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Title: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steinl321 on July 06, 2008, 08:49:11 PM
what sights are a must see? any tips on hotels in the neighborhood? which ones are next to a shul and food etc.?
Title: Re: Sights, hotels, and restaurants in Los Angeles, California
Post by: Dan on July 06, 2008, 11:06:26 PM
LA restaurant guide: http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=302.msg23082#msg23082

What's your price range for hotels?

(I added restaurants to your title so that we can have one comprehensive LA thread.)
Title: Re: Sights, hotels, and restaurants in Los Angeles, California
Post by: steinl321 on July 06, 2008, 11:48:46 PM
preferably budget, if need be we can change for Shabbos.
Title: Re: Sights, hotels, and restaurants in Los Angeles, California
Post by: moish on July 07, 2008, 02:19:59 AM
there arent any nice hotels near shuls.  the restaurant yo go to is called pats
Title: Re: Sights, hotels, and restaurants in Los Angeles, California
Post by: ash on July 07, 2008, 12:25:12 PM
of course there are it depends where you wanna stay in the city
cali is full off shluchim
example go stay in the beverly hills hotel the chabad shul is inside !!!!
Title: Los Angeles Vacations
Post by: jo on December 19, 2008, 01:09:32 AM
Does anybody have any suggestions for which hotel to stay in. I'm on a moderate-cheap budget. I don't want something gross but it also doesnt have to be gorgeous. Probably 3-3.5 stars. I don't know where the kosher restaurants are. If anyone has any suggestions for cheap deals and good locations, it would be greatly appreciated.
Title: La spg hotel
Post by: Cheap dude on January 04, 2010, 02:30:48 PM
Anyone know the best spg hotel in la to stay in?

How far is the jewishness from lax?
Title: Re: Cheap tickets to California
Post by: Dan on January 04, 2010, 04:05:58 PM
Anyone know the best spg hotel in la to stay in?

How far is the jewishness from lax?
There's tons of SPG in LA from category 2 through 6.  It all depends on what you're looking for. 
Priceline is also great in LA.
The airport hotels are about 20 minutes from the dozens of restaurants on Pico.
Title: Re: La spg hotel
Post by: Cheap dude on January 10, 2010, 12:04:28 AM
Any one have a la spg hotel that is a must stay?

What's the closest hotel (spg) to the jewish area?

What's the nicest spg @ lax?
Title: Re: La spg hotel
Post by: ChaimB on January 10, 2010, 02:28:52 AM
Any one have a la spg hotel that is a must stay?

What's the closest hotel (spg) to the jewish area?

What's the nicest spg @ lax?

 closest Hotel is the SLS old LeMireidien I think its a Cat6, also theres a W in Westwood

 SLS is midway between the Pico area and LaBrea area both are so called Jewish Areas, parking wont be cheap at either
Title: Re: La spg hotel
Post by: Dan on January 10, 2010, 02:42:50 AM
closest Hotel is the SLS old LeMireidien I think its a Cat6, also theres a W in Westwood

 SLS is midway between the Pico area and LaBrea area both are so called Jewish Areas, parking wont be cheap at either
W in Westwood and W Hollywood (opening 01/28) are both cat. 5's and near the jewish areas.
SLS is smack in the middle of the jewish areas. but it a cat. 6.

If you're looking to save Starpoints and don't mind a 15-25 minute drive straight down La Cienega Blvd. to Pico I'd recommend the cat. 3 Sheraton Gateway LAX for 2,800 points+$45 or the cat. 2 Westin LAX for 3,000-4,000 points.  Both properties are nice with the advantage to the Sheraton.  If you bid on a 4* LAX on priceline you will prob. get one of these properties, sometimes for as little as $50.
You can find free street parking for both right behind the properties.
Title: Re: La spg hotel
Post by: Cheap dude on January 10, 2010, 02:53:22 AM
I do want to use points.

Which is nicer @ lax westin or Sheraton ?
Title: Re: La spg hotel
Post by: Cheap dude on January 10, 2010, 04:14:56 AM
Oops I forgot four points.
Title: Re: La spg hotel
Post by: Dan on January 10, 2010, 10:44:29 AM
I do want to use points.

Which is nicer @ lax westin or Sheraton ?
Reread my post.
Title: Re: La spg hotel
Post by: ChaimB on January 10, 2010, 03:01:29 PM
W in Westwood and W Hollywood (opening 01/28) are both cat. 5's and near the jewish areas.
SLS is smack in the middle of the jewish areas. but it a cat. 6.

If you're looking to save Starpoints and don't mind a 15-25 minute drive straight down La Cienega Blvd. to Pico I'd recommend the cat. 3 Sheraton Gateway LAX for 2,800 points+$45 or the cat. 2 Westin LAX for 3,000-4,000 points.  Both properties are nice with the advantage to the Sheraton.  If you bid on a 4* LAX on priceline you will prob. get one of these properties, sometimes for as little as $50.
You can find free street parking for both right behind the properties.

 iagree with your order at LAX Sheraton, then Westin then 4 Points

 however if a person doesnt expect to be spending much time in the room Id go with The Westin and save some pts and $$. Just keep in mind that only the Sheraton has a Lounge, so if thats important that must be taken into consideration.

 also be careful and read all the parking signs although its free some blocks have become limited in time and no overnight parking.Also theres alternate st parking

 also check the Rtaes before using your pts alot of times the 4 Points is around $70 not bad for picking up a Stay Credit if thats important
Title: Re: La spg hotel
Post by: Dan on January 10, 2010, 09:42:28 PM
iagree with your order at LAX Sheraton, then Westin then 4 Points

 however if a person doesnt expect to be spending much time in the room Id go with The Westin and save some pts and $$. Just keep in mind that only the Sheraton has a Lounge, so if thats important that must be taken into consideration.

 also be careful and read all the parking signs although its free some blocks have become limited in time and no overnight parking.Also theres alternate st parking

 also check the Rtaes before using your pts alot of times the 4 Points is around $70 not bad for picking up a Stay Credit if thats important
Last time I was at the Westin there was a (crappy) lounge.
With cash and points I'd prob take the Sheraton (2,300+$45 for SPG Plats) over the Westin (3,500 points for SPG Plats)
Definitely read the signs behind either property for free parking.

Title: Re: La spg hotel
Post by: Deal Guy on January 10, 2010, 10:31:13 PM
Last time I was at the Westin there was a (crappy) lounge.
With cash and points I'd prob take the Sheraton (2,300+$45 for SPG Plats) over the Westin (3,500 points for SPG Plats)
Definitely read the signs behind either property for free parking.



With PLATINUM, you get the 500 amenity points, even on a award or c&p stay?
Title: Re: La spg hotel
Post by: Dan on January 10, 2010, 11:10:34 PM
With PLATINUM, you get the 500 amenity points, even on a award or c&p stay?
Yes.
Title: la city pass
Post by: Cheap dude on April 04, 2010, 04:33:33 PM
Does anyone know of a way to get a la city pass?
any good stuff to do while im there?
Title: Re: Israel Discussion: Things To Do, Places To Eat
Post by: steve2 on April 13, 2010, 10:50:16 AM
im wondering in how many restaurants youve eaten in the states to make such a blanket statement. im assuming you havent eaten in the fine dining establishments if you say it tastes artificial.

 how many so called Fine Restaurants are there in LA? or even out of NY?
Title: Re: Israel Discussion: Things To Do, Places To Eat
Post by: Dan on April 13, 2010, 10:57:09 AM
how many so called Fine Restaurants are there in LA? or even out of NY?
LA area 4*-5* restaurants off the top of my head:
Tierra Sur At Herzog Winery
Shiloh's
La Gondola
Pat's
Bocca
Title: Re: Israel Discussion: Things To Do, Places To Eat
Post by: steve2 on April 13, 2010, 11:04:06 AM
 yet to make it up to Terra Sur but I dont consider it to be LA but yes a Fine place I heard it is

 Pats ok the other 3 not really, but Pats atmosphere is anything but Fine

 besides after hitting The Fish Grill and Pizza World and /or Pico Deli no time left for the others


LA area 4*-5* restaurants off the top of my head:
Tierra Sur At Herzog Winery
Shiloh's
La Gondola
Pat's
Bocca
Title: Re: Israel Discussion: Things To Do, Places To Eat
Post by: Dan on April 13, 2010, 11:08:29 AM
yet to make it up to Terra Sur but I dont consider it to be LA but yes a Fine place I heard it is

 Pats ok the other 3 not really, but Pats atmosphere is anything but Fine

 besides after hitting The Fish Grill and Pizza World and /or Pico Deli no time left for the others


Have you been to the new La Gondola or Shiloh's? I'm not sure how those don't qualify as fine dining.  Although granted I had one bad experience at Shiloh's but otherwise very positive.
And Tierra Sur is incredible, especially with the Costco certs!
Title: Re: Israel Discussion: Things To Do, Places To Eat
Post by: moish on April 14, 2010, 03:33:33 AM
tierra sur is considered by some as the best kosher restaurant in the world. its certainly the most creative. the menu also changes constantly. check out their website. also for an experience you wont get anywhere else inluding ny, check out jeffs gourmet sausage. have you tried all 4 fish grill locations? the ones in malibu and brentwood are pretty cool.
Title: Re: Israel Discussion: Things To Do, Places To Eat
Post by: ash on April 14, 2010, 11:24:56 AM
jeffs gourmet is incredible .................................................................................
Title: Re: Israel Discussion: Things To Do, Places To Eat
Post by: moish on April 14, 2010, 12:58:44 PM
Have you been to the new La Gondola or Shiloh's? I'm not sure how those don't qualify as fine dining.  Although granted I had one bad experience at Shiloh's but otherwise very positive.
And Tierra Sur is incredible, especially with the Costco certs!
where can one buy the tierra sur gc's? any costco or only in oxnard?
Title: Re: Israel Discussion: Things To Do, Places To Eat
Post by: Dan on April 14, 2010, 01:25:43 PM
where can one buy the tierra sur gc's? any costco or only in oxnard?
Any LA area Costco.
You can call and ask for availability.
The item number is in the comments section of this post:
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/3085
Title: Re: Israel Discussion: Things To Do, Places To Eat
Post by: moish on April 14, 2010, 02:53:29 PM
Any LA area Costco.
You can call and ask for availability.
The item number is in the comments section of this post:
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/3085
hey thanks dan. do you by any chance know how many you can use for one meal?
Title: Re: Israel Discussion: Things To Do, Places To Eat
Post by: Dan on April 14, 2010, 04:47:35 PM
hey thanks dan. do you by any chance know how many you can use for one meal?
As many as you want.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on June 07, 2010, 04:11:56 PM
If I want to take my wife to a nice hotel in LA for one or 2 nights using SPG points, any recommendations?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 07, 2010, 04:14:50 PM
If I want to take my wife to a nice hotel in LA for one or 2 nights using SPG points, any recommendations?
How many points do you want to spend?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on June 07, 2010, 04:22:43 PM
I just tranfered most of my points to US Air, so I would only have like 10K in SPG points. Can I do anything with that?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 07, 2010, 05:16:06 PM
I just tranfered most of my points to US Air, so I would only have like 10K in SPG points. Can I do anything with that?
Nothing fancy, but you can stay at the Westin LAX for 3K-4K SPG per night.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 07, 2010, 05:35:40 PM
 Id say see if C&P is available that way its 4k & $60 and youd get 2 nights lodging 2 a cat4

  for a Cat 4 and 10k either Sheraton Delfina in Santa Monica or Westin Bonaventura DownTown 10k (both most likely charge for parking

 Nicest Id say is the SLS a cat6 20k or 8k & $150 (+ parking)

 then either W Hollywood or Westwood both cat 5s 12k or 4800 pts & $90 (+ parking)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 07, 2010, 05:44:52 PM
You can get free parking behind the Westin LAX.
For the Bonaventura downtown expect to pay $50 for parking daily.

There's really nothing wrong with the Westin LAX despite its mediocre reputation.  It's a 25 minute shot down La Cienega to all the restaurants on Pico/Robertson or 30 minutes down La Brea to the La Brea/Beverly area restaurants.
You can call SPG and/or the hotel directly to see if they have cash and points-it would only be 1,600 points+$25 if they do.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 07, 2010, 05:57:58 PM
You can get free parking behind the Westin LAX.
For the Bonaventura downtown expect to pay $50 for parking daily.

There's really nothing wrong with the Westin LAX despite its mediocre reputation.  It's a 25 minute shot down La Cienega to all the restaurants on Pico/Robertson or 30 minutes down La Brea to the La Brea/Beverly area restaurants.
You can call SPG and/or the hotel directly to see if they have cash and points-it would only be 1,600 points+$25 if they do.

 where behind it?? I know across Century Blvd there are place sbut that is sort of in front and not behind

The OP did say theyd like a nice place and well an Airport Hotel is just that an airport Hotel

I go from Hancock Park to LAX car rental in apx 15 mins, its 20 to Pico, guess you are going the long (wrong) way

 If given a choice between the Delfina in SM and The Westin @ LAX a no brainer hello Delfina thats if Im traveling with a woman and not alone
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 07, 2010, 06:29:28 PM
where behind it?? I know across Century Blvd there are place sbut that is sort of in front and not behind

The OP did say theyd like a nice place and well an Airport Hotel is just that an airport Hotel

I go from Hancock Park to LAX car rental in apx 15 mins, its 20 to Pico, guess you are going the long (wrong) way

 If given a choice between the Delfina in SM and The Westin @ LAX a no brainer hello Delfina thats if Im traveling with a woman and not alone
Look behind it next time.

How do you get from Hancock Park to LAX in 15 minutes??? And Pico should be closer to LAX than Hancock Park.
Unless you're driving at 4am I've never heard of getting from Hancock Park to LAX in 15 minutes.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ya on June 07, 2010, 06:57:37 PM
lax to hancock park is around 25 min and to pico its around 20
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 07, 2010, 06:58:41 PM
steve it def takes more than 15 mins from hp to lax. at least 25 with no traffic
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moe on June 07, 2010, 07:04:39 PM
I have hyatt awards which can be used in LA. if anyone wants that, pm me. By the way, anyone know what's the nicest Hyatt property in LA area?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 07, 2010, 07:18:38 PM
steve it def takes more than 15 mins from hp to lax. at least 25 with no traffic

Highland to La Brea continue straight Right on Stocker till it ends make a left then a right on LaTeja and left on Avation or Airport which ever has the rental returns on it. Thats w/o traffic, longest way I-405 to I-10 to LaBrea., look at a map you will add 10 miles to the trip taking the 405/10 combo

 
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 07, 2010, 07:25:59 PM
i know the way. btw its la tijera. and the car rentals are on airport. it doesnt take less than 25 mins though.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 07, 2010, 07:30:26 PM
i know the way. btw its la tijera. and the car rentals are on airport. it doesnt take less than 25 mins though.
+1, I go the exact same way, La Brea>Stocker>La Cienega>La Tijera>Airport.
Having lived in LA for a few years, I've never seen anyone able to do that in 15 minutes though.

Also I'm not sure how Hancock Park to LAX can possibly be shorter than Pico/Robertson to LAX as you just take Pico>La Cienega>La Tijera>Airport and you're much closer.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 07, 2010, 07:32:55 PM
you lived in la? who knew? where? ohr elchonon?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 07, 2010, 07:35:53 PM
you lived in la? who knew? where? ohr elchonon?
3 years in Ohr Elchonon BM/Smicha ('01-'03 and '05-'06)

I miss LA so bad it's not even funny!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 07, 2010, 07:41:41 PM
+1, I go the exact same way, La Brea>Stocker>La Cienega>La Tijera>Airport.
Having lived in LA for a few years, I've never seen anyone able to do that in 15 minutes though.

Also I'm not sure how Hancock Park to LAX can possibly be shorter than Pico/Robertson to LAX as you just take Pico>La Cienega>La Tijera>Airport and you're much closer.

 its 30 mins with the 405/10 combo. and I will admitt it took me close to an hour last Sun as I missed the Right at night onto stocker and then trying to do some U turns ended up with no turns allowed so backed up and used a different street only to find myself back at 10 and decided not to try it again and went with the 405/10

 But its a breeze and much faster then the 405/10 and seems as if it all it took was 15 mins, next time I will time it to be sure. I was heading there @ 11pm, no traffic what so ever and the lights were almost always green

 that Valeo gas staion on LaBrea just before the 10 seems lately to be the cheapest gas around, yes even cheaper then United up on LaB & Pico 5 cents cheaper last week at least
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 08, 2010, 02:21:15 AM
its very funny you mention that steve. i was also convinced for many years that it was only a 10-15 drive. (i would go at night sometimes just to switch up the rental car). until i timed it. i guess the clear roads at night is deceiving.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on June 08, 2010, 09:25:05 AM
Nothing fancy, but you can stay at the Westin LAX for 3K-4K SPG per night.

Thanks Dan
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on June 08, 2010, 09:36:51 AM
Id say see if C&P is available that way its 4k & $60 and youd get 2 nights lodging 2 a cat4

  for a Cat 4 and 10k either Sheraton Delfina in Santa Monica or Westin Bonaventura DownTown 10k (both most likely charge for parking

 Nicest Id say is the SLS a cat6 20k or 8k & $150 (+ parking)

 then either W Hollywood or Westwood both cat 5s 12k or 4800 pts & $90 (+ parking)

Thanks Steve. Sorry for being so ignorant, but what is the C&P? I'm assuming this place would be nicer then the Westin LAX?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 08, 2010, 10:50:49 AM
Thanks Steve. Sorry for being so ignorant, but what is the C&P? I'm assuming this place would be nicer then the Westin LAX?
It's cash and points.
For a category 4 hotel you need 4,000 points and $60 per night.
Cash and points are not available for all dates, you need to check online and/or call the hotel and SPG to see if you can get them for your desired dates.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 08, 2010, 11:16:34 AM
Thanks Steve. Sorry for being so ignorant, but what is the C&P? I'm assuming this place would be nicer then the Westin LAX?

 To be Honest I havent stayed at either The Delfina or LAX Westin (I usually do the 4P @ LAX ) but Santa Monica offers alot to do within walking distance of teh hotel including a GREAT sunset from Ocean Ave a couple of blocks from the Hotel

If I remeber correctly theres limited free parking at the Hotel, but it sure beats staying at an Airport Hotel

Now on FT The Westin gets alot of negative reviews, yet a freind who stays there alot doenst understand why as he finds it to be OK, but it is after all an Airport Hotel

 I dont know time wise but the Delfina is on Pico Blvd but all the way West and traveling East on Pico will get you to Restaurant Row in apx 20-30 mins depending on the time of day and the lights and all the kosher palces you will need.

 under the conditions U set if C&P was avaialble Id go to the Delfina for 2 nights rather then use 10k for 1 free night, thats is as Dan said if its avaialble for C&P
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 08, 2010, 11:30:21 AM
Santa Monica can be a 20 minute drive to Pico/Robertson without traffic or easily an hour drive with traffic.
Sometimes during traffic I take the I-10, sometimes surface streets like Pico or Olympic, but either way LA traffic is just bad news, especially when you're hungry for some dinner!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on June 08, 2010, 11:51:09 AM
To be Honest I havent stayed at either The Delfina or LAX Westin (I usually do the 4P @ LAX ) but Santa Monica offers alot to do within walking distance of teh hotel including a GREAT sunset from Ocean Ave a couple of blocks from the Hotel

If I remeber correctly theres limited free parking at the Hotel, but it sure beats staying at an Airport Hotel

Now on FT The Westin gets alot of negative reviews, yet a freind who stays there alot doenst understand why as he finds it to be OK, but it is after all an Airport Hotel

 I dont know time wise but the Delfina is on Pico Blvd but all the way West and traveling East on Pico will get you to Restaurant Row in apx 20-30 mins depending on the time of day and the lights and all the kosher palces you will need.

 under the conditions U set if C&P was avaialble Id go to the Delfina for 2 nights rather then use 10k for 1 free night, thats is as Dan said if its avaialble for C&P

C&P for 2 nights sounds like good plan for Delfina.

What's a good plan B if that hotel is not available?

Also if you don't mind me asking, why would you stay at 4P at LAX if from the sounds of it you can stay at nicer and don't seem to be big fan of airport hotels as you wrote?

Thanks Dan and Steve for your time and advice.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 08, 2010, 12:34:28 PM
C&P for 2 nights sounds like good plan for Delfina.

What's a good plan B if that hotel is not available?

Also if you don't mind me asking, why would you stay at 4P at LAX if from the sounds of it you can stay at nicer and don't seem to be big fan of airport hotels as you wrote?

Thanks Dan and Steve for your time and advice.

 I stay at the 4P since Im paying I need to requalify every year for Plat, so till I do that I wont use C&P unless the rates are very high, so when in Brussels last month it was some 300 Euro so hello C&P and 4k and $60 (charged $52). Also I travel 99% of the time by myself so I dont need the fancier trimings and the cheapest Rate Wins. On top of that now SPG has the 3 Stays = 1 free weekend night (Fri/Sat/Sun) up to and including a Cat6. So when last week at the 4P LAX it was on a $69 rate, Id be nuts not to do it

 A good PlanB is a good question for me it would simply be any Hotel within an hours drive or a Hilton or Marriott. For U on the other hand maybe The Westin in Pasadena the meteres start up I think at 8am but its free overnight or $14  aday for Hotels Valet. Pasadena is anice place to walk around as well the old town. If all else fails Westin LAX
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on June 08, 2010, 12:55:35 PM
I stay at the 4P since Im paying I need to requalify every year for Plat, so till I do that I wont use C&P unless the rates are very high, so when in Brussels last month it was some 300 Euro so hello C&P and 4k and $60 (charged $52). Also I travel 99% of the time by myself so I dont need the fancier trimings and the cheapest Rate Wins. On top of that now SPG has the 3 Stays = 1 free weekend night (Fri/Sat/Sun) up to and including a Cat6. So when last week at the 4P LAX it was on a $69 rate, Id be nuts not to do it

 A good PlanB is a good question for me it would simply be any Hotel within an hours drive or a Hilton or Marriott. For U on the other hand maybe The Westin in Pasadena the meteres start up I think at 8am but its free overnight or $14  aday for Hotels Valet. Pasadena is anice place to walk around as well the old town. If all else fails Westin LAX

But in your mind (or from what you've heard), it worth spending extra $60 a night and going to Delfina over Westin LAX which is just 4K points?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 08, 2010, 01:11:33 PM
But in your mind (or from what you've heard), it worth spending extra $60 a night and going to Delfina over Westin LAX which is just 4K points?
What are your dates?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 08, 2010, 01:13:02 PM
But in your mind (or from what you've heard), it worth spending extra $60 a night and going to Delfina over Westin LAX which is just 4K points?

 guess you havent been out in LA yet.

what I like is that the Delfina is in SM and theres the 3rd ave promenade a pedestrian shopping street. Ocean Ave is high above the PCH (hway that runs up to Malibu) and is lined with Palm trees and theres places to sit and watch the sunset over the Ocean. sure you could always simply head there but I like the idea of simply walking out of ones Hotel and being right there. Walk out of the Westin and youre no where, Thrifty is on 1 corner and some commerical buildings across Century Blvd and its seedy but safe behind it

 If I was with my wife Id chose Delfina for its location and IMO opinion well worth the extra $60, if you wont avail yourself to the SM surroundings at all, then go for the Westin

 Its a personal thing that depends on what you want to do, no one but YOU can make that decision, and of cause what is available and what isnt on SPG
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on June 08, 2010, 02:26:47 PM
Planning a 2-3 day getaway with my wife in winter. I see SM having the benefits that you say.

Just a relaxing trip. Some resteraunts, maybe a day in Disney....

The wife enjoys the detail and niceness of hotels so one last question (I hope):

Is the Delfina beat the W Hollywood or Westwood that you mentioned as far as hotel itself? I see the W Westwood has good ratings on trip advisor. Is downtown (besides parking) a plus or minus? Again, this is a pleasure trip.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 08, 2010, 02:32:06 PM
There's nothing remotely interesting in downtown LA unless you're going to a game at the Staples Center.

The W Westwood will run you 12K points per night and I think the C&P is pretty rare there.
The Delfina is in a nice area and is probably the best bet with good C&P availability.
But I still usually go to the Westin because it's a bargain at 4K per night and they've always upgraded me to a suite.

The Hyatt Andaz is an excellent hotel with very close proximity to kosher restaurants if that's an option.  I've stayed there on FFN's a couple times and have had only good experiences.

LA for me is all about the great restaurants and the shopping.

Disney is very expensive, probably $80 per person for a one-day hopper pass.  There are other parks also like Six Flags, Universal Studios, Knotts Berry Farm, etc.

Also the free Getty Museum is worth checking out even if you're not an art fan just for the views, architecture, and the gardens.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 08, 2010, 02:39:33 PM
 winter time OK thats something else depending when as although LA doesnt get as cold as NY it can get to 40.

 also the sunsets wont be anything like what they are in the Summer and well walking around is easier cooler just not teh same

But still I prefer the area over LAX any day if I was traveling with a woman.

W Hollywood is like staying at Times Sq Id try to avoid that if at all possible. W westwood is another case and is in a very residental area and UCLA is around the corner , its also closer to the Pico area an dis Ultra Modern and HIP and some nights is PACKED with the 20 & 30 somethings in the Bar area and dancing etc etc I think Thurs-Sat nights

 Now using the free weekend certs Id use them at the SLS or W Westwood wouldnt blow the pts and would go to Delfina especially on C&P

 Now I can like vanilla and dislike chocolate and you can have the opposite taste

I aslo dont know your age nor where you stand Religiously = maybe hitting a W when its poping you rather stay away from or could be youd rather be teher.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 08, 2010, 02:45:30 PM
 dan have you stayed at The westin LAX with your wife or by yourself or with some guys? its a big difference

 since it seems as if the OP doesnt really geta way that much Id KO an Airport Hotel and go with a Hotel with pleasant surroundings and places to walk and see things .Over seeing the airport, commerical or industrial buildings
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 08, 2010, 02:53:45 PM
dan have you stayed at The westin LAX with your wife or by yourself or with some guys? its a big difference

 since it seems as if the OP doesnt really geta way that much Id KO an Airport Hotel and go with a Hotel with pleasant surroundings and places to walk and see things .Over seeing the airport, commerical or industrial buildings
I've stayed there before we got married and after.

True, the location is nothing special, but you need to drive in LA to get anywhere so it doesn't really bother me to have to be out of the room the entire day.
The hotel is a completely fine base for LA activities.

Now if this is a special/rare vacation and you want a nicer hotel, by all means go splurge!
For me I'll do that elsewhere where there are truly great hotels and stay at efficient hotels while in places like LA.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on June 08, 2010, 03:00:38 PM
dan have you stayed at The westin LAX with your wife or by yourself or with some guys? its a big difference

 since it seems as if the OP doesnt really geta way that much Id KO an Airport Hotel and go with a Hotel with pleasant surroundings and places to walk and see things .Over seeing the airport, commerical or industrial buildings

If OP means Operating Patient, then you are correct that I don't get away too often and I could use a getaway to avoid being admitted  ;).

I've done things like Havasu Canyon, Lake Powell, hiking Bryce, Zion, and Yosemite but was hoping this time for like you said a nice place with resteraunts, nice places to see......

Is it a real shlep to restaurants, shopping, minyonim from SM?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 08, 2010, 03:04:57 PM
If OP means Operating Patient, then you are correct that I don't get away too often and I could use a getaway to avoid being admitted  ;).

I've done things like Havasu Canyon, Lake Powell, hiking Bryce, Zion, and Yosemite but was hoping this time for like you said a nice place with resteraunts, nice places to see......

Is it a real shlep to restaurants, shopping, minyonim from SM?
Lol, OP means original poster- or in this case, you.

It's going to be a shlep from SM or LAX to restaurants, figure on 20-40 minutes depending on traffic.  From either place you're not going to want to go back once you leave them in the morning until nighttime.

There is Chabad in SM, not sure when minyanim are though.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on June 08, 2010, 03:27:37 PM
But I still usually go to the Westin because it's a bargain at 4K per night and they've always upgraded me to a suite.

Dan, YOU ARE THE MAN!

Is there a trick to the trade for the poshiter mentshen like me to get upgraded to suite? Smooth talk? Or elite status?

Is it a Westin thing or would I try at Delfina as well? I assume you do this at the counter.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 08, 2010, 03:32:50 PM
Dan, YOU ARE THE MAN!

Is there a trick to the trade for the poshiter mentshen like me to get upgraded to suite? Smooth talk? Or elite status?

Is it a Westin thing or would I try at Delfina as well? I assume you do this at the counter.
SPG Plat+shmoozing/emailing in advance.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on June 08, 2010, 03:36:35 PM
I see earlier in thread you recommended Sheraton Gateway LAX. Will the $45 a night for C+P impress my wife more as far as hotel is concerned over Westin LAX?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 08, 2010, 03:38:16 PM
I see earlier in thread you recommended Sheraton Gateway LAX. Will the $45 a night for C+P impress my wife more as far as hotel is concerned over Westin LAX?
If they have C&P available I would spend the 2,800+$45 at the Sheraton over 4,000 at the Westin.
Then again if the Westin has C&P available for 1,600+$25 I would stay there.
Either way you prob have to call SPG to check on availability.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on June 08, 2010, 03:47:49 PM
Can someone recommend top 5 resteraunts (not neccesarily finest) in LA area?

Top 5 things to do in LA area (besides shopping and eating  ;))?

Thanks
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 08, 2010, 03:49:20 PM
1. fish grill - pico
2. fish grill - malibu
3. fish grill - brentwood
4. fish grill - beverly
5. jeffs
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 08, 2010, 03:52:12 PM
LA area eateries that I can recommend along with a short blurb about things I've tried at each place.

Meat:
1. Tierra Sur At Herzog Winery in Oxnard
5/5 stars
-The menu here is constantly changing but is always amazing.  The flavors you will try here are unlike any you will get at another kosher restaurant in the world.  Costco sells a 2 pack of $50 Gift Cards for Tierra Sur along with free wine tasting for 2 for just $79.99.

2. La Gondola
4.5/5 stars
-Avocado eggrolls to die for.  Great Bread with garlic margarine on the house. Great Gondola Burger special for lunch with excellent pasta or a soup.  And the Chai Steak with Carmelized Steak Sauce.  I'm getting hungry thinking about this place!

3. Shiloh's
4/5 stars
-Great baby back ribs and peppercorn steak.  They serve steaks with a nuber of dipping sauces which is pretty cool.  Also had some delicious key lime pie.
I did have a bad experience here with really bad food though...and service can be poor here as well.

4. Jeff's
3.5/5 stars
-Homemade onion rings, homemade sausages, Steak Sandwich, Western burger, lots of good and greasy stuff here.

5. PKD (Pico Kosher Deli)
3.5/5 stars
-Excellent Deli-style food along with equally good homemade onion rings.

6. Pat's
3/5 stars
-Either you love this upscale steakhouse or you hate it.  I used to hate it until my brother became good friends with the bartender.  Now when I go back with him we're treated to a feast for a king! Don't miss the bread pudding dessert!

7. Shanghai
2.5/5 stars
-LA hasn't had very good Chinese since Sholom Cuisine closed.  This place is decent though.

Milk/Parve:
1. Milk & Honey
4.5/5 stars
-Excellent Eggplant Parmesean, and really good brown bread with nuts and fruit in it along with a yummy tomato dip.  They used to have an al-you-can-eat brunch on Sunday for about $20 with free Champagne, not sure if they still do that.

2. Fish Grill
4.5/5 stars
-The best fish you'll ever have, period.  I'm not such a fish person, but their Grilled Salmon on Angel Hair Pasta with a huge order of well-seasoned fries...YUM!

3. Pizza Nosh (Agoura Hills)
4/5 stars
-Excellent pizza and Eggplant Parmesean, worth a stop if you're in the area.

4. Pizza Mayven
3/5 stars
-Good plain pizza and that's about it.

5. Nagila Pizza
3/5 stars
-Good but pricey stuffed crust pizza, and that's about it.

Breakfast/Bakery:
1. Cafe Elite
4.5/5 stars
-Amazing cake/crumb donuts along with your usual breakfast food.

2. Schwartz Bakery/Circa NY
4/5 stars
-A great but expensive bakery.  The crumb cheese danish is a personal favorite, as is their wonderful Caramel cake and "kit kat" chocolate rice crispy bars.
They also now serve breakfast in their Pico and Fairfax location.  I had the combo Pancake+Waffle+Franch Toast meal with fruit salad that was very good.

3. Delice Bakery
4/5 stars
-Very good, but very overpriced french pastries.  The Creme Brulee, the Lemon Tart, and the Lemon Meringue Pie are all excellent.

4. La Brea Bagel
3/5 stars
-Very good bagels with all kinds of toppings and other breakfast food.



Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on June 08, 2010, 03:53:42 PM
Does it really matter which fish grill you go to?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 08, 2010, 03:54:23 PM
Does it really matter which fish grill you go to?
I've only been to the one on Beverly by La Brea.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 08, 2010, 03:56:21 PM
1. fish grill - pico
2. fish grill - malibu
3. fish grill - brentwood
4. fish grill - beverly
5. jeffs
lol!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 08, 2010, 04:01:11 PM
LA Shopping Areas, aka Celebrity spotting locations (just look for the paparazzi cameras):
-The Grove
-3rd Street Promenade
-Americana At Brand
-Hollywood and Highland
-Beverly Center

If you go out to Tierra Sur at Herzog Winery there's an absolutely massive outlet mall called Camarillo Premium Outlets which has more stores and deals than you can count! Don't forget to become a VIP member for a free coupon book.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 08, 2010, 04:04:58 PM
hollywood and highland? i guarantee you will not see any celebs there.

milky way? come on dan

how 'bout delice?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 08, 2010, 04:15:14 PM
hollywood and highland? i guarantee you will not see any celebs there.

milky way? come on dan

how 'bout delice?
I actually haven't been to Milky Way in years, but it's a good place to bump into Steven Spielberg, the owner's son, who dines there often.
But fair enough, I guess I can't recommend the place if I haven't been there in 8 years!

Delice meat or bakery?  The bakery is good but overpriced.

I went to the bakery once with a $25 restaurant.com GC and wanted to get a lemon meringue pie.  They said it was only for eating in so my friend and I sat down and polished it off!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 08, 2010, 04:31:38 PM
OK, I've updated my recommended restaurant list with suggestions as well.

Any more critiques?

Gosh, I think it's time for an LA trip!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on June 08, 2010, 04:51:49 PM
LA area eateries that I can recommend along with a short blurb about things I've tried at each place.

Meat:
1. Tierra Sur At Herzog Winery in Oxnard
5/5 stars
-The menu here is constantly changing but is always amazing.  The flavors you will try here are unlike any you will get at another kosher restaurant in the world.  Costco sells a 2 pack of $50 Gift Cards for Tierra Sur along with free wine tasting for 2 for just $79.99.

2. La Gondola
4.5/5 stars
-Avocado eggrolls to die for.  Great Bread with garlic margarine on the house. Great Gondola Burger special for lunch with excellent pasta or a soup.  And the Chai Steak with Carmelized Steak Sauce.  I'm getting hungry thinking about this place!

3. Shiloh's
4/5 stars
-Great baby back ribs and peppercorn steak.  They serve steaks with a nuber of dipping sauces which is pretty cool.  Also had some delicious key lime pie.
I did have a bad experience here with really bad food though...and service can be poor here as well.

4. Jeff's
3.5/5 stars
-Homemade onion rings, homemade sausages, Steak Sandwich, Western burger, lots of good and greasy stuff here.

5. PKD (Pico Kosher Deli)
3.5/5 stars
-Excellent Deli-style food along with equally good homemade onion rings.

6. Pat's
3/5 stars
-Either you love this upscale steakhouse or you hate it.  I used to hate it until my brother became good friends with the bartender.  Now when I go back with him we're treated to a feast for a king! Don't miss the bread pudding dessert!

7. Shanghai
2.5/5 stars
-LA hasn't had very good Chinese since Sholom Cuisine closed.  This place is decent though.

Milk/Parve:
1. Milk & Honey
4.5/5 stars
-Excellent Eggplant Parmesean, and really good brown bread with nuts and fruit in it along with a yummy tomato dip.  They used to have an al-you-can-eat brunch on Sunday for about $20 with free Champagne, not sure if they still do that.

2. Fish Grill
4.5/5 stars
-The best fish you'll ever have, period.  I'm not such a fish person, but their Grilled Salmon on Angel Hair Pasta with a huge order of well-seasoned fries...YUM!

3. Pizza Nosh (Agoura Hills)
4/5 stars
-Excellent pizza and Eggplant Parmesean, worth a stop if you're in the area.

4. Pizza Mayven
3/5 stars
-Good plain pizza and that's about it.

5. Nagila Pizza
3/5 stars
-Good but pricey stuffed crust pizza, and that's about it.

Breakfast/Bakery:
1. Cafe Elite
4.5/5 stars
-Amazing cake/crumb donuts along with your usual breakfast food.

2. Schwartz Bakery/Circa NY
4/5 stars
-A great but expensive bakery.  The crumb cheese danish is a personal favorite, as is their wonderful Caramel cake and "kit kat" chocolate rice crispy bars.
They also now serve breakfast in their Pico and Fairfax location.  I had the combo Pancake+Waffle+Franch Toast meal with fruit salad that was very good.

3. Delice Bakery
4/5 stars
-Very good, but very overpriced french pastries.  The Creme Brulee, the Lemon Tart, and the Lemon Meringue Pie are all excellent.

4. La Brea Bagel
3/5 stars
-Very good bagels with all kinds of toppings and other breakfast food.





NICE!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 08, 2010, 05:32:35 PM
1. the list is definitely flawed if you put pats number 6. it clearly number 2
2. at fish grill the salmon salad should not be missed. and if youre lucky enough to get there before the cookies sell out, you must try it.
3. at pizza maven dont forget their amazing fries and nachos!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 08, 2010, 05:34:05 PM
1. the list is definitely flawed if you put pats number 6. it clearly number 2
2. at fish grill the salmon salad should not be missed. and if youre lucky enough to get there before the cookies sell out, you must try it.
3. at pizza maven dont forget their amazing fries and nachos!
Lol, like I said, people either love or hate Pats!
Which salmon salad are you referring to? I'll definitely try the cookie next time!

Feel free to make your own list with food recommendations at each place!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 08, 2010, 05:38:17 PM
its basically a grilled salmon atop a salad with 2 choices of dressing. from what i understand, its their most popular item. as far as the cookie, its worth it to stop by early  (before lunch) to pick one up while they still have 'em. then you can hop over the street to the only cholov yisrael coffee bean in town
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 08, 2010, 05:39:50 PM
then you can hop over the street to the only cholov yisrael coffee bean in town
Is it still cholov yisrael? I heard last year that it wasn't anymore?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 08, 2010, 05:40:50 PM
it was off for a while but i think it came back on. havent been there recently though
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 08, 2010, 05:44:46 PM
it was off for a while but i think it came back on. havent been there recently though
Check and let us know!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 08, 2010, 05:49:24 PM
im in jerusalem now. i wont be there till succos
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: sarah on June 08, 2010, 06:16:46 PM
Thanks for this great food list.  Going to LA for the first time and this will be very useful!  Quick Question, If I stay at the SLS for Shabbos am I walking distance to a shul?  Any other SPG hotel closer to a shul for shabbos?   
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 08, 2010, 06:19:20 PM
Thanks for this great food list.  Going to LA for the first time and this will be very useful!  Quick Question, If I stay at the SLS for Shabbos am I walking distance to a shul?  Any other SPG hotel closer to a shul for shabbos?  
Sure, enjoy!
What do you consider walking distance?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: sarah on June 08, 2010, 06:21:51 PM
20 min approx.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 08, 2010, 06:25:49 PM
20 min approx.
http://www.chabad.org/centers/default.asp?qry=90048+&x=13&y=13

Nearest Chabad to SLS, 0.6 mi. (http://local.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=8214+Blackburn+Avenue+Los+Angeles,+CA+90048+USA&daddr=465+South+La+Cienega+Boulevard,+Los+Angeles,+CA+90048+(SLS+at+Beverly+Hills)&hl=en&geocode=FcjjBwId39fx-Cmr_zUaNrnCgDH2hLNyUx_r7g%3BFe7dBwIdIbjx-CkHQ867TrnCgDFM4c3ka3iFCg&mra=ls&dirflg=w&sll=34.068208,-118.371412&sspn=0.066834,0.154324&ie=UTF8&z=17)

Never been there, but I have been to Chabad of Beverly Hills which is 1.4mi away (http://local.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=409+North+Foothill+Beverly+Hills,+CA+90210+USA&daddr=465+South+La+Cienega+Boulevard,+Los+Angeles,+CA+90048+(SLS+at+Beverly+Hills)&geocode=FfXzBwIdKmvx-CkvZDh-AbzCgDEXE0Va23gpxw%3BFe7dBwIdIbjx-CkHQ867TrnCgDFM4c3ka3iFCg&hl=en&mra=ls&dirflg=w&sll=34.0591,-118.376245&sspn=0.03342,0.077162&ie=UTF8&z=15) led by the renowned Rov Yosef Shusterman.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on June 09, 2010, 12:38:39 PM
Top 5 things to do in LA area (besides shopping and eating  ;))?


Anyone?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 09, 2010, 01:34:57 PM
 take the boat and spend the day on Catalina take the inland tour once there

 drive along the PCH North to and beyond Malibu then after it ends you are mins away from Terra su by Herzog go Pig Out

 checkout Venice beach walk on a Sun afternoon (rent bikes)

 drive to Vegas only 3 1/2 hrs away

 Balboa Island and Newport Beach area as well as Redondo or Manhattan Beach areas

 La Jolla down just North of San diego especially the seal cove and hope they are there

a sunset ballon ride just outside of SD

 
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 09, 2010, 01:38:14 PM
Anyone?

  in order to get the proper answer let us know your age and what interests you are into, otherwise its a waste of a persons time.I could list say all the great Jazz clubs but you arent into jazz an ex
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on June 09, 2010, 04:46:06 PM
  in order to get the proper answer let us know your age and what interests you are into, otherwise its a waste of a persons time.I could list say all the great Jazz clubs but you arent into jazz an ex

Husband and wife, mid thirties, yeshivish, hate museums, want to chill out, see some nice sites, make the wife happy.........
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aarony on June 09, 2010, 11:14:04 PM
Any ideas on where to daven and eat on Shabbos in Santa Monica, CA. 

There is a good chance we will end up in the Fairmont Santa Monica for a shabbos in August (long story, but this is our cheapest option!).  I was hoping that there is a place to daven within walking distance, if anyone has any ideas please let me know.  Also if there is a chabad or similiar where we could arrange meals so that we don't have to "brown bag" in the hotel for shabbos.

Thanks
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 09, 2010, 11:21:12 PM
Any ideas on where to daven and eat on Shabbos in Santa Monica, CA.  

There is a good chance we will end up in the Fairmont Santa Monica for a shabbos in August (long story, but this is our cheapest option!).  I was hoping that there is a place to daven within walking distance, if anyone has any ideas please let me know.  Also if there is a chabad or similiar where we could arrange meals so that we don't have to "brown bag" in the hotel for shabbos.

Thanks
http://www.chabad.org/centers/default_cdo/city/S.+Monica/state/California/country/USA/jewish/Chabad-Lubavitch.htm
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aarony on June 09, 2010, 11:31:06 PM
thanks Dan,
i did email them.  Was wondering if anyone had firsthand experience.  Do you have a list somewhere in the forum on things to check to Shabbos proof your room? I expect the hotel to be extremely accomodating for us, but i will have to know beforehand what i need.

Aarony
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 09, 2010, 11:31:27 PM
http://www.chabad.org/centers/default_cdo/city/S.+Monica/state/California/country/USA/jewish/Chabad-Lubavitch.htm

looks from the map that all 3 are a very long walk from Ocean Ave where I think aaronys hotel is most likely located or even if its on Pico
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 09, 2010, 11:45:43 PM
looks from the map that all 3 are a very long walk from Ocean Ave where I think aaronys hotel is most likely located or even if its on Pico
Why assume when you can google?
No idea which of these might have meals available, try asking all 3 depending on how far you're willing to walk.

0.8 mi to Chabad on Wilshire (http://local.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=101+Wilshire+Boulevard,+Santa+Monica,+CA+90401&daddr=1130+Wilshire+Boulevard+S.+Monica,+CA+90401-2012+USA&hl=en&geocode=FSQPBwIdQNHv-ClBesqzxaTCgDHkqpOfN-oV_A%3BFUYtBwIdlPfv-CkjPTg7yqTCgDHbZGnqROTBIQ&mra=ls&dirflg=w&sll=34.0214,-118.49154&sspn=0.017749,0.038581&ie=UTF8&z=16)

1.5 mi to Chabad on 17th (http://local.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=101+Wilshire+Boulevard,+Santa+Monica,+CA+90401&daddr=1428+17th+Street+S.+Monica,+CA+90404-2802+USA&hl=en&geocode=FSQPBwIdQNHv-ClBesqzxaTCgDHkqpOfN-oV_A%3BFUUwBwIdHhrw-CmVBTRPNLvCgDE5OQDAu7Rs1g&mra=ls&dirflg=w&sll=34.020937,-118.49154&sspn=0.017749,0.038581&ie=UTF8&ll=34.0214,-118.49154&spn=0.017749,0.038581&z=15)

1.6 mi to Chabad on Montana (http://local.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=101+Wilshire+Boulevard,+Santa+Monica,+CA+90401&daddr=843+16th+Street+Suite+106+S.+Monica,+CA+90403-1809+USA&hl=en&geocode=FSQPBwIdQNHv-ClBesqzxaTCgDHkqpOfN-oV_A%3BFblNBwIdnvTv-ClttQjZs6TCgDGgIm_uSw_1Pw&mra=ls&dirflg=w&sll=34.020885,-118.496105&sspn=0.008875,0.01929&ie=UTF8&z=15)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ash on June 10, 2010, 12:08:01 AM
 
Why assume when you can google?
No idea which of these might have meals available, try asking all 3 depending on how far you're willing to walk.

0.8 mi to Chabad on Wilshire (http://local.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=101+Wilshire+Boulevard,+Santa+Monica,+CA+90401&daddr=1130+Wilshire+Boulevard+S.+Monica,+CA+90401-2012+USA&hl=en&geocode=FSQPBwIdQNHv-ClBesqzxaTCgDHkqpOfN-oV_A%3BFUYtBwIdlPfv-CkjPTg7yqTCgDHbZGnqROTBIQ&mra=ls&dirflg=w&sll=34.0214,-118.49154&sspn=0.017749,0.038581&ie=UTF8&z=16)

1.5 mi to Chabad on 17th (http://local.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=101+Wilshire+Boulevard,+Santa+Monica,+CA+90401&daddr=1428+17th+Street+S.+Monica,+CA+90404-2802+USA&hl=en&geocode=FSQPBwIdQNHv-ClBesqzxaTCgDHkqpOfN-oV_A%3BFUUwBwIdHhrw-CmVBTRPNLvCgDE5OQDAu7Rs1g&mra=ls&dirflg=w&sll=34.020937,-118.49154&sspn=0.017749,0.038581&ie=UTF8&ll=34.0214,-118.49154&spn=0.017749,0.038581&z=15)

1.6 mi to Chabad on Montana (http://local.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=101+Wilshire+Boulevard,+Santa+Monica,+CA+90401&daddr=843+16th+Street+Suite+106+S.+Monica,+CA+90403-1809+USA&hl=en&geocode=FSQPBwIdQNHv-ClBesqzxaTCgDHkqpOfN-oV_A%3BFblNBwIdnvTv-ClttQjZs6TCgDGgIm_uSw_1Pw&mra=ls&dirflg=w&sll=34.020885,-118.496105&sspn=0.008875,0.01929&ie=UTF8&z=15)


because assume thats steve2 middle name ..............
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 10, 2010, 12:44:26 AM

because assume thats steve2 middle name ..............

 hey look at that, we Both have the exact same middle name
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 10, 2010, 12:46:07 AM
Why assume when you can google?
No idea which of these might have meals available, try asking all 3 depending on how far you're willing to walk.

0.8 mi to Chabad on Wilshire (http://local.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=101+Wilshire+Boulevard,+Santa+Monica,+CA+90401&daddr=1130+Wilshire+Boulevard+S.+Monica,+CA+90401-2012+USA&hl=en&geocode=FSQPBwIdQNHv-ClBesqzxaTCgDHkqpOfN-oV_A%3BFUYtBwIdlPfv-CkjPTg7yqTCgDHbZGnqROTBIQ&mra=ls&dirflg=w&sll=34.0214,-118.49154&sspn=0.017749,0.038581&ie=UTF8&z=16)

1.5 mi to Chabad on 17th (http://local.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=101+Wilshire+Boulevard,+Santa+Monica,+CA+90401&daddr=1428+17th+Street+S.+Monica,+CA+90404-2802+USA&hl=en&geocode=FSQPBwIdQNHv-ClBesqzxaTCgDHkqpOfN-oV_A%3BFUUwBwIdHhrw-CmVBTRPNLvCgDE5OQDAu7Rs1g&mra=ls&dirflg=w&sll=34.020937,-118.49154&sspn=0.017749,0.038581&ie=UTF8&ll=34.0214,-118.49154&spn=0.017749,0.038581&z=15)

1.6 mi to Chabad on Montana (http://local.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=101+Wilshire+Boulevard,+Santa+Monica,+CA+90401&daddr=843+16th+Street+Suite+106+S.+Monica,+CA+90403-1809+USA&hl=en&geocode=FSQPBwIdQNHv-ClBesqzxaTCgDHkqpOfN-oV_A%3BFblNBwIdnvTv-ClttQjZs6TCgDGgIm_uSw_1Pw&mra=ls&dirflg=w&sll=34.020885,-118.496105&sspn=0.008875,0.01929&ie=UTF8&z=15)


 as I said I simply looked at the map you linked to and with my PC being very slow tonight and having some probs all day long went the easy way
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ash on June 10, 2010, 01:04:30 PM
your aggressive attitude towards chabad is not unnoticed sir, and to be fair its boring ..................
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 10, 2010, 01:09:30 PM
your aggressive attitude towards chabad is not unnoticed sir, and to be fair its boring ..................

 so why do You read them?? Ignore them!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 10, 2010, 01:50:12 PM
Why assume when you can google?
No idea which of these might have meals available, try asking all 3 depending on how far you're willing to walk.

0.8 mi to Chabad on Wilshire (http://local.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=101+Wilshire+Boulevard,+Santa+Monica,+CA+90401&daddr=1130+Wilshire+Boulevard+S.+Monica,+CA+90401-2012+USA&hl=en&geocode=FSQPBwIdQNHv-ClBesqzxaTCgDHkqpOfN-oV_A%3BFUYtBwIdlPfv-CkjPTg7yqTCgDHbZGnqROTBIQ&mra=ls&dirflg=w&sll=34.0214,-118.49154&sspn=0.017749,0.038581&ie=UTF8&z=16)

1.5 mi to Chabad on 17th (http://local.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=101+Wilshire+Boulevard,+Santa+Monica,+CA+90401&daddr=1428+17th+Street+S.+Monica,+CA+90404-2802+USA&hl=en&geocode=FSQPBwIdQNHv-ClBesqzxaTCgDHkqpOfN-oV_A%3BFUUwBwIdHhrw-CmVBTRPNLvCgDE5OQDAu7Rs1g&mra=ls&dirflg=w&sll=34.020937,-118.49154&sspn=0.017749,0.038581&ie=UTF8&ll=34.0214,-118.49154&spn=0.017749,0.038581&z=15)

1.6 mi to Chabad on Montana (http://local.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=101+Wilshire+Boulevard,+Santa+Monica,+CA+90401&daddr=843+16th+Street+Suite+106+S.+Monica,+CA+90403-1809+USA&hl=en&geocode=FSQPBwIdQNHv-ClBesqzxaTCgDHkqpOfN-oV_A%3BFblNBwIdnvTv-ClttQjZs6TCgDGgIm_uSw_1Pw&mra=ls&dirflg=w&sll=34.020885,-118.496105&sspn=0.008875,0.01929&ie=UTF8&z=15)


 the only other choice would be the YI of SM which I believe is right on the Venice Boardwalk, not really a Shabbosdicker atmoshere and judging once again from a map probably a longer walk then to the furtherest chabad. The YI of SM is in a senior center store front so meals doesnt look like it will be a happenin
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 10, 2010, 01:54:13 PM
If you're looking for happening I'd wager that Chabad on 17th is the place to be.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 10, 2010, 01:59:44 PM
If you're looking for happening I'd wager that Chabad on 17th is the place to be.

 knowing aarony he probably wants as he posted , hed prefer simply not eating in his Hotel room and would pay Chabad for the meals, happening isnt something hes into nor is he a Chabadnick

 So if there was an orthodox shul closer to his Hotel that offers Shabbos meals in its building, Bingo. since that really isnt going to be the case I take it he was hopping that maybe theres a chabad like in HNL or VCE wheer theres a Minyan and Meals

 Id take it if there was a shul say 3 miles away hed simply go to chabad since it would be closer

 I guess if they dont have meals like HNL he could always try and get invited to the Rabbis house and join them
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 10, 2010, 02:03:34 PM
what about the beverly grand hotel on beverly, is that still around?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 10, 2010, 02:07:50 PM
what about the beverly grand hotel on beverly, is that still around?

 I think from his post that he Needs to be in SM and that area and The Fairmont was the cheapest of the Hotels in the area he needs to be in.

at least thats how I took his post

The BG is no longer around anyway

 
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aarony on June 10, 2010, 02:42:09 PM
it is cheapest because someone is comping me the rooms
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: planless on June 10, 2010, 05:28:00 PM
If food doesnt work out for you and you need to "brown bag" it. Shabbosfoodla.com does an amazing job with ordering/delivering/enjoying great shabbos food!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 10, 2010, 06:16:16 PM
If food doesnt work out for you and you need to "brown bag" it. Shabbosfoodla.com does an amazing job with ordering/delivering/enjoying great shabbos food!
Never used them, but Simon's La Glatt on Fairfax is pretty good for Shabbos food as well.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: silverfaxmachine on June 15, 2010, 01:52:19 PM
also pico kosher deli is gr8
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 15, 2010, 01:59:00 PM
also pico kosher deli is gr8
Yup, they also have Shabbos take out and are on my LA "must-eat" list:
LA area eateries that I can recommend along with a short blurb about things I've tried at each place.

Meat:
1. Tierra Sur At Herzog Winery in Oxnard
5/5 stars
-The menu here is constantly changing but is always amazing.  The flavors you will try here are unlike any you will get at another kosher restaurant in the world.  Costco sells a 2 pack of $50 Gift Cards for Tierra Sur along with free wine tasting for 2 for just $79.99.

2. La Gondola
4.5/5 stars
-Avocado eggrolls to die for.  Great Bread with garlic margarine on the house. Great Gondola Burger special for lunch with excellent pasta or a soup.  And the Chai Steak with Carmelized Steak Sauce.  I'm getting hungry thinking about this place!

