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Any Clifton's Cafeteria Reopening News?

Carrot & Raisin salad!! I haven't had any since Beadle's Cafeteria closed in Pasadena. Oh god. That and their rice pudding.

Aug 24, 2015
khh1138 in Los Angeles Area

Dinner and a movie

I would serve TV dinners with "Better Off Dead"
And French Fries, French Salad dressing...

Aug 24, 2015
khh1138 in General Topics

Lunch in Pasadena?

Second this recommendation. About a million miles from Kabuki. When I first went into Sachi Suchi (its old name) years ago, I said involuntarily "JAPAN!" because it smelled just like Japan. I've never had a bad meal there.

Aug 21, 2015
khh1138 in Los Angeles Area
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Where to stop from LA to Palm Springs?

Big Daddy's Famous East Coast Cheesesteaks
199 N State St
Ste 109
Hemet, CA 92543
I lived on the East Coast for a few years, and until then I didn't realize that all the cheesesteaks I'd had growing up in LA were a lie. But this place is the real deal. I only get it a couple times of year and it's great. A little pricey.

Aug 21, 2015
khh1138 in Los Angeles Area

Japanese Store Grocery List?

There are a few things I always buy at my local Mitsuwa rather than anywhere else:
- good soy sauce (you won't believe the difference in flavour). There will probably be dozens to choose from - just pick something straight from Japan and ~ double the price of kikkoman and you'll be in good territory.
- mirin - also pick one from Japan
- a little bottle of sake (this is for cooking, not drinking!)
(if you have good soy sauce, mirin, and sake, you can make lots of delicious dipping sauces and quick marinades).
- tsukemono (Japanese pickles) - so many varieties, have fun trying them all but careful or they'll take over your fridge like they have mine
- fresh noodles
- some sweets, which are much less sweet than American sweets.
- dashi for making broths and marinades
- some miso from the refrigerated section. Again, there will be many to choose from so just pick one that looks nice. I'm partial to the kinds that come in a big square plastic container with a resealable lid.
- furikake (dried bits of flavourings that you add to rice or other dishes). These come in so many varieties - just pick 2 or 3 different ones to figure out what you like. But again, careful not to overdo it or it can take over your kitchen!

Some other things I can order easily from Amazon, like wakame so I don't bother.

I also often buy some fresh sushi grade fish and have a sushi feast when I get home. It's funny how the fish will look tiny in the store but when you get home and plate it you won't believe the incredible bargain you just got.

Aug 21, 2015
khh1138 in General Topics

Dinner and a movie

That show was SO much fun! I miss good TV.

Aug 21, 2015
khh1138 in General Topics

Favorite discontinued food items

Uh oh. I have a bottle that I always use when I make chicken salad. It's lasted me a couple of years. I'd better keep my eyes open the next time I go shopping!

Aug 21, 2015
khh1138 in General Topics
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Favorite discontinued food items

- Carnation Breakfast Bars (the kind with the crumbly little malty balls inside a very thin layer of chocolate) - probably terrible for you but I pretended it was astronaut food
- Stouffer's Lobster Thermador (our grocery store told us it was a popular item for shoplifters)
- Campbell's Chili Beef (it had chunks of tender stew meat rather than ground beef)
- Viennetta ice cream cake
- Clearly Canadian flavoured waters
- New York Seltzer
...OMG. I was about to add Mackintosh toffee. Out of idle curiosity, I googled it, and IT'S BACK! It's now a Nestle product...I hope it's the same. Ordering some from Amazon now!!!

Aug 17, 2015
khh1138 in General Topics

Favorite discontinued food items

What a delicious name!

Aug 17, 2015
khh1138 in General Topics

Your favorite non-food-related items that get tons of use in the kitchen

I use an old glass dish that was for staining slides as my butter dish. I also use little 1 mL disposable pipettes to add small volumes of liquids like extracts to recipes. Otherwise I always get spillage down the container. Mint extract, I'm looking at you.

Like many others, I use disposable gloves for cutting peppers, after a disastrous experience with some unidentified peppers I picked up at a farmers market that looked like those sweet mini peppers and turned out to be something horrifically hot and continued burning my fingers for 12 hours.

