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Bristol Farms

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

Broguiere's Eggnog Update – seen any yet?

I consider the viscous Brougiere's eggnog more like eggnog stock: It's formulated almost as if it was meant to be diluted. (I like the Brougiere's eggnog 1 part milk, 1 part nog, which pretty much makes it Strauss' eggnog in consistency at that point). And becuase of its strength in taste and its viscosity, I find it to be a very flexible mix-in for holiday drinks, punch, desserts, etc.

Heck, the little ones drink the Brougiere's nog as a "eggnog shake", straight out of the bottle, God bless their cholesterol levels...

about 20 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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L.A. Dish of the Month, December 2014 -- Nominations

So close to SOUP (November 2013 DOTM)

about 22 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Best Cocktails Bar in LA area at the moment

So just go to an ACTUAL Julian Cox bar: Brilliantshine.

about 22 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Santa Monica Openings

That question answers itself.

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Sunday Lunch 605/5

El Coraloense, on Florence, in Bell Gardens.

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Broguiere's Eggnog Update – seen any yet?

Bristol Farms has had it since Halloween. It's as rare as a three-leaf clover.

2 days ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Coming Soon To Rowland Heights Diamond Plaza

Funny you mentioned Altadena...

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

Nov 20, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Coming Soon To Rowland Heights Diamond Plaza

Great bak kut teh is shlep-worthy.

Nov 20, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

A Worthy Biryani in Little Bangladesh: Biriyani Kabob House [Brief Review with Photos]

Try it. You might like it.

Nov 20, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Late-Night Feasting at Morinoya: A Pictorial Essay

Having heard the discourse thus far on this thread, it may be possible that the OP experienced a case of "when Sergio is not cooking" syndrome (TM westsidegal).

In other words, boss Chef Mori-san may not have been in-house cooking on that fateful that night.

And regarding the matsutake dobin mushi: Agree with Porthos. I've had matsutake mushroom dobin mushi all over L.A., and in Japan. When Mori-san himself is preparing this course at Morinoya, it THE most flavorful, transcendent version of this dish I've ever had. Just as a frame of reference, I prefer Morinoya's matsutake dobin mushi over the version at Urasawa, Yamakase, Mori Sushi, or Kiriko.

Nov 20, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Late-Night Feasting at Morinoya: A Pictorial Essay

Sorry to hear that. Sunomono is often made with sweet rice vinegar, so it theoretically should be a tad sweet. Is the mushroom soup you ordered the matsutake mushroom dobin mushi?

Izakaya fare is meant to be more leisurely paced than say, a ramen-ya, since drinking and chatting is encouraged. But still it's no excuse for an "incredibly slow" speed for your food to arrive.

Again, I trust your taste buds and your CH experience speaks for itself, so maybe it was an off night at Morinoya. I will go again soon myself, and see if there is a proverbial downhill slide or not.

Nov 20, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Closure Alert: After 18 Years in Business, Jiraffe to Close After Valentine's Day 2015

Yeah, this place isn't discussed on the CH board much, but then again us CHers comprise a miniscule minority of the dining-out public at large. I supposed Jiraffe eked out a decent living all this time somehow...

The space will be the site for a new restaurant, the article says - I wonder what the new concept will be?

Nov 19, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Closure Alert: After 18 Years in Business, Jiraffe to Close After Valentine's Day 2015

The link to the L.A.Times article:

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

Nov 19, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

A Worthy Biryani in Little Bangladesh: Biriyani Kabob House [Brief Review with Photos]

Ramnut: This gets my vote for the least appetizing food name of 2014.

A Worthy Biryani in Little Bangladesh: Biriyani Kabob House [Brief Review with Photos]

Re: Ramen Burger

You can try one in Torrance at the Mitsuwa food court (forgot the vendor's name, but it's there). They got'em at the LA County Fair, etc. etc.

Nothing great, just a curiosity food item, IMHO.

Nov 19, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

A Worthy Biryani in Little Bangladesh: Biriyani Kabob House [Brief Review with Photos]

Always, always great to hear (and learn) from you, klyeoh...

Nov 19, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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A Worthy Biryani in Little Bangladesh: Biriyani Kabob House [Brief Review with Photos]

Yeah, the food's gotten noticeably better now (compared to when they first opened back in Aug/Sept)...

Nov 19, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

A Worthy Biryani in Little Bangladesh: Biriyani Kabob House [Brief Review with Photos]

London, my friend. London...

Nov 19, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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A Worthy Biryani in Little Bangladesh: Biriyani Kabob House [Brief Review with Photos]

Assorted desserts.

Nov 19, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

A Worthy Biryani in Little Bangladesh: Biriyani Kabob House [Brief Review with Photos]

I have a confession to make: I’ve been holding out on you guys.

Biriyani Kabob House has already been open for a few months, and I’ve been “secretly” enjoying the food here for most of that time without writing it up on Chowhound. First off, I am definitely not an expert on Desi cuisine, but my taste buds were definitely loving the complexity of the chicken biryani, the lamb curry, and the freshly made naan. Heck, everything here is pretty much freshly made to order.

The owner and staff are very friendly, and the restaurant is definitely picking up in business, as locals are discovering it. Biriyani Kabob House sits squarely in the relatively newly city-designated “Little Bangladesh” area (newly separated from Koreatown). Parking can be an issue, as the place is situated in a mini-mall with only a few parking spots, but turnover is fast.

Food-wise, for those of you who are also lamenting the recent closure of Zam Zam Market, Biriyani Kabob House presents a superb chicken biryani which may more than satisfy your craving. BUT, the beef biryani here may be even better than the chicken biryani. Note: The restaurant also specializes in cuisine from Hyderabad. Though I’ve not had the Hyderabadi biryani here, I am told not many places in Southern California does this dish.

Disclaimers: I actually have no relationship to this place whatsoever, other than being a frequent customer. The demise of Zam Zam was the catalyst which led me to writing this place up. I hope you guys try it and report back.

For a vegan: Szechuan Impression v. Chengdu Taste. Which?

真巧! Please report back if you do go! (And yes, omnivores can eat well there, too...)

Nov 18, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Business Dinner: Downtown LA

Drago Central or Chaya Downtown or Water Grill will all work.

Nov 18, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

For a vegan: Szechuan Impression v. Chengdu Taste. Which?

Not spicy, but there is a great vegetable emphasis on the menu at Pine & Crane in Silver Lake.

Nov 18, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Coming Soon To Rowland Heights Diamond Plaza

(sigh) Makes me not want to drive the 612 Scaglietti anymore...

Nov 18, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Tacos Baja Ensenada, Lawndale, South Bay

Great Chowhounding. kevin needs to get on this ASAP.

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

Fab's Hot Dogs Westwood.......breaking news

Beef kotlet, chicken olivieh sandwich, and a bowl of ash sound good right about now.

Can I get a "hastam"?

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

Steak in DTLA

Agree that Morton's has better steaks than Palm. In fact, of all the major steak players in DTLA, Palm is the last place I'd go for a steak.

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

Fab's Hot Dogs Westwood.......breaking news

You coulda had a JapaDog on the Santa Monica Pier...

Are Meyer lemons in season now?

Mine goes on sabbatical as well. No fruit on that tree for me in 2013.

But this year... Whoa, Nelly!

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