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Favorite chocolate chip cookies from an LA area bakery?

Definitely try the rye chocolate chip cookies at Sycamore Kitchen.

Love the walnut ccc at Milk Jar as well.

"Kids Say the Darndest Things" about Food, Cooking, etc.: Plse Add Your Funny Experiences!

My sweet-hearted 26 yr old brother (who's a kid at heart) was helping me put together a huge batch of chocolate chip cookies the other night and asked, "Did you add the vanilla abstract?"

Covered with flour and butter, exhausted and sweaty from cookie labor, that moment will always be one of the best and dearest ones for me.

Jan 29, 2011
Cinemaverite1 in Not About Food

Trader Joe's Holiday Items. What are you looking forward to? [old]

I've been on the lookout for these star cookies too! The cardamom flavor was so good with tea. Haven't seen them the last time I went, which was about a week ago ):

Dec 09, 2009
Cinemaverite1 in Chains

Your Favorite Take Out in Santa Monica.....?

If you like Joan's on Third, I suggest trying Clementine. They're sandwiches, salads, take out entrees and cookies have all been really good

A Year of Food Books (not cookbooks)

My faves-

Serve it Forth- MFK Fisher
It Must've Been Something I Ate- Jeffrey Steingarten
Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant- a collection from various writers
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle- Barbara Kingsolver

Planning a one-day "little bites" tour of L.A.

Boong-uh bbang from the little shop in the back of HK market in koreatown- a common street snack in Korea, it's a red-bean filled pastry shaped like a fish. I love them

Gyros from Papa Cristos

Mochi from Fugetsu-do in Little Tokyo

Almond croissants from Amandine

Split a pastrami sandwich (hand-cut) from Langer's

The list is a bit random and scattered- just typed what was on the top of my head. Have fun!

Quest for LA's best croissants

Thank you for embarking on this quest and all your caloric sacrifices from horrible croissants. I'm moving back to LA tomorrow after living in SF and I've been stressing about how life will ever be as good without croissants from Tartine, Della Fattoria, and La Boulangerie. Once I get back, I will surely partner up with you and not rest until we find and conquer this buttery grail. It would be great if I can find a good scone along the way as well!

Los Angeles coffee - I'm calling you out (many boos, and one hooray)

Every time I drink Blue Bottle coffee I want to french kiss myself.

Korean food for visiting Koreans who have been starved of good Korean food the last 4 months

Ham Hung on 8th and Ardmore for hwe naeng myun and soon dae
Chil Bo Myun Oak for galbi tang and their dduk galbi jjim
Han Bat for sulungtang

What is your favorite toast and spread combination?

Whole grain toast with a drizzle of real maple syrup then sprinkled with a little salt

I used to throw away the ends of loaves of sliced bread, but now they're my favorite part. I'm saddened by all the ends of loaves I've neglected till now!

Apr 25, 2009
Cinemaverite1 in General Topics

What are the foods you grew up with?

Ichiban ramen (original flavor)
Cream of Mushroom "porridge" (basically it was condensed cream of mushroom, water, instant oatmeal, and an egg stirred together- I swear it tastes better than it sounds)
Spam and rice
Clam Chowder with rice
Corned hash (from a can) with rice
Rice with butter and soy sauce
Rice and nori

For dinner when mom came home from work...

-kimchi jigae
-seaweed soup
-dwenjang (fermented bean paste) stew
-galbi, bulgogi...I loved to mix the sweet marinade for the bulgogi with hot white rice!
-all kinds of banchan
-homemade mandu- either fried, steamed, or as a soup

Really, nearly every korean dish I can think of, my mom served it forth so effortlessly and deliciously at home. She's an awesome cook.

Apr 25, 2009
Cinemaverite1 in General Topics

What's your favorite box cookie

nutter butters are awesome

Apr 22, 2009
Cinemaverite1 in General Topics

Best Burgers in Los Angeles

I love the burger at Nook- it's amazingly juicy and I love the red-wine onion jam they use

Best Trader Joe's cookies?

Did anyone enjoy TJ's star-shaped orange cardamom cookies during the holidays? They came in a green star-shaped tin box, and not only were they yummy with tea, they were so adorable looking!

Also love the almond chocolate chip cookies

Apr 11, 2009
Cinemaverite1 in Chains

What do you cook when you are too tired and just not in the mood?

Throw small portions of all the banchan I can find in my fridge into a bowl of rice, top with sesame oil, fried egg, and hot pepper paste, mix, eat.

Or butter and toast.

Apr 07, 2009
Cinemaverite1 in Home Cooking

Best Sandwich at Bay Cities?

