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Aromatic Bitters

ACTUALLY many of the more popular and "high-end" vodkas have added sugar for whatever reason. In fact, Grey Goose does it, a fact that became public knowledge in the states when Chelsea Handler, vodka's greatest advocate, went on her show and admonished them for it. She declared she would no longer drink Grey Goose whose practice of adding sugar to their vodka added "extra calories" to the liquor (vodka being the lowest caloric liquor out there). She then declared Belvedere vodka, who does NOT add extra sugar to their vodka during or in post, her new vodka. So basically the lesson is Grey Goose vodka adds sugar and Belvedere doesn't.

Dec 27, 2013
geekluve in Recipes

Anyone know where I can buy a crown roast?

Hey everyone I'm trying to buy a crown roast for christmas eve dinner (yes, this late in the game). But I'm not having much luck. Anyone know where I can get one without going to a specialty butchers? I live in the San Gabriel Valley but I work in West LA and am near several Whole Foods and a Gelsons.

To be more specific I'm trying to get a beef roast rather than lamb or pork which I believe are the usual kinds used for said meal. Also if anyone has some tips on cooking a beef crown roast or interesting, but simple, recipes i'd greatly appreciate them.

Thanks in advance everyone!

Dec 22, 2012
geekluve in Los Angeles Area

Where can i get my hands on some boysenberries? and not just the Knott's Berry Farm Jam

Thank you everyone! I figured I'd have to wait to buy them at a Farmer's Market come summer or otherwise buy frozen. I actually forgot to mention that i wasn't opposed to buying them frozen just opposed to buying them in jam/preserve form. I guess my boysenberry dreams will just have to wait two to three months. Either way thank you everyone (again)!

Apr 02, 2012
geekluve in Los Angeles Area

Where can i get my hands on some boysenberries? and not just the Knott's Berry Farm Jam

I work in West LA and recently visited the very amazing Apple Pan where I had an AWESOME slice of boysenberry pie. Since then the thought of another slice and a multitude of boysenberry desserts have taunted me in my sleep. SO I'm out looking for some delicious berries to make a pie and whatever else the fiendish glutton that lives in my mind can concoct.

Unfortunately, the only boysenberries i can find come in a jar. So as before I once again turn to my fellow foodies here on Chowhound in the vain hope of finding some of those delicious and yet remarkably elusive berries. From the minimal google searches I've performed thus far, minimal because how many times can you REALLY google "where to buy boysenberries in LA" until you've gone mad? Anyways, from those searches I've found that I'll most likely be scouring Farmer's Markets as opposed to grocery stores/supermarkets.

So to wrap it all up does anyone know where i can get some REAL boysenberries, emphasis on berry, as opposed to the jam? I'm fine with hitting up Farmer's Markets as long as my trip isn't fruitless* and as i stated before I work in West LA, near the Westwood and Culver City area, and live in the San Gabriel Vally. But I wouldn't be opposed to heading over to Santa Monica or anywhere in between really if I'm guaranteed to score some berries.

Thanks in advance fellow Chowhounders!

*Pun intended

Mar 29, 2012
geekluve in Los Angeles Area

Anyone know where to find Vegan Peanut Butter Cups?

@Pumpkin_Head - I love Whole Foods so i'll definitely pay them a visit! and I'm frequently near SM so i'll stop by soon. Thanks again!

Sep 07, 2011
geekluve in Los Angeles Area

Anyone know where to find Vegan Peanut Butter Cups?

@Kitchen Queen - Not near me but there is one near my sisters house in Fontana so I'll definitely check it out... also apparently Sprouts bought Henry's so now they're all just Sprouts... no more Henry's :-(

Sep 07, 2011
geekluve in Los Angeles Area

Anyone know where to find Vegan Peanut Butter Cups?

@will47 - I'll definitely looking into it much obliged

Sep 07, 2011
geekluve in Los Angeles Area

Anyone know where to find Vegan Peanut Butter Cups?

@Chez cherie - Thanks for the link! It did save me a trip :-D

Sep 07, 2011
geekluve in Los Angeles Area

Anyone know where to find Vegan Peanut Butter Cups?

