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Boars Head Hot Dogs

I see them at Gelson's Silver Lake these days.

I was the lucky one when the Ralph's was closed to make room for the new Whole Foods Silver Lake ... all of their food was a fraction of the price. I loaded up on Boar'd Head natural casing hot dogs. Just piled them in the basket.

I still have a cherished section of my freezer keeping them ready!!!

Bagels at Wexlers

I'm a big fan of bagels and lament the lack of descent ones in LA.

Once I & Joy closed, I would spin by Fred's occasionally, ... but no longer.

Happy Baker mentioned Wexler's in another thread. Do they make their own bagels?

I hope to make it to GCM next weekend and, hopefully, also be able to report back on Belle's Bagel's a Highland Park bagel pop-up.


Billy's Jewish Deli - Glendale RIP

It is interesting that you mention that. The LA Times announced the closure. But the website is still functional:

I just dialed both Glendale and Torrance numbers. Glendale "cannot receive calls at this time", Torrance has a number " that has been disconnected".

Hopefully we see more Jewish delis opening in the near future.

What food find still haunts you - that you had once and haven't found since?


While out on a ship owned by UCLA. Many, many years ago. [Should I add another "many"?]

A HUGE job to get the flesh out of the shell. Dusted in flour, fried quickly and doused in lemon juice.

A once in a lifetime treat for sure!

Billy's Jewish Deli - Glendale RIP

I didn't see anyone mention this, But I'm sad to say, without my noticing, Billy's Jewish Deli in Glendale has closed for business.

I heard that the flamboyant waitress who worked there had also passed away.

I used to work in Glendale decades ago and was thunderstruck when rumors were that Billy's would close. I mourn it not because it was good jewish deli ... but Jewish delis are becoming rare in general.


Restaurants with tarragon dishes

Yeah, I have bought Gelson's deli for years but it really is pricey.

I also love their Herbed Tuna Salad. But it's $14.00 a pound!

Now, I go to Ralph's and get their Chicken Salad at $6.99 a pound. It's great on Oroweat's Winter Wheat Bread which is their top of the line priciest as well. It's getting harder to find.

Oh, and Ralph's also used to have a wonderful Chicken Salad with Chervil. I never knew I loved Chervil until I tasted it. Not sure I've seen it in awhile.

Restaurants with tarragon dishes

... and a site that doesn't get as much traffic as it should:

You can narrow down the tarragon dishes. Includes Nigella Lawson's Tarragon Chicken with a liberal dose of the herb!

Restaurants with tarragon dishes

I love tarragon as well.

I recommend Gelson's fresh Tarragon Egg Salad in the deli area. I can't get enough of it.


I will make a point to try them next time... maybe tonight.

I'm also fond of their sausage.

I'm really honored that this place is in on the eastside. A rarity.


I love DeSano.

I made it my Sunday night stop for a couple of months. A good experience!

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

Did not see those. But a couple of hours ago tried the "Tomato & Brie Tart" which is made by the "Ham & Gruyere Tart" people.

Bought two for the freezer.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

I was fond of the Meyer lemon.

it's funny, as I serve them just as they did at TJ's which is new for me;

Cookie, spread with a generous dollop of TJ's creme fraiche. With three fresh raspberries pressed into the creme.

Delightful. Perfect for teatime [which i've adopted to relax] as I've gotten older. Shhh!

Jun 12, 2015
SilverlakeGirl in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

I did not like the coffee flavor the chose.

Jun 12, 2015
SilverlakeGirl in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

I agree. The fake Milanos are not happening.

Jun 12, 2015
SilverlakeGirl in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

A new item for me...

"Heavenly VILLAGIO MARZANO TOMATOES" which are FRESH San Marzano tomatoes ... grown in Canada.

Does anyone know if these are to be eaten fresh or prepared cooked?

They're in a smaller [10 ounce, 284g] plastic bag in the produce section. Almost overlooked them. Very cute shaped, parish ... like Romas only very small.

Well, here we go, the packages says for a fresh salad or in a tomato sauté with garlic and basil, good on pasta ...

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

I love their rices and always keep a couple of boxes handy.

I say this even as I can honestly say I cook rice well, it doesn't intimidate me. But nothing can top the 'Snip - 3 minute" routine!

May 24, 2015
SilverlakeGirl in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

Found that the KEY LIME PIE has returned, same packaging. Stocked up!

May 24, 2015
SilverlakeGirl in Chains

Dry Pasta Query

Our local Gelson's had an extended sale on specialty pasta "Rustichella D'Abruzzo". So, each time i was in the market, I picked up two or more.

Then I moved to a new home and about 20 packages ended being stored away for over 3 years. They were packed well.

