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Christmas cometh, and if you're not yet in a jolly Yuletide spirit you'd better hurry up on that because there are only 20 shopping days left and you don't want to be that poor sap wandering Wal-Mart at 11 p.m. the night before. (Trust us, nothing good can happen at that point.)
With that in mind, in the coming weeks we'll be making some targeted suggestions for gifts and stocking stuffers for all the special and unique snowflakes on your Christmas shopping list. Today we'll focus on stocking stuffers for the boozehound in your life, whether it's your crazy old alcoholic uncle that makes moonshine in his basement, or your little cousin who recently turned 21 and fancies himself quite the mixologist shaking up appletinis at frat parties.
If you're even a minimally skilled home cook, you've probably got the whole pancake-flipping thing down — even if you rely on Bisquick or Hungry Jack instead of making your batter from scratch. That being said, there are some mornings you just want someone else to cook the damn pancakes (especially when there's a Sunday morning hangover involved). Luckily, there are plenty of restaurants in Los Angeles cooking up some hella tasty flapjacks, whether you prefer classic versions slathered in real maple syrup or newfangled creations doctored up with bacon, caramel or even Oreo cookies.
Tracy Chabala rounded up ten of her favorites for the LA Weekly's food blog, Squid Ink. Here are a few highlights that would be worth checking out next time you wake up experiencing serious pancake pangs:
When you think of biscuits, you probably picture in your mind's eye some adorable Southern grandmother with an endearing drawl and a gingham apron toiling away in her plantation-style kitchen, cutting out biscuits one by one with an ancient metal cutter that's been passed down in her family for 100 years. Or something like that. Right?
Well, New York City chefs are apparently the new Southern grandmothers, because the city that never sleeps is experiencing a serious biscuit boom these days. Nicole Schnitzler of the Village Voice's food blog Fork in the Road took it upon herself to compile a list of ten of the tastiest biscuits to be found in the city right now for all your carb-loading pleasure. Here's a few highlights to scope out next time you're craving a warm, fluffy biscuit in the city, no matter what neighborhood you find yourself wandering: