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Ca Ri Ga (Vietnamese) in W. Village?

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Oct 04, 2014
BigBrother in Manhattan

Ca Ri Ga (Vietnamese) in W. Village?

Hey folks- have a coworker in from out of town (Germany), and is craving something he described as Mango Chicken from a Vietnamese restaurant back home. Did some digging and the dish is Ca Ri Ga.

I don't typically see curries at Vietnamese restaurants here in the States (at least not at the more Americanized ones, I suppose), so am looking for help in tracking this down. Closest to the W. Village or SoHo would be best.

Thanks!!

Oct 03, 2014
BigBrother in Manhattan

Best base (onion soup mix, etc.) for a good pot roast??

That's a good suggestion.

Aug 15, 2014
BigBrother in Home Cooking

Best base (onion soup mix, etc.) for a good pot roast??

So, I have some simple recipes I've tuned involving some red wine, an oven bag, flour, water, onion soup mix, a bunch of veggies, and, of course, the star of the show- the roast. Real simple- throw them all in, mush it around, ~2 hours later, bam, dinner.

The thing I'm realizing though is that the onion soup mix is far, far and away the weak link in the chain. I can use great meat and veggies, but the fact remains that Lipton's, Knox, etc. basically taste like cheap boxed powdered soup, and the results can be tasted.

What is a better alternative? What I can use instead of this powdered swill to make a dynamite pot roast in such a fashion??

Thanks guys!!

Aug 15, 2014
BigBrother in Home Cooking

Any shops that stock Cappy Ice Fruit (a drink)?

Figured I'd chime in again. Anyone have any idea?

Aug 15, 2014
BigBrother in Manhattan

How can I get sunflower seeds that are shelled *after* being roasted?

I'm not sure this at all answers my question.

At the store, you can buy two varieties- shelled and unshelled. The unshelled (David, etc.) are fantastic and taste almost nothing like the shelled ones. As far as I can surmise, the shelled ones are roasted after being shelled, not before, otherwise they would taste identical.

I'm looking for the equivalent of having sat there with a bag of Davids for an hour shelling every single seed and putting those in a bowl! :)

Aug 14, 2014
BigBrother in General Topics

How can I get sunflower seeds that are shelled *after* being roasted?

Hey folks!

I love sunflower seeds that come in the shell, as does any sane human being, right?

But, also like any sane human being, I'm not particularly fond of all the work of shelling them. Now, there have always been shelled seeds available for purchase (think salad bar type), but they taste almost nothing like the ones in the shell. They roast those naked ones after shelling them and it gives them a completely different flavor.

As far as I can gather, it's because of the process required to remove the shells- you need to soak them in water. So they soak, remove, then roast and salt.

I would kill to find a brand that was roasted, salted, and only *then* shelled. That would be the best of both worlds and, as it stands, is a product that for me exists only in fantasy. Until I make my millions and can pay servants to shell all my seeds for me, this remains a pipe dream :).

Any thoughts? Oh and making my own is out of the question- don't have the time, facilities, or patience for it ;)

Thanks!!

Aug 13, 2014
BigBrother in General Topics

Smoked Lakerda (fish) for sale in the SFV?

Hey all, looking for an Israeli specialty food called lakerda:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakerda

For purchase in the SFV.

Anyone have any leads?

Thanks!

Aug 01, 2014
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Polish besides Warszawa?

Nah, that was just my catch-all statement/signoff :). Tis the full menu we crave- from the fantastic vegetable soups, tripe, borschts (traditional and white, etc.), to the schnitzels, various cabbages, stuffed things of various shapes and sizes, juices like black currant, nalishniki for dessert- everything :)

Dec 26, 2013
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Polish besides Warszawa?

Correction- we've tried Polka. Didn't scratch the itch :)

Dec 26, 2013
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

The best Neapolitan pizza in LA?

Well, thought I would chime in a year later (am back in town!) Am planning to try Settebello and Mother Dough very soon (as you might see from my posts, neither 800 degrees nor Sotto came close to the sublimity of Keste in NYC ;) )

Any other updates/suggestions- let me know!!

Dec 26, 2013
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Best duck buns in LA?

Chinatown? SGV? Am looking for the sort I'm used to in Flushing, NY, where they sell them piecemeal at $1 a pop (price obviously isn't imperative, but the concept would be).

Any restaurants in particular?

Posted about a year ago but no dice, thought I would try again.

Thanks!!

Dec 26, 2013
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Polish besides Warszawa?

Hey guys, seems like I look for this every few years. My family and I love Polish food, but I've always found a serious dearth of it here in the LA area. Warszawa is already well-trodden area for us.

I also know about Polka, but never been.

Here in the SFV, it seems a gem opens up every few years and then summarily closes.

So, any suggestions?

Pierogi love!
-BB

Dec 26, 2013
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Any shops that stock Cappy Ice Fruit (a drink)?

Nope, I'm still here, still looking for CIF!!! :)

Sep 18, 2013
BigBrother in Manhattan

Amazing experience (ideally French) within 90 mins of LA...

Great! May be a little too close for us (I know, sounds weird :)), but definitely in the right direction.

Keep 'em coming!

Jan 05, 2013
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Amazing experience (ideally French) within 90 mins of LA...

