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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

I was just there 2-3 days ago as well. The summer corn didn't quite do it for me. I can't put my finger on it, but it was just too... corny?

Lemon chiffon, on the other hand...

30 minutes ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Sawtelle coming and going: Tapenade and Tsujita LA Villa and bonus cold noodle question

And construction at the Bachi Burger site is still languishing...

about 15 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Sawtelle coming and going: Tapenade and Tsujita LA Villa and bonus cold noodle question

Actually, the Cold Summer Noodles at Chabuya are not bad at all. I like mine with chashu pork, extra egg...

about 23 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Bucato

>> I think dessert is their weak spot but that's not a huge problem for me. <<

Not a problem for me either, since freakin' Bulgarini Gelato is literally right across the street!

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

Shibucho, boy, have I missed it.

Ah yes, kyee87 has helped me out on several occasions with his (her?) keen insights.

You're not alone: Many aficionados opine that Mori and Go's Mart represent two almost-diametrically opposite approaches to high end sushi. I look at L.A.'s elite-level sushi scene as a grand spectrum, with one end ascribing to a strict, traditionalist interpretation, with the far other end being creative, inventive, and often looking to fuse with other genres/cuisines.

My beverage of choice with sushi is cold beer. Of course, if French bubbly is offered in a meal, who am I to pass that up? I particularly like Ruinart - Having family (distant, but family nonetheless) near that region of France certainly sways me in that general direction. :-)

That having been said, you really should try dining at n/naka while here in L.A.

Jul 25, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Shibucho, boy, have I missed it.

Wow, it looks like you've had quite the Chowhound week here in L.A.!

I'll take a stab at trying to answer your question with regards to Shibucho.

I would say that Shige-san's nigiri is closest to what's found at Mori. At Shibucho, the neta cuts are ever-so-slightly bigger than at Mori (but that's more of a stylistic nuance than an actual attempt at customer appeasement). The shari is quite good as well. Shige-san is a consummate oenophile, and very often enjoys infusing a bit of an Italian sensibility into his meals.

In addition, Shige-san makes his own tamagoyaki. I would say this is the best tamagoyaki in town - even better than the already-heavenly one served by Hiro-san at Urasawa.

So overall, I would summarize Shibucho as traditionalist (though not strictly Edomae), with an occasional nod to Italy, and a wine cellar which may have few rivals in our fine metropolis - An interesting combination, to be sure. Enjoy, if you do decide to go!

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

Petit Trois, No Reservations, No Phone, No Cash & No tipping...

That review was really well thought out. Thanks!

Jul 25, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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3 must have dinners and lunches on the strip

That's too much goodness in one day.

Jul 25, 2014
J.L. in Las Vegas

Shibucho, boy, have I missed it.

Sughoi. Nijiya Prefecture, no less.

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

Wally's Central Coast tasting July 27, 2014 - 1-4pm

Below is Wally's statement on the cancellation, as quoted in the LATimes article (which I had hyperlinked above):

... “Wally’s has hosted the Central Coast Wine & Food Celebration benefiting the Michael Bonaccorsi sScholarship Fund ince 2004 and over the years we have successfully raised over $300,000. This Sunday’s event was scheduled to be a huge success and was slated to raise an additional $50,000 for the charity. Unbeknownst to us, within the last year the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control has changed their regulations on licenses and permits for wine-related events. Despite our exhaustive efforts with the ABC, consultants and attorneys, due to the change in regulations, the ABC was unable to grant us permitting for this event. Due to these unfortunate circumstances we must cancel the Central Coast Wine & Food Celebration that we have all come to care so deeply about. We will continue to hold charitable events in the future.”...

You're saying it goes deeper than this?

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

Shibucho, boy, have I missed it.

Nah, Shige-san's his same immutable self these days...

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

It's time to play MR TASTER'S **NAME THAT PASTRAMI SUPERCHALLENGE™**!

I revise my own late guess to Kokkekoko. It's the white plates that give it away.

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

Wally's Central Coast tasting July 27, 2014 - 1-4pm

I agree, Al Capone.

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

Shibucho, boy, have I missed it.

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

Petit Trois, No Reservations, No Phone, No Cash & No tipping...

Sorry. That would be my administrative assistant putting in a "to go" order for 50 sandwiches for the office.

Oh wait, I've just been informed we were unable to procure said sandwiches. Great. Now I need to track down the assistant and see what he did with our lunch money.

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

Wally's Central Coast tasting July 27, 2014 - 1-4pm

UNFORTUNATE NOTE: This event has been CANCELED due to unforeseen glitches with ABC permitting issues.

http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish...

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

Shibucho, boy, have I missed it.

I kinda knew you had it in you, kevin, but DAMN!

Eloquent, insightful.

... but where are the photos? :-)

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

It's time to play MR TASTER'S **NAME THAT PASTRAMI SUPERCHALLENGE™**!

Damn. I arrived at the party too late.

I was gonna guess Chengdu Taste.

Jul 24, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Formerly California Wok Opens on Westside With Authentic Chinese Goodies

That is incredibly rude of the owner to do that to you.

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

Petit Trois, No Reservations, No Phone, No Cash & No tipping...

Will they barter? I have a whole year's supply of Rice-O-Roni, the San Francisco treat, sitting in the pantry...

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

Petit Trois, No Reservations, No Phone, No Cash & No tipping...

MasterCard only, right?

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

If can't get into French Laundry for 50th bday where should we eat in Los Angeles?

My memory fails me at this point. You might try calling and asking or simply googling other peoples' TFL experiences.

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

WHO HAS THE BEST PIZZA IN L.A. AND WHY?

"Extra Crispy" sometimes works for the In-N-Out fries, too...

Jul 23, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Petit Trois, No Reservations, No Phone, No Cash & No tipping...

Ludo had a pop-up "au quai"?

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

If can't get into French Laundry for 50th bday where should we eat in Los Angeles?

I recall ports, madeiras, etc. (each of exceeding pedigree and caliber, of course) are on offer after the dinner service at TFL.

Jul 23, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Belcampo Cheeseburger

Job title: Beard Patrol.

Jul 23, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Belcampo Cheeseburger

After your meal, did they offer you a job behind the counter at Belcampo, Monsieur Taster?

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

First Impressions at smoke.oil.salt - A Pictorial Essay

The paella at where - Racion or s.o.s?

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

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Not a joke: Eat the breakfast chicken fried steak at The Marina Cafe, near the boat landing at Lake Casitas Recreational Area in Ojai.

Jul 23, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Petit Trois, No Reservations, No Phone, No Cash & No tipping...

Hey welcome back!!!

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