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What are you doing for Carmaggedon weekend?

paprkutr Jul 13, 2011 04:26 PM

At first I thought of getting together with others on the block and have a small block party. We are still talking about it. It would be nice and it will be a nice weekend to boot. Otherwise, we are just going to stay close to home and go to a local restaurant. Luckily, we have a lot of restaurants around here. Might try one of the new ones, in the Grove area. So what are you doing?

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    calpurnia Jul 19, 2011 02:22 PM

    Okay, so which one of you held the dinner party on the 405? And to keep on chow topic, where did you get the pasta salad?


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    1. re: calpurnia
      Servorg Jul 19, 2011 02:37 PM

      I can only say I kept my food choice consistent with a "to go" theme: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/796043

    2. flylice2x Jul 18, 2011 11:39 PM

      Was at the Ho'olaule'a at Alondra park in Lawndale..Hawaiian Food, Hawaiian Music and Hula

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        bulavinaka Jul 18, 2011 06:49 PM

        Traffic was a breeze. Picked up my bro-in-law at LAX, jumped on the 405 and hit El Rocoto for dinner on Friday. Grabbed pastries/stuff on Saturday morning at La Pain Du Jour and Huckleberry while everyone was still waking up. Went to the Eat Real food fest in Culver City for lunch and a side trip to Surfas. Hit Picca for dinner on Saturday. Made Belgian waffles Sunday morning. Skipped lunch - saved room for Bludso's for Sunday dinner. Traffic was a breeze. Carmageddon didn't raise it's ugly head once. When will LA's governing agencies get some huevos and institute policies that deter over-driving and promote real effective public mass transit? This past weekend's traffic level can be the norm if everyone wants it to be...

        El Rocoto
        1356 W Artesia Blvd, Gardena, CA 90248

        9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

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        1. re: bulavinaka
          goodhealthgourmet Jul 18, 2011 08:22 PM

          it really was a pleasure, wasn't it? the "heaviest" traffic i hit all weekend was when i drove past the Helms Bakery/Eat Real festival on my way to La Cienega to get to WeHo :)

          how was Picca?

          9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet
            bulavinaka Jul 18, 2011 09:47 PM

            It reminded me of the traffic during the '84 LA Olympics. Because everyone was anticipating the most dreary of traffic situations, everyone planned in ways to negotiate it, time-shift it, leave town and avoid it, or just keep driving to a minimum. The politicians really need to capitalize on these moments while everyone is still giddy about it.

            This was our second visit to Picca and we really enjoyed it. The small plates concept works well there with all the tasty iterations of Peruvian food work with. I've thought about you when eating there because the usual suspect for gluten - bread - is almost nonexistent. Of course, I don't know where the gluten might be hiding (soy sauce, maybe bread tossed in sauces to thicken them, etc.).

            9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

            1. re: bulavinaka
              goodhealthgourmet Jul 18, 2011 10:08 PM

              aw, thanks! that's so sweet. yes, unfortunately the menu there is a gluten minefield. soy in the marinades & dressings, the bread used to thicken the aji...and anything fried is also out if they use the same oil or fryer for the empanadas. the menu sounds *so* incredibly delicious but i think ordering safely there would be problematic. you'll just have to enjoy a little extra for me, okay? :)

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            Das Ubergeek Jul 18, 2011 08:29 PM

            Too funny—after Eat Real, we hit Sotto for dinner on Saturday (and then went to the Liquid Kitty, where I had the most awful Manhattans I've ever tasted.)

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              bulavinaka Jul 18, 2011 09:48 PM

              What did you think of Sotto? I've read some good things about it but not much on this board...

              1. re: Das Ubergeek
                perk Jul 18, 2011 09:54 PM

                oooo.....i love manhattans. so sad when someone screws it up....

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              ken Jul 16, 2011 08:13 AM

              LA Street Food Fest at the Rose Bowl!

              1. Phurstluv Jul 16, 2011 07:51 AM

                I am thinking the beach & PCH may actually be a pleasant drive, if everyone stays away. (Fingers crossed)

                Lots of cooking done here, pulled pork sandwiches last night, grilling filets on Sunday. Thinking of checking out Alain Giraud's new Maison du if he was able to open on Bastille Day.

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                  buttermarblepopcorn Jul 15, 2011 11:25 PM

                  You know, I wonder how difficult it will be for the farmers to come to the Torrance Farmers Market tomorrow morning (Saturday). They say to patronize your local FM but what about the vendors themselves who aren't surface-streets local?

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                  1. re: buttermarblepopcorn
                    susans Jul 15, 2011 11:40 PM

                    Good point. We are wondering about vendors getting to the Long Beach FMs this weekend.