I've always wanted to smuggle home from the lab a hotplate with a magnetic stirrer, for making sauces and roux.

Aug 11, 2015
khh1138 in Not About Food

Your favorite non-food-related items that get tons of use in the kitchen

But careful you don't forget that you put Parafilm on top of a dish and not Saran Wrap. I've made that mistake with sticking an Erlenmeyer Flask in the microwave before. urgh.

Aug 11, 2015
khh1138 in Not About Food

Name this discontinued cookie from the 70's

Oh, these were good. I think I last had them in the 80s. We should all make a request to the Vermont Country Store to bring them back (they resurrect some long-lost products if the demand is great enough).

Aug 11, 2015
khh1138 in General Topics

Why does store bought unsweetened tea have an odd taste?

I don't mind the bottled Japanese teas. Ito-en Teas come in a few nice flavours, and they use ascorbic acid which maybe tastes better? but generally I make my own for this reason - all those typical bottled/canned teas taste weird to me. I kept thinking I was tasting the can.

Similarly, I'm always leery of ordering iced tea in a restaurant, because if it's a pre-made tea, it always has that weird flavour. I've taken to asking if it's fresh-brewed even though I feel a little precious doing so. Then I talk myself into asking, because, hey, I don't want to pay dollars for tea I don't like.

Aug 11, 2015
khh1138 in General Topics

Costco short grain rice?

I live midway between a couple of Costcos. I get Kokuho Rose medium grain rice (grown in California, quite good) at my Costco in Alhambra, CA. But the other Costco in my area (Azusa) doesn't carry it. They don't carry roasted seaweed snacks or kimchee, either. When I need Asian groceries, I remember to go to the Alhambra location.

Aug 04, 2015
khh1138 in Chains

The Refrigerator - Old Food Finds That Are Still Good

I've got one of those old jars of capers. It's funny I used to go through those really quickly. I guess my tastes have changed (or I'm just not cooking as much fish + capers as I used to).

Jun 28, 2015
khh1138 in General Topics

Most underrated LA restaurants

I love this place. The menu is small, so I no longer can look forward to a surprise dish. But everything I've had has been carefully prepared, and I'm so comfortable there. More and more LA restaurants are forgetting that side of the business - putting your customers at ease (not too loud, not too crowded, not too rushed) so you can actually relax and enjoy your food and the experience.

Should this party have been canceled?

Stand-up hors d'oeuvres, drinks, dinner. Sigh.

Now that some time has passed, I wonder how much inter-generational differences played a part. My husband and I are both Generation X, raised by very traditional parents who were big on RSVPs and thank-you notes.

My husband barely spoke to his work colleagues (programmers) who fake-RSVPd for about a month. They thought nothing of it! They were about 10 years younger than my husband, definitely part of the facebook generation. My work colleagues who flaked out had no excuse - Boomers all. But I think most people I know have gotten used to the "oh, I'll stop by if I'm not doing anything else" attitude. It's put a damper on the kind of entertaining we were used to, which required a little planning and care.

Jun 21, 2015
khh1138 in Not About Food

Should this party have been canceled?

Yep, I've been there. The last time I hosted a party - one person showed up (while we were expecting ~12). Thankfully we were good friends and so we just hung out for an evening, but I was crushed. Previous parties sometimes had DOUBLE the number of expected people show up. I never knew how much food to make. I just couldn't handle the stress of the no-RSVPers/ fake-RSVPers anymore. It was the end of about a decade of successful dinner parties and larger gatherings. The lack of respecting RSVPs and the "fear of missing out" syndrome ruined the fun of entertaining for me.

The Beet - So Long Brussel Sprouts and Kale, The Beet Is The New Veg.

GASP! There are frozen beets? Where have they been all my life? I've never seen them. The frozen section in my local shopping markets are so dull. Peas, corn, peas + diced carrots, broccoli in cheese sauce - but honestly, I haven't taken a close look in years.

Jun 14, 2015
khh1138 in General Topics

The Beet - So Long Brussel Sprouts and Kale, The Beet Is The New Veg.