3. Shiloh's
4/5 stars
-Great baby back ribs and peppercorn steak.  They serve steaks with a nuber of dipping sauces which is pretty cool.  Also had some delicious key lime pie.
I did have a bad experience here with really bad food though...and service can be poor here as well.

4. Jeff's
3.5/5 stars
-Homemade onion rings, homemade sausages, Steak Sandwich, Western burger, lots of good and greasy stuff here.

5. PKD (Pico Kosher Deli)
3.5/5 stars
-Excellent Deli-style food along with equally good homemade onion rings.

6. Pat's
3/5 stars
-Either you love this upscale steakhouse or you hate it.  I used to hate it until my brother became good friends with the bartender.  Now when I go back with him we're treated to a feast for a king! Don't miss the bread pudding dessert!

7. Shanghai
2.5/5 stars
-LA hasn't had very good Chinese since Sholom Cuisine closed.  This place is decent though.

Milk/Parve:
1. Milk & Honey
4.5/5 stars
-Excellent Eggplant Parmesean, and really good brown bread with nuts and fruit in it along with a yummy tomato dip.  They used to have an al-you-can-eat brunch on Sunday for about $20 with free Champagne, not sure if they still do that.

2. Fish Grill
4.5/5 stars
-The best fish you'll ever have, period.  I'm not such a fish person, but their Grilled Salmon on Angel Hair Pasta with a huge order of well-seasoned fries...YUM!

3. Pizza Nosh (Agoura Hills)
4/5 stars
-Excellent pizza and Eggplant Parmesean, worth a stop if you're in the area.

4. Pizza Mayven
3/5 stars
-Good plain pizza and that's about it.

5. Nagila Pizza
3/5 stars
-Good but pricey stuffed crust pizza, and that's about it.

Breakfast/Bakery:
1. Cafe Elite
4.5/5 stars
-Amazing cake/crumb donuts along with your usual breakfast food.

2. Schwartz Bakery/Circa NY
4/5 stars
-A great but expensive bakery.  The crumb cheese danish is a personal favorite, as is their wonderful Caramel cake and "kit kat" chocolate rice crispy bars.
They also now serve breakfast in their Pico and Fairfax location.  I had the combo Pancake+Waffle+Franch Toast meal with fruit salad that was very good.

3. Delice Bakery
4/5 stars
-Very good, but very overpriced french pastries.  The Creme Brulee, the Lemon Tart, and the Lemon Meringue Pie are all excellent.

4. La Brea Bagel
3/5 stars
-Very good bagels with all kinds of toppings and other breakfast food.




Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 15, 2010, 08:06:09 PM
 dont forget Elite Cusine off the corner of Beverly & La Brea make a left on Bev off of La brea coming from the I-10 and its in a strip mall on the next corner
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 15, 2010, 08:10:53 PM
dont forget Elite Cusine off the corner of Beverly & La Brea make a left on Bev off of La brea coming from the I-10 and its in a strip mall on the next corner
Blech...  :o
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 15, 2010, 08:14:05 PM
its the best place on my side of town and you can get a decent dinner w/o shlepping down to pico
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 15, 2010, 08:27:48 PM
its the best place on my side of town and you can get a decent dinner w/o shlepping down to pico
I went there only when they had the $25 GC's for $2.
That's about what it's worth too.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 15, 2010, 08:30:18 PM
Blech...  :o

 well ever since I got a corned beef sandwhich at PKD that was pure Rubber Ive stopped going there.

yrs ago EC wasnt too good but its not bad at all and a very nice Shabbos take out selection, and that was what we were talking about where arrony should get his food from for Shabbos
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aarony on June 16, 2010, 01:30:41 AM
i should be able to get meals from chabad, got a very nice email response from them.  Seems they make a big kiddush for shabbos lunch as well.  I will prob just buy some food from one of the takeouts to supplement, in case kids are hungry etc...

I am really looking forward to our stay in santa monica - hopefully being away from everything (jewish) will give us a chance to restup before our redeye back to NY.

I would like some comments on our itinerary (which is a work in progress)

travelers are myself, wife and two boys age 10, one girl age 8.

fly on AA out of LGA on August 9th arrive monday evening in LAX.  right now we are booked on a 3:40 flight that connects in Nashville with only a 30 min time window.  that was the only ticket i could get on miles using BA for five passengers.  I am hoping to use AA's same day travel policy and change our flight to an earlier flight that connects in ORD or DFW.  This will cost $50*5 but is worth it if it gets us in early in the day especially since i am nervous about the small connection window in BNA.

Renting car from Alamo - hope we fit in to a 4dr full size, drive to Park Hyatt Aviara for one night stay (two rooms utilizing BWB rewards).

Tuesday Aug 10th - drive to Del Mar - renting private house (wasn't available monday nite).  Unpack and swim etc... Tuesday night at Padres game.

Wednesday aug 11th - kayak or boat rental in bay.  La Jolla cove - seals??

Thursday aug 12th - seaworld

friday aug 13th - navy boats in harbor

Shabbos - at host in La Jolla

Sunday - aug 15th - bike ride somewhere in AM(coronado? mission bay??) need suggestions here

Monday - Aug 16th - lazy AM, leave by 12 to Anaheim, we have three nights reserved in Hyatt Orange County - I used my suite upgrade and GM promised me two room suite (one king, one sofa, two queens)

Mon-thurs spend time each day in Disneyland or California Adventure - 3 day hoppers have 2 extra free days so i figured it is worth spending time and not pressuring ourselves to finish each park in one day.

Thursday Aug 19 - drive to Santa Monica - stay at Fairmont (we have two attached bungalow rooms) where do we eat thursday night?? anything like Miami Grill in Toronto would be great - that worked out perfectly for us!

Friday Aug 20 - need suggestion - don't want to spend more money!

Shabbos Aug 21 - sleep (daven and learn a bit too)

Motzai Shabbos 11:59 PM LAX to JFK in business (courtesy of BA CC)

while in San Diego, we expect to get most of our food at Ralph's in La Jolla - anyone know what kind of prepared foods they have?

Any info on food or minyan near Disneyland would be helpful as well, i believe that there is something in Irvine but haven't followed up on it yet.

Sorry for the long post- hopefully this itinerary will be helpful for someone else and hopefully some of you will have some good comments as well.

Aarony

Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 16, 2010, 01:48:58 AM
A few quick thoughts:
-I think you should be able to fly nonstop from JFK-LAX using the confirmed same-day change if there is enough space for all of you.
-Too much Disney.  This isn't Orlando with 4 parks spread far apart, I think you'll get sick of what there is there after 2 full days.
-Ralph's carries prepared foods?
-How about Catalina Island for a day?
-Personally I love the LA restaurant scene, but you'll have no time to do that with your itin.

Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aarony on June 16, 2010, 02:33:59 AM
thanks Dan -

i thought same day change needed to keep the same beginning and ending points - do they consider LGA and LAX to be the same??

i don't expect to actually be in the disney parks much more than two full days - couple of hours on mon nite for fireworks etc... then full day on tuesday.  CA adventure on wed. will only go back for a couple of hours on thursday if the kids are interested, otherwise we will head to LA by late morning.

What's there to do at Catalina Island?

we're not foodies!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 16, 2010, 05:46:52 AM
august 15-19 is a gross misuse of time. back to the drawing board
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aarony on June 16, 2010, 10:02:09 AM
Catalina Island does look nice, maybe we will do that for thursday the 19th. Am i still grossly misusing my time!?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 16, 2010, 10:48:19 AM
Did you already buy hopper passes? 1 day at each of the parks even if not a full day would be fine and would save you a fortune.

Then you could do something different like Universal Studios Hollywood if you want.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on June 16, 2010, 11:26:30 AM
Here's some links that might help:

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Productgroup.aspx?Prodid=11504432&search=souther%20california&topnav=&Mo=0&cm_re=1_en-_-Top_Left_Nav-_-Top_search&lang=en-US&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&N=5000043&whse=BC&Dx=mode%20matchallpartial&Ntk=Text_Search&Dr=P_CatalogName:BC&Ne=4000000&D=souther%20california&Ntt=souther%20california&No=0&Nty=1&Ntx=mode%20matchallpartial

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Productgroup.aspx?Prodid=11380518&search=sandiego&Mo=6&cm_re=1_en-_-Top_Left_Nav-_-Top_search&lang=en-US&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&Sp=S&N=5000043&whse=BC&Dx=mode+matchallpartial&Ntk=Text_Search&Dr=P_CatalogName:BC&Ne=4000000&D=sandiego&Ntt=sandiego&No=4&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Nty=1&topnav=&s=1
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aarony on June 16, 2010, 11:35:16 AM
did not buy passes yet.  i don't want to do another theme park.  we want this to be as non-pressured as possible - that is why i was allowing so much time.  we can sleep late and not have to rush.  That having been said, this is still a work in progress, so if a day to Catalina island looks inviting we can do that one day instead.  

one day tix are $72 the 3 day hopper (which gives you 5 days) is only 184.  So it is only costing me $40 extra to have 5 days instead of 2.  We can have a more relaxing time but starting out Monday afternoon or evening and then two more days at the parks.  I will have two more days left on each hopper, which we will give to one lucky family!

Dan, do you know for sure if AA will let me switch my departure from LGA to JFK on a same day travel change?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 16, 2010, 11:45:44 AM
did not buy passes yet.  i don't want to do another theme park.  we want this to be as non-pressured as possible - that is why i was allowing so much time.  we can sleep late and not have to rush.  That having been said, this is still a work in progress, so if a day to Catalina island looks inviting we can do that one day instead. 

one day tix are $72 the 3 day hopper (which gives you 5 days) is only 184.  So it is only costing me $40 extra to have 5 days instead of 2.  We can have a more relaxing time but starting out Monday afternoon or evening and then two more days at the parks.  I will have two more days left on each hopper, which we will give to one lucky family!

Dan, do you know for sure if AA will let me switch my departure from LGA to JFK on a same day travel change?
I said "I think" they'll let you switch. JFK and LGA are co-terminals so there's a decent chance.  It probably will depend on the agent and how full the flights are.

4 days at Disney CA is just a waste of time.  Much better to buy the 6 day (within 2 weeks) City Pass for $249/$209 with access to
-Sea World
-San Diego Zoo
-Universal Studios Hollywood
-3 day Disney Hopper Passes with early admission access bonus on one day.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aarony on June 16, 2010, 11:55:47 AM
thanks for the clarification on the flights.  when is the earliest that i can call them to get the same day change done - i think it is 12 hours before the flight i want to take, is this correct?


i already have seaworld passes.  i have to calculate if the three day city pass will be worth it - i might have to move around the itinerary to make it work.

We will not overstay Disney -

What is the minimum amount of time necessary for Catalina Island? can it be done as a day trip from Anaheim?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 16, 2010, 12:24:14 PM


What is the minimum amount of time necessary for Catalina Island? can it be done as a day trip from Anaheim?

 Yep the boats leave from Long Beach or San Pedro $66 per adult  , its a very small town, best once there to buy the Inland Tour tram guided tour. Or rent bikes or a sarry the thingy with a red & white striped roof on it that you peddle with people sitting upfront or in back. Theres also golf carts U can rent and drive around. Few if any motorized cars and none to rent. The golf carts can only go so far before the sign tells you Not to go any Further (thats to protect the Inland Tour comp)not far at all just to where the homes stop.

theres a beach and people do swim there and sun bath,Id think less people during the week then on weekends
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aarony on June 16, 2010, 01:10:55 PM
was gonn look into snorkeling if the area is quiet enough
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 16, 2010, 01:25:15 PM
was gonn look into snorkeling if the area is quiet enough

 just check at any Hotels info board where they have those tourist trap leaflets and you will find most likely those for Catalina (btw no way to get there except for the boats or heli)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 16, 2010, 01:35:25 PM
Picking up a book like this is invaluable for vacation planning. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1741046785?ie=UTF8&tag=pp044-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1741046785)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Mariasha on July 07, 2010, 11:03:30 PM
Picking up a book like this is invaluable for vacation planning. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1741046785?ie=UTF8&tag=pp044-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1741046785)


Thanks Dan.

Ordered that exact book and going through it now!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on August 20, 2010, 10:39:25 AM
Staying at Westin LAX in JAnuary. CAn someone recommend best bet for minyan for both shachris and a mincha/maariv close drive and convenient from hotel?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on August 20, 2010, 11:09:14 AM
Staying at Westin LAX in JAnuary. CAn someone recommend best bet for minyan for both shachris and a mincha/maariv close drive and convenient from hotel?

 no such thing, if thats what you want ante up the $$ and get room by the Crowne Plaza or Residence Inn on Pico and Beverly. or Pl it and hope you get 1 of those

 Id say a min of 20 mins from LAX to Pico-Robertson
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on August 20, 2010, 11:14:44 AM
20 minutes cool with me. Anyways hopefully wife will sleep in and in afternoon I'll probably be on return from something.

Is Pico-Robertson my best bet and if yes, which place has the most minyonim options?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on August 20, 2010, 11:18:49 AM
20 minutes cool with me. Anyways hopefully wife will sleep in and in afternoon I'll probably be on return from something.

Is Pico-Robertson my best bet and if yes, which place has the most minyonim options?


 hey its not NY or Beis Yisroel! its usually 1 minyan per each and thats it, maybe Chabad will have something but you got to think Out of Town so 7am might be  a very late minyan go to www.godaven.com and check them out
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 20, 2010, 01:13:14 PM
Staying at Westin LAX in JAnuary. CAn someone recommend best bet for minyan for both shachris and a mincha/maariv close drive and convenient from hotel?
What nusach are you looking for? And what time do you like to daven shacharis on vacation?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 21, 2010, 04:37:56 PM
theres one "minyan factory". its called beis yehuda, and its on the corner of la brea and oakwood (1 block north of beverly)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on August 22, 2010, 09:54:36 PM
What nusach are you looking for? And what time do you like to daven shacharis on vacation?

The godaven link was great. Steve said not Bais Yisroel, but I think the Yerushalmi's would do okay there on vacation.

Now that I'm staying in Westin LAX which means small little fridge (if requested) and not really keeping too much food in hotel room, where do you recommend I buy some breakfast and lunch to go after shachris? I assume some sandwiches for lunch and maybe some muffins in the morning to go?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 22, 2010, 10:14:58 PM

The godaven link was great. Steve said not Bais Yisroel, but I think the Yerushalmi's would do okay there on vacation.

Now that I'm staying in Westin LAX which means small little fridge (if requested) and not really keeping too much food in hotel room, where do you recommend I buy some breakfast and lunch to go after shachris? I assume some sandwiches for lunch and maybe some muffins in the morning to go?

LA area eateries that I can recommend along with a short blurb about things I've tried at each place.

Meat:
1. Tierra Sur At Herzog Winery in Oxnard
5/5 stars
-The menu here is constantly changing but is always amazing.  The flavors you will try here are unlike any you will get at another kosher restaurant in the world.  Costco sells a 2 pack of $50 Gift Cards for Tierra Sur along with free wine tasting for 2 for just $79.99.

2. La Gondola
4.5/5 stars
-Avocado eggrolls to die for.  Great Bread with garlic margarine on the house. Great Gondola Burger special for lunch with excellent pasta or a soup.  And the Chai Steak with Carmelized Steak Sauce.  I'm getting hungry thinking about this place!

3. Shiloh's
4/5 stars
-Great baby back ribs and peppercorn steak.  They serve steaks with a nuber of dipping sauces which is pretty cool.  Also had some delicious key lime pie.
I did have a bad experience here with really bad food though...and service can be poor here as well.

4. Jeff's
3.5/5 stars
-Homemade onion rings, homemade sausages, Steak Sandwich, Western burger, lots of good and greasy stuff here.

5. PKD (Pico Kosher Deli)
3.5/5 stars
-Excellent Deli-style food along with equally good homemade onion rings.

6. Pat's
3/5 stars
-Either you love this upscale steakhouse or you hate it.  I used to hate it until my brother became good friends with the bartender.  Now when I go back with him we're treated to a feast for a king! Don't miss the bread pudding dessert!

7. Shanghai
2.5/5 stars
-LA hasn't had very good Chinese since Sholom Cuisine closed.  This place is decent though.

Milk/Parve:
1. Milk & Honey
4.5/5 stars
-Excellent Eggplant Parmesean, and really good brown bread with nuts and fruit in it along with a yummy tomato dip.  They used to have an al-you-can-eat brunch on Sunday for about $20 with free Champagne, not sure if they still do that.

2. Fish Grill
4.5/5 stars
-The best fish you'll ever have, period.  I'm not such a fish person, but their Grilled Salmon on Angel Hair Pasta with a huge order of well-seasoned fries...YUM!

3. Pizza Nosh (Agoura Hills)
4/5 stars
-Excellent pizza and Eggplant Parmesean, worth a stop if you're in the area.

4. Pizza Mayven
3/5 stars
-Good plain pizza and that's about it.

5. Nagila Pizza
3/5 stars
-Good but pricey stuffed crust pizza, and that's about it.

Breakfast/Bakery:
1. Cafe Elite
4.5/5 stars
-Amazing cake/crumb donuts along with your usual breakfast food.

2. Schwartz Bakery/Circa NY
4/5 stars
-A great but expensive bakery.  The crumb cheese danish is a personal favorite, as is their wonderful Caramel cake and "kit kat" chocolate rice crispy bars.
They also now serve breakfast in their Pico and Fairfax location.  I had the combo Pancake+Waffle+Franch Toast meal with fruit salad that was very good.

3. Delice Bakery
4/5 stars
-Very good, but very overpriced french pastries.  The Creme Brulee, the Lemon Tart, and the Lemon Meringue Pie are all excellent.

4. La Brea Bagel
3/5 stars
-Very good bagels with all kinds of toppings and other breakfast food.




Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on August 23, 2010, 04:37:13 PM
If you bid on a 4* LAX on priceline you will prob. get one of these properties, sometimes for as little as $50.
You can find free street parking for both right behind the properties.

Dan, you mentioned earlier that we can get a 4* LAX on priceline and probably get Westin LAX or Sheraton GAteways. As of right now I'm torn between spending 12K on 3 nights in Westin LAX or C&P in Sheraton GAteways for my trip in January.

Is that all a waste if I can pull off $50-60 a night with piceline? C&P at Sheraton will run me $45 a night.

Thanks
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 23, 2010, 05:01:52 PM
Dan, you mentioned earlier that we can get a 4* LAX on priceline and probably get Westin LAX or Sheraton GAteways. As of right now I'm torn between spending 12K on 3 nights in Westin LAX or C&P in Sheraton GAteways for my trip in January.

Is that all a waste if I can pull off $50-60 a night with piceline? C&P at Sheraton will run me $45 a night.

Thanks
It's probably to early to do priceline for a January trip.  They rejected a $100 bid for your dates.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on August 23, 2010, 05:10:51 PM
Thanks for trying!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 23, 2010, 05:51:56 PM
Thanks for trying!
As far as Sheraton Vs. Westin, the Sheraton is the nicer hotel.

You can find free parking behind either of them.

I would probably choose the Sheraton at 2,800 SPG+$45 before 4K SPG for the Westin.
But I would also pay 4K SPG at the Westin before paying 7K at the Sheraton.

You may be able to get the Westin for 1,600 SPG+$30.  SPG doesnt publish C&P availability online for Cat. 1-2 in the US/Canada so you'll have to call SPG and/or the hotel in-house reservations to try to book it with C&P at the Westin.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on August 24, 2010, 10:23:15 AM
As far as Sheraton Vs. Westin, the Sheraton is the nicer hotel.

You can find free parking behind either of them.

I would probably choose the Sheraton at 2,800 SPG+$45 before 4K SPG for the Westin.
But I would also pay 4K SPG at the Westin before paying 7K at the Sheraton.

You may be able to get the Westin for 1,600 SPG+$30.  SPG doesnt publish C&P availability online for Cat. 1-2 in the US/Canada so you'll have to call SPG and/or the hotel in-house reservations to try to book it with C&P at the Westin.

If I have gold SPG card, any brand (Sheraton or Westin) has better chance of room upgrade or does it depend on my charm and the mood of receptionist?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on August 24, 2010, 11:36:06 AM
If I have gold SPG card, any brand (Sheraton or Westin) has better chance of room upgrade or does it depend on my charm and the mood of receptionist?

 word is The Sheraton has much nicer rooms, the question is,is it worth more pts and $$, since Ive only stayed at the 4P I cant comment, also if I was hitting LA then personally I wouldnt be staying at LAX unless I had an early morning flight or arriving late into LA. But thats just me
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 24, 2010, 11:57:22 AM
or does it depend on my charm and the mood of receptionist?
That+luck of the draw+hotel occupancy rate+number of other SPG elites that night.
As a gold your chances are small anyway.  The main benefits are bonus points on paid stays and 4pm checkout.  Expect no upgrade and you won't be disappointed.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on August 24, 2010, 01:06:48 PM
That+luck of the draw+hotel occupancy rate+number of other SPG elites that night.
As a gold your chances are small anyway.  The main benefits are bonus points on paid stays and 4pm checkout.  Expect no upgrade and you won't be disappointed.

 Best advice yet
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on September 12, 2010, 10:56:30 AM
Los Angeles in January when it's dark by 6 PM. What night activities can someone recommend. Trip is a getaway for my wife and I and I'm yeshivish so that might narrow things down. So Dan gave all the great dinner ideas and then..........?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: bosoxfan on September 12, 2010, 03:19:54 PM
santa monica pier
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on September 12, 2010, 03:37:51 PM
santa monica pier

 In Jan??

 really not much to do except walk around The Grove (outdoor mall), or Universal City Walk (another mall) or go to a beach town, Redondo ,Manhatten and get some tea or coffee at a Coffe Bean & Tea Leaf . or thats when you go to eat at a fancy place. Or go to San Diego for the day and drive back at night.

 Or drive 4 hrs East & North and Vegas is open all night long, and see some expensive but clean shows
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on September 12, 2010, 06:46:30 PM
or go to a beach town, Redondo ,Manhatten and get some tea or coffee at a Coffe Bean & Tea Leaf .

Thanks. Any recommendation of a sort of boardwalk (or path) that I can see on foot some of the beautiful vistas you see while driving the PCH with the green water and mountains behind? My wife is a exercise freak, so I figured the scenery would beat the treadmill in the hotel. Walking on the sand is tough.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on September 12, 2010, 08:37:01 PM
Thanks. Any recommendation of a sort of boardwalk (or path) that I can see on foot some of the beautiful vistas you see while driving the PCH with the green water and mountains behind? My wife is a exercise freak, so I figured the scenery would beat the treadmill in the hotel. Walking on the sand is tough.

 the top of Corona Del Mar just outside of Balboa Island they dont call it Inspiration Pt for nothing, getting there is the hard part. No boardwalk but a path on top of the cliffs overlooking the water

In LA itself is Runyon Canyon which is behind Hollywood Blvd

 just keep in mind that a boardwalk in Cali is made out of cement and not wood, so its not the Jersey Shore or Coney or Long Beach in that sense. and for the views youd have to drive up teh canyons and hope theres a spot to pull over and look from
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: bosoxfan on September 12, 2010, 09:00:10 PM
the path on the cliffs above the beach in corona del mar is amazing, the sunset, albeit early in Jan. is gorgeous.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on September 12, 2010, 10:20:12 PM
really not much to do except walk around The Grove (outdoor mall), or Universal City Walk (another mall)

Any nice outdoor Outlet Malls so maybe at least I'll find a deal? If I'm taking my wife on a getaway her and I, and going on a night stroll to do some shopping, it might get expensive.....
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 12, 2010, 10:21:58 PM
Any nice outdoor Outlet Malls so maybe at least I'll find a deal? If I'm taking my wife on a getaway her and I, and going on a night stroll to do some shopping, it might get expensive.....
If you go to the Herzog winery there's a massive outlet mall in Camarillo, just minutes before Oxnard on the 101.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on September 12, 2010, 10:24:11 PM
If you go to the Herzog winery there's a massive outlet mall in Camarillo, just minutes before Oxnard on the 101.

Great. That's one night taken care of.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 12, 2010, 10:36:45 PM
Honestly, for me the main attraction of LA are the restaurants.
Shopping at the Grove, Americana at Brand, and the 3rd street promenade is always good.

There are gorgeous views at the free Getty Center museum.

And of course there are the amusement parks, Disney, Universal Studios, Magic Mountain, Knotts berry farm, etc.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YOSEF on September 12, 2010, 10:57:13 PM
It's probably to early to do priceline for a January trip.  They rejected a $100 bid for your dates.
Don't you automatically get charged if they don't reject the bid?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on September 12, 2010, 11:04:24 PM
If you go to the Herzog winery there's a massive outlet mall in Camarillo, just minutes before Oxnard on the 101.

 you forget the 1 main reason not to hit the outlets at least in cali, just under 10% sales tax while its 0 in NJ & NY, so if a person can shop in NJ or NY it doesnt pay to hit the outlets in Cali

then theres Ontario Mills by the 10 & 15 East of LA 90 min drive or Cabazon just outside Palm Spriungs on the 10, but again the sales tax is too high to justify it IMO
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 12, 2010, 11:15:03 PM
Don't you automatically get charged if they don't reject the bid?
Well then I must be quite the daredevil  ;D

you forget the 1 main reason not to hit the outlets at least in cali, just under 10% sales tax while its 0 in NJ & NY, so if a person can shop in NJ or NY it doesnt pay to hit the outlets in Cali
True, but there is sales tax on clothes for most other states.

I know the Camarillo outlets are part of the "Premium" chain, so you can get a coupon book either with an AAA card or a free online coupon that will get you 10%-20% off your purchase at most of the stores.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on September 12, 2010, 11:22:59 PM


I know the Camarillo outlets are part of the "Premium" chain, so you can get a coupon book either with an AAA card or a free online coupon that will get you 10%-20% off your purchase at most of the stores.

 even more reason now Not to shop, off exit 105 of the Garden State Pway apx 20 mins from Lakewood is a new Premium Outlet so I guess no sales tax and still the 10-20% off
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 13, 2010, 12:00:48 AM
even more reason now Not to shop, off exit 105 of the Garden State Pway apx 20 mins from Lakewood is a new Premium Outlet so I guess no sales tax and still the 10-20% off
Yes, if you are from NY/NJ the savings may be suspect.
Although the Camarillo outlet mall is extremely large with hundreds of stores...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 13, 2010, 01:06:53 AM
This seems like a neat hike. (http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:jrU9QXi0NPsJ:mobile.latimes.com/wap/news/text.jsp%3Fsid%3D294%26nid%3D16604938%26cid%3D16701%26scid%3D1059%26title%3DTravel%26ith%3D0+evening+hike+griffith+observatory+site:latimes.com&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on September 13, 2010, 04:36:58 AM
Well then I must be quite the daredevil  ;D
lol...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on September 14, 2010, 02:52:55 PM
It's probably to early to do priceline for a January trip.  They rejected a $100 bid for your dates.

Do I need to worry that Westin Lax won't be available in a few months for use with *Wood points while I wait to see if Priceline is nogea for January? $50 would be great per night, but I'm in real trouble if points are not available later.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Mikeoracle on September 14, 2010, 02:56:18 PM
Do I need to worry that Westin Lax won't be available in a few months for use with *Wood points while I wait to see if Priceline is nogea for January? $50 would be great per night, but I'm in real trouble if points are not available later.
If the Westin is available now then why not book it? you can always cancel up to a day or 2 in advance without any penalties.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 14, 2010, 02:57:22 PM
Do I need to worry that Westin Lax won't be available in a few months for use with *Wood points while I wait to see if Priceline is nogea for January? $50 would be great per night, but I'm in real trouble if points are not available later.
So book it, it's cancelable after all.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on September 14, 2010, 03:18:09 PM
Thanks. I'm still a rookie in training.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on November 30, 2010, 09:35:51 PM
Anyone know closest Minyan to Disneyland to catch a Mincha if I can't find Minyan in park?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on November 30, 2010, 10:35:21 PM
My assumption would be Irvine (assuming they get a daily minyan) at either Beth Jacob of Irvine or there is a Chabad down there I believe. There could be closer, but I don't know of any other shuls closer.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 30, 2010, 11:40:53 PM
My assumption would be Irvine (assuming they get a daily minyan) at either Beth Jacob of Irvine or there is a Chabad down there I believe. There could be closer, but I don't know of any other shuls closer.
Chabad of Irvine rocks :D
Title: places to stay in LA
Post by: marchosch on December 14, 2010, 03:30:55 PM
Hey LA.ers
I am coming out to LA in January with my wife and 3 kids(13,11,8). I am looking for a cheaper priced hotel room/suites somewhere between universal and the jewish area, Pico-Robertson. Dont know LA at all and dont want to spend a load per night but also want to be close enough to kosher rest and shuls so going back and forth is not a big trip. please send all suggestions.
thanks
marc
Title: Re: places to stay in LA
Post by: Yordai Dooma on December 14, 2010, 03:34:37 PM
Hey LA.ers
I am coming out to LA in January with my wife and 3 kids(13,11,8). I am looking for a cheaper priced hotel room/suites somewhere between universal and the jewish area, Pico-Robertson. Dont know LA at all and dont want to spend a load per night but also want to be close enough to kosher rest and shuls so going back and forth is not a big trip. please send all suggestions.
thanks
marc


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Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: E on December 14, 2010, 04:23:30 PM
was just in LA, and motzie shabbos we bumped into a kosher street cart selling burritos and tacos, they were really good the cart is iacross the street from the simon weisthenthal center in front of a chase bank. also the Intercontinental century city was really nice and it was only a few minute walk to the closest shul.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ash on December 14, 2010, 04:57:22 PM
Hey LA.ers
I am coming out to LA in January with my wife and 3 kids(13,11,8). I am looking for a cheaper priced hotel room/suites somewhere between universal and the jewish area, Pico-Robertson. Dont know LA at all and dont want to spend a load per night but also want to be close enough to kosher rest and shuls so going back and forth is not a big trip. please send all suggestions.
thanks
marc

look in the Beverly Boulevard Area 90035, 90048, cheap hotels for under a 100 a night and its in the center of the jewish La Brea Community
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: yare on December 19, 2010, 05:29:11 PM
i'm gonna be heading to la in mid-april for a couple days and i'm interested in splurging a bit to make it a luxury trip.  i was looking at the sls beverly hills, has anyone actually stayed there and has any thoughts on it? 
also, we're gonna want to do the restaraunt scene, maybe universal one day, some sightseeing, whatever.  is it in a decent location relative to that kind of stuff?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on December 19, 2010, 10:17:09 PM
Chabad of Irvine is really a great place. they have minyonim every day. was there for merkos shlichus.
THE BEST!!!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Q274 on December 20, 2010, 07:54:50 AM
also, we're gonna want to do the restaraunt scene, maybe universal one day, some sightseeing, whatever.  is it in a decent location relative to that kind of stuff?
Yes AFAIK actually it is very close to both the pico robertson area (which has lots of kosher food) as well it is pretty close to north hollywood which also has lots of kosher food. It is a little farther away from universal then then north holly wood but a much nicer area in my opinion 
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 20, 2010, 08:07:33 AM
beverly hills is not close to the valley afaik. besides the point that he mentioned visiting la
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Q274 on December 20, 2010, 08:15:59 AM
beverly hills is not close to the valley afaik. besides the point that he mentioned visiting la
its about a 15 minute drive (depending on where in beverly hills you are) AFAIR (r being remember)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 20, 2010, 08:24:12 AM
really? maybe at 2 am, and still a big maybe. besides someone who is visiting la would be out of his mind to start going to the valley
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Q274 on December 20, 2010, 09:12:47 AM
really? maybe at 2 am, and still a big maybe. besides someone who is visiting la would be out of his mind to start going to the valley
first of all north holly wood is a thriving frum community really nice place. Second of all if you take the canyon (either one) it shouldnt take you more then 20 minutes to get to the valley any time of day. Thirdly, it is close to universal which is where this guy would like to visit
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 20, 2010, 09:21:18 AM
like i said, if someones visiting la and wants to stay in the valley (even though its close to universal studios), he should get his head checked before the flight
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on December 20, 2010, 09:35:53 AM
it depends on the time of year. the valley can be a nice quiet place, at times.
just during summer stay far away, 'cause it gets boiling.
also they have some nice places to eat there, and there's a very nice frum community.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 20, 2010, 09:37:07 AM
whay not visit atlanta georgia then? again, im talking about visiting la
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Q274 on December 20, 2010, 01:30:16 PM
really? maybe at 2 am, and still a big maybe. besides someone who is visiting la would be out of his mind to start going to the valley
ok spoke to a friend from la said its 20 minutes max
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 20, 2010, 02:12:26 PM
to set the record straight.  Valley is abt 8-10 miles from la - abt 15-20 min w/o traffic, but more like 30-40 in rush hour. Beverly hills is prob 4-5 miles away, 10-15 min w/o traffic, but can be 20-30 min in the afternoon in traffic
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Q274 on December 20, 2010, 02:15:46 PM
Shkoiach
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 20, 2010, 02:18:46 PM
no problem
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 21, 2010, 10:04:17 AM
to set the record straight.  Valley is abt 8-10 miles from la - abt 15-20 min w/o traffic, but more like 30-40 in rush hour. Beverly hills is prob 4-5 miles away, 10-15 min w/o traffic, but can be 20-30 min in the afternoon in traffic
It also depends to where.
La Brea/Beverly restaurants will be closer to the Valley than Pico/Robertson.

Personally I think the Westin LAX is a good value at a SPG cat. 2.  But you can probably do better on priceline in a better location.  Either way I wouldn't stat in the valley.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 21, 2010, 12:57:19 PM
It also depends to where.
La Brea/Beverly restaurants will be closer to the Valley than Pico/Robertson.

Personally I think the Westin LAX is a good value at a SPG cat. 2.  But you can probably do better on priceline in a better location.  Either way I wouldn't stat in the valley.
not necessarily. during rush hour, no way.
also which restaurants are you referring to? elite cuisine and la brea bagel?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 21, 2010, 06:53:26 PM
not necessarily. during rush hour, no way.
also which restaurants are you referring to? elite cuisine and la brea bagel?
How so? North Hollywood to La Brea is a straight shot up the 101 (19-35 minutes according to google) (http://local.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=North+Hollywood,+Los+Angeles,+CA,+United+States&daddr=la+brea+and+beverly,+los+angeles&hl=en&geocode=FURtCQIdKK7x-CnRMQDs05XCgDG08OHecbM4LQ%3BFeL1BwIdlTby-CmLt6-y17jCgDGOoSFP0rBvlA&mra=ls&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=38.826758,107.138672&ie=UTF8&ll=34.124595,-118.362923&spn=0.158873,0.41851&z=12)


Pico/Robertson area is 29-45 minutes. (http://local.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=North+Hollywood,+Los+Angeles,+CA,+United+States&daddr=9000+pico&hl=en&geocode=FURtCQIdKK7x-CnRMQDs05XCgDG08OHecbM4LQ%3BFQSkBwId5orx-Cnztt6IXrnCgDHARnJSz07rYA&mra=ls&sll=34.124625,-118.36279&sspn=0.158873,0.41851&ie=UTF8&ll=34.113226,-118.362923&spn=0.158894,0.41851&z=12)

Elite Cuisine, bleh.
But Cafe Elite and La Brea Bagel are fine breakfast choices on Beverly/La Brea and Pizza Mayven is pretty good as well, although LA pizza stores generally leave much to be desired.
And of course Fish Grill, they have other locations as well, but I've only been to the Beverly location.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moishh on December 21, 2010, 08:35:20 PM
for the record, and for those who actually know what the valley is like, and didn't just hear from someone...the valley is quite happening. Not as new yorkish as the city, thankfully, but there are plenty of restaurants in the valley, and as Dan said, both during rush hour and not during rush hour la brea is closer to the valley than beverly hills or pico robertson. There are several great malls, the frum community is just as big as any one area in the city, it is also warmer in the winter, and less traffic, there are a few nice golf courses, shooting ranges (both things that are hard to find at a decent price in the city). I've lived in la for 26 years and have "lived" in both the valley and the city...please don't listen to members just because they have more stars by their name..
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 21, 2010, 08:42:17 PM
The valley is a great place to live I'm sure.  Less traffic and cheaper housing.  But there is less for tourists to do.

Although I do like the Americana at Brand outdoor mall in Glendale.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moishh on December 21, 2010, 09:02:25 PM
Ya..both great malls...the city is a great place for tourists to visit. A 15 min drive is close enough, and in my opinion worth staying somewhere peaceful, and easier to get around.  And universal is the probably the best medium-basically half-way between the frum valley and hancock park (la brea area)..also obviously right next to universal studios, universal city (great night activity), and also closer to glendale (malls).  Its also, closer to burbank area where u can find Fry's electronics (fun store), burbank airport (great place to fly into on Jetblue), and is right off the highway so easy access...only thing is, I am not huge fan of any of the hotels there (unless they have renovated in the last 5 years)....and as side point, the frum valley (north hollywood) is closer to disneyland!!...it is also closer to the closest outlet mall in the area, Camarillo.  So for a true tourist, the valley is probably the better option. For those too attached to New york, I would definitely recommend the city.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 21, 2010, 09:56:57 PM
it is also closer to the closest outlet mall in the area, Camarillo.
And Tierra Sur at Herzog Winery in Oxnard and Pizza Nosh in Agoura Hills.

Still I would recommend staying at LAX (SPG or priceline) or the Beverly Hills - West Hollywood region on priceline.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moishh on December 21, 2010, 10:21:07 PM
I agree. if you need the nice hotel and want good attractions nearby, then your best bet is beverly hills or LAX.  Unfortunately, the frum area of the valley is severely lacking in nice hotels..or any hotels for that matter.  People not interested in staying at someone house for shabbos in the valley, have a hardd time with the fact that there are no hotels nearby...guess its like that in many communities...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Q274 on December 21, 2010, 10:23:04 PM
arent there some nice hotels by the univesal area (universal hilton) i never stayed in one but ive been to weddings there and they are really nice imo
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moishh on December 21, 2010, 10:38:51 PM
arent there some nice hotels by the univesal area (universal hilton) i never stayed in one but ive been to weddings there and they are really nice imo
If you read back a couple posts, you will see I mentioned those hotels (its the Sheraton and Hilton).  Decent hotels, but nothing too impressive.  And they are both about a 45 min walk to the frum community..maybe more, never really walked it.  And your cousins wedding there was very nice...both actually. :-)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 22, 2010, 02:31:18 AM
like i said, someone coming to la for a vacation, needs his head checked if he even considers the valley. no offense superdan, it might be a great place in the winter with amazing attractions such as frys and la pizza, but not for someone visiting la
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moishh on December 22, 2010, 09:04:20 AM
like i said, someone coming to la for a vacation, needs his head checked if he even considers the valley. no offense superdan, it might be a great place in the winter with amazing attractions such as frys and la pizza, but not for someone visiting la
you must have skipped a few of my posts, intentionally or not, but i will repeat the fact that the valley is atleast 15 min closer to disneyland, camarillo outlet malls, golf courses, and the closest empty/kosher beaches for a frum guy wanting to go to the beach in la, and its closer to oxnard which is beautiful beach town (both these places are better than santa monica for a from yid)...so the truth is, unless someone is coming to la to do nothing all day but eat and go to sefarim stores, they would truly be better off staying in the valley. (so I guess I need my head checked if I like going to the beach, disneyland, and golfing on vacation....good point moish)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 22, 2010, 09:08:09 AM
so the truth is, unless someone is coming to la to do nothing all day but eat
That's what I go to LA for ;D
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moishh on December 22, 2010, 09:09:38 AM
unless of course you have some secret vacation activities in the city that I've missed all these years...please enlighten us people who have heads that need to be checked...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 22, 2010, 12:02:57 PM
ive said my piece. i dont want to argue with you because youre not only dan, youre SUPERdan
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moishh on December 22, 2010, 12:23:19 PM
hahaha figured you'd stoop to that level..
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: yare on December 22, 2010, 01:03:37 PM
ok, i'll set the record straight.  i'm with dan, i'm coming to la to eat all day!   but my wife might not appreciate that, so we'll also prob check out universal one day like i said, and do some sightseeing, nice places to walk see stars, i dunno.  neither of us have ever been to la, and it's only a total 3 day trip.  also, its not over a shabbos, so, nothing personal to anyone out there, but i have no interest in staying in middle of the frum community.  this is "vacation".     we want to stay somewhere a little nicer than a normal w or westin, but not at the expense of being a 30 minute drive away from everything.       
so i was at the sls beverly hills.  also, it seems on priceline there's a 5 star called le ermitage which got amazing reviews, but thats also in beverly hills, and i have no clue if that's a good area to be in.   i would appreciate any help you guys can give (or suggestions on what to do).       in terms of food, i looked through the posts here and these are the ones that really sound interesting to us- tierra sur, La Gondola, Shiloh's, Jeff's, Pat's.   and maybe an occasional bite of pizza or something, but mainly the good meat places. 
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 22, 2010, 01:28:15 PM
hahaha figured you'd stoop to that level..
you started
for the record, and for those who actually know what the valley is like, and didn't just hear from someone...please don't listen to members just because they have more stars by their name..
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 22, 2010, 01:31:44 PM
beverly hills is a great choice.
dont keep your hopes up of seeing any stars (even the ones in the sky)
tierra sur is probably not a good option for such a short trip
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: yare on December 22, 2010, 04:36:11 PM
nice places to walk see stars, i dunno.  r

lol, just realized that sounded like stars in teh sky.  i meant hollywood stars.


why isn't tierra sur a good option?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 22, 2010, 04:37:16 PM
i said even. i meant both
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: yare on December 22, 2010, 04:42:17 PM
i know,  i wrote mine before yours posted.    i edited it and added the second part once i saw yours.

but back to the point... why isnt terra sur good for a short trip?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 22, 2010, 06:27:08 PM
i know,  i wrote mine before yours posted.    i edited it and added the second part once i saw yours.

but back to the point... why isnt terra sur good for a short trip?
It's a 60-90 minute drive, but I think it's worth it.
Call Costco's around the area to see if they sell discounted GCs to there still.  Search for "Tierra" on the main DD site to get the item number out of the comments.

You may also like the Getty Museum.  There's tons of art (not my cup of tea) but the architecture, gardens, and jaw-dropping view of LA make it worthwhile.
Oh, and it's free, courtesy if the Getty estate :)

But like I said, the shopping and sights in LA are secondary towards the great food options for me!

Don't miss the grove if you want to see movie stars.  Seems like most times I am there that there are some celebrities being following by paparazzi cameras.

3rd Street Promenade/Santa Monica Pier can be fun as well. 
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moishh on December 22, 2010, 06:43:31 PM
where is la?  is that a city or neighborhood? is terra sur in la?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moishh on December 22, 2010, 06:44:50 PM
3rd Street Promenade/Santa Monica Pier can be fun as well. 
whats the weather like on santa monica pier and 3rd street at night in the winter?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moishh on December 22, 2010, 06:47:48 PM
you started
are you having a childish argument on this forum? I wanna come to la..figuring out where to stay, city or valley, but i haven't heard many good reasons to stay in the city other than the nice hotel (which is a good reason if I were coming for a night)..im coming for 5 days and want stuff to do
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moishh on December 22, 2010, 07:13:16 PM
That's what I go to LA for ;D
dan..im surprised...after all your efforts into traveling for free, and getting free stuff your still impressed by food? that what u do on all these trips you spend time working for? woah...u just burst my bubble...i should take you on vacation
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 22, 2010, 07:26:18 PM
dan..im surprised...after all your efforts into traveling for free, and getting free stuff your still impressed by food? that what u do on all these trips you spend time working for? woah...u just burst my bubble...i should take you on vacation
Please work on your reading comprehension sir SuperDan with an identity complex.

I said I go to LA for the food.  I didn't say I go on vacations in general for the food. 
Frankly there's not much else of interest in LA besides the great food, weather, and shopping.
And thanks for the offer, but generally I don't look to vacation and stay in places where there are nice heimish jewish communities as you apparently do. 
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moishh on December 22, 2010, 07:41:45 PM
got bored of superdan..
and even in LA, I am  assuming because you stay in the city you don't realize what there is to do....the beach, which u probably don't know about, the water activites in Oxnard, the golf courses all around the valley, the shooting ranges all around the valley, the gorgeous hikes deep in the valley into the mountains, I am not sure what else there is to do on vacation besides all that...i am assuming you just didnt know about all those things to do...i understand
And whats with the personal attacks on this forum..i get attacked by moish, i get attacked by you (the LEADER OF THE FORUM)..why can't we just have a peaceful argument...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moishh on December 22, 2010, 07:48:48 PM
sir SuperDan with an identity complex.
and moish made fun of me, so i decided to change it so we can leave our screen names out of it...guess it didn't work
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 22, 2010, 07:51:10 PM
I've done Oxnard (ran the shul there for a shabbos even), don't golf, we've got shooting ranges all over in Ohio, etc.  If that's all you do on vacations that perhaps you should come with me?

Perhaps you're getting attacked because you attack other first?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 22, 2010, 07:51:47 PM
and moish made fun of me, so i decided to change it so we can leave our screen names out of it...guess it didn't work
Do you not think moish might take offense by your latest name?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moishh on December 22, 2010, 08:01:25 PM
oh..and how can i forget..those that are interested in moving making and tv shows, can go to the WB studio, or the CBS studio, or several other studios and get a studio tour...or you can go to watch jay leno live, or other shows and be in the audience...and there is universal studios, city walk...i guess there are a few things to do in la...am i crazy here? 
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moishh on December 22, 2010, 08:03:29 PM
I've done Oxnard (ran the shul there for a shabbos even), don't golf, we've got shooting ranges all over in Ohio, etc.  If that's all you do on vacations that perhaps you should come with me?

Perhaps you're getting attacked because you attack other first?
you conveniently left out the beach, and water activities, the hikes....please, enlighten me what you do on your vacations (besides staying in a hotel)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moishh on December 22, 2010, 08:03:59 PM
Do you not think moish might take offense by your latest name?
how?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 22, 2010, 08:06:35 PM
you conveniently left out the beach, and water activities, the hikes....please, enlighten me what you do on your vacations (besides staying in a hotel)

What kind of beach and water activities do you do in the winter in LA?  It's far too cold for that.
And I was never that impressed with LA hiking, although granted I've heard that there are nice hikes to do.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 22, 2010, 08:06:59 PM
how?
If you can't figure it out yourself I can't help you.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moishh on December 22, 2010, 08:09:55 PM
come on Dan, lets be honest here, there is quite a lot to do in LA besides eat...even for you...I am assuming you just don't care to drive anywhere because you happen to love the restaurants in the city (which I understand, there are some great restaurants there..though Boca in the valley is worth stopping by at), so you chose to stay nearby.  I hear that....but please don't claim that's all there is to do there...you and I know thats not true...even Dan can be mistaken sometimes

Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 22, 2010, 08:15:34 PM
though Boca in the valley is worth stopping by at), so you chose to stay nearby.  I hear that....but please don't claim that's all there is to do there...you and I know thats not true...even Dan can be mistaken sometimes
I heard Boca was terrible from multiple people so I never went.
Anyway I (and many other I know online and offline) go to LA primarily for the great food, the activities there are just icing.  Fact is people keep asking in this thread for things to do and there just isn't that much.  Disney and Universal are nice but are also $$$

Just my 2 cents.  If you go to LA for the activities then good for you.  If freezing water, golf courses, and shooting ranges are reasons to go somewhere then I can be mistaken I suppose.  I usually go to LA in the winter and I don't find much to do besides eat and shop.  If you go to LA in the summer then beaches are an option, but I doubt you'll find the solitude that you can get in Kauai.  Personally I generally stay in CLE in the summer as it's typically quite pleasant then.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moishh on December 22, 2010, 08:20:47 PM
 ;D
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moishh on December 22, 2010, 08:41:52 PM
you're a good man Dan, and we all appreciate everything you do for us! You provide a great service to the frum world (and probably non-frum as well). Keep up the good work!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on December 22, 2010, 08:53:17 PM
For the day that I'll spend in Disney, where's a good place that can I pick up some "lunch to go" after shachris that I can take with me? I would need something that would open before 10 AM.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on December 22, 2010, 08:57:36 PM
If u would do bagels for lunch, la brea bagel is great!
they also open very early.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on December 22, 2010, 09:40:23 PM
Thanks. Everyone tells me about Fish Grill. Are they all the same just different location?

Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Q274 on December 22, 2010, 10:57:04 PM
Thanks. Everyone tells me about Fish Grill. Are they all the same just different location?


afair
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 23, 2010, 12:37:01 AM
If u would do bagels for lunch, la brea bagel is great!
they also open very early.
Yup, thats a fine choice.
The cake donuts from Cafe Elite (bring me a cinnamon crumb donut) are heaven.
Or just pick up a pie of pizza from Pizza Mayven
All are within 2 blocks of each other in the La Brea/Beverly neighborhood.

I've only been to the Fish Grill in La Brea/Beverly.  The grilled salmon with angel hair pasta is excellent as are their fries.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Q274 on December 23, 2010, 12:48:36 AM
Fish grill also has a dish called fish and chips (fried fish with french fries) phenomenal 
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 23, 2010, 12:54:29 AM
Fish grill also has a dish called fish and chips (fried fish with french fries) phenomenal 
Will try next time iy'h.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on December 23, 2010, 01:09:37 AM
Fish grill also has a dish called fish and chips (fried fish with french fries) phenomenal 

There are many great kosher establishments in LA (as I am a foodie and live in LA, I can attest to that). However, if you are picking up food before 10 to then take to Disneyland, I don't think Fish Grill would be the right place (even though it doesn't open that early anyway). I usually eat at Fish Grill 1-2x/week and I will tell you that the best part about it is the freshness of it all, so in my opinion always eat there if possible. Also, if you haven't tried them yet, the chips and salsa are amazingly fresh and tasty at Fish Grill (a personal favorite of mine).

For the day that I'll spend in Disney, where's a good place that can I pick up some "lunch to go" after shachris that I can take with me? I would need something that would open before 10 AM.

Before 10am there are a number of options: Coffee Bean (non-cholov Yisrael) has pastries/bagels, etc., Pico Cafe, Cafe Nana, Eilat Bakery, La Brea Bagel, Cafe Elite.

Generally, no fleishig place will be open at that hour. If you want fleish though, another option is to get take-out sandwiches the night before from a place like PKD or Jeff's and bring those along with you for the day.

Good restaurants in LA are:
Jeff's
PKD
Pat's
Shilo's
La Gondola
Tierra Sur
Fish Grill (4 locations)
Nagila Pizza (not meat)
Pizza Nosh (Agoura Hills - amazing!)
Tierra Sur (Herzog Winery - Oxnard)

Enjoy the food out here (we love it!)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 23, 2010, 01:16:01 AM
There are many great kosher establishments in LA (as I am a foodie and live in LA, I can attest to that). However, if you are picking up food before 10 to then take to Disneyland, I don't think Fish Grill would be the right place (even though it doesn't open that early anyway). I usually eat at Fish Grill 1-2x/week and I will tell you that the best part about it is the freshness of it all, so in my opinion always eat there if possible. Also, if you haven't tried them yet, the chips and salsa are amazingly fresh and tasty at Fish Grill (a personal favorite of mine).

Before 10am there are a number of options: Coffee Bean (non-cholov Yisrael) has pastries/bagels, etc., Pico Cafe, Cafe Nana, Eilat Bakery, La Brea Bagel, Cafe Elite.

Generally, no fleishig place will be open at that hour. If you want fleish though, another option is to get take-out sandwiches the night before from a place like PKD or Jeff's and bring those along with you for the day.

Good restaurants in LA are:
Jeff's
PKD
Pat's
Shilo's
La Gondola
Tierra Sur
Fish Grill (4 locations)
Nagila Pizza (not meat)
Pizza Nosh (Agoura Hills - amazing!)
Tierra Sur (Herzog Winery - Oxnard)

Enjoy the food out here (we love it!)
+1 on eating Fish Grill fresh.
There's also Circa NY in Shwartz Bakery for breakfast.  I liked the combo breakfast there of waffles, pancakes, french toast, fruit salad, and coffee for something like $10-$15.  And the bakery is great as well.

