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Food Writing Is Not Dead

I thought her piece was very honest about the state of the media these days. It's all changed, and in some ways that means a lot more opportunity for young writers -- food writers or otherwise -- but in the way that counts: making a living -- well, if a "brand" like Amanda Hesser has to scratch a living together through multiple gigs, kids just starting out would be smart to go to law school. Even as there's more demand for "content," it's also somehow been grossly de-valued...Ask any middle-aged reporter or editor laid off in the last decade now making a living "blogging" for $100 a post.

Apr 11, 2012
badhomecook in Features

When You Have a Kid, You Eat Crow

Totally wish they had those tube things when my teenagers were babies...

Feb 01, 2012
badhomecook in Features

Visiting SFer asks: What LA institutions are worth visiting?

Nobody's mentioning Greenblatt's on Sunset? OK, not downtown, but on Sunset next door to the Laugh Factory and all that other Hollywood stuff so you might as well make the trip. Open late late late. Go in for a bowl of Matzo ball soup or a deli sandwich or a grilled cheese on rye. Sit upstairs and order yourself a nice glass of wine (famed wine cellar downstairs). You'll often see "industry" folks throughout the night. Been there for more than 50 years, which is an eternity in LA-La land.

Tacos? Go East. Find a taco truck. It's all good.

Great sushi? Katsuya or Asenebo in Studio City. Again, a bit of a drive from downtown, but Jebus, you're in LA. Shut up and get on the 101...

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Katsuya Hollywood
6300 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Nov 16, 2009
badhomecook in Los Angeles Area

Microwave Bean-and-Cheese Burrito Taste Test

I agree with chilicrema. I've just discovered TJ's black bean and cheese burrito and they've become my quickie lunch du jour (when I'm too glued to my computer screen to get up and go get a real burrito). I buy a couple every week. No, not perfect, but really not bad at all. Wish I had one now...

May 08, 2008
badhomecook in Features

Seal Beach?

Just went to Roman Cucina on PCH - very tasty pasta and beautiful boy waiters. Fun scene. The house merlot sucks bad, tho.

Sep 06, 2007
badhomecook in Los Angeles Area

Favorite Spanish recipes

Just your luck! I've been on a Spanish kick lately.
I just made this California Paella to great results: No seafood, just chicken:
http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

I also just made a great gazpacho. Check it out here:
http://badhomecooking.typepad.com/bad...

Aug 30, 2007
badhomecook in Home Cooking

Lunch in Ojai

OMG. Go to Reuben's and have the chicken enchilada with mole. The mole will make you weep with happiness. Sorry I can't remember the name of the street...but it's off the main drag into town. Google it. You'll thank me...

Aug 26, 2007
badhomecook in Los Angeles Area

Long Beach tomorrow

Jongewaard's is worth the drive, if you've nowhere else to be. Straight up Atlantic, Northward's from downtown. Very cute, locally-loved place. Diner-type comfort food a notch or two higher than usual. Try the baked goods. There also may be a small wait...but maybe not on a weekday mid-morning.

May 09, 2007
badhomecook in Los Angeles Area

Finally! Great soft tacos in South Bay

I'm totally all over the taco truck. But if you live in Pedro, surely you've tried the fish taco place on Gaffey...last I went the tacos there were out of this world.

Apr 30, 2007
badhomecook in Los Angeles Area

Bean & Cheese Burritos--Who has the BEST?

Some folks from out of state need to understand a native's need for a good bean and cheese burrito. It's our comfort food. We run to them in time of need. And yeah, verily, they always provide...

Apr 24, 2007
badhomecook in Los Angeles Area

Bean & Cheese Burritos--Who has the BEST?

Frijoles negras, tambien! And a little sour cream in there. GAWD! This thread is killing me. Who knows of such B&CB comfort food happiness in or around Long Beach?

Apr 24, 2007
badhomecook in Los Angeles Area

Got a Bun in the Oven? Then Hold the Burger.

Good thing I had a girl, then. Went from vegetarian to daily beef eater when preggie with her....

Mar 30, 2007
badhomecook in Features

Soup to Heal What Ails You

Great article! I'm printing it out for next time I'm sick.

