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Things you might not know about Walmart and/or Kewpie Mayonnaise!

I think the msg in Kewpie is not too much of a problem. My sister seems to be very sensitive to msg and bought Kewpie. I warned her it contained msg and she was concerned, but tried it. No problems for her and she loves the stuff.

Aug 02, 2015
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Where to buy orange roughy or sea bass?

Oddly enough my sister picked up some Chilean Sea Bass at Marukai last week. It was very fresh. You could tell by how firm the flesh was. She told me it was 24.95 a pound.

May 29, 2015
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LA Restaurateurs Think the $15 Minimum Wage Hike Spells Doom for the Industry

I like the "names" JRC14 gives to the employees in his reply. Sounds like he has little/no respect for employees.

Ants in kitchen--Four methods have not worked! Help!

Living in drought prone southern California, we've had an ant problem. Last year I went the Terro route and after a month I threw in the towel. If we saw a bunch of ants we did use Windex which pretty much kills the little monsters pretty quick. It has no lasting effect. I'm not sure why it works, but I think it might in essence "drown" the ants which I think might breath through their exoskeleton. This is only my theory and not any proven science. After feeding the ants Terro and not really finding real results, my sister who works at some big defense contractor had a bad ant infestation in the office she worked in. Somebody there was sloppy and it was more than likely food particles. Someone contacted the building maintenance office and they gave them a bag of Advion ant stations. It cleared up the infestation in 3 days. I did some checking and found Advion was developed by Dupont. I checked the internet and found some places that would sell it. They seemed to be based in Texas and I'm not sure it's legal for non-pros to have it. Although you can get it as a gel, we bought the ant stations which are hard semi-clear modules with some slots cut into the plastic to allow the ants to get to the poison. In a week the ants quit showing up. We still have some ant stations left and I'm lead to believe they work until all the bait inside is gone. The stations we used still have lots of bait. I noticed the ants will stream in at first eating the Advion, but some will die fairly quickly. You'll see some of the ants floundering around. But others will head back home. The ants will pick up their dead relatives and take them back to home base. Presumably to eat up the carcasses, but that will further kill more ants. Not the non-poison route, but it does work. I believe the bait stations are made so it's a lot harder to access the bait by prying hands. I'm told Advion is also a roach poison, but the cut outs in the ant bait stations are too small for roaches. They also make roach bait stations which I assume are bigger to allow the roaches to get inside the station.

Apr 29, 2015
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SGV or dtla - fancy Easter candy?

You might check L'artisan du chocolat. http://www.lartisanduchocolat.net/Spe...

Mar 29, 2015
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REVIEW: Mariscos Chente, Mar Vista

Wasn't sure if I should start a new(er) thread, but driving down Centinela today (3/12/2015) I noticed the Mariscos Chente had a banner proclaiming "under new management."

Mar 12, 2015
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Pann's New Hours

You might have your opportunity coming up. Pann's usually offers the corned beef hash around St. Patrick's Day. They have a few other things offered then like Irish soda bread, corned beef and cabbage, and such. I've had the hash once and it was kind of salty, but then it might have been that batch that day. They usually have some info on their website about St. Patrick's Day food.

Mar 09, 2015
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Zam Zam market closing in Culver City

Okay...finally made it back to the gas station. I also did some recon two days ago and couldn't find the place on Hawthorne Blvd. Got to the gas station and got a chance to talk to the boss today. With his heavy accent I discovered he said it was near Al Watan and not Albertson's (which now is a Superior Market I discovered 2 days ago). The boss pronounces the W more like a V. He told me the market is set up, but not the restaurant part. They are going to make food according to him. I told him that I thought it was odd they were going to be competing with Al Watan. He says Zam Zam has a small menu and their preparation isn't the same any way. His opinion is Al Watan is generally better and after I mentioned Zam Zam's biriyani he said try what I take to mean the Al Watan biriyani on Friday. His english is limited, but he grabbed his thigh and said that is where the meat is on the Watan Friday biriyani. From what animal it wasn't clear. He also said it's around 147th and Inglewood Avenue. Al Watan I discovered looking at google maps it near 137th and Inglewood. So...apologies, but I'll try to check it out some time next week and finally nail down the elusive Zam Zam.

Zam Zam market closing in Culver City

Jase, don't listen to me. I still feel bad about the past hot dog thing. Any way, I've tried going by the gas station yesterday (Saturday) night and it was packed so I tried today. The owner wasn't in, but his employee happily gave me his cell phone number. I don't feel comfortable calling this guy cold. Give me a few days and I'll try to pop into the station when he's in and get more info.

Jan 18, 2015
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where to get Vietnamese baguettes (in West LA, hopefully)??

Not really in the area asked for by the OP, but you might try Pacific Bakery. http://www.pacificfrenchbakery.com/home It's owned by Vietnamese and it now caters to a more hispanic clientele (in general). On their list of retail products they list French rolls, but have baguettes listed under their wholesale products. I assume they'd be willing to do a small sale. The main store is on Washington Blvd.

