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Orin Swift's "The Prisoner"...

Sorry to be a day late, but the '07 is outstanding. So far I've had it with lamb and pork.

They've also come out with a slightly less expensive blend, heavier on the zin, called SALDO. It's about $27 per bottle. Had it last night with some spicy food and it was terrific.

May 10, 2009
slowcooker in Wine

Reservoir in Silverlake?

Lot of unhappy customers on this page. I've been twice to Reservoir in the last week and absolutely loved it. Both times I tried to arrive at six to avoid any kind of crowd. Found the wait staff very friendly and helpful. Haven't tried any pizzas yet, but have tried and loved the...

beet salad
fried cheese thing
tempura fried shrimp

scallops - excellent
braised short ribs - crazy good
salmon - almost too big - very light seasoning so I'd say for salmon purists only

As for set-ups we've had and loved the faro, the fingerling potatoes, and best of all, the polenta... especially with the short ribs

apple tartin and the panacotta were great as well.

That said, it's on the pricey side, so I won't be making weekly trips.

Sorry for the people who had bad experiences. Seems like we ate at different restaurants. Sounds like the restaurant needs to work on consistency.

Apr 01, 2009
slowcooker in Los Angeles Area

Big Daddy's House - today's episode

I think his santa-red shirt kinda overpowered the camera... or maybe just our TVs.

Aug 18, 2008
slowcooker in Food Media & News

Big Daddy's House - today's episode

I get the impression watching Aaron that, aside from the folks on Iron Chef, he's spent more of his life actually cooking than anyone on the network. While the hand tossed pasta may have looked a little mushy and gross, as long as his hands were clean it's not any different from kneading bread or pasta dough.

I find Aaron gloriously unpretentious and I get the feeling his food must truly taste great. Never during a Next Food Network Star series have I heard the judges (including Flay) fawn over someone's food more.

Aug 18, 2008
slowcooker in Food Media & News

Looking for restaurants open on Christmas...

My wife and I are spending Christmas in LA this year. Does anyone know of nicer places that will be open? We'd like to keep it under $130 or so with drinks. Warm decor to match the food would be a huge plus.

Dec 10, 2007
slowcooker in Los Angeles Area

Review w/ photos: Larkin's Eagle Rock

I know this post is a bit old, but I went to Larkin's last night and wanted to add my voice to the chorus: the service at this place is TERRIBLE. Things got off to a bad start when the hostess told me she had no record of our reservation. I told her I'd called the day before and made a resrvation for three. She said, "We don't accept reservations for three, only for six or more." I said, "I don't think the person who answers your phone knows that, because she told me I had a reservation for three at eight o'clock." If you can believe it, we continued on like this for quite some time. She said, "Are you sure you said three on the phone?" I told her I was as sure as was reasonable to expect. There was a long line of people waiting to sit inside, as it was a bit chilly, so we told her we'd take an unheated table on the porch.

So we sat on the cold porch, and they gave us the black-eyed peas and pita chips. I started to forgive. Black-eyed peas do that to me. Then the goofs started up again. None was super huge on its own, but all the little irksome things added up. We gave our order to the waitress, then another waitress came to take our order. We had to ask for things several times. Plates would be taken away before we'd finished eating one them. That last one was especially bad, seeing as how the food was SO GOOD. Smothered pork chop with red beans and rice -- incredible! Fried chicken and mashed potatoes -- not enough food, but delicious! Even the house salad and salmon cakes were worth mention.

Unfortunately, the service was so irritating, not rude, but irritating, it was honestly difficult to have a conversation. Why did they feel moved to burden us with useless information? One notable line: "You can sit on the porch. There's a heat lamp, but it's broken." How do you respond to that? "Well, that's okay, just looking at a heat lamp is enough to keep me warm." I mean, maybe she thought she had to explain why that seat was colder than it seemed like it should be. I don't know. And again, that alone isn't worth canning the joint. But it all added up. Here's the way our server explained their wine policy. "We don't serve wine but there's a five dollar corkage so you can go up the street and buy one or you can show your appreciation for the restaurant by buying one of these pins I'm wearing and it's twenty-five dollars and if you do that then you get a complimentary gift and the gift is a bottle of wine."

Maybe I'm just not smart enough to eat here.

