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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

REALLY! Pumpkin?!?! *plots trip!*

--Dommy!

about 10 hours ago
Dommy in Chains

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

Interesting... Although from all accounts the DTF's in the Americana and South Coast are doing quite well. Perhaps it's the location, it's a bit away from the shopping action. Perhaps it's just a lunch time thing and when the tour buses come on the weekend things pick up. Perhaps their price point/offerings are not even in tune to what these tourist diners want. :/

--Dommy!

about 10 hours ago
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Go Visit Your Parents: Seree's Coffee Shop in South Central

I have no problem walking down Vermont or Fig. But this isn't on either of those streets. This is on Grand in a very industrial area. I live in the area and as I said I'm by this corner often, so I'm not bashing it, I'm just setting up expectations.

--Dommy!

1 day ago
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Go Visit Your Parents: Seree's Coffee Shop in South Central

Although very nearby 'SC, this particular area is still somewhat industrial. In fact, they tried to push the My Fig project onto a street nearby and I was quite vocal about it being a horrible idea. I walk the area weekly accompanied by Giant German Shepherds (which like this place are rough on the outside but nice on the inside) even during the day and am I'm glad to have their company. It is changing (Sweatshops flipping to Design houses), but it's still mostly going to be a commercial area.

--Dommy!

1 day ago
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Go Visit Your Parents: Seree's Coffee Shop in South Central

Woah! You don't know how many times I've walked past this place while working with the dogs and thought it was officially closed down!! Good to know when it's open as, the only options we have when with the pups are a lunch truck on the other side of 30th. Will have to poke my head in soon.

--Dommy!

1 day ago
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

KazuNori: A Pictorial Essay

Like most of the L.A. Haves, we spent this weekend watching old clips of the Simpsons at the Hollywood Bowl. With this heat wave, we wanted something cold and tasty. So Katsu Nori seemed to be a great bet.

First, for their to go offering is cut rolls. No handrolls. Which makes sense, as it would not be the same without the crispy nori. So we got their first combo. 16 pieces for $14. Not a great deal, but for the quality we felt it was pretty good. Much better than Supermarket Sushi and cheaper than 'meh' fancy roll places. It also packed up really nicely for the Bowl! Just minor rice squish. A great option for Sushi to go!

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--Dommy!

Sep 17, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

I'm sure it does... but Iz lazy... ;)

--Dommy!

Sep 12, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Belcampo hotdog

I also would add that my all around favorite snappy juicy hot dog is still the boars head dogs. The Belcampo seemed to missing that snap and the flavor was okay. I prefer Lets be Frank dogs for more snap juice and flavor.

For a not pork dog, I also have to put in a plug to Shelton's Chicken Franks Chick-a-Dees. Really good flavor and texture for the an all chicken product. We got them at Gelsons.

--Dommy!

Sep 12, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

Using Square at a lot of places you have an option for an pre-calculated percentage. For me who usually rounds up the 20%, it's actually less than what I usually do. But I know that is not always the case.

--Dommy!

Sep 12, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Generally Epicure does have Andouille from I think Fabrique Délices. But I don't know if compared to the fresh made LJ.

--Dommy!

Sep 12, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

What an excellent idea instead of a crouton (or my current favorite those fried shallots you get at Asian Markets)

--Dommy!

Sep 11, 2014
Dommy in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

Good to know!!! It's Chili making season soon!

--Dommy!

Sep 11, 2014
Dommy in Chains
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

That is very common preference. When given the choice, people will pick rail over bus. And actually part of the reason why there have been some delays in the rail construction. There is an avid bus advocate network (Which keep in mind, many of those working SO hard to feed us rely on, check out how many chefs whites you see late at night on the 720)thankfully the tack of "rail for rich people/rundown buses for po'folk" has dissipated in this city somewhat.

Sep 11, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Keep in mind that part of the reason that these areas are booming is their promiximity to the metro lines. So do as the local do!

--Dommy!

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Yeah, the Korean migration is still rather new, as a young Korean population migrated to living near there. Still LT has changed quite a bit in the last 10 years as well. It has benefited from the transit oriented communities surrounding it, it's proximity to DTLA and the arts district. I'm pretty pleased on what it has become. I miss the outpost of Mandarin Deli but I'm still glad a new generation of insomniac trouble makers are still filling up Suehiro...

--Dommy!

