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New Bistro in W. LA?

Keep waiting - wandered in here tonight as the space looked great and the menu looked really tempting. But the food was mediocre at best and definitely overpriced for what you get. The most disappointing dish was the steamed mussel appetizer - love steamed mussels. Looking forward to a bowl of steamed mussels, with some garlic broth steaming underneath to dunk the bread in. Instead for $10 you get 6 mussels. Cold mussels. with a garlic onion salsa type of thing on each of the mussels (the garlic sauce they mentioned on the menu.) While not the worst meal I ever had, certainly not one that would bring me back.

Mar 01, 2009
foodhypnosis in Los Angeles Area

Top Chef Finale Pt. 2(spoilers)

All women are not ladies - why assume he was talking to one?

Feb 27, 2009
foodhypnosis in Food Media & News

If you absolutely HAD to eat at Maggiano's (The Grove)....

I thought the Shrimp & Angel Hair al Arrabbiata was pretty tasty.

Jan 01, 2009
foodhypnosis in Chains

My Chow?

Windows full size - no horiz scroll. If I adjust my font down (ctl - ) everything shrinks and the menu is unreadable altogether. (all the words on top of each other) Don't know if this means anything, but when I higlight the top of the page I can see what looks like a grey box on top of the right part of the menu...

Just adjusted text size via page menu - was on medium, if I put it on small, the "grey box" is only covering the mychow button. If I put it on large, the "grey box" covers VIDEOS but BLOG and MYCHOW moves down under CHOW and CHOWHOUND...

Sep 26, 2008
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My Chow?

Yeah, I figured out that I could click on the foodhypnosis there as well as in a thread.

My Nav Bar shows chow / chowhound / recipes / restaurants & bars / stories / VII

and ends there. Didn't know what VII meant - but hovering over it got me the info that it was videos.

Sep 26, 2008
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My Chow?

Thansk - clicking on my name gets me there. But, still not seeing "Blogs" or "my CHOW" above the search box on the top right of the page. All that's there is "hey foodhypnosis I Logout"

Sep 26, 2008
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My Chow?

I can't find the old My Chow" at all. Am I not looking in the right places (looking everywhere!) Where can I find a link to the threads I've posted on?

Sep 25, 2008
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I Have A Challenge for You...

With a stovetop I'd definitely be buying eggs: Probably less than $2 for a dozen which is at least 6 meals. Keep, butter, margarine or pam, then add any combo of veggie, meat, cheese - so basically whatever's on sale will work. You can either make omelets or just a scramble which is easier. Onion, pepper, tomato, cheddar and ham scramble. Turkey and swiss scramble. Turkey, broccoli, cheddar scramble. Vegetable frittata with whatever's fresh and on sale: zucchini, tomato, mushroom? Eggs keep for a pretty long time if they are not cracked open, and everything else you get for sandwiches or quesadillas also works with eggs!

Sep 23, 2008
foodhypnosis in Home Cooking

Once and for all -- rice in a burrito -- Yay or nay?

Ugh. Burritoville. i think the first time I ever had rice on a Burrito was at Burritoville about 10 years ago, and you're right brown rice is a BAD fit. It seems like since then, almost every burrito I've had, has had rice (in L.A. now) - though when I find them without I'm very happy! Too much starch and not enough flavor when the rice is inside. I think back in the day, if I got a burrito combo, there was rice on the side, but never inside if I just got the burrito minus the combo. Oh - Tacos Villa Corona - in Atwater village - no rice in the burrito and very yummy.

Sep 10, 2008
foodhypnosis in General Topics

Tipping on a gifted drink - bartenders?

When i was tending bar in NY, another factor seemd to be that bartenders had their regular customers, often more than the bar itself. Those customers would often follow their favorite bartenders from one place to another, particularly if you were in the same neighborhood. The generous buyback policy and the generous tips engendered helped to make sure that bartender and those customers stayed in your bar and didn't find another one around the corner.

