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Where can I get pastured eggs in Orange County?

Thanks. Calling 'em tomorrow.

Jul 11, 2011
vlad in Los Angeles Area

Where can I get pastured eggs in Orange County?

Hi there,

Anyone have a lead on where one can get pastured eggs in Orange County? Talking about the eggs whose yolks are super yellow-y and where the chickens are eating all the stuff that chickens should be eating (bugs etc etc).

Thanks in advance

Jul 10, 2011
vlad in Los Angeles Area

(Money no object) Best Fish/Seafood restaurant in Santa Monica or Malibu

Hi Guys,

Need a recommendation for a big-spending relative of mine. He is visiting LA from Europe and wants to spend some money in the flashiest seafood place in LA and has asked me to help him out.

I am not one who generally enjoys fish in restaurants (and I don't think he knows the difference between good and bad fish) -- I prefer ones that I freshly-caught myself -- but no matter -- your tips are most appreciated in advance.

So, ambiance and location and view are most important with the quality of the food being secondary.

(Sad, I know).

Dec 20, 2010
vlad in Los Angeles Area

Fried Dough quest in Los Angeles

Hungarian fried dough is delicious. It is called Langos. Pronounced "Lahn-gosh".

What is the name of the place that your friend says has it?

Jul 18, 2010
vlad in Los Angeles Area

Where to find Central European-style plum dumplings in OC?

Looking for Szilvásgombóc (in Hungarian) or Zwetschkenknödel (German) in Orange County. Traditional recipes call for a potato-based dough.

Called Jager Haus in Anaheim, they don't serve them.

Jul 18, 2010
vlad in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions for Sunday brunch/breakfast in OC (Laguna/Newport/CM/Irvine)?

Looks intriguing.

Nov 05, 2009
vlad in Los Angeles Area

Wineries to visit in Mendoza?

Great info. Any other tips?

Suggestions for Sunday brunch/breakfast in OC (Laguna/Newport/CM/Irvine)?

We're taking a friend for a birthday breakfast.

Problem is I know all the places in OC and keep hoping that some Chowhound will enlighten me about a hitherto unknown (great) place.

Right now, in consideration we have Taco Rosa Champagne Buffet, Beachcomber, Omlette Parlour, 333 --- but I am not excited.

Any diamonds in the rough out there? (Yes, Ramos House Cafe is out. A bit too pricey.)

Doesn't have to be in a great location ala Beachcomber. But food should be solid and there should be a bit of ambience.

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Ramos House Cafe
31752 Los Rios St, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Taco Rosa
2632 San Miguel Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Nov 05, 2009
vlad in Los Angeles Area

REAL German Bread

Try Old World (German) Market in HB.

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Old World Restaurant
7561 Center Ave Ste 49, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Nov 04, 2009
vlad in Los Angeles Area

Chicken Pot Pie in OC?

Great feedback. Thanks.

I may just indulge in a mini pot pie at Daily Grill's Happy Hour. It doesn't look like La Palma is really any good.

Nov 03, 2009
vlad in Los Angeles Area

Wineries to visit in Mendoza?

@smallgirlbigcity

I received the following quote from another guide:

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LUJAN DE CUYO REGION

09:00am Pick up at the Hotel
09:30am CATENA ZAPATA (tour and tasting) cost free
11:00am ACHAVAL FERER (tour and tasting) cost $30 pesos each
12:40pm SEPTIMA WINERY (tour and lunch) cost $140 pesos each 03.30pm
BENEGAS lYNCH (tour and tasting) cost $30 pesos each

Return to Mendoza City at 5:30pm..

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Do these costs mesh with yours?

Thanks.

Chicken Pot Pie in OC?

Any tips?

Have heard mixed reviews of La Palma Chicken Pie Shop in Anaheim. Same for Phillip's Chicken Pies in Seal Beach.

Are they worth trying?

Nov 02, 2009
vlad in Los Angeles Area

Wineries to visit in Mendoza?

Hi there,

Anyone have any informed suggestions of worthwhile wineries to visit in Mendoza, Argentina?

We will be there for two day and will be hiring a driver to take us around a few places, and hopefully enjoy an asado at one.

Looking forward to your thoughts.

Thanks.

Need some OC hidden gem recs tonight

We ended up at Crow Bar as my friends hadn't been.

I have been before. Still totally overrated/overpriced IMHO. I had their (deconstructed) Irish "Stew" which was sucked.

Oct 03, 2009
vlad in Los Angeles Area

Need some OC hidden gem recs tonight

Good suggestions all.

The yakitori/Japanese recs have me thinking shabu-shabu -- any specifics restaurants that do shabu-shabu well?

