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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

Any chance anyone in so. Cal seen the flax seed and chia pb in stock at their store? I check every few days, going on over a month, and no find

Oct 15, 2014
catbert in Chains

does bbq (korean) chicken still use olive oil?

at least at the diamond bar location, i noticed they do not mention olive oil anymore. there are no olive sticks or olive crispy chicken, it's all, "original crispy" now. it tastes similar but not the same too.

i always noticed that bbq (not just db location) updates/redesigns their menu's a lot.

Sep 21, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

red boat fish sauce vs anhing corp (caravelle) trademark battle

http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-fi...

i wish someone else wrote this article. i read it in paper form and they don't mention the name of the companies til 2nd page and it was getting confusing with the ambiguity

red boat won btw, but it'll be appealed

Sep 18, 2014
catbert in Food Media & News

Lian Wu? (Wax apple/nose apple/etc.) available in LA?

just stopping in to mention that the fruit store that's across the street from lee's sandwiches on bolsa ave (by the video store) has wax apples $5 lb. the bags run around 3 pounds and they're quite large

Sep 18, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area
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Sam Woo expanding to Rosemead, and other openings

not sure if this interests anyone but on saturday i saw the grand opening sign for sam woo and stopped in. unfortunately, it was around 11 am and i and others were turned away. they said they temporarily stopped and could not sell anything even though there was food. my impression so far is not very high...

Sep 16, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Din Tai Fung - SCP waiting time!!

Wouldn't it be more with the theme to have a dim sum cart?

Sep 12, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area
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possible tainted sushi rice?

not sure if the mods will allow or move this but since it deals with so. cal area, thought i'd post here...

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/0...

new lawsuit filed about possible tainted sushi rice. New Variety, New Rose, U.S. No. 1 Extra Fancy, and Imperial Rose are common brands so not sure if any will be asking around before eating...

btw, junju sushi inc is named as the plantiff
http://www.foodlitigationnews.com/201...

Sep 12, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Ramen Yokocho Fest at Marukai Gardena- Sep 3 - Oct 27th 2014

Also get a coupon for gyoza if you ever go to Las Vegas!

Sep 09, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Ramen Yokocho Fest at Marukai Gardena- Sep 3 - Oct 27th 2014

PS if you go every week and fill your stamp card you get a $20 voucher for the market

as for the food, went to the first one from Nevada and had each ramen (I was with other people).

I personally liked the shiroi (white) ramen. comes with a slice of pork and half an egg. The black garlic seafood broth ramen on the otherhand, the taste was like eating a bowl full of charred bits. quite overwhelming and unfinishable for me. My complaint about both of these is I wish it had more pork. The pork was quite good. The carbonara is $12 and reminds me of when you add the cheese to the milk (before it thickens) for Kraft Mac and
cheese. A watery pasta with grated parmesean, egg, and diced bacon. I personally didn't care for it but someone else i know liked it. All 3 use a thin, straight ramen noodle (personally liked). My qualm for all 3, not enough in the bowls (filled maybe halfway) and on the oily side

the next guest is vegetable ramen.

Sep 09, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Vaguely and amusing LA-food related (Hello Kitty)

If you're talking about the con, only Saturday is sold out. The food is only available at the line hotel. Not sure you need a con ticket to get it...

Sep 07, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

mooncakes 2014

I had them as mentioned above ^

Sep 07, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

mooncakes 2014

I've never seen them go on clearance at 99 ranch after the moon festival. They just continue to sell at full price then disappear one day. Then again I'm not there all the time.... I have seen a few on sale this past week.

one time i found some on clearance long after the moon festival and it was at some random Asian market.

Sep 07, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area
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mooncakes 2014

Have any gone for some of the alternatives?

Banh In for example (see pic).
I've had them in bar form throughout the year

This is tlj's -
https://fbcdn-photos-c-a.akamaihd.net...
this set is mooncakes with junggwa, small tart shell with fruits preserved in honey. They have another set (not shown) that comes with manju (Korea celebrates it as Thanksgiving btw)

What else?

Sep 07, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

mooncakes 2014

let's talk hockey pucks! :P

soo... what's everyone getting? any new or interesting finds this year?

this year i'm not on the up and up like the past years sadly...
but i did just eat 2 from 85c. nothing to brag about. i went with individual this year cause my box set last year was such a hassle and not as good as the previous year. i think the box sets are still available to order at 85c's. maybe cause they have more locations? or more stock? i don't know...
as for sightings, i was at hawaii market last saturday and noticed they had a lot more boxes proclaiming they were "premium." not sure about taste, but premium prices that's for sure.
i'm hoping if i can get out to little saigon i might get some snow skin ones. i think someone mentioned my hiep last year. so unless some mention other, maybe i'll try em.

anyways, loved to hear what ya'll have to share

Aug 26, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Wagyumania at the new Wadatsumi by Harikawa: A Pictorial Essay

there's an ad in motto la that shows the kumamoto kuroge wagyu rib loin steak on the lava rock grill for $32 (was $96)

no clue how big of a steak, but enticing ad

Aug 14, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

ISO Nem Nuong (roll your own rolls)

i'm gonna be lazy and say i go to com tam thaun kieu on valley in sg and order either a nem vermicelli dish or nem appetizer with side of veg/herbs (noodles up to you), AND rice paper. voila!

have i done this before? yes, but not with nem, the other dishes. if they have goi cuon or nem rolls on a menu, they've got rice paper in the kitchen.

com tam is actually a pretty flexible restaurant. wanna buy a box of their beef? they'll do it! wanna buy 5 spring rolls instead of 6? they'll do it!

far from hawthorne, but sharing what i do

Aug 08, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Sam Woo expanding to Rosemead, and other openings

thank you much!

