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what to get at asahi ramen on sawtelle?

Asahi Ramen is ok. Cheap, big portions.

Across the street, Chabuya has a very good beef stew ramen - beef is incredibly tender and tasty, and stewed with root vegetables. Their spicy minced pork ramen noodles is also very good.

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Chabuya
2002 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Asahi Ramen
2027 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Jul 20, 2011
Ginger9 in Los Angeles Area

Santa Monica for one night-need the perfect restaurant. Foodie from NY

Yes, +1 for Rustic Canyon. Also, though they are part of a chain and not technically pure "Californian", Houston's two restaurants (under different names) on Wilshire and Montana also have a great scene, and good grill cuisine.

Jul 20, 2011
Ginger9 in Los Angeles Area

Hubby bday -- wants to go somewhere on the Westside

What's your budget range?

Jul 20, 2011
Ginger9 in Los Angeles Area

King Arthur All Purpose Organic Flour locally?

Have also found it at Vons.

Jul 20, 2011
Ginger9 in Los Angeles Area

Coastal California: Trip Report

Great trip report! Stonehouse at San Ysidro is amazing... one of the nicest outdoor dining spots anywhere. Another good stop further north is the Hitching Post - the decor is kind of 80s kitschy, but great Santa Maria style ribs and grilled steaks.

May 07, 2011
Ginger9 in California

Anyone have any luck with in-ground citrus trees in Atlanta?

Thanks for the clarification. I only knew of the the Flying Dragon cultivar.

May 07, 2011
Ginger9 in Gardening

Where to eat in Little Tokyo

Yes, the place is no longer a chop suey restaurant, though they've kept the retro feel - even the old massive chop suey neon storefront sign is still there. The front portion is now a lounge, and the side and rear are bar/gastropub with a nice outdoor patio. I think their Asian-inspired tacos are excellent - with braised beef shortribs or shichimi rubbed shrimp and a third style with pork, but I forget how the pork is done. They also have a good selection of sushi. They also have roti pizzas, and a very good vegan curry over rice. Sounds a litlle strange mixing Asian cooking with other styles, but it also comes out very tasty.

May 07, 2011
Ginger9 in Los Angeles Area

Anyone have any luck with in-ground citrus trees in Atlanta?

The trifoliate orange, aka flying dragon orange, grows well in cold climates. When I lived in NY/NJ area, it withstood the cold winters there. Beautiful looking plants, with curly branches and long thorns. I used to make marmalade and orange-ade with these fruits, but jumpingmonk is correct in saying that they are bitter (and sour).

May 05, 2011
Ginger9 in Gardening

Growing Jerusalem Artichokes

I've put barriers down 12" and it does the job well. They grow and spread quickly! I do the same for my bamboo plants - and get excellent shoots in the spring for eating.

May 05, 2011
Ginger9 in Gardening

Where To Buy Sugar Cane Stalks in San Gabriel/Alhambra/Monterey Park Area?

I've found that Jons supermarkets almost always have fresh sugar cane at good prices and very fresh.

May 05, 2011
Ginger9 in Los Angeles Area

Late breakfast in Santa Monica, early dinner in Malibu, where?

Coast Cafe in the Shutters Hotel is on the fancy side, but serves great breakfasts with a nice outdoor patio and awesome views of the ocean and beach in Santa Monica. Huckleberry on Wilshire in Santa Monica is a bakery/restaurant with very good breakfasts as well, but often a long line to get served so plan accordingly.

May 05, 2011
Ginger9 in Los Angeles Area

Downtown Culver City Recommendation

Father's Office, though in the old Helm's Bakery area, might be a good choice for the dinner itself depending on what type of food you're looking for. Their burgers and daily specials are quite good.

May 05, 2011
Ginger9 in Los Angeles Area

Best oceanfront restaurant in SoCal - any suggestions?

Good choice - Lobster has great views and good food.

