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Chicken Parm Hero (a la NYC)

Mario's Italian Deli on Broadway in Glendale is enough like Bay cities to draw a comparison. They make both a Veal or a Chicken Parm Sandwich.

I'm especially fond of their Spicy Cold Cuts Sandwich.

They also have a host of other hot and cold Sammie's.

I figured out why In/Out fries suck

I love In-n-Out potatoes just as they are. Very full of potato flavor.

Dec 13, 2014
SilverlakeGirl in Chains

Late Thanksgiving in LA?

Actually, I left a response last night ... But it is gone with the night ...

I noticed that Bottega Louie, who normally serves late, has a special Thanksgiving menu for Thursday. It is a pared down version of the regular menu. Besides the Diestel Turkey dinner for $26, there is also a full Thanksgiving feast with sides and dessert for $50.

Discontinued at Trader Joe's: July 2014-December 2014

Same in L.A.

Nov 16, 2014
SilverlakeGirl in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 (Part II) [OLD]

I went to the brand new Trader Joes in Glendale, CA this evening. It replaced a smaller, more crowded TJ's a few blocks away. But the new one is larger, still crowded with just as crazy a parking lot. I am going back to my regular Silver Lake TJ's.

Anyway, I asked the guy stocking fruits and nuts about the dried mandarins and he tells me they are seasonal and out of season right now.

Nov 16, 2014
SilverlakeGirl in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

Does anyone know what happened to TJ's Key Lime Pie in the frozen section? It has been gone from my store foremost 2 months.

I was hooked.

Sep 21, 2014
SilverlakeGirl in Chains

We Provide Meals That are Completely Unaffordable and Unappealing to People Who Actually Live in This Neighborhood.

This isn't the site for a political discussion, but new businesses in the neighborhood means more jobs.

And three articles I just looked at, including Gallup, said fully 52% of Americans own stock directly or indirectly in retirement accounts.

I lived in Silverlake 40 years. The neighborhood had people from every social dimension.

We Provide Meals That are Completely Unaffordable and Unappealing to People Who Actually Live in This Neighborhood.

I love "gentrification".

It just means more businesses pour into the area. More people come to utilize those businesses. Many of the new businesses are quite inventive and add a lot to the neighborhood in terms of art and ideas.

But it also means more people want to buy homes in the neighborhood and property values rise. I'm assuming this is what some people don't like. But for those who own property in the area, what is probably their main asset is rising.

That is a good thing in my book. I hope all your assets rise, including those in the stock market.

PIZZA: Experts rank the top 101 pies to find the 'perfect slice'


