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2 Questions: Where to buy European Nutella and Best (inexpensive) Oysters in LA?

How Humble Salt Became the King of Ingredients

Also loved this book. Highly recommended!

Mar 14, 2015
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Need a great recommendation for dinner for 1.

Love and Salt, in MB, would also be a good bet that meets all of your criteria.

Feb 23, 2015
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Crunchy martini olives!

The secret to crunchy olives is whether they're packed with calcium chloride. Many are not, and they're the mushy ones. I particularly like Kroger's Manzanilla's stuffed with pimento.

Feb 20, 2015
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Happy hour near Hollywood?

Not sure about how late it goes but Delphine is supposed to have a good happy hour.

Feb 19, 2015
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818 Public School Open?

Just drove by the former Sisley's at Ventura and Sepulveda. The construction fence is gone and the lights are on. Couldn't see if people were inside eating yet...

Feb 13, 2015
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Afternoon dining in Beverly Hills

Forgot about this; that's a great idea!

Feb 04, 2015
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Afternoon dining in Beverly Hills

Porta Via, Il Pastaio, Doma, Barney's, Momed, Le Pain Quotidien are all good as are Bar Bouchon and Wally's. BTW, Wally's is a really good looking space.

Feb 04, 2015
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Zankou

Zankou has sucked/been inconsistent for many years. You don't need to go there for the sauce. Make it at home with this recipe:

http://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/...

Jan 26, 2015
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Rehearsal Dinner in San Fernando Valley/Hollywood

You might consider Braemar Country Club, which is in Tarzana, at the southern end of Reseda Blvd. It's been some time since I dined there, but the food was decent, the facilities were apt, and the view was gorgeous.

Jan 21, 2015
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Place to buy fresh seafood mix in LA?

99 Ranch has this.

Jan 13, 2015
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Live Lobster for New Year's

99 Ranch on Sepulveda at Victory has them. If you're willing to drive to downtown, Little Tokyo Marketplace at 333 S. Alameda will likely have them at a huge discount, think $6.99 a pound or thereabouts.

Remembering Cafe Swiss on Rodeo Dr. back in the 70's

I remember it well. I took many a client to lunch there. At the time, it was one of the few places in town that had a large patio to dine in.

Dec 13, 2014
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Happy Hour at Murph's Service Station - Sherman Oaks

Just returned from a great HH here. $4 pints of Sculpin IPA; pulled pork sliders, chicken wraps and fried pork ears; all really well made and attractively priced. Highly recommended.

Live Lobster Prices - Old topic, but a new year.

I'm not sure what the current pricing is, but it is always ridiculously low at Little Tokyo Market at 3rd and Alameda. Certainly less than $10.00. Could even be around $8.00.

Nov 14, 2014
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Quick Report: Pearl's Liquor Bar, Sunset Strip

No. Farther west, I think.

Nov 11, 2014
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Sweet and Sour That Isn't Awful

If you're willing to drive to SGV, Sea Harbor does it well.

Nov 02, 2014
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ISO Yuba Tofu Skin

I've been looking everywhere from 99 Ranch, 168 in SGV and Little Tokyo market downtown, all to no avail. Does anyone know where I can buy these?

Oct 21, 2014
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ISO Ground Duck

Oct 04, 2014
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ISO Ground Duck

Never wasted duck fat; never will!

Oct 04, 2014
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ISO Ground Duck

Thanks barryc and ns1 and everyone else for that matter. I think I'll probably just buy a whole duck (they're occasionally on sale at Jon's Marketplace for $1.99) strip all the meat off and grind it in the food processor. Only issue is controlling the fat content in the end product.

Oct 04, 2014
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ISO Ground Duck

That wouldn't be a cost effective option. I wouldn't want to ruin a pristine duck for ground meat. A commercial product would be based on the less attractive parts that are left over after portioning the good parts for individual sale.

Oct 03, 2014
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ISO Ground Duck

Thought I might make this, but not at Whole Food's pricing.
http://www.dadcooksdinner.com/2014/09...

Oct 02, 2014
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ISO Ground Duck

Anywhere? TIA.

Oct 02, 2014
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Where can I purchase chicken tails in Los Angeles Area?

Wait...you found one closer but you're not sharing?

Sep 25, 2014
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Best Po'Boy in L.A.

It's on their regular menu. Certainly available at lunch.

Sep 24, 2014
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Best Po'Boy in L.A.

The best oyster po'boy is, without a doubt, the one served at Salt's Cure. It is perfection on a bun. The bun is both crisp and light. The oysters are generous and perfectly fried and the saucing and crisp vegetable accompaniments work perfectly. Nothing I've ever had anywhere, including NOLO, comes close. Orleans & York makes a very nice one, but it is simply not in the same league.

Sep 23, 2014
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ISO Pecan Pie or Tart

Looking for the best slice of pecan pie in town. Or, better still, a kinda French tarte petite version. TIA.

Sep 16, 2014
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Going to make Porchetta. Want to get my pork belly and loin this weekend. Any good spots on the Westside you can recommend?

99 Ranch has a great assortment of different sizes of pork belly. Definitely worth the trip to Van Nuys for the money you'll save.
Here are three porchetta recipes that I've tried. Some much easier and less authentic than others but they all work. BTW, I have found substituting pork tenderloin for pork loin works very well.

http://rumahmakanmurni.blogspot.com/2...

http://foodwishes.blogspot.com/2013/0...

http://www.seriouseats.com/2011/12/th...

Good luck. BTW, if you want a great version of this at lunch during the week, check out the porchetta sandwich at Scarpetta's Paninoteca in Beverly Hills.

Sep 12, 2014
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Taylor's Steakhouse dinner tonight

Easy answer: Republique!!!

Sep 08, 2014
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