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please join my I HATE MAYO CLUB..LOL.. anyone welcome..even if you like it rop

So, you're OK with doctored-up mayo, right?

Dec 18, 2013
silence9 in General Topics
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Brents Deli, Northridge

I just checked the google machine, and apparently 'black pastrami means 'New York Style' , whereas 'red pastrami' signifies 'New England Style'. One site said that the black variety includes molasses in the black pepper rub.

Still doesn't explain why Brent's doesn't call _both_ of their sandwiches 'black pastrami'...

Nov 27, 2013
silence9 in Los Angeles Area

SOUP - LA Dish of the Month (November 2013)

Hi Kevin... I think only their Tom Yum Kung/Goong has shrimp in broth.

Also, I believe that in addition to the beef and pork versions of the boat noodles, they also have a duck version...

Nov 04, 2013
silence9 in Los Angeles Area

SOUP - LA Dish of the Month (November 2013)

The boat noodles/soup at Sapp Coffee Shop in Thai Town. The beef version with tendon, blood, liver, etc.. The broth is as murky as satan's bath water, and just as spicy...

Nov 04, 2013
silence9 in Los Angeles Area

Where can I get Egg foo Young?

Sounds good, will definitely swing by there. Thanks!

Oct 31, 2013
silence9 in Los Angeles Area

Where can I get Egg foo Young?

I'm in Granada Hills, so Porter Ranch is a quick speeding ticket away in my Mustang fastback! Thanks...

Oct 30, 2013
silence9 in Los Angeles Area

Overrated & Overhyped, 2013

# 1 butterscotch pudding for me is at Jar. # 2 is at AOC. # 3 is at Pizzeria Mozza. And # 4 (technically a pie) is the butterscotch pie at Pie n Burger. A distant # 5 is the butterscotch pudding at Milk (in their glass display case)...

Oct 30, 2013
silence9 in Los Angeles Area

Where can I get Egg foo Young?

I get the bbq pork egg foo young at Hong Kong 88 on Sepulveda Blvd. in the Valley (two doors down from Zankou Chicken). Large portion, tons of bbq pork, very eggy, very bean sprouty. Requisite deluge of brown gravy...

Oct 30, 2013
silence9 in Los Angeles Area

soda pop & bottle cap rust: do me in??

Hi... Never really thought to complain, and here's why: I figure the esoteric flavors (Green River, Cheer Wine, etc.) don't move very fast off the shelf, and therefore its a crap-shoot if the bottle I'm selecting is years vs. months old. But I've seen it on bottles of mexican Coke too, which usually moves fast off the shelf. Eh, probably better this way, so I don't take in as many empty calories...

Oct 08, 2013
silence9 in General Topics

soda pop & bottle cap rust: do me in??

LOL. Always enjoy your sense of humor...

Oct 08, 2013
silence9 in General Topics

It's nothing to be ashamed of but.......

Hi... I only eat breakfast cereal once or twice per year (and never as 'breakfast' per se). But when I have a hankerin' for some Capt N Crunch, I buy and empty an entire box into my wife's largest old-timey primary-colored Pyrex mixing bowl and hoover it down Jethro Bodine-style (ala Beverly Hillbillies), eventually tilting the bowl's-worth of sugary milk down my gluttonous gullet...

Cash only gratuity allowed ... you may NOT charge the TIP to your CC.

Hi Harters... I always keep an extra $100 note in my wallet, wedged between a small photo of my wife and another small photo of my cat (its' easy to remember that spare cash is hidden inbetween the two entities on whom I spend the most $ :-) When I break the $100 dollar bill into smaller currency for an impromptu tip, I just replace it with another when I'm next at the bank or ATM...

Aug 26, 2013
silence9 in Not About Food

Yummy east coast foods you can't get in LA area

+1. Thanks, Servorg....

Aug 20, 2013
silence9 in Los Angeles Area

Yummy east coast foods you can't get in LA area

Harrummpph! I've eaten stale west coast bagels and stale east coast bagels, and stale east coast bagels are better. But you are nonetheless correct, stale does not merit the trouble/cost of transcontinental travel...

Aug 19, 2013
silence9 in Los Angeles Area

Cousins Lobster Truck: great first experience for me

Hi Jase ... By nature, I'm not usually a food truck kind of individual, so when things went so smoothly on the eve of my Cousins experience, my enthusiaasm was as much about the relative ease of finding that which I sought, as it was about the quality of the lobster roll itself. Simply put, the result far exceeded my initial expectations. All that was missing was a nice ice cold bitter ale in a glass bottle to wash it all down by way of civilized transgression. Cheers!

