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First corn of the season! [moved from General Chowhounding Topics]

this sounds fantastic. I love corn - am gonna give this a try. Mojoeater's experience sounds delicious too.

I'm sure many of you out there have done this but it's one of my childhood favorites: Take a steamed (or boiled but not for very long) corn on the cob, slather it with butter, then squeeze lemon juice on it, salt to taste (and maybe just a pinch of paprika if in the mood) and dig in - it has to be on the cob though because as you eat away at the kernels, you continue putting lemon and salt (not much) then you have the cob -- which has soaked up the juices...heaven. This is a fond childhood summer food...we'd have this on our beach picnics.

May 13, 2007
tiamarty in Home Cooking

Baby Shower Worthy

Penninsula Hotel in Redondo Beach or Marina del Rey?

May 11, 2007
tiamarty in Los Angeles Area

Baby Shower Worthy

I'm planning a baby shower for a friend in July. I'm looking for a restaurant in L.A., Long Beach/South Bay areas that has a garden or patio, has something special/exquisite on their menu and will let us linger for gifts and cake. I know this is a tall order, but any hounds out there with any ideas?

May 11, 2007
tiamarty in Los Angeles Area

LA Mill Coffee Opening On Silver Lake Blvd.?!

this is good news! I am so there -- always looking for good coffee.

May 10, 2007
tiamarty in Los Angeles Area

Long Beach tomorrow

I got the name wrong (don't want to send you to the Montebello when I meant Bell) to the restaurant in Bell it's called La Casita Mexicana on Gage, in Bell, CA.

May 09, 2007
tiamarty in Los Angeles Area

Long Beach tomorrow

I agree with both you and Evan G - it's not brain-stopping or out of this world. I will have guacamole there. I won't wait for a meal there though. I'd just as soon go to an Acapulco or Torito, neither of those are show stoppers but they serve clean, descent food. You just have to be in the mood for it and be okay with middle of the road food. Haven't tried the pork shank, and it might be outstanding, I don't know. But the 'sason', the seasoning, the simplicity of mexican food, just isn't there - even though their food is simple; it just misses the mark, It's not horrible, it's a different type of mexican dining - just not what I'm willing to wait in a line for. I'm more likely to go to Los Compadres (killer home-made corn tortillas) for some dishes - still not willing to wait in a line for that either. The problem with mexican food in Long Beach is that there isn't a single restaurant that is strong overall. Every restaurant has one or two good things.

I'll have to check out Taco Loco thought; have never even heard of it. Where's it located?

There's a little place in Bell, Mi Casita, which is run by Chefs Jaime and Ramiro which I might be willing to wait in a line for - maybe - I hate lines though.

May 09, 2007
tiamarty in Los Angeles Area

Long Beach tomorrow

That's too bad. I'll have to try them again to see if the quality has gone south.

May 08, 2007
tiamarty in Los Angeles Area

Long Beach tomorrow

Enrique's is too bland. The tacos de papa are always too wet and tasteless. I've tried them several times to make sure I wasn't being unfair but it's the same everytime - Enrique's is one of those Mexican restaurants that tries to appeal to every palette and misses the mark.

Haven't tried Brite Spot - it scares me to go in - it doesn't look clean. But have been thinking of going in anyway.

May 08, 2007
tiamarty in Los Angeles Area

Long Beach tomorrow

The only good thing about Super Mex is the salsa - probably one of the best salsa's around town (and anywhere, really) and the huevos ranchero's - not the absolute best huevos rancheros, but pretty damned good. They use a home-made fresh sauce (guisado) over the eggs (actually, it's the sauce that's used in their chile verde dishes (not a canned tomato deal). But Supermex isn't walking distance -- it's over on 1st and Alamitos. Sadly, Long Beach is pretty barren when it comes to 'good' mexican food. It's surprising, but it's true. For a short cut way to good Chile con Carne - buy some SuperMex salsa and mix at home with your choice cut meat - it comes the closest to my father's recipe which I have not been able to duplicate completely.

May 08, 2007
tiamarty in Los Angeles Area

Long Beach tomorrow

Hi -

The closest, and probably most comfortable - popular with locals, is Omelette Inn http://www.omeletteinn.com/248806.html. You can acatually walk to it from the courthouse (have done it myself). 3rd Street runs behind the courthouse, which is between Pacific and Magnolia. The Omelette Inn is on the corner of Pacific and 3rd. I think they are open until lunch then it shuts down. Business is brisk in the morning. I've never been there for lunch but, if you want something close and maybe a panini (I've only had pasta dishes there, actually don't know if they make panini but you can check out their website http://www.latraviata301.com/lunch.htm), or a nice sit down lunch, if you walk behind the courthouse and straight up Cedar, you can have a nice lunch at La Traviatta -- I'd recommend that. It's a nice restaurant.
Hope these help. The other suggestions given are not that close to the courthouse (I'm very familiar with that area and the courthouse; all the ones given are driving distance (if you have to get back to the courthouse for second call or something like that).

