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A highly opinionated old Jewish man is taking us out to Yang Chow (Chinatown)

about 16 hours ago
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Where to find Stone Farking Wheaton w00tStout?

Stone has a brewery store in Pasadena. They list your beer under collaboration on their website, http://www.stonebrew.com/

2 days ago
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Grand Canyon eats?

I haven't been there in 13 years, but Black Bart's Steakhouse in Flagstaff, http://www.blackbartssteakhouse.com/
is an interesting place. The older kids will enjoy the song and dance (I believe the wait staff is composed of the theater and music students at Northern Arizona University), and the steaks weren't bad.

Apr 11, 2014
ebethsdad in Southwest

Truffles in Dordogne

We had a lovely meal here, http://www.auberge-du-brusquand-dordo.... I am pretty positive the foie gras was fresh in early June. Truffles were not, but we took home a few jars any way. Stayed in a wonderful and relatively inexpensive hotel in Marquay, the Hotel Mounea. Have a great trip!

Mar 20, 2014
ebethsdad in France

Where to get my knives sharpened??

Japanese knives are sharpened at 15 degrees while European knives use a 20 degree edge. European knives can be sharpened at the more acute angle, mine are, but they have to be ground down a bit. Not that it seems to matter to the Japanese knife store (see will47 below), but its a cutlery fact for you. http://thebestknifesharpenerguide.com...

Mar 12, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Best everything in Sherman Oaks?

Bear in mind they close at 6 during the week and 5 on Saturday. They have a few tables, but I always do takeout.

Mar 11, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Best everything in Sherman Oaks?

Yes. Magnolia and Whitsett.

Mar 10, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Best everything in Sherman Oaks?

Its pretty good. Not on a par with Brent's or Langer's, but definitely edible.

Mar 10, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Hows last location is closing!

Its a ways from Pasadena, but JIm's Fallbrook Market in West Hills has the kind of service HOWS and Hughes did. Harris Ranch beef as well. Their prices are higher than HOWS but not in the Lindy and Grundy range. Very nice people and will fill special orders. Great seafood too.

Mar 09, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Fish: Lent- and Paleo-free friendly near Brentwood (Friday lunch)

As always you are very welcome. I have learned so much from you. If you have a chance to attend an Orthodox service the food is usually great afterwards (better in Greek than Russian). Fast then feast, the contrast is wonderful, especially the early morning meal after Easter (Pascha) services.

Mar 07, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Fish: Lent- and Paleo-free friendly near Brentwood (Friday lunch)

Its an Eastern Orthodox practice. During fasting periods no meat, dairy, fish, wine (alcohol), or olive oil may be consumed. There are modifications; during weekends olive oil and wine are allowed, and occasionally fish. There is even one night late in Lent when caviar is allowed, at least in the Russian church. Roughly half the year falls into some sort of fasting period. Makes for great cholesterol, but would not fit into a Paleo diet by any means.

Mar 07, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Moving to the Valley, what's good?- Sherman Oaks/Van Nuys

This is a great list! One omission is Ramen Omae on Van Nuys. In my opinion they are even better than Yamadaya which is a very good place. At any rate thank you Jwsel. Lots of good info here.

Mar 03, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Moving to the Valley, what's good?- Sherman Oaks/Van Nuys

Practically walking distance to you is Smoke City BBQ which some love and some feel is inconsistent (I am of the latter persuasion - still it is worth trying). Definitely visit Puro Sabor just up Van Nuys from you. Not sure if it is mentioned above but Lola's on Kester and Victory is a wonderful Peruvian wood-roasted chicken dive. They have great greasy French fries but the rest of their sides aren't worth it. Nice people. Armenian pizza at Royal Pizza on Woodman and Oxnard is good, as well as the Armenian BBQ at the adjoining market/butcher shop. Market sushi at Farm Boy on Hazeltine and Riverside is a surprisingly good and affordable. Farm Boy is adding all sorts of things like juices, salads, and Korean specialties, in addition their frozen yogurt and excellent produce. Last, but not least check out the Studio City Farmers' Market on Sunday mornings. Enjoy the neighborhood.

Feb 28, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

One from left field: is there such a thing as a craft/boutique/premium Worcestershire sauce?

Haven't run across any. Interesting story as to its origin, http://www.leaperrins.com/history.aspx

Feb 26, 2014
ebethsdad in General Topics

what happened to dungeness crab season 2014 in los angeles?

I have seen them at 99 Ranch in Van Nuys every time I have been there in the past few months. Price is higher than it has been in recent years but they have had them. Not sure how reliable their website is, but here is a link to the seafood category, http://www.99ranch.com/specialty-food... Good luck!

