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Good way to doctor up jar spaghetti sauce?

The quickest way is to saute up in good pure olive oil (not EVOO),
some chopped onion, chopped green pepper, chopped fennel and after saute, add garlic and parmesan,
OR even better TJ's SHAVED grana padano parmesan, which is exceptional. I start with TJ's marinara, it is very good.

Dec 08, 2014
VenusCafe in Home Cooking

La Numero Uno in Hollywood

one

Dec 06, 2014
VenusCafe in Los Angeles Area

Other than the burger (and beer) what else do you like at Father's Office?

I just LOVE their policies! NOT

Nov 23, 2014
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Swanky b'day dinner spot needed: a vegetarian, a pescetarian, and a gaggle of meat-eaters....

You can always use google when you do not know something;
it will give you a complete answer. I even use google for correct spelling.

Food that will satisfy Indian vegetarians and American meat-eaters?

"vegetarians of whatever stripe should realize they're guests and cannot always be reasonably accommodated."

And please, although you neglected to do so,
do take that idea of guests not always being accommodated and apply it to your fellow beef eaters. As one chowhound suggested, maybe the carnivores could go without that dratted beef
for one meal.

Food that will satisfy Indian vegetarians and American meat-eaters?

HA! See my experience with this. it is right below.

Nov 23, 2014
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Food that will satisfy Indian vegetarians and American meat-eaters?

Its thanksgiving again a year later; time to add a thought:
HA!
When I used to bring MY OWN Thanksgiving food (hot dishes like Mushroom pie, wild rice, etc), those ridicule slinging carnivores managed to hog my food and it disappeared way before their own turkey/etc and worse, before I even got any!

Nov 23, 2014
VenusCafe in Los Angeles Area

Late Thanksgiving in LA?

Plus eardrum crushing sound wall of probably 150+ decibels.

Nov 21, 2014
VenusCafe in Los Angeles Area

Bagels... lox... cream cheese...

Same here, Baron.

Nov 20, 2014
VenusCafe in Los Angeles Area

Bagels... lox... cream cheese...

Barney's for belly lox; Trader Joe's cream cheese trumps them
all, even Philly, and beware the rest, they are all too sweet. I prefer the whipped, but reg is probably just as good. we get water bagels from my local Topanga Creek Market. No branding,
just good bagels in a bag, and its hard to find water bagels.
I'm beginning to like wild smoked salmon on my bagel.

Nov 20, 2014
VenusCafe in Los Angeles Area

Are Meyer lemons in season now?

Geez Tony, I sure didn't go THERE.
Some people like to SHARE.

Was your comment a projection???????
The OP asked if they were in season,
and I was showing what this time of year can yield
with a dwarf Meyer, as Raytamsgv suggested one to Nosh.

Nov 13, 2014
VenusCafe in Los Angeles Area

Russian vs. Thousand Island dressing [moved from Home Cooking]

Sorry, but you are not completely correct Davwud.
The following is the authentic story; not some made up by a millionaire with the ability to spread his own glory story.
Here's the word, including the TRUE back story:

The history of Thousand Island Dressing dates back to the early days of the 20th century and centers in the small resort village of Clayton, New York. A fishing guide named George LaLonde, Jr. guided visiting fishermen for Black Bass and Northern Pike through the waters of the 1000 Islands. After a day of fishing, he and his wife, Sophia LaLonde, would serve what they called “shore dinners” with a different and unusual salad dressing. The following story on the origin of Thousand Island Dressing was given to me by Allen and Susan Benas, owners of the Thousand Islands Inn:

“On one particular occasion, George LaLonde, Jr., was guiding a very prominent New York City stage actress named May Irwin and her husband. May Irwin, a renowned cook and cookbook authoress in her own right, was particularly impressed with the dressing and asked George for the recipe. Sophia La Londe, who created the dressing, was flattered by the request and willingly gave her the recipe. Sophia also had given the recipe to Ella Bertrand, who’s family owned the Herald Hotel, one of the most popular hotels in Clayton. May Irwin and her husband had stayed at the Herald Hotel during their early vacations in the island and had already tasted the dressing. It was May Irwin who gave it the name Thousand Island and it was Ella Bertrand who first served it to the dining public.

