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Albacore at Ventura Fish Company 4/26 and 4/27

Wait a sec. They "have caught large amounts of albacore" -- i.e., they already have the fish -- and they are going to be selling it NEXT weekend? And "[n]one of the fish is ever frozen"? Gonna be some pretty smelly albacore, I would think.

2 days ago
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A highly opinionated old Jewish man is taking us out to Yang Chow (Chinatown)

The basic asparagus is good, and 'tis the season.

Apr 17, 2014
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San Fernando Valley - Lobster?

Calabasas is most certainly in the Valley.

Apr 12, 2014
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El Nido Restaurant: Worth A Try

This is a block or so from where my daughter lives. When she was moving in we got a bunch of stuff from El Nido to feed the folks helping her move. I don't remember what, exactly, but I'm sure it included a variety of pupusas. What I do remember is people exclaiming about how good the food was.

Mar 29, 2014
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Dining Options while on college visit

La Super Rica is a terrific place. Even better in Santa Barbara is La Colmena ("the beehive"), about 5 blocks southeastward from La Super Rica on Milpas St.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/taqueria-la-c...

Mar 10, 2014
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Hows last location is closing!

Whose last location?

Mar 06, 2014
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Your best, most recent breakfast...

The early bird special at Nat's West Cafe in Canoga Park: 2 eggs over easy (always exactly right), 2 meaty strips of bacon, crisp hash browns (their home fries are equally good), a house-made cinnamon roll, coffee: $7.95. I add a side of sausage-filled country gravy for 95 cents more, and apply a liberal dose of the excellent -- and spicy -- house-made salsa. You will not need lunch.

Feb 23, 2014
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Where are the best chili cheese fries in L.A.?

Daglas - on Vanowen in Winnetka (maybe Reseda)

Feb 20, 2014
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What restaurant do you really really really miss that is now closed ?????

The Norm's at Lincoln and Colorado in Santa Monica.

Feb 15, 2014
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VFW Posts, bars ????

That's not quite right. There were two different medals, one for service members who served in Germany, OTHER THAN except West Berlin, from May 9, 1945 to May 5, 1955, the other for service members who served in West Berlin, from May 9, 1945 until Oct. 2, 1990. The 1990 date reflects when WWII was "over" for purposes of Berlin.

Feb 13, 2014
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VFW Posts, bars ????

I served in what used to be called West Berlin during the Vietnam years. I was awarded the U.S. Army of Occupation medal for my service there, and this qualifies me for VFW membership. It seems that when I was stationed in Berlin, World War II had not officially ended there -- i.e., Berlin was not included in the peace treaty that ended the war for the rest of Germany. Berlin was a Sonderpolitischeeinheit ("special political entity") governed by the 4 conquering nations (Britain, France, the USSR, and the USA), and I was an occupation soldier. There are no advantages to being an occupation soldier, except the occasional Loot or Pillage detail.

Feb 13, 2014
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Top Round Roast Beef

How does it compare to Ted Drew's?

Feb 13, 2014
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San Fernando Valley-weekend breakfast

North! NORTH of Roscoe, dammit!!

Jan 20, 2014
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San Fernando Valley-weekend breakfast

Good B&G at Nat's West Cafe, on Topanga Canyon a block west of Roscoe.

Jan 18, 2014
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San Fernando Valley-weekend breakfast

Hey! Breakfast is the most important meal of the decade!

Jan 18, 2014
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San Fernando Valley-weekend breakfast

Nat's West Cafe, on Topanga Cyn. one block north of Roscoe, is as good as the store in Van Nuys -- maybe even a little better. Both have house-made sausage (spicy turkey), house-made jams, house-made salsa, and house-made muffins and cinnamon rolls. Since the early bird breakfast is not available on the weekend, my suggestion is the house special sausage benedict, but have them omit the English muffin (just put the eggs and Hollandaise right on top of the sausage patty) and substitute a dynamite cinnamon roll for the muffin -- same price. Home fries or hash browns? Both are excellent (order them very crisp, whichever you choose), and put a little of the salsa on them.

Jan 15, 2014
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Best authentic Ethnic food thats a good deal?

What confuses a lot of people, I think, is that different parts of the City of Los Angeles are popularly known by other names, usually based on pre-Zip Code postal zone boundaries. Servorg cites Venice, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood and Van Nuys, but in the San Fernando Valley virtually all areas that people call by popular names -- Encino, Studio City, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Azusa, Woodland Hills, etc., etc., are parts of the City of Los Angeles.