Hey guys! Am looking for the following for tonight, thought you might be able to help:

We want to get out of LA proper tonight and find some place that will floor us- some type of rustic getaway, I'm thinking along the lines of Big Sur, PCH, a hideaway in the desert- that sort of aesthetic; some place really unique and an off-the-beaten-path destination.

Ideally the cuisine would be classic French or New American.

Any ideas? Any amazing hidden gems within 90 mins? Thanks!

Jan 05, 2013
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

The best Neapolitan pizza in LA?

Ok, just hit up 800 Degrees and Sotto back to back (we don't mess around :))

First Sotto- on looks alone, they get high marks- looked really authentic. Taste? Paltry. If we closed our eyes, it tasted like an Ameci's pizza :\. Pretty disappointing.

800 Degrees- I see what you mean by quality/price ratio! Got a margherita for something like $7. Really damn good! Not Keste quality, but really, truly good.

Still though, now that I've tried LA's latest, I implore all of you- if you find yourself in Manhattan, you *must* go here:

www.kestepizzeria.com

Religious experience-level!

Thanks all!

Dec 09, 2012
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

The best Neapolitan pizza in LA?

800 looks great! I laughed at the cost/benefit - I was thinking Sotto was going to be $25/pie. Hah- 800 is comically cheap! In NY you could pay upwards of $20 for a pie! (Worth it as it might be :))

Thanks for the rec- will definitely try these out!

Dec 09, 2012
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Polish restaurants other than Polka and Warszawa?

Just checking- any recommendations? Warszawa is good, but we're looking for a change of pace, and Polka didn't impress.

Thoughts?

Dec 09, 2012
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

The best Neapolitan pizza in LA?

Hey guys, I'm an LA to NY to back-in-LA-on-occasion transplant, and my time in the big apple has found me developing a big hankering for Neopolitan pizza. (From Keste, specifically, if any of you have been there!)

I've tried the following places on my visits here, none blew me away:

- Pizza e Vino near Irvine
- Antica Pizzeria in Marina del Rey
- Pizzeria Mozza (found it downright disgusting)

So, has the landscape changed at all? Any new players on the scene?

Mangia in my future? :)

Dec 09, 2012
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy goose (to cook) in the SFV

Thanks all! Any more?

Dec 09, 2012
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy goose (to cook) in the SFV

Hey all, we're looking to make a goose soon, but are looking for a bird on the smaller size (maybe between a normal sized goose and an adult duck).

Before I go calling every Gelsons or butcher in town, thought I would check here- any suggestions?

Thanks!!

Dec 06, 2012
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Good Hong Kong Style (white) fried rice near Northridge...

Hey all. We're looking for what I suppose would be called Hong Kong style fried rice by our place in Northridge/Porter Ranch. It's the fairly simple, but oh so good, white variety- very fresh, usually with few extra ingredients. In the big East Coast cities (and I'm sure here in Downtown) it's pretty easy to get, but, as you know, standard brown-type fried rice seems to proliferate everywhere else.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!!

Sep 18, 2012
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Best Squab in the city?

(Continued from an earlier thread about pigeon).

Anyone have any recommendations for the best squab here? Ideally in a French/New American/Continental preparation?

Thanks!

Sep 06, 2012
BigBrother in Manhattan

Best Pigeon in the City? (All Jokes Aside!)

Squab and foie gras??? Great googly moogly- we might have a winner! Keep 'em coming though!

Aug 29, 2012
BigBrother in Manhattan

Best Pigeon in the City? (All Jokes Aside!)

So, my Dad's coming to town and he absolutely LOVES pigeon. Get out all the Central Park, sky-rat jokes, and help me out! :)

Which place would you say makes the best one? We both started loving it after having a transcendent pigeon dish at Picasso in Las Vegas, and have been craving it ever since.

Preparation would ideally be French/Continental, as opposed to anything too out there (like a pigeon curry at a Cambodian joint or something to the effect!)

Any suggestions?

Thanks!

Aug 28, 2012
BigBrother in Manhattan

Looking for sour sop, tamarind ice creams (tropical ice cream place?)

Ok, bumping to see if any others. I'm finally organizing the trip to try these, so want as many good recs as possible! Thanks!

Aug 13, 2012
BigBrother in Outer Boroughs

Best Sichuan in the Valley?

Ugh, that kills me. Reminds me of a place near Boston called Grand Chinatown that serves the best Cantonese seafood I've ever had. Reviews on yelp would complain that the General Gau's chicken wasn't up to snuff.

How do you cure ignorance? :)

Dec 25, 2011
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Best Sichuan in the Valley?

Sorry, Tampa. (Corrected). Yeah, I know they're famous for the Bao, but a good half or more of the non-orange chicken menu was sichuan (including the specials of the day). And it was good!

Dec 24, 2011
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Best Cantonese/seafood in the SF Valley?

Well, gotta say, I had a pretty resounding success last night finding a Sichuan place thanks to my thread here:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/824435

So, owing to the fact that I love Cantonese as well, I thought I'd give this a shot again.

Have been eating real cantonese recently on the east coast (various forms of steamed fish, whole shrimp, ginger scallion crab and lobster, etc.) and wanted to know what is, in your guys' opinion, the best and most authentic representative here in the SF Valley.

Thoughts?

Thanks all!

Dec 24, 2011
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area