Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
See the story "His City of Angels" in our September 2007 issue.
At Chichen Itza, a new Mexican restaurant near the downtown area, the emphasis is on flavors from the Yucatan. Chef/owner Gilberto Cetina loves to use tropical flourishes in dishes like cochinita pibil (marinated pork roasted in a banana leaf) and yellow chiles stuffed with fresh tuna.2501 W. 6th Street, Los Angeles; 213-380-0051
This modest Oaxacan café serves a killer breakfast, complete with pan de yema (egg bread), big cups of milky coffee and great huevos rancheros. Try the green mole soup flavored with pork bones, epazote, and cilantro, or the intricate mole negro de Oaxaca with chicken. Though there are several Guelaguetzas around town, this is the original, and the best.11127 Palms Boulevard, Palms; 310-837-1153
La Serenata di Garibaldi
Chef/owner Jose Rodriguez is known for his subtle sauces. At lunch, tables are filled with lawyers and politicos reveling in camerones (shrimp) in cilantro sauce, rock shrimp gorditas, and chicken flautas napped with velvety guacamole.1841 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles; 323-265-2887
Ciudad celebrates the cuisines of the great Latin cities, from Havana and Buenos Aires to Lisbon and Barcelona. The menu is a terrific compendium of little dishes—rabbit and ham croquettes, Peruvian ceviche, carnitas tacos—as well as a variety of platos principales. The bar also has a dazzling selection of margaritas, mojitos, sherries, and rums.445 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles; 213-486-5171
I've only been to one. I'm hoping to try Ciudad as well.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Simmer for 20 min
1 quart apple cider
2 dashes nutmeg
1 cinnamon stick
2 T. brown sugar
Put in a cup well hot with 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream. (3 gallon served 50 people)
Peach And Raspberry Crisp
4 to 5 pounds apples
1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 ½ cups plus 2 to 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup quick-cooking oatmeal
½ pound cold unsalted butter, diced
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter the inside of a 10 x 15 x 2 1/2 –inch oval baking dish.
Immerse the apples in boiling water for 30 seconds, then place them in cold water. Peel the apples and slice them into thick wedges and place them into a large bowl. Add the orange zest, ¼ cup granulated sugar, ½ cup brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons of flour. Toss well. Allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes. If there is a lot of liquid, add 1 more tablespoon of flour. Pour the apples into the baking dish and gently smooth the top.
Combine 1 ½ cups flour, 1 cup granulated sugar, ½ cup brown sugar, salt, oatmeal, and the cold, diced butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until the butter is pea-sized and the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle evenly on top of the apples. Bake for 1 hour, until the top is browned and crisp and the juices are bubbly. Serve immediately, or store in the refrigerator and reheat in a 350-degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes, until warm.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Menu was done by Patina
The first course is a tower of mango and Dungeness crab with tomato, cucumber and avocado served in a sweet ginger-soy reduction. The entrée is filet mignon and red wine-braised shortrib with potatoes fondant and asparagus. And, for dessert, Splichal is serving milk chocolate mousse with Champagne Gelé, berries in Dove dark chocolate cups and cherry vanilla cake.
Of course, the celebrity sightings were exciting as well. I was thrilled to see the cast of the Office. We also saw the cast of Heroes, 30 Rock, Ugly Betty, as well as Tom Selleck, Rick Fox, Jeremy Piven, Sally Field, Rebecca Romjin, and so on. No one made my heart flutter like the cast of the Office. It was nice to see them all hanging out together and we were lucky enough to get some pictures with Stanley and Phylis. Unfortunately our dove chocolate party favors were stolen from under our chair. Any ideas on who the culprit was?
Friday, August 17, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
I started investigating some ideas for a Chocolate Factory online. I found all sorts of information.
Candy lights, candy cane fabric, chocolate soaps and lotions in bathroom, bubble machine for "Fizzy Lifting Room," giant candy made of Styrofoam balls, discs and cellophane, candy in Wonka top hat, lollipops hanging from ribbon, lick able wallpaper (melt jolly ranchers on contact paper or paper with fruit design and candy dots), red carpet, balloons with candy in them, "contract" to sign at entrance, wreath of candy, chocolate bowls (melt chocolate into foil cupcake holder), chocolate milk, glue life savers together for garland, candy house from a refrigerator box, golden eggs, make candy from poster board and construction paper (glitter glue for sugar look), friends dressed as oompa loompas, red plastic wind spinners (that looked like the candy twists in the movie), chocolate river from pudding on plastic wrap (I'm not sure how I feel about that), dangle gum drops from fishing line, large lollipops stuck in a pot with foam and colored paper shred to cover foam, glue real gumballs all over a branch and stick it in a very brightly colored pot with Easter grass.
Chocolate fondue. "Violet" cake of girl blown up like a balloon. Chocolate room cake with gummy bears, candy rocks, lollipops, chocolate pudding for river. Mini oompa loompa food.
Golden ticket with chocolate bar.
Wonka soundtrack, candy songs.
Most of the games I found were for kids, but I found a couple I would enjoy.
If/when I throw this party I would have the decorations try to recreate the chocolate room as much as possible and put a bubble machine in the bathroom . I would make as much chocolate desserts as possible and do chocolate fondue. I think the like able wallpaper would be fun as well. I would definitely have a couple friends in costume. Well, I better start saving for my purchase of massive amounts of chocolate.
Monday, July 30, 2007
I recently learned Truman Capote's infamous Black and White Ball at the Plaza Hotel was based off the Ascot scene from My Fair Lady. I like the idea of entertaining with a theme based off something that inspires you whether it be a film, painting, song, etc. I would love to throw a party based off the Chocolate Room in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. This scene and movie provided endless hours of amusement for my sisters and me growing up. Or who wouldn't be thrilled to attend a James Bond party?
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
For the cake:
2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
2 ounces red food coloring
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease and flour 2 (9-inch) cake pans. In a medium bowl or on a piece of waxed paper, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk. Beat in food coloring and vinegar, then add vanilla. Spread the batter evenly in the pans.
Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Turn out onto a rack to cool.
For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 pound cream cheese, softened
2 sticks butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
For the Cream Cheese Frosting: In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.
I have included a picture from the party that happened to be a "panty raid"/gift exchange with girlfriends to celebrate Valentine's.