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Non- Dairy replacement for sweetened condensed milk

Here's a link to a vegan baking site which provides instructions on how to make non-dairy condensed milks (soy, rice, coconut etc): http://www.veganbaking.net/recipes/sa...

Jul 17, 2014
d_doubleyew in Home Cooking

Where to hold a wake this friday in Los Angeles (likely a banquet hall, near downtown, not too expensive)??

The Our Lady of Angels Cathedral downtown has conference space and catering. In the past, I've attended work-related events which featured banquet-style seating, space for a podium/stage and catered food. I don't know if an open casket is an option and not sure what the prices are. http://www.olacathedral.org/conferenc...

Jul 12, 2014
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2014 Soccer World Cup viewing locations in L.A. area

Casey's Irish Pub on 6th and Grand in DTLA?: http://213nightlife.com/caseysirishpub

There's always a lively crowd there watching the games. And lots of TV screens and tables.

Jun 21, 2014
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Goat milk!?

DTLA Cheese in Grand Central Market sometimes has goat milk/cheese.

In case you are interested, they also have goat butter.

Jun 21, 2014
d_doubleyew in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

More YAYs!

These grape/tangerine/blood orange fruit frenzy bars hit the spot after the uttapams. I like the balance of the sweet and tart fruit: http://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/...

Also enjoyed the spicy Korean-style chicken sausage: http://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/.... Made a great meal after being browned, sliced up and sauteed with broccoli, garlic, onions, and sweet peppers.

Jun 18, 2014
d_doubleyew in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

Yay for the uttapam with coconut chutney: http://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/...

Just pop in the microwave! Easy and good. The package says it was made in South India.

Jun 18, 2014
d_doubleyew in Chains

obscure indian foods

Eaten at Apey Kade many times and can recommend the lunch and dinner buffets as well as the made to order "short eats." Also like their frozen lunch "rice and curry" and lamprais packets wrapped in banana leaves. Their facebook page will tell you when they have special menus for holidays like Memorial Day: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Apey-K...

Sri Lankan friends in Northridge recently recommended "Baja Subs Market and Deli" in Northridge for Sri Lankan food as well:
http://www.yelp.com/biz/baja-subs-mar...

May 28, 2014
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Good lunch downtown... that can do GF

Blue Cow Kitchen on 3rd and Grand
http://www.bluecowkitchen.com/pdf/Blu...

Mendocino Farms on 5th and Flower (with seating outside
)http://www.mendocinofarms.com/uploads...

Industriel on 6th and Grand
http://industrielfarm.com/menus/

May 25, 2014
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A morning to explore near Union Station - recommendations?

If a short walk to Nick's Cafe is your goal, from Union Station, take the Gold Line metro towards Pasadena and get off at the very next stop, Chinatown Station. Nick's Cafe is a 5 minute walk up Spring Street from Chinatown Station.

Take ns1 and Jase's advice and get a $5 day pass, which gives you access to all the metro lines, purple towards Koreatown, red/purple towards Langers or GCM, red towards Thai Town, gold towards Little Tokyo or East LA etc etc.

May 19, 2014
d_doubleyew in Los Angeles Area

Seeking recos near convention center

You can take the subway to Grand Central Market as well. Catch the blue or expo line from Pico Station to 7th and Metro and then switch to the red or purple line (towards Union Station). Get off at Pershing Square and take the 4th Street exit which will put you right at Grand Central Market.

May 18, 2014
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So it turns out LA has a subway...

Maccheroni Republic
Good lunch pasta specials.

3rd and Broadway.

Apr 28, 2014
d_doubleyew in Los Angeles Area

So it turns out LA has a subway...

Use "4th Street" exit for Grand Central Market, which now includes Sticky Rice, Valerie Market, Belcampo, DTLA Cheese, G&B coffee, Olio Pizza, Berlin Currywurst, Egg Slut, Horse Thief and Wexler's Deli.

Apr 28, 2014
d_doubleyew in Los Angeles Area

My Quest to Find LA's Most Expensive Banh Mi

I've only had it once. I thought the bread they use (ciabatta baked in-house, I believe) detracted from the experience because it was too hard for my taste. But the smoked salmon was good and the pickled vegetables and spicy dressing delicious.

Apr 17, 2014
d_doubleyew in Los Angeles Area

What would you consider are your 6 essential spices?

Yes, I make it myself. Just pan-roast the whole spices separately until dark and fragrant, let cool and then grind separately before mixing together in the proportions listed.

The prepared curry powder mixes will not only use different proportions but will frequently have other spices like cardamom, cinnamon etc. I prefer to add whole cardamoms and cinnamon when cooking savory dishes.

Apr 16, 2014
d_doubleyew in General Topics

My Quest to Find LA's Most Expensive Banh Mi

Not the most expensive, but worth adding to your list is the Smoked Salmon Banh Mi at Valerie Market at Grand Central Market. It's either $10 or $11.

Apr 16, 2014
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Easter Brunch/Lunch - Downtown

Close to Bottega Louie is Industriel on 6th and Grand which offers Sunday Brunch: http://industrielfarm.com/menus/

If you want to venture to Little Tokyo/Arts District which is very close by there are more brunch/lunch options (Pie Hole, Wurstkuche, JiST cafe, Men Oh Tokushima, Bread Lounge etc.).

