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Cooking Classes in L.A.

Chef's Inc closed last spring. If more people wanted classes there would be more to choose from. Its just hard running a cooking school if no one signs up.

Sep 17, 2014
rachaeln in Los Angeles Area

The Pastrami List 2014

lol.
http://www.foodconsidered.com/dont-yu...
The first paragraph is relevant. ;-)

Jun 18, 2014
rachaeln in Los Angeles Area

The Pastrami List 2014

LOL.

HELP! Need suggestions about restaurants at Staple Center DOWNTOWN...

Of course any suggestion has to take in to account the person suggesting (in this case, me, who likes really high end - but GOOD - food and has no qualms paying for it)...but I would suggest Rivera over any other spot in the hood. It's beautiful, the food is incredibly well thought out and executed and the bar makes drinks that are second to none. Again, only me, but it's where I would head.
OH, and LA Market is in the Marriott. And it's beyond terrible.

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LA Market
900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Mar 20, 2011
rachaeln in Los Angeles Area

"Don't Yuck Someone's Yum": Readers Send Their Own Eating Rules to Pollan

I was the person who said "Don't Yuck Somone's Yum" and I think it applies to all aspects of life, not just food. (I do wish I hadnt included the eyeballs part though...eek. I just meant people should be allowed to enjoy their food in peace...)

Sorry for the years late comment, but I just saw this. :-)

Nov 01, 2010
rachaeln in Food Media & News

Looking to buy razor clams, when and where can I ge tthem?

Aug 17, 2010
rachaeln in Los Angeles Area

Looking to buy razor clams, when and where can I ge tthem?

We get them at Pacific Seafood downtown. Cash only. Enjoy!

Aug 17, 2010
rachaeln in Los Angeles Area

Eva Restaurant

Eva is by far my favorite restaurant. I eat lunch or dinner there at least once a week. I love that it is small but comfortable, warm and friendly. I am especially picky about seafood and I have always been incredibly impressed that the fish is NEVER overcooked and always seasoned just right. Everything is presented with such artistry (on gorgeous plates, with contemporary plating and beautifully and interesting sides placed just so) and a bit of restraint. I am always happy with the reasonable portion sizes...its for sure not Cheesecake sized, but we always come away full.
The cocktail menu is also a highlight.
The menu is market driven and everything is just...perfect.
For what it's worth, that's my opinion.

Aug 17, 2010
rachaeln in Los Angeles Area

Animal Review

Sounds great! So glad to hear another report. And just wondering...what came with the fish?

Aug 09, 2008
rachaeln in Los Angeles Area

Great Greek food from Pasadena to Riverside

LOL. That's quite a swath! I really like Alexis Greek Restaurant in Northridge (alexisgreek.com) they do a lot of classics and a few interesting Portuguese dishes too for good measure. The food is fresh and they have a decent wine list.

Aug 01, 2008
rachaeln in Los Angeles Area

Catering For A Vegetarian Wedding (in the valley)?

They arent exclusivley vegetarian - but Large Marge Sustainables does amazing food and are reasonably priced...and she seems to really care about clients and the enviornment!

http://www.largemargesustainables.com/

Jul 08, 2008
rachaeln in Los Angeles Area

Locavore Restaurants in Los Angeles?

ahh...thank you! :-)

Jul 08, 2008
rachaeln in Los Angeles Area

Locavore Restaurants in Los Angeles?

I am sorry if this has been covered, but I couldn't find anything...

I'm wondering if there there are any restaurants in Los Angeles county (I'm going broad here) that really focus on serving locally sourced ingredients?

And even more so, are there any restaurants that are entirely, 100% dedicated to being local?

I would love to support such a thing...and am curious what they would have on the menu.

Thanks!
Rachael

Jul 07, 2008
rachaeln in Los Angeles Area

BEST FRENCH FRIES IN LOS ANGELES

The hotel Bel Air offers a huge plate of truffle (shoestring) fries that are heady and amazing.

For more day to day, I really like the long, crispy, golden fries at Cafe L'Etoile in WeHo. We order them with chipotle mayo (well, we say Aioli, but we all know its just good ol' mayo) and a perfect Pimms Cup.

I am also partial to what they fry up at The Villiage Idiot since they offer malt vinegar.

For nostalgia (of the high school variety) I love the basket at Islands. Usually over fried and lots of small-fry remnants, but still a good thing. Not actually sure the last time I ATE at Islands, but their fries remain close to my heart. (And thighs)

Jun 29, 2008
rachaeln in Los Angeles Area

Looking for an specific hot sauce. Help...

there is a store at the third and fairfax farmers market that only sells hotsauces. Check there.

Jun 28, 2008
rachaeln in Los Angeles Area

Food Blog Heaven

I think its funny that you chose becks and posh since she has been very vocal in the past about her feelings about THIS site.

http://becksposhnosh.blogspot.com/200...

Jun 11, 2008
rachaeln in Features

Recreational Cooking Classes?

