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S&W Country Diner?

I love it there... it could be a long wait on weekends for a late morning meal, but whenever I get a chance, I drive down from the valley to eat there. Plus there's a WaMu (MY brand) right across the street as well :)

Jun 25, 2008
jennp in Los Angeles Area

Amazing Grade A5 Japanese Wagyu Beef! The Steak House [Review] w/ Pics!

Hm. I'm assuming that they have it every night. I'm guessing that they don't have it on the website because the specific items on the tasting menu changes, depending on what's good that day? The dishes that came out were mostly the same as exilekiss' review, except instead of the "Bamboo Shoots with Salmon Marine" we got a "Red Snapper carpaccio", which was amazing :)

Jun 19, 2008
jennp in Los Angeles Area

Amazing Grade A5 Japanese Wagyu Beef! The Steak House [Review] w/ Pics!

After reading your review, I took my brother last night for his birthday. We both...REALLY enjoyed it. haha thanks for sharing! I don't think I ever would've gone there (or known about it) if I hadn't read this.

Jun 19, 2008
jennp in Los Angeles Area

Is there hope for a great meal in the valley?

Gosh I have to disagree. I almost never badmouth a place... even when service is bad, I put up with it for the great food. But I went to Fresh Korean BBQ this weekend, and I left more amazed, then pissed off, at the bad service. We were seated, the banchan was brought out, but after that, nothing. We pushed the button, no response. So we called out to a passing waitress and asked for water. She brought over a small carafe which filled up only two and a half cups (for the four of us), and never came back to fill up the others! The meat finally arrived for us grill (after reminding two waitresses) about fifteen minutes after ordering it. To get some more salad, we pushed the button once, twice, three times (not continuously but about 3 minutes apart), no one paid any attention. We finally had to yell and stick out my hand to block their path, for them to even look in our direction. We were nice to the waitress and even made small talk, so I have no idea why they would, seemingly purposefully, ignore us like that all night.

The meat was definitely delicious, as well as the banchan, but the extremely inattentive staff just killed it for me. I'd rather drive to Koreatown than go here again.

May 13, 2008
jennp in Los Angeles Area

Red Velvet Cake

the red velvet cake at Aroma Cafe in Studio City was one of the best I had. i had a full meal there, but still had room for that cake.

Feb 19, 2008
jennp in Los Angeles Area

Where can I get a HUGE burrito for $6 or less?

the combo burrito at Chabelita's on Western, where it meets the 10 fwy.

my one regret about moving to the valley from koreatown... :(

Feb 19, 2008
jennp in Los Angeles Area

Where are YOU going for valentine's day?

Jja Jang Myun for me and my friends :) probably on olympic and harvard.

Jan 23, 2008
jennp in Los Angeles Area

heart attack dogs + mexican corn

ooh thanks for the suggestions everybody :) luckily there's a mexican market near my house, so I'll try to stay as... authentic as possible.

Jan 22, 2008
jennp in Home Cooking

heart attack dogs + mexican corn

Hello chowhounders! :)

After seeing a picture of my friend eating a mayo, cheese, and paprika covered corn on the cob, I realized I needed to throw a party with some of my favorite ghetto street foods: the heart attack dog (bacon-wrapped hot dog topped with grilled onions and bell peppers), and some mexican corn (not sure of its official, or unofficial name).

I've tried the bacon wrapped hot dog before, but I feel like it didn't taste the same as the ones i've had outside of a club at 2am. I tried my best to copy it visually, but maybe there's something that's not so obvious that is included in the making of this, heart-attack inducing, late-night snack.

and the mexican corn. Is it just butter, mayo, parmesan cheese, and paprika? Or is it a different kind of cheese?

Any advice, tips, or own recipes would be great and really helpful.

Thanks all!

*edit: for those unfamiliar with the bacon-wrapped hot dog. here's a post from the Los Angeles board: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/430366

Jan 18, 2008
jennp in Home Cooking

culver city-best for casual dinner?

