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Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

Glad you liked it and that you liked it despite the drive! Did you have the campechana and pozoloe?

Funny you mention Eight Korean BBQ. I'm going myself tomorrow for family lunch. I like the pork jowl, beef briket, and the thinly sliced pork steak. The cold noodles are delicious.

Enjoy!

about 4 hours ago
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Another Wonderful Dinner at Chi Spacca

I agree. Another wonderful dinner at chiSpacca last night.

The only disappointment is that we were only a party of 2 and could not also get the goat drizzled/bathed with rendered lardo. The goat is only available for the month of October.

about 19 hours ago
Porthos in Los Angeles Area
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Maude: Truffles

You get the email for 50% off truffles from Urbani?

1 day ago
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

I drove Westwood to Costa Mesa daily for 2 years and still drive OC to all parts of LA at least weekly. It took me 45 min to Providence last week at 7pm.

It's perspective because if you think 1 hr is terrible it's because you never drove 1.5 hours. I knew people that had to commute Victorville to LA daily for 20 years. Their perspective is different from yours.

Perspective.

Oct 23, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

Where would you move to?

I've been in brutal traffic in NYC/LIE, Chicago, Miami, Houston. Beijing and Taipei make LA traffic laughable.

Oct 23, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

But let's at least not fool ourselves into thinking traffic's not as bad as it actually is.
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Everyone is well aware of what traffic is like on the LA boards.

It's all about perspective and what one considers "a big deal".

OP is willing to drive. Taco Maria is worth the 1hr drive on a Saturday.

Oct 23, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area
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Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

And that's why OP has elected wisely to go on a Saturday. Like you said, 1 hour is no big deal in LA.

Oct 23, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

Really? 1 hour in LA gets you from Westside to OC or Westside to Hollwood or Downtown. You guys make it sound like 1 hour LA traffic is something rare. Got a buddy who's not on CH who drives from Pasadena to Santa Ana for Trieu Chau.

Not to get all Mr. Tasterâ„¢ on you but that's part of the definition of a Chowhound in the original manifesto. I know, CH has changed these days so it no longer holds true but it seems like OP is willing to make the drive for delicious food even if some people aren't. Those that do will be rewarded to something unique and delicious.

http://www.chow.com/manifesto

Oct 23, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area
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Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

You'll be glad you did. The mole is the best mole I've had. Runs circles around the much talked about mole at Monte Alban or the much touted Rick Bayless version at Red O. Flavors are brighter but just as rich and deep. A touch of heat. Just enough to tickle and remind you there are some spices in there. This is no hyperbole.

Again, it's rare if ever that a fancy place outdoes the original dirty hole in the wall recipe. But Chef Carlos has managed to do it with the mole and the pozole. And I am a big fan of hole in the wall local eats when I travel abroad.

Oct 23, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

Totally disagree.

I've been 6-8 times. Never had poor service. They haven't ever "run out of stuff". You clearly went on an a la carte day and not a tasting menu day. Lunch is NOT worth the drive. I repeat, lunch is NOT worth the drive.

It's better most restaurants being considered. By far. Hard to get past the OC bias. I know. If this were in SF or LA, people would be gaga over it. On a scale of 1-10, I would give Alma a 6 and Taco Maria a 8+. I put it over Madeo, Dan Tana's. Probably same level as Bucato and Bestia but with a more focused and better priced wine list. Short and sweet and not chosen for hipster value. It is very legit.

Oct 23, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area
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Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

Taco Maria will be unlike any Mexican you have had. So if you want regular Mexican food, you're probably better off in downtown LA.

