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Where can I buy fresh licorice allsorts candy in LA?

Hello!

Post title says it all. I'm looking for a place where I can buy good quality, fresh, British liquorice allsorts candy in LA - preferably on the Westside. I hate ordering it online because they are always inevitably stale. Any leads?

Thank you!

Dec 16, 2013
violet42 in Los Angeles Area

Looking for high-quality fruit platters that can be picked up at a grocery store

OP here - what I ended up doing was just buying a bunch of berries and black grapes from Costco in MDR and doing berry fruit salads which everyone enjoyed. I was disappointed that the only other precut "fresh fruit" that Costco had was drenched in either syrup or juice (melon, papaya, etc.) I know there are some Costcos out there that offer fruit trays, but the ones in MDR and Glendale did not have these (and didn't seem to offer them at all).

Also, for what it's worth, this was a lot cheaper than anything Whole Foods/Gelsons/etc. would be charging.

Sep 06, 2013
violet42 in Los Angeles Area

Looking for high-quality fruit platters that can be picked up at a grocery store

Hello!

I just found out that I need to buy fruit plates/platters for 60 people for this Saturday morning. I don't want to have to pay a million dollars and go through a caterer. Can anyone recommend which, if any, grocery stores in the area sell large prepared fresh fruit platters? I have already called the Costcos in Glendale and Marina Del Rey and they just have mixed fruit bowls in syrup, which is not what I'm looking for.

I am located on the Westside of LA but willing to drive a little if need be.

Thank you in advance!

Aug 22, 2013
violet42 in Los Angeles Area

Awesome breakfasts or brunch in Tahoe (north or south)

Anyone have recommendations for amazing breakfasts in Tahoe? Whether it be South Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Tahoe City, Incline Village, anything from pastries to diners to brunches, I'm just looking for everyone's favorites. There aren't a lot of recent discussions on Tahoe breakfasts. Thanks!

Jun 27, 2013
violet42 in California

Favorite unique/unusual/special occasion dinner spots on the Westside for under $300 for 2 all in?

That's interesting - they would let you share a pairing? Do you get two glasses or would you just share the same glass? Sorry if this is a dumb question :)

Jun 13, 2013
violet42 in Los Angeles Area

Favorite unique/unusual/special occasion dinner spots on the Westside for under $300 for 2 all in?

I did call and confirm. However, I asked if they would send me their wine list and they said no. Can anyone confirm if Providence does have wines by the glass? Do they have decent bottles of French whites in the $50-60 range?

Jun 13, 2013
violet42 in Los Angeles Area

Favorite unique/unusual/special occasion dinner spots on the Westside for under $300 for 2 all in?

Eater does have this link, for 2013 - it says $80. Presumably for an eighth anniversary.

http://la.eater.com/archives/2013/05/...

Jun 12, 2013
violet42 in Los Angeles Area

Favorite unique/unusual/special occasion dinner spots on the Westside for under $300 for 2 all in?

I see the copy you pasted at this link, but it was for 2012:

http://www.providencela.com/newslette...

Jun 12, 2013
violet42 in Los Angeles Area

Favorite unique/unusual/special occasion dinner spots on the Westside for under $300 for 2 all in?

Not seeing it at all. Just the regular home page. Do you have a link? Thanks!

Jun 12, 2013
violet42 in Los Angeles Area

Favorite unique/unusual/special occasion dinner spots on the Westside for under $300 for 2 all in?

I would love to try Providence. Do you have any information about this promotion? I don't see anything on their site.

Jun 12, 2013
violet42 in Los Angeles Area

Favorite unique/unusual/special occasion dinner spots on the Westside for under $300 for 2 all in?

Thank you for the recommendations! Fig/Josie/Palisades/Brentwood aren't really our style, but Kiyokawa and Shunji look right up our alley. I also found Fishing with Dynamite in MB, which could be a fun option!

Jun 12, 2013
violet42 in Los Angeles Area

Favorite unique/unusual/special occasion dinner spots on the Westside for under $300 for 2 all in?

hello!

I know this is a broad question, but it's meant to be :) I'm looking for recommendations for a romantic and adventurous dinner in a non-pretentious setting, preferably on the westside (or westside-ish). The catch is that I'd like to be out of there for under $300 including everything - dinner, a bottle of wine or 2 drinks pp, tax, and tip. something like n/naka or Sushi Zo would be ideal, but they are too expensive. for reference, our favorite places to eat on a regular basis are A-Frame, Waterloo and City, Father's Office, the prix-fixe bar at Osteria Mozza, middle of the road omakase places (Masu, K-Zo), Little Tokyo hole in the wall places. We also like the food at Tar & Roses and Freddy Smalls, though I think they are frankly both overpriced.

requisites: unique/adventurous or just plain damn good cuisine. not too sceney, loud, hoity-toity, precious, "LA" or overrated (I'm looking at you Son of a Gun, Gjelina, Jitlada, L&E, Superba!) also, no places with laughably small/insultingly prices portions please.