Aug 11, 2008
foodhypnosis in Not About Food

9 Items or Less, Your Culinary Time Capsule

All right - let's see if I can limit this to 9 (and watch how creative I get with my numbering!)
1) Grandma's Sunday spaghetti dinner - the meat sauce, meatballs, sausage, salad perfectly dressed with not much morte than vinegar and oil, good italian bread and sweet butter.... When I was little this was Sunday afternoon.The sauce recipe is the one my mom, my bros. and I still use with some minor variations. Wish I could eat pasta as much as I did as a kid!
2) Fried Shrimp - All right, I haven't had this since I was a kid, but when I was a kid it was my favorite thing to order in restaurants. Definitely is a slice of me.
3) New England Clambake. Lobster, Steamers, Fish or Clam Chowder, Corn on the Cob, red potatoes, steamed mussels too...I went to college in Boston, had my first apartments in Boston, learned about seafood in Boston - the thing I miss most about Boston has to be cheap lobster...drives up to NH or Maine and even cheaper lobster...
4) Shrimp Saag, Lamb vindaloo, chicken tikka masala....College roommate was indian and learned to appreciate real indian food - usually order the vindaloo when I'm trying a new Indian restaurant: if it's mild enough for me to eat comfortably, I know i'm in trouble!
5) Joe's Shanghai soup dumplings....I know West costers think joe's are sub par, but maybe it's because these were the first soup dumplings I ever had, for me they set the standard. I'll settle for the ones at JJ or Mei Long Village or Din Tai Fung - but the first place I eat when I hit NY is Joe's!
6) Vietnamese - pho, bun, summer rolls, canh chua - oh just give me access to everything on the menu!
7) Le Bernadin Tasting menu - it was the first 5 star rated meal I ever had and a 30th birthday present from my best friend - A great night with great food and great wine. What else can I say?
8) Ribeye steaks
9) Stone fruit: cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, etc. God I love stone fruit season....

Jul 26, 2008
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Canh Chua Tom?

Drove out to Rosemead today to try it and definitely delish! I was alone, and only got the canh chua (small size hot pot MORE than enough - would have been in deep trouble had I ordered more items!) But the menu looks amazing and will be going back soon with others so I can try more than one thing at a time!

I'd never actually tried Canh Chua Ca (catfish) before, always ordering the canh chua tom. Went for the catfish. When ordering was asked if I wanted vietnamese or thai style and went with vietnamese as I had always been in vietnamese restaurants and figured that was what I had been getting. It was slightly different than what I have had in the past but still very good. Five nice catfish steaks, plenty of pineapple, tomatoes, good sour flavor. The versions I had in the past didn't have okra - which I was happy to find in this - a were spicier, but I enjoyed it a great deal nd will deinitely be back.

(When I was paying, the waiter asked how it was and if I had ever had it before, and I told him it was great, and I'd had it before with shrimp but it was a little spicier - found out then that I'd probably had thai style before as vietnamese style is mild - thai style spicy. So next time I'll try the Thai style.)

Now questions for any who might have answers - in NY when I'd order this, it would come with rice noodles not rice, and rather than in a hot pot it just came in one of the big bowls like pho...are these just regional differences? The difference between "thai style" and "vietnamese" style?
In a similar vein - have always wondered about the slice of pork that is included in summer rolls here in LA - ate summer roll in many restaurants in NY and Boston and they all had the shrimp and noodles and basil and mint...but until I moved to LA never had any with pork. Can't say the pork adds anything to the dish for me.

Anyway, Tai Sui's new address is 3219 San Gabriel Blvd, for anyone else who decides to try it out. The phone number is the same as above.

Jun 01, 2008
foodhypnosis in Los Angeles Area

Food textures -- do they ick you out?

Cooked cherries - bit into a black forest cake not expecting cherries and not knowing what it was that was unexpectedly in my cake. The gag reflex on that was instantaeous and have not eaten cherry pie, chocolate covered cherries, or black forest cake. The slimy coating just does me in.

May 31, 2008
foodhypnosis in Not About Food

Done Eating, Not Dining

I'm definitely in the camp of get it out of my way NOW please. The biggest reason being that even if I've had enough (or too much!) I will continue picking at what ever's left until the plate is empty. By putting my fork and knife in the done position, I'm signalling I'm done. And that pile of potatoes or pasta or rice that I didn't touch needs to leave before I start. I understand it's not "proper", but looking at my leftovers congeal in front of me does't feel right either. Glad to see I'm not the only one who feels this way! (Sorry slow eaters, I occasionally do eat with a VERY SLOW eater and waiting for him to finish is bad enough without having dirty dishes in front of me. He often takes more than 30 minutes after everyone else is done and it definitely goes by more pleasantly with a cup of coffee or an after dinner drink than with a dirty plate.)

