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degustation options in l.a.?

Chef's table at Scarpetta

Aug 11, 2012
MizEvie in Los Angeles Area

Good eats downtown?

Thanks!

Aug 11, 2012
MizEvie in Los Angeles Area

Romantic/casual Monday dinner

Malbec on Green St east of Lake.

Aug 11, 2012
MizEvie in Los Angeles Area

Scarpetta anyone?

Scarpettas is a wonderful restaurant. We have eaten there many times including twice at chef's table. Well worth a visit.

Aug 11, 2012
MizEvie in Los Angeles Area

Good eats downtown?

Friends, please help. I am starting a new job downtown and need to know cool places for lunch and dinner. Price isn't important. Just want great food. Thanks for your advice.

Aug 11, 2012
MizEvie in Los Angeles Area

Gefilte Fish

I discovered years ago that my family won't eat poached gefilte fish but they love it in a loaf baked in the oven. That way you can fry the onion or shallots first along with carrot and get lovely round flavors. Add fresh herbs. I serve it with horse radish and fresh cucumbers and tomatoes. I always use fresh fish. Last year I used salmon and cod with fresh dill. It's not traditional but it works for us. It you like poaching, my mom used to finish the poached balls in the oven and stain them with a tea bag to get a lovely brown color.

Mar 22, 2012
MizEvie in Recipes

Passover Etiquette Dilemmas

It is rude to leave a seder early before the end of the meal. You don't have to stay for every song after dessert, but you should stay for all the courses. If one is unable to sit through a long seder then one should stay at home. It is also rude to refuse to taste one of the courses unless you are allergic to something on the plate. These days a lot of people make gefilte fish from scratch in very creative and tasty ways. Personally I make it from salmon with dill and most people love it. I don't blame the hosts for not inviting these people back. I wouldn't have either.

Mar 20, 2012
MizEvie in Features

9 Signs Your Dinner Date Is Going South

I have a few signs that your dinner date is going south remembered from my dating years:
1. Your date doesn't notice that he has a lot of food in his teeth after dinner and then wants to french kiss at the end of the date (yuck - and no thanks)
2. I am a big foodie and went on a first (and last) date with a guy who didn't even consult me before ordering appetizers, including steak tartar, to go with our drinks, As it happens I like steak tartare, but it was clear it was a 'test.' He was totally obnoxious in other ways too.
3. I went on a date with an attractive guy who he would only eat chicken and vegetables. No red meat, no duck, no fish, no seafood, and only a few vegetables. Deal breaker for me who loves to cook and try new foods.
4. I was invited by a wealthy guy to a high-end restaurant with great food but small portions. The bill came and he went into a big long rant about how much it cost for such a small amount of food. Awful and awkward.
5. I dated a guy for a while who liked to cook me dinner - which I appreciated - but he was a TERRIBLE cook. All he liked to make was grilled fish and vegetables - which normally I'd like. He was a respected research professor who made a good salary but only bought the very cheapest ingredients, like sad looking vegetables from the dollar store and cheap frozen fish. He invariably overcooked the fish so it was really dry and the vegies were always bland. The tragic part was he thought he was such a hero for making dinner and would go on about how good it was. I was always polite because I certainly appreciated the effort. His inflated impression of his cooking skill turned out to be a portent of other problems. He will forever by known as Dr. Narcissist to me and my friends.
5. As for octopus, my significant other and I knew we were meant for each other when from the first date we shared food in restaurants and ordered grilled octopus whenever we saw it on the menu.

By the way, I love to cook and throughout my dating life I discovered that if the guy was right for me, the food I cooked for him tasted great. If he was not right for me, then the food didn't taste good to me although it would appear that my date was enjoying it. My cooking became a very reliable barometer of relationship success. I wonder if other people have experienced the same thing.

Sep 08, 2011
MizEvie in Features

Please Pass the Scavenged-Bone Soup

I think it's wrong to sneer at people who don't want to waste anything. Personally I prefer stock made from uncooked bones although it's possible to make an edible stock from cooked bones. I find cooked bones impart more of an essence of flavor than a full-bodied taste. I think there's a way to use the whole piece of meat or foul without using people's half-eaten leftovers. For example, when I make chicken soup, I pull out the breasts when they are just finished cooking (i.e. become opaque), cut off the meat and throw the bones back in the soup. Then I use the juicy tender breast meat for salads and sandwiches. If you leave breast meat in the soup pot, it turns into dry flavorless yuckiness.

Apr 15, 2011
MizEvie in Features

Restaurants in or near Half Moon Bay

Any ideas for good restaurants in or near Half Moon Bay - or fun things to do? We are renting a beach house for a week at Moss Beach. Thanks!

Apr 06, 2011
MizEvie in San Francisco Bay Area

Your favorite restaurants for healthy food

Raw Food in Santa Monica

Apr 06, 2011
MizEvie in Los Angeles Area