May 05, 2011
Ginger9 in Los Angeles Area

Where to eat in Little Tokyo

Also try Far East / Far Bar for very good Asian-style gastropub combination of innovative Asian cuisine and a huge beer list. I was skeptical at first, but was pleasantly surprised by their food when I was there two weeks ago. And, they have a good selection of Hitachino beers.

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Far East Cafe
347 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA

May 05, 2011
Ginger9 in Los Angeles Area

best LA farmer's markets

I'm sure there are lots of posts on this subject already, but my favorite is the Santa Monica farmers market on Wednesdays on Arizona and 2nd - not your preferred day, I know... but this is the one that many of the top local chefs go to. So much to choose from.

Mar 23, 2011
Ginger9 in Los Angeles Area

San Francisco foodie needs recommendation for "date night" restaurant in LA

Hostaria Del Piccolo in Santa Monica serves excellent, authentic Italian food. Minimalist decor, trendy. Lots of locals. The best gnocchi I've had anywhere in the U.S. They got a beautiful review in the LA Times a couple of weeks ago: http://articles.latimes.com/2011/mar/...

Enjoy your visit to LA!

Mar 23, 2011
Ginger9 in Los Angeles Area

Finding great soba in Los Angeles

Yeah, I really miss Honmura-An. Their "soba cuisine" was like fine dining in the soba world.

I'm going to give Otafuku a try and see how it goes. I found another place on Pico in WLA called Yabu. Again, no Honmura-An, but it was good home made soba. We tried the duck soba, sansai (mountain vegetable) soba and the yamakake (mountain yam) soba - all good. Prices were reasonable, ranging from $9 to $15 for a bowl of soba. But the service was very slow that night, maybe they were understaffed.

Mar 23, 2011
Ginger9 in Los Angeles Area

Finding great soba in Los Angeles

Does anyone know of good soba restaurants, preferably in the WLA area? I've tried some great soba in NYC at Sobaya, and the now closed Honmura-An, but can't seem to find anything like that so far in LA. Honmura-An was amazing, but the retreated back to their store location in Tokyo, Japan only. I'm thinking home-made, hand cut soba, with many varieties of cold and hot sobas, including many types soba noodle soups... check out Sobaya's menu as an example: http://www.sobaya-nyc.com/sobayasite/...

Mar 20, 2011
Ginger9 in Los Angeles Area

Providence: ALC or Tasting Menu

Great report, and nice pics of the food. Thanks for the report. Will be going to Providence in a couple of weeks and looking forward to it. Does anyone know how often they change their tasting menus?

Mar 03, 2011
Ginger9 in Los Angeles Area

Le Piment Rouge - review + pics

Your photos have me mouthwatering, especially the pumpkin walnut soup. That's addictive stuff. The other items I crave are their lamb chops with Gobi desert spices and their black bean and chilli sauce razor clams. Can't wait to go back to Piment Rouge on my next trip to Montreal. We have lots of excellent Chinese restaurants in California, but nothing quite reaches the quality level of the food at Le Piment Rouge.

Mar 03, 2011
Ginger9 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Cannoli in Santa Barbara???

Saw some at Whole Foods on State Street about a month ago.

Mar 03, 2011
Ginger9 in California

Paso Robles Wineries

I'll be up in the SLO / Paso areas next weekend. Know Santa Barbara wines well, but what 2-3 wineries would you recommend for a first visit in your area?

Mar 03, 2011
Ginger9 in California

Visiting LA from NYC and looking for best izakaya and any other recs

I second the recommendations for Honda Ya and Mushu. Both are excellent, though IMO Musha's food is slighlty better.

Mar 03, 2011
Ginger9 in Los Angeles Area

Best Chinese Restaurant in Southern California?

Sea Harbour has excellent Chinese food, but I agree with ipsedixit that's it's not high end like Providence, Spago, Saam, etc. It's a difference in the finesse and precision of the food and food presentation, service standards, quality of the dining room environment, quality of the wine program, etc.

