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The Closures Continue... Mo-Chica Closing This Weekend

But it will close at the end of the year, and be renamed, reformulated, etal.
In essence, closed as we know it today.
Don't forget, Joe has Pintxo in Santa Monica, so he knows, understands, and excels at the small plates format.
And don't think that idea is lost on the two as they move onward.
Don't expect appetizer, entrée and dessert to reappear.
He is still one of the best chefs in the region, and has mentored more than one over the decades!!!

1 day ago
carter in Los Angeles Area

The Closures Continue... Mo-Chica Closing This Weekend

Joe's on Abbot Kinney.
Jiraffe in Santa Monica.
And with Josiah doing a casual place in Venice/MDR, can Melisse be far behind?
And Jar?
And....?
Fine dining as it used to be is really taking it on the chin.

1 day ago
carter in Los Angeles Area

Last Epicure Sale for 2014

Today and tomorrow are the days, just as a reminder.

1 day ago
carter in Los Angeles Area

The Closures Continue... Mo-Chica Closing This Weekend

No, Ricardo is out of all 3 of his places.
It is just a matter when Picca closes, to complete the triumvirate.
Something went askew, and only time will tell, but in the restaurant biz, that kind of information does not last very long.

2 days ago
carter in Los Angeles Area

Hunan Garden, formerly Style, now 2188 Spicy Shrimp

Here we go again:
http://www.abc.ca.gov/datport/LQSData...

Ying Feng takes over, effectively immediately.
Any input, or does it seem like we have heard this line before regarding this facility?

Dec 18, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Need restaurant recommendation in Glendale/Pasadena area

Smitty's in Pasadena on Lake Avenue, just a bit south of Green Street might be of interest.

Dec 16, 2014
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Bistro LQ's 18 course Truffle Menu

Who needs this amount of food in one meal, carter asks?
Limited to 18-20 guests as I recall.
That is closer to my monthly budget for food - pass!

Dec 16, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Last Epicure Sale for 2014

Epicure Imports at 6900 Beck, just north of Vanowen in North Hollywood, will be having its last sale this coming Friday and Saturday, December 19 & 20, for all your gourmet, high calorie & cholesterol needs.
Friday from 11:30 am until 5:00 pm
Saturday from 9:30 am until 3:00 pm

Next sale will probably be in February if this year's calendar can be used as a guide.
http://epicureimports.wordpress.com for more details

Du-Par's Opening in Encino

No butter should EVER taste like that!
If so, the French revolution will commence anew!
Some of the most vile breakfast flour-based food was served by TN, aka Dupars, in Studio City the last two times I was there at the invitation of an out-of-country visitor who longed for the good old days, which have sadly departed.

Dec 11, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Asada Tacos and Rolled Tacos in San Fernando Valley

While I have never eaten at Cactus Tacos, currently with 3 locations including the one that took over from Henry's in Studio City, it is opening a 4th location in the former Manny's at the SE corner of Woodman & Moorpark in Sherman Oaks.
What its specialty - not sure, but it should add to the local mix.

Dec 11, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area
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Ms. Shanghai Rose-Murphy is taking over the SFV with all-day, everyday, dim sum

And to compound problems of logistics, the only parking, short of valet, is that awful parking structure on the east side of this godawful-looking Russian-inspired mess.
Inviting, not so much.
Formerly Chi Dynasty which had quite poor food, and I am not encouraged by the emergence of this place in its place.
However, ymmv.

Dec 10, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Bestia or Factory Kitchen

But do you go to any restaurant specifically for the charcuterie?
Having a good version, ala Waterloo & City, is fine, but is not necessarily the reason you would go there for dinner.
And, besides, what is wrong with having sin for dinner?

Dec 08, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

D.C. Hound in Culver City: Best eats for two days?

Café Vida for Taco Tuesday at 9755 Culver Blvd., near Sony Studios. Five varieties created for that night, and highly unlikely you will have tried any of them conceptually in DC.
Units also in Pacific Palisades and El Segundo.

Dec 07, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Dinner before the Disney!

Glad you enjoyed the show.
I attended the morning rehearsal, and enjoyed the entire program.
Hearing Gustavo conduct Salonen is quite a thrill for those of us who have seen & heard both over the years.
What did you get at Patina, a full dinner, or just appetizers? I always think the place is WAY too expensive for a pre- or post-concert meal.

Dec 05, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Dinner before the Disney!

Badmaash is located about 6 or so blocks east of Disney Hall, has limited to no convenient parking. Food decent enough, but stick to appetizers @ Chaya, or head to California Plaza for many selections, including a Mendocino Farms. Not sure how late it stays open though.
Soon, Au Lac, Vietnamese vegan from Fountain Valley, will open in that mini-mall west of Disney Hall at First & Hope, in the place that was formerly called First & Hope.

