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"e" by Jose Andres, La Cirque, Twist, Robuchon, or Savoy?

So helpful! Wonderful description of each. I know know that E and Robuchon are a go. Thank you so much :)

Oct 18, 2012
rachel12 in Las Vegas

The Revenge of...My Upcoming Las Vegas Vacation

Well lemme know what you find. As a So Cal girl In n Out isn't too interesting, but I'd love any of your input.

Oct 17, 2012
rachel12 in Las Vegas

The Revenge of...My Upcoming Las Vegas Vacation

Having just moved to the area (from the beach cities outside of LA) I recently had a similar post. All I can say is emphatic yes to "e", Raku, Savoy, Robuchon, and Bouchon. Heared mixed reviews on Twist, but as a chef I'm sure you will get something out of it. I must also mention La Cirque, people rave. If you need a dining partner I can start saving up now lol.

Oct 16, 2012
rachel12 in Las Vegas

"e" by Jose Andres, La Cirque, Twist, Robuchon, or Savoy?

Thanks, I was hoping to squeeze my way into "e".

Oct 13, 2012
rachel12 in Las Vegas

"e" by Jose Andres, La Cirque, Twist, Robuchon, or Savoy?

So insightful. Thank you so much.

Oct 13, 2012
rachel12 in Las Vegas

"e" by Jose Andres, La Cirque, Twist, Robuchon, or Savoy?

I have read so many different reviews on all of these incredible restaurants. I love the Bazzar, but also adore French cuisine. I live for culinary adventures and have now done so much investigating, that I am utterly confused how these match up against each other. If anyone has any insight please rate these 1-5, 1 being the best and 5 being your least favorite and a brief synopsis. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Oct 12, 2012
rachel12 in Las Vegas

Ocean Diner on Ocean in Redondo Beach?

Ocean Diner is in Hermosa Beach. It has been an institution for over 20 years. They owner is passionate about sustainable and organic ingredients. He roasts his own coffee bean, imports pure maple syrup, and bakes all their amazing pastry's in house. The staff has been there just as long and I can't leave without giving half pf them an update on Mom, Dad and my sisters. All other suggestions have been good as well, but Ocean Diner is incredible, please try it.

Jan 23, 2012
rachel12 in Los Angeles Area

Best Shipped Caviar

I am Russian and want to bring amazing caviar as an app to our Thanksgiving dinner. I've seen Seattle caviar etc., is it comparable? If not where can I order from?

Nov 15, 2011
rachel12 in General Topics

Smuggled Spanish Canned Goods Ideas

Ok so I have a plan of attack, they will be washed patted dry and cooked with olive oil garlic and crushed red-pepper flakes, I may add a splash of white wine for good measure. I'm serving that on a bed of arugula and digging in :)

Mar 26, 2010
rachel12 in Home Cooking

Smuggled Spanish Canned Goods Ideas

So you suggest it roughly be used like tuna preserved in oilve oil?

Mar 26, 2010
rachel12 in Home Cooking

Smuggled Spanish Canned Goods Ideas

I was also hoping to get some inspiration for preparing those lil guys :)

Mar 26, 2010
rachel12 in Home Cooking

Smuggled Spanish Canned Goods Ideas

" Perdiz en escabechada"-as I see directly off the tin.

Mar 26, 2010
rachel12 in Home Cooking

Smuggled Spanish Canned Goods Ideas

My father just returned from a ten day trip in Spain (Madrid and Barcelona). While on his vacation he promised to eat his heart out and return with any and all food items he could smuggle in without buying another piece of luggage. Always a man of his word he arrive with Vacuum seal jamón ibérico (iberico ham), a Spanish version of sopressata, tinned razor clams, marinated mussels, tinned baby eels, and one item I completely baffled by-a whole tinned partridge!

I know that the other goods will only require some great bread, possibly a small cheese assortment with accoutrement (nuts/olives/etc.) and a great bottle of wine so we can go to town. My only issue is how to fully enjoy the canned bird! Should it be added to another dish, tasted on its own-since I'm sure it's fully cooked and possibly marinated...I'm at a loss.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers :)

Mar 26, 2010
rachel12 in Home Cooking

Best Russian River Valley Winery?

I went to Porter Creek with a group of friends and had a wonderful time. The wines were nice and I loved the ambiance :) Thanks for the heads up on Woodenhead!

Apr 14, 2009
rachel12 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Russian River Valley Winery?

Maria,

You're post was incredibly helpful. I have done a good amount of searching on the wine board as well as the San Francisco board, both of which were wonderful in making my list of prospective vineyards more concise.

I wish I could make it over to Hanzell the feed back thus far has been amazing, but at least I have something to look forward on another visit :)

I am sorry I wasn't more clear about the Rhone/Pinot issue. I do realize that pinot is not from the Rhone, I was using that more as a descriptive on a style of wine (i.e. trying to avoid the fruit forward pinots you mentioned). Sorry for the confusion.

In regards to vineyards I enjoy, I love Failla's wines, and Rochioli makes some lovely pinots.

Hopefully this will help everyone out.