1. Frank Pepe’s, New Haven, Conn. (White Clam Pie)
2. Di Fara, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Di Fara Classic Pie)
3. Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix, (Marinara)
4. Una Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco (Margherita)
5. Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles, Calif. (Squash Blossoms, Tomato, Burrata)
6. Roberta’s, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Margherita)
7. Sally’s Apizza, New Haven, Conn. (Tomato Pie)
8. Flour + Water, San Francisco (Margherita)
9. Motorino, New York City (Brussels Sprouts)
10. Al Forno, Providence, R.I. (Margarita)
11. Modern Apizza, New Haven, Conn. (Italian Bomb)
12. Totonno’s, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Margherita)
13. Paulie Gee’s, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Regina)
14. Apizza Scholls, Portland, Ore. (Apizza Amore)
15. South Brooklyn Pizza, New York City (New York Style Pizza)
16. Kesté, New York City (Kesté)
17. Co., New York, N.Y. (Popeye)
18. Papa’s Tomato Pies, Trenton, N.J. (Tomato Pie)
19. The Cheese Board, Berkeley, Calif. (Changes Daily)
20. 2Amy’s, Washington, D.C. (2Amys)
21. Zero Otto Nove, Bronx, N.Y. (Margherita)
22. Regina Pizzeria, Boston (Melanzane)
23. Spacca Napoli, Chicago (Bufalina)
24. Domenica, New Orleans (Margherita)
25. John’s of Bleecker, New York City (Bruschetta)
26. Grimaldi’s, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Margherita)
27. Colony Pizza, Stamford, Conn. (Sausage Pie)
28. DeNino's Pizzeria and Tavern, Staten Island, N.Y. (Sausage)
29. Santarpio’s, Boston, Mass. (Mozzarella, Sausage, and Garlic)
30. Ken’s Artisan Pizza, Portland, Ore. (Margherita)
31. A16, San Francisco (Margherita)
32. Gjelina, Los Angeles (Lamb Sausage)
33. Pizzeria Delfina, San Francisco (Salsiccia Pizza)
34. Patsy’s, East Harlem, N.Y. (Cheese)
35. Joe’s, New York City (Cheese)
36. Pupatella Neapolitan Pizza Arlington, Va. (Capricciosa)
37. Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, Chicago (Chicago Classic)
38. Star Tavern Pizzeria, Orange, N.J. (Thin Crust, Any Toppings)
39. Nick's Pizza, Forest Hills, Queens, N.Y. (Mushroom and Sausage)
40. Gino’s East, Chicago (Cheese Deep-Dish)
41. Scampo, Boston (Lamb)
42. A Mano Pizza, Ridgewood, N.J. (A Mano Pizza)
43. Lombardi’s, New York City (Pepperoni)
44. Artichoke Basille, New York, N.Y. (Artichoke Slice)
45. Delancey Seattle, Wash. (Pepperoni Pie)
46. Little Vincent’s, Huntington, N.Y. (Cheese)
47. Franny’s, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Clam Pizza)
48. The Backspace, Austin, Texas (Bianca)
49. 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, Los Angeles (Margherita)
50. Pizzaiolo, Oakland, Calif. (Margherita)
51. Santillo's Brick Oven Pizza, Elizabeth, N.J. (Sicilian: Pepperoni, Mozzarella, Pizza Sauce)
52. Zuppardi’s, New Haven, Conn. (Special: Mozzarella, Mushroom, Sausage, Marinara)
53. Scuola Vecchia, Delray Beach, Fla. (Regina Margherita)
54. CoalFire Pizza, Chicago, Ill. (Margherita)
55. Home Slice Pizza, Austin, Texas (Pepperoni and Mushroom)
56. Serious Pie, Seattle, Wash. (Sweet Fennel Sausage, Roasted Pepper, Provolone)
57. Punch Neapolitan Pizza, St. Paul, Minn. (Margherita)
58. Galleria Umberto, Boston, Mass. (Cheese Pie)
59. Emily, Brooklyn, N.Y. (The Classic: Sauce, Mozzarella, Basil)
60. Pizza Moto, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Margherita)
61. lou Malnati's Pizzeria, Chicago, Ill. (Chicago Classic: Deep Dish with Sausage, Crust Made with Butter and Mozzarella)
62. Artichoke Basille, New York, N.Y. (Artichoke Slice: Artichoke Hearts, Spinach, Cream Sauce, Mozzarella, Pecorino Romano)
63. Milkflower Astoria, Queens, N.Y. (Queen: Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil, Parmigiano)
64. Rizzo's Fine Pizza, Queens, N.Y. (Americana Personal Specialty Pizza: Grilled Chicken, Red Onion, Award-Winning Barbeque Sauce, Cheese)
