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Defending Flossie's (a little long and slightly tangential)

kevin | Apr 7, 200503:40 AM

Just got back from some dinner here tonight. great as always. got my regular order of fried chicken, candied yams, collard greens, mac n cheese, banana pudding, and sweet tea.

Now much has been spoken about the much ballyhooed Flossie's in Torrance, known as "healthy cooking" , "down home" and "sould food." I'm going out on a limb to say it is the best of this type of food in the Los Angeles area. Nothing comes near it. M&M's I find heavy in its fattiness at times, but even with all the sugar and fat in some of Flossies cuisine, the melding of the ingredients and spices all together makes the foods here special altogether. It tastes like it is made with care. Just like a french chef would take some great ingredients and then sauce it up, say a piece of sauteed duck breast in a grand marnier sauce reduction. At Flossie's, I do believe the ingredients are quite good and fresh and then they use that to work in some good spices to turn it into some other delicious but wholly different beast. An apt example being the yams which become candied with spices and seasonings including but most likely not limited to just brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, and other stuff.

Now, I don't think this food is exactly healthy, I hope most people don't eat this kind of food everyday. But when you need something that really hits the spot, flossie's does hit the bill. And at least (and this is very important), you don't leave with the oily, greasy, nauseating feeling you might at other lesser soul joints around town.

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