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A week in Stuttgart, Germany

Thanks for the tips. Unfortunately we didn't have much time to adventure about.

One day I did duck away and find a beer garden in a local park. That was really nice. I'm pretty sure this was it: http://www.biergarten-schlossgarten.de/

Another evening we ended up at the Calver Eck Brau: http://www.calwereck.de/welcome.html
Had a really nice time there, enjoying their house brewed beer and local specialties.

May 12, 2011
yrpoison in Europe

A week in Stuttgart, Germany

Hi!

I'll be spending a week in Stuttgart for conference and would love some dining recommendations. The conference is taking place in the Haus der Wirtschaft. Our group will be willing to travel a bit but anything nearby that location would be great to know about.

We'll mostly need dinner and lunch recommendations, though knowing about a few bars or pubs would be good, too.

Any regional specialties that should be sought after?

We're adventurous eaters and open to most any suggestion.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

Apr 29, 2011
yrpoison in Europe

Late night recs in Toronto tonight

Hi Gary,

Thanks for your response.

We're pretty flexible on price point and food type. We'll be tired from our journey so a good drink and a small plate would be great but we'd also be good with a dicey bowl of noodles and a tsing tao.

Late night recs in Toronto tonight

Hi,

I find myself headed to Toronto tonight for a last minute trip. It's my first visit and would very much appreciate reccomendations for late night eats (after midnight).

I'm staying at the Sutton Place on Bay. Anything nearby? A close cab ride?

Thanks!!

Force thawing seafood and other protein

I'd be curious to know if there's any downside to thawing fish fillets in a steamer-- and then carrying on and cooking them in the same step.

Will the outsides be oversteamed and soggy before the center is defrosted and cooked through? or would it work?

The fillets I have in mind are sole and not very thick, but I also wonder if it would work for a thicker piece like halibut steaks.

Aug 09, 2010
yrpoison in Home Cooking

Seeking super hard ice

Not entirely sure they still stock it, but Bar Keeper in Silverlake was carrying a specialty line of ice for cocktails. Different shapes, purified water, frozen "hard." Might be worth ringing them up to see if they still have it:

http://www.barkeepersilverlake.com/
323-669-1675
3910 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake, CA 90029

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Bar Keeper
3910 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Apr 05, 2010
yrpoison in Los Angeles Area

Korean style sushi reccomendation

I'm hoping to take a friend out in Korea Town for Korean style sushi this evening. I've previously been to Busan, A-Won and Masan and liked them all to varying degrees. In this particular case, I think I'm looking for something a little bit "nicer" for lack of a better word. I used to really like the vibe and food at O Dae San (back before it closed to become AYCE bbq). Something along those lines would be great.

Any ideas?

Thanks!

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Masan Restaurant
2851 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

Apr 05, 2010
yrpoison in Los Angeles Area

Dinner rec for Oakland/Berkeley tonight

Thanks for everyone's recommendations!!

Not the best ending to the story: the work meeting that brought us up to the Bay Area kept us wrapped up so late we didn't end up going out for a bite after all.

At least I've got some great choices for my next trip!

Dinner rec for Oakland/Berkeley tonight

Hi there,

I'm coming up to the Bay Area tonight for a quick work trip and need a recommendation for dinner tonight. Coworkers and I are staying in Emeryville, so Berkeley or Oakland seem to make the most sense.

Looking for something mid-priced ($15-25 for mains), but would splurge a bit for the right experience. A place that serves cocktails would be preferred, but a good wine list or beer selection would be ok, too. We'll probably be eating on the late side, maybe around 9ish. Could be hip or an old stand by. I've previously enjoyed Cesar and the Chez Panisse Cafe, but would like to try something new. Coworkers are moderately adventurous, so I've got a good amount of latitude in what I propose. Bonus points for any nearby bars for afterward.

Thanks in advance!

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Chez Panisse
1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

Best place to buy a steak in L.A.?

Not sure what part of town you're in, but if the SGV is convenient to you I highly recommend Alexander's Prime Meats inside of Howie's Ranch Market.

Howie's Ranch Market
6580 N San Gabriel Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91775
(626) 286-6767

Otherwise, yes: Harvey Guss or Marconda are great and Costco can really come through from time to time.

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Howie's Ranch Market
6580 N San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA

Oct 30, 2009
yrpoison in Los Angeles Area

Dol Sot Bibimbap recommendation for K-Town?

Thanks everyone for the suggestions!

I ended up taking my friend to Kobawoo based on an off-board suggestion. The bossam and doenjang chige were good as always. The stone bowl wasn't quite hot enough for the bibimbap and the rice didn't crisp up as much as I like it to, but, still, it was tasty.

My friends were introduced to three new dishes and liked them all. I'll consider that a good night. :)

I've been to Park's, Beverly Soon Tofu and Soowon Galbi previously and enjoyed them. Haven't yet been to Seongbukdong, but am looking forward to trying it.

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Beverly Soon Tofu Restaurant
2717 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

Kobawoo Restaurant
698 S Vermont Ave Ste 109, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Oct 30, 2009
yrpoison in Los Angeles Area

frozen shrimp shells

Thanks for the info.

I finally got around to using them, adding them to a crab stock I made after a home crab boil. Not sure they added much flavor to the stock given the small amount of shrimp shells relative to crab shells-- but they certainly didn't hurt it.

Oct 29, 2009
yrpoison in Home Cooking

Dol Sot Bibimbap recommendation for K-Town?

I'm taking a friend out in Korea Town tonight and have promised him an introduction to dol sot bibimbap. Somehow in all the places I have taken him he's missed out on this usual introduction-to-Korean-food dish.

