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Epicure Imports website?

Went to the sale Saturday 11am based on recs here. Well worth going! Lots of fun wandering the aisles deciding what to buy. So many delights, so little money... $40 foie gras, $60 can o' black truffles,,, Finally got out with some fine salami and chorizo, several top French cheeses, blood boudin, fine French jambon and real Serrano ham, Valrhona chocolate, a tin of duck fois gras, and a baguette for $105. Nice, helpful people- how often does a store owner shake your hand - twice - for shoppng there? And I noticed half the customers there were speaking fluent French - always a sign of overpriced but good eatin'. I will be back next mid-March when the next sale is. and I'll post here in advance if no one else does.

Dec 16, 2007
Andrew Gore in Los Angeles Area

A Sad Day for Potato Chips....

Uncle, I shopped at Target today, and based on your post, I looked for your chips. (Los Angeles area). Didn't find the Sea Salt, but did get a bag of Rosemary and Olive Oil Thick Cut russet potato Chips, which I assume are very close to the ones you miss. Enjoyed them immensly with a bowl of my clam-onion dip. I really think these would relieve your jones for your lost chips. Tried them?

Dec 14, 2007
Andrew Gore in General Topics

5 Days in Vegas - help fill in the blanks

Nitro, I think you can do better than $99 for hot dogs and Margaritas at the Slots o' Fun ;-). Do they still have the 75 cent Heinekens and Coronas? Do they still have the craps table out on the sidewalk? Something about playing dice outdoors on the Strip I found strangely,,, exciting, in a surreal way.

Oct 27, 2007
Andrew Gore in Southwest

Hunan's Restaurant is Crown Cafe made Better

Wow, that's great to hear! I ate there twice and it became my favorite Chinese place in all L.A. A week later, it burned down. Major bummer! (I suspect it was all those hot chilis!) Real happy to know it's reopened. I got a trip to Chung King coming tomorrow, but I'll try the new Hunan next week. Thanks, Ciao!

Oct 17, 2007
Andrew Gore in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles area - "Chowhound TV" tonight!

Folks in L.A. and Palm Springs area, try to catch "Chowhound TV" tonight. Restauranr revviews, including interviews with the chef as he cooks a recipe for the camers, it's worth watching or taping. Midnight tonight on PBS (KCET) and also seen on the Palm Springs PBS station.

http://www.chowhoundtv.com/about.php

Sep 08, 2007
Andrew Gore in Food Media & News

Earliest food memory?

Another Brit here. I do recall the soft-boiled eggs, and the strips of buttered bread to dip in them. But in our case, the bread was always "raw", not toasted. On weekends, we often got the full English breakfast, including eggs fried in drippings, blood sausage, porridge with Lyle's Golden Syrup (treacle), and calf's brains on toast. YUM!

Aug 20, 2007
Andrew Gore in General Topics

Great meal at Chichen Itza

That's good to hear I have been wanting to try Conchita Pibil, and was planning to go to the Mercado next wknd to try it at the CI. Glad to hear that's a good place to go.

http://www.mercadolapaloma.com/restau...

Aug 19, 2007
Andrew Gore in Los Angeles Area

Restaurant Week in Las Vegas

Thot that might be the case. OK, thx.

Aug 19, 2007
Andrew Gore in Southwest

Restaurant Week in Las Vegas

Thanks for the heads-up, I'm interested. I have a rather stupid question. Let's look at one menu, Craftsteak for example:
http://www.threesquare.org/promotion_...

There are three items each listed under apps, entrees, sides, etc. Do you get to choose one of each, or do you get them all, like a tasting menu? I don't know how this works.

Aug 18, 2007
Andrew Gore in Southwest

Jitlada's amazing Southern Thai menu

Oh, Sh*t! Don't tell me. Goddamn. Pardon my French, but I haven't been to Jitlada yet. Heard about it here a couple weeks ago, and have been anxious to go. Wanted to go last Saturday, but I wanted to visit the Wat Thai temple on it's last weekend of the food court, understandably. Was planning to go this coming Saturday. But now, in addition to growing internet-inspired crowds, Jonathan "Pulitzer Prize" Gold has anointed this place in this week's column? "Jitlada, clearly, is the most exciting new Thai restaurant of the year." I'm still going Saturday, but is there going to be a line out the door? And, worst of all, will success spoil Jitlada? Let's hope not.

