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Favorite pre-packaged cookie mixes?

Following up on my cookie adventures, I ended up picking up two packages of Lazy Baker, one Gingerbread and one Pecan Shortbread, and splurging on a Jacques Torres French Kiss mix. I also picked up a Barefoot Contessa White Chocolate Chip Chocolate cookie mix as a backup, but didn't end up needing it.

The Lazy Baker turned out incredibly tasty gingerbread, and the cookie cutter man and icing that came with the package made it easy to do festive gingerbread men. The pecan shortbread was crumbly and buttery. I took leftovers from one of those batches and crumbled it into some butter pecan ice cream - fantastic.

The French Kiss was a new take on chocolate chip, with dark chocolate swirls instead of chips. The cookies were great, very grown-up and not overly sweet. All three were big hits at the holiday party, with the pecan shortbread being the fan favorite.

Thanks again for all your recs!

Dec 22, 2008
LatinGuy in Home Cooking

Favorite pre-packaged cookie mixes?

Thanks for all of the suggestions. I think I will do a little sampling of all and report back on my favorites!

Dec 17, 2008
LatinGuy in Home Cooking

Favorite pre-packaged cookie mixes?

I've been assigned cookies for this year's holiday potluck, and while I would normally make them from scratch, I just don't have the time this year. I would love suggestions on your favorite gourmet cookie mixes, preferably something a little more tasty and with less chemical preservatives than Betty Crocker or Nestle. Any brands that you like?

Dec 16, 2008
LatinGuy in Home Cooking

Foxtail

How did you get white truffles during this time of the year? White truffle season runs from late fall to early winter, so I'm curious as to what they put in your tagliatelle. Perhaps summer truffle? If you don't mind me asking, how much was the dish?

I don't want to come off as a food snob (honestly); I just get irked sometimes when chefs mark up the price of their dishes for summer truffle, which I find to be practically flavorless and not really worth paying for. Hopefully your perfectly cooked pasta was well worth the price.

Jun 13, 2008
LatinGuy in Los Angeles Area

West Hollywood = Chowhound Wasteland?

Well you won't find any of the great ethnic spots that you would in the Eastside, but here are a few suggestions:

Angeli Caffe on Melrose for unpretentious moderately priced Italian fare
Joan's on Third for sandwiches and soups
Loteria Grill at the Grove for Mexican
Pinche Tacos on Sunset

Okay, some of those aren't technically WeHo, but WeHo isn't that big to begin with, so it's close enough. And it should hold you over until your next trip to back to the Eastside :-)

Feb 21, 2008
LatinGuy in Los Angeles Area

Favorite Armenian bakeries/restaurants

Considering I had absolutely no idea where to go prior to this post, this is treasure box of options. Marouch is actually close to where I live; I had no idea it even existed. Thanks for all, and please continue throwing suggestions out!

Dec 05, 2007
LatinGuy in Los Angeles Area

Favorite Armenian bakeries/restaurants

I have an Armenian buddy coming in from the East Coast. Would love to take him to an Armenian restaurant or bakery (there isn't exactly a wealth of options in Pittsburgh suburbia). Any suggestions? Embarrassingly, I've only been to Paradise Pastry, which is fantastic, but I'd love more ideas.

Dec 04, 2007
LatinGuy in Los Angeles Area

Boule Atelier: Not Bad, But Not Boule

Funny you mention this because I was thinking the same thing. The new Boule's cavernous space has sucked out the warmth and coziness that you felt with the old store. And the bigger bakery cases do make their offerings feel skimpy.

Nov 27, 2007
LatinGuy in Los Angeles Area

tasty/casual/hip. dinner downtown

I can never think of downtown dining without a trip to Little Tokyo. Try any of the sushi/izakaya places: Sushi Gen, Izayoi, Oomasa.

Nov 01, 2007
LatinGuy in Los Angeles Area

Really Leslie?

Fantastic letter, Reginald. I was thinking the very same thing when I read that piece of trash in the Food section last week. As someone who used to work in the industry and is now a frequent diner, there is a fine line between good service and restaurant profitability. But it's not hard to accomplish both if the restaurant and diner have mutual respect for each other.

Leslie's article paints her as the dreaded dining diva, one who expects nothing less than VIP treatment but is unwilling to be as generous and respectful as a VIP diner should be. I cannot read her writing anymore; her continued pettiness takes all the pleasure out of fine dining.

Nov 01, 2007
LatinGuy in Food Media & News

Inca Cola

I'm surprised you didn't know about Galco's! I love that store. I'm also very happy to find a fellow Inca Kola fan amongst the mix. La bebida del Peru!

Oct 31, 2007
LatinGuy in Los Angeles Area

I've been sick! Want a yummy dinner for Sat and have no clue!

My vote on your list is for Fraiche. But if you're feeling sick, nothing like spicy Thai food to whip your taste buds back into shape. Jitlada in Thai Town is a good option; try their spicy Southern Thai curries.

Oct 31, 2007
LatinGuy in Los Angeles Area