Okay, so I am posting a reply on a really old thread, but I wanted so much to talk about the class I took this weekend at Spork in Silverlake.

I loved it...

Yes, it was vegan, and yes, it is in an apartment kitchen, and yes, it's only demonstration, but seriously, it was fab.

Jenny, the teacher (sorry, I just can't refer to a girl who was in a tube top and pigtails as a chef), is just the most charming person and the recipes are easy and delicious. (Cliche, but true.)

The crowd was a good mix of vegans, vegetarians and the omni-curious.

I was just charmed by it all and I really did feel like a learned a lot and ate a lot.

It cost $65, was 2 hours and mostly demonstration. Parking was fine (not easy, but not a nightmare) and the class included six recipes. At the end of the class we sat at her table and ate the meal. The same menu is taught four times each weekend.

http://www.sporkfoods.com/

Jun 08, 2008
rachaeln in Los Angeles Area

Bloom Cafe on Pico(formerly Posh & Sierra Bonita) now open

I have been three times now (most recently on Tuesday) and have been annoyed and/or underwhelmed each time.
The first time, the food was underwhelming and service was poor.
The second time, the service was fine and the food was dismal.
This last visit was the end for me. We ordered food and waited, and waited and waited. After 35 minutes the waiter came and took our water glasses away - seemingly to refill them - and then never brought them back. After 45 minutes we were super ansy and the waiter was barely applogetic. At 50 minutes, the new Owl Cafe was calling our names when the food finally arrived.

We were told it was a "hectic day in the kitchen." Inexcusable - we looked in and there were three cooks, two bus boys and a dishwasher working...there were four tables of people...

And the food? Upsettingly underwhelming and excedingly overpriced.

My friend ordered a $12 brie tart which turned out to be a slice of bread with two tiny slabs of cheese somewhat melted on top.

Not a tart, and barely even an open faced sandwich.

I ordered a salad that was - boring. So boring I can't even remember it.
All I can recall is that it took almost an hour to appear on my table.

Sure, it's a cute place, but I am never, ever going back.

Jun 08, 2008
rachaeln in Los Angeles Area

Looking for Taco Cart Caterer

I recently got to try Rasta Taco and I loved it. Fun spin on the old standards, and really well made.

http://www.rastataco.com/

May 19, 2008
rachaeln in Los Angeles Area

Most Romantic Birthday Dinner Spot?

LOL. Yes, I did.

May 16, 2008
rachaeln in Los Angeles Area

Most Romantic Birthday Dinner Spot?

Little Door really does it for me too. Then again, so does Cafe Stella in Silverlake and Pace in Topanga Canyon. For my birthday this year we went to Lucques, which I love, but have to admit, have never found to be cozy or sexy. (Amazing food, but more, comfortable than special) Ditto for last years b-day dinner at Hatfields.

May 10, 2008
rachaeln in Los Angeles Area

Vegetarian food w/o cilantro

Newsroom on Roberston (NOT the SM location) has lots of good options...and a full bar! (Just in case that matters.) Also, any Greek place...

May 10, 2008
rachaeln in Los Angeles Area

Grass Fed, Dry Aged Beef

Bristol Farms in Beverly Hills/WeHo (On Doheny) has it. Or, they did this morning!

May 10, 2008
rachaeln in Los Angeles Area

Loteria Grill Kitchen Store

I pulled in to the mini mall lot today and they are for sure not open or even active...I hope they open soon!!!!!!!!

May 08, 2008
rachaeln in Los Angeles Area

Loteria Grill Kitchen Store

I see it all the time too...I am really curious, since it still doesnt look open...

May 08, 2008
rachaeln in Los Angeles Area

Best bets on Crenshaw Blvd. near Pico

I have a good list now...Im also curious about Tawanda Sushi (which is just around the corner on Pico near Crenshaw) and Maria's Cafe...has anyone been to either?

May 08, 2008
rachaeln in Los Angeles Area

Foxtail

Foodiegt - would you recommend it as an after-work kind of place? I work right near by but am anxious its a bit fancy for me and my casual/rowdy co-workers...

May 04, 2008
rachaeln in Los Angeles Area

Best bets on Crenshaw Blvd. near Pico

These are fantastic suggestions! Thank you all so much. I will try some of them and report back...I think Ill start with the ice cream place! :-)

May 03, 2008
rachaeln in Los Angeles Area

Best bets on Crenshaw Blvd. near Pico

I am in the Crenshaw/Pico Blvd. area a lot (Gardening at the Crenshaw Community Garden) and am looking for good lunch spots. Nothing much further East or South. I saw the Soul Vegan Cafe and read good things, but other than that I am stumped. (And I don't want Roscoes and Bloom is too far West) Are there any good tacos on that stretch? Family diner joints? Sushi?

Any ideas?

Thanks!

Rachael

May 01, 2008
rachaeln in Los Angeles Area

Anyone been to Ghetto Gourmet?

Not dead, just really hard to navigate. Its basically a mess.

Apr 26, 2008
rachaeln in Los Angeles Area