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    Ventura County, CA
  1. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Chicken, mushroom, and pesto-stuffed rolls, plus some roasted zucchini and squash.
  2. I haven't eaten there for about a decade but it was my favorite SF restaurant in the mid-aughts (I feel old). Can you go at open and snag a seat at the bar? It's a wonderful bar for solo dining and I think you can order from the full menu, but a la carte if you wish (which I don't believe is an option in the regular part of the restaurant). If not, that's AWFULLY late to eat while you're still on DC time. Personally, I wouldn't enjoy it no matter how wonderful the meal so would pick somewhere that you can get in earlier.
  3. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Sausage, potato, and kale soup, with a ridiculous amount of Halloween candy for dessert.
  4. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Pan-fried (two-side yellow) noodles, with bok choy and chicken. A childhood favorite being passed to the next generation!
  5. American Cheese

    I love American cheese! I think it's one of those "all things have place" kind of food. I love stinky cheese as well but they don't really have anything to do with each other. I don't really like any other kinds of cheese on my burgers and white American melted over a fried turkey and egg sandwich is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods.
  6. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Doesn't add much color, but for vegetable content you can add/sub in potatoes, celery, and or parsnips. And possibly turnip. For color, I'd sub in a smaller quantity of butternut squash or sweet potatoes, but not too much or the flavor might be affected.
  7. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Potstickers. We had some ground pork (the super fatty kind from the butcher) left over from our trip to the Asian market and it is SO much richer than our usual ground turkey!
  8. Dining in Los Angeles

    Hmmm, I might get the dead tree paper this week! Top 10 from the list is discussed here and they are: Vespertine Providence Spago Lukshon Taco Maria Spring Trois Mec Cassia Mozzaplex Rossoblu Oooh, and the map function works (for me) if you haven't hit your monthly LA Times limit.
  9. Visiting Los Angeles

    Eh, no. Back when I stayed in hotels by the airport, I always headed up the 405 a few exits and hit whatever looked good on Sawtelle Blvd (usually Tsujita or the Annex; it's mostly but not all Asian food). Bonus - lots of places are open late.
  10. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Gochujang noodles with ground pork and baby bok choy. It was a recipe from a Blue Apron trial that we saved and have made countless times since with different kinds of noodles. We like it best with the original recipe Korean rice cake ovalettes, but fresh wheat noodles from the market taste great as well.
  11. Visiting Los Angeles

    Eater has a nice LA dining guide, including neighborhood-by-neighborhood suggestions. Maude and Spago, which are both suggested for Beverly Hills, are also recommended for that neighborhood in the 2017 LA Weekly 99 Essentials list. Hahahaha, I had no idea where Beverly Hills was until you made me look. I'm not sure where I thought it was, but it's not where I'd imagined. Obviously there is shopping in Beverly Hills itself, but beyond that I don't know what to do there. Looking at a map, it's close to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), which has wonderful grounds and is close to several other museums (see 3rd post in this thread). I agree with DR that either the Getty Center or the Getty Villa are wonderful experiences. Beyond simple proximity, there is a LOT to do in the greater LA area, so it just depends on your interests and how hard you are willing to work to get places ;-)
  12. Wineries burnt/damaged in the recent wildfires as of 10/11/17. I'm sure this list will be updated and expanded in coming days So far looks like Signorello Estate, Paradise Ridge, Frey Vineyards, White Rock Vineyards, and Oster Wine Cellars have been lost.
  13. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Using stuff up in the fridge: vegetarian wontons w/ sweet chili sauce (squeezed right from the bottle onto each wonton, of course) mango, plums, and grapes leftover tri-tp with salsa
  14. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Tri-tip meal this week! We've been having this quite often since about midway in my pregnancy, when I needed low-carb meals I actually wanted to eat and we discovered the beauty of at-home tri-tip. I buy a whole, untrimmed tri-tip and only take of the silverskin and some of the fat if it is over a half-inch thick. We use a Santa Maria-style dry rub and grill it till the big part is medium rare. At that point, the skinny part of the meat is medium-well to well done, which is perfect for a pregnant lady who doesn't want to be a bother to others (and is so great for guests with a variety of meat done-ness preferences!). We usually serve it with creamed spinach, sauteed mushrooms, sauteed zucchini, and bread and/or potatoes of some kind. Leftovers are great as-is but also wonderful in sandwiches. Inspired by a dish at the Avofest, we've been eating this round of leftover meat as sandwiches on French bread with a lot of guacamole and and a little salsa.
  15. We caught the Avofest (or the 31st annual CA Avocado Festival) this weekend and it was absolutely delightful. The free-to-enter festival itself is small and really crowded as the day goes on, but avocado fans who enjoy outdoor festivals should consider a visit to Carpinteria (small beach town just south of Santa Barbara, about 90 mins north of LA without traffic) during fest weekend. The festival is mostly confined to one street, there isn't much of a kid zone (crafts but no bounce houses??!!), and the only ride is a small ferris wheel. The four sounds stages, however, provide reliably groovy, dance-worthy entertainment, there are craftsman and artist displays, and lots of avocado treats (deep-fried avocado! avocado ice cream! honey avocado ale!) to sample. Almost everyone is carrying the generous tray of guac and chips sold by the high school cheerleaders, who are basically selling at cost (or, given the price of avocados these days, possibly lower). All this is good fun, but the key is that the festival is held about two blocks from the Carpinteria state beach (pretty beach with tidepools!) and campgrounds. As such, fest-goers are constantly wandering down the street to the beach and back. (While at the beach, I pointed out the tents up the street to a pair of lost fest-seekers who were quite chagrined.) In addition, right at the edge of the festival is the Tomol Interpretive Play Area, a wonderful park for the littles to blow of some steam, as well as the entrance to a nature trail walking path. We didn't get a chance to try any of the restaurants but Linden Avenue has a bunch of eateries and touristy shops. We're planning to return for years to come!