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Weekend in Seattle - Food recs?

If you're staying in Capitol HIll I would add Mamnoon (modern Lebanese and Syrian) food. Seattle Met named it best restaurant last year. You can do takeaway, it's better for lunch than dinner, IMHO. It's across the street from Taylor Shellfish in CH.

Also in CH, Molly Moon's handmade ice cream on Pine just east of Broadway, and Pike Street Fish Fry for fish and chips.

I agree, skip SeaStar. It's nice, but not outstanding. The LA equivalent would be the Water Grill. Enjoy your visit! And if you run across a Cherry Street coffee shop, get some.

If you have the time, the Chihuly glass museum is breathtaking. Try to go in the evening to see the garden lit up.

Aug 30, 2014
Kishari in Greater Seattle

Best Kept Secrets on the Eastside

kgrieg, thanks for starting this great thread! It's been five years since it started, it would be a great time for a refresh since some of the recos below are now closed. Are you willing to lead the discussion anew? I've only been on the Eastside two years so don't have as much Chowish depth of experience as you. Thanks!

Jul 31, 2014
Kishari in Greater Seattle

Chimu Peruvian Soul Food adds another foodie stop in DTLA

I recently moved downtown, and have been working my way through the food stalls in the Grand Central Market -- current faves are pupusas and sopa de res at Sarita's Pupuseria (Salvadoran) and the goat tostada at Tacos Tumbras a Tomas (Mexican).

But after reading a review in the LA Times last weekend,, today I tried the new Chimu Peruvian Soul food on the Hill side of the Market, which does a takeout window opening into seating on the patio. From the charming handwritten menu boards (I love those!) I chose a fantastic pork belly, crisp, chewy and fatty, everything a pork belly should be, topped with a creamy version of a chimmichuri sauce. Note: It usually comes with barley but since I can't eat gluten they were nice enough to give me quinoa instead. It was smooth and textured, with piquant yet subtle flavors that complemented the pork even though it was cooked to complement something else. Nice.

I ogled the order of a couple next to me who had the Ceviche del dia and the Lomo Saltado. Those are on the hit list next! Anyone else had the chance to try it?

Grand Central Market
317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Tacos Tumbras a Tomas
317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

May 25, 2011
Kishari in Los Angeles Area

Chaya Venice happy hour menu changed, not for the better

I am one of those locals who regularly goes to Chaya Venice happy hour -- bypassing the pickup scene going on in the lounge, I go to score some decent sushi and yummy apps (albacore salad and sweet potato fries!) for cheap prices ($4-$5 each), usually alone so that I can easliy snag a seat at the sushi bar almost every time (it helps that my bf hates sushi).

It's usually a treat for me to go have my goodie night. But tonight was the first time in years I've left unsatisfied from Chaya Venice -- I'm SO disappointed. Apparently after a "spring cleaning", they revised some items on the menu.

The always-reliable Spicy Tuna Tartare has been reduced in size (I'm guessing for fiscal reasons) from a good-sized tuna can shape to three little scoops sitting atop a weird deep-fried rice cake that's reminiscent of a Tater Tot. With a slice of avocado on top. Odd combination of textures. Luckily, the tartare tastes the same.

No more Oyster Dynamite.

One of my favorite fried calamaris in town is now at the back of the line. It used to be robust with flavor, crunchy yet tender, with a great sauce. The batter has been changed to be a lighter, tempura-style one. However, it was pale and lacked any flavor whatsoever. Even some salt would have been welcomed. However they way they are now frying it, the calamari was tough and rubbery. The accompanying sauce has also changed from the mustardy one to something sorta like tahini, but not as good. Ugh.

They still have the sweet potato fries, I didn't have room to order them too. But hopefully they haven't changed the recipe on that.

I talked to my sushi guy and shared my thoughts, hopefully they fix the recipes once they get enough feedback so that they're rockin again. *sigh*

Chaya Venice
110 Navy Street, Venice, CA 90291

Apr 08, 2010
Kishari in Los Angeles Area

where to buy rabbit

There's a vendor at the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmer's market selling rabbit and lamb. Right across from the mushroom guy.