Any recs? Thank you!

Jun 12, 2013
violet42 in Los Angeles Area

White smoke/gas coming out of refrigerated jar of peppers? Eeek!

hey all,

Thought I might get some wisdom here as Google isn't helping much. I was cleaning out my fridge tonight and found a previously-opened glass jar of Trader Joe's marinated red and yellow bell peppers. About half the jar was left, the cap was on tightly, and it had probably been in there for a month or two.

When I opened up the jar, there was a pop and a sound almost like a sizzle, and then some sort of white vapor/gas/smoke came out of the jar. I was kind of freaked out so I just put the lid back on and threw it away.

Aside from there being a genie in my jar of peppers, what the heck could this be? Now I'm afraid to open my jar of olives :)

Edited to add a thought - it is pretty cold in my fridge (I noticed that some parsley towards the back had gotten a little icy) and the jar was way in the back. Maybe it had just frozen a little bit and the white stuff was water vapor?

Thanks!

Apr 15, 2013
violet42 in General Topics

oops - froze vacuum-sealed raw beets and carrots. can I still use them?

they've been in the freezer for about 5 days - is that "too long"?

Sep 05, 2012
violet42 in Home Cooking

oops - froze vacuum-sealed raw beets and carrots. can I still use them?

hey all,

I recently got a sous vide supreme and vacuum sealed some raw beets and carrots for use in the SVS. I was going out of town for a bit, so without thinking I threw both packets in the freezer. I know, duh, you're not supposed to freeze raw vegetables because it changes the texture. however, I don't want to waste them. I put them in the fridge to thaw and was planning on trying them out in the SVS tonight. do you think they will still taste halfway decent?

thanks!

Sep 05, 2012
violet42 in Home Cooking

Is sous-vide chicken technically undercooked?

There are numerous times where I've eaten something and a mere few hours later it "blows right through me", or so they say. With this incident, I definitely was feeling rumbly 3-4 hours after eating, and the unpleasant GI symptoms lasted for less than 24 hours.

Like many have said, it's kind of pointless to try to diagnose it as it really could be a number of things. However, I do believe it came from this particular meal, as me and my dining companion both had identical symptoms and had eaten completely different things up to that point.

Aug 29, 2012
violet42 in General Topics

Is sous-vide chicken technically undercooked?

Ha, no cantaloupes. It was definitely the sous vide meal as the other person and I hadn't eaten any other of the same things, but we had the exact same symptoms maybe 4 or so hours later.

Aug 29, 2012
violet42 in General Topics

Is sous-vide chicken technically undercooked?

Maybe I'll just chalk it up to the fact that the chicken was refrigerated and that, since it was only at 143F when removed (checked with two thermometers, BTW) that it perhaps wasn't maintained at a high-enough temp for a long-enough time. I just wanted to know if there was something blatant that I had missed. No doubt that I'll be trying it again sometime, so maybe this time I'll raise the temp and the time a bit for safety's sake. Or just cook dark meat so it has to be at 165F to begin with ;)

Aug 28, 2012
violet42 in General Topics

Is sous-vide chicken technically undercooked?

okay, here's the thing I don't get. people's reactions to sous vide seem to be on one side or another: those who say cooking to the suggested sous vide temperature for the correct period of time is fine, and those who have the knee-jerk reaction of "OMG the meat isn't cooked to 165". who is correct?

Aug 28, 2012
violet42 in General Topics

Is sous-vide chicken technically undercooked?

OP here. The chicken breasts were not humongous, and I am always very careful with food safety and cross-contamination. The one thing I can think of is that when we took the breasts out, after 2 hours at 146, the internal temp was only 143. They were just refrigerated, not frozen. Maybe they internally spent too long below 140? Or maybe I should have rinsed them before sealing, as a precaution?

Aug 28, 2012
violet42 in General Topics

Is sous-vide chicken technically undercooked?

so I recently got the Sous Vide Supreme, and had my first venture into at-home sous vide last night with two chicken breasts. I did everything the directions told me to do - sealed the chicken in the pouches with a little bit of butter, then cooked at 2 hours at 146F. When I took the meat out, its temp was around 143F and it was white all the way through - not pink at all. The meat was very juicy and extremely tasty.

