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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.

The hart and the hunter, did it close or still open?

you may be onto something . . .
http://la.eater.com/archives/2014/09/...

Healthy non-deli meat sandwich ideas needed

Roasting a whole turkey breast yourself is super easy and yields a ton of meat for sandwiches.

Sep 05, 2014
cookie monster in Home Cooking

The hart and the hunter, did it close or still open?

what makes you think it's closed?

Zinque in the old Nishimura space on Melrose, near San Vicente, anyone been? from the yelper page it sounds a lot like le pain quotidian

Haven't been to the West Hollywood location but I'm a fan of the Venice OG. Interesting wines by the glass, and the tartines, charcuterie, flatbreads, etc are simple but good.

8 or 9" Birthday Cake

Viktor Benes bakery at Gelson's in Los Feliz / Silver Lake. Had a red velvet birthday cake from them recently that was really good (and I'm not a red velvet fan generally). I'm pretty sure they do a basic yellow or chocolate cake.

Flour types

I can't speak to the pizza question, but re: cookies I agree with firecooked about pulling them out of the oven about a minute before you think you should if you want soft cookies. Also, for chocolate chip and such I almost always freeze mine if I'm not going to serve them same day. Even 24 hours at room temperature changes the texture for the worse (unless we're talking about a type that benefits from "aging" like a gingerbread)

Aug 25, 2014
cookie monster in Home Cooking

Marina del Rey recommendations please

Yes they do. Their mushroom pizza is one of my favorites and it doesn't have tomato sauce.

Attention all Trader Joe Shoppers!

Nevermind. I surrender.

Attention all Trader Joe Shoppers!

Black tea is "regular" tea. English breakfast, Earl Grey, Lipton are all black teas.

Aug 23, 2014
cookie monster in Chains

Your favorite meatloaf bread filler

Oatmeal. My mom used the recipe off the Quaker Oats box, and 40+ years later I still do the same.

Aug 23, 2014
cookie monster in Home Cooking

Italian food (The Beach)

Slim pickings if you want an actual view of the beach, as opposed to being near by. If money is no issue Nikita in Malibu is Italian / Mediteranean - food gets mediocre reviews but the setting can't be beat. There's also an Italian restaurant on the Santa Monice pier, but I don't know anyone who's eaten there. Maybe there's something I'm missing that others will come up with.

Marina del Rey recommendations please

Welcome to the neighborhood! There's not much that I love actually in MDR, although the Jamaica Bay Inn, basically across the street from your hotel, has a decent happy hour and better view. Others are very fond of Cafe Del Rey, but I haven't been there in years.

But depending on what counts as walking distance for you, there are many many options. 1/2 a mile or so away would be South End for pizza and wine and Scopa for Italian. And then you're about a mile from Abbot Kinney in Venice, where options include Tasting Kitchen (Cal-Italian, good cocktails), Hal's (old school Venice w/ a lively bar), Gjelina (super popular, annoyingly hipster and intractable to some, my personal favorite - excellent vegetables, pizzas and other small plates), Gjelina Take Away ( their take out spot next door), Intelligensia (fancy coffee), Salt Air (New England-y seafood) ...