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Epicure imports sale September 12 & 13

I was there shortly after you and didn't even bother to go in. Beck resembled the 405 on a bad day.

about 13 hours ago
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Blimpy Burger (Ann Arbor) update

I will answer my own question. Went there today. Onion roll was stale, patties have gotten smaller - to the point where the condiments overpower the meat, and it lacks the charm of the original. Disappointing.

Nov 17, 2014
ebethsdad in Great Lakes

Carson's Bistro (DTW/Ann Arbor): anyone been?

Thanks for the response. While I love Bier Camp's sausage and bacon I was not impressed with their pulled pork. Their beer is great. Its always a pleasure to return to Ann Arbor. The commitment to local foods shames LA.

Nov 08, 2014
ebethsdad in Great Lakes

Blimpy Burger (Ann Arbor) update

Heading back soon. Haven't heard anything about the reopened Krazy Jim's. Tried to go on a Friday before a football game. Line stretched for half-a-block. Reminded me of traffic here in LA. Any input?

Nov 06, 2014
ebethsdad in Great Lakes

Carson's Bistro (DTW/Ann Arbor): anyone been?

$17 is worth it for Zingerman's. http://www.zingermansdeli.com/
I wish we had such a place in LA!
As an aside a number of us expatriates in LA were reminiscing about DeLong's recently (we were sternly warned by the moderators to keep it local). Not to highjack the thread but does anything currently there match up to DeLong's? Will be heading back soon and would love to have some great barbecue.

Nov 06, 2014
ebethsdad in Great Lakes

Carson's Bistro (DTW/Ann Arbor): anyone been?

You could do Korean as well. BeWon, http://www.bewonannarbor.com/, is in that area.

Nov 06, 2014
ebethsdad in Great Lakes

Live dungeness crabs. Anyone seeing them in the markets yet?

They are indeed. Van Nuys 99 Ranch had them for 12.99 a pound yesterday. I miss 4.99 a pound. Word is much of the catch is shipped to China.

Nov 06, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

cheap eats & corkage in Sherman Oaks, CA

On Tipple and Brine's website they list their opening time as 4:30. Are they open for lunch?

Warren's Blackboard is moderately priced and everything I have had there is delicious. Not sure of their corkage fee.

Natas would also fit the bill, again not sure of their corkage fee.

Nov 06, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Where to Buy Live Lobsters

99 Ranch is your best bet for lobsters, and their price will be a lot better than Fish King. There is one on Sepulveda and Victory not too far outside of your range. For oysters I would try Whole Foods. Their seafood quality is much better than it used to be.

Nov 05, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Oyster Happy Hour Deals 2014

Tipple and Brine has $1.00 oysters on Mondays, http://tippleandbrine.com/
For my fellow kumomoto lovers if you ever find yourself in northern California make your way to the Hog Island Oyster Company, http://hogislandoysters.com/ You order your oysters, then they pull them out of the water. So good!

Vinh Loi tofu - good for Vietnamese, or just good for vegan ?

Agree with most comments here - great for vegan Vietnamese, but doesn't compete with the real thing. Apples and oranges. Really nice people though.

Oct 31, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Best Steak within 200 miles not 201

How about Boneyard Bistro? Wood-grilled steaks, only seasoning is salt. I confess I am prejudiced as they love my favorite wine, Zinfandel, and my favorite beer, Pliny the Elder. Burgers are great, BBQ so-so. Steak; dry-aged, but wood-grilled - thus there is no butter. Not cheap, but quite good. In response to the OP I suggest a pilgrimage to Nipomo, and a visit to Jocko's. There is a slight seasoning, Santa Maria rub (garlic salt,salt and pepper), but they raise their own beef, and the quality is fantastic. Suggest middle of the week as reservations are hard to get, and the line on weekends is hours (mostly locals - sure bet for quality).

Oct 25, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Gum Arabic, where to buy?

Your timing is sublime. Epicure Imports is having their retail sale this Friday and Saturday and they carry small amounts of Gum Arabic, http://epicureimports.wordpress.com/

Oct 15, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

fresh turkeys for thanksgiving?

Gelson's carries fresh birds including Diestel's. Jim's Fallbrook Market has several types of fresh turkeys. Since it is only the middle of October, and you have some time...if you can afford the price there is the Rolls Royce of turkeys, Willie Bird, http://williebird.com/shop/fresh-turkey/.

Oct 11, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

seafood

Another option in the west Valley is Jim's Fallbrook Market. They have excellent seafood as well as top notch meats...but you pay for it. On weekends they serve good barbecue in the parking lot.