Thanks again.

Oct 02, 2009
vlad in Los Angeles Area

Need some OC hidden gem recs tonight

Taking some foodie friends out tonight. The local big name and big price places won't impress them. Modern Marche, Flemings etc etc

But good/great food at any price is always appreciated. My go-to for under-appreciated hidden gems is usually Kappo Sui. But I took them there last time.

Any recs would be most welcome.

TIA!

Oct 02, 2009
vlad in Los Angeles Area

Tito's Tacos -- What up with this place?

The deal is that Tito's Tacos (like Pink's) is vastly overrated and has built a cult following because...it has a cult following. Akin to Paris Hilton being famous, for being famous.

Go once. Say that you have been. And then don't go back.

Sep 28, 2009
vlad in Los Angeles Area

Brief Nicaragua update...well, not so brief.....

FYI the ubiquitous black beans and rice are called gallo pinto.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallo_pinto

Nicas love their gallo pinto.

Orange County Fresh Fish Help

I second Pearson's Port.

Aug 22, 2009
vlad in Los Angeles Area

Opah, Houstons, Gulfstream, Bandera or other in Irvine/Newport Beach

All three are decent.

I would do Bandera's because it's location in the heart of CdM is best. Plus you can bring your own wine without corkage fee. The others may also allow this. After dinner, you can walk across the street to the Quiet Woman or down the street to Port. Gulfstream location is okay. Houston's location is not good for post-dinner walking/drinking/socializing.

Jul 21, 2009
vlad in Los Angeles Area

L.A's Twenty-Five Most Notable Burgers

That is some great food porn.

But to not have the Father's Office burger on that list is insane.

Jul 14, 2009
vlad in Los Angeles Area

Grass fed/free-range meats in Orange County

Questions:

a) Where do I get some?

b) How much more can I expect to pay?

c) Is it worth it?

Thanks.

Jul 14, 2009
vlad in Los Angeles Area

Hungarian Restaurants:

Jul 11, 2009
vlad in Los Angeles Area

Hungarian Restaurants:

Apparently, there is a Hungarian BBQ (WTF?) restaurant in Hollywood.

http://www.transylvaniabbq.com/

The menu makes no sense to me.

Jul 10, 2009
vlad in Los Angeles Area

Hungarian Restaurants:

@josephnl

Apparently, I wasn't clear enough for you.

Hungarian restaurants and food:

* Otto's Import Store & Delicatessen
* Oxygen Lounge and Restaurant
* Csardas Restaurant
* Maximillian's

German-esque delis and restaurants that sell some Hungarian products

* Alpine Village
* Old World

Jul 10, 2009
vlad in Los Angeles Area

Hungarian Restaurants:

I haven't heard of Carolina's.

BTW attached to this comment is a list of Hungarian restaurants -- the last two, Alpine Village and Old World sell Hungarian products.

Have I missed any in Southern California?

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Csardas
5820 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Old World German Restaurant
7561 Center Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Otto's Import Store & Delicatessen
2320 W Clark Ave, Burbank, CA 91506

Maximilian's
11330 Weddington St North, Hollywood, CA

Oxygen Lounge and Restaurant
19550 Ventura Boulevard, Tarzana, CA

Alpine Village
833 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90502

Jul 10, 2009
vlad in Los Angeles Area

Clover machine-made coffee Westside LA or OC?

Thanks.

Jul 10, 2009
vlad in Los Angeles Area

Clover machine-made coffee Westside LA or OC?

I need to try the damn stuff, but I don't have time to drive up to Silver Lake (LA Mill) - any tips?

TIA.

Jul 10, 2009
vlad in Los Angeles Area

Hungarian goulash?

Aside from the places mentioned, you might want to try Oxygen Lounge in Tarzana. It is owned by Hungarians and serve Hungarian food.

Although, I don't think you will be blown away.

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Oxygen Lounge and Restaurant
19550 Ventura Boulevard, Tarzana, CA

Jul 10, 2009
vlad in Los Angeles Area

Pavich's Brick Oven Pizzeria in San Pedro

My wife and I just go back from trying it out. The pizza is fantastic. Without a doubt, one of the best in California.

We were torn between what we should order, so Zdenko recommended we try:

1/3 Croatian

1/3 Romana

1/3 Quattro Gusti

Absolutely delicious. He might be opening a larger version of his pizzeria in Santa Monica or perhaps even in Orange County.

We also took some sauerkraut and cabbage rolls to go.

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Pavich's Brick Oven Pizzeria
2311 S Alma St, San Pedro, CA 90731

Jul 08, 2009
vlad in Los Angeles Area