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Pasta to cooking water ratio

Thanks so much gourmanda!! Great article. This changes everything. :)

Dec 18, 2014
mocro in Home Cooking

Pasta to cooking water ratio

Can I cook 2 lbs of spaghetti in one stock pot full of boiling water with no problem? I usually think one lb per pot, but would love to short-cut it! Hppy holiday cooking to all.

Dec 18, 2014
mocro in Home Cooking

Mini-red cups in Pasadena

Thanks so much. Walmart sells 20 for $2.49 so I'll check out the grocery store. I buy my liquor at Costco so I've never seen.

Dec 10, 2014
mocro in Los Angeles Area

Mini-red cups in Pasadena

Looking to find those 2 oz red cups to serve hot chocolate/peppermint schnapps/whipped creme shots at a party. Tried Target, BevMo and Smart & Final. I think WalMart carries so I can head there if I'm desperate. Thanks!

Dec 09, 2014
mocro in Los Angeles Area

Table-turning at Twist

I'm so sorry to be late in responding to report on Twist. The food was delicious of course. I had the vegetarian prix fixe; one had duck; and two had the steak. The room is lovely and the service was good, but....

We had a 6 p.m. reservation and were the only people in the restaurant on arrival. Before any other diners were there, we wanted to take pix seated at the table of both couples and the maitre'd made us feel very uncomfortable. We were elegantly dressed in long dresses/suits and we're not yokels and I wouldn't have attempted pix if any other patrons had been there. Plus they knew 2 of us were having those 'millstone' (best typo ever) b'days.

We have been blessed to have eaten at top restaurants all over the world including JR in Las Vegas and we know how to behave. The service wasn't at all joyous or friendly throughout the meal and even though the food was wonderful, I wouldn't return. Maybe our trying to take one pic of each couple at the outset contributed to the way the maitre d treated us throughout.

In contrast, we went to the bar after dinner and as hotel guests we were shown to a fabulous window table and had terrific service. Maybe an off-night, but when I'm spending that kind of $$, I expect a smile.

Nov 23, 2014
mocro in Las Vegas

Mini Chinese take out boxes?

Who knew about Smart & Final? Thanks so much.

Nov 21, 2014
mocro in Los Angeles Area

Mini Chinese take out boxes?

Thanks. I can order online through Amazon as well so I might just do that.

Nov 20, 2014
mocro in Los Angeles Area

Mini Chinese take out boxes?

I'm doing a holiday cocktail party and hunting for interesting ways to present hors d'oeuvres. I've seen pix of sesame noodles in mini Chinese take out boxes. Anyone seen these at a decent price in the SGV? Somewhere authentic rather than Container Store. Thanks!

Nov 19, 2014
mocro in Los Angeles Area

Pasadena holiday food gifts, please

I like to give my clients holiday gifts of food from local (Pasadena) retailers that are chic and unusual. Any ideas for this year? I've done Lette (macaroons); Little Flower (caramels); Mignon (chocolate); Beyond the Olive (oil & vinegar); Jones (coffee). I thought about churros, but those really need to be eaten immediately and cheese/pate is too perishable. Do any local bakeries do world-class cookies? I considered croissants from Europane, but if they sat on a desk for a couple of days that'd be the end of it.

I don't know Highland Park well, but that'd be a great locale too. Thanks for any advice you might have.

Nov 15, 2014
mocro in Los Angeles Area

Table-turning at Twist

Best millstone b'day has got to be the best Freudian slip ever!!!! I can't want to share that.

I asked if there was a time they needed the table and they said they allow for leisurely dining and we won't be rushed. Thanks for everyone's advice.

Oct 20, 2014
mocro in Las Vegas

Table-turning at Twist

Four of us will be dining at Twist a week from Saturday and 2 of us will be celebrating millstone birthdays. Reservations were only available 6/6:30 & 9:30 and I chose 6 after learning this would give us our best chance of a window table.

I asked how many times they turn the table and the very nice person who took my rez didn't know. Do you have a sense how long we'd have a table on a Saturday night? I'd like to be there long enough to enjoy the nighttime view.

I can pull some strings to get a later rez, but won't if it's not necessary. Thanks!

Oct 17, 2014
mocro in Las Vegas

First time to Nopa [San Francisco]

Hi. OP here. I promised to check back in after our dinner and report on the wait time which was 'nada.' We had a 7:30 reservation last Saturday and I confirmed earlier in the day. Arrived right at 7:30 and was shown right to our table....the first booth on the main floor...as requested. Right by the bar, but I thought the noise level was festive not overly loud.

The food, service and ambiance were all terrific and I felt Nopa lived up to the hype. Home cooking with a foodie edge. We had their signature dishes; the pork, chicken and vegetable tagine and all were excellent....ditto the beignets for dessert.

Thanks for everyone's advice which led to a terrific evening.

Oct 02, 2014
mocro in San Francisco Bay Area

Brunch tomorrow, please

Would appreciate a brunch suggestion for tomorrow (Sunday). Visiting San Fran from LA and taking my 22-yo and her 4 friends to brunch tomorrow. Pretty sophisticated kids food-wise and we're based in Nopa and having dinner there tonight so that's out. 'Bottomless mimosas' seems important (takes me back to NYC in the 1980's LOL), but I can dissuade them of that.

I'd love somewhere with good basic brunch food (eggs benedict, burgers, omelets); that's not a scene so welcoming service; where we can linger.

Stock-in-trade has been suggested. Any ideas? Thank you!

