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Sprinkles Cupcakes in Palo Alto

Completely overrated. They are dry and overly sweet. The frosting is also gritty. I'd eat one if someone stuck it in front of my face, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get them. There are far superior cupcakes from elsewhere in LA, so I assume there's gotta be better places in the Bay Area.

Haves and Have Nots at Fraiche

We went with a friend who is acquainted with the Exec Chef. He recommended the beef tartare and boudin noir. I couldn't get buy-in from the rest of our small party on the tartare, so we only had the blood sausage, which was light, crumbly and delicious.

When I read the description of the monkfish entree, it was the dish that sounded the least interesting to me (fish accompanied by sauteed spinach and pureed potatoes). However, it was also recommended by the chef, so I ordered it. While the fish had good texture, the dish overall was boring. While I appreciate simple preparation and allowing ingredients to speak for themselves, it's a bit disppointing to feel like I could have made the same thing at home in 30 minutes without much thought.

The other entrees of lamb/gnocchi and ravioli were pretty good though. The grape cocktail I had was refreshing and not overly sweet. Service was friendly but our waiter seemed distracted and kept forgetting things.

I think of Fraiche as a good neighborhood restaurant, although the raves would lead one to think that it's more of a destination. We live on the Eastside, and unless we were on the Westside meeting friends, it's doubtful that we would venture there again.

Aug 04, 2008
way2cook in Los Angeles Area

New Yorker in LA-a review

Re. House of Pies...Bad. Taste like pie from the frozen section of a supermarket, if that. It's very sad that they are called House of Pies and don't have good pies.

Mar 18, 2007
way2cook in Los Angeles Area

Visiting NYC - Need Street Food Recs

These sound great. I can't wait. Thanks!

Mar 18, 2007
way2cook in Manhattan

Visiting NYC - Need Street Food Recs!

All sounds good. I am very intrigued by the Peking Duck buns. Thanks!

Mar 18, 2007
way2cook in Manhattan

Visiting NYC - Need Street Food Recs

I'll be visiting NY in a month or so, and would love to do a Street Food tour. Any recommendations would be great. I am willing to travel to all boroughs for the best and most interesting street foods.

Mar 04, 2007
way2cook in Manhattan

Visiting NYC - Need Street Food Recs!

Thanks for the tip!

Mar 04, 2007
way2cook in Manhattan

Visiting NYC - Need Street Food Recs!

I'll be visiting NY in a month or so, and would love to do a Street Food tour. Any recommendations would be great. I am willing to travel to all boroughs for the best and most interesting street foods!

Mar 01, 2007
way2cook in Manhattan

Chichen Itza on 6th is open and it's delish!

Just went there last night! Everyone enjoyed their meals...some of the more interesting offerings we tried were Papadzul, which is a chopped egg enchilada with pumpkin seed sauce (sounds kinda weird, but it was good) and Kibi, an appetizer which is very reminiscent of a falafel (in fact it was introduced to the Yucatan region by Lebanese immigrants long ago). I had the Bistec a la Yucateca which was good. My only complaint is that they use converted rice, which is a pet peeve of mine. Overall, good food, ambience and friendly and attentive service.

Jan 29, 2007
way2cook in Los Angeles Area

Food Network

I agree-- alot of it is his audience. I watched 5 minutes of Emeril Live last night-- he was doing a soup/stew special and one of the things he made was jook. As he was garnishing the jook (w/fresh lime juice???), I was hoping, in vain of course, that he would bust out the 1000 year-old eggs. I would love to have seen the uneasy applause from the audience follow the over-the-top cheers for fried slices of garlic.

The one FN personality that I do like is Michael Chiarello. His food always looks good, and he doesn't rely on some schtick or fake persona to attract an audience. It's just a straightforward, pleasant presentation.

Jan 24, 2007
way2cook in Food Media & News

anchovies- how do use them?

Bagna Cauda is a hot dip for bread, boiled vegetables, and roasted peppers. It originated in the Piedmont region of Italy. It's made of garlic, anchovies, butter, and sometimes milk or cream. Here's a recipe: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

Jan 24, 2007
way2cook in Home Cooking

Who Makes the Best Mojitos?

Ditto on Ciudad mojitos...They apparently have 2 different kinds-- one that is made as one would expect, with fresh mint, etc. and the other from a mix. It's a disgrace and one of the many reasons I can't stand that place.

Jan 19, 2007
way2cook in Los Angeles Area

Izakaya: Haru Ulala or Izayoi or ?

I agree, Izayoi is more refined and of better quality. However, if you do try Haru-Ulala, they have a very tasty black pork braised in a slightly sweet soy-based broth and served with a dab of hot mustard. It's very tender, but also very fatty.

Jan 19, 2007
way2cook in Los Angeles Area

Informal poll: Best Mexican in the LA area

I cast a vote for La Cabanita as well. I especially love their Pozole, Caldo de Pollo, and the Tacos de Picadillo. They also serve handmade corn tortillas.

Jan 19, 2007
way2cook in Los Angeles Area

Opus, Hatfield's or Providence?

Just a reminder that Anthony Bourdain warns against fish on Mondays. If you subscribe to that rule, then Providence might not be the right choice, since it is primarily a seafood place.

Jan 17, 2007
way2cook in Los Angeles Area

Matzo Ball Soup Challenge

Might be a bit far for you, but Billy's Deli in Glendale has a pretty good one. However, they also have a location in Torrance (which I've never been too).

http://www.billysdeliandcafe.com/

Jan 17, 2007
way2cook in Los Angeles Area

Lunch near Kaiser on Sunset

Also, just across from Mustard Seed is the Alcove. Very nice, mostly outdoor setting. Good salads and lamb burger is pretty tasty.

Jan 17, 2007
way2cook in Los Angeles Area