In a number of restaurants I worked in while in college, managers went ballistic if you came back to the kitchen from the dining room with empty hands. Anytime we saw an empty plate/glass/bread basket we were under strict orders to bring it in. I got yelled at on both ends - from customers who though it was rude to take a plate while others were still eating and the manager at the other end when I came back empty handed. Depending on the restaurant it is likely how the staff is trained that determines if they take the plates, not the waiters personal choice. In NY a few years later, worked at a restaurant that had the "correct" ettiquette - once again got it from both ends: customers (like me) who want the plate removed, owner yelling that I'm NOT ALLOWED to take a plate until the whole table is through. Oy.

May 21, 2008
foodhypnosis in Features

Canh Chua Tom?

I've not tried it yet, but I noticed Gingergrass in Silverlake has it on the menu - might be a reason for me to finally check the place out. Can anybody tell me if it's any good there? And I'm grateful for these links - but are there any other places? There are so many great pho joints - I can't believe there are only two places - As soon as I try these, I'll let you know my fave!

May 18, 2008
foodhypnosis in Los Angeles Area

Oprah's Show on Past Life Regression and Phobias with Food..

Grew up in a small town in western PA where there were no asians (or many other minorities for that matter.) At 5 had chinese food for the first time and it was like I had come home! Anytime we went to the city I begged for chinese food. In college in Boston, I had vietnamese for the first time and that was the real revelation - like all the chinese food I had been eating was just standing in for this. I definitley think I had lifetimes in asia, particularly vietnam. I like other asian cuisines (thai, korean, japanese, etc.are all good,) but I don't have the same kind of pavlovian response to them as I do to Vietnamese. (By the way I'm a hypnotherapist and have done a bunch of Past Life Regressions with clients and it is fascuinating!)

May 18, 2008
foodhypnosis in Food Media & News

best soup dumplings in LA????

Never felt they were any of those things. When taught to eat Joes dumplings, learned to bite or poke a hole in and let the broth fill the spoon - which it did! Here the soup in the soup dumplings, while often flavorful, is a small teaspoonful. (Hence the reason NYers are always looking for soup dumplings as opposed to XLB - the "soup" is a big part of it.) I have only had the Crab and Pork version - the filling at Joe's is a nice sized little meatball with really distinctive crab flavor. I would say that they are hearty but I never thought of them as heavy!

May 14, 2008
foodhypnosis in Los Angeles Area

best soup dumplings in LA????

I've tried J&J, Mei Long Village and Din Tai Fung - closest to Joe's is J&J and their still 1/2 the size. Din Tai Fung are good but definitely a bit of a let down if you're looking for all that soupy goodness. Mei Long Village is not bad, but every time I've been there at least 1/2 the dumplings have been de-souped from sticking to the paper in the steamer. Joes is one of the first places I hit when I get back to NY - I crave those dumplings and the ones I've had here can dampen the need but never completely quell it (So here's hoping that someone reports in a great new find!)

May 14, 2008
foodhypnosis in Los Angeles Area

What makes LA a foodie city? Tell Me

Vietnamese
Saigon 48
234 W 48th St,

When I lived there - there was a small vietnamese place on sout west end of restaurant row, and one on 10th between 46th and 45th. Mother owned restaurant row/daughter ran the one on 10th.
Btwn 8th Ave & Bway. They were wonderful - don't know if they are still there.

Chinese - yes chinatown was better but always enjoyed
MEE Noodle Shop
795 9th Ave (good and cheap!)
and

Westside Cottage II
689 9th Ave | Btwn 47th & 48th

Peruvian
Peruvian Restaurant, 688 Tenth Avenue between 48 & 49

Russian

Uncle Vanya
315 W 54th St,

Fire Bird
365 W 46th St

May 13, 2008
foodhypnosis in Los Angeles Area

Canh Chua Tom?

Thank you!!!

May 13, 2008
foodhypnosis in Los Angeles Area

Father's Office, What's the big deal?

I'll chime and agree with those who've always had good service. Everytime I've been to the FO in SM, managed to get a seat at the bar w/in 30 minutes, bartender was incredibly helpful at suggesting beers to try, food arrived promptly and OH SO GOOD. I love that burger. Would love to branch out to other things on the menu, but in the past by the time I'd decided to stand in that line, it was because I had a serious craving for that burger going on! Maybe with the new one open, I'll go more often and branch out.

May 13, 2008
foodhypnosis in Los Angeles Area

Canh Chua Tom?

