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Favorite Asian-Style pastries in/around SGV?

Oooh... Thank you. Must go!!!!!

about 21 hours ago
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Favorite Asian-Style pastries in/around SGV?

Wait - WHAT?!

A candied yam tart with meringue?

Sounds like a way fancier version of the sweet potatoes with browned marshmallows my uncle would request for Thanksgiving every year.

Have to try.

Is this the place? In Rowland Heights?

http://eatcakecafe.com

about 22 hours ago
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

I don't understand Jeni's

Slyman's? What is THAT?

The Clevelander's I knew (and know) went to Vienna Beef downtown, picked up their corned beef there, got a corn rye from Lox and Mandel or Davis Bakery, and made their own.

Or Corky and Lenny's for eat in, but I haven't had their corned beef in decades. http://www.corkyandlennys.net/about.php

As for ice cream? For better or worse, Clevelander's eat plenty of it, even at 10 degrees. They just eat it inside then : )

I don't understand Jeni's

Ipse,

I have not tried Jeni's (as you may well know!) but I highly rec Choctal, a pricey but I think worth it ice cream where the vanilla and then the chocolate ice creams are all made from the same base, the only thing that is different is the source of the beans (vanilla or cocoa.)

Sampled it at Cookie Con and was blown away. Blown away enough to actually spend the money for different flavors so my husband could do a sampling at home!

http://www.choctal.com

From Glendale you can find it at Handy Market (Burbank), Fresco Market, Fish King and Bristol Farms.

Very little air whipped in, dense and creamy.

downtown group dinner

If it is Thursday through Saturday night, you might want to hit up Grand Central Market.

http://www.grandcentralmarket.com

It could be way fun to get platters/plates from different vendors (I'm talking about you, Wexler's Deli and Eggslut) and share. And Mark Peel has a new location there as well.

Roy Choi also has two restaurants in the Koreatown/semi downtown area that might fit the bill --

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/2...

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/2...

And I have not been but I think more than one of Josef Centino's restaurants would meet your needs.

http://www.ledlowla.com

Good luck and post back about where you went!

Hipsters on Hillhurst

Oh.

That's more like perogies.... ; )

What are some of your favorite limited-ingredient dishes?

For spring? A steamed artichoke with melted butter for dipping.
Steamed thick asparagus (peeled) topped with a poached or lightly cooked egg, zested lemon rind, salt and pepper and a bit of grated percorino. Toast if you have it.

Sour rye bread, sliced, thickly buttered, topped with a slice of swiss cheese or havarti, fresh cracked pepper.

Grilled cheese made with fresh mango and a white cheese.
Grilled cheese made with white or orange cheese, tomatoes and dijon mustard.

Tunafish salad served on a fresh tomato. (Don't care how old or simple this is. When the tuna is good and the tomatoes are ripe? Still amazing.)

Shredded cooked cabbage served with egg noodles, cottage cheese, a bit of butter, salt and pepper.

Lightly cooked zucchini with olive oil, toasted almonds, and salt. Killer.

What are some of your favorite limited-ingredient dishes?

I like brie and strawberries. Fig jam, brie and crackers.

My 84 year old neighbor? Sandwiches of brie, roast beef and bread. I figure she's earned it!

Mar 25, 2015
happybaker in General Topics

Hipsters on Hillhurst

TonyC -

I love your posts and think you are a delightful smart guy - but don't diss stuff just because it is from Ohio.

If you ever went to the Westside Market in Cleveland and had the local meats and baked goods -

http://westsidemarket.org/about/marke...

Or had one of the Great Lakes Brewing Company beers -

https://www.greatlakesbrewing.com/com...

Or had a pepper smoked ham from southern Ohio ...

You'd know that, while Ohio can have misguided hipsters as much as any place, it also has remarkable food, made from the heart, unique to the area.

If you don't like Jeni's - dandy. Fine. I haven't tried it so I have no idea. But being a food craftsman from Ohio is not, on it's own, a reason to be mocked.

Mar 25, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Host gifts for challenging hosts

Great idea!

Mar 23, 2015
happybaker in Not About Food

Host gifts for challenging hosts

A gift pack from Penzey's spices (or a gift certificate) has been helpful to me in the past.

Their natural cocoa is amazing and I've often given pound bags of it as a hostess gift.

Mar 23, 2015
happybaker in Not About Food

How do you get cat spit off cast iron?

Wash it with hot water and a tad of soap. Rinse, dry, heat on the stove top until hot, wipe with oil, let cool - good to go.

If you hate the idea of soap, just boil water in it, drain, heat tip dry,re-oil.

Mar 22, 2015
happybaker in Cookware

where to get Shirataki noodles??

But how did they TASTE?

Mar 21, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, March 2015 -- SEAFOOD SANDWICHES

Dang! That looks awesome!

Mar 20, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

where to get Shirataki noodles??