I feel more and more that we here in the Southland are in the midst of a genuine renaissance in Thai cuisine, one that will resonate across the country in many ways in the next few years. And I'm loving every minute of it!

Aug 16, 2007
Andrew Gore in Los Angeles Area

New on Metro: The Chow Line!

Not only Surfas, but walking distance to Sushi Zo, too!

http://www.friends4expo.org/expo.htm

Aug 12, 2007
Andrew Gore in Los Angeles Area

Goodbye, Wat Thai

It was, what, two years ago I first visited the Thai food court weekends at the Wat Thai temple after reading about it here on CH. I enjoyed visiting there a half-dozen times since, and when I read here that this weekend would be the last weekend for the food court, I made sure to visit one last time, as I'm sure many CH'rs also did. I'm sorry to see it go, but, IMHO, it's not going to break my heart. Tho I have grown to love Thai food, and plumbing the depths of the menus of Hollywood and NoHo Thai restaurants is a major hobby of mine, I feel this loss really won't put much of a dent in the local Thai food scene.

Got there about 11:30, and the parking lot was already full. No prob for me, as I took the bus there, but the line of cars jockeying for a space served to underline the problms they are having. Place was even more crowded than usual, what with the food closing and some celebrations involving the Queen's birthday. Bought $30 worth of tokens and started food-hunting. I even brought empty tupperware-type tubs with me to take food home in. (You know you're a chowhound when you bring plastic tubs to take food home from the restaurant/food festival... and I do!) First thing I noticed, to my disappointment, was that my favorite booth was missing, for no apparent reason. It was the one that sold "The best Pad Thai in L.A!", as the sign said. The pad thai was good, but I specially liked the Hoy Tod. This simple dish of mussels and fried rice flour on sprouts was so perfectly done it was my favorite dish at the Wat. It had been there every previous visit, and I was planning on filling my tubs with some of the best Hoy Tod and Pad Thai in the city. Strike one. Went to another booth, had beef noodle soup (boat noodles?) and a curried fish dish, as well as a Haw Moek Plaa in banana leaf that was quite good. Tried a Longan Juice drink, based on a CH rec here, and I agree that's a tasty and refreshing drink. Got a few other things to go, including a Mango with Sticky Rice dessert. This is something I've seen before, but never ordered. I always figgered, why bother? I can buy and cut up my own mango at home, and what's with the rice? With fruit.? But, based on yet another rec here on CH, I bought the large ($5) version to go. Boy, am I glad I did! At home, I thot I'd try a taste before I popped it in the fridge. Took one bite, and ended up eating the whole goddamn plate while standing at the sink. It's got some sort of evaporated milk sauce poured on it, and combined with the warm sticky rice, well , it's just heaven. Everybody raves about the Kanom Krok, and it's good there, but I like it even better at the dessert place in Thaitown next to the Ganda. I wanted to get a dessert I've had before, banana slices inside a ball of fried sweet dough, but they didn't have that either. Got a few other things to go, too, including Papaya Salad with blue crab. I usually ask for my Thai food to be "pet nid noy", or medium heat, and it's usually the right heat level for me. But I ordered the papaya salad as "low heat", because ot always seems to be served fiery hot. Tried to eat it at home, but after a few bites, I couldn't eat any more as it was again flamethrower-hot. I spent the next hour sucking ice cubes to try to get my mouth cooled down. Many haved raved about papaya-crab salad, so I often gamely give it a try, but every time, it's served so hot I can't eat it.

