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Ito-En Soba Cha

A friend in Osaka introduced us to soba cha on our recent visit, and my wife can't get enough. We bought eight packages of Ito-En Soba Cha in Tokyo. She gave six away and has already made her way through the two she kept. We found another brand at Marukai, but she said it was horribly inferior. Does anyone know any way to get a package of Ito-En Soba Cha in LA?

Dec 22, 2009
nomo_fan in Los Angeles Area

HELP!!!! Need Saturday lunch banquet room for 150

About 12:30 pm

Dec 07, 2009
nomo_fan in Los Angeles Area

HELP!!!! Need Saturday lunch banquet room for 150

Funeral is this Saturday. We're looking for a place near Rose Hills in Pico Rivera that can hold 150 people. We don't want it at an all-you-can-eat buffet place, and many of the Chinese restaurants with a banquet room don't do Saturday at lunch because that is prime dim-sum money making time. Our go-to place, Sambi, stopped doing Saturday lunch. The only place I can think of is New Garden in Rowland Heights, but my relatives are not too excited about it. Any help?

Dec 07, 2009
nomo_fan in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations for restaurants that serve good Unagi-ju (Eel over rice)?

for a very different take on unagi-don, go to Duck House in Monterey Park and order their eel over sweet rice. Delicious.
I've actually never had good eel in a restaurant in Los Angeles. For me, go to Marukai, buy the best eel in the seafood section, buy some sauce, buy some takuan, go home and cook some rice, and you'll get a great unagi-don for cheap

Dec 07, 2009
nomo_fan in Los Angeles Area

Lunch in Downey

Get the molcajete at Gloria's Cocina Mexicana.

Dec 03, 2009
nomo_fan in Los Angeles Area

King Torta, Cook's Tortas, and Gloria's Cocina Mexicana

OK. I feel embarassed. I've lived in East LA for most of my life, and I tried my first torta ever last month and my first molcajete last week. One of my teaching partners is from Mexico and is trying to broaden my knowledge of Mexican food beyond Babita, La Casita Mexicana, El Tepeyac, the Gardens of Taxco, and (my favorite) the now defunct Uncle Robby's. In the last month, I've tried these three restaurants that are now on my "MUST GO BACK" list.
At King Torta, I got the carne asada torta, the carnitas torta, and the super fries.
At Cook's Tortas, I got the delicious Mojito torta and the Bombaso torta.
At Gloria's, I got the regular molcajete!

Any suggestions as to what to order next at these places, or should I stick to what I have here?
PS: I'm allergic to avocado and shellfish.

Nov 24, 2009
nomo_fan in Los Angeles Area

Visiting SFer asks: What LA institutions are worth visiting?

Go to Langer's. There's nothing in SF like it.
Go to Sushi Gen in Little Tokyo. For the price, there's nothing in SF like it.
Go to Koreatown and eat at Chosun Galbee (kal bi), Park's (kal bi or kal bi tang or Tokyo X) OR O Dae San (kal bi jim) OR Yong Su San (Korean prix fixe). There's nothing in SF like it.
Go to Scoops and then tell me whether Humphrey Slocombe or Scoops is better.
Don't go to Pink's, the Pantry, Cole's, Phillipe's, Roscoe's, and Griddle Cafe. (lots of hype)
With so many great breakfast joints and "normal" sandwich shops in SF, you'll feel as if you wasted your time.
Go to Pie 'n Burger, but not right now. Wait till the summer when their fresh peach pie comes out.
For Mexican, go to Babita or Mariscos Chente. I love the kitsch and the playfulness of Gardens of Taxco (although many others don't) AND one of my new favorites is Gloria's Cocina Mexicana in Downey (their molcajete plates and their fajitas).
When I lived in SF, I always missed Tommy's but none of my NorCal Friends could figure out why.
But my friends always loved going to THE HAT. Don't get their pastrami. Get their chili fries. It seems as if SF establishments haven't gotten this dish right like THE HAT.

Nov 19, 2009
nomo_fan in Los Angeles Area

best cole slaw?

Go to Plaza Produce on Foothill Avenue in Glendora.
Out of the way local place, but wow, their cole slaw is amazing.
There's more to Glendora than just Donut Man.

Nov 19, 2009
nomo_fan in Los Angeles Area

PLEASE POST YOUR VOTES HERE: Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants 2009

over $25
Park's (look at their menu...unless you mean Kal bi tang, most everything is over $25)
Madeleines
TAPS
Chosun Galbee
Sushi Gen

under $25
Langer's
Foo Foo Tei
Tulsa Rib
Daisy Mint
Mariscos Chente

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Daisy Mint
1218 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA

Mariscos Chente
4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Marisco's
718 S San Jacinto Ave, San Jacinto, CA 92583

Nov 08, 2009
nomo_fan in Los Angeles Area

Beef Ribs

The best beef ribs I have eaten in LA has been at Tulsa Rib Company, but you have to drive all the way to Orange to get them. I generally love pork ribs more at most places, but when I go to Tulsa Rib, the beef ribs are the best!!!!

