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Tacos La Potranca in King City

My dad would grill tripas on the BBQ and I could not eat them. But when my mom would cook them in a red chile sauce for hours, they were really good, they lost their chewiness and just become lush, rich and delicious. So don't give up on tripas! I've never heard tripe being served in anything but menudo. It's so tough, I can only think it would be good in a soup, but who knows, I'm sure there's a tripe sandwich out there somewhere

Jul 09, 2015
MariaFeliz in California

Tujaques. Yes, bad meal is possible in N.O.

For years when visiting NOLA I had passed by this place and never got around to trying it. After reading about it almost closing and becoming a t-shirt shop, we decided we had better try it out before it's 6 months ago we had lunch there. LOVED it! The food was good, and service was excellent! The $3 mimosas were just right with our meal. Perhaps due to those mimosas we forgot some of our packages. We called an hour later and yes, they found them and were holding them for us. But yeah, all it takes is some loud people in a hot and steamy restaurant to ruin it for you.

Jun 25, 2015
MariaFeliz in New Orleans

Popcorn - yellow, white, tips, hints?

I use an air popper and I'm very happy with it. Popcorn is a bit drier, but still comes out well popped. I've tried so many of the fancy popcorn's and none of worked out. I always come back to Jolly Time White popcorn in the plastic bags. I like to heat my butter with rosemary in it, and it adds a real nice flavor...if you like rosemary!

Jun 02, 2015
MariaFeliz in General Topics

Dining alone in NOLA

Try looking for groups on
I just joined (I'm in Los Angeles, but go once year to NOLA, usually alone), "New Orleans Foodies" for my next trip in November. I'm a member of a meetup group here in Los Angeles, and occasionally, we get out of towners from as far away as England.

May 18, 2015
MariaFeliz in New Orleans

Quiet restaurant in Westwood/UCLA area

Yamato's is still there

Apr 30, 2015
MariaFeliz in Los Angeles Area

For those looking for something new ...

Thanks for posting. I'm going for my annual trip this November, so I will add these to my already extensive list. If you only go once a year for 7 days, by the time I get to the bottom of the list, the 'newbies' become oldies!

Apr 30, 2015
MariaFeliz in New Orleans

Good place to have dinner by Geffen Playhouse?

Fat Sal's is not a sit down restaurant, just a shack really, with some stools. Sandwiches are good, and really big, so you may not finish it all. I like the Italian. I didn't care for the Aussie pie shop at all, but plenty of people do. I prefer a flaky crust, theirs was more like wet cardboard to me. The beef filling tasted like it was out of can, I couldn't eat it.

Mar 05, 2015
MariaFeliz in Los Angeles Area

DineLA Jan 2015 -- Meals, Reviews and Recommendations

Yes, I asked. They said because it was brunch on weekends, only the DineLA Dinner menu was available.

Jan 26, 2015
MariaFeliz in Los Angeles Area

DineLA Jan 2015 -- Meals, Reviews and Recommendations

Another 'non-report'. Since it seemed DineLA was available for lunch, even on the weekend, I went to Gracias Madre. I asked at the check in could I have DineLA (lunch $20) around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and was told yes. But, when I asked for the menu, I was given the dinner menu, $30. Which looked exactly like the lunch menu. I passed.

Jan 26, 2015
MariaFeliz in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions for solo dinner and date dinner

Datenight: Amelie
Solo: Bar or table at Peche

Jan 16, 2015
MariaFeliz in New Orleans

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

Big YAY for the Salted Caramel Gelato. Luscious, & velvety. I bought it at the Los Angeles store on Fairfax and 3rd street. Anyone else tried it?

1st Visit, 3 Dinners in NOLA, Dining Alone

I've eaten solo at the bar at August. I went for their lunch special ($20), but they most likely serve dinner at the bar as well. I've eaten solo at Commander's too and I believe I made my reservation on Open Table. Again, I went for lunch (I wanted those .25 martini's!), but dinner should be fine too.

Nov 03, 2014
MariaFeliz in New Orleans

Rediscovered Tujague's

Thanks for posting. Last year at Christmas it seemed like very little was open so this is very good to know. I ended up at Cafe Maspero, great as a solo diner to have the bar, especially at Christmas.

I won't be in NOLA for Christmas this year, but maybe I'll give Tujague's a try later this week when I'm there.

Nov 03, 2014
MariaFeliz in New Orleans

A Big Easy Christmas - Where to Eat Christmas Day?

I arrived last year on Christmas day about 6 p.m. Streets were pretty barren, when I headed out a couple of hours later. I ended up at Cafe Maspero, after finding everything else pretty much closed. Certainly not the best meal I ever had, but not bad, I had the Christmas day special, steak, potatoes, veggies. I think the best part was the atmosphere, lots of people, bar full (I was solo so I sat at the bar), very friendly service, and as one would expect in NOLA, friendly social people at the bar, and they make a mighty fine Sazerac.

