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FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

I believe typical plastic grocery bags take enormous amounts of time to break down. Oxidation in landfills is minimal. The bags do photodegrade but most aren't exposed to sunlight for very long.

Plastic bags are overrunning the world. Penang banned plastic bags years ago because of the litter issue but more so because the bags were clogging the drainage and sewer systems. This has no longer been an issue post-ban, saving the municipal govt the repeated huge and nasty expense of unclogging their waste systems.

I think the spirit of many posts is being lost on this issue because of some snarky remarks. maudies5 has always been a straight-up hound with so many valuable contributions. Her OP on this issue leads into a far more vast issue that has potential consequences beyond first world problems. I'd hope more respect to her would be in order.

about 1 hour ago
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area
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Where To Buy Quark?? Kwark?

Kwark is available in the yogurt/cottage cheese section of Whole Foods in Venice. Whole Foods sounds like a good place to start - I'd venture a guess that their larger busier units would be the places to start looking.

about 4 hours ago
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Beyond Vegan

Just remember to ask for no peanuts in the OP's case - sob.

about 10 hours ago
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Beyond Vegan

Stay away from Veggie Grill.

about 10 hours ago
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

We went to Sweet Rose on Pico this past week. Earl Grey, vanilla, chocolate, Maggie's Mint with Valrhona choco pearls and Summer Corn. Earl Grey was WOW. Vanilla and chocolate were solid (has SRC ever done French Vanilla?) Maggie's Mint tasted like someone was muddling mint leaves under my nose and on my tongue - really fresh tasting and great summer flavor. Summer Corn was the most unique and memorable for me. Fresh sweet summer corn kernals meets Straus's cow milk after indulging on the first fresh grass of spring.

about 10 hours ago
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area
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L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014 -- Voting

Don't forget to vote in CAPS.

about 10 hours ago
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

PLAN CHECK SAWTELLE - GREAT CHOICE FOR 2 COUPLES WITH KIDS

Plan Check is the first bar-type place (that fell more like a bar as opposed to a restaurant that had a bar) that my then-12 year-old son and I visited as just the two of us - we usually travel for meals as a family. At first, he didn't get why he was going since he had always associated bars as adults only (a few years back, he was bummed out when we had to explain to him that he couldn't go to Father's Office with us and some friends). I attempted to explain to him that not all bars are just for adults, that some bars welcome families - that you as a minor can sit and order food and drinks too - just not the adult-type drinks. He still was a little uncomfortable so I decided we should sit outside in the patio area (as far from the bar as possible). The waitress brought the menus and when he saw pickled eggs, his attitude changed. Pickled eggs? I still don't understand why this was the impetus for his turning point. The ice cream bars and donuts were also big hits as well. Burgers are a slam dunk. Now, Plan Check is one of his first choices when it's his turn to choose where to eat.

about 10 hours ago
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area
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L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014 -- Voting

I think your decision on this month's co-dishes was a great call on your part. Your decisions are fine with me. If there's a handbook that you should be following, so be it. But I feel you've done a great job that no one but ipse (who also went above and beyond) has offered to take on.

about 10 hours ago
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area
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It's time to play MR TASTER'S **NAME THAT PASTRAMI SUPERCHALLENGEā„¢**!

And that's one heck of a tongue...

1 day ago
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Newport Seafood San Gabriel Location Closing?

Yuefu? Is that you?

Jul 20, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Newport Seafood San Gabriel Location Closing?

I wonder what their options are? They obviously need a space at least as large as their current location. Most patrons would prefer a larger location.

Jul 20, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Pleasurable Candy and Chocolate Shopping

Mitsuwa in Torrance has a confections counter. I think all of their product is from Japan. It's not Willy Wonka - more boutique in feel. Not sure if that works foe your purposes.

Jul 18, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

GCM is Getting The Best Ice Cream Parlour

Yeah - my same experiences, impressions and thoughts. I didn't realize one was eh and the other was zippity-do-dah.

Jul 17, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Bread and Butter

Forgot to mention Zinque is now in West Hollywood as well.

Jul 17, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Bread and Butter

Spring Hil from Petaluma has been at the Santa Monica FM on 3rd/Arizona. Their organic butter is Euro-style and very good.

Jul 17, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Bread and Butter

McClelland's is excellent.

Jul 17, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Bread and Butter

Zinque on Venice and Abbot Kinney Blvds imports Poilane bread twice a week. I think the butter is domestic.

Jul 16, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Thanks for posting the picture. The chicken breast was heavily battered - no chicken peeking through like in this picture. I love fried batter and this was very good fried batter. But any chance of eating the piece intact was a no-go. With that said, the seasoning in the batter and on the chicken was flavorful and mildly spicy.

Jul 16, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Is Japanese food overrated?

I'm practicing my feeble diplomatic skills. :)

Jul 13, 2014
bulavinaka in General Topics

Is Japanese food overrated?

