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Going Paleo for a month (kicking and screaming all the way…)

I just had a handful of almonds. I also just boiled some eggs, I should probably eat one soon. I think it's going to take a while to in the swing of things, since my normal diet is…not like this :) Should I aim for protein at every meal/snack?

about 16 hours ago
schrutefarms in Special Diets

Going Paleo for a month (kicking and screaming all the way…)

Thanks for the imput, y'all! Today is Day 1. It has started nicely, with a little cherry tomato/red onion/mushroom/asparagus/cabbage steam/saute, with two eggs scrambled in, and just the smallest amount of olive oil to cook it all…and some black coffee, which I'm going to have to get used to, since I am a Coffeemate Sweet Italian Creamer girl all the way...
About to have a snack of sliced cucumber with lime juice and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Dinner is going to be balsamic roasted brussel sprouts and a carrot/coconut milk soup. Giving myself a small dessert tonight to ease into this thing and not make my mind go into deprivity shock…Half a banana drizzled with some almond butter.
I think the most painful thing so far has been my trip to Whole Foods to stock up on coconut aminos, almond meal, ghee etc...

about 18 hours ago
schrutefarms in Special Diets

L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2014 -- Voting

FRENCH FRIES

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

White Castle. Between the Beastie Boys and Saturday Night Fever, it's a place I've wanted to eat at since I was a kid.

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

I like El Pollo Loco. Their chicken is consistantly good, the salsa fresh, the tortillas warm...

1 day ago
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Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

The Asian lettuce wraps are actually really good.

1 day ago
schrutefarms in Chains

Am I the only person on the planet that doesn't "get" Trader Joe's?

If that's true, I love it. My Dad has always been a devotee of Trader Joes, and he WAS a hardworking teacher who would stop there for dinner and a bottle of wine frequently :)

Aug 26, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

What makes you sick or react that you love?

What happens when you have garlic? I've always been okay with it, but I noticed the last few times I got chicken from a middle eastern place that comes with that amazing, thick pureed garlic sauce (that I always get extra of), about 15 minutes after I eat it, I get a horrible headache and feel slightly sick. Could be that I ate too much, of course :)

Aug 26, 2014
schrutefarms in General Topics

What makes you sick or react that you love?

I hate to say it, but I think I might be having some gluten intolerance. I notice after I eat gluten-heavy things (like Morningstar chicken nuggets, one of my favorite snacks) I am bloated (like, 6 months pregnant looking) and sleepy within half an hour. I'm trying the Whole30 diet next month, so we shall see…

I also had a bad allergic reaction last time I ate macadamia nuts (my favorite!) so I guess that's off the list...

Aug 26, 2014
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What makes you sick or react that you love?

I sub coconut milk (or, if I'm at Trader Joes, coconut cream) for heavy cream in certain soups. It's delicious and creamy and just a hint of sweetness.

Aug 26, 2014
schrutefarms in General Topics

What makes you sick or react that you love?

"…but then it's Fart City, population: me."

Thanks, I just had a good laugh.

Aug 26, 2014
schrutefarms in General Topics

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

They were sampling those Gyoza's at my TJ's the other day, agreed, they were very tasty!

Aug 26, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

Moving to Los Feliz from Seattle, Please Help.

I can weigh in on the margaritas-they're great. Kinda pricy. Pretty strong.

Aug 25, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Moving to Los Feliz from Seattle, Please Help.

Personally, I like Mexico City, but people hate that place! Alegria, in Silverlake on Sunset a few blocks away, is really really good, though. No booze. Cash only.

Aug 24, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Marina del Rey recommendations please

I had Lincoln in my head but it came out Venice :) My westside geography knowledge could half-fill a thimble!
Too bad about Alejo's (and yes, that was the place I was talking about). I had always heard good things.

Aug 23, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Marina del Rey recommendations please

Agree with most of the responses about Venice. It's probably the area near you with the densist (is that a word?) population of great restaurants. Also, there's an Italian restaurant in a crappy strip mall on the corner of Venice and (I think) Washington. It's supposed to be fantastic. I've never been, but it's taken on a mythical quality by this point (I've been hearing about it for years). Alejo's? Alejandros? Can any CHers verify?

Also, a few miles away in Playa Del Rey is A-Frame and, across the street, Waterloo and City, which has a good happy hour.
Santa Monica has some great places too. Boa is a more than decent steak, and Thurs half price menu (from 5pm to 6pm I believe) at Fig is one of the best deals in town, and such a beautiful place.
If you want healthy, True Food in the Santa Monica mall is one of my favorites.

As far as the Marina, I lived there for a year and really wasn't impressed with many places there. I would usually go to Gjelina or Tasting Kitchen on Abbot-Kinney (Venice). Sadly, I ate at that Cheesecake Factory more times than I wish to talk about.

