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Help! Too many scallions!

You guys are the best. Thanks much.

Oct 25, 2010
jake in Home Cooking

Help! Too many scallions!

Thanks for the tips. Anyone have a recipe for those garlicky pickled scallions?

Oct 24, 2010
jake in Home Cooking

Help! Too many scallions!

My garden produced a ridiculously large amount of scallions this year that now need to come up to make room for next season's plantings. Any recipes for preserved scallions? Scallion relish? Scallion pesto? Anything that wold use up my garbage-bag-full of scallions and allow me to enjoy them through the winter ... and spring ... and summer ... and probably next fall too.
Thanks, Jake

Oct 24, 2010
jake in Home Cooking

Chinese Beef Jerky

I got some great, fresh Chinese-style beef jerky in NYC Chinatown (http://www.newbeefking.com/). It's not tough and leathery like typical jerky, even the typical Chinese jerkies you can buy by the bag or box at Asian grocery stores. Has anyone come across this stuff in the Los Angeles area? I figure there must be some jerky source hiding out somewhere in the San Gabriel Valley.
Thanks.

Oct 25, 2009
jake in Los Angeles Area

Locally raised meats on Central Coast?

Thanks everyone. -J

Mar 19, 2009
jake in California

Locally raised meats on Central Coast?

Hey Gang,
I'm driving from LA up to Big Sur and back in a couple weeks. I've seen a bunch of shops along the coast listed on eatwild.com that sell locally raised (grass-fed) beef , pork and (free-range) chicken from small farms and ranches. I'd like to do some meat shopping on my way home and was wondering if any stores are particularly recommended.
Thanks. -J

Mar 13, 2009
jake in California

Top-notch curry rice in Tokyo?

You guys are great. Thanks!

Dec 12, 2008
jake in Japan

Top-notch curry rice in Tokyo?

I love Japanese-style curry rice and I don't think I've ever had a bad plate of it. But I've never had a truly elevated curry rice meal, the kind of thing worth standing in line for. Any recomendations out there for Tokyo restaurants with outstanding curry rice? Katsu curry and other permutations are also welcome, though I must express some skeptecism toward curry udon and other noodle-based versions.
Thanks.

Dec 11, 2008
jake in Japan

Noodles for Breakfast - West SGV

Hey Gang,
I am looking for a Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, etc. place in the western San Gabriel Valley -- west of Atlantic, let's say -- that opens by 8 a.m. or so and serves good noodle soup. Any thoughts? Only place I've found so far is a Vietnamese joint about a block east of Atlantic on Valley. Mediocre.
Thanks, Jake

Oct 18, 2008
jake in Los Angeles Area

Ground & sliced pork from humanely raised hogs

We eat a lot of Asian dishes that require thin-sliced and ground pork, but are trying to shift our diets away from factory-factory farmed animals. Does anyone know of any shops (preferably in the K-town, east Hollywood, Los Feliz, Glendale corridor) that sell ground and thin-sliced pork from naturally raised, free-range hogs?

May 18, 2008
jake in Los Angeles Area

Armenian anise liqueur?

I'm a fan of Greek ouzo, Italian sambuca and Turkish raki. I live in a part of LA where Armenian goods are easily available and was wondering if -- bearing its similar geography in mind -- Armenia has its own version of the anise-flavored liqueur. Anyone know? Thanks.

Oct 20, 2007
jake in Spirits

Chinese dinner, worth the SGV trip?

Thanks for all these, folks.
By the way, the Shanghainese recommendations make me realize I wasn't exactly accurate in my original post. Chung King's not the only place that has had the power to lure me into the San Gabriel Valley on its own. Din Tai Fung in Arcadia does it for me me too.

Aug 18, 2007
jake in Los Angeles Area

Golden Fork - Russian, Armenian, Middle Eastern

Yes, they speak English. No pictures on the menu, but most of it's pretty self-explanatory.

Aug 18, 2007
jake in Los Angeles Area

Golden Fork - Russian, Armenian, Middle Eastern

They do a brisk takeaway business too, through the back door that empties into the parking lot. I got the chicken kebab, and a ground beef kebab there. Both very good, very reasonably priced. Not quite at Marouch level, if you ask me, but I'd go back.
It's a great spot to get takeout to bring to an outdoor movie at the Hollywood cemetery.

Aug 11, 2007
jake in Los Angeles Area

Chinese dinner, worth the SGV trip?

When it comes to SGV Chinese restaurants, these boards tend to be on the dim-sum-centric side, which is good, because dim sum is good. But alas, man can not live on shu mai and turnip cakes alone... sometimes you want something that's available past 2 p.m. So, where are the good SGV dinner spots?
I've found a handful of places that were worth a stop when I happen to be in the neighborhood, but the only restaurant that's lured me into the that far east on Fwy 10 on its own -- again and again -- has been Chung King, in San Gabriel. But alas, man can not live on ma po tofu alone. Anyone know of any SGV Chinese spots that are as good, authentic and reasonably priced as Chung King? I'm open to all genres of Chinese food.

