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Last Hamburger Hamlet Standing (Sherman Oaks) Bites the Dust.

I don't think HH suffered from lack of business. It was more like they had taken on layers of unsustainable debt.

Jun 29, 2014
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area

Rotel Velveeta Dip

It is available from Amazon. $65 new or $8 used.

Jun 28, 2014
Sam D. in Home Cooking

help -- Godiva raspberry mousse cake

My hat's off to anyone who can master that recipe. It is the most intricate and longest, most involved recipe I have ever read.

Jun 28, 2014
Sam D. in Home Cooking

almond duck from the far east cafe in little tokyo

Definitely sounds like it's worth a try but those are extremely short hours for any restaurant.

Jun 26, 2014
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area

What should I bring sailing?

As a sailor myself. I'd recommend some tasty things that can't get messy. Hummus & pita bread or sourdough, grapes, small sandwiches, cheese, etc.

Jun 23, 2014
Sam D. in General Topics

LAMB -- L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2014

How do you get on their mailing list?

I was on their website today and I didn't see any way to get on a mailing list nor any indication that they even have a mailing list.

Jun 09, 2014
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area

appliance shopping - los angeles area

Don't forget about Lowe's and Home Depot. HD has a price match + 10% if you find the same item in stock elsewhere at a lower price.

Howard's is another big appliance dealer that has a huge selection and discounted prices.

Jun 08, 2014
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area

appliance shopping - los angeles area

The trouble with Sears is that they are constantly changing their prices. I looked at a range that I wanted to buy. The next week when I was ready to buy it the price had risen by $100 and I went elsewhere. Next times I looked at Sears pricing the price was even higher and then a reduction of over $100.

Jun 08, 2014
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area

Fuddruckers Santa Monica (Again)

I have been to Fuddruckers and was never impressed. All the other build-your-own-burger places have been far better than Fuddruckers. Anyone remember Flakey Jake's at the N/W corner of Pico & Sepulveda? Nice place with good food and it always seemed full or nearly full every time I was there. I never understood why it closed.

Jun 08, 2014
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area
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Man Fook Low (Old Times)

I remember Stottlemeyer's. And half a block to the east on Ord St. was Dario's Italian Deli which served some wonderful sandwiches. They named many of their sandwiches after LA city officials and politicians, such as the "Joe Busch" who was LA's district attorney back then.

Jun 08, 2014
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area

Man Fook Low (Old Times)

That was my favorite Chinese restaurant back in the 1970s and early 80s. I used to eat there at least once a week. Nearby was Li Wah which had terrific won ton soup. Paul's Kitchen is still close by and still serving LA's 1960s style Chinese dishes. I still go there once in a while for the sake of nostalgia. But those types of Chinese restaurants have been eclipsed by the vast changes in LA's Chinese and Pan Asian restaurants over the past 30 years.

Jun 08, 2014
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area

Finding Grits

Whole Foods also carries Bob's Red Mill brand of coarse ground grits.

Jun 07, 2014
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area

Do you rememer NU-WAY CHILI DOGS in WLA?????

I don't know of any local retail markets that now carry Vienna wieners, the brand used by Nu-Way. The closest one in taste and texture that I have found is the private label brand at Ralph's which is called "Private Selection." They are supplied by Boars Head and can be found in the market's deli section.

Jun 07, 2014
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area

Asparagus with sauce

Looks wonderful!

Jun 04, 2014
Sam D. in Home Cooking

Asparagus with sauce

I'm getting a 404 from that link.

Jun 04, 2014
Sam D. in Home Cooking

LAs best spot for CHICKEN FRIED STEAK

On my last visit to the Pantry I had their CFS. It was worse than horrible. I'll never go back there again. And I had eaten there at least 100 times before they went into a serious decline.

Their gravy was white, thick and tasted awful. It may as well been wallpaper paste. Ugh!

Gaffey Street Diner in San Pedro serves a decent CFS.

Jun 01, 2014
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area

11 days in Vegas. I'll tell you where to go.

Yes, and I'd add the Sultan's Table also located at the Dunes, to the ones that are missed.

May 31, 2014
Sam D. in Las Vegas

Nobody likes the French Green Beans at Ellis Island Casino in Las Vegas?

I think frugalgourmet hit the nail on the head. Meat & potato lovers are usually not so fond of the vegetables served as an accompaniment.

Personally, I think EI's green beans are the best I have had anywhere. I always look forward to having them when I travel to Las Vegas. It seems like a simple preparation with butter and garlic. But all my attempts to duplicate them at home have fallen short.

May 31, 2014
Sam D. in Las Vegas

where is all the rhubarb? raw at markets or cooked in pies

I have been buying it at the Super King on San Fernando Rd. When it was first available this season it was over $4/lb. Then the price quickly came down and as of yesterday it was $1.79/lb.

May 30, 2014
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area

Making homemade porik tamales without the husks

I have made lots of tamales using corn husks or banana leaves. It's not as nearly as tedious as it appears.

Here is a shortcut recipe for 60-minute tamales. I saw the creator of this recipe make the tamales and sampled them at the Indio Tamale Festival. They were really good.
http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/recipes/...

If you still don't want to deal with preparing individually wrapped tamales, here is a recipe for a tamale pie that actually tastes like real tamales.
http://dontsalt.blogspot.com/2008/11/...

May 26, 2014
Sam D. in Home Cooking

Cole's P.E. Buffet - last chance?

I totally agree with you HD. I started going to Cole's in the mid 1960s when I was working downtown and I continued to return until the place was closed down. Since the re-opening I have been there just once. On that one visit the service was pathetic and I did not care for the food or the new ambiance.

May 26, 2014
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area

Please Help Me Find My Chile

What you describe sounds like the color and size of a mature jalapeño pepper after it becomes red. If you google "red jalapeño" you'll find better descriptions and pictures.

May 21, 2014
Sam D. in General Topics

Galette: Home Cooking Dish of the Month for May 2014

Those were fresh apricots. I omitted the optional raspberries.

May 16, 2014
Sam D. in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? May, 2014 edition, part two! [Through May 31, 2014]

Today I plan on making a batch of chocolate chip cookies from the Nieman Marcus recipe.

May 16, 2014
Sam D. in Home Cooking

Galette: Home Cooking Dish of the Month for May 2014

Her is my contribution: Apricot-almond galette. I used my standard pastry crust recipe. Here is the recipe source:
http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jun/...

May 11, 2014
Sam D. in Home Cooking

Belcampo Cheeseburger

Thanks for the link.

Grilled asparagus $14? Don't think I'll be making very many trips to dine there.

May 08, 2014
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area

Isaan Station in K-Town should be on people's radars.

Thanks for the review I just checked out their website and online menu. I'll definitely give this place a try.

http://www.isaanstationthaila.com

May 07, 2014
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area
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Pastrami sandwich

Sadly, I would have to agree with you about Oinkster's pastrami. The one time I tried it at the ER location all the meat was shredded into micro pieces and it was totally devoid of flavor.

May 04, 2014
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area

Pastrami sandwich

That's right, no horseradish in hot mustard like Phillippe's.

I was taught how to make it by the late Steve Fink who was the owner of the Pasadena Sandwich Company. His version was a close replica of Philippe's and it was made primarily from 2 ingredients - dry mustard powder and stale beer.

May 04, 2014
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area

2 days in LA for fish and tacos

I would strongly recommend ordering a couple of Porto's potato balls to go along with the Cuban sandwich.

May 04, 2014
Sam D. in Los Angeles Area