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Chefs Are Masochists, Culinary School Is a Scam

As a caterer in the film/tv industry, I usually try to avoid hiring culinary school grads unless they already have production catering experience. It takes too much time to train them to have the sense of urgency necessary in this business. They come to me thinking they know everything already and really, they know almost nothing. They think it's important to spend 1/2 hour dicing a pepper perfectly, when in reality, my clients don't care. They want it to taste good and be served on time. There's considerably more money in catering than in a restaurant, however, this job is not for wimps.

Mar 12, 2011
Sugar Jones in Features

THANKSGIVING BUFFET IN SOUTHERN ORANGE COUNTY

Any suggestions for a nice Thanksgiving buffet anywhere from Costa Mesa to Mission Viejo? A nice hotel buffet would be ok too.
TIA!

Oct 22, 2010
Sugar Jones in Los Angeles Area

BRUNCHY/LUNCHY IN LONG BEACH ON SUNDAY

I'm meeting a friend from the UK on Sunday and we have to stay in the Long Beach area. Any good brunch or lunch suggestions?
TIA!

Jun 04, 2010
Sugar Jones in Los Angeles Area

Do You Make a Killer Tri-Tip...and What is Your Secret to Cooking It?

I make this all the time.

MARINADE
Fresh Cilantro
Fresh Garlic
Fresh Lime Juice
Tequila
Cumin
Salt & Pepper
Sorry i can't give you quantities. It's all "to taste" and depends on how much meat you have. Just make sure you have enough liquid to get the ingredients to blend well.
Blend all the ingredients in a blender or with an immersion mixer until fairly smooth.
It will be very green.

I marinate the meat for 24 hours minimum, sometimes 48 hours. Then cookl on a very hot grill until it has a good marking on both sides. Finish in the oven until the center reaches around 140. That would be just about medium rare in the center.

You could serve this with a nice homemade salsa if you like.

May 30, 2010
Sugar Jones in Home Cooking

Edible Flowers?

Anyone know where I can get edible flowers in Hollywood, West Hollywood, etc.?
I want to decorate a cake with flowers.
TIA!

May 28, 2010
Sugar Jones in Los Angeles Area

MASHED POTATO KUGEL

I'm looking for a yummy recipe for mashed potato kugel, not shredded potatoes. Maybe something topped with Matzoh crunchies?
TYIA!

Mar 25, 2010
Sugar Jones in Home Cooking

Where Can I Find a Banana Fritter Donut?

Frittelli's in BH advertises a banana fritter donut. No idea if it's good or what it looks like though.

http://www.frittelli.com/doughnuts.html

Feb 23, 2010
Sugar Jones in Los Angeles Area

Where can i buy slider sized brioche buns in LA??

Try Melrose Baking Company - Melrose at Fuller.

Dec 19, 2009
Sugar Jones in Los Angeles Area

Ethiopian Sunday Brunch Buffet

Any good recommendations for an AYCE Sunday Brunch at any of the local Ethiopian restaurants? A mixed group of vegetarians, vegans and meat eaters.
TIA!

Oct 10, 2009
Sugar Jones in Los Angeles Area

RESTAURANT SUPPLY IN L.A.?

Absolutely CHARLIE'S. That's where the pro's go. Down and dirty store with an unbelievable selection of professional equipment and supplies.

Aug 30, 2009
Sugar Jones in Los Angeles Area

Easy, Fast, Cheap near McCabes tonight

thanks Servorg. it actually IS mccabes, not the troub. i'm just too tired to be posting. i think lares is next door so that would be perfect.

Aug 29, 2009
Sugar Jones in Los Angeles Area

Easy, Fast, Cheap near McCabes tonight

I'm meeting a friend from out of town tonight at McCabes Guitar Shop on Pico in Santa Monica. We want to have an early dinner within walking distance. Cheap, fast, vegetarian options.
TIA 'hounds.

Aug 29, 2009
Sugar Jones in Los Angeles Area

Breakfast, Brunch or Lunch - Laguna Woods, Dana Point, Capistrano, Etc.

I had to work on Mother's Day so I need to make it up to Mom. Looking for someplace very nice to take her on Sunday for Breakfast, Brunch or Lunch. She does enjoy a good buffet, but regular menu is fine too. Anywhere convenient to Laguna Woods will work. Price is not an issue.
TIA

May 13, 2009
Sugar Jones in Los Angeles Area

dinner recs laguna woods?

foodseeker
my mom lives in laguna woods too. check out the responses to my post from last sept.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5561...

we ended up at Bistango. it was very good.