I have seen them at Ralph's, and my Ralph's is a pretty basic one so I'd think other groceries would carry them. They are in the refrigerated section.

ISO Julia Child's "mashing fork", for lack of a better term

My mom had a Foley Fork, that's what I grew up using.

I tried a few copies and the closest has been the Norpro Granny Fork, though indeed, you might have to bend it to get the angle right for Julia.

The Emeril forks look close, but a tad too big or too small. That said, the pricing is decent so, worth checking out : )

Mar 19, 2015
happybaker in Cookware

I am a terrible cook!

Her mushroom barley soup is KILLER.

Still make it decades after the book was published.

800 Degrees Has the Best ... Pizza in LA

Went there today for the first time, for the St. Patrick's Day Green pizza (Bianca with pesto, broccolini and fresh mozz.)

Very tasty, rich, and bigger than I thought it would be.

Yes, a bit "loose" in the middle but oh my. Those poufy crust edges/bones? I am proud that I did not go to every table near us "Hi, are you going to eat that? Hi, are you going to eat that?" That tasty.

So rich, we'd ordered two pizza's and could barely finish one. So we have another for leftovers and we are happy campers.

So thanks, Chowers, for turning me on to a great tasty option.

Coming back for a quick visit - anything interesting in Pasadena?

Highland Park is not far from Pas, South Pas and there a new pupusa place that sounds really good! Killer thin masa, it is on my list to try...

http://www.yelp.com/biz/eat-n-run-pup...

I confess, I like King Hua in Alhambra, right by Fosselman's, better than Lunasia. But haven't been to the Lunasia in Pas, so it all could be different :

)

Welcome back!

Mar 15, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Dinner for a group of 30 - Eastside?

Dominick's Sunday Supper is well within your price range and, if you notify them that you'll have vegans, they will adapt. (And there's been many times we've gone on Sunday and seen a huge long table set up for a big group, give them notice and they can do it.)

http://www.dominicksrestaurant.com/su...

You can also order off the menu and stay in that price range.

Mar 15, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Dinner for a group of 30 - Eastside?

Cacao has tons of vegan options. Some really good surprises!

Mar 15, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

PLATE 38 in Pasadena has a great happy hour menu

I'd like to know about that too!

(Maybe it's tiny. A slider po' boy : )

Mar 14, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

visiting LA from SF

We just took my born and raised in NYC but now live in Virginia cousins to the Grand Central Market - specifically Wexler's - and they were in love.

They travel tons, and make many trips back to NYC, but we got the smoked fish platter and there was a battle over the nova versus the smoked collar (which Wexler's called "The wing.") The nova was delightful but the collar was almost like fish candy - so firm and oily but with smoke but not too much smoke... We picked at it until there was nothing left.

They loved the market itself and after lunch and a walk we shared some McConnell's ice cream and all was well. We will all definitely go back and I highly rec it for visitors.

Mar 13, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Martin Yan new show on PBS. Vietnamese cooking

Branding, peeps, branding.

Not perfect, but powerful.

And it could be a lot worse than Martin Yan doing this show!

Have bundt cake recipe, but no bundt cake pan

Cook both at the same time, same oven the, but it will take less time to bake then the bundt.

Mar 10, 2015
happybaker in Home Cooking
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Corned beef prices in LA

Tomorrow.

Mar 10, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Have bundt cake recipe, but no bundt cake pan

Two loaf pans. No real recipe tweaking nesc.

Mar 10, 2015
happybaker in Home Cooking

Best Bagels in LA -- Belle's Bagels

Withered? Really?

I'm not saying Belle's aren't great. Haven't had them so I don't know.

But when I first moved to LA (and no, I am not giving you a date : ) I & Joy was still around. I went to Pico and Robertson, parked, then went to every bagel shop AND bakery and got a water bagel (the simplest is the hardest) and took one bite. Place after place "No, no no no..." Until I & Joy. Yes! They were IT until they were bought out and the recipe was changed.

I haven't been to Larry Kings place in Beverly Hills but, barring that and Belle's? Brooklyn is the best I have found.

BTW, the goldstein's dough is decent but the bagels are SO big, it's all out of proportion.

Mar 07, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Travelers: what unique ingredient should I buy as a souvenir and what recipe should I make with it?

Oh goodness - it varies not just per country but per city and locality

For instance, the US, I'd buy biscuit/cornmeal products in Florida (yay House of Autry! http://www.house-autry.com/index.php) but in Glendale CA, I'd buy unique Armenian flavorings or local marmalades. http://www.waldoward.com

)

So maybe post where SPECIFICALLY where you are hoping to go in the future, and then folks can chime in?

Mar 07, 2015
happybaker in General Topics
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Has anyone ever used Jam exclusively as Pie Filling?

I think lemon squares are just tiny little lemon pies, without the meringue : )

Mar 07, 2015
happybaker in Home Cooking
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