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Best cassava balls (yuca cheese balls) in LA?

I've tried so many since being home and the trip was in 2005, so I'm having trouble remembering the details. They were definitely bread-like and not fritter-like so I would guess they would have had to have been baked - but the baked recipes I'm finding have the cheese incorporated rather than in the middle. The ones we had were wetter in the middle, but maybe they were just doughy and I took that for being stuffed? Thanks paulj for the examples!

Mar 05, 2013
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Best cassava balls (yuca cheese balls) in LA?

Hmm... I'm looking up various recipes. Maybe they were baked not fried....

Mar 05, 2013
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Best cassava balls (yuca cheese balls) in LA?

Years ago I was really lucky and got to go on a Linblad cruise of the Galapagos (I'm only stating this for reference in case if someone happens to have had the same food item I'm looking for). The trip was awesome in so many ways - but one of them was the lunch buffet in which they had an endless supply of cassave balls (fried yuca wrapped around cheese). My friend and I ate enough of those delectable morsels to cover the cost of our trip ticket. Now, every time I'm in a South American restaurant with cassava balls on the menu, I sample them hoping they will be as good - but they never are. My friend who was with me on the trip is not doing well and I would like to bring him some amazing cassava balls on my next visit if possible. I'm hoping someone can recommend their favorite place to get these. I've tried the ones at Bossa Nova Brazilian and they're not quite good enough. I've also tried the ones at Cafe Brazil and bought a pack of frozen ones from El Camaguey Meat Market that weren't worth the calories (I think they were Goya brand).

I'm handy in the kitchen so if someone has a to-die-for recipe I'm not opposed to making my own. I'm pretty sure I can find yuca - but I would want recommendations as to the best kind of cheese.

I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's answers!
Tara

Mar 05, 2013
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using ground cocao nibs to make a chocolate "bar"?

Hi my amazingly knowledgeable chowhound friends,

I love the Chocovivo chocolate http://chocovivo.com/bean-to-bar/. The stone ground texture is much different than any other chocolate bar that I've had.

Has anyone tried making chocolate bars this way? The bigger question: does anyone have a recipe? I have a bunch of cocoa nibs around the house and I wanted to give it a go - but I'm not really sure how to begin.

Fingers crossed I get some good replies on this one - I have all kinds of ideas of things I want to try mixing in my chocolate.

-Tara

Aug 23, 2011
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Looking for rhubarb on the Westside

(Forgot to say before) -thanks!

Feb 21, 2011
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Looking for rhubarb on the Westside

Well, that's easy enough then! Thanks - will head over Wednesday and grab some.

Feb 21, 2011
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Looking for rhubarb on the Westside

I know it's not the season, but I thought I might be able to find some frozen stuff around. Has anyone seen any rhubarb lately? I tried the freezer section at Ralphs and Gelsons in the Palisades today with no luck. I'm thinking Surfas, but I don't want to go through the hassle of making the trek if it's not there. I'd be much grateful for some suggestions!

-Tara

Feb 21, 2011
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Chanterelle Popcorn

I made this tonight. The flavor is incredible but after the mushrooms shrink down you're not left with a lot of food for the price. I was slightly annoyed that after the first ten minutes some of the mushroom caps had stuck to the pan and would not come free. After the next ten minutes the part that had stuck to the pan were burnt and no good. Some of the others were still soft. Unless you have identical sized mushrooms I'm guessing you will get similar results. I finished with truffle salt which was delicious. I would make again except pound of mushrooms will run you $16 and I finish a half a pound by myself in one sitting.

Jan 26, 2011
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salted fingerling potatoes how to?

I made them tonight. I modified the recipe a little bit after tasting the mojo verde and finding it too bitter. I added a little bit of honey vinegar and honey. My freak out may have been unwarranted since it dilutes down so much when you dip the potato in. I also cheated and threw everything in a mini food processor rather than using a mortar and pestle as the recipe called for. The potatoes never wrinkled and I finally dumped the last little bit of water as it wasn't boiling off fast enough and the potatoes had more than enough salt on them without that last step anyway (I think as long as you add enough salt in the water to begin with, you can skip the last step on the potatoes section and pour all the water off). Any which way, even without wrinkles or perfect technique, this recipe wasn't fussy. They tasted pretty darn close to what I remember the potatoes tasting like at the Bazaar (even with the honey). I'm definitely filing away the recipe and will keep as something fun and different for company. This recipe makes plenty of mojo verde, so if you were doing a dinner party, each person could easily get their own little bowl of it to dip in. Thanks again for posting the recipe for me.