Sep 08, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Cute. Actually there is still a lot of older Chinese/Vietnamese people who still live in the area (my friend's biggest complaint is that people steal from her fruit trees. ;/) that will be harder to displace. But they area already building new places... slowly. slowly.

--Dommy!

Sep 08, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Chinatown continues to be deal in terms of rent in the area. Especially with its proximity to the gold line and all that downtown and the arts district has to offer. But it's going to take a while for it 'clean-up'

--Dommy!

Sep 08, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

KIMBAB SOUTH BAY LOS ANGELES AREA

There is one in Diamond Bar?! YES!!!

--Dommy!

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

There will always be THOSE people. It's a lot more than you think... they are usually in Sales. They have "NO callus" LOL!

--Dommy!

Sep 04, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

Exactly. Part of the reason to tip is that it's a social contract... S/He is serving you. You help pay his wage. Now their wage is going to include a health benefit, so a tip can be reduced. 17% still isn't bad.

--Dommy!

Sep 04, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

Many and many of those foriegn countries that do this have universal health care and other social protections(university, wage etc...) that make up for lack of above and beyond tips.

--Dommy!

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

YAY for me too! Although I found them a bit more assertive than the Raisin Rosemary due to the olive flavor (Which i love as I am an olive fiend!). I found it went better with a mild cheese like a Chevre versus something more funky like a Brie.

--Dommy!

Sep 03, 2014
Dommy in Chains

Little Tokyo LA, Not To Be Missed?

Yep! I love that cold brew. Is also love their brown sugar simple syrup and their house made nut milk. I was a big fan of Handsome but they are offering exactly what I had hoped for at Blacktop

--Dommy!

Aug 29, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Orleans and York: Now with a second location in Inglewood

And now I know why...

We went to a Dodger game recently... usually we bring Godmother sandwiches. I pick them up at lunch and let them have a good rest before heading over to the park. But now since O&Y is my favorite sandwich spot, I decided to give them a shot for gameday.

But the thing is, Po Boys don't travel. AT ALL. So I thought, what might be a good thing to bring other than their cold cut sandwiches (which are good, but not as good as the Godmother). And then I though, the Gumbo Mumbo...

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OMG! This was a perfect game day sandwich!!! Sadly the bread did lose its wonderful crispness, but it still remained so light and elastic... it soaked up just enough of the wonderful gumbo seasoning too so it was SO tasty. The filling as always was beyond generous. flavorful sausage, tender chicken, perfectly cooked shrimp, shaved beef and plenty of stewed veggies. The flavor was spicy enough to keep each bite interesting and also went SO well with a cold ball game cup of beer. It also might even go well with one of those helmets of garlic fries (I can't eat that stuff, so more sandwich for me)

Next season when they have their DTLA location open, I think game day is going to be VERY good for them.

--Dommy!

Totally subjective: Little Jewel vs. Orleans and York Po-Boys

My feeling exactly. I had issues with the coating at LJ, I felt that the sandwich would have been MEH if it wasn't for the hot sauce at the table. Meanwhile, I think the breading at O&Y is wonderfully tasty. I could eat one of their sandwiches without their wonderful crack sauce.

From the time O&Y got mentioned here, I noted that it wasn't the most authentic place. Super tasty and put together with care, but not exactly something directly from NO or NY. Also it is worth noting that in addition to the bread, the seafood in LJ is also sourced from region, whereas O&Y most likely sources from international farmed sources (Which also accounts for the price). I'm of the feeling that Jase put on his other post, although I have a little bit of a preference for O&Y (I can't wait for them to open downtown so I can pick up some sandwiches for a Dodger Game) I'm glad we have the choice of both! :D

--Dommy!

Little Tokyo LA, Not To Be Missed?

Since no one has mentioned it yet... I have to plug Men Oh Ramen. Really solid ramen, but with an amazing ramen egg...

--Dommy!

Aug 27, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area
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Little Tokyo LA, Not To Be Missed?

I love Demitasse... but if i had my choice, I would walk down into the Arts district and get my cup from Blacktop. It was set up by the Handsome guys and just a few blocks down on 3rd. It's where Guerilla Tacos can be found (Along with other really good trucks as well, salt and straw was there this weekend)

--Dommy!

Aug 27, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area
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Taco Catering at Home--Los Angeles

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

--Dommy!

Aug 22, 2014
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!

Aug 22, 2014
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