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Recommednation for Hot Chocolate Drink Mix

Hi Chem, I don't know which can you're referring to??
Which brand were you referring to? JET

Feb 16, 2014
Jet in General Topics

Recommednation for Hot Chocolate Drink Mix

Delectable, and great texture. There actually is a bit of Violet essence infused in the crunch!

Feb 09, 2014
Jet in General Topics

Are dinner parties passé?

Gee, Zackly, I'm not a professional chef, but my cooking skills are exceptional. I can identify with your reputation being on-the-line when people taste your preparations. We are 56 years of age, and I wish we still had the time to do dinner parties. We organized a Gourmet Group when we were in our mid. 30s. There would be a theme (usually by nationality), and everyone would prepare a dish to fit in. Fun conversation &/or good intellectual discourse was always a great part of these parties! The host rotated, but the host would prepare the entrée, use his/her home as the venue, and provide the matching background music/ambience. These were lots of fun, but no ones gourmet cooking skills were on par with mine. Clearly my ego is also huge when it comes to preparing fine cuisine. I would treasure being in a Gourmet Group with more "Chef Zacklys"!!! -JET

Feb 08, 2014
Jet in General Topics

Recommednation for Hot Chocolate Drink Mix

Yes, our beloved late-grandmother always had the Cadbury Fruit & Nut Bars on-hand for us lucky grandchildren. To this day, we always seek out Cadbury Fruit & Nut Bars whenever they're sold in our local markets. By the way, Cost Plus, which today is known as "World Market" has an extensive selection of Cadbury and other imported bars. Among them is "Violet Crumble" which is ridiculously delicious!!! I am thinking that they may have the other drinking products, too? -JET

Feb 08, 2014
Jet in General Topics

Recommednation for Hot Chocolate Drink Mix

There was a time a few years ago, that I felt I had to discover THE best of the drinking chocolates, and so I mail-ordered those that fellow-foodie David Rosengarten mentioned in his then newsletter, that he felt were the best. I don't like the cup to be cloyingly sweet, and I like my drink creamy & smooth. These are my absolute favorites; Vosges Haut Chocolate, L.A. Burdick, and Marie Belle. The eating chocolates from those purveyors are also exquisite, and all have storefronts available (depending on where you are geographically). The cakes & baked goods of New Hampshire/Boston based L.A. Burdick are so delicious as well! JET

Feb 07, 2014
Jet in General Topics

Ideas for interesting vegetarian taco fillings?

Interesting ideas offered, but I like mine best; For a meat substitute, I always use "Gardein" either ground or in strips, and either the simulated Chicken version or the simulated beef version. Although sometimes I use the Indian Cheese known as "Paneer" as the Umami substancial item. I chop fresh Garlic & ground fresh Ginger into sizzling Olive Oil along with possibly Garam Masala, fresh Cumin Seeds, and variously either Tandoori Powder, Sumac, or Sweet Hungarian Paprika. Sometimes I also sizzle a Bay Leaf. In this I cook yellow onions until near caramelized and some sliced red bell peppers. I then put in the Gardein or Paneer & some sweet corn. Sometimes I will add a little Marsala or Voignier to deglaze the pan, and finally I will add about a tablespoon of Major Grey Chutney. I enjoy the mixture most of all in corn Tortillas with some Mango Salsa & either grated White Cheddar or grated Whole Milk Mozzarella. MY only regret ever is that Corn Tortillas are only sold commercially in a relatively small size. Enjoy! JET

Oct 26, 2013
Jet in Home Cooking

Name Your Picks for L.A.'s Most Gorgeous Restaurants

Believe me, I errantly pressed the comment. I was not intending to promote it, and apology accepted. -JET

Aug 30, 2013
Jet in Los Angeles Area

Name Your Picks for L.A.'s Most Gorgeous Restaurants

I agree, you should not put suggestive "jokes" on this site. And I don't appreciate being the butt of your "trailor trash humor".

