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Where to "wow" a visitor with "do NOT miss this place" recommendations

littlefork is a place that always has it thanks to ex-Chicagoan barman.

about 5 hours ago
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

How do you Spam?

I don't.

Cuz its production line kills: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2...

Shame on Ms. Wang for making artsy baked goods (also available at Stumptown DTLA and Blacktop) with such degenerate canned meat.

about 5 hours ago
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

How Did I Miss A New Shopping Center With a Bunch of Chinese restaurants?

there are at least 2, IIRC.

1 day ago
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

Chicagoland in the Southland: Deep Dish Pizza (Nancy's) and Italian Beef (Al's) come to Alhambra

I got you already on Budacki's: http://la.eater.com/archives/2014/01/...

1 day ago
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

Chicagoland in the Southland: Deep Dish Pizza (Nancy's) and Italian Beef (Al's) come to Alhambra

*sigh* RIP Demon Dogs.

To others: you aren't s'pose to eat the fries IN the dogs. you pick up the dog, eat the fries separately. Geebus people.

To the Chinese franchisee: you're fucking crazy (or a brave genius -- unsure yet). Can I interview you for a story?

Great Porchetta Sandwich at Wheat and Sons (Anaheim Packing District)

W&S's overwrought porchetta sandwich is basically exactly what I think of when someone says Orange County "dining". It's Chapter One tucked in between ciabatta, the real housewives of sandwiches.

lardon/crackling/whatever: unnecessary
radish: unnecessary
random greens (in addition to "dirty pesto"): unnecessary.

A pal ate half and threw the other half away. My own half remainder is now in the freezer. Someone courier a Roma sub down there to edumacate them.

And the parking, and the DWELL-ON-DESIGNED-TOO-HARD swings, and the even sillier strong decorative plants. Ugh... *facepalm* OC, quit trying so hard.

I do enjoy the central location of the bar though, and the odd pairing of, again, overwrought waffles sandwiches and a half decent craft beer list.

1 day ago
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

Tacos Leo's now on the eastside!!!

ok, but you just compared buche/cabeza to al pastor. apples, oranges, blah blah blah.

1 day ago
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

Jidori chicken in a retail store?

did you not look in Mitsuwa?

So, uh, Beijing Duck House (Rosemead) is no more ...

"wrong with that area in China?"
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you mean why is Sichuan province so completely niubi right now? Quoting some heli kids: "Chengdu has been pent-up inland, and we just found out America loves our food, and we're now rich, so we're here."

By America, I'm pretty sure they meant "LA".

Bo Bo Chicken is opening in Hacienda Hts by some wannabe Tawianese peeps. Meizhou Dongpo aims to open in Westfield Arcadia next Summer.

The thirst is real.

1 day ago
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

Modan Artisanal Ramen

annnd that's all I need to know.

"artisan"... EAD.

Aug 22, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

LA Food and Wine fest

i think it's.. right now?

how you gonna find a sitter, sistah?

Aug 22, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

Organic Chicken

TJ's organic free range bird is by the lb, and I try to pick the smallest one. It's also extremely water logged compared to the ilks of Vikon/Jidori.

Beautiful girls you got there, though. What layer feed are you using now?

Aug 22, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

From EaterLA: "Grand Central Market Makes Bon App's Best Resto List"......My question is "Who Made This Happen?"

lolz. o yes, that belt presenter... really confused the ratchet dates back in the days.

my MB rear facing 3rd-row row hit rate is 2/2, so yes, this imaginary diesel estate must have it as well.

running out of GCM content... Belcampo's counter holds more people than the third row rear-facing seats of Mercedes wagons.

From EaterLA: "Grand Central Market Makes Bon App's Best Resto List"......My question is "Who Made This Happen?"

i'll see your c-class diesel w/ MB TEX and call it with a w124 300td estate, with a 5-spd. yum.

really loved my old c124. thing was a (slow) tank.

obligatory GCM content: you can call in butcher orders at Belcampo, they'll take your name/phone # down, etc. and put it in the production schedule for the next day. try doing that at Ferry Building.

Aug 22, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

LA Food and Wine fest

no one pays for this shit. go find the plastic badges.

LA Food and Wine fest

tonight is the best night for the ca phe sua da-loving set.

make sure you stay for the after party. better yet, just skip the event and go straight to the after party. take lots of selfies, but do NOT let the out-of-town cooks cavort with your date.