Hm. For more casual, I think Cafe Brasil is always great. There are two locations in Culver City, one on Venice, the other on Washington.
here's the link: www.cafe-brasil.com

Dec 20, 2007
jennp in Los Angeles Area

pastry flour vs cake flour? [moved from General Chowhounding topics]

Thanks for all the tips!! I think everything that I could've done wrong, I did wrong. haha. I sifted the flour after measuring it out (2 cups i think). And it was probably unbleached pastry flour. I remember sifting it through the tea strainer (...) and being left with all this really coarse bits, I just stuck it all in there anyway. Plus I probably overcooked it... and the butter+sugar was definitely not "light and fluffy". More just....creamy/pasty? Haha. Terrible... I know.
Anyway...Thanks! I'll try it again sometime. My friend DID enjoy the cake though... this chocolate ganache recipe i tried actually turned out really well, and made the cake edible... although odd with its cornbread like taste and consistency.

Dec 17, 2007
jennp in Home Cooking

pastry flour vs cake flour? [moved from General Chowhounding topics]

This was the recipe I used:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...
(if the link doesn't work, search for "featherlight chocolate cake" on the food network website).

One of the many factors that probably led to the cornbread like cake: instead of using a tube pan or bundt cake pan like it says to, I uh... used two pie tins and made it into a two-layer sort of cake. It all made sense in my head... but the results... not so much. Other possibilities - I cooked it too long. I didn't whisk the butter until "light and fluffy".... haha. Okay. So these probably had more to do with the cornbread-like cake then the pastry flour. I should have titled this topic: which of the many things I did wrong created chocolate cornbread cake? :)

Dec 13, 2007
jennp in Home Cooking

pastry flour vs cake flour? [moved from General Chowhounding topics]

wow thanks soupkitten! you know... i didn't have a sifter so i sat there for like, thirty minutes, "sifting" (or my idea of sifting anyway) the flour through a tea strainer.... it took, forever. haha. thanks for the tip!

Dec 13, 2007
jennp in Home Cooking

pastry flour vs cake flour? [moved from General Chowhounding topics]

Hello everyone :)

Just wondering if there's a difference between cake flour and pastry flour... I wanted to bake my friend a cake for her birthday and found a chocolate cake recipe that asked for cake flour. Well I went to Whole Foods to buy some of the ingredients and they had pastry flour but no cake flour. Well I made the cake (first time baking a cake!), and it uhh.... tasted like chocolate cornbread. My friend graciously ate it (though I did notice some hesitation after the first bite), but I'm wondering if it was due to my substitution that caused the corn bread like consistency (and taste).

But since it was my first time baking a cake... it could've been a LOT of other factors. So I was just wondering what pastry flour actually is... and how it is different from cake flour.

Thanks!

Dec 13, 2007
jennp in Home Cooking

Seeking high-end loose teas -- PLEASE HELP

You can find some flowering teas here: http://www.mightyleaf.com/searchresul... though i'm not sure if it would ship in time...

Urth Caffe also has some nice teas, though its more loose tea and not the ones that are flowering...

Dec 11, 2007
jennp in Los Angeles Area

How long will sealed, jarred kimchi last?

I totally agree. I think new kimchi is best eaten fresh, just as it is, but older kimchi is best for jjigae (soup) and kimchi pancakes (flour + water + kimchi). And with super old kimchi, my mom usually rinses it off with water, and makes a soup out of that. By that point, the flavors are already in the cabbage leaves, so rinsing it off won't take away the flavor.

Nov 16, 2007
jennp in General Topics

Korean sushi -- What's the difference?

Hmm the main difference that I notice is that it is usually eaten sashimi style, with a hot red pepper paste + vinegar, sugar, and garlic mixture rather than soy sauce.

Nov 15, 2007
jennp in General Topics

help! unknown fruit - green skin & creamy, custardy taste inside~

thank you sooo much! That's definitely it. I couldn't take a picture because by the time I got home, the rest of my family had eaten them all! My mom said she would ask the man at the farmer's market (in Pasadena btw) what it was, but I guess I have the answer already. This picture right here: http://www.davestravelcorner.com/phot... looks just like the fruit.
Thanks again everybody!

Nov 15, 2007
jennp in General Topics

If you had a batch of shredded cooked chicken breast in the fridge...

maybe a chicken salad (as a sandwich or over lettuce)?:
chicken, red onion, sugar snap peas, sliced almonds, mayo, dijon mustard, and honey.

