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Speaking of Newport Beach Restaurants - A Blast from the Past

Gypsy Jan,

I used to live in the apartments next to old World and I would frequently eat at Paolo's. Great squash ravioli, and Paolo was a super cool person to have a glass of wine with!

Sadly, the restaurant has been gone for some time. I do not know if he opened up another restaurant.

JEFF

May 31, 2013
HB_Jeff in Los Angeles Area

Mesa in Costa Mesa, all by myself, mid-week without a reservation

Porthos,

I have gone to Bella Cuba twice and had two ompletley different expriences. The frst time I got the oxtail and it was EXCELLENT. The last time I went, my wife and I got the order ahead paella for two and it was extrmely disappointing. The seafood / meats were all dry (except for the crab which was protected by its shell). Very little flavor to the dish as well. We were really disappointed.
I don't know if this was an off night, or this is just an off dish. The oxtail was great but this last experience really soured me on the restaurant.

JEFF

Mar 06, 2013
HB_Jeff in Los Angeles Area

See What's New on Chowhound

I too would like to see the ability to decrease the font size and add more posts per page.

However, I do want to suggest we all look at the big picture. Chowhound is a GREAT free site that I enjoy visiting daily. I can only imagine how challenging it is to run a website that is FREE to the user while still making a profit.

On the whole, I think the site and the team running it are great.

JEFF

Dec 11, 2012
HB_Jeff in Features

Some random questions about OC eats (around Disneyland and SNA), Japanese, 85C, etc

Hi KK,

As far as ramen goes, I would like to offer another place to consider - Gomen. It is located in Stanton near the intersection of Knott and Katella. I have tried all the Ramen places listed in the other posts and I like Gomen the best by far. Of course it is all a matter of taste - there are no absolutes. Yamadaya was my least favorite.

What I really like about Gomen is their Chashu - it is great in my opinion.

Good luck with your trip - I hope you and your family have a great time.

JEFF

Oct 19, 2012
HB_Jeff in Los Angeles Area

Orange County

I will 2nd jaykayen's rec for Ngu Binh. Their bun bo hue (spicy noodle soup) is indeed very good. However, in my opinion the start of the show there is the Mi Quan (egg noodles with shrimp, pork, and fish cake) - it is the house specialty (dac biet).

Good luck wherever you end up going dimsumgirl!

Sep 27, 2012
HB_Jeff in Los Angeles Area

Kim Crawford wine

Rella,

i very much enjoy SB from New Zealand. They are by far my favorite white wines to drink. I am relatively new to wine - just getting up to speed so to speak.

One New Zealand SB I like very much (more than th Kim Crawford) is the Stoneleigh SB. I believe it is widely available (here in Southern California it can be purchased at BevMo).

If you try it, I hope you like it!

JEFF

May 30, 2012
HB_Jeff in Wine

Are red wines served too warm?

Thanks for the prompt response zin1953!

It sounds like ctl98's suggestion below is a good way to go (take whites out of fridge 20 min prior to serving and place reds into fridge 20 min prior to serving).

I have learned something yet again here at Chowhound. I appreciate the sage advice of folks like zin1953 who are always willing to share with those of us who ask.....

JEFF

Jul 29, 2011
HB_Jeff in Wine

Are red wines served too warm?

budnball,

I agree with you that reds tend taste better a bit chilled. What I do is leave a few wine glasses in the freezer. After opening a bottle of red and decanting it, I pour it into the "frozen" wine glass. After 3 minutes or so, the wine is at a temperature I prefer. In the event it is too cool, I simply wait a minute or two more.

This may sound a bit "hokey" but it works pretty well.

I am sure this isn't something you would do with a good quality wine, but for the average wines I tend to drink I think it's fine.

I would be interested to hear what the experts / professionals like zin1953 think....

Good luck!

JEFF

Jul 29, 2011
HB_Jeff in Wine

Walking distance from the Marriott Renaissance on Madison St.....

Hello,

I will be visiting Seattle in July on a business trip. I have been to Seattle several times before but this is the first time I will be staying downtown.

