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Pasta gluten for punishment?!

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

The complete story is that the checkout person said she wasn't permitted to just let me take a whole handful of the plastic bags. But she left me with the information that they were destined to be tossed and the clear impression she (and the store) didn't care if i took them. So I just left without them on that trip, and then grabbed a healthy handful when exiting the next time.

Thank goodness I know from my decades as a criminal defense attorney that a confession without a corpus can't be prosecuted....

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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DeSano Pizza Bakery – this place needs some love

Big place, seats to fill -- let's hope they make the smart longterm decision and offer beer and wine prices on the low end with happy hour specials and the like and go for smaller profit margins with larger volume that also helps their food sales.

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014 -- Voting

I only post the nominations. They are always interpreted broadly to encourage the maximum participation in the DOTM thread. The final arbiter in anything involving cocktails and bars will have to be kevin.

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

Cheat? Maybe I'll cop to that, though they were going to have to discard the bags in a few days anyway. (I asked -- there was no efficient process in place that would make returning the unused bags less costly than simply pitching them.)

Hurting the planet? No way. Representatives of the bag industry who were interviewed on talk-radio before the ban claim that their thin plastic disposable bags are biodegradable. More important, when the thin, disposable bags run out I'll have to buy plastic trash or garbage-size bags which are thicker, as well as much more expensive.

As a grad student in social psychology at UC Santa Cruz, I was doing research to maximize recycling behavior in 1980.

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014 -- Voting

Needs to be all-caps to count. Please resubmit if this is a vote.

And I use the apostrophe not to denote the plural, but because deli is an abbreviation for delicatessen (which I'm not sure how to spell).

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

Note that the grocers lobbied in Los Angeles and Sacramento against the first proposals for plastic bag bans and charging for paper bags. Then the legislation was changed so that the grocers could pocket the ten-cent charge, and voila, they supported it.

I'll admit it here: In the waning days before the disposable plastic bag ban, I swiped a thick portion of the unseparated plastic bags at a local supermarket so that i could double-bag my stash of paper bags to dispose of damp garbage and the ever-mounting kitty litter.

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014 -- Voting

In looking back, the other reason french fries was chosen is that there was an early nomination for potatoes.

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014 -- Voting

Update -- good race so far:

Cocktails & bar food -- 4
French Fries -- 3
Deli's -- 2
Pasadena -- 1

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

WHO HAS THE BEST PIZZA IN L.A. AND WHY?

Wonder what could improve In'n'Out's fries? Obviously, if they double-fried -- blanch then crisp. But that isn't going to happen. Do they need to change the cut? More starch or less starch? Fry at a different temp? Regular fries limp and lifeless. Welldone fries often taste like potato sticks. Is there something great in the middle? Do they not salt them and leave that to the customer?

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

AYCE Korean BBQ for 1 person (most AYCE places require a 2-person minimum)

Very clever -- took me a second to get it!

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L'Assiette

You are welcome. Whenever i do that I have a vision of Servorg smiling in approval. ;-)

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014 -- Voting

I'm inclined to keep them as they are. Voting has started, and let's say I added burgers -- a 'hound or two might complain, "I voted for X, but if burgers had been listed I'd have voted for them." There is always next month... But I'm open if there is popular response.

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L'Assiette

Jul 26, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Chesterfield, MO - Lunch Options?

Glad you had a good visit and thanks for reporting back.

Jul 26, 2014
nosh in Great Plains

Seeing St. Louis through the eyes of a visitor

If you go to Half and Half, which you should, be sure to get their fresh-fried donuts, which are really much closer to churros. Crisp, hot, excellent. And the Clara cakes or blueberry pancakes. Eggs, potatoes and omelets are pretty routine, but those dishes are special.

Jul 26, 2014
nosh in Great Plains

AYCE Korean BBQ for 1 person (most AYCE places require a 2-person minimum)

MatchMunch.com.
eGluttony.com.

I am trademarking those...

Jul 26, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014 -- Voting

Actually, DWEO is pretty right. Pasadena and cocktails seemed to have the most votes, I was in a hurry to fill out the field, and I chose two nominees I thought would be popular. I didn't realize burgers had multiple votes, sorry. (In reviewing the nominations thread, I realize now that your second for burgers disappeared when the replies are minimized after my initial read.) I did call for seconds and it didn't seem to me that any others came to the fore. I fell asleep last night before posting the voting thread, played golf early, and then sort of scrambled to get the thread up.

Just to reassure, I do keep an actual tally for votes (and voters) for the actual dish of the month. And I don't see any reason why write-ins can't be made if any get momentum.

[And PLEASE note: I can be bought!]

Jul 26, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

AYCE Korean BBQ for 1 person (most AYCE places require a 2-person minimum)

I'll join in this solo quest. Where can I do AYCE Korean bbq as a single? And I'm interested in other solo possibilities, buffets or combos, reachable from the westside.

Jul 26, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

It is like fingers of chicken with a couple joined at the top of the palm, easily split apart. Pieces were thick enough so the chicken gave a substantial bite and some moistness, though for me the focus was on the crispiness of the batter. My guess is that my portion was close to an entire boneless breast, cut into four long fingers with two pair joined at the top and easily "ripped" apart.

