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What do you want to find in a vacation rental kitchen?

I agree with Jeremy re the clutter--in a way, I'd rather find less (more easily) than more (and be overwhelmed). I'd also like to see no trace of the last tenant's dinner (so no perishables). Cleanliness (including the disposal of pans that have seen one too many scrapings and scratches) is just as memorable as the view or the fireplace when it comes to rentals!

The non food "essentials" I usually end up buying are spices, olive oil, ziplock baggies, coffee, decaf or herbal tea, and water. These (minuses the spices and olive oil), a sharp knife, and at least 2 wine glasses that match are on my permanent rental wish list.

I was pleasantly surprised by a rental in Mendocino, CA which included complimentary brandy, chocolates, ample ice and filtered water :)

Aug 07, 2012
kmama in Cookware

What did you have for breakfast today? Part 2

I woke up with a couple of brunch like ideas using leftovers: leftover pesto over eggs, french toast made from leftover homemade rye and oat bread with ginger syrup...

...and we did end up using a "leftover" of a type--more like something I'd mixed up and chilled but we simply hadn't gotten to last night between viewings of Downtown Abbey and the Olympics:

cookie dough!

So we had fresh, hot crispy gooey chocolate chip cookies for breakfast! W/ coffee, of course, LOL!

Aug 04, 2012
kmama in General Topics

What did you have for breakfast today? Part 2

That sounds delish! On a recent camping triip, I used leftover broccoli under an egg and loved it :)

This morning: Big glass of water, and greek yogurt mixed with a white peach and almonds :)

Jul 24, 2012
kmama in General Topics

What did you have for breakfast today? Part 2

Mmm! Tapatio and eggs are so delicious!
Thanks for the welcome calmossimo and mamachef! I've had an account on chowhound for a while, but am just starting to join in on the sharing/interaction :) LOL
I grew up with the practice of rushing out in the morning with just a cup of coffee or tea, and of placing eating emphasis on dinners unless on vacation (in which case breakfasts became hour(s) long chatting and relaxing affairs), so I've always had a hard time striking a balance between just coffee or "brunch". I recently challenged myself (and my boyfriend) to partaking in a minimum of one "brunch" a month in an effort to just slow down and enjoy life. The coolest part about it has been that we more often brunch during the week than on weekends, which really helps diffuse stress!

Jul 21, 2012
kmama in General Topics

What did you have for breakfast today? Part 2

I love this thread--couldn't resist reading everyone's replies--and learned a few things too!

I skip breakfast all too often, so I have been inspired. When I do make the time I have two go-to's: greek yogurt with whole almonds, dried cranberries/and or berries
or
a toasted slice of homemade sourdough rubbed with olive oil, topped with sauteed spinach, crowned with a poached egg sprinkled with thyme, fresh ground pepper, and smoked sea salt. Lately, I find myself subbing polenta for the toast :)

Jul 21, 2012
kmama in General Topics

Top 10 Signs of a Bad Cook

The redeeming parts of this article:mention of the Sugar Hill gang, that there should always be ample veggies on hand, and that imho, recipes, like many rules, are meant to be flexible. As someone with a lifelong potentially fatal food allergy, I think it's terrible that someone would lie about having an allergy; as someone who has naturally long nails, cooks every day and bakes her own bread, I think the rest of this is Seinfeld-ian in its pickiness, and therefore should be viewed as satire. Let's face it--we all know someone who can make magic with humble or few ingredients...and isn't that the the point? That cooking should be creative!?

Jun 29, 2011
kmama in Features

Vegetable Tagine

I just defrosted a batch of this made last month--still absolutely fabulous--a great solution for a busy mid-week "exotic" treat. wasn't that difficult to make initially either :) Used fresh lemon and had some broccoli rabe on the side for additional leafy greens.

Feb 22, 2011
kmama in Recipes

Total Carnage! Gourmet Burger Battle – 26 Beach vs. Umami vs. Father’s Office vs. Golden State vs. Morton’s vs. Anisette vs. Lucky Devils vs. 25 Degrees vs. 8 oz vs. Rustic Canyon! [Review] w/ Pics!

GREAT REVIEWS!! And I realize, I'm a little late to the covo and that the "mission was incomplete"...;however, if you are going to include opinions on sides, you have to at least give a nod to the truffled potato skins at 8 oz!

Jun 18, 2010
kmama in Los Angeles Area

Is This Really a "Lobster Dinner"?

Yes--the new fresh mushroom ravioli which come with no sauce--are very rich, and the filling in each is more generous than in those I've had in some restaurants!