Aug 07, 2013
silence9 in Los Angeles Area

what restaurant do you keep passing by for years upon years and yet have not mustered the gumption to finally try ????

Hi... I've been to neither the CC nor SM locations. Whenever I'm in CC, I usually veer toward Honey's Kettle, like a shark drawn to a bucket 'o chum. Somethings' gotta give, so perhaps I should simply man-up and give one of them a try. I survived freshman year -- I'll likely survive a burger bar :-)

Aug 06, 2013
silence9 in Los Angeles Area

what restaurant do you keep passing by for years upon years and yet have not mustered the gumption to finally try ????

Father's Office (original location). Waiting to pounce on a yet-to-be vacated table has never been a skill at ease in my wheelhouse. Reminds me too much of the lunch room during my freshman year at high school, propping-up the wall, waiting for a friendly face to acknowledge my existence. Ack...

Aug 06, 2013
silence9 in Los Angeles Area

Umami becoming more corporate?

Hey dude. A quick question: did you mean that you GF never ate a burger before of any kind? If so, don't leave a brother hangin' -- did she like her first burger?? I need closure...

Aug 05, 2013
silence9 in Los Angeles Area

Cousins Lobster Truck: great first experience for me

Hiya... Wife and I went to the weekly/Friday evening food truck experience on Chatsworth St. in Granada Hills (we 3 miles away). Pretty awesome selection of trucks every time, usually about 30 or more lining each side of the street for several blocks. Side-street parking is anxiety-inducing, but can be accomplished with a bit of effort, and so far, the crowd of patrons are OK or better, with lots of young families and a moderate smattering of tolerable hipsters.

Finally saw the Cousins lobster truck about which I've read here on the LA board, and honed in on that, as I rarely find lobster rolls around town (or perhaps don't look astutely enough). The line was not short, but not too long either, as the pricing is a double-edged sword that keeps the throng of lobster admirerers down to a reasonable herd. So I went for it, BIG TIME (three lobster rolls for ME!!)

The price is about $12.95 per roll. Maine-style and Connecticut-style, or some such differentiation (one served cool w/mayo on toasted lobster roll, and one serve warmed with butter on toasted lobster roll). I ordered two of the warm/butter versions, and one of the cool/mayo versions. My choice was perfect.

The roll/sandwich isn't huge, but its' just fine for the price; one is almost enough and three (what I ordered) is almost too much. It felt like easily 4 ounces of good quality claw and tail meat in each sandwich. Just the right amount of butter and mayo on each, and not over-the-top unctuous. The bread/rolls could have been just slightly more toasty.

They have a good system in place, because I only waited about ten minutes for my order of three lobster rolls (and an order of three shrimp tacos for the wife -- which were OK, but nowhere near as great as the lobster, natch). The young fellow taking my order was super nice and congenial/cool (like Glen Philips from Toad The Wet Sprocket) and even made a funny announcement over the speaker when my three sandwiches were ready, that made the crowd laugh).

Next time, I will show more restraint and just order two lobster rolls from the Cousins truck, and then get a third one from across the street at the nearby Lobsta Truck, by way of comparison. My three lobster rolls set me back about $40, plus a nice tip for the crew manning the truck, but it was the most enjoyable lobster experience I've had in several years, on a near perfect Los Angeles summer evening...

Aug 05, 2013
silence9 in Los Angeles Area
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SANDWICHES - LA Dish of the Month (July 2013)

Almost forgot to mention The Cheese Box at Wally's, in Westwood. Really esoteric (to me, anyway) selection of quality cheeses and meats, on really good bread/baguette/brioche, grilled or otherwise. I recall having a duck prosciutto and gouda (with truffle?) & arugula on a grilled/pressed brioche, and I wanted that sandwich to never end! Alas, no place to sit...

The shop also sells preserves, spreads and the kinda expensive ingredients that you'd find in Giada DeLaurentis's fridge. A nice splurge if you're in the area, or to stock up on edibles for foodie friends...

Jul 11, 2013
silence9 in Los Angeles Area
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Best Fast-Casual Places

Hi... I agree about Joe's. I have a very specific ritual every time I visit the Santa Monica location: I order two slices to go, lay the slices on top of each other, then re-create a young John Travolta's opening sequence from Saturday Night Fever, striding down the Promenade wolfing down the layered slices and making goo-goo eyes at the young ladies I pass, with my mouth stuffed full of delicious crust and sauce and cheese. I know I look goofy, but Joe's pizza puts me in such a good mood, I pretend I'm in Brooklyn circa 1977 and hoover down my slices...

