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LA Food and Wine fest

its pretty much crap unless you get excited by the sight of celebrity chefs. I worked the Asian Night Market event today and the food was incredibly mediocre all around.

about 8 hours ago
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

So, uh, Beijing Duck House (Rosemead) is no more ...

After several owner changes the place sucked. Food was good in its early days. It's not a bad location considering many people in Arcadia/Temple City like to eat locally if its convenient and there are plenty of Chinese customers around. Just that if you run your restaurant like an idiot you'll drive away customers.

about 9 hours ago
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

From EaterLA: "Grand Central Market Makes Bon App's Best Resto List"......My question is "Who Made This Happen?"

One of the so called morons on the board of directors for Angels flight is Adele Yellin herself. It's very difficult to justify the cost of repairs for Angels flight as Yellin is probably the only person on that board who would financially gain from it's working oepration (the train itself doesn't make any money but the food traffic to GCM would).

about 9 hours ago
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

From EaterLA: "Grand Central Market Makes Bon App's Best Resto List"......My question is "Who Made This Happen?"

It was suppose to be a workshop area where they could conduct classes and house businesses that don't require ventilation (aka fancy jam makers, organic fair trade expensive tote bags). Originally they wanted the lady who taught soba making classes to try it out but that never took hold.

about 9 hours ago
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

From EaterLA: "Grand Central Market Makes Bon App's Best Resto List"......My question is "Who Made This Happen?"

Considering that I'm highly involved in the market I'll clear some stuff up:

Ferry Building Team: in all my time since this project started I never saw any of them, the so called house "architect" had very little significant impact on the progress of GCM.

Joseph Shuldiner and Kevin West: early on they were highly influential in getting vendors in. Horse Thief and Sticky Rice were the ones dumb enough to take a risk and lucked out.

Reasons for success:

-The amazing team at Grand Park making it a sister destination.
-The entire downtown renaissance/revitalization doesn't hurt.
-This is the new food truck opportunity for chefs who can't afford to open a full scale restaurant but don't want to bother with the bullshit of running a food truck. IMO look for more of these food courts in the future where entrepreneurs can succeed with rather lower risks.
-As the earlier vendors started showing signs of success it was easier for bigger names to want in. FYI there is still some big names yet to come/be announced.

As for reasons for any failures blame the GCM management, they lucked out and started curating new vendors at the right time but their choice of PR team was horrible/disastrous, they took way too long to start remodeling the restrooms, parking is their cash cow and I see little reason for them to make the parking situation any better.

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Yes.

Aug 20, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Wheat & Sons at the Anaheim Packing House

That was the only decent place in the Packing House, I couldn't understand what the deal was with the Kroft and it's line.

Also was not a fan of popbar, its visually appealing but honestly if you are going to claim to use all natural ingredients but then have your Sysco delivery drop off canned tangerines in syrup maybe they should be more discrete about it.

Aug 19, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area
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ChocoChicken in Santa Monica

Pedigree or not Choco chicken was complete shit. I felt like Fleishman was pulling a prank on us all, waiting to pop out and say, gotcha.

Aug 17, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

So you hate hipsters for lining up at places you would frequent? Doesn't that make you a hipster in some way?

Aug 17, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Dulan’s On Crenshaw -- Pass the Pork Chop

I make it a point to come here when I have to drive to LAX. I love the short ribs.

Wexler's Deli - Yesterday

Jeez tough to please. Every restaurant has a bad day but your loss as I've had it many times by now and its a great sandwich.

Aug 02, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Petit Trois, No Reservations, No Phone, No Cash & No tipping...

Kevineats likes everything. He's too easily impressed.

Aug 01, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Well moving into abandoned/derelict spaces can hardly be called gentrification to be fair.

Jul 31, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

smoked sturgeon and the rest of the appetizing goods, too bad there no joint like this in LA.

Yeah Wexler has great sturgeon.

Jul 29, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Petit Trois, No Reservations, No Phone, No Cash & No tipping...

nah its was actually pretty empty with Ludo looking like he had nothing to do but be the pretty face of his small empire but when I left around 9:30pm it started to pick up for sure.

Jul 29, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Hope business goes well for you guys, I'll be over there nearby soon but I can't say with who or what concept but just keep faith and hang on because Chinatown will go through a big change, I just can't give out any details.

Petit Trois, No Reservations, No Phone, No Cash & No tipping...

