Explanation of the Belgian Foodie Rating System for Reviews

General Comments about My Ratings
 
Rating Scale
In all my reviews, I give ratings on various elements on a 1-to-5 scale.   One is the lowest rating and five is the highest.  Below is a short description for each number of stars:

1 star:  Awful, below all expectations
2 stars:  Needs serious improvement
3 stars:  Average, satisfactory, in no way exceptional or standing out
4 stars:  Very good, well above average
5 stars:  Outstanding / extraordinary, absolutely perfect

Keep in mind that I rarely give between 4.5 and 5.0 in any criteria since there’s always room for …

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Tlayuda LA – Family Latin American Restaurant

Tlayuda LA – Family Latin American Restaurant

Why You Should Visit Tlayuda LA
A few weeks ago my son and I enjoyed a yummy Oaxacan supper at Tlayuda L.A. in East Hollywood (Los Angeles).   Recently I returned there for lunch with my brother.  He’s an aficionado of Latino cuisine and had never been to Tlayuda LA.  He was excited to discover it.

Tlayuda LA enjoys one of the best ratings for Mexican food in our area.  More precisely Tlayuda LA’s cuisine is primarily Oaxacan, thus automatically making it also Mexican and Latin American.  You will therefore find Tlayuda LA under listings for all three cuisines.

Tlayuda LA Restaurant
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  • Food
  • Service
  • Price / Quality Ratio

Summary

Tlayuda LA in East Hollywood offers reasonably-priced tasty home-style Oaxacan food served with a smile in a cheerful atmosphere. The two sisters who run Tlayuda LA welcome customers with a smile and a friendly greeting. If you try this restaurant, you will surely return often.

4.2

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Soom Soom – Tasty Fresh Mediterranean Food

Soom Soom – Tasty Fresh Mediterranean Food

Why is Soom Soom one of my New Favorite Restaurants in Los Angeles?
 
Kismet led me to Soom Soom
A few weeks ago my son and I dined at Kismet, a new Middle Eastern / Mediterranean restaurant in Los Feliz that received raving reviews in Los Angeles Magazine.

Kismet did not live up to my expectations.  Like many trendy restaurants for the moment, Kismet offers small plates intended to be shared.  The food was tasty and presented in an attractive way. Yet, nothing wowed me, except their tahini sauce.

My son and I enjoyed our meal, even if we were somewhat disappointed.  The prices, …

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Community – Los Feliz Restaurant

Community – Los Feliz Restaurant

Community’s Promise
The past couple months I’ve enjoyed spending time on Hillhurst Avenue.  It’s a low-key neighborhood-type street with a fair amount of eating choices, particularly during the day.  Click to read more about Hillhurst Avenue.

One day while walking down Hillhurst Avenue in Los Feliz (Los Angeles), I was mesmerized by Community’s atmosphere and promise.  For several reasons I wanted to try this restaurant and perhaps even become a frequent customer.

Community
  • Location
  • Atmosphere
  • Food
  • Service
  • Price/Quality Ratio

Summary

Community left many promises unfulfilled. Its location on Hillhurst Avenue is very good for a neighborhood lunch place. Community has a warm, cozy and welcoming atmosphere. My Community Noodle dish, however, tasted like boiled cabbage and onions. The service was satisfactory. I did not feel that my dish was worth the high price charged for a soup featuring such inexpensive ingredients. I would not recommend going here unless you wanted to try one of its signature dishes. There are many other options on Hillhurst Avenue in Los Feliz.

3.0

* Read this Explanation of the Belgian Foodie® Rating System to understand what these numbers signify.
 

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Beet Dandelion Pesto – Nutritious and Tasty Greens

Beet Dandelion Pesto – Nutritious and Tasty Greens

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What Inspired this Beet Dandelion Pesto Recipe?
Recently I shared with you my recipe for Dandelion Pesto, prepared primarily with dandelion greens.   My trusty Dandelion Pesto recipe inspired me to make this new Beet Dandelion Pesto.  Yesterday I purchased some lovely organic beets and needed a way to use the beet greens.

 
How to use Beet and Dandelion Greens
I often have high hopes for beet greens.  When I purchase beets, which is quite frequently, I try to select beets with lovely greens still attached.  Beet greens are very nutritious.  It would be such a sha…

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Traditional Matzo Kugel for Passover

Traditional Matzo Kugel for Passover

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What is Matzo Kugel?
Matzo Kugel is a pudding made often during the Passover holiday.  Although most people eat a sweet version of Matzo Kugel, prepared with fruit, eggs and nuts, they can also eat a savory version featuring vegetables.

 
Why do we eat Matzo during Passover?
During the eight days of Passover, observers should avoid eating five types of grains which rise:  wheat, rye, spelt, barley and oat.  The only exception allowed during Passover is eating one of these grains in the form of an unleavened flatbread, today known as matzo, matza or matzah.

Ok,…

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Healthy Tofu Vegan Pancakes for Breakfast

Healthy Tofu Vegan Pancakes for Breakfast

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How to Make Vegan Pancakes even Healthier
 
Family Tradition
My son is visiting me from Belgium.  This morning he asked for pancakes for breakfast. Pancakes are probably my kids’ favorite dish of mine for breakfast.

