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Driving from LA to SF on 101, where to stop?

super ricos in santa barbara

Apr 18, 2011
mkleeh in California

Frozen artichoke hearts?

try an artichoke fritatta.its great for a brunch with other things or on its own.
i use a package of TJs frozen baby hearts. saute some garlic in olive oil untill pale gold, add artichokes and 2 tablespoons parsley cook until coated add about 1/3 cup water cover until tender and not much water left. let cool. drain excess water. beat 5 eggs add to artichokes with about 1/4 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese then in an oven safe skillet melt 2 table spoons butter. add egg/artichoke mixture then put in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes or until not runny. cut into wedges and serve.

Feb 07, 2009
mkleeh in Home Cooking

how to prepare fresh chick peas ?

thanks these recipes sound good.
there are bins of fresh chickpeas in Los Angeles at a huge market that specializes in Armenian & Hispanic food called Super King. a few weeks ago they had fresh pistachios. they have an entire grocery aisle of olive oils and grapeseed oils. Hungarian bacon all these kinds of cheeses and deli meats I've never seen I usually have to get another customer in the market to tell me how to use or cook them.

Feb 06, 2009
mkleeh in Home Cooking

how to prepare fresh chick peas ?

found some fresh chickpeas at the market today and wondered how to prepare them.
I once had a great roasted chickpea appiteizer on Piedmont Ave in Oakland that was fantastic any one have the recipe?
also found a thread that said to steam the chickpeas and serve with lime and chili powder Mexican style.
Any other suggestions? they are delicious raw but would like to find the other ways to cook them. Thanks!

Feb 04, 2009
mkleeh in Home Cooking

king's day cake/galette du roi in Pasadena environs?

they had some at Jons market on Vermont today but couldn't vouch for taste. I didn't know what it was looked like a big oval cake with red and green decorations. but I figured it was something having to do with the epiphany. what is it for/

Jan 06, 2008
mkleeh in Los Angeles Area

Good early dinner restaurant for kids in Silverlake/Los Feliz

Mexico city before 7 is fine for kids though can be expensive(no kids plates) if you split the chicken taco plate, it is very plain the condiments all come on the side and you can have a margarita and the shrimp/crab enchiladas.
the Brite spot on Sunset in Echo Park is another good diner .
Alegeria is good also
Pho cafe sunset or Gingergrass on Glendale blvd are good if your kids will eat Vietnamese.
Sompun thai on Santa Monica
Agra cafe for Indian food ( tandorri chicken, Naan bread and rice) they have the left overs in theirs lunches the next day.
Michelangelo is fantastic my kids love it also.
be warned that these place mostly do not have kids plates we usually had the kids split plates so we the parents could have something that we could enjoy. and the kids would try stuff off our plates and suddenly like something else.

my kids are 11 and 7 and we have been eating at most of these places since my daughter the 7 year old has been 2 and the staffs have always been great. A good tip never hurts either since 2 years old can get messy.

Oct 04, 2007
mkleeh in Los Angeles Area

Moment of silence for the Rita Flora kitchen

the noodle place is open and not very good especially as it is equally expensive as the sandwich was. somehow the soup and sandwich worked better. plus the noodle place is really trying to be hip. the decor has everything going on all at once and is confusing. the noodle place has odd ordering requirements also as we ordered our meal and watched as the waitress put in the order 3 times then she let the food sit on the counter for a while then some owner came in and picked it up and 3 wait people stood around it and looked at the bowl sort of examining it,then served it to us . needless to say at that point we were hesitant to eat. we should have been. it was not good

Sep 23, 2007
mkleeh in Los Angeles Area

Where can I buy fresh lobster?

fish king in glendale

Sep 23, 2007
mkleeh in Los Angeles Area

Crown Wok, Oakland

yes we order off the Chinese menu and usually the special of the day set dinner which takes about 8 people to eat. My Dad is into value and quantity, so it makes him happy. at his banquet they carved whole winter melons with symbols of longevity and served the soup inside. of course, there are better places to eat (its the bay area) but for convience and a nice meal its great.
we usually order fish/crab/ vegetables, whole steamed or fried chicken, maybe a hot pot , we stick with the basics, simply prepared. we don't order the sweet and sour pork chops or the shrimp with the walnut/ mayo kind of stuff or lemon chicken. I could see the place getting trashed on the web because if you are looking for sensational this is not it. Its a great place for a family meal. thats why you see all the Chinese families in there and it's packed on a Sunday night. My kids love it and they are treated like royalty when they go there.

