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Is it safe to leave your crockpot on all day while you are out?

I've been using mine now for 30+ years with no problem whatsoever. On low, of course. We have so many appliances we leave on, I cannot imagine why the crockpot would be an issue over any other appliance- especially if it is on low. That said, there is always room for an electrical short on anything, but so far so good.

Oct 27, 2008
trubee in Cookware

Rice Cooker - Pro and Con

I love my rice cooker. I never thought I'd need one but then was given one as a gift. I use it a couple of times a week now. When I cook rice, it is one less thing I have to think about as the rice cooker does it perfectly every time.

Oct 27, 2008
trubee in Cookware

Weekday dining in Santa Barbara (& Carmel)

We just returned from a weekend in Carmel and any of the three places we went to would be great --- the Gem, Christopher's, or Cantinetta Luca. Each was superb and well priced and you don't need to dress up much.

Apr 17, 2008
trubee in California

Where can I find piri piri sauce?

Thanks everyone! I am near Bay Cities so I will try that first. I wasn't sure if peri peri is the same as piri piri.

Apr 17, 2008
trubee in Los Angeles Area

Carmel Report - 3 perfect dinners

Just returned from a magical weekend in Carmel and had some of the best dinners in memory which was quite a pleasant surprise! Began at The Gem, a small restaurant taken over by two chefs who work in the kitchen. It's in a small courtyard and looks very non-descript from the outside. Inside, it is quite pleasant and the food is amazing. Each entree comes with a salad that is to die for - simple, fresh and the dressing -- just amazing. Nice wine list, too. I had the fresh sand dabs - to die for and so fresh. DH enjoyed beef wellington. Second dinner was at Christopher's. Oh my god - we couldn't take our eyes off the long, amazing sounding appetizer list when Chef Christopher himself floated by and encouraged us to order multiple appetizers as that is how he likes to eat. His advice couldn't have been better - from the tuna carpaccio (did I say FRESH?) to the chile relleno to everything in between - 5 stars. Third dinner was at Cantinetta Luca. For some reason we didn't leave the appetizer side there either. They make their own salami and the salami sampler and burrata cheese WAS a meal, especially when combined with the fresh grilled octopus, etc etc etc. It was shocking to have three such different and excellent meals in one weekend.

Apr 14, 2008
trubee in California

Where can I find piri piri sauce?

I have a recipe that calls for Portugese piri piri hot sauce. Thanks to the current issue of Bon Appetit, igourmet is sold out. Any ideas on where I can find it in LA?

Apr 14, 2008
trubee in Los Angeles Area

Past posts: what to bring to families in medical crises--new baby, two very young boys

oops - just noticed you said food related only.......
homemade foods - and with little kids mac and cheese, spaghetti (not necessarily with sauce so keep that on the side and maybe have some butter and a mild cheese on the side too), fried chicken and mashed potatoes, if you have a Costco near you they have some great prepared foods that go in the freezer.......from my similar experience as a child I was SO impressed when someone made us mac casserole with ground beef in it - that was foreign to me and I thought it was the best. Good luck.

Oct 03, 2007
trubee in General Topics

Past posts: what to bring to families in medical crises--new baby, two very young boys

the gift certificate for housecleaning is a genius idea.

when I was growing up and we went through a similar medical crisis, I still remember the great casseroles and dinners people brought -- every night for months.

Taking the kids out for an all-day Saturday or Sunday outing is very helpful. As is keeping an eye on clothes they need because right now the mom can't.

I'll keep them in my prayers.

Oct 03, 2007
trubee in General Topics

Japanese Dinner to Celebrate Graduation

Thanks, Lisa. I do know Yamashiro but I think he's too sophisticated (in the foods/culture of Japan) for it. I would like to dazzle him with a find!

Jun 19, 2007
trubee in Los Angeles Area

Need authentic Italian in Santa Monica

I have to tell you I have had awful experiences at Via Veneto - not with the food but with the staff. They rush through like they need to turn tables every 45 minutes. The last time did it for us for good. First they kept trying to clear plates before our guest had finished his meal. Then they said they didn't have coffee or espresso - all because they clearly wanted the table. We were in an out in one hour...absolutely absurd. It's happened to many of us so we've x'd them off the list. Too bad because the food was good.

We like Vincenzo on Montana and Lincoln. It's a tiny place, decent prices, high quality food and a good wine list -- and you can ask Vincenzo what is not on the list for some excellent pours.

Jun 19, 2007
trubee in Los Angeles Area

Japanese Dinner to Celebrate Graduation

My step grandson is graduating from high school - he is obsessed with everything Japanese and will be majoring in Japanese Studies at UCSB next year. We'd like to take him out for a special Japanese dinner (something beyond sushi as he has a part time job in a sushi restaurant) to celebrate his graduation and are happy to drive anywhere in the LA area for something special. Must be open on Sunday. Suggestions?

Jun 19, 2007
trubee in Los Angeles Area

South Georgia Coast Shrimp Shacks or ????

we'll be driving from Jacksonville to Savannah soon and would love suggestions from fellow Hounds on where to stop for local seafood or bbq or ?????

Apr 25, 2007
trubee in General South Archive

Graduation Dinner - I have reservations for Moonshadows... should I look further?

we've had nothing but great experiences at Moonshadows since the new chef came in. The view is spectacular (tell them you are graduating and your family is here from Kenya and ask for a window table). I think it fits the bill for what you want, assuming you want to be on the beach. If you don't care about that, I second Grace as our favorirte restaurant where you cannot go wrong!

Apr 24, 2007
trubee in Los Angeles Area

Coming to Savannah after 10 years!

Where to go now? We only have two days, but want to make the best of it! We LOVE Savannah. We're foodies from LA, not into dishes with heavy butter (as described here about Paula Deen - that would be our idea of hell!), love seafood and new southern cooking that is more healthy, good martinis and fine wines. One night we must go to the best seafood dive going, even if we have to drive a bit for it. The other night, something non-touristy and upscale where we'll be among fellow local hounds. Suggestions?

Apr 24, 2007
trubee in General South Archive

Literati ll or Rustic Canyon?

I also love Literati and have had zero issues with the quality of the food - we dine there quite a bit. I had some of the best salmon and scallops I have ever had there. Foodie friends of ours went to Rustic on a recent Saturday night and hated it (he was a chef and really knows food) - maybe they hit an off night but they'll never go back. In addition to poor food, it was so noisy no one could converse. We all tried Punch Grill last night and liked it - the rack of lamb was superb - they have a new manager who is intent on taking it to the next level -- which we applaud.

Apr 15, 2007
trubee in Los Angeles Area

Good Japanese near Main St in Santa Monica?

It isn't terribly close to Third, but definitely check out Yabu on Pico.

Jan 24, 2007
trubee in Los Angeles Area