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Unsanitary behavior by restaurant employees

Although this happened yesterday, and it's too late to do anything about it, I'd love to get Chowhounders' opinions on what to do if it happens again:

I was in the bathroom of a local restaurant yesterday and witnessed a food preparer using the stall (still w plastic gloves on from the kitchen), then not washing her hands, then blowing her nose, then leaving the bathroom. Yuk! It is a VERY busy brunch place. What would you have done?

(Also, recently at a local bakery and before the counterperson handed me my baguette, he wiped his nose with his hand.)

I'm sure these things happen often, but I don't want to witness them!

Thoughts?

2 days ago
Mandy in Not About Food

Deborah Madison's Farro and Cabbage Soup

Would someone be so kind as to paraphrase this recipe? (which I think also includes white beans. ) I'm looking for foods to cook and freeze, as I'll be incapacitated for a couple of weeks. I read about this and figured it'd be a nice break from all the meat dishes I'm preparing. Any other suggestions are welcome but DH doesn't eat pasta or white flour. Thank you!

May 13, 2014
Mandy in Home Cooking

Mexican Food in Tucson

We'll be in town for one night, staying near the University of Arizona. Looking for a comfortable place for good Mexican food. I've searched the board, but can't find any recent threads for Tucson. Any help is much appreciated!

Jan 06, 2014
Mandy in Southwest

Lamb shanks with caramelized onions, from NY Times

Thanks, GretchenS. I cooked it at 325 and it was perfect.

Sep 08, 2013
Mandy in Home Cooking

Lamb shanks with caramelized onions, from NY Times

I'm planning to make this today, but the recipe calls for cooking the shanks in the oven for two hours at 275 degrees. I've never cooked meat at such a low heat...pardon the dumb question, but is this safe? Thanks.

Sep 04, 2013
Mandy in Home Cooking

Kid's punch--not disgustingly sweet

I've been looking online for a punch that will appeal to 9-yr olds but they all seem to not fruit juice plus sprite. I would like to make something less sugar-saturated, as they'll get enough sugar from cake! Any ideas would be welcome! Thanks.

Jul 26, 2013
Mandy in Home Cooking

Mail order salmon

Anyone have experience ordering salmon by mail? I always wait till wild salmon is fresh at market, but it'd be nice to have some--especially Copper River--in the freezer. Would appreciate any info. Halibut too.

Mar 30, 2013
Mandy in General Topics

Pies from Cake Monkey?

We ordered a pumpkin tart with marshmallow topping from Cake Monkey for Thanksgiving and it had absolutely no taste other than sweet. I think they'd forgotten to spice the pumpkin...at least I hope that's what happened. And the graham cracker crust completely fell apart upon cutting.

Dec 15, 2012
Mandy in Los Angeles Area

Mexican food in San Fernando/Sylmar

I've noticed lots of Mexican restaurants in this area, and would like to find a comfortable place with good food and margaritas. Any recommendations? I've noticed Tres Hermanos seems popular but doesn't look like they have a liquor license.

Dec 15, 2012
Mandy in Los Angeles Area

Help me use up my pimenton!

So I brought a big jar back from Madrid and have barely used it. It's cold in Los Angeles and I'd love to cook up a big pot of chicken stew--would this taste good w smoked paprika? Does anyone have a good recipe? Thanks.

Dec 14, 2012
Mandy in Home Cooking

Need a great small coffee maker for my mom

I'm looking for something that will grind and brew and is relatively simple to use. Prefer a 2 or 4 cup capacity, as it's just for one person. I've looked in a few stores and can only find the premeasured coffee, which I don't care for. Thanks for any help.
Mandy

Nov 30, 2012
Mandy in Cookware

Business Lunch near Miracle Mile

I'm looking for a quiet place, preferably with booths, for conversation. Any suggestions? Thanks. Mandy

May 14, 2012
Mandy in Los Angeles Area

Celery plus a lot of leaves!

I bought a HUGE bunch of celery with a bushel of leaves at the farmer's market yesterday. I've been eating masses of celery/fennel salad, but what can I do with the leaves? Coincidentally, Mark Bittman had a recipe for celery salt in yesterday's NYT, but what do you do with celery salt? Thanks.

Apr 16, 2012
Mandy in Home Cooking

Pepe's NY Pizza or other thin-crust in Studio City area

Anyone know anything about this place? I'm looking for some good thin crust pizza for dinner.

Feb 10, 2012
Mandy in Los Angeles Area

Great croissant in Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Noho, etc?