Does anyone know if there is a limit to years pasta can be stored?

May 22, 2015
SilverlakeGirl in General Topics

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015 [OLD]

Trader Joe's makes the cut as one of the best Chocolate Babkas!

Chicken Parm Hero (a la NYC)

Mario's Italian Deli on Broadway in Glendale is enough like Bay cities to draw a comparison. They make both a Veal or a Chicken Parm Sandwich.

I'm especially fond of their Spicy Cold Cuts Sandwich.

They also have a host of other hot and cold Sammie's.

I figured out why In/Out fries suck

I love In-n-Out potatoes just as they are. Very full of potato flavor.

Dec 13, 2014
SilverlakeGirl in Chains

Late Thanksgiving in LA?

Actually, I left a response last night ... But it is gone with the night ...

I noticed that Bottega Louie, who normally serves late, has a special Thanksgiving menu for Thursday. It is a pared down version of the regular menu. Besides the Diestel Turkey dinner for $26, there is also a full Thanksgiving feast with sides and dessert for $50.

Discontinued at Trader Joe's: July 2014-December 2014

Same in L.A.

Nov 16, 2014
SilverlakeGirl in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 (Part II) [OLD]

I went to the brand new Trader Joes in Glendale, CA this evening. It replaced a smaller, more crowded TJ's a few blocks away. But the new one is larger, still crowded with just as crazy a parking lot. I am going back to my regular Silver Lake TJ's.

Anyway, I asked the guy stocking fruits and nuts about the dried mandarins and he tells me they are seasonal and out of season right now.

Nov 16, 2014
SilverlakeGirl in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

Does anyone know what happened to TJ's Key Lime Pie in the frozen section? It has been gone from my store foremost 2 months.

I was hooked.

Sep 21, 2014
SilverlakeGirl in Chains

We Provide Meals That are Completely Unaffordable and Unappealing to People Who Actually Live in This Neighborhood.

This isn't the site for a political discussion, but new businesses in the neighborhood means more jobs.

And three articles I just looked at, including Gallup, said fully 52% of Americans own stock directly or indirectly in retirement accounts.

I lived in Silverlake 40 years. The neighborhood had people from every social dimension.

We Provide Meals That are Completely Unaffordable and Unappealing to People Who Actually Live in This Neighborhood.

I love "gentrification".

It just means more businesses pour into the area. More people come to utilize those businesses. Many of the new businesses are quite inventive and add a lot to the neighborhood in terms of art and ideas.

But it also means more people want to buy homes in the neighborhood and property values rise. I'm assuming this is what some people don't like. But for those who own property in the area, what is probably their main asset is rising.

That is a good thing in my book. I hope all your assets rise, including those in the stock market.

PIZZA: Experts rank the top 101 pies to find the 'perfect slice'


