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Amandine

Thanks for the report back!

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2015 -- HOT DOGS/SAUSAGES

+3 (this means it's time to bring it together for a group Chow-hug...)

How Does I Get a Reservation at n/naka These Days??

Second this. In my experience, AmEx Concierge will book places that don't even take AmEx.

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Alexander's Steakhouse - early reports?

I'll be your huckleberry. Disclaimer: My schedule opens up towards the end of the year.

Jul 30, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Where to eat - foodies from NYC?

Sushi Tsujita - off the list, and replace with Mori

Jul 30, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Alexander's Steakhouse - early reports?

Did you do the wagyu? What was so subpar about the steaks? (God I now sound like Bacoman...)

Jul 30, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

First Look At Peking Tavern

The only thing close to good there is their beef roll, IMHO.

Jul 30, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Vegetarian-friendly and upscale on Westside?

Good job, Dad!

Does this look like a paella?

I am not familiar with all the local FM's, but definitely avoid the paella at Little Spain (Fairfax & 3rd Farmer's Market).

Jul 29, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Take a look at this list for 1 1/2 weeks in LA!

The local Hounds are guiding you well so far.

Good call on LQ: LQ's gorgeous cheese cart is unsurpassed in L.A. in its depth. The seafood there is also sourced extremely well.

The XLB at J&J is still my favorite in SoCal. I do appreciate your comment on DTF being very "surgical".

Do you already have the (highly enviable) reservation set up at n/naka?

Is live uni a "must" for you? I ranted about this ritual a few years ago. To save me from typing it out all over again, here is a link to it: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9214...

And yes, Stinking Rose has the best steak in L.A. ;-)

Jul 29, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Two New Yorkers spending two nights in Los Angeles. Help us eat great!

My 2 cents:

Night 1: Papilles (Hollywood), or Sapp Coffee House (also in Hollywood, get the boat noodles and jade noodles), or Terrine (on Beverly Blvd.), or Ink (on Melrose), or Trois Mec (on Highland; no-ticket bar seating now possible but no guaranteed there after 9:30PM, IF you sign in by 9PM).

Day 2: Take Sunset Blvd. west towards the ocean, stop and have breakfast at Maison Giraud (Pacific Palisades; try the croissant), drive casually up to Malibu, stop at Nobu Malibu for lunch (yeah it's a Nobu, but it's the most gorgeous setting possible), turn around at Point Mugu(?!) and head back south before rush hour starts.

Night 2: Do Sawtelle in West L.A. Skip Tsujita if you are coming from the land of Ippudo. Or sushi omakase at the counter at Mori Sushi (on Pico Bl.) is a nice option.

Jul 29, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Does this look like a paella?

I think it IS possible to have decent paella for lunch: Just do what La Espanola does: Make a giant paella in the mid-morning, keep in in the pan, and simply scoop out "raciones" of paella to dole out to the lunchtime crowd. That's how it's done in Spain and in France.

As you've correctly alluded to, the problem with my Bombo "paella" is that, aside from eschewing the use of a proper paella pan, the rice grains themselves were not cooked IN the sofrito (as it should have been). Rather, it is apparent that plain rice (already steamed) was added to the pre-existing broth afterwards.

I've had varied success with Jose Andres' iterations of paella, fideua, etc. in the past. All too often, in a rush to "turn tables" or to prevent diner impatience, restaurant paella falls victim to the sin of undercooking (thus leading to sogginess). On more than one occasion, I've had to send my order of paella back to the kitchen for further time on the fire (and achieving proper socarrat) at Andres' restaurants in Las Vegas.

Chef Perfecto Rocher made some wonderful paellas during his all-too-brief stint at Lazy Ox Canteen, and later at smoke.oil.salt.

But (for those of us old enough to remember), the very best, most consistently delicious paellas I've ever, ever had in L.A. were the ones prepared meticulously by Don Victor at Montefrio de Madrid (RIP) in Burbank. The Spanish consulate hosts an occasional al fresco paella party every once in a while, and that is a great paella as well.

Jul 28, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Looking for some good restaurant mushroom dishes

Pizze funghe, Cafe Angelino

Jul 27, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

New to Pacific Plaza Food Court in RH: O'Heavy Noodles, May 35 Food

What?! We're not talking about Rolling Hills?!

Where to find fresh yuzu in Los Angeles? (Ideally westside)

My backyard yuzu tree decides to produce fruit only on even-numbered years (2012, 2014). The suboptimal SoCal climate takes a lot out of the tree when it does fruit, I suspect. Thus, it gives itself a sabbatical every other year.

Yuzu is in season around November.

I grew mine from a seed I got back in 2004 or 2005 (kept indoors until 2011).

Jul 27, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Does this look like a paella?

This is the source of my original "beef": If one is not making a traditional paella (i.e. with a paella pan), then don't call the end-product a paella.

Jul 27, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Does this look like a paella?

As for how the rice tasted:

So because the broth didn't fully infuse fully into some of the rice (as you can kinda see on my crappy photo), it tasted like a diluted bouillabaise into which someone dumped some white rice, added some chicken , mussels & shrimp, seasoned with sprinkles of paprika & chives, and served as is.

Not very impressive.

Jul 27, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Does this look like a paella?

I find that Valencia > BCN for paella.

Jul 27, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

New to Pacific Plaza Food Court in RH: O'Heavy Noodles, May 35 Food

Total homie comment. Mad props.

Jul 27, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Sweet Amsterdam

It's on Sawtelle a lot these days.

Jul 27, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Does this look like a paella?

Bombo, not Bomba. My bad. Sleep deprivation makes a man mad.

Jul 26, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Does this look like a paella?

Socarrat. That looks so good...

Jul 26, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Ice Cream Cake

Carvel

Does this look like a paella?

"Paella" was listed on the daily specials menu board at Bomba (Grand Central Market, $14) a few days back, so I had to try it.

Bomba has an open kitchen, so I watched as my order was prepared. The cooks were very diligent. Their efforts during a busy lunchtime rush were indeed commendable, but unfortunately, no paella pan was involved in the making of this dish.

C'mon guys, you can call this seafood rice, seafood risotto even, but do NOT call this thing paella.

Jul 26, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Kyrgyz Food, Laghman, Plov, Manti

Not Kyrgyz, but has the plov... Isn't Samarkand Cafe opening in Downtown soon?

Jul 26, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Sushi bar with veggie options

There is an alternative: Necco (on Westwood Blvd.) is an izakaya, not sushi-ya, but the vegetables options are fantastic there.

Jul 24, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

The Mori Omakase Challenge

... and on our next episode of "Sushi Swingers"...

Jul 24, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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DotM August

Best wishes to you as you recover. Give yourself a break this month - hot dogs/sausages it'll be. Just announce it and I'm (pretty) sure most of the board will understand completely.

Jul 24, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Sushi bar with veggie options

More casual: Wadatsumi by Harikawa. Give the Chef (Tetsuya-san) 1-2 days heads up. His sushi is pretty good too, and the rice is pressure-steamed in a traditional Japanese kamado.

Jul 24, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

I Had A La Barbara's Sausage Pizza for Dinner Last Night & I know it's not 1977.

That OG kevin is such a G. !!!!!!!!

Jul 24, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area