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Cervelat (Beef)

if you're in the west valley there's a small german cold cut place on topanga in woodland hills.

in the south bay, you might try the alpine village market.

for the WSGV, ESFV, you might try schreiner's in glendale.

for the ESGV/OC i got nuthin'

about 2 hours ago
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Awsome Offal Taco Primer

FWIW, hotlinking apparently doesn't work. i clicked and it came up not found, so i went back to the home page, searched through their archives for offal, and it came up: http://www.lataco.com/taco/offal-taco...

about 11 hours ago
barryc in Los Angeles Area
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I don't understand Jeni's

actually, honey hut was the place to go when i lived there.

1 day ago
barryc in Los Angeles Area

I don't understand Jeni's

yeah, but speaking as a native ohioan and UM grad, buckeyes take a much more inbred hatfield/mccpy approach to it.

as for frozen desserts, i'm relatively indifferent as long as it's cold and has no red beans in it.

1 day ago
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Golden Lake Eatery--Cambodian in L.A. Chinatown

you pretty much have to intend to eat there unless you shop at ai hoa. that might have explained why all the ladies kept fawning over our party at lunch today.

i went with the $6.40 lunch special featuring pork intestine and rice which included a bowl of soup that had a substantial amount of meat on it in a broth that would not have been out of place with pho noodles in it. the intestine appeared to be deep fried resulting in a crispy exterior and rendering a great deal of the fat. think slightly underdone chicharrĂ³n with a little fat left on it, served with a complementary sauce that would have gone well with a dish of hainan chicken (which oddly enough is also on the menu).

someone else ordered a bun-type soup with egg noodles in a broth that looked spicy but was actually kinda sweet tasting.

i was going to get a banh mi to go but i achieved critical mass with the lunch special which is hard to do with $6.40.

and they validate for 90 minutes, which gives you plenty of time to hit a few places nearby if you need to run errands and you eat fairly quickly; food came out fairly quickly once we ordered.

Mar 27, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

TJ's has NO walnuts for another 3 or so months - now where?

are you near any super king supermarket? they generally have a pretty good selection of dried fruits & nuts in bins.

Mar 19, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area
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Coming back for a quick visit - anything interesting in Pasadena?

no. i stand by arturo's and lee's. not much else though.

Mar 16, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Coming back for a quick visit - anything interesting in Pasadena?

fine dining in pasadena, not so much, but for lunches lee's hoagie house for the chicken hoagie, maybe connal's.

late night i like arturo's taco truck at fair oaks &... bellevue(?) in the parking lot of the tire place.

Mar 16, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

PLATE 38 in Pasadena has a great happy hour menu

lobster po' boy under $5?

Mar 14, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Changes at Alhambra's Valley Square

thanks. i've been to the noodle boy in rosemead. very VERY good, but you pay for it.

Mar 05, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Changes at Alhambra's Valley Square

thanks. they're not another version of the place in rosemead, are they? do they have a specialty of some sort?

Mar 05, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Changes at Alhambra's Valley Square

new noodle boy near the back, yes? i can't seem to find any other reference to the place in CH, other than a cryptic referral by tonyc.

Mar 05, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Best pizzle in LA?

both, ahem, eye-watering as well as mouth-watering....

Mar 05, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, March 2015 -- SEAFOOD SANDWICHES

apparently neal is a rolling stone.

Mar 05, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Best pizzle in LA?

i've seen a reference to it in yelp as well, FWIW.

Mar 04, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Best pizzle in LA?

wherever you go, i hope you have a ball there.

FWIW i've seen it sold at many asian supermarkets if you have reasonable cooking skills, you can probably just make soup with it.

or you could try #179 at jitlada

http://losangeles.menupages.com/resta...

Mar 03, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Interesting Thread on Reddit Asking Expats Most Authentic Home Country Restaurant in LA

the comments did include some stuff that would probably be classified as inane by plenty of CHers; but some CHers are willing to cut through the chaff if there's a decent chance to find a new place.

Mar 02, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Why can't LA get real, squeaky, Quebec-style cheese curds?

i'd be making poutine every chance i had.

Mar 01, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Interesting Thread on Reddit Asking Expats Most Authentic Home Country Restaurant in LA

i must confess that i didn't know that an authentic chicken shawarma existed. if i ever get to hollywood i must try this.

Mar 01, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Authentic Foreign Food in LA

FWIW, another person posted the same link on CH shortly after you did, and also identified the link in the title.

Feb 28, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

No. 1 Charcoal BBQ - Monterey Park

i prefer kushiyaki/yakitori to chinese style skewers. i appreciate the finesse vs. taking lamb and just blasting it with cumin.

Vietnamese recs in SGV?

my understanding is that the northern regional cuisine is supposed to be more subtle & nuanced compared to southern vietnam while central vietnamese is different from both due to the mountainous terrain influencing the available ingredients & spices.

it's such a fine line between subtle, subdued, and bland.

Feb 27, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Vietnamese recs in SGV?

you could try the restaurants run by other members of the same family. vietnam house (?) diagonally across the same intersection as GD, and vietnam restaurant west (i think) on las tunas.

Feb 27, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

SGV Chinese Top 10

i would add shanghai dumpling house (try the XLB) & shanghai restaurant (chicken w/chestnuts) as places to try.

and kam hong is chow-worthy again IMO.

plus i finally tried noodle house recently where they made/assemble the bao, dumplings & potstickers to order. i especially liked the pork/scallop dumplings.

Feb 27, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Planning -- Chinatown/Little Tokyo and Koreatown

i had neglected to factor in the metro in my previous post, but my comment about korean food not being that inexpensive holds. i personally wouldn't recommend something like kang hodong for just one person. ditto for a dive bar like dan sung sa. but that's me.

Feb 27, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

No. 1 Charcoal BBQ - Monterey Park

and even more authentic because it takes about 6 yuan to make a dollar; 60 yuan would have been about $10 american.

Feb 26, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

German Food Truck in L.A.

i personally don't see much appeal eating a heavy carbohydrate in hot weather. i don't think i'm alone in that.

i'm not sure what prompted other portions of your response, but FWIW i have an austrian friend with whom i have lunch regualrly, we talk about food a lot, and i've made a point of asking him specifically about austrian food, how it differs from what most non-austrians think it is. i've also asked him when he misses the most. since i don't think there's enough demand for it, i didn't bother to mention an ex-pat point of view.

my feedback is worth what you're paying for it, so there's that. good luck on whatever you decide.

Feb 25, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

German Food Truck in L.A.

seems to me that authenticity is secondary to demand. as such, i'd go with something like the WURST food truck. i don't see something like spaetzle selling in hot weather. as for schnitzel, which is to me a german version of a cuban bistec empanizado or a taiwanese fried pork chop (if you use pork instead of veal). hard to eat standing up and trying to wield a knife & fork... unless you find a way to make it hand held.

Feb 25, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Shi Hai Makes GQ's Top 25 Restaurant List

we toisan use GQ to prop up wobbly tables.

Shi Hai Makes GQ's Top 25 Restaurant List

i've read bourdain's essay on richman. bourdain does not deny that richman knows his stuff, rather that richman takes himself WAY too seriously and uses his position in a petty way to make personal attacks against those daring to challenge him in any way. i personally find the argument compelling.

Feb 24, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area