Category Archives: Restaurants

Places I’ve eaten in, worked in, or read about.

Trumps: Bread pudding, Sautéed chicken with Port

  In February 1983, the twenty-five hours a week I worked at Stratton’s Restaurant didn’t produce enough revenue from my side of the bed, so I answered an ad in the Los Angeles Times—“Line cook for busy, Beverly Hills restaurant.” … Continue reading

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Molto Mario: Arancini

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Me and the Blue Whale: Enchilada sauce

As soon as we got off the elevator, the smell was unmistakable—bad shrimp, old fish sticks, and rotten crab cakes, with just a hint of room-temperature lobster tails. As we walked into the restaurant’s kitchen, a murky leak coming from … Continue reading

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There will be blood: City Restaurant Tandoori Chicken

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Grease thieves or, “the vandals took the handles”: Boned quail with chili-infused honey

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Sparkly whites and a new restaurant: Border Grill chilaquiles

In March 1985, during my shift at Stratton’s Grill, Dennis yelled, “Marla, phone’s for you.” No one had ever called me at work before, so it was with some trepidation that I went into the office.  “This is Susan Feniger. … Continue reading

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Timely wimey, wibbily wobbily stuff: Pan-fried oysters

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The wearing of the green: Potato leek soup

I got my first job in a formal, classically-run, restaurant kitchen after a successful trial by fire. In 1982, the Sweetie accepted an offer from our old, friend to work at Telos, a software development company, and we moved from … Continue reading

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If you can’t stand the heat: Moroccan eggplant and garbanzo bean stew

 If you receive this blog via an email from Marla in the Kitchen, listen to the attached video by clicking on the post title. In the 1970s, before people started caring about Chefs and dropping restaurant names, cooking for a … Continue reading

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Sound Food, it was the village: Spaghetti sauce, Creamy lemon dressing

Click on the post title to hear the Byrds’, Turn, Turn, Turn. In 1972, Vashon Island was undiscovered and incidental—the 7,000 full-time residents were farmers, commuters, hippies, or local business people. So, when an idle wife and a work-from-home husband showed … Continue reading

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