Back east this hot and sour soup with shrimp (or catfish) and pineapple was something I ate weekly if not more often. While I've found a number of great places to enjoy pho and bun I haven't seen this anywhere lately (5 or 6 years ago there was a vietnamese restaurant in Studio City that had it but the restaurant closed within a year of me finding it. When I used to go out to the West Valley, I also found it in Canoga Park/Winnetka but don't go out that way often anymore.) Any place in SGV, Chinatown, Koreatown have this on the menu?Thanks in advance for your help!

May 13, 2008
foodhypnosis in Los Angeles Area

I've never eaten at a "Jack in the Box." How is it?

Disagree about breakfast not being great - the ultimate breakfast sandwich RULES. Eggs, Ham AND Bacon, Cheese - that and the milkshake will cure any hangover!

Apr 14, 2008
foodhypnosis in Chains

Dark meat or white meat chicken on salad or pizza

I prefer dark meat in any and every dish - that being said, I often buy a rotisserie chicken and eat the legs/thighs hot as a meal and save the breast to use in sandwiches, salads, pastas - anything that will add moistness and flavor! Since it's so bland and often dry on its own it seems a good fit for those things. Never did understand why the breasts are more expensive sincce they are not half as good!

Apr 01, 2008
foodhypnosis in General Topics

What makes LA a foodie city? Tell Me

Yes - it's a foodie town. Yes - this board is active. I'd say the board here is so active because if you're a foodie in this town you absolutely NEED a resource like this. Other cities you can just wander the streets, looking at menus in windows, until something strikes your fancy. Here you're in your car and the real gems are hidden in strip malls that you wouldn't notice unless you KNEW to check it out. I would hate LA for food if I hadn't found Chowhound - Thankfully this exists and I can usually satisfy any craving.

Mar 21, 2008
foodhypnosis in Los Angeles Area

What makes LA a foodie city? Tell Me

Having lived in NYC fro ten years before moving to LA I disagree with you on NY - maybe because I lived in Hell's Kitchen most of that time and there was an amazing array of food (just stroll down ninth avenue) at all price points. Here you have to be willing to drive ALOT as evidenced in many of these posts. The variety and goodness is here - if you're willing to brave the freeways. If I wanted Chinese for lunch and Greek for dinner (or Indian and Peruvian or Vietnamese and Russian or any other combination) I could get really good versions of all of those, but how many miles would I have to drive?

Mar 19, 2008
foodhypnosis in Los Angeles Area

NY style egg-rolls

Why is there no duck sauce in LA? Whether with egg rolls or spring rolls or on fried rice, duck sauce rocked. Sweet and sour sauce and plum sauce are just NOT the same!

Mar 18, 2008
foodhypnosis in Los Angeles Area

Delivery man yelled at us for not tipping 20%

Just a note on delivery charges v. tips - Often those charges do not go to the delivery person, the restaurant takes that to cover their "costs" so dont think that an additional charge for delivery gets you off the tipping hook. He shouldn't have yelled, but $4.00 isn't enough. I'd do 10% for delivery rather than my 20% at sit down places but I also tend to round up to make it easy...so unless I had singles he'd have gotten $10.

Mar 15, 2008
foodhypnosis in Not About Food

Most disgusting taste (of normal foodstuffs)

Seems most people who like (love) mayonaisse HATE Miracle Whip. Not many people like them both equally! I keep 'em both in the fridge seem to have very specific preferences - turkey gets mayo, ham gets miracle whip, add swiss to the ham and it has to be brown mustard, while cheese with the turkey would get honey mustard...
Just remembered how much I dislike that white frosting that's on bakery cakes - the kind I think made from crisco. Always looked good and then I'd bite into it and blegh. Almost never eat cake because of that frosting.
And reading further down the page - I agree on Fluff - nasty stuff.
And somehow cooked cherries make me queasy - I can eat a pound of fresh cherries in a sitting, but put them in a pie - or worse a black forest cake - or even worse a chocolate covered cherry -and i can't stomach it. Slimy.

Mar 15, 2008
foodhypnosis in Not About Food

Most disgusting taste (of normal foodstuffs)

I can't stand ranch dressing either - It smells like vomit to me and tastes the same (I do love mayo and micracle whip though!) Any ranch flavored thing, like cool ranch doritos just seems vile to me. Only other thing I can think of is Uni - tried it once and found it very bitter and acrid and haven't tried it since.

Mar 13, 2008
foodhypnosis in Not About Food