I will be staying at the Marriott Renaissance hotel on Madison Street.

Can you please recommend some good restaurants withing walking distance (I don't mind walking a bit so it doesn't need to be super close)?

Previously, I have eaten at Dahlia Lounge which I thought was good but not great.

I am open to any cuisine type and am looking for something in the $35 per person range (not including drinks).

Thank-you very much for any assistance you can provide.

JEFF

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Dahlia Lounge
2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Jun 20, 2011
HB_Jeff in Greater Seattle

Best Chow Recipes- A collection of recipes posted on Chow Boards.

c oliver,

THANK-YOU for the prompt reply.

And, you read my mind. I am planning on buying the pork shoulder at Costco. I noticed how large they are - was planning on cutting it up and also trying one of Marcella Hazan's recipes (Drunk Roast Pork).

Per your feedback, I will not worry about trussing.

Also, I was planning on making this a day ahead of time and took note of your slowcooker recommendation.

I will report back when I make this.

Thanks again for taking the time to respond!

JEFF

May 03, 2011
HB_Jeff in Home Cooking

Best Chow Recipes- A collection of recipes posted on Chow Boards.

c oliver,

I read the thread you attached regarding Mr. Owen's pork shoulder and I am going to try it, along with thew's oven baked polenta (probably with gorgonzola added and topped with fried sage leaves).

One question (and this may seem silly, I'm not an expert when it comes to pork shoulder) - I am planning on using a boneless pork shoulder, so I am assuming I need to first truss it with string, will this necessitate any changes to the cooking instructions or time directions?

Also, I want to use my 6 1/2 quart oval Le Creucet - what size shoulder do you think would work best for this size pot?

Thanks,

JEFF

May 03, 2011
HB_Jeff in Home Cooking

ISO Korean BBQ in OC Korea town...

Hello,

Can you please share your suggestions for good all you can eat Korean BBQ in Ornage County's Korea town?

(I know there have been some older suggestions already posted, but I was hoping to get more recent ideas - there appears to be a lot of turnover restaurant wise in Korea town).

Any and all suggestions will be most appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

JEFF

May 03, 2011
HB_Jeff in Los Angeles Area

Partition off Chinese restaurant for wedding reception or go with ballroom & caterer?

ns2003,

Firstof all, CONGRATULATIONS AND GOOD LUCK TO YOU!

I had a similar scenario when I got married 15 months ago. I am white and my wife is Vietnamese.

We ended up doing our reception at Diamond Seafood Palace - corner of Lampson and Beach in Graden Grove ( http://diamondseafoodpalace.com/ ).

We were VERY happy with the meal and the overall service. Plus, the size of the restaurant is about right for your needs. You most likely could get the whole place to yourself. Our party was 120 - 130 people and it worked great.

One other point - it is crucial in my opinion to get a good MC to host your event. This makes a huge difference.

Good luck!

JEFF

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Seafood Palace
11752 Beach Blvd, Stanton, CA 90680

May 02, 2011
HB_Jeff in Los Angeles Area

ISO dinner for two in Arcadia (near arboretum)...ANY cuisine...

Thanks everyone for the fantastic responses!

FYI - I do not need walking distance, we are driving.

I have been to Din Tai Fung. Actually went there before it hit the Chowhound radar.

Thanks again for the suggestions....

JEFF

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Din Tai Fung Restaurant
1108 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

Mar 04, 2011
HB_Jeff in Los Angeles Area

ISO dinner for two in Arcadia (near arboretum)...ANY cuisine...

Hello,

My wife and I are going to the L.A. Arboretum tomorrow.

We would like to grab an early dinner afterwards.

Can you please recommend a restaurant for two, any cuisine, it doesn't have to be cheap but not super fancy since we won't be dressed up.

Thanks in advance!

JEFF

Mar 04, 2011
HB_Jeff in Los Angeles Area

March 2011 Cookbook of the Month: JAMIE'S ITALY

Breadcrumbs,

I am definitely going to make this.

