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near Luke AF base

Or near St Joseph's parents of sick airman

Oct 06, 2014
Babette in Phoenix

near Luke AF base

Where to get healthy breakfast

Oct 06, 2014
Babette in Phoenix

Tomatoes: what are you doing with them?

Roasted tomato soup

Aug 18, 2013
Babette in Home Cooking

Best fresh shrimp--Where to get?

We are in Mt. Washington; I am thinking of Bristol Farms in S. Pas. Any better ideas? What to look for and avoid (farmed, etc) would be helpful, too.

I want to try Ina Garten's roasted shrimp.

Thanks!

Jun 24, 2012
Babette in Los Angeles Area

Meatballs with ground beef, ground spicy pork, and ground sweet Italian pork - am I nuts?

Go for it.

Mar 30, 2012
Babette in Home Cooking

What should I have on Angeli's last night?

I am going to try this as both pizza crust and bread:
http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/ea...

Jan 13, 2012
Babette in Los Angeles Area

What should I have on Angeli's last night?

Jan 12, 2012
Babette in Los Angeles Area

What should I have on Angeli's last night?

Also love the veg lasagne but didn't get it today.

Jan 12, 2012
Babette in Los Angeles Area

What should I have on Angeli's last night?

My son loves it and ate most of it. I had a piece of shrimp, it was pretty good. But I'm so fat and happy from the pizza, gnocchi, soup, bread, and salad.

Jan 12, 2012
Babette in Los Angeles Area

What should I have on Angeli's last night?

and seafood linguini.

Jan 12, 2012
Babette in Los Angeles Area

What should I have on Angeli's last night?

We are doing takeout for our final Angeli meal:
white bean soup, pizza bread
potato croquettes
caesar salad and forte salad
beet gnocchi
sausage & onion pizza and margarita pizza.

The guys are bringing it all home right now. What a treat! I hope her next endeavor won't be too far away. Wish her well and huge thank you to Evan Kleiman and her staff. We have been fans from the start.

Jan 12, 2012
Babette in Los Angeles Area

Angeli Caffe closing!

Sad indeed. Her sausage & onion pizza is my #1 favorite. Man....

Jan 05, 2012
Babette in Los Angeles Area

M. F. K. Fisher & Other Foodie Writers From Why Back When

Does anyone else love and miss Laurie Colwin as I do? My favorite (my desired last meal) recipe (tomato pie) she put in Gourmet about 20 years ago. Also enjoy MFK Fisher.

Dec 28, 2011
Babette in Not About Food

Does anyone actually put stuffing inside the turkey anymore?

It's just better when cooked in the bird--no way around it. I know all the tv chefs don't, though.

Pre-Thanksgiving appetizer, maybe with cranberry?

I was thinking of adding this to our Thanksgiving menu. Tried it and failed to get the pretty product (did not do decorative piping). The result was somewhat tasty, but after my husband named them "meat cookies" while wrapping up, I lost interest.

Nov 22, 2011
Babette in Home Cooking

Looking for Whole Grain Cookbooks

The New Laurels Kitchen and Laurels Kitchen Bread Book. (Sorry my keyboard will not make apostrophes anymore).

Oct 25, 2011
Babette in Home Cooking

What's your preference--Chef Rick or Far Western Tavern?

Leaving early tomorrow from LA--Cambria--we usually stop at Chef Rick but have never made the trek over to FWT. Any opinions?

Also considering checking out other new places (to us) : Bayside Cafe and Giovanni's in Morro Bay, El Bajio and East Beach Grill in Santa Barbara.

Any thoughts? We've been steered to great food by hounds so many times. As always, I'll report back.

Thanks!

Sep 01, 2009
Babette in California

Need advice for first-time trip (Santa Barbara, Cambria, Monterey, Yosemite, LAX)

Consider Hoppe's in Cayucos just past Morro bay on your way to Cambria. It has consistently been a favorite in recent trips.
http://www.hoppesbistro.com/

Sep 01, 2009
Babette in California

Rivera: Review with pics

Thanks for the nice report. We were there yesterday; we liked the smoky dog snout salsa with tortilla strips. (I forget what the snout reference was about).

The braised kurobuta pork short ribs were a big hit with our son, & my husband enjoyed the poblano chile relleno salad, smoked chicken, corn, pimentón aïoli.

I had the poached artichoke stuffed with marinated slow roasted pork, a dish which sounds more like comfort food than it was, for me. The cold poached artichoke was filled with greens and topped with three slices of pork. A dipping sauce would have improved this dish, or a dressing for the greens which could have done double duty as a dipping sauce for the artichoke. It seems to me that the concept for this dish is incomplete.

The chocolate torte with pineapple was pretty tasty, especially the deep chocolate flavored torte itself.

It was a nice treat to have a genuine sopaipilla. I seem to remember the ones in New Mexico being bigger and puffier and served with honey, though. Rivera served a nice unsalted butter studded with pepper & orange zest with it.

