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Best ice cream bar is at the Costco food court

My mother loves caramel and thinks Magnum has WAY too much caramel in it to the point of overpowering the quality ice cream.

Jul 07, 2014
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

My brother hunts down any chinese restaurant that serves 'salt and pepper' fried chicken wings that's done in the same style as salt and pepper pork chops. They're surprisingly hard to find. I'd probably put salt and pepper chicken wings done right at the top of our to-go places for fried chicken. I'm sure it's common in the SGV if anyone wants to try them for themselves.

Jul 07, 2014
polldeldiablo in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Saltier side is a understatement, Ralph's is good fried chicken for a supermarket but it is a bit overly greasy and quite salty(of course nowhere as bad as KFC).

Jul 07, 2014
polldeldiablo in Los Angeles Area

Best Ice Cream Parlor in LA (like Farrells used to be)

Noting the recent posts, I haven't had much of the high end ice cream shops in Los Angeles, only one that's talked about that I've been to is Carmela to which I find great exotic unique flavors but I personally prefer solid ice cream quality first before any special flavors. I'd rather have the best quality plain vanilla ice cream in the world over a 'good quality' amazing unique flavor combination. Is there any ice cream shop/parlour with the quality of ice cream that I'm used to?(Niederfrank's in National City). I'm not sure but I think Niederfrank's used buttermilk.

Jul 05, 2014
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ipsedixit's Top 10 Dim Sum

I'd much rather see XLB on a Cantonese restaurant's menu than Orange Chicken, General tso,tao,chu,ching,changwallawallabingbang, beef with broccoli and so on. I guess when Panda Express starts offering XLB, you'll know it's gone too far.

Jul 05, 2014
polldeldiablo in Los Angeles Area

Best ice cream bar is at the Costco food court

Well I have the unfortunate problem of the ice cream bars always disappearing before I get into the car so I can't really get them to go. This heat doesn't help either.

Jul 04, 2014
polldeldiablo in Los Angeles Area

"The top 13 places for fried chicken in LA, as chosen by 8 LA food writers" - Yes, it is a list, don't click on it if you don't want to!

Sometimes I think there should be a chowhound magazine with top 10 places of a category recommended by Chowhounders, with of course some form of compensation to the regulars(which excludes myself). Maybe ultimately since Michelin doesn't want to touch LA, Chowhound would become the LA version of Michelin. But then again, it might also be better for the truly best restaurants whether it's hip, classy or a HITW to not have 10 year lines due to the publicity :p

I owe Chowhound for not relying on yelp reviews to figure out a good place to go on the fly. Better to check CH and waste 5 more minutes finding a place than going to said place and wasting 30+mins and w/e the cost was.

Jul 03, 2014
polldeldiablo in Los Angeles Area

Where to find yellow watermelon?

My first and only experience of yellow watermelon was probably a experience which is a unfair comparison, I shared some that was brought specially from a farmer's personal batch to his friend who was my friend at a farmer's market. It's been awhile(4 years or so)so I don't remember the flavor's exactly but I remember it being quite different than regular watermelon in the sense that it had the flavor of watermelon but had the sweetness of honeydew.

Jul 03, 2014
polldeldiablo in Los Angeles Area

Best ice cream bar is at the Costco food court

Eh I was fortunate, the second they removed their ice cream bars from the menu, the ice cream from their freezer section had Talenti Gelato bars for something like 12 for $15. Far better and cheaper than their ice cream bars.

Jul 03, 2014
polldeldiablo in Los Angeles Area

Best ice cream bar is at the Costco food court

Depends on which Costco you go to, roughly 75% of the Costco's I've been to have the food court inside and you aren't allowed to go that way unless you are returning an item.

Jul 03, 2014
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ipsedixit's Top 10 Dim Sum

Yeah, I had meant the latter as I was pretty impressed the numerous times I was there with new restaurants opening up and being surprisingly good.

Jul 02, 2014
polldeldiablo in Los Angeles Area

"The top 13 places for fried chicken in LA, as chosen by 8 LA food writers" - Yes, it is a list, don't click on it if you don't want to!

Is it just me or is it a bit funny that chowhound's chosen DotM has fried chicken as part of it and this list comes out at the same time?

Jul 02, 2014
polldeldiablo in Los Angeles Area

SGV Changes: Taipei Village replaced by Anu Delicious Food

Did the name Change back from Awu to Anu now? Sorry I had to considering you were the one who noted the right spelling :p

Jul 02, 2014
polldeldiablo in Los Angeles Area
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ipsedixit's Top 10 Dim Sum

Since Rowland Heights generally gets less rave due to it's location, how close do you personally feel Rowland Heights is to SGV quality in general? I've personally tried both Happy Harbour and the New Capital(Rowland Heights numerous times and agree with it being up there.