Dec 05, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Best picnic basket/supply stores in the LA area?

The one BB&B carries is the same one as that carried by Williams-Sonoma, but is far less expensive.
Compare for yourself.

Dec 03, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Take a Bao (Studio City) - what's good?

The space is small, but totally reconfigured from the Kung Pao Bistro Days.
All movable tables & chairs, no banquette, so flexibility exists.
No ABC licensing, yet they have permitted wine to be brought in. I bring my own glasses, and thus no necessity for corkage on their part.
I'm not sure I have stems for 16, you say!
Talk to Panchapol, the son of Peter, the actual owner. He is young, can cook, and plans all things for that location.

Dec 02, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Take a Bao (Studio City) - what's good?

If the latter grouping ever has a need again, try Spice Season on Ventura & Tujunga in the former Kung Pao Bistro space, next to Reno's Pizza. Really good Thai food, with vegetarian and non-vegetarian items. They also own a vegan place in Sherman Oaks directly behind El Torito in the same center, alongside the relocated Alcazar.
So they know vegan very well.

Dec 01, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Chinese hot pot in or near LA?

Per J. Gold in his review a while back:

This is the point where I should probably point out that Hai Di Lao is not exactly the only Sichuan hot pot restaurant in the San Gabriel Valley; that hot pot is actually something of a fad at the moment. The Little Sheep chain, which is all over the Southland and just opened a new location in Pasadena last week, is also a Chinese import. LuGi in San Gabriel is excellent. Mon Land, also in San Gabriel, is probably my favorite — the patio is a wonderful place to pass an evening. Friends love Jazz Cat, Boiling Point and Hot Pot Hot Pot, which lean toward the Taiwanese taste. Many of these restaurants feature duo pots, infinitely customizable individual pots or small but choice selections of Mongolian lamb dumplings. All of them are cheaper than Hai Di Lao, sometimes significantly so.

Maybe posters can comment on those referred to in this paragraph.

Dec 01, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

High Protein - Los Angeles

Lawry's or Fogo de Chao on La Cienega, BH.
Any steakhouse you deem appropriate.

Nov 28, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

For a vegan: Szechuan Impression v. Chengdu Taste. Which?

Regardless of your selection, do know that SI uses tons of either salt or msg, veganism notwithstanding.

Nov 22, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Epicure imports sale September 12 & 13

Next sale is tomorrow, November 21 & Saturday the 22nd.
11:30 am per the exact same info as above.
Gots to get me some more lamb merguez sausage, butter, and moutard.
Great samplings available. Go hungry, and with a shopping bag.
See you there.

Nov 20, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

For a vegan: Szechuan Impression v. Chengdu Taste. Which?

Went to Szechuan Impression late last week, neither the Taiwanese-born male, nor the Hong Kong-born female, nor I, the Manhattan Beach-born male, would return. Food so overly salty/msg(?), whatever, the real flavors were of no interest.
The place was half empty a bit after 1pm, while the Chengdu Taste a bit east still had a 30 or so minute wait.
I think the public has already gotten the message.

Nov 20, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Fab's Hot Dogs Westwood.......breaking news

Quick Service Restaurant

Nov 18, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

itzik hagadol lunch yesterday

Funny you should mention slippage. While I have never been, most of my Jewish friends here in Sherman Oaks will not even go, as it never lived up to expectations in the beginning, and they say it has slipped from there.

Nov 15, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Bodegas Barbadillo La Pastora - fino sherry at Trader Joe's

Bought a bottle of the Lustau Palo Cortado Peninsula, and must say that it is a bit drier than I prefer, and thus a point of reference for my taste-buds.
Did find a good retailer in the Glendale area called Topline, which had a fairly wide selection of those you mentioned.
Thanks again for your knowledge.

Nov 13, 2014
carter in Wine

Green Village Reopens--In Sherman Oaks

Here is the activated liquor license for the existing Sherman Oaks site:
http://www.abc.ca.gov/datport/LQSData...

Nov 13, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Green Village Reopens--In Sherman Oaks

While over a year later, I gather Green Village and the Shanghai Rose operation may be taking over the Chi Dynasty in Studio City, be it for a 2nd location, or to relocate from the Sherman Oaks site.

Nov 13, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Dinner near Staples Center

And for future reference, Ford's Filling Station will be taking over a dining room at the JW Marriott at LA Live, with opening scheduled early/mid December.
Plan accordingly - yet another very local option.

Nov 12, 2014
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Quick Report: Pearl's Liquor Bar, Sunset Strip

And Craig Ley and the gang have also taken over the former Mirabelle, and will be creating Yellowtail, a sushi bar a block or two east of these two.

Nov 12, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area