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Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Sriracha Lover's Ultimate Gift Pack

I love it in pho, and with fried chicken wings!

Cook the Book: 'Jerusalem: A Cookbook'

What I really love is this very home-y dish that's not found in restaurants - it's called Mouloukhieh (or Jew's mallow) and is this nice, mellow stew with dried greens over chicken and rice. Very good on a winter day.

Restaurants: Here's How Getting a Good Review on Yelp Is Done

Hmm...the last time I ate at that particular Mel's Drive-In, I waited almost an hour for my food at lunch time, when there were probably about five other customers. Maybe there's a reason why they need enticements to bring people in...

Serious Eaters! Lend me your rice cooker recipes!

Roger Ebert had a whole column devoted to the topic. It's quite creative and useful, actually. You might like it.

Laura Ling's Special Soup Revealed, Sort Of

Chinese herbal soups never bring to my mind any pleasant memories. Mostly they taste bitter. Here's hoping she's getting some winter melon soup which is sweeter.

Chinese Preserved Vegetables

My family uses preserved turnips to add almost as aromatics to our vegetables and fish. You can also use in soup. They are also pretty salty, just be warned. I would cut them up into thin strips, about one inch long, and add to your vegetable stir fry. It goes well with bok choy and over steamed fish.

Just be warned - the taste is not for everyone!

Potluck wedding receptions

It's pretty interesting to read all the different opinions. It will be a pretty small wedding. Several people, including us, will be flying in from out of town, across the country to attend it. We love these friends dearly and would show up no matter how they were doing their wedding, but I still find the idea of a potluck reception completely odd.

Light Butternut Squash Recipes

you can try grilling them. we actually did this a few days ago and it came out great - very sweet and tasty. cut in half, brush with olive oil, pepper, salt and some herbes de provence. i think we grilled them for about half an hour.

WD-50 NYC???

I ate there on my first trip to NYC. It's fantastic. The tasting menu changes, but what I had was excellent, and you can see Wylie poking out his head every now and then to watch how everything's going.

Raw Almonds

We just bought some last week. We ate them as is with some salt. It has an unexpected tart flavor, that reminded me of pears. Anyway, as long as you get over the fuzzy thing, it tastes fine. Just don't eat the stem.

Going to be in LA LA land next week

If you make it to Lucky City, a Chinese restaurant in Monterey Park, during a weekday they may be running a 2 for 1 lobster or crab special. It's something like $8.99. GET IT! They fry it in a wok with piles and piles of garlic.

I love Lemongrass in Eagle Rock for its pho and the banh mi are good.

Chosun Galbi for a really nice atmosphere and delicious Korean BBQ. They butter the grill! (Service can be slow. It's also expensive, but the quality of the meat makes up for it.)

The Kitchen for delicious, new American-style food. I remember loving the mac n' cheese there.

As for markets: I second the recommendations for Hollywood Farmers Markert, and for ethnic markets, you should hit up: Super King on San Fernando (Armenian/Latin), Seafood City in Eagle Rock (Filipino) and 99 Ranch in Monterey Park (Chinese).

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 61: The Acid Reflux Chest Tightness Diet

I'm really glad that you covered this and that there are so many commenters piping up with their own stories. My husband has acid reflux that became pretty severe right after our wedding, and it was a struggle to find the right balance. We cut out caffeine, alcohol, and lightened up on the seasoning. We got ourselves a few cookbooks that seemed to focus on people with acid reflux, but were frustrated with the instructions - everything was like, "add onion, as tolerated".

Anyway, eating a healthier diet helps a lot. A lot of people we talked to suggested switching to brown rice...which I am resisting because I don't like the texture, and also because I have a 25 lb bag of white long-grain rice to finish!

Olive Oil Help

Get a giant thing of Bertolli's under the Kirkland brand at Costco. I think it's a two-pack, about twenty bucks, and will last you months. Tastes great, too. Otherwise, get yourself to an Arab/Armenian market like Super King and get one of those giant cans for pretty cheap. (I think you live in Los Angeles, right?) Super King has a few locations, one in Altadena and one near Silver Lake on San Fernando. (While you're there, take advantage of super cheap fruits and vegetables and their awesome and equally cheap deli counter.)

Cook the Book: 'Beyond the Great Wall'

Eating Peking duck in China with other Chinese tourists. The guy next to me kept talking about how much better the Peking duck was in Berkeley.

Cook the Book: 'On the Line'

I like seafood mostly as sushi. But I will admit to adoring a great smoked salmon.

Cook the Book: 'Almost Meatless'

Butternut squash soup, with roasted brussels sprouts and either potatoes or rice on the side. I might add some bacon to either the soup or the sprouts, but they all taste yummy just the same.

Taking Comfort In The Kitchen in Silver Lake, California

Oh hey, I just ate here tonight with my husband! (He had the turkey burger and I had chicken pot pie.) It's one of our favorite spots. Their menu is so awesome and has so much good stuff.

Weekend DVD Giveaway: 'Bottle Shock'

i need a good drink
chardonnay sounds like an idea
disappearing stress

Any Tea Drinkers?

I love tea. Twining's Earl Grey is great. But my favorites are from Mighty Leaf, expensive, but worth it. I also like getting Genmai Tea from the Asian markets.

