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Who Makes Trader Joe's Food?

Both my wife and best friend make money from private labeling--in cosmetics and clothing, respectively. Almost everything nowadays is done through these second parties. But the products are not necessarily the same: their is some latitude for customization. Most likely you're not getting an exact same product (even if the picture or ad copy is the same)...so it's really up to you if you notice a difference.

Feb 10, 2014
docgradusadparnassum in Features

Pepperoncini/wax peppers: where to get bulk?

I love those yellow peppers that they give out at Tommy's, In-N-Out. Thing is: I'm a pickle addict and the little jars they sell in the supermarket are demolished in one sitting. I want to get a much larger portion, cheaper...because I have an ungodly addiction. Where do they sell those for the wholesale trade?

Feb 05, 2014
docgradusadparnassum in Los Angeles Area

Cinnamon Rolls: Can I let the dough sit in the fridge for 24 hours?

I made the dough for cinnamon rolls late last night. I thought I would bake it in the morning but, no, it will sit there in the fridge until I come home from work tonight.

1) Is that too long?

2) How long can you keep cinnamon roll dough, anyway? If I can make the dough in advance, it would be a fun thing to make right when people come over.

Dec 19, 2013
docgradusadparnassum in Home Cooking

paella with a pie tin

Has anyone ever made paella with a pie tin? I have a huge paella pan that fits exactly on my Weber grill and I love using it...but recently I've been wondering if I can just make a small paella with a pie tin and make other dishes in the interim as appetizers (I'm on an izakaya kick)...

Has anyone had success with this? Does the pie tin develop a socorrot?

Jul 15, 2013
docgradusadparnassum in Home Cooking

Easy Cake Recipe to Pop my Cherry With... [moved from Los Angeles board]

Awesome: a string of birthdays coming up--mom's just round the corner in August--so these will do quite well. I ended up popping my cupcake cherry with martha stewart's red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting recipe. They were a hit and I'm excited to get over my intimidation of baking!

Jul 31, 2012
docgradusadparnassum in Home Cooking

Chick-fil-A Is Conservative? So Are a Lot of Other Restaurants

Never ate their stuff. Never will. Apart from the uncouthness of fast food, which itself makes Chick-Fil-A unfit for my dietary needs, I like my food to rejuvenate my soul and elevate my being.

Jul 28, 2012
docgradusadparnassum in Features

Easy Cake Recipe to Pop my Cherry With... [moved from Los Angeles board]

Hi Chowhounds,

My best friend's husband's birthday is next week. I want to make him a cake. But I've never made anything but cheesecake, banana bread and cookies--all of which have never failed. What's an idiot proof cake recipe that will ease me into the world of cakemaking?

P.S. He's been clean and sober for a year...so I want to celebrate this, not push him over the edge

Jul 19, 2012
docgradusadparnassum in Home Cooking

Little Saigon: Peking Duck Buns

awesome. thanks.

Jul 16, 2012
docgradusadparnassum in Los Angeles Area

Little Saigon: Peking Duck Buns

Does anybody know where I can buy the steam buns for Peking Duck in Little Saigon? I'm sure you can buy them fresh and frozen. I used to make them whenever I made those Momofoku pork belly concoctions. But they're a hassle!

Jul 15, 2012
docgradusadparnassum in Los Angeles Area

Any must-try restaurants for UCLA visit?

You're right. It's Sawtelle. I guess I shouldn't be on the internet so late at night.

Aug 07, 2009
docgradusadparnassum in Los Angeles Area

Any must-try restaurants for UCLA visit?

Grew up in Westwood. Went to UCLA for undergrad and Ph.D. Sounds like a college visit, so your son needs to know where he's really going to find the good eats once he's set loose and put on a budget.

Sepulveda between Olympic and Wilshire has many good, cheap eats mostly of the Japanese variety. Hide Sushi, Furaibo (drinking food, appetizers), Asahi Ramen.

In Westwood: Diddyriese (ice cream sandwich, cookie), Saks (I subsisted on this).

USC is surrounded by a slum but there are some really good taco stands. But Chinatown is a quick drive. Empress Pavilion for dimsum. Sam Woo for late night chinese.

Perhaps totally irrelevant: I'd suggest getting a car with GPS, unless you really don't know how to drive. Cabs are hard to get. Most trips will cost you 25 dollars at least. And you will feel stranded and marooned.

Aug 07, 2009
docgradusadparnassum in Los Angeles Area

Cheapest Chinese Lobster

Loathe to spill the beans...but it was Ocean Star on Atlantic. Their dimsum is also going for an incredible rate.

Aug 07, 2009
docgradusadparnassum in Los Angeles Area

Who Makes Trader Joe's Food?

Did you know that many companies "private label" and don't even tell you? All kinds of products, from clothing to electronics do this. That's just how distribution works. Duh.

Aug 06, 2009
docgradusadparnassum in Features

We'll Just Split This

On occasion, I do split entrees with my wife. Sometimes you're just not hungry. But I'd never do it during a busy night. However, if the restaurant is empty, you're not depriving anyone.

I also make sure to get other things: appetizers, dessert, wine. I also tip well when I do so. Your waitperson may say it's okay, but they're working and you should respect their labor. Otherwise, stay home.

Finally, restaurants are meant to be used...respectfully. It's perfectly fine to come in for drinks and appetizers...and make a meal of it. But I'd do that early, on weekdays. And respect your waiters; they're working hard and, really, they're human beings.

I hate the diner who acts as if they are the lord of the manor.

Aug 06, 2009
docgradusadparnassum in Features

Cheapest Chinese Lobster

Just had dimsum and saw that lobster is going so cheap at the restaurants, it's best to just eat out. At my dimsum joint, it was $3.99/plate if I buy two accompanying dinner plates. WOW!

Where are the good deals on yummy lobster? At these prices, it's gonna be a lobster week!

Aug 06, 2009
docgradusadparnassum in Los Angeles Area

Furaibo Tebasaki Chicken: Recipe? (moved from L.A. boardd)

God I love tebasaki chicken wings (spicy is best!) at Furaibo. Does anyone know of the recipe?

Aug 05, 2009
docgradusadparnassum in Home Cooking

LA suggestions for New Yorkers?

Stan's is right next to 2 hrs free parking structure. No validation required.

Aug 05, 2009
docgradusadparnassum in Los Angeles Area