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                      bulavinaka Jul 16, 2011 06:54 AM

                      PCH is the most obvious choice. The streets and freeways last night were very smooth. We took the 405-north from Gardena after eating dinner at El Rocoto - it was wide open. Took the 105 to Vista Del Mar - wide open again. Today will be another issue...

                      El Rocoto
                      1356 W Artesia Blvd, Gardena, CA 90248

                    2. re: buttermarblepopcorn
                      Dommy Jul 18, 2011 10:32 AM

                      We went to our local farmer's market, and sadly some vendors did indeed skip the week... Still made out very well from vendors coming up from the south! :)


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                      paprkutr Jul 15, 2011 08:06 PM

                      Well, it has started, I don't think it will be as bad as they expect. However, I am still staying close to home. I stocked up on some spicy hummus, tzakiki, muhammara from Moishes(farmers market) veggies and other stuff. Just going to take it easy. Hope everyone has a great weekend

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                      1. re: paprkutr
                        Servorg Jul 15, 2011 08:31 PM

                        Bought fresh chanterelles (sp?) at Whole Foods this morning. and made a gravy out of them for the pork loin I roasted (with the whole gain mustard rub).

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                          goodhealthgourmet Jul 15, 2011 08:41 PM

                          spelling is correct...and that sounds dee-licious. too bad you can't pile some of the mushrooms and sliced pork onto some crusty bread and munch on it while sitting in the saddle on the empty 405 ;)

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                            J.L. Jul 15, 2011 08:50 PM

                            Making fish broth for the upcoming paella base as we speak... 99 Ranch still had some fresh botan ebi in the tanks (the plastic bag is still alive with movement!), and I'll toss those monsters onto the paella too tomorrow. Bomba rice: Check. Saffron: Check. Gracias to Alex at La Espanola Meats.

                            La Espanola Meats
                            25020 Doble Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90710

                        2. WildSwede Jul 15, 2011 11:38 AM

                          Sticking to my policy since the early 90s - stay far away from the 405. ;-)
                          I will be heading to the valley via 210 and 118 then heading to Cupid's for a chili dog, hair appt. maybe Las Fuentes and then God knows what. Then back home the same way!

                          Las Fuentes
                          18415 Vanowen St, Los Angeles, CA 91335

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                            Kitchen Queen Jul 16, 2011 07:40 PM

                            Hope you make it to the Pow Wow. Report back. Would love to hear about your experience!

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                              WildSwede Jul 18, 2011 10:47 AM

                              I ended up not making it since my day in the valley was filled up and I did not want to drive out the next day. However, now that it is on my radar, I will most likely go next year.

                          2. LaPomme Jul 15, 2011 09:29 AM

                            I'm riding my bike to the SaMo Farmers' Market to pick up some pork belly and a whole duck. And then, I'm figuring out how I'm going to prepare pork belly and a whole duck.

                            1. The Chowhound Team Jul 14, 2011 12:40 PM

                              Folks, just a request that you try to keep the focus here on where you're going to eat during the carpocalypse, rather than general carmageddon discussion. Thanks!

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                              1. re: The Chowhound Team
                                J.L. Jul 14, 2011 04:59 PM

                                OK, back to topic.

                                Setting up a fire for paella pit in the backyard, and breaking out the giant paella pan for the weekend... Really wishing that there are decent cigalas (langoustines) in Los Angeles to be bought right about now.

                                1. re: J.L.
                                  paprkutr Jul 14, 2011 08:19 PM

                                  What time are we invited for, and what can we bring? Enjoy

                                  1. re: J.L.
                                    Porthos Jul 14, 2011 10:13 PM

                                    Maybe substitute with crawfish?

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                                      ipsedixit Jul 14, 2011 10:15 PM

                                      I'll bring fresh geoduck. Will that do?

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                                        Porthos Jul 14, 2011 10:18 PM

                                        As long as you bring enough for everyone!

                                        And some of those Chinese tamales in your garage fridge while you're at it....

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                                          Kitchen Queen Jul 14, 2011 10:42 PM

                                          Pow Wow at Moorpark College followed by dinner at Brent's!

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                                            maudies5 Jul 14, 2011 10:53 PM

                                            Walking to good restaurants on San Vicente in Brentwood. Will probably hit up Toscana and Tavern and maybe Barney's Burger.

                                            Toscana Restaurant
                                            11633 San Vicente Blvd Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90049

                                            1. re: Kitchen Queen
                                              WildSwede Jul 15, 2011 11:40 AM

                                              Pow Wow? MMM, Fry bread! I will have to check it out! ;-) I was thinking of going to Brent's tomorrow since I will be in the area. Thanks!

                                            2. re: Porthos
                                              ipsedixit Jul 15, 2011 08:12 PM


                                              I didn't realize you were a fan of Zongzi ...

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                                                Porthos Jul 15, 2011 09:51 PM

                                                Huge fan. I have been known to consume 10 in one sitting in my elementary school days.

