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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.

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
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area
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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
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area
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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...

Mar 16, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

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

Best Bagels in SFV or Conejo Valley?

Have you tried these in your backyard?
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/26/din...
My daughter says they are excellent.

Feb 14, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, February 2015 -- BURGERS

Have you tried The Counter? There is one in Studio City. Their beef is, at least to my aging taste buds, very beefy. Good beer selection and skinny fries too.

Feb 12, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Blue Dog Beer Tavern (quickie)

Second the Tuning Fork. Nice people, good food. Tipple and Brine is also in the neighborhood.

Feb 09, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Sherman Oaks/Encino lightweight dinner suggestions please

Bistro Garden is pretty, but the food isn't great. Too bad Warren's Blackboard is no more. Granted its Studio City, but I think it would have been perfect.

Jan 21, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Cutesy cupcake shop/bakery that can host small party SFV/westside for girly baby shower

How about Natas? http://nataspastries.com/ They have a beautiful dining room attached, and wonderful pastries.

Place to buy fresh seafood mix in LA?

Costco has frozen mixed seafood. In my experience you will be better off buying the ingredients separately. Ofttimes one or more of the ingredients, generally squid or mussels, has the telltale fishy smell of having been too old old when packaged. Asian markets usually have everything you will need for a good price. Whole Foods has also upped their seafood quality and sells squid and head on shrimp as well as the more common scallops, shrimp, clams and mussels. I have not seen scallops in the shell anywhere.

Jan 13, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Kalbi short ribs, non-marinated

Don't bother. 99 Ranch's beef is not good. Their seafood is good, and they carry Jidori chicken. If you don't mind a bit of a drive the Galleria in Northridge, on the southwest corner of Devonshire and Reseda, carries Korean cut short ribs as well as many Korean specialties. Good food court, and its across the street from REI if you are an outdoor person. Plus its only a few miles from Brent's if you are in the mood for a black pastrami Reuben. The Greenland Market, on the corner of White Oak and Sherman Way is another option.

Jan 04, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Best Mexican in Sherman Oaks?

Its a little far afield, but Mariscos Colima in North Hollywood is worth considering, http://www.mariscoscolima.com/
Their grilled seafood platter is usually outstanding (caveat one time the lobster tails were far from fresh). I took a friend, a former naval officer, there once, and he said it was the best seafood he had had outside of Singapore. It can handle a group, but you will probably the only English as a first language patrons there (a plus in my opinion), and it can be very loud especially on weekends when the mariachis are playing.

Dec 28, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Live Lobster for New Year's

The Fish King in Glendale has live lobsters, although, as Mr. Brooks recommends, 99 Ranch will have a better price.

Dec 28, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

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