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Bon Appetit announced its list of 50 best restaurants for 2015 and 4 are in LA.

Someone still reads Bon Appetit?


Oh gad! I hope so.

Armenian in Glendale

Raffi's is a good choice. Otherwise, you can find Armenian/Mediterranean on any street and any corner in Glendale.

Jun 25, 2015
oldusedcop in Los Angeles Area

Where to find a good fruit pie this weekend?

Pie 'n' Burger, although House of Pies has the best blueberry pie I ever ate.

May 07, 2015
oldusedcop in Los Angeles Area

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

I haven't purchased a cookbook lately, but my best was acquired not long after we were married in 1963, the Playboy Gourmet Cookbook, and yes, the text and pictures are classic Playboy. The commentary is still fun, after all these years, and, of course, the pictures are of food.

Apr 06, 2015
oldusedcop in Home Cooking

Paleta Cart ? Orange County

Stop one in old town Santa Ana. The company name is on the cart.

Mar 16, 2015
oldusedcop in Los Angeles Area

Need help recalling restaurant (1978 photo).

Looks like the Swiss Chef 13727 Victory in what's euphemistically name Valley Glen.

Been there once. it was OK at best. Regular customers are favored. Latest reviews on Yelp haven't been good.

Mar 12, 2015
oldusedcop in Los Angeles Area

Bon Appétit’s Exec. Editor spends 3 days eating in LA

The question: Is she the symptom or the cause of BA's pukeable selections and recipes?

Feb 10, 2015
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Kooky, but good - Clearman's Steak N Stein (Pico Rivera)

The big difference is that NW doesn't require you to drive through Pico Rivera at night.

Jan 28, 2015
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Super Burger - Pasadena

The burgers are huge, and you should bring a bib. The staff is friendly, but the cooks need some education about adding salt.
Alas! The fries are frozen, crinkle cut.

Jan 17, 2015
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Lunasia (Pasadena)

Went today. The place was busy, but we were seated right away. After we ordered, it took a while to get our food. The staff seemed friendly, even asking how everything tasted--before there was food on the table.

Our limited samplings didn't have much taste but were helped with applications of soy sauce and hot mustard. The char siu bao were good.

Jan 16, 2015
oldusedcop in Los Angeles Area

Lucky Duck Closing

The parking is another massive screw-up by the city planning department. The opposite end of the site is occupied by a pilates studio. When it's up and running, the sweataholics take up all available spaces. Any other city would have prohibited either the studio or the restaurant because of inadequate parking.

Jan 16, 2015
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What do you put in your chicken stock to make the most flavorful soup?

Knorr Chicken Flavored Bouillon, but be careful. It's very salty, but with great flavor.

Jan 03, 2015
oldusedcop in Home Cooking

11 Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes: You Be the Judge

None of the above. The best CCC are the malted milk CCC from (gasp) Pioneer Woman.

Dec 22, 2014
oldusedcop in Features

Hom Yu and Pressed Duck

Hunan Taste, San Vicente and Olympic has it on their menu.

Dec 11, 2014
oldusedcop in Los Angeles Area

Where can I buy smoked pheasant?

You can also try Italco Food Products: 800-722-1982

Wisconsin Gourmet Foods has a number of pheasant products:

Here's another: New Braunfels Smoke House: 800-537-6932

Nov 22, 2014
oldusedcop in Los Angeles Area

2014 Sammy Awards - Who's In?

Joe Jost's is in LA County.

1. Italian at Giamella's Los Feliz--without veggies. Great bread.

2. Al Pastor torta at Casita Taqueria, Magnolia and Victory in Burbank.

3. Pastrami at The Hat, Pasadena; needs no explanation.

Nov 17, 2014
oldusedcop in Los Angeles Area

Frozen Pheasants in OC?

Try Elwell Farms in Santa Ana. They may have pheasant or be able to tell you where to find them: 714-546-9280. Raahauge Shooting Enterprises in Corona raises pheasants. They might have an answer:951-738-9212

Nov 10, 2014
oldusedcop in Los Angeles Area

Bigmista's no longer slated for DTLA, will open in Long Beach

What's the address of the LB Q?

Oct 29, 2014
oldusedcop in Los Angeles Area

Where to find "French Waffles" (danish pastries w/ buttercream) in LA??

Had something very similar a couple of weeks ago at Copenhagen Pastry, in Culver City. Incidentally, CP is waiting on some electrical thing to open in Pasadena, on East Colorado, just east of Rosemead, next to Big 5. Should be very soon.

Oct 04, 2014
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Lindy and Grundy Closed!

If you don't mind a little travelling, Alexander's Prime Meats 6580 San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel 91775. Located in Howie's Market.

Oct 01, 2014
oldusedcop in Los Angeles Area

Bit o Scotland fish and chips

If you can handle a few street people, Catch 21 is just up the block from Fisherman's Outlet. Good prices; the sole is great, and the owner is friendly.

Jul 22, 2014
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Very nice meal at Limani Taverna (former Papadakis Taverna venue)

When they did away with Beacon Street, they killed DT San Pedro, hence the lack of traffic. Papadakis was really too much fun to be duplicated.

Jul 22, 2014
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When only SALT will do?

I too am a saltaholic, always have been, but I know why. Salt lovers should have their doctors check for adrenal insufficiency, aka Addison's Disease. It can kill you if ignored.

May 13, 2014
oldusedcop in General Topics

Joe's Jost's ( a quickie reminder review)

It's been years since I was in Joe Jost's, so I was surprised to see the pix on their website showing that the place is (apparently) clean. At one time, the stuffed head over the sandwich prep area was so covered with cobwebs you couldn't tell what kind of animal it was. That was the charm of the old place. Great memories!

Apr 15, 2014
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Where does one get this pastry in LA ??????????

Copenhagen Pastry on Washington in Culver City. Sinful!

Mar 18, 2014
oldusedcop in Los Angeles Area

Best tacos/burritos in Glendale, 2014 edition.

Tacos Casita El Carbon is very friendly, and their food has great taste. Their carne asada tacos are tougher than shoe leather--but they taste good. Their shrimp tacos are good. Tres Hermanas, on Central, south of Colorado, appears to have changed hands. Their food was very tasty, and doesn't seem to have changed.

Mar 14, 2014
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Smashburger, Overland @ Venice.

Mar 12, 2014
oldusedcop in Los Angeles Area

Moving to the Valley, what's good?- Sherman Oaks/Van Nuys

The BBQ dip at Smoke City Market, Van Nuys Blvd, north of Magnolia.

Mar 03, 2014
oldusedcop in Los Angeles Area

Pink Curing Salt

Most of your outdoor outfitters have it. Sportsman's Warehouse (online) has plenty.

Mar 03, 2014
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