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In Search of Milk Fed Whole Lamb (2-3 wks old)

Thank you so much for your suggestion. I will try them.
After much searching, I also found another source: Copeland Family Farms (530) 436 2348 and they have both cabrito (baby goat) and lamb from week 1 on up for sale.

Apr 21, 2008
HungryKat in Los Angeles Area

In Search of Milk Fed Whole Lamb (2-3 wks old)

My DH dreams of eating baby lamb the way he used to in Spain where he grew up. There, apparently it's not too difficult to buy baby goat or lamb that's so young that it's only been fed milk, ideally under 3 weeks old. I've been searching high and low but can't seem to find a local source for buying lamb that young. Can anyone help me? Even if it's not whole, as long as it's less than 3 weeks old and has only been fed milk, it would be great.

Thank you all.

Apr 20, 2008
HungryKat in Los Angeles Area

In Search of Beef Cheeks

Thank you all for your suggestions! I'll let you know how it turns out.

Nov 14, 2007
HungryKat in Los Angeles Area

In Search of Beef Cheeks

I didn't realize there were kosher butchers on Pico. I've seen one on Santa Monica by Colby. Do you know the name or cross streets of the one you're referring to? Thanks!

I'll test out the recipe after I get my hands on the cheeks and then post it if it's worth the effort. It's one of those things that require a 24 hr marinade and 3 hrs of cooking time.

Nov 14, 2007
HungryKat in Los Angeles Area

Moderate priced restaurant in West L.A./Santa Monica

There are so many places on Sawtelle:
-Sawtelle Kitchen has lots of reasonably priced east/west dishes and you can bring your own wine for a reasonable corkage fee. I highly recommend the seabass w/ crispy mushrooms on top and citrusy sauce. I think it's only about $18.
- Hide has excellent sushi at very good prices unless you're looking for a romantic atmostphere. My DH and I get stuffed for about $60 total.

The best thing about that area is that you can walk to Beard Papa's after for some incredible cream puffs and coffee for desert.

Closer to the beach:

- This place may be too casual but if you're right by the beach, Cha Cha Chicken has a cute outdoorsy patio and heat lamps and very good jerk chicken or ropa vieja w/ plantains and cuban style rice for about $7 or 8. It's BYOB w/o any corkage.
- Primitivo on Abbot Kinney has a lot of "tapas" plates for under $15 and a very good wine selection.
- Lily's on Abbot Kinney has a great atmosphere and a very cute garden. Excellent French food and very good wine. Don't know what you mean by "moderate" but two can eat very well for under $100.

Nov 13, 2007
HungryKat in Los Angeles Area

In Search of Beef Cheeks

I found an amazing recipe for braised beef cheeks on Best Recipes but oh where oh where does one find the stuff? I've tried calling around local ethnic markets as well as the high end places like Whole Foods but no luck. Does anyone know of a place where I can buy beef cheeks, preferrably in the Westside?
Thanks so much.

Nov 13, 2007
HungryKat in Los Angeles Area

Latitude Thai

I've just been to the newly renovated Star of Siam and all I can say is: Bring back the old Star of Siam!!!!! The new decor is really cheesy and the food is definitely worse. I don't think it was just a renovation., but change in ownership altogether. I saw totally different wait staff and the food did not even remotely taste similar to the old cooking. Plus, the price has risen quite a bit. I'd rather drive a bit and go to Siam Chan or even Thai Dishes than go back there again.

Oct 29, 2007
HungryKat in Los Angeles Area

Mayweather vs. De la Joya

My husband is a HUGE fan of boxing and I would love to take him some place where he can watch this fight and we can eat something as well. Does anyone know where we can watch the fight and get some grub? Thanks!!!

May 04, 2007
HungryKat in Los Angeles Area

Bay Cities Deli- bad attitude of the managmt

Over all, I have to say I really enjoy the good ingredients they have at Bay Cities despite the long lines and cramped parking. When I crave a good sandwich or need some ingredients for making tiramisu, that's where I head.

I recently had a bad experience there though. I bought some palmetto cookies and then took them back because they tasted very stale. The manager, who looks and acts like Mike from Sopranos (the deceased right hand man of Uncle Junior way back in early seasons) treated me like I was nuts and said that they were not stale. In fact, he claimed they were just freshly stocked. I showed him the date on the back being 1/07, hence past the recommended expiration date. He then claimed this was the production date, eventhough there were words "best before" above the date. He clearly was not interested in acknowledging the problem, so I left.

