• DineLA Restaurant Week: $49 AYCE Brazilian Churrascaria at Fogo de Chao in BH
    Please Make Note of Pleasure Palate Attendance Policies and our 3 Strikes Rule by clicking here (http://www.meetup.com/pleasurepalate/pages/Attendance_Policies_and_3_Strikes_Rule/) before RSVP-ing to this Event. Cancelling your RSVP within 24 hours for any reason, or not showing up at the event without contacting the Organizer by cell phone ahead of time will result in a strike. 3 Strikes and You're Out! NOTE! If you do not provide me with your contact number at the time of signing, then your RSVP will be canceled. If you are on the Wait List, then it is YOUR responsibility to monitor your status on the Wait List and update your RSVP accordingly, if necessary. and not me. I am NOT your personal assistant. If you've been before, it's all about those skewers of meats (except rib eye, filet mignon and lamb chops) brought to you tableside, and sliced for you to enjoy. In addition to the meats, they have a Market Salad Bar that features salad, charcuterie, cheese, feijoada, and soup for you to enjoy as well. Finish off your meal with a slice of cheesecake or chocolate cake. It's all part of the DineLA dinner pricing. DineLA Menu: https://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week/54105/menu Yelp Reviews: https://www.yelp.com/biz/fogo-de-ch%C3%A3o-brazilian-steakhouse-beverly-hills-4 TO RSVP FOR THIS EVENT: • We will meet inside of the restaurant shortly before our 7:00pm reservation. • Total cost estimated per person is expected to be about $63 or more (especially if you order beverages or additional food for yourself, plus tax and gratuity). On the day of the event, please bring sufficient CASH to pay for the balance of your portion of the bill. • $8 Valet Parking is available in their own private lot. Street parking is available. Just be sure to check any parking signs for any parking restrictions, especially in areas marked for permits only.

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    Fogo de Chao

    133 N. La Cienega Blvd. · Beverly Hills, CA

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  • DineLA Restaurant Week: $29 3-Course Persian Dinner at Farsi Cafe in Westwood
    Please Make Note of Pleasure Palate Attendance Policies and our 3 Strikes Rule by clicking here (http://www.meetup.com/pleasurepalate/pages/Attendance_Policies_and_3_Strikes_Rule/) before RSVP-ing to this Event. Cancelling your RSVP within 24 hours for any reason, or not showing up at the event without contacting the Organizer by cell phone ahead of time will result in a strike. 3 Strikes and You're Out! NOTE! If you do not provide me with your contact number at the time of signing, then your RSVP will be canceled. If you are on the Wait List, then it is YOUR responsibility to monitor your status on the Wait List and update your RSVP accordingly, if necessary. and not me. I am NOT your personal assistant. I know it's last minute, but who's up for Persian food? DineLA Menu: https://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week/95775/menu Yelp Reviews: https://www.yelp.com/biz/farsi-cafe-los-angeles-2 TO RSVP FOR THIS EVENT: • We will meet inside of the restaurant shortly before our 7:00pm reservation. • Total cost estimated per person is expected to be about $36 or more (especially if you order beverages or additional food for yourself, plus tax and gratuity). On the day of the event, please bring sufficient CASH to pay for the balance of your portion of the bill. • Only street parking is available. Just be sure to check any parking signs for any parking restrictions, especially in areas marked for permits only.

