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What's the best thing you've ever received trick-or-treating?

Late 70's in southern California, you could take your Halloween candy to the hospital to get it x- rayed for needles and razor blades. I thought angel dust was some kind of sparkly candy powder that they always talked about on tv news. I'm a little embarrassed to say, but my favorite houses at the time were the ones that gave out coupons for McDonald's french fries. I also liked pop rocks. There was a certain element of danger to them because teenagers said swallowing them would kill you if you drank them with a coke.

Food Words We Love to Hate!

"Toothsome". because you have some teeth? or can't say "al dente"?

Mar 24, 2012
carolinevalentine in Features

Food Words We Love to Hate!

"Gastropub". I hate that word. Right up there with "unctuous".

Mar 24, 2012
carolinevalentine in Features

Viet Noodle Bar, Atwater Village

The bun is very good also, their lemongrass steak is perfect. The boyfriend gets it every time, and I always get the pho ga. I somehow can't not get it. Lots of basil, bean sprouts, limes and jalapenos. I add a healthy squirt of sriracha too. The broth on its own is amazing, not too much anise, plenty of fresh chicken. I get a very specific craving for pho sometimes, a call unanswered by many other places.

The cold shrimp spring rolls are springy and tasty. The crepe thing looks amazing, haven't tried it.

This is my go- to place for visitors, they have a good wine list, there is always an open table, its super clean and the food is cheap and good. never been disappointed. And I can be picky. I don't like sticky menus or flies.

a friend loves the fish platter, and another the mignon beef plate... they have a split chinese menu, I'm not so keen on over sauced chinese style food personally.

Via Cafe
451 Gin Ling Way, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Viet Noodle Bar, Atwater Village

via cafe in chinatown. fresh herbs, tasty broth, clean space.

we love it.

Viet Noodle Bar, Atwater Village

via cafe in chinatown is hands down my favorite! tasty broth, fresh herbs, beautiful to look at.

gin ling way!

Dumped Over Dinner


dumper, don't do it in a restaurant.

also off limits are birthdays, and holidays.

Jun 12, 2009
carolinevalentine in Features

First REAL Food memory

Nestle's Strawberry Quik. I don't drink it much now, but even the smell makes me feel little again. I distinctly remember being really freaked out if there were bubbles on the surface, and my mother, my beautiful mother would scoop them out for me with a spoon.

I'm Vegetarian but I Eat Bacon

don't be so goddam high maintenance.

if you don't eat it, don't put it on your plate.

your issues are NOT other peoples responsibilities.

that being said, enjoy your bacon.

p.s. try living in a different country for.... three months. your food options will radically change. you may pick and choose but don't expect people to cater to you specifically.

Apr 17, 2008
carolinevalentine in Features

Chicago Burrito in LA?

hi, just a bit of info-

sf "Mission Style" burros are named so for the once predominantly Latino neighborhood referred to as "the Mission District", surrounding the actual sf Mission Dolores, and the surrounding area includes a street called Mission. Hence, sf doesn't have to be ashamed for the nomenclature of a burrito.

I used to love the burros at taqueria cancun, I like my pintos whole. It was my favorite place until I used their bathroom, I won't go into the details, but I will leave you with the visual of "Islands in the Stream", I'm talking peaks and valleys, man. Then i realized there was no running water, then I realized the employees use the same bathroom, then I realized again there was no running water. Then I started going to La Taqueria down the street instead.

Eventually, I realized the mission district made me miss warm weather, (it is in a enclosed in a smallish valley that has some faint respite from freezing wind) and later, I started missing Los Angeles. So I moved back. The food isn't as good, but I don't have to wear socks and a coat in July.

Additionally, I once read that Los Angeles has the largest mexican Population outside of Mexico City! And I'm one of 'em!

Your Meat Is Green

Regarding rule #2: Buy Humanely Raised Meat. I agree wholeheartedly. However, meat eaters should also be aware that the USDA requires that all animal slaughter must take place in a USDA certified/regulated facility. That means that whether or not the animal was raised humanely (which is very important!) or commercially raised in a filthy feedlot or a cage not wide enough to turn around in, they all meet the same grisly, violent death by the same underpaid, immigrant laborers in the same slaughter facilities.

Mar 29, 2008
carolinevalentine in Features

Comfort Cafe vs Town & Country (Silverlake)

WOW, I wish I had read all this before i spent $28 on a frozen, then overcooked, chicken sandwich, and a chalky hamburger. There was nothing else on the bread. Oh, there was a shred of a part of a piece of lettuce, on one half, seemingly there by accident, and the bread had been so manhandled that there were thumbprints so deep that light would have shown through them, had i been able to peel a slice off without tearing it.

The bf's cheeseburger came with, again, NOTHING on the bread, not even CHEESE. He ordered medium rare, but somehow was translated into "make it grey all the way through". It was so bad, we even considered dine N' ditching, because our waiter was so rude. But no, we didn't, I wouldn't ever really do it, but it was fun to think about while waiting for our waiter and eavesdropping on the couple next to us. We had to go inside to ask for salt, pepper, ketchup, mustard, dressing, oh, and our cheque.

I had my doubts about the place, but we were starving and well, there we were. I can't wait for them to go out of business!

Using Sugar in the Raw for Baking

one time i used sugar in the raw- for a batch of chocolate chip cookies. forgive me- i was going through a "natural food phase". I gave one to a co-worker and he actually spat it out into a trash can in front of me and said it was like eating sand. so if you do it, make sure its the small granulated kind, not the stuff like in starbucks packets.

Double-Dipping on Trial

I admit it that I, on occasion, have double dipper tendencies. If I see you, I will wait til' you're not looking.

Dec 19, 2007
carolinevalentine in Features

Best Breakfast in LA?

casbah has mean women behind the counter that talk about you in spanish because they think you don't speak spanish, and auntie em's has that horrible entryway where people stand right behind you breathing in your earhole beacuse you have to order before youre seated and then fight them for the one table someone might leave.

Has the Brite Spot in Echo Park gone completely downhill?

Wow. The Britespot has never been a favorite of mine, but I used to go with friends who loved it, for diner breakfast or late night snacks. Last time was the last time. Service took ages, and there were several empty dirty tables. I figured they just got slammed and did'nt think much of it until a confused waitress took our order, and kept telling us our order was coming right up. It took about another four coffee refills, with artificial creamer cups til' my poached eggs arrived undercooked with runny WHITES.The whole plate was cold, the english muffin was sopping wet with COLD EGG WATER, and the potatoes were burnt, with some spots still frozen. YUMMY!Boyfriend's omelette was also cold with a long black hair tangled around it. We started talking to the group next to us who were equally baffled with their tardy orders, they arrived before us and were still waiting for toast. We apologised to the waitress, and to the cashier, left a tip and scrammed. Weirdly, they understood, nodding and apologising. I'm surprised they're still open.
A few months later, we ran into an ex-britespot waitress at Langer's Deli, she said they fired everybody all at once.

"Fancy" Vegan food?

i forgot to mention they don't serve alchohol but have a $5 corkage fee...and they focus on mediterranean dishes. meat eaters might not get too excited, but its your birthday!

"Fancy" Vegan food?

there's a tiny place in my neck of the woods, on sunset in echo park called elf cafe. the people are really nice and make an effort to inform and accomodate. i believe all menu items are vegan.