Agree on hitting up all those restaurants on your list, it's very close to my list except I'd add Milk and Honey and do Pizza Mayven instead of Nagila Pizza.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on December 23, 2010, 01:23:30 AM
pizza world is also very good (but its not near any other kosher stores, its by fairfax and 4th)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 23, 2010, 01:26:15 AM
pizza world is also very good (but its not near any other kosher stores, its by fairfax and 4th)
I don't care for their pizza at all, but their mexican stuff is decent.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 23, 2010, 01:57:41 AM
pizzza mayven is awesome, their pizza, their fries and their nachos. dont forget to also get their strawberry soda.
FISH GRILL IS THE BEST!! salmon salad, fries, fish tacos, chowder, fish & chips and dont forget their homemade cookie!
shilos just opened a new restaurant
a new fine dining option is slated to open in the next few days called "la seine", french obviously, on la cienega - "restaurant row". im a tad sceptical as the exec chef is none other than alex reznik, infamous for the pea puree scandal on top chef season 7
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 23, 2010, 02:18:17 AM
pizzza mayven is awesome, their pizza, their fries and their nachos. dont forget to also get their strawberry soda.
FISH GRILL IS THE BEST!! salmon salad, fries, fish tacos, chowder, fish & chips and dont forget their homemade cookie!
shilos just opened a new restaurant
a new fine dining option is slated to open in the next few days called "la seine", french obviously, on la cienega - "restaurant row". im a tad sceptical as the exec chef is none other than alex reznik, infamous for the pea puree scandal on top chef season 7
What's Shilah new place called?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 23, 2010, 02:21:49 AM
26 by shilo’s

 

Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Q274 on December 23, 2010, 07:33:14 AM
If you are gonna make your way over to milk and honey (I happened to have enjoyed the food there) you MUST hit up the candy store (I forget its name) about 6 stores away from there on the next block it is amazing candy and ice cream
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on December 23, 2010, 07:48:34 AM
If you are gonna make your way over to milk and honey (I happened to have enjoyed the food there) you MUST hit up the candy store (I forget its name) about 6 stores away from there on the next block it is amazing candy and ice cream
Munchies...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: yare on December 23, 2010, 12:13:53 PM
how bout the place spielbergs mother owns... decent food there?   nice place?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on December 23, 2010, 12:48:08 PM
how bout the place spielbergs mother owns... decent food there?   nice place?
I actually haven't been to Milky Way in years, but it's a good place to bump into Steven Spielberg, the owner's son, who dines there often.
But fair enough, I guess I can't recommend the place if I haven't been there in 8 years!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 23, 2010, 02:01:40 PM
ive never eaten there.....for a reason
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ash on December 27, 2010, 05:54:37 PM
whats the reason everything milky way i found is fresh, but milk and honey absolutely sucks and all comes frozen
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 27, 2010, 05:58:49 PM
whats the reason everything milky way i found is fresh, but milk and honey absolutely sucks and all comes frozen
they have a reputation of bland food
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 27, 2010, 05:59:53 PM
whats the reason everything milky way i found is fresh, but milk and honey absolutely sucks and all comes frozen
I love the Eggplant Parm at Milk and Honey.  And their Bread and Tomato dip rocks as well.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ash on December 27, 2010, 06:22:37 PM
everything at milk and honey is frozen even the tomatoes :) im kidding though they just dont make things fresh there
oh by the way i live in LA
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 27, 2010, 06:38:57 PM
everything at milk and honey is frozen even the tomatoes :) im kidding though they just dont make things fresh there
oh by the way i live in LA
I've seen them make the eggplant parm in the back from scratch.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 27, 2010, 06:48:05 PM
making something from scratch doesnt mean theyre not using frozen ingredients, im sure they dont mean that m&h is merely defrosting tv dinners
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 27, 2010, 07:13:22 PM
making something from scratch doesnt mean theyre not using frozen ingredients, im sure they dont mean that m&h is merely defrosting tv dinners
What exactly is frozen in an eggplant parm and frankly, does it matter if it tastes great?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 27, 2010, 08:01:21 PM
they could use frozen eggplants. it doesnt matter, but someone with a refined palate would be able to taste the difference
to be clear, im not accusing them of using frozen products, just clarifying the above posts
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ash on December 28, 2010, 01:52:37 PM
last night i went to the "26 by Shiloh's" the new dairy place, and i really enjoyed it, very different from all the other dairy places (kicks milk and honey in @#$*&) finally had a Risotto and awesome cheese cake
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on December 28, 2010, 02:32:42 PM
where is 26 by Shilo's? is it on pico?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 28, 2010, 03:22:30 PM
last night i went to the "26 by Shiloh's" the new dairy place, and i really enjoyed it, very different from all the other dairy places (kicks milk and honey in @#$*&) finally had a Risotto and awesome cheese cake
different in what sense?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ash on December 28, 2010, 06:17:37 PM
yep its on pico, and the level of the food its more of fine dining i would guess then the other places, allot of unique dishes including a gefilta fish pizza
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ash on December 28, 2010, 06:19:30 PM
I DID NOT GET IT (the pizza) ................
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on December 28, 2010, 07:51:04 PM
sounds good. maybe next time I go home, i'll stop by...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on December 28, 2010, 08:00:29 PM
So if 3 nights in LA with wife, I should do Fish Grill, Tierra Sur and this new milchig place??? Gefilta fish with pizza souds like something you would get on an airline with peas and carrots.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 29, 2010, 02:20:32 AM
how does it compare with a cow jumped over the moon?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ash on December 29, 2010, 01:15:46 PM
I only went to the cow jumped over the moon when it was a small place in the parking lot and it was for lunch so..... for me it TCJOTM was ok but they did not have this kind of selection.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: marchosch on January 21, 2011, 11:26:33 AM
Not sure how much you want to spend but I am going next week and I found a website OMG.travel. They own apts in LA and a hand full of them are in Hancock Park(S Detroit st) mine is in the 400 block,1.5 blocks from YI and Bais Naphtoli. Also loads of food places. Although they advertise cheaper prices the luxury apts are fully equipped and range from 109-149 for a 1-3 bedroom. For what you get a real bargain especially when you compare to the prices of the hotels in BH and Pico. Check them out if you were planing on paying cash.
Title: A weekend in California
Post by: daganster on February 20, 2011, 09:37:56 AM
My wife and I would like to travel to LA in 2 weeks for 4 days, and I'm looking for a flight either in business or in coach. If there are any nice business classes between NY and LA then I'll fly business, otherwise I'll fly coach. I have points with Continental, AA, Delta and BA, any ideas? In addition I'm looking for a nice SPG hotel, and some activities that are doable with an 11 month child.
Title: Re: A weekend in California
Post by: moish on February 20, 2011, 09:38:35 AM
fish grill
Title: Re: A weekend in California
Post by: MilesHoarder on February 20, 2011, 09:46:17 AM
If you have enough SPG points that you really want to burn - spend the weekend at the St. Regis Laguna Beach . Truly beautiful property.
Title: Re: A weekend in California
Post by: daganster on February 20, 2011, 09:49:31 AM
fish grill
what's fish grill? a restaurant!
Title: Re: A weekend in California
Post by: Cholentfresser on February 20, 2011, 10:17:06 AM
if u are looking for a nice cat. 2 hotel,try the LAX Westin. unless u have a ton of points to spend on this trip.
how many points do u have?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 20, 2011, 10:29:05 AM
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=302.msg23082#msg23082
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: daganster on February 20, 2011, 10:29:36 AM
I'm not planning on using points, rather starhot. Do you know what starhot is?
Title: Re: A weekend in California
Post by: LAXtraveler on February 20, 2011, 10:54:24 AM
My wife and I would like to travel to LA in 2 weeks for 4 days, and I'm looking for a flight either in business or in coach. If there are any nice business classes between NY and LA then I'll fly business, otherwise I'll fly coach. I have points with Continental, AA, Delta and BA, any ideas? In addition I'm looking for a nice SPG hotel, and some activities that are doable with an 11 month child.

Many great things in LA. Also, AA and DL both have pretty decent business class products for this route because it is a popular route for business people. If you are looking for another pay option UA and VX both have pretty nice products as well.

Restaurants are plentiful in LA from all types and we have some very nice new ones as well. Fish Grill is excellent!

St. Regis in Laguna is a great option. If you want something more in LA proper there is the SLS Hotel (very funky) in Beverly Hills.

If you give more specifics on what you're looking to do, etc. I can try to be of more help.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 20, 2011, 11:22:41 AM
I usually wind up staying at the Westin or Sheraton LAX.

But W Hollywood and W Westwood look awesome.

During FFN I wouldn't miss the Andaz West Hollywood, which has a great rooftop pool with cabanas.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: daganster on February 20, 2011, 11:55:43 AM
What's FFN?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: daganster on February 20, 2011, 11:58:06 AM
Laxtraveler, thanks for the info I'll get back to you soon with mire specifics.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on June 27, 2011, 09:35:35 AM
Any kosher option in the Anaheim/Irvine area?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 27, 2011, 10:19:44 AM
Any kosher option in the Anaheim/Irvine area?
OC Kosher is a full service grocery I believe.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: bosoxfan on June 27, 2011, 10:35:46 AM
there is also a full kosher butcher near Irvine
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: smurf on June 28, 2011, 01:45:22 PM
there is also a very nice chabad shul in Irvine. i'm pretty sure it's the closest one to Disneyland
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: bosoxfan on June 28, 2011, 01:55:05 PM
as well as an Ashkenaz shul (Beth Jacob) with 3 minyanim daily. there's a sefardi minyan in the same parking area as the Ashkenaz shul with 6 am shachris.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: madopo on July 17, 2011, 05:15:08 PM
I'm in LA with my wife & 9 month old looking for a starwoods hotel that's not very expensive for 1 night within driving distance  (within a couple hours) that I can still get to with carmageddeon.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on July 17, 2011, 06:35:18 PM
I'm in LA with my wife & 9 month old looking for a starwoods hotel that's not very expensive for 1 night within driving distance  (within a couple hours) that I can still get to with carmageddeon.

You can try any number of hotels in Orange County or San Diego. Both are accessible by the 5, but if you are south of the I-10 then you can take the 405 as well.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on July 17, 2011, 09:14:04 PM
UPDATE: Carmageddon is over... they opened the 405 early... any LA people are free to travel on it again.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on July 18, 2011, 05:45:52 PM
UPDATE: Carmageddon is over... they opened the 405 early... any LA people are free to travel on it again.

Overrated (http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=14093958). It also seems the contractor made a fortune over the weekend.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aarony on August 03, 2011, 03:00:50 PM
can anyone give me an update on restaurants/pizza shops in the Los Angeles valley/North Hollywood area, we will be there next thursday-sunday near Chandler Blvd...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 03, 2011, 07:00:15 PM
i enjoyed 'la seine' on la cienega
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 03, 2011, 07:23:30 PM
i enjoyed 'la seine' on la cienega
I've heard mixed reviews about the place.  Care to get more detailed?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 03, 2011, 07:26:51 PM
was there twice, both times very much enjoyed the food...service a bit slow. a bit on the pricey side.
what else would you like to know?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on August 03, 2011, 07:27:56 PM
I've heard mixed reviews about the place.  Care to get more detailed?
+1
Have greatly enjoyed La Gondola multiple times. Tastes even better when its sponsored ( ;) )
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on August 03, 2011, 07:29:10 PM
was there twice, both times very much enjoyed the food...service a bit slow. a bit on the pricey side.
what else would you like to know?
Small portions, expensive?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 03, 2011, 07:31:09 PM
medium portions
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aarony on August 03, 2011, 10:49:22 PM
anything good in North Hollywood/ Valley Village/ Sherman Oaks area?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 04, 2011, 02:22:52 AM
this time of year, nothing good with that area at all
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on August 04, 2011, 03:28:34 AM
Bocca (http://boccasteakhouse.com/contact.html) is pretty good.
Not cheap though.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Hudi on August 04, 2011, 07:41:37 AM
Bocca (http://boccasteakhouse.com/contact.html) is pretty good.
Not cheap though.

+1 Loved Bocca!!

They have this milchig place right next door as well. Also pretty decent.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aarony on August 04, 2011, 09:17:58 AM
Moish,
what do you mean by "this time of year" nothing good....?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on August 04, 2011, 09:58:29 AM
Bocca (http://boccasteakhouse.com/contact.html) is pretty good.
Not cheap though.

For their prices (http://boccasteakhouse.com/menu_dinner.html), I'm not sure pretty good cuts it, they better be damn good.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 04, 2011, 03:09:53 PM
Moish,
what do you mean by "this time of year" nothing good....?

its best to stay away from the valley from mid may until mid september
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aarony on August 04, 2011, 04:24:01 PM
do you mean because of the heat?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 04, 2011, 06:36:06 PM
weathers a killer
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: sbd on August 05, 2011, 12:21:01 PM
anything good in North Hollywood/ Valley Village/ Sherman Oaks area?

Golan in North Hollywood has great food
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on August 10, 2011, 10:16:35 AM
on a short 4 day La/San vaca, is it really worth it to spend all the time driving one night to eat at the Tierra Sur?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 10, 2011, 12:06:17 PM
on a short 4 day La/San vaca, is it really worth it to spend all the time driving one night to eat at the Tierra Sur?

Yes!

however why not do some boating and outlet mall shopping in oxnard/camarillo and hit up pizza nosh in agoura hills for lunch between the two, you'll be well fed!

they are two of the finest joints in the la area imho
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on August 10, 2011, 12:15:18 PM
why not do some boating and outlet mall shopping in oxnard/camarillo
Any particular boat rental place you'd recommend?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on August 10, 2011, 09:21:15 PM
I was doing some research and came upon the Regan Presidential Library in Simi Valley near Oxnard. Has anyone been there?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on August 10, 2011, 11:31:37 PM
Yes, my husband and I enjoyed the library!  We spent one night in Oxnard - had a great time @ Tierra Sur, enjoyed Fish Grill in Malibu the next day.  Highly recommend all!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 11, 2011, 05:30:04 AM
I was doing some research and came upon the Regan Presidential Library in Simi Valley near Oxnard. Has anyone been there?
its great. they also have a retired air force one there that you can walk through
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 11, 2011, 09:58:22 AM
Yes!

however why not do some boating and outlet mall shopping in oxnard/camarillo and hit up pizza nosh in agoura hills for lunch between the two, you'll be well fed!

they are two of the finest joints in the la area imho
Tierra Sur is the possibly the finest/best restaurant in the world and Pizza Nosh is the best Pizza in LA.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 11, 2011, 11:21:28 AM
Tierra Sur is the possibly the finest/best restaurant in the world and Pizza Nosh is the best Pizza in LA.
pizza mayven!! ive never heard of pizza nosh. la pizza also gets high marks
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 11, 2011, 11:32:35 AM
pizza mayven!! ive never heard of pizza nosh. la pizza also gets high marks
Pizza Maven is decent pizza.  LA is famous for pretty awful pizza which is the only reason Pizza Maven is considered good in comparison.  In most other cities Pizza Maven would be considered subpar.

Pizza Nosh is out in Agoura Hills.  Not somewhere you shlep to just for pizza, but if you're going out to Oxnard anyway then it's worth the stop.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 11, 2011, 11:44:44 AM
i personally like maven better than most ny pizza
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on August 11, 2011, 11:47:12 AM
i personally like maven better than most ny pizza
Eh you must not have had Pizza Time
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 11, 2011, 01:33:49 PM
i didnt. where is it
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on August 11, 2011, 01:39:59 PM
i didnt. where is it
Getting off topic but on the corner of East 14th and J
Pizza Time
1324 Avenue J
Brooklyn, NY 11230-3606
(718) 252-8801
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on August 12, 2011, 06:15:36 PM
Are there any Minyan Factories (i.e. shul like Landaus in Flatbush)?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 13, 2011, 04:50:25 PM
bais yehuda, corner of oakwood and la brea, is closest youll get
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 14, 2011, 04:07:27 AM
Tierra Sur is the possibly the finest/best restaurant in the world and Pizza Nosh is the best Pizza in LA.

we should start writing food reviews for ddf - our tastes seem to concur! :)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: sim on August 15, 2011, 02:03:05 PM
Dan, you mentioned that costco was selling gift cards for Tierra Sur   (2 $50  cards and free wine tasting) i dont see them online do they sell them in  store?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 15, 2011, 02:09:27 PM
Dan, you mentioned that costco was selling gift cards for Tierra Sur   (2 $50  cards and free wine tasting) i dont see them online do they sell them in  store?
They sold them in stores, but that was a few years ago.
No idea if they still carry them or not.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: sim on August 15, 2011, 05:45:08 PM
k thanx
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: tightbudget on August 16, 2011, 12:35:42 AM
anybody eat at la seine i don't see it on the restaurant thread? if i'm eating at tiera sue is there anything to do in that area once i'm out there?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 16, 2011, 12:37:30 AM
camarillo outlet mall, boating
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on August 16, 2011, 12:39:13 AM
I'm eating at Le Seine this very moment lol. Still only at the appetizers, I got sushi and so far its delicious. The ambiance is amazing. Eating at tierra sur tomorrow iyh. Just a quick tip...call and make reservations like a day before because they book up quickly!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 16, 2011, 01:12:38 AM
anybody eat at la seine i don't see it on the restaurant thread? if i'm eating at tiera sue is there anything to do in that area once i'm out there?
i have been there a few times and enjoyed it
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Wlamom on August 16, 2011, 11:49:40 PM
anybody eat at la seine i don't see it on the restaurant thread?

Is this a new restaurant- I've lived in LA all my life and never heard of it?

BTW I think Nagila has pretty good pizza..
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on August 16, 2011, 11:53:35 PM
anybody eat at la seine i don't see it on the restaurant thread?

Is this a new restaurant- I've lived in LA all my life and never heard of it?

Yes its fairly new. Small portions but excellent food. Try the short ribs, they melt. The sushi is excellent as well.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 17, 2011, 01:47:10 AM
located on restaurant row
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Vexorg on August 17, 2011, 01:52:25 PM
The Dairy Restaurant next to Bocca closed down. No longer Kosher. At La Pizza (in the valley) Try the Pasta & Broccoli....
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 17, 2011, 07:15:24 PM
I'm eating at Le Seine this very moment lol. Still only at the appetizers, I got sushi and so far its delicious. The ambiance is amazing. Eating at tierra sur tomorrow iyh. Just a quick tip...call and make reservations like a day before because they book up quickly!


nu mocha, how was the full meal? enlighten us....
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on August 18, 2011, 06:30:38 PM
I inquired about the Tierra Sur GC's sold at Costco by calling Tierra Sur directly and asking them about it. The lady i spoke to said that Costco purchases them and at the current time she has not received any orders from Costco for any GC's. I also called the Costco's in the area to see if they may have any and none of them did.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2011, 06:41:56 PM
I inquired about the Tierra Sur GC's sold at Costco by calling Tierra Sur directly and asking them about it. The lady i spoke to said that Costco purchases them and at the current time she has not received any orders from Costco for any GC's. I also called the Costco's in the area to see if they may have any and none of them did.
Shame.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ash on August 19, 2011, 08:39:05 AM
try the costco in the valley on burbank blvd. they usually have them
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on August 21, 2011, 10:47:46 AM
try the costco in the valley on burbank blvd. they usually have them

Called that one too and  no luck
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on August 21, 2011, 08:54:27 PM
Staying at the Hyatt Century City and a Diamond member, do I contact the concierge to get my breakfast to be ALL kosher? If yes, before I come or when I check in?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 22, 2011, 01:36:55 AM
Just wanted to recommend Nana's Cafe on Robertson...dairy...RCC

Try the Kabab or Shwarma wrap, fetticini alfredo, pizzas, avocado rolls, cheesecake and the portabello sandwich. Service was lightning fast despite there not being an empty table inside :)

You might want to RSVP to play it safe though I didn't...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aarony on August 22, 2011, 12:39:10 PM
i need a place for dinner on thursday night.  we are a family of 6, kids are ages 9 to 13.  steak dinner would be nice but i am not looking to break the bank - any reccomendations?

Thanks,
Aaron
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 22, 2011, 01:41:15 PM
i need a place for dinner on thursday night.  we are a family of 6, kids are ages 9 to 13.  steak dinner would be nice but i am not looking to break the bank - any reccomendations?

Thanks,
Aaron
elite cuisine
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 22, 2011, 01:41:52 PM
Just wanted to recommend Nana's Cafe on Robertson...dairy...RCC

Try the Kabab or Shwarma wrap, fetticini alfredo, pizzas, avocado rolls, cheesecake and the portabello sandwich. Service was lightning fast despite there not being an empty table inside :)

You might want to RSVP to play it safe though I didn't...
dairy kebab and shwarma?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 22, 2011, 02:38:10 PM
dairy kebab and shwarma?

Ahi/fish
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 22, 2011, 02:47:02 PM
Elite cuisine? seriously?
Must be dozens of better kosher eateries than that in LA.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 22, 2011, 02:51:52 PM
There is Subway, Pitaway, Shwarma King....all on Pico
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 22, 2011, 02:53:46 PM
Ahi/fish
ahi/fish shwarma? i think ill pass....
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 22, 2011, 02:54:37 PM
ahi/fish shwarma? i think ill pass....

if fish aint your thing, pass. if it is, you'll enjoy
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 22, 2011, 02:54:52 PM
There is Subway, Pitaway, Shwarma King....all on Pico
he wanted a steak dinner that wont break the bank, i dont think those restauarants quite fit the bill...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 22, 2011, 02:55:51 PM
if fish aint your thing, pass. if it is, you'll enjoy
fish is def my thing. how many times have i vouched for fish grill? but fish shwarma is in a different league
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 22, 2011, 02:57:19 PM
it aint shwarma as regular shwarma is called, its more like a grilled fish wrap that those israelis running the place decided to call shwarma....
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 22, 2011, 02:57:42 PM
he wanted a steak dinner that wont break the bank, i dont think those restauarants quite fit the bill...

im not sure there is a place that does fit the bill...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 22, 2011, 03:00:19 PM
im not sure there is a place that does fit the bill...
elite cuisine
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 22, 2011, 03:16:57 PM
Wayyyy better off with a steak sandwich and onion rings from pkd or jeff's than steak from elite cuisine IMHO.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 22, 2011, 04:08:23 PM
Wayyyy better off with a steak sandwich and onion rings from pkd or jeff's than steak from elite cuisine IMHO.

Ot azoiy! :)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 22, 2011, 04:11:51 PM
Ot azoiy! :)
Gosh I'm getting hungry again!
I can't even imagine how fat I'd be if I lived in LA...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: AtallD on August 22, 2011, 04:29:55 PM
i need a place for dinner on thursday night.  we are a family of 6, kids are ages 9 to 13.  steak dinner would be nice but i am not looking to break the bank - any reccomendations?

Thanks,
Aaron

Not sure how big ur 'bank' is. Shilohs and Pats have great steak.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 22, 2011, 04:31:33 PM
if someones wants a steak, a steak sammy just wont do. imho.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 22, 2011, 04:41:16 PM
if someones wants a steak, a steak sammy just wont do. imho.
Nor will anything that Elite Cuisine churns out.
If you want a good steak there's Tierra Sur, Shiloh's, La Gondola, Pat's, Le Seine, etc. Expect to pay $35-$50.
If you want a to save money then PKD or Jeff's make excellent succulent steak sandwiches for $10 or so and delicious homemade onion rings.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on August 22, 2011, 04:56:09 PM
nu mocha, how was the full meal? enlighten us....
Just saw this post, and forgot I didnt finish my report.

As far as Le Seine goes, the appetizers as I said were amazing...though without going into specifics I clearly requested that a certain ingredient not be added for health purposes and somehow that detail was left out..though everyone makes mistakes this was very uncool. The waiter apologized profusely and assured us he'll get us another one with the correction. However while we were waiting our steaks came so we asked the waiter to cancel the appetizer (as it contained fish and now we were by the meat), he said no problem while apologizing again and told us he'd take it off the bill. While I was upset at the mistake the waiter really seemed apologetic and handled it well. I ordered an unimpressive 375ml bottle of wine that was recommended by the waiter (it was a merlot though I forgot the name). My wife and I both ordered steaks, which they grilled to perfection. I (being a food connoisseur) wasn't too impressed with the steak, though it was enjoyable.

The following night I made the trip up to Oxnard to pay a visit to the famous Tierra Sur. This place really does not disappoint, and I would have to agree with Dan that this is most probably the best kosher restaurant in the world. The bread was served fresh hot from the oven and the crust had the most perfect crunch. I must admit that as I do claim to be a food connoisseur I felt a bit sheepish asking the waitress for "translations" to some things on the menu. As an appetizer I ordered the Chorizo lamb sausage, which is best described as a round plate-sized focaccia topped with spicy ground lamb, and Za'atar dressed salad..it was unbelievable (Prime KO in NYC at one point was serving something similar as a Chef's Special, not sure if they still have it).

We met a very nice couple sitting next to us, and the women was trying to get me to order the halibut for my entrée, which she said was phenomenal. Being that I'm primarily a meat eater I couldn't listen and went ahead with the grilled rib eye steak with red wine wild mushroom sauce, this was served with spinach and roasted heirloom potatoes. This is one behemoth of a steak, and it was the best steak largest steak I've ever had at a restaurant. Though I'm sure everything on the menu is delicious, I highly recommend ordering something that's under the "From our wood burning grill" category, you don't get this in too many other kosher restaurants.

I just want to add (not on a savings money point of view) that if you are with your wife and both of you are not huge eaters (I mean huge eaters), you very possibly will be very satisfied with splitting the "behemoth of a steak". I'm really not saying this out of cheapness...the steak really is huge(though it also may seem a bit logical as it does cost a whopping $48).  Being that I did not know it's , my wife and I both ordered the steak. Needless to say I will not be able to report on any of the desserts.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 22, 2011, 04:57:18 PM
elite's steak on a bone isnt too bad
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 22, 2011, 05:02:15 PM
and I would have to agree with an that this is most probably the best kosher restaurant in the world.
im just curious - to make that statement, you must have eaten in most of the fine dining establishments worldwide. is this accurate? also, how do you compare it to Pardes?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 22, 2011, 05:09:56 PM
Awesome report Mocha!!!

elite's steak on a bone isnt too bad
Pffft...
Wouldn't spend $23 on anything from that joint.

Spend the extra $10 and get a steak in a real restaurant or save $10 and go for a great steak sandwich.

Or go for a Burger.  You can go wrong with the Gondola Burger with a soup, salad, or pasta with the $10 lunch special there.  Splurge for the fried mushrooms and onions on the burger and get the avocado eggrolls for a real treat. 
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on August 22, 2011, 05:20:10 PM
im just curious - to make that statement, you must have eaten in most of the fine dining establishments worldwide. is this accurate? also, how do you compare it to Pardes?
No I have not eaten in most of the fine dining, but I do believe I've eaten in enough of the top fine dining kosher establishments worldwide to say what I said. The presentation and perfection of Tierra Sur is far ahead of anything I've eaten anywhere else.

And thanks Dan
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: est on August 22, 2011, 07:37:00 PM
It seems the only things near Tierra Sur are shopping and boating and reagans museum - any recommendations on a boating place there?
 I know once in LA I did speedboating in what must have been the ocean since there were large waves - any idea where that might have been?
Also is the museum really worth going to or ppl  just go cuz theres not much in the neighborhood?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Wlamom on August 22, 2011, 10:55:43 PM
B"H

There is biking in oxnard- check our wheel fun rentals- they have surrey bikes- not sure who you are traveling with-
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: CholentTheTraveler on August 23, 2011, 12:50:20 AM
I know once in LA I did speedboating in what must have been the ocean since there were large waves - any idea where that might have been?
Could it have been Marina Del Ray perhaps? They have a lot of boating there and good prices.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aarony on August 23, 2011, 03:36:57 AM
thanks everyone for the refresher on the LA restaurants... by the way we had a rib eye steak today at the OC market in tustin (near disneyland) and it was excellent.  The salads were very good too.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on August 23, 2011, 04:29:12 AM
While Tierra Sur may be unparalleled when it comes to the restaurant it isn't a winery experience.
They do an excellent job of matching up the wines with the food but when I first heard of it I thought it was a full on winery, vineyards and everything.

Serves me right for not researching myself before going...

It was very nice nonetheless and enjoyed the day out there as well as the drive from/to LA.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: est on August 23, 2011, 04:15:42 PM
B"H

There is biking in oxnard- check our wheel fun rentals- they have surrey bikes- not sure who you are traveling with-
thanx
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: est on August 23, 2011, 04:16:26 PM
Could it have been Marina Del Ray perhaps? They have a lot of boating there and good prices.
yes i think so thanx
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ash on August 24, 2011, 08:54:13 AM
did anyone try MexiKosher its a new Mexican line restaurant I heard its like Chipotle Mexican Grill and the chef is from Shilo's
I haven't been there yet
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on August 24, 2011, 09:38:07 AM
I heard amazing things about MexiKosher from numerous friends -- I cannot wait to try it myself!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: madopo on August 24, 2011, 07:36:30 PM
I heard amazing things about MexiKosher from numerous friends -- I cannot wait to try it myself!
+1 have not gone there myself (yet) but it is constantly packed
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 25, 2011, 01:27:54 AM
I've never eaten there myself, but I walked by a couple of times and the place seems to be always filled.

I have 2 reasons for thinking it is authentic and good:

1) There are non-Jewish Mexicans who I've seen eating in there.  If they like it, chances are it's good.
2) I have a Mexican friend who is always complaining about LA not having real, authentic kosher Mexican restaurants.  When he tried this place, he said ti was good.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aarony on August 25, 2011, 04:12:06 AM
any real good take out places for shabbos food to recommend in pico area?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ash on August 25, 2011, 06:56:13 AM
PKD is great also u can try glatt mart
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 25, 2011, 12:10:35 PM
PKD is the main place. They have a seporate take out location 2 doors down from their restaurant.

Glatt Mart and Pico Glatt both have take out for shabbos as well, but focus on Persian food, in you're interested.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aarony on August 25, 2011, 12:33:14 PM
we are looking for traditional ashkenazic (or hungarian) shabbos food - so i guess it will be pico deli.  are there any groceries open really late on thursday night?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 25, 2011, 12:39:27 PM
we are looking for traditional ashkenazic (or hungarian) shabbos food - so i guess it will be pico deli.  are there any groceries open really late on thursday night?
Check out Simon's La Glatt on Fairfax near Beverly (~10 minutes from Pico/Robertson) also for good hungarian shabbos food, some of it much better than PKD's.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 25, 2011, 12:50:36 PM
Check out Simon's La Glatt on Fairfax near Beverly (~10 minutes from Pico/Robertson) also for good hungarian shabbos food, some of it much better than PKD's.

This man speaks the truth. :)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 26, 2011, 01:42:49 AM
we are looking for traditional ashkenazic (or hungarian) shabbos food - so i guess it will be pico deli.  are there any groceries open really late on thursday night?

I know its a bit late, but Glatt Mart on Pico is open till either 9:30 or 10 Thursday night, which is not late by NY standards, but this is LA.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 29, 2011, 04:26:39 PM
Stopped by the new Matana Sushi and Grill in Agoura Hills yesterday...can report that the spicy tuna roll was one of the best I've sampled to date...the western burger w/ beef 'bacon' and fried onions/bbq sauce was great too.

The Cobb Salad wasn't too bad either.

They seem to have a lot of nice choices on the menu and I'm look forward to going back. There is plenty of seating and parking and it's right across from the greatest pizza shop in LA - Pizza Nosh.

I sure hope that they sometimes have more than the one waiter that was there, so if you have a large group - call ahead to RSVP so you don't have to wait. Service was great considering it was all on one waiters shoulders.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: daganster on September 05, 2011, 03:03:55 PM
I'm traveling to LA this Thursday, for a week, with my wife and 2 kids under the age of 2. I'm not very familiar with LA, and I'm looking for activities for 3 of the days that I'll be there. If anyone could recommend possible sight seeing, scenic roads, national parks or any other nice activity it would be highly appreciated.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on September 05, 2011, 03:43:12 PM
I'm traveling to LA this Thursday, for a week, with my wife and 2 kids under the age of 2. I'm not very familiar with LA, and I'm looking for activities for 3 of the days that I'll be there. If anyone could recommend possible sight seeing, scenic roads, national parks or any other nice activity it would be highly appreciated.

What's your budget? Where you staying?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: daganster on September 05, 2011, 04:48:00 PM
What's your budget? Where you staying?
My budget for what? I'm staying at the W Los Angeles - Westwood for the first 3 nights, and 3 nights at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on September 05, 2011, 04:57:05 PM
My budget for what? I'm staying at the W Los Angeles - Westwood for the first 3 nights, and 3 nights at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa.

Trips...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: daganster on September 05, 2011, 05:02:06 PM
Trips...
Sorry, I don't really travel with a budget. But I'm willing to spend money to have a good time with my family.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on September 05, 2011, 05:23:06 PM
Sorry, I don't really travel with a budget. But I'm willing to spend money to have a good time with my family.

Ok, so you're budget is unlimited....wasn't that complicated a question...in that case you can try Disneyland and get park hopper tickets to enjoy both parks at your convenience.

Knott's Berry Farm has an area for kids called Camp Snoopy as well as the general theme park. These parks are about an hour out of LA traffic dependent.

There is water sports such as boating in Oxnard and several solid restaurants/shopping in the area as well.

If you're willing to drive down to San Diego - though it seems that you're booked to stay local - you can go to SeaWorld and/or the Zoo Safari.

There is always Universal Studios which from the Hollywood R' is about 10 minutes. With kids, you'll want to pay for the preferred parking so as not to have to hike all the way back to the entrance.

You can drive down PCH - pacific coast highway - for a nice view and go to Malibu. There is a nice amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier that should be fun.

This should be good for starters...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: daganster on September 05, 2011, 05:31:56 PM
Ok, so you're budget is unlimited....wasn't that complicated a question...in that case you can try Disneyland and get park hopper tickets to enjoy both parks at your convenience.

Knott's Berry Farm has an area for kids called Camp Snoopy as well as the general theme park. These parks are about an hour out of LA traffic dependent.

There is water sports such as boating in Oxnard and several solid restaurants/shopping in the area as well.

If you're willing to drive down to San Diego - though it seems that you're booked to stay local - you can go to SeaWorld and/or the Zoo Safari.

There is always Universal Studios which from the Hollywood R' is about 10 minutes. With kids, you'll want to pay for the preferred parking so as not to have to hike all the way back to the entrance.

You can drive down PCH - pacific coast highway - for a nice view and go to Malibu. There is a nice amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier that should be fun.

This should be good for starters...
I'll need some time to digest, plan and implement your suggestions, thanks.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Hlnsa on September 09, 2011, 02:39:22 PM
I am traveling from JFK to lax. I have a long stopover until I board air Tahiti. What are the best lounges at lax? I have the Amex platinum card. Thank you
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on September 10, 2011, 03:05:51 PM
If you're traveling AT, I'm not sure if you have any option other than US Airways which may involve changing terminals...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on September 11, 2011, 12:05:22 PM
I am traveling from JFK to lax. I have a long stopover until I board air Tahiti. What are the best lounges at lax? I have the Amex platinum card. Thank you

Air Tahiti flies from Bradley Int'l Terminal. I believe there is a Priority Pass lounge pre-security you will be able to enter with that. Just remember to give yourself enough time to get through security and to the gate before your flight is scheduled to leave.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 11, 2011, 12:09:04 PM
Which airline are you flying JFK-LAX?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on October 08, 2011, 09:31:43 PM
I hope to be going in January on AA from JFK to LIH on with a stopover in Lax for about 9 hours with my wife and little one. My flight JFK-LAX portion arrives on a Sunday morning at 12:30 AM and my LAX-LIH portion leaves at 9:10 AM Sunday morning. I got a Starwood award reservation for 3K points at the Sheraton GAteway LAX so we'll hopefully get a few hours of sleep that night.

I have 2 questions which sort of depend on one another:

1)Will AA allow my to check my bags straight through? Most of my check in stuff is 2 coolers which there's little I can do with once I get to Sheraton LAX besides dump another bowl of ice in there. I figured I might as well save myself shlep and send through.

2)Neitz Sunday morning in LA is 6:58 and there a shul on LA Brea that davens neitz that Sunday morning. That means earliest I can get out of there is 7:15, drive back and pick up my wife and kid (and whatever luggage I wasn't able to check in), drop off car, and catch a 9:10 flight. Flying first if that makes a difference. How brave would it be of me to try to make that minyan or am I pushing my luck (and wife and babies)with time. Can I assume no traffic then or is LA always questionable? I figure if I can check my bags straight, it would make my turnaround time shorter.

Any input on either question would be appreciated.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 08, 2011, 09:58:03 PM
Figure on 30 minutes from La Brea to LAX on a sunday morning.

But also allow time to pick up awesome goodies from Elite Cafe, Schwartz Bakery, or La Brea Bagel, which are all right by La Brea/Beverly.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on October 08, 2011, 10:02:33 PM
Figure on 30 minutes from La Brea to LAX on a sunday morning.

But also allow time to pick up awesome goodies from Elite Cafe, Schwartz Bakery, or La Brea Bagel, which are all right by La Brea/Beverly.

Yea, thanks, I figured I'd cheat a few minutes and go to LaBrea bagel (they open at 7 AM) for my last ditch fresh food.

Will AA allow me to check my bags through? Do I want them to? That would give me more time Sunday morning.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on October 09, 2011, 02:28:15 AM
Will AA allow me to check my bags through? Do I want them to? That would give me more time Sunday morning.
Yes. In fact, it would be tough to get them NOT to check them through!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on October 09, 2011, 10:32:21 AM
Yes. In fact, it would be tough to get them NOT to check them through!

Thanks. If that's true, what's the minimum amount of time I want to leave myself to return rental car, clear security, and make it to gate in LAX for myself, wife and baby w/o stress?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 09, 2011, 10:40:24 AM
What I did in MIA was pull up at gate, check bags, send wife/baby through security, return car, go back to airport go through security myself.

At MIA I did that with maybe 80 minutes prior to departure and arrived at the gate myself 20 minutes prior doring the boarding process.  At most airports it would probably take 15-20 minutes less than MIA though.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: joesol on October 27, 2011, 02:25:56 PM
I am going to LA for a wedding Thanksgiving weekend. The minyan and meals on Shabbos will be at the Beverly Hills Hotel. I am looking to stay at a hotel nearby that is not as pricey. Can anyone recommend a place?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Chaikel on October 27, 2011, 02:44:22 PM
I am going to LA for a wedding Thanksgiving weekend. The minyan and meals on Shabbos will be at the Beverly Hills Hotel. I am looking to stay at a hotel nearby that is not as pricey. Can anyone recommend a place?
I went to a wedding/SS weekend there. The balei simcha sponsored. If they can afford the place that hosts the Grammys (or whatever award show they have there), they ought to be able to provide some rooms for guests
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on October 27, 2011, 07:25:06 PM
I went to a wedding/SS weekend there. The balei simcha sponsored. If they can afford the place that hosts the Grammys (or whatever award show they have there), they ought to be able to provide some rooms for guests

You're thinking of the Beverly Hilton (where the Golden Globes are hosted), not the Beverly Hills Hotel. Also, I happen to know who the baalei simcha are, and I don't think anyone would appreciate being spoken about that way.

I am going to LA for a wedding Thanksgiving weekend. The minyan and meals on Shabbos will be at the Beverly Hills Hotel. I am looking to stay at a hotel nearby that is not as pricey. Can anyone recommend a place?

There are some other hotels not too far (i.e., Luxe Rodeo). Otherwise, if you are in good walking condition, you can stay at the standard Pico hotels (Crowne Plaza or Residence Inn) and do the walk in about 45 min or so (depending on how fast of a walker you are). It is a straight shot up through downtown BH on the walk over.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: K on November 15, 2011, 10:18:06 PM
As far as Sheraton Vs. Westin, the Sheraton is the nicer hotel.

You can find free parking behind either of them.

I would probably choose the Sheraton at 2,800 SPG+$45 before 4K SPG for the Westin.
But I would also pay 4K SPG at the Westin before paying 7K at the Sheraton.

You may be able to get the Westin for 1,600 SPG+$30.  SPG doesnt publish C&P availability online for Cat. 1-2 in the US/Canada so you'll have to call SPG and/or the hotel in-house reservations to try to book it with C&P at the Westin.

Which Sheraton are you talking about here? The Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel 6101 West Century Boulevard is a cat 2 - is that nicer than Westin LAX? or is it the sheraton delfina or the sheraton los angeles downtown?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 15, 2011, 11:41:44 PM
Sheraton Gateway
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on November 21, 2011, 11:47:43 PM
Im arriving in LA and want to stay there for one day. What can I do in LA for one day?
Any good car rental rates for 10 days, returning at a different location?
Can I leave New York without any food, and count on the LA super market to buy everything  like nosh, breads, spreads, all kinds of food? Or is it much more expensive?
Which restaurant is the best in Los Angeles?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on November 22, 2011, 04:27:48 PM
As far as food, you might be out of luck. LA doesn't have much to offer. You might want to consider bringing it with you. I apologize on behalf of all LA'ers. It's not our fault, we just live in the wild wild west.

I hope you do enjoy your stay though and be sure to stock up on pretzels from the plane.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 22, 2011, 04:58:31 PM
As far as food, you might be out of luck. LA doesn't have much to offer. You might want to consider bringing it with you. I apologize on behalf of all LA'ers. It's not our fault, we just live in the wild wild west.

I hope you do enjoy your stay though and be sure to stock up on pretzels from the plane.
:D
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on November 22, 2011, 05:43:50 PM
As far as food, you might be out of luck. LA doesn't have much to offer. You might want to consider bringing it with you. I apologize on behalf of all LA'ers. It's not our fault, we just live in the wild wild west.

I hope you do enjoy your stay though and be sure to stock up on pretzels from the plane.
i believe he was asking if it was more expensive and the answer is yes
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on November 22, 2011, 06:00:04 PM
i believe he was asking if it was more expensive and the answer is yes

I think Dan got my point. DDF isn't meant to spoon feed information. For crying out loud, LA and food? Who hasn't read the trip reports aka...La Gondola's Spring Rolls, Caesar salad and BBQ Ribs?

Or, Fish Grill's Angel Hair Pasta w/ Grilled Salmon, Fish tacos or cajun fries. Did I mention Schwartz's Bakery, Cafe Elite, Pizza Nosh, Western Kosher....I won't because he could have GIYF (directed at the OP not you moish)

And I won't mention how every freaking Coffee Bean across the entire state of CA is itself a kosher joint...

I'm not sure where you shop in LA for kosher food, but there are plenty of places to get it at great prices...

The LA thread has 28 pages for good reason...LA ain't Brooklyn...but it sure ain't Nebraska. 
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 22, 2011, 06:49:24 PM
LA ain't Brooklyn
BH for that!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on November 23, 2011, 04:14:42 AM
Just for an update, 2 new sushi places (Saba Sushi, sit down and Mashuga for sushi, take away) as well as a Pita Way opened recently in the La Brea/Melrose area.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on November 23, 2011, 04:42:08 AM
as well as a Pita Way opened recently in the La Brea/Melrose area.

B'H, there was a major shortage of places for Israeli's to hang out and drink Nesher at
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on November 23, 2011, 08:01:01 AM
I think Dan got my point. DDF isn't meant to spoon feed information. For crying out loud, LA and food? Who hasn't read the trip reports aka...La Gondola's Spring Rolls, Caesar salad and BBQ Ribs?

Or, Fish Grill's Angel Hair Pasta w/ Grilled Salmon, Fish tacos or cajun fries. Did I mention Schwartz's Bakery, Cafe Elite, Pizza Nosh, Western Kosher....I won't because he could have GIYF (directed at the OP not you moish)

And I won't mention how every freaking Coffee Bean across the entire state of CA is itself a kosher joint...

I'm not sure where you shop in LA for kosher food, but there are plenty of places to get it at great prices...

The LA thread has 28 pages for good reason...LA ain't Brooklyn...but it sure ain't Nebraska. 
compared to ny, its much more expensive. i shop at lbkm
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on November 23, 2011, 08:01:53 AM
Just for an update, 2 new sushi places (Saba Sushi, sit down and Mashuga for sushi, take away) as well as a Pita Way opened recently in the La Brea/Melrose area.
the old israeli place on melrose used to be open quite late, is this one too?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on November 23, 2011, 10:59:01 AM
the old israeli place on melrose used to be open quite late, is this one too?

that place was wholesome pita which no longer exists...pitaway was quite good..isn't it in Pico though?

@moish...maybe try glatt mart or western kosher
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on November 23, 2011, 11:07:14 AM
that place was wholesome pita which no longer exists...pitaway was quite good..isn't it in Pico though?
yes i know, i was responding to aussies remark
@moish...maybe try glatt mart or western kosher
too far
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 23, 2011, 12:10:18 PM
Yup, western kosher >lbkm any day.
Anyway expensive is relative.  Because yogurt costs .25 more you would shlep in from NY?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on November 23, 2011, 12:15:11 PM
the old israeli place on melrose used to be open quite late, is this one too?
Till 12.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on November 23, 2011, 12:25:43 PM
too far
Western kosher isin't that far from LBKM, especially if you have a car.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on November 23, 2011, 12:26:41 PM
Don't forget about Schniztly (http://schnitzly.com), open until 1:00am on Pico.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on November 23, 2011, 12:27:57 PM
I don't think the prices are too far apart in western kosher over lbkm, but if you are going for meat, western kosher is the place to go.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on November 23, 2011, 12:31:17 PM
Yup, western kosher >lbkm any day.
Anyway expensive is relative.  Because yogurt costs .25 more you would shlep in from NY?
no, but more than a $10 difference for a block of cheese might cause some to
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on November 23, 2011, 12:31:55 PM
Western kosher isin't that far from LBKM, especially if you have a car.
parking on fairfax? forget it
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on November 23, 2011, 12:36:41 PM
parking on fairfax? forget it
have you ever tried parking on orange grove or ogden?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on November 23, 2011, 12:39:54 PM
no
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on November 23, 2011, 12:41:25 PM
no
well, i sometimes i've had luck finding parking on one of those streets, although, i do agree, parking in that area is a pain.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 23, 2011, 12:42:12 PM
parking on fairfax? forget it
Behind the store?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 23, 2011, 12:44:17 PM
I don't think the prices are too far apart in western kosher over lbkm, but if you are going for meat, western kosher is the place to go.
Their meat is awesome.  I could totally go for their fresh pastrami that you cook in your crock pot, right about now.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on November 23, 2011, 12:58:03 PM
Their meat is awesome.  I could totally go for their fresh pastrami that you cook in your crock pot, right about now.
;) +1
Behind the store?
They have a few spots behind the store, but they're usually all taken.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: daganster on November 27, 2011, 02:39:57 PM
Don't forget about Schniztly (http://schnitzly.com), open until 1:00am on Pico.
I was just there twice in the past few months and they opened a new place called La burger bar, awesome food!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on November 28, 2011, 04:07:43 PM
I was just there twice in the past few months and they opened a new place called La burger bar, awesome food!

Where is LA Burger Bar?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on November 28, 2011, 04:51:01 PM
Where is LA Burger Bar?

On Pico next to Delice bakery (between Robertson and la cienega)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on November 28, 2011, 05:07:20 PM
On Pico next to Delice bakery (between Robertson and la cienega)

Nice, any recommendations?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on November 28, 2011, 05:41:23 PM
Nice, any recommendations?

Spicy lamb burger
Steak wrap
Fries
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on November 29, 2011, 06:17:32 AM
Spicy lamb burger
Steak wrap
Fries

Yum! Is the pricing reasonable?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on November 29, 2011, 10:05:51 AM
it seems like typical burgers bar (and its clones) fare. with more unique fast food options la has to offer, i think ill pass
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on November 29, 2011, 12:26:44 PM
it seems like typical burgers bar (and its clones) fare. with more unique fast food options la has to offer, i think ill pass

Reminds me of the new Burger place that opened in Rechavia. They claim to be managed by the same people as "Bar Burger". That's like advertising that you manufacture in the same plant as the vendors at the Silk Market
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on November 29, 2011, 12:27:51 PM
I've been there a few times and found it to be very good.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on November 29, 2011, 01:03:34 PM
What about MexiKosher?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on November 29, 2011, 02:40:14 PM
What about MexiKosher?

I love MexiKosher. I think it is fresh and very tasty. And big size meals!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on November 29, 2011, 02:56:00 PM
I love MexiKosher. I think it is fresh and very tasty. And big size meals!

Same Q as before...any favorites? :)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on November 29, 2011, 06:07:27 PM
Same Q as before...any favorites? :)

Nachos or tacos with either carnitas or birria. All the extras on top... delicious!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on November 29, 2011, 06:26:44 PM
dont forget the golden soda

and i once had an "off the menu" burger there which was really delicious

id pass on the churros. they were pretty bad
Title: Re: Israel Discussion: Things To Do, Places To Eat
Post by: stever on November 29, 2011, 06:35:15 PM
LA area 4*-5* restaurants off the top of my head:
Tierra Sur At Herzog Winery
Shiloh's
La Gondola
Pat's
Bocca
dan u gotta check out a brand new resturaunt in la next time u come, its on resturanunts row (considered chosshuv) called la sine, great food great atmosphere ul love it
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 29, 2011, 08:43:01 PM
La Siene had mostly mediocre reviews when I was in LA in May for a couple days, so I skipped it.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on November 29, 2011, 10:23:38 PM
La Siene had mostly mediocre reviews when I was in LA in May for a couple days, so I skipped it.

The sushi is really good.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on November 30, 2011, 02:12:56 AM
although i have some issues with the chef, the food was actually pretty good
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on November 30, 2011, 03:54:33 AM
although i have some issues with the chef, the food was actually pretty good

what 'beef' do you have w/ the chef?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on November 30, 2011, 07:59:00 AM
what 'beef' do you have w/ the chef?
pea puree
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on November 30, 2011, 04:27:46 PM
what 'beef' do you have w/ the chef?
rib eye was awesome , ribs were grest too. they have a great tasting chefs menu and like someone said earlier their sushi/tuna is great
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on November 30, 2011, 04:59:20 PM
rib eye was awesome , ribs were grest too. they have a great tasting chefs menu and like someone said earlier their sushi/tuna is great

Agree with everything you said!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Avid Reader on December 18, 2011, 08:25:02 AM
We have a 5 hour layover in LAX this week. We wanted to get a quick view the LA as both of us have never been the city. Perhaps also something to eat. Can we leave the airport and get back in time for a flight some 5 hours later, or is that impracticable?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on December 18, 2011, 08:54:51 AM
We have a 5 hour layover in LAX this week. We wanted to get a quick view the LA as both of us have never been the city. Perhaps also something to eat. Can we leave the airport and get back in time for a flight some 5 hours later, or is that impracticable?
Sure, for food, Pico, with a choice of tons of restaurants is not too far away.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Avid Reader on December 18, 2011, 09:09:07 AM
How far is Pico Blvd from the airport? and how much extra time should we leave in case of traffic?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on December 18, 2011, 09:14:51 AM
How far is Pico Blvd from the airport? and how much extra time should we leave in case of traffic?
20-30 min should be plenty.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Avid Reader on December 18, 2011, 09:20:17 AM
20-30 min should be plenty.
Thanks.

Any ideas for getting a quick view of the city? Either a duck tours type of thing, or some high Sears tower / Empire State type of building, or something along those lines.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on December 18, 2011, 09:34:10 AM
Thanks.

Any ideas for getting a quick view of the city? Either a duck tours type of thing, or some high Sears tower / Empire State type of building, or something along those lines.
There's a million and a half bus tours, mainly Hollywood/movie stars oriented but some go to other places as well.
Never taken one so can't really comment on time required and if its worth it or not.

Personally, with 5 hours (as long as you arrive on time and don't take too long to get a car), besides getting food, would be to go to Santa Monica Pier and/or Venice Beach.

It's really nice and very entertaining. There's a path along the beach for miles where you can walk or rent bikes and ride or you can just hang out and get a real taste of Cali.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Avid Reader on December 18, 2011, 09:50:39 AM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on December 18, 2011, 10:19:22 AM
I agree with aussiebochur, not too much time for other things. A quick bite at a restaurant on Pico and then Santa Monica/Venice is a good idea (also because it's not too far from the airport).

I also wouldn't bother going to one of the fancier restaurants because of your time constraints - perhaps Fish Grill or Jeff's would be a good introduction to the amazing LA restaurant scene.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Avid Reader on December 18, 2011, 12:07:49 PM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 18, 2011, 12:25:39 PM
LA has horrendous traffic, much worse than what you're used to in NYC.  Personally I'm not sure if 5 hours is enough to rent a car, go to a restaurant, drive to and walk around S. Monica Pier, return the car, and get through LAX security which can be quite slow at time.
Maybe if you're an expert at the LA backstreets and shortcuts, but for a LA noob I'm especially dubious.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on December 18, 2011, 01:42:36 PM
LA has horrendous traffic, much worse than what you're used to in NYC.  Personally I'm not sure if 5 hours is enough to rent a car, go to a restaurant, drive to and walk around S. Monica Pier, return the car, and get through LAX security which can be quite slow at time.
Maybe if you're an expert at the LA backstreets and shortcuts, but for a LA noob I'm especially dubious.

+1

I would just take a cab to Pico, have dinner and walk around and then take a cab back...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 18, 2011, 02:23:05 PM
+1

I would just take a cab to Pico, have dinner and walk around and then take a cab back...
A cab RT is convenient, but will not be cheap. 
I would find a cheap rental car, go for some food (so many awesome choices, so little time!!!), and maybe go to the Grove outdoor shopping mall for a little.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ganizzy on December 18, 2011, 02:34:07 PM
the grove is a nice choice but its not unique to california and its further from the airport.
santa monica is closer and venice even more so.

also what time of day are those 5 hours? that really will make a difference
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 18, 2011, 02:40:04 PM
the grove is a nice choice but its not unique to california and its further from the airport.
santa monica is closer and venice even more so.

also what time of day are those 5 hours? that really will make a difference
If you go to Fish Grill/Cafe Elite/etc then the Grove is next door.  Even from Pico it's a very short drive and much less traffic than the drive down the 10 or Pico to S. Monica.

Granted it's just a shopping mall, but it's very pretty and a great place to watch TMZ go crazy over a celeb.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on December 18, 2011, 02:43:04 PM
how about a LA DO;) ?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ganizzy on December 18, 2011, 02:48:46 PM
If you go to Fish Grill/Cafe Elite/etc then the Grove is next door.  Even from Pico it's a very short drive and much less traffic than the drive down the 10 or Pico to S. Monica.

Granted it's just a shopping mall, but it's very pretty and a great place to watch TMZ go crazy over a celeb.

if u want to watch tmz go crazy over a celeb - i can set u up with one of the papparazzi photographers - but i dont think its as exciting as it sounds.

also i do the drive from santa monica to pico every day. its 15 minutes without traffic. taking the 405 to the airport will always be traffic unless its after 9 pm. from santa monica/venice u can take lincoln to sepulveda
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 18, 2011, 03:00:08 PM
also i do the drive from santa monica to pico every day. its 15 minutes without traffic.
On the 10 or Pico/Olympic?  Either way I always seem to get into mind-numbing traffic.
Taking Airport/La Tijera/ La Cienega for Pico or Airport/La Tijera/Stocker/La Brea for La Brea restaurants never has too much traffic and adding the Grove in the mix won't subject you to mind-numbing traffic either.

Nobody else thinks the Grove is a just a very nice place to walk around?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on December 18, 2011, 03:24:23 PM
Nobody else thinks the Grove is a just a very nice place to walk around?
It's a nice place to walk around, but at the end of the day it's just another mall...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 18, 2011, 05:28:35 PM
It's a nice place to walk around, but at the end of the day it's just another mall...
True.  But what is there better to do that's within 5 minutes of the La Brea and Pico jewish communities?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: AVI D on December 18, 2011, 11:00:57 PM
"its just another mall" really?! unless you are simply used to the shops at bal harbour, i cant think of another mall in the country thats comprable. i personally love visiting the grove when im in LA...(especially at night when they have the water fountain show) but hey- to each their own.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 19, 2011, 08:39:28 AM
the grove is overrated imho. its just an ok place, i dont know why tourists go wild over it.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on December 19, 2011, 10:15:26 AM
the grove is overrated imho. its just an ok place, i dont know why tourists go wild over it.

+1

People go there to see Celebrities and be seen.

Nothing in LA is ever as cheap as NY
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Avid Reader on December 19, 2011, 11:52:25 AM
also what time of day are those 5 hours? that really will make a difference



It's actually longer. Our layover is now from 5:15 am till 2:45 pm.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on December 19, 2011, 12:09:03 PM
If you go to Fish Grill/Cafe Elite/etc then the Grove is next door.  Even from Pico it's a very short drive and much less traffic than the drive down the 10 or Pico to S. Monica.

There are 2 other Fish Grills closer to Santa Monica/Venice (Pico/Beverwil and Wilshire). If going to the Grove then perhaps the one near La Brea is worthwhile. Otherwise, I don't see any reason to go that far east. The vast majority of restaurants are on Pico.

Also, the 10 to Santa Monica doesn't take that long from Pico (usually not more than 15 minutes - except during morning rush hour). But you can also take Pico or Olympic down and get there in about 15-20 as well.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 19, 2011, 12:13:06 PM
Worth going to La Brea for the cake and crumb ring donuts at elite cafe...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on December 19, 2011, 03:17:03 PM
On the 10 or Pico/Olympic?  Either way I always seem to get into mind-numbing traffic.
Taking Airport/La Tijera/ La Cienega for Pico or Airport/La Tijera/Stocker/La Brea for La Brea restaurants never has too much traffic and adding the Grove in the mix won't subject you to mind-numbing traffic either.