Mar 24, 2010
Kishari in Los Angeles Area

Need suggestions for waffles or pancakes with NO egg

It looks like we missed the original poster, but I've found that 1 Tablespoon of unsweetened applesauce for each egg is terrific for pancakes and waffles. (My BF likes them better this way -- moister and more tender.) Also works in most cookies and some muffins. Obviously this won't work for egg-centric foods like souffles.

Feb 13, 2010
Kishari in Home Cooking


It's a TOTAL geek cake book. Rose has gone so far as to test her cakes with different kinds of tap water when a recipe didn't come out and water was the only variable. And how excited am I to be able to talk to Rose on her Website? Geekily excited, thanks Chef June! Trekkies got nuthin' on us. :)

May 08, 2009
Kishari in Home Cooking


The "Cake Bible" by Rose Levy Beranbaum has a wedding cake recipe that is modular to make in different sizes, ideas for transport, etc. This book nails all the science of baking cakes.

Also, has lots of great tips. Good luck!

May 08, 2009
Kishari in Home Cooking

Gluten Free Help

I am allergic to gluten (but am not a celiac)...I have a good flourless chocolate cake recipe that I pull out for dinner parties. No one misses the flour. Use the best chocolate you can find, I use Callebaut. Good luck!

Apr 15, 2009
Kishari in Home Cooking

Mussels & Fries, where o where?

My fave for Moules Frites is Lilly's Cafe in Venice. However, they have been inconsistent of late, maybe different chef nights? Some nights AMAZING, some night, just good.

Mar 13, 2009
Kishari in Los Angeles Area

Gluten-Free Cheesecake Crust?

How about toasted shredded coconut chopped really finely? (Unsweetened, so that it doesn't distract from your cheescake).

Mar 07, 2009
Kishari in Home Cooking

Stainless steel fry pan - how to fry eggs without them sticking!!

It's mostly technique! I have a little All-Clad that I use for eggs in the morning, and here's the trick I learned from a cookbook somewhere. Heat up the pan for a minute or so to get hot before you put ANYTHING in, which closes the pores in the pan. Then add the oil, swirl it around to coat, and letting that warm up too. Then add the eggs. That should do the trick.

That being said, I LOVE my cast iron for just about everything else. Again, heat the pan for a while first, at least 10 minutes if you're cooking meat. Add your oil, then go at it. Hot water rinse right after the cooking is done, and heat it dry on the stovetop. A little oil if it looks dry.

And I have a cast iron GRILL pan from Lodge. I think it was like $25. Most meat cooked on this cooks fast and tastes amazing! Not quite like outdoor grilling, but better than frying in a flat pan. Just make sure to get a grill pan that has high ridges, or the fat can't accumulate and smoke like a bbq.

Mar 06, 2009
Kishari in Home Cooking

Cooking for kid w/ lots of allergies

Sorry, I disagree with the Asian theme. Being Chinese and allergic to soy, I can attest that there is soy and sesame oil in just about every item, and lots of times kids forget that tofu is soy. Cause darn it, those little squares are so cute.

Mexican is a great idea, keeping the cheese and sour cream separate and self serve would be fun. And easy. (Be careful doing pre-fried taco shells though, a lot of commercial stuff is fried in soy oil....even tortilla chips! I use the Mission brand for tortilla chips for that reason.) Chicken and veggie fajitas would be a hit.

Or egg-free pasta idea is good, it'll feel the most normal to everyone. (I have used 100% corn pasta (Sgambaro and DeBoles), corn and quinoa pasta (Ancient Harvest), and there is rice pasta, but it gets mushy.) Maybe a hearty tomato-based vegetarian pasta like Puttanesca (does the veggie dad eat fish? It has anchovies, but you can leave them out). A green salad with some dried cranberries in it with a raspberry vinaigrette is always kid-friendly. And for dessert a fruit cobbler or fruit with a little streusel-type topping (ground up graham crackers maybe) and rice dream ice cream.

My two cents! Good luck, and echoing some other posters, thank you for being so thoughtful for us food-allergic types.

