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Shellfish Omakase at Kiriko: A Pictorial Essay

How one gets shirako to cooperate with tempura technique is sheer wizardry to me. It DID turn out great, though!

That soft-shell crab preparation is one of my perennial faves at Kiriko as well!

No truffle ice cream on this visit, but the hot Japanese chestnuts made a nice cameo in-season appearance during dessert!

about 10 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Bistro LQ's 18 course Truffle Menu

Note: I believe that the truffles are French black truffles (from Perigord), not from Italy. (Not that it matters to me much - I loves me any truffles!)

about 11 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Has Water Grill DTLA jumped the shark forever?

So confused here...

Not that it's known for its remarkable accuracy, but Eater reported back in September that this oyster bar was gonna be Mark Peel's baby. What happen?

http://la.eater.com/2014/9/26/6850811...

... and yes, I saw the pseudo-correction in October from Eater:

http://la.eater.com/2014/10/23/705516...

about 19 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Has Water Grill DTLA jumped the shark forever?

Hey has anyone tried Mark Peel's oyster bar at Grand Central Market yet? Wondering how it compares to Water Grill...

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Zam Zam market closing in Culver City

Halal-lujah!

(how many people did I just offend there?!)

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Bistro LQ's 18 course Truffle Menu

Wowee wow wow!!!

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Why does Sushi Kimagure not get much love here?

I like Kimagure. A helluva lot.

Whenever I do go to Pasadena (and that's NOT frequently by any means), I try to get a seat at the bar there. Ike-san's tako is fantastic, and I've never had a bad (or even mediocre) meal at Kimagure.

For me, the issue is simply geographical. Yes, I am willing to shlep for good food, but Kimagure is not on my regular rotation because all the other boards favorites (which overlap quite a bit with my own personal favorites) are so much more nearby for me.

But that's me...

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Kokekokko (Little Tokyo) Will Close in Late January 2015

Many of us here are former "escapees" from other food review sites. You are in good company here.

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Kokekokko (Little Tokyo) Will Close in Late January 2015

OK gang, in the interest of fairness and accuracy (after the hullabaloo this past Sunday (most of these thread entries from this past Sunday have since been deleted by the Mods)...

There seems to be some new information about Kokekokko.

It seems that they may simply be RELOCATING, and not closing. Please note this.

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Kokekokko (Little Tokyo) Will Close in Late January 2015

... in Russia, the letters "FSB" may open some doors for you.

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Kokekokko (Little Tokyo) Will Close in Late January 2015

Thank you, but the credit for the "Tale of Two Shinjis" goes to Chowhound jessejames... :-)

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Yet another LA Sushi post...

Thanks for reporting back!

Your assessment of both places seem fair (though I've never had issues with the shari at Mori Sushi in the past). The one minor hiccup I experienced at Tsujita once was their pacing of the omakase ( there were long lag times between nigiri pieces on one "off" night).

Omakase at a high-end sushiya is an expensive proposition for most, so I'm not expecting lines out the door in any given night. But "almost empty" does seem a bit odd

Let us know when you do go try the other sushi places on your list!

2 days ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Shellfish Omakase at Kiriko: A Pictorial Essay

Thanks for the links! I'm eager to hear your opinion of how L.A.'s sushi scene fares against NYC's after you complete your sushi tour.

Yes, that link is quite useful... I use similar recon/intel before I embark on any tabearuki to Japan.

Dec 15, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Coming Soon To Rowland Heights Diamond Plaza

Great legwork and sleuthing there, Jim.

Dec 15, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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In search of... Japanese Whisky for sale in L.A. area

The landscape has changed much since I first posted this 4+ years ago, it would seem.

Must hasten to Costco Alhambra... And grab some Fosselman's afterwards.

Dec 15, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Shellfish Omakase at Kiriko: A Pictorial Essay

Thanks! It's also a good thing that these shellfish are (for the most part) so prolific and sustainable.

Now, I'm off to see what my lipid panel looks like (oy vey)...

