Sundae in the Park

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  1. Aw, thanks. Besha Rodell is LA Weekly's food critic who came in 2012 as the heir to Jonathan Gold. She's got a few Beard nominations under her belt plus a win in 2014. A lot of the writeups seem to come from her, and the rest come from other staff members..."This year I was helped by our Food Editor Katherine Spiers, our Managing Editor Drew Tewksbury, our contributor Garrett Snyder and our Editor-in-Chief Mara Shalhoup. As always, our food photographer Anne Fishbein has provided beautiful art to illustrate the issue." I've been reading this list since about 2011, slightly before I moved here and I've noticed that some of the reviews for long-standing listees don't get updated every year. That is not to say this is wrong, because the focus of the list is the "essential" nature of the restaurant to the Greater LA food scene/specific neighborhood/cuisine. So the essential nature of the spot is less likely to change from year to year. Though it is nice to see a refreshed review or mini review! I don't know about their methodology, but I can say that, while the places I have tried haven't always been "the best of" they are almost always worth visiting for the item or reason highlighted and just generally good places to check out. Many experiences have been quite outstanding. I don't actually get down to LA all that often so I'm appreciative of this list as a resource that allows me to spend my dining capital wisely. I particularly like it in terms of seeing LA through a tourist's eyes - the "essential" nature of the list means that the listees aren't necessarily the newest, hottest, or even best, but might be the originator or proudest standard bearer of some local and/or cultural tradition, which YMMV but is something I'm seeking out when I visit.
  2. The 2017 edition of LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants has dropped! This year they also have inaugurated a Freshman 15 list of newcomers to watch. In the past I've found their lists to be interesting and the majority of recommended restaurants I've tried have been worth the visit for the reasons described. For the 99 List, I especially appreciate their mapping and sorting-by-neighborhood features.
  3. I found this tidbit about the prohibition of Irish butter sales in WI to be interesting. Poor Wisconsonites, no Kerrygold for you! Hope their lawsuit works out!
  4. Well, the story has been picked up by the LA Times and the WaPo, so I'd say that it's making the rounds nationally. A quick skim of the comments on both articles are…interesting and disheartening…per usual folks don't seem to be reading the articles before spewing strong opinions. So far the whole stew seems to have been set off by the waiter-with-border-control-delusional-fantasies without support from management/corporate culture, but it is odd that the restaurant's response and apologies have been, for the most part, scrubbed from social media. Their Yelp page is under active management for trolling reviews and the owner does have a response to a question about the incident in the questions section.
  5. Heh, note that not all Southern California deserts are created equal, conditions in Death Valley were not optimal for creating a superbloom this year, and folks trekking there for flowers have been disappointed. If looking for this year's superbloom, see the thread on Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
  6. Another year, another Superbloom! Hooray for a wet winter Flowers came up about a week ago and will last a few more weeks in a "rolling bloom" if anyone is interested... Anza-Borrego Desert State Park California Deserts In 'Super Bloom' Thanks To A Wet Winter Anza-Borrego Desert Wildflowers Update NYT video of flowers Pretty flower pics to brighten your day courtesy of the Orange County Register
  7. We've been making for the past few weeks a cinnamon-raisin french toast bake (that I don't get to partake in at the moment ), which is a nice option for making several days' worth of breakfasts in one easy go. Basically we layer (standing up or at an angle) half-slices of cinnamon bread in a casserole dish, pour over a bunch of beaten eggs and heavy whipping cream, and sprinkle the whole mess with cinnamon, brown sugar, and other warming spices/vanilla as the mood hits. Leave in the fridge overnight to soak in and bake in the morning until appropriately toasty (it smells divine!!!). It is obviously NOT a light breakfast but keeps well (we rewarm in a toaster oven) and has been universally beloved by all that try it.
  8. 😂 and also 😳 because I love Haribo Bears so this is a great and useful warning!!!
  9. Oh my goodness, you guys, this is probably TMI and maybe everyone else already knows, but as a PSA, don't eat too much food made with fake sugar!! After chalking up a few days of misery to resurgent pregnancy symptoms, it turns out that lots of the ingredients in sugar-free stuff - e.g., sucralose, xylitol, sorbitol - work precisely because they can't be digested, which can lead to an uncomfortable GI system, especially if you eating a significant quantity of these ingredients. Everything in moderation or carefully controlled portions is still the rule of the day - there are no tradeoff-free shortcuts to eating sweets!!!! (Unless there is and then please tell me!!!)
  10. Eater article on the new location in Buena Park with some nice links to an opening day video (the line!) and the history of the chain. More links to local TV coverage. There's supposed to be a location opening up in West Covina next year. Wish they would move up my way!
