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NY style egg-rolls

Wow - 8 years later an answer :) Yes, those do look great in the pics! It sucks that the place is right near where I used to live but I'm down in OC now. I'll have to keep it in mind for next trip up to the 'Valley!

Sep 30, 2013
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Mozzarella sticks with raspberry sauce - just upstate NY???

Where is "local"?

Feb 02, 2009
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Mozzarella sticks with raspberry sauce - just upstate NY???

Hi all.

Question, especially for upstate-NY folks. When I lived in Albany/Troy I used to love getting fried Mozzarella sticks, with most bars/restaurants offering a choice of marinara sauce or raspberry sauce. I've seen Mozzarella sticks all over the country, but I've never seen them with raspberry sauce anywhere else but upstate NY. Why? Who came up with this? Why didn't they make it anywhere else?

I've been in Southern California for about 20 years. I told my wife and daughter (both SoCal natives) about this and they thought I was nuts. On a trip through Troy a few years ago, they tried them and thought they were great! How do I spread the news? Anyone seen these in other parts of the country?

Thanks,

David

Feb 02, 2009
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Trying to remember ice cream place in Albany

Thanks for the answer! Too bad it's gone - it was such a cool place. Not many places like that in SoCal, although the Farrell's chain is supposed to make a comeback in the next few months.

Dec 11, 2008
unfrostedpoptart in General Tristate Archive

Looking for British food in the OC

Hi all.

I couple of updates. First, The Copper Kettle closed a while back. Second, I found out that Cost Plus World Markets now carries lots of international food goodies, including many British ones, and, of particular interest to me, Bassett's Jelly Babies!!!

Dec 10, 2008
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Trying to remember ice cream place in Albany

Hi all.

Back in the mid '80s, I lived in Albany, near the Empire State Plaza. I remember a great ice-cream shop nearby. I'm pretty sure it was on Madison Ave, opposite Washington Park. It was owned by an older couple and everything was handmade on site. They had a little room in back where they'd show movies on a TV and you could sit and watch a whole movie while eating. Another thing was that many of their flavors were alcoholic.

Anyone remember this place? I'm pretty sure it's not there anymore. Did it move?

Thanks,

David

Dec 08, 2008
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Where to buy really good watermelon?

I picked up a couple of these at Costco last week. Pale flesh, almost zero flavor or sweetness:(

I think I'll wait until July and then try a local produce farm (www.tanakafarms.com).

Jun 13, 2008
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Where to buy really good watermelon?

I stopped at the new Whole Foods in Tustin on the way home. Amazing market (and very high prices)! They had organic seedless for $.99/lb, organic regular for $.69/lb and generic for $.49/lb. I went for the $.69/lb.

Well, the inside is very nice and bright red, but it's not very sweet and doesn't have much flavor :( Maybe I'll just fill it with vodka :^)

There's a Costco in the same center. I'll try and stop there in the next couple of days and see what they've got.

I love living in SoCal - been here for 19 years - but the produce was so much better in New York and New England.

Jun 03, 2008
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Where to buy really good watermelon?

Is part of the problem the move to "seedless" watermelons? Do these inherently have less flavor? Or is it the tendency to pick fruit to early, before all the sugar develops?

Jun 03, 2008
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Where to buy really good watermelon?

What is Jon's?

Jun 03, 2008
unfrostedpoptart in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy really good watermelon?

Is it possible to buy good watermelon in SoCal??? I've been living here for almost 20 years. In all that time I don't think I've ever had really good watermelon. All the watermelon I've had has had very little flavor, tasting watered down (no pun intended).

It must be possible to find some fruit with a strong, intense flavor. Where should I look?

Thanks!

David

Jun 02, 2008
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Miracle Fruit/Flavor-Tripping party in SoCal?

Hi all.

I just read this NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/28/din.... This looks so cool. I've dug around online and it looks like the only people selling the fruit are in Florida (and Asia).

Anyone in L.A. / O.C familiar with these? I'd love to try it. I'd go in with some other people to get together and order/try it.

When I was watching Top Chef last night I thought it would be great sabotage for a chef to lace their dish with this so that the dishes that come after them are all screwed up. They'd probably be caught pretty quickly.

David

May 30, 2008
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WineStyles - Cool wine bar in South Pasadena

One just opened a couple of weeks ago in Irvine, less than a five-minute walk from my house. So, after work today, my wife and I walked over there. From your pics, the Irvine one is much smaller.

