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Stater Bros. Meat: What the Hell Happened???

You do realize you have replied to a post of over 4 years ago - things change, things happen, and not always the way you want them to.
Move on, and or start your own post on a subject you feel is important to this discussion.

Jul 27, 2015
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Recs in the San Fernando valley

Realize Cici's is in Tarzana, sorry for the confusion.
But breakfast is the easiest meal to find good and fairly consistent food and value, if breakfast is your thing.

Jul 27, 2015
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Recs in the San Fernando valley

There is also a Lum-Ka-Naad in the 17600 block of Ventura Blvd. just east of the SE corner of White Oak where many places have been over the years, but only Michael J's stands out as having lasted more than a year or two.

Jul 27, 2015
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Cheesemonger in Sherman Oaks

I am not a cheese eater at all.
Not that I won't eat a bit, but will never buy it.
I prefer goat and sheep cheeses, unless of course someone hands me a slice of camembert or bleu cheese!
That said, never tried Murray's.
As to Epicure Imports, plan ahead for the next sale on September 11 & 12, and you will be astonished at the options - not great for the wasteline(sic), but oh so tasty, with many samples for your lunch pleasure - cheeses, charcuterie, sausage, chocolate, etc.
Le Gall butter redefines the word butter for me. Lightly salted, oh my.

Jul 26, 2015
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Recs in the San Fernando valley

For Persian food, friends all rave about Sadaf at 16240 Ventura Blvd.
But most of the boulevard in Encino is not very good, with a heavy dose of chain operators.
Head to Sherman Oaks and Studio City for overall better dining options.
Breakfast places abound, with Blu Jam, Sweet Butter, Le Pain Quotidiens in both Encino & near Coldwater Canyon, Cici's among them.
Le Petit Restaurant, La Frite, and Mistral for French in Sherman Oaks, with the latter being more expensive than the others.
For down home Mexican, I will still drive to Carrillo's Deli on Sherman Way just west of Corbin, in lieu of the Fuentes/Melody/Sol&Luna family of operations. Nothing wrong with the latter, just a preference.
One of the few Chinese operations worthy of a seat may be Bamboo in Sherman Oaks, for a more up-scale version. The other holes in the wall versions are nearly identical, and all not very good to down right awful.

Jul 26, 2015
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Chopped liver, not pate, nor mousse

Forgot to mention Greenblatt's in my list.

Jul 23, 2015
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Cheesemonger in Sherman Oaks

Tomorrow, July 24, is the first day of the 2-day sale at Epicure Imports in North Hollywood, 6900 Beck, north of Vanowen.
Here is the link to the website:
https://epicureimports.files.wordpres...

The cheeses start on page 19 and go through 24. Mostly French, some Italian and some Spanish.

See if the list might be of interest.

On another front, where is Andrew's?
I know Murray's is in the Ralphs at Ventura & Hazeltine, with NYC pedigree.

Jul 23, 2015
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Chopped liver, not pate, nor mousse

Would think some of the Jewish delis would, aka Canter's, Art's, Brent's, Langer's, etc.
Marcel & Henri at the Original Farmer's Market probably would as well.

Jul 21, 2015
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ALERT: Chef Change at smoke.oil.salt

Will be the same menu as S.O.S., or the Taberna, or ?
If he returns to the Cardenas owned Taberna space, sure hope the name gets changed.

Jul 21, 2015
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Planning for LA in late August

Soon as the word spam was mentioned, party over.
You can have my entire lifetime's worth.
No wonder I have never eaten at Animal.

Jul 20, 2015
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ALERT: Chef Change at smoke.oil.salt

Back to food being a bit dumbed down - modest flavor profile, unlike Rocher's well seasoned food.
I'm not trying to state a preference between Peruvian and Spanish food, but there is a difference.

Jul 20, 2015
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Tamashii Ramen in Sherman Oaks (is a no)

And speaking of cheese and meats, don't forget the Epicure Imports sale @ 6900 Beck in North Hollywood this Friday and Saturday, 7/24 & 7/25. Many good cheeses and quite an array of charcuterie and sausages.
I know it has nothing to do with ramen, in fact may run counter to it.

Jul 20, 2015
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Planning for LA in late August

You might consider this list, plus Guisado's or Mexicali Taco Company on Figueroa just north of Sunset as a roster of places to eat before that Dodger game you mentioned.

Jul 20, 2015
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Central Grocery Olive Salad in Los Angeles

You might try Bay Cities in Santa Monica, as sandwiches are what they do, and do fairly well, so just maybe....?
If not, ask if they might make a suggestion, and Little Jewel won't count!

Jul 20, 2015
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Where can I find authentic chinese chopping blocks in the LA/ Orange county area?

Star Restaurant Supply in Van Nuys was purchased about 1-2 years ago by ChefToys, with branches already in Anaheim, Corona and Fountain Valley.
Might try them - here is the website:
http://www.chefstoys.com/

If they don't have what you want, ask them who might.

