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In search of incredible lox?

What you are looking for is Michel Cordon Bleu http://www.mcbleu.com/

Their products are sold in several locations in LA and Pasadena. I am sure you will be pleased.

Jun 22, 2015
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pizza

I'm away now. Will return to LA on June 30, and one of the first things I will do is go to MeDiCi with my camera and give you my evaluation of their pie. As usual, I will order a Margherita with garlic. FWIW, when I want a pie and don't want to go over the hill I have been going to Pitfire - Magnolia and Lankershim. It's an OK pie.

Jun 22, 2015
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pizza

NO!!!

Jun 19, 2015
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Olio

Bad news. Went there yesterday, and Brandon informed me that he is leaving Olio and moving to Charlotte, NC by the end of the summer. He is training Anthony, but I'm afraid there is only 1 Brandon.

May 08, 2015
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Caterer For a Lobster and Clam Bake

I'm curious to know where he (Chef John) is going to get the rockweed, which is an integral part of the clambake.

Apr 23, 2015
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What does New York have that LA doesn't?

How come no one has mentioned Babka? Sorry LA, NYC has you beat on that one.

Apr 15, 2015
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What does New York have that LA doesn't?

I am a native Brooklynite, born a long time ago, now an LA person for 17 years. When we went to Manhattan, my friends and I used to say "I'm going to the City", and everyone understood what that meant. When most people talk about New York, they usually mean Manhattan.

Sharky's?

Got a 3rd hand rumor this morning that Sharky's is taking over the former Twain's location. Anyone else hear about this?

Mar 30, 2015
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ROAST CHICKEN! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (March 2015)

This seems to be the recipe found in La Technique, copyright 1978, however there is a lot more to it than just roasting it on the sides and then the back. Pepin uses a deep cast iron skillet for his roasting, as do I. I use a 3 or 3-1/2 lb bird. First I brine the chicken, then wash it thoroughly, pat dry and season it with pepper inside and out. Then, per Papin, the bird is trussed. 3tbs butter is next melted in the skillet and the chicken is rolled in the melted butter, while preheating the oven to 400 degrees. Then it is roasted 15 minutes on each side, turned onto its back, basted, and roasted for 30-35 minutes, basting every 5 minutes. Times being different today, when I turn the chicken onto its back I insert a programmable instant read thermometer into the breast, and set it for 155 degrees. When the alarm goes off I take it out of the oven, put it on a carving board and let it rest for 10-15 minutes before carving. Basting often is essential for the chicken to come out moist and delicious. I also carve the chicken per La Technique, but have never mastered putting it back on the frame before serving, so I don't.

Mar 22, 2015
pizzafreak in Home Cooking

Now that Mr. Tasterâ„¢ is gone, can we please discuss Gjusta?

This is a great find. Went there yesterday with a friend for lunch. We both chose the Pastrami Gravlax on a bagel, which they make in house, and were more that pleased. If only it were closer to the SFV

Best Bagels in LA -- Belle's Bagels

I agree. These are the best bagels I have had in LA. I pre ordered and went this morning to La Perla Bakery to pick up my everything bagels, and also a package of Michel smoked Atlantic Salmon, which I had on a toasted bagel. The salmon was superb, a great combo for breakfast. The bad news is that this is the last week that Belle's will have its pop up, so order today for Sat or Sunday pickup. They are now actively seeking a hard location where they will once again do their thing. My guess is they are between 1 and 2 years away from starting to manufacture again. Que lastima.

Mar 04, 2015
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What happened to Twain's Restaurant in Studio City?

Feb 19, 2015
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Semla is coming!!

On Jan 20, Berolina Bakery, 3421 Ocean View Blvd, Glendale will offer Semla for sale. For those of you who are wondering what it is, it is the ultimate creampuff.

Jan 03, 2015
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Twain's

Seems like Twain's - Coldwater and Ventura has gone out of business. The store has been dark the whole month. Thee was a hand written sign put up at the beginning of December stating that remodeling was to occur, but that has not happened or even started.

Dec 29, 2014
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Best NYC pizza blog

Seems like SE has abandoned Slice. So what site can I go to to check out the best NYC pizzerias at the moment.

Dec 07, 2014
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Live Lobster Prices - Old topic, but a new year.