Sep 27, 2014
mocro in San Francisco Bay Area

First time to Nopa [San Francisco]

I promise to report back. Got a 7:30 rez for a Saturday end of month and based on the reviews/Saturday night expect to wait. But because I'm with 2 beautiful 20-somethings I figure hanging at the bar will be a fun intro for them to their new neighborhood.

Asked for a booth d'stairs and was told 'that'll be no problem' whereas so many restos respond that they 'can't promise anything' when you request a certain location. Very friendly service while making my rez. I'll let you know how it goes.

Sep 05, 2014
mocro in San Francisco Bay Area

First time to Nopa [San Francisco]

Thank you. We'll be with our daughter and her roommate so they might prefer the action downstairs. Appreciate the advice.

Sep 05, 2014
mocro in San Francisco Bay Area

First time to Nopa [San Francisco]

Our daughter has had the good sense to move into an apt across the street from Nopa and will be making dinner reservations (nothing on Open Table but hopefully can manage on the phone) for end of the month when we visit. Not having been, anything we should request when booking from a location-in-the-restaurant perspective? Thanks!

Sep 05, 2014
mocro in San Francisco Bay Area

Henna cake - Pasadena

OMG this baker is fantastic. Her cookies are works of art. Do you know where she's located? I live in Pasadena and haven't seen work this delicate. I know I'll use her sometime so thank you for the referral.

Jun 23, 2014
mocro in Los Angeles Area

Henna cake - Pasadena

It cut just fine. Used a fondant icing so that might have helped have a firm foundation.

Jun 23, 2014
mocro in Los Angeles Area

Henna cake - Pasadena

I love these cookies. Thank you. I'm sort of obsessed with the whole Bollywood thing so I'll definitely use again and order these.

Jun 23, 2014
mocro in Los Angeles Area

Henna cake - Pasadena

Hopefully my pic will show up correctly. It wasn't exactly what I expected. I showed the head baker the pic above in which the 'henna' design is piped freehand. Another baker did the cake and as she didn't have the benefit of the pic I assume she was told to do an 'Indian design.' They applied some pre-made molds and piped some gold. It was very pretty and served my purpose so it was fine.

And it was delicious....toasted almond - served 10 - $50.

I'd use Anna Cake House (Washington Blvd, Pasadena) again, but I'd leave behind pix and make sure the person I spoke with is the person doing the baking. They were all very sweet.

Jun 22, 2014
mocro in Los Angeles Area

Marinating question

Thanks so much. Will do.

Jun 20, 2014
mocro in Home Cooking

Marinating question

I'm doing Indian style beef kabobs with a thick, spicy sauce. The recipe says marinate the steak 20 mins before placing on a skewer.

I like to do all my prep ahead of time, but I assume I need to marinate immediately before cooking rather than earlier in the day and wiping the marinade off.

You also need to soak the bamboo skewers so I assume I need to also do this right before threading/cooking so the skewers don't dry out and flame up. Thanks so much for your advice.

Jun 20, 2014
mocro in Home Cooking

Marinating question

I'm doing Indian style beef kabobs with a thick, spicy sauce. The recipe says marinate the steak 20 mins before placing on a skewer.

I like to do all my prep ahead of time, but I assume I need to marinate immediately before cooking rather than earlier in the day and wiping the marinade off.

You also need to soak the bamboo skewers so I assume I need to also do this right before threading/cooking so the skewers don't dry out and flame up. Thanks so much for your advice.

Jun 20, 2014
mocro in Home Cooking
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Henna cake - Pasadena

Thanks for the suggestion. EuroPane said no - and they don't do fondant which is sort of essential for a cake like this - but Lena at Anna's Cakes on Washington Blvd said she could. I pick it up tomorrow so I'll report in.

Percentages for 'Soul of a Nation'

I'm answering my own question re a garnish - a lime wedge makes it reflect the color of the flag. Are anyone else's limes really dry? I just bought a bag from Costco for cooking and they're pretty dry and bitter.

Jun 18, 2014
mocro in Spirits

Percentages for 'Soul of a Nation'

I'm doing an Indian dinner and wanted to make a themed cocktail called 'Soul of a Nation' that I found online. I wouldn't say it's particularly Indian but it's color mimics the Indian flag.

Ingredients are listed as mango puree, peach schnapps and champagne but I can't find any proportions. I have some high quality mango juice I was going to sub for the puree since I have the juice. I think it'll be like a mango mimosa. Any idea how much schnapps to add? And what sort of garnish might be pretty?

Thanks so much.

Jun 18, 2014
mocro in Spirits

Henna cake - Pasadena

I'm doing an Indian-themed dinner party and am looking for a bakery in Pasadena who could execute a 'henna' cake. I don't know if the attached pic will work but it's a fondant-covered cake with henna-like icing designs. My usual baker is too busy. Thanks!

Jun 11, 2014
mocro in Los Angeles Area

Lunch between Pasadena & Riverside?

Thank you everyone for the great advice. I'll head to Eureka in Claremont as it sounds perfect for my
college-aged niece.

I do go to the Dal Rae sometimes as Pico Rivera is midway for a friend in Long Beach. It's a step back in time! Men in suits drinking martinis at lunch. A reliable meal and attentive service. Thank you again.

May 22, 2014
mocro in Los Angeles Area
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Lunch between Pasadena & Riverside?

Love the place but we're trying to find a midway point.

May 21, 2014
mocro in Los Angeles Area

Lunch between Pasadena & Riverside?

Would like to take my niece to a pretty place with a nice ambiance between our homes for a giant salad and glass of wine. I checked out the Golden Spur in Glendora, but would rather not go the nostalgia route. Any ideas? Thanks!

May 21, 2014
mocro in Los Angeles Area