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Our very own Rameniac in the LA Times

Rameniac you crack me up "For an Asian American, being a foodie on the Internet is kind of like being a rock star without having to be unemployed or doing a lot of drugs or disappointing your parents."

I think my asian parents would agree with that if I weren't too lazy to do a food blog, LOL.

I've tried 3 out of the 5 on your list, I'll have to try out Asa and Gardena still for now Santouka will rank as my favorite.

Great article.

Jan 02, 2008
bassbiz in Food Media & News

Restaurants and Caterers with BEST Hors d'Oeuvres?

Im glad this topic has been brought up, we're going to hire a caterer for our holiday party this year at the office. Has anyone had any experience working with Carmelized productions (aka Food Dudes)? Im trying to put through my bid and I know it can get expensive but I'm just curious what their typical portions are like, otherwise we might be stuck with Cha Cha Cha.

Nov 15, 2007
bassbiz in Los Angeles Area

Sebastian's in Burbank - anyone been recently?

I work in the area and have been curious about this place for a while. The menu has changed, it was quite disjointed with HIS concept, but looking online today it looks like it has changed from the last time I checked a year ago. We just tried to call to see if they do delivery but Sebastian answered and said they were slammed, we might do pick up for lunch, if so I'll report back.
To be honest I'm afraid to try anything else other than the pizzas.

Nov 08, 2007
bassbiz in Los Angeles Area

Need Recommendations Holiday Party 75-80 people

Have been asked to plan this year's Holiday party/dinner for our company. Last minute as usual, but the 5 weeks to plan is actually better than the 3 weeks I was given in the past.
Unfortunately our budget is about $3000.00 for 75-80 people. We dont have that many adventurous eaters (I was originally thinking middle eastern or moroccan), so standard American fare will be OK, although last year we did do tapas at Ole Tapas in Studio City.
Looking for some place in Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Downtown, Los Feliz or Hollywood. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!

Nov 07, 2007
bassbiz in Los Angeles Area

The Great Taco Hunt

Same here! I read about El Taco Llama (North Hollywood location) on Bandini's site and love it. My co-workers and I get carne asada tacos at least once a week from there, we are addicted to that place.

Jun 19, 2007
bassbiz in Los Angeles Area

Changes on Sawtelle - Waffles and a new sushi place?

I went today as well for the first time, I was the only customer at 11am. I had a combo for $4.95, two original with two toppings, strawberries and blueberries with the whipped cream topping. I think it said the combo should come with tea or coffee, which I didn't get, but really don't care since I did my order to go. I didn't think it was very flour-y, but maybe mine was mixed a little better? LOL.
I live close enough that I wouldn't mind popping in every so often, but those portions, yikes tiny! They asked me how I heard about this place, so they are probably reading this thread as we speak, LOL.

May 20, 2007
bassbiz in Los Angeles Area

Doughboys' Red Velvet

Yep. You hit the nail on the head. If I am going to eat a cake with a 3253252 calories, I dont want it taste like it is fat-free, flavorless and bland.

May 19, 2007
bassbiz in Los Angeles Area

Vito’s – long review w/ pics

Man, I really hate to post anything negative, but since we had tried out Vito's for the first time last week, I am not quite in agreement with all these glowing reviews. Tried the plain cheese slice and really that was quite oily, soggy and just not good. I had the veggie which was much better but eh, that cheese slice turned me off quite a bit. Maybe I'll give it another shot if I'm in the neighborhood.

May 19, 2007
bassbiz in Los Angeles Area

Doughboys' Red Velvet

Fellow hound and I went to the Highland location for breakfast/brunch a few weeks ago, we had made room for dessert and were eager to try the highly praise red velvet cake. Boy, we were disappointed. The cake itself is very moist, however the frosting too sweet and they used way too much red dye, so much you can't even taste the chocolate. Between the two of us we couldnt even finish half of the cake and didn't want to anyway, I'm thinking the red velvet cupcake at Auntie Em's is far more tastier than this cake from Doughboys.

May 19, 2007
bassbiz in Los Angeles Area

My dinner at Lotus of Siam*LONG*

Oh I'm so glad to read a very recent review of this place. I was planning on going there for lunch tomorrow, yep, Im sure the extra crowds are due to NAB. I have a ton of co-workers that arrived in Vegas on Friday. Do you think it's worth ordering the pad thai, I'm starting to get the feeling that the noodles arent their strong point.

