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Aebleskiver in LA

Mike13241 Jan 12, 2007 10:39 PM

I was in Solvang yesterday and unfortunately didn't realize that the place I normally get an Aebleskiver would close early, so I missed out on one of the main reasons I was there. Instead I had to settle for one a couple doors down that was so bad that I tossed it.

Does anyone know of a place in LA that serves this dish? I didn't get a chance to quell my Aebleskiver craving so I need a fix. I'm talking the powdered sugar and raspberry jam.


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  1. choctastic RE: Mike13241 Jan 12, 2007 10:42 PM

    ive seen them at hollywood farmers market

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      bulavinaka RE: choctastic Jan 18, 2007 04:50 AM

      Was there this past Sunday and they are still there - a fair amount of people at the stall but I didn't try it...

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      pyragirl RE: Mike13241 Jan 12, 2007 10:44 PM

      There's a place downtown in little Japan town (oddly enough) that makes the same kind of ableskiver thing. It's a little shop that has an outside window (similar to Solvang) and it's in an outside plaza shopping center across the street from the Geffen Contemporary downtown. Walk through that shopping area and on the right hand side you'll find that little shop.

      Not exactly ableskiver but pretty darn close.

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        amela RE: Mike13241 Jan 13, 2007 06:00 PM

        And I've seen them at the Torrance FM.

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          Sommiel RE: Mike13241 Jan 20, 2007 05:32 AM

          Aebleskivers are traditionally served with Lingonberry jam, which used to be nigh unto impossible to find, but oddly, IKEA always has it in their food mart. There are no scandinavian restaurants in LA, and believe me, being a great dane... I have looked. The ones are Farmer's Market in LA are appallingly bad. I don't know why, they are a cinch to make once you have the pan.

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            lotta_cox RE: Sommiel Jan 21, 2007 08:26 PM

            my aunt makes them every christmas morning, this year we had them with homemade cranberry jam. boy are they good. i cannot believe that i saw this thread.

            where would one buy the pan?

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              Sugar Jones RE: lotta_cox Jan 21, 2007 08:33 PM

              Try aebleskiver.net..no, seriously..there's really an aebleskiver.net that sells pans, mixes, has recipes, etc.

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                choctastic RE: Sugar Jones Jan 26, 2007 07:48 AM

                you know the little japanese 99 cent stores sometimes sell little takoyaki pans for a dollar that look like they could do the trick. they have the perfect (perhaps slightly smaller than the average ableskiver) round holes that look very ableskiverish.

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                johninoc RE: lotta_cox Jan 26, 2007 10:32 AM

                I saw one advertised in the most recent Williams-Sonoma catalogue.

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                  ZoeZ RE: johninoc Jan 27, 2007 06:42 AM

                  Just bought one at Kitchen Kitchen in Indian Wells for $21.95 so that Mme Zoe (a Dane on her Father's side) could make about 50 for a New Years Day brunch serving them with both raspberry jam and fresh raspberries. Outstanding except that a lot of guests asked "Are these beignets?"

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                  Das Ubergeek RE: lotta_cox Jan 14, 2008 07:21 AM

                  In Solvang, or each year at the SWEA Christmas festival, or maybe if there's a table at the Sons of Norway Lutefisk Feed in November...

                  You can also order them online. For Pete's sake don't buy them from Williams-$onoma or $ur-La-Table, you'll pay thrice the price for something not as nice.

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                  Jerome RE: Sommiel Jan 26, 2007 11:40 AM

                  I remember the Red Room on La Cienega fondly. I thnk there's a need - esp since the closure of gustav anders and scandia.

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                    torty RE: Sommiel Jan 26, 2007 05:39 PM

                    I also found the lingonberry labeled as Wild Swedish Lingonberries stirred w/ sugar at Smart & Final. Used it 1/2 & 1/2 w/ raspberry jam in LinzerTorte and it was really nice. Tart w/ firm whole berries. I saw several varieties of the pans at the Long Beach Antique & Collectible Swap meet lst Sunday and was tempted. That place has yielded some nice useable cookware like a spaetzle maker.

