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Breakfast Near LA Zoo

We are planning on going to the LA Zoo this coming weekend, and are looking for breakfast before the zoo opens. Any suggestions? Minimum of distance (so probably not Los Feliz - north of the Park) ideal. Thanks.

Left Fresh Mozzarella Out Overnight -- Okay?

Bought fresh mozzarella last night and forgot to put in the fridge -- just put it in -- should it be okay if it doesn't smell funny (still sealed). Thanks.

Jul 27, 2014
BabyLitigator in General Topics

Storing Chopped Tomatoes Overnight

So I have about two pounds of chopped fresh tomatoes from a friend with a garden -- chopped because they were getting soft and was worried they wouldn't make it until tomorrow. I am planning on making a Checca tomorrow night (just chopped).
Right now, they are room temperature in an airtight container -- any suggestion for storage for the next 24 hours? Thanks.

Jul 26, 2014
BabyLitigator in General Topics

Violet Crumble - chocolate covered honeycomb- where?

Sainsbury Market at Wilshire and Amherst

Where to have lunch with my four-month old on the Westside?

We've taken our baby (now 9 months) to Tasting Kitchen in Venice, MB Post and Strand House in MB (straight shot from MV down Culver/Vista Del Mar), Rockenwagner on Washington, Akasha (Culver City).

Cherry on Top Yogurt coming to Culver City/Mar Vista

It finally opened this weekend. Menchie's is better.

That chinese restaurant is now open in the CC mall (calling the chinese food gurus)

I'm curious why you think the food was worth half of what it costs (I've also been, and was impressed, esp. by the dan dan noodles). Rent in the space is likely insane (thus the crazy turnover of food places at the CC mall) and considering that, I suspect the food portion of the bill (as opposed the rent portion) is not significantly more than in the SGV. Nobody will ever be able to charge SGV prices if they are paying more than SGV per square foot rent; anyone hoping for that will just be disappointed.

Food for Flight from Kona Airport (KOA) Help

Flying out of KOA tomorrow afternoon, and there will be no food on the plane back to LAX. Any suggestions for food to buy for the flight? Something that will keep the few hours between purchase and consumption. Thanks.

Jan 03, 2014
BabyLitigator in Hawaii

Lameloise in Burgundy -- dress code

Thank you. Any recommendations re food?

Nov 18, 2012
BabyLitigator in France

Lameloise in Burgundy -- dress code

Headed to Lameloise in Burgundy in a few weeks for lunch -- wondering what the dress code is (need to pack). Thanks.

Nov 16, 2012
BabyLitigator in France

Beaune -- Ma Cuisine question

Quick question re: Ma Cuisine in Beaune. Do they have any fish and/or pescetarian (dairy/eggs/seafood okay) dishes. Thinking of going later this year, but wanted to make sure there would be something for everyone in the party to eat. Thanks.

Aug 16, 2012
BabyLitigator in France

Bone-In Leg of Lamb -- How Should I Cook

I have a six-and-a-half pound, bone-in leg of lamb currently sitting in yogurt marinade in my fridge, to roast tomorrow night. My question is, how to go about it -- I've seen varying advice online.

-- Low and slow (325) or high then low (450, then 325), and how does a convection oven affect the cooking time on this?
- Keep the yogurt on or clean it all the way off?

Much appreciated.

Nov 11, 2011
BabyLitigator in Home Cooking

Park Barbecue suggestions?

Headed to Park Barbecue tonight. Any suggestions for a party of two? Thinking short rib + pork belly + doggy bag.

Subbing Lobster for Crab

Kind of an odd question. Making a recipe for cold tomato soup with lump crabmeat. Oddly, I've been finding that fresh lump lobster meat is substantially cheaper than lump crab meat in my area (very odd result of the financial crisis).

Can I sub lobster for crab?

Sep 20, 2009
BabyLitigator in Home Cooking

Substitute for All Purpose Flour

Planning on making some cookies today, and discovered my flour (for the second time in six months) had flour beetles -- will be abandoning my ceramic flour holder for a better metal one.

In the meantime, I have whole wheat flour, cake flour, pastry flour, and bread flour. What's my best best for substitutions? Just making a shortbread cookie.

Jun 07, 2009
BabyLitigator in Home Cooking

ISO Chili Recipe

Got a rainy weekend, so planning on making up a mess of chili. Getting information overload on chowhound/internet, and the magazines seem only to have turkey and vegetarian recipes. Any suggestions for a particularly good one. Thinking spice and w/ beans, but not much beyond that.

