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Savory bake sale items?

Amy,

I would love to ask you a few questions about the Cheese Wafers recipe you posted... Can I email you? Thanks! Yukiko/pongstress

Nov 14, 2011
pongstress in Home Cooking

Veggie Roasting Pans?

Looking for a good pan for roasting veggies. Here are my requirements:

1) Dishwasher safe, easy cleaning
2) Large
3) Sliced veggies (occasionally diced)
4) Rimmed
5) High temp (no warping)
6) Good browning
7) Double duty (cookies?) would be nice.

Can you suggest good pans and where I can buy them (online preferred)? Is Wilton good?

thank you!

Jan 06, 2011
pongstress in Cookware

Bottom Freezer - Love or Hate?

Dear dtremit,

Wow, THANK YOU so much for the Sears Link! I have been looking at all major stores, but I didn't even notice that particular model/sale. In fact, I was going to see if that Kenmore (much lesser model and smaller) will go on sale for Black Friday.

But thanks to you, I marched straight down to local Sears and bought it today. And did I tell you it's a lot bigger and nicer? Drawer is much better made and not a swing door. And it'll be here before the turkey day.

Happy Thanksgiving : )

Nov 19, 2010
pongstress in Cookware

Bottom Freezer - Love or Hate?

Hello!

I'm considering a "bottom-freezer" refrigerator for the 1st time and can really use some feedback:

Here are my reservations:

1) Bottom swing door annoying - ? (Pull out drawers seem pricey)
2) Digging through basket / Organizational issues?
3) Hard to pull out drawer? (door will barely open 90 degrees, bags crammed and hits top shelf?)
4) Less freezer usable room than top freezer variety?
5) No door pockets?

Some background...

1) a frequent freezer user
2) a frequent crisper drawers user
3) a freezer stuffer (always seems 95% full)
4) tight space (can barely fit 33 in)
5) Currently 18cu ft fridge; hoping to go up to 20 - 21 cu ft
6) have been bending/kneeling down to sort crispers and didn't mind it too much - but maybe because I didn't know any better?

Any inputs, thoughts, brand/model recs appreciated!

I'm thinking something like this - pretty basic and on a smallish side:
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_04679002000P?prdNo=3&blockNo=3&blockType=G3

Initially I was going to get this. Really good reviews, and many reviewers say it seems roomy for the size.
http://www.homedepot.com/buy/maytag/2...

Nov 19, 2010
pongstress in Cookware

Thanksgiving - Wholefoods or Bristol?

A few of us have decided to take the easy route and purchase prepared Thanksgiving meals. I thought of Wholefoods and Bristol Farms, but which one is better? And are there others to consider?

thanks!

http://sp-orders.wholefoods.com/hosCustomer/Default.aspx
http://www.bristolfarms.com/onlinesho...

Nov 16, 2007
pongstress in Los Angeles Area

Foodie visitor from Japan?

My friend, who has lived in Tokyo all her life, is visiting. We only have 3 hours on Saturday night to go eat. Where should I take her?

She is leaning toward California Cuisine, maybe Pacific Rim, or even exceptional Japanese food. Fresh fare preferred - nothing too greasy or spicy, or mediocre but interesting local fare (i.e Pinks hot dog or Pantry type of food). Extra points for small portions with many courses, as that's how Japanese like to eat - no 2lb steaks or half a chicken. Need not be a very fancy place, but I am not ruling out pricey places either ($100/person)

I feel pressure to pick a right place, since Japan is a country full of foodies - it is a national pass time - its as if EVERYONE reads Chowhounds over there : )

I am on the Westside, near LAX.

Please, send me your recommendation! Thanks in advance...

Aug 23, 2007
pongstress in Los Angeles Area

Bad Fish Days of the Week? [Moved from Los Angeles Area board]

Please enlighten me --

Is it bad to eat sushi on Mondays (lunch/dinner)? Sundays? How about going to seafood restaurant on the weekend?

Thanks!!

Jul 19, 2007
pongstress in General Topics

Inn Of The 7th Ray - what to order?

Going to an anniversary dinner - please tell me what dishes are good / bad.

Also - there is a small possibility that it'll be changed to brunch or lunch. Same request....

Finally - should I avoid Sunday night (or weekend altogether) and try to get there on weekdays? Schedule wise weeknights are tough, but I don't want it to be too crowded.

thank you!

Jul 07, 2007
pongstress in Los Angeles Area

Melons/Mangos/Rainier Cherries - or other gourment fruit gift?

I would like to send spectacular melons as a gift. Packaging isn't important but the quality of the product is. I googled for a while but came up empty handed.

If not melons, perhaps exceptional mangos or cherries? I have ordered Harry and David pears (liked them but out of season) and Frog Hollow Peaches (great, but she is not fond of peaches) before with good results, but I'm told she prefers "sweet" fruits to "sweet-tart" stone fruits. Maybe white peaches are okay.

