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L.A. Dish of the Month, February 2015 -- Voting

OYSTERS!!!

1 day ago
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

Yeah, I always tell my newly food oriented friends not to go crazy at Thankgiving. People get hung up on 'tradition' during this time of year. I say, You have the rest of the year to experiment... The one day that everyone expects grandma's canned yam casserole with the HFCS marshmellows on top... you do grandma's canned yam casserole with the HFCS marshmellows on top.

Jan 25, 2015
Dommy in Chains

Has Sugar Fish jumped the shark?

The thing with SF, and I think you felt it in your visit, is that is was supposed to be a similar feel. Quick. Casual. Easy. But as you noted, people started going there for more of a restaurant experience (and they kinda encouraged this as well as they embraced their place as a 'scene')and now the quality and service just don't live up.

--Dommy!

Jan 23, 2015
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Has Sugar Fish jumped the shark?

If you accept KazuNori for what it is (A quick and casual place to get a meal). You'll really like it. Not a fan of Sugar Fish either... but I LOVE KazuNori...

--Dommy!

Dish of the Month, Los Angeles -- February 2015 -- Nominations

Aside from Raw Oysters.... there is..

Fried Oysters
Oyster Chowder
Oysters in Coctels
Oyster Happy Hours all over town!

--Dommy!

Jan 22, 2015
Dommy in Los Angeles Area
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Dish of the Month, Los Angeles -- February 2015 -- Nominations

It's the month of LOVE!! OYSTERS!

L.A. Dish of the Month, January 2015 -- CHILI

I think any DOTM is going to have a hard time in January because everyone is just getting re-adjusted from the holidays and routines. We went on vacation actually after the holidays and as our last meal in L.A., we headed down to Big Mistah's new Restaurant in Long Beach.

Located in a quaint strip mall. The only thing that announced we were at the right place was a big smoker on along the side of the road... and a smaller smoker in front which our current foster prompt went to go check out...

http://imgur.com/gallery/c1W4l86

We ordered the sampler... everything was good, with the pastrami and turkey being absolute stand outs! The only thing meh was the pulled pork...

http://imgur.com/10vlGnU

http://imgur.com/noWHLP2

BUT, we saw that they had their Chili available (it's an occassional special). It's PURE MEAT. No beans. They also serve it unadorned. Just a big tub of super meaty chili with an incredibly complex chili powder which includes dried Habanero. This was CHILI.

http://imgur.com/3Bu5ruR

Since we had so much food with the sampler, we took at taste (Mega kick) and took it home. The next day it was truly better... still spicy but more depth as the meat tend to really take on the flavor of the chili spice.

And I had to do it... I had to make my frito pie...

http://imgur.com/MZ0Kdv2

It was wonderful. With minimal toppings it helped tame the heat and richness. The frito flavor balanced out the overall meat-apalooza. This is a real contender with some REAL spice to my other two favorite Jimmy's Chili at Grocerie and the Frito pie at Homestate.

--Dommy!

Orleans and York: Now with a second location in Inglewood

I just heard about them oddly enough through my knitting friends! Good brews?

--Dommy!

Jan 17, 2015
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

In all fairness, the Russ and Daughters is almost 3x the price! I bought in the Foxboro store and it was a hit with my picky in-laws. Really great cocolate flavor and in interior was nice and moist. I loved it because the flavor of the chocolate was not rich nor too sweet. I'll give it a shot in L.A. to see if it travels well.

--Dommy!

Jan 15, 2015
Dommy in Chains

Adventures in Hipster Service

Sounds exactly (including shutting the door in my face and scouling, "it's cold!") like the encounter with the hostess at King Hua during Dim Sum a few weeks ago...

--Dommy!

Jan 15, 2015
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

A HUGE YAY fom me from the popcorn chips. I've had similar items but they weren't nearly as tasty and a lot more expensive! :DD

Jan 10, 2015
Dommy in Chains

L.A. Dish of the Month, January 2015 -- CHILI

I love Chili. It's something I will never turn down. I love it because it's so elemental yet thought out. You need Spices. You need ingredients. Vegetarian Chilis... love them. Chili that resembles a paste bring it on. Chili with beans... HELLO. Chili is an American Guisado... The American Curry... it's home food.

So when I wanted to have my first bowl of Chili, I could think of no better place than one of the most american restaurants we have... Panns...

Panns chili bowl is huge. It's a mostly cumin based spice and the ground meat is plentiful, but that slight nubby stuff that makes you think of that urban legend about the Wendy's Chili. And even so... you love it!! The real beauty about Pann's chili is that they use two types of beans. Pinto and Kidney. Perfectly cooked beans that add just enough texture to the chili but don't overwhelm. You need big meaty kidney beans, but too many and the chili feels leathery. Pinto has a way of dissolving with the first bite, great to temper the chili, pasty if you get a spoonful. Panns will probably continue to be my Go to for Patty Melts and Wings (although their Buffalo wings are bit too much Franks and not much else), but if in the mood... go for the Chili...

