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Where Do Cocktail Prices Come From?

First, I have asked several average income 30 and under why they are willing to pay $20-25 for lunch or $15 for a cocktail? They say, that's what we grew up with.

Forgetting rent, cost, salaries, etc., I feel most restaurant/bar alcohol is way over priced. If they can get it they will charge for it.

Second, Many people, including restaurant/bar owners, want to live very high on the hog. Therefore, they must charge as much as the traffic will bear.

Third, If a place is highly decorated and provacative, and attracts people you want to meet and be with, it is the price of admission. XS in Vegas or Millie's in Bakersfield,CA?

Coffee Science: How to Make the Best French Press Coffee at Home

Zepper- the fine grinds of an espresso grind will leave a bunch of grinds in your cup.
LesterN-great tips, I going to try the sieve; even though it is another step in the process.
My advise-after a 5-6 minute steep- plung very slowly-take 30 seconds. It keeps more grinds out of the cup.
And after you pour all the coffee into cups or a carafe, boil more water and pour into french press over the grinds again, wait 6-7 minutes, stirring of course from time to time. You will have a nice light coffee for ice or regular coffee( especially when using expensive beans). Then after I pour out this second steep, I then I pour into the french press regular warmer water, wait and steep as long as you like, then I pour the whole batch including the grinds onto various veg. plants I grow outdoors, such as chile peppers ( or even indoor plants). I do suggest that you not take the glass press outside to water the plants. Transfer into a nonbreakable container.

Kale Caesar Salad

Number 4. above says add wilted kale.

In the main story you say "Another great thing about it is that the kale won't really wilt, even after many, many hours, so this is a great dish for potlucks and parties: make it in advance and it'll be just as delicious when it's time to serve."
Do we wait for the kale to wilt before adding it?

How to Toss Food in a Skillet

Dan, what a great world it would be if we can get away with taking back what we said with no consequences. Just say you were wrong.

The Best Sweet Use for Your Smoker? Smoked Ice Cream

And for cold smoking I bought this 18 inch tube( they have smaller, and the wood pellets.
amazenproducts.com

Michael's Pizzeria in Long Beach, CA and the Problem With Lists

Any place that has classic ny style pizza. As Mozza and CPK are not ny style, they are the same to me. TO ME they are both irrelevant. Also,I think Mossa 's crust is terrible.

Michael's Pizzeria in Long Beach, CA and the Problem With Lists

Maven, I mean that to me Mozza and CPK are the same.
If I had a choose between Di Farra ( and places like it) and Mozza,
Mozza loses big time. Choose between Mozza and CPK?
As they are both not Di Farra types, I'll go
with Mozza because of the quality toppings.

The Best Sweet Use for Your Smoker? Smoked Ice Cream

The Best Sweet Use for Your Smoker? Smoked Ice Cream

I have Poly Sci's Smoking Gun,

https://www.cuisinetechnology.com/the-smoking-gun.php.

Hand held,it works well with smoking cream, drinks, food, for shorter periods of time. The fuel are various woods in sawdust form.

Why Beer Costs What It Does

First, I have asked several average income 30 and under why they are willing to pay $20-25 for lunch? They say, that's what we grew up with.

Forgetting rent, cost, salaries, etc., I feel most restaurant/bar alcohol is way over priced. If they can get it (see my first sentence) they will charge for it.

Second, Many people, including restaurant/bar owners, what to live very high on the hog. Therefore, they must charge as much as the traffic will bear.

Bagelnomics: The Curious Pricing of New York's Bagel With Cream Cheese

To schmear or not to schmear, that is the question.
Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
The Slings and Arrows of outrageously priced cream cheese,
Or to take Arms against the bagel shops,
And by opposing end them? To eat or buy No more;
and by eat, to say we eat and schmear at home?

How to Toss Food in a Skillet

Where are my paper towels?

