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Akvavit! Skol!

I have a bottle infusing with your recipe that will hit the one week mark on Sunday, so hopefully I can get back to you next week.

Aug 26, 2015
BHAppeal in Spirits

Blue Cat -- Excellent

Yes -- the Farmers Sandwich from Chile was not spicy, just bursting with fresh string beans, cheese and other delicious things. The Cubano is actually savory, not spicy. The salsa was the spiciest thing we had. Over all, the South American dishes are not really spicy.

Jul 24, 2015
BHAppeal in Philadelphia

Looking for some good restaurant mushroom dishes

Wild Mushroom Toast on the lunch and breakfast menu at Republique. Delicious, and at $12 very reasonable -- and filling (It also has a layer of scrambled egg.)

On the pricier side, Craft always has a terrific roasted mushroom assortment.

Jul 24, 2015
BHAppeal in Los Angeles Area

Blue Cat -- Excellent

Had lunch at the Blue Cat and really enjoyed the Latin american inspired dishes. Started with excellent guacamole, accompanied by a spicy salsa spiked with some diced watermelon to add a surprising burst of sweetness. A Farmers Sandwich from Chile, was outstanding, with string beans, avocado and peppers along with cheese. The Cubano sandwich was excellent -- right up there with what I have had in Miami. Codfish tacos were also very good. Terrific desserts -- orange peel flan, chocolate mousse, and a freshly made rice pudding. BYOB, but there is a liquor store close at hand and you will do better than you will on most wine lists, plus they will provide Margarita mix at a nominal price and you can furnish the Tequila of your choosing.

Cash only, which is a bit annoying, but there is an ATM near at hand, so over all not a big deal.

Jul 23, 2015
BHAppeal in Philadelphia

Dover, DE

Quick trip to Dover and we tried several spots folks recommended on this board. McGlynn's Pub -- solid pub fare. Great beer selection, nice atmosphere and good food. Crab cakes were good, apple walnut salad perfectly fine and burger was excellent. Plus -- open later than most places in the area.

Shuckers Pier 13 Seafood. Excellent seafood, prepared in a straight forward way. Nothing earth shattering, but crab cakes were excellent, flounder very tasty, and prices down right cheap. (One member of our group got the crab cake sandwich special -- two sandwiches with two sides for $10. Plenty of crab, very little filler, and a terrific vegetable kabob as one side that was a meal in itself.)

Speedway Cafe for breakfast. Terrific. Excellent food at amazingly cheap prices.

Jul 23, 2015
BHAppeal in Mid-Atlantic

drinks before chi spacca

Another vote for Hatfield's -- solid cocktails and a terrific wine selection. Nice bar area too -- very comfortable.

Mar 07, 2014
BHAppeal in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Dish of the Month (February 2014) - Nominations


Jan 22, 2014
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LA Dish of the Month (January 2014) - Voting


Dec 31, 2013
BHAppeal in Los Angeles Area

What are the most unusual bitters flavors you have tried, and what recipe(s) did you use them in?

I like Fee Brothers Peach Bitters, but as you note, a little goes a long way -- one dash too many and the drink goes from having pleasant peach notes to cloying after taste. A dash or two in a Martini can be nice for a change of pace, and it works with a Bourbon based Manhattan, less so with Rye. The cocktail recipe on the back of the bottle is nice -- equal parts dry Vermouth, Gin and a dryish Sherry (Fino is a little austere, Amontillado seems to work bettter), shaken or stirred with ice and served up. A particularly good apperitif.

I find Fee Brothers Cherry Bitters a little too candy like for most cocktails, but it livens up plain seltzer. I've liked the Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrel Spiced Cherry Bitters a lot in Rye and Bourbon Manhattans.

I just tried the Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters (got them mail order from the folks at The Boston Shaker) and thought it was really delicious in both Rye and Bourbon Manhattans, but it is another one where you need to use a very light hand.

Love the Angostura Orange Bitters --very different from the complex Regans Orange Bitters and the Fee Brothers Orange Bitters, though I like them as well. The Angostura seems to have a sharper orange flavor, which I find really shines in a Negroni.

Dec 11, 2013
BHAppeal in Spirits

Fried pickles (spears) and fried pies

The Umami Burger at the Grove has very good fried pickle spears. I don't know if the other locations have them on the menu as well.

Dec 04, 2013
BHAppeal in Los Angeles Area

LA Dish of the Month (December 2013) - Voting


Nov 26, 2013
BHAppeal in Los Angeles Area

SOUP - LA Dish of the Month (November 2013)

Tortilla soup at Black Dog Coffee, on Wilshire between Masselin and Hauser, just east of LACMA. Always very fresh and light, good broth, quality chicken and a nice little spicy kick.