Nobody else thinks the Grove is a just a very nice place to walk around?
wow Dan you really know la ;)

grove is a great place to walk around, it is not like any mall you have ever seen in the east. or if you are not interested in shlepping out of the airport, jeffs can deliver to the airport for you!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 19, 2011, 03:24:09 PM
wow Dan you really know la ;)

grove is a great place to walk around, it is not like any mall you have ever seen in the east. or if you are not interested in shlepping out of the airport, jeffs can deliver to the airport for you!
:D
I love LA...traffic and all.

And +1
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moshe80 on December 20, 2011, 01:32:04 PM
i just came back from la traffic was not so bad at all .
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 20, 2011, 02:37:05 PM
depends what where when and how
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ganizzy on December 20, 2011, 03:34:12 PM
yes traffic def depends!
its also been lighter these days bec schools are out.

however 5:15 am - 2:45 pm is not really the best time bec the bulk of the hours is before anything opens
before 7:30 u shouldnt bump into too much traffic and 1:30 heading back to the airport is the same.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ash on December 21, 2011, 11:42:10 AM
Worth going to La Brea for the cake and crumb ring donuts at elite cafe...

by the way just as an update schwartz bakery bought out cafe elite (though they still keep the store) but now they carry those crumb ring doughnuts in all the bakeries (pico + faifax+ valley ) and i think its also in glatt mart as well sooooo no more traffic :)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on December 21, 2011, 11:58:57 AM
by the way just as an update schwartz bakery bought out cafe elite (though they still keep the store) but now they carry those crumb ring doughnuts in all the bakeries (pico + faifax+ valley ) and i think its also in glatt mart as well sooooo no more traffic :)
It's actually pretty funny that they have the same things for different prices.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 21, 2011, 12:24:19 PM
Good to know!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on December 21, 2011, 12:25:03 PM
It's actually pretty funny that they have the same things for different prices.
i kid you not, ready prepared chanukah candles, eichlers 21.99; store in la $42!!!!! sick
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on December 21, 2011, 12:42:41 PM
i kid you not, ready prepared chanukah candles, eichlers 21.99; store in la $42!!!!! sick

Supply and demand... in NYC there are tons of places to find candles. In LA we only have a handful of stores.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on December 21, 2011, 12:48:01 PM
Supply and demand... in NYC there are tons of places to find candles. In LA we only have a handful of stores.
its still highway robbery
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on December 21, 2011, 12:48:19 PM
we are not living in hawaii
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on December 21, 2011, 12:49:56 PM
its still highway robbery

we are not living in hawaii

True. I don't like paying the ridiculous premiums on these things either, but I'd rather be living in LA (wouldn't you?)  ;)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on December 21, 2011, 12:55:25 PM
True. I don't like paying the ridiculous premiums on these things either, but I'd rather be living in LA (wouldn't you?)  ;)
yes!! Los Angeles, CA (90036) Dec 21 Thu
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hope dan doesnt get jealous  8)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 21, 2011, 01:03:01 PM
It's sunny and 60 degrees outside right now (aberration, granted :) ) and the menorah lights at our handful of stores are $27.
And houses are $90,000 instead of $900,000 or more ;)

Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on December 21, 2011, 01:08:09 PM
It's sunny and 60 degrees outside right now (aberration, granted :) ) and the menorah lights at our handful of stores are $27.
And houses are $90,000 instead of $900,000 or more ;)

And what kind of delicious restaurant food do you have on tap this week? Anything like the Jeff's Channuka Special (as featured on Bobby Flay)?

Or perhaps some delicious freshly grilled fish while looking over the beach in Malibu?

Or even some amazingly juicy ribs from La Gondola?

I don't know... LA is still sounding pretty good to me.  ;D
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 21, 2011, 01:11:54 PM
And what kind of delicious restaurant food do you have on tap this week? Anything like the Jeff's Channuka Special (as featured on Bobby Flay)?

Or perhaps some delicious freshly grilled fish while looking over the beach in Malibu?

Or even some amazingly juicy ribs from La Gondola?

I don't know... LA is still sounding pretty good to me.  ;D
Of course not.  Believe me I'm still jealous of LA.
Well not your chinnuch institutions, or how many kids turn out after going through it, or the cost of living, or the high taxes, or the traffic, or the curtness/rudeness of people, or the minority of english speakers, but at least of your weather and restaurants.

But hey, that's why I live in CLE and vacation in LA several times per year!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on December 21, 2011, 01:13:45 PM
Of course not.  Believe me I'm still jealous of LA.
Well not your chinnuch institutions or how many kids turn out after going through it or the cost of living or the high taxes, but of your weather and restaurants.

But hey, that's why I vacation there several times per year!

Fair enough. Although, I don't think all the kids turn out bad. Every city turns up with some bad apples sometimes.

Weren't you educated here for some amount of time?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on December 21, 2011, 01:27:10 PM
Fair enough. Although, I don't think all the kids turn out bad. Every city turns up with some bad apples sometimes.

Weren't you educated here for some amount of time?
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i agree, the numbers actuall show that proportionally kids come out much better than those of the east coast, and believe me i would love to build a mansion for 230k but LA's not that bad ;)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 21, 2011, 01:31:28 PM
Fair enough. Although, I don't think all the kids turn out bad. Every city turns up with some bad apples sometimes.

Weren't you educated here for some amount of time?
I was in LA post high-school for 3 years, but I'm talking more about the formative education years.
The entire group of kids who went through the LA system were all thrown out of the yeshiva as they were considered a bad influence on us out-of towners...

Small sample size I know, but many LA people admit that raising kids to be frum (let alone innocent) is difficult to say the least.

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i agree, the numbers actuall show that proportionally kids come out much better than those of the east coast, and believe me i would love to build a mansion for 230k but LA's not that bad ;)
NYC is no haven either...that's why I'm a midwest kind of guy :)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on December 21, 2011, 01:33:00 PM
but where do you eat?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 21, 2011, 01:36:19 PM
but where do you eat?

Hmm...might go for some Avocado egg rolls from LG as well in that case :D

Cleveland food highlights:
-Steak Au Poivre from Contempo Cuisine ($34) along with their Soup du jour ($5)
-The Bagel Shoope makes top-notch bagels (.95 or 12/$10).  Garlic and Jalapeno are both excellent.  Cookies (.95) are also good.  Eli is quite the fan so bring some his way. :)
-Sweet & Sour Chicken or Sesame Chicken ($14) with Fried Rice ($1) from Jerusalem Grill.
-An excellent pie of plain Pizza can be had at Kinneret ($16.50) along with authentic Sushi ($6-$8) on select nights of the week.  Spicy Fries ($1.95), homemade onion rings ($2.75), fried cauliflower ($3.25) and the eggplant parm ($6.50) are good choices as well.
-Top It Off specializes in pizza ($14) with a great variety of toppings ($1 each or 3 for $2.50).  Did you know corn, felafel, and onions go together pretty well on a pie of pizza?  They also specialize in incompetence at times so check your bill and your order before you leave.  Take out only.
-Beef or Turkey Shwarma in a laffa from Sababa ($9) along with some Tropical Sushi ($6.50, Mango, Kiwi, Avocado) if you're feeling like Israel, Japan, and Hawaii.  Decent homemade onion rings ($5) too.
-If Chef Dave at Young Israel is doing one of his buffet meals (1-2 times per month) then you're in for a real treat.
-Issi's Pizza can be good at rare times but is usually nothing to write home about.
-Subway is subway.  Meatball Marinara on Italian Herb with Mozzerella parve cheese (I was scared at first too, but it's good!) and sweet onion sauce is my usual but I'll go for Pepper Steak if they're out.  On select days it's $5.99 for a 6" meal deal, on others it's $8 for a 12" meal deal, on others $8.50 for just the 12" sub and $2 extra for the soda+2 cookies meal deal.
-There's a kosher hot dog/sausage stand at Indians games ($5)
-Chocolate Emporium has CY and non-CY chocolates and Ice Cream.  AFAIK, Cold Stone Creamery, Menchies Yogurt, and Yogurt Vi are kosher, non CY.
-Ungers bakery has great parve donuts.  Cinnamon (.95) and Custard ($1.35) are great.  Amy Joy has non-CY donuts.
-Abba's, Empire, Ruchama's, and Yacov's are all long gone unfortunately.

I'll make a post on some stuff to do soon, but when is this trip for?

Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on December 21, 2011, 01:56:26 PM
oh guess i didnt peg cle as a "food" city
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on December 21, 2011, 02:19:13 PM
It's actually pretty funny that they have the same things for different prices.
i kid you not, ready prepared chanukah candles, eichlers 21.99; store in la $42!!!!! sick
I was referring to the fact that Elite bakery bought out Elite, is next door, have the same things but charge different prices.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on December 21, 2011, 02:24:23 PM
thats messed up
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 21, 2011, 02:48:45 PM
I was referring to the fact that Elite bakery bought out Elite, is next door, have the same things but charge different prices.
Which is cheaper for a dozen donuts?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on December 21, 2011, 02:52:43 PM
not sure had last night but i heard that cafe elite got in carmel donuts- get over here Dan ;D
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 21, 2011, 02:54:19 PM
not sure had last night but i heard that cafe elite got in carmel donuts- get over here Dan ;D
Heh, my wife made me some dulce de leche donuts last night :D
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: bosoxfan on December 21, 2011, 03:49:35 PM
It's sunny and 60 degrees outside right now (aberration, granted :) ) and the menorah lights at our handful of stores are $27.
And houses are $90,000 instead of $900,000 or more ;)



You will never have enough reasons for CLE an even come remotely close LA
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 21, 2011, 03:52:34 PM
You will never have enough reasons for CLE an even come remotely close LA
Huh?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on December 21, 2011, 05:13:37 PM
Heh, my wife made me some dulce de leche donuts last night :D
forget LA im coming to Cle ;)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on December 21, 2011, 08:12:41 PM
I was referring to the fact that Elite bakery bought out Elite, is next door, have the same things but charge different prices.

do you mean that schwartz bakery bought elite cafe? those 2 are next door to each other...i don't think eilat bakery (fairfax, pico, valley) bought elite cafe...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on December 22, 2011, 12:54:46 AM
do you mean that schwartz bakery bought elite cafe? those 2 are next door to each other...i don't think eilat bakery (fairfax, pico, valley) bought elite cafe...
i dont know about eilat bakery but schwartz is totally seperate.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: bosoxfan on December 22, 2011, 10:54:59 AM
Huh?

my bad. To come close to LA as in quality of life. Damn iPhone
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 22, 2011, 01:00:18 PM
my bad. To come close to LA as in quality of life. Damn iPhone
You mean to raise your kids in a place where you would argue that you could not do mivtzoim in the street due to the pritzus all around?  Or is it the LA smog and gridlock that would improve the quality of my life?

Sure, the weather is nice and the restaurants are awesome, but quality of life?  Would the quality of my life be better if I didn't have to deal with snow for a few months a year and my mortgage was $10,000 a month instead of $750 a month?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on December 22, 2011, 01:03:54 PM
You mean to raise your kids in a place where you would argue that you could not do mivtzoim in the street due to the pritzus all around?  Or is it the LA smog and gridlock that would improve the quality of my life?

Sure, the weather is nice and the restaurants are awesome, but quality of life?  Would the quality of my life be better if I didn't have to deal with snow for a few months a year and my mortgage was $10,000 a month instead of $750 a month?

That's a bit of a stretch, even for LA standards.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 22, 2011, 01:17:22 PM
That's a bit of a stretch, even for LA standards.
Fair enough.
How much is the median cost of a home and the monthly payment on say a 4 bedroom/2.5 bath home in Hancock Park?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on December 22, 2011, 01:19:06 PM
Fair enough.
How much is the median cost of a home and the monthly payment on say a 4 bedroom/2.5 bath home in Hancock Park?

Couldn't tell you, since HP is way out of even the standard person's cost of living in this city. Perhaps La Brea is a better place to ask about. Again, I rent so I couldn't tell you, but the people who I'm friends with with a mortgage don't pay more than $4,000/month on it and many pay less than that depending on the home (granted that's still a lot more than $750, but not even half of $10,000).
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 22, 2011, 01:34:26 PM
Couldn't tell you, since HP is way out of even the standard person's cost of living in this city. Perhaps La Brea is a better place to ask about. Again, I rent so I couldn't tell you, but the people who I'm friends with with a mortgage don't pay more than $4,000/month on it and many pay less than that depending on the home (granted that's still a lot more than $750, but not even half of $10,000).
Fine, exclude Hancock Park.
Even west of La Brea I don't think you can find a 4BR/2.5 Bath home for under $1,000,000.  And we're not talking about a luxury home or a mansion.  And if I'm not mistaken the mortgage on that will be more than $4K unless you make a big down payment.  $1,000,000 buys you quite the mansion 'round my parts.  And young couples buy homes here instead of throwing away rents for years before they can afford something.

Maybe I'm still traumatized by the numerous break-ins (my roommate woke up one night only to find a latino trying to shush him back to sleep while he was robbing our room!) we had in the LA yeshiva dorm.  There's something comforting about never hearing these kinds of things happening in good ole' Beachwood, Ohio.

When I see 3 feet of snow outside (nothing on the ground here as of yet!) do I wish I lived in a warmer place?  Sure.  But there are so many more factors than climate.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on December 22, 2011, 01:42:43 PM
I'm not arguing with you, living in LA is extremely expensive and can be cost prohibitive for many people. Just saying that $10,000/month is a lot!

In terms of crime, every city has it and I think there are more days where people in the Jewish neighborhoods don't get robbed than days where they do (that is neither here nor there in my book).

Climate, also, not going to argue, its nicer here, but snow may not be that bad either. That's personal.

I don't think LA is perfect, but I love it here for what it is.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 22, 2011, 01:47:06 PM
BTW if you don't mind my asking, what do you rent and pay?
I know my wifes friend has a small 2/2 place west of La Brea and they rent for $2,500.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on December 22, 2011, 01:54:49 PM
BTW if you don't mind my asking, what do you rent and pay?
I know my wifes friend has a small 2/2 place west of La Brea and they rent for $2,500.

I pay less than that but only have a 2/1 place. But significantly less than that. Sounds like they are paying too much IMO.

If they're in Park La Brea or Palazzo than makes sense, but I find those places overpriced.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on December 22, 2011, 02:11:28 PM
BTW if you don't mind my asking, what do you rent and pay?
I know my wifes friend has a small 2/2 place west of La Brea and they rent for $2,500.
Dan youre 100% right, a decent 4 br in le brea area home rents for 3k+ and sells for min 1,000,000. rent is much higher than almost all of the jewish areas across america and is a joke compered to cle. however average salary is more i believe. and this issue of young couples having to shell out 40k+ a year on rent is truly a crime with nothing to show for it. bottom line its very expensive to live in the city of la. pico is signifigantly cheaper as well as the vally
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on December 22, 2011, 02:12:54 PM
Is Pico that much cheaper than La Brea? I always thought the homes in Beverlywood cost more than those in La Brea (not HP)?

Valley is definitely best bang for your buck in LA.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 22, 2011, 02:15:58 PM
Valley is definitely best bang for your buck in LA.
True, but the weather is colder in the winter, hotter in the summer, and traffic into the city will make you never want to go to any of the city restaurants except on rare occasion.  So that dampens both of the primary reasons that I would have to move to LA.

How much do houses go for in the valley?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on December 22, 2011, 02:18:32 PM
True, but the weather is colder in the winter, hotter in the summer, and traffic into the city will make you never want to go to any of the city restaurants except on rare occasion.  So that dampens both of the primary reasons that I would have to move to LA.

How much do houses go for in the valley?

I know people who have gotten them in the 500-600k range for a 2-4 br (some people I know have a pool as well). Depends exactly which part of the neighborhood I think.

I'm sure there is at least one DDFer who lives in the Valley who can chime in...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 22, 2011, 02:19:21 PM
500K for a 4br with a pool within walking distance to a shul? Where do I signup?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on December 22, 2011, 02:21:59 PM
500K for a 4br with a pool within walking distance to a shul? Where do I signup?

+1

Dan, what is the average for a home in CLE aka Beachwood?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on December 22, 2011, 02:23:15 PM
Not sure that is exactly right... that's why I wrote 2-4 (some with a pool)... I couldn't tell you exactly because I only hear tidbits from a few people I know who are willing to talk. Plus, could mean a longer walk to shul!

Again, DDFer from the Valley should chime in to get some real figures going...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 22, 2011, 02:26:25 PM
+1

Dan, what is the average for a home in CLE aka Beachwood?
In University Heights probably $100K, in Beachwood prob $160K.  Of course there are house for much less and houses for much more, that's just a rough guess.   Either way you're within half a mile of any nusach or type of shul or shtiebel you can possibly want.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on December 22, 2011, 02:29:23 PM
True, but the weather is colder in the winter, hotter in the summer, and traffic into the city will make you never want to go to any of the city restaurants except on rare occasion.  So that dampens both of the primary reasons that I would have to move to LA.

How much do houses go for in the valley?
you can get a nice 4 br house for 500k
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on December 22, 2011, 02:30:22 PM
In University Heights probably $100K, in Beachwood prob $160K.  Of course there are house for much less and houses for much more, that's just a rough guess.   Either way you're within half a mile of any nusach or type of shul or shtiebel you can possibly want.

what are the taxes (property,income) like?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Chaikel on December 22, 2011, 02:34:39 PM
what are the taxes (property,income) like?
oh no, feeding the flame  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 22, 2011, 02:35:06 PM
what are the taxes (property,income) like?
High, unfortunately. Not as bad as NY/CA, but pretty bad overall.
University Heights property is 3.3, Beachwood is 1.9.
UH income is 2.5, Beachwood is 2.
Plus OH takes between 3 and 5.9% income depending on bracket.
Beachwood has much better city services (on-demand garbage pickup if you need it, top-notch schools, streets/sidewalks plowed clean throughout the day when needed, etc) than University Heights.

Getting pretty OT here though...maybe I'll fork it over.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on December 22, 2011, 02:36:32 PM
High, unfortunately. Not as bad as NY/CA, but pretty bad overall.
UH property is 3.3, Beachwood is 1.9.
UH income is 2.5, Beachwood is 2.
Plus OH takes between 3 and 5.9% income depending on bracket.
Beachwood has much better city services (on-demand garbage pickup if you need it, top-notch schools, streets/sidewalks plowed clean throughout the day when needed, etc) than University Heights.



sounds good...what is the tuition for yeshivas like?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on December 22, 2011, 02:38:36 PM
High, unfortunately. Not as bad as NY/CA, but pretty bad overall.
University Heights property is 3.3, Beachwood is 1.9.
UH income is 2.5, Beachwood is 2.
Plus OH takes between 3 and 5.9% income depending on bracket.
Beachwood has much better city services (on-demand garbage pickup if you need it, top-notch schools, streets/sidewalks plowed clean throughout the day when needed, etc) than University Heights.

Getting pretty OT here though...maybe I'll fork it over.
is university heights close to you?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 22, 2011, 02:42:35 PM
is university heights close to you?
Yes.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ganizzy on December 22, 2011, 04:22:28 PM
and the rents in santa monica...
for a 3 bedroom apt its $2500 - $4000 a month

when i looked for a house to rent there was nothing under $4000 even if it was a tiny 3 bedroom (and i mean tiny!!)

now with the housing slump u can get a 3 bedroom house for as low as $850,000 (with a pool)
but the average house in a decent area is for sure a million if not 1.2 (and no, thats not the north of montana - wealthy area)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ash on December 22, 2011, 05:41:14 PM
do you mean that schwartz bakery bought elite cafe? those 2 are next door to each other...i don't think eilat bakery (fairfax, pico, valley) bought elite cafe...

Schwartz bought out Cafe Elite and yes they have a bakery next door as well
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on December 24, 2011, 01:13:06 PM
Schwartz bought out Cafe Elite and yes they have a bakery next door as well

+1
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Vexorg on December 25, 2011, 09:05:29 AM
I live in valley. Prices dropped a lot. You can get a 5/3- 2 story, with pool for 680,000.(on the market now)  A regular 3/2 house will probably go for 500-625, depending on how nice the inside is. The houses hear are cheaper but we really lack in good restaurants.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 25, 2011, 11:31:48 AM
I live in valley. Prices dropped a lot. You can get a 5/3- 2 story, with pool for 680,000.(on the market now)  A regular 3/2 house will probably go for 500-625, depending on how nice the inside is. The houses hear are cheaper but we really lack in good restaurants.
Where in the valley do you live?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on December 25, 2011, 12:30:15 PM
Where in the valley do you live?

+1

sushiko is a pretty good place as is cafe eilat...cambridge farms has decent takeout...smokin' was 5 star while it lasted...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: bosoxfan on December 25, 2011, 02:47:05 PM
Dan- people who aren't as enterprising as yourself might have a harder time finding a decent job, especially in professional, sectors out in CLE.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Vexorg on December 25, 2011, 04:33:18 PM
I live in North Hollywood....

Sushi Ko is in the city. You mean Le Sushi. 
Le Sushi
Cafe Eilat
Cambridge Farms Take out
Orange Delight

Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on December 25, 2011, 10:58:29 PM
I live in North Hollywood....

Sushi Ko is in the city. You mean Le Sushi. 
Le Sushi
Cafe Eilat
Cambridge Farms Take out
Orange Delight
in my humble opinion, le sushi is the best sushi in the US, an i have had a lot!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on December 25, 2011, 11:04:20 PM
in my humble opinion, le sushi is the best sushi in the US, an i have had a lot!
doesnt sound very humble
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on December 28, 2011, 02:34:03 PM
Dan youre 100% right, a decent 4 br in le brea area home rents for 3k+ and sells for min 1,000,000. rent is much higher than almost all of the jewish areas across america and is a joke compered to cle. however average salary is more i believe. and this issue of young couples having to shell out 40k+ a year on rent is truly a crime with nothing to show for it. bottom line its very expensive to live in the city of la. pico is signifigantly cheaper as well as the vally

Personally, I live in Pico and I don't think it's that much cheaper than living in La Brea.  Sure, Beverlywood is more expensive than La Brea, but most of the Pico neighborhood is not in Beverlywood.  Home prices came down a bit but are still expensive (3/2 about $1.2M).  I rent an apartment, so I know those best.  The cheapest you can find (1/1, bad layout, not new) is about $1200/mo with 2/2 between $1700/mo and $2500/mo.  These prices have recently gone up in the last few years as many young couples have been moving into the area.

Also, we have almost no smog here because of the ocean breeze.  The breeze also keeps it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, especially at night, as we're only 8 miles from the beach.  We also have most of the kosher restaurants in the city right here (including the new La Seine Restaurant, which is amazing).

All in all, the most popular neighborhood in LA for young couples!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 28, 2011, 04:05:54 PM
la cienega and wilshire is not quite pico
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on December 28, 2011, 04:11:27 PM
la cienega and wilshire is not quite pico

True.  I was referring to the area between Beverly Dr. and Robertson (or if you want, La Cienega); Olympic and 18th/ Monte Mar.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: lechaim2life on January 05, 2012, 03:46:34 PM
I will be in LA for a day and a weekend bookending my trip to Hawaii. I will of course stopping as many times as I can at Jeffs and Fish Grill but I will also probably have an opporunity to do a fancier sit-down restaurant for one night (and maybe Sat night too). I have done Shilohs once, loved it and would do it again but I have heard good things on the forum about La Gondola? If you had to do one, which one would it be? All suggestions/opinions welcome!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 05, 2012, 03:47:49 PM
Tierra Sur @ Herzog Winery and La Gondola are both awesome.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 05, 2012, 04:14:15 PM
It depends on how much time you have in LA on the weekend end of your trip.  Tierra Sur is in Oxnard, CA and is about 1:15 (65mi) from LAX without traffic.  La Gandola is amazing and is located in Beverly Hills (near Pico).

We also have a new fancy sit down place calle La Seine.  It's located on Restaurant Row in Beverly Hills.  The executive chef was a contestant on Top Chef.

"La Seine is designed not as a kosher restaurant, but as a great restaurant that just happens to be kosher" (Laurent Masliah, Owner)

The prices are about what you'd pay at Tierra Sur (ie. very expensive) and the portions are small, but the food, drinks, bar, etc. are absolutely amazing.

Besides those (and Shilo's which you know of), there's also Pat's which has been around for a long time and has a wonderful reputation.

If you want dairy sit down, the 2 nice places (in the Pico area) are Milk and Honey (not Milky Way) and 26.  Both are on Pico Blvd.  Milk and Honey is older, but has delicious food with generous portions.  26 is newer and is decorated with a modern twist, but their portions are smaller.  They have a nice bar, but it is not loud inside.

Additionally, there is a little known Thai place also on Pico called Bodhi.  They have some of the best authentic Thai food in the city while being vegetarian at the same time.  I know it might scare you to try a vegetarian place, but they have fake meat and tofu that you get with every dish and you don't notice that it's not real that much.  Bodhi is not very fancy, but they do deliver for free in the Pico area with a $15 order....and they're super fast, too.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 05, 2012, 04:23:58 PM
Even at 1:15, Tierra Sur is probably the only world class kosher restaurant that exists today.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 05, 2012, 04:38:34 PM
Even at 1:15, Tierra Sur is probably the only world class kosher restaurant that exists today.

Have you ever tried La Seine?  Most people who have would prefer to rate it like Tierra Sur.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 05, 2012, 04:41:55 PM
Have you ever tried La Seine?  Most people who have would prefer to rate it like Tierra Sur.
When I was in LA in May I spoke to multiple people about it and the consensus was not very pretty so I didn't bother.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 05, 2012, 04:43:45 PM
That was true.  Since then they've upped the quality of their food quite a bit, but I agree with you that Tierra Sur is nearly in a class of its own.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 05, 2012, 04:44:56 PM
That was true.  Since then they've upped the quality of their food quite a bit, but I agree with you that Tierra Sur is nearly in a class of its own.
Good to know, will try it next time.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on January 05, 2012, 05:02:11 PM
Good to know, will try it next time.
was just in la siene on tue, great food but not so much to choose from. 2 steaks, 1 veal, 1 lamb whihc is fantastic. appetizers have lots of fish/tuna but i think the foods great
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 19, 2012, 08:36:12 AM
Planning a trip to LAX in the summer. I will be at the west coast from wednesday morning until wednesday evening the week after. we are 2 adults, 4 kids (oldest 6) I was planning on doing the follwoing

wed-fri   san diego area    (seaworld, legoland, uss midway, belmont park)    I saw i Can buy a 3 day go san diego pass for 190 Dollars that gives me access to all places

Any good advice were I should stay? right now I am looking at the sheraton carlsbad resort, as I can get it with points.
What kosher restaurants do I have in the area?
Is the san diego zoo really worth a visit?


fri-wed Los Angeles

I am still debating if I should stay in someones house for shabbes and get to know the jewish community or check in friday into a hotel. If I would go to a hotel it would be the SLS, as they have Cash and points available for my stay. The only thing I have planned for Los Angeles is Universal studios, that will take up a day. The rest of the time we will just chill, wife will shop..... maybe drive to grand canyon if we get board...

So here some questions to the LA part

If I stay in the SLS any nice chabad within walking distance, that we can eat our meals on shabbes (hate takeout meals in hotel rooms) Is there a eiruv in that part of town?
Herzogs restaurant sounds like a must do, is the tour of the winery worth as well?
If I want to rent a small motorboat for half day to cruise along the shore, whats the best, cheap place?
anybody ever stay at the SLS? Do they have a good breakfast place nearby?

Any other advice, please feel free to add
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on January 19, 2012, 08:55:22 AM
priceline works well in sd. i usually get the omni or westin horton for under $100. check betterbidding and biddingfortravel to see what people are getting and for how much
san diego zoo is a world class zoo and they have a panda if youre interested

no disneyland in la?

afaik, the winery tour is DIY, and takes no more than 20 minutes, so it shouldnt really be a big decision

rent a boat at marina del ray
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on January 19, 2012, 09:30:08 AM
If you are able to, I think it makes sense to stay by someone for Shabbos.

Im not sure how many of the Chabad houses have meals on Shabbos except for a kiddish after davening.
Although, Im sure they will be glad to help you out.

The closest Chabad is around the corner, Chabad of Miracle Mile (http://www.chabadmm.com/).
Others can be seen here (http://www.chabad.org/centers/default.asp?qry=90048&x=12&y=8).

Never stayed but it does look nice.

As far as breakfast goes, its a short drive (~2 miles) to Elite Cafe or La Brea Bagel or to the Pico area with multiple options.

Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 19, 2012, 10:13:00 AM
thanks for the boat rental option, have to speak to them, how secure it is going with a baby. as it can not wear a swimwest.

I dont want to stand in lines in the summer, legoland and universal has front of line passes. disney has something similar, but much to expensive.... I went to one in Paris...Legoland is good enough for my boys and something new...

contacted chabad, will see what they say. does LA have a eiruv?

Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 19, 2012, 10:19:16 AM
rent a boat at marina del ray
Why not rent something while out in Oxnard by the winery?

Don't miss the S. Monica Pier.  There's a massive outlet mall in Camarillo near Oxnard and a great Pizza shop in Agoura on the way to Oxnard if you want to go there for lunch.

The Andaz West Hollywood is a very nice and modern city hotel with a rooftop pool and cabanas.  Never been to the SLS.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 19, 2012, 10:21:15 AM
thanks for the boat rental option, have to speak to them, how secure it is going with a baby. as it can not wear a swimwest.

I dont want to stand in lines in the summer, legoland and universal has front of line passes. disney has something similar, but much to expensive.... I went to one in Paris...Legoland is good enough for my boys and something new...

contacted chabad, will see what they say. does LA have a eiruv?


Why can't a baby wear a lifejacket??

Disneyland has fastpasses.  You shouldn't need to wait in any lines with it.  In fact you can hire a helper from Disney for the day that will even run around getting fastpasses for you and help out with kids, etc (at least they offer this in Orlando for sure, doublecheck in LA).
Disney in LA also has California Adventure, with many rides/activities they didn't see in Paris.

There is an eiruv in LA and the SLS is in between La Brea and Pico, so I'd assume it covers the entire area, but I'm sure someone else will chime in to confirm.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on January 19, 2012, 10:22:29 AM

The Andaz West Hollywood is a very nice and modern city hotel with a rooftop pool and cabanas.  Never been to the SLS.

Great hotel!

Not the nicest (jewish) location though...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 19, 2012, 10:25:44 AM
Great hotel!

Not the nicest (jewish) location though...
True, would only work with getting accommodation for shabbos.
Wasn't there a site with houses for rent in the jewish community in LA someone once posted?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 19, 2012, 11:18:49 AM
True, would only work with getting accommodation for shabbos.
Wasn't there a site with houses for rent in the jewish community in LA someone once posted?

Would be great, I would not mind renting a place for the few days after shabbes as well, if its decent. big advantage of staying in the jewish area: its probably easy getting a girl to do babysitting in the evening, if we want to go out after the kids are sleeping
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 19, 2012, 11:29:44 AM
Would be great, I would not mind renting a place for the few days after shabbes as well, if its decent. big advantage of staying in the jewish area: its probably easy getting a girl to do babysitting in the evening, if we want to go out after the kids are sleeping
www.reservekosher.com
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on January 19, 2012, 12:38:14 PM
For SD:

Stayed at the Sheraton Carlsbad before. It is connected to Legoland, but otherwise a drive (30 min or so) to Sea World, etc. But it is a fine hotel, nothing extraordinary, but probably nicer than a lot of others as well (since it is newer).

There is the kosher Ralphs section in La Jolla as well as a new restaurant in University City (I think).

For LA:

SLS is not in the best area to walk to shul (depending on how long you mind walking), although I am sure there is something not that far. It is well within the eruv so there is no worry there (see: www.laeruv.com). I'm sure you can find someone to stay by for Shabbos as well (either in Pico or La Brea/HP areas).

Definitely go to Tierra Sur and the "wine tour" takes no more than a few minutes walking around the upstairs area, so don't sweat that.

Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 19, 2012, 12:40:40 PM

There is an eiruv in LA and the SLS is in between La Brea and Pico, so I'd assume it covers the entire area, but I'm sure someone else will chime in to confirm.

As LAXTraveler said:
The LA eruv does indeed cover the area where the SLS is located (www.laeruv.com).  HOWEVER, there are no shuls nearby (1 mi or less).  There are also no shuls near the Andaz West Hollywood.

If you wanted to stay in one of the Jewish communities for Shabbos, I'd make a posting on hillygram.com, the greater LA area's daily email (and website) for just such situations.  People are often on vacation in the summer and wouldn't mind letting you stay in their house if you have some sort of references.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 19, 2012, 12:41:43 PM
How much is the Park Hyatt Aviara for your dates?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 19, 2012, 12:45:50 PM
HOWEVER, there are no shuls nearby (1 mi or less).
Huh? (http://local.google.com/maps?saddr=8385+West+4th+Street+Los+Angeles,+CA+90048-4202&daddr=465+S.+La+Cienega+Boulevard,+Los+Angeles,+CA+90048+(SLS+Hotel+at+Beverly+Hills)&hl=en&sll=34.075095,-118.36796&sspn=0.015481,0.033023&geocode=FbzjBwIdpMTx-ClZqfXXS7nCgDGPzysa0A_lMQ%3BFe7dBwIdIrjx-CkHQ867TrnCgDFsBIXJlXhQQg&vpsrc=0&dirflg=w&mra=ls&t=m&z=19)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 19, 2012, 12:47:52 PM
Things to do in LA:

If you're going to be in LA from F-W, there are lots of things you can do outdoors (especially in the summer, as it never rains).

There are multiple hikes in both the Hollywood hills and the Santa Monica Mountains that would be suitable a for young kids.  Many hikes are on nearly paved paths that are wide and not steep, some with waterfalls at the end.  The only thing to be aware of is that many hikes do not have much shade. http://www.localhikes.com/MSA/MSA_4472.asp and http://thishikingtrail.com/ when used together offer a comprehensive guide to which hikes are nice.

There are also lots of (semi-private) beaches that are nice to visit without having to worry about tznius.  One such beach is in Marina Del Rey.  It's located off of the "alphabet streets" (in other words, off of Speedway, just west of Pasific and south of Washington Blvd.).  As this is mainly a residential area, the beach does not cater towards turists, making it nearly deserted during the week.  Parking is available on either Pasific or the alphabet streets.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on January 19, 2012, 12:48:14 PM
Why can't a baby wear a lifejacket??

Disneyland has fastpasses.  You shouldn't need to wait in any lines with it.  In fact you can hire a helper from Disney for the day that will even run around getting fastpasses for you and help out with kids, etc (at least they offer this in Orlando for sure, doublecheck in LA).
Disney in LA also has California Adventure, with many rides/activities they didn't see in Paris.

There is an eiruv in LA and the SLS is in between La Brea and Pico, so I'd assume it covers the entire area, but I'm sure someone else will chime in to confirm.
there is also a place about 5 min away from disney that sells tkts for like $20 cheaper (they have week passes)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 19, 2012, 12:50:10 PM
The Getty Center has a tram climbing the mountainside the kids will love and beautiful gardens and views of city.  Great place for photos.  Plus lots of art if you're into that (doubt your kids will be!)
Best of all is the price...free!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 19, 2012, 12:50:48 PM
To clarify:  The SLS and Andaz hotels are not located within the Pico-Robertson or La Brea/ Hancock Park communities.  There are a number of (non-Starwood) hotels in the Pico area, but walking from the SLS or Andaz on Shabbos could be a bit of a schlep, especially if it's hot in the summer.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on January 19, 2012, 12:51:30 PM
The Getty Center has a tram climbing the mountainside the kids will love and beautiful gardens and views of city.  Great place for photos.  Plus lots of art if you're into that (doubt your kids will be!)
Best of all is the price...free!

And the Getty Villa in Malibu is a great place to walk around outdoors and indoors. Only a few blocks from the Fish Grill in Malibu with the beach across the street. A great day trip without worrying about food.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 19, 2012, 12:52:19 PM
The Getty Center has a tram climbing the mountainside the kids will love and beautiful gardens and views of city.  Great place for photos.  Plus lots of art if you're into that (doubt your kids will be!)
Best of all is the price...free!

True, the Getty Center does have a free tram, the museum is free as well, and the gardens are really nice.  HOWEVER, it costs $15 per vehicle to park.

*I was just there this past Sunday
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 19, 2012, 12:52:34 PM
To clarify:  The SLS and Andaz hotels are not located within the Pico-Robertson or La Brea/ Hancock Park communities.  There are a number of (non-Starwood) hotels in the Pico area, but walking from the SLS or Andaz on Shabbos could be a bit of a schlep, especially if it's hot in the summer.
That's fine but there's still a shul around the corner.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 19, 2012, 12:53:12 PM
True, the Getty Center does have a free tram, the museum is free as well, and the gardens are really nice.  HOWEVER, it costs $15 per vehicle to park.

*I was just there this past Sunday
Wow, $15 now?  Has that gone up in recent years?
Haven't been there since my shidduch dating days 4 years ago.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 19, 2012, 12:53:44 PM
Wow, $15 now?  Has that gone up in recent years?
Haven't been there since my shidduch dating days 4 years ago.

It's still not a bad deal, especially with a family of 6.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 19, 2012, 12:57:17 PM
If you decide to go the the Malibu area, there is also another place to visit called the Adamson House http://www.adamsonhouse.org/ It's located just across the street from the Fish Grill Malibu (next to the famos Malibu Pier).  It's an old house you can take a tour of for $7pp (for adults) $2 or $5 for kids, that was built in the Moorish style.  It's really cool (both temperature and interestingly) to walk through and enjoy the amazing beach views as well as it's on the water.  It's a little known secret in Malibu.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on January 19, 2012, 01:24:05 PM
guys guys, its his first time to la. i doubt hes interesting in some old house that off the beaten path
universal, disneyland, hollywood blvd, rodeo dr, santa monica pier, the hollywood sign, driving around bel air, map of the stars' homes, malibu, citywalk, 3rd st promenade, the grove, coffee bean,  venice beach, view from yamashiro .....driving in a red mustang convertible
be a tourist for heavens sake...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on January 19, 2012, 01:24:54 PM
guys guys, its his first time to la. i doubt hes interesting in some old house that off the beaten path
universal, disneyland, hollywood blvd, rodeo dr, santa monica pier, the hollywood sign, driving around bel air, map of the stars' homes, malibu, citywalk, 3rd st promenade, the grove, coffee bean,  santa barbara, view from yamashiro .....driving in a red mustang convertible
be a tourist for heavens sake...

I thought the Getty and the Getty Villa are pretty touristy - plus the Villa gets the beach and Fish Grill all in the same day.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Am on January 19, 2012, 01:31:11 PM
guys guys, its his first time to la. i doubt hes interesting in some old house that off the beaten path
universal, disneyland, hollywood blvd, rodeo dr, santa monica pier, the hollywood sign, driving around bel air, map of the stars' homes, malibu, citywalk, 3rd st promenade, the grove, coffee bean,  venice beach, view from yamashiro .....driving in a red mustang convertible
be a tourist for heavens sake...
+1
when in sd check out the la jolla coves kayaking. segway tours are fun on any vacation(depending on childrens age).ripleys &guinnes museum @corner hollywood & highland. Knott's is agreat amusement park for adults and kids
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 19, 2012, 01:59:08 PM
How much is the Park Hyatt Aviara for your dates?

300 per room per night
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 19, 2012, 02:01:28 PM
guys guys, its his first time to la. i doubt hes interesting in some old house that off the beaten path
universal, disneyland, hollywood blvd, rodeo dr, santa monica pier, the hollywood sign, driving around bel air, map of the stars' homes, malibu, citywalk, 3rd st promenade, the grove, coffee bean,  venice beach, view from yamashiro .....driving in a red mustang convertible
be a tourist for heavens sake...

I like this post :-)

Can you please explain these:  driving around bel air, map of the stars' homes, malibu, citywalk, 3rd st promenade, the grove, coffee bean,  venice beach, view from yamashiro


.driving in a red mustang convertible- if its a 6 seater we can do it, right now I am at the minivan stage
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 19, 2012, 02:01:45 PM
guys guys, its his first time to la. i doubt hes interesting in some old house that off the beaten path
universal, disneyland, hollywood blvd, rodeo dr, santa monica pier, the hollywood sign, driving around bel air, map of the stars' homes, malibu, citywalk, 3rd st promenade, the grove, coffee bean,  venice beach, view from yamashiro .....driving in a red mustang convertible
be a tourist for heavens sake...

I did not mean that he should just do the Adamson house, but if he's in Malibu and already went to the pier and the Fish Grill, the Adamson house might be a good idea.  Personally, I don't think the Getty Villa or Adamson house would be a good place for kids no older than 6 as they're more adult venues.  Since when do kids like walking around a museum?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 19, 2012, 02:03:05 PM
To clarify:  The SLS and Andaz hotels are not located within the Pico-Robertson or La Brea/ Hancock Park communities.  There are a number of (non-Starwood) hotels in the Pico area, but walking from the SLS or Andaz on Shabbos could be a bit of a schlep, especially if it's hot in the summer.

maybe I will stay in a local hotel in pico and hook myself up with meals... What hotel is really close to the jewish area?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on January 19, 2012, 02:04:29 PM
maybe I will stay in a local hotel in pico and hook myself up with meals... What hotel is really close to the jewish area?

Residence Inn and Crowne Plaza

In pico.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 19, 2012, 02:07:40 PM
3rd St Promenade is near the Santa Monica Pier.  It's a very touristy place to walk around with street entertainers.

Coffee Beans are all kosher, non-chalav yisrael (except the one on Beverly Blvd and Alta Vista) and are located all over the city.  You can stop by there to get either coffee (Ice Blended's are a nice treat in the summer).  A tip for getting cheaper drinks:  Order the size larger then you want and ask them to split it into 2 cups.  You'll get 2 cups of the smaller size each 80%-90% full!

The stars homes is a waste of time.  Who cares?  Instead, drive or walk up and down the streets of Beverly Hills North of Santa Monica Blvd to see some really nice homes.  Alternatively, there's also a trolly tour in the summer that goes through BH showing you many interesting and large homes for only $5pp.   It's an outdoor trolly on wheels with a narrated tour.  It leaves hourly from the corner of Dayton and Rodeo in Beverly Hills.

Universal City Walk is like 3rd St Promenade with more expensive parking ($12 vs free or $2), but you might want to see it if you're into Universal.

The Grove is nice to visit.  It's an outdoor mall modled after a European street.  They have a music synchronized water show on the hour and a trolly (on a track) to take you through the mall).

Venice beach is full of weirdos does weird things.  They are for the most part not tznius and can be frightening for very small kids.  It's bound to be packed though and a good place to go if you want to see the Shul on the Beach over there.  It is a famous beach, so IMHO visit at your own discretion.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 19, 2012, 02:07:59 PM
Why can't a baby wear a lifejacket??

Disneyland has fastpasses.  You shouldn't need to wait in any lines with it.  In fact you can hire a helper from Disney for the day that will even run around getting fastpasses for you and help out with kids, etc (at least they offer this in Orlando for sure, doublecheck in LA).
Disney in LA also has California Adventure, with many rides/activities they didn't see in Paris.

There is an eiruv in LA and the SLS is in between La Brea and Pico, so I'd assume it covers the entire area, but I'm sure someone else will chime in to confirm.

Disney hast fastpass, but its limited to one ride at a time, in Paris they sold a vip fastpass for 50 Euros, I got onto every ride the whole day without waiting... anyway I dont wanna do disney again. with legoland and bellmont park, i did my share of fun parks. not going to the westcoast for fun parks...wanna see the place
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 19, 2012, 02:09:28 PM
3rd St Promenade is near the Santa Monica Pier.  It's a very touristy place to walk around with street entertainers.

The stars homes is a waste of time.  Who cares?  Instead, drive or walk up and down the streets of Beverly Hills North of Santa Monica Blvd to see some really nice homes.  Alternatively, there's also a trolly tour in the summer that goes through BH showing you many interesting and large homes for only $5pp.   It's an outdoor trolly on wheels with a narrated tour.  It leaves hourly from the corner of Dayton and Rodeo in Beverly Hills.


thanks for the trolley tip. my wife will love to see all the mansions...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 19, 2012, 02:10:22 PM
maybe I will stay in a local hotel in pico and hook myself up with meals... What hotel is really close to the jewish area?
The 2 BR in La Brea is too small for you guys? 
I stayed in a Pico hotel via Priceline once and it was just wretched.  The bed was among the worst I've slept in.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 19, 2012, 02:11:56 PM
As LAXTraveler said:
The LA eruv does indeed cover the area where the SLS is located (www.laeruv.com).  HOWEVER, there are no shuls nearby (1 mi or less).  There are also no shuls near the Andaz West Hollywood.

If you wanted to stay in one of the Jewish communities for Shabbos, I'd make a posting on hillygram.com, the greater LA area's daily email (and website) for just such situations.  People are often on vacation in the summer and wouldn't mind letting you stay in their house if you have some sort of references.

thanks for the tip... If I post then everybody gets it via email?

Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 19, 2012, 02:12:05 PM
thanks for the trolley tip. my wife will love to see all the mansions...
See mansions?  Walk around Highland and June in the jewish areas of Hancock park/La Brea.
The stars houses will be shrouded behind walls and trees and you'll see nothing.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 19, 2012, 02:16:08 PM
See mansions?  Walk around Highland and June in the jewish areas of Hancock park/La Brea.
The stars houses will be shrouded behind walls and trees and you'll see nothing.

True, the star's homes won't be visible.  The trolly tour doesn't show you their current homes, though.  They show you cool homes, for example, a house in BH without and right angles (all walls, doors and windows are curved) and a house that looks like a gingerbread house from a movie set. The houses in Hancock Park and to the east are magnificent (and many frum people live there too).  Also, many foreign dignitaries live there as well as the mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 19, 2012, 02:17:06 PM
The 2 BR in La Brea is too small for you guys? 
I stayed in a Pico hotel via Priceline once and it was just wretched.  The bed was among the worst I've slept in.

http://www.reservekosher.com/listing-brand-new-2-bedroom-guest-cottage-1485.html   you mean this?

Yeah I will have a look at it. Does not look amazing, but could do for shabbes. Dont know if the owner will want to rent out for 2 days only, probably will want to rent for longer periods during this high season time
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 19, 2012, 02:19:26 PM
The listing name is actually a big dansdeals chosid, definitely worth a shot playing that up.  And the listed min stay is 2 days.

If they'll rent just for shabbos the SLS or Andaz WeHo are both excellent choices for the rest of the time.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on January 19, 2012, 02:23:15 PM
See mansions?  Walk around Highland and June in the jewish areas of Hancock park/La Brea.
The stars houses will be shrouded behind walls and trees and you'll see nothing.
i dont think the houses west of rimpau can be considered mansions...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 19, 2012, 02:44:50 PM
i dont think the houses west of rimpau can be considered mansions...

Agreed.  I meant the streets between Highland and the country club.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on January 19, 2012, 02:54:27 PM
Segway tours in BH sometimes go through the flats of BH to look at homes. Or you can pick up one of those star maps on the street and go driving to see some either current or recently occupied stars homes.

Don't forget those open air van tours you can get also both in Hollywood and BH if you want to do something like that.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on January 19, 2012, 05:38:07 PM
i know where two stars live...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on January 19, 2012, 07:24:49 PM
I'm planning to be in LA in April, for the first time. Any suggestions as to where to stay? I have a couple of Hyatt (suite) FFNs and SPG points to burn. Does it make sense to go to San Diego for a day or two, if I'm only being there for a week?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 19, 2012, 07:45:07 PM
If you'd like to stay in the Jewish communities, there are no Hyatt's around.  However, if you don't care where you stay, the Andaz and SLS are both lovely Starwood hotels within a 10 minute drive of both Pico and La Brea.

Going to San Diego is a great idea.  However, as others have mentioned, you can get a great deal on priceline for the San Diego area, sometimes getting 4 or 5 star hotels for less than or around $100/night.  I'd go but save your points for another city.

Both SD and LA have lots to do.  You can even walk across the border to Tijuana, BC, Mexico if you want.  I don't know what the travel advisory is for Tijuana at the moment, but if you've never been to Mexico and you want to say you've been, its just a quick walk back and forth.  I wouldn't advise driving there though as it's complicated with insurance and the lines to get back are horrendous.  You can drive to the "last exit in the US", park in the lot behind Jack-in-the-Box for $5 for the day and walk.  It's only about 5 minutes from there.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 19, 2012, 08:14:42 PM
If you'd like to stay in the Jewish communities, there are no Hyatt's around.  However, if you don't care where you stay, the Andaz and SLS are both lovely Starwood hotels within a 10 minute drive of both Pico and La Brea.
Andaz=Hyatt.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 21, 2012, 11:36:53 PM
How much is the Park Hyatt Aviara for your dates?

 
300 per room per night

I don't know if you noticed and already calculated this into the rate but there is a sale on the park Hyatt for third night free. Nights I was looking are 375 a night but third night free makes it more reasonable at 250 per night
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 23, 2012, 11:06:06 PM
PCMIIW but from what I understand the PH aviara is very far from San Diego and the attractions there. If I am more interested in that (and/or davening with a minyan) would I better off staying closer to San Diego?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 23, 2012, 11:08:17 PM
http://local.google.com/maps?saddr=park+hyatt+aviara&daddr=Sea+World+San+Diego,+Sea+World+Drive,+San+Diego,+CA&hl=en&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=45.014453,107.138672&geocode=FZcO-QEdJl8C-SGZOBZ9oTTUeA%3BFdTx8wEdBkUD-SG6E6oGWSR5KQ&oq=sea+world+sa&vpsrc=0&mra=ls&t=m&z=11
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 23, 2012, 11:25:18 PM
I did that already. So you agree with my assessment?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on January 23, 2012, 11:36:06 PM
I did that already. So you agree with my assessment?

I agree with your assessment. Having stayed at Aviara before and having davened at the closest daily minyan I am aware of to there (Adat Yeshurun, La Jolla), I think that is a hefty drive.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 23, 2012, 11:55:19 PM
I agree with your assessment. Having stayed at Aviara before and having davened at the closest daily minyan I am aware of to there (Adat Yeshurun, La Jolla), I think that is a hefty drive.

thanks. Have you stayed anywhere else that you can recommend?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on January 23, 2012, 11:57:44 PM
thanks. Have you stayed anywhere else that you can recommend?

I haven't stayed, but there is a Hyatt in La Jolla as well as a Residence Inn and Radisson. All are close to the shul and Ralph's where the kosher food section is. From those hotels its just a hop on the freeway and 10 minutes to Sea World (unless there might be traffic).

Otherwise, closer to Sea World is Mission Bay and there are a number of hotels there as well.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 24, 2012, 12:12:34 AM
I haven't stayed, but there is a Hyatt in La Jolla as well as a Residence Inn and Radisson. All are close to the shul and Ralph's where the kosher food section is. From those hotels its just a hop on the freeway and 10 minutes to Sea World (unless there might be traffic).

Otherwise, closer to Sea World is Mission Bay and there are a number of hotels there as well.

I was looking at the Hyatt in mission bay. it has really mixed reviews
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on January 24, 2012, 12:18:42 AM
I was looking at the Hyatt in mission bay. it has really mixed reviews

I think there is also a Sheraton and a Hilton in Mission Bay if I am not mistaken. But the Hyatt I was referring to is the one in La Jolla.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: madopo on February 03, 2012, 01:48:29 AM
I haven't stayed, but there is a Hyatt in La Jolla as well as a Residence Inn and Radisson. All are close to the shul and Ralph's where the kosher food section is. From those hotels its just a hop on the freeway and 10 minutes to Sea World (unless there might be traffic).

Otherwise, closer to Sea World is Mission Bay and there are a number of hotels there as well.
The Hyatt isn't walking distance to Adat Yeshurun. The Residence Inn & Sheraton are. It wasn't asked but I thought it might help to mention.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 03, 2012, 09:05:28 AM
Anyway ever stay at the residence inn? I can probably get it with marriott points. Reviews seem pretty good. Obviously not a luxury hotel, but...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on February 03, 2012, 11:58:56 AM
The Hyatt isn't walking distance to Adat Yeshurun. The Residence Inn & Sheraton are. It wasn't asked but I thought it might help to mention.

You are correct, but I thought he was just looking for recommendations for during the week. If it's over Shabbos I would say the Sheraton or Residence Inn.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 03, 2012, 12:06:57 PM
You are correct, but I thought he was just looking for recommendations for during the week. If it's over Shabbos I would say the Sheraton or Residence Inn.

Its just duringthe week. Have you stayed at the residence inn?

(mods, maybe this discussion should be moved to the San Diego thread?)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on February 03, 2012, 02:22:38 PM
Its just duringthe week. Have you stayed at the residence inn?

(mods, maybe this discussion should be moved to the San Diego thread?)

I stayed there once many moons ago. The nice thing about Residence Inn is that they are generally like studio apartments with kitchenettes, etc. Great if you bring your own food.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 03, 2012, 02:37:48 PM
I stayed there once many moons ago. The nice thing about Residence Inn is that they are generally like studio apartments with kitchenettes, etc. Great if you bring your own food.

That is correct. Its almost like a complete kitchen. I wonder if the oven is self clean
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Vexorg on February 09, 2012, 10:43:24 PM
Anyone try this new restaurant called, BEVERLY HILLS THAI,  9036 burton way. Its across from the Four Seasons, Bev Hills. I believe its RCC. Wanted to hear some reviews before i try.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on February 10, 2012, 08:03:10 AM
Anyone try this new restaurant called, BEVERLY HILLS THAI,  9036 burton way. Its across from the Four Seasons, Bev Hills. I believe its RCC. Wanted to hear some reviews before i try.


nope...let us know!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on February 10, 2012, 11:39:12 AM
Anyone try this new restaurant called, BEVERLY HILLS THAI,  9036 burton way. Its across from the Four Seasons, Bev Hills. I believe its RCC. Wanted to hear some reviews before i try.

Yup. I enjoyed it. It's small, but nice. The owner is Thai and it was opened previously as a non-kosher Thai restaurant and then she became kosher. Try the pad thai dishes, those were the best IMO. The egg rolls were pretty good too.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on February 10, 2012, 12:35:57 PM
pretty good i had take out from there (never as good a eat in) im not such a thai person myself but my wife really liked it
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 24, 2012, 11:46:58 AM
Anyone actually stay at the SLS for shabbos (or there at all)?

Any shabbos issues with staircases/front door?
Worth the 12K SPG/night?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on March 10, 2012, 06:59:50 PM
Why not rent something while out in Oxnard by the winery?

Any recommendations? Google's not helping.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on March 12, 2012, 06:25:27 AM
Can anyone clue me in to the parking situation at the Andaz WH? Is there on-street parking nearby? Also, where is the closest shul?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: daganster on March 27, 2012, 05:50:16 PM
Anyone actually stay at the SLS for shabbos (or there at all)?

Any shabbos issues with staircases/front door?
Worth the 12K SPG/night?
I staid at the SLS during the week. What would you like to know?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on March 28, 2012, 08:02:01 PM
Would anyone recommend any particular Fish Grill location to try?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on March 28, 2012, 08:08:38 PM
In terms of size: Brentwood is the biggest, Beverly/ Malibu the smallest. Pico is in between.

