L.A. STory

Top five things I miss about L.A.:

1. The way Cara and Charlene can make me laugh.

2. Shopping at Vionnet on Robertson Blvd.

3. Being tan year round, and it looking appropriate.

4. Driving, blasting music, and drinking a vanilla iced latte from Coffee Bean and Tea leaf.

5. The perfect curry chicken salad at Urth Cafe.

When I start feeling homesick for my previous digs, and can’t get Cara or Charlene on the phone, I whip up a curry chicken salad. This recipe is adapted from one I found in Gourmet magazine years ago and is quite like the real thing. Place a scoop atop a bed of mixed greens, or on a slightly toasted piece of ciabatta, and pretend you’re sitting in the sun on Melrose Avenue without a care in the world (except maybe your parking meter).

Photo: Potatomato.com


  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 lb skinless boneless chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 5 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup salted roasted cashews, coarsely chopped


  1. Hi there, Can I ask what brand of curry powder you used? I used one kind, but it didn’t quite taste like Urth’s. The recipe was still great. A response would be most appreciated. Thank you!!!

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