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                    Mike13241 RE: Mike13241 Jan 21, 2007 07:56 PM

                    So it seems like if I want to have a good one, I might as well just wait until I make it back to Solvang. Too bad.

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                      ns1 RE: Mike13241 Jan 14, 2008 08:35 AM

                      Where do you get them in Sovlang? When I went there we went to sovlang restaurant (IIRC) and tried the aebleskivers. I thought they were ok, nothing special. Couldn't finish the serving.

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                      Otius Gojius RE: Mike13241 Jan 21, 2007 09:21 PM

                      Arne's (of Solvang) has a booth at the Northridge Farmers Market and the apple-skeevies are pretty good. I lurk until a fresh batch pops out of the griddle then I pounce so I get 'em fresh; moist and hot!
                      So all you gotta do is wait till the NFM opens again in the spring and drive up to no-man's-land on a Wednesday night for the little round waffles with powdered sugar and jam straight from Arne.

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                        la vida dulce RE: Otius Gojius Jan 27, 2007 07:16 AM

                        That's a real chowhound---lurking around the farmers market, waiting for a fresh aebelskiver!

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                          Das Ubergeek RE: Otius Gojius Jan 14, 2008 07:23 AM

                          They used to be at the Sunday SM Main Street market too. I never go anymore (the Westside might as well be on Jupiter for someone living in inland OC) so can't say for certain but if you call Arne's I'm sure they'll tell you.

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                          Just Cid RE: Mike13241 Jan 26, 2007 10:57 AM

                          This probably doesn't help right now, but I know that the Danish Lutheran Church from OC
                          always has a booth at the Orange Food Fair (every Labor Day weekend) that makes
                          really good Aebleskivers.

                          They don't use lingonberries (too expensive, I guess). They use some kind of a raspberry syrup or jam.


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                            Monkeybrains2 RE: Mike13241 Jan 26, 2007 10:57 AM

                            The Nordic Fox serves them. It's near Downey.

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                              annalulu RE: Monkeybrains2 Jan 13, 2008 02:45 PM

                              I just went to the Nordic Fox for the first time. The aebleskivers are great, really. They serve them with Raspberry jam. Now I could be wrong, but any time I've been to Sweden (my mom is from there) they only use lingonberry jam for savories like meatloaf, meatballs, pork roast, etc. My grandma usually served strawberry jam with pancakes. It may just be a matter of taste.

                              Anyway, the Nordic Fox has a bit of a bad rap, but I had meatballs with gravy and aebleskivers and they were all served hot and tasted pretty damn good. The price was right too.

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                                Honeychan RE: annalulu Jan 13, 2008 03:33 PM

                                Thank you so much for this report! I've just been using the search feature on CH to find out more about the Nordic Fox, and came up...well...Not too much of anything. Nothing horribly negative, just like the place was a Denny's trying to add some Nordic flair. So, they sound like they're worth a trip when i'm in SoCal next time.

                                Gosh, why are places Scandinavian so hard to find west of the Rockies, nowadays? Food-wise, anyways. It was such a fad in the 1960 and 70's, perhaps as all fads do..It just died. (unless your in Minnasota/Wisconsin, it's never left!) Maybe it's time for a comeback!?! Here's to hoping.

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                                  annalulu RE: Honeychan Jan 13, 2008 06:42 PM

                                  Jeez, I'd hate for my recommendation to be a "wasted" meal for someone from out of town! I went in with the lowest expectations possible, so that might have colored how I felt about the food.

                                  I have heard a lot of the food tastes frozen/from a can and I just ordered very carefully. They had a more extensive menu than I thought they would, but I would probably never order fish there, for example.

                                  Wouldn't mind hearing other reports!

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