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Sourdough Bread

I'm with FriedClamFanatic -- make my own, and it's really the best I can get around here! I haven't tried Metropolitan or Four Worlds per barryg - will have to check those out. But the only purchased loaf I've liked locally, so far, was found at Kimberton Whole Foods in Downingtown, but it has been at least 6 months since I got it there - have no idea if they still carry. It was naturally leavened (for me, critical to flavor) and the one and only loaf I tried had a respectable tang, though being bagged you lose the crust quality. It was from Sweetwater Bakery:

I just happened upon a Wilmington based bakery online yesterday, Black Lab Breads, and thus haven't tried it yet, but I'm curious if anyone has insights on it:

All that said, Red Oakley, no bulky bread machine is necessary to make your own! I keep it incredibly simple with a no knead version and it bakes up nice and crusty in a dutch oven (I use a Lodge combo cooker). My starter originated from a more experienced baker I met while living on the West Coast. Most sourdough bakers don't mind sharing! And the baking becomes an easy routine once you commit.

I've gleaned info from various sources along the way and adapted, but the basic recipe/technique I use is this (the length makes it look more complex than it is!):

By the way, I think you also received direction to Big Sky on your alternate post. I've tried their sourdough, and I suspect you won't be happy with it either.

Good luck! Would be happy to share more details with you if you decide to try your own.

Jan 10, 2013
rola in Philadelphia

Sushi lunch spot in Larchmont vicinity?

Prefer traditional sushi. I'm not keen on fake crab or kicky rolls.

I have a sense that there's not much around that area to suggest. But I'm just hoping there's something I'm missing! Anything LaBrea/Melrose or north towards Hollywood/Sunset? (though not much farther west than La time factor...)


Sep 19, 2008
rola in Los Angeles Area

Sushi lunch spot in Larchmont vicinity?

We recently moved our office to the Larchmont area, and I'm looking for decent sushi options for lunch. Tried Sushi Hiroba on Vine once and was underwhelmed by food & environment...perhaps a bad day? Others in the office seem to like it...should I try again? Interested in current opinions on Sushi Hiroba - didn't find much on the board.

And does anyone have current opinions for Kiku on Larchmont? Seems to get mixed reviews and it hasn't really drawn me in yet as I walk by...

Not looking for extraordinary, just fresh and quality ingredients. Any suggestions within reasonable driving distance for a lunch hour would be greatly appreciated!

Sep 18, 2008
rola in Los Angeles Area