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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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Private Luncheon in the Valley? ANYWHERE in the Valley?

Cafe Bizou, in Sherman Oaks, does a lot of parties like this. Also, Braemar Country Club, in Tarzana, would probably offer a very attractive view, along with meeting your other criteria.

Sep 07, 2014
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Ranch 99

It's great for every cut of pork you can think of. The beef is select grade for the most part, so not really anything special. Their selection of seafood, esp. whole fish is hard to beat anywhere in the SFV.

Aug 30, 2014
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Restaurant Bread insider?

FWIW, I find the sour dough at Tavern to be extraordinary. They seem to have a free-standing bakery operation at the intersection of National and Robertson but they don't appear to sell to the public. I suppose you could pick up a loaf at Tavern or The Larder.

Aug 24, 2014
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Who remembers Arriba's in West L.A.? (It was called Arriba's, right?)

Wow, that's a great trip down memory lane! Do you remember the name of the place that was below street level on the east side of Westwood Blvd. approximately across from what is now Tanino's? I know it had a bar; not sure about the restaurant area.

Aug 18, 2014
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Can't make Paris this year, go to L'Amand

I stopped by today and bought a baguette. It was very good-looking: nice crust, just dark enough and with lovely hash marks. Unfortunately, it was awful. I got it at 11:30 am and it tasted stale, although I'm sure it was baked fresh this morning. Even worse, the flavor was horrible. It tasted sweet, as if they had added sugar. FWIW, my standard for comparison is the baguette at Republique; for me, it even bests Bread Lounge's offerings.

Aug 11, 2014
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Simon's Cafe in Sherman Oaks, a true find

Are you sure? Their website shows a lunch menu.

Aug 11, 2014
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ISO Sheng Jian Bao

Just read about these. I eat a lot of xlb all over SGV, but I've been oblivious to the presence of these.

Jul 30, 2014
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ISO Sheng Jian Bao

I assume we're looking in SGV for this, but anywhere would be fine.

Jul 30, 2014
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Nice place that's easy access from Encino?

I think you'd be very happy going to Saddle Peak. Plus, it would make for a unique experience for someone from out of town.

Bread and Butter

You can pick up a great baguette at Republique and if you feel like dining there, they serve a wonderful French butter as an option.

Jul 17, 2014
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Email address for Food editor desk at LA Times?

Could this be the recipe?

http://articles.latimes.com/1999/dec/...

Jul 16, 2014
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DineLA Meals Reported -- July 2014

I was also at AOC today. Had the Spanish fried chicken and the farmer's lunch. Both very nice. That chicken is really terrific.

Jul 15, 2014
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Food & Wine's 'Mad Genius' Justin Chapple's YouTube videos

That's a pretty cute trick with the water bottle. But Jacques Pepin's technique is much better: Once you have the eggs in the bowl, just reach in with cupped fingers and pull out the yolks. Perfect and simple.

Jul 02, 2014
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