Apr 15, 2007
bassbiz in Southwest

Yatai on Sunset

Just tried Yatai on Friday night. It was packed when we arrived at 8:30pm. My dining companion doesnt eat raw fish and doesnt care much for mushrooms so we had to cancel out on ordering any of the shiitake mushrooms or sashimi. However a few of the standout dishes we had were the popcorn shrimp and the bite-size rid eye steak. I did notice they tend to use bonito flakes on quite a number of their dishes as garnishes. Really enjoyed the cocktails, very potent! I really like this place and will go back and be a little more adventurous the 2nd time around. Very nice service and pleasing atmosphere.

Apr 15, 2007
bassbiz in Los Angeles Area

J&J Reopens/Dragon Mark Review

You mean you didnt go to beard papa and grab a cream puff to go? :P

If you do go back to Mei Long Village, its obvious that the crab & pork xiao long biao are a must, fellow hound and I were there last week and those things are so tasty. Love the thin wrapping and that it's a perfect spoonful, the broth in it is verfy flavorful as well. The Shangai steamed dumplings are very good, too. All very reasonably priced.

If you have room for more, try the radish pancake, I was amazed by how light and flakey these are.

It really did feel like a guilt free meal, LOL.

Apr 15, 2007
bassbiz in Los Angeles Area

Where can I find an amazing brunch in L.A. without an hour wait?!?

You could also try Saddle Peak Lodge as well. Great view. Good food. Reservations can be made. I like their goodie basket, champagne cocktails and wild boar hash. If the weather is nice enough you could probably request to be seaten outdoors.

http://www.saddlepeaklodge.com/brunch...

Apr 15, 2007
bassbiz in Los Angeles Area

Sharing: Stripsteak vs Craftsteak (LV)

Thanks for all the responses and advice. I havent had a chance to try a Michael Mina or Tom Colicchio venture yet and was almost leaning towards SS since Craft will be opening in LA soon (supposedy another month or 2), however cant deny the advice from fellow hounds, so it looks like CS it is.

Apr 15, 2007
bassbiz in Southwest

Sharing: Stripsteak vs Craftsteak (LV)

So I'll be heading out to Vegas shortly for NAB and on Monday night will be having a late dinner (9-9:30ish) and definetly want to throw back a few martinis and have a great meal. I really dont want a heavy meal and would like to share plates, which would be the best for doing so? Stripsteak or Craftsteak? Who has the best Filet Mingon or Ribeye, Sides, and Appetizers? Would realistically love to share a salad, a main dish and perhaps a side or two. Suggestions please! Thx!

Apr 14, 2007
bassbiz in Southwest

Review: Izayoi - Little Tokyo **

Hmmm I actually like the minced sardines, wrapped in shiso leaf. That was the first time I had sardines and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Another light and tasty item on their dish, although I question the authenticity of it, is eggplant wrapped with prosciotto with a balsamic sauce, I know it's something thats easy enough to make at home, but it was so delicious.

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Mar 27, 2007
bassbiz in Los Angeles Area

Tapas in LA

Vertical Wine Bistro in Pasadena has a very good selection of small plates as well. Would highly recommend the pull pork and gelato.

Mar 24, 2007
bassbiz in Los Angeles Area

Solo Diner Recommendations

Appreciate all the recommendations, I know that I'll be staying literally right across the street from that mall but since I avoid CPK and Cheesecake factory out here, I'd consider those if I get really hungry, lazy and desperate after a shopping spree at H & M ;)

Now whats the deal with Pizzeria Regina? Can one get a slice on their own or do they only sell pies?

I have a feeling I'd get annoyed with Durgin Park, as much as I like the idea of communal seating, I'd really like to just be left alone and read my book, taking pictures or listen to my IPOD, LOL. I really love sitting next to enthusiastic hounds, but eh, no annoying tourists and kids (hah, I'm mean!).

I'm really interested in Legal Seafoods, what would be the best recommendation for a solo dinner and anything with outdoor or bar seating?

OK and I've read a bit about Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage and since I love burgers, is it worth giving it a shot?

Last thing, gelato, please tell me where!?

Thanks!

Mar 18, 2007
bassbiz in Greater Boston Area

Casual but Tasty Japanese in West LA?

Somehow I like Izakaya for groups. I'd also like to throw in Blue Marlin into the suggestion pile. I find the food to be pretty consistent, affordable and I love their pasta dishes, curry is very good, too!

Mar 18, 2007
bassbiz in Los Angeles Area

Unique 30th Bday location LA

Since Korean BBQ was mentioned why not go to Manna, you really cant beat the price at $15.00/person. If you can splurge a little more then I think the 3 course tasting menu at Opus for $30.00/person might be a great way to celebrate a 30th bday. I dont know, I really <3 that place!

Mar 18, 2007
bassbiz in Los Angeles Area

Anyone been to the California Chicken Cafe in Woodland Hills yet?