Mar 06, 2009
Kishari in Home Cooking

The Road to Mammoth [moved from L.A. board]

If you have a kitchen in Mammoth, pick up the maple smoked bacon from Mahogany as well as the beef jerky. Awesome. Everything is pricey (jerky is $35/lb), but you it has a clean meat taste without preservatives, chemicals, or liquid smoke. The jerky is great for ski trip/road trip snacks!

Mar 02, 2009
Kishari in California

REVIEW: Take a Bao, Century City

Keep up the good work, Das, no need to defend yourself, you are always more than fair in your reviews. We are entitled to ask for appropriate quality in a cheap meal...that's what chowing is all about!

On a side note, isn't it just weird that people tend to attack something/anything percieved as "negative" rather than support how they actually feel about said topic? This is a food discussion board folks. Lively discussion is part of the fun!

Oct 21, 2008
Kishari in Los Angeles Area

How Can Someone Be Allergic to Meat?

It is possible to be allergic to the meat itself, I am allergic to chicken, among many other things. (However, I'm not allergic to eggs.) I did a scratch test at an allergist's office, so was sure it wasn't the processing, hormones, etc. in the chicken I react to.

I'm curious about the fact in here about cooking the beef to make the albumin my experience, a protein is a protein no matter how much you cook it because even with my vegetable allergies, the allergen is a protein. Maybe it's just in beef? Curious.

Oct 03, 2008
Kishari in Features

Almond Extract and Nut Allergy

If your friend(s) are allergic to nuts, you should avoid all nut-related extracts. You can certainly use any flavoring for sugar cookies, even plain vanilla. Orange extract could also be nice.

If they're REALLY allergic to nuts, check to make sure your flour isn't processed in a place that processes nuts. It should say so on the package. Good luck!


Sep 25, 2008
Kishari in Home Cooking

Thai Nakorn - what to order?

I'm sure people from NYC will jump all over me, but I think LA has a better depth and breadth for Asian food (I'm not counting Indian, btw). There are just so many large communities of ethnic Asians here that demand the real deal! Lucky for us.

Sep 22, 2008
Kishari in Los Angeles Area

Thai Nakorn - what to order?

OMG Thai Nakorn is amazing. My best friend and I just went here for the first's been on our must-try list for years (she lives in the neighborhood and her hubby doesn't like Thai food).

If you don't know, it's more of a heavier rustic-style (that's how we described it) than what we were used to in Thai cuisine (we're both Asian, btw). As a comparison, if you've been to Musha, then it's closer to that izakaya style rather than the more delicate traditional Japanese style. Here's what we ordered, and it was ALL great.

Fish with mango sauce (not the chunks, but the whole pieces)
Thai sausage
Beef panang
Spring rolls

Can't wait to go back and try more off the menu.

Sep 22, 2008
Kishari in Los Angeles Area

Pizzeria Mozza - Perceptor's Report

Hands down the best bone marrow dish I've ever had. Smooth, packed with flavor, and combined with the beautiful grilled bread and a little sprinking of salt...heaven. Maybe gets upgraded to my "last meal" dish!

Jun 06, 2008
Kishari in Los Angeles Area

Pie Baking Chemistry question

If it's designed to be baked in glass, you'll need to cut down on the bake time somewhat, since glass doesn't get as hot. (On a side note, glass pans can't get a crisp crust, so I hope that's part of the recipe!)

A convection setting will make the pie bake faster, so shorten the time. Good luck.

Oct 12, 2007
Kishari in Home Cooking

Wheat Free Birthday Cake

I have a wheat-free/nut free flourless chocolate cake, but it's a little flat so I would make two layers. and maybe frost with whipped cream!

Food Allergy Queen

Aug 10, 2007
Kishari in Home Cooking

Organic Restaurant Suggestions?

Tender Greens in Culver City. It's casual, but may be a little loud for a serious dinner meeting.

May 15, 2007
Kishari in Los Angeles Area

Gluten free dining in Central Europe?

