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Cube has wine!

My fiance and I had dinner at Cube on La Brea last night. We have been there numerous times before because the food is just spectacular. But, last night we discovered they now serve wine! If possible, it appears their cheese list has met its match in a wine list.

I had a delicious lambrusco to start that was light and crisp and paired beautifully with the crudo duo we ordered for an app (mmmm ahi!). Then I had a lovely falanghina that the server recommended with my sweet pumpkin raviolo. I was V. happy. And a little bubbly when we left! Their wine list is all Italian, I think?

We are going back for the aperitivo hour next week...

Has anyone else been in with the new wine list?

Nov 14, 2008
Mollusk in Los Angeles Area

Where to Go for the Best Hot Dog

Just wanted to chime in on The Wiener and Still Champion. My family literally lives down the street from this place and yet when we have out of towners, we usually drive 20 miles to Superdawg or the Wiener Circle to give them a unique Chicago experience.
Yesterday we went to The Wiener and Still Champion because my fiance was craving a Chicago hotdog and we were hurrying to a movie.
The first clue of the amazingness of this place was the 4 enormous bags of fresh Idaho potato's on the floor. The fries are the best I've had in a long time. Skins on, perfectly cooked, neither too crispy, nor too soggy. Just perfect. The chicago dog was a classic with a nice bite and condiments by the book.
The corn dog (aka dipping dog), which we only ordered for the heck of it enlightened me as to why this concoction actually exists. I always thought it a rather disgusting combination, geared to the under 10 set. And yet upon first bite of the Wiener and Still Champion, my opinion completely changed. Homemade dipping sauces, to boot. Honey Mustard was good and makes me want to return for Texas ranch, garlic aioli and curry ketchup.
Anyhow a little gem in the rough The Wiener and Still Champion is! There are no neon signs or dancing hotdogs and the staff does not cuss at you, but the food is clearly quality. I left with a new stance on the corndog and the french fries, I shall likely dream of...

Nov 20, 2007
Mollusk in Chicago Area

Lunch with 90 yr old grandma...G&G's?

I'm taking my 90 year old grandmother for lunch on Wednesday with my fiance. I want to go to an "old school" place, particularly because my grandmother loves shrimp dejonge. Has anyone been to Gene and Georgetti's for lunch? I know they are known for their charred steaks (having browsed all the chow posts already).

But they have a very limited steak offering on their lunch menu. Has anyone had their pastas (I saw mostaccioli on the menu!!! I hadn't heard that in so long! Having lived in new york and LA for the past 10 years, I realized this must be a local chicago pasta).

So what's good at G&G's for lunch. Stick to the meant? Go for the pasta? Any stand out deserts?

Another option I scouted out was Myron and Phil's in Lincolnwood. We are actually staying in Evanston, but driving is not a problem.

Nov 20, 2007
Mollusk in Chicago Area

Dessert for One

Going along with the baked fruit deserts suggestion. I like to make a whole recipe of crumble topping (oats, flour, brown sugar and butter) and freeze it in a ziploc. It stays crumbly in the freezer, so there is no need to thaw for each use. Slice up an apple or a pear, or a few stalks of rhubarb... toss with a tsp of sugar and lemon juice (&corn starch if you like it thicker) and scoop 1/4 cup of frozen crumble on top. Bake in a ramekin for 20 minutes and voila yummy solo crumble!

Oct 26, 2007
Mollusk in Home Cooking

Bakers help! Pumpkin pie into bar form

I came across that, but I am trying to make use of the canned pumpkin pie filling. Might try that in the future though!

Oct 26, 2007
Mollusk in Home Cooking

Need cookbook suggestions

I love Cook's Illustrated Magazine. You can pick it up at the newstand, even an extra copy and devour the articles together and create a fabulous seasonal menu. It's so user friendly and almost like a culinary education (even for experienced cooks). Their current issue is choc full of great autumnal recipes. A few weeks ago I made the "Beef in Barolo" and it was amazing.

Oct 26, 2007
Mollusk in Home Cooking

Bakers help! Pumpkin pie into bar form

I am going to a party tonight and bringing the desert. Since it will not be a sit down affair, I want to bring pumpkin pie in the bar form, like lemon bars (as opposed to lemon meringue pie).