Nov 05, 2009
nomo_fan in Los Angeles Area

Koreatown restaurant names and the search for an awesome pork belly

thanks, all. I will try to persuade my wife to eat the Tokyo X at Park's the next time that we go. Normally, at Park's we eat the kal bi tang because she says it's the best in So Cal, and my family all devours it.

Sep 11, 2009
nomo_fan in Los Angeles Area

Koreatown restaurant names and the search for an awesome pork belly

Many people call the restaurant on 8th and Kingsley "Honey Pig", but my wife says the real name of the restaurant is "Oink Pig". To further her claim, the new restaurant that opened across the street translates to "Moo-Cow" . Does anyone know the correct translation of this restaurant name? And the ironic part is that the BEEF dishes at Honey/Oink Pig taste better to me than the pork dishes, and the BEEF dishes at Honey/Oink Pig taste better than the beef dishes at Moo-Cow. Most people go to Honey/Oink Pig for the pork belly, but I don't really like it. Is there a better place for me to fall in love with pork belly?

Sep 10, 2009
nomo_fan in Los Angeles Area

Better than . . .pie?

Thank you so much for the responses. I went back to Pie and Burger for the Peach Pie, but they said that they were done for the season. Is the apricot pie at Bake and Broil fresh? I'll try the Apple Pan soon.

Sep 10, 2009
nomo_fan in Los Angeles Area

Help me find a wedding reception restaurant! (Pasadena & surrounding areas)

My wife and I had our wedding reception at the Twin Palms with a crowd of 325 people, and it was marvelous. They charged us no room rental fee and no service charge,and we got a four course meal for around $35-45 a person (but it was lunch, and wife knows much better about exact price). We only had to pay for an in-house sound engineer and rental of a TV screen to have a slide show run continuously. So many guests commented about how shocked they were by the excellent quality of food. Each guest got a hangar steak with teriyaki sauce and a lemon-dill salmon slice with potatoes au gratin and grilled asparagus. Also, we had JJ Bakery make 325 strawberry east-west style mochi, and Twin Palms plated it for free. With a baby green salad to start, and an appetizer plate of mini pollo asado empanadas, stuffed mushrooms, and thai beef nachos, and a huge serving of high quality ice cream and a piece of wedding cake afterward, about 50-100 guests asked for to-go boxes from the staff... and this was a wedding!! Only problem was the parking situation. 3 people in wedding party ended up getting tickets.
Oh...Madeleine's is a great place and the best restaurant I've discovered this summer. The place could hold 150, but they would have to be divided amongst five different rooms, and I don't think that you would want that for a wedding reception.
Maison Akira is the same as Madeleine's. Great food, but the space would be more suited for a rehearsal dinner than a wedding reception.

Aug 05, 2009
nomo_fan in Los Angeles Area

Better than . . .pie?

OK. All.
Based on all of the recommendations, I went to Bake n Broil tonight with wife. Sampled the red velvet cake, the fresh peach pie with whipped cream, and the banana cream pie. All were good, but I must say that I like Pie n Burger much better. I liked my french onion soup more that anything else tonight, but I've also had better french onion soup at the Red Door Bistro in Calgary. Everything was good at Bake n Broil, but nothing gave me the "WOW" feeling to want to drive 45 minutes back. Next on the list to try is Apple Pan.

Aug 05, 2009
nomo_fan in Los Angeles Area

Lunch in Corona???

Not really lunch, but if you eat a late breakfast, go to Silver Dollar Pancake House. My relatives stop there on a trip out in that direction because the food is good and so CHEAP!!!!! It is a wonderful destination.

Aug 01, 2009
nomo_fan in Los Angeles Area

Better than . . .pie?

Harvest pie has a normal pie crust with pumpkin pie filling on the bottom half and a pumpkin mousse on the top half with whipped cream on top. A friend bought it over about two years ago, and when I ate it, I was shocked by how good it was. I generally don't enjoy eating pumpkin pie, but this pie was delicious.

Jul 25, 2009
nomo_fan in Los Angeles Area

Better than . . .pie?

Sorry. Yes, they do use fresh fruit to make their donuts, and they are great!
The pie glaze with the fresh fruit make the donuts awesome.

Jul 25, 2009
nomo_fan in Los Angeles Area

Better than . . .pie?