Neither of us are real wine aficionados, so their 5-2oz-sampler worked well, along with a nice cheese/fruit/sausage/cracker platter. For $10 we tried a Pino Gregio, a rose, a chardonnay, and a couple of others I don't remember at the moment. That's actually one thing I didn't like: when we went to the much more serious Symposium Wine Bar (www.symposiumwinebar.com), and had a similar sampler, they provided cards with a list of the wines.

The owners were two friendly women, who were attentive, but didn't talk much about the wines. There were a bunch of Irvine housewives hanging out in there, making a ton of noise and looking like they were waiting to be on the next season of Real Housewives of OC.

Anyway, the wines were all good, if a bit on the bland side. Symposium is much better, especially for people who actually know about wine, but WineStyles was still pretty good and get a million bonus points for being within walking distance of my house!

David

Apr 15, 2008
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Looking for British food in the OC

I just found this place today (and their website - www.englishtearooms.com)! I went past on the way home (I work about two minutes away), but they're closed on Mondays (and Sundays). I'm going to try again tomorrow.

Any idea if they carry Jelly Babies? I was just watching Doctor Who yesterday (part 2 of the season 3 3-part finale), and a certain character (don't want to spoil it for fans who aren't up to date) was having some. I've mail-ordered them and gotten them at The Continental Shop in Santa Monica, but it would be fantastic to be able to get stuff like that just around the corner.

Jun 25, 2007
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Looking for British food in the OC

They've also got a restaurant in Santa Ana. See the website for info: http://www.theoldeship.com/

I went there a few months ago with my family. We thought it was pretty good, but kind of expensive for what it was. The inside looks very nice, which is a bit of a shock since the outside is very plain and in a really plain, almost industrial area.

Jun 25, 2007
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costa mesa

Ok, round three: I wanted to make sure the place hadn't gone bad since my last visit, so I went there this morning. I just got back a few minutes ago. I have no clue what Mr. S is talking about. the place was very clean (floor, tables, silverware, plates), the food was served pretty quickly (especially since it was a crowded Sunday morning), all the food was very good (scrambled eggs, bacon, ham, potatoes, toast), and the servers were quick and attentive. I did have to remind our waitress that I had asked for water, but that was it.

I'd be glad to meet anyone there so they can see for themselves that it's a great place for breakfast. It's on 17th street, right off Newport Blvd.

May 06, 2007
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Best Pizza in Tustin/Irvine

I tried them a couple of days ago, on the way home. Got a pizza with two different toppings, the meatballs & spaghetti, and the antipasto. It was ok, but not great. I think I'll stick with Ameci's for NY style pizza.

By the way, last time I was back in NYC (where I grew up), I tried the famous Lombardi's Pizza in Little Italy. I didn't think it was anything special - no better than any random pizza place in the city. However, it was during the Feast of San Genero, so we got lots of great (and greasy) carnival food!

May 03, 2007
unfrostedpoptart in Los Angeles Area

costa mesa

I talked about Jerry's about a week ago - look near the top of the discussion.

Apr 25, 2007
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Need good latino produce market in central OC

Success! First I went to the 99 Ranch Market on Culver. The place is a mob scene, with a semi-infinite number of very old Chinese people. Also, most of the market smells like fish. I couldn't find the ngò gai and the guy working in the produce section just pointed me to the cilantro. Even worse, they didn't have the great cantaloupe and melon cream wafer cookies that they used to carry :(

I didn't give up, though, and went to the newer 99 Ranch Market on Jeffrey, about 5 minutes away (Irvine is about 1/3 Chinese). This market is much newer, cleaner, didn't smell like fish, and ... had the ngò gai (but still no melon sugar wafers)!

I still couldn't find the ajices dulces, but used green bell peppers, as suggested on some web site. I got the rest of the ingredients and made a big batch of sofrito. I also made the achiote oil. With these in hand I made the roast chicken with garlic rub and the yellow rice. They were both great (and continue to be in leftovers).

The chicken recipe is cool because you separate the skin from the meat, without removing it, and put the garlic rub under the skin. That way the skin gets crispy, but the meat and rub are nice and moist underneath. I think I know what it's like now to be a plastic surgeon putting in breast implants.

On to other Daisy recipes.

Apr 24, 2007
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Need good latino produce market in central OC

Yep - I've been watching Daisy's show and picked up the cookbook. I guess Puerto Rican / Carribean food isn't popular with Mexicans and Central Americans.

Excellent tip on 99 Ranch Market - there's a ton of them around here, including one about five minutes from my home! I guess I'll try for it again this weekend - let you know.