Jul 20, 2015
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Fantastic Greek - near LAX

A friend of mine who lives in the 626 travels to Aliki, just because it is so good.
Wants me to go there, but coordination of schedules has precluded same, but one of these days...

Jul 18, 2015
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Rockenwagner West LA Closed

You are so right, but landlords think rents should be high, so as to preclude that same restaurateur from opening.
Catch 22, you say.
And of course, the landlords always win as they have all the coin.

Jul 17, 2015
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Hakkasan Beverly Drive closing this weekend

Has been the case both times.
If you want generic Chinese, Xian can work, but why.
And with Genghis Cohen changing hands, what's a goy to do?

Jul 16, 2015
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Hakkasan Beverly Drive closing this weekend

Jul 16, 2015
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Outdoor Grill Northridge - Why did they close?

Just checked on yelp, and it appears the postings on the place died about two years ago, meaning only one this year. Now whether or not a harbinger of future problems, difficult to say.
But the presence of the Outback Steakhouse just west of it could not be too much help, and probably impacted the parking situation as well.
Believe there is still one open on Washington in like Mar Vista, WLA or thereabouts.

Jul 16, 2015
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New York Times Chinese Food Video

That parochial nature of the NY Times, thinking it can cover the LA area due to a perceived demise of the LA Times, yields so many short-sided, poorly researched articles on nearly all subjects. Truly amazing.
I mean, GCM, for Chinese food? How many are there - huh?
And to not even discuss the SGV in a meaningful way.

Jul 15, 2015
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Restaurants with tarragon dishes

I always have tarragon mustard in the pantry that I buy from Epicure Imports, also available for more dinero at Surfas Culver City, which tastes wonderful on any beef, lamb or salmon filet baked in a toaster oven.
Cook at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.
btw - Epicure's next sale dates are next week, July 24 and 25.

Jul 15, 2015
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The Posse Eats at Chuan's – Belated Report

Thanks Bob for the mention - yes, there is a stage in the restaurant, but if it is in use, I am not aware as I get there earlier than many, and in fact one of my visits was for lunch, a good time to try it without the crowds.
Will return upon invitation or suggestion.

Jul 14, 2015
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GELATO FIASCO IS HERE !

If you live in Burbank, the Ralphs in Glendale on E. Colorado, or the one on Magnolia & Vineland are both shown as carrying it.
Likewise, Gelson's on Laurel Canyon & Riverside Drive among others fairly convenient to you.
Obviously, flavors may not be consistent on a store by store basis.

Jul 13, 2015
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The Posse Eats at Chuan's – Belated Report

Will - glad you went. I tried to find previous posts, and Chuan's seems to have overlooked. Or maybe CH posters are not the intended audience, skewing older!!!
I have eaten there three times, enjoyed all three, was the only non-Chinese person at all three meals.
I too liked the eggplant dish. The soup you loved seemed just too overpowering with chilis, as if they just poured them in as if hot pot. The night I had it, the fish was cod, or so they said.
Had a side of A vegetable, my favorite veggie dish, regardless of cuisine.
Had the pork belly, yet have had better elsewhere.
One good thing for those of us not living in the SGV, it's more accessible from the 210 freeway than those in the Valley Boulevard corridor.
Parking is plentiful, although it can get crowded at meal time.
Same center as Chipotle and TJ Maxx, back in the far corner.

Jul 13, 2015
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Restaurants with tarragon dishes

Like you, I too enjoy tarragon.
But it is largely a French herb, so look for French restaurants to start with.
I buy the French Tarragon Mustard from Epicure Imports, with sale coming in two weeks, aka 7/24-25, and thus prepare dishes at home. 6900 Beck, North Hollywood.
Pattypan squash tonight steamed with dried tarragon, accompanying crab cakes from Trader Joe's, is a delicious dinner.
Whether that whets an appetite or just merely addresses the issue is up to you.
But we are probably the only two on this board that enjoy this wonderful herb.

Jul 11, 2015
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Broken Spanish - any reports?

Why am I not surprised?
But I am too.

Jul 11, 2015
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Is Rao's Hollywood worth a visit for DineLA?

Is it my impression, but this menu looks like heartburn heaven, made up of many a tomato sauce that Rao's does not do very well?
And of course, it is the cheapest of the sauces they do, as they can do it in such large quantity because it is a part of so many menu items.
And J.L.'s mentioning of Olive Garden is so apropos.
Neither worth the money, the time or the effort.

Jul 09, 2015
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Restaurant suggestions near Woodland Hills

Much better set of options - also, Carrillo's Deli on Sherman Way & Corbin for quality Mexican, with hand made tortillas, quality salsas, etc.

Jul 06, 2015
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Restaurant suggestions near Woodland Hills

Totally disagree - if you are in Woodland Hills, Café Bizou is NOT worth the drive. It is not even worth the drive for those of us in Sherman Oaks, who could walk there.

Jul 06, 2015
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