I also frequent the Encino location at least one time a week and usually the Westwood location once a week. Lately I've been getting the Chinese Chicken Salad without the chicken. I also love their vegetable soup and those potatoes are also awesome. For some reason I think their chicken is the least attractive item on their menu, the chicken always tastes so dry and flavorless to me. Plus the size of those chicken chunks in their salad, totally weighs it down. Other than that, I wish they were open on Sundays!

Mar 18, 2007
bassbiz in Los Angeles Area

Haven't found any inexpensive eats in Torrance/Gardena

Dont forget Santouka at the Mistuwa Market Food Court, yea for ramen!

Mar 17, 2007
bassbiz in Los Angeles Area

Solo Diner Recommendations

Will be heading into town for a short weekend getaway in a few weeks and looking for authentic spots that are within a decent walking distance or a short subway ride away. I'll be staying at the Royal Sonesta. Since I'm from LA and have a number of fantastic chinese and sushi destinations to choose from, I'd really love to check out some places that are one of a kind in Boston. Price range is flexible. Ohhh, also a recommendation for an early Sunday breakfast spot that will be kind to a solo diner on Easter would be fabulous. Thanks!

Mar 17, 2007
bassbiz in Greater Boston Area

Noodle Shops and Omakase in Vegas

Hee, that was a co-workers request for the sushi, youre right, there are enough options in LA so in Vegas I'd rather try dining at the counter at Joel Robuchon. Hopefully a nice client or co-worker will treat me, LOL. I'd like to try Rosemary's and Lotus of Siam, since all the hounds seem to rave about 'em.

Mar 11, 2007
bassbiz in Southwest

Noodle Shops and Omakase in Vegas

Will be heading out to Vegas next month for NAB and am looking to find an authentic Japanese Noodle shop (ramen, udon, etc), I've done a number of searches but I'm curious what the locals go when they got the craving for some noodles they can slurp, slurp to. I'm also looking for a place that serves omakase for lunch, if thats even an option, that we can do for $50.00 or less. Any suggestions? Thx.

Mar 11, 2007
bassbiz in Southwest

Nobuko's Kitchen in Little Tokyo

Ooh they serve omurice. I gotta try this.

Mar 11, 2007
bassbiz in Los Angeles Area

dainties cupcakes

I got a half a dozen to go the other day, first of all the packing on it's own is freaking adorable. They were also kind enough to give me a complimentary chocolate chip cookie which I devoured on my road trip to the office. So far Ive tried the stupid chocolate which is delicious! I love the light cream on the top, which is so fluffy, the cake in the inside is very moist, not too rich, its a bit dense but they really got this right, this cupcake is such a fabulous treat. A friend of mine tried the vanilla and she kept saying Oooh, WOW, oooh, so this place is a hit in my books. Next time I'm going in the morning when I have more flavors to choose from.

Mar 04, 2007
bassbiz in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations @ Vertical Wine Bistro?

Thanks for all the recommendations. Went last night, were very luck to get the last table in the lounge/bar area right on the spot. Very nice, warm and inviting interior, though really could care less for the plasma playing sports in the lounge. Wanted a very light and simple meal since we only had about an hour or so before the show.

Got some mixed cocktails instead of wine, very strong, I was taken back by the first few sips, got our money's worth on the booze, no doubt.

Had the shoestring fries, which were surprisingly good, especially the chipotle sauce but didnt care much for the homemade ketchup, a little too watery. Wanted some form of a salad so we just went with the butter lettuce and red leaf, dijon vinagrette, very heavy on the mustard but very little vinegar, lol. Up until that point, we still did not get our drinks, btw, not even an offer of water, which would have been nice to wash down the fries and bread with!

Finally about 20 minutes after ordering, drinks arrive and another 15 minutes later, the pulled pork dish, which was downright heavenly.

We ended the night with the gelato platter, which every flavor was flippin fantastic.

For 3 plates, 1 dessert and 2 mixed cocktails, total came to about $61.00, not including the tip.

I'd definetly got back but I need to make sure I go with a reservation so I can try out dining in the main room, I felt awful waiting around constantly for service, while people were just hounding around your table, waiting to get your seat.

Feb 03, 2007
bassbiz in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations @ Vertical Wine Bistro?

D'oh, nevermind my second question, just checked opentable and it has the lowdown on the bar situation, would really love some recommendations on the food, however. Thx in advance!

Jan 28, 2007
bassbiz in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations @ Vertical Wine Bistro?

Thinking about going to Vertical Wine Bistro either before or after the Morrissey show on Friday night at the Civic, any recommendations on any specific plates to try out or what shines the most on their wine list? Also, my pal isnt much of a wine drinker, does anyone know if they happen to have a full bar or serve beer?

Jan 28, 2007
bassbiz in Los Angeles Area