Going there again reminded me of the hassles of eating there. Even in winter, the sun seems to beat down mercilessly, so there is a lot of jockeying for the picnic tables that have shade, As it is always crowded, there is never enough space for comfortable seating. You have to leave one of your party to hold onto your empty seats while the others get food, and she has to fend off all comers, "Sorry, these seats are taken, sorry..." And if you're a solo diner, you're SOL, you just have to find an empty seat with your hands full of food. You have to stand in line at one booth to get one dish, and another one for another dish, and another line for a beverage. And you have to weave your way through the jam-packed crowd with your food on these crappy thin styrofoam plates and bowls back to your seat, or find a decent seat if you don't already have one. And make sure you add fish sauce etc at the booth before you leave cuz they don't have it on the tables like in a proper restaurant. And be careful when you sit down. cuz the rickety picnic tables will jump and spill everybody's drinks and you learn some new Thai swear words for "fat white farang"... I know that this picnicky/street fair atmosphere is part of the charm, but that quickly wears a little thin.

I feel there are two basic types of people that would go the the Wat Thai food court: Ethnic Thai people, and foodies. I feel bad for the Thai families who go there, as they will miss out on that community experience, and it was a good source of income for the temple. But, there's nothing to stop them from going anyway, of course. As far as foodies go, I feel it's probably the most overrated Thai food experience in the Southland. There's not a dish there that you couldn't find a better version at the nearby competition. And what competition is that, you ask? I'll tell ya. Drive about one mile south on Coldwater Canyon to Sherman Way. Park and get out. You are now walking distance to at least three of the finest Thai restaurants in L.A., namely Bua Siam, Krua Thai, and Swan Thai. I have barely scratched the surface of these fine place's menus, and haven't had a bad meal yet. Each one has a menu that has dozens of different dishes on it, and the pickings at the Wat are tiny in comparison. You can't even get Pad Thai or Hoy Tod there anymore, and that's just pathetic.I've taken home $5 entrees fom them that are like... nothing I've had before... but that's for another review. After an hour the Wat Thai yesterday, I left, frustrated and still hungry for a lot of good Thai food. So I went down the street to Bua Siam and spent $50 on a half-dozen fine entrees to go. Everything I got is excellent, and I'm looking forward to a week of good leftover eating. I only wish I lived closer. As far as Wat Thai goes... Good-bye and good luck.

Aug 12, 2007
Andrew Gore in Los Angeles Area

AArrgh! My new fave Hunan's Restaurant has burned down! Need recs.

AArrgh! My new fave Hunan's Restaurant has burned down! Need recs.

zruilong posted this morning about Hunan restaurant in Alhambra that burned up this morning, but he identified it as "Hunan Jiu Jia" and that it was in a minimall, so I hoped it wasn't my new favorite Chinese place, "Hunan's Restaurant" on Valley near Atlantic in Alhambra. But I checked the web for the news, and sad to say, it's the place alright.
http://snipurl.com/1oeab
Run the video. It is undoubtedly the Hunan's that is burning.
About a month ago I came across some reviews of Hunan's that sounded enticing.
http://snipurl.com/1oeau
http://www.chow.com/digest/1222
Tried it and loved it. Always liked Chinese food, but never found a regional style that really did it for me. But this Hunan style really hit the spot. Deep, spicy flavors, lots of chilis, but NOT overly hot. Unusual ingredients like smoked bacon, spicy fish heads, etc. Favorite was "Toss-Fried Mutton", and I don't normally like mutton. Liked this place so much I went back the next weekend, tho it's a long trip for me. Was planning on going again this weekend but... sadly... no more.
I believe the Hunan's owners had previously owned the well-liked Crown Cafe. Can anybody help me get my Hunan fix atanother good restaurant?

Jul 16, 2007
Andrew Gore in Los Angeles Area

BBQ Competition at the Autry - Results?

