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Finally

found a BBQ place in LA that has brisket that measures up to my #1, Hill's Country in NYC, and came across it by accident. A friend and I decided to sample the wares at Central Market downtown. After cruising the perimeter, we wound up having lunch at the Eggslut. We both had the Fairfax, and really enjoyed it. Although the menu says breakfast dishes are only served until 11AM, we were able to order from the entire menu. We ate at the counter, and then had a cup of coffee, and staring me in the face was Horse Thief, a BBQ place. After my coffee, I went up to HT's counter and asked for a sample of the brisket, which was given to me. It was delicious - tender, moist, with a taste that stayed with me. I have been to 5 other BBQ places, and all were found wanting, but now I have my place. The Central Market is my kind of place. The food is very eclectic, still undergoing development, and when it is finished, which IMO will be six months, it will have Bottega Louie's beat a mile.

Mar 20, 2014
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Where does one get this pastry in LA ??????????

No, not at Nata's. They have creampuffs. I went to Berolina today and took home 2 for breakfast tomorrow

Mar 12, 2014
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Grimaldi's in El Segun, it looks like it's open now ? Customers sitting outside, waiting carrying pizzas out, looks pretty open to me, when I drove by earlier.

All you have to do is go to Olio when Brandon is making the pies, and presto, you have DiFara in LA

Jan 31, 2014
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National Pastrami Day, Tuesday, Jan. 14

Let's assume that his belly lox will measure up to your standard. How often will you eat it?

Jan 15, 2014
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Fine Dining in the Valley

Go's Mart for wonderful sushi. Looks like a dive in a divey mall, but your taste buds will be forever grateful. Not cheap by any means. 22330 Sherman Way, Canoga Park 818 704 1459

Jan 09, 2014
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Oxnard pizza restaurant

Why go there when I can go to the Pasadena store, which is a lot closer.

Dec 12, 2013
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Deep frying

I use a wok in which I make FF. It is a more efficient use of oil, and heats up sooner. I use a remote thermometer and hold it close to the bottom, and when the temp reaches 350, I slide in frozen FF and immediately cover the wok with a screen. The results are fast and good.

Dec 11, 2013
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Connie and Teds, a Review

I was there for lunch last week and had their fried clams about 1 month after my East coast trip to Fried Ipswich Clams in Ipswich. C&T measures up very well against IFC. I also noticed that C&T has changed their chowders, and now they are more of a traditional kind than before. Thank goodness!!!

Dec 01, 2013
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First date

Little Door it is. After reading about it on yelp, this is the place we are going to. Sounds just like the many intimate French bistros that used to abound NYC. And that's what I want.

Nov 29, 2013
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First date

I should have known better than to ask a bunch of food nuts for a romantic restaurant. Note the first q - budget. OK, I'll be more clear. Low lights, maybe music, candlelight on table, great service. If all goes well, the second date will be a midnight picnic on the bed.

Nov 29, 2013
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First date

Looking for a romantic restaurant to go to on a first date. SM, BH,
CC. Good food is a plus.

Nov 28, 2013
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Chow-worthy food in Woodland Hills?

Bistro Orient, in the shopping mall just east of Topanga Canyon on Ventura. It is tucked into the northeast corner of the mall, is Asian fusion, and has a very eclectic menu. It is on the site of the long gone Gorikee.

Nov 13, 2013
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Blue Plate Oysterette last night

I don't know how I can post the photo differently, suffice it to say that there is 1/2 lb of lobster meat (?) on that roll.

Sep 30, 2013
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The best Neapolitan pizza in LA?

The best at this moment IMO is Olio, with a caveat. Go there either Thursday or Sunday before 1PM, when Brandon Trepp, who is the manager, makes the pies. His crust is identical to that at Pizzeria Bianco. This crust has a crunch when you bite into it, and a wonderful taste. The best Margherita in LA at this time.

Sep 28, 2013
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Lox

What we have done in the USA is bastardize the German word for Salmon, which is LACHS, and thus we got LOX. I should know, because many years ago, when I was stationed in Germany I would go into a German appetizing store and order some Lachs. The first time I did this, when I was asked how much, I replied in my horrible yiddish "a half kilo", because the price in the counter was " per kilo" and I didn't know what a kilo was. I thought I was getting a half pound. Did you ever try eating a little over 1 pound of smoked salmon on a hero with cream cheese at one sitting?

Sep 25, 2013
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Blue Plate Oysterette last night

I was in Boston last Monday and Tuesday, and had a lobster roll at Belle Isle Seafood in Winthrop. This is rated in the top 5 by the Boston hounds. It is 1/2 lb of Lobster meat, tails and claws, lightly dressed with mayo, on a roll. The price is $20.00. Here is a photo I took of my roll.

Sep 25, 2013
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Ramen Jinya Original Chashu Ramen, Studio City

Went there for lunch today after a long hiatus. Something bad has happened there. The broth was the same as before, but the pork was just awful. When RJ opened, I was going there weekly, and loved the pork ramen for its thick slabs as well as its superior taste, but not any more. Now it's very thin slices and, IMO, devoid of taste. Any one else care to comment?

Sep 23, 2013
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Urgent need for fresh herring

Russ & Daughter, NYC

Sep 14, 2013
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Go's Mart Sushi, Canoga Park - a little long

Total for the 2 of us, and it was a bday treat.