Aug 29, 2013
Jet in Los Angeles Area

Name Your Picks for L.A.'s Most Gorgeous Restaurants

I'm sorry, what is "Djeet"?

Aug 29, 2013
Jet in Los Angeles Area

Name Your Picks for L.A.'s Most Gorgeous Restaurants

Yes, finally!!! I have always LOVED the patio at Inn of the Seventh Ray! It makes me feel like I'm back in my spiritual home of Northern California. It is like being on a deck overlooking the mossy, craggy wilderness! When I dine at Cafe' Midi, I pretend that for a short time I'm in a Cafe' near the Champs Elysees. The salads are substantial & delicious, too. I really enjoy the buffet at Bombay Palace in Beverly Hills, and the dining room has high ceilings and gorgeous décor. I also like going with friends for a decadent treat at Vosges in Beverly Hills where the décor is like being in the casbah. For me, elegant décor is not enough in itself; I want to feel like while I'm enjoying the food, I'm transported somewhere exotic or refreshing (nature). -JET

Aug 29, 2013
Jet in Los Angeles Area

Passover

Wow Guys, Have I also got the newest, most definitive Seder info. now that a few more events have happened this 2013 year & you have generously shared your recent experience; I think we "Restaurant Seder Trailblazers" have really now put it out there!!! As I mentioned, I was looking to replace the lovely but extremely pricey (about $175.00 -a-person) Spago first night seder. It turned-out that there was only one other place with a first night seder; the Glatt-Kosher Shiloh Restaurant. They advertised that one could come in for their first or second-night seder & follow their leading-Rabbi or be at a private table to conduct our own. The price listed was in the $85.00 per-person range, advertised in the Jewish Journal and the Orthdox Mailer called "Ads L.A". Well, when my mom called to set reservations for us, the person who answered the phoned upped the price by about $30.00. Rather than tell them they stated another price in-print, I told my mother to 'Forget it'. I didn't feel that that reflected integrity, & I wasn't about to give them our business! We are not Glatt Kosher or even merely kosher for that matter, and there are several restaurants that advertise "Kosher-Style Take-out". Larder on the Tavern was one such eatery that is in Brentwood & under the auspices of Suzanne Goin of "LUQUES". We prepared some of the seder items at home such as my own Sephardic Haroset, Herbed Potatoes, Turnips, & Celeriac Anna, and Chutney Deviled Eggs, and got take-out from "Larder on the Tavern". The Leg of Lamb with a Minted Aioli, Roast Chicken with an Olive & Preserved Lemon Relish, Herbed Farro, and Salad with apples, and Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Torte were delicious, however the braised asparagus with a Pistachio Oil Topping and the French Macaron were nothing special. All in all an "eight out of ten", and I would definitely use this service again. I was really charmed by their main eating-room in the restaurant which looks like a swanky & cushy atrium. I'm anxious to have lunch there sometime! Remember that JAR has a decent first-night seder, but they were booked when we called. Their seder is about $125.00 per-person & the food to me was also an 8 out of 10, but we were never that pleased by their religious content which included a gospel singer & a very abbreviated & boring discussion of the 12 plagues. Remember that I went to both "SUE FENIGER'S STREET" & AKASHA" and "KOUTOUBIA" few weeks prior to Pesach to check out the food. We were at AKASHA on the night of the awards (I think S.A.G?). We ordered many things from the menu & found all rather lacking ( 7 out of 10 or less) except their "Mini-Lamb Slider" which was delicious. A friend & I went to KOUTOUBIA & ordered many things off the menu. I am a gourmet cook, & I am Sephardi with a highly developed palate, so I feel qualified to evaluate. Everything we ordered was sub-standared. The proprietor was charming & the décor/ambience is lovely. I so wanted to love it. Even the vegetables are steamed & dumped over couscous. I feel they should have been cooked in the Tagine or at least seasoned. The lamb was really fatty, & the Brik was tasted greasy & salty, but not of cheese. Such a lovely ambience, but the food...... There was no way I was going to waste our Seder there.We went to STREET with our sons & found everything we tried scrumptious. The style of serving there is "Tapaesque" in that most everything is a small plate. For the seder, the servings weren't huge, but enough to satisfy our hunger. There was a so-so Haroset, a delicious purred spinach soup with carrots which I would LOVE the recipe for, I did NOT miss meat at all!. There was a Tunisian-Style Lamb Musube which was heaped on what appeared to be Saffron Quinoa, and an equally delicious white fish option. There were both good-looking Vegan & Vegetarian Options for most everything. Desert was Coconut Macaroons with a Bittersweet Molten Chocolate Sauce. There were supposed to be Moroccan Spices in the Chocolate, but my finely-tuned palate did not detect any. Nevertheless these were delicious!
The cost was reasonable given the portion sizes, and the ritual content was good enough. Unless any new contenders present themselves for restaurant seders, we will continue to do a first night at home. It seems many fine hotels will reasonable do a private kosher seder meal for parties of 15 or more, but we don't have that many people. I would be pleased to continue a second-night seder ritual at STREET. Lastly, it is a shame that beyond the research of us few on Chowhound, no newspaper, including the local Jewish Journal, is responsive (I tried, but was ignored) enough to put in an article each year preceding Pesach stating all the So. Cal Restaurants that will be featuring a first or second night seder. the menu, the costs, etc. Thanks for your good info., Winermobile & Co, & please share any other Pesach Experiences!! -JET

