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72 Hours with the Slow Foodies. A long post.

Slow Foodie | Jun 16, 200304:16 PM

The week I was too busy with the pups' pinewood derby cars and science fair bake sale to bake two birthday cakes I'd committed to. I'm bored with Viktor Benes and I think they've gotten stupidly overpriced. I decided to try a Filipino bakery a few blocks from my office. The folks at The Betsy were as sweet as could be and were happy to learn the language and translation of "mazel tov" which was written one of the cakes. A quarter sheet cake is about $30.00 and a half sheet is about $60.00. The first cake was a tiramisu cake and it was an enormous hit. The cake I picked up later in the week was a chocolate mousse and absolutely delicious. It was also gorgeously decorated, even though I'd only requested the writing. They also have tres leches and mango cakes but for both events I had a conservative audience and wanted to stick to a more familiar commodity. While I was there I saw them packaging a teeny tiny cake–maybe a 16th of a sheet–fantastically decorated and just magical. This is my new cake joint I'm happy to say.

Although I had a fantastic suggestion (thanks!) for Opah in Orange County for our early Father's Day dinner, the father-in-law insisted on the Katella Deli which is cavernous and mediocre but you gotta let the father choose for Father's Day. We'll try Opah next time because it looks great. We did pick up a little treat on the way home from the Katella Deli though. We stopped at the Pasty Kitchen. I've been informed that it is pronounced "pass-tee" and not like the devices used by stripteasers. I got some chicken pastys and a couple of turnovers to take home. Nice tasty crust and good dense, flavorful chicken and potato filling. A tad dry–serve with a sauce or alongside a bowl of soup I think. A big hit with the pups though and available fresh or frozen.

Sunday we took my pop to the Pacific Dining Car for breakfast. I hate hate hate dining out on holidays and always regret it, however, the Dining Car, despite the crowds, still managed to pull off a gracious and delicious dining experience. Really lovely. I think the lavish breakfast is a good value, especially compared to the high roller dinner tab.

Sunday afternoon I loaned my home to a reception for a writer's group sponsored by AIDS Project L.A. An incredible selection of pates and cheese was donated for the event by the owner of Picholine. The truffle pate made me swoon and the cheeses were fantastic. So go to Picholine and spend a ton of dough on their fabulous stuff. And thank them heartily for their splendid contribution.

While I was playing hostess Slow Hub took the pups to the movies. Then they got distracted by a bookstore and arrived home 15 minutes before bedtime (or at least my bedtime) unfed and downright belligerent when offered cheese and pate. We usually get our tacos from Chico's but in desperation I ran down to the closest establishment to the house, El Atacor, and picked up some asada and chicken tacos. It had been a while since we'd been there and the tacos were far more delicious then I remember. The chicken especially was flavorful white meat chicken and perfectly not greasy, nor was it dry. The asada was pretty great too and the sides of rice and beans were just fine. And, this also takes the Slow Foodie award for the world's ugliest restaurant. Waiting for the tacos was purgatory but eating them (AT HOME) was heaven.

Betsy Cake Center
1001 N. Vermont

Pasty Kitchen
3641 Katella Avenue
Los Alamitos CA 90720

Pacific Dining Car
1310 West 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 483-6000


3360 W. First St.

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