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Best picnic basket/supply stores in the LA area?

Well, thanks all for the great suggestions...

...and speaking of Harrod's, they offer the ultimate picnic basket...an Aston Martin signature edition...for $4,627.00:

http://www.harrods.com/product/kestre...

Some people just have money to burn, it seems.

Best picnic basket/supply stores in the LA area?

I know this is technically a 'Cookware' thread question, but I need an LA-specific answer:

I'm looking to get a fantastic, traditional wicker picnic basket with service for four. Who offers the best browsable basket/supplies in town?

Basically, all online vendors seem to have the same models from the same wholesalers...

I ordered one recently, and I was quite disappointed when it arrived today...the wicker had breaks/snags in it, the linens were very flimsy:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001...

I'd love to be able to shop for well-stocked picnic baskets in person, to actually see what I'm buying. Any resources anyone knows? A store that has a great browsing selection of high-quality baskets?

I've got two classic 1960's British motorcars,....I'd like to have the perfect basket to properly picnic with that's as stylish and traditional as the cars...

...recommendations, LA Chowhounders?

Best picnic baskets to buy? In Los Angeles, or on internet?

Me, a Jag E-type and an MG Midget.

I'm going to re-post, because the thread has died and I'd like options for shops in the LA area to browse baskets.

But, so far, I've already got two ideas; searching Ebay for retro baskets, and the Longaberger company, which produces lots of lovely wicker stuff.

I'm going to post specifically on the LA thread.

Dec 02, 2014
chrisheadrick in Cookware

Best picnic baskets to buy? In Los Angeles, or on internet?

Wow. There's an entire subculture there I didn't know about. Maybe I should try to go period correct (British, 60's). That Longaberger Master's Studio basket is something.

Dec 01, 2014
chrisheadrick in Cookware

Best picnic baskets to buy? In Los Angeles, or on internet?

Hi, all--

I'm looking to get a fantastic, traditional wicker picnic basket with service for four. Anyone have a great online retailer resource, or one in the Los Angeles area?

Basically, all online vendors seem to have the same models from the same wholesalers...everyone seems to offer the same baskets/backpacks.

I ordered one recently, and I was quite disappointed when it arrived today...the wicker had breaks/snags in it, the linens were very flimsy:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001...

I live in the Los Angeles area...I'd love to be able to shop for well-stocked picnic baskets in person, to actually see what I'm buying. Any resources anyone knows? A store that has a great browsing selection of high-quality baskets?

If not, can anyone recommend a great online picnic basket retailer that offers really nice stuff?

I've got two classic 1960's British motorcars,....I'd like to have the perfect basket to properly picnic with that's as stylish and traditional as the cars...

...recommendations, Chowhounders?

Dec 01, 2014
chrisheadrick in Cookware

Email address for Food editor desk at LA Times?

YES YES YES YES YES! Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you thank you!!!

Email address for Food editor desk at LA Times?

Nope--neither of these are the one.

It was part of a Christmas dinner, and was just a little small recipe.....two inches by three inches square?...that's why I lost it.

It didn't have honey, and one key ingredient was that it had whole peppercorns. You had to crack the peppercorns and other spices....I did so by putting them between two sheets of paper towel and crushing them with a rolling pin.

Email address for Food editor desk at LA Times?

Years ago, I cut out a recipe for holiday mulled wine from the Los Angeles Times food section.......saved and used it for years and years and years....

...and then lost it! It was a beloved recipe! No other mulled wine mix or recipe has held up to it.

I've tried searching on the LA Times website and can't find it...and I've had a hard time finding the email address for the Food section/editor there, so I can ask them for help finding it for me.

Does anyone know the email address for questions to the Food section editor at the LA Times?

Thanks much!

C

Quick question about Eleven Madison Park...

Thank you all for your replies below--you gave me the information I needed….yes, my folks are older, so such a repast might be too much for them, in volume and in sitting.

Kathryn, I'll look into NoMad--thanks for your suggestion.

Jan 10, 2014
chrisheadrick in Manhattan

Quick question about Eleven Madison Park...