Mar 31, 2013
Jet in Los Angeles Area

What food find still haunts you - that you had once and haven't found since?

You are so welcome, and I just remembered the name of the flakey Burmese Bread they serve with this heavenly stew, & it is called "Platha"! I'd love to hear about it when you've found a delectable facsimile!

Mar 03, 2013
Jet in General Topics

What food find still haunts you - that you had once and haven't found since?

This clearly takes a different form, but I think you will get the same taste-nirvana by trying this dish at Burma Superstar (locations in Berkeley & San Francisco, Ca.) that is a Coconut Chicken Curry Stew served alongside a special fluffy layered Burmese Bread for dipping. My favorite place lately is Mandalay Restaurant in S.F. for their most amazing, crunchy & savory Tea Leaf Salad, and I think they also have that Curry Chicken Snack as well! Best, JET

Mar 02, 2013
Jet in General Topics

MARIAGE FRERE PROVENCE VERT OR PROVENCE ROUGE THE?

Thanks, Kaitlyn! I called & they do have a lot (but not the Rouge Provence Blend). I see now that there is a French (yet U.S. Based Website that offers all the Marriage Blends for order. It's either this or maybe I can convince The French Bakery in Lafayette to order the "RP" next time they do their Marriage order. Wow, Market Hall has some really yummy-looking gourmet items that I'll definitely check out when I'm next up in the Bay Area! The Zout Restaurant on 4th Street makes a floral & elderflower water that is outstanding!! Let me know if you have a chance to try it! -JET

Feb 17, 2013
Jet in San Francisco Bay Area

MARIAGE FRERE PROVENCE VERT OR PROVENCE ROUGE THE?

- - Many thanks, Dordogne! Where exactly is there a location in Rockridge? I looked when I was last in the Bay Area near the shopping center on Broadway near College Ave., but it seemed it went out of business when I tried to call. Also, where in Bezerkley is this? -Thanks, JET

Feb 16, 2013
Jet in San Francisco Bay Area

MARIAGE FRERE PROVENCE VERT OR PROVENCE ROUGE THE?

