Behind the Scenes in Daniel's Home Kitchen

The thing with the pig nose on it is an "otoshibuta" (buta meaning both "pig" and "lid"). Its used to keep things submerged when simmering.

The Food Lab: How to Make a Turkey, Bacon, and Broccoli Rabe Shooter's-Style Sandwich

@croooom: Practice peeling and slicing...with 16 cloves of garlic

The Food Lab Lite: The Best Spanish-Style Garlic Shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo)

Its kinda sad to hear that the heads can ruin the texture of the shrimp - those are the best part. I wonder what happens to all the shrimp heads they remove before freezing...

Piglet with Ice Cream: This is the Cutest Photograph You Will Ever See

Kenji spending a little too much time on reddit these days?

Ask The Food Lab: On Browning Ground Meat In Recipes

One way to brown ground meat is to make little "meatballs" and then add them to the hot pan. After they're browned on the outside, you can break them up into smaller chunks. It also means that you can pretty much eliminate the "pebbly" browned bits of beef since it all sticks together.

Simple food = best meals

As a college student: Instant ramen with an egg.
Just kidding...sort of...

LA dinner recommendations

Thanks for all of the suggestions. Gonna look at some of these restaurants now...
Kinda leaning towards either n/naka or KBBQ...

The Food Lab Lite: The Secrets Of Simple Miso Soup

When my parents made miso soup they would add the miso at the very end and serve it immediately after the miso was dissolved...Would letting the miso sit in the soup for a little bit longer have any effect on how it tastes? It always seemed kinda weird to me how the key ingredient was just sort of tossed in at the very end.

The Nasty Bits: Trippa alla Romana

I've only had tripe in pho before but texturally, I'd describe it as more firm and "crunchy" instead of "soft and mushy". Is that just a difference in how its prepared?

Overused food descriptions.

Also, @sarar, @alexisriley, @wednesdayvail, @Happy_Baker,
I'm sorry.

Overused food descriptions.

I hate hearing people describe sushi as either "fresh" or "clean" tasting...
If it wasn't fresh or clean, you'd get food poisoning.

What to do with Sliced Beef Tongue??

I've seen it at Korean restaurants grilled and served with sesame oil and salt, or in Japanese hot pot.

Elevation Burger

(accidentally hit post...oops)
...but the fries are pretty disappointing/greasy/soggy

Elevation Burger

They have one down in Northern VA too. I think the burgers are decent...definitely a step above fast food burgers, but

How to Find the Best Food in a Foreign City, According to Anthony Bourdain

as a college student with limited transportation options, I mostly use yelp just to get a sense of what kinds of restaurants are around the area. Yelp has a lot of reviewers who say things like "I went to this Korean BBQ restaurant and ordered california rolls. The crab was so fresh and clean tasting" so it's really important to read the reviews instead of just looking at rating.

Basically, it helps a lot to do research by looking at Yelp, the restaurant's website/menu, and then looking around on google

Your Dining Companions Faux Pas at the Table

Whenever I go to eat with my dad, he's really insistent on "sharing" food. The only problem is that his idea of "sharing" involves picking out whatever he wants from my plate and asking if he can "try some" when the food is already halfway to his mouth.

Pour over cone vs French Press coffee

I got the Clever Coffee Dripper about a week ago after my keurig broke. (

It's basically a pourover with a stopper at the bottom so you can steep longer (like a french press...but a lot easier to clean since it uses a filter)

I wish I had found out about it before I bought the keurig...
$70 keurig coffee

LA dinner recommendations

At first I thought I'd be able to quickly research some restaurants to go to, but after about 2 hours, I'm still completely clueless. LA is HUUGE...

A few guidelines:
-We'll be a group of 5; ages 16 to 75
-Probably staying at a hotel around LAX so somewhere in that general area would be nice
-Family is visiting from Japan, so I thought it might be interesting to visit one of the more non-traditional Japanese restaurants around as sort of a "look-what-kinds-of-things-they're-doing-with-sushi-over-here" kind of thing. (Also, I haven't had good sushi in a really long time)
-Other kinds of restaurants I was considering: Seafood, South American/Mexican, Korean, Chinese, etc. (We aren't really into French/Italian/American much...)
-Preferably a restaurant where we can try lots of small/different dishes. Tasting menu/Omakase is okay too

Finally, and most importantly: It should be something worth going to LA for.


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