One question for you - what size dish to bake it in? Is a 9 x 13" Pyrex the correct size?

Thanks for sharing - your photos look GREAT.

JEFF

Mar 02, 2011
HB_Jeff in Home Cooking

Grandmamma's Orange Cake

When I saw this old thread pop-up, I had to post.

This is hands down, the single best recipe I have ever gotten from many years of lurking at Chowhound.

This cake is amazingly good!

The cake absolutely taste better after sitting for at least a full day - 2 days are even better.

A helpful tip - when I make this, I place the cake on a wire rack above tin foli covered cardboard. Then I soak the cake with the sauce. The rack keeps the bottom of the cake from getting soggy and the foil wrapped cardboard can be tossed in the trash when done.

Many, many thanks to Tehama for sharing this!

JEFF

Feb 23, 2011
HB_Jeff in Home Cooking

My first grill! - help me grill a steak properly...

Hello,

I am getting my first grill this week! It will be a gas grill.

My first quest will be to grill a good steak for my wife and I. We prefer rib-eyes.

Can you provide me with the basic guidelines to grill a good rib-eye (medium rare)?

At what heat level (medium, medium / high, etc.)?

How many minutes a side for medium rare? (I knoe it depends upon the thickness of the steak so this is a ballpark thing I realize - but I want to hear your guidelines).

I know to let the steak rest for 5 minutes before serving.

For a basic steak, is salt and pepper enough? If so, how long in advance should I salt and pepper it?

THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR ANY HELP!!!

HB Jeff

Feb 15, 2011
HB_Jeff in Home Cooking

ISO sashimi in OC for my wife's b-day...

Hello,

I have a dliemma of sorts. My wife's bithday is coming up and I want to make her happy. She wants sashimi. The problem is that I do not eat sashimi and therefore am very ignorant of sashimi restaurants.

The second problem is my wife has a desire for all you can eat sahimi. I have explained to her that with sashimi, all you can eat means low quality. She can eat a bunch (even though she is very skinny - unbelievable) and is concerned a good sashimi place will be too expensive (I don't care but she does).

So can you suggest a good place in Orange County for sashimi that will not break the bank?

I really want to make my wife happy.

Thanks in advance!!

HB Jeff

Feb 15, 2011
HB_Jeff in Los Angeles Area

ISO Korean restaurant in OC Korean town....

Thanks Ann!

I actually tried the Myung Im at the food court of H market based upon that thread! I also ate at another food stall in the same court on a subsequent trip.

JEFF

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Myung Im
8911 Garden Grove Blvd #3, Garden Grove, CA

Jan 13, 2011
HB_Jeff in Los Angeles Area

ISO Korean restaurant in OC Korean town....

Thanks terramassu!

One of the places I have on the hit list to try is Gae Sung for the pork neck stew (gamjatang - sp?). I heard they are famous for that dish.

JEFF

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Gae Sung Restaurant
9567 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92844

Jan 13, 2011
HB_Jeff in Los Angeles Area

ISO Korean restaurant in OC Korean town....

Hello,

I would like to find some Korean restaurants in the Korean town located in Garden Grove. Something beyond all you can eat Korean BBQ which I enjoy and already know where to go for. I have also eaten at the mini food courts attached to some of the Korean markets on GG boulevard.

I am not so interested in Tofu places. I would like a place to order beef dishes and various types of kimchi to go with it.

Can you please recommend your favorite place and the dishes you recommend?

Thank-you very much in advance!

JEFF

Jan 13, 2011
HB_Jeff in Los Angeles Area

Italian desserts in OC

Hobbess,

The best Tiramisu I have had, by far, is at Mangia Mangia in Huntington Beach.

It is located at the Southwest Corner of the Goldenwest / Edinger intersection.

Good luck!

JEFF

Aug 10, 2010
HB_Jeff in Los Angeles Area

ISO high quality, free range chicken in OC....

Hello,

I am looking to buy a good, high quality free range chicken. I would like to cook Thomas Keller's simple roast chicken.