I would suggest Egg Slut or Belcampo at Grand Central Market but that might be too much with toddlers and MIL...

I have only bought baked goods at Figaro Bistrot on Broadway/6th (their caneles are delicious) but they have Sunday Brunch: http://www.figarobistrot.com/noces/in...

As noted by yinyangdi, Chaya or Border Grill would be good choices too.

Apr 16, 2014
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What would you consider are your 6 essential spices?

Sri Lankan "roasted curry powder" (the foundation of which is a 10:5:1 mix of roasted ground coriander seeds, roasted ground cumin seeds and roasted ground fennel seeds)

Dried chile (cayenne) powder and chile flakes

Whole cinnamon, cloves and cardamom

Ground dried turmeric

Mustard and fenugreek seeds

Apr 12, 2014
d_doubleyew in General Topics

What else can I do with kale and swiss chard?

I like to add roughly chopped kale and/or chard to all sorts of stewed beef and chicken dishes, including chicken/beef curry.

Apr 07, 2014
d_doubleyew in Home Cooking

So it turns out LA has a subway...

Les Noces Du Figaro - French restaurant with in-house bakery. I'm addicted to the caneles here.

http://www.figarobistrot.com/noces/
618 S Broadway Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Apr 03, 2014
d_doubleyew in Los Angeles Area

Curry leaves (fresh or dried) in LA eastside?

You can get fresh curry leaves at India Sweets and Spices on Los Feliz Blvd: http://www.indiasweetsandspices.us/. If you don't see them in the refrigerated case, ask the cashier who sometimes has a stash behind the register...

India Sweets & Spices
3126 Los Feliz Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Apr 01, 2014
d_doubleyew in Los Angeles Area

The Best Butter Available in Los Angeles?

Has anyone tried this buffalo milk butter which I saw today at DTLA Cheese at the Grand Central Market?: http://www.delitia.com/prodotti/buffa...

Mar 23, 2014
d_doubleyew in Los Angeles Area

PIE - LA Dish of the Month (March 2014)

Had an Armenian cheese boreg (puff pastry turnover stuffed with cheese) from Nareka Market in Hollywood (5654 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028). They also have a nice selection of meat, cheese, bread and prepared food.

Mar 15, 2014
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Say You Need to Dine with a non-GMO, organic, healthy obsessed "guy" who eats meat...

Since the Arts District has been suggested and if you are willing to venture downtown (you could always take the subway (Red Line metro) and get off at Pershing Square), Belcampo Meat Co will be opening at Grand Central Market next week: http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish...

Apparently, there will be various meat-featuring sandwiches and stews at lunchtime...

Mar 14, 2014
d_doubleyew in Los Angeles Area

Chowhound or Cuisinepoodle?

Next time you go to Apey Kade, if the tables on the ground floor are occupied, there are more tables upstairs... : )

Mar 13, 2014
d_doubleyew in Los Angeles Area

PIE - LA Dish of the Month (March 2014)

Had a mushroom empanada from Semi Sweet Bakery in downtown LA (6th and Main) - they also have beef empanadas: http://www.semisweetbakery.com/

Mar 13, 2014
d_doubleyew in Los Angeles Area

Chinatown - Vegetarian?

Not technically a Chinese restaurant but Chego in Chinatown has vegetarian dishes: http://eatchego.com/

I've had the Kung Pau Noodle Bowl (jjamppong noodles w/ baby bok choy, chillies, garlic soy paste, lemongrass and Thai basil) and the The Leafy T (fried chili garlic tofu rice w/ fried egg, Thai basil, water spinach, Chinese broccoli and fried shallots) -- enjoyed both.

Mar 13, 2014
d_doubleyew in Los Angeles Area

Ventura/Camarillo Trip Report

In the past, I've enjoyed Moqueca in Oxnard for Brazilian seafood stews: http://www.moquecarestaurant.com/

Mar 13, 2014
d_doubleyew in Los Angeles Area

PIE - LA Dish of the Month (March 2014)

In Tarzana, you can find savory pastries such as turkey bacon/egg pastries and fish/chicken/beef patties (similar to empanadas/turnovers) at Apey Kade, a Sri Lankan restaurant.

See under "Appetizers" on the menu: https://www.facebook.com/146500275463...

Mar 12, 2014
d_doubleyew in Los Angeles Area

Best Mexican place near downtown LA for wkend lunch?

How about Ricky's Fish Tacos for fish/shrimp/lobster tacos? -- check out his twitter feed before you go: https://twitter.com/RickysFishTacos.

There is also Guisados in Boyle Heights - I like the sampler plate and the horchata.

If you want to stay downtown, you could check out the offerings at Grand Central Market: http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/ven... -- Ana Maria's, Las Morelianas, Tacos Tumbras a Tomas to name a few. Also Sarita's not for Mexican per se, but delicious Salvodorean pupusas.

Mar 12, 2014
d_doubleyew in Los Angeles Area

PIE - LA Dish of the Month (March 2014)

Decided to commemorate Pi Day (Friday, March 14) early -- had a Steak and Ale potpie from Pie Hole for lunch and then a Seafood Pie from Bronzed Aussie for dinner.

ETA: I see that barryc has pi on his mind too...

Mar 12, 2014
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