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New Chowhound Design is Now Live!

They did all this work and _still_ haven't fixed this bug? Wow.

FWIW, one work-around is to put a trailing space after the closing parenthesis, at the end of the line:

(http://example.com)
(See, it works!)

But it would be better if this bug was simply fixed.

Dec 12, 2012
Peripatetic in Site Talk

New Chowhound Design is Now Live!

> Both seem to be textbook failures
> of "What problem are you trying to solve?"

+1

Dec 11, 2012
Peripatetic in Site Talk

New Chowhound Design is Now Live!

Seriously? SERIOUSLY? The new layout is a disaster:

- needlessly excessive use of white space

- fonts less readable

- indentation / threading less apparent

- information density needlessly diminished by at least 50%

- count of posts in thread and time of posting comically exaggerated.

Some of this might be understandable if the appearance was actually improved, but it's almost an excursion into early (pre-2006) CH history. Very disappointed that it now requires twice as much effort to engage the site content.

Dec 11, 2012
Peripatetic in Site Talk

Best Pasadena take-out?

I've lost track, but I think that's an Arturo's truck at that location now, not an El Gallito one. I liked El Gallito, but Arturos, not so much.

Would love to hear an update from someone who's been there more recently.

Jul 29, 2012
Peripatetic in Los Angeles Area

a damn good breakfast proof. and big mista

I'm not sure, but I think recently he's been subbing the new Altadena Farmer's Market for Sierra Madre one:

https://twitter.com/BigmistasBBQ/status/228261811701567490
https://twitter.com/BigmistasBBQ/stat...

Jul 29, 2012
Peripatetic in Los Angeles Area

spicy fried chicken

You can find it here, Kevin: http://www.yelp.com/la

Jul 21, 2012
Peripatetic in Los Angeles Area

Best noodle soups in San Gabriel Valley?

Did Ding's reopen, or have more than one location? They closed at their San Gabriel location in 2010, now replaced by Lucky Noodle King.

Jul 06, 2012
Peripatetic in Los Angeles Area

Boba Tea Float?

Pretty sure this doesn't meet your criteria, so I'm just throwing it out there for info: Flour + Tea in Pasadena has something called a "Frostea". It's essentially milk teas, etc., that are basically tea Frappuccinos. My favorite so far is their Thai Tea Frostea (with light sugar). Maybe it will scratch the OPs itch?

Flour + Tea
238 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, CA 91105
626-698-1058
http://flourandtea.com/

There was a previous thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/832109

Jul 02, 2012
Peripatetic in Los Angeles Area

Mexican salsa?

> I have to say it was a bit mild for my taste

I finally found Tacupeto Molka at the Whole Foods on Arroyo Pkwy in Pasadena (they'd been out of it for months), and I really liked it. It definitely had some decent heat -- more than most salsas labelled as "medium". It's easily the best store-bought salsa I've found. Not perfect: some of the flavors are a little out-of-balance -- I can't put my finger on it exactly. But this is a very minor criticism, and Tacupeto will definitely be on my regular rotation from now on -- assuming WF keeps it in stock.

Jul 02, 2012
Peripatetic in Los Angeles Area

Macarons in Los Angeles?

Bizarre. Perhaps some lessons in basic numeracy are in order?

I should mention that the last time I had Paulette macarons was probably three years ago, when they had just the BH store, so my take on them might be out-of-date. I wasn't blown away by them at the time, but I haven't found anything better in LA aside from Boule, which is long gone.

As an aside, I looked up Yauatcha in London, and it seems they stopped making macarons around 2010, and have gone way downhill in other respects.. I haven't been there in over six years, so if you happen to be in London, don't make a bee-line for them on my recommendation. But, in their heyday, they were amazing.

Jul 01, 2012
Peripatetic in Los Angeles Area

Macarons in Los Angeles?

I rarely disagree with ipse, but I was disappointed with Euro Pane's macarons. I don't think 'lette's are all that much better, though. The best I've had in LA were at Boule Atelier on La Cienega, but sadly they closed a long time ago -- around 2008 if I remember correctly.

Jul 01, 2012
Peripatetic in Los Angeles Area

Macarons in Los Angeles?