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                                                  J.L. Jul 15, 2011 09:57 PM

                                                  我的天哪! :-O

                                                  1. re: J.L.
                                                    ipsedixit Jul 15, 2011 10:22 PM

                                                    我的天哪! :-O



                                                    Porthos, 10, eh? That's probably close to 3500 calories.

                                                    Have you ever heard of "Man v. Food" ... call up Adam Richman. He's got competition.

                                        2. re: J.L.
                                          Phurstluv Jul 16, 2011 07:49 AM

                                          Great idea. What else do you put in your paella?

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                                        Jase Jul 14, 2011 09:23 AM

                                        Eat Real Festival in Culver City!

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                                          willworkforcheese Jul 14, 2011 10:23 AM

                                          +1 for Eat Real in CC! Will do a family bike ride there :)

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                                            Das Ubergeek Jul 14, 2011 01:41 PM

                                            +1. I'm going to be teaching people how to preserve citrus at 12:30 on Saturday, and I'm taking public transport to get there. Carmageddon, schmarmageddon. Maybe I'll have dinner at Cocina del Camaguey.

                                            Cocina Restaurant
                                            4901 Durfee Ave, Pico Rivera, CA 90660

                                            1. re: Das Ubergeek
                                              Johnny L Jul 16, 2011 01:56 AM

                                              cool if traffic isn't too crazy I'll be there!

                                              1. re: Das Ubergeek
                                                Discokill Jul 16, 2011 07:11 AM

                                                +1 Eat Real

                                                1. re: Das Ubergeek
                                                  bulavinaka Jul 16, 2011 07:37 AM

                                                  Here's the DIY schedule:


                                              2. ipsedixit Jul 13, 2011 09:45 PM

                                                Anyone know if JetBlue is serving refreshments? Or snacks? Love their honey roasted peanuts and mini pretzels. Always try to snag a few extra when I de-plane.

                                                I figure if I grab enough of those mini packets, I might be able to recoup the $4 ticket.

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                                                1. re: ipsedixit
                                                  goodhealthgourmet Jul 13, 2011 10:11 PM

                                                  something tells me they might not be quite as generous with the Terra Blues as they usually are on longer flights ;) and even if they do serve snacks, you're SOL on the peanuts - they switched over to roasted cashews quite some time ago.

                                                  1. re: ipsedixit
                                                    SIMIHOUND Jul 14, 2011 11:24 AM

                                                    Ha. Nice try. Only a chowhound would ask for food on a twenty minute flight in which most of that is landing and taking off.

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                                                    sushigirlie Jul 13, 2011 09:06 PM

                                                    I plan to take PCH up to Topanga Canyon Blvd, then Ventura Blvd over to Hummus Bar and Grill.

                                                    Hummus Bar and Grill
                                                    18743 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356

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                                                    1. re: sushigirlie
                                                      goodhealthgourmet Jul 13, 2011 09:40 PM

                                                      brave girl. you should also plan to be sitting in the car for a very long time, as everyone else who's refusing to stay put will be taking PCH & the canyon roads as well...

                                                      1. re: sushigirlie
                                                        bulavinaka Jul 13, 2011 09:41 PM

                                                        Haven't been here in a while - please report back on experience. Thanks

                                                      2. goodhealthgourmet Jul 13, 2011 05:52 PM

                                                        a block party is a nice idea! it's too bad i don't like most of the people in my building or i'd suggest we do one in our clubhouse ;)

                                                        there are some good deals happening around town...Wine Expo in Santa Monica is offering 40.5% off all tabs in their Tasting Bar!

                                                        others here for those interested:

                                                        1. westsidegal Jul 13, 2011 05:23 PM

                                                          taking imperial highway east to Mariscos Chente.
                                                          what else?
                                                          west imperial highway and yukon

                                                          1. wienermobile Jul 13, 2011 05:21 PM

                                                            Hoping Langer's will be empty.

                                                            Langer's Delicatessen
                                                            704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

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                                                              reality check Jul 13, 2011 04:30 PM

                                                              Taking Jet Blue from Burbank to Long Beach. Going to At Last Cafe for dinner on Sat. Still making plans for Sun.

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                                                                maudies5 Jul 13, 2011 05:19 PM

                                                                Spending some time in the Blue Room (bar) at Tavern. Drinks are $4.05, chocolate chip cookies ($1.01) and grilled cheese sandwiches are $10.00

                                                                1. re: reality check
                                                                  J.L. Jul 13, 2011 05:28 PM

                                                                  That $4 deal is so cool. I think it'll be booked up soon.

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                                                                    HaroldandMaude Jul 13, 2011 05:59 PM

                                                                    The $4 publicity stunt is all sold out.

                                                                    We have to pick up a cheesecake from the C Factory on Sunday, I'm trying to decide which C Factory will be easiest to get to without getting on a freeway

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