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Taco Catering at Home--Los Angeles

Yep! We just had them cater an event for us with great success!

--Dommy!

about 12 hours ago
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Taco Catering at Home--Los Angeles

Hi! Two completely different experiences. Taquiza la Fiesta is a straight taco cart. Great for kids parties and picnics. The post wanted also aesthetics, so Chichen Itza is an excellent choice for when you want to the polish for a special celebration such a milestone birthday.

--Dommy!

about 12 hours ago
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Roy Choi's POT

The Poke is FANTASTIC. It was my favorite item of the meal we had...

--Dommy!

Aug 18, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Mexican near Bergamot: Juquila, Tacomiendo or Monte Alban?

Tacos Puntas Cabras...

--Dommy!

Aug 12, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Chili coming up again

It's a small cafe run by the Foodink catering company. Most of the food there is good, not quite great, but the chili they usually have in the case is wonderful.

http://foodinkcatering.com/grocerie/i...

--Dommy!

Aug 11, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

KazuNori: A Pictorial Essay

I don't eat Salmon... which is why I didn't do the five... But if I were to go back with P. We'd probably share a set with a few extra and then do like J.L. and go across the street for some Booze and snacks at Peking Tavern.

--Dommy!

Aug 11, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area
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KazuNori: A Pictorial Essay

They actually do take out. The entry has two doors... one for eat in at the bar. one for take out or the patio.

--Dommy!

Aug 11, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Chili coming up again

I still have yet to bite the bullet on the Lindy and Grundy $20 chili... but most recently when I went on a Chili tear, the best one I had was from Grocerie on La Brea. It's a mix of pork and beef and SO good on its own, in a frito pie or with pasta.

--Dommy!

Aug 11, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014

AW!!! I didn't even notice in my store (L.A.!) It looks JUST like the La Lechera Bottle, but la Lechera isn't organic!!

--Dommy!

Aug 11, 2014
Dommy in Chains

KazuNori: A Pictorial Essay

With one sweet and healthy puppy delivered... I headed over and in the middle of the afternoon on Saturday, I had no problem getting a seat.

The first thing I noticed is that everyone was so friendly. It didn't have that stuffy aire that even Sugar Fish has, there was not even a mention of Chef Nozawa!! Instead, an explanation of the concept, a warm welcome and new that the special was Toro.

I got the three roll meal, which was about $11, it came with The Special, Bay Scallop and Blue Crab. I also added a Lobster and a sparking water (Which was from a fizz machine).

Of the four, the best was the Scallop. They were so tender and creamy. One of the best scallop rolls I've had anywhere. The blue crab was good, although it pales to Kirikos. The Toro was good but like the lobster, was a bit unremarkable.

The best thing about this place by FAR was the rice and the nori. I LOVE hand rolls because honestly, I love Sushi rice. I think Nozawa's warm perfectly seasoned rice is perfect for this concept. While at Sugarfish, sometimes it can be a distraction.

This is total assembly line sort of place. The rolls come out one at a time as they put them together (The pacing was not terrible actually, but definitely for optimum efficiency). You can also always add another roll later.

All in all, I REALLY liked it. It's more expensive than Chipotle, but honestly when you factor in chips and a drink and the Guac extra charge, it's not that much. They also do take out (Although the Nori will no doubt suffer) and by the time we take on our next pup, the patio will open!! I'm in the area often enough to know, this will be a regular stop... especially if they keep up with the quality of that scallop! \

Pic of Lobster Roll:

https://twitter.com/Dommy_in_LA/statu...

Aug 11, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

Another thing to keep in mind, is that in New England, where Dunkin is originally from, a "regular" coffee is a cream/two sugars which is what you'll get at Dunkin if you just ask for a coffee. I know it shocked a few of my friends who traveled out to the east coast and were so excited to try dunkin coffee (like my brother) and they ended up with a super sweet, milky coffee...

--Dommy!