Jul 02, 2014
polldeldiablo in Los Angeles Area

The Pastrami List 2014

Well I can always bum a slice from someone else's sandwich :p

Jul 02, 2014
polldeldiablo in Los Angeles Area

The Pastrami List 2014

I almost always get corned beef at Jewish deli's but that's only because literally everyone I eat with get's a pastrami variation and I don't want to be the 200000th person to get the same dish. I try to always get what no one else at the table I'm eating with is getting.

Jul 02, 2014
polldeldiablo in Los Angeles Area

The Pastrami List 2014

I actually am curious as to why specifically Pastrami is the meter for Jewish Deli's. When I grew up even with eating Carnegie's on a regular basis, my meter for a good Jewish Deli was at least 3 items, hard salami, lox and the bagel separately. I'm sure there's some article or history eluding to why Pastrami is the meter for Jewish Deli's but I guess I'm a bit lazy today.

Jul 01, 2014
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One of the few guide/top lists I agree with: "The Ultimate Guide To Dim Sum In The San Gabriel Valley"

Um that's a good list with 1 HUGE exception. Maybe it was a off day( a SERIOUSLY off day) but my experience at Atlantic seafood & dim sum restaurant was beyond horrible. I hate to be Mr.negative but it was honestly the worst dim sum I've ever had, worse than a bad Yum Cha location(Kearny Mesa). The atmosphere was somewhat nice, the views were disturbing(you can look right into people's apartments that are 30 feet from the window) but the food quality regardless of price wasn't good in any shape or form. Maybe it was a really really off day or something though I have no reason to go back anyway.

Never tried China red, I'll have to hit that up soon before the place gets lines.

Jun 30, 2014
polldeldiablo in Los Angeles Area

One of the few guide/top lists I agree with: "The Ultimate Guide To Dim Sum In The San Gabriel Valley"

Chandavkl is spot on.

Jun 30, 2014
polldeldiablo in Los Angeles Area

do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

I didn't realize it was only 2.9% wow. I had always assumed it was in the vicinity of 10% without ever actually checking the percentage. I indirectly noticed less Chinese coming to San Diego through lion's senior center in the Gaslamp. When my grandmother first moved from HK to San Diego, the lion's center was roughly 90% chinese and was in effect a chinese apartment building. Last time I went it was about 40% Chinese and maybe 50% Russian which personally I can't identify why but then again, I never looked into any Russian history in San Diego.

I do think that there's potential for a high quality dim sum restaurant in San Diego, but it wouldn't be convoy area, I would sooner see it in mira mesa near the H Mart vicinity where there's already been reasonable Chinese restaurants in it's past as well as more asian locals nearby.

Jun 30, 2014
polldeldiablo in Los Angeles Area

do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

If you think I'm too harsh then I wonder what you think of this. I attended a relatives wedding reception at Pearl 1 year ago, they invited a very large family tree of people that completely packed the restaurant. 90% of the people there were outside of San Diego with some in the U.S. and most in China. They obviously got the most expensive banquet available with mostly stuff that I don't care for, abalone and stuff. I could tell right away what was echoed by numerous guests who asked myself and my mother since we were locals who wouldn't be offended by the question, why is this food so bad? They asked us if there was a better restaurant in San Diego and when we informed them that Pearl was in the top 3, they were shocked. Most of the guests had recently gotten off a plane and were obviously hungry and yet, half of the seafood dishes had massive leftovers. On top of that, the leftovers were declined to be taken to go. That in of itself should be proof in the pudding.

I only think harshly of the Chinese food in San Diego, I still think the mexican, filipino, vietnamese, Thai and Ethiopian are top notch.

Jun 30, 2014
polldeldiablo in Los Angeles Area

do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

Do you have any idea what happened to Pearl? It used to be what I considered the 1 exception to the Chinese food quality in San Diego, then all of a sudden(coincidentally around when they started offering lunch specials) their quality dropped IMMENSELY. I used to compare Pearl back about 8 years ago to good dim sum in San Francisco and now I'd compare it to Yum Cha cafe. Even Emerald used to be good.

Jun 30, 2014
polldeldiablo in Los Angeles Area

do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

You can't really say the seed is germinating because the chinese community has existed in San Diego for over 100 years. If there was no chinese history or community in San Diego, I wouldn't say anything but logically when there's a large population of an ethnicity, usually the community and restaurants follow. It's because of the Chinese population and history that I make such a comment.

