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All you Ortolan fans: Christophe Eme is Doing a Pop-Up in South Pasadena

Years after the closure of the great Ortolan, Chef Eme has re-surfaced! He will be serving his first pop-up nest week. It's a one-time deal, but if it's successful (hopefully Hounds will "make it so"), he may consider more...

Details:
What: A $65 per person tasting menu, with wine pairing available for $25. Limited to 60 people total.
When: Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 (2 seatings: 6:30PM & 8:30PM)
Where: Bistro de la Gare, South Pasadena
How: To reserve, call the restaurant at 626.799.8828 - I have no idea if the event is sold out yet. And just for clarification: I have no stake in this event whatsoever (heck, I can't even go that night 'cuz I have another dinner I'm committed to!) - Just passing on the information for any fellow Chef Eme fans out there. And if any of you do indeed attend, PLEASE report back!

End of the Great NY Eggroll Debate. And the winner is.......................

Woe to the YBL.

about 2 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2015 -- POTATOES

From Chef Giselle's wonderful kitchen at Petrossian (West Hollywood): Lobster Potato Gnocchi, with Summer Corn, Basil, Cherry Tomato...

L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2015 -- POTATOES

Actually (since we're on the topic), I find the potato salad from Langer's to be quite delicious, too.

(photo: From recent work lunch takeout)

L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2015 -- POTATOES

I give you: The house-made potato chips (from the newly remodeled penthouse) at Fred's, Barneys New York, in Beverly Hills...

(served with their signature Beverly Hills BLT sandwich)

L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2015 -- POTATOES

Dirty potato salad, with bacon lardon, cornichon, egg, bleu cheese, dill & mustard... At Fundamental LA (Westwood)

Plank 47 - New pizza place in Mar Vista

Frikkin' yelpsters.

Aug 31, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2015 -- Voting

POTATOES

Aug 31, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Arzak Dress Code?

Just avoid baseball caps, shorts, white athletic socks, sneakers, or yoga togs, and we're looking good for Arzak.

Aug 31, 2015
J.L. in Spain/Portugal

Dress Formal + Eat with a Budget in LA

Papilles, in Hollywood

Aug 31, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Beverly Hills lunch...

Fred's at Barneys New York is newly renovated and with a new menu. The view (al fresco on the balcony) is nice too.

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

Sushi in West LA worth hiring a sitter for?

Did you go to the Downtown or West LA location?

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

Memory Fish Pot?

I don't remember eating fish there. Must be because of the pot.

Sushi in West LA worth hiring a sitter for?

... or just to simply celebrate the fact that you managed to snag a reservation at n/naka!

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

Looking to join someone @ n/naka

Ask for a good bottle or 2 that would go well with your meal.

Aug 27, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Best Fried Zucchini and Fried Asparagus in Los Angeles and surrounding areas.

Excellent fried zucchini with Greek tzatziki sauce, Sunny Grill (Mar Vista)...

Aug 27, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Looking to join someone @ n/naka

Agree - Kaiseki is the height of deliberateness. It requires more pre-planning than almost any other type of meal I can imagine.

Having said that, of my 10 visits to n/naka (8 pre-Netflix and 2 post-), the quality and execution of each meal has been as close to flawless as any restaurant I've seen in L.A.

I've followed Niki from Azami to Inaka (remember that hole-in-the-wall?) to n/naka. Success couldn't happen to a nicer, more down-to-earth person.

Maude is really special!

... Special shout out to Chad Colby from Chi Spacca as well - he's on the line this month at Maude, too!

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

Looking to join someone @ n/naka

You're seeing "The Jiro Effect" at work...

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

L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2015 -- Nominations

Maybe POTATOES in all its glorious incarnations: Fries, tater tots, hashed browns, home fries, latkes, mashed, baked, cream, etc...

J Z Restaurant Replaces Golden Spoon in Rowland Heights--Where Will I Get My Cats Ears Now?

You mean Mad CHOW disease?!

Aug 24, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Newport Seafood--A trip worth making

Food-wise, Boston Lobster is on par with Newport.

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

Newport Seafood--A trip worth making

Chiu Chow.

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

Los Angeles Area Abbreviations

For those of us who remember Chowhound in its iteration before CNET's takeover, wasn't there already a list of abbreviations?

Aug 23, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Pasadena - North of 210 dining options?

LQ Foodings AKA Raw Bar at Vertical Bistro is indeed of the 210, but so close and so good it's worth mentioning.

Aug 23, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Newport Seafood--A trip worth making

Don't give up on the BH Newport location - Their lobster is as good as the SGV location. The OC location is great too.

Boston Lobster is another worthy competitor.

Aug 23, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

A Dumpling Crawl of LA’s San Gabriel Valley from Lucky Peach

Who would ask for such a thing?!

Aug 21, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2015 -- HOT DOGS/SAUSAGES

Meh. Skip it.

Aug 21, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Best Fried Zucchini and Fried Asparagus in Los Angeles and surrounding areas.

I bring my own ranch to Carl's Jr. (Yes, I'm the guy who brings truffles to shave over my hot McDonald's fries, too.)

A Dumpling Crawl of LA’s San Gabriel Valley from Lucky Peach

Preach on, barryc. Great intel.

Aug 21, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area