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Review: Langer's Delicatessan - Los Angeles

Mr Taster, you gave me my first laugh of the day. I really enjoyed your comments.........

Sep 15, 2010
eartha in Los Angeles Area

sheet cakes from Pavilions or Costco...are they any good?

Definitely Costco. I just used them for a large gathering, had two different kinds of sheet cake (chocolate and carrot) and they both were very good. Many different choices for frosting and decorations and the price is very reasonable, somewhere in the $18 - $20 range. Well worth it, in my opinion, and they accommodate your pick-up time so the cakes are very fresh. People remarked on how tasty they were.

Sep 05, 2010
eartha in Los Angeles Area

You would have a hard time finding _________in Los Angeles...

Taste.

Jul 07, 2010
eartha in Los Angeles Area

You would have a hard time finding _________in Los Angeles...

To MattLA and creamfinger, sorry for the LATE TO THE PLATE RESPONSE, but your both cut to the chase. I grew up in Michigan and Coney Island Hotdogs were a speciality in certain areas. Usually steamed buns, smaller dogs but bite-worthy and came with the condiments of your choice. Also, the restaurants were always steamy.

My favorites were the coney with mustard, streak of ketchup, lots of onions and sauerkraut.....or the coney with mustard, onions and chili. Always steamy, hot and sensatinoal. Usually had both with the deliciously limp fries that sent me to heaven. Mostly in the Detroit and Port Huron areas, and usually Greek in ownership. These Coneys are smaller in size than standard hotdogs.

One cousin just visited that part of Michigan and I begged her to go to Coney Island restaurants in Port Huron. These are not Nathens.

Jul 06, 2010
eartha in Los Angeles Area

You would have a hard time finding _________in Los Angeles...

Yes! Freshwater Perch (Lake Huron)..........and how about those all night fresh smelt fish frys, smelt out of the St. Clair River after a few hard hours netting them ...on a warm spring night?

I've just dropped about 40 years to get to those memories ~~ I looked better then, too. One more "I've died and gone to heaven" moment.

Jul 02, 2010
eartha in Los Angeles Area

You would have a hard time finding _________in Los Angeles...

Coney Island Hot Dogs
Indian Fry Bread
Pasties

Jul 01, 2010
eartha in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy decent chorizo near the SGV?

Will, where is "Lion King" in Monrovia? Did you mean King Ranch perhaps?

Jul 01, 2010
eartha in Los Angeles Area

Canned herring favorites?

Will, I am with you 100% on the canned salmon bones..........that is my favorite part!
I would love a can with 1/4 bones (or more). Those crunchy tidbits are yummy to my palate, and satisfy my "chew-bite".

Mar 31, 2010
eartha in General Topics

Pinconning Cheese Company [Michigan]

Thank you, and firestalker, for recommending Williams. I signed up on-line and within three days, a Williams catalog arrived at my house! Now, this is customer service and their prices are 1/3 those of that other sorry excuse.

Williams also has a larger selection of products I'm interested in, and I've just placed a good-sized order, can hardly wait to start tasting, but their customer service and prices are what will keep me coming back. Thanks for the tip!

Pinconning Cheese Company [Michigan]

I had a discussion on that esoteric subject (changing tastes and expectations) this morning due to my negative experience with Pinconning Cheese Co.: Does a memory expectation of a prior experience supersede what is now presented and experienced as "The Food" item in question?

After lengthly discussion, we agreed on two items: Happy memories do create a happy expectation. But the issue of product quality and customer service are measurable quantities and Pinconning Cheese failed on both tests. The product is NOT as good as I remember and the "not "- customer service is abject. They have lost another customer.

Pinconning Cheese Company [Michigan]

I posted here last year asking questions on how to find that yummy Pinconning Cheese I remember from my growing-up days in Michigan. I found the website and ordered the extra sharp Pinconning cheese, the red pepper flake cheese curds and the pickled ring bologna.

I'm sorry to report I was disappointed on all counts, the bologna being the best of the very expensive lot....and their customer service was nonexistant......NO response to three e-mails and two phone calls...that rang and rang and rang......no one EVER answered!

The only way I discovered my order had been filled was seeing the charge on my credit card statement ......and the order showing up on my doorstep several days later. Fortunate that I happened to return home early; otherwise the food would have sat on my front porch ...... who knows how long.

The sharp cheese was good but I can find many other brands far superior and at less price; the cheese curds, terrible. I've tossed them in the trash. The pickled bologna was good but never will I pay that price again and never will I order from this dreadful, in my opinion, company again. The shipping rates were unreasonably high as well.

What a terrible waste of my money and such disappointment in the taste of the products I used to love when I lived in Michigan. So sad.

