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Your best tomato recipes please - worthy of the tastiest specimens!

Heirloom tomatoes, watermelon, good feta (not the pre crumbled) and fresh mint. Best salad of the season. Suggest cutting the watermelon in chunks. No oil or vinegar needed.
This is a great salad which stands alone on a great combination of flavors. When buying heirloom tomatoes, look for a few yellow ones. Adds lovely color to that salad.

about 3 hours ago
maudies5 in Home Cooking

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

My issue is that Farmshop is charging 30 cents for a paper bag , whereas every other market in the area is charging 10 cents, That is the essence of my complaint...pure and simple. No further comment necessary.

about 3 hours ago
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Classic Paris Bistrot for a larger group?

Bofinger would work. Don't know if it is open in Aug. Another fan here of Chez George

about 15 hours ago
maudies5 in France

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

YGM

1 day ago
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area
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FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

Thanks for mentioning the Bangladesh Project. One of the reasons I give these bags as gifts to my friends in Italy and France and elsewhere, is that in addition to their appreciating the quality of the bag, which they use as a tote bag, they also appreciate that it has a fine legacy. This is not a usual shopping bag. It is well crafted, sturdy, has a leather handle and even a pocket inside for a phone or wallet. So, it is well designed. My Venetian friends really appreciate them as they walk everywhere. It is also a great Xmas gift and Farmshop usually sells them out weeks before Xmas.

1 day ago
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

Thanks

1 day ago
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

smoked sturgeon and the rest of the appetizing goods, too bad there no joint like this in LA.

NYT review of Russ and Daughters
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/30/din...

Jul 29, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

BP Oysterette - very disappointed

BP is on bucket list since they hooked up with Open Table. They are good about honoring "sit on patio requests, etc." at the Ocean Avenue location.
I am still of the old school who doesn't order oysters in the summertime. It may be an urban legend, but I don't order fresh oysters in those non "R" months.
Too bad about the steamers. That is one dish I generally order and it has always been good.

Jul 28, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

I buy that bag as a gift for my European friends. (when we travel). Amazing ,how well-loved that shopping bag is in France and Italy by my friends who shop at the local markets. Means a lot to them. Also, it has a little pocket inside for a cellphone.
I do have one of the bags, the one I photographed. I never use it for shopping. I find it useful for storage. Easy to find and not as ugly as a file cabinet.

Jul 28, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

I frequently wash my cloth bags in hot water in washing machine.

Jul 28, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

AOC tomorrow night (and Coni's last weekend)

I loved RC when Evan Funke was cooking there. We were pretty regular customers. Great food and close to home.

Jul 28, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

AOC tomorrow night (and Coni's last weekend)

Thanks for reporting back. I am another who does not particularly care for Rustic Canyon. Same reaction as you; nothing particularly appeals to me. I always enjoy dining at AOC, whether lunch or dinner. Food is consistently good.

Jul 28, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

Thank you latindancer.

Jul 28, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

Here is a photograph of the $68 jute tote.

Jul 28, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

My bad. They are made of jute not hemp and the cost is $68

Jul 28, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

FARMSHOP APOLIS MARKET TOTE
$68
Farmshopca.com

Jul 28, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

Jul 27, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

Cute bag. So not worth the money. Although, a couple of my friends in Italy loved that hemp shopping bag with "FarmShop California" printed. Truly is a great gift . I think I recently saw a similar bag at Trader Joes (didn't say Farmshop) and was smaller. Swear it's the same bag.
Thanks for the kind post Spoonlicker.

Jul 27, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

Good point, Offalo. The overall effect at Vicente foods when they started charging 10 cents was an influx of customers carrying their own bags. To your point "Farmshop sells pretty high end stuff.". So does Vicente Foods. Vicente has has a very loyal customer base. I am at Vicente about 3x week. Nearly every shopper is carrying a personal, re-useable bag. My initial point, is about squeezing the customer out of another few cents, not about some higher motive. Actually, if I were really cynical, I would attribute Farm Shop's motives to their wish to sell more of those Farm Shop $80 shopping bags so prominently displayed at the cashier counter. They are lovely. Made in Bangledash. In fact, they make great gifts to friends who live in Europe. Made of hemp. Very sturdy and good looking and some $$ go to worthy cause.

Jul 27, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

I have a Saturday run. SM Farmers Mkt on Arizona, SM Seafood, Huckleberry to pick up granola. Huckleberry gives 10cent discount when customer brings own bags. Mgr. at Huckleberry told me that their bags cost them 12 cents. My issue with Farmshop is that they are trying to make a profit on the law which states 10 cents a bag in City of L.A. I really don't believe that altruism comes into play. One only has to go to Vicente Foods and see that most of the customers are bringing their own bags (amused to see so many Lululemon bags:))

Jul 27, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area
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FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

Thank you so much for getting my point. It is, indeed, the principle.
Appreciate your post, lapizzamaven.

Jul 27, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area
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FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

Sometimes I really wonder if anyone ever gets past the topic line. I have made it clear several times that I do use my own bags when I shop. What I find offensive is that they are charging more than than other market in the area for their paper bags (which I never use).

Jul 27, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area
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FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

Fine. Think what you wish. I think that their justification for charging 3x what every other market in the area charges is ridiculous. Their paper bags are nothing special.

Jul 27, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area
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FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

I do bring my own bags.

Jul 27, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

That isn't the issue. The issue is that they are charging triple what every other market charges.

Jul 27, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

Went to the market area to pick up a few items. Sign at register said charge for a paper bag was 30 cents. This really irritated me as I do nearly all grocery shopping in the Santa Monica or Brentwood area. I asked clerk why they were charging 3 times the price of Vicente foods. He said :"management told him to explain that they used high quality paper bags." Really ?! I have an arsenal of reusable bags from Vicente foods and use them all of the time. This move has pissed off more than a few people.

Jul 27, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area
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L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014 -- Voting

"arbitrary?" We are talking about Nosh. Definitely fair minded. Doesn't count votes according to "whims."

Jul 26, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014 -- Voting

COCKTAILS AND BAR FOOD

Jul 26, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

AOC tomorrow night (and Coni's last weekend)

See what is being cooked in that wood burning oven. Every dish I have had from that oven has been a revelation

Jul 25, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Introducing New Conversation Types

A thumbs up would be preferable to the heart.

Jul 25, 2014
maudies5 in Site Talk