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CNN's best 10 US restaurants for dim sum (hint: not one in the SGV)

America is prob tired of hearing how great the SGV is for Chinese food.

about 22 hours ago
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Grimaldi's Pizza in El Segundo Review:

I went to the original Grimaldis in New York a few weeks back and left thoroughly unimpressed. There's much better pizza to be had in NY and better to be had in LA as well.

about 22 hours ago
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Faith and Flower - anybody want to go?

I'll pass. The fact they felt like they needed to invite every food blogger in LA for their media night and bombard all the social networking was already a turnoff.

Apr 15, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Japanese Knife Store

Japanese Knife Imports has relocated to Bev Hills.

Apr 15, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

How can I get rid of the toaster oven on the countertop?

why not put it under the counter in a open cabinet with no doors.

Apr 14, 2014
Johnny L in Cookware

Changes at Flores

Bachi Burger will not be opening on Sawtelle after all.

Apr 14, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area
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Blue Bottle is Taking Over The World

Yup they want Tonx for their online delivery system not for what they physically deliver. Which sucks for a promising startup.

Apr 08, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Go Get Em Tiger in Larchmont

Few? G&B is prob best coffee in this part of LA right now and plenty of people go.

GGET barista's aren't as good as G&B but then again a lot of the best baristas in LA are working at G&B now so there's that.

One thing G&B doesn't do is food and a more expanded pastry program but then again there's the entire Grand Central market for it.

Apr 08, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Belcampo Cheeseburger

Ooops, meant the quality of the burger texture to be specific. I'm sure ACAB uses good beef.

Apr 03, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Curry leaves (fresh or dried) in LA eastside?

From what former Thai coworkers told me, the rind is actually essential in curry paste since kaffir limes are so common in Thailand. Using the leaves for curry paste is more of a substitute in America, normally the leaves are left whole for soups or stir fries where you don't eat them like bay leaves.

Since in America the limes themselves are hard to obtain I would use it sparingly. The juice is known to be bitter in Thailand but the ones grown here seem alright to me. I was told that the juice is great for washing your hair though.

Apr 03, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Curry leaves (fresh or dried) in LA eastside?

LAX-C if they have it will be frozen most likely.

Their inventory system sucks though, once they run out of something they might not restock it for weeks to months. I use to get kaffir lime leaves from them for a restaurant and then they just ran out so I had to start foraging my own.

Apr 02, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Spotted Pig coming to Venice

I felt it to be overrated as well. The burger was disappointing but at least they did chicken liver toast and deviled eggs properly.

Apr 02, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Belcampo Cheeseburger

Just by looking at the above pictures of the belcampo burger vs A Cut Above Butcher, the grind of the beef at ACAB looks terribly done so I'm skeptical about the quality of beef.

Mar 31, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Belcampo Cheeseburger

Looks much better compared to the crappy burger I had at The Spotted Pig (NYC) last week which was $21 (including a generous portion of disgusting fries).

Mar 27, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Scoops in Chinatown

Are you talking about Matt Kang?

Mar 26, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Scoops in Chinatown

Eh not crazy about their ice cream and the buildout is super ghetto (as in there basically was no buildout).

It screams very little commitment to Chinatown and they are hoping to get overflow from Chego.

Mar 17, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Denmark Gefion steakhouse turning into hunan spicy taste

This is funny because the new Nha Trang will take over a former Sichuan restaurant and now we get a new spicy regional chinese concept a few doors away.

Mar 17, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

ISO - Best Rotisserie Chicken???

+3

Mar 17, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Pho Ha Long (San Gabriel) already gone, replaced by Spiceone

Man that was fast. It's a crappy location but at least it has ample parking.

Mar 17, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

water ovens

Sousvide supreme sucks if you want accuracy and the Aqua Chef looks like a glorified deep fryer which in a way is probably what it is. These are induction type water baths where water is not circulated and thus the accuracy of the temperature is suspect and prone to having cold/hot spots.

I would recommend looking into getting a Sansaire or Anova which can use almost anything as a vessel and run for less money than both.

Mar 10, 2014
Johnny L in Cookware

The market forces driving fishing [split from LA]

Blue C the kaiten sushi chain is sustainable.

The only hope our oceans will have is that the price of certain fish will become so high that market forces will deter people from ordering unsustainable fish due to rising prices.

Also aquaculture may be the only savior but that itself has sustainability problems.

Mar 10, 2014
Johnny L in General Topics

Visiting LA

Whatever you do avoid the Gorbals on both sides of the country.

Mar 05, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Chinese Restaurants Busted and Gone Bust on Main Street Alhambra

The whole main street project is a pathetic attempt at trying to make main street cool. There's very little they can do to attract new businesses unless they start throwing free money for places to open or remodel again.

Mar 05, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Josiah Citrin Opening Casual Venice Restaurant

First Cimarusti goes casual and now Citrin? If Urasawa goes the Sugarfish route I'll eat my hat.

Mar 04, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

PIE - LA Dish of the Month (March 2014)

Bronzed Aussie does a good job at Australian savory pies, its no Portland Pie Company but then again we aren't in Portland so I don't have much choice down here.

Mar 04, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

PIE - LA Dish of the Month (March 2014)

Everyone in the industry that I know hates that place. Hipsters and yuppies frequent it because its on Traction Ave.

Also avoid their savory pies if you still end up there. Nothing like week old "stew" draped in undercooked pie dough.

Mar 04, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

where can i buy coke syrup locally?

You'd be surprised at how the coke economy works sometimes.

But yes just go to Canton.

Mar 04, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Din Tai Fung, Glendale.

Eh I feel its about the same personally having been to both Glendale and Arcadia locations within a month of each other.

Mar 04, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Plan Check - used to be better

I feel the Fairfax location was pretty good but I haven't been to the Sawtelle one in quite some time.

Mar 04, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Nha Trang taking over new chong qing in San Gabriel

OMG just as I am about to move from Arcadia to Koreatown this happens. I am pretty sad I won't get to enjoy this new location much (although will probably come back to see my family as an excuse to eat here)

Mar 04, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area