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Jewish Corn Bread

Marmaliga = mamaliga? My college roommate used to make it when she was feeling blue...it was basically cornmeal mush mixed with cottage cheese. Sounds connected in some odd way with cornbread....I am sure it must come from the same place somehow.

Feb 27, 2008
magerber in Los Angeles Area

Ever get comp'ed for service faux pas or weirdness

I have had this kind of thing happen to me a number of times. Seems to me that it is only reasonable that the staff try and make up for their mistakes in some fashion. To be honest, nowadays if I have a very bad experience in a restaurant, and they don't offer me some kind of comp to make up for it, they definitely will lose my business, whereas if they are gracious about it, I will almost always try them again.

Nov 19, 2006
magerber in Not About Food

Reading the table, Diner/Waiter Signals--Here are mine, what are yours?

Lid of teapot open means "I need more hot water"

Nov 19, 2006
magerber in Not About Food

Yays and nays from Trader Joe's, lately [OLD]

I just bought some of the dried Rainier Cherries and they are not good. Pretty much blah flavor and not a great texture. I would be embarrassed to serve them to people.

But I love the Stir Fried Shrimp and Veggies in the Frozen Foods section. It is great for a quick (almost as quick as drive through) dinner on its own, just as the package directs, or there are infinite ways to dress it up.

Sep 20, 2006
magerber in Chains

Peets and Starbucks

Again, notice I said that compared to other coffeehouses, that I liked Peets tea. There are definitely some places that I would rather go to get a cuppa (check out my post about good teas in the Los Angeles area board), but for my running out the door on my way to work fix...Peets Irish Breakfast is hard to beat.

Sep 20, 2006
magerber in Chains

Peets and Starbucks

Please please please tell me what I heard was wrong. I was talking to someone the other day and they told me that the Starbucks company owns Peets. I truly hope they were wrong. In general I prefer to patronize smaller companies than either of these two, but as a dedicated tea drinker, I have to say that Peets has some of the BEST teas you can get almost anywhere...and definitely the best teas that you can get in any coffee house, chain or no, that I have found.

When Starbucks first opened down here in SoCal, they still served looseleaf teas and the quality of their teas were reasonable...but Stash Tea just doesn't do it for me, and I am afraid that if they own Peets...well I am stocking up on my Mariage Freres as we speak.

Sep 20, 2006
magerber in Chains

Moon Cakes At Costco-Alhambra

Are you telling me that moon cakes are the Peeps of Chinese food...

Sep 20, 2006
magerber in Los Angeles Area

MINX - anyone been yet?

Well, and even worse, there is a singles group that I get e-mails from that is having a mixer there...I think you may be right on with the cheap nightclub thing

Aug 09, 2006
magerber in Los Angeles Area

Eagle Rock

Not to tell tales out of school, but I used to work for the architect who is responsible for the remodel/restoration of Du Pars. They used to have a very good reputation for historic preservation work, and then went through a change of management that wasn't interested in that type of work anymore. This change drove the project manager who was working on the project to leave the company, and therefore the project became kind of an orphan in the office with no one to take much interest. Since then, the company has gone through a merger and name change and has moved even farther away from the historic preservation field (although they still highlight it on their website). My guess is that Du Pars has simply fallen between the cracks a little bit. But last time I was at the Gumbo Pot, I noticed that it seems even less worked on than it was last time I had been there. If you are interested in finding out more, go to www.hedev.com.

Aug 09, 2006
magerber in Los Angeles Area

New flavor combinations you really enjoy

Lemon juice and tabasco in any cream based soup really really sparks up the flavors.

Aug 04, 2006
magerber in General Topics

Non-dairy milks ... do you have a preference?

When I was going through a divorce a few years back, I developed all these stress related food allergies (I was allergic to like 35 foods...it was scary). I was allergic to casein (a milk protein), to vanilla, to chocolate, to corn. It made my life a living hell for a while, but I did discover something. Alot of people that like soy or various other grain milks only like the kind that are flavored with something. Make sure if you find one that you like, you pay close attention to what is added to it. Most soy milks have corn syrup or other flavorings added.