And I would not recommend the Park Pantry - no, no, no.

oh, across the street from the courthouse on Ocean and Magnolia is a coffee house that serves lunch - you definitely can walk there.

buen provecho

May 07, 2007
tiamarty in Los Angeles Area

Napa Valley Trip

You'll want to check out Ceja Vineyards. The place is comfortable, welcoming and beautiful, not to mention the wines - outstanding wines! Viansa has matured since I found them 9 years ago and their wines are now something to have. Viansa is a bit more touristy - but their Arneis is worth the drive over. Viansa is one of the few vineyards up in that area (maybe in all of California) producing Arneis.

What is Mexican Cuisine To You?

It's not the Mexican food - it's the marketing. If you go to an 'Authentic' Mexican cuisine restaurant, and they are few and far between, you will see more vegetable choices. 'There are so many vegetable choices in Mexican cuisine that it's actually quite easy to be a vegetarian. It's the same reason why we're familiar wtih Chow Mein, Kung Pao, Pad Thai, Chana Masala, Paneer, Babaganoush, and not with other more complex dishes of these cultures - it's what the restaurant owner perceives the american diner is familiar with and wants.
Look for mexican restaurants with a menu not driven by american palette (or by someone with a narrow understanding of consumer expectations) and you'll find a more varied menu. Usually you'll find a pretty exciting and daring chef there too.

Apr 27, 2007
tiamarty in General Topics

Wine Pairing

Has anyone tried Ceja wines. They'll be pouring at the event at Fort Mason this weekend http://www.cejavineyards.com/

Looks like they'll be talking about pairing wines with tamales http://www.benchmarkinstitute.org/tam...

what I want to know is what holds up to mole? Any ideas?

Apr 19, 2007
tiamarty in Wine

SF customs-friendly food treats

I didn't know that. I thought they were exclusive to San Francisco. I think I still like the idea of buying from them only when in San Francisco...maybe I'm just kidding myself but I'd like to think I'm supporting 'the small guy'

SF customs-friendly food treats

Say it ain't so...

SF customs-friendly food treats

I hope it's not too late for RB to get you some nice SF food treats - but I got the name of the chocoloate maker I was thinking of: Joseph Schmidt Confections. Specialty chocolate maker and the only store they operate is in SF. Their specialty are the chocolae truffles and the slicks and the mosiacs - you will be happy he picked some up for you. You will be plenty mollified.

Looking for Tamales and Tapas in SF

Here's what SF Chronicle's wrote about the event that will feature a collection of tamale vendors take a look http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

I haven't found anything recent about Tapas martasiete but Robert has some good threads listed for that.

SF customs-friendly food treats

The last time I was in SF I came across a chocolatier there - a friend took me to the shop but I don't remember the name. I bought a box of chocolates that were more like works of art really. They were so absolutely beautiful that I didn't even want to eat them. I imagine there are more than we know of - hidden treasures.

Looking for Tamales and Tapas in SF

susancinsf, I'm sorry that you had that experience, but it could have been any number of things. Even the best establishment has an off day. I've tried Primavera several times and each time was not disappointed. Infact, I am impressed each time because I was brought up on good, traditional tamales and I guess I expect to be disappointed. Primavera is not a traditional tamale - I guess I keep waiting for the shoe to drop (or metate in this case) but it hasn't and each Primavera tamale I have tried stands up against, and hold its own, any of the best traditional tamales, Crowded and hectic yes. Have been to that market on several different occasions and it's been hectic at every stand throughout the market. Non of this excuses the cell phone user/server thing, but that shouldn't be confused with taste of the food. The beauty is that we all have a different standard and it's okay. I, for instance, don't care for the All-Star: dry, skimpy, odd textured; but they are consistent: each time they were consistently below par. Yet they have a loyal following because from what I understand, they've been at that market a while. Any tamale needs to be eaten quickly and while warm, or the filling becomes less than ideal - it is one food that must be eaten hot to warm. I will go again and again to Primavera every chance I get when I'm in San Francisco.

What is Mexican Cuisine To You?

what a huge topic.

