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How I Wrote an Entire Book on Banh Mi

Oh, I am so buying this book! I love banh mi, and I didn't even know what it was prior to a year ago. Thanks for the lovely book, and the interesting article on the process of writing it.

Discontinued at Trader Joe's: July 2014-December 2014

You could use the smoked spanish paprika (while not a flake, per se, it would definitely give you the smoke. It rocks on roasted cauliflower! (Just reqalized the smoked spanish paprika might be be by Penzey's though, although I'd swear TJ's had a version, too).

Aug 20, 2014
Spaceechik in Chains

Best artuisan bread in Hollywood, Koreatown area?

Not too far, basically at Western/Melrose (Le Pain Quotidean is close, but too far a walk from the bus stop, hence the pain in my old legs. ;) )

Bread Lounge would actually be easier on the legs.

Aug 20, 2014
Spaceechik in Los Angeles Area

Best artuisan bread in Hollywood, Koreatown area?

I knew Kenter CAnyon was at the Santa Monica Wednesday market, but I didn't know they were at the Sunday Hollywood market. Will be getting up at the crack of dawn for that, then -- Thanks!

Aug 20, 2014
Spaceechik in Los Angeles Area

What do you eat when you don't know what you want?

That's the one...but it can be a corn tortilla, too, if I've got my favorite cheese. The charring is very imprtant, though. ;)

Aug 20, 2014
Spaceechik in General Topics
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A few things to get off my chest ...

I had a grilled pizza once, that used white clam pasta sauce as the sauce, grilled sauteed ham bits and grilled corn and grilled pepper. It was pretty good, but the ham steak didn't really need to be grilled, it made the ham bits too dry. Too much grilling, I think. ;)

Aug 17, 2014
Spaceechik in General Topics

Leaving half doughnuts behind

You could put a sign next to the box, and ask that if someone only wants half, that they give the other half to their closest desk mate, or bring it back to their desk to split with someone, in front of witnesses? Just a thought, and I feel your pain -- I hate to see good food, and generosity, disrespected.

Aug 17, 2014
Spaceechik in Not About Food

Should I stop baking with pyrex?

The best bet to avoid problematic glassware is to troll the charity shops (nd maybe your parent's kitchens ;) ) for pre-trademark-sale Pyrex. I have a few pieces from my mom that have never given me any trouble.

Aug 09, 2014
Spaceechik in Cookware

The Gorbals' Peter Haller: 5 Cheap Bites in Los Angeles

Cheap Eats? Not that anyone I know would recognize. What color is the sky on his planet, anyway? Twelve dollars for a sandwich, while the sandwich may be superior, it's anything but cheap. Real people can't afford that.

Jul 23, 2014
Spaceechik in Features

La Boulange

Interesting that you keep saying their servings are generous -- the La Boulangerie bakery choices at the Bux are small compared to the ones at the location on Matilda in Sunnyvale, when I used to live up there..

Jul 11, 2014
Spaceechik in Los Angeles Area

Best artuisan bread in Hollywood, Koreatown area?

Republique is a bit out of my price range, but thanks for the tip!

Hadn't thought to check the Farmer's Market in Hollywwod; it's hard for me to get around, so I stopped going. Sounds like a good reason to try again. I'll look for a bread stand with a line...always a good sign!

Apr 01, 2014
Spaceechik in Los Angeles Area

Best artuisan bread in Hollywood, Koreatown area?

I lived in Silicon Valley for a couple of years, and there was this wonderful bread, made by Acme Bread. The Whole Foods and the Farmer's Markets all carried it. The Whole Foods down here; sadly, does not,

Sooo, what's the best artisan bread in Hollywood and/or Koreatown? Le Pain Quotidien is pretty similar, but it's a pain to get to...and you must be there before 1 pm at the latest, for the freshest selection,

Basically, I'm looking for a good rustic french or rustic sourdough.

Mar 31, 2014
Spaceechik in Los Angeles Area

Cabot butter and cheeses in Central L.A.,?

Thanks! The butter is the hardest to find...used to be in Wild Oats, but they got bought and the new place doesn't carry it.

Mar 30, 2014
Spaceechik in Los Angeles Area

Cabot butter and cheeses in Central L.A.,?

Do any of you happy chowhounds know where I can find Cabot (Vermont) butter and cheeses? Lived in the Bay Area for a couple of years, and Whole Foods up there had a couple of the cheeses, but I really miss their butter. And Trader Joe's doesn't appear to carry the Cabot low fat cheddar that I've looked recently.

If not Cabot, what do you recommend?

Mar 27, 2014
Spaceechik in Los Angeles Area

Looking for instant espresso powder

Updating this -- the 99¢ Only Stores have a smallish jar of espresso powder, brand name, Granados, which sells for $1. I find it an acceptable substitute for the Megdalia D'Oro -- it has the same carmelly accent that the M D'O has, but for almost $3 less. Just thought I'd share...