Jun 30, 2014
polldeldiablo in Los Angeles Area

do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

Part of the reason I may of have liked Yank Sing so much is I immediately wrote it off as a Gweilo place due to the location and the obvious ethnicity of most of the customer's and was taken aback at finding excellent dim sum in a location that I wouldn't associate with such. I was fortunate to not have tried the ordinary stuff as I only went their once due to their price.

I still remember to this day the table next to us with 1 man having a power lunch with a client and when their bill came with limited items ordered, I overheard it being $200.

Jun 30, 2014
polldeldiablo in Los Angeles Area

Copper River salmon at Costco

Almost all Costcos are different, they are a smart operation that specifically test/carry items for the demographic of the people who live nearby/would travel to 'their' Costco. Living in San Fernando area, I occasionally(maybe once per month) visit all 5 surrounding Costco's near me(Pacoima, Northridge, Van nuys, Burbank, Santa Clarita). That being said, some have specialty craft beers while the others have generic beer, some have lots of basic deli cheeses while some have numerous imported cheese from europe, it all depends on the type of people who shop there or who are potential customers.

If you don't find an item that you want at your local Costco, you could always just ask an employee near the registers to 'check' nearby Costco's for said item and their stock. When I bought furniture for home recently, there 5 items I wanted and I wanted to arrange for their delivery company they use. Obviously I didn't want to have 3-4 shipments as that would increase shipping cost so I asked my local Costco which one nearby had all 5, went their manually and purchased said items.

Jun 30, 2014
polldeldiablo in Los Angeles Area

do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

I wasn't comparing Sea Harbour to Ocean Star at all as I had given it a lower numeric value, though admittingly my numbers were a bit off. Again giving my experience at Yank Sing before a 9 or so, I'd give Sea harbour maybe a 7 and Ocean Star a 5.

I also ate at The Kitchen early on in my SGV experience so my opinion of it may be inflated due to my previous comparisons to Chinese food having taken place in the Chinese restaurant wasteland of San Diego.

Jun 29, 2014
polldeldiablo in Los Angeles Area

do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

I get the feeling that of all the people on CH in the U.S. I'm the only one that found Sea Harbour to be pretty 'meh' I went there about 4 times, once when it first opened(first week) cumulating to the last time about 2 years ago when my brother(NYC) forced me to drive him there as per reviews. I always found it to taste fresh and have some delicate flavors but if I had to give it a numeric value from 1-10 with HK ranging from 5-10 and Yank Sing in San Francisco being a 8-9(3 years ago) then I'd give Sea Harbour a 6. It's certainly better than most places in Los Angeles but it might be worse than any place I tried in Vancouver and worse than the reputation it and SGV has.

As far as what I had that was better or on par imo in Los Angeles, the only place that comes to mind is Ocean Star but obviously still below(maybe a 5) I guess what I'm saying is that I feel that Sea Harbour is the best of the limited good dimsum we have available( I don't want to say the 'best of the worst' as that sounds pretty insulting).

As far as someone mentioning that a wealthy person in SGV should bring a top rated chef from HK to open such place here, there was actually a place that had some chatter on CH before I joined. I'm pretty sure it was called 'The Kitchen' and it proudly advertised that it had a famous chef from HK(mother and grandmother recognized the chef). I tried scouring street view to find the exact cross streets but I failed. They made it such a big deal that all the cooking from this chef was done on the dining room floor for people to watch. It ended up closing for obvious reasons, chef asked for half the business and owner declined.

When we used to eat at this place, we asked if they had any other locations and they mentioned in Millbrae. The funny part is when they ended up closing and we went to the location in Millbrae, they denied ever having a restaurant in SGV. Methinks they didn't want to admit shame.

Jun 29, 2014
polldeldiablo in Los Angeles Area

Copper River salmon at Costco

I've been hyped to try the copper river from CH but now you're making it sound like it's just that, hype. Last time I was at Costco, they had both a copper river salmon and a copper river Sockeye salmon. Do you know if maybe the the Sockeye one is far better as I far prefer Sockeye to normal salmon but obviously not compared to good King salmon?

How much more is Ivory over regular King Salmon percentage wise in general? Wondering if I can possibly ask a local Costco to test run it for a week.

Jun 29, 2014
polldeldiablo in Los Angeles Area

Jewish Corn Bread

Pretty funny, I just picked up some from Bea's about an hour ago.

Jun 28, 2014
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Formerly California Wok Opens on Westside With Authentic Chinese Goodies

Ah understandable.

Jun 28, 2014
polldeldiablo in Los Angeles Area