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    Farsi Cafe

    1916 Westwood Blvd · Los Angeles

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  • Authentic Oaxacan Brunch at Conrad's in San Pedro, Samplings from the Chef
    Please Make Note of Pleasure Palate Attendance Policies and our 3 Strikes Rule by clicking here (http://www.meetup.com/pleasurepalate/pages/Attendance_Policies_and_3_Strikes_Rule/) before RSVP-ing to this Event. Cancelling your RSVP within 24 hours for any reason, or not showing up at the event without contacting the Organizer by cell phone ahead of time will result in a strike. 3 Strikes and You're Out! NOTE! If you do not provide me with your contact number at the time of signing, then your RSVP will be canceled. If you are on the Wait List, then it is YOUR responsibility to monitor your status on the Wait List and update your RSVP accordingly, if necessary. and not me. I am NOT your personal assistant. Relatively new Mexican restaurant that opened up only a couple of months ago in San Pedro. The Chef as indicated that he would like to host a table for our group and prepare a variety of Oaxacan dishes for us to try. There's no menu as of now. Just consider it his omakase. If you love to Instagram or share food pictures on social media, then is definitely an event you would like to sign up for. Yelp Reviews: https://www.yelp.com/biz/conrads-san-pedro TO RSVP FOR THIS EVENT: • We will meet inside of the restaurant shortly before our 11:00am reservation. Please be on time as the chef would like to start service promptly at 11:00am. • Total cost estimated per person is expected to be about $15 or more (especially if you order beverages or additional food for yourself, plus tax and gratuity). On the day of the event, please bring sufficient CASH to pay for the balance of your portion of the bill. • FAMILY STYLE DINING: We will be dining "Family Style." The food bill will be split evenly among all attendees. Attendees will be responsible for paying for their own alcoholic beverages. Please note that flexibility is an important part of family-style dining, and if you want to take a chance on attending, you have to be amenable to what the group will order. You don't have to eat everything that is ordered, but everyone pays equally, whether you eat everything or not. The goal for family-style dining is to allow for the entire group to sample as wide a variety of dishes as possible. If one or more attendees choose to order on their own, that limits the group's choices, which defeats the purpose of what Family-Style Dining is all about. If this definition of Family-Style Dining doesn't feel comfortable, this may not be the right type of event for you. • Parking is available in their own private lot. Street parking is available. Just be sure to check any parking signs for any parking restrictions.

