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GCM is Getting The Best Ice Cream Parlour

Point taken. No argument there.

about 13 hours ago
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area

GCM is Getting The Best Ice Cream Parlour

The no-fries gimmick often doesn't work with me, as there are precious few places that actually make a french fry good enough for me to want to spend extra on it

about 14 hours ago
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area

GCM is Getting The Best Ice Cream Parlour

I've never understood all the fuss over McConnell's for 30+ years now. I've had it in their shops in the Santa Barbara area and in L.A. (early 80s); from the freezer in Gelson's; and other retail, ice cream-serving establishments. It's always been just OK. Haagen Dazs was and remains better, IMHO.

Jul 18, 2014
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area
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Where to find yellow watermelon?

At least one vendor, Underwood Farms, at the Pasadena farmers' market yesterday.

http://www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com/F...

Jul 06, 2014
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area

Where to find yellow watermelon?

I have seen them at the Saturday mkt. in Pasadena, but I can't say for certain if they're in yet this year. It's not something I look for.

Jul 04, 2014
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions for business dinner in Pasadena or surrounding

I'd recommend Crossings in South Pas but it might exceed that budget by a little bit

Jul 01, 2014
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area

Copper River salmon at Costco

I like the Burbank Costco for foodstuffs and wine. To be honest, I haven't compared the food offerings as much as the wines, and Burbank is a clear wine winner over the two stores that are technically closer to me (Alhambra, Irwindale/Azusa) so that's where I go. I've gotten really good salmon there, and have been lucky enough to find a suitable portion (there's only two of us) every time.

Jun 30, 2014
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area

Copper River salmon at Costco

We have different tastes, I guess. I've always been impressed with the price/quality ratio of their various Cotes du Rhone over the years. Got a few bottles of a really nice Bordeaux at $20/bottle a couple years ago that goes for more than double that at my local wine shop (which generally has good prices). They carry good whiskey and tequila on their Kirkland label that sells for a lot less than the name label, too.

I've bought very good wild salmon there as well. You can't fake the freshness, and it's about 1/2 what it would cost at Whole Foods or anywhere else.

Sounds like you go to the wrong Costcos (they aren't stocked the same, you know).

Jun 30, 2014
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area

Last Hamburger Hamlet Standing (Sherman Oaks) Bites the Dust.

"I got the recipe from HH Corporate..."

That in and of itself may be the problem - you got the recipe after the chain went corporate. HH started going downhill once it was a corporate business rather than a family-owned establishment. It would not shock me to learn that they changed recipes.

Jun 29, 2014
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area

Copper River salmon at Costco

I completely forgot about the great fresh salmon deals at Costco. Time to make another excursion over there! Any good wine or liquor deals currently (Burbank)?

Jun 29, 2014
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area

Could any chef in LA prepare Lievre a la Royale?

As of about 20 minutes ago, Bel Campo meats at GCM had fresh rabbits, presumably from its fields. I couldn't tell you about the blood, but it happened to be something I noticed.

Jun 12, 2014
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area

Sour Cherries

Thank you both, Querencia and MarkC.

May 24, 2014
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area

Sour Cherries

Regular cherries are already available. Are there specific varieties of "sour" cherries, or are they just unripe? If the latter, I suspect they're already available considering you can get fully ripe ones.

I should also mention that they had fresh sour cherry pie at Du-Par's Pasadena the other day.

May 23, 2014
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area

Langer's Brunch Sat. 5/17 -- #9 beats #19

That's another one that's only supposed to be eaten once a year. But it's probably been 5 years for me, so that means I can have 5 of them, right?

May 19, 2014
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area

10 Best Places For Smoked Fish In LA

What is the reason?

May 18, 2014
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area

Langer's Brunch Sat. 5/17 -- #9 beats #19

I find your comment surprising concerning the salt level of the chicken soup. I like Langers' chicken soup, but I find it more than sufficiently salty.

May 18, 2014
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area

Extra extra extra !!!! Get your JG 101 list for the bargain basement price of $3

Take LATimes out of your browser history.

May 17, 2014
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area

Union Station eats

+1

May 16, 2014
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area

Is Settebello pizza special?

I honestly couldn't tell you. If I'm snooty, it can't be "westside" snootery, is all I'm saying.

May 13, 2014
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area

Bistro de la Gare, Round 2

Well, you CAN drive to Vegas and go to Bouchon there, and they do have that Mason jar thing.

May 13, 2014
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area

Is Settebello pizza special?

A non sequitur. You can't accuse someone who hasn't ever lived west of Vine/Rossmore of "westside snootery and myopia." Just sayin'.

May 13, 2014
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area

Is Settebello pizza special?

Also, your comment about "westside bitching" is particularly misguided when commenting about one who lives in Pasadena.

May 13, 2014
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area

Is Settebello pizza special?

I'm not sure what you mean, honestly. They are real in the sense that they're not just fa├žades, but they were built as part of the grove. They were not pre-existing.

May 13, 2014
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area

Is Settebello pizza special?

It's all FAKE. It's a mall where you're subjected to loud, piped-in music and they pretend that it's a street scape.

At least 3rd street promenade occupies real buildings, not a faux-Disney set. It's exactly what westsidegal said.

May 13, 2014
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area
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Is Settebello pizza special?

"when i saw what happened when caruso built the grove, i went home and cried."

Me too. I call it the Grave of Farmers' Market.

May 13, 2014
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area
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Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain

I was referring to Soda Jerks. Nevermind.

May 12, 2014
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area

Is Settebello pizza special?

I have no experience with Ortica or Pizza e Vino, but Settebello offers a traditional Vera Pizza Napoletana product. I enjoy Mozza, but it is not a VPN. Likewise, I also enjoy a good Chicago-style pie, but it would be silly to compare one to a VPN. They're different products.

As for whether Settebello is special, I'd say yes. The margherita DOC is well-executed and divine in its simplicity.

May 12, 2014
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area
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Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain

The place everyone else on this thread is talking about closed nearly a decade ago.

May 12, 2014
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area

Bistro de la Gare, back on track

Right on!

I'm fortunate enough to have several places near my home or on my shopping routes [Mission Liquors; Burbank Costco; Vons Pasadena] where I can get good wine deals, but I'm with you: lots of perfectly fine everyday wine at TJs. If I'm shopping there, I don't need to make a second stop for wine.

May 12, 2014
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area

Where Can I Get Real Skirt Steak in W.L.A.?

The Grand Central Market location (downtown) does have a butcher shop, though.

May 03, 2014
Jack Flash in Los Angeles Area