I've noticed that some of the employees at Bay Cities have an attitude like they know business won't suffer even if they don't provide examplar customer service. And now, I'm thinking maybe it's because they've adopted the attitude of their manager. However, despite the bad attitude of the management, I still go there because there really isn't another one like it close by. So I went back a few days ago. Well, would you believe it, I just picked up some palmettos that have the date of 1/08. Now,that can't be the production date, can it Mikey, seeing how it's still 2007!!!

Apr 15, 2007
HungryKat in Los Angeles Area

LA Chowhound visiting San Diego

I'll have a car with me but it would be nice if I didn't have to drive very far.
I like anything ethnic as long as it's authentic: vietnamese, Thai, Mexican...
Doesn't have to be a nice place. I'm more about food than the atmosphere. thanks.

Apr 11, 2007
HungryKat in California

LA Chowhound visiting San Diego

I'm going to be in Downtown San Diego, around 5th and B St, for a few days later this month and was hoping to get some restaurant recommendations. I'm looking for ethnic food and good happy hour, preferrably not too dear. Can a girl eat well without having to drive far from the downtown area? Thanks.

Apr 10, 2007
HungryKat in California

Iberico chorizo- in search of

La Espanola does not carry anything Iberico unfortunately but it is a great place for Spanish goods. However, since posting, I've found that Malibu Kitchen does carry it but alas, they were out of it yesterday when I was up in the area.

Thanks all for your suggestions.

Apr 01, 2007
HungryKat in Los Angeles Area

Iberico chorizo- in search of

I'm looking for a place where I can buy Spanish Iberico chorizo or anything Iberico actually. It's so much more incredible savory meatiness than anything else but I've only been able to find it online at Latienda.com. I've searched out Spanish markets but even La Espanola doesn't carry it.

Mar 31, 2007
HungryKat in Los Angeles Area

PHX hound visiting Santa Monica

I love living and eating in Santa Monica, so I'm glad to be able to pitch in my 2 cents worth to a visitor.

For authentic Thai, I would agree w/ Yai and Ruen Pair. I also love Torung but it's quite divey. although most awsome ethnic food seems to come from dives.

I fell in love w/ tacos al pastor while traveling in the Yucatan but so far, every place I've been to has been a disappointment.

I highly recommend Hide Sushi. There are so many trendy sushi spots of the moment in L A and most are just hipe and way too much $$, Hide is very solid, really fresh very reasonably priced and really close to Santa Monica. It's a small clean no frills place and it fills up very quickly so I suggest you either go during off peak hours or go and expect to wait 45 min while sipping sake.

There are some really good soon doo boo here in LA. If you don't mind the drive, I suggest BCD Tofu House on the northwest corner of Western and 9th. If you want to stay in the Westside, the choices are slim. I'd say Tofu-ya across from Hide sushi.

For Pho and table top beef/seafood bbq, Vietnam House in San Gabriel Valley would be well worth the drive.

I second the other review's suggestion about Cha Cha Chicken just a block from the beach. It's super casual, has very good plantains and ropa vieja and the best part is it's BYOB, no corkage. Bay Cities Deli on Lincoln is also an awsome spot to buy picnic goods. I usually get their poorboy sandwich and some salad and drive up the coast for a hike or just eat it hanging out at the beach. It would be a perfect picnic for you when you've reached a turn around point by Entrada Way rollerblading. There's a stone bench at the side of the bike path and you can watch the volleyballers while munching on a great picnic.

Westside dimsum is nearly nonexistent. There's VIP on Wilshire but you might as well just go out to the San Gabriel Valley and go to NBC. But get there by 11 if you don't want to wait too long.

Mar 31, 2007
HungryKat in Los Angeles Area

Asian-Ya on Gateway. Has anyone been?

I happened to see their sign for Grand Opening so I convinced a friend to go check it out with me earlier this week for lunch. Alas, the place was closed despite the sign and there was nothing posted about their hours. I got a glimpse of the blackboard listing a menu reminiscent of Tofu-Ya. If anyone's been there, please let me know what you think of it.