65. Pizzeria Locale, Boulder, Colo. (Funghi: Mozzarella, Pecorino, Fontina, Porcini, Roasted White Mushroom, Garlic, Shallot)
66. Sal’s Pizza, Mamaroneck, N.Y. (Sicilian)
67. Matchbox, Washington, D.C. (Fire & Smoke: Fire-Roasted Red Peppers, Spanish Onions, Chipotle Pepper, Tomato Sauce, Garlic Purée, Smoked Gouda, Fresh Basil)
68. Osteria, Philadelphia (Parma: Mozzarella, Fontina, Arugula, Prosciutto di Parma)
69. Buddy’s Pizza, Detroit, Mich. (Detroit Zoo: Motor City Cheese Blend, Roasted Tomatoes, Fresh Basil, Pine Nuts, Tomato Basil Sauce)
70. Cane Rosso, Dallas, Texas (Zoli: Local Sausage, Hot Soppressata, Hand-Crushed San Marzano Tomatoes, Housemade Mozzarella, Basil)
71. Via 313, Austin, Texas (The Detroiter: Mozzarella, White Cheddar, Tomato Sauce, Double Pepperoni)
72. Domenica, New Orleans, La. (Calabrese: Tomato, Spicy Salami, Mozzarella, Capers, Olives)
73. Zero Zero, San Francisco, Calif. (Margherita Extra: Tomato Sauce, Basil, Annabella Buffalo Mozzarella, Grana Padano, De Padova Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
74. Delancey, Seattle, Wash. (Pepperoni Pie)
75. Papa’s Tomato Pies, Trenton, N.J. (Sausage)
76. Roseland Apizza, Derby, Conn. (Plain Pie: Tomato Sauce, No Cheese)
77. Williamsburg Pizza, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Grandma: Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce, Pecorino, Basil, Parmigiano, Olive Oil, Garlic)
78. Gino’s of Long Beach, Long Beach, N.Y. (Special Pizza: Sausage, Meatballs, Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Peppers, Onion, Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce)
79. Eddie’s, New Hyde Park, N.Y. (Eddie's Special: Sausage, Meatball, Pepperoni, Pepper, Mushroom, Onion)
80. Pizza Brain, Philadelphia, Pa. (Forbes Waggensense: Mozzarella, Fontina, Grana Padano, Basil, Smoked Pepperoni, Tomato Sauce)
81. Ammazza, Atlanta, Ga. (Margherita: House Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
82. The Original Tacconelli's Pizzeria, Philadelphia, Pa. (White Pizza: Spinach and Tomato)
83. Lee's Tavern,Staten Island, N.Y. (White Clam Pie: Garlic, Mozzarella, Baby Clam, No Sauce)
84. Pizzeria Paradiso, Washington, D.C. (Bottarga: Paradiso Tomato, Minced Garlic, Parsley, Parmesan, Egg, Bottarga)
85. Pelham Pizza Pelham, N.Y. (Sausage)
86. Via Tribunali, Seattle, Wash. (Margherita)
87. Imo’s St. Louis, Mo. (Deluxe: Sausage, Mushroom, Onion, Green Pepper, Bacon, Provel)
88. Ken’s Artisan Pizza, Portland, Ore. (Margherita)
89. Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria, Anchorage, Alaska (Avalanche: Barbecue Sauce, Mozzarella, Provolone, Cheddar, Red Onions, Blackened Chicken, Bacon)
90. Del Popolo San Francisco Calif. (Margherita)
91. Pizza Rock, Las Vegas, Nev. (Margherita)
92. The Backspace, Austin, Texas (Pepperoni Americano: Picante Salame, Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil)
93. Slice, New Orleans, La. (Prosciutto, Gorgonzola, and Arugula)
94. Monza, Charleston S.C. (Ciccio: Mozzarella, Ricotta, Pecorino Romano, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Garlic)
95. Hog & Hominy, Memphis, Tenn. (The Prewitt: Fontina, Tomato Sauce, Boudin, and Scrambled Eggs)
96. Zaffiro’s Pizza Milwaukee, Wis. (EBF "Everything But Fish": Cheese, Sausage, Mushrooms, Pepperoni, Onions, Green Pepper, Black Olives)
97. Pupatella Neapolitan Pizza Arlington Va. (Capricciosa: Sautéed Mushrooms, Marinated Artichokes, Prosciutto Cotto, Mozzarella)
98. Vero Pizza Napoletana Cleveland Ohio (Pancetta and Egg: Pancetta, Egg Tomato, Mozzarella, Roasted Pancetta, Farm Egg, Cracked Pepper)
99. Gusto Pizza Co. Des Moines Iowa (The Deburgo: Garlic-herb cream sauce, sliced sirloin, mozzarella, smoked Gouda, cremini, lemon-herb vinaigrette, Romano, fresh basil
100. Café Bottega, Birmingham Ala. (Farm Egg: Mushrooms, Guanciale, Taleggio, Porcini Oil)
101. Ghigiarelli's, Old Forge, Pa. (Red: Tomato, Brick Cheese)