Help me out, Manhattanites, if you would with this simple question…

Will be visiting from LA and meeting my midwestern parents in NY, would like to take them to EMP for a gastronomic experience…

On their website, all they advertise a tasting menu at $225.

Is there a difference between lunch and dinner? In price? In courses served?

I ask, because my folks don't each much in volume, so a smaller/less course option might work best for them.

How does pricing/menus work at EMP?

Thanks for your advice!

Jan 10, 2014
chrisheadrick in Manhattan

Best lunchtime beer selection in Fresno? Microbreweries?

Thank you!

Jul 20, 2012
chrisheadrick in California

Best lunchtime beer selection in Fresno? Microbreweries?

Will be passing through on way to/from camping, would like a quality brew. Recommendations?

Jul 19, 2012
chrisheadrick in California

Best gourmet supermarkets near Minneapolis Mid-City Industrial, 35W and Stinson?

Thanks, all. Yeah, the Lund''s/Surdyk's/Kramarczuk's triumvirate might be the way to go...I think I know where that is...around St Anthony area. We hit it before a fishing trip once...one-stop shopping.

Kuan, accident happened right near the Eagle Building Co. lofts.

I've got an in-town friend who's offered to make the delivery, so I think I can take it from here. I was wondering if there was anything closer than St. Anthony, and if not I still needed shikken to shake awake the names of those stores and where they were.

Thanks all! You can't imagine how just a little informational help like this can go a long way towards making someone's life a little happier.

Best gourmet supermarkets near Minneapolis Mid-City Industrial, 35W and Stinson?

I'm in Los Angeles and just learned a good friend just came out of the hospital after getting *severely* hurt in a bicycle hit-and-run accident.

He's okay and recovering, but he's stir-crazy inside his condo, in the boring process of recovery. He really can't go anywhere without friends helping him.

I'd like to send him some great foodstuffs from a nice gourmet supermarket to stock his fridge. What's nearby? Any recommendations? I have some in-town friends who can deliver the goods, but they don't live in that area, and I'd like to call and get a nice gift basket made ahead of time for them to pick up.

Any ideas of what's really good in the area? One-stop shopping for a great meat counter, cheese counter, liquor selection?

Thanks very much for any help and suggestions!

Good ramen walking distance from SFMOMA/Yerba Buena? Or pho.

Both those places will work--thanks!

Good ramen walking distance from SFMOMA/Yerba Buena? Or pho.

Looking for a good recommendation for ramen near SOMA. I'm visiting with my parents and staying in that area, and they like a good bowl of ramen.

Is there a good ramen place in that area?

They are not ramen geeks, so I can take them to a good, but not necessarily amazing, place and they'll be okay with it.

Plus points for a little atmosphere...a little more stylish than your standard strip-mall place, or--better yet--feels like an authentic Japanese ramen place that could be lifted right out of a Tokyo train station.

I'll take pho recommendations in the area, too.....I know SOMA is quite near a great Vietnamese neighborhood. Once again, it'd be nice to take them to a place that doesn't look *too* much like a fast food joint inside. Also, since I hear there's a lot of great pho places right around The Tenderloin, I'd like a place that they'd feel safe walking to and from at night (they are in their 70's, and delicate).

Thanks, SF!

What winery in Napa/Sonoma has the best..........

Excellent...read up on them, and I think your analysis for being wineries for them is spot-on.

What winery in Napa/Sonoma has the best..........

Excellent--it'd be nice to have a winery in the mix that is a little more folksy and small-scale.

A jug of wine for $30? That sounds like some serious trouble,...of the very good kind!

What winery in Napa/Sonoma has the best..........

Taboo, how is it hard to get into Opus? Do you reserve ahead, like a restaurant? Or does it just get crowded, and they have to turn people away? Pardon my naivete...

I know Opus is a pricey--but lovely--bottle of wine...

What winery in Napa/Sonoma has the best..........

Fantastic! Thanks for the tips....that's just enough. Plenty of associates I knew were full of tips for which wineries made their favorite varieties of wine, but nobody was a regular enough visitor to give me good recomendations for atmosphere.

I've eaten at Bouchon, and loved it! A great place for them.

Thanks again!

