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Looking for an authentic, memorably kick-ass, bowl of Hot and Sour Soup somewhere in the Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks/Studio City area. Any strong suggestions? Thanks.

Those of you know what I'm talking about, know what I'm talking about. Please help.

Oct 19, 2014
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LA not mentioned as a good city for foodies

I always thought it was Jonathan Gold's "Counter Intelligence" (predating Chowhound) who really focused the spotlight on the "cool quirky holes in the wall". I remember reading him avidly in the LA Weekly and thinking, "now THIS guy is kewl."

Jul 03, 2014
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The Pastrami List 2014

Not really responding, just trying to help Kevin realize his dream of 300 pastrami related posts. (Still 25 short, sorry kev)

Jun 09, 2014
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Kouing Aman?

I've had them from Bread Lounge (via GoodEggs) in Downtown LA and they DO. NOT. SUCK. http://breadlounge.com/menu/pastry/

Jun 05, 2014
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The Pastrami List 2014

Pastrami is a method of preserving meat, ergo, any version of pickled, spiced and smoked meat qualifies. This from Wiki: Pastrami (Turkish: pastırma, Romanian: pastramă, Yiddish: פּאַסטראָמע pastróme) is a popular delicatessen meat usually made from beef, and sometimes from pork, mutton or turkey. The raw meat is brined, partially dried, seasoned with various herbs and spices, then smoked and steamed. In the United States, although beef plate is the traditional cut of meat for making pastrami, it is now common to see it made from beef brisket, beef round, and Turkey. Like corned beef, pastrami was originally created as a way to preserve meat before modern refrigeration.

Jun 05, 2014
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The Pastrami List 2014

The pastrami at Smoke City is my "go to" when I'm willing to make my own sandwich. (Their "fixin's" leave something to be desired). But when I have good deli mustard, a loaf of unsliced rye and great dill pickles, I'll pick up a pound of their pastrami and go to town. That said, at $17.70 a lb, it's possibly some of the more expensive pastrami going.

Jun 05, 2014
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Plug for GOOD EGGS

I'm waiting to receive my first Good Egg order any minute now. (I also use Amazon Fresh). I think they're different like Whole Food's and Ralph's are different. Both in price AND quality. There are certain items where it doesn't matter and you can save some dough. Others, where it's all about quality, you can make an informed decision.

Amazon Fresh in LA

I've ordered Canter's Rye Bread, Bagels, Potato Salad, Pastrami and Challah. All as good as the counter line is long.

Apr 22, 2014
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Amazon Fresh in LA

I've been using it in Van Nuys (91401) ever since the free offer was made in March. Subsequently picked it up for the rest of the year. Have ordered everything from fresh Canter's rye to Tallegio from the Beverly Hills Cheese Shop. Their prices seem relatively equivalent to those in the area, their customer service has been nothing less than outstanding and you can't beat the convenience.

Apr 21, 2014
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Back to Animal

Sorry, W. Didn't see it mentioned in your previous reviews but we too liked the petit basque and chorizo as well as the hamachi tostada. I thought the poutine was kind of ubiquitous and soggied up a little too fast but tasted good . . . damned good.

Apr 15, 2014
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Back to Animal

While some disagree, one of my long time favorites has been the pig ear, chili, lime, fried egg combo. Outstanding flavors and textures.

Apr 15, 2014
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Interesting concept

Sounds like the owner is looking for a way to guarantee failure. (No competition in the work place? Seriously?) Not only is he accruing ridiculous expense with his "plates sealed in plastic after they are washed" but not accepting cash strikes me as pretentious, not sanitary and isn't cash "legal tender", meaning it must be accepted as remuneration? Jeez.

And no tipping? The staff is gonna hump working only for their hourly? He must mean the staff grouped in a corner, ignoring me while I'm trying to get my bill because, "hey, it's not like he's gonna tip us or anything." No thanks.

Wonder what it's like on the planet he's living on.

Apr 07, 2014
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Hollow bread?

Couldn't have been too much yeast as a natural levain like sourdough, doesn't work like a dry yeast which can be "over measured". That said, it looks like it was rolled into shape rather than punched into shape, leaving a rather large pocket in the center. As it rose and later expanded in the oven, this pocket enlarged, pushing the dough around it to the outside where it baked/set quickly enough to hold it's shape. The void then, simply stayed. Next time, don't roll it into the loaf shape, pat and "coax" it and make sure there are as few air bubbles as possible. Very active starter will cause all kinds of interesting aberrations. Good luck.

Seeking New Coordinator for LA Dish of the Month

ABANDON!

Mar 25, 2014
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Seeking New Coordinator for LA Dish of the Month

KEVIN

Mar 24, 2014
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PIE - LA Dish of the Month (March 2014)

I've gotta put in a vote for the Pear Tatin at Cafe Moi in Van Nuys . . . topped with Creme Fraiche it's OOTW.

Mar 14, 2014
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Looking to impress a career chef, but must cater lunch in Vernon, CA

I can't imagine it would be inexpensive but what about Baco Mercat? catering@bacomercat.com It would certainly impress.

Mar 13, 2014
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Where to get my knives sharpened??

As on the previous board regarding this, I strongly recommend Ross's Cutlery downtown. Not only do they do an outstanding job but they're a couple of doors away from the Bradley Building (always a great visit) and walking distance to the new Central Market.

Feb 25, 2014
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What restaurant do you really really really miss that is now closed ?????

Weiner Factory.

