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Catalina

No. They do have scuba there. There was a guy rigging for a dive as we were breaking down our boats. That said it was only one guy...as it was only me ordering the shrimp and grits...if you want quantity over quality go to Avalon...Avalon is now pandering to Carnival Cruise Lines.

Dec 16, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Catalina

To update an old thread I visited the Harbor Reef several times last week (we were trapped in Two Harbors by the storm). If anything it is better than before. One night they featured a special shrimp and grits with bacon jam. Bacon jam in the only restaurant in a town of under 150 people! Wonderful. As I was being served the bartender mentioned that the chef was delighted to have someone order it as it was his only chance to make it. A shame. $15 for a dish that would have cost $30 here. The beers on tap were Stone IPA, Blue Moon, and a seasonal ale. You can order Budd Light, but only by the bottle.

The former bartender, now manager, related a charming anecdote to us. A customer called him over and said, "You know you are the only restaurant in town? (Yes) So you will get business no matter what? (Yes) So why is the food so good?"

While waiting for the ferry we walked up to the Banning House and it is both beautiful and romantic. Why anyone would stay in Avalon is beyond me.

Dec 16, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Best picnic basket/supply stores in the LA area?

Exactly the same - so much for Williams-Sonoma "exclusive"

Dec 03, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Best picnic basket/supply stores in the LA area?

Its not available in local stores, but Bed, Bath and Beyond does seem to have what you are looking for.
http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store...

Dec 02, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Loire Valley -- Tours and environs

I may have missed the boat on this one as November is almost over, but if you are still there I highly recommend Le Petit Patrimoine on Rue Colbert. The chef was a pupil of Christian Constant. Our meal was excellent, and the service warm and friendly. Tours is a wonderful city.

Nov 29, 2014
ebethsdad in France

Warren's Blackboard @ Beverly Garland Hotel in NoHo

You're right. Its horrible. Going to try The Tuning Fork tonight which was highly recommended recently.

Really sad about this.

Nov 25, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

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.

Nov 21, 2014
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