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Jonathan Gold to L.A. Times - again!

I'm glad I'm not the only one upset about the LAT Food section ending. I've gotten so many recipes from that section. It's still going to be online, I presume?

Mar 03, 2012
sibaik in Food Media & News

Why Hasn't There Been More Talk On This Board About WP 24?

Aching, I totally agree. I ate there for the first time last weekend for the husband's birthday, and felt ripped off. The food was just OK for paying that amount of money. To get to the restroom you have to walk a long way, and there are dead end halls everywhere. The lounge is really average looking for a restaurant that is supposed to be this elegant.

Feb 09, 2012
sibaik in Los Angeles Area

12 Reasons to Drive to San Gabriel

Wow Mr. T, you really took me back with that reference to the Springfield Style Chicken. I grew up in Missouri (I'm Korean) and we would drive to K.C. for that. Brings back memories!

Feb 02, 2012
sibaik in Los Angeles Area

What are you baking these days? November 2011, part 1 [old]

I bought the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook and can't put it down. Made Chocolate Chip/Candy Corn/ Cornflake cookies from October Food and Wine issue to use up candy corn, her recipe, (though not in book) and they were delicious. Tomorrow making her Compost Cookies and Chocolate Chocolate Cookies. Able to find glucose syrup at the local cake/candy making store. She has a lot of good techniques in that book which are great for a novice like myself. I've made her Crack Pie 3 times and every single time it's addictive.

Nov 10, 2011
sibaik in Home Cooking

Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook for $500 vs Online ordering for $300

I just made her Cornflake/Chocolate Chip/Candy Corn cookies (not in the book, but in October Food and Wine magazine), following the directions for smiliar cookies from the cookbook. They were amazing. I'm about to try the recipe for the chocolate chocolate cookies and, in agreement with Becca and Bite_Me, just spent $35 on Valrhona chocolate powder and Valrhona chocolate for these. Have had no luck finding glucose powder except online, but able to get acetate strips from local cake decorating place. I've made her Crack Pie 2-3 times and it really is addictive. I would say her taste runs toward super sweet combined with salty--and I share that love.

Nov 08, 2011
sibaik in Home Cooking

Merken (Chilean Spice Blend) ?

I just tried looking for it at the Whole Foods in Woodland Hills--they discontinued it. I've also tried the Whole Foods in Pasadena (on Arroyo) and they didn't have it either. I guess I'll have to order it online...

Nov 08, 2011
sibaik in Los Angeles Area

REVIEW w/ pics: The Formerly Overlooked But Never Again Happy Kitchen

We ate there last night and it was as good as you described. We had the pork dumplings (kids loved them b/c the taste was simlar to the ones at Luscious Dumplings,) the shrimp and pork dumplings and the scallop and pork dumplngs--all juicy and delicious, a little herby from the scallions. Also enjoyed the cumin lamb fried noodles, served piping hot and a bit spicy, the noodles chewy and tender. The double cooked pork was sensational, crispy and with cilantro strands on top. We got a free tea smoked duck leg and this is hands down the best smoked duck I've had. We will definitely be back to try the beef roll and that snail soup.

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Luscious Dumplings
704 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Oct 23, 2011
sibaik in Los Angeles Area

What are you baking these days? July 2011, Part 2 [old]

Banana cupcakes with peanut butter frosting--first time trying the recipe, turned out well!

Jul 24, 2011
sibaik in Home Cooking

Pizzeria Mozza Butterscotch Budino - testing notes

I really need some advice with this. I made this a few days ago and it was a little lumpy. Granted, I was too lazy to strain it. But does anyone have any other advice on how to make this lump-free? I also agree with Daveena about it being difficult to judge the proper color, as I cooked the sugar 10 minutes and it still came out too light, even though it was starting to smoke by that time. Help!

