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Taking my mom to Staples center for concert- need amazing/beautiful/delicious restaurant.

Second this. Beautiful space, delicious food. A good celebratory experience.

May 23, 2015
Savour in Los Angeles Area

first time in LA!!! give me your top 5.

I really like Connie and Ted's, but as a LA representation of a New England clam shack I'm not sure I'd place it in the top 5 for an out of town visitor.
This is more "categories to cover" than individual recs.
1. Fine Dining (but not stuffy - this is still LA): Redbird would be my choice, but I've heard great things about n/naka.
2. Dim Sum in the SGV (opinions vary on which is the best - Sea Harbour, Elite both rank highly, I like King Hua but it's a little mellower)
3. Great Mexican - you've got a lot of suggestions here. I'm not the expert, and tend to stick to my local joints (Cacao Mexicatessen in Eagle Rock, which is great, FWIW)
4. Korean or Thai (or both)
5. Mobile Dining/Food Stands - I, too, would choose Grand Central Market over the trucks.

May 22, 2015
Savour in Los Angeles Area

What's your absolute favorite/best apple dessert?

Tarte Tatin

May 13, 2015
Savour in Home Cooking
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What are they thinking at Mamoun's?

It's a crazy expensive school but even at a "rich kids school" (and I went to Yale undergrad, to put it in context) college students are perennially poor. Maybe they're just spending their spending money on music and booze.

May 07, 2015
Savour in Manhattan

May 2015 COTM: EAT, Chapters 1-4, pp. 1-171

Tell me about it! I've had luck at Cost Plus World Market, but it's pretty dried...

May 06, 2015
Savour in Home Cooking

May 2015 COTM: EAT, Chapters 1-4, pp. 1-171

Pretty much every UK cookbook author I've come across means Spanish chorizo when they say Chorizo. I suspect Mexican chorizo isn't widely available there.

What items do you wish Trader Joe's would make/stock?

I understand that. My TJ's sells bananas in bunches, but priced individually. You could ask your TJ's to do the same, since it clearly varies from store to store.

May 06, 2015
Savour in Chains

What are they thinking at Mamoun's?

I think it survives on its location - NYU students are poor and hungry. The New Haven location was a favorite in my college days for that 2 am cheap post-party fix, and the Macdougal location was similarly popular in my law school days.

May 06, 2015
Savour in Manhattan

Famous Recipes

Marcella Hazan's Tomato sauce with Onion and Butter is another one that comes to mind.

Dorie Greenspan's World Peace Cookies

Union Square Cafe Bar Nuts

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

I am a certified cardamom junkie as well and have to make this! I'm not at all surprised that the cake is originally Swedish - one of my favorite bakery treats is the cardamom bread made at a Danish bakery in Solvang, California. Cardamom screams "Scandinavia" to me.

May 04, 2015
Savour in Home Cooking
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What items do you wish Trader Joe's would make/stock?

Huh. None of the TJ's I shop at do that, either. Who knew there was so much variation in banana practices?

May 04, 2015
Savour in Chains
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What items do you wish Trader Joe's would make/stock?

In every supermarket I've been in that isn't TJ's bananas are sold by the pound - I've never seen them sold by the "hand". I live in CA FWIW, but have also lived in CT and NY.

May 04, 2015
Savour in Chains

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

This! I request kindle books through NetGalley and hard copy through Blogging for Books. (And 3MC sent me a copy since, as I mentioned, Maggy is a friend I've met through blogging).

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

After not buying books for a while, I've been on a bit of a spree lately

FANCY DESSERTS: Honestly, I haven't even read this yet but I plan to get into it soon. I kind of forgot I bought it on a whim after the Piglet.
EAT (which I've had my eyes on for a while - don't love the organization, which is a complaint I have with a lot of Slater's works - we must have different minds (but similar palates))
SAVORY SWEET LIFE - Alice is actually a friend of mine though I hadn't gotten around to buying her cookbook until now. Lots of good, family-friendly recipes
THREE MANY COOKS - I got a review copy of this (Maggy Anderson is also a friend)- when I first flipped through it, the recipes didn't appeal, but it's more of a memoir with recipes than a cookbook (like Molly Wizenberg's books) and reading it makes me want to cook the recipes. I have several of Pam Anderson's cookbooks, so this is a nice addition.