Any recommendations for spectacular dol sot bibimbap? Not necessarily looking for a one-dish specialist restaurant, though that's fine. A search on these boards and Yelp proved inconclusive. I've been to Jeon Ju and was pretty underwhelmed.

Also, if you have any notes on what your recommended restaurant also does (or does not) do well beyond bibimbap, that'd be very much appreciated.

Thanks!

Oct 29, 2009
yrpoison in Los Angeles Area

best baguettes near Los Feliz??

LA Bread on Los Feliz Blvd in Atwater! Fantastic baguettes!

www.labreadandcatering.com
3119 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039-1506
(323) 662-8600

Aug 24, 2009
yrpoison in Los Angeles Area

frozen shrimp shells

Hi,

I've been saving some shrimp shells in my freezer with the intention to use them to make a sauce or bisque or something along those lines. Now I've realized they've been in there a really long time-- not exactly sure how long at this point, but close to 9 months is a safe bet.

How long do you think they'll keep for? Any danger in using them or will they simply lack flavor?

Thanks!

Jun 16, 2009
yrpoison in Home Cooking

Are there any outstanding bars in SO CAL?

Jonathan Gold recently published an article that will keep you busy for a while:

http://www.laweekly.com/2009-03-05/ea...
http://www.laweekly.com/2009-03-05/ea...

In addition to these, for a fantastic tequila selection, go to Malo in Silverlake: http://www.malorestaurant.com/

And while you're in the area, you can stop by Barkeeper to pick up new glassware to go with the liquors you'll be buying: http://www.barkeepersilverlake.com

Cheers!

Apr 24, 2009
yrpoison in Los Angeles Area

Need recs for LA Convention Center area

Hi,

I'll be attending a conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center most of next week and would love some recommendations for places to eat within a walk or quick cab.

Looking for quick but good breakfast and lunch places as well as some mid-to-upscale dinner options, preferably open late.

Thanks in advance!

Aug 05, 2008
yrpoison in Los Angeles Area

In Search of... Breakfast in Silverlake.

I second the nomination for Little Dom's. It's in Los Feliz on Hillhurst at Avocado, but again, not far from Silverlake.

I've been quite a bit and always had great breakfast experiences: fritattas, boar bacon, blueberry ricotta pancakes, breakfast pizza with egg and speck, oven roasted eggs have all been great. Love the individual coffee pots, too.

Vibe-wise, I think it'd be quite nice for a business meeting. It's classy and got good style, but not too much of a scene-- at least at breakfast. In fact, I'm always surprised it's not busier during breakfast.

Jul 24, 2008
yrpoison in Los Angeles Area

Best Mexican place for Newbies?

If they're mostly used to Korean food, I'd try thinking in terms of dishes that'll make the most sense to them:

Big chigae fans? How about a steaming bowl of pozole or menudo?

If they like seafood or sushi how about throwing back oysters and civiche tostadas with cold beer?

I'd guess they'd enjoy dishes like that before the usual enchilada combo platter at the typical "chips-n-salsa" joints.

They need their "gateway" meal. :)

Feb 07, 2008
yrpoison in Los Angeles Area

duck confit question

Hi,

I'm going to make my own duck confit. My duck legs are salted and ready for the oven but I'm having a little trouble tracking down duck fat for the cooking process. A few recipes I've looked at online call for olive oil instead of duck fat.

Any thoughts on the advantages/disadvantages/flavor differences in the finished product if using olive oil instead of duck fat? What about a combination of duck fat and olive oil? (I have a little duck fat, just not nearly enough.)

thanks in advance!

Jan 02, 2008
yrpoison in Home Cooking

Good Cheddar but Bad Service at Artisan Cheese Gallery

Sorry to hear you had a bad experience there. I've only been once but had excellent service there and loved it. In fact, I loved the care with which my cheese board was assembled and found it a happy and homey place. And the sandwiches were super good.

Not to be contrarian, but the holier than thou service at BHCS turns me off.

Then again, I'm happiest at The Cheese Store of Silver Lake...

Nov 17, 2007
yrpoison in Los Angeles Area

need rec for large special occasion dinner in SGV

Hi there,

I'm planning a retirement dinner for my dad and need recommendations for restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley area that could accommodate a party of 16. A private room would be great, but isn't absolutely necessary. With the intended audience something on the American traditional side or maybe Italian is probably best-- a Chinese banquet would be great for me but take way too much explaining to everyone else. :) I'd like to keep the cost to about $50 per person. Something nice, but not too stuffy.

Any ideas?

Thanks!

-Scott

Jul 11, 2007
yrpoison in Los Angeles Area

Carniceria in Burbank/Glendale/Atwater/Silverlake?

Thanks for the recs! I'll start local and then work my way to some of the more distant suggestions. :)

Jul 11, 2007
yrpoison in Los Angeles Area

Carniceria in Burbank/Glendale/Atwater/Silverlake?

Hi there,

Any recs for a carniceria in Burbank/Glendale/Atwater/Silverlake or thereabouts? Looking for good carne asada and pastor I can grill myself. Bonus points if they have fresh tortillas.

I know there are several on San Fernando on the Burbank/Glendale border, but which one?

thanks!

-Scott

Jul 10, 2007
yrpoison in Los Angeles Area

BEST PIZZA IN HOLLYWOOD?

While Mozza was amazing, Damiano on Fairfax gets the call when I need a pizza delivered.

Dec 29, 2006
yrpoison in Los Angeles Area

Square One

I went there on Saturday, sat inside with a party of 3 and had fantastic service-- and food.

It was our first time there and we plan on going back soon.

Sep 11, 2006
yrpoison in Los Angeles Area