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Boars Head Hot Dogs

Can anyone tell me where I can get Boar's Head hot dogs with natural casings? They used to be sold at Ralphs Grocery stores as "Ralphs Private Selection". I called Ralphs and they confirmed that the product is no longer carried. I contacted Boars Head and they were less than helpful.

Jul 29, 2015
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area

Metro Cafe (hamburger)

You can find their menu on Yelp.

Jul 23, 2015
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area
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Rustic Canyon - good, but way too expensive!

I haven't been to RC but this applies to every restaurant when one is going there for the first time. Look at the restaurant's website and read the menu beforehand. Then read the reviews. Besides describing the food and service, the reviewers should also give you a good idea of the restaurant's ambiance and the noise and comfort level. These days, with so much available info online, there shouldn't be any reason to experience sticker shock or disappointment with the restaurant's environment.

Rustic Canyon's website even gives a detailed explanation of their 3% health care surcharge.

Jul 23, 2015
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area

Billy's Jewish Deli - Glendale RIP

The NY Famous Deli is a small place in a strip mall near the Eagle Rock Plaza. It doesn't have all the variety and huge menu that you would find in some other Jewish style delis. But what they do serve is really excellent. The pastrami is hand carved and I prefer it over Langer's or Wexler's. Their other deli sandwiches I've had are equally good. My only complaint is that their rye bread could use some improvement. The prices are reasonable. The owner, Jimmy, is from New York and he used to work at Billie's. He's a gem of a guy.

Jul 19, 2015
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area
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Billy's Jewish Deli - Glendale RIP

Billy's had another location in the South Bay area. I wonder if that one is still open.

Jul 18, 2015
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area

Past favorites from the 1970's

There was also a Velvet Turtle in Chinatown on the N/E corner of Hill St. & Ord. My ex wife worked there in the 1970s. After many years since it closed, the shuttered and deteriorating building still remains there behind a chain link fence.

Jul 09, 2015
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area
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Is Rao's Hollywood worth a visit for DineLA?

I was surprised to see that Rao's lemon chicken is conspicuously absent from their dine LA menu.

Past favorites from the 1970's

Ted's Rancho, mainly a seafood restaurant that occupied the spot on PCH where Jetty's was later located. Jetty's, which had some very good BBQ and seafood burned down in the mid to late 1970s and was rebuilt as Gladstones. Ted's had huge servings of delicious steamed clams for a few dollars back then.

Also Bob Burns on Wilshire in Santa Monica. They had some very good steaks, roast duck, and they were one of the few places then where you could get a decent Caesar salad.

Jul 09, 2015
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area

Past favorites from the 1970's

Chez Puce on Pico in Santa Monica. Nothing fancy but the food was very good and Puce was a hoot.

Jul 08, 2015
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area

I am looking for a way to thicken my home made salad dressing

You didn't state what type of dressing you want to thicken.

I use guar gum to thicken my homemade vinaigrette dressing with 1/4 tsp for 16 oz of dressing. It works well and does not impart any off taste or texture.

Jun 22, 2015
Sam D. in Home Cooking

Famous Recipes

Green Goddess Salad
Beef Stroganoff
Cobb Salad
Crab Rangoon
Monte Cristo Sandwich
Waldorf Salad
Fettuccine Alfredo

What restaurant do you really really really miss that is now closed?

I remember Dario's very well. I was working downtown in the 1970's and I used to make pre-lunchtime runs to Dario's to pick up sandwiches for nearly everyone in our department. Dario Sr. was a nice guy but never said much. His wife was the shining personality of the business.

There was also another thriving sandwich shop a half block awaay called Stottlemeyer's. It was a different style than Dario's. But with us, Dario's was always our favorite.

Apr 24, 2015
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area

Making cheesecake without an electric implement?

FWIW you can buy a decent multi-speed hand mixer for about $15 at Walmart or Target. I had to replace mine last year and I simply wouldn't go to the effort of hand mixing just to avoid spending a few bucks.

Apr 18, 2015
Sam D. in Home Cooking

Top 5 Downtown L A?

Not in downtown proper but just a few minutes away I'd recommend Taix. It's a very nice ambiance and you can easily get by with $30/pp excluding drinks. I have never been disappointed there and the roast chicken is one of the best I've ever had.

http://taixfrench.com

I would disagree with the recs for places in the GCM. While it's true that you can find good food there at reasonable prices, it's like eating in a dirty slum. The common eating areas consist of cheap chairs and crude stainless steel covered tables and floors that don't get cleaned frequently enough for lack of staff. It's simply not fitting for a pre-opera dinner.