Many people are so used to good (but not high-end) Chinese food that it's hard to imagine what high-end Chinese food really is until you see it. Try Googling photos and press articles of Lung King Heen (Michelin 3 star Chinese restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong) - there is a big difference between what may be considered high end Chinese in So Cal vs. what really is high end Chinese by global standards.

Jan 22, 2011
Ginger9 in Los Angeles Area

Help! Boston 'hound seeks recs near Sheraton Delphina, Santa Monica

In Santa Monica, but it would be a longer walk, is an excellent breakfast place call Huckleberry on Wilshire Blvd at 10th. Very good food that emphasizes local ingredients, artisanal methods and ... pastries that are awesome. You have to get there really early or later, or else be prepared to wait in line for up to 20 minutes to get to the counter.

Jan 21, 2011
Ginger9 in Los Angeles Area

Best Chinese Restaurant in Southern California?

I think you need to ask more specifically which is the best Chinese restaurant for cheaper eats (say under $25 per person) and best Chinese for finer dining (over $25 per person). Most, but not all, Chinese is cheap eats in So. Cal., so you may not get many replies in the latter ($25+) category. But, first-class/fine dining Chinese restaurants are now gradually popping up in the major cities of the world, so are there any like that in So. Cal.? I don't mean simply expensive, but value to match the price - high caliber, innovative and truly gastronomic Chinese food with polished service, big wine list and well appointed dining room enviroment to match the food. There are LOTS of great Chinese restaurants under $25 per person, but I can't think of even one in the $25+ category that is truly amazing. I can think of Mr. Chow and Phillippe Chow in the LA area, but are there any others? Chow and Chow are OK, but in my opinion nothing really that special in terms of food.

I traveled to Montreal late last year and had what I think is maybe the best Chinese fine dining ($25+) experience in North America called Le Piment Rouge. I was surprised to find such a restaurant in Montreal of all places, but I am craving their food and wishing there was a place like this in So. Cal.! I've seen fine dining Chinese of that caliber in Singapore and Hong Kong (Michelin 2 and 3 star Chinese restaurants), but nowhere else stateside. Does anyone know of a place like that in So. Cal. ...or maybe even in No. Cal.?

Jan 21, 2011
Ginger9 in Los Angeles Area

Good dinner rec in Santa Monica/Venice/even Brentwood area?

Yes, Tavern is expensive!

I second the Primitivo recommendation - good food!

Houston's (now Hillstone) in Santa Monica is a chain, but fits what you're looking for too... energy, relaxed, casual, good fresh food. Westside Tavern (no relation to Tavern) is also similar to Hillstone and also fits the bill.

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Westside Tavern
10850 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Jan 21, 2011
Ginger9 in Los Angeles Area

Modern Mexican?

Well... I just tried La Sandia. I agree with sushigirlie - it's ok, nothing special in terms of food. There were three of us. We had the tacos el pastor, grilled salmon and the snapper veracruz, plus two of their $3 desserts (flan and tres leches). Overall assessment: mall casual dining - nice dining room, beautiful bar, but just ok food. Salmon was overcooked and dry, not enough sauce Tacos were pretty good, and the snapper was OK. I won't be making a special trip there again any time soon.

Jan 21, 2011
Ginger9 in Los Angeles Area

Modern Mexican?

Thanks for the recommendations. Also, has anyone tried La Sandia at the new Santa Monica Place?

Jan 21, 2011
Ginger9 in Los Angeles Area

Visiting SF - Helmand?

i've tried a Helmand restaurant in Baltimore, MD and another in Cambridge, MA while traveling for work. Both were excellent and I heard both are under common ownership, possibly by a relative of Karzai. Is the SF Helmand part of the same group? I haven't been back to the DC or Boston areas recently, but would like to try the one in SF if it's as good! I remember excellent grilled lamb, chive dumplings (aushak), braised pumpkin with tangy yogurt and meat sauce with coriander, and a great vegetarian soup (aush) at the Baltimore location especially because I ate there more often.

Jan 21, 2011
Ginger9 in San Francisco Bay Area