Family Coming to LA? Take Them to These Restaurants

Boy, have you got it wrong, unless these parents live in the upper east side of NYC.
My selections for visiting parents are:
Gladstones in Malibu, The Cafe at the Getty Center in Malibu, Neptune's Net Malibu, The Penthouse in Santa Monica, Watergrill in Santa Monica, NBC Seafood Restaurant in Monterey Park (best dim sum),Yamashiro in Hollywood, Gyoro-Gyoro Izakaya Japonaise in Encino, and El Cholo in Santa Monica or LA for Mexican.
These places are fun, have great views, and good food.
Yep, nothing like parents from Indiana or Georgia and going to "Fickle".

The Best Drinks We Drank in June

Raw milk, the only way I drink it.

7 Frozen Treats We're Loving This Summer in LA

Does Refrigeration Really Ruin Bread?

Although a bit off the main topic, I usually buy full size baguettes, either at a local french bakery, or Gelsons, a local market in L. A. (and Gelson's will bake some fresh and still warm for you if you call ahead). If the bread is not all eaten at one setting I place it into a zip lock bag(cutting into two or more pieces)and squeeze out the air. It's good for about 2 more days. Then it becomes bread crumbs for other uses. I don't reheat or freeze or refrigerate. Bread is cheap, money wise.

Damon Gambuto's 14 Most Memorable Burgers in Los Angeles and Beyond

All NY ers eventually go back to NY. I'm in LA for almost 40 years, and I still think I'm visiting.

Michael's Pizzeria in Long Beach, CA and the Problem With Lists

"if you really need a list, this one by Eater is pretty impressive"- Sorry, not really. Putting Pizza Mozza on the same list Di Farra, and Sally's is wrong. Mozza is to me, on par with California Pizza Kitchen. It's ok, but not in the same catagory as classic pizzas. There are several good solid, non fufu pizza places in LA, and that to pick Mozza seems to me to be chef shopping only. I found Mozza crust to be off, but the toppings very good. I rate Mozza a "C" for pizza. And Di Farra, and Sally's an "A+" for pizza.

Open Thread: When Did You First Fall in Love with Pizza?

I was 10, my sister was 8 in 1964. my mom took us on a shopping trip to Hempstead, NY. We took a bus. The small bus depo was the last stop in downtown Hempstead, NY. As get off the bus, while still in the terminal, there was a small pizza shop, where you can only get your slices through a window type opening. I still remember it today. Big rectangle pans, with your standard tomato sauce and mozzarella toppings. Square slices. 25 cents each. I can still taste it. It was great.

Cooking Fats 101: What's Up With Saturated and Unsaturated Fats?

I think that all is ok IN MODERATION.
And, CALORIES IN CALORIES OUT.
If you want an occasional small tab of margarine OR butter on your baguette, go ahead. The operative word is small and occasional. Now if you want it every day, the amount has to be smaller, or your spinning, jogging or walking more.

Spice Hunting: Mahlab

Who knew serious eats had a spice section! Max does a really good job. Lots to read and learn. I just bought some mahlab to use in and with a pea pesto. Mahlab is usually used in desserts.

Daily Slice: Tre Truffle at The Urban Oven, Los Angeles

I always find it funny when something new is opened, they always seem to need time to improve. Why use us, the paying public, as guinea pigs. Iron out your problems BEFORE you open. Or don't charge the public for a few weeks, until you get your stride. I never go to a new place until they have been open for 6 months for this reson. They are all the same when it comes to an opening.

Chain Reaction: We Try McDonald's Bacon Clubhouse Sandwiches

The best fast food burger is Carl's Jr.'s Six Dollar Burger-cost $5.49. Eat it for lunch, you won't need dinner. I was surprised at the quality.

Where to Buy Mexican Ingredients in Los Angeles

Guidi Marcello, in Santa Monica, is the best place to by Italian ingredients. I know, you said Indian.

Taste Test: The Best Spicy Brown Mustards

Sorry, I meant Stonewall Kitchen mustards...

New Best Pizza in Los Angeles

I now have had the best ny style cheese slice in Los Angeles.I been to most places in LA and this is the best. 9th Street Pizza, in downtown LA, near the fabric district. Great crust,and taste.Just like getting off the subway at Penn Station and getting a slice at the various pizzarias.
Also, Pizzarito, in Marina Del Rey, is a close second.

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