Like the title says does anyone know where I might be able to find such a specific candy? I'm planning on using them in cake for an upcoming birthday. The recipe itself actually names the brand Reese in the recipe unfortunately I highly doubt they're vegan.

A quick google search mostly yielded recipes for the vegan treats. That was always an obvious route it just seems a bit tedious to make the equivalent of three bags worth of mini peanut butter cups only to chop them up and throw them in a cake batter. It's the same reason I haven't made a filbert gateau or an opera cake all that praline making/grinding only to toss it into a butter cream just seems a bit much.

Of course i did find some pre-made vegan versions of the candies unfortunately they were $13 for 7 pieces or $55 for a box off some random site... Yes, I also think it's ridiculous to purchase $50+ worth of candy only to chop it up and throw into a cake.

So as stated before any and all help in finding some of these little vegan treats would be much appreciated as I would really like to make this awesome cake. I know that Trader Joe's sells clear plastic boxes of peanut butter cups, they're at the very least a quarter the size of a min reese's peanut butter cup, some are even dark chocolate. But like the Reese brand I'm not sure on their status as a vegan candy.

Again thanks in advanced for the help everyone.

Sep 03, 2011
geekluve in Los Angeles Area

Dulce de Leche

Has anyone tried pouring condensed milk into a pan and cooking it that way? It's been an idea i've had brewing for some time ever since i made caramel with milk because i didn't have cream and then made my own condensed milk because i couldn't find our only can.

May 15, 2011
geekluve in Recipes

None of the Dairy, None of the Whipped Fun

alternatively i was thinking of using a soy creamer, with flavoring and sweetener, in one of those cream whipper canisters. I've seen them used on cooking programs to make things like pineapple mouse, which was just a pineapple cream puree, or milk foam/whipped milk. Of course most of those canisters are pretty pricey but if you have one on hand it might be a fun experiment.

May 15, 2011
geekluve in Features

None of the Dairy, None of the Whipped Fun

@eclecticveggie that sounds AWESOME! I'm definitely going to have to try that out my friend is a vegan and when we have dinner or make desserts it's incredibly hard to come up with alternatives for her. Plus this'll be great for her birthday cakes!

May 15, 2011
geekluve in Features

How to smoke foods

I've been curious about doing this for a while but can't find simple instructions... I'm starting to think maybe because it's not. However, I've seen a couple of cooking/food shows where the chefs smoke fish or another kind of meat.

Jaime Oliver had an episode where he made a make shift smoker from and old tin box, chicken wire and untreated wood shavings. I've also Ming Tsai use herbs or tea and a chinese bamboo steamer set over a skillet/pan. Also I've seen some food shows, not cooking shows but documentary/interview style, where the chefs use Ming Tsai's version, a traditional smoker or even use steel vegetable steamers.

Still I'm a bit skittish on the actual technique/practice. I'm worried about serving uncooked food that might cause illness. I mostly see it done with fish which I know doesn't need a lot of cooking to be safe to eat (i.e. ceviche/sushi/medium rare tuna). Though I'm wondering if the same could be done with turkey or chicken as Ming Tsai has smoked poultry as well as fish.

The method is obvious place smoking material onto a heated pan then place meat(s) on a rack above smoking material cover and allow to marinate with smoke. But I'm curious if I'm suppose to cook the food after as well and if I do what method, frying/roasting/pan seared, won't cause the meats to lose their smokiness.

Any help would be greatly appreciated thanks in advance!

Feb 04, 2011
geekluve in Home Cooking

Any Chinese-American Chow Mein recipe?

Thanks Hank sounds great can't wait to try it

Oct 19, 2010
geekluve in Home Cooking

Any Chinese-American Chow Mein recipe?

I actually think it is tasty and it's simplicity is the best part about it

Oct 19, 2010
geekluve in Home Cooking

Any Chinese-American Chow Mein recipe?

Thanks Kate! I was actually watching that episode as I was writing up the post it looks good I'll have to try it but I'm admittedly cautious of Hoisin sauce though mostly because I've always had bad luck with it

Oct 19, 2010
geekluve in Home Cooking

Any Chinese-American Chow Mein recipe?