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    Conrad's

    1902 South Pacific Avenue · San Pedro, ca

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  • Family Style Sichuan Dinner at Chengdu House in Valley Village
    Please Make Note of Pleasure Palate Attendance Policies and our 3 Strikes Rule by clicking here (http://www.meetup.com/pleasurepalate/pages/Attendance_Policies_and_3_Strikes_Rule/) before RSVP-ing to this Event. Cancelling your RSVP within 24 hours for any reason, or not showing up at the event without contacting the Organizer by cell phone ahead of time will result in a strike. 3 Strikes and You're Out! NOTE! If you do not provide me with your contact number at the time of signing, then your RSVP will be canceled. If you are on the Wait List, then it is YOUR responsibility to monitor your status on the Wait List and update your RSVP accordingly, if necessary. and not me. I am NOT your personal assistant. From Euno Lee's Article with Eater LA: The concentration of immigrant communities throughout the Greater Los Angeles (https://la.eater.com/venue/los-angeles) area lends to biases formed about specific neighborhoods. For Korean food, it stands to reason one might head to Koreatown. For Sichuan cuisine, it’s generally accepted that the San Gabriel Valley is home to LA’s best. But this bias doesn’t always ring true, and Chengdu House — tucked away in a strip mall in Valley Village (http://www.ourventurablvd.com/2017/05/29/spice-nice-valley-village/), and opened since this past May — is serving up Sichuan dishes that stand toe-to-toe with anything in the SGV. Still, even a genuine Sichuan restaurant in the San Fernando Valley ought to come with different expectations from a top-tier place in SGV. Perusing briefly over Chengdu House’s four-month-old Yelp page reveals as much — most of the older reviews rave about the affordable lunch specials and takeout, while some of the more recent ones seem to have uncovered the restaurant’s expertise in Sichuan cuisine. Longtime restaurant veteran Gang Tian, who cooked at Le Chine Wok in Bel Air and Mid-City, hails from Chengdu and often manages the front of house. By all appearances, Chengdu House is plenty capable of playing well-trod favorites that amount to a generic Chinese takeout menu. There’s Mongolian beef, orange chicken, and whatever else someone in need of a Panda Express replacement could possibly desire. The intrigue at Chengdu House, though, is in Gang Tian’s Sichuan food. Placed on a separate menu, this listing plays all the well-known hits of a different kind: Tea-smoked duck, cold pork bellies, spicy boiled fish in chili oil, lukewarm “mouth-watering chicken.” If there’s one knock on the Sichuan cuisine at Chengdu House, it’s that the dishes in general lack the merciless heat of Nothingness (formerly Huolala) or Szechuan Impression in the SGV. For the complete article: https://la.eater.com/2017/9/28/16376776/chengdu-house-sichuan-cuisine-valley-los-angeles TO RSVP FOR THIS EVENT: • We will meet in front of the restaurant shortly before 5:45pm. • Total cost estimated per person is expected to be about $25 or more (especially if you order beverages or additional food for yourself, plus tax and gratuity). On the day of the event, please bring sufficient CASH to pay for the balance of your portion of the bill. • FAMILY STYLE DINING: We will be dining "Family Style." The food bill will be split evenly among all attendees. Attendees will be responsible for paying for their own alcoholic beverages. Please note that flexibility is an important part of family-style dining, and if you want to take a chance on attending, you have to be amenable to what the group will order. You don't have to eat everything that is ordered, but everyone pays equally, whether you eat everything or not. The goal for family-style dining is to allow for the entire group to sample as wide a variety of dishes as possible. If one or more attendees choose to order on their own, that limits the group's choices, which defeats the purpose of what Family-Style Dining is all about. If this definition of Family-Style Dining doesn't feel comfortable, this may not be the right type of event for you. • CHENGDU HOUSE YELP REVIEWS (https://www.yelp.com/biz/chengdu-house-los-angeles) • CHENGDU HOUSE MENU (http://www.chengduhouseusa.com/menu.html) • Parking is available in the mall where the restaurant is located. Street parking is available. Just be sure to check any parking signs for any parking restrictions.

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    Chengdu House Chinese Restaurant

    4805 Whitsett Avenue · Los Angeles

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  • Monday Evening in Encino: The Magic Bar
    • What we'll do Please Note: Read the directions carefully below BEFORE you RSVP 'Yes' for this event. 1) You need to pay for the advance registration online which costs around $25 plus a service fee to reserve your seat for this event. You can purchase your advance reservation through this link: http://www.magicbarla.com/about.html 2) If the group is hungry after the show, we can dine at a local restaurant afterward. 3) Because of the very limited seating, make sure to buy your tickets now, rather than later. I luv magic shows and try and attend as many as I can that offer an intimate ambiance. So when I heard from a friend that happens to be a magician that he performs occasionally at the Magic Bar in Encino, I knew I had to check it out. The place, which is normally a sushi bar, only allows 15 people per show, so that's definitely on the intimate side. So come join and brave Monday night rush hour traffic to get to Encino at 7 PM for magic! From LA Weekly: "At Magic Bar, bartender/magician extraordinaire Benjamin Schrader’s weekly pop-up sleight-of-hand saloon, the magic is intimate and happens just feet away, making each card trick all the more impressive. For around 45 minutes, a dozen lucky patrons sip specially crafted cocktails and have their minds blown by a rotating roster of guest performers, all of whom, like Schrader, also are headlining magicians at the Magic Castle." • What to bring • Important to know They will be serving cocktails and drinks but that costs extra.

