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gluten-free dairy-free sugar-free in Hollywood

Cool - thanks for the suggestions. The diet is related to a medical condition, and it does not have to be low-carb but I will warn them about the sugar in Thai food - thanks!

Mexican is a great idea, it hadn't occurred to me but you're right, there is plenty to eat that doesn't have dairy or gluten.

They're coming from overseas so I'm eager to give them a flavor of LA within their dietary, geographic & budget limitations!

Jun 12, 2008
bcrall in Los Angeles Area

gluten-free dairy-free sugar-free in Hollywood

I have a couple of friends coming to town in a few months who are on the above-mentioned diet. (No fun at all, huh!) They'll be staying at a hostel in Hollywood (near the Kodak theater) and using public transit to get around. And also are young twenty-somethings on a budget.

What are your best recommendations for an affordable (say entrees under $15), gluten-dairy-and-sugar-free, accessible by foot, Metro, or bus lines in that area? I'm assuming most Asian cuisines would be a good bet, and will direct them to the Thai restaurants on Hollywood Blvd. - any other recommendations?

Jun 12, 2008
bcrall in Los Angeles Area

Wedding Cake --for less than $7/pp

We tasted at about a dozen bakeries in that price range. Susina stood out as far and away the best and that's who we went with. Cheaper still if you go non-traditional with non-stacked layers. They don't do the more traditional fondant or buttercream type decorated cakes, but are beautiful nonetheless. We went with the Berry Blossom.

Sep 06, 2007
bcrall in Los Angeles Area

Anything good at Victor's Deli?

Thanks all for the tips! Unfortunately I had to depart before I saw your postings, but I will heed your advice at my next visit. Indeed it does seem like a good spot to put together a Bowl picnic. I ended up taking the recommendation of the 5-year-old post and had a pastrami sandwich, which was quite tasty!!

Jul 13, 2007
bcrall in Los Angeles Area

Anything good at Victor's Deli?

Headed there shortly to meet a friend. I found one thread on the place which is 5 years old. Wondering if anyone has any recommendations/faves?

Jul 13, 2007
bcrall in Los Angeles Area

What is the best brand of plain nonfat yogurt?

It's because the whey (the runny stuff that sits on top of the yogurt) is where most of the calcium is. They drain more of the whey off to give the yogurt that thick, creamy consistency which in turn lowers the calcium content.

Jun 26, 2007
bcrall in General Topics

Homemade Hummus Help

Thanks. I think I have some in my freezer - I'll try this.

Mar 08, 2007
bcrall in Home Cooking

Homemade Hummus Help

hmm. I ate it with a spoon when I tried it the first time. Maybe the cracker overpowered it. It was a honey wheat cracker so I suppose that could have thrown off the taste.

(I wouldn't normally eat hummus with honey wheat crackers, BTW. Just happened to have them lying around and needed to use them up.)

Mar 08, 2007
bcrall in Home Cooking

Homemade Hummus Help

I went to the trouble because of a couple lengthy threads about how to get hummus really smooth, and the consensus was to boil, skin, and blend them. Really, it wasn't much trouble to get the skins off. It's not like I took the skin carefully off each one individually. I just kind of rolled them around in my palms a bit and skimmed off the ones that floated to the top. 5 minutes, tops. I usually just buy hummus at the store but figured as long as I'm making it from scratch, might as well go the extra mile.

Mar 08, 2007
bcrall in Home Cooking

Homemade Hummus Help

Hmm.

I did use a lot of tahini, but I also made a looooooooot of hummus (I forgot how much dried beans expand when cooked! Didn't use any olive oil either, so I'm sure the fat content is lower than usual.

Think I'll start with a little more salt, then maybe some more tahini or olive oil as my next step. thanks for the input!

Mar 08, 2007
bcrall in Home Cooking

Homemade Hummus Help

I know hummus has been discussed ad nauseum on this board over the last few months, in fact that's what inspired me to try to whip up a batch this afternoon.

I soaked the beans overnight, boiled them until quite soft, and then rubbed between my palms in a bowl of water to remove some of the skins. I blended the heck out of it with some of the cooking water and lemon juice, then seasoned with tahini, garlic, salt, and just a pinch of cumin. Didn't follow a recipe, just to taste.

It tasted great, just how I like my hummus. The consistency was a little thin, but I figured when it cooled off it would thicken up a bit.

It has been in the fridge, and it does seem to be thickening a bit, but I just had some with crackers and it seems really bland. Blander than I remember it tasting a few hours ago. My imagination? Sensitive taste buds? Or does hummus "mellow" as it rest or something?

I thought perhaps it might have less flavor by virtue of being cold, but it isn't even really that cold yet, just cool.

Any tips or explanations welcome, I guess I can go season it up some more, but I'm sort of mystified as I've never encountered this kind of thing before.

Mar 08, 2007
bcrall in Home Cooking

Westside Weekend Lunch

Seems like every Saturday DH and I are out running errands around the noon hour and need to find a place to grab a bite. And we can never think of anything! We usually end up at an old standby like In & Out or Tacos Por Favor, and they're getting a little tired. Tender Greens is a promising new entry as well but we aren't always that far east.

So, what I'm looking for are suggestions of counter-service type places where we can pop in for a quick (good parking a +++) but tasty bite for $20-25 for two (entree & soda). In the Culver City/Marina Del Rey/Mar Vista/Venice/Santa Monica environs. No particular cuisine except we try to eat somewhat healthfully, In & Out being an exception of course!

Mar 07, 2007
bcrall in Los Angeles Area

Ideas for Sunday dinner for 6

Irori is around that price range and has a great atmosphere.

