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Great Dessert at the Grove Los Angeles

Sorry - I meant to say maybe Monsieur Marcel has a chocolate soufflé. I know that's what you're looking for.

Great Dessert at the Grove Los Angeles

Maybe Monsieur Marcel at the Farmers Market has chocolate mousse? Otherwise Short Cake has some great desserts. And I know I'm not supposed to admit to liking anything at the Cheescake Factory, but they do have a decent chocolate mousse cake.

Once I tasted ___ from a farmer's market, I could never go back to the grocery version.

My literal answer is nothing. Yes, the farmers market versions of berries, tomatoes, asparagus, cauliflower, etc. are all markedly better. But sometimes I just want blueberries in December, so I'll deal with the imported version from Chile.

One thing that did surprise me recently was plain old romaine lettuce. Farmers market version is so much crisper and sweeter, and lasts a long time in the fridge.

Oct 15, 2014
cookie monster in General Topics

group dinner in Brentwood/Westwood area

Budget? Tavern in Brentwood can handle large groups.

Saturday Night Dinner for BFFs in Santa Monica - WHERE TO GO

This Saturday night? Do you want to be able to make a reservation or are you ok with waiting a bit (or more than a bit) for a table?

Need beautiful unique lunch spot for special BD

Same here. I don't eat sushi, or seafood of any kind for that matter, and I would happily celebrate every special occasion with lunch at Nobu Malibu.

Need beautiful unique lunch spot for special BD

You mean Saddle Peak Lodge, I assume? It is beautiful, but it doesn't serve lunch. Dinner and weekend brunch only.

Can't say I agree about the lack of beautiful restaurants in LA. although maybe it depends on one's definitions. I second the vote for Geoffrey's in Malibu. My personal vote for most beautiful goes to Nobu Malibu. Absolutely breathtaking, but not necessarily quiet.

Jiraffe or Josie for Anniversary Dinner this weekend?

Smoked bucatini, gnocchi, fried chicken, any of the vegetables.

Jiraffe or Josie for Anniversary Dinner this weekend?

Not sure where you got that information from, but as AAQjr said Superba Snack Bar on Rose most definitely takes reservations. They may even be on Open Table, although you might have better luck calling. And it's really good, especially the pastas.

Jiraffe or Josie for Anniversary Dinner this weekend?

Superba Snack Bar or Superba Food & Bread? Superba Snack Bar is excellent and slightly more special occasion-like than Food & Bread, and it does take reservations.

Critique my Sonoma wine itinerary please

Agreed. I'm not crazy about the wines, but the tour is really fun and educational.

How to replace Red Medicine as a bar with great food open late

A somewhat difficult order here in early-to-bed LA, especially if the standard is great, rather than pretty good, food. Of course there's the Pacific Dining Cars in downtown and Santa Monica, open 24-7. On the westside, Freddy Smalls (west LA), The Misfit (SM), Chaya Venice, Scopa (Venice) and Hal's (Venice) all have full bars and serve food late, although I would probably check if late means past midnight. Close to your WeHo base, I also like The Churchill, although again (as someone who is rarely up past midnight) I'm not sure how late "late" is, particularly during the week.

DTLA - near Staples

And another vote for Rivera . . .

Table salt free diet and eating out

"Its safe to say all three salt, flour, and sugar have been over processed and devoid of nutrition" - what does that even mean? All of those items have some amount of nutritional value, even if it's just simple carbohydrates in the case of white flour and sugar. In the case of salt, you have not I believe presented any evidence that "processing," ie boiling sea water to create useable salt, has any effect on salt's nutritional value (which, as others have said over and over, it does in fact have). Does applying heat always count as processing? If so then we seem to be headed toward a reductio ad absurdum in favor of a strict raw vegan diet.

Table salt free diet and eating out

I've been trying to stay out of this discussion, but I have to ask - where in the world did #4 come from? If water retention from excess salt consumption were the main cause of obesity in America, the obesity epidemic would have been cured, or at least stemmed, a while ago. Obesity = too much body fat, not too much body fluid.

Great Outdoor Breakfast in Beach Areas: South Bay, MDR, SM, Malibu

In Santa Monica, there's Coast at Shutters Hotel, which is pretty with good food at typical hotel prices, or Back on the Beach, which is very casual and the food is just ok but you can sit with your feet in the sand. I haven't been to the new Malibu Pier restaurant but it's gotten some good reviews. Or if price is not an issue, Mastro's Ocean Club in Malibu serves brunch.

lemon bars

This Pillsbury lemon bar recipe is my favorite. The lemon glaze (as opposed to the usual sprinkle of powdered sugar)really adds something, and I prefer it over the Ina Garten recipes, which has many fans.

http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/sunb...

Sep 12, 2014
cookie monster in Home Cooking

Honolulu in November - looking for your thoughts on a few places

Thanks kathryn and Sushi Otaki for nudging me towards The Pig & The Lady. Based on Miss Needle's report I had the impression it was a little meat-centric for our tastes, but now that I've looked at the menu I see that's not the case at all.