All of their soups are pretty good, with some outstanding -- love the Pea soup, as well as the Corn Chowder. I work in the area and always check the monthly soup menu online to see when a favorite is coming up or if something new is being dished out.

Nov 09, 2013
BHAppeal in Los Angeles Area

Remember these Restaurants?

That's right -- I had forgotten about his bringing out a gristle ridden piece of raw meat and displaying it proudly as "your selection" before going back into the kitchen to allegedly cook the thing.

Quite an act --and it was an act. On slow nights (which were rare) he would sometimes stop by our table and chat about various things in a perfectly normal manner. I recall once heading to the restroom and seeing Mrs. Eckberg in what I think was their den, sitting in an armchair and watching TV during a lull in the dining room.

A testament to a love of showmanship and hospitality, as well as efficiency. (The key was that limited, but high quality menu -- maybe three or four entree items, pork chop, lamb chop, one or two cuts of steak, all broiled; basic green salad; a stuffed baked potato I think; and hot apple pie, a slice of melted cheddar on top optional.)

Nov 08, 2013
BHAppeal in Los Angeles Area

Remember these Restaurants?

Same here. Nothing like bringing a newcomer to Eckberg's. When you say steakhouse, you mean steakHOUSE --it was actually a converted residence. A very small dining room (essentially a converted living room) a smallish kitchen where you could watch the owner cook (what appeared to be a home kitchen fitted with professional level ovens/grills/stoves) and outstanding steaks. The owner had been in the meat business before semi-retiring to run the place and as a result had connections to obtain top level prime beef at a time (the 70's) when there were not many top level steakhouses in the LA let alone the parts of the Valley where Eckberg's was located that could give you that quality of meat. Very basic -- just steak and lamb chops as I recall, and when asked if he served fish, he would reply, "No, no, only people." When you paid -- cash only --you would be rung up at an old fashioned register with Eckberg muttering "money, money, money" and chortling as he counted out the bills and placed them in the register, kissing a rubber chicken as the cash drawer closed and the register bell rang. As noted, if someone put "I'm looking Over A Four Leaf Clover" on the juke box, Eckberg (who did all the cooking ) would pump up the volume of the music, run out of the kitchen and start dancing around, ringing a massive collection of bells hung on every available wall space, and then just abruptly head back to the kitchen without a word or extra gesture when the song concluded. I once saw him do it twice in a row. (If he was busy in the kitchen though and someone tried the twice in a row bit he would turn the music down --the man was an entertainer, but was serious about turning out a quality meal, hence you were not getting an improperly done steak just so he could dance around.) Terrific homemade apple pie for dessert. Just he and his wife ran the place --he cooked and occasionally waited tables, and she waited tables and bussed them, (He called her Gunga Din, because she would bring you water.) When he took your steak order he would ask you if you wanted it"rawraremediumraremediummediumwellwelldoneburnt" running all the words together in a two second burst. When the Eckbergs finally sold the place, a somewhat high end French place demolished the house and put up a new building and I recall that the menu as a tribute had a steak or lamb "ala Eckberg" that was served "rawraremediumraremediummediumwellwelldoneburnt." If you asked how the beef was, he would inevitably say "tough and stringy, tough and stringy" smiling all the while. Soft drinks and beer available, no wine as I recall, though among the beers was Heineken Dark, which seemed wildly exotic to find at a place in the Valley in those days. A real character, who clearly enjoyed what he did and gave you a terrific meal at a reasonable price. Thanks for jogging my memory on this unique and wonderful place.

Nov 07, 2013
BHAppeal in Los Angeles Area

LA Dish of the Month (November 2013) - Voting


Oct 26, 2013
BHAppeal in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Dish of the Month (November 2013) - Nominations


Oct 23, 2013
BHAppeal in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Restaurants in the 80's

Sofi's is still around....

Oct 17, 2013
BHAppeal in Los Angeles Area

Need alternate dinner idea... have reservations at Craft, but....

The Grill On The Alley in Beverly Hills is pretty much a low key locals' place on Sunday night. (I think all the rich folks that used to have Sunday dinner at Trader Vic's at the Hilton have moved to the Grill....) The food and service are excellent, and the menu is very broad, so everyone should be able to find something they like.

