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100% grass fed beef. Icky! Am I crazy?

I don't agree with the notion that cows are supposed to eat grass, therefore grass-fed cows taste better.

Cows aren't supposed to be fed beer either, but Kobe beef is still the best in the world.

I think the problem with much of that grass-fed beef is that it tends to be much leaner, so you don't get that texture and umami taste from a well-marbled steak.

I care about taste only. Good steaks are all depended on a producer that cares.

May 18, 2014
david t. in General Topics

Does Los Angeles have the best of Chinese, Japanese and Korean of any city in the United States

Well, they have "New York Chinese food" which is like Chinese food for Jewish people who eat pork. It's something unto itself.

May 18, 2014
david t. in General Topics

Farewell, Foie Gras: I'm Not Sorry to See You Go

"that’s your response after watching the video, that these birds AREN’T being treated inhumanely?!?!??!"

A video by an animal rights organization that promotes veganism is not going to give an honest or fair portrayal of foie gras farms any more than learning about women's rights by a video produced by Rush Limbaugh. Try a more honest and truthful source.

"No it isn’t common practice for artisanal farms to keep ducks in cramped little cages, but the little artisanal farms aren’t the reason for the ban. The ban is in response to the big industrial foie gras producers who’s practices are horrific and brutal. "

This is such a disingenuous statement. There are two foie gras producers in the US, both are family-owned. There are however, big business industrial producers of red meat and chickens. If this were really about banning industrial practices, then we'd ban industrial practices. We wouldn't put a ban the product. If that were the case, banning all chickens and red meat would make a more logical ban with that viewpoint, and I'd love to know your position on how that's different. In actuality, it's about vegans disapproving of people even eating animals.

"You mean like the “broad stroke” you use paint the foie gras industry as happy birds running free on bucolic little artisanal farms? The BROAD aspect of the industry is not the little artisinal farms because those farms supply less than 30% of foie gras. Its the big brutal industrial factory producers that are the major providers of foie gras consummed, and the problem."

Did I mention the whole industry of foie gras? No. Stop trying to misrepresent my position. I said ARTISANAL farms, which you are also in agreements are not large industrial productions. I'm sure cruelty exists somewhere at some foie gras farm in the world. But that's not the case with the two farms in the US. And both farms believe in free-range practices.

"Yes, you were. Quote; “...praying mantis cannibalise (sp) their partners after mating. Dolphins regularly beat and mutilate baby porpoises for sport...”

Wrong. You completely missed the point. I'm not arguing the position of "they do evil things too!" When animals do these things, it's out of biological instinct and adaptive necessity, not some type of evil or hatred that we can pass judgement on, which would be misleading anthopomorphic assumptions just as it's anthopomorphic to assume that a tube in a duck's throat is painful. They have adaptation which make things experience unique and different than when these things happen in human society. So for the writer saying it's "instinctual" to know that force feeding is wrong, is also based on anthropomorphic assumption. His "instinct" is based on human assumptions while ignoring the unique experience of geeses who have adaptations to handle tube feeding, that we do not.

"As I’m sure you know, gavage is not the only practice of foie gras farming under protestation. The bigger picture of industrial foie gras production includes filthy conditions, overcrowding, torturous confinement cages that don’t allow the birds to stand or turn, and the brutal methods of crushing and suffocating the chicks that are culled as undesirable."

No it isn't. If that were true, we'd ban these conditions, not the actual product which can exist without these industrial practices. Those are industrial practices that spread across all meat industries, which makes the ban even more absurd that we're attacking two family farms in the US.

"Are the livers of birds that have been subject to those deplorable conditions so much tastier to you that you would prevent them from being raised humanely?"

What does that have to do with foie gras? Deplorable conditions are dependant on the producer, not on the actual product. No one is arguing that small cages and filthy conditions is necessary for the production of good foie. Again, that's an absurd argument to ban the whole product.

Jul 21, 2012
david t. in Features

Sarah DiGregorio Revisits Foie Gras

I'm not the least bit surprised by Digregorio's findings after her visit. Most journalists who visit foie gras farms do come away with a larger appreciation of how well these birds are cared for. Using footage of the worst of the worst taken by animal rights organizations really isn't fair to form an opinion on the subject.

Jul 17, 2012
david t. in Features

Foie Gras countdown...

It's been asked a million times but has been answered by few. The answer is that no one knows. But most major suppliers won't ship to CA just in case it is a violation of the law. Mirepoix and Hudson Valley won't ship it after July 1st. I asked them through email.