Thanks! I didn't realize that golden beets weren't as messy - I thought it would just be an equally gory option but with a yellow hue. :)

Jun 14, 2015
khh1138 in General Topics

The Beet - So Long Brussel Sprouts and Kale, The Beet Is The New Veg.

Now that you mention it, I have seen these. Adding them to my shopping list!

Jun 14, 2015
khh1138 in General Topics

The Beet - So Long Brussel Sprouts and Kale, The Beet Is The New Veg.

Naive question here - is it possible to roast canned beets? I ask because I do love roasted beets, but I hate the preparation of fresh beets - what a mess. My fingernails/cuticles in particular seem very porous and take on a dirty beet stain that lasts for days. And there's always at least one splash on my clothes.

Jun 13, 2015
khh1138 in General Topics

I have a friend who rarely puts food in the fridge who is still alive .

Yes! I was a research scientist for many years, and we grew bacteria in a nutrient-rich solution called "LB" which stands for "Luria Broth." It smelled and looked an awful lot like chicken broth. This plus agar is what you make petri dishes out of.

Jun 13, 2015
khh1138 in General Topics

Your dirty little kitchen secret

I had to look up "gleek" - fascinating! It's happened to me only 2 or 3 times in my life, and each time I'm stunned that my body can DO that. What is going on there?!

My confession: I saw the title of this post and immediately started smiling saying to myself "This is going to be gooood!"

My kitchen confession: I really don't pay attention to the "use cooked food in 3 days" rule. I can and do make some leftovers last for a week. I had some pea sprouts from a Chinese restaurant make an appearance in 6 different meals this week: Scrambled eggs with pea sprouts, fried rice with pea sprouts, salad with pea sprouts, stir fry with pea sprouts, etc. etc. A rotisserie chicken similarly sits around for about a week until I pick it bare, sending bits and pieces into different meals, and then gets used for stock.

Jun 13, 2015
khh1138 in General Topics

Has anyone watched the Fung Brothers on Youtube?

I've been watching them for a while now, since seeing their video about living in "The 626" (which I loved). They're fun and clever. I'm really happy to see them get some recognition.

Jun 09, 2015
khh1138 in Food Media & News

Kroger's response to my letter re: plumping meat:

I've only brined one thing ever in my life, and that was a corned beef. Honestly, the packaged corned beef I get for St. Patrick's Day was better, so I've never done it again.
One Chinese friend of mine told me her family always brined duck so it would taste like ham. I like my duck to taste like duck!
Yeah, no brining for me.

May 10, 2015
khh1138 in Chains

Whole Foods will open a lower-price grocery chain targeting younger shoppers

Great name. Crowdsourcing the data is smart, too. I hear you about not making any $ on phone apps, though - I couldn't get *anyone* to buy educational phone apps for 99 cents, but I made them free and put ads on instead, and now they're doing quite well. Just in case you think about doing this project again, because I would love an app like this. It's quite a lot of time and $ put in upfront, of course.

May 10, 2015
khh1138 in Chains

Are you going to toss it . Or just hold onto it forever ?

Is it wicked for me to wish for a similar accident? I opened my fridge tonight and 3 jars flew out at me. I really need to clean it out, but I hate throwing out perfectly good food.

May 08, 2015
khh1138 in General Topics

Good Hamburger Buns in Los Angeles

I like the "Old Country" hamburger buns that they use at Pie N Burger. You can find them at Smart and Final and a few other places. They seem sturdier than your typical hamburger bun.

May 02, 2015
khh1138 in Los Angeles Area

Recent kitchen remodel? What's the best and worse of the new "technologies" you included?

We have a gas range/electric oven combo from JennAir. It's been the best temperature control I've ever had.

Our original setup in this house (built in the 50s) had a separate electric stovetop with a million different little burners (well, I think there were 6, plus a griddle and a deep fryer) - but god I hated electric and really what I used the 6 burners for was to constantly switch pans around because it took so long for the burners to change temp. We did have dual electric ovens in one wall that were magic, however. I really miss them, they were so solid.

Apr 10, 2015
khh1138 in Cookware