I have a can of Libby's pumpkin pie filling that I would like to use to get rid of (purchased by unknowing fiance). There is a recipe on Libby's website for a pumpkin cream cheese bar that uses 8 oz cream cheese and corn starch and 2 eggs for the filling. I would rather just straight up pumpkin pie ( which is made with condensed milk, 2 eggs).

Wondering what precautions I should take to make the pumpkin pie filling recipe a bit firmer, to hold up to pre-sliced bar form. Would I want to use 1 less egg or perhaps add a little corn starch to the condensed milk mixture?

Oct 26, 2007
Mollusk in Home Cooking

What to do with too much goat cheese?

I make a surplus of breaded goat cheese rounds and freeze them. You pop them into the oven at 475 for 10 minutes and instant warm goat cheese salad. The Cook's Illustrated recipe is great. Make a little 1" ball of the chesse, press in hersb, dip in egg wash and coat with Melba toast (ground into breadcrumbs). Crispy crust, warm and gooey in the middle...yummy!

Oct 15, 2007
Mollusk in Home Cooking

shrimp shells

Cook's Illustrated has you boil the shrimp shells in the shrimp boil stock for 30 minutes for shrimp cocktail.

Oct 15, 2007
Mollusk in Home Cooking

What did you make today?

For Sunday dinner: Warm Goat cheese salads, followed by Grilled salmon and rice pilaf with prunes and toasted almonds and for a desert a bowl of Peppermint ice cream (my seasonal FAVE that just peeked it's head in the freezer aisle)

I also made celery root cauliflower bisque to have for the week (see new post) and it needs somethin!

Oct 15, 2007
Mollusk in Home Cooking

Celery Root Soup HELP

This is a recipe I made last night. I had read something similar awhile back in the New York TImes magazine and sort of improvised my own version. The problem is that the soup a very "soapy" flavor, due to the celery. I have heard Celery called a clean flavor and this gives it a new meaning. Like Irish Spring! I am wondering if anyone can think of a way to fix this. I have been pondering some seasonings that might mask it... Worshestire or smoked paprika? Does anyone have any ideas? (celery root is pricey in LA...the 2 bulbs alone were $10!) So I would like to turn this into something tasty. Perhaps another vegetable? More cauliflower...potato?

Here was the recipe...
Celery-Root-and-Cauliflower Bisque

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium onion, minced
3 cloves roasted garlic
1 tablespoon lightly toasted coriander seeds, finely crushed
2 medium celery roots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2large head cauliflower, coarsely chopped, to make 4 cups
6 cups chicken broth
6 to 8 teaspoons salt
1 cup low-fat yogurt

Oct 15, 2007
Mollusk in Home Cooking

ISO Gingersnap crust for Pumpkin Pie

I am wondering if anyone has a great recipe for a Gingersnap Crust? There is a cafe in Los Angeles called Urth that makes a delicious pumpkin pie with a gingernap crust. Since this board is national, I will try to describe it: the crust and is very thick, and almost slightly chewy. It is also baked it in a tart pan, as the edges are scalloped. I think they are doing something different than just subbing gingernaps for a traditional graham cracker, as the consistancy is so much sturdier. I also detect molasses in the crust...
Thoughts? Recipes? Go to brands of ginersnaps?
Looking forward to pumpkin season!

Oct 03, 2007
Mollusk in Home Cooking

Sno la - THE BEST of the fro yo craze

Wow. Yes, it really is good. Sour Cherry with hazlenut brittle crumble The staff is a little clueless, but the product is good. If I had to use one word to describe all the flavors and the overall experience, it would be clean. Clean, cold, delicious, creamy sweetness.

Sep 28, 2007
Mollusk in Los Angeles Area

Farm Boy vs. Pinkberry

I really do want to try Farm Boy, but just returned from Sno:La in beverly hills. They have some tasty and uber fresh yogurts going on. The toppings are a cut above anything I have ever seen associated with frozen yogurt (ie. toasted hazlenut brittle!) If you are a fan of anything pinkberry style, you must give this place a try. I will post back after Farm Boy soon!

