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The Best Butter Available in Los Angeles?

I haven't tried Buerre de Barrate, but if you are ever in Beverly Hills, you might want to try Ferrarini's butter from their deli on Brighton. They also serve sandwiches so I'm thinking they might have some behind the counter and let you taste.

Mar 20, 2014
MariaFeliz in Los Angeles Area

June Texas BBQ Wedding Reception - Inexpensive White/Red Wine Recommendations

Yeah, very good selections. For your sparkling cava, did you try the Jaume Serra Cristalino? Very comparable to Segura and usually sells for anywhere from $6 to $8. I'm in Los Angeles and can buy it at Cost Plus as well as just about any market in town.

Feb 07, 2014
MariaFeliz in Wine

Reveillon Dinners 2013

I'll be in NOLA for Christmas week (Dec. 25th to Jan. 1). Any of these menus a 'must try'?


Dec 05, 2013
MariaFeliz in New Orleans

The Great Pumpkin has descended on TJs!!!!

I wish they had that soup all year long as well. Our TJ's tasting area added a can of the organic pumpkin with a dollop of honey greek yougurt. I did nearly the same with mine, added a bit of pumpkin spice, but topped with their honey goat cheese

Oct 29, 2013
MariaFeliz in Chains

First colonoscopy

I did the split timing on mine as well. I had to drink my second Moviprep with Vodka (can't remember how much, but it tasted mostly like Vodka). It was the ONLY way I could get it down. I didn't tell the doctor, he didn't mention anything to me being odd about my procedure, and it all seemed to work out OK.

Oct 15, 2013
MariaFeliz in Special Diets

NO Restaurant Week - top picks?

Well now that I reread the OP, I believe my link is incorrect. My link on Eater is for "COOLinary" which falls during the entire MONTH of August, and not really "restaurant week"..RW falls in September

Aug 28, 2013
MariaFeliz in New Orleans

Brief report

gotta ask, what brand was the $40 shot? And yeah, asshole is right whatever it was!

Aug 28, 2013
MariaFeliz in New Orleans

NO Restaurant Week - top picks?

Eater posted a list of what they thought was the best of the bunch....here is the link


Aug 28, 2013
MariaFeliz in New Orleans

Updated Punchbowl (for adults only)

Fish House Punch (from Food & Wine magazine)

I didn't use the peach schnapps, just half the brandy, and used some orange bitters and peychaud's bitters in the punch. For those who wanted it a little more pizzazz, I topped off the glass with a little sparkling wine.

3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
6 1/2 ounces dark rum
4 ounces brandy
2 ounces peach schnapps
4 ounces cold brewed black tea
4 ounces fresh lemon juice
4 ounces cold water
Orange peels, for garnish
Set a funnel in a large, clean bottle that has a screw cap. Add the confectioners' sugar and tap it into the bottle. Add the rum, brandy, peach schnapps, black tea and lemon juice. Close the bottle and shake vigorously. Add the water and shake again. Seal and refrigerate the punch until cold.

Bon Appetite magazine has a recipe for a lovely ice ring for your bowl

Jul 25, 2013
MariaFeliz in Home Cooking

Lima Beans (in the style of Charleston)

Not sure what the Lima Bean in Charleston is like. But I use this recipe for Cajun White Beans (sometimes I use Lima's or great northern). The problem for me is trying to get Camellia brand beans which aren't common in Los Angeles. I usually buy a few bags when i go each year to NOLA.


Jul 22, 2013
MariaFeliz in Home Cooking

Antoine's review in Blackened Out

Very sorry to hear this, wow the pix in the review by blackened out were pretty horrific!. I had a pretty good $20 lunch there last year...maybe I can go for a salad and 25 cent martini's this year.

Interesting write up in the LA Times recently about the restaurant.

Jul 09, 2013
MariaFeliz in New Orleans

Escuela Mariscos/Corkage fee?

Anyone know if there is a corkage fee at Escuela Mariscos? I've tried calling at various times during the day to find out, but just get a recording.

Feb 20, 2013
MariaFeliz in Los Angeles Area

Grand Lux Cafe Going Away...

I'm going to miss their made to order beignets.

Feb 19, 2013
MariaFeliz in Los Angeles Area

Daddy Dough Donuts in Westwood -- has anyone been?

On Weyburn in the BofA building. Used to be the sandwich shop. We tried the samples of their cookies & doughnuts when they opened and nothing special.

Nov 25, 2012
MariaFeliz in Los Angeles Area

Favorite All-You-Can-Eat Restaurant?

Vegas Seafood Buffet.
$13 for lunch, $20 for dinner.

Next door to the Fresh & Easy store on Hollywood Blvd. Went for dinner, aside from all the sushi, salad, crab legs, Chinese food offerings, there was a brazillian churrasco, slicing lamb, chicken & beef.