May 18, 2010
sibaik in Home Cooking

Carlsbad this weekend with young kids

We just returned from Carlsbad/S.D. with our 2 kids, ages 3 and 5. Here were our experiences. Day 1: Fillipi's Pizza Grotto on India Street in downtown S.D. Kids love the place b/c there's a lot of people watching, with an interesting Italian grocery store in the front. Pizza doesn't skimp on toppings, slightly thicker crust. We like one of their specialty meat pizzas. I think it's delicious but I'm sure it's not the best pizza in S.D. We also like the antipasti salad. Got garlic bread for the kids, which they didn't eat. Dinner: Seafood buffet at Four Seasons Aviara. This was amazing. Maine lobster with claws separated, perfectly cooked. Crab claws, sawed in half lengthwise, so very easy to eat. Shrimp, stone crab claws, prime rib, poached salmon, sushi and sashimi (the latter just tuna and salmon), and excellent desserts. This is only held on Fridays, $55/person, kids didn't really eat and were free. Make a reservation early in the week. Would definitely go back.
Day 2: Lunch at the Argyle (golf course adjacent restaurant at 4 Seasons.) They have special cartoon plates and silverware for the kids and give them crayons with their kids menu. We had the Chef's special which was tomato basil soup, half of a flatiron steak wrap, a tossed salad and chocolate cake for dessert, $18. Kids menu grilled cheese was delicious (hard to mess that up.) Fun for kids to watch the golfers down below, and there is a trail next to the restaurant which is adjacent to the lagoon. Dinner: Nozomi Sushi in Carlsbad. I was pleased with this place. The uni was delicious and fresh, as well as the albacore, salmon, toro, and ama ebi. We are not roll people so didn't try any. Tuna on crispy rice dish was meh--crispy rice was more chewy than crispy. Generous cuts. Kids ate miso soup and rice and their chocolate lava cake dessert. They have a huge fountain and turtle pond in the bottom floor of the restaurant which the kids loved.
Day 3: Tip Top German deli in Carlsbad for subs. They also have an extensive breakfast menu until 12. This place is crowded on Sunday mornings, but we didn't have to wait for a table, just to place an order. Should have tried a German sausage sandwich, but we got the cold cut subs with red cabbage side dish (delicious) and fries. Kids liked people watching and their fries. Dinner: Senor Grumpy's Tacos in Carlsbad. Cannot beat 5 tacos for $5.50. We had the al pastor and carnitas. Carnitas were better, crispy exterior and tender, juicy interior. Slightly bland. The fish and shrimp tacos were fine. Glass of red wine (generous pour) is $3. Kids ate fries and grilled cheese, both very good. They liked the people watching and the big TV screen at the bar.

These places were great for the kids, although I will say that my kids don't eat hardly anything. But at least they were occupied. Mom and Dad were happy with the food. Hope this helps for a future trip.

Apr 20, 2010
sibaik in San Diego

Jitlada - first time visit

So true, ipse--and hilarious!

Mar 30, 2010
sibaik in Los Angeles Area

Jitlada - first time visit

I like that catfish dish too. We've been ordering that for many years, always consistently good.

Mar 30, 2010
sibaik in Los Angeles Area

Happy Hour deals Downtown

You must have gone to the John Mayer concert, like I did. We went to Drago Centro's happy hour. They have $5 specialty cocktails--a mai tai, a rye manhattan, a vodka/cranberry juice, and something called Aviation, which was good, but a little sweet. I don't recall what was in it. We ate the Kobe sliders (very good, order comes with 2,) bruschetta with tomatoes and white anchovies (tasty), eggplant bruschetta (didn't try that one) and a torta with pork belly, which was similar to a quiche, and I didn't taste the pork belly that much. I would definitely get the sliders again and I loved the Manhattan. Most of the food items were $3-5. On the other side of the bar menu was a list of other specialty cocktails for $12. We had 4 $5 cocktails and 4 food items for $47 before tip. There was also a cheese plate, a charcuterie plate, and 3 different kinds of individual pizzas. Valet parking is free for 4 hours. Seemed like an older crowd. But delicious and cheap.

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Drago Centro
525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Mar 26, 2010
sibaik in Los Angeles Area

Crack Pie Recipe

I made the crack pie for our St. Paddy's Day potluck. Now I see what the hype is about. It is really good. The saltiness of the oatmeal cookie crust and the slight saltiness of the filling lessen the overall sugariness. It is addicting. I baked it at 375 for the first 10 minutes and then 35 minutes at 325 (refused to get brown before that.) Other than that, followed recipe exactly. Great results!

Mar 17, 2010
sibaik in Home Cooking

What are you making right now?

Braised short ribs with bacon, pearl onions, and parsnip garnish from the Cooks Illustrated Best Recipe cookbook--beats Daniel Boulud's recipe by a mile, IMO. I've made the Daniel Boulud recipe 3-4 times, and this one once before, and I'm telling you, the CI recipe is hard to beat.

Sep 15, 2009
sibaik in Home Cooking

BEST FOOD BETWEEN LA AND CLAREMONT NEAR THE 210??

La Cabanita in La Crescenta/Montrose for good Mexican-- I love their tacos

Sep 10, 2009
sibaik in Los Angeles Area

Vancouver markets & early breakfast options

Last week we went to GI around 10am or so, and had a great breakfast/lunch of bread from Terra, with proscuitto and French cheese from Dussa's, (I think, can't exactly remember the place) topped with roasted red peppers from the stand right across from Dussa's. Kids had chocolate croissants from the other bakery there. (Starts with an S; again, can't remember name.) It was great!