In terms of views: Malibu is the best, followed by Pico (as it's on a hill).  Brentwood/ Beverly are just on regular streets.

Other stores in the area: Brentwood and Pico are is shopping centers, Malibu/ Beverly are not.

Near Jewish things: Pico/ Beverly are in Jewish communities.  Brentwood/ Malibu are not (although to be fair, Malibu is next door the Chabad, but I don't believe they have minyanim except for on Shabbos).

Price: Malibu & Brentwood sometimes have coupons from Groupon or similar sites.  Pico/ Beverly do not.

Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on March 28, 2012, 08:11:42 PM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on March 28, 2012, 08:19:59 PM
No problem....Happy Travels!!!

Also, to avoid the its-the-week-before-Pesach-and-everyone-is-eating-out-lines, go to Brentwood or Malibu.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on March 29, 2012, 05:05:44 AM
Also, to avoid the its-the-week-before-Pesach-and-everyone-is-eating-out-lines, go to Brentwood or Malibu.

I'm actually going after, but thanks.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Smartypantz on April 16, 2012, 01:19:54 PM
anyone have experience with this website: http://www.greatkosherdeals.com ? would like to use them for some discounted certificates at kosher eateries in LA but not sure if it is reliable......or anyone know of discounts for kosher restaurants in LA and/or surrounding nearby areas? Thanks!!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Smartypantz on April 18, 2012, 03:47:17 PM
Does anyone of this forum have any reccomendations for a nice place to stay for 3-4 adults in Santa Monica? Would be willing to rent a house if close to beach or a suite in a nice hotel on the beach. Thanks!!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on April 18, 2012, 03:54:47 PM
Does anyone of this forum have any reccomendations for a nice place to stay for 3-4 adults in Santa Monica? Would be willing to rent a house if close to beach or a suite in a nice hotel on the beach. Thanks!!

Lots of nice places either on or close to the beach - depending on how much you want to spend.

Loews, Shutters, Casa del Mar, Fairmont, Sheraton Delfina
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Smartypantz on April 18, 2012, 03:58:14 PM
Lots of nice places either on or close to the beach - depending on how much you want to spend.

Loews, Shutters, Casa del Mar, Fairmont, Sheraton Delfina

I was looking in the $175-$225 range....is that a possibility at any of the places you mentioned?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on April 18, 2012, 03:59:32 PM
I was looking in the $175-$225 range....is that a possibility at any of the places you mentioned?

Probably not for most or any of them, but take a look around searching for hotel deals and see what you get. Season, days of the week and many other factors can play a role in the price.
Title: Re: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 18, 2012, 06:43:12 PM
Does anyone of this forum have any reccomendations for a nice place to stay for 3-4 adults in Santa Monica? Would be willing to rent a house if close to beach or a suite in a nice hotel on the beach. Thanks!!
Look on homeaway.com or VRBO.com. You can often find condos for that price
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Smartypantz on April 19, 2012, 11:24:43 AM
Does anyone of this forum have any reccomendations for a nice place to stay for 3-4 adults in Santa Monica? Would be willing to rent a house if close to beach or a suite in a nice hotel on the beach. Thanks!!

Anyone?? Thanks!!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on April 19, 2012, 12:54:54 PM
Does anyone have info on Milky Way restaurant? Kashrus? Food? Is it worth a visit?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on April 19, 2012, 12:56:50 PM
Does anyone have info on Milky Way restaurant? Kashrus? Food? Is it worth a visit?

Kashrus is Kehilla (as are many of the places most people eat at - Jeff's, etc.). Food is okay, depends what you like. The menu is on the smaller side but they have some good dishes. I personally prefer fleish so I don't go too often, but when I do I can usually find something I like.

Steven Spielberg's mom owns the restaurant and is a very nice and friendly woman who will usually greet you if she is there.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on April 19, 2012, 01:06:41 PM
Kashrus is Kehilla (as are many of the places most people eat at - Jeff's, etc.). Food is okay, depends what you like. The menu is on the smaller side but they have some good dishes. I personally prefer fleish so I don't go too often, but when I do I can usually find something I like.

Steven Spielberg's mom owns the restaurant and is a very nice and friendly woman who will usually greet you if she is there.

Thanks. How does it compare to Milk & Honey or 26?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 19, 2012, 01:12:13 PM
Thanks. How does it compare to Milk & Honey or 26?
In my opinion:
Milk & Honey has the best food.
26 has the best ambiance and desserts.
Milky Way has a very friendly owner who will come over and chit-chat and the food's not bad either.  Had a lemon tart for dessert once that was pure heaven.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on April 19, 2012, 01:13:24 PM
In my opinion:
Milk & Honey has the best food.
26 has the best ambiance and desserts.
Milky Way has a very friendly owner who will come over and chit-chat and the food's not bad either.  Had a lemon tart for dessert once that was pure heaven.

And price-wise?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 19, 2012, 01:14:27 PM
And price-wise?
I haven't been there in a long time, but I'd guess a little more than Milk and Honey and a little less than 26.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on April 19, 2012, 01:16:06 PM
Thanks.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on April 19, 2012, 01:19:24 PM
Milk and Honey has more options, but I don't know if its necessarily better - to each his own, obviously.

Milky Way also has a delicious cheesecake and carrot cake dessert.

I was just at 26 a few weeks back and continued to be unimpressed - its unfortunate that with a nice space they can't produce a better food experience.

Price wise, I think its actually a little cheaper than Milk and Honey and definitely cheaper than 26.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 19, 2012, 01:23:49 PM
I was just at 26 a few weeks back and continued to be unimpressed - its unfortunate that with a nice space they can't produce a better food experience.
+1.  The apps and entrees at 26 were just sad.

I'm a fan of the Eggplant Parmigiana at Milk and Honey as well as their complimentary brown bread and dips.  Haven't made it their either in the past couple years.

I recall Milky Way's cheese blintzes being quite good, but again, the last time I was there was probably 5+ years ago.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on April 19, 2012, 01:26:09 PM
I'm a fan of the Eggplant Parmigiana at Milk and Honey as well as their complimentary brown bread and dips.  Haven't made it their either in the past couple years.

I'm not a big eggplant guy so that wouldn't work for me. I do like their bread and their mozarella marinara (there is probably some other name for it they use on the menu). Overall though, I think I would take the chips/guacamole, salmon puffs and fish and chips at Milky Way over almost anything at Milk and Honey.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 19, 2012, 01:28:43 PM
Overall though, I think I would take the chips/guacamole, salmon puffs and fish and chips at Milky Way over almost anything at Milk and Honey.
Good to know.  Will have to revisit next time.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on April 19, 2012, 03:02:14 PM
I'm not a big eggplant guy so that wouldn't work for me. I do like their bread and their mozarella marinara (there is probably some other name for it they use on the menu). Overall though, I think I would take the chips/guacamole, salmon puffs and fish and chips at Milky Way over almost anything at Milk and Honey.
+1 milky way is considerably cheaper than the other 2, salamon puffs there are amazing!!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 19, 2012, 03:03:38 PM
+1 milky way is considerably cheaper than the other 2, salamon puffs there are amazing!!
You guys should've told me this at the DO :D
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on April 20, 2012, 12:56:27 PM
You guys should've told me this at the DO :D
my bad,i was only thinking ribs and eggrolls at the time ;)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on April 27, 2012, 06:22:34 PM
Trip Report  - L.A./San Diego

Hotels



Restaurants


We did the usual trips (Universal, WB Studio Tour, Sea World, Boating etc.) so I won’t elaborate on those. We went to see the Cirque du Soleil IRIS at the Kodak theater. It is the only Cirque show I’ve been to, and I enjoyed it. Some parts of the show require five pairs of eyes in order to see everything that’s happening at once. It is also cool to sit through a show at  that iconic venue.

If anyone wants to know anything else, please ask.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on April 28, 2012, 04:53:23 PM
nice review.

indeed, pizza maven is the most underrated pizza joint imo. from the pizza, to the delicious fries, to the nachos, to the rice pudding, to the strawberry soda!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 28, 2012, 09:18:54 PM
@Chaim'l was your suite the standard king suite? Big enough t to have two kids in it in a separate room from you?
Why do you "have to" use the valet?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on April 28, 2012, 10:16:52 PM
@Chaim'l was your suite the standard king suite? Big enough t to have two kids in it in a separate room from you?
Why do you "have to" use the valet?
I also stayed in that suite It is very large If you put the kids in the main room of the suite there is plenty of space
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on April 28, 2012, 10:53:24 PM
@Chaim'l was your suite the standard king suite? Big enough t to have two kids in it in a separate room from you?
Why do you "have to" use the valet?

It is definitely big enough. AFAIK you cannot self-park there, and street parking is not allowed overnight.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 28, 2012, 11:07:28 PM
It is definitely big enough. AFAIK you cannot self-park there, and street parking is not allowed overnight.
There is overnight street parking, but you'll have to walk a little bit.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on April 28, 2012, 11:11:15 PM
Trip Report  - L.A./San Diego

Hotels

  • Andaz WeHo - Nice modern hotel. Staff were very friendly and helpful, greeting me by name most of the time. My “host” encouraged us to use as much as we could from the (non-alcoholic) mini-bar, as it gets refilled every day at no charge. Check-in process is cool, a “host” comes over to you with an ipad and checks you in that way. You must use the valet-parking at a cost of $32/day, but when that is all you are paying for the hotel (thank you Hyatt card), it doesn’t hurt that bad. We had a corner king suite, which is very spacious with a very modern decor and some nice views of L.A. Overall a great experience.
  • U.S. Grant, San Diego - Beautiful hotel with a magnificent lobby, but the rooms leave much to be desired. The hallways and room had an interesting (read: not very pleasant) smell. We got a VIP suite which was pretty cramped compared to our Andaz suite, but it was only for one night, so we managed. The staff were very courteous, though.


Restaurants

  • La Gondola - Not overly elegant. Tried the avocado eggrolls, asian spring rolls (delicious), bbq ribs and and chicken marsala. The ribs were good and generous, but the bbq sauce tasted like a generic store bought type. Overall good food.
  • Milky Way - Cosy little place with a lot of Spielberg memorabilia. Food was good milchig fare. The crunchy salmon puffs (app) are very good, and so was the eggplant parmesan (not your typical commercial one). Cheesecake was good too. Mrs Adler (the center attraction) is very friendly, and kept on coming to our table to shmooze.
  • Tierra Sur - Overrated IMO. We had the chorizo (VERY spicy), cornish hen and rib eye steak which was done perfectly. Maybe it is because I’m not a big wine person, but I thought the place was ok. Bottom line - if your time in L.A is limited, it’s not worth the trip out there.
  • La Seine - My best experience overall. Waiters are helpful and really know their stuff (shout-out to Adnen).The ambiance is really cool too. We had the passatelli with braised lamb, which was very tasty. My wife had the ribeye, and I had the braised short ribs which were both excellent. Their chocolate souffle was perfect as well. On the downside, the service was quite slow.
  • Sushi Ko - Very good sushi. I would definitely recommend for any sushi lover.
  • Fish Grill - We stopped by the Malibu location, and had the fish and chips. Very good and tasty, with a very enthusiastic server.
  • Elite Cafe - Had breakfast there. Pancakes were tasteless. The rest of the food was ok. There were flies all over the place, and tables were dirty. Their crumb-donuts and buttermilk-donuts were delicious.
  • La Brea Bagel - Good sandwiches, not-so-good muffins. Service was a little rude.
  • Pizza Maven - Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Very good pizza, and fries made from fresh potatoes.

We did the usual trips (Universal, WB Studio Tour, Sea World, Boating etc.) so I won’t elaborate on those. We went to see the Cirque du Soleil IRIS at the Kodak theater. It is the only Cirque show I’ve been to, and I enjoyed it. Some parts of the show require five pairs of eyes in order to see everything that’s happening at once. It is also cool to sit through a show at  that iconic venue.

If anyone wants to know anything else, please ask.

Can you elaborate more on the trips you did?  As well as which company to use for boating, and what else is a must do for a first time visit to the LA area (except eating)?
 Also if I go for a week from Thu-Wed, how do you recommend splitting up the time between LA and  SD. Thanks
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on April 29, 2012, 12:57:54 AM
There is overnight street parking, but you'll have to walk a little bit.
Possibly, but I wasn't up to cruising for a spot...

Can you elaborate more on the trips you did?  As well as which company to use for boating, and what else is a must do for a first time visit to the LA area (except eating)?
 Also if I go for a week from Thu-Wed, how do you recommend splitting up the time between LA and  SD. Thanks

Universal - Fun place. The studio tour is interesting but very commercialized. You get to drive down Wisteria Lane and see some other sets. A couple of interesting shows and rides.

WB VIP Studio Tour - More personal. We had a tour with another 4 people. You get driven around by your guide on a large golf cart (I think the max per cart is 12). Very interesting. We got to take pictures on the couch on the Friends set in Central Perk. We visited The Mentalist set and 2 Broke Girls. The Two and a Half Men set was closed due to post-season works. You also visit the props warehouse and a museum which has clothes that were worn on some famous movies/shows. We also visited the Eastwood Scoring Stage (http://wbpostproduction.warnerbros.com/scoring/eastwoodscoringstage.html). All in all, well worth a visit.

I had bought Groupons for boating in Newport Bay, but there was bad weather that day, and they were going to be closing, so we ended up renting from this place (http://boats4rent.com/marina-del-rey/) in Marina Del Ray. Very enjoyable.

We also found a nice place to take pictures of the Hollywood sign (if that interests you). It is a bit of a drive but has nice views.

In Oxnard, we rented a "Deuce Coupe" from this place (http://www.wheelfunrentals.com/ListLocations/162), and rode around the harbor and surrounding area.

We spent one day in SD, so I'm not really sure how much there is to do there, but Sea World was nice, and La Cafe had good food.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on May 09, 2012, 06:19:22 PM
I'm planning on taking 3 and 5 year old to Legoland... Is one day enough or are we better splitting to two days? (they love lego... we'll also have a baby so we can't run around too fast...)

If two days anyone know best ticket prices? for one day I found buy adult get child free, but for two days haven't seen anything... thanks
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on May 09, 2012, 06:28:14 PM
Milk and Honey has more options, but I don't know if its necessarily better - to each his own, obviously.
+1. Dan likes eggplant parm which is medokere at milkyway so he prefers milk and honey. But in general I don't like milk and honey besides eggplant parm. Milky way has famous cheese blintzes they are truly one of a kind. (IIRC they are more of a cheese cake similarity then cheese blintzes they are so rich and heavenly) The chimichangas are also superb if you like Mexican food (worth a try if you are unfamiliar) And like LAXtraveler mentioned their fish is all top quality. (I still would take fish grill at half the price any day.)
Title: Re: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 09, 2012, 06:38:41 PM
I'm planning on taking 3 and 5 year old to Legoland... Is one day enough or are we better splitting to two days? (they love lego... we'll also have a baby so we can't run around too fast...)

If two days anyone know best ticket prices? for one day I found buy adult get child free, but for two days haven't seen anything... thanks
You just going to Lego land or San Diego also?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on May 10, 2012, 03:58:14 PM
I'm landing in SD but driving straight to Carlsbad and spending two nights there.. debating if one day is enough or if I need two for the kids...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on May 10, 2012, 08:55:31 PM
Can anyone recommend the best Hyatt or Marriot hotel in the LA area that I can book for Shabbos, it should be within walking distance to a shul.
And if possible a best Hyatt or Marriot in the San Diego area, for the rest of the week, except the Park Hyatt Aviara as it’s not available.
Thanks again.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 10, 2012, 08:56:37 PM
Can anyone recommend the best Hyatt or Marriot hotel in the LA area that I can book for Shabbos, it should be within walking distance to a shul.
And if possible a best Hyatt or Marriot in the San Diego area, for the rest of the week, except the Park Hyatt Aviara as it’s not available.
Thanks again.

Trade Hyatt points for SPG with someone and stay at the awesome SLS.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on May 10, 2012, 09:02:17 PM
Trade Hyatt points for SPG with someone and stay at the awesome SLS.
Thanks  for the idea will work on that.
Title: Re: Re: Chabad Corporate from Hertz
Post by: Ergel on May 10, 2012, 09:19:04 PM
Andaz weho not within walking distance?

In San Diego, I will be staying in residence inn la jolla. Have heard good things about Hyatt regency la jolla. Us grant supposed to be real nice but that is spg
Title: Re: Re: Chabad Corporate from Hertz
Post by: Tzfas on May 10, 2012, 10:45:00 PM
Andaz weho not within walking distance?
Quote
  I thought of that first, however there is no shul around for at least a mile.

Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: SGF on May 10, 2012, 11:28:50 PM
@ ergel: im not the police around here but your tapatalk is having lots of issues latly and it gets confusing...
Title: Re: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 10, 2012, 11:34:02 PM
@ ergel: im not the police around here but your tapatalk is having lots of issues latly and it gets confusing...
What did I do wrong this time?
Title: Re: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: SGF on May 10, 2012, 11:43:33 PM
What did I do wrong this time?
not so bad just the subject line, i was trying to figure out why would someone post about a rental on the trip thread until i realized it was just the subject
Title: Re: Re: Chabad Corporate from Hertz
Post by: montey on May 15, 2012, 05:35:52 PM
In San Diego, I will be staying in residence inn la jolla. Have heard good things about Hyatt regency la jolla. Us grant supposed to be real nice but that is spg

Residence in LJ is close to Kosher Ralphs and the shul. Hyatt Regency is very nice, but US Grant is still a very old hotel despite the renovation. It is relatively close to a Coffee Bean if that matters to you.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: montey on May 15, 2012, 05:36:26 PM
Does anyone have any coupons or promotions for Tierra Sur in Oxnard?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on May 15, 2012, 06:38:43 PM
US Grant is still a very old hotel despite the renovation.

+1
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on May 16, 2012, 01:48:35 AM
but US Grant is still a very old hotel despite the renovation. It is relatively close to a Coffee Bean if that matters to you.
what does that mean? i prefer renovated old hotels a la the westin palace madrid
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: montey on May 16, 2012, 02:26:22 AM
what does that mean? i prefer renovated old hotels a la the westin palace madrid

Small rooms, rickity elevator, etc.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on May 31, 2012, 07:04:42 AM
Landing in LAX soon for a 5 hour connection to Burbank.

Figured cheapest is hertz for $55 one way.

Never been to LA - is there something I must see?

Have loads of work to catch up to in Lounge
Title: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: WhyAich on May 31, 2012, 07:30:25 AM
Landing in LAX soon for a 5 hour connection to Burbank.

Figured cheapest is hertz for $55 one way.

Never been to LA - is there something I must see?

Have loads of work to catch up to in Lounge
Welcome to USA :)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on June 17, 2012, 03:06:24 AM
Anyone know of a place that will deliver food to LAX at about 9:30 PM on a Thursday night?

Or a place worth calling to see if they will?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on June 17, 2012, 03:15:29 AM
Anyone know of a place that will deliver food to LAX at about 9:30 PM on a Thursday night?

Or a place worth calling to see if they will?
Haven't been in LA for a couple years but Jeffs always delivered to anywhere for about the price of the cab there I believe. Probably $15/20 delivery to LAX...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 17, 2012, 05:33:50 AM
More like $30 probably.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: yare on June 17, 2012, 09:06:55 AM
Anyone know of a place that will deliver food to LAX at about 9:30 PM on a Thursday night?

Or a place worth calling to see if they will?
pats
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on June 17, 2012, 09:09:36 AM
pats
they deliver regular orders? It's a bit expensive to eat delivered no?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on June 17, 2012, 09:18:28 AM
pats
Wouldnt think its the type of meal youd usually eat out of a foam box...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 17, 2012, 10:17:47 AM
+1
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moshe80 on June 18, 2012, 02:14:07 AM
Where in Los Angeles can I buy the entire shabbos take out?
Which supermarket has the biggest selection of food in general?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: yare on June 18, 2012, 08:53:39 AM
Wouldnt think its the type of meal youd usually eat out of a foam box...
well if u wanna make everyone around u very jealous it is.  They don't serve steak in the lounge
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Smartypantz on June 18, 2012, 09:16:40 AM
Where in Los Angeles can I buy the entire shabbos take out?
Which supermarket has the biggest selection of food in general?

I was recently in LA and got amazing Shabbos takeout food from Abba's.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 18, 2012, 09:50:35 AM
Takeout from la glatt and shop at western kosher.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on June 18, 2012, 10:14:08 AM
http://www.medievaltimes.com/buenapark.aspx

Anybody ever done this? Is it worth it with little boys, that are into this? In Atlanta they give kosher meals, so they in LA as well?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moshe80 on June 18, 2012, 02:49:51 PM
thanks for you help Dan .
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on June 18, 2012, 04:06:25 PM
Just had fish grill for my first time in a couple years and they got a new bun for their grilled salmon sandwich. It is more of a homemade style and its delicious!!! I wish they'd open one up in NYC.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Avid Reader on June 18, 2012, 07:21:31 PM
Just had fish grill for my first time in a couple years and they got a new bun for their grilled salmon sandwich. It is more of a homemade style and its delicious!!! I wish they'd open one up in NYC.
Ur in LA?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on June 18, 2012, 08:11:32 PM
Ur in LA?
  I have a friend flying in tonight if you find a bottle you want fast I may be able to ask him to pick it up.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: madopo on June 20, 2012, 09:42:21 PM
http://www.medievaltimes.com/buenapark.aspx

Anybody ever done this? Is it worth it with little boys, that are into this? In Atlanta they give kosher meals, so they in LA as well?
Been there years ago but they're all the same (family type event) quite fun though.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on June 21, 2012, 12:02:39 AM
Anyone know of a place that will deliver food to LAX at about 9:30 PM on a Thursday night?

Or a place worth calling to see if they will?

Haven't been in LA for a couple years but Jeffs always delivered to anywhere for about the price of the cab there I believe. Probably $15/20 delivery to LAX...

Called Jeffs, Nagila Pizza, Shanghai diamond, Schnitzly....none of them will deliver to LAX. Any other suggestions?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 21, 2012, 12:03:19 AM
Maybe Pizza Station?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on June 21, 2012, 12:09:35 AM
Maybe Pizza Station?
They are closed. We are looking for tomorrow evening and probably should have worked on this a little earlier as we are flying much of tomorrow.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on June 21, 2012, 01:19:20 AM
They are closed. We are looking for tomorrow evening and probably should have worked on this a little earlier as we are flying much of tomorrow.
If you tell me the time I can ask my friend at Pizza station (the owner) if he can deliver it. Assuming it's a decent size order or your willing to pay delivery fee...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 06, 2012, 11:01:27 AM
Planning a family trip ;) to la, arriving Monday afternoon and staying through shabbos. Trying to plan how to spend the time. One day in Disney. Plan on visiting the crazies on Venice beach, The grove, maybe go on a hike (recommendations?).
What else should we do?
Worth a trip out to Oxnard with 2 little ones?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: momo613 on July 06, 2012, 12:10:11 PM
Don't do Oxnard with little ones. The wine tour isn't that  exciting for them, and they can't do wine tasting etc.
Maybe try boating on Marina  Del rey.
How old are the kids?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: momo613 on July 06, 2012, 12:10:39 PM
Hike to the Hollywood sign
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on July 06, 2012, 12:12:13 PM
Hike to the fence around the Hollywood sign
ftfy
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: momo613 on July 06, 2012, 12:12:30 PM
The California science center is really cool for kids, and free. Imax theater inside charges but worth it.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 06, 2012, 12:13:54 PM
2.5 and 7 months
Title: Re: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 06, 2012, 12:15:04 PM
The California science center is really cool for kids, and free. Imax theater inside charges but worth it.
Any dead bodies (or body parts/mummies it anything of the sort for, I am of the priestly tribe)
Title: Re: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: momo613 on July 06, 2012, 12:15:27 PM
ftfy
Thanks.
The beauty of that hike is that there are stunning views of La on a clear day. You can even see my house from there!
Title: Re: Re: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: momo613 on July 06, 2012, 12:18:18 PM
Any dead bodies (or body parts/mummies it anything of the sort for, I am of the priestly tribe)
Call and ask. They had an exhibit like that a few years ago. They do have human embryos throughout the gestation period, but don't think there's a tumah problem there
Title: Re: Re: Re: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 06, 2012, 12:19:29 PM
They do have human embryos throughout the gestation period, but don't think there's a tumah problem there
Pretty sure that's not true but I will amlor
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: momo613 on July 06, 2012, 12:22:46 PM
I just remembered. There's also a human intestine in the digestion exhibit. Ask about that too
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on July 06, 2012, 12:34:12 PM
I am of the priestly tribe

Good to know. If you ever need anything I am at your service ;)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 06, 2012, 12:37:56 PM
Hiking to the Hollywood sign isn't what it used to be.  Solstice Canyon in Malibu has an easy 'hike' you could do with little kids (most of it is even stroller accessible.  There are 2 ways to go on that hike: one easy and one medium (it's not hard), but that one is not very stroller friendly nor good for kids.

There are lots of hikes in the Santa Monica mountains that are good in addition to Solstice canyon.  There's another hike in Thousand Oaks called
Eagle Point Loop - Wildwood Park that's pretty kid friendly.

Both hikes have water falls.

Check out http://thishikingtrail.com/ for more LA hikes.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 06, 2012, 12:40:39 PM
Thanks for the info. Don't really need kid friendly hikes, have a carrier and a hiking knapsack. Although lugging then around on my back, the hike can't be too difficult but definitely don't want something stroller accessible
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 06, 2012, 01:33:25 PM
In that case, I can recommend a few more hikes:

In the Santa Monica Mountains:
1) Eagle Rock (from the Trippit Ranch parking lot).  On a clear day, this hike has amazing views of both the valley and the beach. (I went on the 4th and it was so foggy You couldn't see 100 feet ahead of you)
2) Escondido falls.  This hike starts from the parking lot right off of PCH in Malibu.  You start walking on a paved road for a bit, but the hike gets harder as you go.  After the paved road it turns to dirt requiring you cross a few streams (in the summer there might not be any water in them).  When you get to the lower falls, you have the option of going to the upper falls, but it is near impossible with a child backpack for hiking.  It's really steep with lots of climbing over boulders and the like. However, the upper falls are absolutely gorgeous.
3) Temescal Canyon. This hike also has a falls, but it totally doable with a child carrier.  There are two ways to do this hike as well.  One way starts of extremely steep and has a slower gradual decent (this is the 'harder'/ or 'backwards' way) but it is closer to the parking lot.  Pass this point and go the other way for an easier hike.  You will hit the water fall by the bridge (there won't be too much water in the summer) towards the beginning of the hike with the steep downhill at the end.

In the Hollywood Hills:
4) Runyon Canyon is very close the La Brea Jewish community.  There are 3 ways to do this hike: easy (middle path), medium (right/ eastern path), and hard (left/ western path).  All hikes eventually merge near the top with the last portion of the hike being the same for all.  There are no waterfalls here, but there is an amazing view of the city from the top.  On a clear day you can see from the beach to downtown and beyond.
5) Franklin Canyon has a few nice hikes around the reservoir (some are shady)
6) Tree People Park/ Fryman Canyon has nice hikes with different difficulties

Keep in mind while hiking in LA:  Many hikes do not have shade!! If you want to hike on a sunny day, I would advise not hiking between 11am-4pm when the sun is the strongest.  If you have cloudy mornings like we've been having the past few weeks it will make it easier but might block the views.

Hatzlacha!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 06, 2012, 02:22:25 PM
Thanks for all your help?
From your summaries it seems like option 3 is the best idea for us. Would you concur?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 06, 2012, 03:12:33 PM
Option #3 is amazing, however, there is virtually no shade for much of the hike.  There is an ocean view when going down the hard way.

In my opinion, options 1, 2, or 3 would be just great for you, with option 2 having the most shade and 1 & 3 having about the same amount of shade.

http://www.localhikes.com/msa/msa_4472.asp gives you descriptions and rating of different hikes as well.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 06, 2012, 03:37:17 PM
Love that Web site. Really a great resource for the whole country
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 06, 2012, 03:40:25 PM
I normally is that website in conjunction with the first one I posted to find hikes. The first one has maps while the second one has reviews.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: brytch on July 10, 2012, 10:17:51 AM
Heading to LA for two days.. What are the best activities I can do with young kids? 3, 6 year olds..

I want a 2-3 places that they'll enjoy so I can then schlep them to eat etc.. without worrying about them being too restless..

Something like indoor gyms, fun rides, something like kids space in Pasadena which we've been to plenty of times.. but preferably not too far from LA..

THX
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 10, 2012, 10:41:19 AM
Would you prefer outdoor activities, indoor activities like hiking, or sight-seeing activities?

In terms of restaurants, are you looking for eat in or take out?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 10, 2012, 10:48:38 AM
Disney/Universal Studios.
S. Monica Pier has rides.
Train ride in the grove.
Train ride up to the getty center and running around outdoors there?

Good kid friendly restaurants probably include Jeff's, PKD, Fish Grill, Pizza Mayven, etc.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: brytch on July 10, 2012, 11:15:27 AM
thanks... disney etc.. we don't need we were at legoland a few days ago...

Santa Monica pier sounds nice.. I wanted to also get some pictures of the kids at the beach... (not swimming just playing) is the area there very crowded late afternoon? where can I find a quiet beach? huntington or manhattan any better? Malibu? want lots of sand and without ppl if possible.. around 4-7pm...

Never been to getty center worth going for the kids? indoor places would also be find if they're nice..
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 10, 2012, 11:39:56 AM
There's a really nice, semi-secluded beach in Marina del Rey that is great for taking pictures at.  Since it is not a famous beach with a parking lot and attractions (it's really just a beach for the people who like there, but it is public) there won't be many people there.  The residents barely use the beach as they're all busy working to pay for their beach-front properties.  The beach is located south of Washington Blvd. off of Speedway.  Take Washington west to Pasific, make a left, and then a right onto any one of the alphabet streets (the streets are alphabetical each having to do with the ocean).  I'd advice going down towards Union Jack or Topsail.  Park on the street; there's plenty of parking available.  This beach has tons of sand as well.

That said, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach are both really pretty, probably the nicest beaches close to LA, but they are further than Marina del Rey.  They are also more popular so there will be more people at the beach.  Plus, depending where you're staying in LA, the traffic on the 405 can be horrific at that time of day.  Marina del Rey is accessible just as quickly for Pico via streets without the traffic.

The pier is also a good place for kids.  They have rides they can go on in Pasific Park on the pier including a really large carousal and ferris wheel.  It is a pretty popular attraction, so expect crowds.

The Getty has nice gardens outside, but the inside is an art museum.  The tram ride up is nice, and the museum's free ($15/car for parking) but not really for kids.

In SoCal in July there isn't any reason to be indoors.  It's not too hot, never humid, and it never rains.  If you did want to spend time inside, the California Science Center is great for kids, and it's free.  They also have a special exhibit on Cleopatra that's been traveling around the country.

Nagila is also a really good pizza place that is super kid-friendly. They have a meat restaurant next door with a combined outdoor (separated by a fence) seating area as well, but I've never eaten there personally.

If you do go to Malibu, they do have a Fish Grill there that is just as wonderful as the other 3 Fish Grills in LA.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: brytch on July 11, 2012, 09:48:28 AM
Thanks a lot! Any great outdoor playgrounds? parks?  We'll go to s. monica still need one more nice activity for the kids..

Food question, 26 by shiloh's any dish recommendations?

I love mexican food, so I need to get some.. any dish recommendations there? whats their best?

We like chinese but we've done shanghai one time too many, is it worth trying this new Thai place (Bodhi)? I'm turned off by the vegetarian part (can't imagine enjoying a meal or a dish without any meat/chicken..)

we'll probably take some Jeff's for our trip leaving LA..

Thanks

(annoying I can't search this thread, or am I not seeing something?!)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 11, 2012, 09:56:38 AM
26 by Shilos is worth skipping.  It's not that great for the price you pay.  Milk and Honey is better.

MexiKosher is the best Mexican place.  They have a sign advertising a special type of meat that's supposed to be authentic Mexico City style, but everything is amazing, especially their sauces.

Bodhi is absolutely amazing and cheap.  If you're scared by the vegetarian aspect, there's another Thai place on Burton Way and Doheny that's fleishig.  I've never been, but yelp gives it good reviews.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on July 11, 2012, 10:00:21 AM
(annoying I can't search this thread, or am I not seeing something?!)

Search box is in top right-hand corner.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: brytch on July 11, 2012, 10:16:40 AM
Search box is in top right-hand corner.

didn't realize it searches this thread, thought it searches entire board... thanks
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on July 11, 2012, 10:23:04 AM
didn't realize it searches this thread, thought it searches entire board... thanks

Quote from: Dan
There’s a “smart” search engine on the forum for you to look up topics that have been discussed in the past. If you’re on the home page the search engine will search everything on the forum. If you’re in a specific board topic it will only search that board. If you’re in a specific post it will only search that post.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 11, 2012, 10:41:03 AM
We like chinese but we've done shanghai one time too many, is it worth trying this new Thai place (Bodhi)?
There hasn't been good chinese in LA since Sholom Cuisine closed down 6 years ago.

26 by Shilos is worth skipping.  It's not that great for the price you pay.  Milk and Honey is better.
+1, though the DDF DO LA attendees told me I need to go to Milky Way next time.


If you're scared by the vegetarian aspect, there's another Thai place on Burton Way and Doheny that's fleishig.
Name?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 11, 2012, 10:45:36 AM
+1, though the DDF DO LA attendees told me I need to go to Milky Way next time.
Milky Way is also a waste of time/money.  Yes, Speilberg's mom owns it, but it's kinda outdated in decor and in the menu.

Name?
Beverly Hills Thai Gourmet Kosher Kitchen.  They have 3 stars from yelp, but I can't say I've wanted to try it.  It's Bodhi all the way for me.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 11, 2012, 10:49:21 AM
Milky Way is also a waste of time/money.  Yes, Speilberg's mom owns it, but it's kinda outdated in decor and in the menu.
Seems to have enough of a following that I'll try it out next time:

I'm not a big eggplant guy so that wouldn't work for me. I do like their bread and their mozarella marinara (there is probably some other name for it they use on the menu). Overall though, I think I would take the chips/guacamole, salmon puffs and fish and chips at Milky Way over almost anything at Milk and Honey.
+1 milky way is considerably cheaper than the other 2, salamon puffs there are amazing!!
Milk and Honey has more options, but I don't know if its necessarily better - to each his own, obviously.

Milky Way also has a delicious cheesecake and carrot cake dessert.

I was just at 26 a few weeks back and continued to be unimpressed - its unfortunate that with a nice space they can't produce a better food experience.

Price wise, I think its actually a little cheaper than Milk and Honey and definitely cheaper than 26.
+1. Dan likes eggplant parm which is medokere at milkyway so he prefers milk and honey. But in general I don't like milk and honey besides eggplant parm. Milky way has famous cheese blintzes they are truly one of a kind. (IIRC they are more of a cheese cake similarity then cheese blintzes they are so rich and heavenly) The chimichangas are also superb if you like Mexican food (worth a try if you are unfamiliar) And like LAXtraveler mentioned their fish is all top quality. (I still would take fish grill at half the price any day.)
Trip Report  - L.A./San Diego
  • Milky Way - Cosy little place with a lot of Spielberg memorabilia. Food was good milchig fare. The crunchy salmon puffs (app) are very good, and so was the eggplant parmesan (not your typical commercial one). Cheesecake was good too. Mrs Adler (the center attraction) is very friendly, and kept on coming to our table to shmooze.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: brytch on July 11, 2012, 10:55:46 AM
Thanks.. I actually don't care for milk n honey, I was impressed by 26 when I went about year and half ago shortly after it opened (could help that I didn't pay....)

Thanks everyone...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 11, 2012, 10:57:52 AM
I was impressed by 26
You may be the only one :D
Though dessert was quite good.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 11, 2012, 10:58:11 AM
Seems to have enough of a following that I'll try it out next time:

I've eaten there before, and I wasn't super impressed.  I'm a bit of a foodie, so it could be I'm more particular when it comes to hight quality food.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: brytch on July 11, 2012, 11:04:20 AM
You may be the only one :D
Though dessert was quite good.

Has decent reviews online 3.5-4 outta 5

Milk n Honey wasn't great and don't care for the ambiance... milky way had a very limited menu, was hard to find something I cared for but this was a while back...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: brytch on July 11, 2012, 11:14:35 AM
LA Zoo worth it? is it too much walking? anything special there?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 11, 2012, 11:17:04 AM
LA zoo is nice as zoos go, but nothing compared to the San Diego zoo.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on July 11, 2012, 01:29:44 PM
Has decent reviews online 3.5-4 outta 5

Milk n Honey wasn't great and don't care for the ambiance... milky way had a very limited menu, was hard to find something I cared for but this was a while back...

I don't think that menu has changed since she opened the restaurant.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 11, 2012, 01:32:31 PM
I don't think that menu has changed since she opened the restaurant.
+1
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on July 11, 2012, 01:54:35 PM
Can someone recommend a babysitter in L.A. ?
Maybe you know someone, that wants to earn a few Dollars, will need quite a few hours 12-15 August. You can also PM me
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: chillin on July 11, 2012, 07:59:54 PM
going to La in august for a week just adults  whats the top 5 things i shld do there? first time being there
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 11, 2012, 08:11:17 PM
Attractions (in no particular order):

1. Santa Monica (Pier, 3rd St. Promenade)
2. Hiking (Santa Monica Mountains, Hollywood Hills)
3. Theme parks (Universal, Disneyland)
4. Beaches (Venice and Santa Monica are the most popular; Hermosa and Manhattan are the prettiest, Marina del Rey is the emptiest as it's in a residential area)
5. City Sites (Hollywood Blvd., Beverly Hills)


Restaurants (Meat):
1. Tierra Sur ($$$)
2. Le Siene ($$$)
3. Jeff's ($)
4. Pico Kosher Deli ($)
5. La Gondola ($$)

Restaurants (Dairy/Parve):
1. Milk and Honey (D) ($$)
2. Nagila Pizza (city) (D) ($)
2. La Pizza (valley) (D) ($)
3. Fish Grill (4 locations) (P) ($)
4. Bodhi (P) ($)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 11, 2012, 08:41:36 PM
Restaurants (Meat):
1. Tierra Sur ($$$)
2. Le Siene ($$$)
3. Jeff's ($)
4. Pico Kosher Deli ($)
5. Shilo's ($$)

Restaurants (Dairy/Parve):
1. Milk and Honey (D) ($$)
2. Nagila Pizza (city) (D) ($)
2. La Pizza (valley) (D) ($)
3. Fish Grill (4 locations) (P) ($)
I'd swap La Gondola for inconsistent Shiloh's and Pizza Mayven for Nagila.  And I spent more money at Shiloh's than La Seine.
Also don't miss Yogo.

Also worth strolling with the locals at the Grove and seeing LA from the Getty Center.
Time to return to LA!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 11, 2012, 08:54:08 PM
I'd swap La Gondola for inconsistent Shiloh's and Pizza Mayven for Nagila.  And I spent more money at Shiloh's than La Seine.

+1, I totally forgot about La Gondola, it's been that long since I've been.  On the other hand, I will have to disagree about the pizza.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on July 11, 2012, 08:56:43 PM
Time to return to LA!
O, ye!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 11, 2012, 08:59:21 PM
O, ye!
Eh, weather is awesome in CLE now.  It's all about the food!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: miamiles on July 11, 2012, 09:13:37 PM
which hotels are near the minyan factories? location?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 11, 2012, 09:21:15 PM
Hyatt Andaz and SLS (SPG) are the best.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on July 11, 2012, 09:22:00 PM
Eh, weather is awesome in CLE now.  It's all about the food!
Getting sick of the home made stuff? :P
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on July 11, 2012, 09:38:14 PM
Getting sick of the home made stuff? :P
I don't think you want to go there.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 11, 2012, 10:44:17 PM
Getting sick of the home made stuff? :P
Never get sick of that, doesn't mean it's not fun to eat out.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: chillin on July 11, 2012, 10:59:05 PM
which hotel in la shld we stay in  price range 100-150 ...decent 3.5 star minimum..pref near the rest. but cld drive 10 to 15 min to rest
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: chillin on July 11, 2012, 11:04:57 PM
is catalina island worth a day trip to? anything special?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 11, 2012, 11:56:39 PM
The Crown Plaza, the Residence in by Marriott, and the Carlyle Inn by Best Western are in Pico, right in the middle of the community.  They should be around your price range.  They're walkable to shuls and restaurants.

Catalina is nice, but IMHO not worth the $70 boat ride to get there.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on July 12, 2012, 12:37:56 AM
Hyatt Andaz and SLS (SPG) are the best.
how does the SLS compare to the W hollywood?
Attractions (in no particular order):

1. Santa Monica (Pier, 3rd St. Promenade)
2. Hiking (Santa Monica Mountains, Hollywood Hills)
3. Theme parks (Universal, Disneyland)
4. Beaches (Venice and Santa Monica are the most popular; Hermosa and Manhattan are the prettiest, Marina del Rey is the emptiest as it's in a residential area)
5. City Sites (Hollywood Blvd., Beverly Hills)

any ideas on attractions relatively close to but out of LA (up to 2 hour drive)?

iv'e been to LA several times and iv'e enjoyed chillin at places like the grove, santa monica pier,3rd st. promonade, city walk and hollywood boulevard,now a couple years later and married i'm looking for a differnt sorta chill, perhaps more nature based that i can do.

In essence hikes would be perfect but my wife isn't such a great sport about anything fairly strenuous. I'm not into theme parks, and i would avoid heavily populated areas. I plan on taking out some tourguides from the library, but until then, any ideas?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 12, 2012, 01:03:02 AM
Top 10 attractions for the experienced visitor:

1. Santa Barbara, 2 hours north
2. San Diego/ Coronado, 2 hours south
3. Big Bear/ Lake Arrowhead, 2 hours east
4. Hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains.
5. Secret Stairs by Charles Fleming- check out the book
6. Hollywood Bowl
7. Descanso Gardens and Huntington Library and Gardens
8. Calico ghost town, 2 hours east
9. OC County fair (July 13-Aug 12 2012)
10. Adamson House in Malibu

This is a general list.  I can go into specifics if you're interested.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on July 12, 2012, 01:12:17 AM
thanks! i will do research on these and get back with specific questions, this is precisely the type of info i was looking for thanks again
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on July 12, 2012, 01:22:15 AM
also how are the westin pasadena and the westin Long beach ( they both have chas and points for the time i need)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: vintastic16 on July 12, 2012, 01:03:54 PM
Hi, I’m going to LA for a week in the summer, just me and my wife, and will spend just one day in San Diego. We have been to Sea World recently so we won’t be going there but we definitely want to check out the San Diego Zoo. Which is the better thing to do, the zoo, or the safari? Thanks
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 12, 2012, 01:18:27 PM
Check out the San Diego Master Thread for ideas of what to do in SD for the day. http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1596.0 (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1596.0)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: vintastic16 on July 12, 2012, 01:23:00 PM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on July 16, 2012, 04:02:26 PM
I'll be in LA for a wedding 8/13-8/15.

I've been in LA before, just wanted to know if there's anything going on those days that I shouldn't miss.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on July 16, 2012, 04:09:20 PM
I'll be in LA for a wedding 8/13-8/15.

I've been in LA before, just wanted to know if there's anything going on those days that I shouldn't miss.

the wedding :P
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on July 16, 2012, 04:35:09 PM
the wedding :P

Ha! I'll try not to miss it. It's a toss-up between the wedding and Tierra Sur.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 16, 2012, 04:35:54 PM
Nothing I can think of besides Latin week at the Hollywood Bowl!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on July 16, 2012, 04:36:56 PM
Nothing I can think of besides Latin week at the Hollywood Bowl!

What is that?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on July 16, 2012, 04:40:01 PM
Ha! I'll try not to miss it. It's a toss-up between the wedding and Tierra Sur.

go there for lunch and pre game
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: TBurtonTMD on July 16, 2012, 04:40:32 PM
Thanks for mentioning Hollywood Bowl - I work on a couple shows there every year, so I am a tiny bit biased, but I love that place: picnic and music under the stars, cheap seats (buy them direct from box office to skip Ticketmaster fees), very "summer-y." Depending on when you're here, there's everything from Joshua Bell (http://hbowl.com/JoshuaBell) to Pixar (http://hbowl.com/PixarInConcert) to Brian Setzer (http://hbowl.com/BrianSetzer) and much more. "Latin Week," programmed by Gustavo Dudamel, is here: http://hbowl.com/Americas&Americans.

/endshill

steeeveknowsbest, some other ideas for you:

Rent bikes in Venice, ride around the boardwalk/Abbot Kinney, and have a bite or a beer.
There's a couple not-too-strenuous hikes your SO may enjoy in Malibu or other Westside towns with gorgeous views.
Take a drive up PCH and picnic at Surfrider beach in Malibu or eat on the Pier.
Find a nice rooftop restaurant and enjoy cocktails/food (Roof on Wilshire is pretty good for that).

...good luck and have fun!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 16, 2012, 04:42:47 PM
It's a week of concerts showcasing Latin music, conductors and/or artists.  I'm going that Thursday went Gustavo Dudamel (Latin) conducts Copeland (American music).
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 16, 2012, 04:44:28 PM
Thanks for mentioning Hollywood Bowl - I work on a couple shows there every year, so I am a tiny bit biased, but I love that place: picnic and music under the stars, cheap seats (buy them direct from box office to skip Ticketmaster fees), very "summer-y." Depending on when you're here, there's everything from Joshua Bell (http://hbowl.com/JoshuaBell) to Pixar (http://hbowl.com/PixarInConcert) to Brian Setzer (http://hbowl.com/BrianSetzer) and much more. "Latin Week," programmed by Gustavo Dudamel, is here: http://hbowl.com/Americas&Americans.
+1
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: TBurtonTMD on July 16, 2012, 04:46:28 PM
As in, "You'd like to be my...?"  :P
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 16, 2012, 04:53:38 PM
Read this thread to find out what the acronyms mean:
 http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=10531.msg243423#msg243423
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: TBurtonTMD on July 16, 2012, 04:59:18 PM
(I was being facetious...but I did read that and learn a couple things, so thanks!)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on July 16, 2012, 05:00:00 PM
how is pixar?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on July 16, 2012, 05:17:19 PM
nothing like the hollywood bowl on a summer evening. a nice box, and some great fireworks
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 16, 2012, 05:18:57 PM
Um, Pixar is fine.  The Pixar concert hasn't happened yet, but I do plan on going.  They'll be showing clips from Pixar movies to live soundtrack music.  Plus, it all takes place at the Bowl. It sounds awesome!  Can't wait!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on July 16, 2012, 06:09:48 PM
I'm looking at Tuesday night and Wednesday night (8/14 and 8/15) at the Bowl.

Dudamel and Juan Luis Guerra; Rubén Blades, respectively.

Anyone know what the atmosphere is like - as far as kol isha, dancers, etc?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on July 16, 2012, 06:15:42 PM
I'm looking at Tuesday night and Wednesday night (8/14 and 8/15) at the Bowl.

Dudamel and Juan Luis Guerra; Rubén Blades, respectively.

Anyone know what the atmosphere is like - as far as kol isha, dancers, etc?
probably depends on the show
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on July 16, 2012, 06:17:24 PM
probably depends on the show

Right, thanks...I mean does anyone know about Latin week in general or these performers specifically?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 16, 2012, 06:21:06 PM
The two nights you are looking at both look like they have singers, but not women.  It shouldn't be a problem with kol isha, but I can't vouch for the singers.  Maybe you can look them up online.

That's why I chose to go Thursday.  I really wanted to go Fri/Sat night to hear Jaunes (probably the most famos Latin pop singer around today), but it's shabbos.  Oh well.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on July 16, 2012, 06:42:42 PM
The two nights you are looking at both look like they have singers, but not women.  It shouldn't be a problem with kol isha, but I can't vouch for the singers.  Maybe you can look them up online.

That's why I chose to go Thursday.  I really wanted to go Fri/Sat night to hear Jaunes (probably the most famos Latin pop singer around today), but it's shabbos.  Oh well.

Thanks so much for checking it out! I looked at the site but didn't really see anything definitive. I'm in upstate NY right now and the internet is too slow for streaming music or vid, but I'll check the artists out when I get back home soon.

You should really go into the concierge business.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 16, 2012, 06:43:44 PM
You're welcome, and thank you for the idea  :)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on July 16, 2012, 06:46:31 PM
Try getting a job with these guys: http://www.elmconcierge.com/

looks like they're based in SoCal
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on July 16, 2012, 10:30:19 PM


steeeveknowsbest, some other ideas for you:

Rent bikes in Venice, ride around the boardwalk/Abbot Kinney, and have a bite or a beer.
There's a couple not-too-strenuous hikes your SO may enjoy in Malibu or other Westside towns with gorgeous views.
Take a drive up PCH and picnic at Surfrider beach in Malibu or eat on the Pier.
Find a nice rooftop restaurant and enjoy cocktails/food (Roof on Wilshire is pretty good for that).

...good luck and have fun!
Thanks!
i'm doing some reading up and when i know more i will have more definitive questions, but i love some of these ideas (and yehoshua's)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: TBurtonTMD on July 17, 2012, 12:33:33 AM
I just reached out to the person I sometimes work with over at LA Phil to find out if she knows about dancers, special guests, etc. Will post back with what I learn.

Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 17, 2012, 12:37:17 AM
Cool. Could your person at the Phil upgrade our $8 tickets for the concerts we're going to this summer?  ;)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on July 17, 2012, 03:15:54 AM
Um, Pixar is fine.  The Pixar concert hasn't happened yet, but I do plan on going.  They'll be showing clips from Pixar movies to live soundtrack music.  Plus, it all takes place at the Bowl. It sounds awesome!  Can't wait!

can you reccomend a good seating area...one that is decent but doesnt break the bank? TIA I've never been to the bowl...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 17, 2012, 10:42:35 AM
can you reccomend a good seating area...one that is decent but doesnt break the bank? TIA I've never been to the bowl...

One thing you should know before going to the Hollywood Bowl is that they have 3- 20 by 30 foot screens. These screens show you exactly what's going on on the stage from many different angles, as well as focusing on solos and other points of interest.

That being said, my favorite sections are Q & R. Seats normally cost about $10, and you can see the screen perfectly from there. The seats closer to the front might give you a better viewing of the stage with out the screen, but it will cost you a lot more.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on July 17, 2012, 11:01:29 AM
I just reached out to the person I sometimes work with over at LA Phil to find out if she knows about dancers, special guests, etc. Will post back with what I learn.

Thanks! Let us know.

One thing you should know before going to the Hollywood Bowl is that they have 3- 20 by 30 foot screens. These screens show you exactly what's going on on the stage from many different angles, as well as focusing on solos and other points of interest.

That being said, my favorite sections are Q & R. Seats normally cost about $10, and you can see the screen perfectly from there. The seats closer to the front might give you a better viewing of the stage with out the screen, but it will cost you a lot more.

Trust Yehoshua to be able to recommend specific sections :)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 17, 2012, 02:11:09 PM
When looking for seats at the Bowl it's important to realize the size of the venue.

Most concert halls seat between 1,500 and 2,500 people.  The Bowl seats nearly 18,000.  The seating kinda looks like a hot air balloon, with the stage at the bottom.  If you're in sections V, W, or X at the very back, you won't be able to make out individuals clearly on stage with the naked eye.  Sitting on the far side of the Bowl is okay (sections E, K, P, T, U, X), but there will be a longer wait to leave once the concert is over (keep in mind the 18k people).  That's why I like Q & R; they're near the exit, have good views of the screens, and are priced well.

Parking at the Bowl is also tough.  I like Lot B ($18, $17 in advance).  While all lots are stacked parking (meaning you have 0% chance of leaving early if you're in the middle), Lot B is one of the biggest, so the most people are leaving from there.  Sometimes it's a challenge to leave if cars are blocking you, so figure about 20 minutes to leave the parking lot.  Lot A doesn't allow you to turn right out of the lot (so it's harder to get to La Brea or Pico), and lots C & D are on the wrong side of the street (for getting to La Brea or Pico).

There are plenty of park and rides in the city and valley for cheap.  I've haven't done it in a long time, but it could be k'dai.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on July 17, 2012, 02:49:31 PM
When looking for seats at the Bowl it's important to realize the size of the venue.

Most concert halls seat between 1,500 and 2,500 people.  The Bowl seats nearly 18,000.  The seating kinda looks like a hot air balloon, with the stage at the bottom.  If you're in sections V, W, or X at the very back, you won't be able to make out individuals clearly on stage with the naked eye.  Sitting on the far side of the Bowl is okay (sections E, K, P, T, U, X), but there will be a longer wait to leave once the concert is over (keep in mind the 18k people).  That's why I like Q & R; they're near the exit, have good views of the screens, and are priced well.

Parking at the Bowl is also tough.  I like Lot B ($18, $17 in advance).  While all lots are stacked parking (meaning you have 0% chance of leaving early if you're in the middle), Lot B is one of the biggest, so the most people are leaving from there.  Sometimes it's a challenge to leave if cars are blocking you, so figure about 20 minutes to leave the parking lot.  Lot A doesn't allow you to turn right out of the lot (so it's harder to get to La Brea or Pico), and lots C & D are on the wrong side of the street (for getting to La Brea or Pico).

There are plenty of park and rides in the city and valley for cheap.  I've haven't done it in a long time, but it could be k'dai.

+1, at least
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: TBurtonTMD on July 18, 2012, 02:45:05 PM
My acquaintance at LA Phil says: "Dancers may accompany a few of the America’s performances, but the dancing will not be lewd, nor will the costumes be over the top; would be more like traditional dancing. These are definitely family-friendly shows."

...little vague, but perhaps a bit helpful. Here's a link to the shows again: http://hbowl.com/Americas&Americans.

As far as parking goes, I usually park at Hollywood & Highland and take the $5 shuttle up/walk back or just walk round trip (10 minutes each way). If you grab a cup of tea or something, you can also receive some parking validation. Pretty easy to get in and out.

Enjoy! I hope everyone shares their Bowl experiences this year...I'll be at Duke Ellington Orchestra in a couple weeks, quite excited for that.


 
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: devora on July 18, 2012, 04:36:54 PM
I"m flying into SF and driving down the coast and plan on spending one night in LA.  Will hopefully hit herzog winery, spend night in LA and then spend the day in LA before red eye back to NY.

Worth it to spend one night in SLS?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 18, 2012, 04:53:43 PM
Sure!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: robi on July 18, 2012, 04:59:56 PM
I've got 1 night in LA, do i go andaz WeHo for 15k HGP, or SLS for 16k SPG?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Netster on July 18, 2012, 05:09:43 PM
I've got 1 night in LA, do i go andaz WeHo for 15k HGP, or SLS for 16k SPG?
or Hyatt Regency WeHo?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on July 18, 2012, 05:27:02 PM
or Hyatt Regency WeHo?

I think you might mean Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Netster on July 18, 2012, 05:27:55 PM
I think you might mean Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
Yes. How is it?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on July 18, 2012, 05:30:46 PM
Yes. How is it?

