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MAKING PICKLES! Reliable source for kirby cucumbers?

Super King in Altadena carries pickling cucumbers consistently. They are usually quite large and have very thick skins, so I'm not sure if they are true Kirbys or some form of national pickling cucumber.

Sep 19, 2011
badmeow in Los Angeles Area

FINALLY... a real, honest-to-Hashem method for making real lower east side SALT FERMENTED KOSHER DILL PICKLES, as directed by Moe, a 90+ year old former pickle master

The inclusion of grape leaves was in the interest of simple experimentation, not to sully Moe's tradition. Like Chris VR said, I'm looking for the best results, not the most traditional results. I'll choose my threads more carefully next time.

Sep 08, 2011
badmeow in Home Cooking

FINALLY... a real, honest-to-Hashem method for making real lower east side SALT FERMENTED KOSHER DILL PICKLES, as directed by Moe, a 90+ year old former pickle master

Okay, I've got another batch in the brine now. I got my hands on a few fresh grape leaves straight from a vineyard. We'll see if I have better luck this time.

Sep 05, 2011
badmeow in Home Cooking

FINALLY... a real, honest-to-Hashem method for making real lower east side SALT FERMENTED KOSHER DILL PICKLES, as directed by Moe, a 90+ year old former pickle master

Great post, Mr. Taster. Thanks for sharing. I've only attempted fermented pickles once (Alton's Brown recipe) and on day 3, they were so soft in the middle they were practically hollow. Moe's method doesn't look that far off from Brown's, but I'll try it with persian cukes (rather than the fat pickling cukes I tried the first time), and see how it goes.

Sep 04, 2011
badmeow in Home Cooking

Source for KOSHER DILL pickling spice? (No cloves, please)

After getting the hang of vinegar-type pickles, I just recently got interested in the salt fermented version, and so far, I'm 0 for 1. I tried using Alton Brown's recipe, but after a couple days, my cukes were so soft inside they were practically hollow. After some research, I tentatively concluded that my cukes were too mature and/or not fresh enough, even though they seemed plenty firm when I bought them (at Super King). I'm not sure where in LA to get younger/fresher pickling cucumbers.

Anyway, Brown doesn't use pickling spices, per se. He just goes with black peppercorns, red pepper flakes, garlic, and dill, which I have to say is closer to my West Coast memory of the equivalent. On the other hand, he's just calling his "dill pickles", not "kosher". What was the Rabbi's method? Is it summarizable?

Sep 01, 2011
badmeow in Los Angeles Area

Medium to Dark Roast Coffee, Whole Beans

Jones isn't bad, but if you're picky about fresh roasts, be careful. On two occasions, I asked when the beans were roasted, and both times the person helping me dodged the question (and I'm pretty sure the surlier of the two was one of the owners).

Jul 18, 2011
badmeow in Los Angeles Area

Cheese making course in or around Los Angeles?

Hipcooks has a basic cheese making class, which I know includes goat cheese, mozzarella, ricotta, and maybe one or two others.

Mar 21, 2011
badmeow in Los Angeles Area

Where can I find canning jars?

I second Smart & Final. I've also seen them at Albertsons.

Feb 02, 2011
badmeow in Los Angeles Area

Gastropubs in LA - maybe it's time to start a list?

Would you include Lucky Baldwins as a gastropub? They have one of the best tap selections in the LA area, but the simple eats are comfort food at best, so I'm not sure if the die-hards would disqualify this as a gastropub and stick with calling it a British pub, which really is all it calls itself anyway.

I second Tony's Darts Away. If Wurstkuche qualifies for this list (which I agree it should), Tony's should too.

I'll also throw Boneyard Bistro out there. I know people are sharply divided on the quality of food and service, but at least they attempt more interesting grub to go with their recently expanded tap selection.

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Boneyard Bistro
13539 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Lucky Baldwins
17 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

Wurstkuche
800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Darts Away
1710 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

Dec 31, 2010
badmeow in Los Angeles Area

Report on Boneyard Bistro

It's a shame some folks have had such a bad experience with the service. For whatever it's worth, I've been there a few times and the staff has always been wonderful. The first time we went, we chatted with the owner for about fifteen minutes and he seemed like a good guy.

Jun 17, 2010
badmeow in Los Angeles Area

Anybody been to Boho on Sunset?

I'm always curious about a new gastropub, especially if it's smack between the Arclight and Amoeba, but I'm suspicious because it's smack between the Arclight and Amoeba (Club Sushi, anyone?). Has anybody tried it out?

Apr 04, 2009
badmeow in Los Angeles Area

Cocktails near the Fonda?

Blue Palms is right there in the same building. Good food (if a little over priced), cocktails, and an excellent beer selection.

www.bluepalmsbrewhouse.com

Mar 27, 2009
badmeow in Los Angeles Area

Cooking class in Pasadena/SGV?

Take a look at Hipcooks (www.hipcooks.com). They're closer to downtown (they're at the Brewery), but it's not too far from Pasadena. It's casual and informative and they have interesting menus/classes. It's a good one-time class gift for a couple.

Feb 17, 2009
badmeow in Los Angeles Area

Is there any pizza out there thats comparable to Casa Bianca?

Just down the road from Casa B on Colorado, hole-in-the-wall Brownstone is making some of the best NY style pizza in LA.

Jan 09, 2009
badmeow in Los Angeles Area

Dogfish Head in West Los Angeles?

