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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.

about 9 hours ago
SilverlakeGirl in Los Angeles Area

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

Ritz Carleton Lemon Pound Cake

Yes, yes, a lot of lemon juice!

There used to be a website of a lady who made cupcakes literally everyday. She had a recipe on there that she called something like Lemonade Cupcakes.

I neglected to get the recipe and I keep wanting to try something with lots of lemon. I'll have to search for it someday.

Thanks all!

Jun 09, 2014
SilverlakeGirl in Home Cooking

Ritz Carleton Lemon Pound Cake

You know, thank you for reminding me about her. I have had that recipe on my "to do' list since the book came out ... it's in the first book, isn't it? n Or was it the second?

I'll have to stop by the library to get the book since mine is packed up in boxes to move.

I've had good luck with her tried and true recipes!

Jun 09, 2014
SilverlakeGirl in Home Cooking

Ritz Carleton Lemon Pound Cake

Thank you to the two of you.

I found the conversion and am linking it here:

I noticed Rose Levy Bernbaum references both 12 cup and 10 cup bunts. i have distinct memories from my teen years not being able to get the batter in the bundt pan I was using.

And now, for something different: King Arthur Flour sells a "Half Size Bundt" made by Nordicware:

Jun 09, 2014
SilverlakeGirl in Home Cooking

Ritz Carleton Lemon Pound Cake

I am moving into my new house in a couple of weeks that will be so much larger than the one I am using and more conducive to doing things right.

I want to make a recipe I've had on my Pinterest for a long time: the Ritz Carlton Lemon Pound Cake that I will jack up with lemon juice from my new juicer. Here's the recipe:

How can I tell what what sized pans this thing is going to need? It calls vaguely for 2 loaf pans or a bundt pan, all of which are variable.

Any experienced bakers out there with a guess?

Jun 08, 2014
SilverlakeGirl in Home Cooking

Samosa House Sunset

I drove by this afternoon and it's already open.

appliance shopping - los angeles area

Snyder Diamond

Booze at GCM!

One would think the rules would not be unlike those at the Farmer's Market Third & Fairfax.

Loose Leaf Tea in LA,SGV and OC

The OP seemed to be fond of Oolongs. I favor those from Formosa.

I order one or two varieties quarterly from my most trusted source. Here is my current favorite from Formosa:

It varies from 125 g for $22.00
to 1,000g for $154

Their extensive catalog is incredible. Ask for it.

Wexler's Deli to Open April 28 at Grand Central Market

The bread is a huge turn off!

When I first tried Langer's I immediately gave credit to exceptional bread as well as killer pastrami sliced right. Katz's has the same problem, blah bread.

Wexler's Deli to Open April 28 at Grand Central Market

I have yet to try it, DWXO. I do more reading than eating I'm sorry to say.

I heard good things about Ugly Drum and read speculation about how long and deep their alliance with Mendo Farms will go.