Nov 19, 2012
MariaFeliz in Los Angeles Area

Cost Plus World Market

I'm going to have to try the Champagne stollen. I just got my email that all Halloween candy is half off today only at my local WM. I usually buy the lemon Loacker Quadratini cookies about $3 a bag. I also love the Zapps chips, and Abita Root Beer. Love that sherry vinegar mentioned as well.

Oct 30, 2012
MariaFeliz in Chains

Lobster Roll

Not a lobster roll, but El Gato Negro had a pretty good lobster taco.

81 French Market Place


Oct 19, 2012
MariaFeliz in New Orleans

Food Trucks

I don't know if the B Sweet Truck will be there, but the next Melrose Night (truck food fest on Melrose) is coming up September 6, might be worth a shot


Aug 29, 2012
MariaFeliz in Los Angeles Area

What to do with orange marmalade?

Breakfast Martini....
A breakfast martini is a form of cocktail created by bartender Salvatore Calabrese. The most famous "marmalade cocktail", [1] it is a gin martini with marmalade, orange liqueur, and lemon juice in place of vermouth.[2

Mar 23, 2012
MariaFeliz in Home Cooking

Good fishmonger / Seafood Market near Downtown/Echo Park/Silver Lake

Seafood City 134 Vermont St. L.A.

Mar 15, 2012
MariaFeliz in Los Angeles Area

Where's the good posole? And when?

I like El Ranchito in Huntington Park. It's served daily and the tortillias are hand made.
http://www.avilaselranchito.com. the margarita's are pretty good here too.

If I'm downtown early on a weekend, around 9 a.m. or so, I will also eat it at Central Market at Las Adelita's. Only served Sat. & Sunday.

Jan 04, 2012
MariaFeliz in Los Angeles Area

NYE Santa Barbara Solo

Let's see, I'll try to do the dining report for my entire trip. Some other solo travelers might benefit as well. I'm having a lovely glass of that pinot rose (wish I could figure out how to do that thing with the 'e' in rose that Tripeler did!). Anyway, started out last Monday and went to Atascadero, I like Hush Harbor, but it was closed for the holiday (day after xmas), so i ate next door at El Compardre and had an excellent green (pork) burrito. The chips were good, and they have a salsa bar. On to Paso. I ate at McClintocks, which has an all day happy hour on Mondays. Also went to Roberts (ate at the bar, they have an excellent menu) pork chop was great. Also ate breakfast at Chico's, pancakes with 2 eggs and bacon $9, good deal and good food. Farmstand 46, a deli. In Cambria, ate at French Corner Bakery, good sandwiches, nice to pick up something here and eat at Moonstone beach. For dinner in Cambria ate at the Sea Chest. They only take cash and on a Tuesday, I couldn't get in until 9p.m. at the bar. I had a couple of cocktails at a bar down the road there before dinner (I was staying at a hotel on moonstone beach so NO DRIVING if you're drinking). I splurged and had the lobster ($70 no alcohol or appetizer, dinner includes soup or salad) and it was very good. On my way to Solvang I started in Santa Ynez with a cocktail at the Maverick. Walked around, did some shopping, then ate at Dos Carlitos. Pricey for mexican, but it's a nice place and their mexican is upscale and very good. In Solvang, I ate at Big Boppers, hamburger place, nothing special, I wouldn't go back again. I had dinner one night at a relatively new place, Succulent Cafe. VERY good and nice to see some nice upscale places in Solvang (besides Root 46) . It's really small, so I got there when it opened around 6. The appetizer of bacon wrapped scallops were excellent. I had the halibut for my main, cooked peruvian style (I thought) with a light tomato sauce, the waiter recommended a real nice wine with my meal, I believe it was a sauvigonon blanc from Margerum (sp?). I had a another dinner at guess where, glbtrtr? SUBWAY...for some reason it stuck in my head our conversation about subway tuna with everything. but I took it up a notch and added avocado to my tuna sandwich. Of course, you can't visit Solvang without some danish for breakfast and a visit to Paula's for their pancakes. Well I think that's it, I hope you all enjoy this report.