What I found is that I hated all of them until I decided to quit thinking of them as a substitute for regular milk. When I tasted my Irish Breakfast tea with soy instead of my regular milk it was awful...when I tasted this "new" drink--Irish Breakfast tea with Soy, I really liked it. I know it is semantics, but I can't tell you how many things I have managed to change in my diet by doing this. Nowadays, I have gotten over most of the allergies...but you know...I still enjoy Irish Breakfast Tea with Soy better than I like Irish Breakfast Tea with Milk. Funny, huh?

Aug 04, 2006
magerber in General Topics

Quick, easy, tasty, healthy, inexpensive lunch at work?

I second the Trader Joes choice. They have these "Cup-A-Soup" Black Bean soups that are REALLY high in fiber and protein. I will make one of those with a salad, or fruit, and the fiber and protein really hold me for a good long time.

Aug 04, 2006
magerber in General Topics

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

And I can't believe my favorite is not listed: Farmer's Chop Suey. Make a salad, with all the ingredients you would normally put in a salad (at least the ingredients you would put in a salad circa 1976), iceberg lettuce, chopped cukes, chopped carrots, tomatoes, green peppers, mushrooms, whatever else you like. Add a container of sour cream, and a container of cottage cheese (small curd please). Mix this all up and top with potato chips! YUM! Perfect for the summer.

Aug 03, 2006
magerber in Home Cooking

Scared of awful Burbank restaurants....

Levbarg--what I can't figure out is why you are trying to make Burbank into something it is not. I worked in Glendale, near the Burbank border for a couple of years, and there just wasn't any really good asian near there. But geez, you have the Valley within a few minutes, you are just up the road from Arcadia and then just a little further south is Temple City, Rosemead, San Gabriel, Alhambra. You're a 'hound aren't you? Get into your car and go where the good food is!

But...for a yummy place in your area (at least during the day), try Pecos Bill's Pit-BBQ 1551 North Victory Boulevard Glendale, California. Phone: (818) 241-2750
http://new.cbbqa.com/restaurants/Peco...

Now that is good food!

Aug 03, 2006
magerber in Los Angeles Area

BEST GELATO

I have had the yogurt gelato at Tutti Gelati in Pasadena and I thought it was really tasty. I've never been to Italy, but it definitely reminds me of the yogurt I ate for every single breakfast the week I was in Paris

Aug 03, 2006
magerber in Los Angeles Area

MINX - anyone been yet?

not yet...I drive by it every night on my way home from work...I would be scared to go in...they are still putting up the big awning, circus-tent like top thing...I wouldn't want to be underneath there if the crane gave out!

Aug 03, 2006
magerber in Los Angeles Area

Lamb recommendation

ipsedixit-what in the heck are you doing on a post about lamb if you don't like it! Silly!

Aug 03, 2006
magerber in Los Angeles Area

New Mexico Hatch chile ideas [split from Los Angeles board]

By the way...make red the same way as FED described making green. Instead of using the chopped green chile, use red chile powder (I will only use stuff I buy in NM...it is the major ingredient responsible for the flavor, so don't just go for the off the shelf chile powder...it needs to taste good). Make the roux, then add a little bit of chicken stock and the chile powder and let it simmer. I myself love a scrambled egg breakfast burrito, with scrambled eggs, potatoes and herbs rolled inside a tortilla, and then smothered with Christmas (both red and green!)

Aug 03, 2006
magerber in Home Cooking

Zankou... ???

I am a Zankou Chicken fan from way back (I think the original...and that is the definition of seminal, is it not) branch is the one in Silver Lake/Echo Park/Hollywood (on Sunset) when my boyfriend lived near there. When I first started eating there, the chicken was always FANTASTIC! Much juicier and more flavorful than El Pollo Loco (the chicken is what's important...you can get your own condiments anywhere). And then he and I moved to Pasadena and discovered the Glendale branch (on Colorado), and went out of our way to go back often. BUT...the branch in Pasadena is only so-so. I think it is important to listen to what people are saying...if you want to taste what people are talking about, go to a branch that is noted for having good chicken...because they are not all equally good...

