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Shabu Shabu House

Our most recent visit to Zakuro shows that they are still closed.

Jan 21, 2007
Micako in Los Angeles Area

For those in LA - Broguiere's Eggnog makes the weirdest ice cream I've ever seen

Interesting as we had the same thought to make ice cream out of the 'nog. Actually, the idea sprung from Scoops where we had a fantastic eggnog and rum ice cream.

Ours came out perfect, actually. We used the following:

1 cup of Broguiere's eggnog.
2 cups of milk
a splash of heavy cream
about 1/4 c of dark rum

It froze up to a nice thick consistency in our ice cream maker and then we finshed it in the freezer. Came out great, really!

Jan 04, 2007
Micako in Home Cooking

What is the best Indian restaurant in LA?

While I am by no means an expert in this area, I find that Suriya on 3rd is fantastic. My boss is Indian and he says that while it is not a 'classic' Indian joint, the food is, nonetheless fantastic and flavorful. The owner of the joint has a more modern take on food, but still produces dishes with the familar tastes of India.

The channa masala is some of the best stuff I have ever had and he has a special dish called Chicken Mangalore which is simply divine.

The owner, Sheel, is a gracious host who takes his time to get to know his guests. He gets help from his parents who moved over from the UK who are just as gracious. There have been a couple of occasions where we found ourselves outside the restaurant staring at a 'closed' sign only to be recognized by a member of the family - who immediately opened up the kitchen to serve us - despite our protests. They really do welcome regular customers as though they are family.

If you do visit, remember to get the milk cake for dessert. I call it the Indian version of tiramisu. Divinity!

Dec 15, 2006
Micako in Los Angeles Area

mexican - west hollywood area

Def would not recommend El Coyote for food, nor El Compadre. Both joints have not so awesome food. Marix has excellent chips and the food isn't bad. They are just off of Santa Monica Blvd next to Basix Cafe.

Dec 15, 2006
Micako in Los Angeles Area


Over on Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood, there was a closed off store called Cake and Art that created custom cakes. They have always had a closed storefront, but on Halloween, they opened up and invited guests in. They have 2 display cases set up to sell a variety of cupcakes.

We wandered by on the way to Famima and had to duck in.

On this day, they were offering up:
Rocky Road cupcake - with graham cracker, torched marshmallow and a hershey square as a topper

2 types of pumpkin - one with a cream cheese frosting and one with some sort of chocolate i think

Chocolate ecstacy - chocolate upon chocolate with the signature sprinkles square sprinkles

red velvet

chocolate peanut butter - a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and an injection of peanut butter in the middle

I believe there was a lemon cupcake as well as a vanilla and possibly a carrot cake one.

I sampled these:

Overall, I found that the cakes were too ambitious, as well as costly. The price ranged from 2.75 - 4.25. Way too much for litle cakes as these. They did let us know that there is a large amount of work that goes into each one (witness the rocky road) but I found all of them to not live up to the price.

The cakes were impossible to share, as each one crumbled to bits when I took a knife to them. The rocky road was even more impossible to cut into as the marshmallow made it impossible to cut.

Each cake seemed to have some sort of filling, which, in theory sounds great, but in reality, it did not do much to pull the cake together. Ideally, these flavors should intermingle and not be separated, which is what the injection accomplishes.

Overall, I am still a fan on Sprinkles and have yet to find a place to rival them. However, I do have high hopes for Clementines!

Nov 27, 2006
Micako in Los Angeles Area

Please help me find this restaurant?

I drive past it everyday - well used to. It appears that it has closed. I could be wrong, but the sign is gone and it looks empty. Hope I am. I have not had a chance to check it out yet.

Sep 04, 2006
Micako in Los Angeles Area

Shabu Shabu House

I just visited Shabu Shabu house for the first time in 6 years. My husband does not eat beef so I had to give up my beloved Shabu house for the close-by Zakuro, which does the non-traditional chicken option.

We had originally made plans to have dinner with friends at Zakuro and were shocked to see that it was closed for renovations. As a last minute change in plans, we decided to visit Shabu Shabu House - where hubby would get the Veggie option.

In the last 6 years things have changed, enough for me to be sorely disapointed in our experience. Yes, the sauces were just as good, but the lack of the 'included' iced coffee was a huge letdown. I really did enjoy the free UCC coffee that came promptly after your dishes were cleared.

The veggie option was also a bit of a let down. When they brought out the plate, there seemed to be barely anything on it. Some broccoli, onion, bell peppers, shiitake mushies and kabocha. That is all - the plate was SMALL and plate was the most visible thing when they set it down. There was no additional tofu for protein or anything of the kind. It was rather pathetic.

