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Active Culture in San Clemente

OMG. The wife was in the area and brought me back a (Whole Bowl) bowl of yummyness! Are there places in the SFV or (maybe) Ventura County like that. I have zero knowledge of vegan and and vegetarian places other than Follow Your Heart in Reseda.

http://activeculturecafe.com/

Jul 13, 2014
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Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

What happened to Christa? I met her at FAB HOT DOG a while back.

Jul 13, 2014
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Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

All the people I follow have been mentioned but I have to say that I miss Das Ubergeek, a phenominal Chowhounder. He was the first person who made me stand up and take notice of this board and what it had to offer.

Jul 13, 2014
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Does TJ's Go TOO Far To Please Customers?

I agree with you 100% but this is a sign of the times IMO. Busineses seem to be doing things like this all the time to keep customers. I had a similar experience with APPLE recently where I called to ask a simple question about a $30.00 item I bought and they ended up giving it to me. It was really just a question. I dont get it.

Jun 30, 2014
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Looking for Suran (elephant's foot) yam near Encino, Sherman Oaks

You may find it at 99 Ranch at Victory and Sepulveda or call India Sweets in Northridge and see if they have know where to find it. 818-407-0589.

Jun 29, 2014
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Custom Melt Moorpark

Althought CM has been mentioned on this board a few times I have not seen an actual review. After eating there yesterday I thought this would be a good time. The bottom line is I really enjoyed myself, had some good food and met nice people who care about the bussines they work at and own.

There was a lot to choose from in the way of melts, sandwiches and salads but I chose to order the applewood bacon melt and parm fries. The melt came on a wonderful fresh ciabatta roll and was fantastic but I was not prepared for how rich it was. That's a lot of cheese on that sammy. The fries are great but I discovered that you don't really need them because they give you a bottomless basket of thick homemade fresh potato chips with melted cheese on the side as soon as you order and sit down. I can't recall better chips ever. They have beer on tap and even sell many bottled beers I have not seen before. I was very impressed that I saw a guy bring in two briskets from the smoker outside. Next time I will try the brisket melt. Everyone at this place was kind and helpful, even the owner a softspoken caring gentlemen so I will back supporting the folks in my area. If you are in the area, maybe taking the backroads out to the beach etc consider stopping at Custom Melt.

BTW they have a sister pizza joint next door (Custom Pies) that I have not yet tried.

http://www.custommelt.com/

Jun 19, 2014
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Sams Flaming Grill

Thanks HM. It seems we are beng bombarded with all sorts of kabob places now and so many of them suck but at least some don't suck at all (Panini Cafe). I dont know how this place will survive in Moorpark.

Jun 12, 2014
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Sams Flaming Grill

They are advertising a new store in Moorpark at the end of the month. Has anyone been to any of the other locations in LA or Santa Clarita?
Thanks.

http://samsflaminggrill.com/

Jun 11, 2014
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appliance shopping - los angeles area

I have recently dealt with both WAADT and Warehouse Discount Center and both had great prices and choices. Pay attention to installation costs and warranties if you are buying one. Thats where things added up fast and made a difference in botom line cost.

Jun 07, 2014
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Jarred bread and butter pickles anyone?

X2 for Bubbies.

Jun 04, 2014
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A&W Seafood Granada Hills

Thanks.

Jun 02, 2014
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A&W Seafood Granada Hills

Has anyone made a recent visit here? There are few reviews on this location on the board.

Another question, they list the cost of many fresh lobster dishes as "seasonal price." About how much is that going to run me?

16906 San Fernando Mission Blvd
Granada Hills, (818) 368-9757
http://awbbqseafoodrestaurant.com/

Jun 01, 2014
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Deli News/Brents and Chatsworth Deli

Through sheer coincidence, good timing, keen observation skills and shmoozing skills provided to me by my ancestors I discovered that Brent's made a bid for the old RED ROBIN location in Calabassas and LOST THE BID to the LOVI family that owns Chatsworth Deli and Pickles Deli in Newbury Park . The new deli will be called LOVI DELI and it will have alcohol. I have no idea when it will open but they already have a new GM working very hard in the restaurants. I am shocked because I always thought the Peskin family that own Brent's had tremendous resources to outbid someone who is much smaller thus had less resources. No matter what the cost was you could bet the new deli would have done very well.

May 18, 2014
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Tommy's Burgers - Pickles

Yes I saw them being made at A-1 last summer. The aroma of Tommy's pickles is unmistakable. Word has it that A-1 makes over 90% of the pickles served around town. My five gallon container of half sours was $25.00. My old post about the trip is here.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9190...

May 17, 2014
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SF Valley/West Hills

Adding two more-California Chicken Cafe and Panini Cafe.