No more Hebrew National Kosher Hot Dogs at Costco Food Court [moved from Los Angeles board]

Costco in Azusa is still serving HN hotdogs as of last Friday.

Feb 09, 2009
eartha in Chains

Carl's Jr Yummy 99 cent Hamburger

NewDude, I really can't address that because my sum-total experience with Carl's Jr. has been the one I described above (Temple City one time only) and several times at the CJs on Duarte Road in Monrovia. Temple City was about 8 P, not many people.

The Monrovia CJs has been good as well the few times I have gotten their 99 cent burger but not as good as the Temple City experience......which was quite unique in fast food restaurants I've experienced. That burger was outstanding. I still feel as though I got the greatest hamburger at a bargain price...it was so hot and steamy, the onions were fresh, the sesame bun hot. Lord help me, I'm drooling as I type this.

The CJs in Monrovia is very accommodating when I've asked for something like the breakfast tortilla with scrambled eggs, bacon well done, not burned, onions and jalapeños on a very crisp tortilla.

I think I was just in a very fortunate place at a good time wanting something hot before a long night out ..........and .....it was simply excellent.

If you see some grandmotherly type person looking cheerful and happy doing what she's doing ...or eating ...., that's probably me. Sometimes the most unexpected food turns out to be outstandingly good.

Feb 09, 2009
eartha in Chains

Carl's Jr Yummy 99 cent Hamburger

Wonderful experience at the Carl's I visitied......was on my way to the 2009 Homeless Count as a volunteer and stopped at the Carl's in Temple City before a long night out. Ordered the 99 cent burger and got something approaching nirvana.

I knew it would be a long night and I had water and snack bars with me but wanted something hot before I left, wasn't worrying about healthy food but wanted something light. I had McDonald's and Wendy's and Burger Kings 99 cent burgers in mind ......that is what I expected, little meat to speak off, sort of a brown spot on the bun.

Ha Ha on me...........what I received for my 99 cents plus tax was a hot steaming off the grill hamburger, real meat, with onions, pickles, mustard, ketchup and can you believe it, the bun was a sesame bun grilled on both sides so it was hot , with grill marks thank you very much, and the hamburger was so big it actually overlapped the bun.

What a shock to my system. The meat was actually flavorful. I ate it with plastic fork and knife (no, no one looked at me strangely) and I left the restaurant feeling guilty for my penurious good fortune.

I've boycotted Carl's since that dreadful blond Hilton person showed her whatever on national TV .......but gee whiz, I may forgive Carl's for their errant behavior when their 99 cent burger tastes this good.

Feb 06, 2009
eartha in Chains

What's your Salt Fetish?

A tablespoon of Frank's Red Hot Sauce. Anything dipped in Fish Sauce. Dill pickles. Green olives. Pickled bolonga. I've always had a preference for salty items over sweet.

Sep 02, 2008
eartha in General Topics

Persian Cucumbers, Pasadena

Monrovia: Dogwoods Produce Market on Foothill near Myrtle almost always have them. I was there today and yes, they were in stock.

There is a Ranch 99 in Arcadia, Duarte Road near Baldwin. They, too, almost always have them.

Aug 20, 2008
eartha in Los Angeles Area

Mexican Coca Cola Alert

Was it in glass bottles or plastic? I think there is a taste difference...but I'm not a regular Coke drinker.

Aug 13, 2008
eartha in Los Angeles Area

Mexican Coca Cola Alert

This is for those Hounds who enjoy Mexican Coke; it is available at King Ranch Supermarket located at 328 Huntington Drive, Monrovia. This is between Alta Vista and Magnolia on the south side of Huntington.

Advertised price: A case of 24 bottles 12 oz is $18.99 + crv and tax. Single 12 oz bottle is 99 cents.

I don't know if these are good prices or not, since I don't drink Coke very often but it is Mexican Coke with no HFCS.

Aug 13, 2008
eartha in Los Angeles Area

What to do with candied ginger

I keep candied ginger on hand at all times to calm upset tummies.

Aug 02, 2008
eartha in Home Cooking

Golden Deli

Your opinions requested: I went there yesterday and was really disappointed compared to past visits. I ordered enough food so I could bring some home as I usually do, but I sampled each dish hot from the kitchen while there. Not up to expectations. I thought my taste buds were out of whack. Didn't taste any better last night for dinner.

I ordered the Spring Rolls which I've always loved, (comes three large rolls); the Fried Spring Rolls (five large rolls) and the Pho with rare beef (I think # 2 on the menu), all dishes I've had several times before. I don't have the menu to give you the exact order numbers but these are all quite commonly ordered dishes there.