BTW, we saw a small Japanese place down a block or so w/ a cute little fish sign outside, you know, like the biblical fish, but no name and decided to give it a go. It turns out the place is called Mori Sushi, and we were sorely disappointed. It was a very expensive lunch and the tempura, sashimi, salad, etc were nothing special at all. I would have much preferred the extra 1/4 mile drive to any of the places on Sawtelle.

Mar 30, 2007
HungryKat in Los Angeles Area

Cobras and Matadors on Hollywood Blvd. What to order??

Octopus, Octopus, um and then Octopus. They won't charge corkage if you buy the wine next door.

Mar 30, 2007
HungryKat in Los Angeles Area

Watching a Sunset in Santa Monica

Any place that's actually at the beach is going to be either poor quality and expensive or good quality and muy muy expensive. Also, it's true what others are saying- you won't see it set over the water this time of the year. Having said that, my husband and I walk to the beach during sunsets and they've been very beautiful and dramatic lately regardless of where it actually sinks into the horizon.

I totally love the picnic idea. What I've done before is grab stuff fom Bay Cities or Cha Cha Chicken (their Carribean style chicken or ropa viejo), some wine/beer/champaign and do a little picnic at the beach. yeah, yeah, I know you're not supposed to drink at the beach but the SM cops are very nice about it if you look like decent people and chances are you won't see them anyways most of the time. One time, a cop actually came up to me and my group of picnicking friends and asked us to just keep the wine bottles a little less conspicous and then joked that he'll come back when he gets off to share our picnic spread.

If you don't want the hassle of gathering picnic supplies, I second the other suggestions about eating elsewhere and then watch the sunset. Maybe you can pick up icecream and enjoy it while watching the sunset.

Mar 30, 2007
HungryKat in Los Angeles Area

Soot Bulguirim 2 (review w/ PICS)

I think Sa Rit Gol is a very good authentic Korean restaurant, that is if you're not going for the all you can eat. I hate to be so picky, considering $15 charged by most all you can eat Korean joints is so outrageously cheap for all the food you get. However, my picks would be 2 places- sorry, the names escape me because they have funky Korean names that I just can't seem to store in my brain- the one on the southeast corner of Berendo and 8th and the other one is on the southeast corner of Western and Connecticut. Their banchan(side dishes) are pretty good and the meat is better quality than most places. Also, these places both throw in a pot of tasty miso based stew/soup.

I used to like Soot Bull Jeep, especially the tongu, but lately, I think their prices have gotten a little too exorbitant for what you get. C'mon, the whole fun of going to a Korean restaurant is to eat well at a divey cheap place, not to eat well at a divey expensive place.

Mar 30, 2007
HungryKat in Los Angeles Area

Beechwood in Venice - Bar menu

I think their burger's pretty darn good. And the sweet potato french fries! Yummy! But then it's hard to go wrong w/ sweet potato fries, in my opinion. I would not recommend the fried anchovy or whatever those little fishy things were. same for the meatballs. Most of their sandwiches are pretty good. I say, don't worry about the lipstick and just go for the juicy burger w/ the fries.

Mar 30, 2007
HungryKat in Los Angeles Area

Spain Restaurant in Echo Park- horrible at best

I've read some mixed reviews about this place and thought I'd give it a try for myself. My husband is from Spain and we've pretty much been to every Spanish themed places in town and this has got to be the worst.

Where do I begin? The tapas were barely passable at best and were such tiny portions for the price. We ordered mixed paella and what we got was poorly cooked yellow rice with sketchy quality meat and seafood. There was no hint of saffron, and the rice, mind you we were not expecting Bomba or Valenciana, but it was definitely not paella rice. If we could have drowned our disappointment in alcohol, that might have saved the evening but our pitcher of sangria was all ice and hardly any wine. I kid you not. When the waiter brought out the pitcher, we almost laughed because the thing was packed from bottom to top w/ ice. We begrudgingly finished it and when asked the waiter, very nicely, to leave out some of the ice for the second pitcher. Well, the second one arrived with just as much ice as the first one.

When we left the restaurant, my husband shook his head and said he was ashamed that the place was pretending to represent the food of his homeland and that he would not want anyone to think that such practice of cheating customers (trying to skimp on wine in the sangria) represents typical Spanish hospitality.

Mar 29, 2007
HungryKat in Los Angeles Area