Jul 31, 2006
magerber in Los Angeles Area

BUTCHERS

I second the recommendation for Marconda's. Every piece of meat I have ever gotten there is just fantastic! And they are nice about talking to you about what you want. Also, those refrigerated bags that you can buy at the market keep food cold in the car for about 2 hours unless it is REALLY HOT (I wouldn't have trusted them last week) for those of you who haven't gotten around to buying a car refrigerator (!)

Jul 31, 2006
magerber in Los Angeles Area

Best Tea in Los Angeles

So just to update you all on my experience...based on this thread I decided to give Chado another try. My favorite tea of all is Irish Breakfast (I know...boring, but you can't help what you like). So I decided to branch out and go for the Assam teas (the basis for Irish Breakfast). Walked in and when I told the waitress I didn't really know what I wanted, and gave a general wave in the direction of the Assam page, she said "I know exactly what you want" and turned the page to another tea. I read the description and said "Well, sounds good, but I don't like...blah, blah, blah" Anyway it was only then that she said, "Well I usually recommend that because people seem to like it enough. Let me go ask my manager what he would suggest." Once I got the tea it was great, but if I hadn't been proactive, I probably would have been disappointed. And I had to ask to find out what tea it was she brought me in the end...she didn't tell me when she brought it. Doesn't seem like the kind of service I might have wanted...

They did serve a really yummy Souchang Chicken sandwich though...

Jul 31, 2006
magerber in Los Angeles Area

sad news about Nicky D's pizza in Silverlake

I am really sorry to hear that they have changed hands. I always LOVED the food I got there, and so did everyone who I ever took with me. The one thing that I always heard about them was that their pizza was awful when it was delivered. I would believe it...this is the kind of pizza that is meant to be eaten when it is still so hot you burn the roof of your mouth. I wonder how many of you that don't get the appeal are people that got delivery or picked up the pizza and brought it home. Either way, your timing was off, and I am not surprised you are puzzled by those of us who loved it.

I will say that my boys were disappointed last time we went because they didn't have the Uno Game that we always played while waiting for our pizza.

Jul 26, 2006
magerber in Los Angeles Area

Best Tea in Los Angeles

Sin, Sin, Sin...sounds great...but where in the heck is it?

Jul 24, 2006
magerber in Los Angeles Area

If I were to ride the Gold Line this weekend...

I agree with the Tonny's recommendation. Went there the first time because of a recommendation from this list, and couldn't believe a "fast food" joint had handmade tortillas! Yum!!!

And Europane...just down to Colorado and east a couple of blocks. I have dreams about their goat cheese and roasted pepper sandwich on rosemary olive bread.

Jul 20, 2006
magerber in Los Angeles Area

Best Tea in Los Angeles

Elixir is exactly the kind of place I don't want...this is the kind of "tea" store that isn't really tea-flavored tea as my mom likes to call it. I am looking for something that really is more like tea and less like weird herbal mixtures in hot water (not that there is anything wrong with that :-) )

Jul 19, 2006
magerber in Los Angeles Area

Best Tea in Los Angeles

I wasn't a big fan of Chado when I went there either. That is part of the reason I am asking here, because anywhere you read about tea Chado seems to be called out as the Mecca.

Jul 19, 2006
magerber in Los Angeles Area

Best Tea in Los Angeles

I am in the Pasadena area, work in Downtown and travel all over heck and gone for work...so suggestions anywhere would be more than welcome. And home consumption is good, but I am not at home enough to really sit and enjoy a pot.

Jul 19, 2006
magerber in Los Angeles Area

Best Tea in Los Angeles

So I just finished reading the "Best Coffee in Los Angeles" thread and the mention of Peets made me curious. I don't drink coffee (got sick on it as a child) but as an avid tea drinker I have to say finding good tea is IMPOSSIBLE. I start just about every morning with a cuppa Irish Breakfast from Peets, but aside from that, I haven't really found a place (chain or no) that really knows how to serve a good cup (or pot) of tea. Any recommendations out there?

Jul 19, 2006
magerber in Los Angeles Area

Best Fresh bread in Valley or near LACMA

La Brea Bakery is a no brainer on La Brea just north of Wilshire (not that far away from LACMA)

Jul 19, 2006
magerber in Los Angeles Area