I have roasted chickens before (using Marcella Hazan's simple technique) and have gotten good results.

However, I know that a good quality, free range chicken will make a difference, especially in a recipe as simple as Mr. Keller's.

So, can you please recommend a good place to buy such a chicken?

Preferably in North Orange County (I live in Garden Grove) - but I am willing to drive if need be.

THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOR SUGGESTIONS!

JEFF

Aug 10, 2010
HB_Jeff in Los Angeles Area

Are You In CA? Is there a Costco near you? Unbelievable $14.99 red....

Joe & Bulavinaka,

FYI - I just picked this up last night at the Fountain Valley, CA Costco.

They had several bottles.

Thanks for the recommendation!

JEFF

Jun 30, 2010
HB_Jeff in Wine

Things to cook in a Le Creuset?

Jadore,

First of all, CONGRATULATIONS to you and your new husband!

I would recommend a hearty french daube, or beef stew. That's what a LC is made for.

There are several great recipes - google french daube.

One caveat - most need to be started 3 days ahead of time. First night marinate the meat (chuck) in red wine and flavorings (this is where the various recipes differ). Second night, slowly cook the daube in your LC and then let sit overnight in the fridge - this really makes the flavors set in. Third day (day of meal), slowly reheat stew on stovetop (actually great to have no work to do save reheating when the guests arrive).

And finally, the LC will clean up super easy.

Good luck....

JEFF

Jun 25, 2010
HB_Jeff in Home Cooking

BAD NEWS - Mariscos Puerta Esperanza appears to be done!!

Went to MPE with my Dad last night and they were closed. I looked in the windows and all the tables and booths were gone. No signs or announcements of any kind on the windows. Lots of accumulated mail on the floor.

Looked to me like they are out of business. I could be wrong and hope I am.

I was just there 2 weeks ago and had a great meal with my wife and was returning to have the same 2 dishes with my Dad (red snapper covered in onions, bell peppers, and a tomato based sauce & shrimp in a fantastic mustard sauce).

I am not suprised, however, given that the only time I saw this place crowded was the weekend right after the OC Register profiled the restaurant.

The food was always top notch and a great bargain.

I know the restaurant business is tough - I wish MPE could have made it.

R.I.P. and thanks for the great meals.

JEFF

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Marisco's
1600 E Holt Ave, Pomona, CA 91767

Jun 24, 2010
HB_Jeff in Los Angeles Area

Orange county Mexican - what's best?

A5 KOBE,

Thanks for the recommendation! My wife and I went here last night and got three tacos - asada, carnitas, and pastor. We liked them all. My favorite was the carnitas (but I LOVE carnitas so I am a bit biased), and her favorite was the al pastor. We also followed your suggestion and got the flautas (a la carte order of 3) - you were right, they were great. We got ours with chicken and the meat was very flavorful, the flautas were hot and crispy but not greasy. The topping of shredded lettuce, guacamole, crema, and cotija (?) cheeses was superb.

One interesting thing to note is that this is the second Tacos San Pedro. The first is on the same street! Head West on Lincoln (until it turns into Carson street) and the restaurant is accross the street from Hawaiian Gardens Casino.

Thanks again A5 KOBE!

JEFF

Jun 22, 2010
HB_Jeff in Los Angeles Area

Catch of the Day - Huntington Beach

Hey Kevin,

YES - you are correct. It is in the same center as you mentioned - next to De Simone.

They have been open for quite some time now.

I have never tried it but would like to know that Joani weighed in on it.

I can remember back when the store that is now the Smart & Final was a ZODY'S. I used to love getting the popcorn their when I was little......anyone remember that??

JEFF

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Smart & Final
10113 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

Jun 07, 2010
HB_Jeff in Los Angeles Area

anyone seen rhubarb lately??

jonhill,

I saw it last week at Jons market at the corner of Goldenwest and McFadden.

Good luck!

JEFF

May 27, 2010
HB_Jeff in Los Angeles Area