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Blood Sausage!

Hero Shop in DTLA, 6th and Los Angeles, has a blood sausage banh mi.

No beer but you can get some Vietnamese coffee : )

May 29, 2015
d_doubleyew in Los Angeles Area

Good, fairly informal dinner in Pershing Square general area

Blue Cow Kitchen at 3rd and Grand
Industriel at 6th and Grand

Grand Central Market on 3rd and Hill has lots of choices (Valerie's, Sticky Rice, Sticky Rice 2 (noodles), Wexler's Deli, Egg Slut, Belcampo's, DTLA Cheese etc.) but hard to find seating for a large crowd.

Oct 19, 2014
d_doubleyew in Los Angeles Area

Mr. Baguette Downtown? In The Bonaventure?

Been there a few times a few years ago. It's okay but tucked away in the Bonaventure (or Malaventure, as I call it, after getting horribly lost the first time I tried to find Mr. Baguette). It takes about 10 minutes just to navigate the building, the multiple escalators and undulating passageways before you finally get to Mr Baguette, which is next to a Subway (I think) in some weird no-man's-land.

ETA: I've only had the "special sandwich" with the cold cuts etc which was perfectly fine. They give you lime and jalapeno on the side.

Sep 17, 2014
d_doubleyew in Los Angeles Area

creamed coconut, coconut milk, powdered coconut milk, etc

I use the coconut milk powder mainly because it's shelf stable and I can "reconstitute" just the amount of coconut milk I need for a particular recipe. I usually dissolve the coconut milk powder with some warm water before adding to the dish. Sometimes I'm lazy and just sprinkle it on top but then I make sure to stir well to get rid of any lumps.

This is the brand I use: It's available at Indian or Sri Lankan grocery stores.

Sep 15, 2014
d_doubleyew in General Topics

Two L.A. Hounds for Five Days. Food and Sights Itinerary?

+1 on Bayou Bakery. I live in LA and was in DC in late July -- had a tasty breakfast there. Egg and ham sandwich on house-baked biscuit, beignets and the mufuletta. Everything was delicious.

I always visit Etete when I'm in DC -- my regular order is their vegetable platter to which I add the Doro Wat (spicy chicken stew) and the Spicy Tibs (beef stew).

I also always pay a quick visit to Ravi Kabob for a taste of their chickpea curry and spinach.

This time, I also had time to visit Gharer Khabar, a Bangladeshi restaurant, and had a well-executed Mughlai Paratha.

DTLA hounds - need advice, morning DTLA run

When you get to Pershing Square Metro station, take the "4th Street" exit/escalator which puts you right on 4th and Hill (basically next to GCM).

Kazu Nori is on 4th and Main, so everything is pretty close by.

quiet place downtown for a meeting

Industriel on 6th and Grand?
They are open from 10am - 10pm on Sundays.

Close to Pershing Square metro station or 7th and Metro.

Sep 12, 2014
d_doubleyew in Los Angeles Area

Great Lunch Deals Downtown

$8 daily spicy chicken curry with rice (rotating cast of penang chicken curry, jungle curry, red curry or green curry) at Esaan Thai on 5th and Flower.

$9.25 blue plate special (half sandwich + daily soup/salad) at Mendocino Farms at 5th and Flower (I'm partial to the Steak BLT and the daily soup)

$8 coldcut banh mi at Hero Sandwich on 6th and Main.

$4-$5 daily sides at Cabbage Patch on 6th and Grand. Also like their daily vegan puree (soup) for $4.

$8.50 grilled steak burrito or carnitas bowl (both with habanero sauce) at Ocho Mexican Grill on 6th and Hope

$10 chinese chicken salad at Valerie Grand Central Market. Also like their ($6?) breakfast hand pie.

$10 beef penang with coconut rice at Sticky Rice (Grand Central Market).

$8 curry chicken salad sandwich at Sandwich Shop on 6th and Grand.

$10.50 three hand rolls at Kazunori was more than enough for me.

$7 leberkase or $8 sausage hash (with spice level 3 dressing) at Berlin Currywurst at GCM

Treats: $1.80 canele at Figaro Bistrot on Broadway and 6th; $2.50 cheese and herb borek at Bruno Cafe on 6th and Olive; $4.75 (two scoops) basil gelato + watermelon sorbet at Uli Gelateria on Broadway btw 5th and 6th.

Aug 30, 2014
d_doubleyew in Los Angeles Area

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):

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.

Jul 12, 2014
d_doubleyew in Los Angeles Area

2014 Soccer World Cup viewing locations in L.A. area

Casey's Irish Pub on 6th and Grand in DTLA?:

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

Jun 21, 2014
d_doubleyew in Los Angeles Area

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:

Also enjoyed the spicy Korean-style chicken sausage: 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:

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:

Sri Lankan friends in Northridge recently recommended "Baja Subs Market and Deli" in Northridge for Sri Lankan food as well:

May 28, 2014
d_doubleyew in Los Angeles Area

Good lunch downtown... that can do GF

Blue Cow Kitchen on 3rd and Grand

Mendocino Farms on 5th and Flower (with seating outside

Industriel on 6th and Grand

May 25, 2014
d_doubleyew in Los Angeles Area

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
d_doubleyew in Los Angeles Area

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
d_doubleyew in Los Angeles Area

Easter Brunch/Lunch - Downtown

Close to Bottega Louie is Industriel on 6th and Grand which offers Sunday Brunch:

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:

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

Apr 16, 2014
d_doubleyew in Los Angeles Area

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.
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: 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?:

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
d_doubleyew in Los Angeles Area