Aug 11, 2007
jake in Los Angeles Area

Lunch near 3rd and Fig

I work near the corner of 3rd and Figueroa, and have found the area to be something of a lunchtime culinary wasteland. Anyone know any good, cheap takeout joints nearby? Anything good in the Bonaventure?
Thanks, Jake

Jun 28, 2007
jake in Los Angeles Area

Good, honest grub around Otemachi?

I'm meeting a friend for dinner tomorrow night around Otemachi, and am looking for a restaurant recommendation. I used to work around there and the lunch options are okay, but I've never found anything too palatable after dark...mostly stuff along the lines of soggy pizza at a Western-style bar. Anyone know of an inexpensive place with a nice atmosphere where a couple buddies can enjoy some good food and knock back a few drinks? Suggestions from all Japanese food genres are welcome.
Thanks, Jake

Jun 10, 2007
jake in Japan

Best cheese plate in LA

This is a nice thread. Do any of these places have bar seating where someone can show up, order a cheese plate with a glass of wine or two, and then call it a night?

Jun 02, 2007
jake in Los Angeles Area

Burgers and oysters

I did, although I was enjoying the (I think) French lager they had on tap so much that I never moved on to the Bloody Mary. A fine meal, but I have to say that the Cat's burger is a little bit over the top for my tastes. I kind of felt like the bacon was trying too hard to upstage the beef patty. I think I'm more of a scaled-down, basic burger type of guy: maybe a slice of swiss or provolone, perhaps a couple ringlets of onion or a dollop of fried mushrooms, but that's about it.
...Although that fancy burger they serve at Father's Office in Santa Monica is superb.

Jun 02, 2007
jake in Los Angeles Area

Burgers and oysters

Hey Gang,
Thanks. The Hungry Cat it is.

Apr 24, 2007
jake in Los Angeles Area

Burgers and oysters

A good burger after a raw oyster appetizer is one of my favorite meals, and is what I want to eat for lunch on my upcoming birthday. Anyone know a place in the Pasadena/downtown LA/Hollywood arc that does both well. Ideally, they should also have good beers on tap (to go with the oysters), and serve a good bloody mary (to go with the burger).... Needless to say, I'm not going back to work after this lunch.
Thanks.

Apr 23, 2007
jake in Los Angeles Area

Lunch Near Griffith Observatory

Fred 62 at 1850 N. Vermont Ave. in Los Feliz is a diner with a hipster edge that serves surprisingly good food at excellent prices for the area.

Jan 21, 2007
jake in Los Angeles Area

Silken Chicken

A Chinese supermarket near me sells packaged, relatively small frozen birds called "Silken Chicken." Anyone know what these are? Are they good? How does one prepare them?

Nov 23, 2006
jake in General Topics

Magnolia, The Bowery, and The Well - A Showdown

We intended to eat burgers at the Bowery last night before the movies, but it hadn't opened yet for the eve (opens 6 pm on Sat and Sun, apparently), so we went a few blocks in the other direction to Cat & Fiddle. It was our first time there, and I intend to return. I don't generally get too jazzed about British pub grub, but the Shephard's Pie and Fish and Chips we got were tasty, authentic and fairly well priced. The great thing about this place, though, is the outdoor seating. The restaurant's planners really took advantage of the "Ye Olde" architecture where they put the place (I'm assuming the building predates the establishment) and made the courtyard into a great place for a meal --- and an even better place to down a few pints. I still plan to check out Bowery some time, but for a pre-movie bite, Cat & Fiddle's seems hard to beat.

Nov 12, 2006
jake in Los Angeles Area

Italian roll

Anyone know where a bakery where a fella' might find a decent Italian (or comparable) roll around Hollywood/K-town to use for a meatball grinder?

Oct 22, 2006
jake in Los Angeles Area

Mellow East Hollywood Cafe?

Anyone know of any cafes around East Hollywood where the coffee's good, the music's not too loud, and the staff is cotent to let you dawdle? I've been to the Bourgois Pig a few times, but it didn't work out: too noisy.

Oct 22, 2006
jake in Los Angeles Area

din tai fung - MUST ORDER ITEMS?

The "appetizer" is getting a lot of ink here, and I agree, it's good. But I can't help but look at it as kind of a beer snack. I think it would be so good with beer, in fact, that it almost constitutes torture for a place with no liquor license to even put it on the menu.

Oct 09, 2006
jake in Los Angeles Area

I tried the Farmer's Cart organic delivery service

I have friends in other cities that get organic deliveries, and they're generally pretty happy with what they get. But judging by these posts, LA's options don't look too good. Plus, the top poster here writes there were bananas in her package, which is unlikely to be grown locally. "Organic" is all well and good, but what I'm looking for in a delivery service is a way of tapping into produce from local growers.

Sep 19, 2006
jake in Los Angeles Area

"Variety meats": dining on brains, intestines, and hearts in L.A.

Thank you all. This is some great stuff to go on.

Sep 11, 2006
jake in Los Angeles Area

"Variety meats": dining on brains, intestines, and hearts in L.A.

Does anyone know of any upscale or other unlikey restaurants that are serving so-called variety meats in Los Angeles? I know I could find all the offal I'm looking for in a good bowl of pho or menudo, but I'm wondering if anyone knows of it being served anyplace more, uh, Anglo. There's an Italian place in SF with an "offal tasting menu."

Sep 11, 2006
jake in Los Angeles Area