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Wagyumania at the new Wadatsumi by Harikawa: A Pictorial Essay

Nice report! I. Was wondering how it was since it changed hands. I used to enjoy going when it was Torafuku. Nice to hear that they still have the kamado rice.

Jul 29, 2014
BombayUpWithaTwist in Los Angeles Area

My Chowhound Wedding

This is simply gorgeous! I wish we could go back in time and eat all that food again. It was all so spectacular and delicious. Your wedding is one of my Top 5 favorites of mine! It was such an intimate evening and having many of your friends contribute to all aspects of the affair made it even more special. The bride making her own wedding cake was quite impressive too. It truly was an honor that we were included in your special day!!

Jul 29, 2014
BombayUpWithaTwist in Home Cooking
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Long Beach July 24 - 27

I love your description on Torimatsu, especially about the raw chicken...lol. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much! It really is my favorite place to go in Gardena:)

Aug 04, 2013
BombayUpWithaTwist in Los Angeles Area

Best chicken matzo ball soup

I also like Barney Greengrass, they are a little expensive, but you can't beat the view :o)

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Barney Greengrass Restaurant
9570 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Nov 26, 2011
BombayUpWithaTwist in Los Angeles Area

Good Beer Bottle Shop in LA

I agree with Wine House, we bought a ton of single bottles to give as a gift. They also have a great selection of hard liquor too :o)

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Wine House
2311 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Nov 26, 2011
BombayUpWithaTwist in Los Angeles Area

White Truffles @Valentino

Maudie, your white truffle potato gratin sounds decadent!! I'm always afraid to buy truffles for home use, I'd be afraid that they are sub-par, but your recs for Surfas & Cheese Shop sounds great! Someone else was talking about Urbani, not sure if it is still available.

It also is nice to splurge once or twice a year at Valentino's to get the best :o) I hate everything with truffle oil, it is way too overused lately!

Nov 14, 2011
BombayUpWithaTwist in Los Angeles Area

White Truffles @Valentino

Went to Valentino’s last night and had an AMAZING meal!! It was just me and my husband. I picked 4 dishes + dessert and they split each one for us, so it was like having a custom tasting meal. I love how they do that for you, Scarpetta will also serve that way too.

Italian Chopped Salad.
Hubby loved it, it was a little too bitter for me, I think because of too much radicchio :o)

Grilled Octopus w/Squid Ink Israeli Couscous.
Loved this!! The octopus was super tender because they poach it first then grill it. The skid ink couscous was great too, not fishy, just enough mineraliness to it ;o)

Risotto w/White Truffles
I decided that if I had a choice, this would be my last meal that I would pick :o) I would just need to die in late fall...lol Valentino's makes the BEST risotto and white truffles are just sublime! They use Vialone Nano rice for their risotto. I already ate some when I took this picture. It was covered in truffles when it came to the table. It was $70 for app portion & $100 for entrée…we split entrée portion. They said that they would have the truffles until about New Years.

Sliced NY Steak w/arugula & tomato...
Ordered med rare, but maybe a touch too rare.

Perfect Tiramisu!
Most places dumb it down by making it too sweet and not enough alcohol in it ;o)

There were some interesting people dining…
One table had a woman gnawing on a bone, I do that sometimes too, but not at a place like Valention’s…lol Then later in the evening, she stood up and modeled a sweater that she was going to give to her mother, she actually made a presentation with it!

Another table had a young guy wearing a plain old white t-shirt as his attire. Can’t you dress up just a tad for a place like this??

The table right next to us had one couple at it, SHE talked on her cell phone for the first 15 mins…she even ate her salad as she gabbed.

P.S. Sorry the pics aren’t that great, I wasn’t very good with the iPhone this time...

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Scarpetta
225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Nov 12, 2011
BombayUpWithaTwist in Los Angeles Area

Cookbook for making tofu

My head has been spinning with all the info I have gathered too...lol I'm most familiar with Japanese tofu and have been using nigari. In one blog, I found that they used cornstarch with it, I haven't tried that, but wonder if that would really make a difference.

I'm actually making tofu now, waiting for the soy milk to be made now...I use a soy milk maker :o)

Nov 04, 2011
BombayUpWithaTwist in Home Cooking

Cookbook for making tofu

That's great! Keep us updated on what you come up with :o)

The only thing I've come up with is the firmness...lol

It seems like you can get more info if you google "homemade tofu" and there are some blogs out there that add veggies directly to the tofu or add turmeric to add color.

Good luck!!