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

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Adventures in Hipster Service

Ah!! If that is the case, if the party is my guest, then I usually do give them a summary of the restaurant we are going ahead of time and my standard "We heard about you already" reply still stands.

If I am the guest, then I do as all good guests should... I shut up and smile. :)

--Dommy!

Jan 06, 2015
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Adventures in Hipster Service

I don't mind this question because it helps the waiter set up expectations. If you say NO and they are a small plate concept. they might explain that to you. If you say, Yes, you will get (hopefully!) a warm smile and a welcome back and much less of the set up.

Because we DO go to so many new places, but generally have an idea of the concept thanks to this board and other places, we say. "Yes, but we've read all about you on Chowhound and am looking forward to our meal." This then opens up the conversation on a different tack.

--Dommy!

Screening of "The Search for General Tso" (with an interview of "Chandavkl" aka David Chan)

YEP! I have to go back and re-watch it for the fashion and mannerisms. The show isn't Homeland, but damn the subtelities... ;D

--Dommy!

Jan 05, 2015
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Screening of "The Search for General Tso" (with an interview of "Chandavkl" aka David Chan)

As a fellow Downton fan.. D.V.R. ;)

--Dommy!

Screening of "The Search for General Tso" (with an interview of "Chandavkl" aka David Chan)

Sorry we missed you too! We had a Pup to get home to... We ended up going to get takeout at Golden Mongolian on Wilshire near Vermont restaurant since it was kinda on the way home for us. Wonderful lamb soup!!

--Dommy!

ISO Friday Night Fish Fry

I like Kings better than Mels. Mel's side dishes were terrible the last time we had them and Kings adds a little bit of spice to their breading. Makes all the difference...

Another great place for fried catfish is Orleans and York. Their breading is always just PERFECT and their house made hot sauce is just like nothing else. The plate comes with Cajun fries.

--Dommy!

Dec 31, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Screening of "The Search for General Tso" (with an interview of "Chandavkl" aka David Chan)

We'll be there. :D

L.A. Dish of the Month, January 2015 -- Voting

CHILI!! Because my feets are cold...

Trader Joe's Olive Suggestions?

I like the tub of mixed olives in the refrigerated section. Very convenient for picnics.

--Dommy!

Dec 19, 2014
Dommy in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

I am still get a sketchy feeling about the shrimp ones, but I really enjoy the tofu ones. They are great for a light lunch.

--Dommy!

Dec 17, 2014
Dommy in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

LOL!! Yeah. The veggie tray gets a YAY from me too, although I also tend to consider it just enough for one... LOL!!

--Dommy!

Dec 17, 2014
Dommy in Chains

Farmer's Market LA (Fairfax & 3rd) - What to eat?

For anyone next time... Four Cafe up the street from the Farmers Market has great breakfasts, salads and soups.

--Dommy!

Dec 16, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, December 2014 -- TAMALES

I love that thing. You can take it to the Dodger Game and it still warm. :)

--Dommy!

L.A. Dish of the Month, December 2014 -- TAMALES

Actually it probably did. There are tamale machines that come out with those tube tamales. I actually kind of like them. Every now and then I get a craving of those canned hormel ones...

--Dommy!

Dec 14, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, December 2014 -- TAMALES

It looks kinda greasy for bristol farms..ick.

--Dommy!

Dec 14, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Best Lobster Roll in LA?

I so wanted to love Connie and Teds. By far it was the best cooked lobster in a roll that I've had. But we make our own and always add a shake of old bay. So compared to that, The Connie and Ted's version fell flat and I perfer the Lobsta Truck's.

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--Dommy!

Dec 11, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Guerrilla Tacos Revisited (A Photo Story and Review)

I KNOW!! I just can never get my butt in gear. One of these days! :D

--Dommy!

Dec 11, 2014
Dommy in Los Angeles Area

Guerrilla Tacos Revisited (A Photo Story and Review)

I admit, while I've never been to Guerrilla Tacos, I am a fan of what some might consider 'fussy' tacos. In a sense, The flavors of yucatecan tacos probably are at play at this evolution. In Yucatan, it's just not meat and tortilla. It's bean paste. it's pickles. it's cheese. it's salsa on the meat. salsa to top it all off. Tacos are little packets of flavor that are not only served at restaurants, but made at home with whatever you have on hand. When Kogi first came out, many people 'didn't get it'. I LOVED it. Contrasts of flavors and textures is what Mexican food is all about.

Again, I don't speak for all Mexicans or taco lovers, but even in Mexico, Tacos, especially at restaurants are a universale food. In Mexico there ARE fancy tacos. There are Homey tacos. There are Tacos of great reverance (That is why Most tacos here are mediocre (Tortillas here play a big factor in that). The Taquero greats of Mexico do just fine. Most 'taqueros' here are born of necessity and drive, not skill and history. I would LOVE someone to do a film like Jiro Dreams of Sushi. To Don Miguel Tiene Suenos de Tripas

--Dommy!