Went last night because I couldn't decide what to eat and live 15 mins away now. Steak tartar w/ fries, salad, toasted bread was quite good and for the price thought it was fair (in comparison to Republique and Church and State). With a beer, tax, and service charge 18% I was OOTD at $38.

Yeah still not cheap but did leave full.

Valley Blvd Eats - looking for eating partners

Hey what's wrong with Yoshinoya?!

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

I wouldn't call this gentrification David as no large groups of people are being displaced. Chinatown has been on a slow decline since my family and most of the Chinese families stopped patronizing it and moved out to the SGV. Chinatown was once a Little Italy as well so I think holding onto the whole "Chinese heritage" thing is futile when this neighborhood has always been a transitional one for ethnic groups. Just as Boyle Heights was once home to Jewish, Japanese, and now Latino communities, Chinatown is just going through another economic change.

GCM is Getting The Best Ice Cream Parlour

Let's just say it's going to be a dangerous everyday treat for post work decompression stress.

Jul 28, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Sam Woo expanding to Rosemead, and other openings

Former Kaya space has been empty for quite some time so curious to see how this long lived restaurant space will evolve.

Jul 21, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Noodle Boy Opens Up Behind Tip Top Sandwiches in Rosemead; Farm Fresh Produce, Too

Pricey but the best you can probably do without flying to Hong Kong. Also not as good as Bryant Ng's now defunct Spice Table version but that was even pricier at $14.

Jul 21, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

GCM is Getting The Best Ice Cream Parlour

Sorry but management at GCM only cares about money if they cared about building a real long term surviving market maybe they should have used their wasted money on the PR/marketing team instead on improving amenities (restrooms, cleanliness, appearance). Also we could have gotten something cool like the Uzbek restaurant but instead we get shit like Berlin Currywurst.

Jul 21, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Newport Seafood San Gabriel Location Closing?

I treated my staff to dinner there, table of 11 and spent $260 tax included but before tip.

We got:
2 lobsters (5-6 pounders each)
shaking beef
fried pork chops
honey walnut shrimp
crab fish maw soup
sauteed pea shoots

We left really stuffed and I felt the lobster tasted better than Newport and was a better value (I remember spending $120 on just one tiny lobster at Newport).

Jul 21, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area
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Isaan Station in K-Town should be on people's radars.

Rather not as I developed it for a restaurant but if you don't mind sharing yours I can give pointers.

Jul 20, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Newport Seafood San Gabriel Location Closing?

Hmmm that makes me speculate but I won't say publicly for fear I may be right. Time to keep it to myself.

Jul 20, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Shi Hai Has The Best Dim Sum In Town

omg so much personal history for me in that building. I'll take my mum out there for weekday dimsum (since I always work weekends).

Jul 20, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area
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King Hua Tomorrow, Monday?

If you are going to go to 99 Ranch might as well go to the one in Focus Plaza. The Monterey Park one is the most ghetto one in the SGV and reeks the most of mainlanders (which you may find offensive depending on how HK you are).

Jul 20, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

GCM is Getting The Best Ice Cream Parlour

Please have you had good soft serve before? Big Gay has superior texture to most soft serves on the market. Of course soft serve vs. regular ice cream is a different debate but I'll take high quality soft serve to Scoops terrible flavors and ice crystal formations.

If you don't like the price then fine nobody will force you to pay it but please don't spread your generalizations that "hipster priced" food is a scam/gimmick. At the end of the day your Thrify Ice Cream is probably made with milk that comes from commodity milk which is has plenty of problems within its own industry. If we choose to pay more money to make the ethical choice while we don't chastise you for not agreeing with us then the least you could do is stop spouting this "anti hipster" nonsense.

GCM is Getting The Best Ice Cream Parlour

While entitled to your own opinion about "hipster businesses" ruining your favorite oldtime places I'll lay out some facts about the former Joses Ice Cream:

Joses ice cream served Thrify Ice Cream which is probably why it make be so reminiscent to you, if thats what you yearn you can always go to your local Walgreens.

The owner of Joses could care less about historical preservation, I asked him what he was going to do after it closed (which I was sad because he always gave me free ice cream) and he said retire and go fishing.

Also did you just compare Big Gay Ice Cream to Scoops? I can't understand in what universe they would be on comparable levels because Big Gay is vastly superior to Scoops in all ways imaginable. Sure it may cost more but why is paying more a bad thing? The cost of cheap food on our society has brought many problems in more ways than just numerical dollars sense but that's another issue aside.