Aug 08, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

What's your favorite of the Chipotle-way style fast-food-y pizza joists in town: 800 Degrees, or Blaze Pizza, or Pielogy, or Pizza Rev, or Ugly Pizza Co., there may be a few others ????????????????????

They are opening up in Downtown not far from the 7th and Metro stop. Looking forward to that when we do Target runs!

--Dommy!

Aug 08, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

What's your favorite of the Chipotle-way style fast-food-y pizza joists in town: 800 Degrees, or Blaze Pizza, or Pielogy, or Pizza Rev, or Ugly Pizza Co., there may be a few others ????????????????????

$8 per customized pie. $6 for a simple or one topping pie. It's not much cheaper than 800 degrees. For me, I only go when I have the pizza itch at work and have limited time. If I had the time, I would go to 800 degrees no doubt.

--Dommy!

Aug 08, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

ISO Chow-worthy Breakfast for the Office

Everyone loves it here!!! I also love that they give you a big squeezie bottle of Teriyaki sauce! There is always a good amount left over that I use to jazz up the Trader Joes Steamed Veggies and Frozen Brown rice I buy for lunch! :D

--Dommy!

Aug 08, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Poutine: the fancy, the cheap, and everything in between?

One of my favorite Fries dishes in the city... second only to Chego's Ooey Gooey Fries... I had some recently and they STILL kill it.

--Dommy!

Aug 08, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

What's your favorite of the Chipotle-way style fast-food-y pizza joists in town: 800 Degrees, or Blaze Pizza, or Pielogy, or Pizza Rev, or Ugly Pizza Co., there may be a few others ????????????????????

Being a Chego fiend... I wanted to love shop house, but it just didn't work. None of the sauces were strong enough to bring things together. :(

--Dommy!

Aug 07, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area
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What's your favorite of the Chipotle-way style fast-food-y pizza joists in town: 800 Degrees, or Blaze Pizza, or Pielogy, or Pizza Rev, or Ugly Pizza Co., there may be a few others ????????????????????

Not counting 800 Degrees, I think Blaze is the best of the bunch. The crust is the best and the toppings are better quality and you can ask for the pie to be finished with olive oil.

The ONLY thing is don't get a meat pie. The meats at blaze are terrible. They are at all of these places. I say, if you want a cheap fast pepperoni pizza, go to Little Ceasars. But if you want a pie with fresh moz, artichoke hearts, calamata olives and roasted garlic, finished with sea salt and olive oil... see me at Blaze...

--Dommy!

Aug 07, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Biodynamic and Natural Wines in LA

My favorite little shop: Bar Garden in Culver City hold all of their labels to the highest standard...

--Dommy!

Aug 07, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Eggslut and Wexler's

really. really. really bad management (many of the restaurants the opened with weren't even from L.A.) and the crowds there aren't seeking artisanal $15 sandwiches.

Aug 06, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

KazuNori: A Pictorial Essay

Actually that was the exact concept. The press release had Chef Nozowa "saying", why should hamburgers be the only fast food...

I honestly can not wait to go. Since it's right up the street... It will be my meal to celebrate puppy freedom this Saturday! :DDD

--Dommy!

Aug 06, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Hat's Pastrami Chili Cheese French Fries

Somehow this thing travels pretty darn well... *just saying*

--Dommy!

Aug 06, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Ramen Coming to Grand Central Market

For me, the egg is ELEMENTAL to the ramen (right now my favorite is at Tsujita, followed by Men Oh)... I squealed when I heard this news...

--Dommy!

Aug 06, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Gentleman's Butchershop & Delicatessen (a very mini-review)

YEARS ago. I'll have to refresh my memory...I remember having an amazing creamy version at a BBQ place, Not baby blues... but I think it was Woodys (Definately not bludsos).

But now I'll have more of my lunch times free so I'll have to go do a refresher... heh... ;)

--Dommy!

Aug 06, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Gentleman's Butchershop & Delicatessen (a very mini-review)

I should note I like creamy mac and cheese, those baked bechamel ones I don't like at all.

