I was there today for the second time. This charming little cafe and bakery is a gem. The food is magnificent and the chef/owner is very knowlegable and creative about all kinds of Mediterranean fare. Quinoa salad, savory breakfasts, hummus, healthy food, great ingredients. Dishes from Provence and the middle east executed well. Great croissants, tartes tatin, delicious bread. I love the citrus smell, the lemons and oranges in the glass jars and the lovely collection of cookbooks from around the world that not only decorate the walls but can be picked up and read. This place deserves to be successful. A+
----- Tarte Tatin 9123 W Olympic Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
For future use -- here are perfect matzo balls. This is my mother's recipe and they use no fat and no tricks. Use the wire whip/wisk on the best mixer you have - first choice is a Kitchen Aide. This is for either 12 or 15 balls. For 12 medium matza balls For 15 large matza balls 3 eggs - separated 4 eggs - separated 1 cup Matzah meal 1 1/3 cup Matzah meal 1 scant teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon salt + Directions 1. Have well salted water rapidly boiling in a very large pot. 2. Separate egg whites from yolks. Then, on highest speed of mixer, beat egg whites with 3/4 tsp - 1 tsp salt until almost stiff. 3. At lowish speed, add one yolk at a time to the whites. 4. Add matza meal slowly -- so mixture is not too tough but sticky. 5. With wet hands form balls and drop them into boiling water. Touch the balls as little as possible. 6. Cook 20 minutes at least. 7. Add to chicken soup and enjoy.
I just bought sand dabs this afternoon at Gordon's Fish Emporium on Pico. Now I'm looking for a good recipe. I have also bought them at the little fish store on Fairfax - 2 blocks north of Beverly Blvd.
Gordon's Fish Emporium on Pico is actually terrific. It has a very good variety of fresh fish (no shellfish since it's kosher) and good prices compared to Whole Foods, Bristol Farms, etc. The young Russian owner is constantly coming up with new projects and products. He has unusual house-prepared food to go, house-smoked fish, fish sausages, etc. He has chefs working there who give cooking classes. I haven't done it but they serve lunch at tables outside. They've always got fish chower for lunch and to go. Although I haven't done it, I think they will cook anything you buy there for you. In the past couple years, for Passover, I ordered fish according to my recipe, which they ground for me, including the onions. So making gefilte fish, which I had thought was some difficult ordeal, became very easy. I highly recommend this place.