Jan 01, 2014
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Secret/hidden charming restaurant in a canyon - driving me crazy help!

Canyon Bistro is a good spot, but it doesn't have wooden decks and it's not owned by a woman.

Dec 12, 2013
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LA Weekly "12 Best Diners in Los Angeles"

Enthusiastic +1 for Nat's West Cafe on Topanga Cyn. Blvd.

Dec 12, 2013
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Brents Deli, Northridge

OP said, "I really prefer a basic pastrami sandwich."

Twice I've asked the servers at Brent's -- once at each store -- what the difference was between their black pastrami and their regular pastrami. Each time the server immediately responded, "None."

That's not to say that Brent's pastrami isn't delicious; it is. It ain't Langers delicious, but it's delicious nevertheless.

Nov 26, 2013
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Where to buy jackfruit

My frozen daiquiri comment stems from the years I lived in Guam, when I could get soursops for free from neighbors' trees, or at very low cost from farmers' markets.

Nov 24, 2013
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Where to buy jackfruit

Agreed. If nothing else, the soursop fruit is much bigger than the cherimoya fruit. They do, however, taste the same, and both make a great frozen daiquiri.

Nov 24, 2013
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Small sufganiyot...

Blinkie's Donut Emporium in Woodland Hills (Topanga Cyn. Blvd. and Dumetz) has a big sign saying "get your jelly donuts for Hannukah." I don't know, though, what size they are/will be.

Hmmm .. a good reason to take a little detour into Blinkie's, which has excellent products -- though unless you live relatively nearby it's got to be a shlep.

Nov 22, 2013
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Where to buy jackfruit

Forget jackfruit - eat cherimoya (aka soursop). MMMMmmmmmm.

Nov 22, 2013
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A pastrami sandwich as good as Langers

The S. S. Mein Kindt.

Nov 21, 2013
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Hey Westsidegal! Thanks for the Itzik Hagadol recs

There must have been later ones, Mr. T -- the one I have expires 2/14/14

Nov 20, 2013
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Chow-worthy food in Woodland Hills?

A few miles farther north is Nat's West Coffee Shop, on Topanga Cyn one block north of Roscoe -- I guess that's West Hills. Terrific breakfasts. I usually order the "early bird" off the menu: 2 eggs, excellent hash browns or home fries, 2 slices of nice lean bacon, bread or house-made muffin (which includes really good cinnamon rolls), and coffee for $7.25. I always add in a side of country (sausage) gravy for an additional buck. There are other early-bird specials as listed on a table card, for $5.95, but those don't include coffee.

Not only house-made muffins and cin. rolls, but also house-made tomatillo salsa (quite spicy and delicious), house-made strawberry and apricot-pineapple jams, and house-made spicy turkey sausage; if you decide against the early bird, another good choice is the turkey sausage benedict.

Please do not let yourself be put off by the servers, who look sorta like gangbangers but are all friendly and polite -- esp. Eddie, in my experience. Coffee is very good, and there is no problem sitting there for as long as you want -- the coffee keeps coming. I live in Topanga Cyn, and it takes me almost half an hour to get there, but it is my go-to place for a fine breakfast.

(there are other "early bird"

Nov 18, 2013
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Arkansas Black apples….anyone???

Ha's had them week before last at the Calabasas farmers' market, but not this past week. Calabasas market is on Saturday mornings, in Old Town Calabasas -- on Calabasas Rd., across the street from the Sagebrush Cantina. Street parking is not easy, and the sheriff's dept. tickets every so often along Calabasas Rd., but you can park for $2 in the Sagebrush parking lot or a little farther away in the Reyes Adobe lot.

Nov 18, 2013
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Chow-worthy food in Woodland Hills?

+1 for Saigon Sandwich. Also, the restaurant right next door, Bale Valley, is family-run, has been there for a thousand years, and has some great Vietnamese food. Seems like most people order what the menu calls "barbecued chicken," but which is pretty clearly fried -- half a chicken on rice, very good and a real bargain. Their Imperial Egg Rolls are also very good.

Nov 14, 2013
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Ventura/Oxnard help?

Maria Bonita, on Main St. diagonally across from the mission. Terrific moles. http://www.mariabonitagourmet.com/men...

Nov 11, 2013
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