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ISO - Classic Ice Cream Shop in the Valley

Thanks for all the recs -- we are headed to Jerry's Soda Shoppe later today!

Jul 22, 2011
Marianna215 in Los Angeles Area

ISO - Classic Ice Cream Shop in the Valley

As it gets hot and hotter out here, I'd love to go and have some ice cream.
It seems like there are all sorts of self-serve yogurt places, and walk up to a counter gelato spots -- which are great. But I have a hankering for an old-school ice-cream experience.
I'm looking for a place where I can sit down and relax with a banana split, or some sort of frothy milkshake, perhaps a malt.
Any reccomendations??


Jul 21, 2011
Marianna215 in Los Angeles Area

Matzoh Ball Soup in Center City (Philly)

Hey all -
I've been craving matzoh ball soup since I had some last week at a friend's passover. Any recommendations on where to get a great bowl in Center city?? I'm willing to travel to South Philly, Faimount and NO-libs too. But not out to the burbs or to Jersey.

Apr 17, 2009
Marianna215 in Pennsylvania

Philly Cheesesteak Roundup

While I love steve's and Tony lukes -- Chubby's is not to be missed. It's across the street from Delassandros but in my opinion its waaay better.
You also can't beat Lager from the tap served in freezer cooled glasses.
I live in LA now, and always make Chubby's the 1st stop for cheese steaks when I get into philly.

Apr 17, 2009
Marianna215 in Philadelphia

What to eat for food posoning recovery?

I just got over a horrible case of FP myself and Miso soup brought me back to life and helped to get everything back in order digestively.. I would steer clear of adding too much to it.

Jan 18, 2009
Marianna215 in Home Cooking

Best Tasting Menu?

Both Tinto and Amada have great tasting menus. Because the food at both is small plates/ tapas, it lends itself very very well to the tasting atmosphere.
Amada has a few different options price wise, and a very reasonable wine pairing. Tinto's tasting menu is pure art!
I highly recommend both.

Dec 26, 2008
Marianna215 in Pennsylvania

Phila restaurant recs for two twenty somethings

I would totally second Saturninus' rec of Continental Midtown-- I'm in my 20s, and my friends and I always go there.
The cocktails are great-- as is the food. It's really fun if you go with the small plates type menu.
On the same wavelength I'd also recommend Pod -- this is also close to 30th street.

Dec 22, 2007
Marianna215 in Pennsylvania

what should I do with butternut squash?

An alternate to the typical soup, risotto, lasagna, is to cube and roast the squash and then mix it into a salad of arugula, pecorino, and a vinaigrette. I tried it at a restaurant a few weeks ago and have been replicating it since!

Dec 08, 2007
Marianna215 in Home Cooking

Best Buffalo Wings in Los Angeles?

Second big wangs -- good for tastebuds, not so much for for the arteries.

Oct 07, 2007
Marianna215 in Los Angeles Area

Top 10 Delis in LA

I second the greenblatt's Delicious Deli food + top wines -- a great treat in my book.

Oct 03, 2007
Marianna215 in Los Angeles Area

Scene-y Italian

you may want to try Piccolo in Venice - they don't take reservations but it's fantastic -- I don't know if its "Scene-y" but the last time I was there I was literally elbow to elbow (it's a small place with tables close together) with Sasha Baron Cohen, so that was pretty cool.

Aug 20, 2007
Marianna215 in Los Angeles Area

Worst menu translation ever?

While In spain I was perusing a thick menu with many languages (german, french, japanese, english etc)

They translated -
Pollo con Judias Verdes (chicken with green beans)
as ....
Chicken with Green Jews.

I told the manager (politely) that this was a mis translation, and that some people might actually find this offensive. He stood firm, saying that he translated the menu himself from the most reputable dictionary. I tried to explain that there may be various meanings for one word but he didn't budge.

Despite the horrible translations - the food was quite good.

Aug 09, 2007
Marianna215 in Not About Food

Fun lunch places for teenage girls in L.A.?

When my 14 yr. old niece and her friend visited us a few months ago I took them to a bunch of LA eateries but their favorite was Alcove. (those kids are sophisticated these days).
They also have some great pastries and cakes, and great ambiance.

Another fun place is the tea room at the Huntington Gardens -- amid the lush greenery, the afternoon tea is absolutely exquisite. The girls can get all dressed up -- last time I was there I sat next to a table of impeccably dressed sorority girls, complete with gloves.

Aug 07, 2007
Marianna215 in Los Angeles Area

Great Salads in LA

Urth CAFFE!!!
I salad it up there at least twice a week.
Also, M de Chaya, on melrose, they always hit the spot with their salads.

Aug 03, 2007
Marianna215 in Los Angeles Area

Spice up this soup, literally

I would recommend some Garam Masalas. Garam Masala (an indian spice mix) is available at most supermarkets and groceries -- it could add a great touch to your soup.

Aug 02, 2007
Marianna215 in Home Cooking

10 or 11 hours in a slow cooker?

