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Salt and Straw

i had their ice cream in portland and it is amazing. we were there at 10pm on a tuesday with the line clear out the door. cleaner, deeper flavors than carmela, not as sweet as mc connell's or fosselmans with a rich, luscious texture. i am an ice cream freak and i have scoops three blocks away but i would stand in line for this stuff and it looks like i'm going to have to.

friend wants to have dinner at bazaar - realistically, how much am i going to spend??

we are going with a group of 6-8 people and i know we are going to end up splitting the bill and i have this feeling i am going to drop $200 and have two cocktails and nine bites of stuff i didn't pick and still be hungry afterwards.

what are some alternatives i can gently suggest to her?

Sep 03, 2014
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Moving to Los Feliz from Seattle, Please Help.

the Sunday Hollywood market is better than both of those.

8am-1pm, Ivar between Cahuenga and Vine

Aug 25, 2014
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Favorite Dishes at Wat Moon Dong Lek

lmfao...

Aug 13, 2014
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Favorite Dishes at Wat Moon Dong Lek

i'm so glad other people like that place! it's in my hood but always seems mostly empty. my favorite dish is the shanghai noodle salad. the flavors are similar to yum woon sen but the noodles are like transparent penne so they add a more pleasantly chewy texture than the typical glass noodle. i had to convince the waitress to make it "thai spicy" and she and one of the cooks watched me as i ate it, fanning myself and mopping my face and loving every second.

i also like the garlic green bean dish with chicken and the hainan chicken is good though be warned they serve it with gingered rice - delicious but unexpected.

Aug 13, 2014
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kid friendly near Walt Disney Music Center (edited! oops) on a Friday night??

does such a thing exist? i want to take my kid to a music event and am hoping to grab a bite somewhere beforehand - any suggestions? last time i was in the area for Kraftwerk everything that was not a bar was super packed or closed.

sorry i didn't clarify earlier. i think the responses below are all for a different area. and he's almost three and eats most things except spicy.

Aug 12, 2014
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What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 1 [old]

i made a "frame" shape and added the filling after proofing. i did try it the rolled up way like a pain au chocolat but it was too soggy.

Aug 04, 2014
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Dessert Italian Style

everything i've made from the gina de palma book "dolce italiano" is amazing. the ricotta pound cake (i make my own ricotta for this which i'm sure you're more than capable of) is excellent. she has several other cake and cookie recipes. i also use the italian cookie recipes from nancy silverton's "pastries from the la brea bakery." the pignoli cookie and italian macaroons are very good. the hazelnut baci from david lebovitz' website would be another great addition to a cookie platter.

Aug 01, 2014
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What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 1 [old]

I'm making pita bread to go with some falafel for dinner, and some galettes with frangipane and fresh cherries. last week was figs and raspberries.

I made pesto for ricotta, pesto, and heirloom tomato croissants for the croissant dough in my freezer. and using some of the frangipane for chocolate almond croissant as well.

Aug 01, 2014
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What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 1 [old]

please share the zucchini muffin recipe! i have some to use up and that sounds perfect.

Aug 01, 2014
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Wexler's Deli - Yesterday

the carnitas place is Las Moreliana's - excellent carnitas and they cook the entire pig so you can choose your organ and meat. so good. sorry you were disappointed with wexler's. its on my to-try list.

Best Donut, Los Angeles

i agree with the "anything peanut butter" at Stan's. the person who brought them to my workplace all those years ago wasn't around so i actually dug through the trash for the box so i could see where they came from. i remember my fist taste of one with banana and peanut butter with the mini chocolate chips. i tried to recreate it myself but the banana made the center gluey and raw-tasting. second place goes to the maple bar at donut hut in burbank.

if they still made it, number one would be a certain spiced cake donut i had long ago at milo & olive that still stands out in my memory, though they have never had them again when i've inquired.

and not to rock the boat, but i kinda hate donut man. i've had both peach and strawberry and the donuts were nothing special, the glaze excessive and gloppy, and the fruit not spectacular and underripe.

Jul 31, 2014
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Favorite Horchata in LA or environs

there is a taco place on virgil and santa monica called El Pollo Unico that has delicious horchata blended to order.

the tacos de cabeza are excellent as well. my two year old eats three at a time - just the meat, but it's that good. there will likely be a asador outside working the grill and stirring up a cloud of scented smoke - the pollo is very good.

Jul 30, 2014
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Blueberry Buckle

i adore the buckle recipe from the king arthur flour cookbook. i double the topping recipe and make a streusel ribbon through the middle.