Dec 15, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Kokekokko (Little Tokyo) Will Close in Late January 2015

An excellent writeup!

Dec 15, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Shellfish Omakase at Kiriko: A Pictorial Essay

Thanks! Unfortunately, my business associate swiped the check from me before I could see it. My guess is about $200 pp.

Dec 15, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Shellfish Omakase at Kiriko: A Pictorial Essay

Tripeler-san, again you are too kind with your words. Thank you for supporting my food posts - I am always learning how to be better.

Dec 15, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Very Different Freid rice.....?

Was it served like gravy on top, covering over drier rice on the bottom?

Dec 15, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Shellfish Omakase at Kiriko: A Pictorial Essay

More photos...

Shellfish Omakase at Kiriko: A Pictorial Essay

As the winter takes grip over the Northern Hemisphere, one's thoughts inevitable turn to... Shellfish! One of my business associates wanted to try Kiriko, so I asked boss Ken-san to create a shellfish-intensive dinner experience for us. And of course, Kiriko never disappoints!

Highlights:
- Kani miso (crab tomalley) tofu
- Kegani (hairy crab) with kani miso
- Seiko gani (female snow crab) with kani miso
- Live ise ebi (spiny lobster) two ways: Sashimi (tail) and in miso soup (head)
- Shirako (cod milt) tempura with sea salt
- Uni-don (sea urchin roe rice) made from San Diego murasaki uni, with ikura (salmon roe) and Alba white truffle shavings
- Kan-buri (winter wild yellowtail belly) nigiri
- Akagai (blood clam) nigiri
- Seared kuruma ebi (Japanese tiger shrimp) nigiri with shrimp head
- Bafun uni (from Japan) nigiri: Two servings, please...
- Yuzu sorbet

Light Brunch at necco Japanese Tapas Restaurant: A Pictorial Essay

>> "... they chose a horrible spot to open a Japanese restaurant." <<

The last occupant of this space was a Japanese washoku place called Wakasan, and it was quite busy!

Food-wise, I have yet to return (just too dang busy!) to see for myself...

Dec 14, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Kinjiro in Little Tokyo (former b.o.s location). Anyone been?

It's the newest offering from Jun Isogai, the operator of B.O.S. (the previous tenant to the space).

The concept is high-end izakaya fare (Japanese wagyu, etc.) - I too have heard great preliminary feedback from friends who have gone.

I am looking forward to reporting on it soon.

p.s. The "tuna show" is popular these days, it seems. I think Shunji-san did it the other night.

Dec 14, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

South Coast Plaza Din Tai Fung Rates With International Counterparts

No DTF will rank above the original in Taiwan.

I believe that bamboo steamers are "verboten" in LA County. Having said that, I agree with Supertina. (BTW that's a great Chowhound handle name - I'll be looking out for that one in the next few years, Chandavkl)

Dec 14, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, December 2014 -- TAMALES

Standard tamale from Bristol Farms' warm food section. It's okay, and will do in a pinch, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again.

Dec 14, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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2014 - Best Sushi Omakase

No surprise - When you ingest high quality ingredients, the body naturally feels more sated afterwards, and therefore there is less inclination to snack.

I, too, lose a few pounds every time I go to Tokyo for a tabe aruki (food tour). That, and all the walking from mass transit to restaurant to mass transit to hotel is so healthy.

Dec 13, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Help me plan an impressive and romantic dinner menu featuring California Spiny Lobster?

OK, I'll bite:

Why is this not on the Home Cooking Board?

('Cuz it has the word "California" in the title of the thread?)

Dec 13, 2014
J.L. in Home Cooking

L.A. Dish of the Month, December 2014 -- TAMALES

If you liked the DTF version, then you'll probably like the Nanjing Kitchen version even better... Delicate glutinous rice, balanced with rich tender porky goodness! No yolk, no mushroom, no chestnuts.

... PLUS they're larger than DTF's!

Dec 12, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

JThur01 On Wuhan Style Food in the SGV

青蛙 means frog (in general), or 牛蛙 for bullfrog

Dec 12, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area