Hi Carrie, So funny...That's where I most recently enjoyed the Vert Provence while visiting my folks in Orinda! While there with my niece, we went for tea & took a mini of each of the pastries they had & a scrumptious Lemon/Blueberry Scone with clotted cream!! Soooo indulgent....... She thought it was the coolest place & we sat in front of the fireplace. They don't have the Rouge Provence, but I bought a small bag (all they had remaining!) of the Vert Provence to bring back to smoggy L.A. I grew up in the Bay Area, & the French Bakery is one of my haunts when I come up! The owners are very nice, and I may call & ask them if they are willing to order some Rouge Provence next time. Thanks, Carrie! -JET

Feb 10, 2013
Jet in San Francisco Bay Area

MARIAGE FRERE ROUGE & VERT PROVENCE THE

Merci! I recognize the pic. as ne from an illustrator of a coffee table art book at Gold Bug in Pasadena...Great Gourmet minds think alike, Thanks! JET

Feb 10, 2013
Jet in Los Angeles Area

MARIAGE FRERE ROUGE & VERT PROVENCE THE

Hi Silverlake, Did you see both blends, or just the Provence Vert? -Thanks, JET

Feb 10, 2013
Jet in Los Angeles Area

MARIAGE FRERE PROVENCE VERT OR PROVENCE ROUGE THE?

Thanks, Caitlin!!

Feb 10, 2013
Jet in San Francisco Bay Area

Passover

I'm just now getting to check for another Seder which can be the other night (that Spagos isn't). I am surprised that someone listed Melisse, because they claim they held no Seder there. We just didn't love the JAR Seder, and no, it doesn't need to be Glatt Kosher. The problem with the Akasha Seder was that it was just offered the same night as Spago. I know the Moroccan Restaurant also had one the same night as Spago, but perhaps they will offer on the other night this year? Thanks, Jerome & all, & do please let me know if you hear about anything else special other than Akasha, Jar or Street. Actually Street might be interesting if offered on the OTHER night. Rosa Mexicana would be too weird for my (semi-traditional) folks for a Seder. Thanks, Jerome! JET

Feb 10, 2013
Jet in Los Angeles Area

Passover

Hey Jerome, I had to laugh at your reply to my Michelin Guide entry scrutinizing L.A. over the Bay Area...You are funny!!! I wanted to thank you, but did not see a place to reply below that submission. In any case, on this old submission, I will again be looking into Restaurant Seders. We have tried & enjoy the Spagos & the Jar (the latter less so), but this year we are hoping that the Middle Eastern Restaurant (Dar Magreb?) will be doing a 2nd night Seder and perhaps the same for Tierra de Sur. If you hear of any new ones, please let me know! This is what I've been doing when my aging Bay Area Folks visit each Pesach these last few years. L'Chaim!, JET

Feb 02, 2013
Jet in Los Angeles Area

pizza dough crust is always too puffy

I make an amazing crust that doesn't lend itself to a thin version, but I have a suggestion; The thin crusts of the (Mario Battali, et al) "Babo" Pizzas are the best I've had, and they have a Babo Cookbook (I just bought it) which gives their recipe & method! Their "White PIzza" on this same crust is to die for!!! Good Luck, JET

Feb 02, 2013
Jet in Home Cooking

MARIAGE FRERE PROVENCE VERT OR PROVENCE ROUGE THE?

I know I adore the Provence Vert with its distinctive and elegant Rose Floral Note, yet I see there is another tea in the line called Provence Rouge. I assume that the latter has Rooibos instead of Green Tea in the background, but it seems the other additives are the same. I am curious to know if I would like the Rouge as well and how does the taste compare to the Vert? Has anyone had both to give me their opinion? Also, Where is there a "mortar & brick" shop that carries these (semi) locally? It seems that W.S. only carries three of the more common blends.
-Thanks! JET

Feb 02, 2013
Jet in San Francisco Bay Area

MARIAGE FRERE ROUGE & VERT PROVENCE THE

I absolutely adore the rose taste of the Provence Vert Blend, and I now see that the line makes a similar blend called Provence Rouge. I assume the Rouge means the leaves change to Rooibos, but it seems the other additions are the same. Has anyone tasted both? How are the tastes different between these two? Are any of their other blends also mainly featuring Rose? Who in either L.A. or the Bay Area carries these two specific blends? It seems that Williams Sonoma only carries Marco Polo, a Breakfast Blend, and Earl Grey. I am now anxious to compare the taste of the Rouge Provence. Thanks, JET