Sep 09, 2009
sibaik in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

weekday office lunch on west side of Vancouver?

I know you already had your lunch, but Raincity Grill has a $20 two course prix fixe lunch menu. We ate there last week for lunch and it was delicious. Tuna tataki appetizer with a very tender, pulled-pork style lamb sandwich with carmelized onions. Grilled caesar salad on the side. I had the fish and chips with the tataki appetizer. Superb quality halibut covered with a very crisp beer batter coating. Perfect service.

Sep 09, 2009
sibaik in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

In search of: chicken tikka masala recipe

I love the recipe in the CI book. I've made it several times. Fairly easy and tasty.

Jun 02, 2009
sibaik in Home Cooking

Has anyone had the food at the Quail Lodge in Carmel?

My husband's niece got married there in 2002, I believe, and the food was not memorable. I think we had salmon and chicken. Things may have changed in the last 7 years, though.

May 21, 2009
sibaik in California

New kitchen - no range hood?

I have a Wolf range with a Wolf downdraft hood. I would have to agree that it isn't the most efficient hood, and the annoying thing is that the burners go off from the draft! What I do like is that there's nothing above my head and my husband is tall so he doesn't have to worry about bumping his head into something (I have been in kitchens where the overhead hood is at forehead level! Also, when I burn off alcohol, sometimes the flames go really high (like 14 inches) and I don't have to worry about destroying a hood with the flames. I'm wondering how a better hood would lead to a cleaner stove--does it also suck in grease-laden vapors?

Apr 29, 2009
sibaik in Cookware

Tortilleria La Talpense, San Fernando - Fantastic!!

How were the carnitas?

Apr 14, 2009
sibaik in Los Angeles Area

Penne with Asparagus, Sage and Peas (April Food & Wine)

I'm so glad you wrote about this b/c I saw this on the cover of the magazine and was wondering if it was good, or bland. Thanks for writing about this!

Apr 14, 2009
sibaik in Home Cooking

Easter Menus!

Your menu sounds really good! I laughed at your comment about the 5 hrs of Mass in 24 hrs--ain't that the truth! What kind of spices in the leg of lamb? I've seen an Indian spiced leg of lamb that looked interesting. I would love to try a cucumber caipirinha.

Apr 06, 2009
sibaik in Home Cooking

Vosges Chocolate with Bacon . . . Tried it yet?

I love this too. Just bought another bar yesterday @ Whole Foods. I try to only eat 1 square at a time, it's very difficult.

Apr 02, 2009
sibaik in General Topics

I got a smoker...and am out of ideas

There was a recipe in last week's LA Times Food Section on hot smoking pork belly to make homemade bacon. I was wishing I had a smoker to do so...

Mar 31, 2009
sibaik in General Topics

Do you use good chocolate when you bake?

I also use Guittard semisweet and made a fantastic chocolate frosting and cake with it using the frosting recipe in Food and Wine February edition. For bittersweet, I use Valrhona. For unsweetened, I used Ghirardelli. Great results with all three.

Mar 31, 2009
sibaik in Home Cooking

Downtown's Beautiful, New Italian Restaurant - Drago Centro [Review] w/ Pics!

Hi exilekiss,
Thanks to you I had a fabulous birthday dinner. The restaurant has a great view of the park, and I was seated facing it, but I think the better view was my husband's, which faced the rest of the place. The vault room had a large party enjoying themselves when we went last Sat. First course: steamed mussels for me, venison carpaccio for the DH. Venison carpaccio was very flavorful, served with candied walnuts. I would get this next time--it was excellent. Steamed mussels were of excellent quality but sauce was a bit bland. Still, I sopped it all up with the tasty bread. We split the papperdelle with roasted pheasant and morels. That was my favorite dish. The pheasant was cooked perfectly and tasted like really rich duck. (I know I'm not doing justice to it.) Mains: I had the roasted cod on spinach puree, DH had the Piedmontese NY steak. I know someone else here thought it was dry, but we ordered it medium rare, and it was cooked perfectly, lean and tasty. I would get this next time. My cod was perfecly cooked, but also kind of bland. I wanted to add some salt. Dessert was the Italian doughnuts served with mascarpone gelato, strawberries, and a basil puree. Really, really good. I'm still thinking about those doughnuts. Bill came with 2 hazelnut chocolates. We're going back for our anniversary dinner!

Mar 31, 2009
sibaik in Los Angeles Area

Santa Barbara report & updates

Thanks so much glbtrtr! I remember reading some of your excellent posts last time I was doing research on the area...

Mar 19, 2009
sibaik in California

Top 10 Chain/Fast Food Items

I'd have to agree with that...

Mar 19, 2009
sibaik in Chains