Weekend Book Giveaway: 'American Cheeses'

Point Reyes Blue Cheese. I am not normally a blue cheese girl, but theirs is delicious.

Dinner Tonight: Lentil and Bacon Soup

Did I read this right? HALF a pound of bacon?

I love bacon as much as the next person, but that's a bit much...

Cook the Book: 'Into the Vietnamese Kitchen'

to learn to use our kitchenaid mixer.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Two Peter Luger Steaks

San Francisco Burritos at La Corneta

El Matate, in Belmont, CA. Every time we head back to the Bay Area, my husband makes a stop here for his "Mission-style" burrito, which is not available in his native Los Angeles. Be warned - their burritos are quite huge. This was a favorite lunch place for him and his coworkers.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Edible Chocolate Box from Charles Chocolates

Potluck wedding receptions

We recently accepted an invitation to a wedding with a potluck reception. This is the first potluck wedding I'll be attending, but I remember a thread a few days ago where someone talked about making something for a potluck wedding reception. What do you think about potlucks and weddings? Do they belong together? (I haven't worked out my feelings just yet.)

Spice bugs!

I discovered, over the weekend, bugs eating my cayenne pepper. Which led to further discovery of bugs eating my pasta and paprika, and anything else that they could chomp on.

I cleaned everything out, but now I'm kind of afraid to put stuff back in the cupboards. Anyone got any advice about how to deal with the bugs?

Good Vietnamese food in Los Angeles Silver Lake area?

I miss good, authentic pho and banh mi. I've tried Gingergrass, Pho Cafe, and Lu Subs and this one place in Monterey Park, but they're all missing that extra something that makes Vietnamese food so good and irresistible. Do you know of any excellent Vietnamese delis or restaurants in the Los Angeles area?

No Reservations - new season!

What, no recaps for one of the best travel and food shows ever? This time Anthony Bourdain travels to Shanghai, China, and looks for Shangri-La. I really liked that he got to go out of Shanghai and see the life of some of China's ethnic minorities, which I admit I know nothing about. I'm already looking forward to the next show. What are your thoughts?

How can I drink less soda and thus not rot my teeth anymore?

I don't drink much soda by most people's standards. Sometimes I'll have one for lunch or dinner, but I want to cut it out entirely. I drink lots of tea, but a lot of times I'd rather drink something cold, and preferable made with real and less sugar. I hate drinking just plain water. I've been drinking Honest Tea a lot lately, but surely that's not the only thing out there. What are your favorite non-soda substitutes?

Have you tried any new ice cream flavors lately?

Summer's coming up and you know what that means! Last week I noticed that Haagen Daz had this new "reserve" flavors, and I bought one to try it out - I got Pomegranate with Dark Chocolate Chips. It is very delicious (and expensive). I know that Ben & Jerry's came out with Stephen Colbert's flavor - I forget what it's called. So what have you tried lately? Did you like it?

Do you grow your own food or know someone who does?

I was lucky enough to grow up with my mom growing plants for eating in our own backyard. Even now, every spring and summer I get zucchinis bigger than my head, tomatoes more delicious than anything I've bought from a market, even the farmer's markets, and sweet peas. She regularly cuts scallions to be added to the fish we steam or fry. Do you garden, or keep a little herb box on your balcony?

Rachael Ray - love, hate, ignore, pity, envy?

I thought Rachael Ray deserves her own topic, considering how much of the Food Network thread is devoted to her. I myself have a soft spot for her, as I see her as one of those overachieving kids who just tries way too hard to be cool. And, um, we sometimes use her $40 a Day show to figure out where to go when we travel - please do not worry, Anthony Bourdain, we tip well. She's got, what, a million cookbooks, three shows, and a magazine? She's taking over the world, Oprah-style. And she made EVOO a word in the dictionary.

Do you ever feel guilt about how much money you spend on food?

I had dinner at the Ritz Carlton recently, and I loved it, but at the end of the night, the bill crushed whatever joy I had taken in the food. I couldn't stop thinking - this would be half a month's rent, this could have paid for five outfits for work, this could have paid off some bills... I could have had twenty dim sum meals for this price! I grew up poor, and it's only recently that I have the means to treat myself to these luxuries, but they always come with the price of serious guilt. Is it the same for you?

Eggs!

Eggs! My mom gave me 30 eggs over the weekend. I am down to 25 - what can I do with the rest before they go bad?

Dine About Town - who's doing it where?

My coworker just emailed me the link for SF Dine About Town yesterday, and I was wondering if anyone has already started doing this. When else can you get delicious prix-fixe meals for $31.99 (excluding beverage, tips, etc.)? Do you have any recommendations? Favorites?

Peking duck - Bay Area

I was in China recently on a tour, and we were served Peking duck in Beijing. However, it was a bit disappointing - the duck was dry and not really tender at all. One of our tour buddies informed us that the best Peking duck he had was actually in Berkeley. I can't remember the name of the restaurant, but was wondering if anyone had any recommendations.

Lunch ideas to take to work

I am in somewhat of a rut in my work lunch routine and I am trying to cut back on going out to eat. Any creative ideas for something I can take? I have access to a refrigerator and a... More