And I just requested a review copy of Fika (I have a cardamom problem) and am poring through the scratch and dent section of Book Outlet. You guys are evil.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

TDQ speaks the truth. Sippy cups are either hard to suck or easy to spill. I like the Oxo straw cups for easy cleaning, but they aren't leak proof at all. (So few sippy cups are though.

Apr 30, 2015
Savour in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

I love Richard Sax - it's my go-to baking book. Great recipes for pecan pie, fresh grape pie, rice pie, and I love the cannoli cream as well. Have played with Marie's apple cake, and made the dried peach and meringue pie and probably a handful more that I'm forgetting. All the recipes work beautifully It has a lot of marginalia, which I happen to love in cookbooks.

Apr 30, 2015
Savour in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

I've just started teaching the Nuni to cook, and we make her favorites, but I've found that Nigella Lawson's cookbooks hit that sweet spot of lots of photos, not too boring, and not too complicated.

Apr 30, 2015
Savour in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

The new editions of Home Cooking and More Home Cooking that were just released have a bunch of photos and a new essay by her daughter. Worth checking out if you are a fan (and who isn't?)

Apr 30, 2015
Savour in Home Cooking

no-bake dessert challenge

What about an icebox cake? I've made this for parties and it's very easy and very popular: http://www.thedomesticfront.com/lemon...

Apr 29, 2015
Savour in Home Cooking
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Hawaiian poke

ISn't Spinfish also in Santa Monica?

Bristol Farms has decent poke, though it's expensive at $17 a pound.

Apr 22, 2015
Savour in Los Angeles Area

Do pregnant Japanese women eat sushi?

I've heard that the warnings against raw fish are primarily concerns with raw shellfish, which are frequently contaminated with bacteria (And I've never gotten sick from eating sushi, but have gotten sick from raw oysters). You might find this interesting: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/15/opi...
( I will say that I drank occasional glasses of wine while pregnant and my kids are both healthy and smart as whips)

Apr 16, 2015
Savour in General Topics

Goldstein Bagels-- what's your favorite?

This.

Apr 15, 2015
Savour in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015 [OLD]

The pistachio oil is pretty spectacular - I used it in a Dorie Greenspan recipe for avocado halves with lemon juice and pistachio oil.

Apr 07, 2015
Savour in Chains

Can you suggest easy dinners for a stressful month?

I work and have two kids and a long commute, so every weekday is a stressful one for me. Some of our standby dishes and strategies: chicken sausages in a variety of flavors, slow cooker Wednesdays (particularly easy ones are ribs, brats and sauerkraut, french dip sandwiches), good quality store bough ravioli sauced with butter and parm, Fuchsia Dunlop's Sichuan beef with celery, tacos, steaks or pork chops on the grill. I also make a weekly meal plan and do the shopping once a week - then you save a lot of time and mental energy wondering what to cook for dinner.

Apr 01, 2015
Savour in Home Cooking
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Where to buy fresh chicken livers in West LA?

Agree with WF. Given that it's Passover though, you might want to call your WF of choice and make sure they're not sold out.

Apr 01, 2015
Savour in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

I'll echo this "yay" and add that it's a lot like Panettone but much sweeter.

Mar 30, 2015
Savour in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

I go to TJ's weekly with my cherubic looking but very mischievous 3-year-old, so yeah, they all know me there.

Mar 23, 2015
Savour in Chains

What's for Low-Carb Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? #5

I've been making reubens without the bread - corned beef, melted swiss, fermente sauerkraut and a little bit of mayo/ketchup/horseradish mix smeared on top. Very satisfying, if a little bit "junk" food.

Mar 17, 2015
Savour in Special Diets
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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

But there are beautiful photos in a cookbook and then there are beautiful photos of the cook in the cookbook. Most cookbook photos are focused on the food - yes, there's an implied lifestyle there, perhaps, but there are pictures of the food front and center. Thorisson's book is selling herself - the food is part of it, but I think it's fair to critique the book on more than the food if the book isn't just about the food.

Mar 11, 2015
Savour in Home Cooking
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Moist chocolatey chocolate cake recipe like a boxed mix?

I'll second the Black Magic Cake. It's my go-to chocolate cake recipe. I think the coffee really makes the chocolate taste more "Chocolatey" and an oil cake is more likely to get you the box mix texture than butter.

Mar 04, 2015
Savour in Home Cooking