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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.

Jul 20, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area
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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.

Jul 18, 2014
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Isaan Station in K-Town should be on people's radars.

I use to make a pretty good version of 'gai yang' and my several visits to this place never did I once order it. I suppose its time to revsist since it's been over half a year since I've last been. Surprised it's still in business though.

Jul 16, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

New List To Debate--Tacos!

What the carnitas at El Momo are pretty legit.

Both taco spots in the Grand Central market were dry as heck and they used crappy tortillas.

Jul 08, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Chop Chop Grill in Walnut - Singaporean in LA!

It's a lost cause. Take what you can get.

Jul 07, 2014
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Tacolandia 2014: Post Your Live Commentaries and After-Event Reports Here!

Thanks would have loved to chat but I was too busy making sure things were perfect this year. Hopefully next year I have more time to relax and socialize during the event.

Jul 04, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Tacolandia 2014: Post Your Live Commentaries and After-Event Reports Here!

My dream is to pull off a Chinese bbq pork inspired al pastor on a trompo grill.

Jun 30, 2014
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Tacolandia 2014: Post Your Live Commentaries and After-Event Reports Here!

Heh I can see why people would question my involvement with Tacolandia as being part of Eggslut but being a native Angeleno chef tacos have been a long part of my after work staple meals late at night. Next year's taco will be even better though.

Jun 30, 2014
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Downtown L A Today

It's disgusting, my brain couldn't comprehend how this was a serious concept, like is this a sick and twisted joke from Adam Fleischman? It's not even the fact that the flavor is strange, its just plain bad fried chicken. It took 45 minutes to get to my table and it arrives lukewarm at best and not even crispy.

Jun 30, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Downtown L A Today

Wait are you serious? Choco chicken was the worst meal by far this year. I despised it even more than my meal at Fifty Seven during Nayfield's menu.

Jun 29, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Booze at GCM!

Seeing as Belcampo isn't all that busy I'm sure they'd love to sell you a michelada/mimosa anytime of day.

Also don't forget Horse Thief has PBR on tap too for the price conscious.

Jun 05, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Fifty Seven LA and smoke.oil.salt?

I would have much rather eaten that meal than what I had.

Jun 05, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Best Thai Restaurant in Hollywood

You can't use pad thai or pad kee mao as part of a litmus test at a Northern Thai restaurant. This is an Isaan specialty restaurant while pad thai is a central thai specialty.

It'd be like going to a Sichuan Chinese restuarant and judging their lack of a "dimsum" menu based solely on the available wontons in chili oil.

Jun 03, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area
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Fifty Seven LA and smoke.oil.salt?

If your idea of good food is luckwarm perfectly cut garnishes and vegetables that take 3 cooks to assemble then it might impress you but honestly nothing I ate made me say, wow that was tasty. The jerusalem artichoke dish that Kevineats thought was one of the better preparations of the ingredient was a total clusterfuck of I have no idea where he is going with this dish... strange combination of ingredients that made no sense. I personally did not feel any sort of connection with the food and felt it was making the motions in terms of modernist cuisine but lacked soul.

Jun 03, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Booze at GCM!

Being the resident GCM expert here you guys are permitted to drink anywhere within the market if you buy alcohol from one of the vendors. Meaning you can buy liquor from Horsethief and walk around the market with it. You just can't leave with said liquor and drink it outside the market unless you buy it unopened to go I believe.

May 15, 2014
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Fifty Seven LA and smoke.oil.salt?

I have not been to smoke.oil.salt but I'd avoid 57 right now with the current chef. I don't find the food worth the money.

May 15, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

New Fusion (Arcadia)

I went and it was very disappointing. Overpriced, boring menu, and the decor was gaudy as hell.

I'm curious about the other new restaurant next door that should be opening soon.

May 12, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Isaan Station in K-Town should be on people's radars.

I've been going there since they first opened. Surprised they haven't folded yet, it's a great restaurant in an odd location.

Love the food though and definitely one of my favorite Thai places in town. The Tom Saap is great when it's made properly and the dtub wan (pork liver salad) is amazing when you ask for it cooked medium rare (which they will cook well done by default if you aren't Thai).

May 12, 2014
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Q Sushi

If this is the Downton Abbey of sushi then what does that make Sugarfish?

May 06, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Best Thai Restaurant in Hollywood

both overhyped IMO. Jitlada is stupidly expensive for what it is with a menu that has as many misses as it does hits.

May 04, 2014
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Ideas for very fatty Mangalitsa pork belly?

Have you thought of trimming the thick fat layer off for lardo?

Or braise it and then allow the fat to settle at the top over night.

Use that fat to fry it up as chicharrones ?

May 03, 2014
Johnny L in General Topics

Gelateria Uli (DTLA)

Bulgarini called it quits after a month. It was priced far too expensive for such a tiny portion, although price aside its the best gelato I've had.

May 01, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area