The recipient is in LA and considering the warm weather and shipping, closer the better...

Many thanks!

Jun 24, 2007
pongstress in San Francisco Bay Area

Melons/Mangos/Rainier Cherries - or other gourment fruit gift?

I would like to send spectacular melons as a gift. Packaging isn't important but the quality of the product is. I googled for a while but came up empty handed.

If not melons, perhaps exceptional mangos or cherries? I have ordered Harry and David pears (liked them but out of season) and Frog Hollow Peaches (great, but she is not fond of peaches) before with good results, but I'm told she prefers "sweet" fruits to "sweet-tart" stone fruits. Maybe white peaches are okay.

The recipient is in LA and considering the warm weather and shipping, closer the better...

Many thanks!

Jun 24, 2007
pongstress in Los Angeles Area

Melons/Mangos/Rainier Cherries - or other gourment fruit gift?

I would like to send spectacular melons as a gift. Packaging isn't important but the quality of the product is. I googled for a while but came up empty handed.

If not melons, perhaps exceptional mangos or cherries? I have ordered Harry and David pears (great but out of season) and Frog Hollow Peaches (great, but she is not fond of peaches) before with good results, but I'm told she prefers "sweet" fruits to "sweet-tart" (i.e. peach) fruits. Maybe white peaches are okay.

The recipient is in LA and considering the warm weather and shipping, closer the better...

Many thanks!

Jun 23, 2007
pongstress in General Topics

Japanese style ice cream parfeit

mmmm, a tough one... perhaps at a "Yo-shoku" restaurant, which means Japanese style Western food. Places that serves curry, spagetti, omelets, cutlets and such, in Japanese style. Or, Japanse bakery/cafe type of places.

Check with Curry House Restaurant chain (Torrance, Gardena, and West LA), or Akane Chaya in Gardena? Maybe the Mousse Factory on Sawtelle, which now shares it's space with Beard Papa, might have something like that. Blue Marlin is another Yoshoku restaurant, but I'm not sure if they will have a parfait. Or at least you can inquire at these places and they might be able to point you to another place.

http://www.house-foods.com/curry_house.html

1610 W Redondo Beach Blvd. (at La Salle Ave.
)Gardena , CA 90247

(310) 768-3939

http://www.blogsoop.com/LA/_South-Bay...

Jun 20, 2007
pongstress in Los Angeles Area

Afternoon Tea (LA) - Baby Shower?

Can you recommend a restaurant for afternoon Tea Baby Shower , on the Westside or LA? Hoping for comfortable seating, beautiful surroundings, and yummy food! About 10-15 women.

1) Bel Air?
2) Four Seasons BH?
3) Jin Patisserie? (seating may not be too comfortable?)
4) didn't care for Tudor House or Paddington before
5) Ritz in Pasadena - too far
6) Huntington Library - too far, too crowded
7) Ritz MDR - okay but I don't care for the indoor room/outside area too much

I haven't been to the dining rooms of Regency, Beverly Hills Hotel, Jin Patisserie etc before.

many thanks!!

May 17, 2007
pongstress in Los Angeles Area

Ojai (Oxnard, Ventura, Thousand Oaks)??

We're going to Ojai from LA this weekend - Any places there (or on the way) I should check out? I am thinking about Suzanne's for Saturday dinner. Any suggestions for lunch, snacks, breakfast, or better dinner options...

thanks!

Jan 19, 2007
pongstress in Los Angeles Area

Cheap Sushi on the Westside

I like lunch specials at Sushi Tenn on Sawtelle. All under 20 dollars (nigiri, chirashi, make your own combo). comes with nice salad and good red miso soup. Very fresh and high grade fish, and chirashi is especially filling.

Dec 31, 2006
pongstress in Los Angeles Area

cheap ethnic eats near Venice?

How 'bout Fresh in the Box?
Good takeouts of sushi (brown rice too), clean teriyaki, salads. Nice combos, fairly inexpensive for what you get.

Fresh in the BOX
13354 Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
310-301-9100

In the same mini mall:

*Tamara's Tamales (very good
*Yakitori place
*Kaya Sushi (korean-Japanese, across the side street)

Dec 16, 2006
pongstress in Los Angeles Area

Tantanmen, Sesame based ramen, where?

I don't know offhand, but you can look up local ramen places on www.japaneserestaurantinfo.com, and call them up to inquire - ?

http://www.japaneserestaurantinfo.com...

Dec 16, 2006
pongstress in Los Angeles Area

Dungeness Crab!! Recommendations on where to buy??

I have never attempted to cook crabs at home but I am now fully tempted. Could anyone tell me what kind of tools I must have on hand, in order to crack, clean and enjoy?

thanks.

Dec 16, 2006
pongstress in Los Angeles Area

El Monte, Monterey Park, Cerritos, Thanksgiving Day?