1. Frank Pepe’s, New Haven, Conn. (White Clam Pie)
2. Di Fara, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Di Fara Classic Pie)
3. Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix, (Marinara)
4. Una Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco (Margherita)
5. Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles, Calif. (Squash Blossoms, Tomato, Burrata)
6. Roberta’s, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Margherita)
7. Sally’s Apizza, New Haven, Conn. (Tomato Pie)
8. Flour + Water, San Francisco (Margherita)
9. Motorino, New York City (Brussels Sprouts)
10. Al Forno, Providence, R.I. (Margarita)
11. Modern Apizza, New Haven, Conn. (Italian Bomb)
12. Totonno’s, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Margherita)
13. Paulie Gee’s, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Regina)
14. Apizza Scholls, Portland, Ore. (Apizza Amore)
15. South Brooklyn Pizza, New York City (New York Style Pizza)
16. Kesté, New York City (Kesté)
17. Co., New York, N.Y. (Popeye)
18. Papa’s Tomato Pies, Trenton, N.J. (Tomato Pie)
19. The Cheese Board, Berkeley, Calif. (Changes Daily)
20. 2Amy’s, Washington, D.C. (2Amys)
21. Zero Otto Nove, Bronx, N.Y. (Margherita)
22. Regina Pizzeria, Boston (Melanzane)
23. Spacca Napoli, Chicago (Bufalina)
24. Domenica, New Orleans (Margherita)
25. John’s of Bleecker, New York City (Bruschetta)
26. Grimaldi’s, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Margherita)
27. Colony Pizza, Stamford, Conn. (Sausage Pie)
28. DeNino's Pizzeria and Tavern, Staten Island, N.Y. (Sausage)
29. Santarpio’s, Boston, Mass. (Mozzarella, Sausage, and Garlic)
30. Ken’s Artisan Pizza, Portland, Ore. (Margherita)
31. A16, San Francisco (Margherita)
32. Gjelina, Los Angeles (Lamb Sausage)
33. Pizzeria Delfina, San Francisco (Salsiccia Pizza)
34. Patsy’s, East Harlem, N.Y. (Cheese)
35. Joe’s, New York City (Cheese)
36. Pupatella Neapolitan Pizza Arlington, Va. (Capricciosa)
37. Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, Chicago (Chicago Classic)
38. Star Tavern Pizzeria, Orange, N.J. (Thin Crust, Any Toppings)
39. Nick's Pizza, Forest Hills, Queens, N.Y. (Mushroom and Sausage)
40. Gino’s East, Chicago (Cheese Deep-Dish)
41. Scampo, Boston (Lamb)
42. A Mano Pizza, Ridgewood, N.J. (A Mano Pizza)
43. Lombardi’s, New York City (Pepperoni)
44. Artichoke Basille, New York, N.Y. (Artichoke Slice)
45. Delancey Seattle, Wash. (Pepperoni Pie)
46. Little Vincent’s, Huntington, N.Y. (Cheese)
47. Franny’s, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Clam Pizza)
48. The Backspace, Austin, Texas (Bianca)
49. 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, Los Angeles (Margherita)
50. Pizzaiolo, Oakland, Calif. (Margherita)
51. Santillo's Brick Oven Pizza, Elizabeth, N.J. (Sicilian: Pepperoni, Mozzarella, Pizza Sauce)
52. Zuppardi’s, New Haven, Conn. (Special: Mozzarella, Mushroom, Sausage, Marinara)
53. Scuola Vecchia, Delray Beach, Fla. (Regina Margherita)
54. CoalFire Pizza, Chicago, Ill. (Margherita)
55. Home Slice Pizza, Austin, Texas (Pepperoni and Mushroom)
56. Serious Pie, Seattle, Wash. (Sweet Fennel Sausage, Roasted Pepper, Provolone)
57. Punch Neapolitan Pizza, St. Paul, Minn. (Margherita)
58. Galleria Umberto, Boston, Mass. (Cheese Pie)
59. Emily, Brooklyn, N.Y. (The Classic: Sauce, Mozzarella, Basil)
60. Pizza Moto, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Margherita)
61. lou Malnati's Pizzeria, Chicago, Ill. (Chicago Classic: Deep Dish with Sausage, Crust Made with Butter and Mozzarella)
62. Artichoke Basille, New York, N.Y. (Artichoke Slice: Artichoke Hearts, Spinach, Cream Sauce, Mozzarella, Pecorino Romano)
63. Milkflower Astoria, Queens, N.Y. (Queen: Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil, Parmigiano)
64. Rizzo's Fine Pizza, Queens, N.Y. (Americana Personal Specialty Pizza: Grilled Chicken, Red Onion, Award-Winning Barbeque Sauce, Cheese)
65. Pizzeria Locale, Boulder, Colo. (Funghi: Mozzarella, Pecorino, Fontina, Porcini, Roasted White Mushroom, Garlic, Shallot)
66. Sal’s Pizza, Mamaroneck, N.Y. (Sicilian)
67. Matchbox, Washington, D.C. (Fire & Smoke: Fire-Roasted Red Peppers, Spanish Onions, Chipotle Pepper, Tomato Sauce, Garlic Purée, Smoked Gouda, Fresh Basil)
68. Osteria, Philadelphia (Parma: Mozzarella, Fontina, Arugula, Prosciutto di Parma)
69. Buddy’s Pizza, Detroit, Mich. (Detroit Zoo: Motor City Cheese Blend, Roasted Tomatoes, Fresh Basil, Pine Nuts, Tomato Basil Sauce)
70. Cane Rosso, Dallas, Texas (Zoli: Local Sausage, Hot Soppressata, Hand-Crushed San Marzano Tomatoes, Housemade Mozzarella, Basil)
71. Via 313, Austin, Texas (The Detroiter: Mozzarella, White Cheddar, Tomato Sauce, Double Pepperoni)
72. Domenica, New Orleans, La. (Calabrese: Tomato, Spicy Salami, Mozzarella, Capers, Olives)
73. Zero Zero, San Francisco, Calif. (Margherita Extra: Tomato Sauce, Basil, Annabella Buffalo Mozzarella, Grana Padano, De Padova Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
74. Delancey, Seattle, Wash. (Pepperoni Pie)
75. Papa’s Tomato Pies, Trenton, N.J. (Sausage)
76. Roseland Apizza, Derby, Conn. (Plain Pie: Tomato Sauce, No Cheese)
77. Williamsburg Pizza, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Grandma: Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce, Pecorino, Basil, Parmigiano, Olive Oil, Garlic)
78. Gino’s of Long Beach, Long Beach, N.Y. (Special Pizza: Sausage, Meatballs, Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Peppers, Onion, Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce)
79. Eddie’s, New Hyde Park, N.Y. (Eddie's Special: Sausage, Meatball, Pepperoni, Pepper, Mushroom, Onion)
80. Pizza Brain, Philadelphia, Pa. (Forbes Waggensense: Mozzarella, Fontina, Grana Padano, Basil, Smoked Pepperoni, Tomato Sauce)
81. Ammazza, Atlanta, Ga. (Margherita: House Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
82. The Original Tacconelli's Pizzeria, Philadelphia, Pa. (White Pizza: Spinach and Tomato)
83. Lee's Tavern,Staten Island, N.Y. (White Clam Pie: Garlic, Mozzarella, Baby Clam, No Sauce)
84. Pizzeria Paradiso, Washington, D.C. (Bottarga: Paradiso Tomato, Minced Garlic, Parsley, Parmesan, Egg, Bottarga)
85. Pelham Pizza Pelham, N.Y. (Sausage)
86. Via Tribunali, Seattle, Wash. (Margherita)
87. Imo’s St. Louis, Mo. (Deluxe: Sausage, Mushroom, Onion, Green Pepper, Bacon, Provel)
88. Ken’s Artisan Pizza, Portland, Ore. (Margherita)
89. Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria, Anchorage, Alaska (Avalanche: Barbecue Sauce, Mozzarella, Provolone, Cheddar, Red Onions, Blackened Chicken, Bacon)
90. Del Popolo San Francisco Calif. (Margherita)
91. Pizza Rock, Las Vegas, Nev. (Margherita)
92. The Backspace, Austin, Texas (Pepperoni Americano: Picante Salame, Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil)
93. Slice, New Orleans, La. (Prosciutto, Gorgonzola, and Arugula)
94. Monza, Charleston S.C. (Ciccio: Mozzarella, Ricotta, Pecorino Romano, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Garlic)
95. Hog & Hominy, Memphis, Tenn. (The Prewitt: Fontina, Tomato Sauce, Boudin, and Scrambled Eggs)
96. Zaffiro’s Pizza Milwaukee, Wis. (EBF "Everything But Fish": Cheese, Sausage, Mushrooms, Pepperoni, Onions, Green Pepper, Black Olives)
97. Pupatella Neapolitan Pizza Arlington Va. (Capricciosa: Sautéed Mushrooms, Marinated Artichokes, Prosciutto Cotto, Mozzarella)
98. Vero Pizza Napoletana Cleveland Ohio (Pancetta and Egg: Pancetta, Egg Tomato, Mozzarella, Roasted Pancetta, Farm Egg, Cracked Pepper)
99. Gusto Pizza Co. Des Moines Iowa (The Deburgo: Garlic-herb cream sauce, sliced sirloin, mozzarella, smoked Gouda, cremini, lemon-herb vinaigrette, Romano, fresh basil
100. Café Bottega, Birmingham Ala. (Farm Egg: Mushrooms, Guanciale, Taleggio, Porcini Oil)
101. Ghigiarelli's, Old Forge, Pa. (Red: Tomato, Brick Cheese)

