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No-knead bread is VERY forgiving!

I, too, managed to (presumably) sabotage my bread the first time out:

I put the dough together last Thursday night at 9:30, thinking I'd get back to it Friday right after work. No instant yeast so I used a rounded quarter teaspoon of active yeast that had been in the freezer (for over a year). I also didn't mix it up until the water was added.

What I'd forgotten was that I planned to attend a going-away party after work on Friday evening, so I didn't get home again until 9:30---a full 24-hour rise. I thought the yeast might have died by then, but it looked pretty good. Maybe the little extra helped.

I placed it in the refrigerator until about 10am on Saturday morning. Poured it out onto a floured towel, let it come to room temperature, shaped it a little, and let it get another rise (a bit under the specified 2 hours). It was pretty darned sticky. Cooked at 475 in a Le Creuset dutch oven for 30 minutes covered and another 15 uncovered.

It came out beautifully. I'm thinking you could go through the first rise and keep it in the refrigerator for a few days and still have the same success. Maybe it'll develop a bit more flavor, as well, since it is a little bland.

I made it a second time, better planned, with a 20-hour rise and only 1.5 cups of water. I think the crust was better on the loaf that used more water. I also used more salt the second time and thought that helped the flavor.

Nov 15, 2006
Mrs Fang in Home Cooking

Romantic & Good food, Long Beach

scottyp is right-on with his recommendation. Christy's has good food (Italian), comfortable booths, subtle lighting; go there for romantic. It's on Broadway, about 15 minutes from Naples Island.

After your gondola ride, stop in at Biggs for a drink at the bar. They cater to a young, hip crowd and make a mean version of the ubiquitous mojito. I think they're overpriced for food, but they serve "small plate" style, in case you're still a little hungry. Biggs is on 2nd Street, in Belmont Shore.

Sep 27, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area

Original Fish Co., Los Alamitos

Considering the crowds, the prices, and the ambiance... my vote goes with the detractors. I've been there a few times, on others' invitations, and didn't understand the enthusiasm for the place. Not a red chowder person, though.

Sep 26, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area

Best place for dinner along Hawthorne Blvd from Palos Verdes to the 405

El Pollo Inka's a little further up Hawthorne. Might please the Red Lobster crowd, particularly if they enjoy Peruvian, black-light ambiance. The food is generally good, though I stay away from any of the dishes that incorporate french fries (get too soggy).

Sep 05, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area

Best place for dinner along Hawthorne Blvd from Palos Verdes to the 405

Sep 05, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area

Disapointed at Lucky Devil's

Sorry you had such a negative experience. I was there for a second time not long ago and had a fine meal. Both times I got the burger, cooked a perfect medium rare. As to the beers on tap, I think they have an quality selection (Racer 5 IPA!) and more choices than most burger joints.

Aug 28, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area

Best dim sum or Cantonese restaurants in or near Long Beach?

Adopt this as your mantra: there is no good Chinese food in Long Beach.

A couple places in Lomita are okay, though. I'm not a huge fan of Cantonese, but you may be able to find something with a search. Most of the Lomita-based places seem to be on PCH.

Aug 26, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area

dinner with a famous foodie- claremont recs needed

Or take a closer drive to SGV for some fabulous Chinese food. China Islamic or Chung King or Meilong Village or ...?

Aug 23, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area

Good Chinese food in Huntington Beach area?

While I don't think Kung Pao is in league with anything you'd find in SGV, I think their hot and sour soup is very good; even worth a special trip from Long Beach.

Aug 23, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area

Need Recommendations for San Diego Restaurants

They know about the problem; it's been brought up on "Site Talk" more than once.

All in due time, right?

Aug 23, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area

Need Recommendations for San Diego Restaurants

In spite of what the "Los Angeles Area" Board instructions currently say, all SD discussion is actually on the California Board.

Aug 23, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area

ny chowhound visiting LA, looking for eating recommendations

I never understood the enthusiasm for Cole's; even 15 years ago when I worked downtown. Philippe is far superior, particularly if you get a lamb dip (some like it double dipped) and embellish it with some of their spicy mustard.

I hope you have a great trip!

Aug 23, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area

prime rib recs in/near long beach

Probably too late, but the only places I know of in LB for prime rib are The Madison on Pine (beautiful room, overpriced, dicey service, average food) and the Queen Mary's brunch (you should try this at least once).

Aug 23, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area

ny chowhound visiting LA, looking for eating recommendations

There's a post about Little Saigon just above yours (that's in Westminster).

Go to Quan Hy; it's unusual and terrific. Professor Salt has a nice review:

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

Aug 23, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area

good coffee in Long Beach?

I don't drink coffee, but coworkers who do have raved about Polly's. Hopefully spressogeek's experiences are outliers. Or simply differing tastes. Anyway, that's the only place I've heard of in LB that appears to be notable.

Aug 20, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a Lunch Spot in Hollywood

Lucky Devil? Good milkshakes, good beer, good burgers. If you can stomach the idea of finding a parking space near Hollywood Boulevard.

Aug 18, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area

LA Chowhounds, is this indicative of "finer" dining menus in LA?

