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Good pasta / Italian in central OC?

Pizzeria Ortica, Il Garage.

Also, Tutto Fresco in Orange if you like it "American style."

2 days ago
jaykayen in Los Angeles Area

My Quest to Find LA's Most Expensive Banh Mi

Tavern (Brentwood) offered one on the lunch menu many years ago, I do not know if they still do.

Apr 17, 2014
jaykayen in Los Angeles Area

Locking flavor into braised or stewed meat.

There is no such thing.

Apr 07, 2014
jaykayen in Home Cooking

Bartender Cracking/Breaking Ice in Palm

A sign of a good bar

Apr 07, 2014
jaykayen in Not About Food

Salt in restaurant food

The soup is almost always too salty.

Feb 21, 2014
jaykayen in General Topics

Valentines Dinner

$75 on Valentine's Day means ethnic.

Lots of good Latin American in that area.

Feb 10, 2014
jaykayen in Los Angeles Area

Are expensive/gourmet coffee beans worth it?

Gourmet coffee? Pulp Fiction was made in 1994.

Unless, of course, you are too young to remember Pulp Fiction.

Feb 03, 2014
jaykayen in General Topics

Am I missing out on anything without a regular cast iron skillet? AKA critique my collection.

Bbbbuuut.... you were the one asking about what you are missing out on.

You cannot get as good of a sear on a CI grill pan as on a flat surface. The flat surface will have full contact with what you're cooking.

Feb 02, 2014
jaykayen in Cookware

Grinding my own beef for burgers- why the freezer treatment?

It doesn't have anything to do with food safety. The texture of the meat is not as good if you grind it warm.

Feb 02, 2014
jaykayen in General Topics
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Am I missing out on anything without a regular cast iron skillet? AKA critique my collection.

You're not going to get a good sear with the grill pan.

I see little reason to have one other than maybe keeping an oven-roasted chicken from sitting in its juices.

Feb 02, 2014
jaykayen in Cookware

Chocolate chip cookies always turn out puffy

I spank them with a spatula.

Jan 27, 2014
jaykayen in Home Cooking

Pan hot, fish dried, but STILL sticking to pan

So... get a cast iron pan? $15.

Jan 22, 2014
jaykayen in Home Cooking

Help me to buy Green Tea

What cheap green, Asian supermarket tea are you drinking? I like Yamamotoyama very much for $2.50 a box.

Jan 20, 2014
jaykayen in General Topics

DineLA Winter 2014

DineLA is generally a terrible proposition for Chowhounders.

You're probably saving $15 to eat mass-produced food with limited choices, the servers are overwhelmed, management doesn't care, and your fellow dilettante diners are wielding large cameras and interrupting your experience with flashes.

Old Spago, before the redesign, the tasting menu was usually under $100.

Jan 20, 2014
jaykayen in Los Angeles Area

Wedgwood or Apilco?

Fine china is very strong.

My understanding is Apilco is heavier, bistro-style ware. Wedgwood is finer, thinner china.

Jan 17, 2014
jaykayen in Cookware

AYCE Korean BBQ

Gen has a full bar. It is in OC, however.

Jan 16, 2014
jaykayen in Los Angeles Area

Buying Medium-hi quality Shabu-shabu meat in L.A?

Buy a slicer if you eat enough shabu shabu to make it worth it.

Jan 15, 2014
jaykayen in Los Angeles Area

Pressing ingredients against a hot pan

I use tongs because I don't have heat-proof hands like many professionals do.

Jan 15, 2014
jaykayen in Home Cooking

Am I idealistic, old-fashioned, out of touch, a romantic, or just plain wrong? (Multiple choices allowed)

I have never received the bill until I ask for it in a fine dining restaurant.

Jan 15, 2014
jaykayen in Not About Food

"Mix" cakes vs. scratch cakes

The biggest problem with box cakes seems to be the amount of baking powder. I always can taste something that I can only guess is the aluminum.

Jan 15, 2014
jaykayen in General Topics

29 signs you worked in a restaurant kitchen

27. The sound of a printer triggers PTSD.

OMG YES.

Jan 14, 2014
jaykayen in Food Media & News

Eye of Round - 1, Me - 0

I did the CI method, too. On a piece that was supposed to be Choice, from Costco so I know it was not mislabeled. It was a failure. What a waste.

Jan 14, 2014
jaykayen in Home Cooking

Amaro Tours?

I was at a small restaurant in Bologna. The very affable proprietor plied my friend with grappa after grappa after he heard the first one was not to my friend's liking.

Jan 12, 2014
jaykayen in Italy

Multiple fat confit

It'll be fine. No worries.

I wouldn't use supermarket lard, though.

Jan 10, 2014
jaykayen in Home Cooking

How to clean cast iron skillet without having to reseason

You only reseason if the seasoning is not good, not after every use.

If you use soap to wash, apply a thin layer of oil with a paper towel to the cooking surface (not the walls) after every wash.

Jan 10, 2014
jaykayen in Cookware

Left my lunch on the counter before work. Safe to eat?

It will be fine.

Jan 08, 2014
jaykayen in General Topics

Homemade kimchi, ok to eat?

Should be fine. It is full of salt.

I toss if it starts bubbling.

Jan 08, 2014
jaykayen in Home Cooking

What can I buy for $35 at William Sonoma?

De buyer crepe pan is on my wishlist.

Jan 07, 2014
jaykayen in Cookware

Survey: Do you wash your poultry before cooking?

C

Jan 03, 2014
jaykayen in General Topics

Bouchon Breakfast Advice

Nope. I had one experience so wonderful, I raved about it and could not wait to go back. The next time, I did not have a good experience. It isn't just you.

Jan 03, 2014
jaykayen in Las Vegas