Aug 30, 2013
BHAppeal in Los Angeles Area

LA Dish of the Month (August 2013) - Voting


Jul 27, 2013
BHAppeal in Los Angeles Area

LA Dish of the Month (July 2013) - Voting


Jun 27, 2013
BHAppeal in Los Angeles Area

Scandia and Chasen's - Just Another Nostalgia Reminiscense

From the early 1970's to the time it closed, Scandia was one of my regular haunts -- I worked in Beverly Hills, and lived in the Valley off of Laurel Canyon so it was close to my commute routes over the canyons and a great place for a drink and late supper after working late. The open faced sandwiches in the bar were terrific, with an excellent variety of Aquavits poured from bottles encased in ice and chased by various Scandinavian beers. (A great bar -- copper topped, intimate and welcoming, with shelves over the bar where regulars from the charitable club the Vikings kept personal steins.) The formal dining room was a perfect place for special occasions. The veal Oskar --in fact all veal dishes were excellent, and I especially remember the Viking Sword -- various fine broiled meats on a skewer. Perfect gravlax. The highlight for me was the herring appetizer (perfect with Aquavit and beer). They would bring out a stand with several jars of different types of herring on it which you would eat along with one of the many exotic (well, for the 1970's) varieties of bread from the basket. (Swedish Limpa, a rye krisp sort of thing and pumpernickel.) A good example of a place where the owner set the tone of hospitality and service. When Ken Hansen died, it was never quite the same, despite the best efforts of one of Hansen's best customer's, Robert Petersen (of Petersen Publications) to carry on the Scandia tradition. The current lack of any Scandinavian places in Los Angeles, let alone a fine dining place such as the old Scandia, or something like Aquavit in NYC, still surprises me.

Jun 26, 2013
BHAppeal in Los Angeles Area

Dan Tana's ??? So has anyone just sat at the bar for a few drinks ?

Thor 123 you definitely converted me to the Chicken Beckerman with dark meat. For years I pretty much ordered the Scampi, which was always delicious, but I tried the Beckerman with dark meat per your suggestion and loved it. I can never finish all the chicken, and so have leftovers, but almost every bit of carmelized onion (and there is a lot) gets snapped up by me or whoever I am with.

Jun 21, 2013
BHAppeal in Los Angeles Area

LA Dish of the Month (May 2013) - Voting


Apr 30, 2013
BHAppeal in Los Angeles Area


A great site on BBQ, not just ribs (despite the title) with plenty of recipes and tons of info on pretty much every aspect of smoking and grilling.:

Burritos - LA Dish of the Month (April 2013)

Thanks to everyone for the La Azteca recommendation. I love CRBs and so after reading this thread I finally made the journey to La Azteca. The CRB was perfect -- just the right balance of flavors, terrific beans, not too heavy, and that amazing tortilla that held the whole thing together perfectly. I have enjoyed the CRB at Tacos Por Favor and Ana Maria's, but the La Azteca version is my favorite by far.

Picked up a dozen flour tortillas as well, and my wife tried a chicken tamale, which was also very good.

Again, many thanks to all for getting the word out on this terrific CRB.

Apr 13, 2013
BHAppeal in Los Angeles Area

For Those Who Like Martinis has been running a series of articles about Martinis, which includes a Martini Madness bracket of 64 versions squaring off for a highly subjective, tongue in cheek taste-off.

Many interesting versions, some with stories, worth a look if you like Martinis. Here is a link to the bracket with all 64 "finalists, " but the articles in the series are interesting as well.

Mar 23, 2013
BHAppeal in Spirits

Seeking soy marinated chicken drumsticks recipe

I have made the Huli-Huli Hawaiian Chicken recipe from the Amazing Ribs website with just thighs and drumsticks and they were delicious. Lots of great recipes on that site.

Mar 22, 2013
BHAppeal in Home Cooking

Please help. Who can repair old vita mix 3600?

If it is the retainer nut, check below for the part and tool to replace it -- that might be easier and cheaper than a repair shop:

Feb 27, 2013
BHAppeal in Los Angeles Area

Best Soup, Mid-City?

Black Dog Coffee, Wilshire between Hauser and La Brea. Fresh every day -- Tortilla Soup, Black Bean, Corn Chowder, Corn Cactus, Tomato with Prosciutto, Chicken Ginger etc., -- they put out a schedule of soups each month.

Oct 30, 2012
BHAppeal in Los Angeles Area

Speculoos in L.A. other than TJ's

The branch of Le Pain Quotidien on Robertson just below Third has jars of speculoos for sale, and other branches may as well. Shaky Alibi on Beverly Boulevard at Martel serves two types with its waffles, but I don't know if they package any for sale.

Feb 16, 2012
BHAppeal in Los Angeles Area