  11. I wanted to go here while in SD but it was raining and my dining partner didn't want to brave the elements! Instead we hit: Jimmy's Famous American Tavern - nice view of the water and the Harbor Drive location is right across from the Holiday Inn. My red snapper (catch of the day) plate was fresh and simply dressed and the accompanying asparagus and mashed potatoes were worth eating. My dining partner enjoyed her spicy shrimp salad. It's a good place for a work dinner and super convenient when staying at the hotel, though I probably wouldn't return of my own choosing. The Kebab Shop - not as good as last time, but still perfectly adequate for fast, cheap, and good food. Ironside Fish & Oyster.- beautiful, soaring space in the heart of Little Italy with a carefully curated menu (seems to change and be freshly printed daily) of raw bar, classic fish-house eats, and daily specials. It's a shame I don't eat shellfish, because that really seems to be the draw here. I ended up with the fancy set of the night and it was a pretty, smallish portion of a tender white fish with some tasty vegetables (all good, all rather forgettable). My dining partner was happy with the calamari and we both enjoyed the broccolini (the green garlic, Fresno chili, and soy sherry glaze was terrific). It can get really bustle-y and loud and Happy Hour $1 oysters seem to be the best deal.
  12. I've tried quite a few low-carb/sugar desserts lately, and thought I would post on my impressions: Halo Top - too expensive for its icy texture and uninteresting add-in crunchy bits - pass. Breyer's CarbSmart Vanilla & Almond bars - not bad at all. They aren't super creamy but aren't icy at all and don't have much of an fake sugar aftertaste. I like the portion size because you can eat the whole bad so won't feel deprived. I keep buying these. No sugar added Popsicles - have a bit of a fake sugar aftertaste but decent when you're craving an icy fruity treat. Dreyer's slow-churned no sugar added ice cream - terribly chemical ingredient list but decently creamy without a fake sugar aftertaste so yay science??!! Available at regular grocery stores and the same price as the regular ice cream. Still can't eat a lot in a sitting if you're carefully counting carbs but you can have more. This will probably be my go-to until I can have real ice cream again! *** Also made a red curry chicken soup (basically my regular red curry with a lot more broth and even more vegetables), which was delicious and low carb but doesn't keep well, because the vegetables turn all mushy
  13. For all the La La Land die-hard fans: You Can Visit the Café From La La Land in Real Life It's only through March 6, but for the Friends fans, Central Perk is there all the time. I've taken the Warner Brothers studio tour and it's really interesting. Can't compare with other studio tours since I haven't done any, but we enjoyed the glimpses into both the indoor studio sets - Ellen, Big Bang - and also the incredible magic they can make with the most ordinary-seeming of outdoor spaces a la Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls. Plus there is a ton of Harry Potter paraphernalia in the museum.
  14. Meh. I've tried four flavors now, and they are getting less, not more appealing. The sea salt caramel is probably the best, followed by the mint "chocolate chip." The almond crunch and cookies and cream both taste strongly of almond extract and coconut, respectively, and I'm really only finishing them because they were expensive. The icy texture (their admonition to wait a bit before eating to let it come up to temperature reminds me of Cakelove's re: their buttercream, with similar effect - I got the ice cream out because I want to eat it now) isn't improving on acquaintance. I do like the ingredient list, which is a whole less synthetic than a lot of the low-carb/sugar stuff I'm eating these days, but not enough to keep buying them (it doesn't help that I have to go to a separate store to get them).
  15. Thanks, guys! Yes, I'm pretty motivated so learned a lot last time that I'm putting to good use this time without having to go back to the (rather useless) nutritionist (at least the knowledge wasn't wasted!!). If only I could keep up the motivation to keep to this kind of diet when not pregnant!!! It's ridiculously effective for my body type, but alas, I can't keep this strict when I don't have the proper motivation. There are certain recipes/approaches that have stuck with me afterwards, though, like roasting All The Vegetables and these mini turkey garden loaves (when I'm diabetic I mess with the bread crumbs and sugar proportions, and when I'm not I make them as is). Thanks for all your suggestions! I think they'll all make it into my rotations. The cucumber salad prompt, in particular, is great because I've always meant to learn a good Chinese cucumber salad (a la the A&J spicy garlic cucumber dish) and now is an excellent time to try it! Yes, I eat lots of avocados, mostly with my morning hard-boiled eggs as a sort of egg salad (v. easy to take to work several days' worth at a time), and could absolutely incorporate them in other meals. We made fajitas the other night, with some grilled marinated steak; a sautéed vegetable medley of mushrooms, peppers, and zucchini; cheese quesadillas; salsa; and guacamole. We and our guests all loved it (I ate 1/4 quesadilla so wasn't totally deprived), so that will definitely be gracing our table again. Because we (used to) eat tacos out fairly often, we almost never think about making Mexican food at home and this was a good reminder that it's tasty, easy to make, and great for a crowd with fussy palates (in this case kiddos, gluten-free, diabetic, and pregnant). A bit back, we went out to all-you-can-eat KBBQ for dinner, and that was decadent without a sense of deprivation. MEAT! and pickles and salad mostly, with a little bit of jap chae on the side. Nothing to complain about there!!