What winery in Napa/Sonoma has the best..........

....Christmas decorations and atmosphere?

Yes, a hilarious question, I know, but I'm taking my parents to SF for the holidays, and they would like to roadtrip out to Napa to experience the area. They're 71 and 77 and from Wisconsin. Imagine Angela Lansbury and Dick Van Dyke.

They love a good glass of wine, and have decent enough palates to know a good one from a not-so-good, but have just become delicate in their age about how much they can drink, so they can only have so much before they get tired or woozy, bless their hearts.

As a result, I'd like to know which wineries have the best/coziest Christmas atmosphere. I actually think the surroundings will make more of an impression on them. Having been to Napa before myself, I know that the quality of wine there is enough that it'd be hard to find a glass of wine there that they would not enjoy.

Also, if anyone has a recommendation for a tour driver in the area that is a charming, talkative older gent, I'll take it. I know there's lots of services to choose from, but if you've got one where it's an older feller with a lot of charming personality, I think they'd love it.

Cocktails, old-school bars, and someplace for Angela Lansbury...

Ohmigawd--just Google image searched it--she'll love it for tea.

Cocktails, old-school bars, and someplace for Angela Lansbury...

Ah, 'twould be nice to catch a good mural. Was so sad to have Cafe Des Artistes in Manhattan close just before I got there for a visit.

Cocktails, old-school bars, and someplace for Angela Lansbury...

Wolfe, you made me laugh out loud, too.

And FYI, Mom was a stunner in 1960.

Cocktails, old-school bars, and someplace for Angela Lansbury...

FANTASTIC! Thank, SF! The "A nunnery in the English countryside...perfectly suited for Angela Lansbury" made me laugh out loud! Twice, actually, because a nunnery in the English countryside is perfect atmosphere for dear old Mum.

Great stuff, SF!

Cocktails, old-school bars, and someplace for Angela Lansbury...

Ah, yes--I've heard of Bourbon & Branch as the SF version of NY speakeasies...that name is familiar...

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Bourbon & Branch
501 Jones St, San Francisco, CA

Cocktails, old-school bars, and someplace for Angela Lansbury...

Hey, San Francisco--coming too see you again soon after a long time away. Can you wise SF Chowhounders recommend tips on these three subjects for me?:

1. Where is the 'fine art of the cocktail' being practiced now? I've been to the great speakeasies of New York (Little Branch, PDT, Milk & Honey, Death and Co.).....who is practicing such an art in SF at this time? Looking for exceptionally-mixed cocktails.

2. What bars can you recommend with an old-school feel....I mean dark wood, tin-stamped roof, leather booths--a feeling of history and character to them. They can even be new bars, if they re-create an old-school drinking establishment well.

3. I'll be taking my adorable 70-something parents to SF over the holidays, and want to scout out some locations. Mom is exactly like Angela Lansbury. Where would you take Ms. Lansbury if she was in town, to tickle her senses with dainty, pretty things or lovely, genteel surroundings? Someone told me about the bakery 'Miette', which looks wonderful.

Thanks, SF--I know these should be easy for ya.

C

Hudson Yards/Javits Center...what's good in the area?

Excellent--sounds like a good start.

Dec 11, 2009
chrisheadrick in Manhattan

Hudson Yards/Javits Center...what's good in the area?

Okay, found some good threads about near the Javits Center....Il Punto, Naima, 44 & X....so nice restaurants in the area are taken care of...

...and Manganaro's sounds definitely worth visiting as far as groceries/delis...any others in the area?

And how 'bout best bars in the area? Anything from hipster dives to yuppie mixology.

Dec 10, 2009
chrisheadrick in Manhattan

Hudson Yards/Javits Center...what's good in the area?

I'm renting out an ultra-cool artist's loft for the holidays on 37th between 9th and 10th. It's a little off the beaten path, but the space is worth it.

Wondering what's in the area that's walking distance as far as eats, bars and grocery/delis? I'll be hitting all of the classic spots covered on many "must-eat/drink" previous threads, but wondering if anybody has any recommendations from the immediate area...

Thanks!

C

Dec 10, 2009
chrisheadrick in Manhattan