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Parmesan Scalloped/Au Gratin Potatoes but not too sauce or creamy

I didn't even know that it could be done with chicken/beef stock substituted for cream. I tried this method last night. Layers of Yukon Gold potatoes, Parmesan cheese, salt/pepper, and then poured chicken stock to cover 3/4 of the potatoes using Masha's technique below. Got the perfect result that my husband was looking for. He said it tasted just like the version we had.
I'm still going to try the other techniques to see how cream would affect the result. I'm more of a cream fan then he is.

Thanks!

Oct 13, 2014
attran99 in Home Cooking

Parmesan Scalloped/Au Gratin Potatoes but not too sauce or creamy

Thanks, all! I will be testing these renditions in the next few weeks to find the version that I'm looking for. The ideas are fabulous. I'll let you know how it turns out. Much appreciated!

Oct 02, 2014
attran99 in Home Cooking

Parmesan Scalloped/Au Gratin Potatoes but not too sauce or creamy

We went to a fabulous wedding last night where the served a Parmesan scalloped/Au gratin potato side along the filet. The potatoes were tender and had a strong Parmesan essence, but was not creamy and saucy as scalloped potatoes/Au gratin dishes usually are. My husband loved them because they weren't creamy or overtly saucy, and I would love to re-create the dish. Any awesome CHs out there with an idea of how this was accomplished?
Thanks!

Sep 28, 2014
attran99 in Home Cooking

If you could go to one restaurant on your birthday, what restaurant would it be ??????

Urasawa or Providence

Sep 23, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area
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Epicure imports sale September 12 & 13

My favorites are the meats and cheeses.
Park in the candle factory lot. But make sure you leave before they close that lot...I think the close it at 5PM.

Sep 12, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Temecula offerings - Looking for guided wine tours, dining delights, and any other recs

Not sure if this should be posted in the LA or the CA board, so going to try both.

One of my best friends and I are headed into town for a weekend of girl time in late November. It's her first time, and she's a fan of sweeter wines (i.e. moscato, Stella Rosa swill, etc.). It's my second time in the area, and I love Cabs, Syrahs, Pinot Grigio, and Pinot Gris. I've done the main drag tour on Rancho California, so no need for any of those recs. I am a fan of Lumiere Winery on Calle Contento. I'm looking to plan our itinerary for the tip so I'm looking for some recs for the following:
1. Are there any reputable wine tours in the area? Hoping to make it easier so we can both drink without having to drive.
2. Please recommend wineries based on our tastes above. She's just barely getting into wine, and I'm a seasoned connoisseur with a collection from Napa, France, Italy, and Spain.
3. We would love lunch and dinner recs. We love all cuisines and are looking to spend no more than $50/each per meal not including drinks. No breakfast places needed as our hotel offers that.

Thanks!

Aug 20, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Girls' Weekend in Temecula - Wine tour tips, dining delights, all recs welcomed

One of my best friends and I are headed into town for a weekend of girl time in late November. It's her first time, and she's a fan of sweeter wines (i.e. moscato, Stella Rosa swill, etc.). It's my second time in the area, and I love Cabs, Syrahs, Pinot Grigio, and Pinot Gris. I've done the main drag tour on Rancho California, so no need for any of those recs. I am a fan of Lumiere Winery on Calle Contento. I'm looking to plan our itinerary for the tip so I'm looking for some recs for the following:
1. Are there any reputable wine tours in the area? Hoping to make it easier so we can both drink without having to drive.
2. Please recommend wineries based on our tastes above. She's just barely getting into wine, and I'm a seasoned connoisseur with a collection from all over the world.
3. We would love lunch and dinner recs. We love all cuisines and are looking to spend no more than $50/each per meal not including drinks. No breakfast places needed as our hotel offers that.

Thanks!

Aug 19, 2014
attran99 in California

Wheat & Sons at the Anaheim Packing House

I went with a friend this weekend, and also enjoyed the charcuterie plate from Wheat & Sons. We added in the confit potatoes, too. We just enjoyed our treats while waiting for our table at The Blind Rabbit.
Side note, the artisan cocktails at The Blind Rabbit were delicious. The bartenders were extraordinarily friendly, and shared that they make their own syrups. We got to taste the homemade ginger syrup, and it was delicious. We both had the two tea-infused vodka drinks (one in peach/berry and the other pear blossom). Notable bar snacks were a full-sized duck confit mac and cheese and fried Brussels sprouts with bacon and lemon.

Aug 18, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Best burgers in LV? And other lunch recommendations in/near Paris (on strip)

I'm a huge fan of Burger Bar. I think they make some of the best burgers.

Aug 15, 2014
attran99 in Las Vegas

Poke @ OC Costco (Tustin, The District)

Thanks for the tip. I'm headed over there tomorrow morning. Can't wait to try it all.

Aug 14, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Great Porchetta Sandwich at Wheat and Sons (Anaheim Packing District)

We were there on Friday night. They had valet service for $3. Totally worth it.
Loved the porchetta, too!

Aug 11, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Poke @ OC Costco (Tustin, The District)

Tustin is the only location doing this. We live in L.A. county and drove down one day to try it out. I like the spicy and the shoyu versions.

Aug 11, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Poke @ OC Costco (Tustin, The District)

What's the pricing at Dry Dock like? I think I'll swing by this week to check it out. Thanks!

Aug 11, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Teen-pleasing suggestions, please!

Agree with wienermobile.