Yesterday at Ranch 99 in Van Nuys price was $11.99/lb

Nov 18, 2014
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4 nights in San Francisco - any recommendations on where to eat?

La Ciccia is a Sardinian restaurant, not your regular northern or southern Italian restaurant, is usually booked well in advance, and is rated by a lot of SFer's as #1 in the city. I personally did not like it, and settled for their Pasta dish.

Peruvian Food: Los Balcones del Peru, Mamita's and Mario's

2 weeks ago I had Peruvian roast chicken at The Chicken Shack in Hermosa Beach, and thought it was excellent, better than Lola's in Van Nuys. The Chicken Shack, 1030 Aviation Blvd, Hermosa Beach 90254

Aug 24, 2014
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BP Oysterette - very disappointed

I have been to Connie & Ted several times now and found their fried clams and lobster roll very good. Stay away from the steamers. Insofar as their hard shell clams are concerned, they have a clam that is smaller than a Littleneck and larger than a Manila. I prefer their oysters.

Jul 29, 2014
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Mail order knishes???

Mrs Stahl was the name, and it was on BBA nr beach 7

Jul 23, 2014
pizzafreak in General Topics

Spark Studio City closing July 20 @ 10pm

Sorry to hear this. I have been going there for years. Enjoyed their roast chicken and burgers. Never had a bad meal, and usually got on street parking. Another seemingly popular local place bites the dust. Too bad

Jul 20, 2014
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10 Best Places For Smoked Fish In LA

OK, Federman.

Jul 14, 2014
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10 Best Places For Smoked Fish In LA

Did anyone go to the Skirball yesterday to hear Mark Futterman's talk, and in his talk or the Q&A that followed did he indicate that R&D was going to open in LA?

Jul 14, 2014
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Wexler's, Olio & G&B

Yes they do have a wood fire. As for the pie, the dough recipe is the same as weho. As always, it depends on who makes the pie. Brandon is, imo, one of the best in LA.

Jun 26, 2014
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10 Best Places For Smoked Fish In LA

Funny you should mention that. I just returned from NYC, and last Wed had breakfast at the new cafe. I ordered their classic, which is nova, bagel, cream cheese, tomato and capers, all served on a cutting board. You make your own sandwich. There were 3 slices of nova on the board, kind of skimpy in my opinion. Cost was $16.00. After I finished my food, I asked to speak to the manager. After I assured all that I had no complaints, shortly thereafter a pleasant young woman came over to me and introduced herself. She is a Russ, 4th generation. I made her aware that Barney Greengrass had closed, and the only places you can get appetizers here, if you can call it that, are in local deli's. I also suggested that R&D make a scouting trip to LA. She told me that I was the second person from LA who had suggested that, and she was going to bring it up for discussion. So, who knows, one day it might happen

Hopefully the discussion surrounding this pizza list will not set the spark to ignite WWIII

You have to be kidding. Vito's makes CRAP, CRAP, CRAP.

Jun 16, 2014
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Mr Taster trip report - WEXLER'S (smoked fish edition)

I clicked on your link and read it several times. What came up for me was that Wexler was talking about rye bread, not about bagels. So I repeat, does Wexler's make their own bagels?

Jun 10, 2014
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Mr Taster trip report - WEXLER'S (smoked fish edition)

How sure are you that Wexler's make their bagels? When I was there last week, I was told that their bagels come from NY Bagel, on Wilshire in SM. I stopped by NY Bagel and liked what I saw. I saw for the first time in LA a rotary oven. I took home a couple of bagels, froze them and had them several days later. They were still good. FWIW, I will be in NYC next week and will have breakfast at R&D's new cafe, and at that time suggest to the manager that they make a scouting trip to LA. I think they would do very well here.

Jun 10, 2014
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Oysters

LA hound coming to Manhattan iso FRENCH Belon Oysters.

May 27, 2014
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Found! Belon Oysters

I was there for lunch yesterday, and they were posted on the Oyster board, $4.00 ea, wild, from ME. I had six. They were OK, mildly salty, but I don't know what they are supposed to taste like. I am going to be in NYC in mid June. Can I get French Belons there so I can compare the two?

May 15, 2014
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