Nov 04, 2011
BombayUpWithaTwist in Home Cooking

Cookbook for making tofu

I agree with "The Book of Tofu". I still haven't completely read through it yet, but it's pretty comprehensive. What kind of "different" tofus are you looking for? Are you asking for different type of dishes/recipes or to actually make the tofu itself? I've been having fun making the tofu and it tastes so much better than store bought :o)

Nov 03, 2011
BombayUpWithaTwist in Home Cooking

What cut of beef for burgers?

I made a nice burger with Chuck, Short Rib, Bacon & Pork Butt. The bacon added extra flavor!

Sep 22, 2011
BombayUpWithaTwist in Home Cooking

Anniversary Dinner

We were just at Saddle Peak Lodge for our anniversary on Fri night and loved it :o)

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Saddle Peak Lodge
419 Cold Canyon Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302

Sep 20, 2011
BombayUpWithaTwist in Los Angeles Area

Calas

Monch, that's exactly how I imagined that Calas would be. I guess I should have taken the extra effort to go to Elizabeth's. Now I know for next time ;o) Maybe I just need to try to make my own...

Aug 03, 2011
BombayUpWithaTwist in New Orleans

Calas

Thanks, Hunt. I would have sent them back if I'd known they weren't supposed to be that way...oh well :o) I was really looking forward to having them too. We did love the Pain Perdu though!

Aug 02, 2011
BombayUpWithaTwist in New Orleans

Calas

Hunt, The ones that I had were rock hard. It was so hard that it was hard to cut it with just a fork. Is this how they are supposed to be? I pictured them to be soft and fluffy like other fritters.

Aug 02, 2011
BombayUpWithaTwist in New Orleans

Calas

Sorry it took forever for me to report back on the Calas.

So, we did end up going to the Coffee Pot because it was the most convenient since it was walking distance from our hotel. Unfortunately, I did not like their Calas, they were rock hard! Are they supposed to be that hard? It just tasted like a hard, fried ball of dough. I couldn't even tell that it had rice in it. The grits were a little bland, but then I guess that's how they are supposed to be, they were delicious when I mixed it up with some of my friend's corned beef hash;o)

Hubby had banana pancakes. I also did not like those, but Hubby did. They actually add the banana into the batter, they just don't top it with them. The bananas were huge slices, so it was more banana than pancake and is the reason I didn't like it. Another friend of mine had the Lost Bread...NOLA's version of French Toast and these were delicious! The whole table raved about that dish!

GK, thanks for mentioning the 18% add-on tip. It was written on the door, but I probably would have missed it if you hadn't mentioned it. The service was pretty good, I think the waitresses have been there forever. One of them even broke out in song. She was pretty amazing! She wasn't a professional singer, she just sings at her church.

We had a fabulous eating fest during our stay. I will try to post on another thread about it. One of the highlights was fried chicken at a small place called Fury's. It was one of the best fried chickens that I've ever had! They make it to order and it's crispy and flavorful throughout! I heard about this from the New Orleans Menu Pages, it's a website that is all about restaurants in NOLA. I've been subscribing to it for several years now. Right before our trip, he listed his Best Fried Chicken List...it was perfect timing! They also had really good Gumbo & Red Beans & Rice. You can tell that everything is made from scratch! Funny thing is that they also have many Italian dishes on the menu.

http://www.nomenu.com/joomla1/index.p...

Other places we hit, Sazerac Bar, Galatoire's, Carousel Bar, Napoleon House, Tujague's, Cochon, Cafe du Monde, Commander's, Angelo Brocato, Krystal Burgers...lol, Ritz Carlton Bar, Mr. B's, Le Marais Bar, Johnny's Poorboy & Central Grocery...it truly was an eating & drinking fest, we were only there for 3 nights :o

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http://furysrestaurant.com/

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Coffee Pot Restaurant
714 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Aug 02, 2011
BombayUpWithaTwist in New Orleans

Calas

Thanks for the nice list :o)

Jul 17, 2011
BombayUpWithaTwist in New Orleans

Calas

Thanks, Monch, I will have to check this place out too :o)

Jul 16, 2011
BombayUpWithaTwist in New Orleans

Calas

gkc, thanks for the warning about Old Coffee Pot! Only prob is that that seems like the only place that serves sweet Calas :o( If I do go I will just be sure to check on the tip! Wait,, I just saw Monch's tip on Elizabeths...

That would be great if you can ask your friends! I will be going there this Sun... Thanks in advance!! I love NOLA, can't wait to get there!

