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Restaurant Wine - Opened two days ago

Are you THE Jim Rome?

about 3 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

TonyC Finds Shaanxi style food on Westwood Blvd.

You'd get a bowl with water in it.

about 7 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

TonyC Finds Shaanxi style food on Westwood Blvd.

Bang Bang. And bang.

about 13 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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TonyC Finds Shaanxi style food on Westwood Blvd.

>> what spot would u go too out by Beijing pie house or that direction for awesome potstickers and pan fried dumplings? <<

San Gabriel ain't too far from Monterey Park. Get thee to:

Hui Tou Xiang
http://www.huitouxiang.com/

Obviously, do the hui tou while you are there. Some other 'Hounds aren't crazy about this place, but I think they do a great job with sating my Chinese carb+meat needs.

You might as well hit Nanjing Kitchen for their Nanjing salted duck while you're in that mini-mall. Bang Bang...

about 14 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

LA 1st Timer, MUST TRY? Any & all food, a variety of prices would be great...

Shunji-san would say his hand is tired - Not from making sushi, but rather from hitting the question mark on the keyboard too many times.

TonyC Finds Shaanxi style food on Westwood Blvd.

I've been to Qin twice now. No lard used (I was half-joking in my comment above).

I agree - the combinations of flavors AND bite (or "Q") on that liang pi (涼皮) is quite terrific. The spiciness in their liang pi exists as a crucial part of this dish, and not just for the sake of spiciness. (for lack of a better description...)

However, I was less impressed with the "mo" sandwich. The filling was good, but the "shen jian" style for a bun that thin made it taste more like an English muffin that was toasted a few hours ago - And a tad too greasy, as well.

The saozi noodles (私房哨子面) were tasty was well. The pork and potatoes were well-seasoned. Sang Yoon was nowhere nearby, so I secretly added a bit of hoisin sauce (I know, different province) to this dish... and it worked well, too.

On both times I visited, every diner was pretty much Chinese-speaking (but it's not a large dining room). Lots of Beijinger slur on those accents. Oh, and Qin serves Beijing yogurt (北京酸奶) as well.

Street parking is the way to go, unless you're bicycling or walking to eat here.

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Food better at GCM or at Ferry Building? [moved from LA 1st Timer thread]

Ciao Bob: "[GCM] may get to be that someday - like the Ferry Building is in San Fran, but not yet."

set0312: "The food at GCM is better than the Ferry Building..."

The gauntlet has been thrown. We shall now hear further arguments from both sides: Ciao Bob & set0312 (and also any members from the Rogues Gallery, I suppose)...

To quote Chairman Kaga: "Allez cuisine!"

Oct 28, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

LA 1st Timer, MUST TRY? Any & all food, a variety of prices would be great...

Hey, I resemble that statement.

Oct 28, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Has Empress Pavilion reopened?

>> take-out store should be reopen by Thursday. <<

Splendid.

Oct 28, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Westwood Village update

:-)

Never be ashamed of your time struggling upstream in life.

The OG in Westwood (RIP) holds a special place in my heart...

(typed as I try to scoop the drops of the spilled '61 d'Yquem off my desk and back into my Riedel... I wish)

Oct 28, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Lunch on westside?

Those Superego Re-certifications are heinously hard to pass...

Oct 28, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

LA 1st Timer, MUST TRY? Any & all food, a variety of prices would be great...

>> ... we will only have jeans. <<

Already sounding a true local!

Oct 28, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Westwood Village update

>> It was our fancy date place when we were broke-ass students. <<

For me, it was Olive Garden.

Oct 27, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Red Medicine Announces It Will Close at the End of October

They open until really late. Like really late (for L.A., at least)...

Oct 27, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, November 2014 -- VOTING

Where has DWEO been, anyways?

Oct 27, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, November 2014 -- VOTING

LATE NIGHT/24 HOUR EATS

Oct 27, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Red Medicine Announces It Will Close at the End of October

Take a photo of the foliage obstructing the sign, and fight your parking citation.

Oct 27, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

PLAN CHECK DOWNTOWN - NOTHING LIKE IT

nosh is actually Abe Froman, the sausage king of Chicago...

Oct 26, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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PLAN CHECK DOWNTOWN - NOTHING LIKE IT

Street.

Oct 26, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Irvine: Talk about "Popcorn Chicken"

All ye ballers...

Oct 26, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

It seems we're always chasing uni porridge all over town wherever it pops up ...

Oct 26, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Pete's DTLA

Re-envisioned...

Oct 25, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations for an out-of-town sushi snob ;)

Unfortunately, my stomach thinks $40 worth of mid-to-high level sushi in any one sitting is merely a nice appetizer. I eats a lot. :-)

Oct 24, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations for an out-of-town sushi snob ;)

Kiyokawa's plating is second to none, in even this most audacious of towns.

However, the last time I went (5-6 months back), the whole experience just didn't shine as much for me as it did on my prior 2 visits. I think maybe it's more because that I've already experienced Sato-san's work before - Kinda like the second or third screening of a good movie with a great plot twist.

Oct 24, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations for an out-of-town sushi snob ;)

Lucky locals... On the same court as MJ - Wouldn't that be a great story to tell?

Oct 24, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

Tuna with tentacles, practically glowing with umami. Are you Curie-ous?

Oct 23, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations for an out-of-town sushi snob ;)

I meant Nozawa Bar in Beverly Hills.

Oct 23, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations for an out-of-town sushi snob ;)

I actually did consider it. The problem at Nozawa is that you can't ask for "light on the shari please?" or "can you do this sashimi instead of nigiri?" without incurring wrath.

Oct 23, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations for an out-of-town sushi snob ;)

Odori-style presentations at the sushi bar do win repeat customers - of that there is no doubt...

Oct 23, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

Tokyo: An urban planner's wet dream. Layers upon layers of integrated multimodal public transit. The chow's not too shabby, either. The food chain is respected. Now if I can only get over the balmy summers, uncertain geiger counter readings, and devalued yen...

Even Honolulu traffic is worse than L.A. on many days.

OK, I love L.A.

Oct 23, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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