Aug 23, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Marina del Rey recommendations please

I beg to differ. I would put the Not-So-Fried-Chicken Sandwich in the catagory of "amazing", and the Pork Belly Banh Mi under "excellent" :)

Aug 23, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Going Paleo for a month (kicking and screaming all the way…)

In September I'll be doing the Whole 30 diet. I have never in my 36 years given myself any restrictions when it comes to food-although I love veggies and fresh fruits, and cook moderately healthy meals most of the time, I also proudly heap full-fat cream cheese on my onion bagel, regard buffalo sauce as a food group, and will happily make a meal out of Trader Joe's frozen hors d'oevres. I have been blessed with pretty good genetics and have really never needed to lose weight, except maybe a pound or two here and there. However, 6 years ago I started getting severe allergies, which developed into severe sinus infections, which resulted in sinus surgery 3 years ago. The surgery helped, but not by much. My sinus issues have taken a front seat in my life, so much that it's difficult to even go to the movies-if one dust mite or perfume from someone triggers my allergies, I'm sneezing and sniffling the entire way through (sucks to be sitting near me!). I'm sick of having to live on Benedryl and Claritan-D, and figure out if I want to fall asleep or be cracked out for the next 12 hours. So the Whole 30 diet was suggested, and after reading up about it, it sounds like something I should do, to see if any of my issues are food-related. But Im scared!!! Any advice/recipes/success (or horror) stories for a Paleo newbie?? Thanks!! (Sorry, got a little long-winded!)

Aug 23, 2014
schrutefarms in Special Diets

Moving to Los Feliz from Seattle, Please Help.

You're super lucky, Los Feliz has most everything you're looking for…

McCalls Butcher on Hillhurst
Multiple farmers markets (all of them carry bread as well)
great schwarma at Zankou (very close)
Lassens on Hillhurst for juice

so many Mexican, sushi, and schwarma places close by. Not sure about Egyptian though.

Hyperian and Hillhurst all have great restaurants and bars. Not sure where in Los Feliz you are, but know that you are definitely NOT in a culinary wasteland!!

PS Jons market on Vermont has tons of Middle Eastern goodies, and very inexpensive produce.

Aug 23, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Moving to Los Feliz from Seattle, Please Help.

2nd Gelsons produce. Better than any market or farmers market. Their bread is great too!!

Aug 22, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

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

I've had the chicken and sweet basil sausages on many occasions, I really like them sliced and cooked with onions and kale, then tossed in pasta with some parm. Also sliced, sauteed, and then put in a fritatta (they get a little overcooked and crispy like that. I like it.)

Aug 22, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

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

Sorry, I was talking about the spinach and kale dip :)

Aug 19, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

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

OMG Huge yay to the bag of San Marzano tomatoes. They are about the size of my thumb. I roasted them with olive oil, balsamic glaze, and salt (all from TJ's except the salt, that's from WF). Amazing. Delicious. I made them for a roasted veggie platter for tomorrow, and couldn't stop snacking on the rest. There are no more. I'm tring to resist eating the ones on the platter.

Aug 18, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

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

I didn't love it the first time I got it. It definitely grew on me. I probably wouldn't have bought it again, but they were sampling it with the sea salt pita chips, and it's a good combo. I'll grab a tub on occasion. PS If you want a great dip, try the yogurt/cilantro/green onion dip. It must be very light on the cilantro, because I really don't taste it, but it is thick and creamy and tangy and delicious. I like it with the salt and pepper rice chips, my BF likes it with the sweet potato chips.

Aug 18, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

Peaches are SO wonderful right now...

I've had so many peaches this month! They are so perfect!

I've made two desserts. One was kind of a nothing, but still so very good…fresh peach slices with whipped cream. That's it.
The other…I peeled and diced a few peaches, tossed them with cinnamon, sugar, and a bit of nutmeg. Put them in a saucepan with a cup or so of water. Brought to a boil, then reduced heat and stirred, until it was a chunky jammy consistancy. While that was happening, I took some ready made pie crust, cut them in two inch rounds, brushed with melted butter and honey, then topped with cinnamon and sugar, and baked until crisp. I them spooned a large dallop of the peach mixture on top, and repeated until I had a dozen of them, and served them as "deconstructed peach pie bites" at a dinner party. They were a huge hit!

Aug 15, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

The goat's milk creamy cheese sounds wonderful! What did you have it with?

Aug 14, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

Did I hallucinate this eggplant recipe?

That looks amazing!!!

Aug 12, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

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

Also, I just tried their Sublime Ice Cream Sandwiches last night-TJ's was right, they are sublime! Chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream, rolled in mini chocolate chips. I loved them! Big YAY!

Aug 11, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

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

The ginger ones in the tub are great.

Aug 09, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

Use for mashed avocado (besides guacamole)

Aug 08, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking