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Anything interesting in San Fernando Valley?

Tuning Fork is owned by some musicians from Michigan (hence the name). Not corporate at all. Haven't been to either Laurel Tavern or the Woodman.

There are good gastropubs, but, of course, you are also in sushi heaven. Joan's on Third has a location just down from the Tuning Fork. Natas, further west on Ventura, has good dinner and lunch menus and excellent pastries. Its a lot more fun to eat in the Valley than it used to be.

Fresh English Peas

Farm Boy has them.

Anything interesting in San Fernando Valley?

Really enjoy both Tipple and Brine (especially $1 oysters on Mondays), and the Tuning Fork. Haven't been to Barrel and Ashes, but have heard mixed reviews. The Tipsy Cow, further west on Ventura is also good, but I like the Tuning Fork's burgers better.

Hawaiian poke

The Fish King in Glendale has three types of poke. Doesn't compensate for Glendale being nothing like Hawaii, but pretty good poke.

Apr 06, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area
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Dinner for 10 in Studio City area?

Natas, http://nataspastries.com/, should fit your requirements. Most places will be pretty busy on a Friday night, and thus a bit loud.

Apr 03, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Epicure Imports Sale March 27-28

It will be on my list next month.

Apr 03, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Where can I find quality Paska ...

Yes its on the 12th, but not every church sells it. If I recall ipse is a proficient cook and it is very easy to make. The Russian version is called kulich and is served with paskha a sweet molded cheese.

Apr 03, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Blimpy Burger (Ann Arbor) update

Maybe they have worked out the kinks. I'll give it another try next time I am in town.

Apr 02, 2015
ebethsdad in Great Lakes

Epicure Imports Sale March 27-28

I didn't see any unsalted.

Apr 02, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Epicure Imports Sale March 27-28

But no Buerremont butter. Arrgh!

Apr 01, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Malibu in March

So sorry you were taken ill. As it appears you hail from Calgary or thereabouts I imagine our heatwave/drought would have been a welcome change for you.
I agree with J.L. that this thread will provide valuable future info.

Mar 28, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

I don't understand Jeni's

Try it. Its no stranger than chocolate cake made with mayonnaise.http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/choc...

Mar 27, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Cascabel, Toluca Lake

We will definitely check it out. Thanks for the tip.

Mar 27, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

I don't understand Jeni's

Its a joke. Michigan and Ohio State have been duking it out practically forever, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan...

Mar 27, 2015
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I don't understand Jeni's

Being rather fond of making ice cream I have tried both Jeni's recipes and others including David Lebovitz and Nancy Silverton. As odd as it seems Jeni's eggless technique - substituting cornstarch and cream cheese for egg yolks, in my experience, produces a superior product. Sounds weird, but try it yourself.

That said I have never purchased her ice cream and can't comment as to whether it is worth the price.

As far as regional bias (for Tony C); I grew up in Ann Arbor and harbor no love for anything from Ohio.

Mar 26, 2015
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Grass fed meats, pastured eggs * PLACES TO EAT*

Saddlepeak Lodge should fit the bill, http://www.saddlepeaklodge.com/dinner/

Mar 26, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Organic Produce Farms, Organic Pastured Eggs and Meats, that you can pick up around Cali?

Avocados don't ripen until they are off the tree so they aren't a great candidate for pick-ur-own.

Mar 26, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

La Ratte Potatoes at stores in L.A.?

Yes but I suspect to OP wants to do Joel Robuchon style potato puree - and he specifies la ratte.
I have purchased them at the Mar Vista Farmers' Market. If it is her intention to do the Robuchon recipe I recommend hitting up Epicure Imports open weekend this Friday or Saturday and stocking up on Beurremont butter, a French style American butter with 83% butterfat. Great quality and price.

Mar 24, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

where to get Shirataki noodles??

Yes. They have an extensive selection of noodles, very good fish including skate wings and whole monkfish tails, and a good food court. Plus it is remarkably clean. A bonus if you are an outdoors person - its across the street from REI.

