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Foods that unreasonably gross you out...

oh, you're too polite! I can't imagine scraping it off and being ok with eating something that might have miniscule amounts of mayo! I worked as a nanny for a while and hands down the most difficult part (of living with a family, travelling, doing everything for a childe) was making sandwiches with mayo on them. I had to touch a knife that was touching mayo!

I have a t-shirt - given to me as a gift - that says "nobody likes mayo." It has a cartoon of a ketchup and mustard jar playing soccer, as mayo stands off to the side all alone.

Dec 12, 2011
rds246 in General Topics

Vegetarian sausage?

I'll jump on this bandwagon too. My family has taken to using them to have sausage and peppers and grilled onions nights with even the unabashed carnivornes requesting we use the veggie version!

Dec 12, 2011
rds246 in General Topics

Does anyone still eat rice cakes?

mmmmmm.... rice cakes with peanut butter....

I have to say that I love the styrofoamy mouth feel - basically any food with that weird texture I am guaranteed to love.

Rice cakes are one of those foods that I almost can't buy because I will sit down at eat the entire bag at once if I'm not careful. I just love them!

Nov 30, 2011
rds246 in General Topics

best brunch mid-city to east-LA-ish

Can't promise no line, but Canele has one of the best brunches in the city, in my opinon...

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Canele
3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Nov 21, 2011
rds246 in Los Angeles Area

Worried my pie pan will break

Most pie recipes I use call for putting the crust (in pie pan) in the fridge or freezer to chill before filling it. I understand the purpose of this, BUT my favorite pie pan is my glass Pyrex pan, and I am worried that putting a cold glass pan into a preheated oven will turn into a messy disaster, a broken pan, and no pie.

How do others deal with this situation? Am I being overly cautious? I have definitely broken pyrex by putting a too hot pan into cold water...

Nov 15, 2011
rds246 in Cookware

99 for Vegetarians

I will put in a 2nd vote for Cacao - one of my fave restaurants in LA. They have a huge vegetarian menu and always have at least 1 veggie special. And everything is delicious.

Also, Jitlada has always been very accomodating to me. Even when most menu items look like they are full of meat/seafood the waitress has helped me figure out which dishes were safe to sub tofu into vs. what had fish broth/pork/etc

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Jitlada
5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Nov 15, 2011
rds246 in Los Angeles Area

Most schools have commercial grade kitchens. What would YOU do, or suggest, toward a solution to lunch programs/ obesity / food stamp hunger, using the school kitchen as an evening training ground?

San Fran is my guess

Mar 25, 2010
rds246 in Not About Food

Done with Pasta

second that!

Mar 19, 2010
rds246 in General Topics

Salt becomes illegal in NYC [moved from Manhattan]

perhaps he's friends with the guy in California who wants to outlaw divorce!

Mar 11, 2010
rds246 in Food Media & News

NY Pizza Tour

yeah, I guess I am not as stringent in my requirements compared to some others. When I lived in New York I ate a variety of pizza that I would consider NY Pizza, as opposed to, say Chicago Style or Neapolitan style.

I'm hoping to try at least 6 or 7 places when we do this. I've had some recommendations of places I haven't yet been to, but I don't know how reliable they are. What do people think of Garage Pizza, Nicky D's, Pitfire, and Lucifers? I'm not even sure that some of these places offer slices, but maybe other know...

Mar 05, 2010
rds246 in Los Angeles Area

NY Pizza Tour

really? I'm a fan of the Two Boots in New York, is the LA version quite different? I think we'll leave it on our list just so we can compare to all the NYC Two Boots slices we've eaten, but thanks for the warning!

Mar 05, 2010
rds246 in Los Angeles Area

NY Pizza Tour

According to their website they are still there. They are definitely on my list (as well as Two Boots, I figure we have to try all the NYC folks) but perhaps I should call them to make sure they still are on Sunset?

Mar 05, 2010
rds246 in Los Angeles Area

NY Pizza Tour

My mom, her New Jersey-raised boyfriend, and I have decided to undertake a "pizza tour" of LA. They live in the Valley and mainly go to Mulberry St., and are going to trek over the hill for a day of pizza fun in the city. I've been trolling the archives, but I would also like some helpful recommendations, with the following guidelines:

1. NY style only. While I've considered doing a more general tour with all different kinds of pizza, for this particular day we're sticking with NY style.

2. Single slices must be available. With all the pizza we're planning on consuming, we can't be ordering entire pies

3. Based on the places on my list already, I'm thinking we'll start near my (in WeHo) and move east. I'm not so interested in Westside pizza, just because the logistics are more complicated, but if there is somewhere absolutely outstanding that I am missing, please let me know.

Thank you in advance for all your help!

Mar 04, 2010
rds246 in Los Angeles Area

Casual Bars/Lounges in Hollywood or Downtown?

I also like Redwood, but if they have a band playing it is LOUD. Everywhere.

Feb 10, 2010
rds246 in Los Angeles Area

Reusable tote bag frustration

I haven't had a problem with this, although I do get weird looks sometimes when I say I have my own bags. This has gotten less frequent within the past year or so, and once at Old Navy the guy ringing me up actually gave me 20% for "trying to use less plastic!"

I do find that when I put my own bags on the counter/say I have my own bags, 90% of checkers lose the ability to put items into bags. I am capable of bagging my own groceries, but often I am futzing with my wallet/finding my debit card/using the card machine/etc, and I have to do all that and then stand in the way of the next people in line as I bag my groceries and the checker watches me. Has anyone else had this problem?

