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Cream that is not made with Cow's milk

coconut milk
coconut cream

about 21 hours ago
westsidegal in General Topics

Chowhound Best of 2014 Nominations: You're the experts, we want to hear from you!

thank you for the clarification.

Nov 20, 2014
westsidegal in Site Talk

Chowhound Best of 2014 Nominations: You're the experts, we want to hear from you!

here's the line from the Los Angeles board:

<<then from your suggestions, we’ll build our voting polls. If we do not receive enough recommendations for a particular category, CHOW’s editorial team will create a list of hand-picked nominations.>>

they'll CREATE a list if they don't like what they get.

Nov 20, 2014
westsidegal in Site Talk

Cooking When You are Poor

agree with ospreycove about beans but would expand it to include ALL legumes: beans, lentils, peanuts, etc.

also, when it comes to cooking legumes, imho, if you are willing to look beyond european cooking, you will be well rewarded

Protein Powder: Is it worth it?

absolutely not.

Nov 18, 2014
westsidegal in General Topics

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

foodiemahoodie: dinner menu was available at lunch

Nov 17, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

First time at Coni Seafood, select items for a group of 4? Paging WSG

thx so much

;-)

Nov 16, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

Vegetarian & Vegan - and "Recommendations" for Meat Recipes?

<<I think it's best to get over that>>
it certainly would be "best" for CBS if all the vegetarian board members "got over" that so that CBS doesn't need to consider making any changes in order to "grow" the board.
(do you own stock in CBS?)

lots of companies, who are being faced with their customer's resistance to one or another aspects of the company's products/decisions/moral positions/ etc. would find it "best" if the customers just "got over" their objections.

(there is a discussion now on one of the boards about a group of certain LA hotels and the business they are losing because the hotel owner has positions about particular social and religious issues thatare not in sync with the "normal" U.S/L.A , views of "the world."
certainly the argument could be made that the owner's views are very common in the "rest of the world" however, the customers' money doesn't seem to be following YOUR philosophical view that the customers should just "get over" their OWN views )

Nov 16, 2014
westsidegal in Site Talk
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Vegetarian & Vegan - and "Recommendations" for Meat Recipes?

linguafood: it's not a matter of being offended.
the vegetarian board is a vehicle for attracting people who are interested in vegetarian food so that advertising can be directed at them.

the point is to point out how the choices about how the ads that are being shown on that board may affect the target population and to alert the board owner about how certain choices could well weaken the vegetarian board's value to CBS as an advertising vehicle.

i don't think CBS is in this to provide philosophical "life lessons" based on YOUR personal viewpoints about what will and what won't set people up for misery. this is a business proposition, no more and no less.

Vegetarian & Vegan - and "Recommendations" for Meat Recipes?

linguafod: if you are going on a "vegetarian" board only, it could hardly be said that you are expecting "the rest of the world" to "always" cater to your personal line.

hypothetically, how do you think many of the "regular" meat-eating folks would react if, instead of a whole pig, there was a slaughter and roasting of a whole horse or a whole dog (maybe even their neighbor's riding horse or trail dog) and then they were expected to happily go along with watching the slaughter, seeing the roasted whole animal, and doing the carving, and partaking of the consumption of these animals because much of the "rest of the world" would not see it as problematic?
what about all the neighbor kids? maybe some who actually rode that horse and grew up with that horse?
should they be expected to participate in the slaughter and consumption of the neighbor's horse because in may parts of the "rest of the world" this is normal?

if some people resisted or were revolted, would you be CALLING THEM OUT for expecting to "ALWAYS be catered to?" and for not going along with what the "REST OF THE WORLD" thinks is fine?

Nov 16, 2014
westsidegal in Site Talk
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Vegetarian & Vegan - and "Recommendations" for Meat Recipes?

chatsworth: most of my kosher family members are, like yourself, able to tolerate a picture of a pork sandwich.
when they went to hawaii, however, and were faced with an entire roasted pig, head and all, a lot of that tolerance disappeared. many felt it was an "in your face" display, etc.
there was something about the fact that the head of the animal was there that changed the tenor of the experience.

everyone has their own level of tolerance, and your "line in the sand" is not necessarily the "only" one, nor the "best" one, nor the most "respectful" and "considerate" one.

your personal line is just that: your PERSONAL line.

Nov 16, 2014
westsidegal in Site Talk
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Vegetarian & Vegan - and "Recommendations" for Meat Recipes?

jw615: not at all complicated: we don't go into the meat sections.

(i use practically the identical technique to avoid the baking supply section too!)

i'm assuming that you don't need any more specifics about how we accomplish this?

just let me know if you do. would be glad to help you figure out how to navigate around a typical grocery store.

Vegetarian & Vegan - and "Recommendations" for Meat Recipes?

1) jr. you have my word on this:

i find a mere picture of "animal flesh" upsetting.

there a many restaurants that i USED to go to and WOULD be going to that i NO LONGER go to because i don't care for the pictures of animal flesh that they use in their promotions. (Sotto, i'm looking at YOU)

2) also, about your point that this is a "free" site:
the owners of this site use OUR input, the traffic that WE generate, OUR very continued presence on this site to justify charging money for advertising/spam.

without US, they have NO BUSINESS MODEL.
WE are a self-selected bunch of potential customers and they sell advertising based on our eyes looking at their site.

so, PULEEZE, stop with this idea that THEY are the ones giving us something for free. WE are the ones giving THEM our time and analysis and our availability to be on the receiving end of advertising for free.

itzik hagadol lunch yesterday

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Nov 15, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

itzik hagadol lunch yesterday

some slippage in their salads.
imho, still good, but no longer destination-worthy.