The Spring Rolls were dry and didn't taste fresh. The Pho was mediocre, broth was bland, and the fried spring rolls were VERY greasy and really quite awful. I tossed the fried rice paper covering (large part of these rolls) because it smelled so greasy. I sincerely tell you the best part of this meal were the fresh basil and mint leaves, bean sprouts and jalapeño.

I was there at about 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, July 25. Since I've had all three of these dishes there before and they were so good, was this an anomaly? I don't get around as much as I used to ..... perhaps I've missed the news of their decline (if it is).

Jul 25, 2008
eartha in Los Angeles Area

Your most embarrassing chowhound moment?

Oh Lord, Bob, my introduction to "fine wine" was Mateus! And I even remember Virginia Dare and thought that was oh so good.

Another time in my early 20s, a friend and I splurged on a fine 3 star French restaurant and I asked the waitress for "pate".........one syllable. I will always remember that waitress with love since she didn't mock me.

Jul 23, 2008
eartha in Not About Food

Too much pulled pork - HELP!!!

Since you haven't sauced the meat, I immediately thought of stuffed bell peppers; chop the meat a little, add some rice, celery, onions and bake.

Also, stuffed cabbage. Perhaps you could use your vinegar/bs/hot sauce to cover the cabbage before baking instead of a straight tomato sauce --- your sauce sounds good to me! (Oh goodness, what a wonderful problem to have:~)

Jul 06, 2008
eartha in Home Cooking

Online Ordering for Vidalia Onions?

Ditto garlic.

Jul 06, 2008
eartha in General Topics

Fast-food chains with best coffee?

My vote goes to McDonald's.

Jul 05, 2008
eartha in Chains

Cucumbers In Vinegar and/or Sour Cream

Surely lots of taste tests ..... and my friends are enjoying my feeble attempts to get this right! Thanks.

Jun 30, 2008
eartha in Europe

Kosher/Sea Salt vs. regular table salt question

Thanks. You answered my question.

Jun 30, 2008
eartha in Home Cooking

Cucumbers In Vinegar and/or Sour Cream

Posters, I feel spoiled with the riches of your recipes and knowledge! I'm going to try all your versions until I get it right.

Funny thing this morning: I had given a large bowl of my latest attempt to replicate Mrs. Duda's recipe to a friend (enough to feed a family plus their assorted relatives) and this morning in church I was rewarded with the husband and wife both saying the cucumbers & onions were so good they ate up the entire batch in one sitting.

I didn't think it was that good, certainly not up to Mrs. Duda's standards, and I told them I would be making more until I get the recipe right. With your great input, I will.

A post script: I was blessed to be raised on a farm surrounded by neighbors of various ethnicities such as Lithuanians, Polish, Czechoslovakian, Swedish and predominately Irish. I'm half Polish, half Irish, and from my vantage point years later I had the best childhood I can imagine.

Jun 29, 2008
eartha in Home Cooking

Cucumbers In Vinegar and/or Sour Cream

Thank you Posters ----- these recipes and tips are very helpful. I see that one step I've been missing is setting the sliced salted cucumbers aside to drain for awhile. I usually let them drain for only a few minutes and that evidently isn't long enough.

I'm on the road to the recipe I remember from my beloved neighbor thanks to you.

Jun 29, 2008
eartha in Home Cooking

Cucumbers In Vinegar and/or Sour Cream

I'm looking for a recipe from my youth, made by a Polish lady who didn't speak English. She made two varieties, one with vinegar and onions, the other with sour cream and onions.

I've tried to replicate her version but haven't been successful. Her vinegar version was tangy, slightly sweet/sour and her sour cream version was sour/tangy/peppery. The cucumbers remained firm and crispy in both versions. I just can't seem to find the balance.

Any ideas?

Jun 28, 2008
eartha in Home Cooking

Cucumbers In Vinegar and/or Sour Cream

I'm not sure where to post this as I would like to post in Poland or nearby countries.

This should seem such a simple recipe but ......

My memories of the best come from my childhood made by a Polish woman; she made two kinds. One was vinegar based and the other sour cream made from her own cow's milk. I've tried to replicate each without success.

Maybe I'm using the wrong vinegar, or not enough salt and pepper or other spices? Not draining the sour cream enough? Should I use yogurts? All kinds of questions.

In her time period, 1950s in the USA, speaking little English and I'm sure the hygiene was negligible, this beautiful Polish lady made food I dream about. She made sausages among other things I will never taste again. Her daughter is still a friend after 60 years .... and she doesn't know her Mom's recipes...like many of us, all too ready to escape to the new age and put behind us the ways of our parents.

Any ideas? Any recipes?

Jun 26, 2008
eartha in Europe