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Driving from LA to SF on 101, where to stop?

For breakfast try Kays Country Kitchen in Orcutt. The town is akin to Mayberry RFD IMO.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/991196

Feb 26, 2015
SIMIHOUND in California

Kosher wine at Whole Foods Market

I get my Bartenura Moscato at decent discounts every RH and Pesach for the last six years or more at Ralphs/Kroger here in So Cal.

Feb 25, 2015
SIMIHOUND in Kosher

Pita Bread

Some of the Jewish bakeries are selling fresh UNIVERSAL pita and IMO it is the best. It is delivered every day.

Feb 25, 2015
SIMIHOUND in Los Angeles Area

Haggen Stores Yea or Nay

Thanks for the info everyone. It will be interesting to see how it all pans out with the folks in California. Happy Chowhounding everyone!

Feb 21, 2015
SIMIHOUND in Pacific Northwest

Haggen Stores Yea or Nay

Hi Portland Board, I am a So-cal CH and was wondering if you could give me hand. In my area they are shutting down a few Vons and Albertsons and converting them to Haggen in the next six months. I am wondering how you like Haggen? How are prices, quality and selection? TIA!

Feb 20, 2015
SIMIHOUND in Pacific Northwest

Newbie questions about chicken stock (possibly dumb)

There are no dumb questions. You have to learn somehow and I would guess that's why someone invented this board and we are here as members and contributors. If people are selfish and wont share their information then I say the heck with them. The only thing that is (dumb) or rather what irritates folks on the board is not doing searches for question that you have, especially something rather obvious. Once you have made the effort or if you need clarification on something you have read then your questions are fine. AND remember to pay it forward!!!

Feb 15, 2015
SIMIHOUND in Home Cooking

Best Bagels in SFV or Conejo Valley?

Western Bagel is going to be your best bet. There is a location in Burbank which is 2.5 miles from the airport. If you are going back later in the day make sure the store you go to bakes all day so you can get the freshest bagels. Some stores don't bake, they sell bagels baked in Van Nuys at the main location.

May I suggest that you stop for Jewish style bakery goods at Beas Bakery in Tarzana right off the freeway. www.beasbakery.com/ website has problems right now
18450 Clark St (off Reseda Blvd)(818) 344-0100

Storing butter outside of fridge

I started this thread. I had no idea this would go as far as it did. Recently I wrote Americas Test Kitchen and asked them this question. I don't agree that the butter will keep for 2 1/2 weeks btw. Here is their reply.
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If storing butter on the counter works for your friends, that's great! However, at the Test Kitchen, we recommend storing butter in the back of the fridge where it’s coldest (not in the small door compartment). Butter stored in this way will keep for 2 ½ weeks. In tests we’ve found that any longer and it can turn rancid as its fatty acids oxidize. For longer storage (up to four months), move it to the freezer. Also, since butter quickly picks up odors and flavors, we like to slip the sticks into a zipper-lock bag.

Feb 13, 2015
SIMIHOUND in General Topics

Family friendly in burbank area

X'2 on Portos-it's a very unusual delicious place with very low prices too.
http://www.portosbakery.com/

Just in case you decide to stop in Glendale for some reason...Don't. I much prefer the Burbank location to Glendale. More variety and parking.

My favorites there are cheese and guava cheese rolls and chocolate croissants which are to DIE FOR!!! For lunch I like the Cubano sandwich and a side of chicken salad which is pretty great as well.

Feb 11, 2015
SIMIHOUND in Los Angeles Area

Mr Taster is leaving Los Angeles!

All the best Mr T. You have been an inspiration. PEACE AND GOOD HEALTH....

Feb 11, 2015
SIMIHOUND in Los Angeles Area

The Beginner’s Field Guide to Dim Sum

Excellent article that I will absolutely use. Thanks for passing it along.

Feb 09, 2015
SIMIHOUND in Food Media & News

Gourmet Soup Kitchen West Hills

I cant edit my previous post so I am posting my reply back to her.
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I have the same values as yourself. I support small business too and as a rule do not support chain restaurants that don’t care what they add to the food they serve.