When they were small I would often make them on Sunday mornings.  I always tried to make them healthy(ish) by using whole wheat and rye flours along with all purpose flour.  Sometimes I would add rolled oats, ground flaxseed, bananas or some other nutritious ingredient.  Usually I added buttermilk, yet sometimes in a crunch I added yogurt instead.

Wh…

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Bumbleberry Pie – Mixed Berries and Apple

Bumbleberry Pie – Mixed Berries and Apple

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What is Bumbleberry Pie?
At first I thought Bumbleberry Pie was a sweet baked good featuring bumbleberries.  Little did I know that a Bumbleberry Pie is actually a pie made with mixed berries (usually three types of berries), and sometimes includes apple or rhubarb.

My brother asked me to make a raspberry pie for his birthday.  He then added if raspberry was not possible, he’d like a blackberry or apple pie instead.

Fresh raspberries and blackberries can be expensive at this time of the year (springtime), even in California where tasty berries grown locally o…

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Stamp Proper Foods – Los Feliz cafe

Stamp Proper Foods – Los Feliz cafe

What I look for in a Cafe
As a recent relocatee to Los Angeles, I am enjoying exploring different neighborhoods and eating establishments.  It’s even more fun since writing restaurant reviews and identifying new food ideas is part of my living now.

I’ve been seeking new places where I can eat, drink and work with my laptop so I get out of my home more during the day.  In addition, it’s important to me that the staff and the place’s vibe are welcoming.  I want to feel comfortable setting up my laptop to work a few hours.  Of course, I expect to drink and eat in while working to justify taki…

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An Easy Quiche Recipe Made Simple

An Easy Quiche Recipe Made Simple

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A Quiche Recipe for all Occasions
Quiche is sometimes overlooked as a dish to serve guests.  I don’t understand why.  I love quiche for informal gatherings, especially accompanied by soup or salad.  It’s an easy weeknight supper with my kids.  Leftover quiche is also super easy and yummy the next day, warm or cold.

Since I started this blog, I’ve made quiche more than a dozen times.  Yet, I have shared only one quiche recipe.  It was a recipe for a Leek Quiche with Wild Garlic, a perfect springtime dish.

What can I possibly add to the numerous quiche recipes already av…

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Kettle Glazed Doughnuts – Hollywood

Kettle Glazed Doughnuts – Hollywood

Are Kettle Glazed Doughnuts really Great?
 
Neighborhood Doughnuts
The past few months I have enjoyed discovering my new neighborhood: Hollywood, California.  Although I grew up in Los Angeles, I have not lived here since high school several years ago.

Part of moving to a new city is finding new favorite places to eat, shop, drink coffee, and take walks.  My brother has recommended many places, while I’ve found others on my own.  It’s helpful receiving his suggestions, yet it’s fun to find places that I can call mine.  I’m still exploring my new surroundings and loving the adventure…

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Roasted Carrot Rosemary Garlic Soup

Roasted Carrot Rosemary Garlic Soup

What to do with Fresh Rosemary?
A good friend brought me several branches of fresh rosemary from her garden when she came to dinner last week.  Immediately my home smelled more outdoorsy and clean.   All week I enjoyed the hint of rosemary in the air.

For some reason I cannot leave all this fresh rosemary around without trying to find some way to use it all.  It’s impossible for me to let good rosemary go to waste.  I therefore started to remove the rosemary pines off the stems to put the pines out to dry.  After about forty minutes, I had removed only a third of the rosemary.  So much mor…

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French Onion Soup in 45 Minutes

French Onion Soup in 45 Minutes

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Memories of French Onion Soup Past
I tasted my first real French Onion Soup at Cafe Figaro on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood as a teen.  My friends and I thought Cafe Figaro with its French bistro-style cuisine was so cool.  It had a good menu, reasonable prices and a European atmosphere.  Taking a date here helped gave me an air of sophistication.  Or at least I thought.

I must have tried French Onion Soup before hanging out at Cafe Figaro with my friends, yet do not have any earlier memory.   Unfortunately Cafe Figaro disappeared almost 20 years ago.  Its French Oni…

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Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna – Gluten Free

Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna – Gluten Free

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How Do You Make a Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna?
Differences Between Vegan and Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagnas
Recently I prepared two eggplant lasagnas side by side.  A Vegan Eggplant Lasagna and a Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna, as I wanted to compare their tastes.

In both eggplant lasagnas I used my Vegan Tomato Sauce for All Occasions as well as a single large eggplant sliced thinly.  You can, of course, use your own tomato sauce if you prefer.  The only difference between the two lasagnas was the type of cheese used.

In order to avoid duplication,…

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Tomato Fish Soup in 30 minutes

Tomato Fish Soup in 30 minutes

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How to make a Quick Tasty Tomato Fish Soup
Tomato Fish Soup is one of my favorite soups at home and in restaurants.  There are so many ways to make fish soup, some simple, others a little more complicated.  This recipe is super easy to make in less than an hour.

You can make this Tomato Fish Soup in a single pot, making your clean up afterwards much easier.   All you need to do is put a casserole on the stove over a medium heat.  Add an onion, a few garlic cloves and spices.  Then pour in a can of whole tomatoes, mix and let simmer until tomatoes break down.  Finally thro…

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