I am happy to have this chef offering his cuisine once again to us here in Los Angeles.

Apr 09, 2009
Babette in Los Angeles Area

Favorite cheese blend for homemade Mac & Cheese?

That sounds pretty good as is. Sometimes I add smoked gouda &/or neufchatel, or any interesting artisanal cheeses I may have on hand. A little tabasco or other hot sauce adds a little kick.

If there was any left over, did the flavor improve the next day?

Feb 22, 2009
Babette in Home Cooking

La Flor de Yucatan vs. La Mascota tamales

Based on recs on this board, we departed from our usual Christmas tamale source, La Mascota.

Yesterday we tried the two different masa textures with a combination of chicken & pork in each from LFdY, and have over a half dozen remaining tamales which no one in my family likes, either style. The one which had been described as having a silky texture, my husband called slimy--maybe that's a bit harsh. We respect those of you who love La Flor de Yucatan, but we don't get it. Wish we could give you the rest of them.

Well, we learned once again if it ain't broke, don't fix it...and returned to La Mascota today for pork/chile and chicken/chile tamales, still winners in our home. They're less expensive, too.

To each his or her own!

Dec 24, 2008
Babette in Los Angeles Area

Anyone know where to get patitza?

Dec 23, 2008
Babette in Los Angeles Area

Wine Cottage Bistro Orcutt

You folks are lucky, indeed. That's why we visit as often as we can. Thanks for all the input which has made our trips delicious.

Nov 10, 2008
Babette in California

LA to Cambria, advice please?

I posted this separately under the WCB thread:

Googled it and it seems it has become Trattoria Uliveto. Here is a link to a blog describing it:

http://ourwinecottage.blogspot.com/

Nov 04, 2008
Babette in California

Wine Cottage Bistro Orcutt

Googled it and it seems it has become Trattoria Uliveto. Here is a link to a blog describing it:

http://ourwinecottage.blogspot.com/

Nov 04, 2008
Babette in California

LA to Cambria, advice please?

I have tried to respond responsibly , here. I don't know the status of WCB but that was what we were told on the trip. Thanks to you all.

Nov 03, 2008
Babette in California

Wine Cottage Bistro Orcutt

Jane, I only know what we were told while calling on the road. Perhaps I am wrong. But I am reporting to the best of my ability, and I appreciate you and all others in getting the true information.

Nov 03, 2008
Babette in California

LA to Cambria, advice please?

LA to Cambria trip report (August)

Sorry to be late on my report, but life has intervened. I had made some notes, though, so here goes.

We timed it too late for lunch in Santa Barbara on the way up (we did stop at Brophy Brothers but the wait was daunting), so we stopped for hors d'oeurves at the bar at The Hitching Post. The grilled artichokes were very tasty with a spicy smoked tomato mayo dipping sauce, and the grilled shrimp were plump and delicious, with a simple butter dipping sauce.

Later we stopped at Chef Rick's in Orcutt. (We called about the Wine Cottage Bistro & were told it had closed). My husband & I split the burger--still very good, but the broccoli slaw was replaced by an ordinary cole slaw (I neglected to mention it at the time, but I see the broccoli slaw is still on the menu, so don't know the story on that). Our son loved the burger with Caesar dressing, bacon, lettuce & tomato.

We also tried El Chorlito in San Simeon. It was pretty good. The breading on the chile relleno was too thick for my preference, but I like that they use fresh, healthy ingredients, such as a whole wheat tortilla option for the tostada.

We had takeout desserts from Robin's--cheesecake, creme brulee, & wild berry tart. Quite good. Next time we might give them another try for a meal, as we used to in the good old days. We missed out on Sow's Ear & Wild Ginger. Next time...

Our favorite in the area is still Hoppe's Bistro. I had a wild mushroom soup, a little too earthy for me, so my husband finished it. I also ordered the mozzarella & tomato pizza, delicious, to share with my husband, with My Mother's butter lettuce salad, champagne vinaigrette, very fresh and satisfying. Our son devoured his Cayucos Kobe beef burger with Gorgonzola cheese and Caesar salad. We shared the Chocolate Oblivion Torte with praline ice cream and the organic cheesecake with raspberry coulis, both top notch. How I wish this place was in our neighborhood.

We tried Brophy Brothers in Ventura on the way home; no wait, a nice spot on the patio outdoors overlooking the boats. We enjoyed the freshness of the food. The fish & chips had a perfect batter, the chowder is a respectable version. The calimari was crispy fried & fresh tasting. The house dressing, though, was bland. This is a nice spot which we will try again.

Nov 02, 2008
Babette in California

Bland But Strongly Flavored Foods

Could she tolerate some chicken noodle soup, perhaps with whole wheat noodles for better nutrition?

Aug 14, 2008
Babette in Home Cooking

LA to Cambria, advice please?

Thanks, I searched & found:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/88599
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/316800

Always appreciate your input.

Aug 14, 2008
Babette in California