My wife was there yesterday and based on the story expected something that was not. Per the owner they are not a restaurant so why was a story done on them as such? There is no seating and again per the owner the story was set up and shown as having seating? They said the story was specifically created that way despite their objections. The owner is sad (their words) that customers came in yesterday and expected something they could not deliver based on the story done by Chris and yourself. The soup is great no doubt but the point is that it appears the story wasn’t truthful. I count on you and the team for accuracy no matter what the topic is. Chris has already emailed me apologizing and giving some fault to the producer of the story for inaccuracies in the story. What I think you need to understand that while you tried to do a great thing by showing support for Soup Kitchen you left behind upset viewers and a sad owner that now has to deal with the inaccuracies.

FYI-This issue has become public on the LA Board of CHOWHOUNDS, a worldwide board about food and related topics. I posted about the news story itself on Sunday. Subsequently I posted the inaccuracies in the story as well as the apology from Chris. I will include your response to be fair to all parties.

Feb 03, 2015
SIMIHOUND in Los Angeles Area

Gourmet Soup Kitchen West Hills

I just got a reply to my email from Megan Henderson of KTLA Morning News who was a part of this report. Here it is.
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I'm sorry for your disappointment. That was never my (or Chris') intention. As his report stated, I first discovered the Soup Kitchen's lovely soup at the Larchmont Farmer's Market. I buy it there every weekend. I love nothing more than to support quality local businesses that don't have the financial ability to get the word out about their wonderful products.

The Soup Kitchen has been in business for 12 plus years with no advertising or website. I later came to learn that it is run by two kind, humble people out of one of the cleanest kitchens I have ever seen. Yes, they freeze their product - but it is all natural, extremely healthy, well priced and they make their soups daily. I am sorry if that may not have been clear to you in the report.

I stand-by our decision to highlight this wonderful business and the lovely people who run it. They deserve all of the new customers they will hopefully get as a result of our story. I hope that you will give their soups a try yourself. You won't be disappointed.

Feb 03, 2015
SIMIHOUND in Los Angeles Area

Gourmet Soup Kitchen West Hills

Check it out guys and gals. False information abounds from KTLA Channel 5 Burrous Bites news report on Sunday and TWO reporters from KTLA did this together. (reporter Megan Henderson made the recommendation to Chris Burrous so they both were in the story together)

My wife went by at 4pm today on her lunch break expecting to get food. She works a very physical demanding job and was starved. The bottom line is that place is NOT A RESTAURANT as shown on the news report. It is takeout and frozen takeout at that. There is no counter nor is there a stitch of seating to be found anyplace. There is some soup to taste and that is even limited, especially now after the news report and the crowds coming in. There is no way to call this place up because they dont take calls, only emails. Per the owner he is upset because everyone is coming in expecting something other than what he has set up. He stated that they set up the report to look like they have seating when they dont. I dont like intentional innacurate reporting nor do I ever want my wife to take my suggestions I get from others and have them SUCK HORRIBLY.

Yes I got soup despite all because my wife brought it home. I got the Thai Peanut Soup which was really tasty and other soups which are in my FREEZER right now instead of my stomach. My love for the food is simply hinderd by the fact that I was duped. I have written the reporters and management at KTLA to be sure.

ADDL-I just got an email from Chris Burrous. Here it is. Too bad he didnt address the seating issue.
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Thank you for watching and writing.
I am sorry, you are right, I did not realize that a line was removed from the story that made it clear it was frozen to go, only. As for the hours, a producer typed those in from what's on yelp. It's the first time I have not done it myself.
Clearly I dropped the ball on this today.Thank you for reminding me and I hope you will grant me another chance.

Feb 02, 2015
SIMIHOUND in Los Angeles Area

Gourmet Soup Kitchen West Hills

Any rec's this place? Per a BURROUGHS BITES report this morning on KTLA on this place has over 30 soups, all fresh, vegetarian and healthy. I am surprised I had not heard about this place, especially since my wife works in the area. Every time I see the SEINFELD SOUP NAZI episode I think about places like this but I never knew they existed in the area. And YES-I will be by to do a report soon and I will report back.
http://thegourmetsoupkitchen.com/Welc...