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  • Family Style Hunan Dinner at Xiang Wei Lou (湘味楼) in San Gabriel
    Please Make Note of Pleasure Palate Attendance Policies and our 3 Strikes Rule by clicking here (http://www.meetup.com/pleasurepalate/pages/Attendance_Policies_and_3_Strikes_Rule/) before RSVP-ing to this Event. Cancelling your RSVP within 24 hours for any reason, or not showing up at the event without contacting the Organizer by cell phone ahead of time will result in a strike. 3 Strikes and You're Out! NOTE! If you do not provide me with your contact number at the time of signing, then your RSVP will be canceled. If you are on the Wait List, then it is YOUR responsibility to monitor your status on the Wait List and update your RSVP accordingly, if necessary. and not me. I am NOT your personal assistant. A long time staple in the SGV that's been around for at least 15 years. I've always passed by it and have always wanted to try them. After having them bookmarked on my Yelp page for over 5 years, it's time to cross this place off my foodie bucket list. So, come join me for an early dinner. Note: This place is CASH ONLY. FAMILY STYLE DINING: We will be dining "Family Style." The food bill will be split evenly among all attendees. Attendees will be responsible for paying for their own alcoholic beverages. Please note that flexibility is an important part of family-style dining, and if you want to take a chance on attending, you have to be amenable to what the group will order. You don't have to eat everything that is ordered, but everyone pays equally, whether you eat everything or not. The goal for family-style dining is to allow for the entire group to sample as wide a variety of dishes as possible. If one or more attendees choose to order on their own, that limits the group's choices, which defeats the purpose of what Family-Style Dining is all about. If this definition of Family-Style Dining doesn't feel comfortable, this may not be the right type of event for you. I do not want to hear any requests to please "do not order this or that" as others may want what you don't want. IMPORTANT EVENT INFO: • Dinner here is expected to be around $25+ for food, any drinks you may order, tax and at least 18% gratuity). Please bring sufficient cash (small denominations preferred) to pay for your share of brunch. •XIANG WEI LOU YELP REVIEWS (https://www.yelp.com/biz/xiang-wei-lou-san-gabriel) • Parking is available in the shopping center where it is located.

    Xiang Wei Lou

    227 West Valley Boulevard, Suite 118A · San Gabriel, CA

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  • Brunch at Ari Taymor's Weekend Only Pop-Up "Little Prince" in Santa Monica
    Please Make Note of Pleasure Palate Attendance Policies and our 3 Strikes Rule by clicking here (http://www.meetup.com/pleasurepalate/pages/Attendance_Policies_and_3_Strikes_Rule/) before RSVP-ing to this Event. Cancelling your RSVP within 24 hours for any reason, or not showing up at the event without contacting the Organizer by cell phone ahead of time will result in a strike. 3 Strikes and You're Out! NOTE! If you do not provide me with your contact number at the time of signing, then your RSVP will be canceled. If you are on the Wait List, then it is YOUR responsibility to monitor your status on the Wait List and update your RSVP accordingly, if necessary. and not me. I am NOT your personal assistant. From Jean Harris at the LA Times: Time for brunch: Chef Ari Taymor is on the move once again. The chef started his Alma restaurant as a pop-up in Venice before opening a restaurant at a small space in downtown L.A. in 2012. After three years he moved Alma to the Standard Hollywood and ended his two-year run at the hotel last December. Now he has started a weekend-only pop-up in Santa Monica devoted to something he does exceptionally well: brunch. Taymor describes the pop-up as "serving elevated breakfast favorites with a modern twist." The pop-up, called Little Prince, is named after the French children's book "The Little Prince," which Taymor's mother read to him when he was little. "She's always been so supportive of me in everything I want to do, especially through a tough few years," said Taymor. "I wanted to find a way to celebrate that." Taymor's partner in the pop-up is restaurant consultant and developer Shane Won Murphy, who has ownership in Kettleblack and Sawyer in Silver Lake. If you had brunch at Alma at the Standard Hollywood, you'll recognize some of the dishes at Little Prince, including the cast-iron pancakes and the smoked brisket with Anson Mills grits. The seaweed hollandaise sauce also makes an appearance, served with crispy potatoes and a smoked salmon hash. Little Prince is located in the former Fork in the Road space on Main Street, next to the Jinya Ramen Bar. Brunch Menu: https://littleprince.la/menu/ EVENT DETAILS: • We will meet in front of the restaurant shortly before our 11:30am reservation. Please be on time as they may not seat us until the entire group is present. • Cost per person is expected to be about $25.00 or more, depending on how much food and beverages you order, plus tax and gratuity. Please bring have sufficient CASH (small bills preferred) on hand to settle your portion of the bill. • Street parking is the only option for now. Be sure to check signs for any parking restrictions.

