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How good is your flavor imagination?

We often cook that way - what's in the refrig/pantry, what's the temperature outside, how hungry are we, what seems like it will go together. Some of our best meals have been cooked like that, and it's always kind of sad when we realize we'll never be able to make that again.

Jul 24, 2014
judybird in General Topics

Use for lime pulp?

A neighbor just gave us a huge bag of Rangpur limes, which we love for Margaritas. We'll keep some in the refrig, and are squeezing the rest for juice, which we'll freeze. There's a lot of pulp, way more than in ordinary limes. DH hates to throw away any vaguely food-like substances - any thoughts on how to use it?

Jul 22, 2014
judybird in Home Cooking

Yellowtail at Bristol Farms

The South Pasadena BF has a special on fresh, wild-caught yellowtail for $4.99/pound! We bought 3 pounds, had some for lunch yesterday and more for dinner last night, freezing some, making ceviche with some. It was all good, and a great deal, through Sunday (tomorrow) only.

Jul 12, 2014
judybird in Los Angeles Area
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Roadfood along the 5 btwn SF and LA?

Others may disagree, but I'd skip Harris Ranch. Service is often slow, food is way overpriced.

If you want a short detour off I-5, and don't want to pack your own food, check out Wolfsen's Sausage company in Gustine. http://www.wolfsensausage.com/. They make pretty good sandwiches, and you'll love shopping their sausages.

Jul 04, 2014
judybird in California

Roadfood along the 5 btwn SF and LA?

Not a lot of good food choices given your schedule, but once you get onto I-5 proper, there's a decent state rest area about every 60 miles. Clean restrooms, picnic tables, may be just what you need.

Jul 04, 2014
judybird in California
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Need a food processor

Thanks for the suggestion, DH will like that. We got what we needed through eBay for less than $40, now back in business, but I like the idea of stockpiling extra parts just in case.

Jul 04, 2014
judybird in Cookware

Need a food processor

Thanks to everybody who replied. I've been studying these answers and various web sites for the past few days. The new processors are amazing in the amount of work they can do, the power, and the cool accessories like the second bowl inside the first, but the problem for me is - they're huge!

We have an older house with a small kitchen and limited counter space. I looked at the KA and the Breville at a local store, and was stunned at their size, and the number of accessories they come with - we'd have to empty a whole cabinet just to store the blades.

So we're shopping on eBay, have a pretty good line on a base that will work with all our blades, and costs less than $50. Thanks again to everyone, it's been an interesting study.

Jul 01, 2014
judybird in Cookware

Need a food processor

No big deal, I was shredding carrots. I did put on a bit of pressure, as I was taught to do with solid foods - all of a sudden there was a loud noise and the thing stopped working. We had trouble getting the blade off, when we finally did, we realized that the shaft was cracked. I think it was just its time.

Jun 30, 2014
judybird in Cookware

Need a food processor

My much-used, 25+ year old Cuisinart has finally given up the ghost (shaft broke). I'd love to replace it, but I hear from many sources that Cuisinart just isn't what it used to be. I'm not a pro, a good home cook who uses it a lot, but not every day, and I definitely don't want to spend more than about $250. So with that in mind, please let me know what fellow 'hounds recommend.

Jun 29, 2014
judybird in Cookware

If Chinese restaurants will often assume non-Chinese patrons will want a fork ...

DH and I (Caucasian) are friends with a couple who are American-born of Japanese descent. Years ago, we'd go to a favorite dive in Chinatown together, and they'd automatically give us forks and our friends chopsticks. But we knew how to use chopsticks, and the husband of the other couple didn't, he'd grab one of the forks.

May 13, 2014
judybird in Not About Food

Funniest thing a server said to you 2 (or, funniest thing you've heard in a restaurant)

Lots of years ago, when Kentucky Fried Chicken was still a pretty new chain, we stopped at one while on a road trip. I'd gotten giblets in the past at one near us. I asked if they had giblets, the response was "no, ma'am, we only serve chicken."

Apr 22, 2014
judybird in Not About Food

Chicken Feet

I don't know about SM, but the Whole Foods in Pasadena carries them.

Apr 08, 2014
judybird in Los Angeles Area

Special birthday dinner Pasadena or environs

Claud & Co. Eatery. www.eateryonallen.com

Mar 29, 2014
judybird in Los Angeles Area

Walkable in the Marina? [San Francisco]

Thanks to everyone for the great suggestions. We wound up at the Balboa Cafe and had a wonderful meal - shared some oysters, crab cakes and a burger. We sat at the bar, and thoroughly enjoyed our cocktails as well - martini for me, excellent Manhattan for DH. We'd definitely go back.

We did look at Sabrosa and liked their menu, but it was pretty quiet at 6:30, and the energy just wasn't there. Balboa was it for us.

Mar 29, 2014
judybird in San Francisco Bay Area
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Walkable in the Marina? [San Francisco]

That sounds just about perfect, both type of food and distance from our hotel. Thanks.