Sep 23, 2007
mkleeh in San Francisco Bay Area

Crown Wok, Oakland

my Dad had his 80th birthday banquet there last year for 200 people and I had my doubts but the owners and the service were really great (we are fans of R& G Lounge in SF but may dad said the relatives and friends would not cross the bridge at night). they kept the restaurant open for other diners and it was still good. when ever we go up to visit him (we now live in LA)we have dinner there. He does live around the corner and is a regular but the food is consistantly good and reasonably priced. My 11 year old son always insists on the lobster and it is always delicious never over cooked

Sep 22, 2007
mkleeh in San Francisco Bay Area

Indochine disappoints

regarding the pho ga at the place on sunset: when they serve it to you they give you this little bowl of garlic stuff to dip the chicken in I just dump the little bowl into the soup and it corrects the flavoring of the broth. not authentic but good when you don't want to drive too far.

Mar 28, 2007
mkleeh in Los Angeles Area

Looking for great bread in L.A.

You can get it sent to you from the bakery . I have cinnamon swirl challah (it makes the most fantastic french toast) sent from Semi Freddies in the bay area. but Pei is right, it is no use to try to duplicate stuff found in other places in LA.
Go on a road trip to the bay area and marvel at the bread aisle with shelves and shelves of fantastic bread, besides Acme there is Grace bakery that has incredible pugliese bread and about 6 or 7 other bakeries with lots of variety . in LA some trader joes artisian breads are ok .

Mar 24, 2007
mkleeh in Los Angeles Area

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

3 or 4 years ago they had prickly pear punch that was a concentrate but all fruit juice,super refreshing especially made with sparkling water. also have the dumped the passion fruit/orange yogurt?

Mar 22, 2007
mkleeh in Chains

Phnom Penh in Echo Park

i tried it once about 3 years ago and didn't like it .
Though, it was to go at 2 in the afternoon and I was trying to get fish ball soup for my kid who had just moved from San Francisco and he was crying that there was no good fish balls in LA (meaning close enough that we don't have to go on an hours long food expedition) we ordered some other things but the flavors were not clean like most vietnamese foods (after reading the above comment that the chef was cambodian it makes much more sense as the cambodian food is more intense in flavor with a name like Phnom Penh I expected vietnamese but on that day we were desperate as the A grocery was out of spring rolls at the deli counter. Maybe I should give it a try again at lunch without kid.

Mar 22, 2007
mkleeh in Los Angeles Area

P.O.G., (the Hawaiian drink) where can I find it in LA?

robi,
the meadow gold is exactly what i remember as really good,the hawaiian delight concentrate with the lots of sugar is what I got at albertson/vons good but not as good as the meadowgold stuff. I guess I'll try to get the sysco stuff from some one who owns a food service establishment to get me some or go to the islands. at one point they offered a Pog watch on the side of the carton which you could get by sending in labels. POG is a really refreshing drink in hot weather and good mixed with liquor.
thanks so much for the clarification.

Mar 21, 2007
mkleeh in Los Angeles Area

P.O.G., (the Hawaiian drink) where can I find it in LA?

Thanks for all the places to explore I'm heading out tomorrow

Mar 20, 2007
mkleeh in Los Angeles Area

Twist in Downtown Oakland?

what about i think jj seafood at the corner of 9th in the housewives market. it's more casual but could be fun for a fried fish kind of place they may have jazz on some nights. it's been about 6 months since i've been around there (so it may be gone) or La Cheval. The sports bar in a hotel near 9th across from jj's seafood also had some ok food and they had this room where you could seat 15 by themselves especially on a tuesday night the food was good for basic fish, ribs, pot pie kind of stuff

Mar 19, 2007
mkleeh in San Francisco Bay Area

P.O.G., (the Hawaiian drink) where can I find it in LA?

Is there a grocery store in LA that sells frozen Hawaiian POG, (Passion, orange, guava juice blend) ? They sell it fresh in cartons in Hawaii and it's named POG . I use to be able to get Hawaiian delight mixture that was mostly sugar from Albertson"s and Von's but they don't carry it any more. Does anyone have any clues? Thanks.