Now if anyone has any suggestions on how to recreate the Brussels spouts with apricots, grapes and lemon foam....

Oct 23, 2010
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salted fingerling potatoes how to?

Well lookie there... my Google skills must not be quite what I thought they were. Thanks a bunch!

Oct 16, 2010
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salted fingerling potatoes how to?

At a few different restaurants in the LA area I've had salted fingerling potatoes - most recently at Jose Andres' The Bazaar. The potatoes arrive at the table covered in a superfine layer of salt (so they look like they have a dusting of flour on them), but the inside of the potato isn't too salty. Does anyone have any advice on how to make these? I can find recipes for salted potatoes, but they don't seem to be quite the same (ie salt on the outside vs salty potato on the inside). Perhaps they are though? I'm guessing it involves dissolving as much salt in a pot of water as possible and popping the potatoes in, but then I'm wondering if you actually roast them after you pull them out or actually boil them in the salt water. Thanks!

-TC

Oct 16, 2010
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How to Cook a Squirrel

I'm all for eating roadkill - but I know squirrels can also be carriers of the plague. Don't you also need to take precautions there?

Oct 16, 2010
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Picnic at the Hollywood Bowl

Salami is a must. :)

Sep 09, 2010
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Picnic at the Hollywood Bowl

Okay, my father is not a picky eater - I promise! There are three things that he doesn't like salmon (unless it's sashimi), olives (capers are tolerated but not preferred) and meat loaf. I didn't think I would have to specify since that's a pretty limited "don't like" list..

I on the other hand, will add this salmon recipe to my to do list as well. I don't know about the whole platter, but watching the sauce go on the salmon was making me drool. I'm loving all these ideas!

Sep 09, 2010
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Picnic at the Hollywood Bowl

Lol... lots of wine. Yes Pink Martini. I'm very excited. I've seen them twice before and love them. My mom wanted to go for her birthday - I wasn't going to object!

Sep 09, 2010
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Picnic at the Hollywood Bowl

Wow! That looks awesome! Dad doesn't like capers and olives - but I sure do. I think I will do something different this time - but will keep that recipe for a picnic with someone who would be excited about that feast.

Sep 09, 2010
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Picnic at the Hollywood Bowl

Taking mom, dad & boyfriend to the Hollywood Bowl for mom's birthday. I love cooking and planning picnics and am super excited to do this one up fancy evening picnic style.

I have a few things planned and am looking for maybe one more big food item (though I could be talked into two).

I know I am making buttermilk farro salad
http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/...
I haven't tried it yet, but I have all the ingredients and it sounds awesome.

other items in consideration
A loaf of fresh bay cities bread (of course bread + farro is a lot of carbs...

)

I'm thinking grapes & cubed watermelon for fruit

and some cheese (mom just discovered Humboldt fog & I have some dairy fresh veggie gouda I just picked up)

We've got brownies for dessert

Any other suggestions? We can always use the bread to make sandwiches - but I was trying to think of something else that will travel well. I have an insulated picnic set to keep things warm/ cold

I have a ton of veggies from the garden at my disposal - summer squash, cucumber, green beans

I'll have a half day on Friday to prepare.

Thanks!

Sep 08, 2010
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RESULTS: Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants 2009: The Top 25 [Post #1 of 2]

This is really great. Thanks so much Max, I can't wait to see what it looks like next year. :)

Dec 18, 2009
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Epicure Imports Warehouse - Open Next Weekend

So did anyone go today? I went last time and found some yummy product, but not too many amazing deals. I want to go back and get some more walnut mustard and smoked duck.

I had lots of problems last time with them telling me one price, and it ringing up another. They told me $8.50 on the mustard but then in rang up $2.50. That was great. However, my mom got screwed on some truffle oil that rang up close to twice what they told her it would be. We didn't notice the mistake until we drove away. I hope they fixed that problem or have more price lists so you can check yourself.

Dec 18, 2009
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DineLA- running reviews of places so far

Thanks for this post! I'm trying Fig tomorrow and will report back. My friends and I are looking to do one more on Monday. Keep the reviews and suggestions coming. Anyone found a "best value" DineLA special yet? I don't usually order dessert, so I'm having a hard time justifying the $44 price tag on a lot of the places that I want to try (since I could probably go to the restaurant and order what I want for around $44 instead of off a fixed menu that includes a dessert I don't need).