Our Thanksgiving plan got cancelled at the last minute. So, we decided to go car shopping to El Monte area instead. Maybe go to Cerritos too.

Any good chows over there, and places likely to be open? I'm sure there are great Chinese places... I can call to see if they are open?

Thanks.

Nov 23, 2006
pongstress in Los Angeles Area

Redondo (South Bay) - lunch?

Need to see a friend in South Bay and need your recs...

1) Fairly traditional food (i.e. Sandwich, Salad, Italian)
2) Mexican, Asian might be okay. No Indian
3) Around Redondo, but Torrance, Hermosa, MB okay
4) Relaxing, preferably open between lunch and dinner
5) $15-20 max per person

thanks!

Oct 25, 2006
pongstress in Los Angeles Area

Gaja Okonomiyaki for Vegetarians?

My friend and I would like to try Gaja in Lomita for Okonomiyaki, but his wife is a vegetarian. I can't find their website to check if they have anything suitable for her. She may not be keen on omelets either....

Do they offer items for vegetarians? Or, are there alternate okonomiyaki places that has an extensive menu?

thanks.

Oct 24, 2006
pongstress in Los Angeles Area

Bday dinner suggestions for a group of fun young thirtysomethings?

O-Bar in West Hollywood? I like the booths, bar...

Asian Yatai Bar - ? Haven't made it there yet but looks fun.

Oct 23, 2006
pongstress in Los Angeles Area

Best (Inexpensive) Sushi in LA?

If you like cakes from "Japanese" or Asian type bakeries(light sponge cakes, not too sweet), you'll love Angel Maid on Centinela, between Culver and Washington Blvd. My friends and I are big fans.

Try their strawberry short cake, mini cream puffs, or banana roll (fresh banana, custard and whipped creme). Anything they make with yellow sponge cake, custard, whipped creme, and fresh fruit is delicious.

Sep 29, 2006
pongstress in Los Angeles Area

Best chirashi in LA?

I second Sushi Tenn and Kiriko, though I am not a fan of Kiriko style tamago.

Sep 23, 2006
pongstress in Los Angeles Area

My boss is going to hate me... please help stop my slide into deeper hell!

also, China Cafe at Rosecrans and Manhattan Beach Blvd. (I think). In a mall, near LA Food Show and Macy's Furniture. Also near Fry's. A bit upscale, California-white-folks Chinese food (I hope I'm not offending anyone..) but I actually like most of their offerings. Doesn't seem as greasy and more fresh tasting than $5.99 lunch plates in average Chinese restaurants.

Aug 22, 2006
pongstress in Los Angeles Area

My boss is going to hate me... please help stop my slide into deeper hell!

I second Taiko on Rosecrans.

Aug 22, 2006
pongstress in Los Angeles Area

Union Station area, maybe Dimsum?

Need lunch suggestions (dimsum?) near Union Station. Picking up out of towners.

- Sat 1:45PM (possibly 12:30PM, earlier train)
- 3 adults, 1 boy

Will the wait be too long for dimsum? Good dimsum dishes running out?

Thinking of Ocean Seafood or CBS (?), maybe Traxx, but eagerly awating your words of wisdom. Never eaten at any of them.

thanks!

Aug 17, 2006
pongstress in Los Angeles Area

Where to take Japanese tourists?

Difficult quest - but speaking of Guelaguetza -- how about Tlapazola Grill?

11676 Gateway, Los Angeles, CA
"Hints of California cuisine influence traditional Oaxacan flavors at this affordable foodie spot."

Have a look at the "Japanese Visitor" thread too, maybe you'll find something that fit the bill.

Jer-ne in MDR has Pan-Asian food but strong Japanese slant, I think. Take a look at their menu online..expensive though.

Aug 17, 2006
pongstress in Los Angeles Area

Breakfast, Near LAX, Kids present

Catching up with girlfriends I haven't seen in years before going to LAX. Here are the particulars:

- 3 women, 2 toddlers, 1 boy
- Monday, 10:15 - 11:45 am
- near LAX

I can think of the following. Favorites/any other suggestions? Lots of girl talk expected, so comfortable place is a must..

Panera Bread (Sepulveda)
KC's Crepe (Lincoln near 83rd)
The Coffee Shop (Sepulveda Way)
Bristol Farms Cafe

thank you!

Aug 17, 2006
pongstress in Los Angeles Area

"Bold" letters?

A newbie question.

Love the new format, but wouldn't it be great if we can make certain words jump out from long string of posts by making them stand out in BOLD LETTERS? You'll be able to spot names of the restaurants while skimming the text.

Sort of like how Chowhound does it in search results, but this would be in the posting text body.

I'd imagine the poster will have to do it (and we'll all have to be trained to do it I suppose)but if it can happen semi automatically even better.

Aug 15, 2006
pongstress in Site Talk