Feb 10, 2014
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A "Dumb Starbucks" (that's the complete name) on Hillhurst ?

Nathan Fielder has come out as the prankster behind Dumb Starbucks, the parody coffee shop in Los Feliz that saw enthusiastic crowds for its off-label coffee and Vons pastries.

[Update: The Los Angeles County Health Department shut down Dumb Starbucks for not having proper permits to operate. The department posted a sign on the shop's window after Fielder's announcement.]

Fielder is the star of the Comedy Central reality show, “Nathan For You.” It’s known for its pranks, usually focused around small businesses. In one skit, he had a gas station owner offer dirt-cheap gas prices for anyone willing to drive up a mountain to drop off a rebate form.

"There have been lines around the block and very few small businesses get that from the start ... ," Fielder told a crowd of reporters when he revealed himself to be the instigator of Dumb Starbucks.

Feb 10, 2014
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A "Dumb Starbucks" (that's the complete name) on Hillhurst ?

I saw a feature about this on the news and for the money invested (I figure at least 10 grand...costumes, rent, props, insurance, logo, signage, etc.) I can only imagine this is for some kind of reality or prank show. PLUS they're giving all the food away. Don't know how that's impacted by FDA and Health Law but there's somethin' goin' on.

Feb 09, 2014
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Bacon Grease Anyone?

For some huge (and meaty) ham bones, check out your local Honey Baked Ham store. I buy about half-a-dozen bones a year from them for use in stocks, greens and the like. Sometimes they have "buy 3 get one free" deals. Check 'er out.

Feb 09, 2014
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Crab Cakes

While it's been a few years since I imparted last, I like the ones at Traxx in Union Station. Maybe not classics but significantly fit t'eat.

Jan 30, 2014
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raised or cake ????? Which kind of gal or guy are you ????

Unquestionably the unglazed buttermilk from Stan's in Westwood. Of course, if he has Blueberry Crisps that day, I could be at risk for stepping on my tongue.

Jan 26, 2014
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Sparkling Shiraz

BevMo in Van Nuys has it http://www.bevmo.com/Shop/ProductDeta...

Dec 17, 2013
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Chasen's chili at Bristol Farms

Although the CHOW-police may not like the placement, for now, here's that recipe:

Chasen's Famous Chili v.2
No, no. Supposedly THIS is the original Chasen’s recipe.

½ lb DRY PINTO BEANS
WATER
1 (28-oz) can DICED TOMATOES IN JUICE
1 LARGE GREEN BELL PEPPER, chopped
2 Tbsp VEGETABLE OIL
3 cups ONIONS, coarsely chopped
2 cloves GARLIC, crushed
½ cup PARSLEY, chopped
½ cup BUTTER
2 lb BEEF CHUCK, coarsely chopped*
1 lb PORK SHOULDER, coarsely chopped*
1/3 cup GEBHARDT'S CHILI POWDER
1 Tbsp SALT
1½ tsp PEPPER
1½ tsp GROUND CUMIN

* Chasen's used the best beef chuck, center cut, trimmed completely of fat. The restaurant used a special meat grinder, but for the home cook, meat chopped into one-quarter to one-half-inch chunks is much better than ground meat for this chili.

Rinse the beans, picking out debris. Place beans in a Dutch oven with water to cover. Boil for two minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand one hour. Drain off liquid.

Rinse beans again. Add enough fresh water to cover beans. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered, for one hour or until tender.

Stir in tomatoes and their juice. Simmer five minutes. In a large skillet, sauté bell pepper in oil for five minutes. Add onion and cook until tender, stirring frequently. Stir in the garlic and parsley. Add mixture to bean mixture. Using the same skillet, melt the butter and sauté beef and pork chuck until browned. Drain. Add to bean mixture along with the chili powder, salt, pepper and cumin.

Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for one hour. Uncover and cook 30 minutes more or to desired consistency. Chili shouldn't be too thick - it should be somewhat liquid but not runny like soup. Skim of excess fat and serve. You can freeze this chili for several months. When reheating refrigerated leftover or frozen chili, add a few tablespoons of water to regain proper consistency.

What's your LEAST favorite restaurant in LA ? (excepting of course for chains).

Third thumbs down on Umami. Not only was I overwhelmed by the prices and underwhelmed by the food and service (I was the first one there one lunch time, nobody else around) but had the additional misfortune to be in the presence of owner, Adam Fleischman. He was truculent towards me and rude to his employees. Regretfully, I've watched his franchise expand but I certainly won't be back.

Dec 05, 2013
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Best of the Roy Choi Restaurants?

A-Frame but they don't take reservations so you may have a wait. (Outstanding CHOW). Personally, I enjoy the communal tables although they're not conducive to intimate conversation. Check out the menu at their website (the building used to be an IHop)

Nov 15, 2013
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Los Angeles Restaurants in the 80's

After eating lots of "BBQ'ed" Shrimp in New Orleans, I was always a little disappointed in Killer Shrimp (Sherman Oaks). Not quite the flavor profile I liked and it always seemed a bit stilted what with the specific shrimp counts (necessary, I understand but still) and lack of ambiance. That said, 'pears the latest incarnations live on in Santa Barbara and Marina del Rey.

Never been, figured out how to make it myselves years ago.

Nov 03, 2013
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cream pies

Wait! No love for Four & Twenty in Van Nuys? They make both a banana cream and a chocolate cream pie that would make a grown man weep. In fact, I'm weeping right now.

Sep 13, 2013
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