It's a nice hotel. But it is in Century City, not WeHo.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Netster on July 18, 2012, 05:40:29 PM
It's a nice hotel. But it is in Century City, not WeHo.

Is that a big diff?


Which is nicer that or Andaz?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: brytch on July 19, 2012, 02:17:30 AM
Had a great trip in LA, no sun... but who cares...

MEXIKOSHER! WOW! definitely right up my alley. Ask them to recommend which salsas are good, I took three.. Burrito is best I think.

Also Bodhi the Vegan Thai takeout was really good, miss that place.. great salad, great noodles.. awesome spring rolls.. I never thought a vegan place can be decent, but totally changed my mind. I actually liked their mock beef and chicken. Salad was super refreshing with lots of herbs (beed salad..)

Kids place in pasadena is worth a visit for people with young kids.

Also new indoor playground opened at Melrose and highland. not bad. (it's not big but kinda trendy with some neat little things.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Vexorg on July 24, 2012, 10:48:37 PM
Any one know of a good place to get tickets to the Hollywood Bowl? I want to go to the Pixar show on 8/5.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 24, 2012, 11:28:25 PM
The box office is just fine. The prices are so cheap that it doesn't really pay to get them from a third party website.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on July 24, 2012, 11:52:39 PM
Anyone gonna be in LA next week? I'll be there from Tuesday. If anyone want's to meet up (mini DO ;) ), let me know!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 24, 2012, 11:53:34 PM
Anyone gonna be in LA next week? I'll be there from Tuesday. If anyone want's to meet up (mini DO ;) ), let me know!
I'll be there starting Monday but with the fam so I don't think it's shayach
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on July 24, 2012, 11:55:33 PM
I'll be there starting Monday but with the fam so I don't think it's shayach
Well, enjoy your stay! if there's anything I can do to help you out, please let me know. (I'm from LA)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 24, 2012, 11:58:00 PM
Well, enjoy your stay! if there's anything I can do to help you out, please let me know. (I'm from LA)
Thanks. Any way to get cheaper Disney tickets?
Staying at Andaz Weho, what's the closest minyan around 730/8?
4 Dinners (prob 3 meat and a dairy), what do you reccomend, keeping in mind that it's with 2 little kids?
Best pizza shop for lunch (food and location from Andaz)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: isac on July 25, 2012, 12:00:17 AM
Is the SLS really amazing?
I have hyatt points i rather use, is the SLS much nicer hotel then the Hyatt?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Netster on July 25, 2012, 12:01:52 AM
Thanks. Any way to get cheaper Disney tickets?
Staying at Andaz Weho, what's the closest minyan around 730/8?
4 Dinners (prob 3 meat and a dairy), what do you reccomend, keeping in mind that it's with 2 little kids?
Best pizza shop for lunch (food and location from Andaz)
Why Andaz over Hyatt Regency?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 25, 2012, 12:04:21 AM
Why Andaz over Hyatt Regency?
That's what was reccomended
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on July 25, 2012, 12:12:39 AM
Thanks. Any way to get cheaper Disney tickets?
Staying at Andaz Weho, what's the closest minyan around 730/8?
4 Dinners (prob 3 meat and a dairy), what do you reccomend, keeping in mind that it's with 2 little kids?
Best pizza shop for lunch (food and location from Andaz)
Shuls: a ten minute drive from the hotel, is Congregation Levi Yitzchok. it's at 356 N. La Brea ave. 90036. chabad. they have a minyan at 6:30, 7, 8:10 and after that whenever 10 guys come and wanna start (which happens quite often)... there's also a shul next door on the corner with minyanim on the hour not sure till when though.

for eating, just surf through this thread, it's all been written up. You'll probably want to go to the Pico area for most of that.

Pizza: there's pizza mayven and pizza world. they're both about a 7-8 minute drive from the hotel. I like pizza mayven, but that's just my personal preference. they're located a block away from the shul @ 140 N. La Brea ave. 90036
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Netster on July 25, 2012, 12:24:52 AM
That's what was reccomended

Realy? Are the suites nicer?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 25, 2012, 12:25:14 AM
4 Dinners (prob 3 meat and a dairy), what do you reccomend, keeping in mind that it's with 2 little kids?
Best pizza shop for lunch (food and location from Andaz)
Breakfast: Cafe Elite
Pizza: Pizza Mayven
Meat $$$: La Seine, La Gondola, Tierra Sur, Shiloh's
Meat $: PKD, Jeff's.
Dairy: Milk & Honey.
Yogurt Bar: YoGo
Parve: Fish Grill
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on July 25, 2012, 12:26:38 AM
Breakfast: Cafe Elite
Pizza: Pizza Mayven
Meat $$$: La Seine, La Gondola, Tierra Sur, Shiloh's
Meat $: PKD, Jeff's.
Dairy: Milk & Honey.
Yogurt Bar: YoGo
Parve: Fish Grill
Well said.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 25, 2012, 12:26:58 AM
Is the SLS really amazing?
I have hyatt points i rather use, is the SLS much nicer hotel then the Hyatt?
The SLS is an excellent location and the service is top-notch.
The Andaz is further away, especially from Pico, and service is hit or miss.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 25, 2012, 12:27:24 AM
Well said.
I've left out plenty, but everything on that list should be very good or awesome.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on July 25, 2012, 12:29:03 AM
I've left out plenty, but everything on that list should be very good or awesome.
I've live in LA, and I've only been to cafe elite, fish grill, pizza mayven, and tierra sur. I have a lot of places to check out...
Title: Re: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 25, 2012, 12:34:07 AM
I've left out plenty, but everything on that list should be very good or awesome.
do you think it would be worth the drive toTierra sur with 2.5 yo and 6 mo??
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on July 25, 2012, 12:35:52 AM
do you think it would be worth the drive toTierra sur with 2.5 yo and 6 mo??
IMHO, No. it's a place to enjoy just with your wife. You wont get the real experience with the kids there.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 25, 2012, 12:37:12 AM
do you think it would be worth the drive toTierra sur with 2.5 yo and 6 mo??
Babysitter?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on July 25, 2012, 12:37:48 AM
do you think it would be worth the drive toTierra sur with 2.5 yo and 6 mo??
lots of baby sitters in LA. Maybe chollent has a sister.
Title: Re: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 25, 2012, 12:38:25 AM
Babysitter?
Not a bad idea, recommendations? How long does the whole trip take   (including tour and meal)? Kids often sleep for three hours in the afternoon anyways. Is that enough time?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on July 25, 2012, 12:40:17 AM
lots of baby sitters in LA. Maybe chollent has a sister.
actually, he does have a sister. She's actually on vacation with her (newly wed) husband in Cancun for the next 3 weeks. but good thinking JJ.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 25, 2012, 12:44:52 AM
Mazal tov
(Cancun for 3 weeks? What's there to dofor 3 weeks)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on July 25, 2012, 12:46:56 AM
Mazal tov
(Cancun for 3 weeks? What's there to dofor 3 weeks)
i don't know if it's exactly Cancun, but somewhere near there in Mexico. There's some camp there, and they BIL was invited to join them so they went. Cancun is really hot now, so it's probably somewhere else near there, not sure exactly.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on July 25, 2012, 12:49:50 AM
@cholent MT! Maybe said sister has friends you know and can recommend.

@Ergel 3 hours won't do it. More like 4-5 hours. 1 hour drive each way at least IIRC. 2 hour meal with wine tasting. Tour for 20 minutes.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on July 25, 2012, 12:52:27 AM
@cholent MT! Maybe said sister has friends you know and can recommend.
Gotcha. i'd ask her, or my mom for that matter, if they know of anyone, but it's a bit too late to call now (even with the time diff). I can ask tomorrow if i remember though.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on July 25, 2012, 01:05:18 AM
i don't know if it's exactly Cancun, but somewhere near there in Mexico. There's some camp there, and they BIL was invited to join them so they went. Cancun is really hot now, so it's probably somewhere else near there, not sure exactly.
For the record, I just asked my brother where they are, they went to Cozumel, Mexico which is a resort island near Cancan.
Title: Re: Re: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 25, 2012, 01:14:29 AM
How long does the whole trip take   (including tour and meal)?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 25, 2012, 01:16:39 AM
Really depends on traffic.  But 3 hours would be the bare minimum (hour for drive there, hour for lunch and a quick tour, and an hour to drive back.

Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 25, 2012, 01:23:32 AM
FYI: Jeff's has a coupon in entertainment book for $5 off
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 25, 2012, 01:27:06 AM
FYI: Jeff's has a coupon in entertainment book for $5 off
Cool!
Title: Re: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 25, 2012, 01:47:03 AM
Cool!

Yup. And there are actually two of them, in two different sections. best part about getting the entertainment books for $5 us all it takes is one coupon to get your moneys worth
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on July 29, 2012, 07:15:26 PM
Are there any kosher places reasonably close to Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach? I know most are 45-60 minutes away, but maybe there's one that broke away from the herd? ;)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 29, 2012, 07:17:35 PM
Besides Coffee Bean, there are none to the best of my knowledge (I live in Pico).
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 29, 2012, 07:30:13 PM
Are there any kosher places reasonably close to Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach? I know most are 45-60 minutes away, but maybe there's one that broke away from the herd? ;)
Looks like OC Kosher has a deli, it's 19 minutes from the HR HB.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on July 29, 2012, 08:02:37 PM
Besides Coffee Bean, there are none to the best of my knowledge (I live in Pico).

Coffee Bean ain't bad, I guess. Problem is, I can't seem to find their food menu anywhere - people here on DDF just say "bagels and pastries", and on their website there is a detailed menu of drinks, but no food. Any way to get a comprehensive list of their food options?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 29, 2012, 08:05:37 PM
Not really, besides going into their stores.  More stores are carrying fresh oatmeal, oatmeal to go, yoghurt, as well as bagels, muffins, croisants, and pastries.  Most also have salads and pre-made sandwiches.  Were you looking for anything in particular?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on July 29, 2012, 09:31:54 PM
Not really, besides going into their stores.  More stores are carrying fresh oatmeal, oatmeal to go, yoghurt, as well as bagels, muffins, croisants, and pastries.  Most also have salads and pre-made sandwiches.  Were you looking for anything in particular?

I'm trying to gauge the feasibility of using the Coffee Bean for a dinner replacement. I.e. let's say we were planning on driving to LA for dinner, then decide last-minute that we're not in the mood of 2 hours of driving... if Coffee Bean sells sandwiches or the like, it would be fine for an impromptu supper. But if all they sell is muffins and the equivalent... well, not much of an evening meal.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on July 29, 2012, 09:33:07 PM
Looks like OC Kosher has a deli, it's 19 minutes from the HR HB.

Thanks! Their website is a nightmare - especially from an iPad. ;) Guess I'll call them tomorrow.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 29, 2012, 09:35:10 PM
I've definitely eaten at Coffee Bean for an impromptu dinner.  You just have sandwiches and a salad.  Make sure that the particular store near you has them though, as some don't.  Also, as I assume you know, nothing is cholov yisrael.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 29, 2012, 09:36:37 PM
Also, as I assume you know, nothing is cholov yisrael.
Though bagels are parve+PY, right?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 29, 2012, 09:38:41 PM
Correct, but any dairy is not CY.  There do sell pareve items such as the bagels.  The cheese and peperjack croisant is obviously dairy not CY.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: FrostyLA on July 29, 2012, 09:51:18 PM
Are there any kosher places reasonably close to Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach? I know most are 45-60 minutes away, but maybe there's one that broke away from the herd? ;)

O.C. Kosher is your best bet in the OC. They have good deli sandwiches as well as a kosher market for any additional grub you might need for the road. Try some of their homemade beef jerky as well.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on July 29, 2012, 10:50:02 PM
O.C. Kosher is your best bet in the OC. They have good deli sandwiches as well as a kosher market for any additional grub you might need for the road. Try some of their homemade beef jerky as well.

Their website is confusing, though, as to what needs to be ordered in advance, and what you can walk in and buy. Unless the fasting was just making my head spin...
Title: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on July 31, 2012, 06:50:13 PM
Im sure this has been discussed but I don't have the time to read all the posts. I'm trying to help a friend find a nice hotel near one of the frum communities in LA. Are there any chain hotels such as SPG or Hyatt in walking distance. Are there any frum hotels that offer shabbos meals? Any info would be appreciated.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 31, 2012, 06:51:57 PM
Short answer: SLS for Starwood and Andaz West Hollywood for Hyatt.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on July 31, 2012, 07:01:31 PM
Are they in walking distance to any shuls?

Also are there any kosher hotels?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 31, 2012, 07:05:20 PM
They are walking distance/ within the eruv, but not very close.  Around 30 minute walk to the closest one probably.  The main areas are Pico (& Robertson 90035) and La Brea/Hancock Park (La Brea and Beverly Blvd. 90036).  Google the hotels for approx distance.

There are not kosher hotels.

There is a Crown Plaza and a Marriott Residence Inn in the Pico area, literally next door/across the street from shuls and restaurants.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on July 31, 2012, 07:09:24 PM
They are walking distance/ within the eruv, but not very close.  Around 30 minute walk to the closest one probably.  The main areas are Pico (& Robertson 90035) and La Brea/Hancock Park (La Brea and Beverly Blvd. 90036).  Google the hotels for approx distance.

There are not kosher hotels.

There is a Crown Plaza and a Marriott Residence Inn in the Pico area, literally next door/across the street from shuls and restaurants.

One small correction. There is a kosher hotel here in LA: http://www.wilshirecresthotel.com/kosher.html
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 31, 2012, 07:21:01 PM
He's correct, my mistake.

The reason I never mentioned it is because I've never heard of anyone stay there.  It certainly does not look nice from the outside, but it's in a residential neighborhood (not Jewish) near La Brea.  If you want a nice hotel, go with the SLS or Andaz.  If you want something in a community, go with the Residence Inn or the Crowne Plaza
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on July 31, 2012, 08:10:11 PM
Thank you very much for all the info.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 31, 2012, 08:43:47 PM
IIRC there are some random chabad houses very close to the SLS.
And the walk to the main jewish communities isn't terrible.  And the hotel is fantastic.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: momo613 on July 31, 2012, 09:48:01 PM
My friend is the manager of the Wilshire crest hotel. They only offer kosher breakfast, no other meals. I think he said a lot of Israelis go there.

I can tell you one thing- if you're at the SLS on shabbos, it ain't gonna feel like shabbos!

If you don't want a long walk,  Cong ohev shalom is a shorter walk from the sls, it's on Fairfax and 4th I think, but it's more of a senior crowd. Still an option though.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 03, 2012, 10:49:16 AM
Recommendations for shabbos takeout?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on August 03, 2012, 10:51:35 AM
Recommendations for shabbos takeout?
search and you will find.
Takeout from la glatt and shop at western kosher.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChasingTheDime on August 03, 2012, 11:03:45 AM
Recommendations for shabbos takeout?

what neighborhood are you in ?
Title: Re: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 03, 2012, 11:07:50 AM
search and you will find.
Closed?


what neighborhood are you in ?
Right now in west Hollywood. In pico robertson for shabbosi
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 03, 2012, 11:12:12 AM
PKD has good shabbos take out
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChasingTheDime on August 03, 2012, 11:30:06 AM
never did shabbos takeout from PKD, but im always happy when i get something there
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 03, 2012, 11:35:42 AM
I don't know the last time you were there, and but they have a whole take out store that's separate from the restaurant. It's on the other side of the vacuum repair shop. I'd say it's the same idea as Mealmart just not as greasy.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChasingTheDime on August 03, 2012, 11:38:04 AM
last time was pesach, dont do much take out then  ::)

my in laws are located in highland park, so i only make it to pico every so often, and usually to Milk n’ Honey
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 03, 2012, 11:43:07 AM
Anything specific I should get?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on August 03, 2012, 12:02:54 PM
Anything specific I should get?

All their stuff is usually pretty good. I really like the schnitzel at PKD's takeout.

last time was pesach, dont do much take out then  ::)

my in laws are located in highland park, so i only make it to pico every so often, and usually to Milk n’ Honey

PKD's takeout switches over for Pesach I think so you can takeout from them for the yuntef also. I think you mean Hancock Park.

Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChasingTheDime on August 03, 2012, 12:03:57 PM
All their stuff is usually pretty good. I really like the schnitzel at PKD's takeout.

PKD's takeout switches over for Pesach I think so you can takeout from them for the yuntef also. I think you mean Hancock Park.
hancock park, highland avenue

i always get those mixed up   ::)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 03, 2012, 12:36:40 PM
Personally I used to prefer Simon's La Glatt shabbos takeout over PKD, though PKD is a great place for a meal.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on August 03, 2012, 12:45:47 PM
Personally I used to prefer Simon's La Glatt shabbos takeout over PKD, though PKD is a great place for a meal.

Simon's is an excellent Shabbos take out place. They moved from their old location to La Brea now. They make excellent yapsuk and schnitzel. They also have really good herring.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 03, 2012, 12:51:55 PM
They make excellent yapsuk and schnitzel.
Cool, La Brea between which streets?
I had my first yapzig ever from them back in 2003 and have been hooked ever since!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on August 03, 2012, 01:29:42 PM
Cool, La Brea between which streets?
I had my first yapzig ever from them back in 2003 and have been hooked ever since!

I haven't been there since the move, but I heard they were moving into the old space occupied by Judy's.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChasingTheDime on August 03, 2012, 01:33:30 PM
I haven't been there since the move, but I heard they were moving into the old space occupied by Judy's.

judys is no longer there ?

do they still have a location at all, or do the just cater in halls, ect now, but not have their own space ?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 03, 2012, 01:34:53 PM
Judy's no longer exists on its own, and but they have merged with Schwartz bakery for catering events.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChasingTheDime on August 03, 2012, 01:36:14 PM
got it :)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Vexorg on August 03, 2012, 05:05:53 PM
Anyone have, or know of anyone, that has a Valet parking pass for Hollywood Bowl?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on August 03, 2012, 05:39:12 PM
Anyone have, or know of anyone, that has a Valet parking pass for Hollywood Bowl?

Try the park and ride from various locations around the city. It is generally much easier than fighting the traffic right next to the Hollywood Bowl.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 03, 2012, 05:41:04 PM
There's also a parking lot on the corner of Highland and Franklin that is only $10 not stacked
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Vexorg on August 03, 2012, 05:45:51 PM
thanks..
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 03, 2012, 05:50:28 PM
Also it's a good idea to keep in mind that on classical nights, Tuesday and Thursday, you can park in lot B and they generally do not stack.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: isac on August 04, 2012, 11:01:24 PM
any kosher food in santa monica?
any kosher restaurants waterfront?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on August 04, 2012, 11:22:29 PM
any kosher food in santa monica?
any kosher restaurants waterfront?
fish grill in malibu.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on August 05, 2012, 03:25:33 AM
fyi everyone, La Siene shut its doors :(
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ganizzy on August 05, 2012, 03:30:30 AM
any kosher food in santa monica?
any kosher restaurants waterfront?

closest is either fish grill in malibu which is by the water
or fish grill in brentwood/westwood (on wilshire and brockton)

there is Santa monica Glatt Market on santa monica and Coby. they have sushi, some takeout but its basically a supermarket
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: robi on August 05, 2012, 03:32:56 AM
For just 1 night in LA, which restaurant absolutely cannot be missed?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on August 05, 2012, 03:45:05 AM
For just 1 night in LA, which restaurant absolutely cannot be missed?
tierra tsur if you can make it to oxnard.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: robi on August 05, 2012, 06:59:01 AM
tierra tsur if you can make it to oxnard.
Thnx, I'm booked there already, looking for the other night.suggestions?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 05, 2012, 08:00:13 AM
fyi everyone, La Siene shut its doors :(
:'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Saver on August 05, 2012, 11:07:19 AM
HI!  I have been reading through a lot of posts but have not gotten through all of it.  We are planning a trip iyh to LA in a few weeks (business and pleasure).  We would like to use our Raddison points and book a hotel. Do you know which hotel is better Radisson Covina or Raddison Whitier and what is closer to the attractions or to the Kosher Restaurants?

Also, we will be there for 3 days any ideas of how to get discounts to the local attractions?

And are any of the vouchers purchased on restaurants.com worth purchasing for visiting the local kosher restaurants?


Thanks!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 05, 2012, 11:54:11 AM
Whittier is closer than Covina, but both are far from the Jewish Communities and restaurants.  I believe the Raddison LAX is the closest to the Pico area (ZIP code 90035) which is where most of the restaurants are.

They have a city pass where you can get into multiple theme parks for a discounted price, but I am not sure where to get it.

Number of kosher restaurants started offering discounts if you checking on Facebook or foursquare. Look at the restaurants up on Facebook to see if they have a discount.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Saver on August 05, 2012, 12:08:11 PM
Thanks for all your information it is really helpful!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 05, 2012, 12:48:40 PM
fyi everyone, La Siene shut its doors :(
I still can't get over this.  What a massive loss.
When did they close?

Were they doing so poorly? Or was it a cause of being in such a high-rent district?

For anyone that missed out, reviewed here with pics:
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/21098
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on August 05, 2012, 01:03:53 PM
I still can't get over this.  What a massive loss.
When did they close?

 Or was it a cause of being in such a high-rent district?

For anyone that missed out, reviewed here with pics:
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/21098

within the past month. they were getting customers but nothing as they planned would come.
resturaunts row can go as high as 50k a month rent.

they opened a la bocca in pico but portions are tiny and service is really bad.

all in all big loss for la :'(
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 05, 2012, 01:08:45 PM
all in all big loss for la :'(
A big loss for everyone.
I don't know of any other kosher restaurant that has such incredible ambiance and service coupled with great food.

At least I got to eat there once!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on August 05, 2012, 02:03:03 PM
A big loss for everyone.
I don't know of any other kosher restaurant that has such incredible ambiance and service coupled with great food.

At least I got to eat there once!
+1
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on August 05, 2012, 02:38:45 PM
A big loss for everyone.
I don't know of any other kosher restaurant that has such incredible ambiance and service coupled with great food.

At least I got to eat there once!
Really? Better than prime grill LA?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 05, 2012, 02:39:55 PM
Really? Better than prime grill LA?
Better service and better food.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on August 05, 2012, 03:13:54 PM
Better service and better food.
Darn!  I'm going to be 5 weeks to late that's so sad!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on August 05, 2012, 03:19:50 PM
Thnx, I'm booked there already, looking for the other night.suggestions?
It's kinda a toss up I guess between a few places. Depends what you want and within that some are hit and miss like shiloh's. I've had the most amazing baby back ribs there and other times it was dry. I think you need to order to cook it with extra sauce. Then there is la gandola which if you've never had their avocado eggroles you must must must go there at least for lunch and take advantage of their great burger lunch special. There chai steak and ribs are also famous. If you end up in Pat's 1st tell the manager jj says hi then order the baca grande translated as big cow :). where you also looking formilchigs?   
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on August 05, 2012, 05:16:13 PM
I don't know of any other kosher restaurant that has such incredible ambiance and service coupled with great food.

At least I got to eat there once!

+1000
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Netster on August 05, 2012, 05:40:04 PM
Any recommendations for places to eat in North Hollywood?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on August 05, 2012, 07:49:43 PM
la bocca in north hollywoods great
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: robi on August 05, 2012, 10:24:35 PM
Anything kosher near Huntington beach?
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Post by: Moishebatchy on August 06, 2012, 04:57:17 PM
Seems like every guy with a driver's license and his grandmother is running an open-top van tour from Hollywood Blvd, going to the Hollywood sign, stars' homes, etc. With so many to choose from, does anybody have any recommendations which company is the best/cheapest? Are these tours even worth it?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 06, 2012, 04:59:44 PM
Anything kosher near Huntington beach?

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=302.msg271828#msg271828

Start reading down from there...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 06, 2012, 05:01:51 PM
I live here in LA, so personally I've never taken those open van tours.  I have taken the Beverly Hills trolly tour which was nice.  It only goes within BH, but it's only $5 last I checked.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 06, 2012, 06:24:31 PM
I live here in LA, so personally I've never taken those open van tours.  I have taken the Beverly Hills trolly tour which was nice.  It only goes within BH, but it's only $5 last I checked.

Sounds interesting. Do you have a phone number or website for them?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 06, 2012, 06:26:38 PM
BH Trolley
http://www.beverlyhills.org/attractions/trolley.asp
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on August 07, 2012, 02:37:57 PM
Better service and better food.

I was not zoche to be at La Seine, but I found Tierra Sur to be head and shoulders above any other kosher restaurant I've been to in terms of food.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on August 07, 2012, 02:48:08 PM
Going to LA for the third time (second time with my wife)  8/13-8/16.

8/13 - arrive noon, Pizza World (legendary salad dressing), Friend's wedding.

8/14 -  Reagan Library, Tierra Sur, Camarillo Outlets, Concert at Hollywood Bowl (Latin music w LA Philharmonic)

8/15 - Hike - Runyon Canyon, Nagila's, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Dinner at La Gondola or Mexikosher (depending on the budget)

8/16 am fly back

Would've considered La Seine. Nu nu...

Any insight or other comments?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChasingTheDime on August 07, 2012, 02:49:57 PM
where is the wedding ?
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Post by: Cholentfresser on August 07, 2012, 02:55:12 PM
Going to LA for the third time (second time with my wife)  8/13-8/16.

8/13 - arrive noon, Pizza World (legendary salad dressing), Friend's wedding.

8/14 -  Reagan Library, Tierra Sur, Camarillo Outlets, Concert at Hollywood Bowl (Latin music w LA Philharmonic)

8/15 - Hike - Runyon Canyon, Nagila's, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Dinner at La Gondola or Mexikosher (depending on the budget)

8/16 am fly back

Would've considered La Seine. Nu nu...

Any insight or other comments?
Sounds like a nice itinerary. If you enjoy hiking, runyon canyon is really good.
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Post by: shmelive on August 07, 2012, 03:02:21 PM
Sounds like a nice itinerary. If you enjoy hiking, runyon canyon is really good.

Thanks!

We do enjoy hiking  ;)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on August 07, 2012, 03:03:14 PM
where is the wedding ?

Had to check the invitation on the fridge....it's at the Sephardic Temple.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 08, 2012, 01:33:43 AM
There seems to be a lot of metered parking on the Pacific Coast Highway behind the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, but there are no signs saying from what time to what time the meters are enforced. Does that mean they are enforced 24 hours a day? What is the maximum amount of time you can put money in for?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ganizzy on August 08, 2012, 02:27:23 AM
on the link, like, love offers from amex on facebook, there are offers from pizza station, meshuga for sushi, and another LA place.
if that helps anyone...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Saver on August 08, 2012, 08:56:04 AM
Can you explain what you mean and which link (excuse my ignorance).

Also, has anyone ever used the certificates advertised on Dans deals for restaurants in California, is the supervision good and is it worth it or are the restaurants overpriced?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChasingTheDime on August 08, 2012, 09:42:25 AM
i am not familiar with any of those places
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: SK on August 08, 2012, 05:21:18 PM

8/15 - Hike - Runyon Canyon, Nagila's, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Dinner at La Gondola or Mexikosher (depending on the budget)


Any insight or other comments?

If next week ends up being as hot as this week I would not recommend doing Runyon unless it's early in the morning or close to sunset.

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Post by: Yehoshua on August 08, 2012, 05:41:36 PM
It's supposed to cool off next week a little bit (http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/los-angeles-ca/90036/august-weather/37869_pc) but still not enough.  You might consider starting the hike by 8:00am to be finished by 9:30 at the latest.  You can start anytime after sunrise.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 08, 2012, 09:29:30 PM
Now, for the great debate... La Gondola or La Seine?

We were at La Gondola two nights ago. Bearing in mind Dan's (and everyone else's) recommendation for the Asian spring rolls and the avocado eggrolls for starters, and the ribs and Chai steak for the entrees, I ordered the avocado eggrolls and the Chai steak. So now, the question is: do we go back tonight for the Asian spring rolls and ribs? Or skip it and go to La Seine? (This is our last night in California.)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on August 08, 2012, 09:40:16 PM
Now, for the great debate... La Gondola or La Seine?

We were at La Gondola two nights ago. Bearing in mind Dan's (and everyone else's) recommendation for the Asian spring rolls and the avocado eggrolls for starters, and the ribs and Chai steak for the entrees, I ordered the avocado eggrolls and the Chai steak. So now, the question is: do we go back tonight for the Asian spring rolls and ribs? Or skip it and go to La Seine? (This is our last night in California.)
Didn't everyone say up thread that La Seine closed? If it did you may want to consider either the prime rib for 2 aka baca grande at Pat's or the baby back ribs cooked with extra sauce from Shiloh's.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 08, 2012, 10:05:23 PM
Didn't everyone say up thread that La Seine closed?

Link? Searching this thread for "Seine" has revealed no such information. Neither did asking any of the locals.

If it did you may want to consider either the prime rib for 2 aka baca grande at Pat's or the baby back ribs cooked with extra sauce from Shiloh's.

So in your opinion, La Gondola is for sure not worth revisiting?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on August 08, 2012, 10:10:28 PM
Link? Searching this thread for "Seine" has revealed no such information. Neither did asking any of the locals.

So in your opinion, La Gondola is for sure not worth revisiting?
fyi everyone, La Siene shut its doors :(
and the conversation continues. I called them for you and number is disconnected... Personally I like to vary my restaurants, it's not just the food its also seeing the different service and ambiance... If you decide on where your going let me know and I'll try to remember what's good.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 08, 2012, 10:19:15 PM
  and the conversation continues. I called them for you and number is disconnected...

Ouch! Sorry I missed that - different spellings (Seine vs. Siene) throw the search tool off. :(

Personally I like to vary my restaurants, it's not just the food its also seeing the different service and ambiance... If you decide on where your going let me know and I'll try to remember what's good.

I gotta scramble and read what people say about those two places before I decide... thanks!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on August 08, 2012, 10:20:45 PM
Ouch! Sorry I missed that - different spellings (Seine vs. Siene) throw the search tool off. :(

I gotta scramble and read what people say about those two places before I decide... thanks!
You'll find better reviews about Shilo's. But I'll let you realize for yourself. (Personally I've had the best meals of my life at Pat's but I'm friends with the manager so ya...)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 08, 2012, 10:31:11 PM
LG is a consistent 8.
Shilohs can be a 5 or it can be a 9.
JJ is biased about Pats and rightfully so.

Have you done Tierra Sur?

Real shame about LS...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 08, 2012, 10:40:05 PM
Haven't done Tierra Sur, and doesn't look like it's gonna happen this trip. :(

So right now, it's a toss-up between La Gondola and Shiloh's... how's the ambiance at Shiloh's? And what dishes are recommended there?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on August 08, 2012, 10:43:53 PM
Haven't done Tierra Sur, and doesn't look like it's gonna happen this trip. :(

So right now, it's a toss-up between La Gondola and Shiloh's... how's the ambiance at Shiloh's? And what dishes are recommended there?
Thought you'd never ask :P The Petites Cuisses are a delicious appetizer. And the baby back ribs cooked with extra sauce is the best steak I've had there. You can see the place here http://shilosrestaurant.com/ it is pretty nice. I am sure service has changed since I was there last many times had the same rude waiter...

ETA- If you've never had bread pudding (I think that's what its called) Pat's has one that is out of this world it takes about 30 min. to prepare so you have to order in advance. You can dine at Shilo's and order from Pat's for dessert. They are walking distance... (Just call 20 min. before you show up.) I don't recall Shilo's having great desserts either way besides for banans foster I had there once.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on August 09, 2012, 01:06:40 AM


Real shame about LS...
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stop the press!!! unconfirmed reports i hear that there was a major plumbing issue there and they are closed temporarily!!!
ill keep you posted as i will ask one of the partners tomorrow
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 09, 2012, 01:13:02 AM

Real shame about LS...


stop the press!!! unconfirmed reports i hear that there was a major plumbing issue there and they are closed temporarily!!!
ill keep you posted as i will ask one of the partners tomorrow
Why would they turn off their phones then?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on August 09, 2012, 01:14:16 AM
Why would they turn off their phones then?
Flood took out the phone lines? lol, but here's hopping. I'll be there in a month. Hope it's open by then!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on August 09, 2012, 01:18:37 AM
Why would they turn off their phones then?
for all i care let them them go to china- as long as they repon :D
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on August 09, 2012, 11:58:56 AM
If next week ends up being as hot as this week I would not recommend doing Runyon unless it's early in the morning or close to sunset.
It's supposed to cool off next week a little bit (http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/los-angeles-ca/90036/august-weather/37869_pc) but still not enough.  You might consider starting the hike by 8:00am to be finished by 9:30 at the latest.  You can start anytime after sunrise.

Thanks, guys! We'll start early. Now we have time for a Coffee Bean breakfast after!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on August 09, 2012, 12:00:16 PM
Haven't done Tierra Sur, and doesn't look like it's gonna happen this trip. :(

So right now, it's a toss-up between La Gondola and Shiloh's... how's the ambiance at Shiloh's? And what dishes are recommended there?
So where did you go? How was? Or should I be waiting for a full TR?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on August 09, 2012, 12:02:42 PM
Any news on La Seine? It's been at least 12 hours since the last post  ;)

Just 4 days until I hit LA!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on August 09, 2012, 03:39:27 PM
ok, so i will be arriving in LAX sunday morning and flying back on thursday afternoon,
 this is a rough estimation of my plans, lemme know what you think please!

Sun:
check out local chills like the grove/farmers market, 3rd st. promanade and santa monica pier, lunch at the fish grill (how far is the Malibu one?)
eat dinner at la gondola then check out citywalk and drive mulholland drive (is there someplace specific to stop?)

monday:
drive north to venice beach and check out the venice canals (i need more ideas for that area and or santa barbra) any lunch ideas in that neighborhood?
dinner and wine tour at tierra sur (oxnard)

tuesday:
drive south to san diego (whats nice on the way?) check out la jolla cove at sunset. I would like to go the seaworld but i don't want to spend a whole day there, what is better tuesday eve or wednesday morn?
dinner is either BBQ (supplies from ralph's) or beth jacobs grill


wednesday:
morning chillin in SD, maybe seaworld, then early afternoon head north to LA
Dinner at Shilo's (or La Sienna if it is open  ;D ;D)

Thursday:
check out a local beach, and lunch at milky way, and then it is off to NY   :(

what do you think?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ash on August 09, 2012, 03:43:19 PM
I just heard the La siene closed down
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on August 09, 2012, 03:56:24 PM
confirmed :'( :'( :'(La Siene will not reopen


wwwwaaaahhhh
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on August 09, 2012, 03:59:10 PM
ok, so i will be arriving in LAX sunday morning and flying back on thursday afternoon,
 this is a rough estimation of my plans, lemme know what you think please!

Sun:
check out local chills like the grove/farmers market, 3rd st. promanade and santa monica pier, lunch at the fish grill (how far is the Malibu one?)
eat dinner at la gondola then check out citywalk and drive mulholland drive (is there someplace specific to stop?)

monday:
drive north to venice beach and check out the venice canals (i need more ideas for that area and or santa barbra) any lunch ideas in that neighborhood?
dinner and wine tour at tierra sur (oxnard)

tuesday:
drive south to san diego (whats nice on the way?) check out la jolla cove at sunset. I would like to go the seaworld but i don't want to spend a whole day there, what is better tuesday eve or wednesday morn?
dinner is either BBQ (supplies from ralph's) or beth jacobs grill


wednesday:
morning chillin in SD, maybe seaworld, then early afternoon head north to LA
Dinner at Shilo's (or La Sienna if it is open  ;D ;D)

Thursday:
check out a local beach, and lunch at milky way, and then it is off to NY   :(

what do you think?

Sounds nice. Venice is not north, it is right next to Santa Monica. The canals are awesome though. Why don't you spend the day in Santa Barbara or something and then have Tierra Sur on your way back to LA? Santa Barbara has a nice beach area to rent bikes and stuff and there is a little town to walk through. They also have a nice zoo from what I hear, especially if you have kids with you. I think there is a Coffee Bean too.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 09, 2012, 04:00:22 PM
confirmed :'( :'( :'(La Siene will not reopen


wwwwaaaahhhh
Sad.
Why not reopen in a lower rent district?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on August 09, 2012, 04:21:13 PM
Sounds nice. Venice is not north, it is right next to Santa Monica. The canals are awesome though. Why don't you spend the day in Santa Barbara or something and then have Tierra Sur on your way back to LA? Santa Barbara has a nice beach area to rent bikes and stuff and there is a little town to walk through. They also have a nice zoo from what I hear, especially if you have kids with you. I think there is a Coffee Bean too.
oops, what do you think of venice+ catalina island+ malibu fish grill (it's on the way north towards oxnard, right?) for monday vs. just santa barbara, i left my daughter home so it's just me and my wife, but she is a couple months pregnant so i can't do anything too crazy.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on August 09, 2012, 04:47:26 PM
oops, what do you think of venice+ catalina island+ malibu fish grill (it's on the way north towards oxnard, right?) for monday vs. just santa barbara, i left my daughter home so it's just me and my wife, but she is a couple months pregnant so i can't do anything too crazy.

Catalina requires you to go south also (from Long Beach or San Pedro). Malibu fish grill is on the way up north though. You can also go to the Camarillo Outlets if you're into that. Or maybe do another calm water activity in Oxnard/Ventura/Santa Barbara area.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on August 09, 2012, 05:18:56 PM
how long does catalina take roughly, maybe we'll do that on the way to SD on tuesday and do malibu FG and ventura/santa barbara (water activity) on monday...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 09, 2012, 08:12:57 PM
Catalina is nice, but expensive (about $70 each).  The boat ride is about 1:15 each way.  Once on the island, you take golf carts around and look at the buffalo. I haven't been in a while but I'd say you can probably spend 2 hours there (or 4:30 total).  Malibu FG and SB on the same day is good too.  You can even stop by when they open at 11:30 and take food to go to eat in SB for lunch.  Then take the 101 back with a stop at Tierra Sur.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 09, 2012, 08:15:27 PM
You can also rent kayaks in Oxnard if you want to do a water activity closer to the restaurant.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ganizzy on August 09, 2012, 08:26:59 PM
u can do the venice canals on sunday along with ur santa monica plans. its actually on the way from the airport to santa monica,
they have boating near there as well as biking. they have electric bikes if ur wife doesnt want to work out too much.
seeing the shops and "attractions" on venice beach is interesting as well.

also if u need, there is a costco right near there - on washington off of lincoln blvd. they have natural and kosher cholov yisroel cheese and kosher chicken and meat (not sure of the company or hechsher bec i dont buy there)

u realize that the santa monica pier is at its busiest on sunday right? especially with this heat wave.

meaning if u decide to ride the ferris wheel its gonna be a long line!! (the amusement park doesnt charge entrance fee btw. u pay per ride or all day wristband)

the pier and shops will be jammed

but if thats all part of the tourist attraction, then go ahead
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 09, 2012, 08:35:07 PM
+1 about the SM pier
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on August 09, 2012, 09:04:36 PM
Catalina is nice, but expensive (about $70 each).  The boat ride is about 1:15 each way.  Once on the island, you take golf carts around and look at the buffalo. I haven't been in a while but I'd say you can probably spend 2 hours there (or 4:30 total).  Malibu FG and SB on the same day is good too.  You can even stop by when they open at 11:30 and take food to go to eat in SB for lunch.  Then take the 101 back with a stop at Tierra Sur.
sounds good!
the trip should be a little cheaper because the entertainment book has a $15 dollar off coupon for the catalina marina del rey flyer and a $10 off coupon for the catalina express (i imagine the $70 is the boat ride, right?)
thanks for the advice
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on August 09, 2012, 09:04:59 PM
Hi guys
In san diego now and only on my blackberry so cant go searching

What place is the best to order take out food for shabbes

Need a place that has all and is open late, as i wanna come back from san diego as late as possible

If you can post name and number, would be great help
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on August 09, 2012, 09:08:04 PM
u can do the venice canals on sunday along with ur santa monica plans. its actually on the way from the airport to santa monica,
they have boating near there as well as biking. they have electric bikes if ur wife doesnt want to work out too much.
seeing the shops and "attractions" on venice beach is interesting as well.

also if u need, there is a costco right near there - on washington off of lincoln blvd. they have natural and kosher cholov yisroel cheese and kosher chicken and meat (not sure of the company or hechsher bec i dont buy there)

u realize that the santa monica pier is at its busiest on sunday right? especially with this heat wave.

meaning if u decide to ride the ferris wheel its gonna be a long line!! (the amusement park doesnt charge entrance fee btw. u pay per ride or all day wristband)

the pier and shops will be jammed

but if thats all part of the tourist attraction, then go ahead
no, i definitely would rather avoid the crush! i think i'll just skip SM on sunday and instead focus on venice and hollywood. maybe i'll do SM on thursday morn, do you think it would be nicer then?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on August 09, 2012, 09:09:58 PM
Hi guys
In san diego now and only on my blackberry so cant go searching

What place is the best to order take out food for shabbes

Need a place that has all and is open late, as i wanna come back from san diego as late as possible

If you can post name and number, would be great help
i have never been in SD but check out the SD thread, it says that there is a ralphs in la jolla that has alot of kosher food and a hot deli open til 630-7pm

Edit: just realized you are probably talking about in LA... sorry i have no idea, ill let the locals answer
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 09, 2012, 09:21:02 PM
Hi guys
In san diego now and only on my blackberry so cant go searching

What place is the best to order take out food for shabbes

Need a place that has all and is open late, as i wanna come back from san diego as late as possible

If you can post name and number, would be great help

Simon's La Glatt.
(323) 658-7730
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ganizzy on August 09, 2012, 11:46:09 PM
no, i definitely would rather avoid the crush! i think i'll just skip SM on sunday and instead focus on venice and hollywood. maybe i'll do SM on thursday morn, do you think it would be nicer then?

probably
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on August 12, 2012, 02:36:16 AM
Sad.
Why not reopen in a lower rent district?
not sure if it was only about the $. i heard landlord was giving problems. they are trying to relocate.there are a few partners involved
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 12, 2012, 06:05:45 PM
Simon's La Glatt.
(323) 658-7730

Dan, you know they moved to the old Judy's location and renamed themselves Abba's?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 12, 2012, 09:37:05 PM
Any reviews of Toast Cafe in the valley? Seems great from yelp reviews.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: momo613 on August 12, 2012, 11:03:11 PM
What a view of Rodeo Dr at sunset!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 13, 2012, 12:17:49 AM
Any reviews of Toast Cafe in the valley? Seems great from yelp reviews.

hashgacha?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 13, 2012, 10:19:05 AM
hashgacha?
I think Kehilla.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Vexorg on August 13, 2012, 02:17:28 PM
Toast is OK. I got the Grilled Cheese with a bunch of stuff in it, was pretty good. People really like the Crepes. Its good for a lunch.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on August 13, 2012, 02:31:39 PM
In the sls, have a babysitter. Any kosher place close by were she can take them for dinner. Walking distance?
If not, from what place can she order food from?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 13, 2012, 02:41:22 PM
There are no restaurants within walking distance that are kosher (now that Le Seine is no longer; but it wasn't for kids anyway).  A number of restaurants in Pico have free delivery which should include the SLS.  Also, the new kosher Thai fleishig place (BH Thai?) on Burton way is not that far of a walk, but kids probably won't like that either.  Try pizza stores like Nagila or Pizza Station in Pico or Pizza Maven and Pizza World in La Brea.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 13, 2012, 02:44:24 PM
Pizza Maven
That's my personal pick.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: MLM on August 13, 2012, 03:10:09 PM
That's my personal pick.

Mee too!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on August 13, 2012, 03:21:37 PM
That's my personal pick.
Their plain pizza is very good. Do they have any good sides though? I love pizza world's mozzarella sticks, mini Chimichangas, cream of broccoli soup, and pineapple pizza. Was Maven the one with the awesome nachos or was that also World? (Could be they both had pineapple pizza)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 13, 2012, 04:35:35 PM
Their plain pizza is very good. Do they have any good sides though? I love pizza world's mozzarella sticks, mini Chimichangas, cream of broccoli soup, and pineapple pizza. Was Maven the one with the awesome nachos or was that also World? (Could be they both had pineapple pizza)
Nachos at better at PW IIRC.
But kids are probably better with plain pizza, that PM excels at.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on August 13, 2012, 06:36:46 PM
In the sls, have a babysitter. Any kosher place close by were she can take them for dinner. Walking distance?
If not, from what place can she order food from?

I seem to recall that the SLS offers a chauffeured BMW which will take u somewhere close by. Should be able to take you to Pico area.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on August 13, 2012, 06:37:53 PM
Just got to LA. Wedding tonight, packed itinerary Tues and Wed, leaving Thurs!
If anyone's bored and in the area, I'll be at the Sephardic Temple tonight.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 13, 2012, 06:38:24 PM
Quite possible, but if there are lots of kids there would have to be lots of car seats and room in the BMW to fit them all.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 13, 2012, 06:39:07 PM
What time is your wedding tonight? it's on my way home from work, maybe I'll stop by.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on August 13, 2012, 07:13:14 PM
Quite possible, but if there are lots of kids there would have to be lots of car seats and room in the BMW to fit them all.
I thought he said he had a baby sitter. never mind, then.

What time is your wedding tonight? it's on my way home from work, maybe I'll stop by.

It's a 5:00 start, 6:00 chuppa. Come if u can!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on August 13, 2012, 07:20:03 PM
It's a 5:00 start, 6:00 chuppa. Come if u can!
By the way, @ sphardic temple, they have security @ the door and they randomly ask people for the last name of either the chosson or kallah #JustSayin
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on August 13, 2012, 07:23:06 PM
By the way, @ sphardic temple, they have security @ the door and they randomly ask people for the last name of either the chosson or kallah #JustSayin
Really? Interesting. I can DM anyone the info. Yehoshua - I'll txt u.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on August 13, 2012, 07:30:06 PM
Really? Interesting. I can DM anyone the info. Yehoshua - I'll txt u.
I wasn't there in a while but the last time I was there, that's what happened. I'm sure if u said u were going to meet a friend, they wouldn't give u too much of a hard time, but just in case, I figured i'd mention it.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 13, 2012, 07:32:12 PM
I was just planning on texting Shmelive when I was there to come out.  That circumvents the whole issue.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on August 14, 2012, 04:02:05 AM
Used the bmw today a few times
As the hotel doesnt really tell the guest about this service alot dont know about it, so its always available...
They got take out from jeffs, a friend of the babysitter went to pick it up and ate it with her, so my kids got to eat...

I rented a porsche boxster for 200 dollars and drove to tierra sur. Was very good, but didnt think it was much better then prime grill

On the way we there we stopped in santa monica and rented bikes for a hour. We also took a flight lesson over l.a. From santa monica airport
Groupon had a deal a few weeks ago, 1 hour flight lesson for 2 people over l.a. Incl video for 149 dollars, we each flew 30 min and switched seats after landing for the switch...so we got to see malibu, l.a and santa monica from the air while flying ourselfs, great deal... Nice day!!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 14, 2012, 11:17:23 AM
Wow that sounds like an amazing day. I'm not surprised the hotel doesn't tell guests about the car. When I stayed in the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay, CA they had the same service and also didn't tell anyone about it.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 14, 2012, 12:14:19 PM
What are the details of the BMW service at the SLS.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on August 14, 2012, 01:53:09 PM
Used the bmw today a few times
As the hotel doesnt really tell the guest about this service alot dont know about it, so its always available...
They got take out from jeffs, a friend of the babysitter went to pick it up and ate it with her, so my kids got to eat...
Glad you got to use the BMW - I didn't get a chance when I was there.
I rented a porsche boxster for 200 dollars and drove to tierra sur. Was very good, but didnt think it was much better then prime grill
Blasphemy!  ;)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on August 14, 2012, 01:55:49 PM
What are the details of the BMW service at the SLS.
I don't recall all the details, and I never used the service, but AFAIR they have one car available to take guests anywhere within a 2 mile radius. I actually think the Pico area is slightly more than 2 miles away, but I guess they're not sticklers.

You call the concierge desk and request the car. Not sure how much warning you need to give them.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 14, 2012, 02:15:39 PM
How much do you tip for a service like that?
Will they pick you up as well?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on August 14, 2012, 02:55:22 PM
I tip him 2 dollars usually.
Its on first comes first served basis, so you can call and ask if its available, they will not reserve it for you.
They will not pick you up, tried it when i returned the porsche
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmuelb on August 16, 2012, 05:30:04 PM
Mee too!

+100 Pizza Maven IMHO makes the best pizza in the world, IME of the last 30 years.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 16, 2012, 05:31:00 PM
Its very good, but that's pushing it.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on August 16, 2012, 05:38:40 PM
Its very good, but that's pushing it.
They are definitely not my #1. But you got me thinking what my number 1 is and I decided its not possible to decide. For starters there are so many different types of pizza. Different toppings, different sauces, cheeses its just hard to choose a favorite, plus you have places like basil in ch which you can't even compare to any other style pizza. Included in all this would also have to include nostalgia and my favorite pizza from when I was a kid which isn't even around anymore... thanks for letting me get that rant out been bottling up for a while lol.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmuelb on August 16, 2012, 06:02:56 PM
I hear. I am talking about regular style pizza and I am sure I ate in less Pizza shops than you both. But my cheshbon is Pizza Maven is the best in LA and I used to hear that in Flatbush!!! there is awesome pizza but PM was better than what I experienced in NY inc. Pizza Cave 72nd and Broadway, Mendelson's in BP, some in Flatbush, like on Ave j.

Nostalgia - for sure it has to do with it, the feel, ambiance etc. are considerate, ot just the taste, texture etc. and I love Pizza Maven for that; the nostalgia, memories etc.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on August 16, 2012, 11:31:05 PM
I'm seeing a lot of good reviws for Tierra Sur. Anything i should make sure to order at Tierra Sur?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on August 16, 2012, 11:42:32 PM
I'm seeing a lot of good reviws for Tierra Sur. Anything i should make sure to order at Tierra Sur?

Menu changes every few weeks. So ya... That being said if they have Elk go for it!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 17, 2012, 12:47:36 AM
And the lunch menu is totally different than dinner, worth staying for both!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on August 18, 2012, 10:51:50 PM
I'm seeing a lot of good reviws for Tierra Sur. Anything i should make sure to order at Tierra Sur?
ask them if they have lamb bacon, it is usually not on the menu and quite good (as an appetizer) also for dessert try the churros
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 18, 2012, 11:18:46 PM
its actually not that hard to make yourself
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmuelb on August 19, 2012, 07:49:45 AM
Is it appetizing to eat something called bacon?  :o
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on August 19, 2012, 08:19:26 AM
Is it appetizing to eat something called bacon?  :o
Gemara in Baba Metzia descirbes an amora who made his young children loan with Ribbis, so they see the pleasure of it when they abstain after being mechuyav in mitzvos
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmuelb on August 19, 2012, 09:23:53 AM
I have a friend who was megayer, before he finished, another friend lent him with ribis to chap arain epes.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 19, 2012, 12:26:53 PM
Is it appetizing to eat something called bacon?  :o
very much so
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on August 19, 2012, 01:39:25 PM
Is it appetizing to eat something called bacon?  :o
call it whatever you like and it will still taste good
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on August 20, 2012, 07:44:56 PM
Tonight I'm gonna go to either Jeff's, Patt's or PKD which one?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 20, 2012, 07:54:21 PM
Do you want something fancy (Pat's $$$) or more casual (PKD/Jeff's $)?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on August 20, 2012, 08:06:45 PM
Tonight I'm gonna go to either Jeff's, Patt's or PKD which one?
PKD hot pastrami, Jeffs wild western burger. Both must try the homemade onion rings. Pat's baca grande.

Like yehoshua said just depends what you want.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on August 20, 2012, 09:25:04 PM
I think I'm gonna go with Jeff's was just trying to compare $
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: CholentTheTraveler on August 23, 2012, 12:51:57 AM
Why not give LA Burger Bar a try as they have a large selection of burgers(beef,chicken,turkey etc).
Pat's is a great place but it is far more expensive than Jeffs or PKD
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 23, 2012, 12:55:33 AM
Why not give LA Burger Bar a try as they have a large selection of burgers(beef,chicken,turkey etc).
I've heard bad reviews about it, are they not true?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on August 23, 2012, 02:03:08 AM
I've heard bad reviews about it, are they not true?
eh nothing special, wings are good but dont go out of your way to got there- burgers are decent at best
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 23, 2012, 04:58:17 PM
what about beverly hills thai, any reviews?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on August 23, 2012, 05:36:33 PM
what about beverly hills thai, any reviews?

I like it. Some of the food is a bit spicy, but that works for me. Also the place is very small - but the food is pretty authentic considering a Thai family runs the place.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 23, 2012, 05:38:58 PM
How is it compared to Bodhi?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on August 23, 2012, 05:39:47 PM
How is it compared to Bodhi?

I'm not into Vegan food, so I don't care for Bodhi that much (although I have been there and thought it was fine). BH Thai is meat so I appreciate the food a lot more.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 23, 2012, 05:41:34 PM
Cool. I'm not into meat which is why I never bothered trying BH Thailand. Did you notice much parve items on the menu?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on August 23, 2012, 05:42:32 PM
Cool. I'm not into meat which is why I never bothered trying BH Thailand. Did you notice much parve items on the menu?

I can't remember, but I would be surprised if they wouldn't make the dishes without the meat or if they have tofu or soy to replace the meat. Call them up and ask maybe.
Title: LA - Where to stay.
Post by: kangaroo on August 24, 2012, 01:24:36 AM
I plan on going to LA in Nov with my wife and 6m old baby.

I am at a loss on where to stay. Nothing on SPG looks spectacular nor does Hyatt.

I would like to stay at a resort style hotel, that has water sports and the like. But not to far from the Jewish area. I know nothing about LA never been there. So be nice please. Which other areas can I stay in CA that has kosher food sources. I would need it, especially if I want Hyatt to pay for my kosher breakfast.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 24, 2012, 01:29:32 AM
I plan on going to LA in Nov with my wife and 6m old baby.

I am at a loss on where to stay. Nothing on SPG looks spectacular nor does Hyatt.

I would like to stay at a resort style hotel, that has water sports and the like. But not to far from the Jewish area. I know nothing about LA never been there. So be nice please. Which other areas can I stay in CA that has kosher food sources. I would need it, especially if I want Hyatt to pay for my kosher breakfast.
Sorry but you can't have the best of both worlds.
If you want a city hotel close to all of LA's excellent kosher eateries SPG's SLS and Hyatt's Andaz are top-notch, but they are still city hotels.  SPG and Hyatt also have airport options that are not too far from the jewish community, but are much less convenient than staying at the SLS or Andaz.

If you want resorts you need to go down south to the St. Ragis Monarch Beach or the HR Huntington Beach or the PH Aviara.  None of those are very close to kosher food though.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: kangaroo on August 24, 2012, 06:07:28 PM
Sorry but you can't have the best of both worlds.
If you want a city hotel close to all of LA's excellent kosher eateries SPG's SLS and Hyatt's Andaz are top-notch, but they are still city hotels.  SPG and Hyatt also have airport options that are not too far from the jewish community, but are much less convenient than staying at the SLS or Andaz.