Jul 11, 2013
silence9 in Los Angeles Area
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Best Fast-Casual Places

Since the OP mentioned pizza requests in a follow up reply, I will mention Vito's Pizza on La Cienega. Great by-the-slice selection. A slice joint where one can actually sit, chew and digest. Pretty fast, pretty casual...

Jul 10, 2013
silence9 in Los Angeles Area

SANDWICHES - LA Dish of the Month (July 2013)

Concur. Soon, someone will question whether a hotdog (and bun) is a sandwich.

Jul 05, 2013
silence9 in Los Angeles Area

SANDWICHES - LA Dish of the Month (July 2013)

Euro Pane's soft-yolk/open face egg salad sandwich, on rosemary/currant toast. with arugula, and sun-dried tomato pesto.

I buy two at a time, hoovering down the first one and then dreamily lingering over the second one. Then take a nap like a kitten having its chin chucked...

Jul 02, 2013
silence9 in Los Angeles Area

This is my third visit here for dinner.

Well, you certainly were hungry and thirsty. And hungry. And thirsty...

Jul 02, 2013
silence9 in Not About Food
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To Tip or Not to Tip

Hi... I go to a couple of restaurants in Los Angeles that I'll refer to here as nice/mid-priced ($50 to $100 per person, not including wine), where I am generally considered a 'regular' (2+ visits per month). Where I _have_ noticed improved service, warmer cordiality and/or special treatment (frequent arrivals of amuses and 'tastes' from the kitchen) is on my repeat/return visits. I know it has nothing to do with my looks or stately gait. :-)

I tip at 20%, and if I'm feeling flush, 25%. No doubt this gets around and is remembered by wait staff, even if it's not all that much in the scheme of things. And it results, as I've said, in just a bit more attentiveness and generosity on my plates.

I wasted so much $$ in my misspent youth, on over-indulgences and selfishness, and now in middle age, I'd rather indulge others when I can afford to. To quote a line from tv show MASH: "Its' nice to be nice to the nice".

Jun 26, 2013
silence9 in Not About Food

The battle with hostesses over table space: have you had this experience?

I have social anxiety disorder (receiving treatment, BTW) and usually feel uncomfortable with certain simple (to most) social negotiations. But I make the negotiations anyway, as it is my choice to be out and about amongst my fellow humans, and it is therapeutically helpful for me to push myself when anxiety arises.

Not as big a deal as it was in times past, but I think many people do not realize that simple social graces such as appropriate eye contact and requests for what cannot be assumed (most hostesses aren't mind readers) can be difficult for some of us.

Taking a deep breath, smiling, and asking nicely and with sincerity always results in favorable outcomes for me and mine. but it is an effort, and I hope you good people can understand this. I know you do, as you all respond in kind with a smile... I am not speaking for the OP, but for myself.

Jun 24, 2013
silence9 in Not About Food

Yummy east coast foods you can't get in LA area

A decent REAL bagel. Make it a dozen... A real east coast bagel doesn't even need butter or cream cheese or lox. A real water bagel is fine snacking even if untoasted. Same goes for REAL challah. Just pull it apart and chew...

Jun 21, 2013
silence9 in Los Angeles Area

Mexico One Plate at a Time

I've seen Jacques Pepin's wife sit down (on the series just prior to the current one airing) with him to taste his food preparation and wine selection on more than one occassion, but certainly not often; the little grand daughter (who abruptly wipes her cheek any time Jacques affectionately gives her a peck on the cheek) makes more appearances than his wife. And If one looks up the word 'elegant' or 'sophisticated' in a dictionary, I wouldn't be surprised to see a photo of Pepin's wife. I reckon she has made a similar decision to RB's wife, regarding a low profile... As regards JonParker's comment about public interest in celebrity family dynamics, I suppose the moment the public viewership and a film crew is invited through the door to my home, interest in my home/family/lifestyle is to be expected. Its' not the papparazzi chasing me through my neighborhood...

May 31, 2013
silence9 in Food Media & News

Mexico One Plate at a Time

After further consideration of this topic, I now believe the issue is less about Lanie and how she relates to RB, but more that it would seem that RB's actual wife is relegated to third-tier status and (perhaps by choice) keeps a very low profie on the show. Whereas Lanie is often seen traveling/eating/cooking/mugging for the camera with RB in Mexico and Chicago, RB's wife will usually be seen only in the last five minutes of an episode handing plates to the party/dinner guests, often silent and looking away from the camera. Maybe that's how they all like things, with a silly/vivacious daughter and a reliably staid wife keeping it real. Me, I just talk back to the TV and implore RB to shave that white goatee :-)

May 31, 2013
silence9 in Food Media & News