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L.A. Dish of the Month, October 2014 -- Nominations

October=Octoberfests!

BEER

about 4 hours ago
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red vs. white miso

wouldn't you want to use a little MORE since white is more mild
than the red?

about 4 hours ago
VenusCafe in Home Cooking

I'm Going Deaf Eating Out in LA

Thank you, eatinginsf!
I am very happy to see your post. It is definitely damaging to servers and those working at the restaurant.
Have been complaining and working for quiet in restaurants for years; way back, it was mostly loud music, but for many months now, it has been much more than the music. The truth is that owners make sure that all surfaces will ENHANCE THE NOISE, and make it noisy as possible. This is a deliberate attempt:they think it creates excitement for their establishment.

I call my project to eliminate loud dining ambiance *CAUSE*=Citizens Against Unwanted Sound in the Environment.
My goal is to give a decibel sound rating to popular restaurants, hoping it becomes a popular movement that works to ELIMINATE this noise, plus let restaurateurs know that it is actually BAD for business.

The only way to avoid this deafening sound level is to boycott these 80-100+decibel places and make everyone aware that action and avoidance are the only way to promote a change.

about 4 hours ago
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I'm Going Deaf Eating Out in LA

What BS! I order less and LEAVE FAST.
I understand the noise is deliberate; it supposedly
creates excitement.

about 4 hours ago
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KazuNori: A Pictorial Essay

So what is 'easy rice' Liu?

Sep 19, 2014
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Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

When following Dirtywextraolives, i feel I am following
three (3) people, Dirty and her 'newly minted teen sons'
as she never posts w/o mentioning them!

Sep 16, 2014
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Movie Dining Etiquitte/Landmark Theatres, Westside pavillion

For me, Ethan Hawke is definitely 'of that ilk'

Sep 16, 2014
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Movie Dining Etiquitte/Landmark Theatres, Westside pavillion

ILK is a negative category Kevin; did you wish to
imply a negative regarding Pacino, Michael Caine and
others of that genre????????????????????????????????

Sep 16, 2014
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Trendy, good food for out of town guest from Hong Kong

You should definitely take them to Shunji's for either lunch
or Omakase later. I'm thinking the food and enjoyment of the experience will survive most HK comparisons.
The tacos and taco trucks are not what you asked for, but very nice for a snack or collation.
Try Fogo de Chao in Beverly Hills as suggested.
Basically most restaurants there on Restaurant row (La Cienega) will meet your requirements.

Sep 11, 2014
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Continued Feedback on Moderation Changes, and More Guidance for Bloggers

I think her replacement is 'Rosie'

Sep 10, 2014
VenusCafe in Site Talk

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

For me, the most unpleasant element of dining out
is the 100 decibel noise level; I'd tip to eliminate that!

Imagine a Reduced Noise-Level Surcharge!
I'd happily pay that, but since it is in the customers interest, rather than management,
it won't happen.

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

L.A. has the highest price point in America;
we're talkin' 40+% of earnings for a place to sleep.

Sep 08, 2014
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Where to buy a porron in los angeles?

Don't know about finding them in L.A.,
but you can buy them online from La Tienda and Amazon.

wwww.tienda.com

Sep 08, 2014
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Simon's Cafe in Sherman Oaks, a true find

Because it is so hot in the Valley, going only
during the JJ time frame keeps one from heat stroke and passing out!

Had to go to the Valley today, so went at 8AM; for my return home to Topanga, the temp in
the Valley (Woodland Hills) was 96 degrees at 10AM in early September.

Sep 08, 2014
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Little Tokyo LA, Not To Be Missed?

Do not miss Blue Whale; a Jazz and Art space with great music and a really good menu.
9.7.14 Thelonious Monkey

Hollywood Pies - FINALLY some decent Chicago Pizza in LA

An oxymoron if ever one existed, sez this former Chicago gal.

Sep 07, 2014
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Sunday brunch in West LA

Farmshop prices will kick yer butt almost as hard as Coast.

Cafe del Rey is great food at good prices with enjoyable
'on the water atmosphere', plus i believe they have live music for Sunday Brunch.

http://cafedelreymarina.com/

Sep 05, 2014
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WOW! Yelp wins! Buying good reviews is just fine...or at least legal.

Small businesses that accuse Yelp of extortion have lost
their federal appeal.
Can a restaurant or other business buy itself an amazing
rating at Yelp? Maybe.
Yelp denies tampering with reviews, but a federal appeals court says it can if it wants to!!!
Participating business owners may find financial harm in Yelp's manipulation of postings that are designed to promote advertising by participants, but such manipulations are legal.
Plaintiff's attorneys cite that Yelp wants us to believe that
their reviews are honest, but advertising dollars determine
which good reviews are kept, and which are removed in order to
pressure companies to pay for advertising.
The Fed's ruling finds this is OK, even if we all lose by it.

Sep 05, 2014
VenusCafe in Food Media & News

Mastro's, CUT, or STK? Looking for best steak in LA

I see recs to Mastro's Ocean Club in Newport Beach, but they have
a brand new one in Malibu, which I recommend. Mastro's and Cut are
too equal not to go for your steak in a GREAT attmosphere, on the ocean and looking at it close up!
This one in Malibu is just outside Santa Monica, not all the way down PCH.

Aug 30, 2014
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Good prices on fresh basil anywhere? Pasadena area.

Trader Joe usually has big pots of fresh basil; one or two plants @2.99 would probably do the job, plus replace your lost harvest.
Whenever I need basil, i pick up a nice big plant instead of a bunch in a plastic box that is always more expensive.

Aug 30, 2014
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September 2014 L.A. Dish of the Month: Nominations

LA dish of the month for September 2014:

SHRIMP!

Aug 29, 2014
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Where to "wow" a visitor with "do NOT miss this place" recommendations

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Aug 28, 2014
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Where to "wow" a visitor with "do NOT miss this place" recommendations

For me, it would be Maude's and Nobu Malibu.

Aug 28, 2014
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Where to find Red JalapeƱos & Red Serrano peppers?

Same here at my Von's Pacific Palisades on PCH~
Red jalapeƱos, but no serranos

Aug 28, 2014
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Sherman Oaks dining 'renaissance' - will it draw Angelenos?

WSG, what do you eat at Itzik hagadol?
Am I mistaken that you do not eat meat? I don't see anything
but meat on the menu. What's with that?
So many ?, I feel like Kevin, but without my ducks (?) in a row.

Aug 22, 2014
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From EaterLA: "Grand Central Market Makes Bon App's Best Resto List"......My question is "Who Made This Happen?"

It means JJ got trumped by his younger brother's
'supposed superiority'in buying that'aupposedly superior'Cadillac.

Aug 22, 2014
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From EaterLA: "Grand Central Market Makes Bon App's Best Resto List"......My question is "Who Made This Happen?"

Kevin? You got a thing about having the last word?

Aug 22, 2014
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Any British(or European) Markets in Los Angeles?

After googling Muller Yogurt, saw that they are currently
having a big roll out in the USA. They have also cited that
several places carry it, suggesting facebook and
twitter to know where it is available.
Since I don't do either of those, check them out.

Aug 10, 2014
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Maude reservation

Mine 'go to'too is frozen vodka.
What brand do you most enjoy?

Aug 10, 2014
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Guidance needed for week-long LA visit

Your short list could be even shorter: MAUDE would top my list (definitely make reservation NOW!) Fifty Seven, Lucques and possibly Gjelina.

Aug 07, 2014
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