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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Catalina

There is a bus. http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/ac... Its kind of a long ride, but its a pretty one. The city park in Avalon is a dive park off the casino. Your friends will love it.

Aug 29, 2014
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Catalina

I suspect you are going to Avalon, but in my experience the best restaurant on Catalina is in Two Harbors, the Harbor Reef. Its also the only restaurant in Two Harbors. Its been a few years since I have been there, but I recall wonderful specials such as a tuna tower, and $1.50 Taco Tuesday (I think the whole region showed up for that one). The beers on tap were well chosen, the food good, and the whole town seems to be people who want to be there. There is a reputedly good bed-and-breakfast, the Banning House, on the hill overlooking the town. I have never stayed there as my visits to Catalina center on kayaking, but it has a great reputation as a romantic destination. As a caveat there isn't much to do in Two Harbors that doesn't involve hiking, boating, diving, or encountering the occasional buffalo, but I'm not sure the nightlife in Avalon is all that great.

Aug 28, 2014
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Costco Wild Troll Caught Fresh King Salmon

It means the salmon is wild, not farm-raised and is caught by trolling, a fishing method where lines are cast into the sea and pulled behind a slow moving boat. Wild salmon taste better than farm raised. Trolling doesn't create the environmental havoc that catching fish in huge gill nets can.

Aug 28, 2014
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Costco Wild Troll Caught Fresh King Salmon

Believe it or not Ralphs has it as well. In previous years they would fly it in daily, but now they are not as circumspect about freshness. Check with your seafood department. In my neighborhood it comes in on Fridays.

Aug 27, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Goat milk!?

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

Jun 20, 2014
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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
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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
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Bucatini

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

Jun 18, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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/.

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
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