Apr 14, 2015
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area

Cervelat (Beef)

Try giving a call to Schreiner's Fine Sausages in Glendale.

Mar 30, 2015
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area

Burger Continental Closed

In the 1980s and early 90s BC was a fun place with decent food. My former partner and I had a business less than 2 blocks away and we used to eat lunch there regularly. It was also a place for occasional celebrity sightings. I saw Goldie Hawn, Kevin Costner and Tommy Lasorda there several times in the back patio. On weekend nights they had a belly dancer performing. There was a 60ish man who was there regularly for lunch and was always accompanied by 3 or 4 gorgeous girls who looked to be about 16-17 years old. I found out that he owned a teen modeling agency located nearby. It's sad that the place went into such horrible decline. And I feel sorry for the employees, some of whom were there for many years.

Mar 28, 2015
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area

Mark Peel's Bombo Open 3/26/15 @ GCM

I have been meaning to go pick up some spices at Valeria's. Bombo is added enticement to hit the GCM soon.

The kettles look like the ones I have seen at oyster bars in Las Vegas.

Mar 27, 2015
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area

Hamburger Hamlet

If it hasn't changed, their French onion soup is excellent.

Mar 27, 2015
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area

Empty Nesters: What do your kids/grandkids request when they visit?

My kids always want my meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy and garlic green beans. They know that will be followed by some kind of homemade dessert.

Mar 16, 2015
Sam D. in General Topics

Searching for natural casing hot dogs in grocery stores/meat markets in Los Angeles/Southern California

Those are private labelled but they come from Boars Head. They are available at most Ralph's markets and may be sold at other Kroger owned markets. I think they are the best hot dog sold at retail in the L.A area.

Mar 09, 2015
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area

1970's ish Bon Appetite recipe

I would check to see if there is a library near you that has back issues of Bon Appetit.

Mar 07, 2015
Sam D. in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Valentine's Day 2015 edition! [OLD]

Thanks, herby.

Mar 05, 2015
Sam D. in Home Cooking

ROAST CHICKEN! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (March 2015)

Has anyone used Thomas Keller’s recipe for roast chicken? I’ve had the recipe for quite a while but haven’t used it yet. It’s a surprisingly simple recipe, considering the complexity of so many of his recipes. It calls for roasting a 2-3 lb chicken for 50-60 minutes at 450º F.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Mar 05, 2015
Sam D. in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Valentine's Day 2015 edition! [OLD]

I rarely buy cookbooks anymore because of the abundance of recipes on the web. But this past week I got Andrea Nguyen's "Asian Dumplings." So far I haven't made anything in it but it contains an awful lot of tempting recipes and helpful preparation methods that are well explained and illustrated.

Mar 01, 2015
Sam D. in Home Cooking
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making cannolis without a dowel or tube

Maybe there's a way to improvise but I wouldn't know how. The stainless steel tubes are not expensive. I bought 2 packs of 5 each for a total of $10-12 on ebay. They make forming and cooking the cannolis a breeze. I would stay away from using dowels.

Feb 24, 2015
Sam D. in Home Cooking

Use the oven or slow cooker for brisket ?

That is the same method I use - a Reynolds cooking bag - and it comes out perfect every time.

Feb 23, 2015
Sam D. in Home Cooking

The Pastrami List 2014

I was sorely disappointed the one time I tried the pastrami sandwich at Wexler's. It was small, dry, and without much flavor.

I've tried Billy's, Canter's, Langer's, Brent's and others. My current favorite is the New York Famous Deli in Eagle Rock. It's small and in a horribly obscure location but Jimmy, the owner, serves up some wonderful pastrami and other deli favorites at very reasonable prices. The pastrami is full flavored, tender and is hand sliced. My only complaint is that the rye bread leaves room for improvement.

Feb 16, 2015
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area

Top 10 Hot Dog Lies (in no particular order)

I live in L.A. and at one time we had Vienna hot dogs, which were superb, available in every major supermarket and used in the better hot dog stands such as Nu-Way. Alas, no more. They're only available by mail order. However, Boars Head makes a superb, full flavored, natural casing hot dog that is at least as good as the old Vienna. They are sold in (Kroger owned) Ralph's Grocery Stores here under the Ralphs label of "Private Selection". They are equal to the tastiest hot dogs I've ever had. They may also be available in other markets in the Kroger chain.

Feb 16, 2015
Sam D. in General Topics

What to do with ribeye trimmings?

Do you have a dog?
:)

Feb 15, 2015
Sam D. in Home Cooking

Harvey's Guss Meats LA Times

Sad to hear that he's making plans to shut down the business in order to retire.

Feb 14, 2015
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area