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Tabbouleh

Definitely too much bulgur. It is a parsley salad with bulgur, so it should be more like 2 cups parsley to 1 cup bulgur. At least. Re: tomatoes, be sure to use firm roma tomatoes and don't dump the seeds and juice in, and it won't get too wet. I'd probably go lighter on the scallions and heavier on the lemon too.

Jun 15, 2011
marie516 in Recipes

New Yorkers with Tweens Visiting L.A

Ethnic favorites-- you must get them to a Zankou Chicken (Middle Eastern, multiple locations), Merkato in Little Ethiopia on Fairfax is classic (derek tibbs is a good menu item for kids) and puts you right by the 3rd Street Farmer's Market (worth a visit). Personally I think pupusas are a great LA treat... many options for Salvadorean places so take your pick. If you want super hole in the wall Thai Spicy BBQ on Santa Monica is really unique (a little past Hollywood). India Sweets & Spices in Atwater is delicious for lunch and can be combined with an LA Zoo/Autry Museum/Observatory trip if you are on that side of town. We like Mario's Peruvian on Melrose for Peruvian, really great lomo saltado. Those are my picks for unique-to-LA ethnic food, enjoy! If you do the Huntington (which you should), San Marino Seafood in San Marino/South Pasadena is startlingly good.

Also, I really think Fatburger is better than In'n Out... just putting that out there, not trying to start a war. ;p

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Spicy BBQ
5101 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

Little Ethiopia Restaurant
1048 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019

Merkato
1036 1 2 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Feb 17, 2011
marie516 in Los Angeles Area

Great lunch/brunch food along PCH driving south from LA?

Hi everyone,

I'm in search of restaurant recommendations for a Sunday drive down the coast to Dana Point...we'd like a lunch/brunch place as close to the water/ a pretty view as possible. Any category and price range is fine, but casual seafood would be absolutely ideal, and anything spicy or ethnic/regional hole-in-the-wall type places would be appealing to us as well. :)

We're heading inland the next day and have our stops planned out so no need to recommend inland favorites such as Ramos House Cafe, etc. I haven't seen anything searching the boards that is quite what I have in mind so if you have ideas please let me know.

Thank you!!!

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Ramos House Cafe
31752 Los Rios St, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Feb 17, 2011
marie516 in Los Angeles Area

Best eating region in Italy?

I would say Piemonte and northern Italy generally as well (especially if you would like to gain a nice layer of fat for the winter), BUT, there is weather to consider... I might stay south in late October! But I see from the date of your post you are probably already in Italy, you will have to report back on your choices.

Oct 29, 2010
marie516 in Italy

Bad-Palate Breakups

To me it would need to change or it would be a deal breaker. The whole "don't try to change people you love thing" is too simple... my husband and I have been together ten years and we have changed each other so much, deliberately and accidentally, and we are both better for it. There are some things that he hates that will always mystify me (berries, a lot of fish) but that I don't mess with because he truly dislikes them... others (Thai and Ethiopian food) have been a project of mine and now he adores them. There are actual personality traits, which you probably can't change/shouldn't, and things like your description, that seem rooted in fear/bad experiences/anxiety that interfere with a person's ability to enjoy life fully. I wouldn't stay with a man who only liked the missionary position and refused to change, and I wouldn't stay with a person who only ate PB&J and refused to branch out! You can't make someone into a foodie if they just aren't, but it's important to be able to enjoy food and not be afraid of new experiences. To me this indicates either someone seriously out of touch with his sensual/physical side, or someone with a pretty crippling fear of new things, both of which are things people need help to deal with.... or you could just get out now. ;)

Sep 10, 2010
marie516 in Features

Kerala or malabar-style biryani served with ulli surka?

So I am generally pretty happy with the Indian food options in LA... but I haven't been able to find the delicious biryanis I had in Kerala anywhere. They totally converted me to a biryani addict, and now I am sad. :( The style is spicier than most here, and served with ulli surka (pickled onions, basically) and tomatoes, or sometimes with a very thin vinegary raita with tomatoes. Is there anywhere in LA I can find this... any price range or health rating! ;) And I'm willing to drive far...

Aug 15, 2010
marie516 in Los Angeles Area

Red Sea - Guadalajara - Santa Rosa Rally.... Sublime Collard Greens, Shiro, Jericalla, Espresso & Crocodile Skin Loafers

This connects up to a question I've been wanting to ask. For those who care, the salad in question is a variation on timatim selata, which is a favorite Ethiopian condiment/salad. I became addicted to the stuff at Merkato on Fairfax in LA (which you should all visit because it's fantastic and cheap!), but their version (and most I've had in LA) has nolettuce/cucumbers, which I infinitely prefer. Now that I've moved up to the Bay more or less for good, I NEED a new Ethiopian place. We've tried all the usual SF contenders (Axum, Massawa, etc., etc.,.) and nothing even comes close... even worse, they specifically don't have the timatim selata, or it's only available mixed with injera (timatim fitfit) or with lettuce. Has anyone tried an Ethiopian place in the Bay that has the salad, no lettuce, no injera, just tomatoes/onions/jalapenos in the lemony dressing? If so please speak up...thank you!

Sep 25, 2008
marie516 in San Francisco Bay Area

Do People Really Eat Cheese Made with Maggots?

Hmm, my test for food (and life generally) is that if it doesn't actually make you sick... it's not THAT gross. Based on the FDA guy's comments, wormy cheese apparently straddles the line. I say bring it on if everyone chews reeeeally carefully!

Sep 25, 2008
marie516 in Features