Jan 31, 2007
bcrall in Los Angeles Area

special occasion wine: $80-100?

Hmm... well like I said we're relative novices when it comes to wine, but I can tell you about a few that we recently drank to give you an idea of our tastes. One was an Australian Shiraz that I thought was utterly bland, but he liked it; my favorites were the Santonegro Monastrell and Wrongo Dongo Jumilla from Spain; and somewhere in between was the Rodney Strong Pinot Noir.

We live in LA if that helps too. Thanks for your suggestions thus far!

Jan 31, 2007
bcrall in Wine

Gourmet Standard?

This stuff is advertised in the King Arthur catalogue saying it "sells on the market under a famous label" (see http://tinyurl.com/2j5p2r) and looks just like All-Clad, but about half the price. Does anyone have experience using these? I'd love to pick up some high-quality pans for less than All-Clad goes for, but I'd rather buy the real stuff if it's significantly different.

Any opinions/first-hand experiences?

Jan 31, 2007
bcrall in Cookware

special occasion wine: $80-100?

I am getting married in a couple of weeks, and looking for a gift idea for my groom. Someone suggested getting one of these: http://tinyurl.com/2mk99z and a nice bottle of wine (or champagne? I know it doesn't require the corkscrew, but matches the festive feeling of a wedding!

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Anyhow, if you were going to buy a nice bottle of red, or champagne, in the $80-100 range, with the intent of opening it some years in the future on a special occasion, what would you go for??

We're both enthusiastic wine drinkers, but relative novices in terms of knowledge. I can tell you that I like a lot of tannins, while my hubby-to-be likes something a little more smooth, so I guess it would have to fall somewhere in the middle.

Jan 31, 2007
bcrall in Wine

What to get at these cakeries?

I adore Susina Bakery for their Berry Blossom or Chocolate Bear cakes. They're even doing our wedding cake (Berry Blossom, of course!!).

Jan 31, 2007
bcrall in Los Angeles Area

UN-Sceney in Culver City?

Oh yea, prices around $10-15 for pasta, slightly more for meat-based entrees.

Jan 30, 2007
bcrall in Los Angeles Area

UN-Sceney in Culver City?

Novacento is good Italian and not scene-y at all. On Main Street between Venice & Culver.

Jan 30, 2007
bcrall in Los Angeles Area

End of the Great NY Eggroll Debate. And the winner is.......................

Huh... I grew up in the SF Bay Area and I remember eating those "New York" style egg rolls all the time... didn't know they were so hard to find around here!! Sorry I can't remember the specific restaurants up North I've had them in, though I do remember that they had them at my high school cafeteria!! That was back in the 80s/90s though, maybe the "spring roll" style eggroll has taken over up there too.

Jan 30, 2007
bcrall in Los Angeles Area

Wine and Headaches

Thought it was Tylenol (acetaminophen) that you are to avoid while drinking. Tylenol and alcohol are both processed by the liver, while ibuprofen (and most other OTC painkillers) are processed by the kidneys. Thus taking Tylenol and alcohol at the same time can overwhelm the liver.

If there is another reason to avoid mixing ibuprofen and alcohol, though, I'd like to know about it because it is my standby hangover tx.

Jan 29, 2007
bcrall in Wine

grass-fed and overcooked

Wow, what fabulous information Alderspring. I have recently been transitioning over to grass-fed/pastured beef myself and am so thankful for the tips. Thanks for the work you do!

Jan 29, 2007
bcrall in Home Cooking

Creamy salad dressings

Yum, yum...
I'm not averse to tofu, so I'll have to give that "slurry" thing a try. I don't have an immersion blender, but the generic "magic bullet" I have might do the trick. And def. going to try the caesar recipe too!

Jan 29, 2007
bcrall in Home Cooking

Creamy salad dressings

I totally hear you there, dude, but it's not calories I'm looking out for, it's cholesterol & saturated fat, you know, the stuff that's bad for your heart. Vegetable oil has zero, while animal products (dairy, eggs) definitely do. But thanks!

Jan 29, 2007
bcrall in Home Cooking

Going on a bakery spree this weekend

You must not have tried the Berry Blossom cake yet, then :-)

Jan 29, 2007
bcrall in Los Angeles Area

L.A. food blogs? [moved from L.A. board]

Who do you read to keep up with the latest? I'm addicted to blogs, and have my foodie faves like Restaurant Gal, Chocolate & Zucchini and Waiter Rant. But I've yet to venture much into the food critic genre, esp. locally, and I know they're out there.

So post them links and tout your favorite LA food blog!

Jan 29, 2007
bcrall in Food Media & News

Creamy salad dressings

Hey guys,

These recipes all sound fab. I especially like the idea of using yogurt - I'm in love with Fage's 0% greek yogurt lately, maybe I'll do some messing around with that.

Jan 28, 2007
bcrall in Home Cooking

Best Phillly Cheese Steak Ever?

Hey, no love for Papa Jake's in Manhattan Beach and Bev Hills?? That's the spot that I head to when I get the Philly craving. mmmmmm.....

Jan 28, 2007
bcrall in Los Angeles Area

Bistro 31?

Anyone eaten here? It's about two minutes from my house and when I saw the prices on the menu my eyes bugged out. Coq au Vin for $9.95? Seared scallops for $6.25?

I know it is run by student chefs, but are they reasonably competent or are you as likely to get a real stinker as opposed to a good meal?

Jan 27, 2007
bcrall in Los Angeles Area

Any savory ideas for lots of egg yolks?

Yeah, if you're not averse to eating egg yolks, why not just enjoy them in your omelettes?

Jan 27, 2007
bcrall in Home Cooking