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Breakfast in Santa Monica

Second Cora's Coffee Shoppe

about 6 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Shellfish -- L.A. Dish of the Month, April 2014

Yamakase definitely delivers the shellfish goods this month - Note: these photos of mine are also featured on:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/973005

- Duet of scallops: Hotategai and Kobashira
- Steamed Kegani (Japanese hairy crab
)- Kuruma Ebi
- San Diego Uni

about 6 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Spring Omakase at Yamakase: A Pictorial Essay

Verdict: Yamakase simply aims to please, and (as usual) Yama-san hits it out of the park. Despite its casual vibe, it definitely feels decadent just to be eating here. I will always appreciate the extremely generous use of 3 types of uni (Santa Barbara, San Diego, and Japanese bafun uni), as well as black truffle, and white summer truffle.

Highlights: Kuruma ebi here is the among the best in town. Yama-san also prepared an extremely simple yet joyous bowl of shoyu ramen with duck breast, hama hama oysters and chopped chives. The akami was superb. Gently sauteed Japanese wagyu from Miyazaki Prefecture with summer truffle shavings did not suck at all.

... But all of the above items paled in comparison to J.L.'s "Bite of the Month": Yama-san's creation, which I named "The Yamakase Toro Spam Crostini". This is toasted bread on the bottom, featuring blue crab, bafun uni from Japan, topped with 2 thin pieces of o-toro from Spain (which made it looks like Spam, garnished with giant shavings of summer white truffle. It was divine.

about 7 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Shellfish -- L.A. Dish of the Month, April 2014

SD urchin season has begun. Bafun uni is still excellent coming out of Japan.

about 9 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

does any one have the real scoop on why red med at formosa is no more?

Almost nobody went.

about 9 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Mitsuwa Costa Mesa - Santouka and new ice cream place

Agree. Sounds like Yamada-ya.

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

House of Pain... It just reminds me of this song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZaz7O...

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Shunji Japanese Cuisine Now Open for Lunch, Fantastic Lunch Sushi Specials: A Chowhound Exclusive (for a few hours at least...)

>> But these days it's all about the kegani innards.<<

If it's kani miso you seek, then Yama-san at Yamakase is your current best bet.

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Who Wants to Attend an Incredible Chowmeet at Clusi Batusi in May???

Hello Gang,

At this point, I'm pretty far into planning this shindig offsite from Chowhound. It would just add to the complexity if I were to post the date/time of the event now on this board (i.e. it would open up yet another front which I'd have to answer to.)

For now, simply email me at the provided address, so I can provide details, address questions and make arrangements.

Thanks for your understanding!

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Shunji Japanese Cuisine Now Open for Lunch, Fantastic Lunch Sushi Specials: A Chowhound Exclusive (for a few hours at least...)

Look, the man is not a robot. It's crazy to expect a man to work 30 days a month... Only I'm allowed to do that.

And his staff have been (in my experience at least) more than up to the task to carry on while he is enjoying a day off.

So go to Shunji's. Whenever it's open.

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Shut your mouth. You just outed my secret cache.

This sucks. It was already tough to score a loaf there. Now it's gonna be damn near impossible. revets, latindancer, I'm afraid you're just gonna have to leave Wally's alone.

:-)

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Who Wants to Attend an Incredible Chowmeet at Clusi Batusi in May???

I have arranged it so that we have the run of the place that day, both indoor and out...

Apr 18, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Who Wants to Attend an Incredible Chowmeet at Clusi Batusi in May???

ilysla is right: There is a small front outdoor seating area at Clusi Batusi. (For your consideration)

Apr 17, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Shunji Japanese Cuisine Now Open for Lunch, Fantastic Lunch Sushi Specials: A Chowhound Exclusive (for a few hours at least...)

FWIW, Shunji takes every other Wednesday off, I believe.

Apr 17, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Dinner after LACMA

EMC Seafood & Raw Bar

Apr 17, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

I wish she would intern for me.

:-)

Apr 17, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Guilty as charged. I shlepped my sorry ass from Santa Monica out to freaking Glendora the other day, just to get me some Donut Man.

Calculating time spent and the current cost of gas, I could have saved the trip and bought me a decent lunchtime omakase at Shunji.

Apr 17, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Restaurants with private rooms in West LA

This.

Apr 17, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

A highly opinionated old Jewish man is taking us out to Yang Chow (Chinatown)

From the pig that chews the cud?

Apr 17, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Who Wants to Attend an Incredible Chowmeet at Clusi Batusi in May???

Believe me DWEO, I would LOOOOOVE to give you (and all the other Hounds) the details right here on this site, but blame it on the ChowMods for instituting these rules which say that we have to go OFFSITE to plan these things.

Ridiculous.

Shoot me an email at the email address I gave you in the OP, and I'll be happy to give you the 411.

Apr 16, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Who Wants to Attend an Incredible Chowmeet at Clusi Batusi in May???

I sent you an email. Didn't you receive it?

Apr 16, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

CNN's best 10 US restaurants for dim sum (hint: not one in the SGV)

When will we learn to stop looking at lists?!

Apr 16, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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LA Weekly 20 Best Restaurants in LA. I know "Not another list"

Not another list

Apr 16, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Who Wants to Attend an Incredible Chowmeet at Clusi Batusi in May???

Sorry in advance if I can't answer your emails right away... This darn 9-5 gig I have gets in the way of my Chowhounding too much

:-)

Apr 16, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Shellfish -- L.A. Dish of the Month, April 2014

House Special Lobster, Newport Tan Cang (San Gabriel)...

Apr 16, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Who Wants to Attend an Incredible Chowmeet at Clusi Batusi in May???

Very kind words... Thank you.

Apr 16, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Who Wants to Attend an Incredible Chowmeet at Clusi Batusi in May???

Gauging interest levels...

I cannot give any Chowmeet details on this board, due to Chowhound guidelines - see guideline http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3676...

Any Hound who is so inclined or interested to attend needs to email me at:

clusibatusichowmeet@yahoo.com

... so I can email you back with details. One detail I CAN tell you is that there are limited spaces for this event - First come first serve.

Thanks in advance!

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

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Agree with Porthos above. I had a baguette that was truly, unforgettably "de la merde" in the 5eme once.

But sadly for us in the U.S., in France there are almost as many incredibly delicious baguettes as there is crotte (dog doodoo) in the streets of Montmartre.

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

Mastro's, CUT, or STK? Looking for best steak in LA

^ This.

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

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Q: Why does baguette suck in this country?

A: 'Cuz we ain't France.

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