In the event that you haven't seen a sample of French Laundry's menu, look here (this addresses the OP's subject line about menus at "finer" establishments):

http://www.frenchlaundry.com/tfl/tflm...

Laurent Quinioux may never have the acclaim of Thomas Keller, sadly, but you can get a meal at Bistro K that is quite comparable for a fraction of FL's prices.

Aug 18, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area

Magic Wok and Saffron Spot in Artesia (review)

Chikoo? A licorice-tasting thing that I haven't heard of? Wow, that's the tip-of-the-day for me! Thanks.

Aug 18, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area

LA Chowhounds, is this indicative of "finer" dining menus in LA?

Certainly ChinoWayne's adjective, overwrought, is appropriate to the description on the menu. And, possibly, even the dish. What's more, the server at Bistro K will probably reiterate the ingredients and you won't be able to bear another word!

My issues with the service aside, I have had some great food at that place and highly recommend it. I don't think I'd order the dish you pointed out (cotton-candy aversion), but the chef has a unique knack for combining flavors.

You may need to go soon if BYOB is important. They're getting a bigger space and a liquor license soon; a corkage fee seems imminent.

Aug 18, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area

Los Cotijas Taco Shop - Tustin - A Review with Photo

Elmo, I'm in your club as far as fried v. grilled. Tacos are not meant to be health food.

Your excellent review begs the question of comparison to the LA standard, Tacos de Baja Ensenada. How does Los Cotijas fare, taco a taco?

Aug 17, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area

GOOD PLACE TO DINE NEAR THE WATER

We've got a pretty long coastline here in LA/OC. Could you narrow your geographical preference a bit?

Aug 17, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area

Train Stops for Eating?

Second the Ramos House suggestion; very kid friendly and tasty. Bruch is fairly reasonable. Then walk over to the mission.

Aug 17, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area

Boyfriend's Birthday, Need to Find a Perfect Restaurant in the So.Bay

If you don't mind being inland, how about a really delicious tempura omakase at Komatsu in Torrance? The prices have gone up a bit since this article was written, but it's comparable to a good sushi dinner.

http://www.calendarlive.com/dining/97...

Aug 16, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area

Biggs in Long Beach Belmont Shore - Photo report

I think you've captured it nicely, Perceptor. And, as you say, "not bad." Yet, for the price, I've never left there without thinking they could do much better.

One of these days Long Beach will have a destination restaurant!

-Christine

Aug 16, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area

Are there any fun, inventive restaurants in Long Beach?

The Indian place is there: it's called Kamal Palace and it's below the Cost Plus store. I love their mattar paneer and the last time I was there, a friend, who's traveled a lot to Goa, was with me and said the lamb vindaloo was kick-ass (he ordered it extra spicy and one tiny bite made my eyelids sweat).

For an unusual kind of fun, try New Paradise for Cambodian on a Saturday afternoon when couples are auditioning potential wedding entertainment. It's on Anaheim along with most of the other Cambodian choices.

Are you guys talking about Morry's wine/liquor store?

At the northern end of the same mall as Kamal Palace (where the WOW store is), is Tantalum. Appetizers are good and it has a very nice ambiance.

For Mexican sit-down, try Enrique's on PCH.

Aug 14, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area

wine stores that have tastings of relatively expensive wines?

The Wine Country in Long Beach (on Redondo) has at least one tasting a week and they do well to select good medium-priced wines. I think they have a web site.

Aug 12, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area

Where To Eat in Downtown Whittier?

I still haven't gotten over there, but have read very positive reviews of the Malaysian food at Golden Triangle. You should have no trouble finding the reviews with the spiffy new search engine.

Aug 11, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area

anyplace serve Bunny Chow?

I've been to the Springbok in LB (Shoreline Village) a few times for lunch and while I haven't had the bunny chow, I will say that their calamari plate, served on a nicely seasoned bed of rice, is delicious. The breading is light and mixed with a few herbs, fried to perfect tenderness.

I've also tried the boerewors roll (a giant sausage on a French roll), which kind of overwhelmed me. And the chicken liver peri peri, which is like a really good chili con carne made with chicken livers. No, it IS good.

But my favorite thing there is the biltong, which you can order by the half- or full-pound, to go. I did have one marginal batch (I think they make it there), but the others have been habit forming. Meat crack!

Aug 11, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area

buying sashimi in the south bay

I agree with Bombay. The fish will be trimmed; all you've got to do is slice it. And I've had slightly better fish from Mitsuwa, though Marukai's prices are a tad lower.

Look for the inexpensive chunked-up tuna for making spicy tuna mix. You don't need to roll it, it's even good on tortilla chips (substitute salmon, as well).

As far as Redondo Beach pier, people have reported good, fresh uni from Quality Seafood. Most of the fish is fresh, of course, but you've got to do more work than if you purchase from Mitsuwa or Marukai. I'm way too lazy for that.

Aug 10, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area

Lamb recommendation

That's a great dish, but if you don't LOVE cumin, beware! It's definitely the reigning flavor.

Aug 03, 2006
Mrs Fang in Los Angeles Area