    Little Prince

    2424 Main Street · Santa Monica, ca

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  • Early Morning Hike to the Wisdom Tree and Day Trip to the San Diego Cake Show
    • What we'll do Please Note: Read the information carefully below BEFORE you RSVP 'Yes' for this event. 1) This is a two part event that is a la carte - meaning you can just do the hike and/or join me at the San Diego Cake Show. 2) The Wisdom Tree Hike starts at 7 AM Sharp at the meeting point. Around 9:15 am or 9:30 AM, I will be arranging for a carpool to head down to Del Mar for the Cake Show. 3) The Wisdom Tree Hike is a Moderate to Strenuous hike depending upon your fitness level. So if you are beginner hiker, do not sign up for this. Also, make sure you dress appropriately for the trail - wear hiking shoes/boots and bring bottled water. The trail might be wet and/or muddy. 4) The Cake Show tickets cost $10 if you prepurchase your ticket in advance online: https://sandiegocakeshow.com/tickets/ Its $12 if you pay at the door. 5) If you carpool, please pay your designated driver $25 for gas and car maintenance. Or if I end up renting a vehicle - then it will cover the rental and gas. Let me know in advance if you plan to carpool. 6) On the way to San Diego, we will stop at a TBD restaurant for breakfast/brunch. Bring at least $25 for breakfast. Last year, I scheduled a hike to the Wisdom Tree. My plans were thwarted due to nearby fires that made the air filled with ash and smoke, so I postponed it. I figure with all the recent rains we have had and will be having this week, fire won't be an issue. I will need to burn off some calories since afterwards, I'm planning to head down to Del Mar for the annual San Diego Cake Show. I have been wanting to visit the Cake Show the last two years, so this year I do not want to miss it. So come join me for a day of hiking and cake art viewing, along with some eating! First Stop: Wisdom Tree Hike More info: https://modernhiker.com/hike/hiking-to-the-wisdom-tree-and-cahuenga-peak/ Second Stop: Brunch at a TBD place either in The OC or Northern SD County Third Stop: San Diego Cake Show More info: https://sandiegocakeshow.com/ • What to bring Hiking shoes/boots, bottled water for the hike to the Wisdom Tree. Money for brunch and the Cake Show and carpooling. • Important to know

    Wisdom Tree

    3052 Lake Hollywood Drive · Los Angeles, CA

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  • Celebrate St. Paddy's Day: Lost Spirits Distillery & Dinner at the NoMad Lobby
    • What we'll do Please Note: Read the directions carefully below BEFORE you RSVP 'Yes' for this event. 1) This event requires that you have already purchased a ticket for the Lost Spirits Tour and Tasting which SOLD OUT rather quickly. There might be one ticket for sale still that a PP member bought but he is unable to go. Contact me for details if you want to buy it. It costs $36.50. 2) After the Lost Spirits experience, I will drive the group (or we can take Lyft) to NoMad for our dinner reservation. Sorry, but I couldn't get a reservation at Mezzanine. I can't really add more seats for the dinner reservation either because the restaurant is new, popular and fully booked. 3) I am strongly encouraging attendees to dress nicely (elegant dinner attire) for this event. And if you can add some green in your ensemble for St. Patrick's Day, even better. 4) Bring at least $40 for dinner. I am not much of a drinker, but I do enjoy and appreciate the art and science of alcoholic beverages, whether its wine, beer or liquors. So when I read that Lost Spirits won the best tasting experience in 2017, I was intrigued. I bought tickets not realizing it would be St. Paddy's Day, which ended up selling out really fast. Since Lost Spirits is in Downtown, I figure why not visit a classy restaurant in the area that would compliment the experience at Lost Spirits? So come join me for an evening of class, elegance and tasty drinks and food in Downtown LA as we celebrate St. Paddy's Day. First Stop: Lost Spirits Distillery Tasting and Tour Their website: http://www.lostspirits.net/ Second Stop: Dinner at NoMad Lobby located at 649 S Olive St Los Angeles, CA 90014 NoMad Lobby menu and pricing: https://www.thenomadhotel.com/los-angeles/dining/menus/dinner-lobby • What to bring Bring at least $40 or more for dinner. • Important to know Dress nicely - we will be having a classy and elegant evening. Try and wear some green in honor of St. Paddy's Day as well.