Jan 15, 2015
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Zam Zam market closing in Culver City

I was in my favorite Bangaladeshi run gas station today. I have discussed with the owner the foods he likes. I had told him about Zam Zam Market and he loved their food. He told me today that they have relocated "in Inglewood by the Albertson's." I believe he's referring to the (now closed) Albertson's in Hawthorne on Hawthorne Boulevard. Maybe someone who is in the neighborhood can check this out if they're interested. Between the line of customers and trying to communicate through the glass enclosure I couldn't get more details. If it's not so busy, I'll try to find out more the next time.

Mom isn't eating well any suggestions?

Been pretty inactive of late, but your (KaimukiMan) post struck a chord. When my mom broke her hip some years back she was stuck in the hospital and seemed to totally lose her appetite. Understandable because the food appeared unappealing and she was feeling bad about her lack of mobility. The hospital/doctor prescribed some sort of medication to increase her appetite, but it didn't really seem to work. Now I'm going to speak from personal experience and hope you might find some idea(s) that may help. Hope you don't mind if I get personal (you don't have to answer), but I'm assuming a few things. It seems you are based in Hawaii and might be asian american. My family is japanese american and mom grew up in the farming areas of central California years ago. Mom has regained her appetite, but I believe it's mostly from returning to her regular surrounding and getting food she is familiar with. Mom is suffering from encroaching dementia, and seems to talk about things in the past. Things that seem to have helped her were stir fried asian type dishes with tofu, veggies and some meat.
I take mom to places where she can get these types of dishes, yakisoba, ramen, etc. Growing up on a farm, she also hung out with the hispanic workers who'd offer her some of their own food (beans, tortillas, etc.) so she likes that type of food. One of the things she really likes (which I wasn't aware of) are hamburgers/cheeseburger. Turns out because her family was poor, something like a hamburger was a rare special treat. So in concluding, I think find out what your mother enjoyed when she was younger and find out if she misses that kind of food. Drugs don't seem to help and it took probably close to a year for her to get her real appetite back. Don't get frustrated and having close family support is major. Talk to her and try and slip in questions that give clues as to what she might really like to eat. Good luck and I hope this helps.

Strawberry It's Its in LA?

If you google either the strawberry or pumpkin Its'It, you find recent references on yelp of people who visited the factory and got those flavors.

Jul 17, 2014
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3 food Sub Sandwiches in La

I know Original Rinaldi's in El Segundo and Manhattan Beach makes large subs. I'm sure 3 footers and I believe they make 6 footers too. Nice folks. http://theoriginalrinaldis.com/

Jul 01, 2014
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almond duck from the far east cafe in little tokyo

Like TonyC mentions, the New Formosa Cafe closed down a few years back. Dewey who owned it with his wife was a member of the family that ran Far East Cafe back in it's glory days. The group that later took over the building and had their version were offered the old recipes, but refused to pay for the original recipes. Both Dewey and his wife were getting up there in years and their health was getting somewhat worse. I heard Dewey passed away, but I can't say with certainty. Love to hear they are still around.

Jun 26, 2014
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Shrimp Trucks?

There happens to be another thread that popped up about Hawaiian food and there is a mention about a local food truck that serves Hawaiian food. It seems to get positive review from some 'hounds. They also have "garlic shrimp" listed, so maybe this is what you're looking for. https://twitter.com/Alohafridaysla

Jun 21, 2014
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Villa Italian, Culver City Pizza

paprkutr is reporting what I was told tonight. I actually like their pizza which I don't think is that much like Petrillo's. The Villa pizza is rectangular and cut into squares. I'd liken their pizza more to the old Numero Uno pizza of years past, but much better. It's a little thick with a crunchy bottom with a generous quantity of toppings. I've seen complaints about the service, but I've never had any issues with service.

Jun 20, 2014
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Shrimp Trucks?

I the OP is referring to something like the Giovanni's truck in Hawaii. About 5 (or more) years ago, there was a short lived place on La Cienega near Rodeo Road (near the Taco Bell) called Uncle Moki's which sold a butter/garlic somewhat scampi like dish that was similar to the Giovanni's dish. I don't recall any trucks similar to Giovanni's in the southern California area.

Jun 20, 2014
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PETRELLI'S steak House in culver city ? ANY GOOD?

I was in George's Coffee Shop today and noticed the headline in the local paper announced that George Petrelli has passed away. I only ate at the old place across the street decades ago. My friend was a fan of the steak sandwich at the time which I ate a few times. It was fine. Interesting article about the friendship between George Petrelli and Albert Vera (of Sorrento Market and former mayor of Culver City). http://www.culvercityobserver.com/sto...

Jun 07, 2014
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Best hard tacos?

Sorry I didn't respond earlier Servorg. Guess my impending senility is taking over. The chorizo in the fried quesadilla is the same stuff as you see in the chilaquilles. Being fried in the corn tortilla does change the character a little bit. The Anayas close early (5 pm) on Sunday because they want some family time. So I have to eat dinner elsewhere on Sundays.