I haven't looked up Ponta's profile so I don't know where he/she resides, but I'm in the L.A. area. We have a lot of Japanese food choices that fall in all the categories of good or bad, "authentic" or Americanized, specialists or generalists. The specialists usually shine, as these are players who put serious focus on ingredients and preparation on a relatively few dishes. I don't know if Ponta has ever experienced food from such specialists. Heck, Ponta might not even care for this cuisine no matter what or where it is experienced. But having gone to Japan with a more mature and experienced palate has confirmed to me that this cuisine shines. When one considers how much attention is paid to sourcing and preparing rice in this cuisine, subtleties like this can easily be overlooked. If one wants strong flavors or powerful chile kicks, Indian, Thai, Malaysian or some of the Latin American cuisines are some that Ponta may associate far better with. But if Ponta hasn't experienced food closely resembling Japanese cuisine in terms of quality and preparation, that may be where the problem is.

Jul 13, 2014
bulavinaka in General Topics
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Sorry about the "no pic." I'm so 1999. Or maybe even 1979.

Jul 13, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Had the "Dirty Bird" benedict at Abigaile in Hermosa Beach. Battered and deep-fried chicken breast sits on sage biscuit and a poached egg is placed on the chicken. The dish in total was pretty good but the poached egg wasn't all there. The chicken itself was tasty and crunchy. The batter had a fair amount of seasoning and the chicken breast tasted like it was either preseasoned or marinated prior to battering. The fried batter coating was quite thick and hard. Cutting through it was difficult and ended up eating the batter and chicken meat as two seperate things together.

Jul 13, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Is Japanese food overrated?

Standard out-of-the-box curry is pretty much as you describe. But curry specialists and many mom&pops do make their own from scratch - utilizing 20-30 spices and herbs, various fruits and vegetables and stocks.

You're certainly entitled to your own opinion, but if you feelJapanese cuisine is limited and overrated, maybe better and broader examples await you.

Jul 13, 2014
bulavinaka in General Topics
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Sad to report the passing of Veggo

Peter, so sorry to read of your family's loss. I apologize for conveying my heartfelt wishes to you all so far after Veggo's passing. I just caught this post this morning and am very saddened. He has touched so many of us with his wit, candor and charm. I can only imagine how he has affected those close to him - how lucky you all are to have known him as son, brother, a lover, as a compadre.

Veggo was the main reason I would occasionally stray away from my "home" board. Regardless of what he wrote, his entries were always filled with a vibrancy of life well lived. His humor always stood out, but his love, passion and deep regard for the ocean was my personal touchstone with him. And yeah, his humor - it needs to be mentioned again. I personally referred to Veggo as, "fuckin' Veggo," because after reading so many of his humorous posts, I'd laugh and mutter to myself, "that fuckin' Veggo!"

Tonight, I will pull out my best rum, pour to Veggo, and raise my glass high.

Jul 13, 2014
bulavinaka in Site Talk
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It's all fun and games until someone gets poke'd in the listicles!

The title to your OP is the best of the year - kevining hilarious.

There's a few on these list I'm eager to try, especially Jus' Poke in RB. They appear to be legit. Somewhat reminds me of the the setups in The Islands. The ma & pa corner stores and seafood shops usually offer one or more specialties that draws in business - poke bars or a large selection of poke in the deli cold case is one of those typical examples. If successful enough, these specialties can often spin off into another business. We have relatives who followed this path that morphed into bakeries, restaurants and Japanese confections.

Jul 12, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Copper River salmon at Costco

Picked up white sea bass for about $25/lb a couple weekends ago at the Sunday Mar Vista FM.

Jul 12, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

It's all fun and games until someone gets poke'd in the listicles!

"...is muy haole."

Classic.

Jul 12, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area
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Unique to SF or Cal - Must eats for out-of towners

Forget to add this link to Gott's pdf menu:

http://gotts.com/gottwp/wp-content/up...

Jul 09, 2014
bulavinaka in San Francisco Bay Area

Unique to SF or Cal - Must eats for out-of towners

L.A. hound here. I live within ten minutes of three In-N-Outs - I might go once a year if that. It was great when they first came into the general area, but the novelty is long gone. The burgers are a very good deal. The standard fries are limp and anemic. The menu is simple - too simple for my tastes. When I'm up around the Bay Area, give me Gott's Roadside (Taylor's Automatic Refresher) any day. If In-N-Out had half the heart as Gott's, I'd be there weekly. The big plus is wine and beer - incredibly good wine and beer for a burger joint. This place exemplifies what NorCal views as how In-N-Out would be if they were born up here.

Jul 09, 2014
bulavinaka in San Francisco Bay Area
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

I was just thinking about mochi creams. Mitsuwa in Torrance has these too. Great stuff.

Jul 07, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area