Possibly but I enjoy its 'pedestrian' simplicity

Oct 19, 2010
geekluve in Home Cooking

Any Chinese-American Chow Mein recipe?

Thanks everyone for all the recipes I really appreciate it! I can't wait to try them one of my roomates abhors the smell of garlic and onions, crazy I know, so I can only cook small amounts when he's around. Which luckily will be Friday! I'll keep you all updated

Oct 19, 2010
geekluve in Home Cooking

Any Chinese-American Chow Mein recipe?

So I've desperately been googling and searching for chow mein recipes but with little to no success so I'm turning to my fellow foodies here on Chowhound.

The kind of chow mein I'm looking for is very specific basically I'm looking for the kind of chow mein you get at chinese fast food restaurants but not Panda Express, there's has gone way down since '98.

Anyways basically I'm looking for a recipe with mostly stir fried vegetables, usually celery onion and bean sprouts, and where the noodles are soft and stir fried they shouldn't be swimming in a sauce, soggy or sodden kind of like spaghetti in a light sauce. From my adventures in fried rice I know that it has soy sauce as a seasoning/flavor but it maybe another type of sauce either way it's only a small amount as they're not gloppy and slimey.

From what i've read the dish is a kind of lo mein chop suey hybrid though I'm not totally sure. I appreciate everyone's help with this as I've been super craving this forever but every restaurant around has modified their recipes and the noodles have a crispy dry texture to them or are orange with a strange taste.

Also nothing beats making your own food that and I already have the noodles and bean sprouts.

Again thanks in advance!

Oct 15, 2010
geekluve in Home Cooking

Domino's Strikes Another Pose

Bottom-of-the-barrel and middle-of-the-barrel are terms that are waaaay too kind for pizza that bad I used to be a domino's fan and even before the revamp was over it so bad the smell made me nauseas. I wonder if anyone else noticed it's the same pizza except they now cover the crust garlic seriously when it's cold it congeals it's putrid... I'll take $3 Pizza Co Pizza anytime over that garbage

Sep 18, 2010
geekluve in Features

Looking for affordable vegan/vegetarian friendly restaurants in LA

thanks for ALL the suggestions everyone it's been a great help! I'll have to get back to everyone with what where we end up i have to call a few places before i set anything in stone.

I have to agree though that Akasha is kind of out of our price range as is Edison even though i love that place i just don't think we can afford it right now. However i do appreciate the suggestion as it was very on point just out of our price range... also it didn't have many vegan/vegetarian options but otherwise great place.

Thanks again everyone!

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Akasha
9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Jul 09, 2010
geekluve in Los Angeles Area

Looking for affordable vegan/vegetarian friendly restaurants in LA

I'm planning a fun night out for my best friends birthday and well basically i'm stumped. I've looked in several places but no real luck, especially over on yelp where everything is so inconsistent as everything seems to get well to put it mildly 'less' interesting than the last.

So I turned to Chowhound and their foodies. I'm hoping you all could give me some great suggestions through word of mouth and then just do the foot work on my own if i have to.

So far the only place I've come up with is BLD which is not a bad place i just want to see if there's anything else out there.

Here's what I'm basically looking for:

- Some where that is good for 7 or more people
- Is affordable, anywhere between $15 - $25 would be AWESOME
- Is vegan, vegetarian and pescetarian friendly (it's LA so i figure not that difficult)
- Open late because punctuality is not in any of our friends vocabulary, the latest would be 10
- Is not a chain restaurant
- Has a nice fun atmosphere but isn't full of families and their children (nothing against kids love them but we're all 25+ and don't want to have to hear the screaming kids)
- It should have a full bar, if not, at least serve wine, champagne and beer no liquor is ok... but that would be pretty great if it did
- Is close to the LA bar scene anywhere in Downtown LA, Hollywood, Santa Monica etc would be great
- Most importantly would be ok with us bringing in our cake

Thanks in advance to everyone here at Chowhound you guys have never steered me wrong before so I have HIGH hopes.

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BLD Restaurant
7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Jul 06, 2010
geekluve in Los Angeles Area

Poor Man's Limonata

I so want one! hahaha

Jun 14, 2010
geekluve in Features

is vegan panna cotta possible?