Sep 28, 2007
Mollusk in Los Angeles Area

Lunch Dinner in Century City

I love Gulfstream at the Century City Mall. It is owned by the Hillstone Group chain (most known for Bandera and Houston's), but everything they do is terrific. My favorite way to eat there is to sit at one of the bar booths (for two) or at the bar and order the shrimp cocktail (THE best I have had in LA) and either a half dozen raw or fried oysters (only depending on how much I want to splurge). The Ahi burger is terrific, so is the chooped salad.
Across the street (crossing Santa Monica is not easy, but possible) is a casual little bakery/lunch spot called Clementine. They have nice salads and sandwiches and a chocolate chip cookie that's a winner for my taste buds (slightly more chewy than most). It is also nice for breakfast or perhaps to pick up a few snacks for the hotel room!

Sep 26, 2007
Mollusk in Los Angeles Area

Surprise Day in Napa...HELP

My fiance and I have been planning a trip to San Fran for quite some time. Just today, he got a surprise day off work Friday and we decided to spend Friday - Saturday afternoon in Napa.

There are so many threads on what to do and where to eat in the wine country, I feel overwhelmed. I have poured through them and here is our plan for food...

On Friday afternoon we will hit Taylor's Refresher for lunch at 1PM...We then have a 9PM reservation at Bouchon for dinner.

HELP #1 - where to go for Breakfast Saturday morning (we are staying in Napa) ... en route to Copia.

HELP #2 - Selecting one or two wineries to visit after our Friday lunch at Taylor's refresher... Of most importance is picking one that will be beautiful and scenic and not an hour's drive in the wrong direction...for I gather Sonoma and Healdsburg and Napa are quite spread out. I love sparkling...but we basically are open to any kind of winery...

Truly appreciate any suggestions!
Mollusk

Sep 12, 2007
Mollusk in San Francisco Bay Area

Going to Osteria Mozza

I will be dining at Osteria Mozza tommorrow night and have been salivating over the menu for quite some time (and also Bill Buford's book "Heat).

From reading others' postings on the restaurant, it would appear that the standouts are the grilled octopus, burrata with guanciale and the fresh ricotta raviolo. I haven't seen enough reviews to decipher a MUST TRY from the secondi.

The grilled beef Tagliatta sounds great, anyone tried it? Also curious about the amatriciana?

Many posts seem to focus on "the service" but I am eager to hear more about the chow.

Thanks!

Aug 14, 2007
Mollusk in Los Angeles Area

Who has the best ribs in L.A.?

Mr. Cecil's on Pico (near Barrington and the 10) has great beef ribs. I actually haven't tried their spare ribs. They have those too. And the double fried French fries are not to be missed. They also have a location on Ventura, but the one on Pico is like dining in a little silo! It is very cute. I went on my first date with my soon to be husband there!

Jun 16, 2007
Mollusk in Los Angeles Area

Soft Shell Crab

I couldn't help but be tempted by the Martha Stewart special this week on Soft Shell Crab. Has anyone started seeing them on menus around town? Where? Where?

May 26, 2007
Mollusk in Los Angeles Area

Best Weekend Farmer's Market - Pasadena to Westside?

The Brentwood Farmer's Market in the VA center on Thursdays is such a hidden gem. It starts around noon (I think) and can be a bit tricky to find because it is located within the VA center, alongside the UCLA baseball diamond. It is not your traditional farmer's market and has such a groovy hippy vibe to it. There are tables set up in the far corner with live musicians, where you can munch on your yummy tamales, or vegan soul food, or gyros (just some of the regular food carts each week). There are several excelent produce vendors, the rockenwagen (?sp) bakery and let's not forget COBBLER MANIA! I love that lady! And be sure to wander off into the VA garden's and greenhouse. There is even a bird atrium in one area. Neat place. Support the Veteran's (who sell the rhubarb they grow for $1 a pound)....best deal anywhere.

May 26, 2007
Mollusk in Los Angeles Area

Where can I find good fried oysters?

I hope I am not too late to send you to Gulfstream at the Century CIty mall. It is a member of the Houston's/Bandera restaurant chain. I have never loved a chain restaurant, but I have to say I love this place. The oysters are simply friend in cornmeal and come with an olive tapenade style relish that is delicious! The best fried oysters I have had outside of New Orleans.