Oct 08, 2009
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What to do with some amazing honey dates?

Wow! I never would have thought of that. That sounds great.

Sep 11, 2009
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What to do with some amazing honey dates?

Hmm, I like the idea of on top of something like shortbread. Maybe I could even try one of those small whole grain bread slices? That's at least a start. :)

Sep 11, 2009
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What to do with some amazing honey dates?

I purchased some honey dates from the a Santa Monica, CA farmer's market last Saturday to give my mom for her birthday. They are the freshest tasting dates I've ever tried. I'd love to give these dates to my mother with some serving suggestions (other than just eating the dates as is - which gets overwhelmingly sweet fast). Anyone have any suggestions for pairings/recipes? I'm thinking of simple things you can pair with dates like types of cheeses. I want to keep this simple and preserve the integrity of the date, so I'm not looking for date shake/ fruit cake recipes. :)

-Tara

Sep 10, 2009
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Monday Night Happy Hour Downtown Santa Monica

Good to hear! My friend and were there for the Monday happy hour and didn't like it, but they must have just had an off night. I was really pleased with my cocktails on the previous outing (not happy hour).

Sep 09, 2009
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Monday Night Happy Hour Downtown Santa Monica

Hi gang,

Any suggestions for a spot for happy hour this upcoming Monday? We're looking for a place that's walking distance from the Santa Monica Pier. There will be a group of around 10-15 of us for a friend's birthday, so it needs to be a place that can handle a small crowd. We'd like to be able to order food (fine with small plates and have some vegetarians in the group). Drinks should be $8 and under.

Here's a list of local happy hours if anyone needs a refresher on Santa Monica happy hour http://www.santamonica.com/visitors/w...

Our backup option is Big Deans, but that's the usual watering hole, so we were hoping for something a little more special.

Has anyone had success with Copa del Oro? I went there for my boyfriend's birthday and we had a great experience - then a friend and I went back for happy hour and neither one of us enjoyed our cocktails. Did we have an off night or are the happy hour cocktails no good there?

I look forward to everyone's responses!

-Tara

Sep 09, 2009
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Pre-concert meal in Pomona (or on the way there) this Saturday

I used to go to the North Woods Inn growing up. I loved throwing the peanuts on the floor and the cheese bread. That might be fun for nostalgia sake.

I'm glad to see a couple responses so I can suggest them to my party. Choices are always good!

Jun 17, 2009
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Pre-concert meal in Pomona (or on the way there) this Saturday

I'm heading out to the Wilco concert at the Fox Theatre in Pomona this Saturday. Myself, the boyfriend and a friend are driving over from West LA. I'm looking for any dinner suggestions along the way (we can take the 10 or the 60). I'd like to at least get past downtown LA before we stop (preferably no more than 20 minutes from the venue since it's easier that way to time our arrival a little before doors open at 8pm). I did dim sum in the SGV a few weeks back, so I'm thinking something other than Chinese. Pricing can be mid-range - sit down, but nothing fancy.

It's a long drive, so I'm guessing there have got to be some pretty good eats along the way.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions - I'm looking forward to the responses!

-Tara

Jun 16, 2009
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Cooking Encyclopedia

Thanks! I use that site all the time. If only I could keep my computer in the kitchen or planned ahead better so I could research things before I started a recipe. Maybe I should invest in a laptop.... :)

Sep 30, 2008
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Cooking Encyclopedia

Thanks for the suggestion!

I looked through the table of contents on Amazon and it looks like it does have quite a bit of information in it. Does it do a good job of covering ingredient substitutions as well?

From the looks of it, I could have definitely used the Food Lover's Companion on my last trip to Little India.

Sep 29, 2008
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Best olive oil for general cooking

It's funny, I've been doing some olive oil comparisons of late myself. If I'm just cooking in oil and don't want the flavor I use my gallon of Kirland (Costco) olive oil. However, when the flavor counts, I've been using the Colavita. I found two tins of it on an Amazon lightning deal for $18. Tonight ,I sauteed up some sliced portabello with a little drizzled balsamic and truffle salt. So simple, so easy and so good! I definitely use the Colavita in that case. I find the Kirkland brand does not measure up with such a simple dish. I like the Colavita better than the Trader Joes as well as it has a stronger olive flavor - but that's all a matter of taste, not necessarily quality.

Sep 29, 2008
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