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Aug 28, 2014
SilverlakeGirl in General Topics

PIZZA: Experts rank the top 101 pies to find the 'perfect slice'

A panel of 78 experts has tested 700 pizzas from around the country - and they have found what they believe to be America's perfect slice.

More than 30 states registered for The Daily Meal's annual pizza ranking, and Connecticut came out on top, scoring the number one pizza spot with a white clam pie from Frank Pepe in New Haven.

Second place went to Brooklyn, New York, thanks to a Classic Round Pie from Di Fara. Meanwhile Phoenix, Arizona took third place with a Margarita pizza from Pizzeria Bianco.

list of 101 pies continue here:

Aug 28, 2014
SilverlakeGirl in General Topics

Moving to Los Feliz from Seattle, Please Help.

Zero credibility.

I know I fell in love with Mexico culture and the people when i was just a teenager. [I'm not Hispanic and am now in my 60s].

I loved the Mexican culture so much I began collecting the arts and crafts of Mexico as a teen ... later, art. Almost all of the fine art I display on my walls is from Mexico. I have imported my campensino style furniture for my whole house from several old large homes in Mexico.

My love extended to food. I began studying with famous Mexican cooks, Lula Beltran, Patricia Quintana and others ... later I traveled with Diana Kennedy nearly ever summer for 8 years ... and Rick Bayless. i never, ever go to Mexican tourist destinations.

I do know something about dishes I like ... and some i have been taught about. There are some things I like about Mexico City. True, I am myopic about the menu ... I tend to keep ordering that which I love and I know they do well. Sometimes I've had service problems but it has been rare.

Moving to Los Feliz from Seattle, Please Help.

I totally disagree on Mexico City.

I think it has the best chips and salsa [green] in the city. I no longer drink margs anywhere so can't weigh in.

I am addicted to their "Enchiladas Michoacanas" which I have not found elsewhere but love when I'm in Morelia.e. I like it best served without the chicken option. I find the recipe close to authentic. If I'm not having the aforementioned dish, I tend toward the "Plato Mexica" which is a sampling of most of their antojitos. It is huge and I can rarely finish it. I'm also fond of their "sopes".

As you know, the offer Mexican rice or white rice ... and with charro pinto beans or black beans. I always switch out to the white rice and black beans. Their black beans are prepared perfectly IMO.

My opinion.

Oldest Chinese Restaurant in L.A.?

I remember. And the Chinese Tacos.

The bar. Everyone seems to know about the famous juke box.

Samosa House Sunset

We'll, I am decidedly less ecstatic.

I am moving right now so I haven't refrigerator, stove, etcetera and eating out daily. Yesterday afternoon was Samosa House.

I had the $9.00 combo with white rice. it comes with 3 sides. I got Saag, Aloo Gobi and Jackfruit Curry. I added a Samosa and Hot Mango Chutney. Oh, the combo came with a plain or garlic Naan. I got garlic. I had water since they do not offer Salty
Lassi, only sweet.

It was a lot of food! The rice was okay, the Saag was thin and lest me longing for the usual addition of Panir. The Aloo Gobi was my favorite. The Jackfruit, already iffy since you can't find fresh in LA, was not okay. The Raita was ridiculous with a curious addition of sugar!

The Garlic Naan was wonderful ... Bubbly and hot. I liked the Samosa and the Mint Chutney but did not like the sweet sesame sauce that came with it too.

I,ll return, though not in a hurry. Will order judiciously.

forgive typos and errors as I am iPad only until I get internet access.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014 [OLD]

Frozen in with all the other frozen Indian products.

I meant to eat it for lunch yesterday but I got too busy. Today's the day.

Jul 15, 2014
SilverlakeGirl in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014 [OLD]

I just now tried TRADER JOE'S KEY LIME PIE.