Aug 11, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

ISO Nem Nuong (roll your own rolls)

I've eaten this stuff most of my life and I don't ever recall going to a restaurant where they bring out all the accoutrements for you to roll it yourself. Usually it's taken care of in the back and brought out to you.
I am aware of the 7 courses of beef restaurants offering the roll it yourself concept. We go to Hong An in Garden Grove...if you go, make sure you try the baked catfish. The crispy skin and creamy, melt-in-your-mouth fish are out of this world.

Aug 04, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Europane egg salad sandwich

I had it in the spring, and it remains my all time favorite...and I don't even like egg salad.

Aug 04, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Hat's Pastrami Chili Cheese French Fries

Langer's has it, too? I can't wait to try!

Aug 04, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

My Baccanal Buffet (Caesar's Palace) review - LONG

We arrived on Sunday at around 12:20pm.

Jul 16, 2014
attran99 in Las Vegas

Blank Slate - (July 11-14)

We ended up dining with friends, and they suggested Las Molcajetes.in North Las Vegas. Really good Mexican food. My husband really enjoyed the tacos, and I loved their shrimp quesadilla...it wasn't was called something else. But it was simply amazing! While the food was good, I was a bit disappointed by the service. We waited a while before they took our drink order. They waited a while before they took our food order. There was a long delay between us requesting the check and them actually bringing it out. The restaurant was not busy. However, we were the only English-only speakers in the house, and I seemed to notice that the other patrons were getting serviced ahead of us.

Jul 15, 2014
attran99 in Las Vegas

My Baccanal Buffet (Caesar's Palace) review - LONG

We went for brunch on late Sunday morning. When we arrived, they quoted us a wait time of about an hour. The actual wait time was actually 20 minutes. The buffet was in full swing. Lines for the seafood and carving station were rather long, but when you see their offerings, you understand why. Service was good, and the food was very good.
Things we liked:
Breakfast - Lobster biscuits and gravy
Dim Sum - the har cow skins were a bit think, but both the har cow and shui mai were surprisingly good. Well seasoned.
Seafood station - oysters (well shucked), king and snow crab, well poached shrimp; I was very impressed by the ceviche and the soups. The vichyssoise with smoked salmon and red pepper gazpacho with crab were delicious!
Taco bar - My husband became a big fan of the taco bar with all the fixings. They heat up the tortillas and the meat on the griddle that is used in the morning to make red velvet pancakes.
Carving station - It was like BBQ-palooza. The prime rib was very good. There was ribs, brisket, chicken, turkey, and 4 types of sausages.
Dessert - They have Hawaiian shaved ice with house made syrups...the blackberry sauce was amazing! I LOVED the egg custard tarts. The lemon sorbet was out of this world amazing, and the pistachio gelato was so good, too.
Things we weren't fans of:
Cheese/Charcuterie - The selection was okay.
Noodle station - Wasn't a fan of the ramen. Seemed bland to me.

Things were refreshed often, so nothing stayed out too long. I'm still torn. Not sure if I like this or Wicked Spoon more.

Jul 15, 2014
attran99 in Las Vegas

Orange County: your list of current top steak houses?

My former boss is a great fan of Bruno's. Has been trying to get me to go for some time, but I never wanted to have dinner at an establishment where I might run into my boss. He and his wife love the pork chop there.
Maybe now that he's my former boss, I'll give it a try.

Jul 10, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Orange County: your list of current top steak houses?

My husband and I are complete fans of The Ranch. The food is thoughtfully prepared and the service is top notch. We've never been to the Saloon side, but the restaurant side is perfect for a steak night.

Jul 10, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area
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Taking my kid to visit USC end of next week. What's a cool

Completely agree with the rec. I didn't find out until long after I graduated, and was so sad that good food was so close without me ever knowing as an undergrad. The food is delicious.

Jul 10, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Authentic Brazilian Food in LA

Totally agree. I went there based on Servorg's rec with the family and we all loved it. Delicious.

Jul 10, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

Ditto to all the lists of great CHs. Thanks for all your helpful recs...because of you, I've eaten very well for the greater part of the last decade.

Blank Slate - (July 11-14)

The DH and I are coming in to town next weekend, and outside of three requirements, we're a blank slate. We have plans to hit Bachi Burger because he loves that banh mi burger. We're celebrating his graduation from Nursing school at Bartalotta, and I'd like to hit up Bacchanal because I hear such good things about it. We like all cuisines, and are not fixed on any particular budget...though we're not planning on blowing through dinner at The Mansion, either. Just looking for a few good meals while we're in town and have no idea where we want to go. We haven't been in LV in a couple of years, but have previously enjoyed meals at CP Steak, Jaleo, LOS, Mesa Grill, Daniel Boloud, and Guy Savoy. We're driving from L.A. so we'll have a car and will be willing to drive.
Thanks!

Jul 06, 2014
attran99 in Las Vegas

My Baccanal Buffet (Caesar's Palace) review - LONG

We're arriving Friday afternoon and leaving Monday around lunch. Do those rules still apply?

Jul 06, 2014
attran99 in Las Vegas

My Baccanal Buffet (Caesar's Palace) review - LONG

Coming into town next week, and looking to make a stop. Any suggestions on when the best time to go would be?

Jul 06, 2014
attran99 in Las Vegas

Santa Barbara Seafood (family friendly)

The kids wanted fish and chips, so we went to Mac's. They loved it, and I'm a fan of the mushy peas. We even let them try the fried candy bar...obviously, the kids loved it, while my husband and I thought it was just interesting. Thanks for the rec! We're coming up in the area in August, and will have to try Brophy's and the BoatHouse then.

Jul 02, 2014
attran99 in California

Oxnard - Family Friendly

Perhaps I've had them wrong all my life then. They were good, but my brain didn't know what to make of it.

Jun 30, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area