Feb 02, 2013
Jet in Los Angeles Area

How do you feel about the Michelin guide spurning L.A.?? [moved from L.A. board]

I'm (sadly) an ex-pat No. Cal Foodie needing to live the rest of my employable years in education (4) in Smoggy, culturally-deficient So. Cal. So I really enjoyed having the S.F. Michelin Guide for reference as my No. Cal Family & I restaurant-hopped for the duration of a recent long visit. I quickly realized that I couldn't update my 2009 Michelin L.A. Edition because a more recent edition hasn't been published for L.A. While it doesn't surprise me, I am curious to know how often Michelin does publish for this region? Does anyone use the other (blue covered) L.A. Restaurant Guide I spied on Amazon.com or the perfunctory Zagat, or any other regional guide for this area? After my recent sojourn to the Mandalay Cambodian Restaurant in S.F., I am longing for their uniquely wonderful Tea-Leaf Salad (much better that the more hyped-up Burma-Superstar) with it's lack of lettuce-filler & concentration on multitudinous crunchy elements. Yes, I am already planning to try to replicate it at home. Any others longing for the good old Bay Area, &/or those with food evaluation suggestions in the form of a recentbound edition?

Jan 06, 2013
Jet in Food Media & News

Manischewitz Banana Split Macaroons - LA area?

No, I haven't seen these, but I bet you can find them in a grocer near/on Fairfax or in any other area with a sizable Orthodox population. This sounds easy to make; Just make a recipe for Macaroons & add pureed Banana. I'll bet it will top any mass-produced version! Good Macaroon Mazel, JET

Apr 08, 2012
Jet in Los Angeles Area

2012 RESTAURANT SEDER VERDICTS; ADD YOUR EXPERIENCES!

Again this 2012 year, the family attended the Seders at JAR and SPAGO. The fist night's Seder at JAR confirmed our feelings that the Seder lacked much of any tradition. For the second year in a row, the scattered woman who led the event forgot to call on me when she had earlier assigned me parts in the Haggadah! The same lovely Gospel Soloist sang some songs. Appetizers included Chopped Liver on Homemade Matzah, a Pea Shoot Puree' with Mint & Feta on the same Matzah, and absolutely scrumptious crispy rafts of grated Potato topped with a dollop of Cream Fraich and House Cured Gravad Lax. I wish I could have made a meal of the later two items. Next came a Chicken Soup with the requisite Matzah Balls, and a nice addition of Lemongrass & a few slivers of Shitake Mushroom. There was also a Composed Salad of Asparagus & a few al dente Vegetables in a nice Vinaigrette. The entree' was a choice of fish or Chef Suzanne Tracht's signature Pot Roast. Everyone in our group ordered the Pot Roast. It was a bit too saline, but delicious & meltingly tender nevertheless. On the side was a surprising redundancy; a Gravy Boat of Creamed Horseradish, and Creamy Mashed Potatos that were seasoned with Creamed Horseradish. I like Horseradish, but enough is enough! One had a choice of a White Wine, a Red Selection, or a Sparkling Proseco. Desert included a plate of mini desserts; something dense & Chocolaty, a Lemon Cheesecake that was very Eggy-Tasting, and a couple of other choices I don't recall. This is the only restaurant that, thus far, has offered a first night Seder. I hope that others realize that competition is not stiff for the first night, & they offer a first night Seder for 2013! SPAGO is a bit pricier, also good food, and a lot more organized while including just enough tradition to make it feel like a true Seder. Each year, it is presided over by Barbara Lazaroff, who does a lovely job. At this Seder, there are no appetizers. The seating is in rows of long tables, mostly in a main room. A Rabbi from the University Synagogue does some of the Liturgy, and the L.A. Children's Chorus always performs a few songs. The meal began with petite Gefilte Fish Balls seemingly steamed in Cabbage Leaves. These had a dollop of Horseradish on top. The Kenaidlach Soup was traditional and good, albeit a bit too saline. The entree' for everyone was the same; A small bit of Boneless Beef Short-rib in a dark Port & Cherry Reduction Sauce and a slice of poached Salmon plainly made with a bit of Almondine. There was a small pool of pureed Yam or Sweet Squash to the side. Also, small serving dishes of delicious Chopped Liver came around. Neither restaurant made a particularly interesting or different spin on their Haroset. The Matzah at JAR was plain, but good. The Matzah from Wolfgang Puck was pretty addictive, served warm with minced chewy onions, garlic, and a green herb baked on top. The desserts at Spago were also minis served off communal platters. These included several Chocolate options, Macarons that were too soft but had a nice, intense Pistachio Filling, & traditional Coconut Macaroons. All desserts were pretty good, with the Chocolate Truffles and Chocolate Cake topped with a Candied Kumquat being the tastiest. I was quite surprised that Coffee and Tea were not served with the dessert. For now, our plans are to probably return to Spago next year or try Akasha or Street. Does anyone know about how much tradition is brought into those two Seders? What we are greatly hoping is that Koutoubia will offer a first night &/or a second night's Seder next Year, because that seems as if it must have been delectable & fun. I recall that Marcel (the proprietor?) said that it was being led by someone from a Conservative Temple, so I assume there is some semblance of tradition. I am asking, please, for anyone who attended this year's Street, Akasha, any other, or especially Koutoubia's Seder can please share the juicy details including amount of tradition & menu reviews! - Many Thanks, JET