    Lost Spirits Distillery

    1235 East 6th Street · Los Angeles, ca

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  • Back to Cui Hua Lou Again for Family Style Sichuan Dinner in Monterey Park
    Please Make Note of Pleasure Palate Attendance Policies and our 3 Strikes Rule by clicking here (http://www.meetup.com/pleasurepalate/pages/Attendance_Policies_and_3_Strikes_Rule/) before RSVP-ing to this Event. Cancelling your RSVP within 24 hours for any reason, or not showing up at the event without contacting the Organizer by cell phone ahead of time will result in a strike. 3 Strikes and You're Out! NOTE! If you do not provide me with your contact number at the time of signing, then your RSVP will be canceled. If you are on the Wait List, then it is YOUR responsibility to monitor your status on the Wait List and update your RSVP accordingly, if necessary. and not me. I am NOT your personal assistant. Well, looks like I'm going to be making this regular outing once ever 4 to 6 weeks because the food is that good, and the price is very reasonable. Back again to one of our favorite Sichuan hole-in-the-wall, which serves up Sichuan dishes that emphasizes in the layers of flavors rather than spiciness that's normally associated with Sichuan restaurants. We will order some of our favorite dishes and add a couple of dishes that we have not yet tried, such as Cumin Chicken Bones, much like the dish that is popular at Shen Yang in San Gabriel. PROPOSED DISHES TO BE ORDERED: • Cumin Lamb, Chicken Wings, Mushroom Skewers • Shredded Pork with Cilantro (non-spicy) • Stewed Lamb in Casserole • Boiled Fish in Water • Stir Fried Corn with Salted Duck Egg Yolk • Kung Pao Chicken • Shredded Potato in Vinegar • Hot Braised Eggplant with Garlic Sauce • and something new from their revised menu • We will meet in front of the restaurant's private rooms, which are located toward the corner of the parking lot just beyond the entrance to the restaurant at 5:45 pm. • Family-Style Dining: Dining for this event has been designated as Family-Style. The food bill will be split evenly between all attendees. Attendees will be responsible for paying for their own beverages. Please note that flexibility is an important part of family-style dining, and if you want to take a chance on attending, you have to be amenable to what the group/AO will order. You don't have to eat everything that is ordered, but everyone pays equally, whether you eat everything or not. Most of the dishes we order will be at least moderately spicy. If this definition of Family-Style Dining doesn't feel comfortable, this may not be the right type of event for you. In addition, if you have ANY dietary restrictions or ingredients you do not wish to consume, then you may want to skip this event. Ordering dishes modified to fit someone's dietary needs or personal tastes will alter the true flavors of those dishes for the rest of the group. • Cost per person is expected to be about $20 - $25, depending on how much food we order, plus any beverages, tax and gratuity. Please bring at least $40 in CASH (small bills preferred) to settle your portion of the bill. • Parking is available in the parking lot of the mini-mall where they are located. Street parking is available. Be sure to read the street signs for any parking restrictions.

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    Cui Hua Lou

    920 East Garvey Avenue · Monterey Park, CA

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