Jun 18, 2010
kmama in Features

LC Outlet Sale 5/1-5/31/2010

insomnia+ws email re fabulous le creuset sale on dutch ovens = me, now impatiently waiting on my newly placed order to be shipped. I was worried about the CH posts re the square grill pan, but decided to take the plunge...and since I'm in California, I'll definitely head to an outlet in the next few days to see what else I can pick up--thanks for the additional tips!

May 02, 2010
kmama in Cookware

grilled cheese sandwich with bacon and eggs

In addition, I put lettuce and tomato on mine--I must admit that I stole the idea from a movie...

Sep 12, 2009
kmama in Recipes

Sedona recommendations?

Thank you very much for the additional and thorough contributions, all! Garlands sounds so cool, but they are serving meals we can't partake in for the days we are there--I think I might try to sneak a peak at the facilities, though. We are definitely going to try Elote, and either L'Auberge (post construction hours!) or Hundred Rox for our second and third meals. I'll be sure to report back...

Apr 16, 2009
kmama in Southwest

Sedona recommendations?

This post has been VERY helpful to me as I am going to Sedona next week to celebrate a friend's birthday. We are definitely going to try Dahl & DiLuca's , but I am wondering if anyone has been impressed by L'Auberge, Hundred Rox, or Reds?

Apr 14, 2009
kmama in Southwest

A ZuniCafe-like place for Sunday dinner?

I love the food, atmosphere, and laid back vibe at Zuni, but they can't accommodate my party of 6 adults for 6pm next Sunday night. Any suggestions for a place that has similar cuisine, tone, and prices? We're very flexible on location, but it cannot be a restaurant that focuses mainly on seafood or steak. Thanks!

Jul 27, 2008
kmama in San Francisco Bay Area

Tall Order: Fun, Fancy, but not Fishy?

Thanks guys! I especially love the idea of going to Providence (or elsewhere) just for the desert tasting menu. I've always wanted to go to Yamashiro just for drinks--is there anything I should know before going?

Nov 13, 2007
kmama in Los Angeles Area

Katsuya Hollywood: NO

I went there last night just for drinks...they were somewhat inventive...passsionfruit and fresh thyme, white grapefruitjuice cosmo...but at $16 a pop (before tip) I expect to fall in love or atleast be stunned!

Nov 12, 2007
kmama in Los Angeles Area

Tall Order: Fun, Fancy, but not Fishy?

OK: I'm allergic to all fish and shellfish...keeping that in mind, does anyone have an awesome suggestion for the ultimate place to have a dinner with great ambiance, which is also unusual (dancing?), special (classic!), or unique ( LA-funky!) ? It's a 1) birthday 2) celebrated by two best girl friends who have eaten all over the world together, and 3) there's no real price limit, but we don't want all of the other patrons in the room to be octogenarians or celebs.

Help!

Nov 12, 2007
kmama in Los Angeles Area

Chicago style pizza in L.A?

Try StoneFire on La Cienega above Melrose. The classic is more tomatoey than overly cheesy, but really good, and they also have "pizza happy hour",but I think only for the thin crusts.

Nov 11, 2007
kmama in Los Angeles Area

Electric Lotus in Los Feliz

I was going to start a whole new rant until I saw this old one. Guess I was the last to know--definitely had been more hit than miss in the past when I've been there, and the martinis and the ambiance have always softened my opinion. Last night the waitress spilled a drink on me (new awful and of course smaller martini glasses!), dropped the check in the middle of our meal--which, by the way-- came all at once--apps, bread, and entrees--the servers just plucked the stuff down in front of me in a way that forced us to rearrange the entire the table ourselves in order to be able to eat-- despite the fact that the plates were so over filled (attempted compensation?) that the food was spilling out of the ramekins all over the table and THEN I went wash my hands in the bathroom at the end of the meal, the hot water handle fell off! This isn't just bad Indian, it's bad business!

Nov 11, 2007
kmama in Los Angeles Area

So disappointed at Joan's on Third

I had a great turkey meatloaf sandwich there over two months ago that was pretty yummy--garnished with some sort of interesting red pepper aioli--still, the operative phrase here is "over two months ago". I'd only go there again to treat myself if I was absolutely too tired to cook--it's take-out, after all--and even then, I'd have to be realllllly tired--b/c the prices rival shopping for basic ingredients at WF, and at least w. grocery shopping, you have something left over the next day. The atmosphere reminds me of those really expensive cutsie lunch places in Manhattan--but with higher prices!

Nov 04, 2007
kmama in Los Angeles Area

Nice cheapish place to eat around the Arclight in Hollywood

Magnolia makes (in big portions) yummy fries,roasted brussel sprouts, and a great martini. Don't like the wine glasses though. I like sitting in the bar area much more than in the back.

Nov 03, 2007
kmama in Los Angeles Area