Nov 03, 2007
slowcooker in Los Angeles Area

The Next Iron Chef

I thought hard about this, because I'm an Alton fan and I was getting annoyed too. I think the annoying side comes out when he talks to the collected group of chefs, but you'll notice he's quite helpful and respectful when speaking to the chefs individually. I really do think he admires these folks and knows they're being made to jump through hoops.

What really struck me most about the show, being an avid Top Chef viewer, is how professional all these chefs are. Helping each other left and right, making jokes and laughing at themselves. It's refreshing to watch experts behaving well, as much as love seeing hopefuls act like insecure.

Oct 09, 2007
slowcooker in Food Media & News

The Next Iron Chef

The chairman is the luckiest actor on earth. Regular gig, and all he does is introduce the challenging chef, pace for an hour, and then eat food by some of America's greatest talents. Alton knows his stuff, does the heavy lifting for show and doesn't get to taste anything.

Oct 09, 2007
slowcooker in Food Media & News

Stainless steel grill, is it worth it?

If I'm not too late, Cook's Illustrated recommends investing 49 dollars in Weber's cast iron cooking grates. You will need to season them, but they retain heat like nobody's business. You can only buy them at Home Depot or over the phone from Weber directly, and the box still says they're for the Genesis Silver model, but they should fit your grill.

Oct 09, 2007
slowcooker in Cookware

Please help me choose a new gas grill [Moved from Home Cooking]

Sorry for saying off-brand, that's just my term for anything not Weber. The Ducane seems has gotten many great reviews on epinions, though I tend to read only the bad reviews when buying a product. Here's one I found...

http://www.epinions.com/content_39988...

Most of the other reviews are terrific, though. I think your idea of test-driving is the way to go. And hopefully some hounders out there will have some hands on experience.

Oct 09, 2007
slowcooker in Cookware

Please help me choose a new gas grill [Moved from Home Cooking]

No personal experience with Ducane, but I've been doing A LOT of research on this topic over the last couple weeks. As soon as I have the money I'm buying a Weber Genesis 310. This is a three burner grill, with heavy duty cast iron cooking grates, plenty of cooking space. The BTUs are lower, but everyone who has this grill says it's not an issue because of an efficient design. The three burners should give plenty of indirect options. The 310 does not have a side burner, and it's available at Barbecues Galore for $549. The 320 does have a side burner, costs fifty dollars more and is sold at Home Depot. In my opinion, the side burners seem cool, but when you think about it, you're just wasting propane doing something you could do inside or on the main grill itself.

A word on stainless steel. That's where your money is going. So if a grill costs $699 the corners have been cut within the heating box itself, the last place you want corners being cut! The research I've done, on the prestegious internet, all seems to agree that off-brand grills lure you in seeming like a terrific bargain, but three and four years down the line you've had to replace everything inside, if not the whole grill itself. You yourself have seen that Webers can last ten years or more.

Good luck. Let us know what you buy and how you like it.

Oct 09, 2007
slowcooker in Cookware

Bye Bye Casa Diaz

Thanks for the heads up, but you got the address a litte wrong. There's some blogspot stuff in there too. Here's a link to the May page:

http://eatingla.blogspot.com/2007_05_...

RIP Casa D.

Jul 07, 2007
slowcooker in Los Angeles Area

Bye Bye Casa Diaz

The bad news is, Casa Diaz has been sold by its owners. Home of wonderful food, service, not to mention it's one of Huell Howser's favorite spots in town. How many delicious breakfast burrito's did I eat under your roof, Casa Diaz? Alas, thank you for two fantastic years.

The good news is, Casa Diaz was purchased by the owner's of Yuca's just up Hillhurst. They don't have a new sign up, yet, but I think they picked up the Diaz's amazing recipe for mole in the sale. Also, Yuca's famous carnitas hasn't made the trips down the street to the new location, but I'm told it will soon.

So basically, the Los Lake area is losing some variety in the cheap and delicious eats department, but at least the replacement is most worthy.

Jul 06, 2007
slowcooker in Los Angeles Area

Sports bar in SilverLake Echo Park???