Mar 24, 2014
judybird in San Francisco Bay Area

Walkable in the Marina? [San Francisco]

We'll be visiting SF for a few days next week, staying on Lombard in the Marina. We're planning on eating at Tadich one night, but would love something walkable for the other night. We're not looking for fine dining, casual is best, any ethnicity okay.

Mar 19, 2014
judybird in San Francisco Bay Area

Weird food secrets

OMG, my mom used to make Grape-Nut custard 60+ years ago. I loved it then, hadn't thought about it in years. I'll have to make some soon, I eat Grape-Nuts for breakfast often.

Mar 18, 2014
judybird in General Topics

California's Food History and Iconic Dishes?

Somebody mentioned Cobb Salad, created at the original Brown Derby. Another Derby specialty was grapefruit cake, I've never heard of it anywhere else.

Mar 13, 2014
judybird in General Topics

Easy Appetizers for a large crowd

Get small new potatoes, boil until tender. Serve at room temp with sour cream for dipping. If you like, you can also have some inexpensive caviar.

Mar 13, 2014
judybird in Home Cooking
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Does TrJ Care? (Do they act on customer feedback?)

I can't speak for the sodium, since we usually don't buy prepared foods, but I can tell you they listen to customers. Several years ago, friends of ours realized that TJs was selling fresh garlic from China. We're in Southern California and the garlic capital of the country is just a few hours' drive north of here. We and our friends both wrote letters, and encouraged others to do so - within a few months, they'd stopped carrying Chinese garlic and switched to California.

Mar 11, 2014
judybird in Chains
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Oregon Coast - Central- Where to dine?

Local Ocean in Newport. We're from Southern California, but if we're within a half day of Newport on any trip, we'd make a side trip to eat there. Wonderful food, good wines, prices not cheap but more than fair for the quality.

Mar 03, 2014
judybird in Pacific Northwest

The Americans are invading San Gabriel Valley!

That was Monahan's. I believe it was a cop hangout for awhile, which is how Wambaugh wound up there. They had curtained booths around the room, you could get real private!

Feb 17, 2014
judybird in Los Angeles Area

Jury Duty Downtown - Where Should I Eat?

Lots of great suggestions, it's gotten to where I actually look forward to jury duty just for the lunch options. One more if the weather is good - the cathedral has a decent cafe with pretty good sandwiches and salads, and a beautiful outdoor eating area. Nice place to relax with your lunch.

Feb 06, 2014
judybird in Los Angeles Area
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Chow Gold Line - rails to good food

Claud & Company Eatery

Jan 25, 2014
judybird in Los Angeles Area

Europane ???? Is it still good for egg salad sandwiches ?????

Yes!

Jan 25, 2014
judybird in Los Angeles Area
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The Obnivore: A Cooperative Chowhound Game

asparagus sandwich.

Jan 18, 2014
judybird in Not About Food

Claud & Co Eatery (Pasadena)

That's correct, sorry I forgot to mention that. He still does a lot of catering on weekends. We were there a few weeks ago on a Friday night and Claud wasn't there, he was catering a party, but the quality and service were as good as always.

Jan 17, 2014
judybird in Los Angeles Area

Claud & Co Eatery (Pasadena)

If you were worried about Claud's menu being grit-related, don't be - that was during Southern month. His menu changes completely every month. We ate there two nights ago, it's Mexico this month, but don't confuse it with your local beans & rice joint.

We started by sharing a large seafood cocktail, with delicious fresh shrimp, scallops and corvina in a mild tomatoey sauce. We were given forks and spoons, and used the spoons to finish every bit of the sauce. DH had grilled skirt steak with a citrusy marinade and a side of poblano rajas, spicy and just perfect. I had duck breast in mole negro. It was served on a cactus paddle, which was just right for cutting some of the richness of the duck.

As before, the portions are generous and the price, for the quality is very reasonable - mains from $18-$26, sides about $7, starters a little more.

I'd been avoiding talking about this place, kind of trying to keep it a secret for those of us on the unfashionable San Gabriel Valley, but it's too good not to share. We've been there at least 4 times, and plan to make a monthly visit so we can sample every menu.

Jan 16, 2014
judybird in Los Angeles Area

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #13 - 01/08/14 (Spoilers)

I have to comment that I think the Quickfire was unfair to everyone except Nicholas and Shirley, the two with training in Classical French techniques. Another reason that immunity should have been off the table.

Jan 10, 2014
judybird in Food Media & News
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road trip from Cambria to Santa Barbara

Try Ruddell's Smokehouse in Cayucos - or just run down there for lunch one day while you're in Cambria. Right on the waterfront, delicious smoked fish tacos or burritos. BYO beer or wine if you wish and eat and drink at the outside tables, there's no place to sit inside.

Jan 05, 2014
judybird in California