If you want resorts you need to go down south to the St. Ragis Monarch Beach or the HR Huntington Beach or the PH Aviara.  None of those are very close to kosher food though.

should i go anywhere for a day or two where there is kosher food?

the sls is near kosher food and shul? for shabbos?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmuelb on August 26, 2012, 08:03:33 AM
Anyone here ever stayed at the Ritz @ Laguna Niguel? Looks like a beautiful property, I never stayed over as a guest, just passed through.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 26, 2012, 12:58:27 PM
I haven't stayed at the Laguna Liguel Ritz, but the one in Half Moon Bay, CA (near SF) is amazing!!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Vexorg on August 27, 2012, 01:27:54 AM
I stayed recently at the Ritz in Laguna, i used 100,000 marriot points for 2 nights. Really nice place.  If your going to go, make sure you get ocean front or  coastline view. I feel it doesn't pay to go if your gonna get a garden view.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on August 27, 2012, 07:54:36 PM
Anyone here ever stayed at the Ritz @ Laguna Niguel? Looks like a beautiful property, I never stayed over as a guest, just passed through.

Very nice property with great views. I'd stay there again.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmuelb on August 29, 2012, 04:22:25 PM
I stayed recently at the Ritz in Laguna, i used 100,000 marriot points for 2 nights. Really nice place.  If your going to go, make sure you get ocean front or  coastline view. I feel it doesn't pay to go if your gonna get a garden view.
Very nice property with great views. I'd stay there again.

Any tips how to get a free/cheap night there, planning ahead? Thanks!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on August 29, 2012, 05:04:58 PM
Any tips how to get a free/cheap night there, planning ahead? Thanks!

Ritz Carlton CC?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on August 29, 2012, 08:16:34 PM
Guys, I started but really can't read through so many pages. Can someone help me out - I need a hotel (preferably Hyatt) in an area where one can take a relaxing walk on Shabbos?

Within 1hour walking of a shul would be nice but not necessary.

Thanks in advance
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 29, 2012, 08:18:54 PM
Andaz West Hollywood is within a one hour walk.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on August 29, 2012, 08:28:27 PM
Andaz West Hollywood is within a one hour walk.
What is the community (area) called, and is the walk safe Friday night?

Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 29, 2012, 08:33:02 PM
The closet Jewish Community is La Brea/ Hancock Park. The walk should be safe, although West Hollywood does have a lot of queer people. It should take you about 50 minutes, as it's about 2.5 miles each way
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on August 29, 2012, 08:44:28 PM
The closet Jewish Community is La Brea/ Hancock Park. The walk should be safe, although West Hollywood does have a lot of queer people. It should take you about 50 minutes, as it's about 2.5 miles each way
Thanks a lot,

Don't think it's gonna happen this week, date to be decided.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 29, 2012, 08:49:03 PM
No worries.  Also, Young Israel of LA is probably the closest shul (about 1.7 miles or 33 min walk) but there is not much of a community around it.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on August 29, 2012, 09:29:11 PM
Emailing all of my LA contacts for a meal...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 30, 2012, 01:24:44 AM
Better off at SPG's SLS for shabbos than Andaz WeHo.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmuelb on August 30, 2012, 08:02:53 AM
Better off at SPG's SLS for shabbos than Andaz WeHo.

Better location or venue?

It looks like Agudas Achim is close by the Andaz (Chabad on Snata Monica?) It is a 25 minute walk according to google maps.
7832 Santa Monica Boulevard West Hollywood, CA 90046 United States‎
+1 323-654-5970

SLS also near shuls.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmuelb on August 30, 2012, 08:08:08 AM
Emailing all of my LA contacts for a meal...

Who are you going with? How many guests? What kind of meal would you like?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on August 30, 2012, 01:17:08 PM
Who are you going with? How many guests? What kind of meal would you like?

Are you offering?  ;D
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on August 30, 2012, 02:13:24 PM
Better off at SPG's SLS for shabbos than Andaz WeHo.
I'm a complete noob w LA, so thanks for all the help.

I see for Friday night the SPG is $429 and the Hyatt is only $275 or a stay cert.
Who are you going with? How many guests? What kind of meal would you like?
I don't feel comfortable posting more details about myself here, but if anyone is offering please PM
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on August 30, 2012, 03:23:43 PM
Is there somewhere to buy grape juice near the andaz, or am gonna have to check in luggage?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 30, 2012, 03:25:23 PM
You do not need to check a bag just for grape juice. Most regular supermarkets carry Kedem and there are LOTS of kosher supermarkets in LA.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 30, 2012, 05:45:40 PM
Better location or venue?

It looks like Agudas Achim is close by the Andaz (Chabad on Snata Monica?) It is a 25 minute walk according to google maps.
7832 Santa Monica Boulevard West Hollywood, CA 90046 United States‎
+1 323-654-5970
Much better location and venue.

And is that R' Estulin's shul? Hope you don't mind the flags!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on August 30, 2012, 08:54:09 PM
Thanks guys, up in the air on the way... still undecided but the hyatt is way cheaper.

I have meals arranged, HT dealer.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on August 31, 2012, 12:32:58 AM
You do not need to check a bag just for grape juice. Most regular supermarkets carry Kedem and there are LOTS of kosher supermarkets in LA.

Can u get kosher grape juice in Trader Joe's or Ralph's?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 31, 2012, 12:34:33 AM
Ralphs for sure, not TJs, although they do have kosher wine.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on August 31, 2012, 12:40:06 AM
Ralphs for sure, not TJs, although they do have kosher wine.

Good to know, thanks!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 31, 2012, 12:43:39 AM
Of course in states like NY or WI where you may not sell any regular alcohol (besides beer) in a regular store, wine would not be available.  If there's a separate liquor store (like on 14th St. in Manhattan) they might sell kosher wine, but not guaranteed.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on August 31, 2012, 01:30:45 AM
Ralphs for sure, not TJs, although they do have kosher wine.
No patience to get carded an hour before shabbos...

Where should I buy grape juice near the andaz WeHo? This Ralphs is all over?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 31, 2012, 01:32:35 AM
Just look up any supermarket.  Ralphs is all over, as well as Albertsons, Pavillions, VONS, Whole Foods, etc.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on August 31, 2012, 01:35:02 AM
Just look up any supermarket.  Ralphs is all over, as well as Albertsons, Pavillions, VONS, Whole Foods, etc.
Thanks.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: SK on August 31, 2012, 01:40:18 AM
The weekly ad for Ralphs is advertising a sale on Rosh Hashana items. Grape juice is 1.99 until Tuesday.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on August 31, 2012, 01:57:26 AM
The weekly ad for Ralphs is advertising a sale on Rosh Hashana items. Grape juice is 1.99 until Tuesday.
Ah, I came in just in time.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Jimbob on August 31, 2012, 02:32:37 AM
Ralphs for sure, not TJs, although they do have kosher wine.

They have a wine at tj that tastes similar to Bartenura moscato called Sara bee for $6
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on August 31, 2012, 02:34:40 AM
They have a wine at tj that tastes similar to Bartenura moscato called Sara bee for $6
Ich hov nisht koich to be carded
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: psedge on August 31, 2012, 04:34:30 AM
Which restaurant in La is open passed 11pm?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 31, 2012, 06:59:41 AM
La brea kosher market won't card.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on August 31, 2012, 05:07:21 PM
Ich hov nisht koich to be carded

What is so exhausting about being carded?  ;)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: CholentTheTraveler on September 02, 2012, 12:06:30 AM
Which restaurant in La is open passed 11pm?
Meshuga4sushi I believe(not sure which branch). You can try Nana as well(they got some bomb food).
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ash on September 02, 2012, 12:33:05 AM
I find that nana you pay for the ambiance and not the food and its not cheap at all try mexikosher you will get more bang for your buck, on that note im sure shilo's and 26 by shilo's and bocca is also open as well
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on September 02, 2012, 01:33:59 AM
A huge thank you to Jimbob, best Chulent in LA!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on September 03, 2012, 06:40:13 PM
Once again, thanks folks for all the help. Due to some problems on the way, I arrived really late, and barely made it to Ralphs in time for Shabbos. I wouldn't have made kiddush if not for your help.

Just a word of caution, at least one of the duty managers at the Andaz WeHo is Jewish. While the manager must manually open the emergency staircase, it does not involve chilul shabbos. Opening the room on the other hand, is Chillul Shabbos.


The rooftop poolside bar is great up there, one of my hotel experiences ever.

HT Dealer for Diamond Hyatt acct, I was treated exceptionally well.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChasingTheDime on September 04, 2012, 10:05:06 AM
any restaurants in LA have a succah ?

never really went anywhere, due to the impression that there isnt anywhere you can eat out succos, but figured i wound ask here
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on September 04, 2012, 10:23:32 AM
Nagila has a succah. Not sure about Fish Grill, but most of their menu is mezonos free if your not makpid to eat everything in a succah.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on September 04, 2012, 11:51:04 AM
any restaurants in LA have a succah ?

never really went anywhere, due to the impression that there isnt anywhere you can eat out succos, but figured i wound ask here

Nagila, Fish Grill, Jeff's (but it's usually pretty small and crowded)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmuelb on September 04, 2012, 02:48:23 PM
Fish grill has a big sukka, I was there around 20 years ago, still remember B"H.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChasingTheDime on September 04, 2012, 03:55:03 PM
Fish grill has a big sukka, I was there around 20 years ago, still remember B"H.

Which one ?

the one on beverly had a pretty small one, from my one time there
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Vexorg on September 04, 2012, 05:00:13 PM
Fish Grill Malibu had a sukkah as well. I ate there last year!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on September 04, 2012, 08:00:01 PM
Which one ?

the one on beverly had a pretty small one, from my one time there

I think Beverly, Pico and Malibu all have sukkas. Don't know about Brentwood. Still check before relying on my thoughts.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChasingTheDime on September 05, 2012, 09:53:29 AM
Beverly had, but i found that i would rather take out then eat in that one
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on September 16, 2012, 02:48:50 PM
Looking for SLS availability...cash and points availability is hit or miss. Anyone know if there's any pattern or trick to this?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: madopo on September 19, 2012, 11:25:41 AM
I find that nana you pay for the ambiance and not the food and its not cheap at all try mexikosher you will get more bang for your buck, on that note im sure shilo's and 26 by shilo's and bocca is also open as well
Word is that Nana's shut down (or is moving to a new location) there will be (if not already) a non kosher place at the same location.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: CholentTheTraveler on September 19, 2012, 11:54:08 PM
Word is that Nana's shut down (or is moving to a new location) there will be (if not already) a non kosher place at the same location.

Word on the street is they lost their hechsher and they won't be reopening.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ganizzy on October 03, 2012, 11:40:57 PM
heads up

there will be a simchas bais hashoevah in S. Monica tom - thursday
from 3 - 6 pm, 12 st and broadway will be closed and there will be rides, giant obstacle course, trackless train. petting zoo...
supper included (there is a sukkah there)

$6 a person, $26 a family
run by chabad of S. Monica (levitansky's)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 10, 2012, 01:25:12 AM
Toss-up between interesting articles and this thread, but anyway...
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/10/dining/kosher-in-los-angeles-goes-beyond-corned-beef-and-a-knish.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on October 10, 2012, 08:36:46 AM
Toss-up between interesting articles and this thread, but anyway...
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/10/dining/kosher-in-los-angeles-goes-beyond-corned-beef-and-a-knish.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

I love Mexikosher, and the chef is awesome. He used to be the chef at Shilo's before going on his own to open Mexikosher.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on October 16, 2012, 07:49:11 PM
So what are the new restaurants (that are worth checking out) in la the last 3 year?

Just had pizza at yogo it wasn't bad just mediocre. Their frozen yogurt was as always amazing!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on October 16, 2012, 08:08:47 PM
Beverly Hills Thai and Bohdi are both new, both Thai.  BH Thai is fleighig, Bohdi is vegetarian.

Berry & Basil is also new but I've never been (even though I live 100 yards from the front door).

Meshuga for Sushi is new (both is La Brea and on Pico).  Their sushi is good but on the sweeter side if that's not your cup of (green) tea :)

Boca on Pico is like the valley one but some say it's not a good.

Mexi-kosher is new and awesome.

Burger Bar on Pico & Corning is good.

Sand-Wich bar on Pico is new, but I've never been.

There are also some Persian restaurants that are new on Pico but I've never been there either.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on October 16, 2012, 09:03:54 PM
My comments are in bold.

Beverly Hills Thai and Bohdi are both new, both Thai.  BH Thai is fleighig, Bohdi is vegetarian.

Berry & Basil is also new but I've never been (even though I live 100 yards from the front door). I liked their pizza - didn't try the yogurt.

Meshuga for Sushi is new (both is La Brea and on Pico).  Their sushi is good but on the sweeter side if that's not your cup of (green) tea :)

Boca on Pico is like the valley one but some say it's not a good. Been a couple times, not a fan. Don't really like the Valley one either, but it does seem to be at least better than the Pico one.

Mexi-kosher is new and awesome.

Burger Bar on Pico & Corning is good.

Sand-Wich bar on Pico is new, but I've never been.

There are also some Persian restaurants that are new on Pico but I've never been there either.  I've tried Sangak and really liked it. Haven't tried Kabab Mahaleh yet, but I hear good things.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on October 18, 2012, 03:14:52 PM
Beverly Hills Thai and Bohdi are both new, both Thai.  BH Thai is fleighig, Bohdi is vegetarian.

Berry & Basil is also new but I've never been (even though I live 100 yards from the front door).

Meshuga for Sushi is new (both is La Brea and on Pico).  Their sushi is good but on the sweeter side if that's not your cup of (green) tea :)

Boca on Pico is like the valley one but some say it's not a good.

Mexi-kosher is new and awesome.

Burger Bar on Pico & Corning is good.

Sand-Wich bar on Pico is new, but I've never been.

There are also some Persian restaurants that are new on Pico but I've never been there either.

burger bar is closed
Title: Re: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moto on October 18, 2012, 06:08:38 PM
burger bar is closed
it actually reopened they did construction in there but it's open now
Title: Re: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on October 22, 2012, 07:47:36 PM
it actually reopened they did construction in there but it's open now
oh cool. they actually have pretty good burgers
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on October 23, 2012, 11:16:02 AM
I hear burger bar is supposed to be really good.
nagila pizza - recently was there and the pizza was good but the fries were not.
Fish grill - on Beverly and La Brea was decent. Didn't like the tacos though
Saba sushi - I wouldn't really recommend. They had one person working there and service was slow. And sushi didn't taste good.

Looking forward to the other restaurants in the lists above. Gonna have try Em all!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on October 23, 2012, 02:34:09 PM
I hear burger bar is supposed to be really good.
nagila pizza - recently was there and the pizza was good but the fries were not.
Fish grill - on Beverly and La Brea was decent. Didn't like the tacos though
Saba sushi - I wouldn't really recommend. They had one person working there and service was slow. And sushi didn't taste good.

Looking forward to the other restaurants in the lists above. Gonna have try Em all!

for sushi head to meshuga on la brea or the pico branch...try the bento lunch box...cant really beat it
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Smartypantz on October 23, 2012, 02:54:53 PM
for sushi head to meshuga on la brea or the pico branch...try the bento lunch box...cant really beat it

+1
Was delicious! Wish they had something like that in NY!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 23, 2012, 02:59:32 PM
It's a good deal, but the sushi can't touch the stuff at Yakimono (YUL) or Harbour Grill (MIA) though.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: rediplus on October 23, 2012, 03:29:18 PM
So I want to stay in LA for shabbos. January 26. Wife and 4 kids. Need Food , Shul, and Play for kids. I read the previous posts but couldnt pin down which Hotel works best for Shul and which Food Establishment can provide for shabbos. Additionally, which hotel can accommodate all the shabbos issues ?
Thanks
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 23, 2012, 03:33:03 PM
SLS Beverly Hills if you're looking for an excellent SPG hotel, it's located between the Pico and La Brea communities and there are some Chabads closer than those communities to it.
Otherwise there are some mediocre places on Pico and dives on Beverly close to La Brea.

La Glatt has good take-out.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: rediplus on October 23, 2012, 05:14:35 PM
SLS Beverly Hills if you're looking for an excellent SPG hotel, it's located between the Pico and La Brea communities and there are some Chabads closer than those communities to it.
Otherwise there are some mediocre places on Pico and dives on Beverly close to La Brea.

La Glatt has good take-out.

i have enoguh points for one room , 2 nights but i doubt they would allow all 6 of us in one room.
Shabbos ends at 6pm. Can i check out that late so i only pay for one night 2 rooms ?
will they work with me on doors and stairs ?
whats a mediocre place on pico ?
thanks
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on October 23, 2012, 06:50:17 PM
The Crown Plaza, Residence Inn by Marriott and the Best Western- Carlyle Inn are all within 1 block of a shul.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on October 23, 2012, 11:25:10 PM
What's a good steakhouse to go to now?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 23, 2012, 11:28:50 PM
Tierra Sur
La Gondola
Pat's
Shiloh's

Any I'm missing? Too late for La Seine  :'(
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: CholentTheTraveler on October 23, 2012, 11:34:28 PM
Tierra Sur
La Gondola
Pat's
Shiloh's

Any I'm missing? Too late for La Seine  :'(
Bocca opened a branch on Pico
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 23, 2012, 11:38:32 PM
Bocca opened a branch on Pico
But not worthwhile FWIU.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: CholentTheTraveler on October 23, 2012, 11:42:54 PM
But not worthwhile FWIU.
True, value for money I would say La Gondola hands-down as I have never had a bad meal and been many many times.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on October 24, 2012, 12:09:27 AM
Anyone ever have the Wednesday night special at MexiKosher? Its suppose to be some sort of Big Mac?
Title: Re: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on October 24, 2012, 01:04:10 AM
Tierra Sur
La Gondola
Pat's
Shiloh's

Any I'm missing? Too late for La Seine  :'(
Thanx. I didn't end up going to those since the people I'm with weren't interested but I'm at burgers bar and it's hands down the best burger I've ever had!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 24, 2012, 01:06:00 AM
Thanx. I didn't end up going to those since the people I'm with weren't interested but I'm at burgers bar and it's hands down the best burger I've ever had!
Better than Clubhouse??
La Gondola actually has a killer burger deal during lunchtime, let me know how you think it compares to BB.

Talking about LG makes me want those avocado eggrolls and asian spring rolls!
Title: Re: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on October 24, 2012, 01:34:31 AM
Better than Clubhouse??
La Gondola actually has a killer burger deal during lunchtime, let me know how you think it compares to BB.

Talking about LG makes me want those avocado eggrolls and asian spring rolls!
Never ate at Clubhouse and La Gondola is on the list. So ill let you know
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on October 24, 2012, 01:36:51 AM
Better than Clubhouse??
La Gondola actually has a killer burger deal during lunchtime, let me know how you think it compares to BB.

Talking about LG makes me want those avocado eggrolls and asian spring rolls!
Doesn't come close to Clubhouse.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on October 24, 2012, 12:48:58 PM
Anyone ever have the Wednesday night special at MexiKosher? Its suppose to be some sort of Big Mac?

I've only heard good things about Mexikosher's burgers.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on October 24, 2012, 03:16:34 PM
Ok so I finally finished reading this entire thread as well as the San Diego one... and want to get your opinion for my upcoming December family vacation with my wife, 4 years old daughter and 1 yr old son. I'm planning for Dec. 23 to Jan. 1 and wanted to know the following:

1. Should I spend 6 days in LA (Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, etc...) and 4 days in San Diego. But it seems too much in each... We want to do Disney, Universal Studios, Knotts Berry Farm or Six Flags (I have my season passes), Sea World, La Jolla Cove, Legoland, Zoo/Safari/Wild Animal Park, maybe catalina island, although during the winter I am not sure if it's worth it...) + some strolling around...

2. Should I do instead 3 days LA, 2 days San Diego and 5 days Cancun/Acapulco to get some warmer weather and beach/pool time...?

Additional Factors to consider:
I only have Hyatt and UR points and am Hyatt Platinum. No AmeX points whatsoever and no SPG status. I would like to use my Hyatt nights if it's for nice hotels. From what I read Hyatt Andaz in West Hollywood and Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad are good choices. But if I have a better option (priceline) I wouldn't mind paying, like for the Delfina, SLS or the Sheraton Marina in SD. We are the kind of people leaving the hotel in the morning and only coming back after dinner; no back and forth required.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on October 24, 2012, 03:41:31 PM
1. If you're intent is to visit all the theme/amusement parks in SoCal, you would need a day at each (or about 8 days).  Personally I think going to theme parks every day is a bit tiring.

I would recommend skipping Six Flags (you can do that elsewhere) and Universal (not really geared towards little kids) at least.  If you've been or plan to go to Orlando, I'd also skip Disneyland and Sea World as they are both extremely crowded at that time of year.

Legoland, the SD Zoo/Safari Park, and Knotts are both more kid friendly and not (as) crowded.

I'd skip Catalina during the winter as the ride over can be more choppy and there's not nearly as much to do.

The winter time is the perfect time for hiking though.  Refer to the previous posts for more details.  There are many hikes that are kid friendly.

I would give yourselves an extra day in LA and one less in SD, although if you stopped at either Knotts, Disneyland or Legoland on the way down that would be fine as a "4th" day in SD.

2. Cancún will definitely be warmer than LA, but it will also be extremely crowded.  Besides for spring break, the holiday season is the most crowded time of the year making the trip not as pleasant.  Acapulco or Cabo are both alternate options that won't be as crowded, but I haven't been to either of them (I went to Cancún in May and had an awesome time) so I can't tell you for sure.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on October 24, 2012, 07:22:10 PM
Thanks for the input!
Disney is a must do for my daughter who has been begging me since our week in Disney World last year to go again... so yes I know what I am in for (especially since I went during Thanksgiving), but I just can't do that to her, I'll have to go if we are in LA ;)
But I'll skip Six flags (I just thought it would be a great use of my passes if it's a great park.
I don't really want to hike, even if kids friendly, thanks though.

What about the hotels I mentioned: Thinking of staying at Andaz in WH and PH Aviara in Carlsbad with my Hyatt points. Should I keep them instead for a better trip in the future (Islands somewhere) and just buy from Priceline SLS or Delfina? I still think I am spending too much time in each city...  ???
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on October 24, 2012, 07:33:06 PM
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Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on October 24, 2012, 07:35:45 PM
Going to Disney at the end of December should be nice though.  I've been before and it's not too bad especially if you go on 12/24 or 12/31.

Six flags is also about a 30-60 minute drive north of the LA Jewish communities, so it's a bit out of the way.

In terms of hotels, the Andaz WH is a good place to stay for shabbos in LA if you don't mind walking about 2 miles to shul.  See earlier posts (yesterday) for hotels closer to shuls.

Just so you're aware, I have never stayed in any hotels in the LA area as I live here.  All I know about them is from looking inside personally and from what others have said about them.  I do know that you can priceline a room in the Century City area or Beverly Hills area of LA for about $120/night for a 4-star place if you were interested in that.  Both areas are near Pico (restaurants and shuls).  I don't know about the hotels in the SD area.  Sorry.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on October 24, 2012, 07:36:56 PM
would you spend a day in palm springs?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 24, 2012, 07:37:17 PM
Huh? What's within a mile of andaz weho?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on October 24, 2012, 07:40:22 PM
my mistake, I meant 2 miles (Young Israel of LA on N Spaulding)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 24, 2012, 07:46:27 PM
PH Carlsbad is very far from Sam Diego. Not a great place to stay IMO
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on October 24, 2012, 07:49:56 PM
I agree, it is far from SD.  It is near Legoland though, so could be worth it if you're leaving SD or don't want to drive all the way back from Legoland.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on October 24, 2012, 07:53:24 PM
would you spend a day in palm springs?
I did not think about Palm Springs... I was thinking of just following the coast down until San Diego. worth it?

http://www.groupon.com/deals/fish-grill-1?fb_ref=anonymous&fb_source=home_multiline

Thank you! I have 2 days to close that trip so I can buy them then! :)


PH Carlsbad is very far from Sam Diego. Not a great place to stay IMO
That is true. Do you think then the Manchester GH is a better choice? Or I should just stick buying nights at Sheraton Marina or US Grant?

I do know that you can priceline a room in the Century City area or Beverly Hills area of LA for about $120/night for a 4-star place if you were interested in that.
It is better than the Hyatt Andaz or SLS?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 24, 2012, 07:58:11 PM
If you want to stay near the shul, residence Inn la jolla, while not a luxury hotel is very good for families. With a full kitchen it's really convenient.
30K marriott points (or a category 1-4 cert plus 10K points) a night for a two bedroom suite.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on October 24, 2012, 08:08:27 PM
I don't know if the Andaz is better.  I guess you could figure out what the Hyatt points are worth and see if you can get a 4 star hotel for cheaper.  I know the Intercontinental and the Century Plaza Hyatt are both nice hotels in century city.

I don't think driving to Palm Springs for only 1 day is worth the drive (it's about 2 hours from LA or SD each way).  It is peak season in PS and gorgeous if you've never been.  I'd give it 2 days minimum.
Title: Re: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 24, 2012, 08:10:51 PM
I don't know if the Andaz is better.  I guess you could figure out what the Hyatt points are worth and see if you can get a 4 star hotel for cheaper.  I know the Intercontinental and the Century Plaza Hyatt are both nice hotels in century city.

I don't think driving to Palm Springs for only 1 day is worth the drive (it's about 2 hours from LA or SD each way).  It is peak season in PS and gorgeous if you've never been.  I'd give it 2 days minimum.
I agree. I'd split my time three ways, rent a house with a pool. Your kids would love it
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: EliH on October 24, 2012, 08:42:55 PM
Any LA hotels that offer free parking and internet? I would prefer downtown, but am open to a short drive.
Thanks in advance.
Eli
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on October 24, 2012, 08:47:39 PM
Any LA hotels that offer free parking and internet? I would prefer downtown, but am open to a short drive.
Thanks in advance.
Eli
All the chain hotels will give free internet if booked from an acct w status.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 24, 2012, 08:48:30 PM
Any LA hotels that offer free parking and internet? I would prefer downtown, but am open to a short drive.
Thanks in advance.
Eli
What's in downtown LA that you'd want to be there?
There's free parking behind the LAX hotels.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on October 24, 2012, 11:22:11 PM
http://www.groupon.com/deals/fish-grill-1?fb_ref=anonymous&fb_source=home_multiline
thanx
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: EliH on October 25, 2012, 12:31:14 PM
What's in downtown LA that you'd want to be there?
There's free parking behind the LAX hotels.
Not much, I'll be there during the week for 3 days of meetings. Thought it may be easier to stay locally and drive at night for food.
I don't know LA, it has been a while since my last visit. - Any suggestions of where to stay would be appreciated, just don't want to pay $30-40 to park. I have SPG points or cash. Now I regret not applying for the Hyatt card.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 25, 2012, 12:44:18 PM
SLS
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: EliH on October 25, 2012, 01:13:16 PM
Booked - thanks!
SLS is nice but 12k/night when traveling solo for work? And parking is expensive parking too.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on October 25, 2012, 01:14:47 PM
Booked - thanks!
SLS is nice but 12k/night when traveling solo for work? And parking is expensive parking too.
so what did u book?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: EliH on October 25, 2012, 01:55:48 PM
SLS - Rav Dan said so.
I like cash & points better, I don't have an unlimited amount of points, and can stay in a cat 3 or 4.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 25, 2012, 01:59:31 PM
So stay at the airport, you can get free parking and they're less points.
But the SLS is in a prime location for anything kosher in LA and it's a wonderful hotel.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on October 29, 2012, 04:10:07 AM
Went to Shilo's today with 2 friends. I'd say it's pretty good.
First pic is a friends 14oz rib eye medium rare. I'd say that was the best of the 3
2nd is mine. I don't remember the French name :) but it was 12oz and was filling and quite tasty - bit chewy
And 3rd is BBQ back ribs - - pretty good as well

Service was good but took a while till food came out.


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Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 29, 2012, 12:28:25 PM
Apparently there is a new Hyatt in town:

http://losangelesdowntown.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-losangelesdowntown/

According to GP, it was just bought by Hyatt in the last couple mos.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 29, 2012, 01:00:52 PM
But who would want to stay in downtown LA :P
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on October 29, 2012, 01:35:30 PM
But who would want to stay in downtown LA :P

+1
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on October 29, 2012, 06:28:29 PM
Looks like the exterior of the DTLA Marriott. I wonder if that's what it really is.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 30, 2012, 04:03:49 PM
Looks like the exterior of the DTLA Marriott. I wonder if that's what it really is.

It is AFAIK.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on October 30, 2012, 04:43:34 PM
Apparently there is a new Hyatt in town:

http://losangelesdowntown.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-losangelesdowntown/

According to GP, it was just bought by Hyatt in the last couple mos.
What category is it?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 30, 2012, 04:56:29 PM
What category is it?
Not yet categorized.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on November 01, 2012, 10:42:38 PM
But who would want to stay in downtown LA :P
+1 nasty place-downtown
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on November 09, 2012, 06:17:38 AM
Can anyone confirm receiving Kosher breakfast @ the andaz WeHo? (as a Diamond)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 09, 2012, 01:20:30 PM
Can anyone confirm receiving Kosher breakfast @ the andaz WeHo? (as a Diamond)
I had no luck a few years ago.  They did give me fruit though.
Try pressuring them that Andaz in NYC gave you kosher brekkie.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: BP13 on November 11, 2012, 08:52:16 PM
I will be arriving sunday 10 am in LA. Will be there till monday afternoon,

I will need 1 brunch resturant, 1 fleishiga resturant, and 1 dairy,
And what is the best attractions I shouldn't miss,

I was already in Orlando, so all those parks are out,
Also I'm going with wife and 4mo baby.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 11, 2012, 10:54:52 PM
Depends on the type of food you want.

• Milk and Honey has a brunch buffet every Sunday for about $18.
•CircaNY in Schwartz's Bakery on Pico has food you can eat for brunch every day.
•Jeff's and PKD are cheaper, fast food fleishig places while Pat's, La Gondola and Shilo's are fine dining establishments.  Of course Tierra Sur in the Herzog Winery is the best, but it's in Oxnard (about 1 hour north of Pico, where all the other restaurants are).
•Milk and Honey is a fancier dairy place with pasta, fish, and personal pizzas.  26 is not worth it.  For pizza, the vote is split between Nagila, Pizza Maven, and La Pizza.  However, each pizza place listed above is in a different neighborhood so it depends where you are and where you want to go.

Driving PCH is very beautiful if you've never done that before.  It's a great activity while your baby sleeps.  You can also go on a 'hike' which you can easily take your baby on.  I'd need more info regarding what you're into and what you like to do to recommend more attractions.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: BP13 on November 12, 2012, 12:39:00 AM
 Thanks Yehoshua very clear run down, I guess I'll decide whether I need Fast food or dining.
Regarding attractions, PCH. What is that ? Hiking my wife HATES...

Also what is the best hechsher (most ppl are relying on) in LA ? Cause a freind of mine (very frum) lives in LA told me that he doesn't eat in any meat resturant :-[
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 12, 2012, 01:07:00 AM
PCH=Pasific Coast Highway.  It's a scenic highway that runs along the coast from Santa Monica north to about Oxnard.  You can stop at beaches and different points of interest along the way.

Heart k, RCC (in the state of CA), and KOLA (the one with the palm tree) are all good hechsherim.  I don't know why your friend doesn't eat at meat restaurants; most people do.  The above hechsherim are equivalent to OU, OK, Kof-K, CRC, or Start K so it's up to you.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Netster on November 12, 2012, 01:11:38 AM
Can anyone confirm receiving Kosher breakfast @ the andaz WeHo? (as a Diamond)

Received at the Hyatt!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 12, 2012, 01:14:05 AM
Received at the Hyatt!
What did you receive and who did you contact?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Netster on November 12, 2012, 02:25:40 AM
What did you receive and who did you contact?
The Concierege. Received hot blintzes from a nearby reastuarant one day and hash browns the next.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: BP13 on November 13, 2012, 08:08:39 PM
Anywhere in LA where I can order a full Shabooss meal pkg, ? and have them delivered to Palm Springs if possible..
Title: Re: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 13, 2012, 08:35:32 PM
Anywhere in LA where I can order a full Shabooss meal pkg, ? and have them delivered to Palm Springs if possible..
You realize that's like asking if a Brooklyn eatery will deliver to Monticello
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on November 13, 2012, 08:48:37 PM
Anywhere in LA where I can order a full Shabooss meal pkg, ? and have them delivered to Palm Springs if possible..
You'd be better off either driving into LA and buying pre made shabbos food or asking the denebaums/Kreimans if you can hire them to cook you shabbos. Or eat by them...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 13, 2012, 09:11:21 PM
Also, unless you're flying into Ontario or Palm Springs directly, you will end up flying into LA. In that case you might as well just stop by the kosher takeout place and get food for Shabbos even if you have to freeze it in advance.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: BP13 on November 13, 2012, 09:19:29 PM
I'm arriving Sunday in La and will be all week on the road.. LA SD PS,  so freezing food won't be such a good idea. And driving back to LA is my last choice...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 13, 2012, 09:21:46 PM
Maybe they'll freeze and overnight food to PS for you?  It couldn't hurt to ask.
Title: Re: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: BP13 on November 13, 2012, 09:22:23 PM
You realize that's like asking if a Brooklyn eatery will deliver to Monticello
I'm sure if there would be no kosher in Monticello, all brooklyn eateries would deliver to Monticello (of course with a nice delivery charge!)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: BP13 on November 13, 2012, 09:26:42 PM
Maybe they'll freeze and overnight food to PS for you?  It couldn't hurt to ask.
+1 that's what I wanna know, who would do it ? Witch take out should I call ?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 13, 2012, 09:27:52 PM
I'm sure it could cost at least a couple hundred dollars to find delivery to PS.
I would drive to LA on Thursday, eat out in a nice place and bring back shabbos food.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 13, 2012, 09:28:00 PM
The folks at PDK are vert nice.  I'd try there.

+1 Dan has a point.  It'll be awfully expensive to ship to PS.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: BP13 on November 13, 2012, 09:43:06 PM
Dan its a great idea, but according to my schedule it will be hard. I will be wednesday in San Diago, maybe I can buy there shaboss food ??
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on November 13, 2012, 09:43:40 PM
Contact rabbi Kreiman he is one of the nicest people and I know he used to drive into the city every Friday to pick up his kids from cheder to bring them home for shabbos. He'd prob pick pre ordered food up for you with no problem if he still does that. Although I'd suggest making a donation if he does...


Also why not get from SD? What day do you go to palm springs?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on November 13, 2012, 09:45:02 PM
Dan its a great idea, but according to my schedule it will be hard. I will be wednesday in San Diago, maybe I can buy there shaboss food ??
Ralph's in la Jolla will have everything you need. Challa, fish, chicken, meat, dips, dessert, etc...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: BP13 on November 13, 2012, 09:47:24 PM
Wow ! Thanks JJ, I'll call them to make sure they have them all on wednesdays...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on November 23, 2012, 03:10:48 AM
Mini report on Shanghai Restaurant:

Was looking for a place to go out and eat tonight and just about all the fast food places were closed due to thanksgiving. So we decided to the next cheapest, decent looking place, Shanghai.

The free appetizer was fried Chinese crunchy noodles full of oil. Not worth more then free!
Main course: I ordered szechuan chicken with rice and others ordered beef with broccoli, some other Chinese chicken with broccoli and sushi. My order was not so tasty, the beef and broccoli was tasteless, no sauce taste even and the other dish was alright missing salt.

Side dish: I ordered for $6 a wonton soup and a small chicken salad. After one spoon of the soup I realized a bug floating in the almost tasteless water that was in the bowl. So I called over the manager and showed him and he was like "so sorry!" ill get u a new one.. I'm like no ill pass. So he asked what else I want, and I asked back what he can offer me. He gave me some options and I chose sushi. The sushi - spicy tuna - was pretty decent. Nothing to tell home about though. The salad was over dressed.
Then a friend ordered sushi after the meal and the manager brought It saying it was on the house as well.

Drinks: they forgot to bring the beer we ordered so I decided to ask for another beer and see what happens on the receipt. Low and behold the beers we didn't get were on the receipt as well as the soup and salad! So we told him to take off and after talking to the manager he did.
Then I gave the Chinese waiter all the Cc's to charge - SP (mine), spg, prg, chase debit :o - and split the bill how it should have been and told the waiter over and over how it should be billed. And he did everything back words!

Finally we left. Pheeww!
If u want to try it, then at your own risk. I'd say food ain't that tasty or its tasteless.

Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on November 23, 2012, 03:16:04 AM
As u can see on the side of the bowl there's a little black spot and that's the bug...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on November 23, 2012, 03:20:24 AM
oh boy...guess it has gone down hill...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on November 23, 2012, 07:30:58 AM
Mini report on Shanghai Restaurant:

Was looking for a place to go out and eat tonight and just about all the fast food places were closed due to thanksgiving. So we decided to the next cheapest, decent looking place, Shanghai.

The free appetizer was fried Chinese crunchy noodles full of oil. Not worth more then free!
Main course: I ordered szechuan chicken with rice and others ordered beef with broccoli, some other Chinese chicken with broccoli and sushi. My order was not so tasty, the beef and broccoli was tasteless, no sauce taste even and the other dish was alright missing salt.

Side dish: I ordered for $6 a wonton soup and a small chicken salad. After one spoon of the soup I realized a bug floating in the almost tasteless water that was in the bowl. So I called over the manager and showed him and he was like "so sorry!" ill get u a new one.. I'm like no ill pass. So he asked what else I want, and I asked back what he can offer me. He gave me some options and I chose sushi. The sushi - spicy tuna - was pretty decent. Nothing to tell home about though. The salad was over dressed.
Then a friend ordered sushi after the meal and the manager brought It saying it was on the house as well.

Drinks: they forgot to bring the beer we ordered so I decided to ask for another beer and see what happens on the receipt. Low and behold the beers we didn't get were on the receipt as well as the soup and salad! So we told him to take off and after talking to the manager he did.
Then I gave the Chinese waiter all the Cc's to charge - SP (mine), spg, prg, chase debit :o - and split the bill how it should have been and told the waiter over and over how it should be billed. And he did everything back words!

Finally we left. Pheeww!
If u want to try it, then at your own risk. I'd say food ain't that tasty or its tasteless.

 
You get what you deserve. I thought you knew how to search! http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=16876.msg239685#msg239685
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 23, 2012, 07:45:29 AM
Yeah, not a big fan either.
If that's a mini report, I wonder what a full restaurant report looks like
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on November 23, 2012, 03:37:29 PM
You get what you deserve. I thought you knew how to search! http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=16876.msg239685#msg239685
i did search but as i said
Was looking for a place to go out and eat tonight and just about all the fast food places were closed due to thanksgiving. So we decided to the next cheapest, decent looking place, Shanghai.

If that's a mini report, I wonder what a full restaurant report looks like
that well leave for a diff time! too many details...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 23, 2012, 06:11:55 PM
I haven't been to Shanghai in a while, but I did notice it was the only one open last night as I ran by.  It's a shame if the food is going down hill as it's the only only-Chinese place we have in the area....and Chinese and Kebob is a whole other story.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: mochada on November 25, 2012, 09:50:55 AM
Was going to use Hyatt free nights/pay for 3 nights...Hyatt BRG line to $148/night with suite upgrade for 5 nights.  Will be there Dec 23-28- any suggestions on best things to do with wife and 6 month old?
Title: Re: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 25, 2012, 10:24:40 AM
Was going to use Hyatt free nights/pay for 3 nights...Hyatt BRG line to $148/night with suite upgrade for 5 nights.  Will be there Dec 23-28- any suggestions on best things to do with wife and 6 month old?
Awesome. Read up on thus thread, a lot of discussion of things to do.
What do you like? Amusement parks? Hiking? Sight seeing?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 25, 2012, 10:34:52 AM
Random fact FWIW: a Trader Joes just opened up across the street from the SLS in Beverly Hills. They're open 8am-10pm daily.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on November 25, 2012, 11:06:50 AM
Random fact FWIW: a Trader Joes 90036 just opened up across the street from the SLS in Beverly Hills. They're open 8am-10pm daily.
FWIW and I don't recall ever posting this, if anyone wants to try a decent Scotch that is relatively cheap. Check out Lismore from Trader Joe's. It was my go to drink when I was in yeshiva there. Used to be around $15 a bottle and I'd compare it to glen 12.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 25, 2012, 11:10:39 AM
Your infant I'd six months, even a children's museum probably do anything for him/her. Do things you enjoy which won't put dyes on your kid.
Would you enjoy Disney? Or Knott's berry farms? Universal? Go walking on Venice beach to see the crazies. Rent bikes and put your kid in a baby seat. There is an aquarium near there. Go hiking and put the kid in a carrier. Go have lunch in the winery.
What else are you looking for?
IMO LA is pretty boring. A lit of nice restaurants, not much else
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 25, 2012, 12:23:08 PM
Was going to use Hyatt free nights/pay for 3 nights...Hyatt BRG line to $148/night with suite upgrade for 5 nights.  Will be there Dec 23-28- any suggestions on best things to do with wife and 6 month old?
Which Hyatt?
Title: Re: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 25, 2012, 12:30:37 PM
Which Hyatt?
Oh, dunno why, I just assumed andaz weho
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 25, 2012, 12:32:53 PM
IMO LA is pretty boring. A lit of nice restaurants, not much else

Just curious what's so exciting about other cities that LA doesn't have?
Title: Re: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 25, 2012, 12:45:09 PM
Just curious what's so exciting about other cities that LA doesn't have?
Cities that are tourist attractions? Either landmarks or amusement parks closer to the city. Nice museums. Children's museums.
Orlando has more parks. New York has a ton of sites. San Diego had more too do.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 25, 2012, 12:50:10 PM
I guess it depends what you're into.  LA has lots of movie/TV related attractions and outdoor activities in the mountains and on the beaches. Universal is about a 15 minute drive from 2/3 Jewish communities in LA while Knotts and Disney are about 45m-1h.  I guess you're just not in to what LA has to offer, which is totally cool. :)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 25, 2012, 12:53:48 PM
I guess it depends what you're into.  LA has lots of movie/TV related attractions and outdoor activities in the mountains and on the beaches. Universal is about a 15 minute drive from 2/3 Jewish communities in LA while Knotts and Disney are about 45m-1h.  I guess you're just not in to what LA has to offer, which is totally cool. :)
15 and 45 during the time of day when you would be going out to those places to start your day :D :D :D
Now that is funny.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 25, 2012, 12:55:56 PM
I try to look at is optimistically, not always practically.  :D ;D

Of course YMMV with traffic.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 25, 2012, 12:57:12 PM
Of course YMMV with traffic.
Definition: If you stay in LA, say at the fantastic SLS, and try going to those places to be there when they open to take full advantage of the $$$$ you'll spend on tickets for the family expect to spend double if not triple that amount of driving time.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 25, 2012, 01:00:23 PM
Although the Red Line (subway) does make getting to Universal a lot easier from La Brea or VV, I agree with you on the on the ones.

The trick is to know the traffic patterns and if you time if just right you can make it with minimal traffic while still having a full day at the parks.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 25, 2012, 01:02:03 PM
The trick is to know the traffic patterns and if you time if just right you can make it with minimal traffic while still having a full day at the parks.
That's fine for a local but let's be realistic when dealing with tourists.
LA corridor traffic, especially on the highways, is probably worst in the nation.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 25, 2012, 01:06:41 PM
+1.

LA broke a 70 year tradition of toll-free freeways county-wide 2 weeks ago when they put in HOT lanes on the I-110 (and soon the I-10) which is supposed to ease some of the traffic.  IMO it won't work, but at least they're trying.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: mochada on November 25, 2012, 01:15:54 PM
Which Hyatt?

Andaz WeHo. Is that a good price?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on November 27, 2012, 01:19:31 AM
Andaz WeHo. Is that a good price?
Its awesome!

How didya get it?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: mochada on November 27, 2012, 12:57:18 PM
Its awesome!

How didya get it?

Price match to $185/night- Hyatt beats by 20%
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 04, 2012, 08:17:06 AM
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on December 04, 2012, 11:38:39 AM
Wow! I'll have to pop over and try some of that tequila sorbet. It looks really good. Go MexiKosher!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: rediplus on December 05, 2012, 01:32:34 PM
Anyone ever stay at the SLS Beverly Hills for Shabbos ?
Is the staff familiar with Shabbos ?
Do the rooms have motion sensors or anything like that ?
going with wife and 4 kids. Can we leave the room during the day or night ?
Closest shul looks like Young Israel Of Bev Hills.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on December 05, 2012, 01:36:34 PM
Anyone ever stay at the SLS Beverly Hills for Shabbos ?
Is the staff familiar with Shabbos ?
Do the rooms have motion sensors or anything like that ?
going with wife and 4 kids. Can we leave the room during the day or night ?
Closest shul looks like Young Israel Of Bev Hills.

I've stayed at the Andaz. The staff are accommodating, but some of them are Jewish. Things are all automated and it's not the most shabbos friendly but you can make it work.

I personally find the 1 hour walk to shul on La Brea great fun but I guess others will disagree.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on December 05, 2012, 03:10:05 PM
Anyone ever stay at the SLS Beverly Hills for Shabbos ?
Is the staff familiar with Shabbos ?
Do the rooms have motion sensors or anything like that ?
going with wife and 4 kids. Can we leave the room during the day or night ?
Closest shul looks like Young Israel Of North Bev Hills.

FIFY
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 05, 2012, 03:47:46 PM
find the 1 hour walk to shul on La Brea great fun but I guess others will disagree.
what kind of fun?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 05, 2012, 05:10:29 PM
Anyone ever stay at the SLS Beverly Hills for Shabbos ?
Is the staff familiar with Shabbos ?
Do the rooms have motion sensors or anything like that ?
going with wife and 4 kids. Can we leave the room during the day or night ?
Closest shul looks like Young Israel Of Bev Hills.
Great hotel.
I didn't notice motion sensors in the room.  Call the hotel about the stairs.
There are also nearby Chabad houses.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on December 05, 2012, 06:58:34 PM
what kind of fun?
Pleasurable
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: mochada on December 13, 2012, 07:30:40 PM
What are the closest shuls and restaurants to Andaz WeHo? What places (reasonably price) would you recommend for myself, wifey and 6 month old? Not super fancy!
Also, what restaurants/bakeries would you reccomend picking up breakfast/brunch, if Andaz doesn't supply for Diamond?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: mochada on December 21, 2012, 04:03:07 PM
Who has stayed at the Hyatt Century Plaza as a Diamond before and gotten the Kosher breakfast amenity?
I got a BRG rate at the hotel and they say theyve never heard of Diamond members getting credited for Breakfast from an outside vendor.  Who exactly do I speak to and what do I say? etc. Any info will help.

Please PM me ASAP!

Thanks!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 22, 2012, 07:18:44 PM
Who has stayed at the Hyatt Century Plaza as a Diamond before and gotten the Kosher breakfast amenity?
I got a BRG rate at the hotel and they say theyve never heard of Diamond members getting credited for Breakfast from an outside vendor.  Who exactly do I speak to and what do I say? etc. Any info will help.

Please PM me ASAP!

Thanks!

I doubt anyone has
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on December 22, 2012, 07:49:03 PM
I doubt anyone has
Why are you posting here, he asked to PM him
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 22, 2012, 08:02:49 PM
Why are you posting here, he asked to PM him
Ooops
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: mochada on December 22, 2012, 09:28:04 PM
I doubt anyone has

Actually Netsetter told me a few weeks ago he has, but I haven't heard from him since...Why not hit up Glueck...I'll meet ya there!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: SLP on December 30, 2012, 11:43:16 PM
I was thinking about using my free night from the Bonus Beginnings Starwoods promo over President's weekend in February. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on December 30, 2012, 11:45:29 PM
What suggestions are you looking for? Activities, places to stay using the free night, where to go, etc?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: SLP on December 30, 2012, 11:49:37 PM
What suggestions are you looking for? Activities, places to stay using the free night, where to go, etc?
Places to stay using the free night.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on December 30, 2012, 11:51:55 PM
SLS in Beverly Hills is the nicest Starwood property in the LA (Jewish community) area.  I'd say so there.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: lechaim2life on January 10, 2013, 06:14:10 PM
Anyone going from LA to Vegas from 1/19-1/23 that wants to bring me an Old Fashioned Pastrami Sandwich from Jeff's?

Significant reward avialble :)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on January 13, 2013, 08:05:12 PM
any input on Taeem? restaurant on melrose.
i heard diff things about the hechsher after i had an amazing falafel from there. - prob closest thing ive ever had to a real israeli falafel in america.
Title: Is Nana Cafe in Los Angeles Closed
Post by: dove on January 19, 2013, 08:57:52 PM
The name says it all
Title: Re: Is Nana Cafe in Los Angeles Closed
Post by: jack on January 19, 2013, 10:03:15 PM
Closed. Not kosher opened there instead
Title: Re: Is Nana Cafe in Los Angeles Closed
Post by: dove on January 19, 2013, 10:23:58 PM
Anyone have any idea if closed permanently or relocating??
Title: Re: Is Nana Cafe in Los Angeles Closed
Post by: elig770 on January 19, 2013, 10:37:28 PM
It closed permanently.
Title: Re: Is Nana Cafe in Los Angeles Closed
Post by: ash on January 20, 2013, 12:35:56 AM
what did you miss about it ???
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: dave on February 06, 2013, 08:06:48 PM
Any late hour supermarkt in la?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on February 06, 2013, 08:11:36 PM
Kosher, not really (about 9pm) . Regular, lots.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: dave on February 06, 2013, 08:19:52 PM
Thanks for replying.. I guess I will have to pay for a extra suitcase!

What about restaurants? I'm landing after 10pm
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: elig770 on February 06, 2013, 08:30:57 PM
Thanks for replying.. I guess I will have to pay for a extra suitcase!

What about restaurants? I'm landing after 10pm
There are restaurants are open til 11 or 12.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on February 06, 2013, 08:32:14 PM
Any late hour supermarkt in la?
Burger bar is open late maybe even till 2.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on February 06, 2013, 08:32:32 PM
There are some, but I think those close at 11pm.

Another option for you... The Ralphs on the corner of La Brea Ave. and 3rd St. just opened a new kosher section that has quite the selection of prepared kosher food for cheap.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on February 06, 2013, 08:39:32 PM
Thanks for replying.. I guess I will have to pay for a extra suitcase!

What about restaurants? I'm landing after 10pm

Schnitzly on Pico I think is open late. And Bibi's (next door to Jeff's). Maybe call before you fly to check their hours.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: dave on February 06, 2013, 08:40:03 PM
Burger bar is open late maybe even till 2.


called them they are open till 3am I checked there menu online it doesn't sound the best.

I guess that's all u can get late in  la
 
Miss New York already
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on February 06, 2013, 08:40:58 PM

called them they are open till 3am I checked there menu online it doesn't sound the best.

I guess that's all u can get late in  la
 
Miss New York already

The burger's there are very good IMO. And I have heard good things about their steak wraps.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on February 06, 2013, 08:42:11 PM

called them they are open till 3am I checked there menu online it doesn't sound the best.

I guess that's all u can get late in  la
 
Miss New York already
burger bar is the best fast food place in La IMHO
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 06, 2013, 08:58:44 PM
burger bar is the best fast food place in La IMHO
Never been there, but you think it's better than PKD or Jeff's?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on February 06, 2013, 09:04:44 PM
Never been there, but you think it's better than PKD or Jeff's?
never been to PKD but I wouldn't doubt it for a sec that it's better then jeffs and shnitzlys.
The only thing you may not like is if it's full then ur order can take a while. Otherwise it's really good.
Maybe we do the DO there when u come. Unless ur interested in a steakhouse - i personally want it to be low cost.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on February 06, 2013, 09:05:33 PM
Never been there, but you think it's better than PKD or Jeff's?
No.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: mochada on February 06, 2013, 09:46:42 PM
Never been there, but you think it's better than PKD or Jeff's?

I went to Burger's Bar with a non-frum cousin.  They were VERY impressed.  Large portions and good prices.
Does get a little loud though.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: elig770 on February 06, 2013, 09:48:21 PM
Never been there, but you think it's better than PKD or Jeff's?
PKD: No comparison
Jeffs: At least as good possibly better
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 06, 2013, 09:52:16 PM
I still say the best bargain in LA is the La Gondola lunch special burger.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: mochada on February 06, 2013, 10:03:33 PM
I went to La Gondola for dinner- really enjoyed!
Didn't know about the lunch special before I went to LA :-(
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: mochada on February 06, 2013, 10:05:38 PM
PKD: No comparison
Jeffs: At least as good possibly better

PKD- After eating there, thought it was just a standard deli place.  My wife and I weren't too impressed.
Mexikosher- pretty good but limited menu
Burger's Bar- very good
Jeff's- Awesome as usual.

We got breakfast at Delice bakery- highly recommended!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: lcyitz on February 06, 2013, 10:08:02 PM
PKD

We got breakfast at Delice bakery- highly recommended!
Do they sell wings?

Delice is a great place!!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: mochada on February 06, 2013, 10:11:08 PM
Do they sell wings?

Delice is a great place!!

Got wings at Burger's Bar- I'd go for them there!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on February 13, 2013, 03:53:55 PM
Does anyone have any recent experience at the Westin Pasadena? Child friendly?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: avrumy22 on February 17, 2013, 09:35:54 PM
Well you can always use the fast lanes (that charge your ez pass!). I was just there and I had no clue. I was just crusin along..... 8)

With regard to attractions, there are a lot of free shows you can go to. Jimmy Kimmel, Jay Leno, ect. All of these are FREE! You just need to reserve tickets in advanced.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on February 17, 2013, 09:46:58 PM
Anyone have any thoughts on the best SPG value in the LA area?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: lcyitz on February 17, 2013, 09:48:26 PM
Anyone have any thoughts on the best SPG value in the LA area?
SLS?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on February 17, 2013, 09:49:21 PM
SLS?