Jul 06, 2012
david t. in San Francisco Bay Area

Foie Gras countdown...

The countdown is premature. I'm beginning to think it's going to be a while before restaurants stop serving foie gras dishes.

Jul 02, 2012
david t. in San Francisco Bay Area

On the eve of the Foie ban [moved from Los Angeles board]

They already do. I've never successfully ever been able to bring foie gras from France to California. It was always confiscated. I don't think they do these check across state lines though.

Jul 02, 2012
david t. in General Topics

Farewell, Foie Gras: I'm Not Sorry to See You Go

GrammyM, No, they aren't being treated inhumanely. Nor is it a common practice for artisanal farms to keep ducks in cramped little cages. That's a lie and it's an anecdotal example that you're disingenuously using to broad stroke the industry. And ducks aren't tube fed everyday from birth. They're fed during the last two weeks of its life.

By the way, to clarify, I'm not talking about ducks torturing the fish. Or other animals torturing other animals. I'm talking about behavior and adaptations which make anthropomorphic comparisons silly. I'm talking about a duck's physical adaptation of being able to swallow a whole fish without any discomfort which makes the difference between how they experience tube feeding, and how we would. In other words, comparisons can't be made.

Jul 02, 2012
david t. in Features

On the eve of the Foie ban [moved from Los Angeles board]

Having lived in France and knowing how the culture treat and respect the raising of their animals, it angers and saddens me to see the success of this misinformation campaign. It's just not a cruel process that the animal rights activists have made it out to be. And as a human being it angers me that using terrorist threats against the family who had the only foie gras farm in CA turned out to be an effective tactic in getting what they want.

Anyway, I like pate de foie gras, but it doesn't just doesn't compare to having it seared with toasted bread and soft pears. Seared foie gras is like bacon, bone marrow and the fat off a grilled ribeye steak in a mouth watering, succulent meaty form. It's what you eat when you graduate from bacon indulgence.

Hopefully this board will come up with a purveyor list of where we can buy the fresh or frozen form in Nevada and Oregon for Angelenos and San Franciscans looking to get their fix satisfied. I know Mirepoix foie gras is going to be supplied along the Nevada/CA border, but that's pretty much it. Luckily Las Vegas is the most popular weekend trip for SoCalers. It won't be hard to find a family member or friend to take some back for you on a visit.

Jul 01, 2012
david t. in General Topics

Farewell, Foie Gras: I'm Not Sorry to See You Go

This isn't the right thing. It's is the WRONG thing. It's a moral issue, not an ethnical issue. And legislating morality is usually always misguided. Just as it's misguided to ban gay marriage because you think it's morally wrong. Or to ban abortions. Or to ban meat-eating, as an extreme example. When issues are so divisive, it's best to allow individuals the freedom to CHOOSE what is right and appropriate for themselves.

Birdsall, have you ever seen a whole fish struggling as it slips down a bird's neck? The animal world is extraordinarily diverse and anthropomorphic analogies are simply dumb when taken at face-value. Heck, praying mantis cannibalise their partners after mating. Dolphins regularly beat and mutilate baby porpoises for sport. "Instinct" has its limitations. It's instinctual to feel, but that doesn't translate to being correct in your emotional assumption.

I'm sure geese don't "enjoy" being force-fed. They also don't enjoy being held in captivity, nor eventually killed. But these animals are raised for consumption, and the "cruelty" claims are exaggerated. Gavage, when done correctly, is a most a moment of discomfort if at that. But "torture?" I too can call bullshit.

Jun 15, 2012
david t. in Features

California Foie Gras Ban

All is not lost. You just have to order online and cook it yourself if you live in California. Hopefully, Texas or some other state takes the opportunity to open a farm so that we don't just have one supplier all the way over on the east coast.

Jun 12, 2012
david t. in Los Angeles Area

Ranch Dressing, what is up with that?

Ketchup is worse. You can eat it with french fries only!

Think of the mainstream alternatives: thousand island, italian, french, caesar. Most salad dressings are disgusting. It's it really a mystery why ranch came out ahead?

I always get vinegarette. But I think homemade ranch (the runny kind) is great with carrot/celery sticks.

Apr 14, 2012
david t. in General Topics

Best Ice Cream Brand

Haagan Daz. They make only the most basic flavors but all are good. Ben and Jerry's has a well-made ice cream, but their combinations make no sense and are distracting. I've tried one flavor of Graeters but wasn't impressed.