Pain Quotidien on Ventura near Whitsett. Good coffee too.

Jan 05, 2012
Mandy in Los Angeles Area

Need help choosing: Walrus & Carpenter or Ponti's?

I'm looking for "NW cuisine," as I lived in Seattle many years ago and have great memories of my first tastes of really wonderful mushrooms, salmon, oysters! So after perusing the board, I've narrowed it down to two. Please help me choose; we only have one night in Seattle and I'd like a memorable dinner.

Oct 24, 2011
Mandy in Greater Seattle

Looking for Northwest Cuisine

We're coming from LA, staying downtown and have time for one lunch and one dinner. I would love to find great Northwest food--oysters, mushrooms, and whatever fish is in season. Any recommendations?

Oct 14, 2011
Mandy in Greater Seattle

Kid-friendly place between Penn Station and Central Park for visitors from LA

My 7 yr old and I will be meeting my husband for an early dinner. Any suggestions for a moderately priced place that would welcome a child? She's an adventurous eater who loves most things, esp. pasta (though my husband doesn't eat carbs). No sushi. Japanese or Mexican, please. Thank you.

Jun 06, 2011
Mandy in Manhattan

Help needed in the Valley

Try Cafe Bizou. It gets crowded but food is pretty good and prices are reasonable.

Jun 02, 2011
Mandy in Los Angeles Area

Empress Pavilion in Chinatown

I wasn't looking to be chided, just inquiring about the restaurant. But thanks.

May 03, 2011
Mandy in Los Angeles Area

Empress Pavilion in Chinatown

Has anyone been there lately and how was it? My mother is insisting on going there for mother's day. I would hate to waste all my dim sum calories on a substandard place when there are so many good ones a bit further away! Thanks.

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Empress Pavilion Restaurant
988 N Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

May 03, 2011
Mandy in Los Angeles Area

Food stand in Griffith Park?

Years ago I read an article about a nice little lunch stand in Griffith Park. Does it still exist , how's the food and where is it? I cannot find any reference to it on their website.

Mar 01, 2011
Mandy in Los Angeles Area

Restaurants in Laguna

We are heading to Laguna this weekend and would love some suggestions on where to eat, both kid-friendly and not. Would love to find casual Mexican and/or seafood as well as a nicer grown-up place, any type of food is fine. Thanks.

Feb 14, 2011
Mandy in Los Angeles Area

Looking for the best steak tartare and frisee salad in town

My husband has described his birthday meal, and now I have to find the place. Any suggestions? Prefer WeHo area but will go where necessary. Thanks.

Dec 08, 2010
Mandy in Los Angeles Area

Need venue for 80th bday luncheon

We are having a luncheon for my discriminating mother and 10 of her friends. Need a quiet, lovely place. SF Valley or adjacent preferred. I am drawing a complete blank, other than Hotel Bel Air, which is closed for renovation. Thanks.

Oct 05, 2010
Mandy in Los Angeles Area

Anchorage, Seward or Homer sushi?

I've searched this board and cannot find mentions of good sushi places in the above cities. We are from Los Angeles and can get great sushi but I thought all the fresh fish in Alaska would make for exceptional sushi. Recommendations welcome! Thanks.

Jul 21, 2010
Mandy in Pacific Northwest

Need LA-centric food gift

I would like to send something which reflects our city to a foodie friend in Singapore. Any ideas?

Jul 03, 2010
Mandy in Los Angeles Area

I Cannot Seem to Make a Decent Margarita

Help! My barbeque yesterday was great except for my lousy margaritas! I've tried numerous recipes and they are never very good. Yesterday's was fresh lime juice, cointreau, and Cuervo Gold. Too strong and missing something...I don't know what. I poured it into a pitcher and added salt to the rim, a lime to the glass--but still not very good. Please point me in the drection of a foolproof margarita!

Jun 01, 2010
Mandy in Spirits

help with dried cannellini beans

I followed your instructions and my beans were delicious! I'd never cooked dried beans before and cannot wait to do so again...the texture was wonderful. I added spinach and mixed with pasta. Thanks! Mandy

May 07, 2010
Mandy in Home Cooking

Storing potatoes

I joined a CSA this year and they've been sending me some lovely little potatoes and yams. My problem is if they stay in the cupboard for longer than 3 days they start to turn soft and sprout. My supermarket potatoes seem to have a longer life. Am I doing something wrong? Is there a gadget I can buy to keep them in that will extend their life or are they sending old potatoes? Help!

May 05, 2010
Mandy in Home Cooking