Sep 05, 2013
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Go's Mart Sushi, Canoga Park - a little long

Today I had my fourth food epiphany moment when I had lunch at Go Mart. I had been moaning the loss of Tama Sushi a few years ago, and with it the lack of good Sushi in the Valley. Until today. Unequivocally this is the best sushi I have ever eaten. The person who took me has eaten at Urasawa's several times, and told me that it was a tossup between the two. We ordered omikaze, and only towards the end did my tongue tell me that this was enough. True it's a hole in the wall, but who cares. The bill, with tax and a beer came to $220, and IMO it was worth it.

Sep 04, 2013
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Connie and Teds, a Review

I couldn't care less. When they purport to be a quality eastern clam shack and serve a dish that is IMO less than acceptable, they open themselves up to criticism.

Aug 21, 2013
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Connie and Teds, a Review

Thanks, Baron. I'll go there and give it a try.

Aug 21, 2013
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Connie and Teds, a Review

After reading your report, and that of Baron who was at C&T the day before, and JG's review in Saturday's LA Times, I really looked forward to my first meal at C&T. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but after years of lusting for this kind of shellfish in LA and accepting BP Oysterette"s steamers because it was the only crap game in town, I was raring to go. First, let me give you my background. I was born and raised in Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, NY and was taken to Lundy's and Randazzo's, two of the better seafood restaurants adjacent to the docks in Sheepshead Bay before I went to grade school, so from an early age I knew the difference between good and bad looking and tasting shellfish.

I arrived at C&T this evening 10 minutes before it opened at 5PM, and got a spot at a meter right in front of the incline leading up to the restaurant. A really good omen. When the doors opened I walked in and was impressed with what I saw. It is a good looking, well designed restaurant. I asked to be seated at the Oyster Bar, and was. I looked at some 8 feet of oysters stretched out in from of me, covered with ice, and to the left of the oysters was a lobster tank half full with crustaceans. I ordered a beer and looked at the menu. I knew that there was no way I could eat all the stuff I wanted, so I decided to start with a dozed assorted oysters, the rolls which were truly delicious, and a cup of Manhattan Clam Chowder. The oysters were good, fresh, cold and tasty. The chowder was not what I was used to, but again was good. I then discussed the rest of the order with my waitress, who suggested that I have the steamers, and then see if I had room for more. I agreed. Some 10 minutes later my plate of steamers was put before me. I immediately saw that the clams were very small, and that the cup with the broth was not just broth but some concoction. I asked the waitress what it was, and she said it was a salt broth. Never heard of that one before. I opened up a clam, peeled back the skin, dipped it into the broth and tasted it before I dipped it into the melted butter. Eech. Took that off the plate. Fortunately there was enough broth on the bottom of the dish to dip into, but it really didn't need any, since there was no sand in the clam. I bit into a clam, and knew that this was not a good taste. A good steamer, besides being twice as large as those served me is sweet, really sweet, and is a joy to eat. These were not. I told this to the waitress, who sent the manager to see me. I told him about the clams, and he said that sometimes they get large clams and sometimes small. I said that if they let their purveyor give them whatever they get from the East Coast without culling, there will be no consistency. I was terribly disappointed in the steamers. A Californian who has not had good steamers before would not know how it should look and taste, and might wonder what all the fuss is about. I am going back to C&T in a few weeks with some other people because I want to have the fried clams and lobster roll. The clams will be different because these come to the restaurant in a large pail, already shucked. I'll let you know what I think of the fried clams and lobster roll.

Aug 20, 2013
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"Cronuts" in LA?

Looking forward to your report. I went there this morning. They have 2 styles - powdered sugar and nutella. What they have done is taken doughnut dough, fried it, cut it open in halves, filled it with whipped cream like a sandwich, and then top covered it with either the sugar or a string of nutella. I found nothing flaky about it, just fried dough. Nothing like a croissant dough taste. Unfortunately I have not had a DA cronut, so I have nothing to compare this to. What does it taste like? Fried dough with whipped cream. This is what they look like:

Jul 13, 2013
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Excellent Peruvian on Venice Boardwalk

Yes they do. Saltado de Vegetales. Don't know Mario's

Jul 09, 2013
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Excellent Peruvian on Venice Boardwalk

I and a friend decided to escape the Valley heat today, and went to Venice to check out El Huarique. This place has Puro Sabor, which has been my ceviche spot because of convenience, beat to hell. I had the Cebiche De Pescado and my friend had the Cebiche Passion Fruit. We shared the dishes. This is the best ceviche I have had since coming to LA 15 years ago. All the descriptions about it being a hole in the wall, hard to find, bad inside accommodations are true. We took ours outside, bought a couple of beers at a market nearby, plopped down on a convenient bench and had a great lunch with the cool ocean breezes adding to our pleasure. I recommend this place highly.

Jul 09, 2013
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German Potato Salad

Brat Bros, on Ventura near Dixie Canyon makes an OK version

Jul 08, 2013
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"Cronuts" in LA?

Jul 08, 2013
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Live Lobsters on sale

The price on the Lobster tank that was crossed out was $12.99.
$5.99 - 6.99 is a very low price. I don't ever remember seeing that price here in LA.

Jun 29, 2013
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Live Lobsters on sale

Ranch 99 Market on Sepulveda and Victory has large and medium lobsters on sale. I don't know if it is a one day sale or longer. All are $8.99lb. I bought a 2 pounder.

Jun 29, 2013
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