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I think the IMO really sweet onion bacon marmalade pushes the sandwich closer to meatloaf flavor profile for me as well.

Jul 23, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

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

Tried a chocolate cookie with salted caramel. Divine.

Jul 23, 2014
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

I'm not too familiar with the actual cooking process but the "naked" wings have been consistent even after the "switch" to Wingstop

Jul 14, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

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

Trying to just reset peoples understanding of food is all. I'm advocating people trying things without prejudice.

Jul 14, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

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

Plan Check (fairfax) smoked jidori fried chicken sandwich. Not the chic fil a killer that was preached. At all. Bun was way too dense, smoked duck bacon was really limp and honestly overwhelmed the entire sandwich...making a fried chicken sandwich tastes more like ham and chicken.

Chicken karaage at Hinotori in Arcadia. Beautifully crispy, rosy pink, juicy, and fresh fresh fresh thigh meat.

BBQ Hot Spot in Pasadena. Small little mom and pop korean fast food joint in a strip mall known for their hot wings and rice bowls (bulgogi, teriyaki) they have wing tips on, fried to order wings. They slather a ton of gochujang on the wings which was off putting at first but their chicken can take it. Really exceptionally fried wings, the sauce is a love or hate (there is definite funk to it).

I would now like to take the opportunity to come out and say my favorite hot wings come out of the kitchens of Pizza Hut. 8 piece Wednesday special for $4.80. Something so very right about their buffalo sauce and those dinky but perfectly fried wings (naked of course).

Jul 12, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

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

If someone told me that a sauce was made with the tamale or roe of shrimp, lobster, or crab, I bet all of hipsterdom would go ape shit.

Jul 12, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

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

I always find myself wanting a Carmela's ice cream sandwich but the thin cookie visually seems off putting for me

Jul 12, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

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

Throw some Crystals hot sauce on it and the universe becomes right

Jul 12, 2014
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

If I'm ever early to work I can't help but go thru the nearby chic fil a for a spicy fried chicken and biscuit sandwich. Addictive, never dry (read: lots of fat in the biscuit) and just ton of flavor

Jul 12, 2014
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Hinotori (sans yakitori)

The SGV is not known for being home to many chow-worthy japanese food, particularly izakaya cuisine; generally you'd have to make the journey westward if not to Pasadena then at the very least towards Little Tokyo.

I'm happy to report that Hinotori, a fine yakitori joint situated on the corner of Duarte and Baldwin in Arcadia, not only serves damn fine yakitori, but is also able to deliver on really good izakaya fare, without the hassle of navigating highways and traffic for eastsiders.

My first experience at Hinotori involved me taking my father out for dinner (big sake fan), which focused mostly on their yakitori fixings...lots of chicken wings, skin, tails, offal...essentially the whole nine yards.

My second visit I decided to pay more attention to their izakaya style foods: grilled corn, grilled shiitake stuffed with chicken meatball, grilled chicken meatball topped with ooey gooey yellow American cheese, an amazing and expertly cooked miso yakionigiri, yaki-mochi so good we had to order it twice (the surprise stand out of the night), chicken karaage, and soboro donburi (ground chicken rice bowl).

Oh yes, and ice cold Kirin on tap.

There's a really strong kitchen and staff behind the counter, the food, while maybe not as inventive or eclectic as other places (Furaibo, Torihei, etc.), has a really strong emphasis on quality ingredients and good cooking. For instance, the chicken kaarage's meat was still a rosy pink, juicy, and still fried to a crisp. We got an iteration where it was dunked in a ponzu sauce, but what stood out was the quality of the chicken meat itself...just fresh and flavorful.

Really, even if you don't consider the traffic, the freeways, the parking, the wait, Hinotori is such an excellent option, and it just seems like a no brainer for those in the SGV.

Jul 11, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

Pine & Crane, Taiwanese with California Flavor in Silver Lake

Informative follow up..I'm growing fond of the idea of home grown produce (and livestock). Potentially good produce at potentially no mark up. What a concept.

Jul 11, 2014
Xan7hos in Features

Salmon Roe From Different Salmon

It could also be how it's marinaded (or not marinated). Salt brine is pretty common, but I've had it at places where they've used some sort of marinade that involves some combination of soy dashi and/or sugar.

edit: theoffalo beat me to it. Shunji's ikura is fantastic.