Mar 30, 2007
badhomecook in Features

where can I buy preserved lemons for Pesach dish?

Thanks, Irish Chef, for the recipe offer. I have several (and I'm happy to take yours) I'm just afraid I've run out of time to make my own if I want them for an April 3rd Seder...best to just buy them. Can you recommend a brand of preserved lemons I can get over the web? Thanks!

Mar 22, 2007
badhomecook in Los Angeles Area

where can I buy preserved lemons for Pesach dish?

I'm gonna hit y'all up for Pesach entrees soon enough, but in the meantime, I know there has to be a good Moroccan shop around here where I can buy preserved lemons? And Za'atar? I'm in Long Beach, but I'm willing to schlep...thank you, Chowhounds!

Mar 22, 2007
badhomecook in Los Angeles Area

Anyone been to Sevilla in LB? Rants/Raves welcome.

If you want to see Flamenco while eating Spanish food, I'd hugely recommend you go to two different places and give Cafe Sevilla a miss. I know of what I speak. I date the show's flamenco guitarist, and so have spent a lot of time at Sevilla eating the overpriced, mediocre food and observing their less-than-professional attitude toward the dinner guests. Sevilla makes most of its money on the disco after the flamenco dinner show. And they want you done and OUT by 9...or they'll start cleaning up around you. About a month ago they ran out of food (how does that happen?) and actually argued with patrons who didn't want to pay for their drinks if they weren't going to get the pre-arranged dinner they were expecting. The focus here, again, is not on the food, nor on flamenco. Alegria across the street is not bad, but more a bar-like atmosphere. I would go to Ole in Studio City for pretty OK Spanish food, and check out the Fountain Theater in Hollywood for good flamenco. "Forever Flamenco" plays every Sunday, with a rotating group of local flamencos (look for Antonio Triana's shows; they will be the most puro, most exciting, IMHO).

Mar 22, 2007
badhomecook in Los Angeles Area

Four Olives in Long Beach?

I live in the Cal Heights neighborhood where 4 Olives is located, and I've eaten there about five time over the last year. I had a really delicious warm goat cheese salad the first time...followed by four wholly unexceptional meals at subsequent visits. I *want* to like this place, but I find the food pricey for what you get, and sort of sloppy and not all it's hyped up to be. The service irritates me as well - the servers are too casual and "dudey" for the sort of place it's trying to be. Killing it off for good was when I inquired about a tray of lasagna for a holiday party I was throwing...a tray feeding about 20 some people - and was quoted $200-+. I'm sorry. The management are full of themselves.
For a better experience, try Christy's in Belmont Heights. They do the same thing, but well.

Mar 06, 2007
badhomecook in Los Angeles Area

i finally found it! "real" ramen in L.A. - santouka notwithstanding (review)

Good ramen? Maybe? Maybe not? Hell, I'll just have to go slurp for myself. Stay tuned. Thanks for the rec, Rameniac!

Mar 06, 2007
badhomecook in Los Angeles Area

Super Udon in Gardena. Anyone been there before?

Sounds Oishi ne? But where in Gardena is this? I'm always looking for good noodles.
And you've tried Otofuku, haven't you?

Nov 07, 2006
badhomecook in Los Angeles Area

Is there any decent Indian food in the Hollywood area?

Why don't you venture South to Artesia and Little India. Udupi Palace is a fantastic S. Indian place (Bro in law from London who's spent lots of time in India says it was the most authentic he's tasted here in the states). Lots of sweets places on that block, too.

Oct 30, 2006
badhomecook in Los Angeles Area

Best Burger in LA?

Call me downmarket - I don't care. We're talking burgers here.
That said - best burger I've had lately is at Dave's.
Dave's Burgers on Atlantic in the LBC. That's some juicy good eatin'.

Oct 30, 2006
badhomecook in Los Angeles Area

What is your favorite Cooking Magazine

While I love the idea of food porn and looking at all the gorgeous pictures of food I'd never be able to make myself, I have to admit that I'm a big Everyday Food fan. Mostly because I'm a rank amateur in the kitchen and I need a simple, basic, hand-holding sort of approach for any kind of success in the kitchen. Hey, that's why I eat out so much!

Sep 23, 2006
badhomecook in Food Media & News