Tuesday, January 27, 2009

And More Food

Last summer, my friends and I decided to take a cooking class through HipCooks (http://www.hipcooks.com/). We were fascinated by the fact that we'd learn to prepare a Spanish feast and we'd get to bring our own wine and drink it while we learned to cook!

We went over a few different recipes:
1. Squid Salad
2. Seafood Paella, Chicken Paella and Chorizo Paella
3. Red-wine Soaked Oranges with Natilla

Each time we finished a recipe, we all sat down together to eat. The recipes were quite easy to follow and the food was delicious! The instructor also emailed us the recipes, so we didn't have to bother taking notes during the class.

The only disappoinment was that due to the strict permits held by the establishment, there was a limit to the amount of wine we could drink during the class. I think that between 12 of us, we only had 4 bottles...that's about 2 glasses each, if that!

If you're interested in taking cooking classes, there are plenty of places to look into in the L.A. area, including HipCooks and Sur La Table. Here is a link from Gridskipper.com, which lists a few other options: http://gridskipper.com/62270/los-angeles-cooking-classes#more

If eating is more your thing, there are several culinary school restaurants where you can get a multiple course meal at an unbelievable price. I haven't tried any of these restaurants yet, but I found write-ups on http://www.chowhound.com/. Check out the restaurant's website to see what is on the menu and what the prices are.

SoCal Savings - My blog posting "Ordinary, but Either Free or Inexpensive" was quite popular... I assume that I received a good response because people are being very careful with their money during these tough economic times. The objective of this blog is not to inform you of free or inexpensive outings, but of "different" things to do in the area. Due to the popularity of the posting, however, I've decided to include a "SoCal Savings" blurb in my entries whenever I learn of a great offer.

This week's SoCal Savings is for Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona. If you're not familiar with Glen Ivy, it is a resort that offers mineral baths, a plethora of pools, a red clay mud bath, a spa and anything you need to help you relax, including alcohol. Admission during the week is $48 per person. Through February 26th, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, you can take advantage of 2 for 1 admission for $35! From February 26th through March 18th, the promotion is valid on only Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For more info, visit:

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