I always get simple smoked turkey and provolone with the works. Always good

LA's BEST desserts????

The mini dutchess hazelnut chocolate cake from Urth. It's like a ferrero chocolate in cake form.

So what's the average Chowhound's age?

I'm turning 21 this summer and looking forward to getting acquainted with and educated by the regular hounds on the wine and spirits board :)

Mar 28, 2009
Cinemaverite1 in Site Talk

When no one is looking....

When no one is looking, after the first few sips of a cappuccino I will use my finger to enjoy the rest of the foam. I know, it's totally uncivilized, but it brings me joy

Mar 26, 2009
Cinemaverite1 in Not About Food

Favorite all time candies

Laffy taffy with the sugar crystals embedded inside. I remember eating them at the pier whenever I followed my dad on his fishing trips.

Mar 26, 2009
Cinemaverite1 in General Topics

Surprise trip to SF. HELP ME!

Second Ike's Place- their reuben sandwiches are so good. And Bi Rite would be just down the block for your ice cream fix.

Are there any foods you hated as a child - but grew to love?

When I was a child I refused to eat hamburgers. I think my disgust stemmed from my hatred towards ketchup (which I still cannot eat by itself), but after having a bulgogi burger from a fast food chain in Korea, I opened myself up to all kinds of burgers and now I live in a happier and more delicious world.

On the other hand, I remember as a kid I used to LOVE bbun dae gee, which were canned silkworm larvae. I would open up the little tin can, pour the little bugs into a bowl with all the juice, and microwave for a minute or so and munch happily. I recently picked up a few cans at a korean market the other day and the moment I emptied the can into the bowl, I knew I wouldn't even try.

But overall, with the exception of some truly wonderful food moments in my childhood, I was a kid who would throw away her lunch to have a few more minutes of playtime at school, whereas today, I am a chowhound.

Mar 17, 2009
Cinemaverite1 in General Topics

Do you have a favorite I'm-alone-now-so-nobody-will-know favorite dish?

Canned clam chowder with a bowl of white rice.

Canned corn hash with white rice.

Every time I'm fluffing up a new batch of white rice, I have to restrain myself from throwing a pat of butter in there with soy sauce and calling it a meal.

Mar 07, 2009
Cinemaverite1 in General Topics

Best Korean Restaurants in K-Town

Ohh Ham Hung was one of my absolute favorite restaurants when I lived in LA- their hwe naeng myun (spicy naeng myun with skate) with an order of their soon dae (from Western Soon Dae) made one incredible meal.

Some of my favorite places in LA-

Chil Bo Myun Ok (6th & Alexandria?)- love their spicy dduk galbi jjim (marinated braised short ribs with rice cakes) - perfect to share with a group along with their jaeng ban naeng myun (sweet and spicy buckwheat noodles with fresh vegetables)

Han Bat (Western & 5th)- hole in the wall with amazing suhlung tang (beef broth) kkagdugi (radish kimchi)

Shik Do Rak (towards downtown)- for their dduk bossam (grill at your table beef wrapped in lettuce and rice paper)

Chunju Han Il Kwan (6th & Kenmore)- they do an awesome budae jigae (spicy stew with all sorts of stuff- rice cakes, ramen, sausages, spam, vegetables) and I really like their scallion pancakes- they make them thin and crispy

Fantastically simple fantastic meals...

Summer tomatoes, fresh basil, and mozzarella with some salt and olive oil

Feb 27, 2009
Cinemaverite1 in Home Cooking

ISO Westside Breakfast - Focus on Breads

Breadbar is what you're looking for- name speaks for itself!

Their breads are excellent, and you can order the varied bread basket along with your breakfast dishes.

Not sure if it's on the way to the villa, but the Century City location would be most convenient.

ISO Korean shaved ice- pat bing soo?

Thanks for the tip. I'll check it out this week

ISO Korean shaved ice- pat bing soo?

Hi hounds

Any idea where I could find Korean shaved ice (pat bing soo)? Usual toppings can include red bean, fruit, ice cream, condensed milk, and the occasional cereal topping...

Willing to travel far and wide within the bay area for it...

Food in Fiction [moved from Not About Food board]

Ah, I remember the part in Matilda where Ms. Honey lets Matilda gather up tea leaves and water from the well in her backyard for a little tea party, along with toast, jam and margarine. I loved it.

Are there any foods you just cannot bear eating any way except straight up and delicious?

Countless times I've bought cases of blueberries with the intentions to make muffins and cakes, but I cannot help eating them fresh. I always have to then resort to dried ones for the muffins.

Feb 13, 2009
Cinemaverite1 in General Topics