Mar 15, 2012
david t. in General Topics

How to kill a crab?

Boiling, ripping apart, microwaving, stabbing. I think the time differences between all these methods are negligible. All these methods kill the crab within seconds.

It needs to be noted that just because a crab is moving doesn't mean it's alive. Just as when you decapitate a live chicken, it takes a while for reflex reactions to stop.

Mar 15, 2012
david t. in General Topics

veal stock. useless without the bone marrow?

Thanks.

Mar 15, 2012
david t. in Home Cooking

veal stock. useless without the bone marrow?

Is it possible to make good veal stock with bones stripped of it's marrow, or is marrow basically where all the flavor come from?

Mar 10, 2012
david t. in Home Cooking

LA why do you vex me so?

That sort of is the city's fault. We should have an extensive public transit system by now. And the subway should have never allowed a small group of people to block it decades ago. But unless, you plan of taking the bus (which takes forever), I'd recommend renting a car.

Mar 04, 2012
david t. in Los Angeles Area

Affordable caviar from any store in the L.A. area

That's still good. $22.50 an ounce.

Caviar was supposed to be the more affordable alternative. Since Beluga was banned, I think american caviar producers have taken advantage of Russian market weakness and have been fleecing consumers. I just don't understand the prices nowadays for American caviar. It's outrageous. $720 an ounce for california sustainable caviar at Tsar Nicolai?!

Feb 21, 2012
david t. in Los Angeles Area

French raw milk cheese -what are the best that are imported?

Sad to hear of it getting even more restrictive. A few years ago, I thought they would be more open to loosening restrictions with the explosion of artisanal american cheeses.

Feb 20, 2012
david t. in Cheese

Affordable caviar from any store in the L.A. area

Checking out their websites, Costco sells "Osetra" for $55/oz. $50/oz for "Siberian"
Bevmo sells the same brand of Osetra for $60/oz.

But Bevmo also sells " Beluga" for $60/oz (as well as "sevruga" $29/oz)

Feb 20, 2012
david t. in Los Angeles Area

Affordable caviar from any store in the L.A. area

I was watching this Frasier episode about the Caviar black-market, so I've been craving it all week. Thanks for the suggestions. I'll try Bevmo today.

Costco is selling for real cheap on their site. Around $50 per ounce for Bulgarian white sturgeon and Florida Siberian.

Feb 20, 2012
david t. in Los Angeles Area

French raw milk cheese -what are the best that are imported?

Roquefort is delicious everywhere, but I don't think I've ever tasted an American Camembert or french import that I've like as in France.

Feb 19, 2012
david t. in Cheese

French raw milk cheese -what are the best that are imported?

Certain raw milk cheese can't be imported in the US because they have to be aged over 60 days, so it's been said that there's a big difference in quality between the cheeses in France, some that peak at 30 days, and those imported in the US (after it's peak).

But what raw milk cheeses actually PEAK aged after 60 days? In other words, what raw milk cheeses can you get here that are as close to the quality if it were in France?

Feb 18, 2012
david t. in Cheese

12 Reasons to Drive to San Gabriel

Does every thread to kawtow to finding NYC-style chinese food? In the SGV, no less? That's like looking for an Olive Garden in Italy.

Feb 09, 2012
david t. in Los Angeles Area

Faux Pas: The Chef Was Texting

They need to kill the open kitchen concept. Every new restaurant in LA has one! And frankly, as a customer, it's gives a very hectic and rushed atmosphere to the restaurant which really takes away from the dining experience.

Feb 04, 2012
david t. in Features

What exactly is your definition of "baking"?

Anything that you would sell at a school bake-sale is baking. No mac'n'cheese allowed.

Jan 21, 2012
david t. in General Topics

What exactly is your definition of "baking"?

I hate the word "baking" But to me, anything with flour, is baked. So baked beans or baked potatoes are misnomers.

Jan 21, 2012
david t. in General Topics

Vent - macaron vs. macaroon

It's just ignorance. Nothing to be too upset about. What really pisses me off is the use of "french macaroons" I hate that.

Jan 21, 2012
david t. in General Topics

Veal Bones in Orange County

Not late for me. Thanks for the suggestion.

Jan 02, 2012
david t. in Los Angeles Area

"American people, they don't know real good sushi"

The California roll is the best of all the "american states" rolls. And it's what familiarized first-time americans to sushi. Don't bash the roll that helped popularize sushi in the US!

Jan 02, 2012
david t. in Food Media & News