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SoCal Artisanal Food Producers?

Nice story. I dunno...I know you're correct, legally speaking of course, but here in LA there are tons of places that dish up tasty food with ad hoc (illegal) cookery. I think there are just too many places to enforce. Caveat emptor, I guess. btw, did you know you can sell food on Etsy? They wash their hands of it (pun intended) by stating that the producer must comply with all local regulations. Wonder when the first botulism case will be?

Feb 07, 2011
michaelyee in Los Angeles Area

SoCal Artisanal Food Producers?

Thank you for all the responses!

Jan 31, 2011
michaelyee in Los Angeles Area

SoCal Artisanal Food Producers?

Good point, Will. On further consideration this thread should probably be asking for GOOD local producers vs. artisanal. I think most will agree that taste is paramount, local might be more important than organic and that industrial isn't aways a bad thing, etc.

Jan 31, 2011
michaelyee in Los Angeles Area

SoCal Artisanal Food Producers?

Understood! I apologize if my emails came across as being obnoxious. The "list" I have so far is only from a couple of days of googling. I really don't have anything on primary producers, heirloom farmers, and the like. Anything, particularly your favorites would be greatly appreciated!

Jan 28, 2011
michaelyee in Los Angeles Area

SoCal Artisanal Food Producers?

That's it?!

Come on, Chowhounders! How about primal producers (vs. value-added stuff)? No grass-fed beef? Any cheesemakers other than Winchester and the mozzerella producers?

Jan 28, 2011
michaelyee in Los Angeles Area

SoCal Artisanal Food Producers?

Got them too. They are great! Thanks SilverlakeGirl!

Jan 28, 2011
michaelyee in Los Angeles Area

SoCal Artisanal Food Producers?

Got that list. Thanks tastycakes!!

Jan 28, 2011
michaelyee in Los Angeles Area

SoCal Artisanal Food Producers?

Hi,

I'm working on compiling a list of artisanal food producers in the LA/SoCal area and have used the search function here but knowing that many of you fellow hounders have steel-trap memories, was hoping some of you could point me to previous discussions, or to existing lists outside this wonderful site?

Thanks all. I will make the list available to all when done.

Cheers!

Michael

Jan 26, 2011
michaelyee in Los Angeles Area

Moving to LA. Which neighborhood for a Hound?

Ahhh, the holy grail for NYers moving to LA—a short commute, affordable rent and a walkable neighborhood...if you find it, let me know!! :-)

Seriously, I moved to LA twenty years ago from NYC (Lower East Side) and have been looking for it. I've lived in Palms, Mar Vista, Westwood, Venice and Santa Monica. The closest I have found to something that resembles living in the LES or Brooklyn (affordably) is where I am now, in Wilshire Center (Koreatown). I have Korean, Bangladeshi and Mexican markets, dry cleaners, restaurants and bars all within a few blocks. The Metro is nearby, and buses stop in front of my building. My building has that old school charm (1926)—wooden floors and french doors and a view. Did I mention it's affordable? Best of all, I am 30 minutes from the Westside, 10 minutes from Los Feliz, and 15 minutes from Downtown.

I lived most of those 20 years on the Westside. It was_really_quiet then and pretty cheap but we'd have to make the haul to Hollywood or the Eastside to go out. Now the traffic there is unbearable. I think that Ktown traffic is actually better. The air is definitely better on the Westside but where I am it is not bad and it actually gets warm, unlike on the Westside.

Seriously, if you're not a motorcyclist, that 30-minute commute and your budget will be your determining factors. You can find apartments in that price range within the 30-minute range but you will have to be on it, the nice places go fast. I suggest Mar Vista, Brenthood, Sawtelle, West LA, parts of Palms and Culver City. Culver City, IMO is sort of overpriced near the downtown for what you get. (Dingbats).

LA's not-so dirty little secret is that you have to be willing to drive (lots) to get the good eats. Don't worry, you'll get used to it. Or, you'll just wind up cooking and entertaining at home more, which is okay because the apartments here are bigger. :-)

Jun 01, 2010
michaelyee in Los Angeles Area

Cooking on the Beach in Honolulu

Thank you all! Now only for the weather to hold out...

