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Need one more restaurant in Seattle

I definitely support the Palace Kitchen recommendations; it has great food and a lovely atmosphere for the price. I was about to add my suggestion for Crow when i read yours! I love that place, especially their roast chicken (a "vanilla" choice, i know, but it's sooooo good).

Oct 12, 2006
abbeyraish in Pacific Northwest

Sweet treats you miss from back home? [moved from LA board]

Toasted ravioli, Ted's frozen custard and Imo's pizza from St. Louis.

Food trucks from Philly (I miss being able to choose from 10 different cuisines in one block!) and Yuengling!!

Oct 11, 2006
abbeyraish in General Topics

Child-friendly Indian Restaurant near Santa Monica

maybe try Akbar on Wilshire? the food there is good and the atmosphere is casual enough that kids would probably do well.

Oct 11, 2006
abbeyraish in Los Angeles Area

FYI: Loose Leaf on 6th and Hope

I just got back from my first lunch at Loose Leaf at 6th and Hope downtown and it was great! It's a build your own salad place with actually fresh produce and they have quite a few dressing and topping options on the healthy/low calorie side. I know I'm always on the hunt for healthy lunch options that actually taste good, so I hope any of you who work downtown will give it a shot when you're in the mood for a great salad. Enjoy!

Oct 11, 2006
abbeyraish in Los Angeles Area

Best LA Chocolatier?

I am a big fan of Comparte's on Barrington in Brentwood. Not only is everything I've tasted completely amazing but all the chocolates are beautifully decorated and make really special gifts. Jonathan, the owner/chocolatier helped me put together a bunch of two truffle favors for my grandma's 80th birthday party and everyone raved. Try the lemon truffle; I can't go in there without having at least a few...

Oct 10, 2006
abbeyraish in Los Angeles Area

identifying a Belgian beer by its glass

The tall test tube beer is Kwak. It's awesome. I miss it over there. It's the only place I've ever lived where beer was cheaper than water. Sigh...

Sep 28, 2006
abbeyraish in Beer

October 2006 Cookbook of the Month: Cast Your Votes Here

I'll vote SSO since I just invested in my first crock pot, but I'm excited to join either way!

Sep 27, 2006
abbeyraish in Home Cooking

What's your favorite veggie dinner (for when you don't feel like meat!)

My mom made a great eggplant and tomato casserole for meatless dinners when I was growing up (I believe it was from a book called The Vegitarian Epicure, or something like that). It was kind of like a strata with layers of bread, eggplant, tomato slices, parmasean and an egg mixture to bind it all. Sigh... I think I'll be calling her for that recipe soon!

Sep 27, 2006
abbeyraish in Home Cooking

Which coffee do you buy from the supermarket?

Illy all the way. I justify the price by only treating myself to a latte on the weekends.

Sep 27, 2006
abbeyraish in General Topics

Belgian Fries!

You could try Father's Office on Montana (in Santa Monica). I'm not sure if they have all of the traditional mayo options or if they only have one with which they serve them, but I've heard positive reviews from many.

Sep 27, 2006
abbeyraish in Los Angeles Area

faux crab meat - what do I do with it?

I know this may sound really unappealing, but I once went to a friend's house where they served a standard potato salad (light mayo dressing, green onion, etc) with krab in it. it was a little odd, but i secretly kind of liked it. I don't know if I'd serve it to others, but it could be a way to get rid of your stash.

Sep 22, 2006
abbeyraish in Home Cooking

Need cookbooks with pictures for newish cook with husband who only likes meat/pots

I would highly recommend the series by Donna Hay; the illustrations are beautiful and the ingredients lists are short and simple. What about a subscription to Cooking Light? They often have good ideas for simplifying (and making much more healthy) favorite foods of meat lovers. You also can't go wrong with either of the Giada books (have and love them both), although it limits you to Italian. Ina and Tyler both have beautiful cookbooks with great recipes but sometimes the techniques and/or ingredients lists can be complicated for a very beginner. They'd make great additions to any collection though.

Sep 21, 2006
abbeyraish in Home Cooking

Stand Mixer, Bread Maker, or Ice Cream/Sorbet Maker?

I would second the vote for the stand mixer, especially since all three of your choices will require about the same amount of counter/storage space. I have a cuisinart as well and use it all the time for making salad dressings and sauces, chopping, pastry doughs, and basic blending tasks (my roommate told me that her quality of life seriously improved after I received the cuisinart). That being said, there are many times and recipes that I wish "if only i had a nice mixer", so I don't think it would be redundant purchase. Good luck and happy birthday!

Sep 20, 2006
abbeyraish in Cookware

New hip hot spots in Los Angeles

Is one able to make dinner reservations at CM if not a hotel guest? I've never been before (the rep makes it somewhat intimidating). Thanks!

Sep 20, 2006
abbeyraish in Los Angeles Area

lounge, drinks, fun

I second the Bungalow Club. I threw a birthday party for a friend there a couple of weekends ago and although the food didn't change my life, it was definitely enjoyable and very easy for a large group to share food and mingle. You can make a reservation for a bungalow in the courtyard if you're willing to do a seated dinner (as we did) or you can just mingle in the bar. One word of warning: check to see if they're holding any private parties there that evening because it can mean that they close off the upstairs portion of the bar.

Sep 19, 2006
abbeyraish in Los Angeles Area

Pho in Miracle Mile/Fairfax

Thanks for the suggestions! As far as "good", I guess I'm looking for a reliable spot to get a weekly dose of pho without hiking too far. I live near 6th and La Brea, so the LC/Bev location will probably work out well. I'll try it tonight!

Sep 19, 2006
abbeyraish in Los Angeles Area

Pho in Miracle Mile/Fairfax

Does anyone have any recommendations for good pho in the Miracle Mile/Fairfax area? Thanks!

Sep 19, 2006
abbeyraish in Los Angeles Area