Right now, my favorite is at the Must, with the Goldfish toppings (Although I wish that the gold fish topping was broiled a bit)

I also really like the one at Horsethief, Pitfire Pizza and Koo Koo Roo.

Most of the other I've tried recently (Dulans, Mama Joans, Flossies) have been bland, mushy and/or dry.

--Dommy!

Aug 06, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Gentleman's Butchershop & Delicatessen (a very mini-review)

My favorite if their salads is the sliced cucumbers in rice wine vinegar. They are like Asian bread and butter pickles!

--Dommy!

Aug 05, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area
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Malibu in the Mornings

LOL!!! I can just say, all the female puppy minders we have going over there don't complain much about visiting Dr. Victor... the Grom Gelato next door is just a bonus for them...

--Dommy!

Aug 05, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area
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Malibu in the Mornings

Correct. Dr. Victor rulez!

--Dommy!

Aug 05, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Malibu in the Mornings

Thanks everyone!! The trips were fruitful and the pup was all better!! However, I was often there with another fretful puppy raiser so I didn't take many pictures. :( But we did get some good eats...

First trip we went to Malibu Country Kitchen, it was a cute place and loved the selection of chips (I got some McClures Bloody Mary Chips). Both P and I are Chinese Chicken Salad fiends, so I had to order their Chinese Chicken Salad wrap! For a decent price (in malibu) you get a huge wrap full of chicken salad with a great dressing and plenty of yummy almonds. We went here because we didn't want to be far from the pups, who made it through their first treatment with flying colors!

Second trip, we felt comfortable enough to wander so we went to Maison Maison Giraud. However, by the time we arrived there the croissants were already all sold out. :( So instead I got Pain au Chocolat which was good, but I would say a touch TOO buttery. I think I perfer the croisants at Bread lounge instead. It has a good balance of butter and flake (the croissants at proof I find too flakey)

For my main I had the Croque Madame. Again, quite buttery and actually was a bit small. The side salad it came with was okay (I'm spoiled by the best side salad ever at Blu Elefant Cafe).

http://i.imgur.com/z1LUgB3.jpg

I also took home a baguette which was wonderful and crisp outside and soft inside. Really great specimen.

On the final trip they fluffed up our appointments and the pups had to stay all day. My friend actually just drove back home. But I decided to wander a little bit. First I went to Lilys! I was so excited to try their breakfast burrito and when I came into the little shop, I was told that it would take 30 minutes to make my burrito!!! I went ahead and ordered it and then went across the way to Cafecito Organico, perhaps one of the best coffee shops in the area for a sweet latte (I love that they and G&B Offer that! :))

http://i.imgur.com/hShk4mI.jpg

After that I wanted to bring home something sweet and we went to K Bakery. We had the ginger cookie, which was good and the Lemon Bar which had a wonderful crust, but otherwise was an average Lemon Bar.

With even more time to kill, I headed up to Canyon Gourmet in Topanga. It was cute, but the cheese selection wasn't impressive. But it had some neat things. I got a wonderful soup, a favorite brand of gourmet pasta and some super pricy local eggs

On my way out I managed to hit my favorite find, Country Natural Food Market. It looks like any number of side convience stores, in fact I just stopped in for a drink, but it seems to be run by this korean lady that makes some wonderful items! She sells seasoned tofu by the square, so tasty! She makes Veggie Kim Bap rolls, fresh and cheap. She makes the most wonderful deviled eggs. Most of the deviled eggs in the current deviled egg craze have been meh at best! Hers were SUPER good and four pieces (two eggs) for $2!! A Steal!!

And with that the Puppy was done with the treatments and I say good bye to Malibu for now! Thanks for the good chow tips!

--Dommy!

Aug 05, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Gentleman's Butchershop & Delicatessen (a very mini-review)

No meat in the Mac n Cheese. It's just picking up the smoke coming off the freshly prepared meats.

Aug 05, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Hat's Pastrami Chili Cheese French Fries

I agree although don't tell that to a Texan looking for their Migas! LOL!!

--Dommy!

Aug 05, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area