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Where to buy Lechon

LA Rose Cafe in Hollywood.

Jun 06, 2014
jsandler in Los Angeles Area

Which wine tasting room in Temecula has the best red wine?

My favorite in Temecula was Gershon-Bacchus Vinters, but I think they're open sporadically and require an appointment.

May 15, 2014
jsandler in California

Brunch in Santa Monica

Zengo. I've been there for a brunch a few times, most recently this past weekend. $35 for all you can eat (made to order, not a buffet) and drink from a variety of brunch cocktails. Food ranges from good to great, with only a couple of dishes we didn't like (after making it through the whole menu with a large group). Great patio on the roof of Santa Monica place overlooking the promenade.

Menu: http://www.richardsandoval.com/zengos...

Apr 14, 2014
jsandler in Los Angeles Area
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LA Weekly: The Essentials March 8 - Anyone Going?

I noticed the same thing about TPC. Perhaps that explains why they did not run out of food as fast as most other vendors, though.

Mar 10, 2014
jsandler in Los Angeles Area

LA Weekly: The Essentials March 8 - Anyone Going?

Agree with what a few others have said. There was some good food, but the number of places running out less than half way through the event was highly unfortunate. I didn't go last year, but the two previous years were much better. I also liked the Peterson better as a venue. I do not remember there ever being such a wait at so many booths, and many of the lines were merging into each other.

Mar 09, 2014
jsandler in Los Angeles Area

LA Weekly: The Essentials March 8 - Anyone Going?

All inclusive. Compared to most of the other food festivals out there (especially those that are fundraisers), I've always found it a really good deal.

Mar 03, 2014
jsandler in Los Angeles Area

Wolvesmouth dinner 1-25-14

The lobster and pork belly followed by citrus dessert. I did a write up here: http://cenarela.blogspot.com/2014/01/...

Jan 26, 2014
jsandler in Los Angeles Area

Wolvesmouth dinner 1-25-14

No.

Jan 26, 2014
jsandler in Los Angeles Area

Wolvesmouth dinner 1-25-14

Jan 26, 2014
jsandler in Los Angeles Area

Wolvesmouth dinner 1-25-14

Actually, there is technically no cost. At the end of the meal you are given an envelope and are asked to contribute whatever you want. From what I've gathered, people usually leave around $100 but I'd imagine there is a considerable range.

Jan 26, 2014
jsandler in Los Angeles Area

Wolvesmouth dinner 1-25-14

Forgot one picture.

Jan 26, 2014
jsandler in Los Angeles Area

Wolvesmouth dinner 1-25-14

I got into Wolvesmouth the day before you did, also after trying for quite a while. Looks like our meals were mostly the same, though our second course was skate instead of cod, and a few other ingredients in some of the other course look like they were changed. Thanks for posting. I was actually wondering how much different the next day's menu would be.

I agree about how incredible the meal was. My favorites were the pork belly/lobster dish and the final desert but everything was great. The guests also brought some great wines to share.

Pictures below.

Jan 26, 2014
jsandler in Los Angeles Area
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FRIED FOODS - LA Dish of the Month (January 2014)

I was there around 1 pm and there was no wait and around 5 other parties eating.

The entire menu consisted of shrimp and fish tacos and a really good cucumber and mint agua fresca.

Jan 04, 2014
jsandler in Los Angeles Area

FRIED FOODS - LA Dish of the Month (January 2014)

I had Ricky's Fish Tacos yesterday for the first time. Both the fish and shrimp are the best I've had in Los Angeles. The fish was pretty close to what I remember having in Ensenada, though that was a few years ago.

Jan 02, 2014
jsandler in Los Angeles Area

Food truck wedding at a beach?

Wasn't beach side, but I attended a wedding catered by Kogi. I believe you pay a set price for unlimited food based on the length of time and menu you want.

Nov 14, 2013
jsandler in Los Angeles Area

Schweppes Bitter Lemon

I just returned from a few months overseas, during which I came to really like Schweppes Bitter Lemon. A little research has revealed that it is rare, though not unheard of, in the United States. Anyone know where it is available in the Los Angeles (preferably West Side) area? Thanks!

Jul 23, 2013
jsandler in Los Angeles Area

So what's the average Chowhound's age?? (Part 2)

28 and have been posting for a few years.

Jul 02, 2013
jsandler in Not About Food

Constanta, Romania

I am headed to Constanta, Romania this weekend. For anyone who has been, any suggestions for good food?