Apr 03, 2009
Sugar Jones in Los Angeles Area

Miracle-Mile chow

There's a new Indian place that just opened in the diner at the El Rey - Cowboys & Turbans. I haven't tried it, but it looks interesting.

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Cowboys and Turbans
5515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Mar 17, 2009
Sugar Jones in Los Angeles Area

Churros Mix - looking to buy

I am pretty sure I've bought a box at Smart & Final before. Also, I would bet that any of the Mexican groceries would have it..ie. Vallarta.

Feb 22, 2009
Sugar Jones in Los Angeles Area

Viennetta Ice Cream - where can I find it?

Saw 2 different flavors of Viennetta at Ralphs on Wilshire and Hauser day before yesterday. I think it was double chocolate and vanilla. They had about 9 or 10 boxes. $3.99 each!

Jan 27, 2009
Sugar Jones in Los Angeles Area

Century City dinner

Friends from out of town are staying in Century City and want dinner in the area. The only rules are... they are more interested in great dining, and great food...not a trendy scene, but not something "square" (whatever that means). Any suggestions?
TIA!

Jan 18, 2009
Sugar Jones in Los Angeles Area

Happy Hour - Miracle Mile-ish

Great idea Snooper! It's blocks from my house and it didn't even occur to me!

Dec 29, 2008
Sugar Jones in Los Angeles Area

Happy Hour - Miracle Mile-ish

I'm looking for a decent happy hour/bar or small bites place for this evening in the Miracle Mile/Mid-Town area, or close. Hollywood, K-town, even east Culver City.
TIA!

Dec 29, 2008
Sugar Jones in Los Angeles Area

Mccann's steel cut oats preparation (if you buy bulk)

Try replacing part of the water with a mix of low-fat milk & buttermilk. Also, I toast the oats in butter in the pan before adding the liquid. YUMMY!

Dec 26, 2008
Sugar Jones in Recipes

Crackly Sugar Cookies

This is basically a Snickerdoodle. Why are they calling it a Sugar Cookie?

Dec 26, 2008
Sugar Jones in Recipes

Famous Tamale Place in LA

I've seen those broadcasts and I'm pretty sure it's Mama's Hot Tamales near Macarthur Park/downtown area.

Dec 11, 2008
Sugar Jones in Los Angeles Area

Brunch in Tujunga

Is there a casual, inexpensive but yummy spot for brunch in Tujunga for tomorrow? It doesn't have to be fancy at all.
TIA

Nov 29, 2008
Sugar Jones in Los Angeles Area

Cheap and yummy dinner in W. LA?

Meeting an out-of-town friend for dinner tonight in W. LA. Anything good, not too expensive and nice-ish? Any type of food is good except Italian.
TIA.

Nov 25, 2008
Sugar Jones in Los Angeles Area

Thanksgiving Buffet - South OC

just made a reservation at The Clubhouse. the Thanksgiving menu looks really nice..just what my family will like. thanks for the suggestion.

Nov 03, 2008
Sugar Jones in Los Angeles Area

Thanksgiving Buffet - South OC

My family want a buffet this year. Any suggestions in the Dana Point, Irving, Laguna Niguel, Laguna area?
TIA

Nov 02, 2008
Sugar Jones in Los Angeles Area

Happy Hour - West Hollywood

Lola's sounds good but I can't find a happy hour menu on their website. Can anyone give me some insight in to the happy hour food?

Oct 09, 2008
Sugar Jones in Los Angeles Area

Happy Hour - West Hollywood

I need to find a nice place for a happy hour meeting tomorrow evening. Not too loud, not too expensive, in or near Weho.
TKI

Oct 08, 2008
Sugar Jones in Los Angeles Area

Maison Berteaux, Soho, London (and a cannoli question)

when i lived in soho, in the mid eighties, we strolled over to maison berteaux every sunday for a couple of extraordinary croissants - almond and chocolate. then picked up the sunday papers and back to bed to enjoy our lazy morning. it was one of the many joys of living in soho back then.

Sep 14, 2008
Sugar Jones in U.K./Ireland