Nov 15, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

The Bored's...

the revivals aren't, for the most part, being done by known, established posters like yourself.

they are being done by "new" people (maybe PAID people) who seem to be parachuting in.

these "new" people don't have any clue about the local scene nor about food in general.

some zombie threads seem to be spontaneously revived (IT'S MAGIC!)

some zombie threads seem to be revived by old handles that had disappeared years ago, but the people who are posting under those handles seem "off" somehow . . . . .

Nov 14, 2014
westsidegal in Site Talk

Dinner close to Cedars Sinai - Public Transit-friendly locations most appreciated

i'll even volunteer to be the lookout for when the cookies come hot out of the oven.

First time at Coni Seafood, select items for a group of 4? Paging WSG

no mystery:
i am a "super fan."
i am a regular there just like i'm a regular at 7 to 10 other restaurants/bars.

that's all

i wonder, if there will be any place i go that i WON'T be required to disclose something. at the bar i went to last night, the 20-something bartender calls me MAMA because i'm very much the jewish mother toward all the young servers/bartenders at that bar.

i'm jewish, i'm motherly, and i'm certainly old enough to be their mother.
also, i like having a regular rotation.

no longer intrigued by the idea of wandering from place to place driving all over town hoping to find good food when i already KNOW dozens of places that can be counted on to serve good food.

so, in the interest of disclosure, it is safe to say that virtually ANY restaurant i recommend will be one at which i am a regular.

Recent news cites that Los Angeles restaurants are serving huge amounts of duck...

yup, those are the folks.

Nov 10, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

Recent news cites that Los Angeles restaurants are serving huge amounts of duck...

dunno about Brentwood, but they have a stall at the mar vista FM on grandview on sunday mornings.
get there early sometimes they sell out.

imho, top-flight product

Recent news cites that Los Angeles restaurants are serving huge amounts of duck...

ogawak: the horrific conditions in which chickens and pigs are "raised" are an ONGOING source of article after article and more and more exposure through "underground" footage.

no reason to think that the whole category has improved-- just, as one place improves, many others take its place in the category of awful, then the awfuls get exposed and they a) fire some low-level employees or b) change their name/ownership or c) just promise to improve.

Nov 10, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

New Chowhound Community Manager

advertising $$$$

Nov 08, 2014
westsidegal in Site Talk

New Chowhound Community Manager

a chance for what?
bringing in more disguised advertising?

Nov 08, 2014
westsidegal in Site Talk

Late-Night Feasting at Morinoya: A Pictorial Essay

THANK YOU, J.L!

Nov 07, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

Ultimate Downtown Food Crawl?

Emilymarie124: since you recently did a Thai Town crawl, how about you write it up and share this on the board?

this way we'll have a better idea about who you are!
when did you go? where did you choose to go? why did you choose those places as opposed to others?

p.s. we LOVE seeing pictures

your HH tells us NOTHING about you! help us out here. we all like knowing the latest about restaurant crawls.

did you discover any new places that haven't been mentioned here before? were they good? what did you have? how did they compare with the old standbys? how much did they cost?

and, of course, i'm always interested in where you found parking!

please SHARE!

you say:
<<I love downtown LA and I know there are so many good places to eat but I'm having a hard time sorting through them all>>

what about the process is difficult for you?
knowing this may make it easier for us to help you.
maybe tell us which places you think are "good?" and WHY you think they are "good?"

Do guests' "do not eat lists" get you down?

no they don't.
if i've invited someone to my house, i like them, list or not.
my list of criteria for enjoying time with people doesn't include their food preferences

Nov 07, 2014
westsidegal in Not About Food
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Canned tomatoes and there metallic taste!?

some time ago i switched to the glass-jarred tomatoes instead.
the brand i use is Jovial, it is carried by whole foods, imported from italy and is organic.
as an added bonus, sometimes it is on sale.

couldn't stand the nagging suspicions about whatever it was that was ruining the flavor . . . .

Nov 06, 2014
westsidegal in General Topics
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Where can I get a good loaf of ciabatta bread?

ralph's on lincoln, near maxella, also carries la brea bakery

Nov 05, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

I'm Going Deaf Eating Out in LA

john gonzales:

<<outside their desire to eat a dish with the intended ingredients>>

i look at it as a desire to maintain the movement of the food through the "assembly line" process that was designed to keep the food moving through their small kitchen in an efficient way, NOT as a desire just to adhere to the intended ingredients.

if you change anything about an assembly line, the production ALL the dishes (products) in the system normally get f-ck-d up.

it's similar to buying a car and telling the dealer that you want the color of your upholstery to be different than any of the manufacturer's normal couplings of upholstery color with exterior color. a few, mostly luxury, manufacturers will do this. most regular car manufacturers, though, have systems that will not accommodate ANY idiosyncratic changes.

a restaurant's kitchen efficiency is increased to the extent that they can adhere to a well-designed assembly line approach.
if they develop a customer base that "gets" their product enough so that the customers come with the mind-set that that they are buying a particular menu item, not buying a personal service, it would be stupid to screw up production line and stupid to open the door to individualizing the product in any way.

Smallest entree ever!

mc michael: do you really get involved in such machinations when you are having a celebratory meal?

maybe when i'm alone, i'd consider such behavior, but as part of a couple or in a group or especially as part of a celebration, NEVER.

Nov 04, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area