OK, Phurstluv. I get that you don't like Pie n Burger. Help me out here with a better pie then.
Convince me that there's a better pie out there. Be specific.

Jul 24, 2009
nomo_fan in Los Angeles Area

Better than . . .pie?

Just had my first slice of Pie 'n Burger fresh peach pie this year, and it tasted as great as always. My favorite 2 1/2 pies are the following:

1) Fresh peach pie from pie 'n burger
2) Harvest pie from Coco's (the only good thing about Coco's)
2 1/2) Donut man's fresh strawberry and peach donuts (ijust think it's fresh pie filling with a jelly donut crust)

Are there any pies out there better in LA?

Jul 24, 2009
nomo_fan in Los Angeles Area

101 Noodle Express Beef Roll with Pics

Beef roll much better eaten there than take-out.
The quality is a bit better in original branch than one in Rowland Heights.

Jul 23, 2009
nomo_fan in Los Angeles Area

molecular gastronomy ramen?! wth?! oh yes, RAMEN CALIFORNIA is here. (review w/ pics)

Went with friends last night. It was an "it was good but I'm not excited to go back experience". The kashi bread was nice. The appetizers were good. Had two "small" bowls of ramen, and while I enjoyed the freshness of the vegetables tremendously, I could not get over the "traditional" concept of ramen that was scrambling around my brain. I'll stick to the tonkotsu ramen at the "normal foodie hangouts"

Jul 23, 2009
nomo_fan in Los Angeles Area

Non-profit Restaurants

Thanks, all so far.
Wife, a friend, and I will probably be hitting up one of these restaurants on Saturday.
Just don't know which one yet.
Please let me know of more non-profits.
Most successful one I know of is Delancey Street in San Francisco.

Jul 21, 2009
nomo_fan in Los Angeles Area

Non-profit Restaurants

Do you know of any non-profit restaurants in LA or OC?
I've been to DUTC in Gardena.
I've also heard of Mama's Hot Tamales in Downtown and Homegirl Cafe.

Any others?
Are they any good?

DUTC has Golden Bird Fried Chicken, which is good, but it's not as good as the old Porky's.

Jul 18, 2009
nomo_fan in Los Angeles Area

Chinese Tomato Beef w/Rice

Not very traditional, but the tomato beef rice at Foo Foo Tei (in Hacienda Heights/City of Industry) is GREAT!

Jul 15, 2009
nomo_fan in Los Angeles Area

Where to Eat on a Kyoto Visit

Go to Grill Miyata and eat their Kobe beef steak.

Jul 07, 2009
nomo_fan in Japan

Best Creme Brulee in LA???

Definitely the best creme brulee I've had (and I actually hate creme brulee) was at Cat and the Custard Cup. It is their signature dessert, and it doesn't disappoint. Better than that is the Panna Cotta at Celestino.

Jul 07, 2009
nomo_fan in Los Angeles Area

Tacos Baja Ensenada... still good?

There are THREE locations to TBE. One in East LA, one in Whittier, and one in Glendora. All three owned by the same people and run by relatives. Mom lives by the ELA one, I live by the Whittier one, and I work by the Glendora one, so I've been to all three in one week, and the fish tacos are AWESOME! Much better than El Taco Nazo or Senor Baja! Also, I enjoy the Guacamaya on it!

Jul 04, 2009
nomo_fan in Los Angeles Area

Umami Burger: Two Visits

Followed the crowd to Umami Burger with a friend. It was OK. Friend and I decided to share the Umami Burger and the Port-Stilton burger. Was disappointed that the much talked about Triple Pork Burger was replaced by a Five Spice Pork Burger. Neither burger was great. The tempura onion rings with the garlic aioli was very good. I've not had a great burger in Los Angeles yet. The best burger I've eaten was the burger at the Red Door Bistro in Calgary with the gruyere, the tomato confit, and the melted onions. Awesome burger!

Jul 04, 2009
nomo_fan in Los Angeles Area

Mochi Cream

Thank you all for your suggestions and help. We ended up eating at the mochi cream at Terminal 2 at Narita Airport. It was OK but not as good as the mochi cream on my last trip. The store that carried the mochi cream at Namba station in Osaka closed down, and no one knows if the store relocated. The station moved their English information station to where the mochi cream stand was, and it was never relocated within the station. Oh well. I had the best kobe beef at Grill Miyata in Kyoto, and I had the best pancake in my life at the Maille Coeur Shougetsu in Hakone. the Maille Coeur also served a red snapper and blowfish shabu shabu that was out of this world. I hope to get back to Japan again.

Jul 04, 2009
nomo_fan in Japan