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Trendy, good food for out of town guest from Hong Kong

Its an amazing eating city but its strengths are mainly Cantonese, certain regional Chinese, and Japanese and that is what I would mainly focus on. Even Japanese for me is not the highest priority unless for some reason I can't see myself visiting Japan in the near future.

Sep 11, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Trendy, good food for out of town guest from Hong Kong

Yeah the yakiniku game in HK is far superior to what we have here. In fact I would not bother with Japanese in LA, what they have in HK is at the same level if not superior to ours.

Sep 10, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Chung King, San Gabriel... where'd it go??

Chung King is donezo plain and simple. Everyone's moved onto Chengdu Taste and Szechuan Impression. At this point don't bother chasing that lasting impression you had, it's all just a memory now.

Sep 07, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Trendy, good food for out of town guest from Hong Kong

They have a Lawry's in Hong Kong and they ship in USDA Prime beef too all included of course with a spinning salad.

Being that I've lived in HK but it's been a while and the food scene moves pretty fast I would say you gotta go with good California produce driven restaurants or concepts you can't find in HK.

Gjelina, Ladies Gunboat Society, Orsa & Winston, Grand Central Market, Sqirl would be my top picks.

Sep 07, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Haha rents in Chinatown aren't rising for shit. Do you know what commercial rent goes for in SGV? You'd be surprise how much more it is.

Whats happening is that no ethnic group wants Chinatown. This area has always been a place for new coming ethnic groups to settle due to its long history of being a cheap place to settle but being that our immigration patterns don't support that sort of environment for Chinatown anymore it has been dying off for the past few years.

Sep 06, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area
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The hart and the hunter, did it close or still open?

I don't know who he is and I'm not sure if he can do the same food as good so that remains to be seen.

Sep 05, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Is Baco Mercat really this bad?

I'm guessing you aren't from LA? But yes LA service in general tends to suck on average.

Sep 01, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

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

Relation to O.G. restaurant in China doesn't mean crap.

Are they using the exact same ingredients of the similar quality and having staff who is trained in the way of the original restaurant?

Sep 01, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

It has potential just needs time to get it's sea legs going.

Aug 29, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Newport Seafood San Gabriel Location Closing?

Why would SGVers drive to Bev Hills for lobster when it can be had for cheaper and better at Boston Lobster?

Any people from the SGV driving to B.Hills for Newport are going because they would likely be rich mainlanders who want to have "face" by eating in an expensive Chinese resto.

Aug 28, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area
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Little Tokyo LA, Not To Be Missed?

Dulce makes decent coffee, they aren't using top tier dairy but they know their market is the type that likes sugar so why bother right?

Demitasse is alright but it's too pretentious, I can do without the stupid suspenders.

Blacktop I hear is quite good although the owner is probably not the favorable of the O.G. Handsome owners.

Aug 28, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

Please I don't find Chego to be worth making myself feel like shit.

Also scoops is mediocre at best (and I'm being nice) ice cream that only someone like Mr. Taster could enjoy because its "priced fairly/not hipster".

Aug 28, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

Agreed which is why I am lucky it is local.

Aug 27, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

If Chris was there we would have had to combine two tables for the reckless abandon eating we would have done.

Aug 27, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area
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Little Jewel

I'm not young anymore, I want my 30's to be at least relatively healthy.

Aug 26, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

Nope had help from one other.

Aug 26, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

Had a great meal today, shirmp poboy, meatball sandwich, red beans and rice, catfish platter.

Everything was great and now red beans and rice is my new monday tradition. I hope this place gets all the support it deserves.

Aug 25, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Restaurant Bread insider?

Homeboy does great bread as well

Aug 24, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Restaurant Bread insider?

There aren't that many good bread suppliers in LA.

It's probably either going to be Bread Bar, Bread Lounge, La Brea etc.

Aug 23, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy aji amarillo?

So both of you worked there but is it possible you guys worked at different points? I know Picca runs itself seperate from Mo Chica and Paiche. Also I know over time he began to take lots of shortcuts.

Aug 23, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area
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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.

Aug 23, 2014
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.

Aug 23, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area
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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).

Aug 23, 2014
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.

Aug 23, 2014
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.