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Chi Spacca - New Chef

Quite dismissive of this chef's talents and I presume you are assuming he's another one of "those corporate chefs". I think its unfair to assume the worst for now. If Colby did his job training the staff under him then it should run perfectly without him there. So calm down there buddy.

2 days ago
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Going to be in DFW for a few days, having trouble deciding where I should eat:

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. In terms of spending I don't want to spend more than $50 per person.

Wouldn't have thought to try Indian food now I'll put it on my radar.

TJ Seafood and Tei-An seem like worthwhile places to check out too.

If there's a place that has great chicken fried steak I'm also looking for that.

Chi Spacca - New Chef

His resume is definitely a step up from Colby. So looks like Chi Spacca is in good hands.

Jul 25, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Where to dine if Jimbocho Den is closed?

Try Seizan? That was my alternative.

Jul 25, 2015
Johnny L in Japan

Round 3: 2015 Cookware deals!

I gotta start browsing my local Macy's

Jul 25, 2015
Johnny L in Cookware

Going to be in DFW for a few days, having trouble deciding where I should eat:

I'll be in town at the end of August, haven't decided if I want to be here for 2 or 3 days but either way I'll be heading to Austin afterwards so with that in consideration I would love some suggestions for what Dallas has to offer?

Some details about me:
-I never had any intention of visiting Dallas so I know very little about the food scene compared to Austin.
- Coming from Los Angeles so I'm not too interested in Asian food
- I want real good Texas BBQ because what we get in Los Angeles can't be considered good by Texas standards.
I may have a car so I'm willing to drive a little out of the way but realistically I will at least be able to eat: 1 breakfast meal, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners.

I'd probably have to limit my BBQ intake to just 2 places since I'll be heading to Austin after. I'm not opposed to Tex-Mex but I can't say I'm very excited by it either.

Appreciate any suggestions pointing me in the right direction.

Jul 24, 2015
Johnny L in Dallas - Fort Worth

New York Times Chinese Food Video

Really China Cafe at GCM?! Look that place caters to a certain demographic who finds bottom of the barrel shit Chinese acceptable.

What I find really hypocritical is Bittman's attitude and views on healhty eating yet we find him at China Cafe. Seriously?

Jul 19, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Langue de boeuf

Belcampo is the only place you will easily find a whole tongue from a grass fed and high quality cow.

@J.L. Japanese markets only carry sliced beef tongue and usually they source from generic American beef, its rare they will be using something of quality. Also for the preparation of langue de boeuf one needs a whole tongue.

Jul 19, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Grand Central Market - hours warning

Can you blame the vendors? They would lose money if they stayed open. They gave it a shot before but nobody would show up.

Just wait until the wine bar by the Mozza dude opens up and the Golden Road Brewery then the market night hours should start attracting people and thus the other vendors may decide to open later.

Jul 19, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Who's "Mary", and why does Restaurant Week seem to be eating her chickens?

@NS1 Vikons produce a far superior broth but the meat isn't the best for eating. Mary's while not the best chicken on the market is the most consistent mass market air chilled chicken.

If you care about the air chilled aspect then it's worth it for the chicken because there's much less chance of salmonella. Also supposedly jidori sources their chickens sometimes from Mary's farms as well.

Jul 19, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Clarissa Wei's Revelatory Article On El Monte Dim Sum Factory

Pretty much we will never know unless somebody pulls a Edward Snowden. At the end of the day it doesn't bother me as the places that serve the best dimsum probably don't use them and if they do I'd rather be ignorant or maybe even be amazed they can mass produce something that taste like it was hand made.

Jul 03, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Pa Pa Walk, Imperial City Closed

wow that was an institution for me.

Jun 21, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Soul Hollywood Finally Getting Ready To Open

no way!

Jun 20, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Does LA have anything equivalent to Raku in Vegas?

Morinoya is the only thing close but the menu is a bit more conservative than Raku in some regards.

Jun 12, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Looking For Local Source for Thai Tao Grill and Mortar and Pestle

lax-c

Jun 02, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Ara Yaki in la?

Hamachi collar is as close as you get and you can find the stereotypical one at almost any izakaya.

May 28, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

All Hail Saint Martha

I felt rather unimpressed with my visit to Saint Martha. It's a good restaurant for diversity in KTown but the I had nothing memorable when I ate there a few weeks back out of 5 dishes we ordered.

Plating is nice but food didn't seem special, just modern plating with disparate combinations of ingredients that seemed too forced to be on the same plate sometimes.

May 28, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Dying for awesome taco truck tacos in theSGV Temple City, Arcadia area

Yeah the two most busy taco trucks are also pretty mediocre when I did live in SGV.

Unfortunately you have moved to the DMZ of taco trucks. You have to drive to El Monte to get anything decent and then its going to probably be out of a restaurant, trucks aren't that big a thing here.

May 28, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

New Taco Bell in Shibuya

Aw damn they had Japan only items? Shoulda tried it before I left.

May 22, 2015
Johnny L in Japan

Where to eat Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, etc.)

I would pass on sushi zanmai unless you just need a quick cheap meal but even then there are better options: For example if you go to shibuya you can go to http://www.picrumb.com/best-restauran... for conveyor belt sushi. I was skeptical at the prices but its surprisingly decent sushi for 120 yen starting per plate.

For tempura: daikokuya is a chain I believe (which isnt a bad thing in Japan) but check out Hannosuke Tendon if you have a chance in Nihombashi area.

May 18, 2015
Johnny L in Japan

New Taco Bell in Shibuya

I walked by several times on my trip and there was usually a line of 15+ people during busier hours.

That said the menu looks pretty much the same as the American ones so if you are familiar then avoid like the plague.

May 18, 2015
Johnny L in Japan

Where to get A5 wagyu?

That's A5 quality for sure. I just got back from Tokyo and that level of marbling is a waste of money IMO because all you really taste is fat at that point.

Personally I would just get some Snake River Farms stuff at least it will still taste like beef and not fat.

din tai fung moving to santa anita mall?

EaterLA isn't as well informed as I am trust me.

Apr 29, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Sweetfin Poké in Santa Monica (A Photo Story)

The prices are prob high due to Santa Monica rents + using sustainable fish

Apr 29, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Chefs Table: Cool Culinary Myth Making

While I don't discount blacksmiths and such as craftsmen they are a dying breed and there are fewer of them with each passing year while the number of chefs stays pretty constant. If anything cooking could be one of the last crafts to become automated.

But thanks for the link to the youtube video, had no idea it existed, will def watch.

Apr 25, 2015
Johnny L in Food Media & News

din tai fung moving to santa anita mall?

No its not in addition. Its a relocation.

Apr 25, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

YAMAKASE - END OF AN ERA

Is it even a real restaurant? I'm not even sure if the space is permitted to be one.

Apr 12, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area
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I don't understand Jeni's

It's not bad but with Milk being more convenient for me I don't see why I would return.

Mar 27, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Whiz - Bang for your Burger Buck

well nobody is saying you can get a great cheesesteak on the left coast.

Mar 24, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Whiz - Bang for your Burger Buck

Haven't tried the burgers but I would pass on the cheesesteaks. You can get much better at Boo's a few blocks away.

Mar 23, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area