Jul 26, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014 -- Voting

Please submit your votes, one per person, in ALL CAPS.

Open from now until midnight or when I go to sleep, June 30.

Top nominees are:

DELI'S
COCKTAILS and Bar Food
FRENCH FRIES
PASADENA

Votes must be in all-caps. One vote per screen name. I reserve the right to tabulate the votes before I log off the last day of the month.

Jul 26, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014 -- Nominations

Here is the tentative list for voting. i'll probably be up another 3 hours -- early tee-time tomorrow. if there are new nominations that get seconds or support for others, i'm open. but i do think voting should be limited to a few choices:

PASADENA (I'm not excited about neighborhoods or cities.)
COCKTAILS and Bar Food (not crazy about this one, either)
FRENCH FRIES
DELI's

(Don't worry, I will withhold my own opinions on the voting thread.)

Jul 25, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014 -- Nominations

Just a last-day update:

The only two nominations that have received multiple mentions so far are Pasadena (I live in Westwood) and Cocktails (with my kidney situation, I must limit alcohol). So I am very unexcited about either leading option. Also, I have philosophical issues with doing areas (limited interest for those far away) and drinks (there are separate CH boards for those). So please second or third some of the other nominations or perhaps suggest new ones. I'll follow the majority, but I want this to be relevant for me...

Jul 25, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

OK, another very pedestrian review:

Stopped by Popeye's (Hollywood Way) on my way back from golf in Griffith Park. Ordered the Rippin' Chicken special which was chicken strips, fries and a biscuit for $3.99. Huge portion of chicken (could have been more because they kept apologizing for me having to wait a few minutes) which I couldn't finish. Fairly crispy outside (not quite as crispy as their spicy full-piece chicken) and the real breast meat was tender. Fries and biscuit good. Quite the bargain.

Jul 25, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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It's time to play MR TASTER'S **NAME THAT PASTRAMI SUPERCHALLENGEâ„¢**!

Mr. T -- Just a few blocks east of Factor's and for several dollars less (even without a coupon) you could have gotten a better pastrami sandwich at Label's Table. And if you take advantage of what I think is a current Groupon deal, you and your colleague (or you and me) could split one of their pastrami sandwiches and one of their brisket sandwiches as well. (Yes, I've been to Factor's, though not in awhile.)

Jul 24, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Westwood Alert: A New Kosher Boutique Butcher Shop is in the Works

That song is John Sebastian. Famous for a brief song in the Woodstock movie where he sure appears to be blazing.

Jul 23, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Note: For those who have praised some supermarket fried chicken, the weekly ad for my Ralphs has their 8-piece fried chicken reduced to $5.99 from the usual $7.99 this week.

The deli section of my Ralphs (Westwood Village) gets quite backed up at lunch (a lot of UCLA Hospital and Med Center workers) so I had time the other day to observe things. When the new huge batch of fried chicken was ready, they took the older pieces and placed aside, filled the serving tray with the new pieces, then placed the older ones atop. Just so you know if you are going to eat it immediately and freshness is a priority...

Jul 23, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Still hungry for chicken fried steak. In a thread earlier this year, found that Rae's has it, so headed to Pico in Santa Monica. Very inexpensive -- $8.95 for soup or salad, the cvs, mashed potatoes, veggies and a roll. Salad was basic, lettuce with some carrot shreds, ok. Mountain of mashed potatoes where I detected a lump near the end so could be real -- couldn't finish them. Mixed veggies overcooked, a few bites sufficed. Roll not warm or fresh and served with whipped margarine, didn't finish. Chicken fried steak was closer to the real thing that the "country fried steak" at S&W -- seemed like a cube steak covered with a substantial batter. But its hard, uniform crispiness came, I'm sure, from a deep-fryer rather than pan-fried. Gravy was pretty good. Not a bad lunch, filling and not expensive, but I'm still hankering...

Jul 23, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Seeing St. Louis through the eyes of a visitor

OK, so I would concentrate on a couple of unique St. Louis dishes: Who has the very best toasted ravioli? Maybe Trattoria Marcella. The very best St. Louis bbq, lunchtime (I'd choose Pappy's for dinner) with an early start -- Bogart's. (Note -- great proximity for a brewery tour, the Arch, or the Zoo coming back.)

Jul 22, 2014
nosh in Great Plains

Seeing St. Louis through the eyes of a visitor

Where do you live?

If you want to dress up a bit and have your party be treated like royalty, then Tony's. If more adventurous food is the goal, then Niche. I haven't been there for awhile, but almost with those is Sydney Street. Or in Clayton, the four-course prix-fixe at The Crossing.

Now if looking for more playful suggestions: I love bbq, and the consistent best is Pappy's, followed by Bogart's (more limited hours). The Shaved Duck was on Guy Fieri's DDD and my family and I have had great experiences at Matthew's Kitchen. My favorite St. Louis pizza and toasted ravioli is at Cafe Manhattan on Hanley in Clayton but you might find better on the Hill.

If the Cards are in town and win, you have to go to Ted Drewe's on the old 66 (chippewa?) and join the revelry of the quickly moving lines and show the wonder of the concrete.

Jul 22, 2014
nosh in Great Plains