Feb 01, 2010
rds246 in Not About Food

Chinese College Students

I thought it was now generally accepted that noodles originated in Iran (or Persia/the Persian Empire)

Nov 30, 2009
rds246 in General Topics

leftover mascarpone - what to do?

yes, I made a whole wheat dough - yeast, olive oil, white flour, wheat flour, salt, water. I used most of the dough for savory pizzas, but made two small ones with quince, mascarpone and drizzled honey over it. It turned out to be very delicious!

Those cookies look amazing! While everyone's suggestions so far sound delicious, I may have found a recipe to try tonight - maybe I'll try them with the pumpkin ice cream I made last week

Nov 04, 2009
rds246 in Home Cooking

leftover mascarpone - what to do?

After making some quince, mascarpone, and honey pizzas this weekend, I have been left with a bunch of mascarpone cheese and a loss of ideas of what to do with it.
My kitchen is pretty well stocked with staples, and I'd love to be able to throw something together using them, not having to go out and buy any unusual ingredients. I work long hours, so I have limited time, and would love some suggestions of easy recipes that will keep this mascarpone from going to waste. Please send me your ideas!

Nov 04, 2009
rds246 in Home Cooking

the humus was spoiled

Hoomoos spoils really quickly, if not made with all the preservatives found in the store bought stuff. If this truly was homemade, as you said in your post, I wouldn't trust it past a couple of days. But then, after living in the Middle East I have high hoomoos standards...

Nov 04, 2009
rds246 in Not About Food

Your Favorite Pumpkin Recipe

What a great topic! I actually own THREE cookbooks devoted to pumpkins (well, one is both pumpkin and zucchini recipes). One of my favorite savory dishes to make is a South American dish of pumpkin, corn, and white beans. Stews and soups are good as well.
As for sweet dishes, I make a lot of pumpkin cornbread, with a little ginger in it, pumpkin bars (like pie but in bar form with just a bottom crust), and pumpkin souffle. This year I plan on trying my hand at pumpkin ice cream as well.
When I get home tonight I'm going to look through my pumpkin cookbooks and get a little more inspiration! yum.

Oct 20, 2009
rds246 in Home Cooking

Favourite sandwiches? [moved from Home Cooking board]

2 slices of whole wheat bread with hoomoos, sliced tomatoes, and za'atar on one side and avocado, lemon juice and salt on the other. Put them together....mmmmm....

Oct 14, 2009
rds246 in General Topics

Ever feel guilty about eating too much at a buffet or all-you-can-eat?

Hee Hee, Ricky Gervais was just talking about this idea on the Daily Show. Small doors as a way to lose weight, and junk food in grocery stores being kept in a small room with a small door.

Sep 18, 2009
rds246 in Not About Food

What Do You Order at Hugo's?

2nd that. I also had peach pancakes there recently (they were a special) which were excellent. The peaches were in the pancakes, not on top, accompanied by a peach agave spiced syrup and cashews. yum.

Sep 02, 2009
rds246 in Los Angeles Area

Raising a non-picky eater

I agree. My brother and I were raised the same way in the same house but are about 180 degrees from each other eating wise. We were growing up, and now that we are adults. As a very young (still in diapers) child I, apparently, once threw a fit at the grocery store because my mom wouldn't buy some expensive brussel sprouts, which led to her getting chewed out by an older woman who was watching. I've always loved to eat fruits and vegetables, try new things, and eaten a wide variety of food. My brother, on the other hand, spent a good chunk of his childhood refusing to eat anything other than peanut butter and jelly, coffee yogurt, or bananas, and after moving out on his own lived completely on fast food for a year or two.

I find the whole nature vs. nuture question very interesting. Obviously, both come into play. Both my brother and I have a healthy love for Thai and Japanese food, and I would imagine that has to do with my father loving them and us going out to eat at Japanese and Thai places frequently while growing up.

Sep 02, 2009
rds246 in Not About Food

Delicious AND convenient Brunch?

Thanks for all the suggestions. They're all a little far east, but I'll see if I can convince my mom that a 35 mile drive is just what she needs on a weekend morning!

Aug 27, 2009
rds246 in Los Angeles Area

Delicious AND convenient Brunch?

My mother, a close family friend, and I try to get together at least once a month for some good food and to see each other. We've been doing Thursday dinners for a while, but I have a new job that makes weeknights close to impossible. So we've decided to do brunch. This, however, has made it difficult to find a convenient spot.

I live in West Hollywood, our friend is near Pasadena, and my mom is in the west Valley and works in pasadena, so she prefers not to drive all the way out there on the weekends. What is a good, delicious, perhaps new and exciting brunch place that would be somewhere in the middle of the three of us? Oh, in addition, I am a vegetarian, my mom is mostly veg, and our friend does not really eat red meat (although I would think this wouldn't really rule out any brunch places). Our first thought was Hugo's, because we all love it, but we've been many times and we always try to go to a new place. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

Aug 26, 2009
rds246 in Los Angeles Area

Birthday Requests?

pie.

Aug 21, 2009
rds246 in General Topics

Best Veggie Burger?

Kings Road Cafe on Beverly has a really impressive veggie burger. I am generally not a fan of them, but I love this one, and it is the only place a few super carnivore friends of mine will bypass meat in order to have the veggie burger.

Aug 19, 2009
rds246 in Los Angeles Area

Californians: How often do you check hygiene score before eating out?

As my always logical mother has pointed out to my neurotic grandparents, "how do you know the restaurant didn't get a low A? and another one might have a high B?" Not much difference in a 89% and a 90% from where I stand!

Aug 13, 2009
rds246 in Not About Food

The US and the UK: Divided by a Common (Culinary) Language

There is one farmer at my farmers market that sells baby corn (seasonally of course). I'm in Southern California.

Aug 10, 2009
rds246 in Not About Food