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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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  1. 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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    1. re: reality check

      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

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

        1. re: J.L.

          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

      2. Hoping Langer's will be empty.

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

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

          1. 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:
            http://www.savings.com/blog/post/Carm...
            http://www.car-mageddon.com/cmg/Home....
            http://la.guestofaguest.com/everythin...

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

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

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              1. re: sushigirlie

                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

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

                2. 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

                    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

                      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.

                    2. Eat Real Festival in Culver City!

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                      1. re: Jase

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

                        1. re: Jase

                          +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.

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                          Cocina Restaurant
                          4901 Durfee Ave, Pico Rivera, CA 90660

                          1. re: Das Ubergeek

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

                            1. re: Das Ubergeek

                              +1 Eat Real

                              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                Here's the DIY schedule:

                                http://eatrealfest.com/event/Los%20An...

                            2. 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

                                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.

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

                                  1. re: J.L.

                                    Maybe substitute with crawfish?

                                    1. re: Porthos

                                      I'll bring fresh geoduck. Will that do?

                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                        As long as you bring enough for everyone!

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

                                        1. re: Porthos

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

                                          1. re: Kitchen Queen

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

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

                                            1. re: Kitchen Queen

                                              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!
                                              http://www.redbirdsvision.org/

                                            2. re: Porthos

                                              Porthos,

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

                                              1. re: ipsedixit

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

                                                1. re: Porthos

                                                  我的天哪! :-O

                                                  1. re: J.L.

                                                    我的天哪! :-O

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                                                    Indeed.

                                                    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.

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

                                      2. 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. 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!

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                                          Las Fuentes
                                          18415 Vanowen St, Los Angeles, CA 91335

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                                          1. re: WildSwede

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

                                            1. re: Kitchen Queen

                                              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. 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

                                              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).

                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                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 ;)

                                                1. re: Servorg

                                                  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.

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

                                              2. 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

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

                                                  1. re: susans

                                                    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...

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                                                    El Rocoto
                                                    1356 W Artesia Blvd, Gardena, CA 90248

                                                  2. re: buttermarblepopcorn

                                                    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! :)

                                                    --Dommy!

                                                  3. 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.

                                                    1. LA Street Food Fest at the Rose Bowl!

                                                      1. 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...

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                                                        El Rocoto
                                                        1356 W Artesia Blvd, Gardena, CA 90248

                                                        Picca
                                                        9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

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                                                        1. re: bulavinaka

                                                          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?

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                                                          Picca
                                                          9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                            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.).

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                                                            Picca
                                                            9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

                                                            1. re: bulavinaka

                                                              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? :)

                                                          2. re: bulavinaka

                                                            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.)

                                                            1. re: Das Ubergeek

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

                                                              1. re: Das Ubergeek

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

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

                                                              1. 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?

                                                                http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow...

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                                                                1. re: calpurnia

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