Thanks again :)

Apr 14, 2009
rachel12 in San Francisco Bay Area

ZINNIA

has anyone gone recently, and if so what are their thoughts? Is is comparable to BIX or Bacar?

Apr 14, 2009
rachel12 in San Francisco Bay Area

Universal, Maverick, Delfina, Tartine?

I second brunch at Foreign Cinema!

Apr 09, 2009
rachel12 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Russian River Valley Winery?

That was incredibly helpful! I looked up where Hanzell is located, and I think its too for this trip. Your advise has helped me widdle-down my list significantly. From the suggestions, I think Lynmar and Hartford are my best best. I'm specifically looking for awesome Pinot producers (more in the Rhone style), hopefully that might help narrow it down a little more.

Thanks for all the help!

Apr 09, 2009
rachel12 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Russian River Valley Winery?

I am also going to the Russian River, and have been looking at the following wineries:
Hartford
Porter Creek
Lynmar
Hanzell
August West
Woodenhead
Pellegrini

I have an appointment at Mary Edwards and Seduri and plan to go to Rochioli, so basically I can only add about two more from the list above.

Any help would be awesome!

Apr 09, 2009
rachel12 in San Francisco Bay Area

Universal, Maverick, Delfina, Tartine?

If your limited to the mission, and they are wine lovers, may I also suggest Bar Bambino. Out of the restaurants you mentioned I think Delfina is wonderful.

Apr 02, 2009
rachel12 in San Francisco Bay Area

best birthday cake

I love Lido! I get all my Birthday cakes there. Everyone is always so nice in the shop, and everything we've ever bought has been a hit.

Mar 10, 2009
rachel12 in Los Angeles Area

Visiting LA from SF....

I would agree with Franklin Jefferson's recommendations especially Palate. Fraiche also comes to mind for wonderful French food. For Italian you might want to try Angelini Osteria or La Terza. Hungry Cat is a wonderful place for a more casual/people watching in Hollywood. Another option in a cool area is Abbott Kinney in Venice. I have heard wonderful things about Gjelina and AK restaurant+bar.

Mar 10, 2009
rachel12 in Los Angeles Area

CHOOSE OUR NEXT MEAL - JOSIE OR HATFIELD'S!

I can see that our taste profiles might be different ( I liked Fraiche and Melisse although I totally agree about AOC from a food standpoint) but I found Josie's, although nicely executed dishes, was nothing special and borderline boring.

Mar 10, 2009
rachel12 in Los Angeles Area

Meat Curing

You could try interning at shop/restaurant that you respect.

Mar 10, 2009
rachel12 in San Francisco Bay Area

Is there a better sandwich place than Bay Cities???

I can suggest Big Mikes in Hermosa Beach for Philly Cheesesteak's and meatball subs.

Mar 06, 2009
rachel12 in Los Angeles Area

How to determin if you can freeze something and re-heat

OK I finally have an example for you. I want to make mini muffins for Sunday brunch, but don't have enough tin's to freeze all the batter and then bake them later. Can I bake them partially and then take them out of the tins, freeze them, and then re-heat them in a baking sheet? The only other option I could come up with was making the batters tonight and then baking them fresh in the morning while I prep other things.

Feb 28, 2009
rachel12 in Home Cooking

Any place like Boulevard SF in LA?

Ahhhh the food scene of SF how I miss you. I went to college in SF and since then have moved back home to Hermosa Beach. I understand your pain too well. I think you've had some awesome suggestions. Palate is wonderful, so is Fraiche, and Lucques.

In regards to MB restaurants I have had many wonderful meals at Darren's, the bartenders there are really nice.

For really good sushi I reccomend a slight drive to Gardena. Its only about 10 min. away and has reliable sushi restaurants as well as ramen places. I know there are a bunch of boards already on chowhound about this.

Depending on your age, price range, and willingness to drive, you should be OK :)

Feb 27, 2009
rachel12 in Los Angeles Area

Authentic Mexican Salsa Recipe

After a lot of test runs and I talking to some people who wait tables there I think I've got it! Its a combo of canned tomatoes and fresh, there they add a can of jalapenos including juice, but when I did that it didn't taste as fresh, so I did a combo of some canned with juice and fresh jalapenos. Then I diced the standard onion, cilantro, and added a bit of garlic powder and salt.

It is as close as I think I'm gonna get, but I am happy with the results! Thanks for everyone's input, it helped a lot!

Feb 19, 2009
rachel12 in Home Cooking

What's your favorite South Bay fish restaurant?

I love Captain Kids, but be warned its VERY casual and kinda funky. I personally find it charming sine I've been going there since I was a kid. You can buy any of their fresh fish that they sell and have it cooked how ever you like. You can also buy crabs and rent mallets and crack them on one of the huge tables out back. The crabs are really messy, but a lot of fun. Gina Lee's was a good suggestion but only if you want Asian food.

Feb 17, 2009
rachel12 in Los Angeles Area

Help! Good Restaurant near beverly Hills/ Hollywood

The Hall at the Plaihouse Hotel is supposed to be wonderful.

Feb 13, 2009
rachel12 in Los Angeles Area