Feb 09, 2014
Spaceechik in Los Angeles Area

A "Dumb Starbucks" (that's the complete name) on Hillhurst ?

the article I read at the KPCC local news online said that they are going for the 'parody art' clause, to avoid legal issues. I'm wishing them luck, but doubt it'll fly in court. Starbucks is very sue-y. ;)

Feb 09, 2014
Spaceechik in Los Angeles Area

COLLARD GREENS

Where can I get some smoked turkey drumsticks or thighs in the central LA/Hancock Park area? I almost never see those cuts raw in the supers, even around Thanksgiving!

Jul 12, 2013
Spaceechik in Home Cooking

Top Eats at LA Farmers’ Markets

Major oversight here...you forgot the Gastrobus food truck, and their wonderful pulled pork sandwich, and their thai spicy chicken wrap...plus their brunch items -- on Sundays at the Los Feliz Farmer's Market, by Franklin Ave and Vermont.

Mar 21, 2013
Spaceechik in Features

The Best Breads in San Francisco

Acme Bread is my yardstick for what a fresh bread should be. The whole wheat is exceptional, but all the Acme offerings are wonderful, and I miss them so much.
Los Angeles doesn't have anything that compares, and yes, that includes La Brea Bakery, unless my LA peeps are holding out on me!

Feb 06, 2013
Spaceechik in Features

No Joke: Delicious Vegan Crab Cakes

I've had some very good "faux" gras...if they can do that with vegetables, I'm willing to give it a try! The menu items look pretty good.

May 31, 2012
Spaceechik in Features

Bulk grains and beans?

Sprouts is also in Burbank, on San Fernando Rd, 1 block NW of Burbank Blvd. No t any that I know of in Koreatown, but there's one on Hoover and 30th(?) by USC.

Apr 04, 2012
Spaceechik in Los Angeles Area

Any memories of "poor people food" from your childhood that you still crave?

Turns out, that the ban was based on false/bad research data -- if you feed 600 times what a human would drink to little rats, I'd be surprised if they *didn't* get cancer! Even after the study was disproved, the ban continued, but it's safe to use.

Mar 27, 2012
Spaceechik in General Topics

Any memories of "poor people food" from your childhood that you still crave?

That pigs in a blanket recipe was taught to us in my middle school economics class...guess they were trying to prepare all us junior cooks for the realities of managing a family kitchen, but then again, it was the late 50's.

My mother used to make these sandwiches she called "bunsteads" -- a can of tuna (then in oil, don't think packed in water went back that long ago), some cubes of cheese, chopped celery if we had some, some chopped onion, and a couple of teaspoons of pickle relish -- which she then mixed together, then stuffed in either hamburger or hot dog buns, covered with foil or a second jelly roll pan, and baked at 350F until the buns were crisp on the outside, and the cheese had melted. Loved those!!

Mar 27, 2012
Spaceechik in General Topics

Any memories of "poor people food" from your childhood that you still crave?

LOL! Fried bologna -- my husband lived on that when he was in college...thought he was a gourmet chef, when he proudly showed me how he snipped the edges to keep it from curling up on the pan. Toss on a little cheese, a piece of toast to top and he was good to go. It did taste good, but makes me smile just to remember it. Miss him so much.

Mar 27, 2012
Spaceechik in General Topics

Where Can I Buy Irish FLAPJACKS?

Another idea -- Tesco's owns Fresh and Easy, and you said you found Golden Syrup (never had it, but my over the pond pals rave...); have you thought of asking them if they could order the Irish pancakes for you?

Mar 27, 2012
Spaceechik in Los Angeles Area

Where Can I Buy Irish FLAPJACKS?

Unfortunately, they probably don't taste the same, as the home made version doesn't include the preservatives, etc, that the ready-made packets do. Are the results from that recipe you linked to so awful, though? Looked good to me... :)

Mar 27, 2012
Spaceechik in Los Angeles Area

What's the best plain oil for popping corn?

How is it price-wise? I've seem it recommended in "How to Cook Everything" app, by Mark Bittman.

Nov 07, 2011
Spaceechik in Home Cooking

What's the best plain oil for popping corn?

Thanks everyone! I admit coconut oil scares me off, as I seem to recall it has a bit of saturated fat, and canola oil is just...no. But peanut is interesting, and I might try some better quality extra light olive oil (what I have at the moment is the Walmart brand).

I've been a popcorn addict since I learned to make it when I was 9!

Nov 07, 2011
Spaceechik in Home Cooking

What's the best plain oil for popping corn?

I'm fairly broke all the time, and I make popcorn frequently, as it's very cheap, and is good for a snack while watching my detectives... ;)

I use pure olive oil, but I'm wondering if a more flavored oil might work as well? Also, I don't use much butter to dress the corn, just a little more of the olive oil flavored with a little pepper and or salt, sometimes with added southwest spice blends. Penzey's Arizona Dreaming, enough said!

Nov 07, 2011
Spaceechik in Home Cooking

Looking for instant espresso powder

There's hope! New use, I added a tbsp to some butterscotch chip cookies. Decadent.

I feel sometimes like as soon as I discover some item, it gets discontinued! Megalomaniac, much?

Aug 26, 2011
Spaceechik in Los Angeles Area