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authentic oatcakes and Scottish Pub with laphroaig wee dram on west side?

larkin Jan 10, 2007 06:08 PM

hello - missing Scotland.
want to find Shetland oat cakes or at least oatcakes that are great. like the ones without added sugar and strange stuff.

in addition to oatcakes would be fun to find a scottish pub that has the mood and feel of the highlands.

westside would be great but doesn't have to be there.

doesn't have to have laphroag etiher.
fun if it does.

  1. the capers Feb 13, 2007 10:56 PM

    no idea about the oatcakes but the daily pint in santa monica on pico and cloverfield has a wide selection of whisky and they do indeed have laphroaig. its a bit of a dive but has billiards shuffleboard and foosball!

    1. m
      Mundell Feb 13, 2007 10:41 AM

      Would that be brian Larkin, or are there 2 larkins from scotland in the LA area.

      1. c
        Cinnamon Jan 11, 2007 02:43 PM

        Mind if I ask what an oat cake is and what laphroag is?

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        1. re: Cinnamon
          silence9 Jan 11, 2007 04:56 PM

          I believe Laphroaig is a very special single malt scotch whiskey from, where else, Scotland...

          1. re: silence9
            larkin Jan 12, 2007 01:55 AM

            this reply to is Cinnamon, think i hit wrong reply button. still learning here.

            in Scotland Oatcakes are very available and wonderful. sort of like wasa crackers in sweden or.......
            before now had found some not authentic oatcakes but this wonderful place and people have directed me to some proper ones.

            Laphroaig is an island whisky from Isla in Scotland. never drank malt whisky before recent Scotland trip. discovered i quite enjoy the island ones.

            and now to enjoy a wee dram with authentic oat cakes.

            kind regards

        2. d
          Diana Jan 11, 2007 01:26 PM

          You can get Nairn's at The Continental Shop in Santa Monica.

          Trader Joe's sells Laphroag.

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          1. re: Diana
            Jwsel Feb 13, 2007 01:36 PM

            I was in the Whole Foods in Sherman Oaks and they had three kinds of Nairn's oat cakes, including my favorite fruit and spice ones. The Cheese Store in Beverly Hills carries Nairns also.

            I don't know of any Scottish pubs per se, but there are plenty of places that serve Laphroaig in their bars. You also can always pick up a bottle at any decent liquor store, and any specialty liquor store like The Wine House or Wally's will have a bottle. It's not that rare. Not like finding an Ardbeg 1978 bottling or a 21-year old Springbank. Those, I had to order specially.

          2. j
            JBC Jan 11, 2007 12:34 AM

            They have Oatcakes made by Walkers & by Nairns at The Tudor House in Santa Monica:


            And a reasonable chance they have some at:

            The Continental Shop
            1619 Wilshire Blvd.
            Santa Monica
            (310) 453-8655

            1. l
              larkin Jan 11, 2007 12:09 AM

              where is Surfas?
              want to go there soon.
              finished oatcakes i brought back from Scotland.
              thank you.

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              1. re: larkin
                Cinnamon Jan 11, 2007 02:43 PM

                In Culver City. They close kind of early.

              2. j
                JudiAU Jan 10, 2007 09:17 PM

                Surfas had excellent oakcakes last month without added sugar.

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