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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

Where can I find shark in LA?

If you opt out of shark the Galleria, a Korean market in Northridge, has both whole monkfish tails and skate wings for a reasonable price and excellent quality. The catch is that you have to clean them both. In particular skinning and removing the membranes from monkfish is a bit of a chore, but it grills beautifully.

Jul 01, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Copper River salmon at Costco

Thanks for this but, in my experience, Costco's whole fish is headless and has been gutted already. At least at the Van Nuys store...as has been pointed out Costco has different products at different stores. If there is a Costco that actually sells a whole fish I would love to hear about it. Salmon cheeks are about as good as I have found fish to be, the few times I have had them.

Jun 30, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Goat milk!?

Not sure if its local or raw, but I saw goat's milk at Trader Joe's today.

Jun 20, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Lunch after Golf near Simi Hills

Here is the menu, http://www.thespringbok.com/food-drin...
If you will excuse the approximations it might be described as German food run rampant in spice paradise. Piri-piri is a hot twist on meat dishes with South-African peppers. Boerewors is a South-African sausage with way too much cinnamon for my taste. I suspect there are lovely South-African beers, but my on my visit to Springbok they informed me that South-African beer could not be imported. They do have a lovely deck where you can bring your dog (shades of France) but the food is not that great - in my experience.

Jun 19, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Lunch after Golf near Simi Hills

I have sent South African friends there who loved it. The one time I went I had the Boerewors roll and was unimpressed. In that neighborhood I think you would be happier with either Pho So1, or Pho 999, or even Sam Woo's. Or you could go a bit further east and hit up Puro Sabor.

Jun 19, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Bucatini

Gelson's carries it, as does Surfa's and some Ralphs.

Jun 18, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Finding Grits

Surfas grits are quite good. They are in the refrigerated section. They take quite a long time to cook, and are very sticky. I have had good luck pre-soaking them overnight, and cooking them in my rice cooker on the "brown rice" setting. Good-luck!

Jun 07, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Looking for Red Chillies - SFV

They are hard to find here in the Valley. On the Westside I have found them at the Mar Vista Farmers' Market - but later in the year. It won't help you in the near future, but peppers do well in pots, or in gardens. Edit - Sego Nursery on Burbank and Laurel Cyn has a nice selection of chili peppers. Of the places suggested 99 Ranch carries Thai chilies, but green ones. Vallarta doesn't carry them. The Galleria, the Korean market in Northridge, carries green ones, and rarely red ones. I suspect most places don't carry them because the shelf life is so much shorter.

May 22, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Lunch places in Glendale

Skaf's has a more upscale place than their original. Only been there once, but it was as good as their hole-in-the-wall in North Hollywood.
367 N Chevy Chase Dr, Glendale, CA

May 22, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

ISO restaurants in Woodland Hills, CA

20 years ago "'good' British food" was definitely an oxymoron. Not so any more. Here's a picture of a local grass-fed organic burger I delightfully consumed in York last summer. Local bacon and cheese too. The chef explained to me that when the alcohol content of British beer was cut (its pretty weak stuff - especially compared to our double IPAs etc.) they had to figure out how to get people into the pubs so they started making good food. Its pretty easy to eat in England now.

On topic - definitely Brent's is worth a trip. If the OP is there on the weekend I recommend the BBQ at Jim's Fallbrook Market's parking lot.

May 07, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area
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Local craft beer suggestions? Where to buy?

The Bruery is quite nice. I was once there when they were serving their best and Peter Reinhart was making pizza to go with it. A lovely afternoon. The OP might also check out Stone which has a store in Pasadena, http://www.stonebrew.com/.

May 05, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area
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Weekend in Ann Arbor with a 2 year-old: suggestions?

Its mentioned above, but I wanted to reiterate that the Hands-on Museum is wonderful for kids, http://www.aahom.org/ If your daughter is a dinosaur fan the UofM Natural History museum has skeletons, as well as dioramas that fascinated me as a child. It may be too scary for a two-year old. On our visits to Ann Arbor we always try to hit both the Roadhouse and the deli. Haven't been to Zingerman's creamery yet, but if you go there is a Costco a stone's throw away. Have a wonderful time!

May 04, 2014
ebethsdad in Great Lakes

Best HH in LA

Apr 19, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

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

Apr 17, 2014
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/

Apr 16, 2014
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