Jan 02, 2012
MariaFeliz in California

NYE Santa Barbara Solo

You're absolutely right about Rodney's. The steak was an everyday, pedestrian, cut of beef that you pick up a your local Ralphs. Ah well, I did have a nice time all in all. For the wine tour, I used "Cloud Climbers Jeep Tours". I'd seen those jeeps at tasting rooms in the past and thought it would be kinda cool to ride in one of those. Glad I got to check it off my list, but next time I'd do just a regular shuttle bus tour. The guide was great and we went to some nice places in Los Olivos and Solvang. We started out at Kalyra Winery, we took the LONG way through some hills to get to this place, the better to get the full effect of riding in a jeep The winery is owned by Australians, some nice white wines, a pinot bianco and chardonnay were my favorites. Then it was onto Bridalwood. Had a nice pinot noir, I thought the reds were the best bet here. Our tour included lunch, so while we were tasting in Bridalwood, our guide John, picked up our lunch order from Panino's in Los Olivos and brought it back so we could eat on the grounds at Bridalwood. The sandwiches from this place were great and I will definitely try it the next time I'm in town. From there we headed to Tensley in Los Olivos. Great tasting room, very very friendly and knowledgeable person behind the bar, Mimi, we all just loved her and the wines were very good, really liked the syrah and pinot here. Our last stop was in Solvang, "Sort this out Cellars". Wines were OK here, but no stand outs, although it could be that the time we reached this place, our fourth, your palate really starts to get worn out, at least mine does. By the time I got to SB (day 6 of my trip), I had already been to other wineries and tasting rooms in Paso, Cambria and Solvang, so I had already purchased my quota for my trip, so I didn't make any more purchases. Here's a short summary of some of the other tasting rooms I did:

Paso Robles (2 days): Orchid Hill, Parrish Family (loved this place, friendly staff, good wine, I bought a pinot), Clayhouse (good wines, GREAT prices, make friends with Laura, and ask her about tasting cards and recommendations for other wineries, she's the BEST). Cypher (this place is next to a great place to eat Farmstand 46 and Zin Alley is next door, which I didn't get to try, but heard good things about).

Cambria, I always taste at Fermentations, I like the staff, and besides the wine, I always buy some nice vinegar and oils here. I bought a couple bottles of a wine called "dazzle" from Washington state a Pinot Grigio Rose. Not something you see too much of this time of year and not common, but hey, it's 88 degrees today in L.A., and we have more summer coming up this winter, so I plan to drink these soon.

Two days in Solvang, my new favorite tasting room in Solvang is now Taste of the Valleys, just loved the guys working here and some fabulous wines. Here you have real discussions with the staff on your likes and they come up with some real winners at EXCELLENT prices.

Thanks so much for all your help, and I look forward to my next long weekend in SB in about 6 months or so.

Jan 01, 2012
MariaFeliz in California

NYE Santa Barbara Solo

I'm having the rib eye topped with crab and asparagus. Not the finest cut of steak I've ever had but OK. It's cooked med rare but for some reason they went crazy with he cracked pepper on it. Service is excellent and they have a live blues combo playing tonight in the bar area

Dec 31, 2011
MariaFeliz in California

NYE Santa Barbara Solo

Well here we are in real time...after a very long day of wine tasting , a martini at the bar at the hotel...after that then a long soak in the tub I'm back at the bar with another martini. I decided to go with Rodney's. Just too tired to drive! Thanks much for the recommendations, wish I had the energy to try out State street...Maybe next time!

Dec 31, 2011
MariaFeliz in California

NYE Santa Barbara Solo

This place looks great and is now at the top
of my list. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks

Dec 27, 2011
MariaFeliz in California

NYE Santa Barbara Solo

Zin, thanks for the heads up about portion size. I'm a hearty eater, especially after an afternoon of wine tasting, so I think I'll check out Julienne another time.

Dec 25, 2011
MariaFeliz in California

NYE Santa Barbara Solo

Thanks for all the choices, and yes I'm making a note of them by name and bookmarking on my Yelp app. My plan is just to head down to State street and just peek into some of the restaurants you've recommended and play it by ear. And if push comes to shove, it sounds like Rodney's or something at the Hyatt will work. Hopefully I don't end up with a 6 footer from Subway.

Dec 25, 2011
MariaFeliz in California

NYE Santa Barbara Solo

Thanks so much for your response GLBTRTR, it made me see how little info (and thought) I had put in my question. I'm a 50 year old female, so I'm not looking to party, just a good meal...probably a steak after a day of wine tasting, I'd rather not drive after the tasting. I'm staying at the Doubletree on Cabrillo. Price is not an issue, just looking for a good meal. I have no problem dining alone at a table, but I figure tables will be a premium on NYE so I'm hesitant to make a reservation, instead just hoping to pop in early at a restaurant that has a bar for dining with one lone seat. Julienne looks lovely, but from their website photo it didn't look like it had a bar for dining...hard to tell from their pic. I like Hungry Cat a lot, so that's an option too. If you have any other suggestions, let me know!

Dec 25, 2011
MariaFeliz in California

NYE Santa Barbara Solo

Anyone know of any good restaurants that have bar dining in SB on NYE? I'll be solo, and should be in town after a wine tasting tour around 5 p.m.

Dec 24, 2011
MariaFeliz in California