'lette started at Paulette* in BH and has expanded:

http://www.lettemacarons.com/about.html

Their macarons are not quite as good as Ladurée or Maison du Chocolate in Paris, or (my favorite) Yauatcha in London, but they are decent and widely available in the LA area now, even (last I checked) at Monsieur Marcel.

* = presumably some obscure, parasitic legal firm sent a cease-and-desist letter, and Paulette just didn't want to fight it. It's the American way. :(

Jul 01, 2012
Peripatetic in Los Angeles Area

All Beef Corn Dog

An errant post to another corn dog thread (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/341733) awakened my curiosity in this thread.

So:

1. Does Boa still offer a Kobe beef corn dog?

2. Have the corn dogs at Disney's Little Red Wagon improved?

3. Has anyone tried the all-beef corn dog at Vicious Dogs?

4. Any other updates?

I'm disenchanted with most food trucks, but it seems like there's a real opportunity here!

Jul 01, 2012
Peripatetic in Los Angeles Area

CORNDOGS!!! Who makes the best?!

No problem. It's topic worthy of an update, and don't mind if it takes an errant post to revive it.

There was a more recent thread here of people looking for all-beef corn dogs, but it's sparse on info: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/783159

Just for info, is the Tastee corn dog an all-beef corn dog? At ".99 cents" (I suspect you meant "99 cents"!) I have to think it's turkey.

Jul 01, 2012
Peripatetic in Los Angeles Area

CORNDOGS!!! Who makes the best?!

Inasmuch as VanGoghX has revived this ancient thread, are there any noteworthy updates?

Here's what I have as the state-of-play:

- In 2009 Disney's Little Red Wagon changed their recipe and it's no longer as good as it used to be: http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/really/chowhounds-suspect-that-disney/

- Larkins is in a death spiral: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/838559

- The corn dog at Dog Haus in Pasadena isn't bad, but the hot dogs they use are mealy and inferior and really let down the overall product (personal opinion).

- The original location of Hot Dog on a Stick in Santa Monica is still decent but they continue to use turkey dogs only.

Any omissions or updates? Is there someone making an amazing corn dog with a natural casing Vienna or Hoffy dog out there?

Jul 01, 2012
Peripatetic in Los Angeles Area

CORNDOGS!!! Who makes the best?!

Welcome to Chowhound VanGoghX. Unfortunately Perris is in Riverside County, so it's out-of-scope for the LA board. You might want to try posting on the California board: http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/3

Jul 01, 2012
Peripatetic in Los Angeles Area

Langer's vs. Katz's and One Other LA vs NY Observation

> i found that in my absence an influx of
> "chain-type--pizza-pretending-to-be NYpizza"
> places had taken up residence.

Are you talking about the various Ray's chains, or are there newer ones?

Jun 29, 2012
Peripatetic in Los Angeles Area

Rasta Ital (Food) in LA?

Here's a 2009 blog post from Pleasure Palate:
http://pleasurepalate.blogspot.com/2009/06/palate-party-at-kingston-cafe.html

However note that Kingston Cafe was on Kitchen Nightmares in 2011:
http://www.fox.com/kitchennightmares/...

I didn't see this episode -- I rarely watch KN these days because it seems so scripted -- but you might want to check it out before going.

P.S. I've never been to Kingston Cafe.

Jun 28, 2012
Peripatetic in Los Angeles Area

Bigmista's Barbecue at the Sierra Madre Farmers Market

UPDATE: looks like Bigmista's is at the Altadena Urban Farmers Market today https://www.facebook.com/BigmistasBBQ . Not sure if this is a permanent change.

Jun 27, 2012
Peripatetic in Los Angeles Area

The Sandwich at Roma Deli

> The Godmother definitely comes closest to a true spuckie.

I should correct myself here. There's actually a Santoro's* in Burbank that makes an authentic spuckie, but the ingredients are mediocre, so no joy. The Godmother has different but better ingredients, and comes the closest to a satisfying spuckie experience.

* Santoro's was a legendary sub shop in South Boston. A member of the Santoro family moved out to LA in the 50's and opened a branch here, but today it's nothing like the (long gone) original.

Jun 26, 2012
Peripatetic in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's French Village plain cream line yogurt discontinued

Ah, thought that was on milk and cream only, not other dairy products.

