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Red Medicine Announces It Will Close at the End of October

Some of the most innovative food I have found recently was at the L.a. Loves Alex Lemonade event this weekend at UCLA. The participating chefs were ones who are truly dedicated to the art of cooking. Animal pulled out all the stops with that generous whole chicken leg. Ludo was there serving a crazy good, creative sushi-type thing with a melange of flavors. Michael Cimarusti was serving a fabulous bluefish. As always, the pizza from Pizzeria Bianco was so original and delicious; pizza with crushed pistachios, red onions, Parmesan and Rosemary. Of course, Chris Bianco brought a massive pizza oven and Roy Choi personally served from his Kogi truck. I could go on and on but my point is ithat these chefs are dedicated to their cooking. My impression from reading about tRed Medicine, is that the proprietors were more focused on creating a buzzy scene than truly fine cuisine. Red medicine did not participate in this event. This was some serious food cooked and served by some of the best chefs in the U.S.

Sep 24, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Where to have Dinner on Rosh Hashana

The Bouchon menu can also be ordered a la carte. I would describe the menu as a prix fixe menu, as full size generous portions are served.

Sep 21, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Where to have Dinner on Rosh Hashana

Bouchon

Sep 18, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

BBQ in Brentwood. "Holy Cow!"

Chameleons>Chez Mimi>Villetta. Villetta closed a couple of months ago. Now occupied by Little Door Santa Monica. Holy Cow is a few doors south of that location in the former Louisa's Trattoria which had been a neighborhood fixture for many years.

Sep 16, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

BBQ in Brentwood. "Holy Cow!"

It is directly across the street from the Brentwood Country Mart, on the west side of 26th Street. That side of the street was always the losing side. Drove by this evening and there was a lot of activity with the new BBQ place and Little Door Santa Monica having just opened, in the same block. Some new energy. It all feels good. Looking forward to dining at Little Door Santa Monica.

Sep 16, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

I agree. They promised to be transparent.
I am also interested in the health care benefits where there is an automatic 18% service charge. Kudos to those who pay 25% gratuity. It could go to the baby sitter.
I am happy that there are restaurants and/or businesses who care enough about their employees that they are willing to set up health plans and take flack and crap.
I am disheartened by those who would punish the employee by........well, you know what I mean.

Sep 15, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

I would be curious to know whether some of the Chow faves are paying for their employees' healthcare. Next time someone's scores a reservation at Maude please ask about their policy re: employee healthcare. Thanks

Sep 15, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

BBQ in Brentwood. "Holy Cow!"

Thanks for reporting back, New Trial. Now I am really anxious to try this new addition to the neighborhood. That 1/2 block on 26th is having some big openings. Saturday it was Holy Cow and tonight, The Little Door officially opens. So nice to see restaurants which are NOT Italian opening.

Sep 15, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Quiche: Anything Close To Amandine?

+1 "huh?"

Sep 14, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

BBQ in Brentwood. "Holy Cow!"

I predict that if the food is good and prices remain reasonable and they deliver than every mediocre pizza joint (e.g. Fresh Bros, Marias) will soon be committing "hari Kari."

Sep 14, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

BBQ in Brentwood. "Holy Cow!"

Holy Cow opened yesterday in the former Louisa's space on 26th street across from the Brentwood Country Mart . Menu looks so good. If the food is good, I am predicting a real winner. The website states that they will be taking reservations and, ultimately, delivery. The smell of good BBQ on 26th street will almost be a guarantee of success. Interested in hearing first impressions. I'll be out of town for a couple of days but eager to hear feedback.
http://www.holycowbbq.com

L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014: COCKTAILS and Bar Food

Bar Toscana seems to have become the "Cheers" of an area of Brentwood. Saw several neighbors last night. Very good vibe along with very good cocktails and food.

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

Lots of Sturm und Drang here How about everyone take a big, deep breath and carefully read the email which was sent by the Huckleberry/Rustic Canyon Group and the Lucques group. As I read this email, these restaurateurs are paying for HMOs and the employees can choose to go to a PPO if the employee chooses to do so. What I find noble (yes, there is that "noble" world again) is that these restaurateurs are willing to do what it takes to make part time employee, get the same benefits as full time employees. This is HUGE. They are saying that they will do what it takes to make sure that the 30 hour a week employee gets full health care. To those who say, raise the prices? I am going to take these credible restaurateurs at their word; that they will show transparency. Back to why not raise the prices? Do you not think there would be a huge outcry if suddenly Melisse raises the price of its tasting menu? Get real, folks. Are you seriously prepared to dock your server 3% of a tip? Have a heart. Perhaps that server has a kid with a heart condition and this will make a difference. These are reputable people putting this out there. They promise transparency. Fine. Ask for it. Don't dock your server? Ask management for financial statements.

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

I have had family members with chronic illnesses and employers tried their best to keep them as "part time" workers, e.g. under 32 hours in order to avoid paying health insurance. This is not an unusual circumstance. Even if these folks had not had chronic illnesses they would have had to go to the E.R. for a variety of conditions.
I understand that some are ticked off at having to supplement what some perceive as onerous charges. I see the Lucques Group singled out on this board. Isn't anybody pissed off at Josiah Citrin at Melisse? So much love for Melisse on this Board. Will that 3% really drive any one away from that beautiful roast chicken for two? What will 3% add to that mighty check? The guys from from Animal and Son of a Gun aren't getting beaten up. Nor is Ludo. Presumably, along with the Animal and Trois Mec& Petit Trois folks, they are ALL adding 3%, as are all of the Huckleberry/Rustic Canyon/Milo and Olive folks as well as Republique.
I know some of the owners of the aforementioned restaurants. They are dedicated to their profession; are not in the business to make a killing. They love what they do and to the extent that they want us to pay a few extra $$ to keep those folks who work even under 32 hours a chance at affordable health care, I'm just fine with it.

Sep 11, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

Spoonlicker is a great asset to this board. Very intelligent commentary, even when I don't agree.

Sep 10, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Moderately priced large b-day cake

Here are some Ralphs Locations within the Baldwin Hills area.
http://www.yellowpages.com/baldwin-hi...

Sep 05, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

Likely "voice recognition" system got the spelling wrong.

Sep 05, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area
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Sunday brunch in West LA

OP said her guests are having dinner Sat Night at Tavern.
AOC serves a great brunch if they are willing to travel a bit east.

Sep 05, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

I couldn't believe my eyes when I drove by after shopping at Santa Monica Seafood. That line was insane; stretched as far as the eye could see. Also, parking around S.M.Seafood was a mess. Lot was full and I had to drive around the block a couple of times to find a metered space. My guess is that the lot behind S.M. Seafood and Huckleberry will soon require parking validations.

Sep 04, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Moderately priced large b-day cake

Ralph's Market makes terrific birthday cakes.

Sunday brunch in West LA

Barney Greengrass is still closed for remodeling. It will be an entirely different restaurant when it re-opens.

Sep 04, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Does anyone pay attention to Merril Shindler reviews?

George Christy?
Jay Weston?

Sep 03, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

We had lunch Saturday afternoon. Food was just o.k., but service was horrible. The Sunday brunch really was outstanding. We ate it in a private room which was just off of the bar/restaurant where the buffet was set up. I know the cost was $60.00 pp. Service, generally in the hotel was an abomination.

Sep 03, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area