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sticky rice with mango?

Absolutely! Wat Thai Temple has the best mango with sticky rice. Go to the booth with the longest line.

Sep 25, 2006
Kain Natayo in Los Angeles Area

Organic Farm Produce

Does anyone know of any organic farms that offer "subscriptions" to their produce? I've heard of this in the Bay Area. I was wondering if there are farmers near Los Angeles that offer the same.

Aug 30, 2006
Kain Natayo in Los Angeles Area

The Peach Cafe, Monrovia - Great find!!

I've been there for breakfast. My reccomendations: the Hickory Maple Waffle (with bacon and corn meal) and the Blueberry Pancakes (nice touch of orange in them). Pleasant, casual place. Nice service, very Monrovia-like.

Aug 29, 2006
Kain Natayo in Los Angeles Area

Love Famima!

I had their sausage ravioli snack—sausage stuffed ravioli, rolled in bread crumbs and parmesan and deep fried. Yummy!

Aug 10, 2006
Kain Natayo in Chains

Chicken at FuRaiBo

My guess is that they score the chicken (like some Indian restaurants do for tandoori chicken) for even cooking. The heat permeates those hard-to-reach areas of dark meat through the little incisions.

Aug 10, 2006
Kain Natayo in Los Angeles Area

LATE NIGHT FILIPINO FOOD

Good question. I don't know of any, and I've been looking for a while. I'm actually working on remedying that... stay tuned.

Aug 04, 2006
Kain Natayo in Los Angeles Area

Mitsuwa Marketplace Food Court - Venice & Centinela

Santoka—their miso ramen is sooooo gooooooooooood! Also Italian Tomato serves "asian-style" spaghetti (with red meat sauce that is slightly sweet and small sausage links). Yumm. I don't ever pass up a chance to try the little markets there.

Aug 01, 2006
Kain Natayo in Los Angeles Area

Report: Hungry Cat

Ok, so I've heard raves about Hungry Cat. So I took a friend there for lunch and we both had the Lobster Roll with Longly Fries (which seems to be everyone's favorite). Although my friend loved it, I was disappointed. The brioche roll had a nice flavor and crunch, but, boy, was it greasy! The lobster salad inside was good, but thought that the ingredients weren't balanced enough to let the subtle sweetness of lobster show through. The fries were limpy. Ugh. We also ordered the lavendar lemonade, which was good lemonade, but I asked my friend if he tasted any lavendar, and, he didn't. Neither did I. I guess if I'm paying $22 for a lobster roll, I'd like for it to sing. Hungry Cat's just sorta mumbled.

Jul 31, 2006
Kain Natayo in Los Angeles Area

Caffe Opera & Bistro in Monrovia-Any good?

Actually, Chef Gabriel Morales was at Balboa and Bliss while running Caffe Citron. A lot of chefs love offering a neighborhood restaurant along with a high profile "name" restaurant.

Jul 30, 2006
Kain Natayo in Los Angeles Area

Bone Marrow

Thanks so much JoanN!

Jul 26, 2006
Kain Natayo in General Topics

Caffe Opera & Bistro in Monrovia-Any good?

As a local Monrovian, Caffe Opera is... eh. I've been there several times trying to fall in love with it, but the food always leaves me wanting.

The one thing I do enjoy during lunch is their fish sandwich (if they are still serving it). Sole is delicately grilled and served on some wonderful foccacia, along with great greens and aoli. The sides are homemade potato chips.

Other than the food, I do like the dining room. It's soaring ceilings and great views of Mytle Ave. feel relaxed and appointed. But the service: pretentious—especially considering the level of food they are serving.

Boy, do I miss Caffe Citron (formerly on Lemon Ave., Monrovia). Side note: Caffe Citron's Chef Gabriel Morales is now heading up Republic on La Cienega.

Jul 25, 2006
Kain Natayo in Los Angeles Area

Bone Marrow

I'm sure that's one way of doing it. It does eliminate, though, a chance to sear the outside of the marrow and retain some kind of texture on the inside. It also eliminates possibilities of poaching or confit.

Jul 25, 2006
Kain Natayo in General Topics

Bone Marrow

Wow, thanks for the thread Darren72! Although it mentions frozen de-boned beef marrow in 6" to 10" lengths (amazing!), it doesn't say the source. I'll have to keep looking. Thanks again!

Jul 25, 2006
Kain Natayo in General Topics

Bone Marrow

I"m interested in developing some recipes involving bone marrow. Does anyone know how to get bone marrow that is prepped and ready-to-use? I imagine I will need to talk to a good butcher, but maybe someone knows of a mail order resource that I can order bone marrow. Any leads? Thoughts?

Jul 25, 2006
Kain Natayo in General Topics

Torrance eats

Anyone have recommendations for dinner in Torrance? I usually go to Mitsuwa food court and have the best ramen, but they close too early for my dinner date. Japanese, or something interesting is something we're looking for. Thanks!

Jul 24, 2006
Kain Natayo in Los Angeles Area

Texas-style barbecue brisket

Hi ya'll. I just went to the new Barn Burner barbecue restaurant in Pasadena (http://www.barnburnerbbq.com/). They pride themselves in their Texas-style barbecue, so I thought I'd give it a try (being as I'm grew up in Texas).

I walked in and it immediately reminded me of home: big barn with an open dining room, a big Texas flag on one wall, road signs and neon on the others, country music playing in the background, picnic tables for dining tables, paper towels on the tables, very casual. I ordered the brisket and the pulled pork (what was I thinking? pulled pork is from the Carolinas!) and came away disappointed. The brisket was too lean and tough. Not enough flavor. Same with the pulled pork (which should be more vinegary and should have those nice crunchy bits). The sauce was good, but was hoping they would have more than one. The sides, cole slaw and cream corn, were really good, actually. But the bread was disappointing. It seemed to be freshly baked, but only half-baked and mushy.

So, can anyone recommend a place that serves tender, melt-in-your-mouth barbecue brisket? Help!

Jul 18, 2006
Kain Natayo in Los Angeles Area