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Is there still hope for these seedlings?

They're history. Start over and follow the advice the others have given.

Apr 24, 2015
raytamsgv in Gardening

The D.I.Y. Tomato

That's why I have many plants in my garden: economies of scale.
I had a poor harvest last year, but I actually made a small profit. I also grow from seeds and save seeds, so that costs drops pretty quickly.

Apr 24, 2015
raytamsgv in Gardening

basil from the supermarket

I don't know about your neck of the woods, but my basil plants typically grow to be about 2 feet tall in the ground in Southern California in our nice, long growing season. Start off with repotting the plants in small containers and then move them to bigger ones as they grow out. Once the ground is warm enough, put them in.

Apr 24, 2015
raytamsgv in Gardening

Egg roll wrappers??

Egg roll wrappers are in the refrigerated section, not the frozen one. They fry up very nicely.

Apr 22, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Tips to cut grocery bill

I'd recommend keeping all your receipts for two months and then calculate how much you spend in each category (e.g. alcohol, dairy, produce, pre-made items, etc.). Then plan your cuts in every category until you reach $500 per month.

Apr 22, 2015
raytamsgv in General Topics
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Botulism outbreak linked to Ohio Church potluck

These days, botulism is usually limited to Botox references.

Apr 22, 2015
raytamsgv in Food Media & News

Ming Yuen (Peruvian Chinese) Is Gone--Replaced by Pho Ga Hai Nam in El Monte

These chicken pho places seem to be the latest craze. I'm guessing Hai Nam is perhaps a reference to Hainan Island.

Apr 20, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Empress Pavilion in Chinatown

Jonathan Gold paid it a visit. The short version: not bad overall, good for its location.

http://www.latimes.com/food/la-fo-emp...

Apr 17, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Vietnamese food in Little Saigon vs. SGV

Well, there are a lot of Asian Cajun restaurants courtesy of the Vietnamese who originally settled on the Gulf Coast.

Apr 17, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Vietnamese food in Little Saigon vs. SGV

Or Chiu Chow.

Apr 17, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Horrible Restaurant Names

Amusing, especially if you pronounce "pho" correctly.

Apr 16, 2015
raytamsgv in Not About Food

Seafood Village Is Now Seafood Palace (At Least in Monterey Park)

I haven't noticed any changes in the Temple City location, yet.

Apr 16, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Vietnamese food in Little Saigon vs. SGV

"Can someone explain why food from the south is more commonly found than from any other region in Vietnam?"

Vietnamese refugees typically came from the south after the fall of South Vietnam in 1975 and the Chinese invasion in 1979. In Little Saigon, there is only one Vietnamese flag: the yellow background with red strips from South Vietnam. If you fly the "North Vietnamese" flag, you will need police protection to escape the angry mob.

The population of Vietnamese is much less in the SGV than in Little Saigon. Also, many of those are ethnically Chinese--especially those who left after the Chinese invasion in 1979.

The food is better in Little Saigon, but it's a long way from the SGV.

Apr 16, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area
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Vietnamese food in Little Saigon vs. SGV

There is a larger variety of dishes in Little Saigon. There are definitely more restaurants that specialize in regional cuisines from the central and northern parts of Vietnam. There are a few in the SGV, such as Summer Roll in Rosemead.

Most of the Vietnamese restaurants in the SGV are southern-style. The bun bo hue, nem nuong/chua, and other similar dishes aren't really that good there.

China occupied Vietnam for almost a thousand years, so I'm sure many dishes are Chinese-influenced. There is also a noticeable French influence in Vietnamese cooking.

Apr 15, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Monterey Park for Chinese

Why not just go to Elite in Monterey Park?

Create Your Own Stir Fry in the Los Angeles Area?

Any decent Chinese restaurant should be able to make a custom dish for you as long as they have the ingredients. Just make sure the cook knows how to cook Chinese food. Some of the chains have cooks that only know how to make specific dishes.