Upon her return to New York City, May Irwin gave the recipe to fellow 1000 Islands’ summer visitor, George C. Boldt, who was owner of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. Equally impressed with the dressing and its flavor. Mr. Boldt directed his world famous maitre di, Oscar Tschirky, to put the dressing on the hotel’s menu. In doing so, Oscar Tschirky earned credit for introducing the dressing to the world.”

In 1972, Allen and Susan Benas purchased the Herald Hotel and changed its name to the Thousand Islands Inn. Needless to say, Thousand Island Dressing is the “official” house dressing at the inn. The Benas now bottle and sell the dressing at the inn and on the internet.

http://askville.amazon.com/Thousand-I...

Nov 13, 2014
VenusCafe in General Topics

Are Meyer lemons in season now?

Dwarf Meyer lemon tree in container, 3 years old:

L.A? Dish of the Month, November 2014 -- Late-Night, 24-Hour Dining

You should enter the annual La Jolla Raymond Chandler contest. I did, some years back. My family thought mine was much better than the
essay that won!

Nov 12, 2014
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Are Meyer lemons in season now?

Mine are!

Nov 12, 2014
VenusCafe in Los Angeles Area

Recent news cites that Los Angeles restaurants are serving huge amounts of duck...

Mr KTLA, 38 years a veggie for exactly the reasons you cite.

Recently drifted to pescetarian, but given the problems of the sea, I'm again going veggie!

Nov 10, 2014
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A Tale of Two Shinjis

Where is my pastrami blunt?

Nov 10, 2014
VenusCafe in Los Angeles Area

LA BARBERA'S - RE BORN

Must be recirculating a La Barbera meme; last night my DH mentioned that our honeymoon pizza in the South of France, at Le Pui Fleur, was our most fun pizza, and especially how it's small size was a surprise b/c we were so used to our large La Barbera pizzas, circa 1977

Nov 10, 2014
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Retaurants for Thanksgiving?

Cafe Del Rey in MDR offers a lovely Thanksgiving menu for diners; in a great atmosphere, quiet and visually enjoyable. Varied selection of entrees for this day.

Cafe Del Rey
4451 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
310.823.6395

Nov 08, 2014
VenusCafe in Los Angeles Area

L.A? Dish of the Month, November 2014 -- Late-Night, 24-Hour Dining

You sound like Dashiel Hammet...
"it was 3 Am on a wet night in L.A."
I'm gonna fry up some hash browns right now to go with my choice
of morning recreationals!

Nov 06, 2014
VenusCafe in Los Angeles Area

L.A? Dish of the Month, November 2014 -- Late-Night, 24-Hour Dining

The only place I know other than Pacific Dining Car is Cinco de Mayo in Culver City. Many menu selections, good prices, fairly good food~
(3 AM is a good time for evaluations and a rounding UP
of the stars!)

Nov 06, 2014
VenusCafe in Los Angeles Area

I'm Going Deaf Eating Out in LA

OMG nosh, is there an age dropout for music??????????

Nov 05, 2014
VenusCafe in Los Angeles Area

Cafe Bizou, Pasadena?

Good choice;i like it and the food is pretty good. I hope it is still quiet and suspect that it might still be. Let us know if so.

Nov 05, 2014
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Recent news cites that Los Angeles restaurants are serving huge amounts of duck...

It is a real money maker...so it is no surprise when things get out of hand! Be mindful of this when you order duck:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10...
Followed by the mandatory denial.

Oct 29, 2014
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I'm Going Deaf Eating Out in LA

I am so glad that it spoke to you, ElsieDee. It speaks those volumes to me as well.

Oct 28, 2014
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I'm Going Deaf Eating Out in LA

Your response Mange, stayed with me and has really disturbed me.
I came across the most complete answer to you online today...and I hope EVERYONE
reads it, especially those 'entitled ones'
aka the 'noise devotees';others will cheer,
and please read the comments that follow:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/18/opi...

Beyond Vegan

Please be aware that new research from the health community confirms that oil is NOT the villain, and a certain amount of oil is, in fact, necessary for your good health.
The villain is carbs.

Oct 23, 2014
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Roll 'N Rye 'n Culver City Closing?

And really good tuna salad

Oct 20, 2014
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L.A. Dish Of the Month, November 2014 -- Nominations

WILD RICE

Oct 20, 2014
VenusCafe in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy orange roughy or sea bass?

Black cod has many many bones, making it difficult to prepare.

Oct 20, 2014
VenusCafe in Los Angeles Area