However, a couple hours later, the two of us who ate the chicken started to have the dreaded rumbly tummy, and are experiencing somewhat unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms even this morning. Nothing crazy, but definitely the feeling of "I ate something not so good." I can't imagine that any of the other things we ate with the chicken would have caused this, but then again, you never know.

So tell me this - is there any way we could have gotten sick from using the above method? Though I grew up always thinking you had to cook chicken to 160F in an oven, my understanding is that keeping anything above 140F during the sous vide process is enough to kill bacteria.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts or wisdom you may have!

Aug 27, 2012
violet42 in General Topics

Best California Zinfandel or Cab $10 and under?

For those of you who may be wondering, I ended up going with the 2010 Peachy Canyon Incredible Red Zinfandel for $9 a bottle. The 2008 was better, but this one serves the purpose I was looking for.

Aug 13, 2012
violet42 in Wine

Best California Zinfandel or Cab $10 and under?

I spoke with K&L and they don't do discounts. Good points above on their better storage and knowledge, though.

Jul 27, 2012
violet42 in Wine

Best California Zinfandel or Cab $10 and under?

Thanks for all the responses so far! I am unfortunately stuck on choosing something from California. I tend to agree on the no good cabs under $10 opinion, but I don't drink cab much so I don't know if there are any hidden gems out there. I prefer Zinfandel, so if there's something that's halfway decent I would appreciate any recommendations. If I can buy it in bulk at TJs, BevMo, Ralph's, etc, even better.

Jul 27, 2012
violet42 in Wine

Best California Zinfandel or Cab $10 and under?

Hello,

Posting once again about searching for a wedding wine. I'm a pretty big wine drinker and am picky, but for my wedding I'm stuck with a $10 or under per bottle budget. What are your current recommendations for the best California Zinfandel and Cabernets under $10? I'm a big fan of Zin and not a big Cab drinker, but I know "California Cabernets" can be a crowd-pleaser at a wedding. For our pinot, we're using the 2008 Buena Vista, which can be found at TJ's for $10. It's one of the only halfway-decent pinots I've found $10 or under. I'm looking for something analagous in quality level in a Zinfandel, or possibly a Cabernet. California wines only, please.

Thank you!

Jul 27, 2012
violet42 in Wine

Looking for decent dry, minerally whites from California for under $10. Does this exist?

Maybe I should add an additional question, then - if there's nothing California in this category (which is what I feared) what are some recommendations in this category in the $10-12 (or below) range, from anywhere? Alsace, Loire Valley, beyond? And again, if they are at BevMo or TJ's, even better :)

Jul 23, 2012
violet42 in Wine

Looking for decent dry, minerally whites from California for under $10. Does this exist?

hi all,

so I'm planning a wedding, and the goal is to serve all California wines and come in at $10 or under a bottle. maybe could stretch to $12 for the right thing.

we've got all our wines pinned down except for one last white. I'm a big fan of dry, minerally whites, and obviously, most of these are found outside of California, land of the fruity.

however, I would love to hear any suggestions if anyone knows of a dry, minerally, not-too-fruity white that is from California. and that costs under $10-12 a bottle. if I can get it in bulk at BevMo or TJ's, even better.

let me know if there is such a thing in existence, or if I'm just looking for a magical unicorn here.

thanks!

Jul 23, 2012
violet42 in Wine

Looking for 8oz glass bottles of Coke or Diet Coke

Anyone know where I can find 8oz glass bottles of Coke or Diet Coke? I'd love to be able to go to a Los Angeles area store and pick them up, as opposed to having to order online and pay shipping.

Thanks!

Jul 21, 2012
violet42 in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions for a celebratory Tuesday night dinner in Sonoma County?

Hello!

Going up to Sonoma in a few weeks and looking for somewhere special to go to dinner on a Tuesday night. The Farmhouse Inn and Cyrus are both closed on Tuesdays. What other nearby options offer a similarly special and delicious dining experience? No budget restrictions.

Thank you!

Looking for Central Coast/Wine Country/Northern CA honeymoon recommendations

Thanks for the suggestions so far. Don't worry about driving distance as we're totally okay with flying and renting. We're not really interested in exploring or driving around or trying wineries - we just want to hole up in a gorgeous hotel for a few days alone and step out nearby for some good meals. We don't want to go to SY/SB because we've been there a ton of times and would like something different. Thanks!

May 14, 2012
violet42 in California