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How to change my Chowhound name

I also need to change my name as it's too similar to that of another frequent contributor. Could you advise?

Thanks in advance.

May 07, 2008
obsessive in Site Talk

Fake Ethnic Tour of Los Angeles

Probably you're thinking of Italian Tomato:

I think it falls into the category of Japanese "yoshoku" cuisine, which has an interesting history:

But now we're seriously OT for this thread . . .

Apr 05, 2008
obsessive in Los Angeles Area

puyck restaurant, amsterdam

My favourite high-end foodie dining experience in Amsterdam was at Utrechtsedwarstafel ( ). Like Balthazar's Keuken, the dishes are selected by the kitchen, and each course is paired with a wine selected by the sommelier. Highly recommended.

puyck restaurant, amsterdam

Balthazar's Keuken is very nice with a very Dutch "vibe".

Cafe Roux was excellent. They are now The Grand Restaurant, and I don't know how much of Cafe Roux has survived in the new incarnation. The most memorable thing about Cafe Roux was the wine list and the sommelier, Noel, who is no longer there.

I've not been to the other two places you mention.

Mom's Artichoke Hummus -- Packaged Panacea?

I didn't know that Mom's did falafel balls until I read your post. I picked some up this morning at the HFM for curiosity's sake, and thought they were okay for pre-made, certainly better than I've found anywhere else. Is there a better place for pre-made falafel balls?

Mar 30, 2008
obsessive in Los Angeles Area

Amsterdam - d'Vijff Vlieghen

I agree with Asomaniac. I went to dVV once about six years ago, and found it underwhelming. It seemed as if visitors and regulars were seated in different rooms, and that the visitors were given a very packaged and uninvolving experience. The food wasn't bad, but it did not make up for the price and artificiality.

puyck restaurant, amsterdam

Tempo Doeloe is a better introduction to Ducth/Indonesian cuisine -- especially rijsttafel -- whereas Blue Pepper is a very modern take on it. In my experience, you can't go wrong with either; however some comments on this board suggest that Tempo Doeloe may be slipping (see ). If so, I'd be curious to know what people consider to be the best traditional Dutch/Indonedian these days.

I've not been to Puyck, but recent comments on IENS are uneven:

Best Indonesian in Amsterdam?

Hmm, just saw another thread that suggests that Tempo Doeloe may have gone downhill. I haven't been there in over four years so I can't say. That's always a danger with recommendations.

Best Indonesian in Amsterdam?

Yes, that's the one. It's the NH Tropen Hotel.

FWIW, it's a short ride on the 9 (or 14) tram from Oosterpark to Rembrandtplien and then a 5 minute walk down Utrechtsestraat to Tempo Doeloe. Tempo Doeloe isn't a hole in the wall, though. But it won't disappoint either.

Best Indonesian in Amsterdam?

Funny, I've stayed several times at the hotel in Oosterpark and never knew about Dappermarkt (was too busy going back and forth to Kruislaan by tram).

I don't know of any personally. The IENS guide mentions three in Oost, but none have been rated:

Silky Smooth, Beverly Center?

Tried it once. The ice cream was very good but not memorably so. The staff are very friendly. Unfortunately they are in the Beverly Center and have no seating. Either one is pretty fatal IMHO. Another minus: they have the charmless design of a place which aspires more than anything else to be another chain.

BTW here's a previous thread:

Mar 28, 2008
obsessive in Los Angeles Area

Bon Chon K-fried chicken to hit LA?

The wait at Bonchon was 30 minutes when I went. KyoChon is rarely less than 20. As others have mentioned, this is because of the double-frying method used by both chains.

Mar 27, 2008
obsessive in Los Angeles Area

Best Indonesian in Amsterdam?

Tempo Doeloe and Blue Pepper are both very good and reliable and represent opposite ends of the "Indones" dining spectrum: Tempo Doeloe is very traditional with impressive rijsttafels, and Blue Pepper is a very modernised take.

Avoid the frequently recommended Radèn Mas. I've never been to Sama Sebo, so I can't help there.

BTW, the IENS (both book and website) is an indispensable resource for visitors to Amsterdam:

Blue Pepper
Nassaukade 366 Amsterdam

Tempo Doeloe
Utrechtsestraat 75, Amsterdam

Recommendations in West Hollywood

As an ex-NYCer living in this area, I have to say it's a bit short on culinary highlights. I second the recommendation for Griddle Cafe. Also Pinches Tacos offers very adequate tacos. You might enjoy the ~20 minute walk up Laurel Canyon to Pace (Italian pronunciation) for very good Californian-style pizza.

EDIT: could not add link for Pinches, but here's their website:

2100 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046

Griddle Cafe
7916 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Mar 27, 2008
obsessive in Los Angeles Area

Anyone know if the Sunday Hollywood Farmer's Market is Closed for Easter?

Actually, IIRC, the HFM was fully closed on December 23rd. There was an announcement on the website at the time. I could find no similar announcement for Easter.

Mar 23, 2008
obsessive in Los Angeles Area

Hollywood restaurants - just moved (Chinese?)

In 90046 we're blessed with Pace, which has excellent Italian food (including pizza). I've had only good experiences with their delivery service (though I live only 1/2 mile away). For deli, I prefer Greenblatt's to Canter's, though I've never tried them for delivery.

I second other readers recommendations for Kung Pao and Genghis Cohen.

2100 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046

Greenblatt's Delicatessen
8017 Sunset Blvd, los angeles, CA 90046

Mar 22, 2008
obsessive in Los Angeles Area

Bon Chon K-fried chicken to hit LA?

Tried BonChon last night. I'm a fan of Kyochon and was curious to see how BonChon compared. I ordered the medium portion wings with "mixed" sauce (half "soy garlic", half hot). Short version: I liked it a lot -- a bit better than Kyochon. As others have noted, wings are a better vehicle for the style of chicken on offer at Kyochon and BonChon, as the sauce-to-meat ratio is better.

Other good points: their "white moo" (white picked radish) was _much_ better than the dreary, medicinal "product" on offer at Kyochon, and the included salad was also a considerable improvement.

Other notes:
- Prices and portions appear to be similar to Kyochon (unsurprisingly).
- Unlike Kyochon, they don't have their own car park. I was lucky and found a nearby meter, and consequently neglected to ask whether they had any parking arrangements with adjacent parking facilities. (Will ask next time!)
- They have no liquor license; however they claim to be happy if you BYOB provided it's beer and not soju. I didn't actually test this.

Mar 20, 2008
obsessive in Los Angeles Area

Baba Ghanoush

. . . and the Hollywood FM on Sunday mornings.

While I love the flavor of "Moms" baba ganoush, I wish they wouldn't blend it smooth.

Mar 19, 2008
obsessive in Los Angeles Area

Bundt cake store?

Kiss My Bundt is supposed to be opening at 8104 W 3rd Ave:

They are predicting a late April/early May opening:

Feb 29, 2008
obsessive in Los Angeles Area

Where can I buy decent kimchi

Namesermonster, can you recommend any specific super tiny kimchi stores in K-town?

Feb 28, 2008
obsessive in Los Angeles Area

Baja style Fish Tacos in OC/LA

Hi Herr Doktor Ubergeek

Are all Taco Nazo locations equally as good, or do you recommend one (or more) in particular? TIA.

Feb 17, 2008
obsessive in Los Angeles Area

Veg. Take-out near Melrose and LaBrea

If only all CH queries were as easy to answer :)

M Cafe De Chaya
7119 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Feb 08, 2008
obsessive in Los Angeles Area