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Category Archives: food

Darjeeling Oolongs


As a break from Artificial Intelligence ponderings, I was recently mailed a sampler of darjeeling oolong teas so that I could participate in an “on-line tasting”. Thanks to T-Ching, and Phyll Sheng for arranging the tasting. And, finally, a huge thanks to Lochan Tea for providing the leaves, and for pioneering this new form of […]

Manhattan Clam Chowder


Manhattan Clam Chowder uses a tomato base, while its more common New England Cousin uses cream. Ingredients: 2 or 3 6.5 oz cans of clams, with juice 4 or 5 bacon slices, diced 1 onion, diced 1.5 potatoes, diced 2 tomatoes, cubed 1 bunch spinach, cut. 1 28oz can of peeled tomatoes, cubed, with juice […]

Mediterranean Food


Was driving around Santa Monica last night with Mindy, trying to find an Indonesian restaurant that had been recommended to us, when hunger wins out and we finally decide to broaden our palates for the night. Good thing, too–we ended up at a small Damascan joint called Sham. Full of ambiance and good food. Grilled/stewed […]



Ramayani has the best Indonesian food in Los Angeles About 10 minutes south of UCLA on westwood. Atmosphere semi-casual; dinner entrees ~10-12; awesome desserts; very authentic. Ramayani Westwood 310-477-3315 1777 Westwood Boulevard Los Angeles, California 90024-5607

Pistaccio Pesto


Had some leftover fresh basil, and thought “what can one make with basil?” Pesto came to mind, of course. No pine nuts in the house, so thought pistaccio nuts might be a (reasonably passable) substitute. And even if they didn’t completely work, it’d be an interesting experiment. Turns out the flavors fit together quite nicely. […]

hungry enough for dinner


Problem constraints: It’s supposedly “breakfast” time here, but my stomach is still on Italian time and i’m hungry enough for dinner… Nothing in the house but nonperishables, i’ve been gone for 3 weeks and my apartmentmate has an aversion to shopping… Craving Chinese food–haven’t had any quality chinese food in ages, due to my time […]

Good Eats in L.A.


On the verge of leaving for Europe, a friend asks me fun places to go in L.A. Here’s a food-centric list Merkato Restaurant 1036 1/2 S. Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90019 Phone: 323-935-1775 Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily Papa Christo (323) 737-2970- Fax 737-3571 2771 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca. 90006 […]