Apr 08, 2012
Jet in Los Angeles Area

2012 RESTAURANT SEDERS???

What!?, JAR absolutely did do a Seder this year/2012, & I was there. Where did you get incorrect info. from????

Apr 08, 2012
Jet in Los Angeles Area

Passover

The weeklong Passover Hotel Programs were what we've tried for about 4 years prior to doing the "restaurant thing. We did the one in Valencia, & it was pretty awful. That is, the food was pretty awful. I called Tierra Sur at the Herzog Winery. It's disturbing; They advertise as a Kosher Restaurant, but when I asked the young man who answered their phone if they were having a Seder, he responded, "What is that?". In fact, several of the restaurants that were listed as having had Seders relatively recently also asked "What is that?" when asked if they were having a Seder again this year. This IS Southern California, and I think it behooves those in the restaurant business to at least have a clue that I'm not just making up strange words!Even though it's not a Seder Meal, the Clementine sounds like it might be a great place to get some take-out during the week of Pesach. Has anyone ever eaten there before? -JET

Mar 21, 2012
Jet in Los Angeles Area

Passover

Hi Gascook & Jefferson, Your post reminded me that I also left a message for the caterer at the Luxe Bel Aire (a few weeks ago). Needless to say, they did not get back to me. I also recall that a few years ago my folks & I went to a Seder there as that location of the LUX (Bel Aire) was host that year to a Pesach Resort Program. The Seder was traditional -right down to the "Orthodox Standard Time"; That is, there was so much rabbinical discourse before the meal that the meal-in-earnest began close to midnight. That sort of killed it for me! Anyhow, the person I spoke to at the LUXE did mention that while there was probably not a Seder scheduled this year, private parties/families, have the option of renting space there for their own Seders. This wasn't what we had in mind either. I also found out that year that there were Community Seders at the Woodland Hills Hilton & one at the Woodland Hills Marriott. Foodie that I am, I directed my family toward the few restaurant options that had more gourmet cred. If either of you hear more, let me know! Shame, I would have loved to partake in a Moroccan Seder on one of the two nights........ Look for the Nemon Family if you happen to also partake in either the JAR &/or SPAGO events...We'll compare notes! - JET

Mar 20, 2012
Jet in Los Angeles Area