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Baking your own Baguettes or Boules [split from LA]

Edit 2: I didn't read the instructions wrong. How much is it supposed rise during the first proof?

about 4 hours ago
ilysla in Home Cooking

Baking your own Baguettes or Boules [split from LA]

I think my yeast must be bad. Didn't rise at all. =(

Edit: I misread the directions! Argh. Hate it when I do that. Also hate the waste. Will try again tonight.

about 7 hours ago
ilysla in Home Cooking

Who Wants to Attend an Incredible Chowmeet at Clusi Batusi in May???

Well, it's not like the cat's actually present on the premises.... ;)

about 11 hours ago
ilysla in Los Angeles Area

Baking your own Baguettes or Boules [split from LA]

::hangs head in shame:: No.

I know, I know. One pie crust recipe I like says that the only way to get consistently good results is to weigh. The scale's been sitting in my Amazon cart for months, but I always find other things to want more....

Me at the supermarket yesterday in front the beer area was amusing. I don't really drink, so I was like, "Which one is mild tasting lager???" ::sigh::

about 13 hours ago
ilysla in Home Cooking

Suggestions for day in LA with 3 year old

Spago was revamped (both the physical location and the menu), and I don't know if it'd as kid-accessible now as it might've been 6 yrs ago.

Don't know if things that aren't as upscale as the old Spago will qualify has "nice," but here goes....

Clementine's in Century City for lunch? It's very casual, though. Parking can be painful, but the food is quite tasty. And then you could walk across the street to the Westfield mall. You could simply eat at the Century City mall, too (food court and independent restaurants abound there).

The Santa Monica mall might also be a good option (they have multiple restaurants there + outdoor seating + 3rd Street Promenade close by).

about 13 hours ago
ilysla in Los Angeles Area

Baking your own Baguettes or Boules [split from LA]

Just started the dough this morning. Came together very easily.

Wish me luck!

about 16 hours ago
ilysla in Home Cooking

Who Wants to Attend an Incredible Chowmeet at Clusi Batusi in May???

B/c nothing says Tuscan meal like a cigar on the patio under the heat lamps next to a Chinese joint. ;)

about 16 hours ago
ilysla in Los Angeles Area

Who Wants to Attend an Incredible Chowmeet at Clusi Batusi in May???

I don't think they *have* a private room. It's pretty small inside (the seating area, at least).

1 day ago
ilysla in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Then focus on the other good stuff and the lack of a good baguette may not be such a big deal?

To be perfectly honest, lots of posters here have given you many recs spanning multiple areas that could be considered "the westside." Yet each time you seem to find something to criticize about the recommendation (not a valid analogy, not close enough to you, not tasty enough, etc, etc, etc).

It gives the impression (IMO) that you're not really interested in what people have to say.

I also don't know why you find it so shocking that you can't find a good baguette. I can't find a good Chinese food on every corner of the westside. If I had my way, any Chinese food would be much more of staple than is a baguette.

I can't find a Duane Reade on every street corner, like I can in NYC. Who the hell cares? It ain't NYC. I don't have to deal w/ NYC weather or housing prices. I'll live w/ the compromise.

1 day ago
ilysla in Los Angeles Area
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Who Wants to Attend an Incredible Chowmeet at Clusi Batusi in May???

There's an outdoor patio. =)

1 day ago
ilysla in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Shhh. You'll ruin the OP's world view. Can't do that now, ya know.

1 day ago
ilysla in Los Angeles Area

Olive and Milo

I guess I was referring more to the rapid turnover of waitstaff there. Everytime I go in (which admittedly isn't super often), I feel like 50-100% of the staff has changed. I kind of like seeing familiar faces at my favorite eateries. =(

1 day ago
ilysla in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

QUOTE: "I don't believe it's an unreasonable expectation to find decent bread even at a chain."

Correct. Which is why one poster recommended Bristol Farms. Last time I checked, it was a chain. And it's on the westside (in fact, there are actually 2 on the westside, one on each side of the 405). I assume that other upscale markets (Gelson's, Whole Foods) should also have "decent" bread.

If you find the locations of all the Bristol Farms, Whole Foods, and Gelson's to be too inconvenient for you, or if you think their bread is of insufficient quality to even make the "decent" cut (I wouldn't know since I haven't tried them myself), then I really don't think anyone on this board is going to have anything to say that's going to change your perception that your food life wherever it is that you're living simply stinks.

::shrug::

1 day ago
ilysla in Los Angeles Area

Baking your own Baguettes or Boules [split from LA]

We have a metal knob. =)

The only thing is that our dutch oven is very oval shaped (it's the 8-qt one they sell at Costco). Not sure if it'll be wide enough (for aesthetic purposes), but who cares if it's a test loaf?

