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Trip Report in Photos: Barcelona

thanks snackhappy - will have to research where I actually went

about 5 hours ago
Ciao Bob in Spain/Portugal

Changes Afoot on Sawtelle: Chabuya Replaced by Beni-Tora

booze?

1 day ago
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L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2014: OFFAL

I think I saw it on the menu at Peru's Taste (Roscoe and Louise in Van Nuys), if not they will get it and cook it right, I am sure

http://www.yelp.com/biz/perus-taste-n...

L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014: COCKTAILS and Bar Food

accurate - they won't let you in

Sep 15, 2014
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L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014: COCKTAILS and Bar Food

Happy Birthday DWEO!

Sep 15, 2014
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b.o.s. (Beef. Offal. Sustainable.), a review

I got the sense they will do something together again - we asked them but they have nothing planned now. It was an exceptionally tasty meal - very well curated by the Offalo and the bos team.

Trip Report in Photos: Barcelona

Wonderful pics and reports, P - I was at Bodega 1900 about 8 years ago and loved it too.

Sep 13, 2014
Ciao Bob in Spain/Portugal

Where Can I Get Excellent Chilaquiles in Koreatown?

You mean at Taqueria Los Anayas? I agree. Great place.

Sep 13, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Where Can I Get Excellent Chilaquiles in Koreatown?

Is Adams and Crwenshaw close enough?
Taqueria Los Anaya
http://www.taquerialosanaya.com/

Sep 12, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area
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Maude: September's Tomato Dinner

Nice review - thanks, particularly enjoy the helpful frame-of-reference:
<<And we are BIG eaters- our fav restaurant is Fogo De Chao.>>

That makes it clear.

Sep 12, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

No problem, ns1, it felt as good to me as it did to you!

Sep 11, 2014
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3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

Maybe the Apple Wallet -- and other innovative payment strategies -- will allow the those who present folks with a bill/fare/fee/charge to easily allow the diner/passenger/buyer/hotel guest to add - or subtract - whatever tips and surcharges he/she wants to without imposing/offending etc.

Maybe I am too optimistic.

Sep 11, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Movie Dining Etiquitte/Landmark Theatres, Westside pavillion

kevin, you just saved me three hours - time that will be much better spent deciphering you posts, rather than seeing an overrated/overpraised/sub-masterpiece!

Sep 11, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Game changer? Newport Seafood -> Beverly HIlls

I don't know barryc, the Chinese/Taiwanese restaurant migration to regions West of the 710 seems to be picking up steam - Din Tai Fung, Meizho Dongpo, Newport, Pine & Crane, Peking Tavern etc.

That, and the almost weekly Hollywood and Real Estate mega-deals make me very optimistic that it will continue.

Sep 10, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Cooking Classes in L.A.

Institute of Domestic Technology

Sep 10, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Is it Last Call for B.o.s. ? (Closing)

I wish - I have been the Guest of A Black Plater - GABPer™
I am currently FotO™

Sep 09, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Is it Last Call for B.o.s. ? (Closing)

Heart and "Special" Heart are very good - and popular - there.

Sep 09, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Is it Last Call for B.o.s. ? (Closing)

I would say Kokeekoko is about 85-90% Japanese
I would say Kanbankan is about 60-65% Japanese
I would say Shin Sen Gumi Yakitori is about 85-90% Japanese
Haven;t been to Torihei enough to say.

Not sure how, or if, this helps this very interesting discussion in any way. Just glad to be attending one of the last bos meals soon!

Sep 09, 2014
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LA "Musts" Tailored to a Strategic New Yorker

Woo Hoo - another happy customer - come back soon!

I agree Gjelina is very special. If we all could just walk in, sit down and eat - without being bothered by waits and noise - there would not be a peep out of the anyone.

Sunday Paella @ smoke.oil.(and way too much) SALT

Agree - we enjoyed it thoroughly there. And the rice and composition at soS, by all appearances, should have been even better.

Sep 08, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Sunday Paella @ smoke.oil.(and way too much) SALT

There wasn't that much of it, so when you divy it up and give everyone a portion, it hardly looked as if it was just tasted and then left staring, like Lot's Wife.

Sep 08, 2014
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Sunday Paella @ smoke.oil.(and way too much) SALT

After really enjoying a non-paella meal @ s.o.s. I was super excited last night to get to Chef Rocher's Sunday Paella meal.

Here's the good news - the appetizers were all great: Cucumber Gazpacho, Almonds/Olives/Cheese/Peppers, Brocoli/Cauliflower, incredible fried papas with egg, sausage and ham.

Here's the bad news - both paellas were salty to the point of near inedibility. The paellas looked spot-on and the chef was cooking them over an open fire - the excellent rice was perfectly cooked with a nice burned bottom. The ingredients where also high quality (lobster, shrimp, rabbit, favas, sausages) and were sparingly used - unlike most American "stuff-everything-on-hand-in-the-dish." If you take a look at Porthos's recent pics from Spain you will see what I mean, the rice is the star on the presentation, not the inserts - and these Melrose paellas could be the brother and sisters (in appearance) of those plates. But the salt level was just astronomical, all 4 of us felt very let down. I would, typically, have brought this to their attention. But given that they were both ruined, in our opinion, I just didn't see much point to making a fuss. It is his place, he's the Spaniard, not me, and perhaps he likes it that way. We did not.

Sep 08, 2014
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L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2014: OFFAL

Why no shark barryc?
I am surprised by that - you seem omnivorous.

Sep 05, 2014
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3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

I am not sure how I feel about this 3% Surcharge - part of me likes it and part of me doesn't.
But one thing I find very, very hard to swallow - did Zoe Nathan and/or Josh Loeb really spell "Walter Manske and Bill Chaite" like that? Can't be.

Sep 05, 2014
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L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2014: OFFAL

damn

Sep 05, 2014
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What's the original The Original Thai BBQ joint?

Spicy BBQ? The one with Issan dishes that Gold reviewed years and years ago??

Sep 05, 2014
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L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014: COCKTAILS and Bar Food

I don't think August DOTM will be ending anytime soon for the intrepid pamschottler! Like me, she hates her liver and will teach it a goddamned lesson.

Totally subjective: Little Jewel vs. Orleans and York Po-Boys

Thanks, Chef!

Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

Yup. He did very, very well - closed out a week of wins and then appeared in the Tournament of Champions.

Sep 03, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

I know Mr. Taster married into the continent.
Not sure how JThur comes by his impressive knowledge.

Sep 03, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area