Additionally, as I was still eating out of my nabe, the bus boy came by with a trivet and placed my boiling pot on it. I still had some root veggies to cook up and I had to toss them in my husbands to finish.

Before we were even done with our meal we were being pushed out the door. The check was presented as our guests were still eating and the next clean pot and place settings were put next to them. The overall vibe was 'GET OUT GET OUT GET OUT'

What happened to this joint?

I can easily say that we will not be back. We will continue to frequent Mizu 212 which has an amazing veggie plate, overflowing with choices or Zakuro, where the Japanese servers are friendly and interesting and where the reggae rocks the house.

Aug 20, 2006
Micako in Los Angeles Area

Best Pizza in Los Angeles (& surrounding)????!!

Not sure if D'amore's in the valley is run by the kids of Rose D'Amore of Patsy's Pizza in the Farmers Market, but if it is, the pizza has to be great.

Patsy's Pizza is one of the best in LA, imho (especially if you get a side of their delish italian dressing to drizzle on it. The garlic and spices really add to it.)
Vito's RIP rivaled them. Too bad Vito's never reopened.

Aside from those, a couple other joints we frequent for some good pie:
- Village Pizzeria
- Albano's on Melrose
- Rocco's - where Vitos was - not a bad alternative for ppl who live nearby.

Put me on the list of the Casa Bianca naysayers. The sauce, cheese, toppings are just uninspiring to me.

Aug 17, 2006
Micako in Los Angeles Area

Dessert: A confession ...

Wow. To me this is a foreign concept - no desire for dessert? You can take or leave chocolate chip cookies? Even freshly out of the oven, still warm and gooey, just barely falling apart? To me, it is a neccessary part of life.

When I go out for a nice meal I will *always* order dessert, sometimes making the selection before the main course. I scan dessert menus even when I am not having dessert, just to feast my imagination. I will make a special trip to Netty's just to get that warm delectible chocolate almond bread pudding.

It just never entered my mind that there are people out there who just don't care for dessert. I just figured those who didn't indulge were just on a diet!

Jul 28, 2006
Micako in General Topics

Thai Shrimp Toast anywhere???????

I second Sava on that - TubTim's Thai Toast is pretty tasty - and the closest I have had to what you are describing.

Jul 18, 2006
Micako in Los Angeles Area

3rd and Fairfax Farmer's Market--Best Lunch?

Patsy's pizza - some of the best pie in L.A. (over by Bob's donuts - also yummy)

Jul 17, 2006
Micako in Los Angeles Area

random craving for spinach/artichoke dip...

I have found it in several joints all over Los Angeles, it almost seems a staple even.

Houston's has one of my favorites.

Jul 15, 2006
Micako in Los Angeles Area

Looking for mieng kam in Los Angeles

But still no reports of it being on a menu anywhere, eh? I wonder if I will have to make a special order of it at my fav joint. As much as I like cooking, I do prefer being served even more!

Jul 15, 2006
Micako in Los Angeles Area

Your favorite place for a salad

My favorite salad, hands-down is the smoked chicken salad at Netty's in Silver Lake. Smoked chicken, black beans, feta cheese, corn, lettuce in a cilantro dressing. Served with tortilla chips. It's deliciuous!.

Otherwise, for a quick lunch during the week, I do like Acapulco's version of the Ceasar. It's a cilatro-y (see a theme here?) ceasar dressing that is yum!

Jul 15, 2006
Micako in Los Angeles Area

Looking for mieng kam in Los Angeles

Yeah, apparently there are many different leaves that are used for this dish. I came across this: searching and you can see that flower petals were used and that was in Bangkok

I also came across this explanation for leaves as well:

"Wrapping Leaves: The choice of what leaves to use is up to you. Some use lettuce or spinach leaves due to ready availability, but to get an authentic flavor you can visit an Asian grocery store and try to find cha-phloo leaves. These leaves are also known in English as Betel Leaves, or Piper Sermentosum. In Vietnamese language, these leaves are labeled as La Lop."

I guess it equates to the idea that there is only one way to skin a cat. (Pardon the imagery)

Jul 14, 2006
Micako in Los Angeles Area

Looking for mieng kam in Los Angeles

I had this tasty dish up in Seattle at Thaiku - but haven't the slightest idea where I could find it here, in LA. I imagine that since we have Thai town that it can't be that hard! Anyone know of a place that serves this?

Jul 14, 2006
Micako in Los Angeles Area