May 26, 2007
Mollusk in Los Angeles Area

Pecorino Brentwood

I had a really terrific meal tonight. It is hard to believe I have lived down the street from this gem for over a year and never tried it. Meanwhile, I have splurged on several Italian meals in my neighborhood and tried Vicenti and Toscana, both with quite the sticker shock and not so qutie the palate value.

How did I overlook Pecorino? We started with the most delicious appetizer antipasti plate of Burrato, proscuitto, red pepper. The bread was outstanding...warm, peasant Italian bread, delicious olive oil and a terrific, inexpensive chianti.

My friend and I both ordered a pasta dish for our entree. I had l'ammatriciana (tomato, bacon, onion) with a buccatino cooked so perfectly al dente!!!! My friend had the eggplant and ricootta ravioli in a fresh cherry tomato sauce seasoned with something I could only describe as a christmas tree. It was an evergreen flavor, so distinct and yet so refreshing.

The food is not cheap, but for the authentic italian flavors and wonderful ambience, it was not over priced. Pastas from 10-18 dollars. So romantic, too! I'll be back to try some secundo piati and contorni and round out the experience.

May 20, 2007
Mollusk in Los Angeles Area

Musha Santa Monica review w/ photos

I love Furaibo. Looks clean!

May 19, 2007
Mollusk in Los Angeles Area

Home Espresso Machines

I am looking to invest in a good home espresso machine. I just returned from a trip to Paris and the apartment where I stayed had the Rancilio Silvia machine. In looking at previous posts, many Chowhounds recommend this machine.

Can someone tell me about the new version of the machine with the computerized temperature gage? It costs almost twice as much. Would I need this or want this?

Also, I would love to hear any other reccomendations on semi-automatic home machines.

May 19, 2007
Mollusk in Cookware

Storing home made ice cream

I just started making home made ice cream and stored my first batch in Ziploc use and toss tuperware. The plastic cracked open when I scooped! I will give the whole foods containers a try.

May 18, 2007
Mollusk in Cookware

The best fromagerie in Paris?

Perhaps I should change this to "the most consumer friendly cheese shop in Paris?" I know there are many amazing cheese shops in Paris everywhere you turn, but I am interested in visiting a cheese shop where I can sit and have a little degustation of my purchases. I believe Androuet offered this in the past. Has anyone been recently that has any suggestions?

Just for kicks, what are some of your favorite French cheeses?

I love fromage d'Affinois myself and milder, creamy blues like Montbriac.

May 04, 2007
Mollusk in France

Dinner near Sainte Chappelle / best oysters!

You are right! Le Partage looks lovely. Thanks for the rec. Am also considering Mon Vieil Ami.

May 03, 2007
Mollusk in France

Dinner near Sainte Chappelle / best oysters!

I am heading to Paris on Saturday for 10 whole days! I haven't been since I lived there during my junior year of college. I can't wait to dine with a budget this time around.

On my first night, I am seeing a concert at Sainte Chappele on Ile St Louis. It is a SUNDAY, so I am wondering if anyone has any dinner recommendations in the area...I am open to brasserie medium range...saving the big splurge for later.

I am also an oyster lover...any great spots to note? Staying in the 15th near Lamotte Piquet Grenelle.

May 01, 2007
Mollusk in France

Planning a French Valentines Dinner

Wow Carb lover! That is pretty spot on close to my idea! I hope mine turns into the success that yours was! Oh and re:tarte tatin. I made one years ago for a French class in college that was outstanding. Oddly enough I took a gamble and used a recipe that called for Fuji apples.

Feb 02, 2007
Mollusk in Home Cooking

Farmer's Market LA (Fairfax & 3rd) - What to eat?

I was just totally disappointed by Monsieur Marcel. Last time I walked through the Farmer's Market at night, I thought it looked like a charming spot. While the location is cute, I found the food to be utterly mediocre. Mussels were bland, cheeses and sausages were nothing special. That said, we didn't venture beyond the apps.

On another note...$1 blueberries at the produce stand closest to the parking lot. And their dried chilli mango is cheaper than the dried fruit stand paces away and every bit as good! So it was worth the trip.

Feb 02, 2007
Mollusk in Los Angeles Area