Nov 13, 2007
jennp in Home Cooking

help! unknown fruit - green skin & creamy, custardy taste inside~

I'll do that once I get home!

Nov 13, 2007
jennp in General Topics

help! unknown fruit - green skin & creamy, custardy taste inside~

Hmm... its more round with a smoother skin. Thank you though!

Nov 13, 2007
jennp in General Topics

help! unknown fruit - green skin & creamy, custardy taste inside~

hello~
my parents came back from the farmer's market this past weekend and they brought home this amazing tasting fruit that i've never seen or tasted before. It's almost like an avocado, but with a light green skin, and softens when ripe, with the same creamy texture. It actually tastes a little like vanilla ice cream, but more complex.

I think my mom said there's one main seed, but also two other seeds that are long and thin.

Any ideas? I've been googling it, but the fruits I found do not look the same, maybe just a different variety...

Nov 13, 2007
jennp in General Topics

Where to buy pitaya (a.k.a. dragon fruit)

Yeah I've also just seen it this past weekend at the 99 Ranch market in Irvine. I'm assuming other locations have them as well...

Oct 18, 2007
jennp in Los Angeles Area

Korean Market In the Valley

There's also Midopa on Balboa and Chatsworth I think... In the same plaza as Teriyakiya (?) and a pho place. My mom says their meat quality is better here than at Galleria.

Oct 08, 2007
jennp in Los Angeles Area

Soju Bars in K-Town and OC

On Wilshire (and I think a little east of Kingsley?) there's a place called Crazy Hook, which has really good anju. I heard their mixed drinks (cocktails) aren't so great, so I'd stick to their soju (i've tried their peach soju, which i loved), or their beers. it's a fun place to eat + drink.

Oct 08, 2007
jennp in Los Angeles Area

Friend's Birthday - help! Il Moro or Chaya Venice?

oh my... I wish I checked again before her dinner. We ended up going to Il Moro, and while the food was... interesting (I got the pasta with boar ragu...), it probably wasn't the ideal place for a fun celebration :)
When I told my friends I frequently check a "food message board", they thought it was some weird, food-fetish, dating board. I had to clarify that it was for food recs only... not so much with the dating...
Thanks everybody. I may have to check out Beechwood for another night.

Oct 08, 2007
jennp in Los Angeles Area

Friend's Birthday - help! Il Moro or Chaya Venice?

Oh. Does it make a difference that I'm 25 and that my friend is celebrating her 25th birthday as well? haha but Il Moro sounds good too :)

Thanks Mark and cookie monster! :D

Oct 03, 2007
jennp in Los Angeles Area

Friend's Birthday - help! Il Moro or Chaya Venice?

Hello friends and foodies!
Based on this current thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/44523... I gave my friend's bf a few choices on where to eat (they're flying down from SF). He asked me to choose between Chaya Venice and Il Moro.
While I've heard good things about both... let me be honest, I would PREFER to spend 30~40, and no more than that, and I'm sure the other guests would also appreciate a lower-cost meal. Is that possible at either location?
If it is... which would be better for a fun, birthday dinner for twenty-somethings?
Other recommendations would be appreciated too if that price limit isn't enough (ooh can I be more honest and say, 25~30 would be even MORE ideal?

)

Thanks everyone! It's hard for me to eat a meal now without first consulting these boards!!

Oct 03, 2007
jennp in Los Angeles Area

A bacon-wrapped hot dog emergency!

The best bacon-wrapped hot dog I ever had was in front of Club Tatou on 3rd and Boylston in Downtown LA. They served it with this avocado salsa that made the already too-good for words hot dog into something unforgettable. But I only know that it's there when the club lets out ... around 1:30~2am... not sure if it's always around.

Aug 13, 2007
jennp in Los Angeles Area

Best breakfast in L.A.

For french toast, I love the one at King's Hawaiian in Torrance (not really LA, but it's sooooo good).

For breakfast food: S&W Country Diner in downtown Culver City

Aug 13, 2007
jennp in Los Angeles Area