Jun 26, 2012
Peripatetic in Los Angeles Area

Futomaki Rolls?

For Japanese futomaki, I really like the pre-made tutomaki at Yama in San Gabriel. Yama-san also makes really good inari sushi and also "California roll" (which is really more like a crab and mayonnaise salad roll). This is take out only -- no place to eat in.

I've never found really good store-bought kimbap, possibly because my wife makes amazing kimbap (my favorite: home-made kimchi with home-made jang jo rim kimbap and that really pricy fermented oshinko from Mitsuwa -- I don't know the name). But the best I've found for sale is at Sindangdong in the food court in Korteatown Plaza.

Yama Seafood LA
911 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776
626-281-8045

Sindangdong Restaurant
Koreatown Plaza food court, 928 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
213-382-1234

Jun 26, 2012
Peripatetic in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's French Village plain cream line yogurt discontinued

Wasn't Rawesome raided for unauthorized sale of raw dairy products? Or were the products fraudulently represented to customers as something they weren't?

(BTW, I realize that the owners of one of Rawesome's suppliers were allegedly involved in fraudulent real estate deals. That would be enough to put me off their products. But as I understand it, the products were never alleged to have been fraudulently represented.)

Jun 25, 2012
Peripatetic in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's French Village plain cream line yogurt discontinued

See: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7697...

TJ's apparently uses Rockview (at least occasionally) for their organic milk in SoCal.

The Cornucopia Institute rates Rockview as "ethically deficient".

Whether you buy into the Cornucopia Institute as a good source of info is another story. However, I haven't come across any other trustworthy sources of information about organic milk. There are many, many more resources directed at confusing the consumer rather than at informing them. Probably some of these efforts border on fraud.

Jun 25, 2012
Peripatetic in Los Angeles Area

The Sandwich at Roma Deli

But, of course, that wasn't "the sandwich". That was something you asked for that they don't promote. That's not what Roma's is about.

That's not to say I like "the sandwich" as much as many others on this thread (I was probably spoiled by that delicacy they call a "spuckie with everything" during my younger years in Boston), but "the sandwich" is a work of minimalist art. Porta Via's Italian sub is closer to a spuckie, but still doesn't quite recreate the magic. The Godmother definitely comes closest to a true spuckie.

Jun 24, 2012
Peripatetic in Los Angeles Area

Xinjiang food in Rowland Heights- Silk Road Garden

> During first visit, they ran out of Uyghur milk tea.

That happened to us at Omar's on a recent visit, at 7pm no less! I wonder if this is coincidence, or if random availability of menu items is a feature of Xinjiang culture?

Jun 22, 2012
Peripatetic in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's French Village plain cream line yogurt discontinued

About Nancy's . . .

Four cows from the Cornucopia Institute -- that's good.
No pectin -- that's really good!
But the "where to find us" database needs to be updated -- they still think there's a Wild Oats Market at 603 S. Lake. :(

(R.I.P. Wild Oats)

Is there any way to be sure the "French Village plain cream line yogurt" is Nancy's? Some of their other organic dairy products are from disreputable producers.

Jun 22, 2012
Peripatetic in Los Angeles Area

Carne Asada Burrito or Taco in Los Angeles

> my post about it sank like a rock

I find starting threads on weekends can be a losing proposition.

In any case, thanks for the report! I'm not sure about the baprito, but there's room for a really good purveyor of kimbap in this town. School Food Blooming Roll isn't it. (http://www.yelp.com/biz/school-food-b...)

Jun 21, 2012
Peripatetic in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's Wine Recs?

The Eagle Rock one is just over the border from Pasadena on Colorado Blvd. I've never been to the Monrovia one -- I wonder if it's any different given that Monrovia is TJ's corporate headquarters?

Jun 21, 2012
Peripatetic in Wine

Carne Asada Burrito or Taco in Los Angeles

> french fries in a burrito?

We've gone one further with the "Spuderito" at Bobby's Place (formerly Rick's Drive-In). French fries and _no_ meat. I tried it once and never felt compelled to try it again.

http://laist.com/2009/05/27/the_amazi...

I do like their gringo tacos, though. Ground beef, of course. No carne asada in sight.

Jun 21, 2012
Peripatetic in Los Angeles Area