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Pie Crust

Trader Joe's. Their frozen crusts are very good.

Nov 24, 2014
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Where is a good place to buy smoked whitefish in Santa Monica area?

You might try a middle eastern market, of which there are quite a few in Sta. Monica and the west side. Or maybe the kosher market at 11540 Sta. Monica Blvd., up near Sawtelle.

Nov 22, 2014
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L.A? Dish of the Month, November 2014 -- Late-Night, 24-Hour Dining

Why thanks! I was going for a Hammett/Chandler mix, with a soupcon of Mickey Spillane for spice.

Nov 06, 2014
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L.A? Dish of the Month, November 2014 -- Late-Night, 24-Hour Dining

By the way, the Loaded Hash Browns & Eggs is equally effective if your 3:00 a.m. intoxicant of choice is something other than dry martinis.

Nov 02, 2014
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L.A? Dish of the Month, November 2014 -- Late-Night, 24-Hour Dining

It was 3 a.m. on a wet night in LA. An early-morning drizzle was putting a dull shimmer on Pico as I pulled my coupe into the Norm's parking lot. I was working a missing-persons case that had gone sour, and it was that time of night when you're not quite drunk any more but you're not quite hung over yet. I knew what I needed to put me -- and the case -- back on track:

Loaded Hash Browns & Eggs, a “Double Order” of crisp, golden Hash Browns topped with Cheddar Cheese, Bacon, Green Onion and diced Tomato with two Eggs cooked to your order. Served with Sour Cream and Salsa on the side and your choice of Toast and Jelly, English Muffin, Biscuit and Gravy, or two Hotcakes.

L.A? Dish of the Month, November 2014 -- Late-Night, 24-Hour Dining

NORMS!!!!

Nov 01, 2014
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Best Fried Rice in LA!!!

Is "chicken lard" the substance that my grandmother would have called "schmaltz"?

Oct 26, 2014
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Good, fairly informal dinner in Pershing Square general area

Spicy garlic eggplant -- MMMmmmmmm.

Good, fairly informal dinner in Pershing Square general area

Badmaash fits every one of your criteria. Plus the food is really good, and it's a lot of fun.

Oct 21, 2014
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Moroccan Food

Another +1 for Simon's. Simon is a genuinely nice, helpful man: Ms. Dr. Oz wanted a b'stilla as part of her Rosh Hashona eve dinner, and I called Simon's to see if I could get one to go. Even though the restaurant was going to be closed that day, he said "sure" and told me to come to the restaurant and walk in. I showed up earlier than he had expected, so he made the b'stilla to order while I waited. It, like all of Simon's food, was excellent.

Oct 15, 2014
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seafood

"You pick your own seafood and give it to them to clean and cut": also the case at Island Pacific, as I recall.

Sep 29, 2014
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L.A. Dish of the Month, October 2014 -- Voting

LATIN AMERICAN SEAFOOD

Sep 26, 2014
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If you could go to one restaurant on your birthday, what restaurant would it be ??????

Saddle Peak Lodge fer sher.

Does anyone pay attention to Merril Shindler reviews?

Apparently not even enough to spell Merrill Shindler's name.

Sep 03, 2014
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How do you Spam?

Oh yes!!

Aug 26, 2014
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Where to find thin sliced bread for tea sandwiches?

Bea's Bakery, at 18450 Clark St. in Tarzana (near the intersection of Ventura Blvd. and Reseda Blvd.) has slicers it titles "regular" and "thin." eaurae, I don't know how thin you need your bread sliced but Bea's thin slicing machine gets it pretty dang thin. They also have several varieties of white bread, and you might want to think about putting some of your sandwiches on egg bread.

Aug 24, 2014
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missing Kate Mantilini.....

People are going to ... Kate Mantilini. The one that's still open. It's in Woodland Hills.

Aug 14, 2014
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A Good Diner

Nat's West Cafe, 8336 Topanga Canyon Blvd in Canoga Park - 1 block north of Roscoe. My go-to there is the "early bird" breakfast, served opening until 11 a.m.: 2 eggs, hash browns or home fries, 2 bacon, toast or a house-made muffin, $7.95, including coffee. I always order it with one of their excellent house-made cinnamon rolls. Also house-made are the spicy turkey sausage, green salsa, and 2 kinds of jam. Pretty much (if not exactly) the same menu as at Nat's Early Bite Coffee Shop on Burbank Blvd. in Van Nuys, but IMO the guy who cooks the eggs at Nat's West has a slightly better touch, and I find the room more attractive and the seating more comfortable.