Aug 22, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

Review of Yummy House in Arcadia

I recently had a chance to go through much of the vegetables here.

The fried kabocha with fried chopped garlic was one of the vegetarian highlights of the year. And I'm doubtful any restaurant, Chinese or otherwise, is sauteeing "wild" purslane with such adroitness in all of America. There is also probably not another restaurant in America serving organic, fresh, LOCAL, notogingseng.

Yummy Arcadia is an amazing little thing being run by some really spirited folks. The Rosemead branch cooks a bit differently, but the vegetable sourcing is constant.

If you care about greens, care about sustainability, and enjoy a good human interest story, check out this place. And if you enjoy the greens, sign up for a "CSA"/VIP card.

FWIW, as previously noted, the Alhambra branch is gone.

Aug 22, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

From EaterLA: "Grand Central Market Makes Bon App's Best Resto List"......My question is "Who Made This Happen?"

The build quality between the CTS-V wagon vs the AMG wagon is night and day.

and if you can't afford the W212 E63 wagon, an E55 wagon can be had for < $30K these days, and they pack way more low-end torque than the W211 E63 wagons. Just make sure you swap out the boat anchor rims that crack over the smallest LA potholes.

Aug 22, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

what about a selfie?

Aug 22, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

Yakitori Bincho - Closed

Korean-Japanese.

Aug 22, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

Yakitori Bincho - Closed

yanked this gem from Yelp re: IB:
"it seems like he is going the "Nozawa/Totoraku/Urasawa" style usually prized by hard-working, and emotionally unstable Japanese chefs in LA - many of whom are Zainichi - with a double reason to feel pissed at Japan, and at people here (don't ask)"

I have been to YB less than a handful of times, but have never been turned away. Now, the hours.. O lord the hours. Or should I say the "non-hours"...

Aug 22, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

Modan Artisanal Ramen

what makes it artisanal? I'm just curious.

Aug 22, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area
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Papilles: A Pictorial Essay

Due to a birthday celebration, Papilles prix-fixe dropped down to $31 this week.

Also, they have a brand new spankin BILLBOARD. What other French bistro in LA has its own billboard?

Aug 22, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

From EaterLA: "Grand Central Market Makes Bon App's Best Resto List"......My question is "Who Made This Happen?"

hahaha!

let it be known: not everyone here lives/works in/near DTLA.

I'm not driving down to Marukai for the ramen fair, and moreplease isn't coming up to GCM to have a burger. even stevens.

Aug 22, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area
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From EaterLA: "Grand Central Market Makes Bon App's Best Resto List"......My question is "Who Made This Happen?"

DTLA lawyers aren't paying out of pocket to eat Sluts. C'mon now.

Aug 21, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area
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From EaterLA: "Grand Central Market Makes Bon App's Best Resto List"......My question is "Who Made This Happen?"

suppose to have been a wine bar/beer pub, no? Johnny? I thought it was.

Aug 21, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

From EaterLA: "Grand Central Market Makes Bon App's Best Resto List"......My question is "Who Made This Happen?"

If the morons in charge of Angel's flight would fix it and/or put some kind of escalator down from the corporate offices, the place would be impossibly jammed.
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never thought of Angel's flight as an actual office worker carrier. iiiiinteresting.

Ferry really absolutely doesn't compare to GCM in terms of actual eateries. It might have more "cache" due to Cowgirl/Blue Bottle/Cochon/Slanted Door, etc., but in terms of variety of eats, and price range of bites, GCM is the best public square/market on the West Coast (which isn't saying much, but...)

Aug 21, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

Al Pastor Spit Spotted - Melrose and Manhattan Place

pineapple habanero salsa sounds freaking delightful!

Aug 21, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

Where to "wow" a visitor with "do NOT miss this place" recommendations

lolz.. people still post in CH CHI?

What's exactly is most amazingly delicious in LA is the Korean and the sushi (and the Thai and Chinese).

Sorry, LA has nothing as disgusting as Lou Malnati.

Aug 20, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area
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What are antojitos, exactly ?????

tacos, and things that look basically like tacos, but given different names. or tacos that aren't folded. or extra large tacos.

Aug 20, 2014
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