I've used my slow cooker for over a year and it's been a life saver on some especially long work days. I have a "smart" slow cooker that you can set for "fast" (4-6 hours) or SLow (8-10) after the alotted time is over, the slow cooker switches to "warm." I've cooked a bunch of stuff in there on the 10 hour cycle and come back 12 hours later to a delicious meal.
Like Sherri - I love to cook pork shoulder in there, it comes out so much more tender than in the oven or barbecue, but I also recommend using the slow cooker to cook beans. it's so inexpensive and delicious - my stand by is white beans in a slow cooker, cooked in a mix of wine and water, with tons of garlic and some fresh rosemary.

Jul 23, 2007
Marianna215 in Home Cooking

Happy Hour: near BH/We Ho/The Grove area

Lolas on Fairfax & santa monica. They have a happy hour menu and drink specials, a great loungey vibe and over 50 different martinis.

Jul 19, 2007
Marianna215 in Los Angeles Area

Best (Inexpensive) Sushi in LA?

I second Sushi Eyaki. It's so unassuming, but consistently offers delicious, well priced sushi. the people who work there are very nice too.

Jul 18, 2007
Marianna215 in Los Angeles Area

Sunday Night Eats on Pico & La Brea?

You could always go to roscoes.... it's a classic, their waffles are delicious.

Jun 05, 2007
Marianna215 in Los Angeles Area

$2 and under

Let's not forget the delicious churros.....

Jun 05, 2007
Marianna215 in Los Angeles Area

New to baking- need to bring a cake/brownies

If you are interested in going the cupcake route -- I highly highly recommend the Magnolia cafe Cupcake recipe -- they have in on the foodnetwork website.
It's very very simple and easy to follow. The frosting is great, and it's truly the best cupcake recipe I've tried.

Jun 03, 2007
Marianna215 in Home Cooking

Desperately Seeking Matcha Smoothie and other tea smoothie recipes

I love making smoothies and often have a matcha smoothie as my pick-me up. I'd recommend throwing in a little yogurt or half of a frozen banana ( sliced ). It gives the smoothie a little bit more body than just plain ice, and does not affect the flavor.

May 31, 2007
Marianna215 in Home Cooking

Casual/fun drinks near Luna Park

I'd hit up Busby's -- just around the corner from Luna Park on Wilshire and Detroit. It isn't too expensive, and it's not a hassle to get in. Once you're inside there are a bunch of rooms and 2 upstairs smoking patios. They also have a bunch of fun bar games. If you go with a group of people it's really fun, but otherwise, depending on the night, it can be hit or miss.

Little Bar (La Brea and 8th) is also great, but they don't serve liquor. Only Beer, Wine and Soju.

May 31, 2007
Marianna215 in Los Angeles Area

favorite school cafeteria food for a party

Definitely mini pizzas, fish sticks, grilled cheese.

I know it sounds wierd, and maybe only at my school, but our no. 1 cafeteria hit was sheppards pie!
or whatever they call it when it's made with beef. For a party maybe you could make it in little ramekins.

May 30, 2007
Marianna215 in Home Cooking

Foods you love at Trader Joe's that got discontinued? [OLD]

Kitchen Queen-
I just visited the TJ's on 3rd and La Brea in Los Angeles, and they had the frozen asparagus tips. I stocked up on a few bags in case they disappear again.

May 30, 2007
Marianna215 in Chains

Which fresh herb would go best with shrimp and fresh pea risotto?

I second the basil, basil and peas are one of my favorite combos. Throw some mint in there, and you've got a party.

May 23, 2007
Marianna215 in Home Cooking

Yerba Mate

Whole foods carries both loose leaf mate blends (Guyaki Brand) and also Mate in tea bags - Numi makes a blend, as well as Guyaki and Tazo.
While you get a larger serving of Mateine with the loose blend, you would need to purchase a bombadilla (gourd) and straw to partake. I got mine in Argentina and haven't seen anything around here but have since switched from gourd to bagged tea because it was a hassle.

May 21, 2007
Marianna215 in Los Angeles Area

ok..where to eat @ 3rd st. farmers market

I second Banana leaf. I like loteria -- it's great. But, nothing beats Banana leaf.

May 17, 2007
Marianna215 in Los Angeles Area

what do you do with YOUR slowcooker?

I second stocks! Now I always have delicious homemade stock on hand in the freezer.
Besides Stocks -
same as lots of other folks - Tons of pulled pork/ brisket,
also Beans. The crock pot is a great way to make any sort of beans. I save tons of money by making the beans in the crock pot instead of buying canned beans.

May 16, 2007
Marianna215 in Home Cooking

Venice Beach

One of my favorite places for a budget breakfast/brunch is Maxwell's on Washington Blvd.
It's a homey diner - I usually sit at the counter. And Everything I've had there is delicious, though my favorite is the "garbage" an omlette with ham and avocado -- they have great pancakes too.

May 10, 2007
Marianna215 in Los Angeles Area