Jul 24, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Newport Seafood San Gabriel Location Closing?

can this location be considered for the unlucky list too?

i wouldn't mind if they bumped up the tastes at their rh location. it's not as good. and i'll never go back to santa ana's location (horrible food)

Jul 24, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Sam Woo expanding to Rosemead, and other openings

would anyone be willing to give me the address for the sam woo. i googled it and it doesn't show up. i googled the mcd's but there are 3 so...

thanks in advance!

Jul 24, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Lian Wu? (Wax apple/nose apple/etc.) available in LA?

the elongated ones are probably the rocket or missile varieties. they just started getting them in at the nurseries here but they're too young to have fruit.

most common are the pink and red varieties here (rose apple and black pearl)

Jul 18, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

fresh soy milk?

can any suggest some more places that make fresh soy milk?
i've been to vp tofu in mpk, dong phuong tofu (westminster), and thanh son (garden grove). as can tell, my quest hasn't become very broad. to clarify, i'm mainly looking to buy half gallon of soy milk (not individual servings).

thanks in advance!

Jul 18, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Lian Wu? (Wax apple/nose apple/etc.) available in LA?

mind if i ask which colored ones did you like when you were in taiwan?

Jul 18, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

unlucky locations in the SGV

If anyone is curious grids has become hot kitchen and they're having a soft opening

Jul 13, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area
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unlucky locations in the SGV

I used to go there when it was Washington mutual (before they became chase and moved across the street to where the theater was)

Jul 13, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Lian Wu? (Wax apple/nose apple/etc.) available in LA?

Oops. Just realized someone already mentioned this place. My bad

Jul 13, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Lian Wu? (Wax apple/nose apple/etc.) available in LA?

Oh Gawd. My summer in a nut shell. I've gone to so many nurseries. I honestly think my mom will buy every variety there is.

Anyways the fruit market in little Saigon that's in the plaza with a market and bank of America at bolsa and magnolia is where i find em easily. One shop lets you pick out but most are Saran wrapped to a styrofoam tray.

Right now the red and pink ones are fruiting so you might find them soon.

Jul 13, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Where to find yellow watermelon?

i'm not much help cause i live in the valley, about 2 or 3 years ago it was really easy to find them. but since they're not that popular, more pricey and less sweet and tasty, markets don't like to carry them. my family feels sad hence since we do like them.

i have seen them at the hmart in diamond bar. i think last week or the week before they were $.99/lbs. however, they weren't good so my family didn't buy any. someone posted mitsuwa in cm. i saw them last weekend there too. they were really bad so another pass. asked for a whole one and they didn't have any in the back, only what was cut in the front.

in the past, we bought them and taiwanese (they have seeds) ones at hawaii market in sg, but i haven't seen them since. the last time i was at 99 ranch, i didn't see any either. my sprouts (went wed) doesn't carry them either

i think you can try calling torrance mitsuwa if you want to go that route. they may be the closest to you...? it will be the obon festival soon. we bought a whole one one year there. so they may consider getting in again if asked maybe.

Jul 11, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

unlucky locations in the SGV

that place on valley that's maneki neko or something by hawaii market. it used to be a couple of schzewan, vietnamese (pho bac), and chinese restaurants. that place is extremely unlucky. it used to be Fu-Shing but the mafia burned it down and since then, it's been cursed.

someone also mentioned the place that used to be grids. that place used be car dealership, bank, and numerous eateries.

Jun 13, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

what's up with mitsuwa?

Can we discuss this?

Has anyone else noticed the change this year? there hasn't been any food fairs. Although a few times they've had guest chefs, which of what I've had has been really awful. for the mochi/daifuku specials, seems they've changed supplier. For market shoppers, they don't have as much advertised nor campaigns.

On the pro, my family doesn't spend as much there but the lacking is sad. I wonder with Toyota leaving if they'll take a big hit as well.

Might seem silly or nitpicky but i thought others may have noticed the change and be willing to discuss. So anyone know what's up?

May 04, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Goat in OC?

My mom likes the goat hot pot at tam bien 2 (it's by brodard). Problem i find is they're not consistent.

I also saw a place south of the 22 freeway on magnolia advertising they have goat curry. We're hoping to try it one of these days.

Someone here once mentioned there is a 7 course goat place in garden grove. I've never been

I imagine you can get goat at the market on bolsa by van's bakery and across from the Asian garden mall. Tam bien may sell as well.

I have seen goat leg at 99 ranch market before

May 04, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area
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