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Babita-like

Thanks for a list of some interesting places to try in the future. We ended up at Elements -- the warnings came too late! But we had a really nice dinner and we always enjoy ending up near Vromans. The Thai mussels and snapper were excellent and the chocolate cake got quickly consumed and appreciated. There are certainly places where you get more for $100, but we were quite pleased.

Can't wait to try Spice Table when our kids are home at Thanksgiving or Xmas.

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The Spice Table
114 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Oct 18, 2011
theotherone in Los Angeles Area

Babita-like

Thanks. 1/2 price Fig is tempting. We won't try to substitute for Babita since we love it so much - just going for the same kind of feel. Lazy Ox is a good idea and haven't heard of Spice Table. What about Barbrix or Elements?

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The Spice Table
114 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Oct 14, 2011
theotherone in Los Angeles Area

Babita-like

My husband and I had planned on a dinner at Babita tomorrow night to celebrate our anniversary. It is closed for a private party and we are at a loss for a good substitute - we really had our heads around this favorite of ours.

How about some advice for excellent food in an unpretentious setting. Any cuisine is OK, but we prefer clean and simple foods well prepared. We don't drink so rarely even spend the $100 check from my parents - cost isn't too important. SGV, downtown, SM, Hollywood are all close enough for a dinner.

I know they are nothing like Babita in details, but we're mostly after good food, good conversation, and a pleasing setting. We've wanted to try Jitalda, Fig, Mo-Chica, Palate.

Thoughts? Advice?

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Jitalda Restaurant
5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Mo-Chica
3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Oct 14, 2011
theotherone in Los Angeles Area

Soups using oranges/orange juice?

Black Bean Soup in the original Moosewood. Awesome.

Mar 31, 2011
theotherone in Home Cooking

Food Allergy Substitutions: wheat, milk, eggs

I'm also off many grains, eggs, and dairy. It's been a lot of fun to experiment with baking. Check out the Gluten Free Girl website as her recipes all use weights and ratios, so substitutions are quite easy. Different flours I like are rice, brown rice, teff, amaranth, quinoa, coconut flours. For oil I usually use coconut oil - though sometimes olive oil or grapeseed. I don't eat soy or almond, so usually use coconut milk, but sometimes rice or hemp. And instead of eggs I use a slurry of flaxseed or chia seeds. Add nuts, dried or fresh fruit, etc.

Some experiments are better than others, but everything is different and they are all a lot of fun to play around with.

Smoothies save me for breakfast, though. They are a great way to get a lot of nutrition easily: frozen fruit, coconut milk, rice protein powder, and a splash of agave or honey.

Mar 30, 2011
theotherone in Home Cooking

Very restricted diet - help me embrace the challenge!

Thanks guys. This is great. I'd LOVE a good tangine recipe as that sounds amazing and isn't something I've experimented with before. And the roast chicken looks great.

I just bought pork chops today - I'll try marinating them in vinegar as that sounds interesting. Wish I had some tarragon.

I'm with you guys on the brown rice noodles. Sounds like a good way to ruin a good bowl of pho. I've been gluten free for 10 years and have come to the conclusion that it is better to skip noodles altogether than eat mush. That's why I am hoping for appropriate recipes here - rather than substitutions. Technically white rice isn't on the list, but I know I don't react to it so will make the original pho recipe. My family will love it and I'll try not to have too many noodles.

It's supposed to be relatively low -glycemic. Thus, the white rice, some fruits, and most sweeteners are out. But I do use some agave and maple syrup is a good idea.

Mar 18, 2011
theotherone in Home Cooking

Very restricted diet - help me embrace the challenge!

Thanks.

I'm really hoping for recipes that could fit this framework. I love sushi and noodle soups, but have never seen brown rice noodles and I'm not sure how either would go without soy sauce. I do make stock and that's a great base, though the boxes are sure easy and convenient.

Mar 18, 2011
theotherone in Home Cooking

Very restricted diet - help me embrace the challenge!