Rather than struggling each time you go out, I would recommend that you plan ahead and make some cards in German and English to hand to restaurants such as you can find on the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis site:

You should avoid gravy which will have flour. No pastries, obviously, unless they were specifically made gluten free (rice flour, tapioca, potato starch). Rice and potatoes are the safest gluten free starches.

Good luck.

Apr 17, 2007
Kishari in Europe

Post-surgery food: Please help!

There's a great cookbook that I ordered off Amazon for my friend who has cancer. "Cooking well for the unwell".

Lots of great tips. Good luck.

Mar 31, 2007
Kishari in Home Cooking

Broken arm--easy food to cook?

I broke my arm in a snowboarding accident a few years ago and totally feel your pain. Here are some one-armed tips.

Lettuce and spinach salad in bags (served with a homemade vinaigrette since I couldn't open bottled dressing)
Tuna in bags
Pre-cut fruit (I'm in California so we have a lot of this) mixed with yogurt and shredded coconut for fruit salad
Roasted chicken drumsticks so you don''t have to cut anything
If you can open pasta bags, there are lots of great premade pasta sauces. And there is a jar-opening device by Black and Decker out there that I got for my mom with arthritis (it wasn't out when I had my accident).
Frozen pizza (or making pizza with boboli, preshredded cheese, etc.)
Precut pita pockets for sandwiches
Electric pepper grinder
Lots of paper plates and plastic cups so you don't have to wash dishes! It takes forever to wash dishes with one hand.

Also a friend in the medical field really gave me the best tip of all -- Ensure, the liquid nutritional supplement. Especially in the early stages of don't have as big an appetite, but it's even more important to get nutrients for you body to I just stocked a bunch of the chocolate ones in my fridge for about three weeks until I got my appetite back.

Good luck!

Mar 31, 2007
Kishari in Home Cooking

Beignets in Los Angeles

Chowfriend and I had sweet potato beignets served with homemade Cracker Jack (that used pecans instead of peanuts) and a caramel rum sauce the other evening at Lucques. The beignets were light and hot, with a crunchy cinnamon sugar coating. And the unique combination of textures of all caramelly goodness was outstanding! Yum!

Mar 08, 2007
Kishari in Los Angeles Area

Good Butcher in Venice or Santa Monica?

Sorry, there really aren't any on this side of town. IMO, the best you can do is Whole Foods, the one on Wilshire/23rd is the best because of its size and selection.

Feb 19, 2007
Kishari in Los Angeles Area

what foods do you miss most when you leave LA?

I never realize how much good cheap Mexican food I eat until I leave LA. I'm used to being able to order any unusual combination of food (so many people here on weird diets that it takes a LOT to make a waiter blink here). And like SauceSupreme, I agree that I miss having lots of choices in any neighborhood, except for maybe Manhattan Beach.

That said, I miss:

La Playita
Taco trucks La Oaxacena and La Isla Bonita
Mitsuwa Marketplace food court
Tito's Tacos
Asian food in general (it's usually bad/non-authentic in most other cities)
Being able to get sushi everywhere
Santa Monica farmers markets (3rd street on Wed/Sat)

Feb 14, 2007
Kishari in Los Angeles Area

Gluten-free (and delicious!) meal ideas?

As the Food Allergy Queen (I'm allergic to gluten, dairy, soy, rice and citrus...among other things) I always recommend two things when entertaining those of us with food issues. (1) keep it simple and make solid, good-tasting entrees without fancy sauces which could have hidden contaminants...there's gluten in baking powder, soy sauce and tamari for example; and (2) try to eat normal foods that happen to be contaminant-free so that you're not eating fake things with weird tastes and textures that are bound to disappoint everyone!

A simple roast beef au jus (my fave entertaining dish is Zuni Cafe's standing pork roast which can be done's a star), served with a side of grilled vegetables with a little sea salt and olive or truffle oil to finish, and maybe some polenta, risotto or pan-roasted baby potatoes is my reco. For dessert, either poached pears in wine, or a flourless chocolate or nut cake. Fancy enough for company, simple and few ingredients. But because they are few, they should be top-notch quality.

Feb 07, 2007
Kishari in Home Cooking