Feb 07, 2009
BabyLitigator in Home Cooking

Tipping/Cash Only Question

Random Tipping etiquette question. I was at a cash-only restaurant the other day, and when the time came to pay, I had enough cash for dinner and a not quite adequate tip (less than 15% - was a few bucks more expensive than I expected). Do I leave a small tip, or pay $3 to use the ripoff ATM in the restaurant (to add maybe $5 to the tip).

Similar question re: tipping when no small bills.

Jan 30, 2009
BabyLitigator in Not About Food

Decent Chow on 10 between Blythe and Phoenix?

Driving out to Phoenix on Friday, and will likely stop for lunch sometime after passing Indio, but before hitting Phoenix. Any suggestions? Don't want to go more than a few minutes off the 10. Thanks.

Dec 31, 2008
BabyLitigator in Southwest

Decent Chow between Indio and AZ Border on the 10

Driving out to Phoenix on Friday, and will likely stop for lunch sometime after passing Indio, but before hitting Phoenix. Any suggestions? Don't want to go more than a few minutes off the 10 (also posting on SW board}.

Dec 31, 2008
BabyLitigator in California

Flageolet Bean Question

I'm making a recipe (James Peterson Pork and Bean) that calls for cannellini, great northern, tongues of fire, or navy beans. I stumbled on Flageolet beans in Whole Foods, and was wondering (1) if they were a good substitute, (2) whether they are an improvement in this type of dish over the other types of beans and (3) if there are any cooking changes. Any help appreciated. Thanks.

Dec 27, 2008
BabyLitigator in Home Cooking

Good sushi/hot dishes near financial district?

Does anyone have any suggestions for a good sushi place with a good assortment of hot dishes within a short cab hop from the financial district? Thinking along the lines of Katsuya/Matsuhisa in LA or Umami in the marina. Thanks.

Dan Dan Noodles in W. LA?

Any suggestions for where to find decent dan dan noodles west of La Cienega? Thinking maybe Hu's but open to suggestion.

Sushi Zo

been too long since I've been back to Zo, but probably my favorite sushi place in the city. big fan.

salt-packed anchovies in West L.A.

Anyone know where to find salt-packed anchovies in West L.A.? So far I've tried two whole foods, vicenti foods, and bay cities, and no luck. Whole Foods said they used to carry them. Any ideas?

Westside Rehearsal Dinner for 50-70?

We did ours at Spark Woodfire grill on Pico, seemed about that price range. Very good, but not too innovative.

Quail Springs, OK?

Heading to Quail Springs (north Oklahoma City) for a few days this weekend. Any suggestions? Thanks.

baby-friendly near LAX?

Meeting with some friends pre-flight, and they have a baby. What is a good, baby-friendly place around the airport? Thinking Pann's for now.

'Gusto 28 - report

I forget the names, but they were the mid-range places recommended by Frommer's, two near Via Veneto and one near the Spanish Steps. Probably not the finest cuisine Rome had to offer, but I assume they were at least somewhat representative.

Apr 20, 2008
BabyLitigator in Italy

'Gusto 28 - report

The Drago restaurants in L.A., in addition to La Terza and Vincenti, seem on similar wavelengths to a lot of the restaurants in Rome, and at least in the same ballpark in terms of quality.

Apr 20, 2008
BabyLitigator in Italy

'Gusto 28 - report

Been in Rome for a few days, and went to our first recommended restaurant, 'Gusto 28 in Piazza Augusto Imperatore. It is a modern seafood and vegetarian restaurant, comparable in price and type of food to somewhere like Drago in Los Angeles.

We had the fried anchovies, the pacherri (kind of like a larger homemade rigatoni) with tomato and eggplant, the pacherri with artichoke hearts and mussels, the salt cod in a tomato broth, and the fried fish. All were excellent, and the first meal we've had here that we could not get in L.A. The pacherri and salt cod were particularly good. Although we did not have the whole branzino, it was prepared next to our table for two other parties, and it looked excellent (we woul probably order it if we went back)

One random note though. I had heard that portion sizes were smaller here in Europe, but I have not found it to be so. The size is consistent with what one would find at a similar restaurant in L.A (as opposed to someplace like Osteria Mozza, where the primi are very small). I have no idea how people manage to eat a primi and a secondi without getting huge.

Also, even with the euro (1.58 right now), the prices seem more or less in line with Los Angeles, a bit less than NY, and more than Chicago.

Apr 03, 2008
BabyLitigator in Italy