It was not the most sour and had some sweetness to it but it did the trick.

It had a nice graham cracker crumb crust and was filled to the brim with the key lime custard. All it needed was a short defrost period [okay, it's hot as Hades here] and remove the wrap.

I would recommend this.

I also have TJ's LAMB KOFTA waiting in the wings ... tomorrow.

Jul 13, 2014
SilverlakeGirl in Chains

Do you know of great weekly specials which a restaurant runs on a particular day of the week?

And Eagle Rock's CACAO

Taco Tuesdays………$1.65
Taco Truck Style Tacos
Available with : Carne Asada, Carnitas, Chicken,
Vegetarian: Calabacitas & Nopales *not made with handmade tortilla

Fish Taco
Ensenada Style Fish Tacos
White Fish, Battered & Fried on a Handmade Corn Tortilla.

Taquito Thursdays.....$6.50
Hand Rolled Blue Corn Taquitos Filled with Angus Shredded Beef -or- Chicken Thigh. Comes with a side of Guacamole.

Do you know of great weekly specials which a restaurant runs on a particular day of the week?

We may as well post the rest of Musso's Weekly Specials:

Daily Features

Corned Beef and Cabbage 24

Sauerbraten with Potato Pancakes 26

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie 23

Bouillabaisse Marseillaise with Shrimp, Lobster, Mussels, Clams and Cod 36

Braised Short Ribs of Beef with Mixed
Vegetables 37

Milk Farm LA Cheese Shop - Eagle Rock

Related [I think it is the same author without going back and looking] ... but more photos :o)

Milk Farm LA Cheese Shop - Eagle Rock

A nice story regarding Milk Farm:

NYC/LA pastrami battle - the three kings

300 No. Beverly Dr.
Beverly & Dayton

These folks have various ideas about why it closed

the New York Times had another

NYC/LA pastrami battle - the three kings

I'm assuming, perhaps incorrectly, that the Beverly Hills Carnegie Deli failed because their "excess" was counter to the BH maven's quest for "thin".

Do you think there was another reason?

L.A. Dish of the Month, July 2014 -- Nominations

Do we know who the pastry chef is?

NYC/LA pastrami battle - the three kings

We used to have Carnegie Deli here in Los Angeles ... well, Beverly Hills. It was not so successful.

What I did have was good although I did not try the pastrami.

My first encounter, I was with a couple of friends working late. When the sandwiches arrived, they each came in a LARGE brown paper grocery bag. For a reason.

2014 Soccer World Cup viewing locations in L.A. area

USA is up for another epic game tomorrow.

Any ideas for a great place to watch?

I'm looking for some place comfortable with some nice wine to sip until game time. Then a good place for a late lunch or early dinner. Then more good wine until it becomes too late and/or too wild to stay.

After looking around, I seem to be back at my default World Cup place because it's somewhat close: 321 Lounge at Taix French.

I know they're comfortable but not sure about World Cup crowd conditions ... the USA surprisingly won the first round, now comes the second.

I know they can handle a need for good {French] wine for sipping. And good French lunch and dinner options.

Any other ideas for good USA World Cup viewing tomorrow? And may the USA WIN!!!

2014 Soccer World Cup viewing locations in L.A. area

My understanding is that Taix on Sunset in Echo Park is covering all of the games. Here is a calendar:

Apparently I have lost the ad, but the site says they open at 8:30 AM for the games and serve breakfast in the 321 Lounge.

Normally they only serve lunch/dinner.

First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

When you say, "it's an acquired taste", what is the issue? Odd flavor? How so?

How are the donuts?

Corn or Flour Tortillas for Chicken Enchiladas?

From my perspective, I use only corn tortillas for enchiladas.

Jun 10, 2014
SilverlakeGirl in Home Cooking

Ritz Carleton Lemon Pound Cake

Boyajian Lemon Oil?

I have some!

Jun 10, 2014
SilverlakeGirl in Home Cooking

Ritz Carleton Lemon Pound Cake

A haha ...

Jun 09, 2014
SilverlakeGirl in Home Cooking