Sep 27, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Any great food with ambience in Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Van Nuys or North Hollywood?

Natas on Ventura is lovely, quiet, but small. Here's a link to their lunch menu, http://www.nataspastries.com/menu/Lun....
Bonus is you can bring home some of their delicious pastries.

Buttermilk

You are welcome. Good luck!

Sep 16, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Buttermilk

I have never seen it here. You can make your own by combining 1/2 cup store bought buttermilk with 2 cups of whole milk and 1/4 tsp salt. Let it sit at room temp until cultured, 24 - 36 hours and then refrigerate. Tastes a lot better than the store bought stuff. It can also be made by adding a little lemon juice or vinegar to milk, but I like the cultured stuff better.

Sep 16, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Epicure imports sale September 12 & 13

Prices are quite reasonable. Goods are fairly remarkable. In particular the Beurremont butter, an American butter with 83% butterfat, was the best I have ever come across. I believe it was only around $4/lb. Prosciutto and guanicale were also very good. Wonderful selection of vinegars, oils, cheese and chocolates. Even the dried beans were exceptional, being very fresh and a wide assortment. Definitely worth a trip.

Sep 11, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area
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Private Luncheon in the Valley? ANYWHERE in the Valley?

Second Natas. Lovely spot, underrated food, and very nice people.

Sep 09, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Katsu-ya v. SugarFISH: Pre-Hollywood Bowl Dinner

If you don't make reservations Katsu-ya will likely be a zoo. Food and service are both great, but it gets really packed especially on a weekend. Haven't been to SugarFISH. Have a lovely evening!

Sep 06, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Where to get ingredients to make dashi stock?

99 Ranch and most Korean Markets carry all these as well. Whole Foods stocks kombu and wakame, and all types of miso.

Sep 03, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Good prices on fresh basil anywhere? Pasadena area.

I have only seen Thai basil at 99 Ranch. My basil is not doing as well as usual this year either. Got hit with a plague of grasshoppers and never recovered.

Aug 30, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Ranch 99

As mentioned the beef is generally tough and flavorless. The pork is okay. However they do sell Jidori chicken for a good price, and you can get a lot of non-standard items such as pig and chicken feet, sausage casings, and sometimes country ham. The real find there is the seafood; best price on live Dungeness in the Valley, and a great selection of whole fish.

Aug 30, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Catalina

There is a bus. http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/ac... Its kind of a long ride, but its a pretty one. The city park in Avalon is a dive park off the casino. Your friends will love it.

Aug 29, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Catalina

I suspect you are going to Avalon, but in my experience the best restaurant on Catalina is in Two Harbors, the Harbor Reef. Its also the only restaurant in Two Harbors. Its been a few years since I have been there, but I recall wonderful specials such as a tuna tower, and $1.50 Taco Tuesday (I think the whole region showed up for that one). The beers on tap were well chosen, the food good, and the whole town seems to be people who want to be there. There is a reputedly good bed-and-breakfast, the Banning House, on the hill overlooking the town. I have never stayed there as my visits to Catalina center on kayaking, but it has a great reputation as a romantic destination. As a caveat there isn't much to do in Two Harbors that doesn't involve hiking, boating, diving, or encountering the occasional buffalo, but I'm not sure the nightlife in Avalon is all that great.

Aug 28, 2014
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Costco Wild Troll Caught Fresh King Salmon

It means the salmon is wild, not farm-raised and is caught by trolling, a fishing method where lines are cast into the sea and pulled behind a slow moving boat. Wild salmon taste better than farm raised. Trolling doesn't create the environmental havoc that catching fish in huge gill nets can.

Aug 28, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Costco Wild Troll Caught Fresh King Salmon

Believe it or not Ralphs has it as well. In previous years they would fly it in daily, but now they are not as circumspect about freshness. Check with your seafood department. In my neighborhood it comes in on Fridays.

Aug 27, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Bread and Butter

Believe it or not Smart and Final carries French butter. Granted its not what you would find in Paris, Tours, or the Dordogne, but its really good butter...and it doesn't cost that much. I use it when I try to reproduce Joel Rubuchon mashed potatoes. Couple this with Bulvinaka's tip and you might "extend the joy" a bit...but LA is not Paris, and never will be.

Jul 16, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Where can I find shark in LA?

Good call...I'm not sure that qualifies as seafood however. More like landshark...if you are old enough to remember, https://screen.yahoo.com/land-shark-j...

Jul 01, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area