Best spots for Dessert in Los Angeles: Part One

Dessert is certainly the sweetest taboo in a weight conscious town such as Los Angeles but alas we all surrender at some point.    And boy do we tend to surrender during the holidays.  If you aren’t good at making desserts from scratch or you can’t make it home for grandma’s best fixins’ then stopping at these selected restaurants below may do the job.   The Los Angeles Comfort and Soul Food Examiner presents the best desserts in Los Angeles and the surrounding area.

Top Dessert Restaurant HonorsMs.  Peaches located in North Hollywood gets top billing for having the best desserts.  They have a wide range of desserts to please almost any dessert lover.  My favorite dessert at the establishment are the Gooey Butter Cake and the Banana Pudding which is only served on the weekends is an absolute must have.  Gooey Buttercake has a bottom layer of buttery yellow cake and a top layer of either of egg and cream cheese, or butter and sugar.  Ms. Peaches also gets nods for their very homemade tasting Red Velvet Cake and Sweet Potato pie.

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Banana Split: Cool off with a Banana Split at Granville Cafe in Downtown, Burbank.  The Banana Split is a sharable dessert for two or three people. The bananas are brulee’d. The dessert also consists of hand crafted Tahitian vanilla, dark chocolate and black  chip ice cream, Port-poached cherries, caramel and Kahlua chocolate sauce with whipped cream and pecan brittle.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte: Ladies, if you have chocolate cravings and you don’t want to feel like a kid because you want a peanut butter cup.  Market City Cafe located in Downtown Burbank ups the ante on the comfort snack favorite with their divine chocolate peanut butter torte.

Bourbon Bread Pudding: Les Sisters located in Chatsworth offers a bread pudding which is drunk with flavor.

To see the best places for Pumpkin Cobbler and Buttermilk pie visit:
http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-9408-LA-Comfort–Soul-Food-Restaurant-Examiner~y2009m6d9-Best-Dessert-Adventures-in-LA-Part-I

Review by Crystal Johnson- Restaurant Critic for the Los Angeles Examiner and Valley Scene Magazine

MCCN Exclusive: Molly Sims talks Red Velvet & Recipe

MCCN caught up with super model and actress Molly Sims at the USA Today Hollywood Hero Awards.  She shares about the cake which reminds her of home, Red Velvet.  See her Mom’s Recipe

Recipe for Red Velvet Cupckes from Bobbie Lloyd of New York’s Magnolia Bakery

• Preheat oven at 350 degrees F • 3 1/2 cups cake flour (not self-rising) • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened • 2 cups sugar • 3 large eggs, at room temperature • 6 tablespoons red food coloring • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk • 1 1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar • 1 1/2 teaspoons_ baking soda • Set timer for 10 minutes • Check cupcakes after 10 mins. are up • Bake for about another 10 minutes

Mandatory- Enjoy Cupcakes!

Having a Taste For it, What is Food to You?

by Crystal A. Johnson

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As a restaurant reviewer of Comfort food for the Los Angeles Examiner, I find that it is a tall order to review comfort food.  What is comfort food?  Many things to many people which bring them the comforts of home, culture or extended experiences. (Read more at link below.

 

http://www.examiner.com/x-9408-LA-Comfort–Soul-Food-Restaurant-Examiner~y2009m7d20-Having-A-Taste-for-It–What-Comprises-Your-Description-of-Comfort-Food