All those mentioned will do you well, but the Hollywood Billiards I think has joined up or been replaced by a new Cafe Tropical (same as one on Sunset and Parkman). The new place is very near the intersection of Hollywood and Wilton, on the south side of the street, and it's a big purple building. I highly recommend it for sports. Tons of seating, TVs and in the day at least, almost empty. Plus you can get yummy Cuban sandwiches now. Full bar, and very decent Cuban style coffee (not quite as good as the original Tropical location).

Jun 07, 2007
slowcooker in Los Angeles Area

Cuba Libre

Sounds good, but that ain't no highball glass in the picture.

May 10, 2007
slowcooker in Recipes

What's the best thing to eat/drink at Robin Hood's British Pub in Burbank

Never really thought of myself as a touristy person...

Apr 20, 2007
slowcooker in Los Angeles Area

What's the best thing to eat/drink at Robin Hood's British Pub in Burbank

Have to say, the fish 'n chips went down easy, but for the next twelve hours I felt like I had a pool of frying oil in my stomach. The hot Scotch egg was incredible. Overall I prefer the food at the King's Head in SM.

Apr 13, 2007
slowcooker in Los Angeles Area

What's the best thing to eat/drink at Robin Hood's British Pub in Burbank

Curry pie? Sounds mighty good.

Apr 11, 2007
slowcooker in Los Angeles Area

What's the best thing to eat/drink at Robin Hood's British Pub in Burbank

? Heading there tonight for some dinner and drunk Scrabble. Seems like everyone likes the fish n chips. But I was curious if there are any hidden gems on the menu and/or any exceptional beers on tap.

Apr 11, 2007
slowcooker in Los Angeles Area

Regular-Size Hot Dogs

Wes, length is but one of many problems. Every hotdog stand in this city seems hellbent on putting a bowl's worth of chili on top, followed by myriad accompaniments. The result is a not only a mess, but also nearly impossible to fit into my large stomach. I'm looking for something smaller in every way (except flavor) and hopefully I won't have to bring scissors to the party for a while yet.

Feb 06, 2007
slowcooker in Los Angeles Area

Best Burgers in Los Angeles

Way too few people are recommending Houstons. Get the California burger or the Cheeseburger. Beef ground to order. A long line, so plan accordingly, and slightly pricey, but you can keep that in check by sticking to a burger, fries and coke. No booze, no appetizers, no desert. Unbelieveable.

Feb 06, 2007
slowcooker in Los Angeles Area

Regular-Size Hot Dogs

By "regular-size" I mean a hot dog that fits inside its bun without sticking out too far. If that's not possible I'd settle for not too thick. My town of origin (Roanoke, VA) abounds with hotdog stands. Seriously, you are never more than five minutes away from a great hotdog. And they have small amounts of multiple toppings. It is very common to have mustard, onions, chili, slaw and relish and still not make a mess of yourself. Carney's looks a little too big, but enough people love it that I'm willing to give it a try. If that fails, I'm embarking on a quest of my own.

Feb 06, 2007
slowcooker in Los Angeles Area

Great Italian in Silver Lake?

Aroma is fantastic. I haven't noticed any decline in yumminess. Veal Aroma is particularly great.

Feb 05, 2007
slowcooker in Los Angeles Area

Aroma in Silver lake - what to get?

I know this is way late, but if you're heading to Aroma again, make sure you try the Veal Aroma. Insane good.

Feb 05, 2007
slowcooker in Los Angeles Area

Regular-Size Hot Dogs

Thanks for all the advice. The Hat is definitely out. I went there yeaterday and it was the same old LA story: giant, messy, mediocre. I realized there's an equivalent with tacos. To my mind you should be able to eat the same ammount of either in one sitting. But most LA hotdogs are the equivalent of burritos. WAY TOO BIG!!!!!!!

Feb 05, 2007
slowcooker in Los Angeles Area

Regular-Size Hot Dogs

I grew up in the south, with hot dogs you could eat by the twos and threes, a stark contrast to the giant monsters one finds in this city. Now I don't want to get into a big debate over which kind is better. Rather, I'm just writing to see if anyone can recommend a nice regular-size dog. Tommy's? Way too big. Pink's? Forget about it. East side is preferred, but I'm also willing to drive if the dog is good enough.

Feb 03, 2007
slowcooker in Los Angeles Area