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Coffee Pot Restaurant
714 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Jul 16, 2011
BombayUpWithaTwist in New Orleans

Calas

Thanks for this, FoodChic, I will make sure to set my DVR :o)

Jul 07, 2011
BombayUpWithaTwist in New Orleans

Calas

Thanks, Celeste, but I think that I may be more interested in the sweet :o) I guess it's not a very common restaurant item, more of a "make at home" type of thing...

Jul 06, 2011
BombayUpWithaTwist in New Orleans

Calas

I will be visiting New Orleans in a couple weeks. This will be my third trip and am so excited about eating all the good food. I just recently learned about Calas, the deep fried rice fritters. I found that the Old Coffee Pot serves it, but are there any other places too? Thanks in advance for your input :o)

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Coffee Pot Restaurant
714 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Jul 05, 2011
BombayUpWithaTwist in New Orleans

What's For Dinner and longer posts

Thanks Rubee:-)

Jul 04, 2011
BombayUpWithaTwist in Site Talk

Eating out in Japan, the language issue

Nini, you just asked "Do you eat the Japanese language?" :-). So they may laugh...lol

"Washoku tabemasuka?" means do you eat Japanese food, but then everybody would say yes. I know I'm not being very helpful...

Jun 27, 2011
BombayUpWithaTwist in Japan

What's For Dinner and longer posts

Thank you, lala :o)

Jun 26, 2011
BombayUpWithaTwist in Site Talk

What's For Dinner and longer posts

Now, I know that I am just ranting, but I have one more thing to say...

After I said that I won't post on WFD anymore I'm compared to a child stomping off of the playground with their ball! I've never had so many insults hurled at me in such a short time.

Hopefully, this will be my last post regarding this matter;o)

Jun 26, 2011
BombayUpWithaTwist in Site Talk

What's For Dinner and longer posts

As a side note, I had no idea that Phurst had posted a few weeks ago that I didn't feel welcome on the board. When I met her for the first time in person, I mentioned it to her in passing. She is such a kind hearted and sweet person that she thought it would "help" to do a shout out for me. I just found out that she had done that just a few days ago and not from her. I didn't ask her to do this...not that this really matters that much :o)

Jun 26, 2011
BombayUpWithaTwist in Site Talk

What's For Dinner and longer posts

Thanks, Hill! Not a newbie to CH, I'm usually on the LA boards, but a newbie on Homecooking :o)

Jun 26, 2011
BombayUpWithaTwist in Site Talk

What's For Dinner and longer posts

When I first posted on WFD about 2 months ago I didn't expect to get responses on "all" my posts. But when I see that the "regulars" were getting comments on most of their posts and being chit chatty about their normal life, not about food, and I was only getting very few responses, I didn't feel like I fit in. I also thought I was being friendly by commenting on others posts and didn't get much response to that either. It seemed like such a fun and friendly group like a big family too. Now that I come back and get responses and I respond back I get in trouble for that and told that I'm clogging/cluttering the thread.

By the way, I would have been just fine if the only complaint was people didn't like the "technique" photos, I would have stopped posting those, but the complaints went WAY past that!

Jun 26, 2011
BombayUpWithaTwist in Site Talk

What's For Dinner and longer posts

As LN said, I'm not sure why I even keep reading this thread, it upsets me just like it upsets her.

Of course Christina was trying to shoo some of us away, she told us to post to the Food & Media board.

Then she writes:
"Maybe instead of complaining about how the regular posters are "unresponsive," new posters could think about ways to contribute to the discussion that would elicit responses. Maybe what they're posting just isn't as interesting as they think?"

I'm not supposed to be offended or insulted by that comment? I know that was mainly directed at me since Phurst made a comment about that a few weeks ago.

Yes, it is JUST a website and an open forum where we are supposed to be able to express ourselves however we want to as long as we conform to CH rules, not the posters rules.

I understand that some people don't want to see the "technique" photos, but I thought photos of grinding meat was interesting. I also thought that people would be interested in a Japanese version of meatloaf with tofu added as a twist. And what's the difference if there is one or ten photos, it really doesn't take up much more space, it's still confined in that one box. I'm not sure why it's stated that posts are longer, pictures take up less space than wordy descriptions. The irony of my photos is that I thought people did not like my previous photos because they weren't that good and now that I've improved with those skills I'm accused of "food porn"!

Then to top it off, I apologize and then Christina takes it as sarcasm. Like I said before, I DON'T have a thick skin like some people. I do take some comments personally, maybe even more so since this has never happened to me on CH which I've been posting on for about 8 years now.

Jun 26, 2011
BombayUpWithaTwist in Site Talk