Aug 12, 2014
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LA restaurant not too far from Woodland Hills

Last time I was there -- and it was a while ago -- there were 3 2-tops near the fireplace: one directly in front (THE primo spot, reserve it for an anniversary) and two to the sides.

Jul 20, 2014
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LA restaurant not too far from Woodland Hills

The elk tenderloin at the Saddle Peak Lodge might be the single best piece of meat I've ever had. And the restaurant is an experience; I suggest asking for a table in the main room (downstairs), somewhere near a fireplace.

Sherman Oaks dining 'renaissance' - will it draw Angelenos?

No. 2 on the Weekly's list of the ten best restaurants in the San Fernando Valley is the Saddle Peak Lodge. The Saddle Peak Lodge is indeed a very fine restaurant, but IT IS NOT IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY. It is in the Santa Monica Mountains, north and west of the San Fernando Valley. Having lived in the Santa Monica Mountains (Topanga Canyon) for the last 30+ years, I get testy when folks make this egregious error.

Sherman Oaks dining 'renaissance' - will it draw Angelenos?

People who live in Sherman Oaks ARE "Angelenos," since Sherman Oaks is firmly in the City of Los Angeles.

Jul 13, 2014
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Mark Gold pop-up Eva Sunday dinner

Tonight (Sunday, 6/22/14) Mark Gold re-opened Eva for the evening -- well, sort of. He put on an Eva-style Sunday prix fixe dinner at Gorge, on the Sunset Strip - a small room that, as it turned out, was not big enough for the crowd that turned out. The menu, served family style (as Mark always did on Sunday nights at Eva) consisted of a very nice mixed-green salad with chunks of apricot; roast chicken served with roasted carrots; roasted beef, with a very luscious puree of potato, roasted onions, and an herb rub; and a banana split, made with what tasted like house-made ice cream and sauces. $52 per person (total, including tax and tip), including free-flowing wine, and well worth it. The crowd, which appeared to be 100% Eva fans, was in a very good mood, and the atmosphere was party. Lots of fun, delicious food, a good time chatting with the strangers at the next tables, and of course it was a pleasure to see Mark and his wife, who ran the front of the house at Eva. Mark Gold definitely needs to open another restaurant, but in the meantime he can put on as many pop-ups as his heart desires. I'll be there.

Jun 22, 2014
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Van Nuys lunch

When I asked a Brent's waiter, he told me that there is nothing particularly black about "black pastrami" and noted what you did: they use the same pastrami in all pastrami dishes. And is is a EXCELLENT reuben.

Jun 18, 2014
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The Pastrami List 2014

Like comparing the brisket my New York grandmother made for Passover with a smoked brisket from Texas.

Jun 04, 2014
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Doboshe torte or sacher torte, etc ???? the dnemakrina goods roughly.

I've never had the dobash cake from Bea's, but everything I HAVE had from Bea's has been excellent -- both breads and sweets.

Jun 03, 2014
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My son wants steak for his graduation dinner

+1 for crazy.

May 19, 2014
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Tacos

Taqueria La Colmena, on Milpas in Santa Barbara, makes terrific tacos -- better, IMO, than La Super-Rica a few blocks away. They cater, and will do so in the LA area (I know, because I have asked them). (805) 845-6970

May 18, 2014
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Top Round Roast Beef

I had lunch there yesterday with my daughter, who went to college in St.L and stayed there for 3 years after that -- not really "someone from St. Louis," but an old St. Louis hand. And, more to the point, a Ted Drews aficionado. When we ordered our sandwiches I asked her whether we should order custard as well, since she had tried some on a previous visit. She made a face and advised strongly against.

May 15, 2014
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SF Valley/West Hills

Nat's West Cafe in Canoga Park (Topanga Cyn., 1 block north of Roscoe). Best breakfast for many miles around.

May 15, 2014
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