Apr 14, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

LA Trip Report (April 2015)

Great pictures and excellent writeup.

Apr 14, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Planning an eating trip, need some input (Japanese, Korean, fine dining, Taiwanese, regional Chinese, Vietnamese, coffee, raw oysters etc)

Now the real question: how much weight did you gain from your exercise in culinary exploration? :-)

Apr 13, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area
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The SGV sucks

There's a lot more to the SGV than boba and hot pots. For example, we have PF Chang's in Pasadena and Oak Tree Inn in South Pasadena--the very definition of fine Chinese dining. And don't forget the Chinese-owned Belly Buster in Alhambra. Their sandwiches make all the banh mi places look like amateurs.

Planning an eating trip, need some input (Japanese, Korean, fine dining, Taiwanese, regional Chinese, Vietnamese, coffee, raw oysters etc)

I'm very impressed by your ability to eat so much in such a short time!

Apr 09, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area
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Planning an eating trip, need some input (Japanese, Korean, fine dining, Taiwanese, regional Chinese, Vietnamese, coffee, raw oysters etc)

You're going to ruin your impeccable street cred if you call it by that name. It's called "po taat". "Po" is pronounced "Poe" as in Edgar Allen Poe. It's probably a phonetic for Portugal.

Apr 09, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area
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Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

1. My family of 5 (with 3 young kids) waited 30 minutes at a busy Chinese restaurant. Our names were on the wait list. A family came in after us when a table opened, a waitress signaled for us to follow her, but another waitress was faster and told the family behind us to sit. The other guy rushed and sat at the table.

My wife and I raised a huge, loud ruckus in English, Vietnamese, and Cantonese just to make sure all the patrons heard our complaint about it being unfair. I think some of the patrons thought I was going to get violent because they looked like they were ready to run out. The owners came out and tried to apologize. But we would still need to wait because all the tables were full. We have not returned for a few years. I may consider going back because the owners were apologetic--they even followed us outside to restaurant to beg us to return.

2. I phoned in an order to a local pizza franchise. When I arrived an hour later, they claimed they had never received the order. I was furious because I was going to take it to a party. I called up another place and drove there to pick it up. When I finally got home 45 minutes later, a delivery guy from the first pizza showed up with my order that was "never received". I read him the riot act and will never go back because of their outright lie.

Mar 27, 2015
raytamsgv in Not About Food

Best Peking duck in LA?

I like Duck House in Monterey Park. I haven't eaten it yet at Tasty Duck.

Yelper Dan, Has Been a Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad Boy....Local Chinese Restaurant Calls Out Dishonest Yelper With Surveillance Footage

Chowhound doesn't have "Elite" status posters.

Fed-up restaurant owners fight back at Yelp reviews

I once read a Yelp review of a local Chinese restaurant that most regard as one of the best in the area. The reviewer didn't like the layout of the parking lot and gave the restaurant the lowest rating. He even wrote something like: "the food might actually be good, but I didn't go inside."

Tilapia (farm raised)

Plants also convert animal waste to matter that we eat.

Mar 17, 2015
raytamsgv in General Topics

bread goes moldy...why not breadcrumbs?

Are the bread crumbs dry? Mold cannot grow in the absence of moisture.

Mar 17, 2015
raytamsgv in General Topics

Martin Yan new show on PBS. Vietnamese cooking

I'm okay with that.

Mar 12, 2015
raytamsgv in Food Media & News

Martin Yan new show on PBS. Vietnamese cooking

Actually, your early response did not indicate that professional training was the criteria:

"...it seems it would make more sense to ask for a Russian chef to teach me Russian food."

Did you perhaps mean to write "...to ask for a professionally-trained Russian chef to teach me Russian food"?

Mar 12, 2015
raytamsgv in Food Media & News

Martin Yan new show on PBS. Vietnamese cooking

Why would it be different from Julia Child or Thomas Keller teaching us how to cook French food?

Mar 11, 2015
raytamsgv in Food Media & News