Mar 19, 2007
mkleeh in Los Angeles Area

Chowhound (un-touristy) Recs for L.A.

if you are going to the garment district I think you may like the food court on Santee street not Santee alley. it is on Santee street between 9th and 10th directly parallel to i think the west of Michael Levine ((which is on Maple street) it is pretty awesome not fancy as it caters to the workers (no chains here) there is Indian food (that my British friends swears is better than the Indian in England) Japanese that is suprisingly good. Vietnamese pho that is way better than Pho in Silverlake plus Armenian and I think hawaiian that I have not tried , all very inexpensive. unfortunetaly , the area with all the clothes and hand bags and is very overwhelming and can make you have severe sensory overload but it is a lot of fun is you stay focused. or there is grand central market with some pretty intersting Mexican food last time I wast here we had some fried tiny fish with chiles that were really good.

Mar 12, 2007
mkleeh in Los Angeles Area

help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! best source for take-out char su bao.........................

despite the controversy of (see thread of yesterday regarding dim sum) Ocean seafood in chinatown my kids love the baked char sui bao, they are small a good size for small kids great for lunches they also freeze well

Feb 18, 2007
mkleeh in Los Angeles Area

Erythritol or Xylitol in LA?

Nature Mart on Hillhurst has it but the best place to buy sugar substitutes is on the internet, Google it and you will get lots of choices with prices that include shipping that are better than what you will pay for in the store

Feb 16, 2007
mkleeh in Los Angeles Area

WORST dim sum in L. A. or anywhere

What time did you go? Dim sum by 1 o'clock any dim sum place usually has no more food left. as a kid it my parents use to hurry us to get there by 10 am

Feb 15, 2007
mkleeh in Los Angeles Area

Sugar-Free Diet...help!

sounds like the south beach diet to me. there are recipes ( some quite simple) in the book that don't have any of the things on your list, they do use alot of faux sugar though. It is at first kind of odd to eat like that but you kind of get use to it. But pikawicca is right the Doctor should have explained why you need to go on the restricted diet.

Feb 07, 2007
mkleeh in Home Cooking

Valentine's cooking ideas for/by parents

how about a cold seafood platter shrimp, oysters, crab with crusty bread and a salad some great wine and a warm chocolatey thing for dessert. not hard to make but yummy it could mostly be made ahead except for the warm chocolate thing

Feb 06, 2007
mkleeh in Home Cooking

Posole! venue and/or recipe me fellow chows

Alegria on Sunset has a good chicken pozole not really traditional but tasty. They give you romaine lettuce instead of cabbage to put and fresh herbs instead of dried

Feb 04, 2007
mkleeh in Los Angeles Area

Retro Candy

Zanzabelle on Rowena Ave in Silver lake has a revolving selection of old candies the owner order stuff for you if you make a request

Feb 04, 2007
mkleeh in Los Angeles Area

Mitchell's Ice Cream

oh yeah, sorry I got ube (the word) mixed up with I think buko , which I think is the baby coconut word.

Feb 04, 2007
mkleeh in Los Angeles Area

Mitchell's Ice Cream

Dr Bob's (they serve it at Zanzabelle in Silver lake) is ok. Mashhti Malones is ok . in terms of flavor Pazzo Gelato is fantastic but it is not ice cream. The seafood grocery store in Eaglerock Mall has Pollyanne and another popular Phillipino brand that are ok also.

I haven't tried Fosselman's (I guess we're going to Alhambra soon)

Honestly, some things you can't replicate. Mitchell's was our neighborhood ice cream place. I think it would melt too fast in LA because it is so creamy. Cantaloupe (available only in the summertime ), Ube(baby coconut) and mango were are our favorites. It's always our last stop in the city when we drive up. Wonder if they ship?

Feb 03, 2007
mkleeh in Los Angeles Area

Birthday Dinner w/84 Year Old Parents

How about Dusty's on Sunset. We took our kids (6 & 11) there for my Husbands b-day with my dad (Dad's 80) and everyone was happy. Kinda pricey for kids but It was his birthday. There is vegetarian stuff and steaks and fish. I've never eaten any dessert there but sorbet but it was good. they don't have mixed drinks but do have comfy booths

Feb 01, 2007
mkleeh in Los Angeles Area

Great food gift to take to San Francisco from LA?

your are right! Zanzabelle on Rowena is actually the best Idea. Because there is nothing like it in SF my husband sent a bunch of Zanzabelle's baskets to his SF clients at Christmas. All of whom are total foodies and all responded with delight

Jan 31, 2007
mkleeh in Los Angeles Area