Jun 02, 2014
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Best Instant Ramen? (please do not mock me, pretty please)

I finally got around to trying the Myojo Ippei Chan Yomise no Yakisoba and I must admit it's very good. I did only throw in about half the soy/oil packet into the noodles. It's got a lot of sodium if you look at the nutritional facts. I went to get some more at the Marukai market in Gardena and noticed another version by Myojo called Oriental Flavor with Mayonnaise. The plastic wrap around the container is mostly blue and white. I'll probably try it one of these days. Just wondering if anybody has tried it yet?

Jun 02, 2014
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Is there any real reason to eat squid or octopus?

Just happened to be looking at this thread. I'm surprised nobody has mentioned this way of cooking squid. Many years ago my dad used to go out on sport fishing boats here in southern California. The boats had a live bait tank and sometimes when the fishing was bad people like my dad would raid the tank as they returned to port. Sometimes it was squid. My mom (who no longer cooks) used to cook them whole in a teriyaki style sauce. Anyway you could eat pretty much all of the squid save the hard "eyeball" like thing in the center of the tentacles and the 2 clear almost plastic-like membranes that ran the inner length of the squid body. The outer body tube was pretty tender and almost chicken like in it's consistency. She used to do something similar with barracuda (when you used to be able to catch them locally). The barracuda meat is really white when cooked. Anyway, we'd eat either with rice. We sometimes also ate squid sashimi.

May 30, 2014
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montreal smoked meat in Los Angeles

moreplease gave the answer. http://redondobeachcafe.com/montreals...
I notice on their menu they have it and poutine. The OP is from 2003 so I kind of doubt he's around.

May 10, 2014
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La Botte in Santa Monica has closed

I presume Leiber of Leiber and Stoller (sp?) fame. Legendary songwriting team.

May 06, 2014
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Trompo spotted at Adams/Orange Drive.

Spotted a trompo with al pastor cooking one night on the northwest corner of Adams/Orange Drive (about 2 blocks west of La Brea). After passing it at various times, I stopped to ask. They told me they are there 7 days a week from 6:30/7 pm to 1 am. They didn't speak much english and I didn't trust my rusty high school spanish, but he did say some of the meats were: al pastor, chorizo, tripas, buche, chicken, might have forgotten some since there is no written menu anywhere. There was a table of condiments and a grill cart he was cooking on. I'll try to give it a taste test soon, but I've been eating at some good sit down joints so my tastebuds might have been spoiled.

May 04, 2014
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Any local LA candy makers?

I was going to mention Logan's too, but the OP sounded like they wanted candies that were less sweet and not chocolates either. Technically, Sees even makes non-chocolate candies like their lollypops, mints that melt, etc.

May 04, 2014
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Any local LA candy makers?

The mochi ice cream is a different animal and it was created by a lady at Mikawaya (another mochi place with several branches) who passed away a couple of years ago. There is another brand Maeda (something like that). Incidentally Trader Joes doesn't carry all the Mikawaya flavors. Fugetsu-Do is the oldest mochi/manju place (over 100 years old), but I think the most "old school" place is Sakura-ya in Gardena. Two brothers well into their 60's make the stuff daily. There have been rumors a few years ago they were going to retire. About a year ago I talked to one of them and he said they were kind of used to the routine and wasn't sure if and when they would retire.

May 04, 2014
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Calling All American CHs Not Raised in CA!: Did You Grow Up Eating Artichokes?

My mom grew up in a farming community in central California. When she was young, her dad took in 2 boarders from Japan. This is probably back in the 30's. The two guys went to some restaurant and for some reason ordered or received the artichoke as part of their meal. They said they peeled off all the leaves and since they hadn't a clue what to do with what they had, they finally asked their waiter who laughed but explained the eating procedure. Growing up we always used mayo with our cooked artichokes.

Apr 29, 2014
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A Few Mini-Reviews of Places I've Been Lately - Café Milan, Mel’s Fish Shack, CF Food Kitchen, Marty’s, El Sazon Oaxaqueno

Can't remember who posted the information recently, but Ronnie's is not open for dinner currently. http://ronniesdiner.com/

Apr 26, 2014
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Spicy Wild Greens, please help!

Sounds like mustard greens, which brings up a story from my youth. Years ago one of our neighbors was named Elizabeth and was an attendant in the ladies room at the old Luau restaurant in Beverly Hills. The stretch along the railroad tracks on Jefferson east of La Cienega to about mid-way to La Brea used to have a lot of wild mustard after the spring rains. Elizabeth told us she used to pick them to cook the greens for her husband and one day she mentioned where she got them. He got upset and said it wasn't clean and animals went to the bathroom in the area. He wanted her to buy the greens only at the market. She did what he told her and he was really unhappy the greens weren't that young and fresh. She told us she went back to picking the wild greens and her husband complimented about how much better the greens she had bought. Naturally she told him she found them at some market.

Apr 22, 2014
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