Jun 25, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

More Organic Chinese Food in Arcadia--Well Sort Of

Worthwhile in terms of flavor? Of the "green" Chinese restaurants I've tried, I found Green Zone in SG a bit lacking in the flavor department (not a fan of their overly sweet hainan chicken condiments either); I thought Pine and Crane was pretty delicious.

Jun 25, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

Violet Crumble - chocolate covered honeycomb- where?

Seen at Fresh and Easy

May 07, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

Har Lam Kee (Monterey Park) Closing

Thanks for the update while I haven't been in a while I always thought business was good so the close came a bit of a shock...hopefully they don't lose their old school charm with the backless seats and hanging bird cages

May 01, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

Any good Chinese Take-Out in Hollywood (Highland/Fountain) ?

Bro do you even China?

Apr 30, 2014
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SMEN?

Salted and fermented sounds accurate.

Apr 25, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

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

SP's braised pork BELLY will be responsible for my future generation's diabetes...so delicious and lusciously tender. With a bowl of rice it makes a perfectly acceptable last meal.

Apr 09, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

Horse Thief, I was robbed!

Had their brisket (1/4lb) couple months ago, think it was an early Sunday not a lot of people. Brisket was one piece, thick slab (3/4" thick) beef meat, with tons of glistening fat, pink smoke ring, and smoke flavor approaching medicinal in a good way. Honestly very good and memorable.

Tried Bludso's on fairfax a couple weeks ago, 1/4lb brisket and 1/4lb rib tips. The brisket there was slightly drier, similar smoke flavor, and had slightly less fat. Both briskets were comparable, but I definitely had the better cut at Horse Thief the time I went

Apr 01, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

Say You Need to Dine with a non-GMO, organic, healthy obsessed "guy" who eats meat...

From a taste perspective I've always been underwhelmed. Not sure about the hype in regards to their hainan chicken either all the sauces are too sweet and turn the dish into chicken candy with rice,

Mar 14, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

Bos LA in Honda Plza

Well that's disappointing :/

Feb 18, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

Depressing Places You Like

Marie Callendars. Pies...always to go. *shudders*

Feb 18, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

Red Boat fish sauce for sale east of Hollywood

Whole Foods usually has it

Feb 15, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

Favorite blue crab sushi hand roll?

Yeah just based off the pictures in this thread I was expecting some sort of dressing...crustaceans seem to benefit from a little added fat and richness, but alas Shunji's version is certainly good

Feb 13, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

Favorite blue crab sushi hand roll?

Ended up doing the premium lunch and was surprised that the blue crab hand roll was served as close to naked as can be (just crab meat, no dressing) save a smear of wasabi..it was actually a bit refreshing and not heavy at all...the nori was quality and while I'm sure I'd love a more heavily flavored blue crab hand roll in the future this one certainly works in its own way

Feb 13, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

Taco Crawl This Past Weekend (Mariscos Jalisco, Los Cinco Puntos, Guisados, Ricky's Fish Tacos)

MJ = locals sit inside the building, the yelp/hipsters/goldsters sit on the bricks

Feb 12, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

Taco Crawl This Past Weekend (Mariscos Jalisco, Los Cinco Puntos, Guisados, Ricky's Fish Tacos)

Every time I've gone to Mariscos Jaliscos the other truck is always busier. Whats even more interesting is that the truck is set up right outside their brick and mortar restaurant that serves just about the same things I think. That being said, their shrimp tacos are comparable, I'd say 90% as good as MJ's, but I'll choose MJ just because Arthur and his crew are really nice people who treat their customers with a lot of care.

I noticed also a majority of the orders are generallt for the coctelles and not for the shrimp tacos.

Feb 12, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

Favorite blue crab sushi hand roll?

Thanks JL, are the pictures the order in which you listed?

Feb 09, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

Favorite blue crab sushi hand roll?

I'm considering doing omakase at Shunji's for lunch and supplementing it if not included (Ill call ahead and inquire I don't think seasonality should be an issue).

I've actually never had Kani temaki and have been thinking of it for a good part of 2013; from what I've read it seems like there's no standard in its preparation (i.e. use of mayo, use of kani miso, use of butter, use of truffle oil, etc.) so I'm excited to see what you guys consider the greats in LA.

Kevin why do you think it became the "inevitable coda"? Part of me wonders if it became that way partly because of chowhounders attempting to recreate chowhounder reported meals...a perpetual cycle which inevitably became the standard.

Feb 09, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

Favorite blue crab sushi hand roll?

Second irony, you're probably the most well known proponent of go's and the reason why I'll go someday.

...for the VHS of course

Feb 09, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area