Have any additional recommends for local (ripe) fruit and veggies? I'm going to miss the big Farmers Market on Saturday and hear that Don Q might not be best for that kind of thing...

Apr 29, 2010
michaelyee in Hawaii

Cooking on the Beach in Honolulu

Thanks! I did see that they had grills. Is that it for the area?

Apr 28, 2010
michaelyee in Hawaii

Cooking on the Beach in Honolulu

Okay, this may be a bit strange but I think it's a really Chowhoundy kind of question...Is there a nice beach somewhere not too far from Waikiki where I could set up a cheap grill or where they have built-ins? I'm just visiting for a few days but I want to cook for my friends who are coming from very far away and I wont have a kitchen at my hotel. I learned where I can get superb ingredients from this board, I just need somewhere nice where I could put things together. Thanks so much.

Apr 27, 2010
michaelyee in Hawaii

Looking for Banquet Chinese in Honolulu

Aloha—

I'm looking for a great Chinese restaurant in/near Honolulu that does banquets for a wedding rehearsal. Maybe just 3 or 4 tables but quality is paramount, even more than ambience or location. (Host is old-school Cantonese) I've searched the boards and have come across Royal Garden and Legend but not having been to Oahu in 10 years, I am totally out of the loop. Does anyone have any recommendations?

Thanks so much.

michael

Apr 27, 2010
michaelyee in Hawaii

Fun Restaurants/Bars on a Monday Night?

That's a fun idea! Must be more restaurants doing this sort of thing?

To share what I've found so far, every monday night: Lou on Vine does a $55, 3-course + 5-wine dinner, El Floridita has live music and Cuban food. I haven't been there in years but it was the first place in LA I had Mojitos, back in the early 90's. And, 3 of Clubs does a Burlesque night. Still searching....

Feb 22, 2010
michaelyee in Los Angeles Area

Fun Restaurants/Bars on a Monday Night?

I haven't been out on a monday night in ages—any restos or bars doing anything special on a monday night?

Feb 22, 2010
michaelyee in Los Angeles Area

Considering culinary school...any advice?

Graduates from the CIA have and do land exec chef positions right out of school. Doing stages (internships) is part of the program so they do have practical experience upon graduation. That said, not all go on to restaurants. Many go work for institutional places—country clubs, Marriot, etc. Remember, most chefs do not work in restaurants.

Oct 10, 2007
michaelyee in Not About Food

Considering culinary school...any advice?

Working in a professional kitchen it the best advice. Not to sound corny but there are many routes you can take and it's really about the journey anyway. If you go to a name school like the CIA, you can land an exec chef position straight out of school. But most will warn you that if you do so, you won't grow. It's about working with people you admire and want to learn from. Not that you'd every regret having cul. school under your beIt, it is a big financial decision. I'd try landing a position with someone's cooking you admire in the OC. On top of that, have you read Michael Ruhlman's books: Making of a Chef, Soul of a Chef, etc. and Martha Shulman's book: Culinary Boot Camp? Great places to start. Good Luck!

Oct 08, 2007
michaelyee in Not About Food

Favorite LA food blogs?

What's your favorite LA-centric food blog?

Oct 02, 2007
michaelyee in Food Media & News

Affordable omakase

Not exactly sushi—they do great sashimi—but if you want to return the favor and (maybe) introduce him to great "home-style" japanese food why not try Wakasan on Westwood? Omakase (the only way to go) is about $35pp. That should leave plenty for sake or maybe some Sho-chu!

Oct 02, 2007
michaelyee in Los Angeles Area

L.A.'s Worst Wine List...go!

So true! I can appreciate the concept—making wine more accessible—but it was all plonk. I would have been willing to pay more for better.

Oct 01, 2007
michaelyee in Los Angeles Area

L.A.'s Worst Wine List...go!

No really? I did hear a rumor it was for sale...

Oct 01, 2007
michaelyee in Los Angeles Area

Oyster Hunt

Been a while, but I used to buy em for about 75¢ each at Santa Monica Seafood, suppliers to many area restaurants including Ocean Ave Seafood, which has a pretty good happy hour too.

Oct 01, 2007
michaelyee in Los Angeles Area