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Maison Rustique

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#1443296 Memory Lane...

Posted by Maison Rustique on 25 July 2019 - 12:58 PM

I was reminded this morning of the wonderful Mouthfuls outing several of us had some years back. We met at Monkey May's restaurant (I can't remember the name!), had a great lunch and absinthe and walked a couple of blocks down the street to what was going to become Nickel Diner--Monkey May's next project, which is still going strong, as far as I know.


I was reminded of that day because this would have been Rebecca's 77th birthday--she passed away in 2009. Aside from her, Hollywood, Monica (Monkey) and Monica's partner Kristen, I can't recall who else was there, but know there were several others. A fun memory! Rebecca, I hope you are shaking things up on the other side!
















#1440448 John Havlicek

Posted by Maison Rustique on 26 April 2019 - 02:18 PM

RIP Hondo. :(

#1432071 cacao beans

Posted by Maison Rustique on 06 September 2018 - 02:31 PM



I drink Crio Bru, which are ground cacao beans that you brew like coffee.


Never heard of it before, but it sounds really intriguing.  Can you find it in shops, or do you have to buy it online?  And does it have a bitterness profile similar to that of coffee?



I bought it on Amazon. I find it far less bitter than the coffee I drink, but YMMV :)



Yes! I started drinking it--I mix it 50/50 with coffee--because I was having acid issues. This really helps with that. I like it with a splash of unsweetened almond milk and sprinkle of cinnamon, which gives it just the right amount of sweetness. It is very low cal since there is nothing added to the cacao. I just order online--usually Amazon, but you can also order directly from the company. https://criobru.com/

#1432043 cacao beans

Posted by Maison Rustique on 05 September 2018 - 04:31 PM

I drink Crio Bru, which are ground cacao beans that you brew like coffee.

#1424427 Comfort and pleasure,not noble thoughts

Posted by Maison Rustique on 09 March 2018 - 02:53 PM

Most anything that my Mom had cooked because it would mean that she was still alive and able to cook like she did for so many years.

#1389283 [KC] Oklahoma Joe's gets/gives some bbq loving

Posted by Maison Rustique on 02 September 2016 - 02:16 AM

Well, dang, you people who come to KC and don't say anything! We love to meet MF folks. :-) Next time, give a heads up.


We are leaving in a couple of days--driving to So. Calif. then back to Salt Lake City. Expect to do some good eating in many places.

#1371176 Merle Haggard

Posted by Maison Rustique on 11 April 2016 - 02:29 AM

We go to see Willie Nelson tomorrow night. This is the concert that Merle was going to be doing with him. :-(

#1369581 Gary Shandling

Posted by Maison Rustique on 25 March 2016 - 03:14 AM

This year is just really sucking. Way too many good ones gone.

#1362687 Palmpeeler

Posted by Maison Rustique on 09 February 2016 - 04:30 PM

I got one of these this weekend. I haven't used it yet, but am hoping it will make life so much easier for my arthritic hands!



#1347811 Do you (still) use cookbooks?

Posted by Maison Rustique on 30 September 2015 - 01:06 PM

Like many others, I still have them/buy them and even read them, but use them more for inspiration that actually following the recipes. Except most baking. I do follow those recipes.

#1332747 Orange County-recent

Posted by Maison Rustique on 29 May 2015 - 07:22 PM

I was back in OC a couple of times during the last month. I didn't have a lot of time for going out, but did want to give a quick report before I forgot.


http://goldentruffle.com/ The Golden Truffle on Newport Blvd. used to be one of my favorite places. Always fun and the food always inventive. I hadn't been there in probably 8-10 years. I went for dinner last weekend and am happy to say it has not changed much. Food is still outstanding and fun, service is among the best. You can see photos on my Facebook page here:









Entree was New Zealand spearfish atop potatoes, drizzled with lemon basil oil and topped with fresh lemon basil. It was fabulous.


Only other report is that I had lunch one day at Las Brisas in Laguna Beach. http://www.lasbrisaslagunabeach.com/ Not much to say about it as I've always felt like it was a place mostly for the view and people watching. Hasn't changed. Had gazpacho and salad. Both were nice, but nothing to write home about. Too bad that location isn't still Victor Hugo's.


Wish I had more to report, but it was mostly eating on the run or not at all.


#1331144 The Rancho Gordo Thread

Posted by Maison Rustique on 17 May 2015 - 04:16 AM

Don't any of you live near enough to one another to split?

#1324442 Another new subscription service...

Posted by Maison Rustique on 16 March 2015 - 01:42 PM



Came across this on Facebook. I like the suppliers they use. I tried one of these services before and it was quite good. Not something I would use unless I had something preventing me getting out to shop (which I actually enjoy), but I can see the usefulness for people who can't do that or aren't good at creating their own meals.

#1323797 Try The World

Posted by Maison Rustique on 08 March 2015 - 09:34 PM

Since we moved to the mid-west, I find it much more difficult to experiment with other cuisines, foods, ingredients. I'm not saying they aren't available, but not as readily available to me as they were in Orange County. Heck, I can't even get to Trader Joe's very often these days! So, I jumped on this when I came across it. It is one of those subscription services--you get foods from a different country each time--every 2 months. I didn't think the price was that outrageous, but then I haven't actually gotten a package yet, so they may not be as swell as the photos look. Should you decide to try it (and I'm not pushing it--esp. since I can't personally say how it is yet), but if you do and use this link, you are supposed to get $15 off. And I don't get anything for the referral, so I don't really feel that I'm spamming.



#1323792 Look Lovely, Be Lovely!

Posted by Maison Rustique on 08 March 2015 - 09:26 PM

My eyes!!!! :o