The news from Claus is most encouraging, although I'm pleased to report that after being told yesterday at Red Carpet in Glendale that there was no progress and Dogfish has been "two weeks away" for months, I found (well, my wife spotted and I bought) 90-min IPA and Palo Santo from the Whole Foods in Glendale just this afternoon. It was as though the clouds parted and the heavens sang.

Dec 23, 2008
badmeow in Los Angeles Area

Din Tai Fung -is it that bad??

Where is the second location? I only know of the one on Baldwin.

Jan 27, 2008
badmeow in Los Angeles Area

Nonna on Sunset?

Just West of Doheny, opened first week of August, 2007, next to Blowfish. Chef from Il Sole. Do any Hounds have reports?

Aug 30, 2007
badmeow in Los Angeles Area

BlowFish in L.A.-suggestions?

Great, thanks!

Aug 30, 2007
badmeow in Los Angeles Area

BlowFish in L.A.-suggestions?

Hey Tinitime. This is a little off-topic, but I think I saw that a new restaurant opened or is opening next door to Blowfish, to the west. Have you happen to notice what it is?

Aug 30, 2007
badmeow in Los Angeles Area

Bistro Verdu Closing

I wouldn't joke about such a thing. Ruiz himself sends out email newsletters occasionally, and this morning's brought the dire news: "This weekend marks the 'end for now' of Bistro Verdu. We are so thankful for all of our loyal customers and friends who have been dining here for almost 4 years now. We have had a great time getting to know all of you and we are thankful for your business and support. As many of you know, we are working on a new location and hope to have news soon."

As for your gift certificate, if you don't get to Verdu this weekend, it's not a total loss. In the same email, Ruiz also said, "Later this summer we will be opening our new retail/take out food shop, Ingredients. Location is 1 block north on Verdugo in Montrose. We will offer a selection of artisan foods both domestic and imported, including a large selection of cheeses, spices from around the globe and prepared small bites... Any unused Bistro Verdu gift certificates will honored at the store."

Jun 22, 2007
badmeow in Los Angeles Area

Bistro Verdu Closing

Owner/chef Mike Ruiz has announced that Bistro Verdu in Montrose is closing this weekend. Last dinner service is this Sunday, June 24. I think there were a few detractors amongst the Hounds, but this spot has been a local favorite of ours for a few years, so it's sad to see it go. He's looking for a new location, but hasn't settled on anything yet (at least not that he's willing to announce).

Jun 22, 2007
badmeow in Los Angeles Area

Fish King vs Bristol Farms?

So is there really an issue with buying fish the day before a holiday, or do you just not want to risk it?

May 27, 2007
badmeow in Los Angeles Area

Fish King vs Bristol Farms?

I've been to Fish King maybe only 6 or 7 times, but I did get a bad piece of fish. This past Xmas eve, I got a hunk of the allegedly sushi-grade ahi. When I got it home it smelled horrible and was so fatty that it was difficult to slice. The place was packed so I figured stuff hadn't been sitting around, but still, maybe there was some significance to it been Dec 24? Even so, it was just the once, and I've been back since.

May 26, 2007
badmeow in Los Angeles Area

New Moon Restaurant in Montrose

I don't recall seeing a new restaurant in that area. Is it possible it's just the recently remodeled Divina Cucina?

Apr 25, 2007
badmeow in Los Angeles Area

Breakfast/Dinner from Sunland to La Crescenta?

Sunland and Tujunga are woefully thin on decent food options. Joselito's is okay but has never wowed me, but Mi Casita on Foothill in Sunland usually does us well. Sweet Cherries on Foothill in Sunland offers perfectly acceptable diner fare/comfort food (love their homemade chili), but it can be hard to catch them for dinner since they tend to close early when it's slow. Al Read's BBQ place has beckoned to me for years although I've never had the guts to try it. I'm intrigued by the recommendations here for Tortas, so I think I'll give that a go myself sometime soon.

There are a ton of good food options in Montrose. The standouts here are Divina Cucina and Bistro Verdu (www.divinacucinarestaurant.com and www.bistroverdu.com). Verdu will hit your wallet harder than anything else in Montrose, but worth every penny. It's tiny, so on weekends, make sure you have a reservation. Worth noting - Verdu's corkage is only $5, and they're right next door to Rosso wine shop (www.rossowineshop.com), which has a reasonable selection of Cal, French, Italian, and Spanish wines (they're relatively new and still growing their inventory. The owner, Jeff, is usually there and helpful with recommendations). Divina is our sentimental favorite, but they recently underwent substantial remodeling and I don't know if they're back to 100% yet (anybody know?). Also Black Cow and Star Cafe, although they tend to be mobbed on weekends, especially BC. Sushi Manster (pronounced monster) on Honolulu is a nice little neighborhood-y sushi place that does the basic things well enough to keep pulling us back (Blue Fin sushi is also on Honolulu, but I had a fairly miserable experience there). There's also El Charro for Mexican, which has somewhat common-denominator fare although it is a guilty pleasure (fresh chips, and love that chicken fajita burrito), but I've heard great things about La Cabanita too. You can get Chinese at New Moon, but their menu is hit and miss. Far more casual - and small - is Gourmet A Go Go (again on Honolulu) which boasts "fresh fast food" with some tasty panini, deli-style salads, and daily specials (www.gourmetagogoonline.com). Yet again on Honolulu are a Pho place and an Asian fusion place, although their names escape me. I've had decent meals at both, but without names I guess that isn't very helpful.

A special shout-out goes to Dish (www.dishbreakfastlunchanddinner.com), a bit further down Foothill in La Canada, which specializes in classic American food. Tasty stuff, especially their breakfast.

Apr 15, 2007
badmeow in Los Angeles Area