Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >

Hailyn's Profile

Title Last Reply

Concord Grapes: where can I find them?

The Korean supermarket (formerly Mitsuwa) in Little Tokyo sells large boxes of the most delicious Niabell (Concord) grapes. I bought some there just this past Monday. The Alhambra farmers market on Sundays has two vendors selling Kyoho grapes as well-- a hybrid that is not as Concord-y as the Niabells, but still delicious.

Little Tokyo Restaurant
150 E Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773

Sep 25, 2010
Hailyn in Los Angeles Area

Maguro (Tuna) Collars in LA?

Broiled yellowtail collar is often found on izakaya menus. I've had it at Izayoi in Little Tokyo. Honda-Ya probably has it as well. I haven't seen maguro collar (what the OP was asking about).

132 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Little Tokyo Restaurant
150 E Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773

Aug 03, 2010
Hailyn in Los Angeles Area

ISO lambsquarters aka lamb's quarters

I've bought lamb's quarters at the Pasadena Farmer's Market at Pasadena High School on Saturdays. I don't remember the name of the stand that sells them, but it's one that's closer to street-side, south end of the market

Jun 06, 2010
Hailyn in Los Angeles Area

Missing Leek Pie from Noodle House

101 Noodle Express has leek pie (jiu cai hezi). There are now two branches of 101 Noodle Express, the original one in Alhambra, and a new one in Arcadia, on Baldwin. I haven't ordered the leek pie there, but the dumplings and beef roll are pretty good. I believe that A&J Restaurant in Alhambra also has leek pie.

Jan 01, 2010
Hailyn in Los Angeles Area

In search of... Matsutake Dobin Mushi (before the season ends)

If you'd like to prepare the matsutake yourself, the Little Tokyo Marketplace supermarket (formerly Mitsuwa) at Alamed and Third, carries fresh matsutake right now, packaged charmingly with pine needles. I was there this past week and there was a huge supply of them.

Oct 17, 2009
Hailyn in Los Angeles Area

Hong Kong diner-style/cafe-style restaurants in LA (SGV)

I'd add to Ipse's list Face Cafe and Jazz Cafe. A lot of these are on Valley Blvd., which has become something of a HK cafe destination, and just about the only places to go in the SGV when you want something to eat later than 10 PM. Note that Baccali serves beer and wine, unlike a lot of the other places.

Sep 08, 2009
Hailyn in Los Angeles Area

Finally made it to Animal! A nice experience

As far as I know, they still do catering. They catered my wedding just a few weeks ago, and the food was wonderful, with top quality sourcing of produce, including Little Gem lettuces and heirloom tomatoes.

Aug 21, 2009
Hailyn in Los Angeles Area

The Bloody to beat all Bloodies- in search of the best Bloody Mary

The Hungry Cat.

On the brunch menu:

traditional or spicy bloody mary

w/egorushka vodka


tradicional bloody maria

w/orendain reposado tequila


schnöckered bloody mary

plymouth gin & house-pickled vegetables


the “matchbox”

our traditional w/a shorty of beer


maryland mary

our traditional bloody mary rimmed with

maryland spice mix & served with an oyster


bloody bull

blue ice vodka, bloody mary mix & beef bouillon


May 05, 2009
Hailyn in Los Angeles Area


I was just at 99 Ranch market in San Gabriel, and they carry them, beautifully cleaned, for $2.69 a pound in the prepackaged organ meats section. I've also seen them at Arcadia Supermarket in Arcadia.

Mar 24, 2009
Hailyn in Los Angeles Area

I loved the spicy fish fillets with peppercorn at Szechuan best...where can i find a similar dish?

The suggestions for Hop Li won't really cut it if you're looking for the Sichuanese dish with Sichuan peppercorns. Hop Li serves Cantonese food; it's an entirely different cuisine and doesn't use Sichuan peppercorns. Chungking may be the only purely Sichuanese restaurant in the area. You could also try Yunggui Garden in Monterey Park -- they serve both Yunnan and Sichuanese dishes, and the Sichuanese I've tried there has been good (chicken with chilis, "water-boiled" beef, "water-boiled" fish).

Feb 09, 2009
Hailyn in Los Angeles Area

OK, I'm done with my fruitless scavenger hunt-- seeking Guittard choc-au-lait chips?

Nicole's in South Pasadena has them.

Jan 20, 2009
Hailyn in Los Angeles Area

Turkey breast and thigh dilemma

I'm sure a good butcher can fill a special order for you using high quality turkey. Try Huntington Meats in the LA Farmer's Market or Alexander's Meats, located in How's Market in San Gabriel.

Nov 25, 2008
Hailyn in Los Angeles Area

ISO Dongpo Rou in LA?

Chang's Garden in Arcadia has dongpo rou.

Nov 23, 2008
Hailyn in Los Angeles Area

Good chinese beef noodle soup in monterey park?

This was discussed extensively here: (50 replies!)

Oct 27, 2008
Hailyn in Los Angeles Area

Help! Need Eastside bar (full bar) with good food!

I second the recommendation for the York. In Pasadena, try Vertical Wine Bistro.

Sep 15, 2008
Hailyn in Los Angeles Area

poke in l.a.?

The Bristol Farms in South Pasadena has regular and spicy poke. Like KinofCain says, it's serviceable to good, a bit on the oily side. You might also check the Mitsuwa on Las Tunas in San Gabriel and Aloha Foods on Main Street in Alhambra.

