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Good, Hearty, Authentic Italian Restaurant on the Westside?

Just went to Bella Roma-- had an AMAZING handmade gnocci, but the eggplant parm was undercooked and the bread was terrible.

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Bella Roma
9101 Atlanta Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92646

Sep 05, 2010
goldiebean in Los Angeles Area

Good, Hearty, Authentic Italian Restaurant on the Westside?

Thanks all- keep em coming :)

Our usuals are right around here- il fornaio, il buco, il cielo (hmm, sensing a pattern there). But nothing that blows me away. Osteria Mozza makes me outrageously happy, just can't afford frequent visits.

Brunello Trattoria and Cafe Bella Roma look interesting, as well as Fritto Misto, Sor Tino and Vito-- although I may be too lazy to go in that direction..Not a fan of Ugo or Angelino...I keep meaning to go to Il Pastaio (there goes my "IL" fetish again) since it is so close.

Aug 13, 2010
goldiebean in Los Angeles Area

"Dirty" recipes that are crowd pleasers

Oh Paula Deen- this one is killer. Was at a Chistmas taping of Ellen where she made this for the audience. Pure velveeta bliss.

Chocolate Cheese Fudge

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

Prep Time:
15 min
Inactive Prep Time:
--
Cook Time:
10 min

Level:
Easy

Serves:
6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

* 1/2 pound Velveeta cheese, sliced
* 1 cup butter
* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
* 1 cup chopped nuts, pecans, walnuts
* 2 (16-ounce) boxes confectioners' sugar
* 1/2 cup cocoa powder

Directions

Spray lightly the bottom of a 9 by 2-inch square pan with a nonstick spray.

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the cheese and butter together, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from heat and add the vanilla and nuts.

In a large bowl sift together the sugar and cocoa. Pour the cheese mixture into the sugar and cocoa mixture and stir until completely mixed. The candy will be very stiff.

Using your hands, remove candy from bowl and press evenly and firmly into pan. Because of the amount of butter in this recipe, pat the top of the candy with a paper towel to remove the excess oil. Place pan in refrigerator until candy is firm.

To serve candy, cut into squares.

Aug 13, 2010
goldiebean in Home Cooking

Good, Hearty, Authentic Italian Restaurant on the Westside?

Bored with the usual places around here- anyone have a good suggestion for a small authentic italian restaurant in the Beverly Hills/West LA/ Culver City area?

Aug 13, 2010
goldiebean in Los Angeles Area

Take a Bao - new restaurant Century City

Their vegetarian Curry Noodle dish is really good for a food court meal- lotus root, long beans, frizzled onions, peppers, etc- in a slightly spicy curry sauce good enough to drink. Their sweet potato fries are also excellent-- laced with ginger with a spicy mayo dipping sauce. Lots of great options for vegetarians.

Aug 13, 2010
goldiebean in Los Angeles Area

Hatch Chile Roasting 2010

They have them now at Whole Foods (on Crescent in Beverly Hills at least)- bought some for black bean burgers last week-- the chilies were fabulous. Great heat.

Aug 13, 2010
goldiebean in Los Angeles Area

Help me find a Paris restaurant I visited 5 years ago and had the best Ravioli meal of my life-18th arrondissement?

Thanks!

Aug 08, 2010
goldiebean in France

Help me find a Paris restaurant I visited 5 years ago and had the best Ravioli meal of my life-18th arrondissement?

While I have you here-- any other mid-range amazing restaurants? they are vegetarians (they do eat fish/dairy-- just no meat)

Aug 08, 2010
goldiebean in France

Help me find a Paris restaurant I visited 5 years ago and had the best Ravioli meal of my life-18th arrondissement?

That's it!!!!!!!!!! You are so amazing- my foodie sherlock holmes. Makes sense-- we stayed in the 9th- which is probably why we got the recommendation and went. SO sad that it is closed :(

But excited for the new recommendation- I will pass it along.

Thanks again!

Aug 08, 2010
goldiebean in France

Help me find a Paris restaurant I visited 5 years ago and had the best Ravioli meal of my life-18th arrondissement?

I LOVE YOU. It was small and very elegant, spartan :) Also- if it helps, the entrance is at the right, the restaurant spans with windows overlooking the street to the left of the entrance--not very deep. tables (maybe booth seating along the wall) and then another set of tables by the window.

Aug 08, 2010
goldiebean in France

Help me find a Paris restaurant I visited 5 years ago and had the best Ravioli meal of my life-18th arrondissement?

Thanks!

Maybe-rue des Martyrs sounds familiar. The kitchen is hidden, actually through a tiny hallway, couldn't actually see it, the owner or manager was also the waiter (maybe even the chef!) and kept going back there.

It is actually us that went and am looking to recommend to my SIL :)

Aug 08, 2010
goldiebean in France

Help me find a Paris restaurant I visited 5 years ago and had the best Ravioli meal of my life-18th arrondissement?

We think it was flat and then downhill, moulin rouge was on the left side of the street, then we walked a few blocks, we turned right down a winding side street- going downhill.. we made a wrong turn or walked too far some and had to come back up a block.. that all probably doesn't help :)

Aug 08, 2010
goldiebean in France

Help me find a Paris restaurant I visited 5 years ago and had the best Ravioli meal of my life-18th arrondissement?

My husband and I visited the most amazing restaurant in Paris 5 years ago on our honeymoon. Now, we want to send my sister-in-law there when she's in Paris this week on her honeymoon. Have no idea if it still even exists, with the rate of restaurant turnover-- but it's worth a shot!

It was a very small (maybe 10-15 tables) restaurant--we were the only male-female couple and english speakers there, so not a touristy place at all and either a gay neighborhood or restaurant, on a very quiet residential street. I remember walking past the Moulin Rouge area to get there-- within a 5 minute walk from there. White tablecloths- kitchen to the right after you walk in.

Even though the menu was entirely in french and we didn't speak a lick-- the owner was amazing and guided us through everything. We had the most AMAZING goat cheese ravioli- and my husband had some pasta served in a little glass jar. They told us they have a special "ravioli night" every week (Saturday nights?) where they serve all different kinds-- unfortunately we weren't able to make it back.

I saved their card, but have lost it in the years since. If anybody has any ideas- I would love your input!!!

Aug 07, 2010
goldiebean in France

Anyone know where to buy Kosher Mole?

THANK YOU!!!

Jun 24, 2007
goldiebean in Kosher

Anyone know where to buy Kosher Mole?

Thanks! I hope somebody out there can help. I just found CH, I'm so excited to find other foodies out there!

Jun 19, 2007
goldiebean in Kosher

Anyone know where to buy Kosher Mole?

I'm looking everywhere to find a jar of prepared mole with a hechsher. I've heard that you can buy them in Mexico, but what about online? Or in the LA area? What are the brand names of mole that have hechshers?

Thanks :)

Jun 18, 2007
goldiebean in Kosher