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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

La Boulange

in a word YES.
I used to enjoy sandwiches at the various La Boulange locations in San Francisco but I have not been to any of their locations since CharBux bought them out and have mixed feelings about trying the L.A. location.

Jul 07, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area
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Need explanation of different Bamix models

The link works for me.....

Jun 25, 2014
sel in Cookware

LAs best spot for CHICKEN FRIED STEAK

The Pines has indeed been closed for a few years and thus gone are the best chicken-fried steak & biscuits around. The pancakes, ribeye and 'Pine Burger' were pretty wonderful too!

Jun 01, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

obscure indian foods

The nihari at Tawakal on Devonshire St. has always been excellent. I order it extra spicy.

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May 31, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Tacos

Gallo Giro....

May 21, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Best Artisan Bread in LA

http://bicyclebread.com/closingchapter/ was good but are gone - for now!

May 03, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

DRIVING FROM FT. LEE, VA TO MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, VA THEN NORTH TO NYC!

Will be making this road trip with my just turned 21 year old Marine son and his twin bro at the end of next month and was wondering if there are any places to stop for an excellent breakfast at the southern end of the journey (Ft. Lee/Richmond vicinity) then later on the route (closer to Quantico) for lunch?
The second leg of this trip will be heading to the 'Big Apple' so we would appreciate info on where to stop along the way on this leg of the journey for the remainder that is covered by the Mid-Atlantic Board.
I'm only looking for those special places that offer delicious food, no chains or other conveniently located stops with mediocre offerings. Got to feed my son some excellence, he has had far too many MRE's and enough chow hall slop! We have never been in this region, we're looking for the best most memorable chow that is available for 3 guys on a road trip!

Apr 23, 2014
sel in Mid-Atlantic

Dishwasher Detergents - Some safer than others?

I noticed that Target had, I think that they were 2 tab packs of some of the newer premium DW detergents. An easy way to try something without waiting for a free sample or investing in a larger than desired quantity.

Feb 15, 2014
sel in Cookware
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USMC GRADUATION

One of my lads is graduating from boot camp this Friday. Found a thread with the same question but it was a bit over 2 years old. With the restaurant scene changing so rapidly I'm thinking maybe some new places have opened.
We're staying in Old Town but will all have cars. Our group of family and Pfc. sel's friends is quite diverse, ranging from 18 year olds to the Marine grandma who will be 88 four days after the grad. Grandma is the only stickler, she enjoys good chow but doesn't like the order at the counter, take a number and receive minimal service drill. Prefers good table service, especially for dinner. That said, where should we go for maybe excellent morning coffee (really would like to avoid the Charbux on base!), patisserie with fresh croissants, breakfast (Cafe on Park still good?) maybe a lunch (I've liked sandwiches at Bread et Cie) and a couple of dinners (good craft local and Belgian brews a plus for me!)? Price is not much of a concern but don't want to mess with reservations or get dressed up. Upscale Mexican or Indian, Neapolitan Pizza with other choices for those that aren't into pizza, local, organic farm to table etc. places (might have gone to The Linkery where I've had some good meals but…..), American comfort food or…….?
Thanks!!!

Jan 14, 2014
sel in San Diego

The best Neapolitan pizza in LA?

Well the first reply in this thread on Dec 9, 2012 by sel (that's me) mentions Bollini's. And three more replies on Dec 27, 2012. Of all the pizzas that I've tried, Chef Bollini's Arson 451 is my favorite pizza in Southern California. The charred crust, toppings and a glass of Allagash Black on tap!

Jan 01, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Buche de Noel

Thousand Oaks may be too far for you but Chocolatine has several versions and sizes available to order.
http://www.chocolatine.net

Dec 20, 2013
sel in Los Angeles Area

Blue Bottle Coffee Beans

I'm a regular at Proof Bakery and both locations of Cognoscenti Coffee and have never seen Blue Bottle Coffee there. Many other wonderful roasters are offered though. Best new bakery and coffee selection in Southern California as far as I'm concerned!

Dec 07, 2013
sel in Los Angeles Area

Bulgarini Gelato Culver City Problem

Last couple of times that I went, both locations, it was $2.50/scoop with a 3 scoop minimum.

Nov 17, 2013
sel in Los Angeles Area

Chowhound worthy dinner for a family only night in LA

Next time try the horchata at LSR, best I've ever tasted!

Nov 10, 2013
sel in Los Angeles Area

Memphis Breakfast

Yes, I had biscuits AND the sweet potato pancakes at Arcade. While very good, still wish that they served real butter and syrup!

Nov 05, 2013
sel in Kentucky & Tennessee