I am successfully nailing down some food sensitivities by cutting out almost (but not quite) everything. I am having a lot of fun trying to cook dinners for my family without them really noticing the change. It's been a month and I'm running out of ideas - but feel so much better for the first time in years that I am inclined to keep going for a few more months at least.

The list of no's is long, but there is lots of good stuff in the list of yes's.

Yes: Most veggies, many fruits, essentially all meat, brown rice, coconut in all its lovely forms, olive oil, avocado, sweet potato, squashes. (I put all spices into the yes column and that seems ok so far)

No: Diary, eggs, all grains except rice, high sugar fruits, nightshades (tomato, eggplant, peppers, potatoes), nuts, beans - including soy, oils other than olive and coconut, all seeds, alcohol, sugar and all sweeteners.

Of course there is an endless variety of meat with veggie plates, but I love to cook and be creative in the kitchen. Hits so far have included: lots of curries, fish tacos (I just skip the taco), sausage and greens, stuffed acorn squash, spinach stuffed chicken, sweet potato soup.

Some of you must have favorite recipes that fit this. Low-carb recipes perhaps (without any dairy or nuts and including sweet potato or rice or squash). Paleo recipes (without nuts or nightshades). Any great ideas out there?

Thanks.

Mar 17, 2011
theotherone in Home Cooking

SG Valley - gluten free

Yum. I can't wait to try that eggs and shrimp. Thanks.

Feb 12, 2011
theotherone in Los Angeles Area

SG Valley - gluten free

I have celiac disease so typically avoid Chinese and most other asian restaurants. Without being able to eat soy sauce, there isn't usually much left on the menu! I also have to avoid soy and dairy.

Anywhere I can get a good meal?

If not, anywhere I can get a good snack. it'd be fun to go exploring with a destination even if it is only a drink or snack.

If nothing, perhaps someone has a favorite foot massage place to recommend so my SGV explorations can have something to look forward to.

Feb 11, 2011
theotherone in Los Angeles Area

Frozen Veggies

Thanks guys. These are mostly mixed veggies - the gourmet type blends. I like the peas in guac idea, but no frozen peas and no room in the freezer to add any! I can't imagine eating them just out of the bag. We are big veggie eaters, but not like that.

Feb 08, 2011
theotherone in Home Cooking

Frozen Veggies

A good friend just moved and emptied her fridge and freezer into ours. It seems she is a frozen vegetable fan! I am not - though sometimes use them in fried rice and pilaf type things.

Any creative, tasty, uses for frozen veggies? Something other than soups and stews, or just steaming them? Perhaps a way to disguise their distinctive frozen veggie-ness?

Feb 08, 2011
theotherone in Home Cooking

Mackerel?

Thanks guys. I will definitely check the Asian stores - not sure why I didn't think of that. But, it's not in any of the regular stores I frequent. I'm thrilled to see the price range as being less than I saw at WF! I suspected it might be more available in the UK as I see it in many of the British cookbooks.

Those recipes look great. Keep em coming.

Jan 28, 2011
theotherone in Home Cooking

Mackerel?

Where do people find mackerel? I see all of these great recipes - looking at the beet, celery root, and smoked mackerel in Plenty most recently. I live in LA, so it shouldn't be too hard to track down. But I can't find any kind of mackerel at regular grocery stores or Whole Foods. Actually, that's not quite true -- the WF fish guy went into the back where he pulled out a frozen pack of peppered mackerel at $17.99 for 12 oz. That seems a bit steep.

I'm eager to learn to use a new fish for me that seems to be gaining in popularity. But wonder where to find it. How much should it cost? Any favorite recipes?

Jan 27, 2011
theotherone in Home Cooking

"chaos night" ideas

This sounds awesome and is exactly the kind of recipes I'd like to collect. It would be great with some chicken in it, and maybe some rice underneath.

