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1 Jar of Dona Maria Mole - help!

Sorry to read that! I'm surprised that it didn't completely dissolve........

Nov 29, 2014
sel in Home Cooking

1 Jar of Dona Maria Mole - help!

I agree with paulj, I would not use a "...flimsy measuring spoon..." with mole paste. I'd get another jar and just go ahead and make your soup!

Nov 27, 2014
sel in Home Cooking

1 Jar of Dona Maria Mole - help!

Does the jar have an 'expiration date' cause it sounds like it's a bit dried out?!

Nov 26, 2014
sel in Home Cooking

Is there a good "pork store" in LA?

And try to go when your hungry for a burger. You'll thank me!

Nov 18, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

It's Healthy Organic Food but like having a Uptown Banana Split with all the extras

Hey “Like-Go-Eat? / "JetJeet" you still got my trust! And although I'm an omnivore, I've been known to indulge in an occasional meatless meal so let's hear more from you- cause we've missed ya!
I've put Elements Natural Foods and The Salad Box in my database of new places to check out too.

Nov 10, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

ISO Muffaletta

Didn't.
Would have been better if I had stopped after 1/4 of the muffaletta but 1/2 plus dessert and a 750 ml Pellegrino maxed me out! Skipped G&B Coffee cause they were 3 deep with lingering customers, just wasn't worth it to me so I headed over to Blacktop Coffee.

Nov 07, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

ISO Muffaletta

Ordered a 1/2 muffaletta yesterday and the cashier asked "toasted?" to which I replied "ok" cause I figured it was their preferred method. It's been about a year since I was last eating my way around The Crescent City and Southern LA and I honestly didn't think about how the sandwiches were prepared back in the homeland. Ltttle Jewel of New Orleans served me an excellent muffaletta yesterday, a very LIGHTLY toasted roll with a 50 cent up charge, not at all like the microwaved abominations at The Gumbo Pot in The Original Farmers Market on Fairfax! Finished off with the Banana Pudding which as you've said was pretty damn good!
Afterwards, I headed over to Ross Cutlery to pick up a sharpening order (perfectly done!) and figured that I'd bang out a Belcampo Burger and G&B Coffee to finish off my DTLA trip before heading into the worst traffic L.A. has to offer. I just couldn't do it! That 1/2 muffaletta did me in!

ISO Muffaletta

Ok, ok, I'm on my way for a muffaletta.
Burgers too? You tried em yet kevin? Anybody else?

Nov 05, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Food better at GCM or at Ferry Building? [moved from LA 1st Timer thread]

Hi bulavinaka!
Tried a sandwich at Valerie Grand Central Market, COLD FRIED CHICKEN $10 (lightly breaded spiced jidori chicken, cole slaw and mustard/relish mayonnaise) was ok, good but not great. Made me miss my all time favorite Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich from Bake Sale Betty's in Oakland!
I will say that Valerie GCM did have an excellent Chocolate Pudding for dessert that afternoon.....

Oct 30, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Westwood Village update

Hi Ogawak!
Drove by that area yesterday after a cup of pour over coffee from Cognoscenti Coffee on Washington and the sign is still there advertising the body shop NE corner.

Oct 29, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Westwood Village update

Hi Kevin!
Emmett Shipman owned 3 locations of Ships Coffee Shop, LaCienega/Olympic, Wilshire in Westwood and Overland in Culver City. The first two were regular stops for my grandparents. Never went to the Culver City location.

http://www.oldlarestaurants.com/ships/

Oct 28, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Westwood Village update

Mr. Shipman's Ship Shape Hamburger (1/2 lb.) ordered extra rare was my fave back then! Oh and the Boysenberry Deep Dish Pie........
My Grandma took me there frequently, she loved the toasters on the tables!

Oct 28, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Prime Pizza Open on Fairfax

Went in last Thursday for a quick snack to go and we had a cheese slice each (pretty damn good) along with an order of garlic knots that we agreed were the best that we have tasted, both L.A./S.F. AND NYC! Will be back soon to try their white pie and more......

Oct 27, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Valencia: In Vain or Victorious

Well not much worth my $ or stomach space in the entire SCV!
I too miss Cafe Melisse, best food ever served in the area!
My current go to places are Rustic Burger for really excellent burgers and a well curated craft beer list. Several choices of protein on house-baked buns standard is brioche, pretzel is also great, with excellent side dishes and shakes (one called Choco-Toffee Shake made with Old Rasputin Stout). Only downside for me are the TV's and sports fans that add to the high noise level although the food and beer selection make up for it.
Another place we like a lot is Rustic Eatery from the same family that owns Rustic Burger. I always get a Scottish Salmon Sandwich with a side green salad here, my lads like the Grilled Cheese and French Fries. Limited beer selection but they do offer Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) and Delirium Tremens which pair well with the food there.
There is also Fishtail Market & Grill started by the folks that own the other two places mentioned above. It was sold to a new owner recently but has changed very little. Still good fish and seafood in a casual setting. I like the fish sandwiches on a torta roll (add avocado), French Fries and Kimchi with Gala Apple Salad to start.
Bricks is another burger joint with a good selection of craft beers and other options. While I prefer Rustic Burger, I think Bricks is open a little later during the week which makes it a good option sometimes.
I'm a big fan of Thai, Chinese and Indian/Pakistani grub but I drive out of the SCV for these. Everything I've tried has been mediocre at best.
Local mini-chain Sam's Flaming Grill has tasty rotisserie chickens and a Yogurt/Cucumber Salad that are great but there 'Garlic Sauce' sucks compared to the one at Zankou!
Thelma's & Luis Gourmet Restaurant aka Thelma's Morning Cafe is also good for breakfast and occasional dinners.