Something in a lower points/price range.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on February 17, 2013, 11:50:17 PM
Has anybody ever driven la to San Diego? What's the fastest but nicest way? About how long will it take?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on February 18, 2013, 12:08:14 AM
Has anybody ever driven la to San Diego? What's the fastest but nicest way? About how long will it take?
i did it about 5 times or so in past few months - depends where in LA but i take the 101 South to the 5 South. you can also take the 405 South to 5

depending on traffic - if no traffic it takes me 1.5-2 hours and thats with speeding a bit (everyone speeds on these highways) and with traffic 2.5-3.5
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on February 18, 2013, 12:28:20 AM
i did it about 5 times or so in past few months - depends where in LA but i take the 101 South to the 5 South. you can also take the 405 South to 5

depending on traffic - if no traffic it takes me 1.5-2 hours and thats with speeding a bit (everyone speeds on these highways) and with traffic 2.5-3.5
I'm going to Hancock park
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on February 18, 2013, 12:56:52 AM
I'm going to Hancock park
101 S > 5 S
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: elig770 on February 18, 2013, 02:26:19 AM
Keep in mind the 405 has a carpool lane...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on February 18, 2013, 02:41:35 AM
Keep in mind the 405 has a carpool lane...
half way thru the 5 it does too
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on February 18, 2013, 11:06:18 AM
Keep in mind the 405 has a carpool lane...
Stay off the 405 during rush hour (4-7pm), it's a parking lot. You need >=2 people for carpool lane, but even the carpool lane gets backed up..
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on February 20, 2013, 01:03:09 PM
Has anyone ever stayed at Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles Westside? Seems close enough to the kosher area for during the week. Will switch to closer hotel for Shabb.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Am on February 20, 2013, 10:46:07 PM
Has anybody ever driven la to San Diego? What's the fastest but nicest way? About how long will it take?
there is no scenic route. The PCH doesn't go that far south
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on February 21, 2013, 05:30:54 PM
any other very nice hotels near shuls besides sls
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jmansour on February 21, 2013, 09:28:27 PM
any other very nice hotels near shuls besides sls
Four seasons, hermitage..
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on February 22, 2013, 03:28:32 PM
do u mean L'Ermitage Beverly Hills? which shuls? and which 4 seasons?
and are any spg
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on February 22, 2013, 03:33:57 PM
Young Israel of North Beverly Hills is really close to L'Ermitage. The Four Seasons is on Doheney Dr. and Burton Way also near YINBH.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on February 22, 2013, 03:40:28 PM
ty and they spg?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on February 22, 2013, 03:42:04 PM
Not SPG, but L'Ermitage is an amazing 5-star hotel. The Four Seasons is also really nice, but if you're going with a hotel that's not an SPG property, you might as well look into the other hotels closer to the Jewish Community. The only thing with those hotels is that they are not 5 star.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on February 22, 2013, 03:46:37 PM
thanx im looking for something nice and affordable (maybe a back house @ someone for shabbos) are there any good deals by those hotels if i stay from thurs to mon?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on February 22, 2013, 03:50:38 PM
the Residence Inn by Marriott in the Crowne Plaza I did to hotels closest to the Pico Jewish community. Tim Residence Inn offers free breakfast and rather large rooms. I'm not sure on the rates for either hotel. If you're looking for a back house to rent or buy stay in, lookup the Hillygram. It is a local email list on which you can put a request for a back house.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on February 22, 2013, 03:51:47 PM
thanx, q? should i spend shabbos in a few weeks in san diego or in la? also any gr8 itineraries for a thu night to wed night stay?? (thinking of beaches in LA, sea world and safari in SD, universal..)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 22, 2013, 03:55:02 PM
Top 10 attractions for the experienced visitor:

1. Santa Barbara, 2 hours north
2. San Diego/ Coronado, 2 hours south
3. Big Bear/ Lake Arrowhead, 2 hours east
4. Hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains.
5. Secret Stairs by Charles Fleming- check out the book
6. Hollywood Bowl
7. Descanso Gardens and Huntington Library and Gardens
8. Calico ghost town, 2 hours east
9. OC County fair (July 13-Aug 12 2012)
10. Adamson House in Malibu

This is a general list.  I can go into specifics if you're interested.
Nice list.

Thoughts on the best hike?
Runyon Canyon vs SM Mountains?

Any new restaurants in the past year I should know about?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on February 22, 2013, 03:59:17 PM
hi dan any good ideas for my week with wife and infant?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 22, 2013, 04:04:10 PM
There's no such thing as great itineraries in SoCal.
There's sitting in traffic, eating, enjoying the weather, sitting in traffic, eating, paying for overpriced theme parks if you have appropriately aged kids, sitting in traffic, eating, and shopping.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on February 22, 2013, 04:07:28 PM
San diego for Shabbos or LA?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 22, 2013, 04:08:44 PM
I think I'll be hitting up:

-Milky Way (Haven't been here in a decade)
-Pat's (This time without scoring top-notch service due to my bro)
-Mexikosher (Never been)
-Beverly Hills Thai (Never been)
-Tierra Sur (Haven't been here in ~4 years)

+YoGo and Coffee Bean of course :D

Thoughts?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 22, 2013, 04:09:30 PM
San diego for Shabbos or LA?
I've never been in SD for shabbos.  Many more options in LA though.
Irvine has a pretty rollicking chabad though for shabbos and is where I'll be in 2 weeks iy"h.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on February 22, 2013, 04:14:43 PM
which hotels are good there (any spg)?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 22, 2013, 04:19:12 PM
which hotels are good there (any spg)?
I don't know if there are any.  I see there's a Hyatt, but it's 3 miles away.

Best bet is probably the SLS while it's still a cat. 5.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on February 22, 2013, 04:26:07 PM
ur talkin irvine?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on February 22, 2013, 04:31:48 PM
i c the hyatt 3 miles from chabad, nu so any good accommodations for a couple and infant there for same Shabbos as u! (ill supply the vodka or 770)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 22, 2013, 04:35:10 PM
i c the hyatt 3 miles from chabad, nu so any good accommodations for a couple and infant there for same Shabbos as u! (ill supply the vodka or 770)
Dunno, we're there for a wedding and are being put up.
You can always email Chabad.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on February 22, 2013, 04:46:04 PM
njoy
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on February 22, 2013, 05:17:03 PM
There's no such thing as great itineraries in SoCal.
There's sitting in traffic, eating, enjoying the weather, sitting in traffic, eating, paying for overpriced theme parks if you have appropriately aged kids, sitting in traffic, eating, and shopping.

+1  :)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on February 22, 2013, 05:57:35 PM
Dan,

Mexikosher - AMAZING
Tierra Sur - one of the best restaurants EVER

If you stay in San Diego for Shabbos, you could stay in La Jolla - there are a few hotels walking distance to Adat Yeshurun (orthodox, not Chabad).  The hotels are in the eruv. 
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on February 23, 2013, 09:09:38 PM
Is Sheraton La Jolla Hotel close enough to the "orthodox" shul? How about an orthodox eiruv to this hotel?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on February 26, 2013, 12:27:02 AM
I think I'll be hitting up:

-Milky Way (Haven't been here in a decade)
-Pat's (This time without scoring top-notch service due to my bro)
-Mexikosher (Never been)
-Beverly Hills Thai (Never been)
-Tierra Sur (Haven't been here in ~4 years)

+YoGo and Coffee Bean of course :D

Thoughts?

not a huge fan of mexikosher, tierre sur has a fantastic rib steak! pats will always be a classic, im not a thai guy but thwy say its good, i love milky way
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: abjake on February 26, 2013, 08:01:00 AM
Is Sheraton La Jolla Hotel close enough to the "orthodox" shul? How about an orthodox eiruv to this hotel?
u can go on the adat yeshurun website to find more info about the eiruv
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on February 26, 2013, 12:10:08 PM
not a huge fan of mexikosher, tierre sur is fantastic! pats will always be a classic, I love milky way.
+1, +1(ftfy, their menu changes seasonally so it's silly to say they have 1 great steak...), and +1

I like your taste :)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 26, 2013, 12:22:07 PM
not a huge fan of mexikosher, tierre sur has a fantastic rib steak! pats will always be a classic, im not a thai guy but thwy say its good, i love milky way
What's not to be missed at each of these places?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on February 26, 2013, 12:43:24 PM
What's not to be missed at each of these places?
havent been to pats in quite a while, but the standout dessert has always been the chocolate bread pudding, but make sure to order at the beginning as it takes time
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on February 26, 2013, 12:58:43 PM
What's not to be missed at each of these places?

I don't know if you're a Thai person, but I am and I live Bodhi. Ok, granted it's missing the meat but you really don't notice it. Plus it's a lot cheaper than BH Thai. I really like their curries (red and green).

The Tequila sorbet and/or ice cream at MexiKosher shouldn't be missed either.

The chocolate chip bread pudding at Pat's is really good. It's big enough for two people. HOWEVER, I don't believe it's only their menu anymore. I'd ask what replaced it and go with that. The bread pudding replaced the chocolate souffle which was amazing.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on February 26, 2013, 02:25:31 PM
So can i get the Tierra Sur GC from costco in LA or better before hand.. Also is the rib eye for 2 the same great taste that was mentioned?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 26, 2013, 02:32:01 PM
So can i get the Tierra Sur GC from costco in LA or better before hand.. Also is the rib eye for 2 the same great taste that was mentioned?
I don't think Costco sells those anymore. CMIIW.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on February 26, 2013, 02:45:13 PM
I don't think Costco sells those anymore. CMIIW.
I called them 4 months ago and that's what they told me.

Pats- as mentioned bread pudding is great.

Mexikosher- I got the cheese burger and disliked it.

MilkyWay- FRESHEST NORWEGIAN SMOKED SALMON, Chimichangas, and Cheese cake were all amazing! Eggplant Parm I would pass IIRC, and the CHEESE BLINTZES are an absolute must!!!

Tierra Sur- Like I mentioned before unless someone was there in the past month it's silly to say what to get since the menu changes...

Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on February 26, 2013, 02:51:03 PM
thnx, they didnt c it either in nj... took it off wiki
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on February 26, 2013, 02:54:34 PM
Is it worth goin up there for tierra sur (time.. $$..)? Is it a scenic drive? how bout anything else in that area (maybe for afternoon..)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on February 26, 2013, 02:55:54 PM
Is it worth goin up there for restaurant? Is it a scenic drive? how bout anything else in that area (maybe for afternoon..)
Semi-scenic seeing wine country... Best kosher restaurant I've ever been to so definitely worth it IMHO.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: SLP on February 26, 2013, 08:19:46 PM
Is it worth goin up there for tierra sur (time.. $$..)? Is it a scenic drive? how bout anything else in that area (maybe for afternoon..)

I was just there last week and we made a whole day of it. We first stopped in Malibu for a little bit and had lunch at the Fish Grill. Then, we continued up to Oxnard. We rented bikes in the parking lot of the Embassy Suites. They don't have that many bikes so keep that in mind if you go. We went on a Sunday and had to wait about a half hour until bikes were returned. We rode for an hour which was fine, but there's more to see on a longer bike ride.
http://www.wheelfunrentals.com/Locations/Oxnard-2

Then we went to Tierra Sur/Herzog Wine Cellars. The wine tasting was only $6pp and was fun. We didn't have a reservation in the restaurant, but they let us order tapas (appetizers), which were delicious and saved us money!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: SLP on February 26, 2013, 08:22:33 PM
I don't know if you're a Thai person, but I am and I live Bodhi. Ok, granted it's missing the meat but you really don't notice it. Plus it's a lot cheaper than BH Thai. I really like their curries (red and green).

The Tequila sorbet and/or ice cream at MexiKosher shouldn't be missed either.

The chocolate chip bread pudding at Pat's is really good. It's big enough for two people. HOWEVER, I don't believe it's only their menu anymore. I'd ask what replaced it and go with that. The bread pudding replaced the chocolate souffle which was amazing.

I went to Pat's just last week and only ordered the bread pudding! We called in the order so it would be ready when we got there. They even let us sit at a table since it was late and they had open tables.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 26, 2013, 08:26:55 PM
I was just there last week and we made a whole day of it. We first stopped in Malibu for a little bit and had lunch at the Fish Grill. Then, we continued up to Oxnard. We rented bikes in the parking lot of the Embassy Suites. They don't have that many bikes so keep that in mind if you go. We went on a Sunday and had to wait about a half hour until bikes were returned. We rode for an hour which was fine, but there's more to see on a longer bike ride.
http://www.wheelfunrentals.com/Locations/Oxnard-2

Then we went to Tierra Sur/Herzog Wine Cellars. The wine tasting was only $6pp and was fun. We didn't have a reservation in the restaurant, but they let us order tapas (appetizers), which were delicious and saved us money!
You drove all the way there without reservations?
Which tapas did you get?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: SLP on February 26, 2013, 08:27:11 PM
I think I'll be hitting up:

-Milky Way (Haven't been here in a decade)
-Pat's (This time without scoring top-notch service due to my bro)
-Mexikosher (Never been)
-Beverly Hills Thai (Never been)
-Tierra Sur (Haven't been here in ~4 years)

+YoGo and Coffee Bean of course :D
Thoughts?

Burgers Bar is good and they're open really late, until 3am. It's kind of like a combination of Shnitzi and Carlos and Gabby's in Brooklyn. I was there last week and Yogo's selection was pretty slim. There was also a "Business for Sale" sign in the window...

Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 26, 2013, 08:27:44 PM
I was there last week and Yogo's selection was pretty slim. There was also a "Business for Sale" sign in the window...
:'(
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: SLP on February 26, 2013, 08:29:00 PM
You drove all the way there without reservations?
Which tapas did you get?

We didn't plan on eating there, hence no reservations - it was really spur of the moment. We just wanted to get out of the city for the day. Don't remember the names of the tapas, but one was cornish hen and the other was some kind of spicy potatoes.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on February 26, 2013, 09:25:57 PM
Tierra Sur has tapas every motzei shabbos from 7-11pm (at least in the winter).  No reservation is necessary because its outside on the patio.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on February 26, 2013, 10:21:10 PM
Another note about milkyway is their prices. You can check out their menu here http://www.zagat.com/r/milky-way-los-angeles/menu

But what may have been very expensive 30 years ago, certainly seems like a great deal today, looks as if the prices haven't changed. Wonder if the portions stayed the same... If they did sure seems like one heck of a good deal comparing it to any other even fast food place will run you a similar bill...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on February 26, 2013, 11:49:54 PM
Thank you to tova for ideas.
JJ1k what do u mean semi scenic, any ocean views? How bout just till agoura hills?
Also what's hechsher at milky way?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on February 27, 2013, 01:05:57 AM
Going to Oxnard can be scenic if you take the 1 (PCH).  The US-101 is not very scenic until Ventura county (almost all the way there) and even then it's just fields growing grapes and strawberries.  The US-101 till Agoura Hills is just a freeway.

Milky Way is either under RCC or Kehilla, both of which are local hechsherim comparable to CRC, Star-K, Kof-K, OU, or OK.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on February 27, 2013, 02:54:50 PM
thank you
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on February 27, 2013, 02:58:18 PM
Dan , you're not going to try out burger bar? its really good.

out of all the places wheres the DO gonna be? :)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 27, 2013, 03:05:07 PM
Dan , you're not going to try out burger bar? its really good.

out of all the places wheres the DO gonna be? :)
How good can burgers bar be? That much better than the one in Israel?
Hard to believe they're better than La Gondola's which are an awesome value at lunchtime.

Not sure there will be a DO.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on February 27, 2013, 03:14:12 PM
How good can burgers bar be? That much better than the one in Israel?
Hard to believe they're better than La Gondola's which are an awesome value at lunchtime.

Not sure there will be a DO.
La Gondola is better, thats for sure, but if u want to try out something new and good or fast food then burger bar should be your choice - i say its better then jeffs but even more so you should try it since youve never tried it
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: lcyitz on February 27, 2013, 04:12:54 PM
burger bar should be your choice - i say its better then jeffs but even more so you should try it since youve never tried it
True.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on February 27, 2013, 08:15:22 PM
What's not to be missed at each of these places?
just dont think that mexican is any good. its just ok. btw LA burger bar happens to have very solid burgers.

going to tierre sur tonight- love that place! and you should ALWAYS make a reservation as they are occasionally booked with parties
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 27, 2013, 08:17:07 PM
going to tierre sur tonight- love that place! and you should ALWAYS make a reservation as they are occasionally booked with parties
Post a pic of their current menu please!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on February 27, 2013, 08:42:28 PM
just dont think that mexican is any good. its just ok. btw LA burger bar happens to have very solid burgers.

going to tierre sur tonight- love that place! and you should ALWAYS make a reservation as they are occasionally booked with parties
I'll be there too! :)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 27, 2013, 08:43:22 PM
I'll be there too! :)
Post a pic of their current menu please!
Lunch and dinner if possible. Gotta decide when to go!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on February 27, 2013, 09:14:45 PM
Post a pic of their current menu please!
Website?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 27, 2013, 09:19:04 PM
Website?
I don't think they update it that often.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on February 27, 2013, 09:21:27 PM
I don't think they update it that often.
hmmmm I'd call and ask IME they do, but no guarantee from me.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on February 27, 2013, 10:57:03 PM
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/02/28/tamybage.jpg)
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/02/28/7ezasagy.jpg)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on February 27, 2013, 11:48:02 PM
That was dinner.

Here's lunch menu:

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/02/28/yvyve8ah.jpg)
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/02/28/e7yvugur.jpg)

Dessert:
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/02/28/5u9yduge.jpg)

Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on February 28, 2013, 12:20:10 AM
@CBS what did you order? how was it?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 28, 2013, 09:32:36 AM
TY!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ash on February 28, 2013, 03:10:25 PM
by the way schnitzly's is advertising a 2.99 chefs burger (in competition to burgers bar ..... I think)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on February 28, 2013, 06:26:35 PM
@CBS what did you order? how was it?
BBQ Glazed Organic Chicken Entree  - nothing to pay so much for like i did. but the steaks that others ordered were just amazing!

TY!
YW!

by the way schnitzly's is advertising a 2.99 chefs burger (in competition to burgers bar ..... I think)
yup, a friend of mine just got it he said it was pretty good
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 28, 2013, 06:28:22 PM
If you order chicken over steak you get what you deserve :P
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on February 28, 2013, 06:32:22 PM
If you order chicken over steak you get what you deserve :P
i was trying to keep it low on cost and no one wanted to split the big steak.....but i learned my lesson
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChasingTheDime on March 01, 2013, 12:43:31 PM
eh, its almost a waste that i go to LA for pesach, i dont get to hit up all the places to eat
at least im going early this year, so i should get a few days to enjoy myself
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on March 02, 2013, 07:43:41 PM
Are there any Shuls walkable from Hyatt Andaz west Hollywood? Or from any nice Hyatt? What about the hyatt regency? Has anyone spent Shabbos at any of these?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 02, 2013, 08:05:37 PM
Are there any Shuls walkable from Hyatt Andaz west Hollywood?
What distance do you consider walkable?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on March 02, 2013, 08:08:31 PM
30ish mints
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 02, 2013, 08:18:22 PM
Chabad Russian Center is 1.3 miles. (https://local.google.com/maps?saddr=Andaz+West+Hollywood,+8401+Sunset+Boulevard,+West+Hollywood,+CA&daddr=Chabad+House+%097636+S.+Monica+Blvd.+West+Hollywood,+CA+90046&hl=en&ll=34.093148,-118.364232&spn=0.014553,0.033023&sll=34.09436,-118.364226&sspn=0.014553,0.033023&geocode=FcRACAIdTcXx-CFoPSjJjcFiJSlLpRZPvr7CgDFoPSjJjcFiJQ%3BFbMuCAIdAwry-CGKmTYfH4JepimxcD170L7CgDGKmTYfH4Jepg&dirflg=w&mra=ltm&t=m&z=16)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on March 02, 2013, 08:28:17 PM
thnx r u still goin irvine
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on March 02, 2013, 08:58:33 PM
the hyatt regency is (also) about 1.5 mi from pico.. which one is nicer.. better for shabbos? (walking around roof or outside with stroller..)?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on March 02, 2013, 11:59:43 PM
Did anyone spend Shabbos in the hyaat regency or andaz in LA (near west Hollywood)? experience?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on March 03, 2013, 10:38:43 PM
If you order chicken over steak you get what you deserve :P
yup made the same mistake. steak competes with the best in america
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on March 03, 2013, 10:52:19 PM
yup made the same mistake. steak competes with the best in america
were u with the beard or without?  ;)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on March 05, 2013, 05:09:56 PM
Anyone have any recent stays at the W Hollywood?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: mickeyg on March 05, 2013, 05:15:51 PM
Anyone have any recent stays at the W Hollywood?

I stayed there <2 years ago....I felt like I wasn't cool enough to stay there.....very modern....if you're looking for a family place, I would not suggest this place...the pool on the roof is bar (a little embarrassing if you're not in the best of shape)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on March 05, 2013, 05:17:53 PM
I stayed there <2 years ago....I felt like I wasn't cool enough to stay there.....very modern....if you're looking for a family place, I would not suggest this place...the pool on the roof is bar (a little embarrassing if you're not in the best of shape)

Would you suggest anywhere else in particular?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on March 05, 2013, 05:24:23 PM
Are you looking specifically for a Starwood property?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on March 05, 2013, 05:28:37 PM
Are you looking specifically for a Starwood property?

Preferably, but not exclusively if the price is right.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on March 05, 2013, 05:31:22 PM
The SLS and Andaz West Hollywood are the two of closest to the Jewish communities. The Residence Inn on the corner of Pico and Beverly is right in the middle of the Pico community. They have suites and complimentary breakfast.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 05, 2013, 05:50:11 PM
A day late for SLS. What was 12K yesterday is 20K today :P

My (possibly last) stay there will be next week.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on March 05, 2013, 05:54:29 PM
The SLS and Andaz West Hollywood are the two of closest to the Jewish communities. The Residence Inn on the corner of Pico and Beverly is right in the middle of the Pico community. They have suites and complimentary breakfast.

There is also a Crowne Plaza across from the Residence Inn.  The hotels in Century City are also about 1.5-2 miles from the Pico community - they are the InterContinental and Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Flybiz on March 05, 2013, 06:13:42 PM
A day late for SLS. What was 12K yesterday is 20K today :P

My (possibly last) stay there will be next week.

Which days will you be in LA ?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on March 05, 2013, 06:24:33 PM
Which days will you be in LA ?
cant find it but i thought i remember him saying the 7th - 13?? maybe im wrong

Irvine has a pretty rollicking chabad though for shabbos and is where I'll be in 2 weeks iy"h.
ill be in Laguna iy"h this week
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on March 05, 2013, 09:18:39 PM
ill be in Laguna iy"h this week

Great place to be.  Hope the weather holds up for you.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Flybiz on March 05, 2013, 09:21:39 PM
ill be in Laguna iy"h this week

Where are you staying and what will you be doing there? I know its beautiful there.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on March 05, 2013, 09:27:20 PM
Where are you staying and what will you be doing there? I know its beautiful there.
Be there for shabbos. Staying by chabad. (more like taking over chabad)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 05, 2013, 11:48:16 PM
-Best hike in LA?
-Best activity along the PCH to Oxnard?

Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on March 05, 2013, 11:53:48 PM
On a clear day Eagle Rock in the Malibu area is amazing. It's medium difficulty. At the top you can see the beach to the west and the SF valley to the east.  This hike can be stroller friendly if you take the fire road.  Not so if you take the Musch trail.

Escondido falls is great as well. There are 3 waterfalls. After the first on you need to climb up rocks to get to the other two. The first part of this hike is (almost) stroller friendly.  There are a few streams to cross, but thats it.  No views from this hike.

Both of these are of of PCH on the way to Oxnard.

For a unique, off the beaten path kind of activity, there is the Adamson House.  It is right next to Mlibu pier.  They offer guided tours for cheap.  It was the home of creators of the Malibu tiles. www.adamsonhouse.org (http://www.adamsonhouse.org)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Flybiz on March 06, 2013, 12:12:24 AM
-Best hike in LA?
-Best activity along the PCH to Oxnard?

Dan, can you please give us a sneak preview on your itinerary for your LA trip?? I know it's not complete yet, but would love to hear some your plans. I will be visiting LA soon and wanted to hear some ideas.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 06, 2013, 12:15:15 AM
Sure!
There's no such thing as great itineraries in SoCal.
There's sitting in traffic, eating, enjoying the weather, sitting in traffic, eating, paying for overpriced theme parks if you have appropriately aged kids, sitting in traffic, eating, and shopping.
I've spent many years in LA. That pretty much sums it up.

Shopping=The Grove, 3rd Street Promenade, Americana at Brand, Beverly Center. Camarillo Outlets if you go to Oxnard.
More food than you can swing a bat at.
Worst traffic in the nation, stay off the highways anywhere near rush hour.

Getty Center Museum is free and has nice views if the smog isn't bad that day.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on March 06, 2013, 12:19:04 AM
Try www.sigalert.com (http://www.sigalert.com) to fight traffic.  It gives you speeds by the exit, as well as traffic cams and carpool lane speeds.  It's better for LA traffic than Google maps IMHO.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: elig770 on March 06, 2013, 12:54:27 AM
Try www.sigalert.com (http://www.sigalert.com) to fight traffic.  It gives you speeds by the exit, as well as traffic cams and carpool lane speeds.  It's better for LA traffic than Google maps IMHO.
These days it just shows the whole map completely red :'(
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: elig770 on March 06, 2013, 12:56:43 AM
-Best hike in LA?
Anyone hear of Stoney Point in Chatsworth?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on March 06, 2013, 12:58:34 AM
Yes, it's quite a popular spot to go rock climbing. It doesn't really offer hikes, but if you're interested in rock climbing it's great.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: elig770 on March 06, 2013, 01:01:26 AM
Yes, it's quite a popular spot to go rock climbing. It doesn't really offer hikes, but if you're interested in rock climbing it's great.
If you go up the back of the mountain it's more of a hike...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on March 06, 2013, 01:02:44 AM
True, but there are far better hikes. It's mainly a rock climbing place.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: mickeyg on March 06, 2013, 09:25:25 AM
Would you suggest anywhere else in particular?
We switched to the Sheraton Gateway LAX.... A lot more kid friendly and they upgraded me, a lowly SPG Gold, to the Presidential Suite. We were there for shabbos so they brought us a fridge too....very nice people and hotel
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on March 06, 2013, 09:44:51 AM
We switched to the Sheraton Gateway LAX.... A lot more kid friendly and they upgraded me, a lowly SPG Gold, to the Presidential Suite. We were there for shabbos so they brought us a fridge too....very nice people and hotel

Nice! Pics?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: mickeyg on March 06, 2013, 09:48:46 AM
Nice! Pics?
Unfortunately, not...this was before my Dansdeals days....but i will see if I can find anything useful...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 06, 2013, 10:28:57 AM
We switched to the Sheraton Gateway LAX.... A lot more kid friendly and they upgraded me, a lowly SPG Gold, to the Presidential Suite. We were there for shabbos so they brought us a fridge too....very nice people and hotel
You stayed in an airport hotel for shabbos? Why?
Why not the SLS?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Flybiz on March 06, 2013, 10:34:02 AM
Sure!I've spent many years in LA. That pretty much sums it up.

Shopping=The Grove, 3rd Street Promenade, Americana at Brand, Beverly Center. Camarillo Outlets if you go to Oxnard.
More food than you can swing a bat at.
Worst traffic in the nation, stay off the highways anywhere near rush hour.

Getty Center Museum is free and has nice views if the smog isn't bad that day.

Thanks Dan! You mention the Getty Museum. It seems that you are referring to The Getty Center. I'm showing on their site they also have a Getty Villa in Malibu. Has anyone visited the Villa and know which is the better site to visit?

Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on March 06, 2013, 10:36:18 AM
The Getty Villa is more focused around statues and Roman art. The Getty Center is more the traditional art museum.the Getty Villa is a beautiful place to visit, as they have lots of outdoor gardens and galleries. The Getty Center also has outdoor gardens but that is not the focus.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 06, 2013, 10:40:31 AM
The Getty Center has nice views of the city.
I've never been the the villa.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on March 06, 2013, 10:45:35 AM
Really? Well in response to a 'not to miss' activity off PCH, I'd say the Getty Villa is nicer than the Adamson House (although you could easily do both).

The Getty Center is very nice, but I like the outdoor gardens at the Getty Villa as well as the wonderful view of the ocean from there. Also, if you happen to be into Greek mythology, there is a lot more of interest at the Getty Villa than at the Getty Center. I don't believe they even have portraits at the Getty Villa.

At only $15 for parking and free entry and tours (architecture and garden), its well worth it.  You need to get tickets for timed entry at their website, and also note the days they're closed (I believe it's Monday and Tuesday).
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Flybiz on March 06, 2013, 10:51:32 AM
The Getty Villa is more focused around statues and Roman art. The Getty Center is more the traditional art museum.the Getty Villa is a beautiful place to visit, as they have lots of outdoor gardens and galleries. The Getty Center also has outdoor gardens but that is not the focus.

If you had to pick to pick one, which would it be? I know this might depend on personal preference, but both sound really nice to me.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Flybiz on March 06, 2013, 10:53:30 AM
Really? Well in response to a 'not to miss' activity off PCH, I'd say the Getty Villa is nicer than the Adamson House (although you could easily do both).

The Getty Center is very nice, but I like the outdoor gardens at the Getty Villa as well as the wonderful view of the ocean from there. Also, if you happen to be into Greek mythology, there is a lot more of interest at the Getty Villa than at the Getty Center. I don't believe they even have portraits at the Getty Villa.

At only $15 for parking and free entry and tours (architecture and garden), its well worth it.  You need to get tickets for timed entry at their website, and also note the days they're closed (I believe it's Monday and Tuesday).

Looks like I was quick to pull the trigger. I didn't even get a chance to read this post yet...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: mickeyg on March 06, 2013, 10:59:20 AM
You stayed in an airport hotel for shabbos? Why?
Why not the SLS?
I did it on points, and SLS was too much...stupid mistake looking back now...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 06, 2013, 11:00:31 AM
The SLS was more than the W?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 06, 2013, 11:01:26 AM
Getty villa is open Monday.
Do that and/or a hike going out to Oxnard?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: mickeyg on March 06, 2013, 11:05:18 AM
The SLS was more than the W?
I believe so, yes...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on March 06, 2013, 11:06:41 AM
If you want to do a hike and see the Getty Villa I would probably recommend Escondido falls, as it's a little less strenuous than Eagle Rock. Also Escondido falls is shaded pretty well,  and the waterfall should be full because it's almost the spring. It's definitely worth it to do both.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Flybiz on March 06, 2013, 11:25:41 AM
Getty villa is open Monday.
Do that and/or a hike going out to Oxnard?

After Oxnard, do you continue on to Santa Barbara?

Can anyone tell me what there's to do in SB ?

Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Flybiz on March 06, 2013, 11:35:14 AM
If you want to do a hike and see the Getty Villa I would probably recommend Escondido falls, as it's a little less strenuous than Eagle Rock. Also Escondido falls is shaded pretty well,  and the waterfall should be full because it's almost the spring. It's definitely worth it to do both.

Are dogs allowed? The last time I did the Runyon Canyon hike in LA and the dogs really spoiled it for me . There were more dogs than humans there  :)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on March 06, 2013, 11:40:01 AM
Dogs are allowed on Escondido falls but not on Eagle Rock.

www.thishikingtrail.com/hike-list/50-los-angeles-hike-list.html (http://www.thishikingtrail.com/hike-list/50-los-angeles-hike-list.html)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on March 06, 2013, 05:33:41 PM
A day late for SLS. What was 12K yesterday is 20K today :P
I have reservations at SLS for this Shabbos at old rate and am planning on canceling soon so if there is a way to help anyone else pm me
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: stever on March 06, 2013, 10:46:31 PM
were u with the beard or without?  ;)
hehe without. why didnt you come over? i became a winery club member1 20% off wines and 10% off food
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on March 06, 2013, 11:38:54 PM
hehe without. why didnt you come over? i became a winery club member1 20% off wines and 10% off food
cuz i was with 15 ppl or so...!
but ye i shouldve. i was eyeing u from far. prob not to hard to realize who i was, taking pics of all the menus and food :)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Drago on March 07, 2013, 02:06:31 PM
As I posted elsewhere, I'll be doing a 4 day road trip on highway 1 from San Jose to LA after Pesach.
As of now, I'm having s/o BRG for me 4 different PC properties along the way (Monterey, San Luis, Ventura, LAX airport) and am trying to figure out some day plans.
1) Our plan for our last full day was to take the boat to the Channel Islands, but the service isn't running that day from Island Packers. Does anyone know of a different way to go there?
2) If this fall through, what other nature activities do you recommend in the general vicinity of Ventura?
3) Besides for the Oxnard restaurant, what other kosher experiences are possible along my trip?
4) Is LAX nearby to anything fun, or by staying there for a night, am I resigning myself to boredom? (My flight leaves at 11 the next morning, and I hate traffic).
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: lcyitz on March 07, 2013, 02:41:01 PM
There is are ally good  place in San Jose called Jerusalem grill.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on March 07, 2013, 02:42:35 PM
Fish Grill in Malibu is on PCH.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: TAVI on March 07, 2013, 02:46:54 PM
4) Is LAX nearby to anything fun, or by staying there for a night, am I resigning myself to boredom? (My flight leaves at 11 the next morning, and I hate traffic).

There's nothing fun by LAX, unless you are into playing poker at a shady casino. but its LA, you have to drive everywhere anyways. you are about 15 mins away from the grove, or maybe 30 mins from hollywood? what kind of fun are you looking for?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Flybiz on March 07, 2013, 02:46:59 PM
Fish Grill in Malibu is on PCH.

Is food the same as the one on Beverly in La Brea area ?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on March 07, 2013, 02:49:45 PM
Is food the same as the one on Beverly in La Brea area ?
Yes. It's great! Order the grilled salmon sandwich or angel hair pasta with salmon.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on March 07, 2013, 02:51:37 PM
Also, I know of a handful of actors who like to hang out at the Malibu location. It's all outdoor (covered) seating btw.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Flybiz on March 07, 2013, 02:52:02 PM
Yes. It's great! Order the grilled salmon sandwich or angel hair pasta with salmon.

Will do! Thank you!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Drago on March 07, 2013, 02:58:59 PM
There is are ally good  place in San Jose called Jerusalem grill.
Thanks. I'll be leaving San Jose imm after arriving.
Anyone been to Salvang? Nice place?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Drago on March 07, 2013, 02:59:44 PM
There's nothing fun by LAX, unless you are into playing poker at a shady casino. but its LA, you have to drive everywhere anyways. you are about 15 mins away from the grove, or maybe 30 mins from hollywood? what kind of fun are you looking for?
I guess I'm not sure.
It's not a big deal if I arrive late since there won't be time to do much anyhow.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: lcyitz on March 07, 2013, 04:18:52 PM
Thanks. I'll be leaving San Jose imm after arriving.
Anyone been to Salvang? Nice place?
Not gonna check out San Fran?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Drago on March 07, 2013, 04:34:52 PM
Not gonna check out San Fran?
Limited time, and I'd prefer to see the nature.


Any way to get a discount at the winery in Oxnard for either a tour or a meal?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: lcyitz on March 07, 2013, 04:50:17 PM
Limited time, and I'd prefer to see the nature.


Any way to get a discount at the winery in Oxnard for either a tour or a meal?
On the from San Jose to San Fran there is a really good bagel shop called izzis Brooklyn bagels.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on March 08, 2013, 01:49:12 PM
Welcome (back) to LA,  Dan!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on March 08, 2013, 01:50:28 PM
Too bad it's raining  :(
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on March 08, 2013, 01:55:22 PM
Too bad it's raining  :(
ya it was really nice the last week. Now it's on and off. So annoying
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on March 08, 2013, 01:56:48 PM
But at least it's supposed to get back to the 70s for the middle of next week.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 12, 2013, 01:02:10 PM
Going to Milky way for lunch.
So far I've heard chimichangas and blintzes.
Anything else?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on March 12, 2013, 01:04:31 PM
I can't help you as Milky Way as I almost never go there, but I do have ideas at Milk and Honey. Sorry.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on March 12, 2013, 01:14:07 PM
Going to Milky way for lunch.
So far I've heard chimichangas and blintzes.
Anything else?
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=302.msg425195#msg425195
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 12, 2013, 01:26:41 PM
Found this which should help :)

I'm not a big eggplant guy so that wouldn't work for me. I do like their bread and their mozarella marinara (there is probably some other name for it they use on the menu). Overall though, I think I would take the chips/guacamole, salmon puffs and fish and chips at Milky Way over almost anything at Milk and Honey.
+1 milky way is considerably cheaper than the other 2, salamon puffs there are amazing!!
Milk and Honey has more options, but I don't know if its necessarily better - to each his own, obviously.

Milky Way also has a delicious cheesecake and carrot cake dessert.

I was just at 26 a few weeks back and continued to be unimpressed - its unfortunate that with a nice space they can't produce a better food experience.

Price wise, I think its actually a little cheaper than Milk and Honey and definitely cheaper than 26.
+1. Dan likes eggplant parm which is medokere at milkyway so he prefers milk and honey. But in general I don't like milk and honey besides eggplant parm. Milky way has famous cheese blintzes they are truly one of a kind. (IIRC they are more of a cheese cake similarity then cheese blintzes they are so rich and heavenly) The chimichangas are also superb if you like Mexican food (worth a try if you are unfamiliar) And like LAXtraveler mentioned their fish is all top quality. (I still would take fish grill at half the price any day.)
Trip Report  - L.A./San Diego
  • Milky Way - Cosy little place with a lot of Spielberg memorabilia. Food was good milchig fare. The crunchy salmon puffs (app) are very good, and so was the eggplant parmesan (not your typical commercial one). Cheesecake was good too. Mrs Adler (the center attraction) is very friendly, and kept on coming to our table to shmooze.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on March 12, 2013, 08:03:15 PM
Found this which should help :)

Verdict?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: abjake on March 12, 2013, 10:48:20 PM
Went to seaworld SD and universal both for 60 pm for details  . Btw anyone have any good deals for resturants in LA?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on March 13, 2013, 12:57:58 AM
I spy Dan! Like the BMW!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 13, 2013, 01:21:35 AM
Lol...where?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 13, 2013, 01:22:16 AM
I've got some real groupies in LA. People are like paparazzi out here...crazy.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Drago on March 13, 2013, 01:56:07 AM
I've got some real groupies in LA. People are like paparazzi out here...crazy.
It's Hollywood, and the stars get noticed quickly.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on March 13, 2013, 01:58:30 AM
Lol...where?
You were like a block away from my house... :)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on March 13, 2013, 04:05:36 AM
I've got some real groupies in LA. People are like paparazzi out here...crazy.
lol, wait till you walk into BMG or the Mir.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on March 13, 2013, 04:27:14 AM
lol, wait till you walk into BMG or the Mir.
LMAO.

just had an awesome house salad with a choice of 2 burgers (spicy lamb and rosemary) and sweet potato fries with diff dips and dressings in Burgers Bar!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: TatteDMo on March 13, 2013, 08:29:25 AM
LMAO.

just had an awesome house salad with a choice of 2 burgers (spicy lamb and rosemary) and sweet potato fries with diff dips and dressings in Burgers Bar!

Burgers bar in LA= amazingness!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ChasingTheDime on March 13, 2013, 03:36:27 PM
the one time i went to milky way i was quite disappointed
Milk N Honey is my dairy place of choice now when i find myself in LA

as a side note, anyone know what places will still be open the friday before pesach ?
i would like to eat out once while i am there
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on March 13, 2013, 07:19:50 PM
the one time i went to milky way i was quite disappointed
Milk N Honey is my dairy place of choice now when i find myself in LA

as a side note, anyone know what places will still be open the friday before pesach ?
i would like to eat out once while i am there
Most places are open till erev pesach, as they are sold with the chometz.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: metziah on March 13, 2013, 08:20:57 PM
i'm looking for a back house or anything else reasonably inexpensive to rent for friday and shabbos near the j community/shul, so i can make my own shabbos meals, hotels for shabbos arent my thing. any suggestions on the best way to go about this. which sites? which areas to search for? thanx
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 13, 2013, 09:14:26 PM
http://www.reservekosher.com/listing-beautiful-two-bedroom-guesthouse-in-los-angeles%2C-ca-1068.html

http://www.reservekosher.com/listing-beautiful-new-2-bedroom-guest-cottage-1485.html

www.vrbo.com
Title: Re: Where Are You Posting From Now?
Post by: lcyitz on March 14, 2013, 12:26:44 AM
Beverly hills Thai.
How was? I heard its great.
Title: Re: Re: Where Are You Posting From Now?
Post by: Dan on March 14, 2013, 12:29:06 AM
How was? I heard its great.
I thought it was excellent.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: metziah on March 14, 2013, 12:34:07 AM
is there any quick way to see which ones are near shuls or i just have to contact each one and inquire? and which neighborhood should i look for? thanx.     btw Dan this trip is all thanx to you!!!!
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on March 14, 2013, 12:40:27 AM
http://www.reservekosher.com/listing-beautiful-two-bedroom-guesthouse-in-los-angeles%2C-ca-1068.html

http://www.reservekosher.com/listing-beautiful-new-2-bedroom-guest-cottage-1485.html

www.vrbo.com

Have you stayed at either?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on March 14, 2013, 01:04:08 AM
http://www.reservekosher.com/listing-beautiful-two-bedroom-guesthouse-in-los-angeles%2C-ca-1068.html

http://www.reservekosher.com/listing-beautiful-new-2-bedroom-guest-cottage-1485.html

www.vrbo.com

Cool! I didn't even know this existed.  You can also try Hillygram.com.  They send out an email to the community daily with requests for things like guest houses and/or places to stay for shabbos.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 14, 2013, 01:10:07 AM
Have you stayed at either?
No.
Title: Re: Re: Where Are You Posting From Now?
Post by: LAXtraveler on March 14, 2013, 12:02:06 PM
I thought it was excellent.

What did you get there? I love that place - and a really nice Thai woman who runs it.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: metziah on March 22, 2013, 02:29:00 PM
I'm trying to search vrbo and home away for something near Shuls , but can't figure out how to search for specific areas in la. Is there anyway to search for specific area (ie. Le brea, pico...)?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on April 05, 2013, 12:35:28 AM
was at la gondola for the first time in about a decade, and i realize why.

at best, food is second rate...
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on April 05, 2013, 04:59:53 AM
was at la gondola for the first time in about a decade, and i realize why.

at best, food is second rate...
What did you order?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on April 05, 2013, 12:23:18 PM
PKD's turkey club sandwich is one of the reasons I travel to LA.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on April 05, 2013, 03:52:58 PM
I had a very good experience with someone on Craigslist for sea world and zoo safari tickets (i paid after entry) if anyone wants you can pm me i might have her contact on my email.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on April 07, 2013, 05:41:17 AM
What did you order?
avocado eggrolls, chai steak, osso buco, diet sprite
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on April 07, 2013, 10:18:46 AM
avocado eggrolls, chai steak, osso buco, diet sprite

Chai Steak used to be the gold standard for steaks in the LA area... not anymore! I personally was never a big fan but everyone else raved about it. Now the avocado eggrolls on the other hand are above reproach.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: moish on April 07, 2013, 12:39:35 PM
Chai Steak used to be the gold standard for steaks in the LA area... not anymore! I personally was never a big fan but everyone else raved about it. Now the avocado eggrolls on the other hand are above reproach.
actually, the chai steak was the only decent thing (besides the dessert) from the items i mentioned (yup, including the diet sprite)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on April 09, 2013, 09:11:23 AM
Is there any spg hotel in the LA area that has a shul within walking distance (for shabbos)?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on April 09, 2013, 09:31:24 AM
SLS in Beverly Hills. See prior posts for more details.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on April 09, 2013, 09:44:22 AM
That will be 25k points per night, is there anything cheaper?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on April 09, 2013, 10:00:05 AM
Nope.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on April 09, 2013, 10:22:26 AM
Is there any other non spg affordable but nice hotels in walking distance from shul looking to pay about $120 per night
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on April 09, 2013, 10:26:54 AM
Is there any other non spg affordable but nice hotels in walking distance from shul looking to pay about $120 per night
I believe they have a Residence Inn right by Pico.

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/fact-sheet/travel/laxrb-residence-inn-beverly-hills/ (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/fact-sheet/travel/laxrb-residence-inn-beverly-hills/)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on April 09, 2013, 10:27:13 AM
The Crown Plaza and Residence Inn by Marriott are both right in the middle of the Jewish community. Look for the hotels in zip code 90035
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 09, 2013, 10:45:12 AM
Is there any spg hotel in the LA area that has a shul within walking distance (for shabbos)?
The W Westwood is .5 miles from Chabad of Westwood.
I think that's on the UCLA campus, so that may be an interesting experience.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on April 09, 2013, 10:50:29 AM
I do but  know if it's technically on the campus or not, butit is definitely right in the middle of all the student living. The only thing with Westwood is that it's not in the middle of the Jewish community.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 09, 2013, 10:58:09 AM
I do but  know if it's technically on the campus or not, butit is definitely right in the middle of all the student living. The only thing with Westwood is that it's not in the middle of the Jewish community.
True, but he only asked for a SPG near a shul besides for the awesome SLS.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on April 09, 2013, 11:32:14 AM
The W Westwood is .5 miles from Chabad of Westwood.
I think that's on the UCLA campus, so that may be an interesting experience.

I think the Westwood Kehilla Shul is also walkable from the W.  And if I remember correctly, the Hillel at UCLA also has minyanim on Shabbos (if that's the case, it is up the block since they are on the same street).
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Drago on April 09, 2013, 12:57:59 PM
so will the restaurant.com gift certificates work at any LA places?
And will Terra Sur allow a 10 month old into the bar area? Dan recommended it for those non large-spenders among us.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 09, 2013, 01:00:52 PM
so will the restaurant.com gift certificates work at any LA places?
And will Terra Sur allow a 10 month old into the bar area? Dan recommended it for those non large-spenders among us.
Yes, as on DD.
Yes. You can also order off the bar menu from the restaurant.  The bar menu are mostly sliders and stuff to give you a taste of the wonderful food they make without breaking the bank though you may not get full off of it.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on April 09, 2013, 02:41:31 PM
The W Westwood is .5 miles from Chabad of Westwood.
I think that's on the UCLA campus, so that may be an interesting experience.
I see that the sheraton delfina is also walking distance from shul, (30 min.)
I'm traveling for 5 nights with a shabbos in the middle and I'm not interested in changing hotels for shabbos, Which hotel would you prefer the sheraton or the W both are 12k points per night?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 09, 2013, 02:51:59 PM
The W is much closer to LA restaurants though shabbos at Chabad of S.M. will probably be much nicer than Westwood.

I don't know the eruv situation of either place though if that's a requirement.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on April 09, 2013, 06:35:42 PM
The W is much closer to LA restaurants though shabbos at Chabad of S.M. will probably be much nicer than Westwood.

I don't know the eruv situation of either place though if that's a requirement.

The eruv does not extend to SM, but does cover Westwood (even though the picture make it look otherwise, the W is east of the 405 boundary). See link: http://www.laeruv.com/eruvborders.gif
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Drago on April 10, 2013, 01:18:31 AM
Yes, as on DD.
Yes. You can also order off the bar menu from the restaurant.  The bar menu are mostly sliders and stuff to give you a taste of the wonderful food they make without breaking the bank though you may not get full off of it.
i feel silly for asking, but DD? Dans deals?
I have 3 $25 restaurant gc's from some promo. Can I purchase gift cards to the restaurant with them?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Drago on April 10, 2013, 08:22:57 PM
i feel silly for asking, but DD? Dans deals?
I have 3 $25 restaurant gc's from some promo. Can I purchase gift cards to the restaurant with them?

Help!! I am here now and don't know what to do
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on April 10, 2013, 08:25:01 PM
Help!! I am here now and don't know what to do
what type of restaurant GC? Yes dd is Dansdeals.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Drago on April 10, 2013, 08:30:15 PM
what type of restaurant GC? Yes dd is Dansdeals.
I have gc numbers to the restaurant.com website
How can I buy a gc to sierra tur with them?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on April 10, 2013, 08:32:59 PM
I see that the sheraton delfina is also walking distance from shul, (30 min.)
I'm traveling for 5 nights with a shabbos in the middle and I'm not interested in changing hotels for shabbos, Which hotel would you prefer the sheraton or the W both are 12k points per night?
I stayed at the Sheraton Delfina S Monica 2 years ago in August. We were given a suite on the top floor, so it was a bit of a work-out to walk the stairs. I did walk to a Chabad minyan on shabbos, which was a pleasant 30 minute walk. They had a nice kidush there, though I would definitely call in advance before expecting it.

We had a great time walking along the water and the pier on Shabbos afternoon. As was pointed out before, it is not in the middle of the jewish community.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on April 10, 2013, 08:33:53 PM
I have gc numbers to the restaurant.com website
How can I buy a gc to sierra tur with them?
To my knowledge Tierra Sur doesn't sell GC.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 10, 2013, 08:35:15 PM
To my knowledge Tierra Sur doesn't sell GC.
+1, only good at these kosher planes
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/29822
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Drago on April 10, 2013, 08:37:35 PM
+1, only good at these kosher planes
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/29822
Thanks, I thought so, but was unsure if that list was just for the discounts
I guess I will have to splurge with my chase freedom
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 10, 2013, 08:39:10 PM
Thanks, I thought so, but was unsure if that list was just for the discounts
I guess I will have to splurge with my chase freedom
Just be happy with ~9.5% back :)
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: metziah on April 21, 2013, 09:41:32 PM
Dan I'd love to hear the tr of your recent trip to la. I know your busy so if its not too much....thanx
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on April 24, 2013, 10:59:13 AM
What's the best (not cheapest) place to go Jet Skiing?

Also, is there something better in the SF Bay Area?

Anyone up for a JSDO on May 10 or thereabouts?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on April 24, 2013, 11:14:40 AM
Going to be in LA July 4th weekend. Anyone have any ideas of what i can do? I am already going to go to Tierra Sur on 7/3.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: raphy781 on April 24, 2013, 11:19:26 AM
What's the best (not cheapest) place to go Jet Skiing?

Also, is there something better in the SF Bay Area?

Anyone up for a JSDO on May 10 or thereabouts?
I went by Marina del Rey. Imo jet skiing in the ocean is a lot more fun, I enjoyed riding the waves.
A few of my friends recently went in San Diego and said it was really nice there as well.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: esther gee on April 30, 2013, 09:44:39 AM
Want to go to LA for a week in the summer and I don't have a place to stay for Shabbos, does a/o know if their are any restaurants that are open Friday night (prepaid of course) or any other ideas for Shabbos, I am good with either renting a back house, staying in SLS or I am open to another suggestions.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on April 30, 2013, 10:21:51 AM
Want to go to LA for a week in the summer and I don't have a place to stay for Shabbos, does a/o know if their are any restaurants that are open Friday night (prepaid of course) or any other ideas for Shabbos, I am good with either renting a back house, staying in SLS or I am open to another suggestions.

There are takeout places you can use, or get invited for a meal or two.  The communities are very open to guests, especially in the summer.

AFAIK there are no restaurants open on Fri night (definitely not in the Pico are, maybe elsewhere).
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: ash on April 30, 2013, 12:03:27 PM
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AFAIK there are no restaurants open on Fri night (definitely not in the Pico are, maybe elsewhere).

there are arrangements that can be made with Shilo's and Pats for friday night

plus Chabad of Sola (in the pico area ) has a friday night meal every week for a small fee

and most shuls have nice kidushim on Shabbos
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on May 04, 2013, 11:59:47 PM
Hi Which is the nicest hotel to stay for shabbes near a shoul in la
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 05, 2013, 12:28:28 AM
Shame this thread hasn't been wiki'd yet. Maybe I'll do it when I get a chance
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on May 05, 2013, 01:01:31 AM
Hi Which is the nicest hotel to stay for shabbes near a shoul in la
this is very close to pico

http://m.mrchotels.com/
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on May 05, 2013, 01:07:50 AM
this is very close to pico

http://m.mrchotels.com/

True, but it's very expensive.  Try Crown Plaza or Marriott Residence Inn.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: metziah on May 05, 2013, 09:23:38 PM
does anybody know anything about short term apt. rentals right near the grove?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Centurion on May 06, 2013, 12:47:24 AM
best / second best hotel for 4 days spg/marriot/hyatt?
looking to daven in hancock park
mo-thursday
next month.
i love the writes ups about where to go/eat- thanx to all!
any special coupon/delas on sites to see or any thing?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on May 06, 2013, 01:06:45 AM
best / second best hotel for 4 days spg/marriot/hyatt?
looking to daven in hancock park
mo-thursday
next month.
i love the writes ups about where to go/eat- thanx to all!
any special coupon/delas on sites to see or any thing?

Closest hotels to the La Brea area are in Hollywood (including the W hotel there).  There are far more hotels near Pico.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Centurion on May 06, 2013, 11:14:58 PM
Closest hotels to the La Brea area are in Hollywood (including the W hotel there).  There are far more hotels near Pico.
same distance from sheraton universal? closest shachris 20 min drive?
which hotel nicer? W or sheraton?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: lcyitz on May 06, 2013, 11:18:25 PM
They are filming the voice at the grove now.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on May 06, 2013, 11:34:24 PM
same distance from sheraton universal? closest shachris 20 min drive?
which hotel nicer? W or sheraton?

The Sheraton Universal is farther by about 10 minutes. 

Davening is about a 10 minute drive from the W.

I haven't stayed at either hotel.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Centurion on May 06, 2013, 11:43:15 PM
thanx
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on May 06, 2013, 11:44:16 PM
thanx

The Sheraton is also about 15 minutes from Valley Village shuls.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on May 09, 2013, 01:51:17 PM
I have a free night at a Marriott 1-4. Any nice places in the area where i can use this?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on May 09, 2013, 01:56:28 PM
I have a free night at a Marriott 1-4. Any nice places in the area where i can use this?

If by "the area" you mean the Jewish community, then there's a Residence Inn by Marriott. That's all I can think of.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on May 09, 2013, 01:57:10 PM
If by "the area" you mean the Jewish community, then there's a Residence Inn by Marriott. That's all I can think of.
I know of that one. Was hoping there was a "nicer" one not too far from the area which i can use it on.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on May 09, 2013, 01:58:37 PM
I know of that one. Was hoping there was a "nicer" one not too far from the area which i can use it on.

Sorry, GIYF.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on May 09, 2013, 04:29:39 PM
I know of that one. Was hoping there was a "nicer" one not too far from the area which i can use it on.

If you don't mind the walk (its really not too bad), then you can stay in Century City at the Hyatt Century Plaza or the InterContinental.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on May 09, 2013, 04:31:02 PM
If you don't mind the walk (its really not too bad), then you can stay in Century City at the Hyatt Century Plaza or the InterContinental.
Looking for something on Marriott.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on May 09, 2013, 04:32:55 PM
Looking for something on Marriott.

Sorry missed that farther up the thread. 
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on May 09, 2013, 04:34:42 PM
Sorry missed that farther up the thread.
No worries. I will probably end up staying at the Residence Inn by Pico. Was hoping i can get a nicer place at least for a night.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on May 09, 2013, 05:59:50 PM
No worries. I will probably end up staying at the Residence Inn by Pico. Was hoping i can get a nicer place at least for a night.

At least they were free breakfast and are 2 doors down from Adas Torah.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on May 09, 2013, 08:34:57 PM
At least they were free breakfast and are 2 doors down from Adas Torah.

And the rooms are actually a decent size.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on May 09, 2013, 08:46:48 PM
And the rooms are actually a decent size.
That's because it used to be a hospital. You'll notice the elevators are extra large too. You can even fit a hospital bed in there.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on May 09, 2013, 08:55:37 PM
Used to be a hospital sounds like a lot of germs
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on May 09, 2013, 08:59:13 PM
Used to be a hospital sounds like a lot of germs
Don't worry, it was over 10 years ago.