Jun 18, 2013
jsandler in Europe

Dinner @ The Tasting Kitchen

Its been a couple of years since I have been to The Tasting Kitchen, but I remember that clam dish. Really good.

Feb 21, 2013
jsandler in Los Angeles Area

Short Review of New Curry House Coco Ichibanya Location

The new Curry House Coco Ichibanya location had its grand opening last night in Brentwood. We had the pork cutlet (regular spicy level) and thin sliced work with mushroom (spicy level 3) curries. Probably should have tried something other than two pork dishes, but I was a bit let down. The food was good and the portions were more than enough, but I thought that the curry really wasn't all that different from what you can get boxed in any Asian grocery store and wasn't worth the price. I'll probably try it again to give their other type of curry a try, but I was really hoping it would be more worthwhile since its close to home. For opening night (and the next few days) they were giving away few mugs. Does anyone who has tried one of their other locations have a recommendation for anything noteworthy on their menu?

Feb 21, 2013
jsandler in Los Angeles Area

Restaurant Selection Help

Thanks for the responses. I think I'll go with Westside Tavern.

Dec 05, 2012
jsandler in Los Angeles Area

Restaurant Selection Help

Thanks. This was actually my next thought.

Dec 04, 2012
jsandler in Los Angeles Area

Restaurant Selection Help

Hi everyone,

I'm organizing an end of the semester dinner for my graduate school class this Saturday. I had originally want to do it at FIG in Santa Monica to take advantage of the half priced menu between 5 and 6. However, I called to make a reservation only to discover that they have a full restaurant buy out Saturday night. Anyone have any suggestions for something comparable, Santa Monica or West LA preferred with a $20-30 a person price range? Thanks

Dec 04, 2012
jsandler in Los Angeles Area

New Menu at Chego

Has anyone tried the new menu items at Chego? Worthwhile? I enjoy Chego (and I know that many members of these board abhor it), but was getting tired of the old menu.

Oct 15, 2012
jsandler in Los Angeles Area

Kotoya Japanese Ramen: A Pictorial Essay

And its not just his parents he's bringing over. When I spoke to the owner, he mention 3 daughters..

Sep 21, 2012
jsandler in Los Angeles Area

Shrimp & Grits

I had shrimp and grits recently at Blue Stove in Nordstrom at Santa Monica Place. First time having the dish, but everyone at the table loved it.

I was skeptical about Blue Stove at first, as many seem to be. But for a restaurant inside a department store, its surprisingly good.

Sep 14, 2012
jsandler in Los Angeles Area

Lemon Ice on the Westside?

Sorry for the delayed reply on this, but when they have them at the Pico location, they are in the freezer case in the back of the store and not the ice cream case up front. I bought some just a few days ago.

However, at the location in Venice, they are in the ice cream case up front.

Sep 14, 2012
jsandler in Los Angeles Area

Bejing Duck House

This was my first time having the dish, so I have nothing to compare it to. It definitely had a good ducky taste, but I don't particularly remember too much smokiness in the meat.

Sep 10, 2012
jsandler in Los Angeles Area

Bejing Duck House

5 of us ate at Beijing Duck House last night for my girlfriend's birthday and loved it. See bellow pictures. Helpfully, our group included some Chinese speakers. In addition to the regular menu, there are a couple of set meal options, but these options were entirely written in Chinese. At first, we wanted to go for the $100 option, but our server gave us a funny look and informed us that it would be far too much food, so we we went with the $78 option, which included:
Peking duck with duck sauce, crepes, daikon, cucumber and green onion
Duck meet with bean sprouts
Duck Soup
Braised pork belly
Fish and tofu in a spicy sauce with Sichuan peppercorns
Smoked fish
Duck neck
Duck liver
Duck webs
Stir fried mixed seafood
Stir fry with egg, spinach and mushrooms

The food was great, and was certainly more than enough for our group. This was my first time having Peking duck and I already want another one. Great crisp skin. Another favorite was the duck webs, which had a hint of wasabi. The only dish that I didn't really care for was the mixed seafood, which was just a standard mix of squid, octopus, fish, shrimp, and scallops that I felt you could get at any Americanized Chinese restaurant. The duck soup was a great way to end the meal. At $78, we thought this was a great value. I want to go back and try some of the more exotic offering off the al la carte menu and the larger set menu.

Of course, afterward we stopped at Fosslemen's,

Sep 09, 2012
jsandler in Los Angeles Area

Kotoya - New Ramen Shop in West LA

Yes, its Tonkotsu based. I didnd' think the chasu was bruleed.

Aug 02, 2012
jsandler in Los Angeles Area