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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Hope you don't need to get drug-tested tomorrow! :-)

about 1 hour ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Dine LA+Happy Hour+Jazz+Paella at Tavern

Thanks for the tip! Being the paella fiend I am, I just had to try this paella at Tavern.

Verdict: I liked it.

The good points: The sofrito (broth base used for the flavor via reduction) was outstandingly complex and delicious! And my server was so kind in begging the chef to make me the very last portion of paella served in the restaurant for the evening.

The points which can be worked on: Wrong rice strain - Long rice just isn't proper if you're gonna call the finished product a paella! Also, it was served too soon - it was soggy when I first received it at my table. I had to tell my poor server to bring it back and let it sit on the fire for another 20 minutes.

But afterwards, a nice pseudo-socarrat had formed along the sides of the pan, and the rice was drier and much, MUCH yummier.

Bonus: Those musicians can jam!

about 1 hour ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Squeezing in just under the deadline: The spanish fried chicken with romesco aiöli & chili-cumin butter at Tavern ($16)

Really moist, tender chicken underneath just the right amount of breading. Glad I went.

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

ISO Sheng Jian Bao

Hehehe...

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

ISO Sheng Jian Bao

All I'm sayin' is that it's the reference point for this particular dish. Much like if you're looking for a good Philly cheesesteak in L.A., you should get out to Philadelphia to sample from the source.

about 7 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

ISO Sheng Jian Bao

If at all possible, definitely go try it at the Mecca for SJB: Yang's in Shanghai.

about 8 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Summer Truffles; where has it ??????

Yamakase. By the boatloads.

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

ISO Sheng Jian Bao

SJB are a Shanghai specialty. Try them at Shanghai No. 1 Seafood Village in San Gabriel.

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

Valley Blvd Eats - looking for eating partners

Ah, I now finally have an idea as to who you look like...

about 18 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Best Los Angeles area Tasting Menus

... and let's not forget Saam at Bazaar.

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Cube Cafe and Bakery--Copycat Alternative To 85°C

What about the crowdpleaser: The taro bun?

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Wagyumania at the new Wadatsumi by Harikawa: A Pictorial Essay

From my perspective: Will do!

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Wagyumania at the new Wadatsumi by Harikawa: A Pictorial Essay

I like Jaipur (next door). But let's keep this thread about Wadatsumi, man...

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Shibucho, boy, have I missed it.

Thanks for that quick (and organized!) report back! Yeah, 2 pieces of nigiri makes you (in theory) twice as full. Sounds like the Shige-san we know and love.

Did you request a piece of the tamagoyaki to close it out? Too full? I completely understand.

Try the Italian offerings next visit.

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Best Los Angeles area Tasting Menus

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Wagyumania at the new Wadatsumi by Harikawa: A Pictorial Essay

Dude, I find that new format terribly difficult to use. I'm afraid I'm not a fan of the beta site. Luddite me.

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Best Los Angeles area Tasting Menus

Super Supreme Buddha Jumping Over Wall, here we come...

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Valley Blvd Eats - looking for eating partners

If I know where he is eating, and I look, then he cannot be there.

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Best Los Angeles area Tasting Menus

Nah, I'm good. Just went a few months back.

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Valley Blvd Eats - looking for eating partners

God of Vallery.

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Best Los Angeles area Tasting Menus

Take kevin along when you do go to Totoraku.

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Wagyumania at the new Wadatsumi by Harikawa: A Pictorial Essay

A la carte.

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Best Los Angeles area Tasting Menus

I see your Yamakase, and I raise you a Totoraku.

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Best Los Angeles area Tasting Menus

First, get yourself on the wolvesmouth email list. Then wait. It won't take long for their emails to appear in your box. Follow the instructions. The guest selection process is somewhat mysterious and quixotic.

On the other hand, n/naka is a sure bet for you.

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Best Donut, Los Angeles

Tuberculosis?????

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Sukiyabashi Jiro

Though I thought the Ginza location was pretty good (note I ate here before the film was released, so the place may have changed), I think that in Ginza, Sawada was much better. Heck I even thought his son's place in Roppongi was better.

However, if it's on your bucket list for whatever reason, then ask your hotel concierge or American Express concierge to make the reservation.

1 day ago
J.L. in Japan

Wagyumania at the new Wadatsumi by Harikawa: A Pictorial Essay

Our party of 3 enjoyed everything you saw on the food photos, AND a pitcher of Kirin AND 2 iced oolong teas for $150 (before tip).

It's an incredible deal on authentic Japanese beef of this quality, prepared by a Japanese Chef who know knows how to bring out the best in its flavor.

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Best Donut, Los Angeles

Your guess is as good as mine.

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Best Donut, Los Angeles

This photo was taken within the last 48 hours... The guy in front of the line bought 3 dozen of those bad boys.

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Valley Blvd Eats - looking for eating partners

One of the great things about Chowhound is that someone else has probably already done the "heavy lifting" for us in terms of separating the wheat from the chaff.

(pause for eternal respect to heavy-lifting Chowhounds like Chandavkl, ipsedixit & TonyC)

My admonition: Be prepared to sift through lots and lots of mediocre food.

Bonne chance.

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area