Thursday, January 11, 2007

Bits and pieces

Where do you stand on trans-fats? L.A. county is thinking of enacting the same ban that recently passed in New York, writes the L.A. Times. I'm not sure, myself. On the one hand, I don't think anyone should consume artery clogging, cheap frying grease. On the other hand, I'd hate to see of the little ethnic gems in our city have to raise their prices or change their flavor. Yes, I know this is a contradiction. Maybe they could just ban them in large national chains and call it a day?

An irate L.A. Observed reader writes in about the decline of the Hamburger Hamlet chain. Until I was 12 or so, we at Hamburger Hamlet and Nate 'n Al's about once a week. But it's been a long downhill slide, and I guess it's time to put it to rest. I hate that not much lasts forever in L.A., but I guess if the town was still filled with Hamburger Hamlets, there would be no Lucky Devils or 25 Degrees.

T on Fairfax has closed before I ever managed to get there. Where did the 15-year old chocolate maker go?

And of course, Du Par's has finally re-opened in the Farmer's Market...Eating L.A. used to like the French toast there many eons ago, but Colleen Cuisine was not impressed with the redo.

The old Conga Room on Wilshire has turned into a new dance hall, and the restaurant is now called El Toro Cantina. Anyone been?

5 comments:

Ellen Bloom said...

Re: Dupar's reopening at the Farmers Market. We went last week. The food was decent coffee shop fare, but the prices were way outta line. Read my review here:

http://laismybeat-restaurants.blogspot.com/2007/01/dupars-farmers-market.html#links

Anonymous said...

There are lots of things that people shouldn't do. Like being mean, calling people names, getting drunk, lying, being lazy, eating high-cholesterol foods, etc. But we don't as a matter of public policy want to make all undesirable behavior illegal. And some things that are harmful in large doses are fine in small doses (such as a glass of wine or a piece of candy). Why take away everyone's right to decide for themselves whether they want to eat food with transfat? It's one thing to advise people that transfats in large doses may be harmful, but it's another thing altogether to remove the choice to partake of transfats. The government is not suited to the role of nanny. IMHO.

sku said...

Does DuPar's still have their excellent cheesecake?

ipsedixit said...

I have no problems with trans fat.

The government should NOT be banning them.

There ought to be a middle course, like making restaurants disclose the fact that their food contains trans fats (sort of like the Surgeon General's warning on cigarettes).

If knowing full well that trans fats may be hazardous to your health, and the consumer still wishes to partake, then so be it.

Eat, and let eat.

Anonymous said...

why why why did T on Fairfax go away? It was a great spot for a divine cup of coffee or tea and seemed to be getting busier and busier.