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Fisherman's House, Channel Islands Harbor; Secret Dining Room - Anyone Ever Tried It?

Great post and thanks for sharing the Find. After moving to Ventura and then to Santa Barbara, I've been dying for such an experience. On my way to partake!

Aug 06, 2009
wumanchild in Los Angeles Area

Late Night New Year's Eve?

After the noise and confetti, where's a good place to eat? Had a couple of late-nighters in mind:

Phoenix Inn
Pacific Dining Car

...but *argh* they're mostly in areas with high chances of crowds or departing traffic. Any suggestions? Any type of cuisine or $$, and coming from a combo of USC, westside, and Silverlake areas. Any suggestions appreciated!

Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2006
wumanchild in Los Angeles Area


Just saw some longan there - could it have been that?

Sep 21, 2006
wumanchild in Los Angeles Area

Help! Desiccant for Cookies?

Thanks for the advice, all. I kept the cookies tightly closed in the tupperware with dried rice and papertowels (overkill perhaps, but the peace of mind was golden), and they were perfectly crispy at night. Fetched many compliments. If anyone would like the recipe, it's the least I can do:


Sep 13, 2006
wumanchild in Home Cooking

Help! Desiccant for Cookies?

Uh-oh. I baked some oatmeal lace cookies last night, which are wafer thin and crispy. Problem is, I didn't consider the high humidity where I live. I'm afraid of the cookies will soak in moisture and getting gummy. This already happened when I fell asleep accidentally before wrapping them up, and I just finished drying them out in the oven and then packing them in parchment paper and paper towels; however, I don't think this will be enough. They still have about 12 hours before some raffle (ugh, who'd bid for soggy, oat-mealy, cookies? =( ), and I won't have an oven to dry them out at work.

Know of any commonly found desiccants that can be thrown into the container? Wood shavings? Probably can't do the baking soda since there's not enough room. Wished I saved my silica packets now.

Appreciate any suggestions.

Sep 12, 2006
wumanchild in Home Cooking

Ventura...Used to be a sore subject

I'm a fan of The Taj Cafe on Main Street. While I've gone numerous times, I haven't seen the extent of their menu. Reason being that I am completely hooked on their tikka masala sauce, which I always end up eating by itself. Last Friday the guy there convinced me to try the mango chicken which, like the masala sauce, is stand-alone delicious. Excellent saag paneer as well (my other usual suspect), and if one possibly can afterwards, they have a really addictive carrot pudding dessert.

Agree with Jonathan's At Peirano's - tasty menu and exceptional service.

Thanks for starting the post, too. We needed it.

Jun 26, 2006
wumanchild in Los Angeles Area