Mar 22, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

where to get Shirataki noodles??

I believe the Galleria in Northridge carries them.

Mar 21, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Organic Produce Farms, Organic Pastured Eggs and Meats, that you can pick up around Cali?

I don't think you can pick your own at Tapia Bros, but its a great place.

Mar 18, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy chicken or duck fat for a reasonable price

Surfas carries duck fat. Not sure how reasonable it will seem. Epicure Imports carries it as well; they are reasonable, but their open weekend this month isn't until the 27th. You might want to stock up for the future.
Haven't found a place for chicken fat, but I would love to as I love cooking with schmaltz.

Mar 18, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Korean Market

Farm Boy in Sherman Oaks has both meat and meatless options as well as very good produce and sushi.
The Galleria in Northridge has excellent quality fish, including whole monkfish tails and skate wings. They also have King Oyster mushrooms which grill beautifully.
Neither of these is in your area, but they both have what you are looking for.
Here's a link to an excellent article on grilling tofu, http://www.seriouseats.com/2015/02/th...

Good bar/pub grilled cheese?

The Tuning Fork in Studio City has a great grilled cheese, http://tuningforkla.com/ and excellent beer. You can get a half sandwich with really good tomato soup if you want to go all out.

Mar 15, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Schweppes bitter lemon drink

Don't know about Schweppes but you can buy Fevertree's at BevMo's. It's a lot better than Schweppe's.

Mar 14, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Hollywood Area and Universal Studios

Definitely Katsuya, but get reservations.
Studio City Farmers' Market is hit or miss, but it could happen. To be honest many celebrities aren't that interesting. I work in the industry, and some of them are (interesting), and some aren't. Good food, on the other hand, is never boring. BTW contrary to several comments on this thread many celebrities are quite good looking without help - that's why they are celebrities. Doesn't make them interesting.

Mar 14, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Bill's Hamburgers Bang for your Burger Buck

I believe Hiroko is no longer involved. Her name has been off the sign for around a year-and-a-half, and I haven't seen her. I drive by almost every day.
The one time I went I was not impressed, but the burger I had looked nothing like the picture. I will have to try again.

Mar 05, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

What are the hot restaurants in Ann Arbor these days?

Actually had a mediocre meal at the Roadhouse tonight. Nashville Hot Chicken that was lukewarm, semi-spicy and seemed to be microwaved, limp fries, and stale bread. Arrgh!!! How can such things be?

Feb 24, 2015
ebethsdad in Great Lakes

What are the hot restaurants in Ann Arbor these days?

Went to Slurping Turtle for lunch. Great service, lovely ambiance and pretty good food. As I live in LA I am used to pretty great ramen. ST's tonkatsu broth and chasu both suffered from 5 spice powder. I have never encountered that in ramen in either LA or the Bay Area. While it wasn't bad; I thought it detracted from an otherwise good dish. The gyoza were good, if a little bland.
Jolly Pumpkin was enjoyable. Good beer and a good burger, but the Wolverine Brewing Company on Stadium has better beer, a good pulled pork sandwich and the best nachos I have ever come across.
In my opinion Zingerman's Roadhouse is a great restaurant. Its expensive, especially for Ann Arbor, but the food quality is worth the price. I recommend what ever is on special, especially anything with lamb raised on their farm. Great, not just good, burgers too - reasonable if you get them on special.
Ann Arbor is a wonderful food town. It wasn't when I grew up there - apart from German cuisine - so enjoy it!

Feb 23, 2015
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Pepper Mexican Grill - Valley Glen

That location does not do well. I live in the area as well and restaurants (and grocery stores) usually die in under a year. The exception was Crossroads, a great Lebanese hole in the wall that was forced to relocate when Valley College knocked down their building to put up a sign (it was across the street). What a waste!
That said I will definitely check it out in hopes of keeping a neighborhood gem alive.

Feb 16, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area