Feb 01, 2015
SIMIHOUND in Los Angeles Area

Along the 118: Moorpark > La Canada - Anything Chow-Worthy?

Thanks. I know about Granada Hills. I was referencing Simi/Moorpark area.

Jan 30, 2015
SIMIHOUND in Los Angeles Area

Along the 118: Moorpark > La Canada - Anything Chow-Worthy?

I have been looking for food trucks in these parts. Thanks.

Jan 29, 2015
SIMIHOUND in Los Angeles Area

TJ's seasoning

I found the product online and it had coffee in it not cocoa. Thanks.

Jan 28, 2015
SIMIHOUND in Chains

TJ's seasoning

I am in So Cal and got an email from TJ's yesterday that advertised a seasoning with cocoa powder in it, NOT the one with cinnamon and sugar. It was for meat. Can someone in tell me what it is? The store by me did not have it and had no idea what it was and I deleted the email thanks.

Jan 28, 2015
SIMIHOUND in Chains

Marinating Chicken Adobo

My Lord, that is co cool. Just the history of the recipe alone is amazing. Thanks.

Jan 13, 2015
SIMIHOUND in Home Cooking

Marinating Chicken Adobo

Thanks Christina...Would the recipe be messed up if I added both pineapple and vinegar?

Jan 13, 2015
SIMIHOUND in Home Cooking

Marinating Chicken Adobo

Yes, I thought of pineapple as well after I made the recipe the first time. I cant wait to make it again next week. The recipe is for crockpot cooking but I will consider making it in the oven too.

Jan 13, 2015
SIMIHOUND in Home Cooking

Cliftons Cafeteria article

I just ran across a very interesting historical article about CLIFTONS here in LA. I thought I would pass it along.

MODS I am sure I will be scolded for putting this post here so please tell me where it would properly belong. This cafeteria is exclusive to the LA area so I thought it may belong here.
http://www.collectorsweekly.com/artic...

Cafeterias in LA?

Lemonade
http://www.lemonadela.com/

Also Sodexo Magic Cafeteria at the SCE building which may or not be open to the public. It may be worth a call to find out though.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/sodexo-magic-...

Jan 12, 2015
SIMIHOUND in Los Angeles Area

Marinating Chicken Adobo

Thanks. Can I add the vinegar before I cook it? Every recipe I looked at said to use vinegar or rice vinegar. I was especially worried about the vinegar so I am glad you addressed that for me. The recipe is good but I will try and spice it up in the future.

Jan 12, 2015
SIMIHOUND in Home Cooking

Marinating Chicken Adobo

I made this recipe and I am wondering if I could marinate this a day ahead of time to get more flavor in the chicken as it came out rather bland.

http://www.chow.com/recipes/30473-slo...

Jan 12, 2015
SIMIHOUND in Home Cooking

Central Coast: Full of Life Flatbread (Los Alamos), Basil Thai (Paso Robles), Kay's Orcutt Country Kitchen (Orcutt), Nautical Bean (San Luis Obispo), Old West Cinnamon Rolls (Pismo Beach)!

I loved Kays when I found it by sheer luck a few months ago. I wrote it up. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/991196

Dec 29, 2014
SIMIHOUND in California
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Your FAV BBQ in the Valley:

What about Dr Hogly Wogly? I havent been in a year because it can be hit or miss as far as I am concerned but they are still worth mentioning.

http://www.hoglywogly.com/

What do you not order in restaurants...

Chicken anything. I make it far better.

Dec 22, 2014
SIMIHOUND in General Topics

Carls Jr natural Burger

Has anyone tried this burger yet? I went by looking for something new and found this burger. Its a straight up great burger with an old fashion flair and trimmings including a bit of mustard and sweet pickle relish on a fresh baked bun. Tremendous burger, especialy for fast food chain.

Dec 22, 2014
SIMIHOUND in Chains