Jul 21, 2014
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Beer Belly, summer eats, some of you might just be interested.

i've always found the food there to sound better on the menu than it tastes. anyone have differing experiences? maybe i'm ordering the wrong things? the wings, fries, and dip sandwich are fine, and the mac n cheese delicious, but everythng else has been mildly to greatly disappointing.

great meal at Cucina Urbana

I made reservations for my husband and I at Cucina Urbana to celebrate Father's Day while we were visiting family this past weekend. We'd eaten there before but not for several years. I'm happy to report that it was just as good if not better than the last visit. We had the grilled octopus - beautifully charred and crispy outside, tender and meaty within - a single large tentacle served with whole and pureed ceci (garbanzo beans), a bit of tomatoey sauce, a scattering of greens and a few slices of fried fingerling potato. It was my favorite dish of the evening. My least favorite was the other appetizer - the suckling pig, which was cooked, shredded, and pressed and seared and served with poached egg, frisee, crispy skin and sherry sugo which was a bit too sweet. The pork was tasty but sort of stringy and chewy and I just wanted succulent slices and crispy skin and the skin part was sliced so thin that as soon as you mixed everything together as suggested by our runner, you lost the contrast a bit. Instead of main courses we split a pasta - sweet corn agnolotti with sorrel and speck - delicious and bright tasting with very al dente pasta and the clean tang of the sorrel - and the lamb sausage pizza with honey ricotta. The pizza crust was blackened but not too much so, chewy and not too thick or thin. I wanted a bit more crunch but the lamb was beautifully seasoned, the house ricotta creamy and delicate, and the honey was earthy and not overly sweet.

With 2 cocktails and a bottle of wine our bill was around $120.

There was only one dessert we were remotely interested in - the banana cannoli - but we opted to pick up cake at Extraordinary Desserts instead (the Basque bundt cake is phenomenal especially gently warmed like they serve it to you there).

What other places with similar quality food would you recommend for our next visit? We usually hit up holes-in-the-wall like Canada Steakburger and Mariscos German or beer food like Carnitas Snack Shack and Blind Lady but we'd definitely like to try San Diego's higher-end offerings.

Jun 17, 2014
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what does San Diego need in its dining scene?

what gaps need to be filled, and in what areas? if you could have an eatery, bakery, bar, food truck, cafe,+ takeout window, etc. open up nearby, what would it serve? what foods are underrepresented?

Jun 11, 2014
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What are you baking these days? May, 2014 edition, part two! [Through May 31, 2014]

have you tried Rose Levy Beranbaum's white velvet cake? every bit as delicious and buttery as yellow cake but with a beautiful white crumb for these type of shortcake cakes.

May 28, 2014
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where is all the rhubarb? raw at markets or cooked in pies

it's pretty much the end of the season and I have yet to see any at the farmer's markets or on many menus. i saw a teeny bundle in hollywood for $5 and should have bought it but i hesitated and now it seems that a taste may pass me by.

May 28, 2014
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Anniversary Weekend in Portland

We visited Portland recently and our favorite meal was at Andina. Some of the best food I've had anywhere.

May 21, 2014
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Good Beer Bottle Shop in LA

K&L on Sunset & Vine has a great bottled selection. Lots of Belgian as well as Alpine Beer Co, Logsdon, Jolly Pumpkin, Mikeller, Russian River, etc.

May 09, 2014
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PIE - LA Dish of the Month (March 2014)

I have never enjoyed simplethings pies. I find the crust on the larger pies tough and the crust on ALL the mini pies is graham cracker, which is criminal with banana cream and pushed the caramel into far too sweet territory.

May 07, 2014
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Tuna Melt

Blue Palms on Hollywood Blvd. and Gower has a nice version with tomato and fennel.

May 05, 2014
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what should I do with a giant bag of dry roasted hazelnuts?

i bought a bag of beautiful Freddy Guy's hazelnuts while visiting Portland and would love your thoughts on how to use them. i plan to use some in hazelnut baci and chocolate chip cookies, some in salad with asparagus and burrata, with pasta and wild mushrooms - what else??

Apr 10, 2014
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Best current foie gras dishes?

Thank you for all the great suggestions!

Apr 01, 2014
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Best current foie gras dishes?

I am visiting from California and would love to know where I can find foie on the menu, especially near downtown. Thanks!

Mar 31, 2014
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Four days in Portland with a toddler

Hi all. I'll be visiting Portland the first week of April with my husband and 2 year old son. We are staying downtown and planning to visit most of the larger parks and museums so I am looking for recommendations for places near Washington Park, OSMI, etc. All three of us are adventurous eaters and we have no dietary restrictions. So far our tentative list includes Little Bird, Lardo, Artisan Bakery, Ox, Tasty n Alder, Broder, Lauretta Jean's (although we can get the biscuits at the Saturday farmer's market, right?), several food carts (Nong's Khao Man Gai, Tabor, the People's Pig), and in my fantasy life I get to go to at least one amazing bakery a day (I'm a pastry chef) and my husband gets all the beer he can drink (he's a craft beer freak).

Are any of the places on our list not child-friendly? He can be very high energy which is sometimes not awesome in a quieter sit-down venue. Also, which places are most likely to have a long, tantrum-inducing wait - which is why PokPok is not included, sadly. Your input is greatly appreciated, as are any additions to the list as far as bakeries and places with both great beer and food. I have no idea where most of these places are or how far apart everything and we will be walking and depending on public transportation so any advice pertaining to that would be lovely. Thanks!

Mar 10, 2014
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What are you baking these days? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

yes you can add melted chocolate,just make sure it is completely cool or the butter will get soft and it will droop.

Mar 05, 2014
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Pizzeria Mozza--Underwhelmed

yes, the price is for a quartino which is a glass and a half but they will pour a single glass if you like - at least this is at the LA location.

Feb 13, 2014
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What is your favorite donut in LA right now and where ?

the maple bar at donut hut on magnolia is pretty stellar, but the one that will live forever in my memory is the spiced cake donut from milo & olive that they have never once had available again on the occasion of my visits.

Feb 13, 2014
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