At Panini you must check out the kabobs and look for the take out deal with four kabobs, boatload of rice or bulgar wheat and a boatload of salad for $30.00.

CCC is great rotiserie chicken with wonderful sides like roasted potatoes, broccoli salad, squash and chicken salad.

May 16, 2014
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SF Valley/West Hills

Emles at 9250 Reseda Blvd. Great inexpensive food from breakfast through dinner with a sort of mideastern flair.

Mandarin Deli at 9305 Reseda Blvd for dumplings and noodles.

A&W Seafood for Dim Sum at 9306 Reseda Blvd

Northridge Fish and Chips 10336 Reseda Blvd

Falafelicious 19500 Plummer on the outskirts of the Northridge mall next to Starbucks and Western Bagel. stay way from the bagels at this location-they dont bake all day long unlike some of the other locations (like 20516 Devonshire).

India Sweets and Spices 18110 Parthenia for Indian foods.

2nd rec for Brent's Deli-one of the best delis in the USA bar none. Try the black pastrami reuben. Try to go at an off hour and not at prime time so to speak.

May 15, 2014
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Thousand Oaks

IMO. Brents may be one of the top delis in the USA. Great suggestion!

May 07, 2014
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Diabetic eating low carb but not losing weight

How overweight are you? Is it possible that you are not necesarily overweight and have litle weight to lose. If you are overweight maybe could add in a twenty minute walk every day you might find the weight comes off faster.

May 03, 2014
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13 Best Sausages In LA

What about Jeff's? I think they are worthy of at least a mention.

Apr 22, 2014
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Albacore at Ventura Fish Company 4/26 and 4/27

Here is the reply I just received from them...

Some of the fish have been caught prior to the announcement that we have a market on the horizon, but not all. Regardless, all of the albacore tuna caught is frozen right away as it does not travel well fresh. The swordfish, opah, ahi tuna, mahi mahi, mako and thresher shark are never frozen and are sold fresh off of our boat The Ventura II.
Hope you can join us at the market next weekend.
Regards,
Ventura Fish Company

Apr 21, 2014
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Albacore at Ventura Fish Company 4/26 and 4/27

Ozhead, I had my own thoughts how that was possible but instead of me guessing I emailed them to find out the answer to your great question. I will repost the answer as soon and I get it.

Apr 18, 2014
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Albacore at Ventura Fish Company 4/26 and 4/27

I don't know prices because I ended up making a trade with someone for fish they had bought themselves.

Apr 18, 2014
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Albacore at Ventura Fish Company 4/26 and 4/27

Just got an unexpected email from VFC saying they have caught large amounts of albacore and will be at the Ventura Harbor (Spinnaker Drive) docks on 4/26 from 8a-4p and on 4/27 from 9a-3p. They will also bring in Opah, Shark, Mahi-Mahi, and Sashimi Grade Ahi Tuna. None of the fish is ever frozen. I don't know if this will be their last trip for the year. Albacore are usually caught all summer long by recreational fisherman but I don't know what the laws are for commercial fisherman. If you have not had fresh albacore this is a treat for sure.

Apr 17, 2014
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Organic Chicken Livers and Hearts in SFV?

I found this LA Times article from 2011 that mentions KENDOR FARM but I have no experience with them. Their website is toast BTW. In any event I would visit the farmers markets in the SFV, especially Encino for other possibilities.

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jan/...

Kendor Farm; 17344 Vanowen St., Lake Balboa; (818) 774-0755; http://www.kendorfarms.com.

Apr 16, 2014
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Birthday cake, good place to order?

Portos! The prices are excellent as well.

Apr 16, 2014
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Passover Traditions From Around the World

Many have the custom that the head of the household wears a kittel at Seder. My father a'h did it every year.

Apr 11, 2014
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porto's bakery

Burbank is better. Glendale doesnt stock all that Burbank does such as the walnut raisin rolls. I can't understand how Glendale could have more sweets when they have less space.

Apr 05, 2014
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Moorpark?

Custom Melts may be a bit expensive for a team chow.

Apr 04, 2014
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Moorpark?

Gelato? One more reason to go to Carrarra's. Thanks.

Apr 04, 2014
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Moorpark?

For the kids I suggest In 'N Out as a great after tournament meal. 856 New LA Ave

There is a very small but fantastic Italian Bakery called Cararras at 476 New LA Ave with unreal goodies at great prices. This place is a serious find. Don't be fooled by the small amounts in the display case. Everything is in back and they get it for you. Take home is a must!
http://www.yelp.com/biz/carrara-pastr...
805) 552-4250

Apr 04, 2014
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