Sep 11, 2008
Hailyn in Los Angeles Area

Looking for Scuppernongs

Scuppernongs and other muscadines are indigenous to the Southeast, and I've never seen any at farmers markets or other markets here. You might, however, like Kyoho grapes, which are a Japanese grape that is a "slipskin" variety just like scuppernongs, and have some of the flowery muscat flavor of scuppernongs. Japanese and Korean marketes sell Kyoho grapes this time of year. I've gotten them at Mitsuwa and Nijiya supermarkets in both downtown LA and the Westside.

Sep 04, 2008
Hailyn in Los Angeles Area

Good butcher near Harwich Port, Cape Cod?

Do you have any recommendations for a good butcher in the Harwich, Harwich Port and Chatham area, or at least for a good supermarket meat department? We know where to go for farmstand produce and fresh seafood, but are lost when it comes to meat. Many thanks.

Ginger Blossoms????

Do you mean ginger buds? These are known as myoga in Japanese; I've seen them at Japanese supermarkets, including Mitsuwa and Nijiya, and also occasionally at Chinese/Asian supermarkets such as 99 Ranch or Arcadia Supermarket.

Jul 14, 2008
Hailyn in Los Angeles Area

Good bar near Zuni

I like Absinthe, but am looking for someplace where I might be able to catch part of the NBA finals as well, though not a dreaded sports bar. Thanks.

Jun 11, 2008
Hailyn in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to watch Celtics/Lakers tomorrow night

I have a reservation at Zuni Cafe for late Thursday night and want to catch the second half of the game before dinner. Are there any bars nearby that will be showing the game? I'd also be open to somewhere in SOMA Preferably not a place that's only a sports bar, but that might be asking too much. Thanks in advance.

Jun 11, 2008
Hailyn in San Francisco Bay Area

Brunches in LA... like Lower East Side/Village places in New York

Try Canele in Atwater Village. The vibe is very Lower East Side, and they just recently started serving brunch. Their brandade is the very best I've tried in LA, and their brunch menu includes shirred eggs with brandade.

May 15, 2008
Hailyn in Los Angeles Area

Camargue Red Rice?

Nicole's Gourmet Foods in South Pasadena carries it:

May 15, 2008
Hailyn in Los Angeles Area

San Gabriel vegetarian Chinese... but not Happy Family

Great suggestions! I second the recommendation for Mei Long or another Shanghai place, like Green Village. For cold appetizers, you can get the mock duck, the kau fu, as will47 suggests, and also the marinated celery and the minced tofu and "ji cai" greens. For hot main dishes, in addition to vegetarian nian gao (sauteed rice cakes) and noodles, you might also get the "xue cai bai ye," a combination of edamame, chopped preserved mustard greens, and sheets of tofu skin; vegetarian bean curd rolls stuffed with vegetables, known as "fu ze pi," and then a dish of shanghai (green) bok choy and braised shitaake mushrooms. Under the misnamed "dim sum" category (really dumplings and pastries), in addition the vegetarian dumplings, you could get the turnip pastries, which are flaky pastries stuffed with shredded daikon.

May 08, 2008
Hailyn in Los Angeles Area

Thousand Cranes reviews??

See J. Gold's review from just last week:

May 07, 2008
Hailyn in Los Angeles Area

Dried Limes....where to purchase?

In Pasadena, I've seen dried limes in the small Armenian grocery stores that line Washington Blvd. between Lake and Allen.

Apr 19, 2008
Hailyn in Los Angeles Area

Robata, soba, ramen in So Cal?

For soba, Otafuku in Gardena. See Perceptor's excellent report:

For robata, I like Nanbankan in West LA.

For ramen, Chabuya on Sawtelle or Santouka in the Mitsuwa in Torrance and also on Centinela.

Mar 18, 2008
Hailyn in Los Angeles Area

ISO amazing sushi and confused

While I do enjoy Z Sushi, places like Sushi Zo are in a completely different league altogether (not merely a half step behind, in my opinion), and Z is probably not the transcendent omakase experience the original poster is looking for, long drive or not. I live in the SGV and don't find the drive to Zo "brutal," so long as it's a weekend night (25-30 minutes door to door) or after around 7:30 or 8:00 on a weeknight.

At Zo, the Keizo-san brews his own soy sauce and grates fresh wasabi. At Z Sushi, you have your choice of Kikkoman regular or lite. Sushi items are plated on plain restaurant-standard white plates (same as you'd get at a Denny's) and not on Japanese ceramic ware. Fresh yuzu juice and peel are not, unlike at higher-end places, a frequent accompaniment to nigiri. It's just not going to be anywhere near the same experience.

And forget Yoshida -- nothing special about it -- certainly not worth a trip from San Francisco.

Mar 04, 2008
Hailyn in Los Angeles Area

Michoacan Food LA?

El Metate in Highland Park is run by Michoacanos.

Feb 23, 2008
Hailyn in Los Angeles Area

Chocolate Transfer Sheets

Nicole's Gourmet Foods in South Pasadena probably has them -- I've certainly seen gold and silver transfer sheets there; they probably have chocolate as well. The transfer sheets are listed on their website under Baking Products and Accessories. Give them a call -- it's a gem of a store.

Feb 16, 2008
Hailyn in Los Angeles Area