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arkestra

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  1. arkestra

    What's Up With Starbucks

    as noted above, they've been using the automated machines on the west coast for years. i'm willing to frequent a place that uses an automated machine (indeed, i've been to places that have pretty good automated machines.) the problem is that the machines starbucks uses are lousy. the product is undrinkable (not that it was a whole lot better before they introduced the machines).
  2. Sadly, I believe Cafe Organica has closed (though I believe the owner has some plans for a new place).
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    Trip to LA

    Going for lunch is a great idea. If you're willing to to get one of the fixed sushi selections (not all sushi places offer them), you can get a real deal. Mori sushi has 2 or 3 fixed lunch specials and they're priced in the teens. Even at dinner, I think you can do omakase and get out for $65, but I would let the suchi chef serving you know up front what your budget is.
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    Trip to LA

    I'd go to Sushi Sasabune for sure. It was my favorite place when I lived in LA. It's in a mini j-town like area on Sawtelle. Do the omakase. The best in LA in my opinion! ← Sasabune has moved. It's located on Wilshire, near Bundy/Centinella, in the old Todai space. Personally, I think Sasbune USED TO BE very good, many years ago. (I ate their on a regular basis, several times a week.) The quality started to decline as its popularity grew. (Among other things, they started precutting fish.) Of course, one could argue about the best sushi places from now to eternity!
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    Trip to LA

    As between the three sushi places you mentioned, I'd pick Mori Sushi hands down. I think it's the best choice in terms of fish quality/preparation and atmosphere.
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    Yama Vacuum Pot

    hario (japanese) makes some pots that are very similar to yama (taiwanese). hario used to have a presence in the u.s (so. cal.), but i believe they may have closed the operation. (i believe their website used to be hariousa.com) i assume you can still find some of their pots. if you have a problem, you may want to contact cafe balcony, a small cafe in west l.a. they serve vacuum-brewed coffee using harios. (they have about 4 on the counter.) they may be able to tell you where to get one. here is a link: cafe balcony good luck
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    Downtown LA Dining

    you can also get a lunch deal at R23. their fixed sushi lunch is $12 (if i recall correctly). they also have other specials (including cooked food). a few doors down from R23, you can find cafe metropol, a nice, very casual place, with very decent food (sandwiches, salads, pizza, etc.). cafe metropol
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    Downtown LA Dining

    russ, imai is no more. it's now another sushi bar. (i have no idea if the new place is any good.) for sushi downtown, i would recommend R23. good food and a great room. R23 edited to add: oops! sorry, russ. i just noticed that your post was from 2004. i guess imai was still open.
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    Moving To L.A.

    minor correction -- chameau is on fairfax (between beverly and oakwood).
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    HELP - Need Instructions

    here is a site with some instructions: instructions i use a grind that's a little more course than an espresso grind.
  11. i was at the santa monica farmers' market this morning and purchased some passion fruit (which i haven't yet tried). i saw only one place carrying them.
  12. i believe i saw some (the dark purplish ones) at the wednesday farmers' market in santa monica. (i say "i believe" because i just passed by the stand and didn't get up very close.) if i go tomorrow, i'll keep an eye out for them.
  13. Well, I've finally ordered some Goldeyes. I placed the order through Mariner Neptune (they were very nice and helpful; thanks Pam). They will ship next week to friends in Canada who cross the border on a weekly basis and the frineds will then ship to me. Considering all the shipping charges, the fish better be good! I have one last question: I was told that a red dye is usually used in connection with the smoking process, but it can be omitted if requested. If I was ordering the fish for my own consumption, I would omit the dye. However, because I am ordering for someone else, I wanted to get your thoughts. Is the red dye traditional/common? (The fish is for someone who grew up in Winnipeg (I'm guetimating 30-40 years ago), so I'd like the fish to appear as it most likely did at that time. Any dye thoughts?
  14. Thanks Pam. I'll call these places to see if they can ship to the U.S. I have a feeling they may not (the Mariner Neptune site mentioned supplying establishments all across Canada, but made no mention of the States), but it's worth checking (plus they may be able to lead me in the right direction). As for quantity, I wasn't looking for much; probably 2-3 fish, but I could probably handle up to a dozen. (The "friend" I mentioned in my original post is actually my mother-in-law. She would like to get some (I imagine 1-2 fish) for her husband's doctor, who is originally from Winnipeg. But if I need to order more to satisfy some minimum order requirement, I'm sure I could find what to do with another 10 or so.) And Rona, thanks so much for your offer. I'll try the places Pam mentioned first, but if that doesn't work out . . . . (I have a feeling FDA regs may be an issue, but I'll check.) Thanks again for all the responses.
  15. A friend here in the U.S. has asked me to find out how she can obtain Winnipeg Goldeye. (I've never had the fish. I understand it's often sold smoked.) Does anyone know of some place that ships this fish to the U.S.?
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