Thanks for the help everyone it seems my problem was that nobody knew what agar agar actually was. I just found some over in Marukai, a japanese store over in azusa, they had both they had the powder and the squiggly rice noodle kind. I'm gonna try out the recipe tonight just in case. Thanks again.

Mar 31, 2010
geekluve in Home Cooking

is vegan panna cotta possible?

After googling the query i've found some recipes but most call for a vegan gelatin substitute called agar agar which is not at all easy to find. I'm in LA county, san gabriel valley to be exact, and it's amazingly difficult to get my hands on.

However, I was thinking if it would be possible to use some pectin. I'm making a lemon mint panna cotta and was thinking the pectin would give just the right amount of firmness needed for the dessert. Especially since all the comments about the agar agar seem to point to a not so desirable firmness.

While I'm here the panna cotta is for a some friends which is for three omnivores a vegan and a pescetarian, what a venture right? Anyone have any ideas? I'm going for a spring menu something nice and colorful and not too heavy. thanks in advance

Mar 31, 2010
geekluve in Home Cooking

Does anyone have a vegan chocolate cake recipe?

A friend and i are baking a cake for our vegan friend and i'm looking or something that's moist, chocolatey, and well... delicious.

I've never made anything vegan or for that matter eaten anything vegan other than the whole food chocolate chip cookies which were so rock hard we threw one out the window of our car only to have it bounce back at us.

Suffice it to say i'm hoping for a non-rock like bouncing cake.

I've found quite a few recipes but not sure what to make of them. all of the cakes i've ever made from scratch sound nothing like the recipes i've found. from past experience i've found that a combination of baking chocolate and cocoa powder is far better than the recipes that use just cocoa powder.

Anyone have any suggestions? or recipes? i'd greatly appreciate the help.

also if no recipes in the past my vegan friend has baked and substituted banana for eggs and used soy milk and vegan butter for the usual animal products in regular recipes so just wondering if this was a possibility as i have MANY cake recipes i can use if that is the case.

Jan 07, 2010
geekluve in Home Cooking

Where can i find black and red tortilla chips?

I'm helping my sister with a party whose theme is red and black. We instantly thought of the red and black tortilla chips we often see at restaurants including BJ's Brewery and many other chains.

I saw them once at a local Smart and Final but can't seem to find them now. Anyone know where i can find any?

I live in san gabriel valley but am willing to drive for them if i have to. I'm thinking restaurant supply stores but not sure where to begin looking. Either there or grocery stores would be just fine. I've looked at both costco and sams club no luck yet.

I know that at the restaurants they come with red, black, and the regular tortilla chip which is great as long as they have a black and red chip too!

Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Dec 22, 2009
geekluve in Los Angeles Area

Where can i buy Aronia Berry and Black Currant juices?

Thank you so much! i will definitely give those a look i'm actually going to be in Westwood this weekend which is not too far from the the Jons Market in West Hollywood so i'll stop by there.

I really appreciate this especially the Russian spellings of the berry juices to better identify and i might just stop by the OC locations just cause it sounds so interesting. That and your descriptions sound so great. Ironically we used to have a store with a wide variety of ethnic foods including russian and eastern european but it closed about a month ago I probably could of found the juices there just wish i had thought to look sooner.

but i digress anyway Thanks Again!!!

Aug 21, 2009
geekluve in Los Angeles Area

Where can i buy Aronia Berry and Black Currant juices?

I've been trying to find Aronia Berry and Black Currant juices for sorbets but i haven't been able to find ANY in any of the stores i thought would have them. i checked whole foods, trader joes, fresh & easy and a few other of those gourmet organic specialty stores in the LA area but haven't been any to find anything at all.

If anyone knows where i can find some i would be REALLY appreciate or since i'm having so much trouble finding the juices suggestions for any other berry juice that, that's easier to find, would be greatly appreciated.

i've been dying to make these sorbets ever since i had some black currant ice cream my friend brought from some ice cream shop in LA... i'd make ice cream but i have terrible luck when i try make ice cream see burnt curdled milk as an example...

Thanks in Advance!!!

Aug 19, 2009
geekluve in Los Angeles Area