Oct 26, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Valencia: In Vain or Victorious

I'm frequently near both locations of Salt Creek Grill (Valencia & El Segundo) but have never been motivated to try either. Guess it is that 'corporate chain vibe' and the high db level eminating from the interior.

Oct 26, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Manual Coffee Grinder

The only modern hand grinder that I've found that I use and endorse especially for Hario V-60 and Chemex pour over and French press, sometimes even for espresso is the Porlex grinder. Available in 2 sizes, stainless steel body with ceramic burrs. The grind is adjustable and more precise than others including the Hario Skerton. Cost is about $65.

Oct 11, 2014
sel in Cookware

Portos Valencia

Good news, thanks!

Sep 28, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Best coffee near Bob Hope Burbank airport

I recently finished an 11 month project in Westlake Village. During that period I did not find any purveyors for a morning cup of pour-over coffee. Sometimes I stopped at a shop called Just Coffee that had batch brewed coffee, I think from Groundworks, that was ok, definitely better than CharBux, a plus was that they brought in a few items from Portos Bakery but usually I made my own pour-over before leaving for work.

Sep 28, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Best coffee near Bob Hope Burbank airport

I am always searching for excellent coffee but in the two locations that you mention I got nothing, sorry. Hopefully someone else will come up with a suggestion but don't hold your breath. My current favorite coffee in S. Cal. is from any of the 3 locations of Cognoscenti Coffee and the popup location inside of Proof Bakery would be the closest to BUR. Cognoscenti always has an excellent selection of both single origin and blends from several premium roasters available as pour-over or espresso/espresso drinks.

Sep 28, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Bachi Burger Sawtelle

Only been once, the location on Windmill Lane, Las Wages. Got a burger with Pan Seared Foie Gras on the way to McCarran Airport. Second most expensive burger ticked off of my 'Burger Bucket List' but worth it!
Had to run through the terminal to the gate. Almost missed the flight home. It was worth the trouble. It was good. Really good! But then we won't be enjoying THAT burger at the new Sawtelle location will we?!

Sep 25, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Lindy and Grundy Closed!

"It's all pesticides, anti-biotics and hormones.........."
Really? You know that or is it just an assumption on your part?

Sep 24, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area
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visiting Sacramento from SF

Yes, both the bread and pizzas went back and given a bit more time in the oven which helped but overall the place was a miss for us. The server was very sweet and accommodating, but good service does not make up for the amature effort by the kitchen.

Sep 20, 2014
sel in California

visiting Sacramento from SF

Hi Melanie-
Based on reviews on CH and a couple of local articals we stopped in at Masullo Pizza about 2 1/2 months ago. It was mid-afternoon, the place was empty but as we were on a two week long search for good pizza in the Sacramento area we wanted to give it a try. Figured we would start with their 'Rosemary Bread' which would have been pretty good except that the dough was raw when you got beyond the crust. I wouldn't have minded the $2 up charge for the couple of tablespoons of dipping oil if the bread had been good but......
As there were 2 of us we ordered a couple of simple pizzas and they reminded me of my own first attempts at pizza making in my own kitchen. Again we were served something where the dough was raw on the inside and the appearance was as if it had been prepared by a busboy while the rest of the kitchen crew was on a break.

Sep 20, 2014
sel in California

Blue Plate Mayonnaise in the Los Angeles Area

Plue Plate Mayonnaise is for sale at Little Jewel of New Orleans in Chinatown L.A. Prepare for sticker shock though Burger Boy!

Sep 13, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Does anyone pay attention to Merril Shindler reviews?

uh no.....

Sep 03, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area
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San Fernando Valley-weekend breakfast

We went to Joe's Cafe for breakfast yesterday and our 'Stuffed French Toast' and 'Short Stack' plus a side of bacon and fresh squeezed local oj were better than good, all was absolutely excellent. On the plus side, the fresh berries on top of both the pancakes were better than most restaurants serve. Tasted like they were homegrown or best farmers market quality. The whipped cream tasted like it was freshly made, not out of an aerosol can.
My only gripe is that they don't list plain pancakes, French toast or waffles on the menu. My kids, and I'm sure some others prefer just butter and real maple or berry syrup sans all the berries and whipped cream/cream cheese. Hell, sometimes I'd prefer a simpler version.
This cafe has a small kitchen and seating area so the wait on weekends is usually long but the quality is very high and the food is tasty so it's worth the wait.

Sep 01, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Moving to Los Feliz from Seattle, Please Help.

Are you sure that the Cognoscenti Coffee inside Proof Bakery has closed. I was there a few days ago and they were open.

Aug 25, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Moving to Los Feliz from Seattle, Please Help.

Proof Bakery - absolutely! Closest comparison would be my favorite Seattle bakery Crumble and Flake. Also the best coffee in L.A. area at Cognoscenti Coffee, a pop-up business inside of Proof Bakery. Note that Proof Bakery is closed all this week to give the employees a well deserved labor day break.

Aug 25, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Chili coming up again

Thanks!

Aug 12, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Chili coming up again

"...from Grocerie on La Brea." ???

Aug 11, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area