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Sick in the valley

As opposed to sick OF the valley.

Have a pretty ucky cold and am currently hanging uselessly about in the sherman oaks/studio city area. I've lived here for a while, but I am pretty sick of getting soup from Jerry's or Art's (Though I do like Art's alot). Is there anywhere else nearby with good soup for the sniffling soul? Extra points if it s spicy and healthy.

Nov 16, 2007
Curiosa in Los Angeles Area

Recipes for a sephardic passover

Family would like to mix it up a bit this year on the second night by having a sephardic style passover. Does anyone have any good recipes to share? I was thinking about lamb as a main dish but can't find that perfect sounding dish. Recipes for Haroset would be much appreciated as well. Thanks.

Mar 31, 2007
Curiosa in Home Cooking

I love taro..

I love the sweet black sticky rice with taro at Bahn Kanom in thai town. Soooo delicous!

Feb 24, 2007
Curiosa in Los Angeles Area

Foodies with young kids.. favorites?

I find Gueleguetza to be very kid friendly and delicous. Kids often enjoy all the colorful traditional clothing on the walls and the interesting things they sell at that little mini-market at the front. Plus, some of the food is pretty tame, like beans and rice or a cheese empanada (unless of course, they want the grasshopper)

Jan 17, 2007
Curiosa in Los Angeles Area

Gelson's Century City is Now Serving Frozen Sushi - I Hate This Place

I actuallly quite like some of the prepared foods in the deli section like the Thai grilled salmon. Most of the choices are fresh and a step above other market's prepared foods.

Jan 17, 2007
Curiosa in Los Angeles Area

Art's Deli -- Anyone Been Recently?

I believe that was a misstype. I really do actually love the black and white cookies, but I know that their pastrami is not very good, at least not after you've had Langers.

Jan 11, 2007
Curiosa in Los Angeles Area

How do I raise a little Chowbaby?

Well, speaking from the point of view of an actual kid (14, precisely, but I'm not going to argue about maturity) I think that most people my age don't really appreciate their meals very much. You can't really expect them to because there are so many other things that seem more important (boys, girls). I became interested in food on my own account, and the advice I offer is just to sit back and relax a little bit, don't push your kid towards the beef tendon noodle soup. A good idea is to slowly introduce them to different types of food from different cultures that don't seem too "frightening", like chinese scallion pancakes or fresh fish tacos (TBE). Try finding something new and attractive to cook once or twice a week (we eat with our eyes) while still keeping old, safe favorites. One of my favorite parts of the week is when my mother cooks from The Splendid Table email she gets. Plan little adventures, like excursions to dim sum or a picnic in a favorite park with interesting sandwhiches. I agree with most poeple about the non compromising on dinner, but ask the kid WHY they don't like it instead of doing that deep sighing thing that all parents do when their kid is acting up. Lastly, be patient, they'll come around when they come around, but not everyone was born to be a chowhound.

P.S. And when all else fails, bribing works.

Because that(fill in the blank) looks soooooo much better after hearing the notion of Dr.Bobs ice cream floating about in my future...

Jan 11, 2007
Curiosa in Not About Food

Art's Deli -- Anyone Been Recently?

Deep down in the depths of my chowhound soul, I know Arts isn't very good, but its a place I connect to my childhood and I can't really let go of that fact. I do love a pastrami sandwhich and a black and white cookie there, even if they may be subpar. Memories make everything taste better.

Dec 31, 2006
Curiosa in Los Angeles Area

Mandarin Deli

I'm Going to Mandarin Deli in Northridge tonight with a couple of friends. Its been a while since I've gone here, and I need reminders of what are must try dishes (besides those heavenly scallion pancakes!). Thanks

Dec 30, 2006
Curiosa in Los Angeles Area

what goes with edward scissorhands?

Why not head over to little tokyo? Its pretty close to the music center and you could go to sushi gen or Kokekkoko for yummy chicken skewers. If you want something a little more "sophisticated", you could go to watergrill which is also close and very, very good. Personally, I find Patina boring when there are so many other wonderful choices around.

