whose work Sanity Island is based on, was once a very successful
restaurateur. If you’d dined at Cattleman’s Steak House in Fabens, Texas,
in the 1970s, you may have met him, and you’d know that he demonstrated
the four facets of a successful eatery: Food, Mood, Service,
Consistency. (Substitute “Product” for Food
and you have the key to success in any
We’ve found a few places that nourish
as well as feed, based on these four facets. If you know of one in your
, we’ll link to their site, or give their name and location and
Hut East side of Hillhurst,
a couple of blocks south of Los Feliz. A tiny
“hole-in-the-wall”—yes, it really is just a “hut”—that serves the best
Yucatan food anywhere. Family owned and operated,
renown in Los Angeles. Order steak burritos, tacos de
conchinta (no cheese in this cuisine), pick up a beverage at the
adjacent liquor store, and eat outside at the provided tables. Give her a
little notice, bring your own pan, and Mama Herrera will make enough of
your favorites for a party. (Map coming soon)
Dr. Bob’s Famous Chili
- 5 lbs. COARSE-ground beef (ask the butcher
for "chili plate")
- 1 tablespoons oregano
2 teaspoons granulated garlic (not powdered)
3 tablespoons seasoned salt (Lawry's or other) or to taste
6 tablespoons Gerhardt's chili powder
Brown the meat. Add above ingredients. Simmer 90 minutes.
Add a little water if needed during cooking.
Before serving, add 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup sugar, stir well.
Add Louisiana hot sauce to taste (not Tobasco).
Can be reheated--gets better every day.
Food for Thought
workshop “Levels of Food” Did you know that impressions taken in are a
type of food? Images, events, suggestions... need to be digested--or
disposed of. This
talk is about the hazards of this kind of junk food.
Did you know that food “picks up” the mood with which it’s prepared?
(Check it out.) Eat a dinner prepared by an angry chef who’s yelling,
slamming, and wanting to be doing something else—get a bellyache. Eat a
dinner prepared with love by someone making it a gift to you—how do you
feel? Sanity Islanders make cooking an Act of Love.
Good Food Delivered to
Organic produce delivered to your
door (Los Angeles area)
Free range organic meat, fresh not
frozen, delivered anywhere, and they treat the animals with respect
FABULOUS sweet corn tamales,
delivered anywhere Sylvia's
fruit, sent in by Cindy S.:
Frog Hollow Farm says that
they are the "home to the sweetest, juiciest, organic, tree-ripened
peaches you've ever tasted..." and we're inclined to agree! They also
grow nectarines, apricots, pears and cherries (check their crop
timetable to see when fruit is available).
Excellent free-range, organic
chickens, raised on Amish farms, are available from
Execellent barbeque sauce--hot, but
not too hot and sweet but not too sweet (the best ever!)