Mexican food to me is
arroz
elote
Chile fresco
tomate
tomatillo
cebolla
frijoles
chocolate
canela
trigo
cumino
cilantro
oja de laurel
maize
nopal
maguey
epasote
crema
pinole
panocha
cajeta
anjojonil

and time...

Apr 15, 2007
tiamarty in General Topics

What is Mexican Cuisine To You?

Thank you.

I felt for a minute like I was in the twighlight zone. Queso is Cheese. Period. Now let's go ahead and talk about the different spins put on it...

Apr 15, 2007
tiamarty in General Topics

Where to take my picky vegetarian mother?

Not in San Gabriel Valley, but if you spend 30 minutes making suggestions, you can almost be there in that same time: The Spot in Hermosa Beach. Vegetarian and Vegan menu - excellent food, seriously excellent. Take plenty of quarters because the meters get really hungry!

Apr 15, 2007
tiamarty in Los Angeles Area

In need of a vegan dessert recipe

I just saw a recipe for vegan cupcakes on one of the links on this site - can't find it now but they sounded fantastic. I'm sure you'd be able to do a search and they'd show up.

Apr 15, 2007
tiamarty in Home Cooking

Looking for Tamales and Tapas in SF

Hey BG - I'm planning to make it up to this tamale thing. I found out about it from my SF friend. She must have seen the same posters, and am seriously planning to make it. Bernalgirl or BGQuilter, you have tell us what you find - I'm definitely going to go to this.

Anyone else gonna check it out?

Looking for Tamales and Tapas in SF

I've actually tried Primavera and can vouch for how delicious they are - especially the vegetarian ones. I never believed anyone could make a good vegetarian tamal. I go up to SF often and have also tried El Huarache Loco at the Alemany Market. They make, of course, Huaraches -- very few people make this delicious uncommon mexican dish. Definitely stop by the Alemany market MM. But do check out Robert's suggestion at the Ferry Plaza - Primavera is definitely worth trying.

Sit Down Mexican in Mission

I'm a frequent visitor to San Francisco. I am always looking for good mexican food. You'd think it's easy to find being so close to Mexico and all but it's not. Something strange happens to it when it crosses the border. Even in L.A. where I am closest to. But true, good mexican food is pure and simple. For that, you'll want to try Los Pastores. I found this restaurant on one of my visits there earlier this year - have gone back a few times and have not been disappointed once. I think you'll like it. Though I don't think it's on 14th - it's closer to Cortland/30th?

Best way to make coffee?

I'm so glad I found this thread. I went to Italy some time ago and was spoiled by the coffee there. Have been trying to recreate the experience and flavor since my return. I've taken to blending french roast, Costa Rican, Ethiopan to a fine grind and using the 2 T to 6 oz ratio if I'm using a press. If I'm using my coffee maker, I use 4 T to 5 1/2 cups - don't ask me why it works this way. Although I'm starting to think it's time for a new coffee maker. any ideas? For cream, I've found the closest to recreating the flavor is Horizon (organic) half and half. Will be going back soon for the real thing in Italy.

Apr 15, 2007
tiamarty in Home Cooking

Philly Hounds in SF for Memorial Day

You'll have to try Los Pastores in the Mission District. If you want to start your morning on the day of burrito searching day, stop by for Huevos Rancheros for breakfast. The owner, Irma, makes some of the best I've had. The beans are perfect, the eggs...so simple and easy, but most often not done right...are done right. Or, don't wait for burrito search day. Stop by there every day for breakfast. It's inexpensive and good.

La Familia - Half Moon Bay

Hi Wendy,

Thanks for this info. I like Half Moon Bay and have tried finding a mexican food restaurant when I've been through there with no luck. Will keep this information handy. Do they do tamales?

Tamales Chiapaneco (SD) Report

Hi there Kare,

Good info. I'm always on the hunt for different tamales. It seems like an obvious choice for tamales but I haven't been down to San Diego for tamales. Guess that's where I'll be heading next. I'd never thought about why I have not ever had the chance to try tamales chiapanecos - great commentary. I'm hoping to make it up to San Francisco next weekend for a tamale tasting in fort mason. I'm hoping I'm not the only chowhound to go up there - if anyone else makes it please tell me what you found in case I don't make it - sounds like there'll be a varied collection of tamales in one place www.atasteoftamalesbythebay.org. I think I've had my share of tamales oaxaquenos and the general available tamales -- I'm looking for something different looks like you found something I need to try on 25th and Market!

Apr 15, 2007
tiamarty in California