Feb 25, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Boneyard Bistro, has anyone been recently ?????

I must agree with this. In my experience brisket is the most difficult bbq, and the most rewarding when done right. Boneyard Bistro has the best I have had in LA. Their Santa Maria style tri-tip is excellent as well, although I have had better ribs. Being partial to both Zinfandel and IPAs I second carter's assessment of the excellence of the beer and wine selection. Perhaps farmertomato ate there on an off night.

Feb 20, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Boneyard Bistro, has anyone been recently ?????

I have been there twice in the last few weeks. Pliny the Elder on tap! Best brisket I have had in LA other than home smoked. Good burger, ribs, greens, and tri-tip, but not great. Fried mac-and-cheese not so great, but passable. Worth it for the beer alone.

Feb 09, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area
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Blimpy Burger (Ann Arbor) update

As an outsider, although growing up in Ann Arbor, I am ambivalent about this. My understanding is that Krazy Jim's (none of us called it Blimpy Burgers in the 60s) family sold out to the University for a bundle. If my family is correct they owned the whole block and made quite a pretty penny on it. The young woman instituting the crowdsourcing financing belongs to a family that has owned the business since 1993. Restaurant profit margins are not that great - nothing like the real estate gains Krazy Jim's family would have made since 1953. Thus so I am inclined to give her the benefit of the doubt. I could be wrong. It may just be that I have fond memories of triple cheese blimpies in the early 70s and probably met her parents. I am pretty sure they do not have millions having run a hamburger joint for 21 years. Although I am often wrong.

Jan 25, 2014
ebethsdad in Great Lakes
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FRIED FOODS - LA Dish of the Month (January 2014)

First visit to Boneyard Bistro last night. Deep-fried mac-and-cheese pretty bland. C-. Good news was Pliny-the-Elder on tap, and really good fatty brisket.

Jan 24, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Best Take Out Options in LA?

Try the tortillas from Vallarta - their inhouse brand made in the store. Often they are so fresh they're still hot.

Jan 24, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

What kind of peppers do they serve at Zankou chicken?

I think the vinegar adds to the perception of heat. They are pretty acidic. Most Eastern European oriented markets; Jon's, The Olive Fresh Garden Market, etc., carry them as well as pickled turnips.

Jan 23, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Best Take Out Options in LA?

My pleasure.

Jan 23, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Best Take Out Options in LA?

Lola's and Don Adrian's are northeast and southwest corners of Victory and Kester. Joe's Falafel is 3535 Cahuenga. Skaf's Grill is northeast corner of Laurel Cyn and Oxnard. Farm Boy is in the Trader Joe's plaza on Hazeltine and Riverside. Tacos la Fonda is a truck in the car wash at Victory and Vanowen after 6:30. If you're not just doing takeout I highly recommend Puro Sabor, lovely Peruvian place on the est side of Van Nuys just south of Victory. Enjoy!

Jan 22, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Best Take Out Options in LA?

In the Valley I am partial to Lola's wood-roasted chicken and fat French fries. Catty corner is Don Adrian's for cemitas poblana. Joe's Falafel makes great laffa sandwiches, although I still love Skaf's Grill, especially their kefta kabob. The Farm Boy has really good market sushi, and Korean specialties. For tacos I still like Tacos la Fonda.

Jan 22, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Looking for the perfect Wok

Thanks.

Dec 28, 2013
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Looking for the perfect Wok

My bad. I'll go back to lurking, and learning from those who know more.

Dec 28, 2013
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Looking for the perfect Wok

Welcome to LA. Whereas it is hard to get a good cheesesteak here the San Gabriel Valley is perhaps the greatest aggregation of Chinese restaurants in the world outside of Hong Kong. I suggest you search that, or posts by chandavkl, or ipsedixit, or Monterey Park, Temple City, Valley Blvd., Sea Garden, Seafood Village, XLB, 101 Noodle Express...I hope you get the point. Whoever told you there is no Chinese food scene here...well, to be mild...was totally wrong. Lo mein? You can get more different varieties of noodles than you have ever dreamed of here...and then there are dumplings...and so much more. Welcome to LA. You will never miss the cheesesteaks.

Dec 28, 2013
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area
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oysters for Xmas Eve

That's fast knife work. I am a bit slower.

Dec 26, 2013
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

oysters for Xmas Eve

I thought they were quite good. Not like Kumamotos from Hog Island, but they hit the spot.

Dec 24, 2013
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

oysters for Xmas Eve

Whole Foods carries local oysters harvested in Carlsbad.

Dec 23, 2013
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area