Yeah, we have a crockpot and I do use it, but it's not quite what I'm looking for. I actually have time to cook on these afternoons but the mornings are quite rushed. Thus, the need for things I can put together that afternoon but can be eaten through the evening. The roast chicken idea is a great one also. I'm not sure why I haven't thought of that. I try to avoid leftovers on Wednesdays - since we can't eat together, we may as well all eat well.

Thanks all. Keep the ideas coming.

Jan 11, 2011
theotherone in Home Cooking

"chaos night" ideas

Most nights our family enjoys a pretty/quite good home cooked meal together. Two athletic teens who will eat anything (what a blessing!). But, Wednesday nights we are all going different directions. I like to make something good that each of us can eat when we get home, but I'm stuck in a rut. It should be OK sitting on the counter for 2-3 hours. It should need minimal prep time or just a quick shot in the microwave. I am gluten and dairy free, but OK with just the salad or veggies (in fact, this is one night I often serve pasta dishes since we don't eat together). We're all OK with or without meat. My rut includes: various pasta dishes + salads, tostada or quesadillas with assorted good stuff, thai or vietnamese inspired steak and rice noodle salad, spinach/potato/sausage salad.

Any ideas? Up to 1 hour of cooking prep time ok. Bonus points for good leftovers for lunches.

Thanks

Jan 11, 2011
theotherone in Home Cooking

ice cream party (at home)

bulgarini gelato. It was about $10/person but was the hit of a backyard party.

Nov 05, 2009
theotherone in Los Angeles Area

green caterers

Check out wastelessliving.com. It's hard to tell from the website but they will help you organize everything but the food for eco-friendliness for parties. We used her for a big school fundraiser. And she is great to talk to and may have some food ideas as well. I think they are located in the Pasadena area.

May 07, 2009
theotherone in Los Angeles Area

Birthday dinner suggestions

The grandparents are coming into town to take us out for our son's 17th bday -- something quintescentially LA would be fun for them. We know Pasadena, Glendale, SGV pretty well but might like to venture downtown or partway west. My son is a very adventurous eater with great taste. His best friend is very very picky (pasta, simple pizzas, steak). Grandparents are pretty classy. Cost isn't a huge issue, but i don't want it to look like we're taking advantage of their generosity (<$40-50pp would be good - we're unlikely to drink much). Locally I'd probably pick Shiro, Maison Akira, Bistro 45 or Tre Venezie. I'd welcome advice to help us expand our culinary horizons. Thanks.

Mar 25, 2009
theotherone in Los Angeles Area

Quick bread or muffin mix -- bulk

I am looking for a way to prevent myself from relying on boxes of quickbread or muffin mix for those times when I just don't have the wherewithall to do it right.

Ideally I would keep a mix in a bulk container that would last for about a dozen loaves. Final steps would only be some oil, egg, water or milk. The healthier the better -- minimal white flour/sugar; nuts, berries, etc. would be great. Anyone have anything like this that they can recommend?

tia

Mar 04, 2009
theotherone in Home Cooking

arborio rice --risotto

Thanks all. I'm eager to try Carnaroli.

Mar 04, 2009
theotherone in General Topics

arborio rice --risotto

Trader Joes, my go-to store, has discontinued their arborio rice. I make a lot of risotto but have never really paid attention to the rice since this was available and convenient. Now I see that there are options galore out there. Does the brand make much difference? I have several regular grocery stores close by and make a trek to Whole Foods every few weeks. Any advice?

Mar 03, 2009
theotherone in General Topics

Birthday dinner for 9 in the Pasadena area

Second Dereks. Their private room would be perfect. Their food and service are excellent.

Feb 25, 2009
theotherone in Los Angeles Area

SWISSCHARRED -- this is for you re: Tierra Miguel, LOVE and Organic Express Delivery services, a comparative meandering (long)

Thank you for putting into words what I have often felt and tried to explain.

My years of subscribing weekly to TMF have been one of the greatest joys of my life -- mostly for the challenge and exploration of the veggies. Also for the surprise each week. And for feeling really really good about where some of my money goes.

Feb 25, 2009
theotherone in Los Angeles Area