Suebee - I wanted to find out how this year's Autry BBQ went, and you are giving us that info. I went last year, but didn't go this year for exactly the reasons you gave above. I like the Autry museum, and I love the idea of a BBQ cook-off there. WHen I got there, I was a little surprised to find the cookoff and contest was really a rather "private" affair, not really open to the public. I, like you, and I'm quite sure virtually EVERYONE who attended the event, expected to have the opportunity to sample several different tasty Q's. I was surprised to find exacrly TWO smallish booths serving BBQ. I was there early, so I got in line and didn't have to wait too long for some beef ribs that were really quite tasty. But, by the time I left abut 3pm, the lines were snaking all over the park and were easily over an hour's wait - not worth it at all. What kills me is that how they could waste that great opportunity. Here you have a captive audience of thousands of hungry BBQ fans, and virtually no Q? All they have to do is invite a dozen of the top local BBQ cateers - everybody from Tony Roma's to Phillipe's, Bad to the Bone, Hogly-Woglys, etc to set up shop and service this hungry crowd. They'd jump at the chance, the folks would be happy and fed, the museum would get a cut of the profits, everybody's happy. Why not, I don't know, I'm truly baffled. I will write a sternly-worded letter to the appropriate parties. Thanks for making me glad I didn't go!

Apr 22, 2007
Andrew Gore in Los Angeles Area

Pho79 A warning

I ate pho for the first time when I read a fine review by Linda Burum raving about Pho Hoa in Chinatown years ago, maybe 20 yrs ago. Tried it and loved it. Knew it was authentic when I was the only white guy in there. I remember asking for a glass of water to go with my meal, and it took a half hour to get the concept across to the waiter. Often had pho there or at the Pho 79 also in Chinatown. Obviously, I am far from expert, but I know what I like, and both seem fine to me. However, I seem to remember noticing a couple months ago that the Pho Hoa had closed. I often go to the banh mi shop across the parking lot there, and the pho shop seemed locked and empty. Can anyone confirm? (And can anyone say what happened to Linda Burum? I really liked her reviews; she was always second to J Gold to me.)

Apr 22, 2007
Andrew Gore in Los Angeles Area

Lucky Boy and Everyone Else (near Pasadena)

I ate there for the first time a few months back as I heard here on CH that Lucky Boy had the best BLT in all L.A. And I love a good BLT. And it is GREAT. The damn thing actually has TOO MUCH bacon. How often have you run across that in your life? Keep meaning to go back and try more stuff there, but it's a little out of my way. (Long walk from the Gold Line, but do-able.)
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/31704...

Apr 18, 2007
Andrew Gore in Los Angeles Area

Wat Thai fest...

I get those same dishes every time I go, any old weekend!:-) However, I went to the fest last year, and I agree, it's worth attending. They have dozens of non-food booths selling Thai crafts and all, and special shows and such. The only thing I found objectionable was the loud rock band playing live right next to the dining area. Everybody semed annoyed by the inappropriate music blasting as they tried to eat. However, overall, if you enjoy the Thai people and culture as I do, it was definetly worth going to. ............. Anybody here attend the BBQ Cook-off today at the Autry Museum?

Apr 14, 2007
Andrew Gore in Los Angeles Area

Any way of restoring "old" links? (that is, before today)

These are some random links I've saved over the last few months. I don't know what they pointed to, because they're now dead. Maybe I'm doing something wrong.
http://www.chowhound.com/california/b...
http://www.chowhound.com/california/b...
http://www.chowhound.com/california/b...
http://www.chowhound.com/california/b...
... I must say, Google searches for things in CH are stll working, for which I'm grateful.

Feb 11, 2007
Andrew Gore in Site Talk

Any way of restoring "old" links? (that is, before today)

Like many other regulars, I click on a toolbar link that I use to access the CH board of my choice, only to get a message saying "Sorry, there has been a slight problem..." Apparently, CH has rejiggered it's URLs for no appaernt reason and with no warning. I, and everybody else who uses such common short cuts, will have to reset their toolbar buttons. A minor hassle, but that's not my main concern. I am one of I'm quite sure a large percentage of CH regulars who link to interesting and informative threads, saving them in catagories. Restaurants by type, by region, cooking tips, good cookbooks, etc. Apparently, those links are now dead, and I feel like a fool for the time I've spent here. Am I wrong, or is there some way of restoring our links from before today? I don't think it's a "slight problem", I think it's a major one.

Feb 09, 2007
Andrew Gore in Site Talk

Board addresses changed? Links dead now?