Sep 23, 2014
MariaFeliz in New Orleans

The Vesper Cocktail

I'm a big fan of that Bond movie. After all these years, I finally decided to try and make the Vesper. I use 1 part Gin, 2 parts vodka, and 1 part Lillet blanc. I don't measure by ounces, the "parts" size dependent on the pitcher/container I'm using to stir it up in.

For the Gin, I use ST. George Botanivore:

For the vodka, I'm lucky enough to live in a part of Los Angeles with a very large Russian community, so we have a local market that carrys vodka, from all over Russia and Poland. It's cheap, and very good. Most of the brand labels are NOT in english, so no preference for the vodka I use.

I haven't tried adding the orange bitters to my martini, but I think I might give it a try. I buy my orange bitters from a local maker, can't remember the name of the outfit, and use them mostly for my Manhanttan's. I'm so very fond of the St. George gin, I wouldn't want to detract from it by adding the bitters! But I guess one for experimentation purposes won't hurt.

Sep 18, 2014
MariaFeliz in Spirits

Off-strip Dining

NY Times just did a recent article, 'Las Vegas, Off the Eaten Path'

Aug 18, 2014
MariaFeliz in Las Vegas

Breakfast suggestions

I LOVE the omelets at Quartermaster. A Philly Cheese/roast beef is enough for two people and a steal at $5.50

Aug 05, 2014
MariaFeliz in New Orleans

Craft Cocktails in NO?

Bill Hunt is still around, he posts regularly on the NOLA TripAdvisor forum.

Aug 01, 2014
MariaFeliz in New Orleans

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

AKA "geaux cups"!

Rumaki ???

Twin Dragon on Pico still has these on their menu.

Jul 25, 2014
MariaFeliz in Los Angeles Area

DineLA Meals Reported -- July 2014

Thanks for posting about Tonino's, we were thinking of going. And yes, we had noticed the sign about the express lunch, but had assumed they would have something different for DineLA. Ended up at TLT Food. Great $15 lunch. Beef Short Rib Quesadilla ($10 on menu), very good, if a little messy with all that gooey cheese. Beet salad ($5), on a bed of arugula. Panna Cotta ($3) for dessert, in a small cup, but very good, plus an iced tea ($2.50). Very good deal if you are in the area at lunch.

Jul 16, 2014
MariaFeliz in Los Angeles Area

America's Test Kitchen reviews are meaningless

I get home just in time to turn it on when i get home from work. But I watch it to see what kitchenware they are testing like pots, pans, poultry scissors etc. Very interesting discussion...and anyone know who is that smiling, white haired guy with the bow tie usually sitting in front??

Jul 14, 2014
MariaFeliz in Food Media & News

St George Gins [California]

I saw the mini's for the Terrior, Dry Rye, and the Botanivore and bought a set. My favorite was the Botanivore for a "Vesper" martini, 1 part gin, 3 parts vodka, 1 part Lillette.

Jul 10, 2014
MariaFeliz in Spirits

Westwood Village -- Thai House Gone!!! :-(

Wow, hadn't noticed the closure. I was just at that WF yesterday. Did you notice the new "Food Truck Parking Lot" in the empty lot next to In n' Out?? Opens for lunch at 11a.m. and closes sometime in the evening. I saw a taco truck and a BBQ truck. Supposedly there will be a rotating roster of trucks stopping by daily.

Jul 10, 2014
MariaFeliz in Los Angeles Area

Ferrarini Products at Costco Alhambra

Tony, which Costco did you see the butter as a regular item? I was at the Los Feliz Costco a few weeks back, and I saw the tiramasu as a regular item, but not the butter. I'm assuming the butter would have been in the refrigerated section with the other butter's they carry?

Jul 08, 2014
MariaFeliz in Los Angeles Area

Buy Softshell Crabs

Might want to give Seafood City a call and see

Seafood City Supermarket
134-140 S. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Contact: (213) 365-9100
Hours: 8am to 9pm daily

Jun 16, 2014
MariaFeliz in Los Angeles Area

Ferrarini Products at Costco Alhambra

Thanks for posting. I first tried their products at the Los Feliz location a year or so ago. I've been lucky enough to catch them about 3 times and will stock up on their butter if I can find them at the LF location. I love their tiramisu as well. FYI, they also have a little shop/deli in Beverly Hills

9622 Brighton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Apr 25, 2014
MariaFeliz in Los Angeles Area

Sub $5.00 wines, 750ml

Grifone Primitivo Zinfandel. Italian, can be found at Trader Joe's for $4. Great for cooking an italian tomato sauce and sipping.

Apr 24, 2014
MariaFeliz in Wine

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