Dec 21, 2006
Curiosa in Los Angeles Area

How do I save a turkey soup?

okay, so my mother made a turkey stock from a leftover bird and has currently stuck it in a crockpot with a bunch of veggies and leftover meat. It smells great, look good, but tastes like turkey flavored water? How can I save it and give it flavor?

Dec 18, 2006
Curiosa in Home Cooking

Watergrill on sat

I'm going to Watergrill tommorow night and am quite excited as I have heard many excellent things about it. I was wondering if anyone had any recs for particular dishes? Thanks.

Dec 02, 2006
Curiosa in Los Angeles Area

Kokekkoko or Suehiro?

My mother and I have tickets to see something downtown, and I thought that going to Little Tokyo for dinner would be a great idea.

But, alas, I cannot decide whether we should go to Kokekkoko or Suehiro. We've already been to the wonderful sushi gen, and inhaled the ramen at Daikokuya, so no other suggestions please. Just which place leaves you satsified and happy?

thanks

Nov 10, 2006
Curiosa in Los Angeles Area

When did you discover you were a Chowhound?

I used to adore that book.

Oct 26, 2006
Curiosa in Not About Food

Watercress Cafe

I've been there two times already because of its convenient location near the Coffee Roaster, one of my haunts, and both times it was wonderful. The space is small, but the room is lovely, bright, and well designed. The menu changes often because the women who runs it makes all the food fresh, so there is a good selection, and nothing tastes like its been sitting behind the glass for two days. If she makes it again, I suggest tryng the couscous and samon salad, or the orzo salad.

Oct 21, 2006
Curiosa in Los Angeles Area

BLD for dinner?

I disagree as well. I had an excellent piece of fish and a nice crisp there. The cheese plate is also excellent for larger parties.

Oct 20, 2006
Curiosa in Los Angeles Area

Tommy Ray's in Studio City

Yeah, I'd say its worth going. A little on the expensive side, but you get pretty much what you order and its actually very tasty. I had a jerk chicken there that was moist, flavorful, and light, along with a very nicely textured apple crisp with cinnamon ice cream.

Oct 18, 2006
Curiosa in Los Angeles Area

Solar Harvest is closed :(

Urth's muffins are absolutley wonderful. I defend!

Sep 27, 2006
Curiosa in Los Angeles Area

An Pan

Been craving sweet goodness in the form of An Pan, but alas, I do not know where to satsify this. Does anyone know where I can find it?

Aug 21, 2006
Curiosa in Los Angeles Area

Chinatown

Hey.

My school starts incredibly early this year, and I am looking to get in one last good lazy breakfast before the ripping chaos of weekend hw. In other words, I want to go out with a bang, so I thought of my favorite meal; dim sum. Sadly, I cannot make the holy pilgrimage to the san gabriel valley, so I will have to make due with our chinatown here. Is there any hidden dim sum jewels? Or is it basically Emperess and etc? Thanks.

Aug 14, 2006
Curiosa in Los Angeles Area

Going to dinner in sherman oaks/studio city area

Updated: Heard that someone in our group has an urging for good bread with our meal, vague I know, but if it narrows it down...

Also, is indian food ok for picky eaters?

Aug 06, 2006
Curiosa in Los Angeles Area

Nutella.......mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

On Lufthansa, they give you a choice of a warm croissant or pretzel bread (sorry, even when I was in Austria, I didn't learn the actual name of it) and preserves or these cute little nutella packets. I had the pretzel bread with about six packets of nutella smeared on it. Sooo good.

And of course, I secretly pocketed about fifteen packets.

Aug 06, 2006
Curiosa in General Topics

Going to dinner in sherman oaks/studio city area

My friends and I are going out to dinner tonight and we need some suggestions on where to go. Should be casual and good, and ethnic is preferred. Thanks in advance, I know this might be a hard one.

Aug 06, 2006
Curiosa in Los Angeles Area

Going to Mr. Noodle

Going to Mr. Noodle. What should I order?

Aug 02, 2006
Curiosa in Los Angeles Area

Musso and Frank

Old style Hollywood goodness with excellent steak and no substitutions. I saw a waiter there give the dirtiest look to a busboy who accidently bumped him.

Aug 02, 2006
Curiosa in Los Angeles Area