I tried to access my link to the Los Angeles board, but get a message saying "Cant find your link". Searched and found it, but apparently all the board links have been changed, for no apparent reason, typical of CH. Now, all my links to CH posts and boards are dead and useless. Thanks again, CH. I swear i'm going to find some higher-up at Cnet to complain to about such CH changes and mod behavior,

Feb 09, 2007
Andrew Gore in Site Talk

Northern Thai restaurants & Markets?

If "Issan" is Northeastern That, then what do the Thais call Northern Thai? What major cities are associated with each cuisine?

Jan 25, 2007
Andrew Gore in Los Angeles Area

A minor Phillip's (and other Q) question "Burnt Ends" [moved from L.A. board]

Thanks, folks, for your great responses. Took me a while to hunt down my own post after the mods moved it. So that's why, if I order ribs at Phillip's, I get the burnt ends as part of em. I found another good link for it:

http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/bri...

Jan 18, 2007
Andrew Gore in General Topics

Chimichurri sauce?

Hmmph. Hard for me to think of chimmi as a condiment, but it's clear you guys are right. That's why I come here. Thanks, all.

Jan 14, 2007
Andrew Gore in Home Cooking

Chimichurri sauce?

You mean cook the meat, then serve the sauce over the meat like it's gravy? That doesn't seem right to me.

Jan 13, 2007
Andrew Gore in Home Cooking

Chimichurri sauce?

Got me a jar of genuine Argentine chimichurri sauce, for grilling meat. No idea how to use it. Is it a marinade, a BBQ sauce? TIA.

Jan 13, 2007
Andrew Gore in Home Cooking

A minor Phillip's (and other Q) question "Burnt Ends" [moved from L.A. board]

Was standing in line at the Crenshaw Phillip's, trying to decide what Q to take home. (Both Phillip's are take-out only, BTW). Was the only white guy in the room, always a good sign at the ethnic restaurants I haunt. Was perusing the menu board for what to get. My choices are clear when it comes to BBQ: It's ribs -, and little else. Suit y'self, but no brisket, pulled pork or such for me. So I decide to get a slab each of beef and pork ribs. But I also see something else on the menu: "Burnt Ends". It's a featured item, like it's the favorite of a lot of customers. What the hey, I figger, as long as I'm there. So I get to the head of the line, and order the beef and pork ribs, and of course a couple orders of their great banana pudding. "And an order of burnt ends, please". "Oh, no, those come with the ribs, suh". He explained what they wer, but I couldn't quite catch what he was saying. So what are these "burnt ends", and why are they so good?

Jan 13, 2007
Andrew Gore in General Topics

Sandwich Express - AMAZING!

Good question. I THINK it's this one in Reseda. But I'd like confirmation, sunnygordy. There are "Sandwich Express"s all over SoCal, all over the world. I'm assuming you don't mean the Shanghai outlet!
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/322086

Jan 12, 2007
Andrew Gore in Los Angeles Area

Notable names in cooking show history?

I recently bought a DVD recorder, and I've been having fun converting a lot of dusty old VHS tapes to DVDs. Among many old treasures I've found is many episodes of "Great Chefs of the West", recorded back in, I believe, 1985. Watching them again, I realize how good they were, and what an influence they had on me. Haven't seen them in 20 years, yet they seem vey familiar to me, as I watched them so fondly. The recipes tended toward simple, hearty Tex-Mex fare that really made you want to try them yourself. The cooks and the great location shoots made the shows fun and interesting to watch. Sure glad I saved them.

Jan 09, 2007
Andrew Gore in Food Media & News

Thai Nakorn-fire

Yes, I was about to post- looks like possibly the Southland's best Thai food place is out of action for at least a few months.

http://elmomonster.blogspot.com/2006/...

Jan 08, 2007
Andrew Gore in Los Angeles Area

Sweetbreads in Phoenix or Scottsdale?

I believe I actually had them a few years back at good old Durant's steakhouse downtown. IIRC, you had to ask for them, they were not on the menu. They were very good.

Jan 01, 2007
Andrew Gore in Phoenix