I hope to go back to NYC, where I grew up, this fall. I'll have to hit the places Daisy talked about in Queens (where there's also supposed to be great south Indian food - my favorite).

Apr 20, 2007
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costa mesa

I don't know what Mr.s S is talking about. I think The Omelette Parlor is great. I probably haven't been there for a few months, but every time I've gone over the last ten years I've really enjoyed it. I've never seen anything filthy. The servers are very nice. The food has always been very good, with large portions.

Back to the OP's question about NY-style delis. The obvious is Jerry's, right by South Coast Plaza and the Performing Arts complex. Huge menu, great matzo ball soup. Most items are ok. Service can be glacial and parking is a joke. Unfortunately, the other local delis (Arnie's and Kaplan's) closed a while back. The only other one I know of, although I haven't been there in at least a couple of years, is P.J. Bernstein's, in Laguna Hills. In just off the 5 on Alicia. They used to be pretty good, although I remember very slow service there, too.

Apr 20, 2007
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Need good latino produce market in central OC

Thanks for the suggestions. I've been busy the last couple of weeks, but I finally checked out the El Metate in Costa Mesa another huge market (don't remember the name) up in the San Fernando Valley (on Victory?).

Unfortunately, I struck out. It looks like So. Cal. Latinos don't like Puerto Rican food! I'm trying to make sofrito, which is extremely common and popular in Puerto Rican cooking. I can't find two of the main ingredients:

1) ajices dulces (also called cachucha or ajicitos). They're tiny sweet peppers, which look like Scotch Bonnets but aren't hot.

2) Culantro (similar to, but different/stronger than cilantro). It's also calle recao, saw leaf herb, false or Mexican coriander, or stinkweed. I've found it's also used in Vietamese cooking and called Ngo Gai.

Any other suggestions? Little Saigon/Westminster is only a few minutes away - any recommendations for markets there?

Otherwise, I found web sites that sell seeds, but I hope I don't have to grow the stuff myself.

David

Mar 13, 2007
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Need good latino produce market in central OC

HI all.

I've gotten hooked lately watching Daisy Cooks on PBS and just got the matching cookbook. I already started small with the tostones (fried plantains), which were great. I want to make more of the recipes, but I'm having trouble finding the ingredients. This is crazy, since I'm in OC, which is about half Hispanic! In Irvine, the only ethnic markets are Chinese. I looked around a bit in Santa Ana and Costa Mesa, but the markets I saw didn't have anything I couldn't find at Albertsons.

Where are the good places?

FYI, here's some of the stuff I'm looking for:

cubanelles peppers
ajices dulces / cachucha / ajicitos (tiny sweet peppers)
culantro (like cilantro, but bigger leaves and stronger)
annatto / achiote seeds

Also, does anyone know of any places in LA or OC that serve Puerto Rican food? I could find any - the closest were some Cuban restaurants.

Thanks!

David

Feb 25, 2007
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Challah bread in OC?

Jerry's Deli sells pretty good Challah. There's one right by South Coast Plaza. I make a better one with a really easy recipe from my bread machine's cookbook. If you have a bread machine it's very simple. It's better if I just have the machine kneed the dough and then I braid it and bake it in the oven, but even just in the machine it's very good.

They also have good bread, including Challah, at French's Pastry (www.frenchspastry.com) at the corner of Baker and Fairview in Costa Mesa.

David

Feb 25, 2007
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NY style egg-rolls

Hi all.

I'm about a year late to this discussion, but I've just started checking out Chowhound again, since they redid the site.

Anyway, I'm a NYC transplant (17 years in L.A./O.C. now) and I still miss eggrolls. The ones here are ok, but they're what would be called spring-rolls back east.

Any updates on places to get these? Anything in central/south O.C. would be especially great. And no, I'm not one of those people who think that everything NY is better than out here. Overall, I much prefer the food out here with the Asian and Mexican influences. I do miss the egg rolls and pizza (love some of the pizza out here, but it's just different).

Also, changing the subject a bit, here's one I've never seen out here: fried mozzarella sticks with raspberry sauce! Many places in NY offer raspberry sauce in addition to the usual marinara. My wife and daughter (So. Cal. natives) thought I was insane, but on one of our trips back east we went ot a little Italian restaurant and got this and they thought it was fantastic. Anyone ever seen this out here?

Oh - and unfrosted blueberry poptarts (Kellogs said that no one bought them out here, but how could they if they're not for sale!?), but thats a whole other topic.

David

Dec 17, 2006
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