Sep 10, 2014
cookie monster in Hawaii

Honolulu in November - looking for your thoughts on a few places

Thanks. I did see that one.

Sep 09, 2014
cookie monster in Hawaii

Honolulu in November - looking for your thoughts on a few places

I've been to Honolulu a few times before, but haven't explored the local restaurant scene too much. In November I'm going to be there for 5 nights with 2 friends - we're all single women in our late 40s. I want to make a few dinner reservations in advance rather than just winging it like we usually do. I've read lots of prior Honolulu threads but most of the requests seem to fall into three categories - family friendly, cheap eats, or romantic / super special occasion - and I'm looking for none of the above. What I am looking for are places where the food and the scene are both very good to great. I cringe as I use the words hip and hot, but that's kind of what I mean. In terms of our tastes, one of us doesn't eat any seafood, another isn't fond of most meat, and the third eats everything. So a menu with some variety will serve us best. Good wine and/or cocktails definitely a plus. We're staying in Waikiki but willing to travel for a great meal (not sure yet if we'll be renting a car). Some names that I've run across in my research: Morimoto, Salt, Town, MW, 12th Avenue Grill. Thoughts?

Sep 09, 2014
cookie monster in Hawaii

Yellow egg white?

Interesting, but not quite applicable to my puzzle. The yolk was normal color - quite a dark yellow, as is usually the case with the eggs I buy at the farmers market. And this was the only abnormally colored white out of four eggs from the same carton that I've used so far.

Wish I had taken a picture before tossing it.

Sep 09, 2014
cookie monster in General Topics

Yellow egg white?

I thought about that possibility. But it still had a normal sized yolk in the middle, and the yellow color in the white was 100% uniform, not streaky like I would expect if the yolk broke. Life's great mysteries . . .

Sep 09, 2014
cookie monster in General Topics

Yellow egg white?

I tried Googling this but the search terms are impossible. This morning I made some medium-boiled eggs and when I peeled one of them, the entire white was yellow, which is something I've never seen before. Not as yellow as the yolk, but a uniform light lemon yellow color.It looked normal (other than the color) and smelled fine, but I couldn't bring myself to eat it. Anyone know what would cause this?

Sep 09, 2014
cookie monster in General Topics

We are going to dinner at a Jain believing household

Asking because I have no idea how strict Jainists are (i.e. vegetarian vs vegan) - do they consume dairy products? If not then chocolates would be difficult. My go-to gift as long as I know the host/ess does some amount of cooking is fancy olive oil or balsamic vinegar.

Sep 08, 2014
cookie monster in Not About Food
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Taylor's Steakhouse dinner tonight

The Daily Grill isn't very exciting, but their bread is great. I wouldn't be surprised if it's the same as what's served at Grill on the Alley.

LA "Musts" Tailored to a Strategic New Yorker

Thanks for reporting back. You hit several of my favorites. I'm especially happy/relieved that you "got" Gjelina. Some folks find it unbearably annoying, but I love it.

$100 for All You Can Eat During 7 Weeks at Olive Garden

Solely out of curiosity, I just checked the OG website. Sold out.

Sep 08, 2014
cookie monster in Chains

Wheat/Dairy Free Wedding Guest Ettiquette

I've been reading this thread for the entertainment value, trying so hard not to jump into the discussion, but the pull is too strong . . .

Anyways, I do have a thought that I don't think has been mentioned and might maybe possibly be helpful. First off, I've been to a lot of weddings in my time and have never seen an rsvp card that asks for dietary restrictions/preferences. However, many of them do ask you to choose your entree, among say beef, fish or vegetarian options. And often when the rsvp card doesn't include that request, it's because the meal is going to be a buffet (or in the case of the last wedding I attended, which was on the casual side, it was served family style with a couple of proteins and a plethora of salads and sides brought to the table).

So, while the bride-to-be is a co-worker and you don't know her very well, would it be safe to say that you interact with her at work quite frequently? If so, could you ask her how the wedding planning is going (most about to be marrieds are very happy to share/vent on that topic), and inquire casually about what sort of meal they've decided to have? If her answer is "we're having a buffet," or "we decided on multiple food stations with pasta, salads, carved meats," then you can be comfortable that there will be something you're able to eat and stop stressing about it. If she says "it's chicken in a mushroom cream sauce with potatoes au gratin" - then I fall into the camp of nod happily, and then eat a big meal beforehand and pack some snacks (and I say that as someone who doesn't have major dietary restrictions but does have a metabolism that cannot be denied so there's always some nuts or a protein bar in my purse, and I've been known to sneak a few bites in the restroom at events).

Kid Friendly Non-Chains: Santa Monica/Westside?

Ghost thread . . .

Moderately priced large b-day cake

Yes, Hansen's makes some beautiful cakes but they're not what I would call moderately priced.