1 day ago
ilysla in Home Cooking

Olive and Milo

Yes!

Now if they could only hold on to the wait staff that I like.... =(

1 day ago
ilysla in Los Angeles Area

Baking your own Baguettes or Boules [split from LA]

Not to worry; my partner cooks a lot and specifically wanted a dutch oven w/ metal knobs. =)

Thanks for the suggestions about the beer type and about distilled water!

1 day ago
ilysla in Home Cooking

Baking your own Baguettes or Boules [split from LA]

The link is the recipe I use. It turns out quite well, but there's not a ton of flavor development in the bread. I actually let the dough rest in the fridge overnight during the 2nd proof, and I throw ice cubes into the oven to create steam. I never get from much oven spring, though. =(

I've heard about the dutch oven technique from other sources, but I've never tried it myself. The Cook's Country one looks so simple that I think I might try I might try it this weekend....

1 day ago
ilysla in Home Cooking

Who Wants to Attend an Incredible Chowmeet at Clusi Batusi in May???

Got it. =)

Now, I must take some time to think.... Does sound absolutely lovely, though.

Apr 16, 2014
ilysla in Los Angeles Area

Baking your own Baguettes or Boules [split from LA]

Hmmm.... Wonder how this compares to the Jacques Pepin receipe for gros pain.... Might try it this weekend....

Apr 16, 2014
ilysla in Home Cooking

Who Wants to Attend an Incredible Chowmeet at Clusi Batusi in May???

Then tell nosh not to get our hopes up by saying how great the menu is! ;)

Cost is likely the only factor for me since I am (always) in $-conserving mode, but I eagerly await details. =)

Apr 16, 2014
ilysla in Los Angeles Area

LA Weekly 20 Best Restaurants in LA. I know "Not another list"

Or maybe they enjoyed it so much that....

Apr 16, 2014
ilysla in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

But since it's frozen, you could presumably buy in bulk, no? =) So the cost of gas is amortized over many loaves.

Haven't tried the frozen dough myself, but, after all the praise of it here, I'm really interested....

Apr 16, 2014
ilysla in Los Angeles Area

Who Wants to Attend an Incredible Chowmeet at Clusi Batusi in May???

Sent an e-mail. =)

Apr 16, 2014
ilysla in Los Angeles Area

LA Weekly 20 Best Restaurants in LA. I know "Not another list"

I'm thinking I gotta try Guisados! I've already been to the Stinking Rose.... ;)

Apr 16, 2014
ilysla in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

I've only had their pretzels and perhaps one of their scones? I think it/they was/were fine but were not to the point where I would be dying to go back to try their bread.

To the OP, Rockenwagner does have a location in Brentwood. Additionally, have you tried the local Farmer's markets? Btw Santa Monica and Brentwood, you've got at least 2 days of the week covered....

Apr 16, 2014
ilysla in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Ahem. I plead the 5th....

Apr 16, 2014
ilysla in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

I don't think anyone is attacking the OP for daring to want what he/she wants. I think they're attacking the attitude that comes w/ the "request" (in this and other threads....).

Apr 16, 2014
ilysla in Los Angeles Area
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I might be ready for Vietnamese but I think I need your help...

Thanks for the tip.

Not a vegetarian myself, but have veg friends and friends who keep kosher (which usually means eating vegetarian for them).

Will never forget how said friend and I went to a Thai place. She ordered a vegan shrimp dish and got the real thing. And when she complained, the waitress shrugged and seemed confused about why my friend was upset. ::shudder::

Apr 15, 2014
ilysla in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Having grown up in the SGV and having moved to the westside a little less than 10 yrs ago, I can say that the weather is one draw.... The other draw, for me, was that the lack of ethnic diversity the SGV is actually (IMO) no worse than the relative lack of the same on the westside. So, when you put those two experiences together, I get the lifetime diversity I like. ;)

I don't think anyone was blowing off the westside. I think some were simply reacting the impression the OP was giving of "everything in LA stinks compared to western Europe" and "there's no other acceptable place to live in LA, except for weside, La Canada, and S. Pas" (I'm exaggerating for effect, but the strong undertones of culture/race inherent in these statements are not easily ignored).

BTW, were you the one who recommended California Ranch Olive Oil in another thread awhile ago? I tried it, and I love it. =)

Apr 15, 2014
ilysla in Los Angeles Area

Brunch in Santa Monica

Take out for M+O works really well. I've noticed the few times I've done it that the order seems ready at least quite a few minutes prior to their stated time. I think I'm going to try to arrive "early" to make sure the pizza doesn't cool down too much!

Apr 15, 2014
ilysla in Los Angeles Area