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Aug 28, 2014
SilverlakeGirl in General Topics

PIZZA: Experts rank the top 101 pies to find the 'perfect slice'

A panel of 78 experts has tested 700 pizzas from around the country - and they have found what they believe to be America's perfect slice.

More than 30 states registered for The Daily Meal's annual pizza ranking, and Connecticut came out on top, scoring the number one pizza spot with a white clam pie from Frank Pepe in New Haven.

Second place went to Brooklyn, New York, thanks to a Classic Round Pie from Di Fara. Meanwhile Phoenix, Arizona took third place with a Margarita pizza from Pizzeria Bianco.

list of 101 pies continue here:

Aug 28, 2014
SilverlakeGirl in General Topics

Moving to Los Feliz from Seattle, Please Help.

Zero credibility.

I know I fell in love with Mexico culture and the people when i was just a teenager. [I'm not Hispanic and am now in my 60s].

I loved the Mexican culture so much I began collecting the arts and crafts of Mexico as a teen ... later, art. Almost all of the fine art I display on my walls is from Mexico. I have imported my campensino style furniture for my whole house from several old large homes in Mexico.

My love extended to food. I began studying with famous Mexican cooks, Lula Beltran, Patricia Quintana and others ... later I traveled with Diana Kennedy nearly ever summer for 8 years ... and Rick Bayless. i never, ever go to Mexican tourist destinations.

I do know something about dishes I like ... and some i have been taught about. There are some things I like about Mexico City. True, I am myopic about the menu ... I tend to keep ordering that which I love and I know they do well. Sometimes I've had service problems but it has been rare.