Now if you want the kind of Mexican food pictured below. Make the drive. I will make it simple for you. If the campechana and pozole are available the night you want to go, it's worth the drive. Just call the day of and ask. The only do the tasting Thurs-Sat. 4 courses for $52.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/916198

Oct 22, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish Of the Month, November 2014 -- Nominations

We already have one of those threads. Feel free to add:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/992494

Oct 21, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

Completely agree with trolley. Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Mexican, Persian, Japanese...it's all excellent down here. Hit up Night + Market for the simmered pork leg and fried pig tails and Sapp for those boat noodles and crispy pork with basil over rice. Don't forget Torihei for Izakaya and yakitori. I doubt you'll find anything as good in Portland. Don't bother wasting money on Urasawa. For pure sushi, Mori is just as good if not better. You can go to Mori and Tsujita Sushi for the price of trip to Urasawa. Oh, and don't forget the tsukemen at Tsujita for lunch. Go to SGV and have crab and pork soup dumplings at J&J. Pork korean bbq at Eight Korean BBQ. Make sure you get the jowl and the beef brisket. Both are really really delicious. Even better than the pork belly which is what they are known for.

Enjoy!

Where to buy orange roughy or sea bass?

MOST people consider the local halibut a tastier fish.
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Are you sure about that? Halibut is priced more than flounder. You may be thinking/saying that local caught Pacific Halibut is more desirable than Alaskan Halibut. But I think California "halibut" is inferior to both.

"The Pacific Coast halibut is similar to the Atlantic coast species and are often interchanged in markets. the (sic) Atlantic Coast variety is usually higher priced and fresher due the more local harvesting.

Atlantic and Pacific halibut are also good, with extremely lean, firm, tight-grained white meat. Halibut are delicately flavorful, albeit a bit dry.
Greenland, California, and black halibut are considered less desirable, from a culinary point of view.

There is also a price difference between the Pacific Halibut caught on the banks adjacent to the west coast and the Halibut caught on the large banks of western Alaska. The fish caught on the pacific banks are usually firmer, fatter and fresher than the Alaskan variety."

http://www.fooduniversity.com/foodu/s...

Oct 21, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy orange roughy or sea bass?

Black cod aka sablefish? I don't find it any different than salmon or snapper. The ones that are already filleted for you from Whole Foods or Bristol farms are pretty easy to navigate.

It's not like carp or milkfish.

"most fin fish require you to pull out their pin bones before cooking. This takes a bit of practice. Black cod, on the other hand, has pin bones that release easily when the fish is cooked. "

http://www.seriouseats.com/2013/12/th...

Oct 20, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Visiting Chicago - TRU or Moto?

LA hound here just chiming in on Tru.

Had a pretty disappointing dinner at Tru Friday night. The service was inattentive (wine glasses unfilled, orders forgotten). Food was literally forgettable. We did the abbreviated tasting which was about 7 courses and I can only recall 2 of them: a delicious squash soup with a touch of curry and a dashi custard topped with caviar. Everything else was pretty boring and uninspired.

Dinners at Publican and Takashi on Sunday (tasting menu) were much more enjoyable.

Oct 20, 2014
Porthos in Chicago Area

Seasonal Eats: Alba Truffles

This season is a blockbuster season for white truffles. High quality and apparently enough quantify where prices are not too steep.

Tonight. White truffles on scrambled eggs at Providence. The scrambled eggs are okay. Here, I still prefer spaghetti al chitarra with white truffles.

Oct 17, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Seasonal Eats: Matsutake Mushrooms

Matsutake with fluke at Providence tonight.

Gratuitous shot of Providence's greatest hits: scrambled eggs with alba truffles, uni egg, ugly bunch.

Oct 17, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

darn, and it was the only sort of offal that I'd consider eating again because it's so incredibly delicious.

Not at all. It's absurd. There are more important things in the world.

Oct 17, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

darn, and it was the only sort of offal that I'd consider eating again because it's so incredibly delicious.

Or how about the state legislature work on feeding the homeless or disadvantaged children first before passing laws restricting food consumption and promoting welfare of ducks and geese. Absurd.

Oct 16, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Petit Trois, No Reservations, No Phone, No Cash & No tipping...

Kevineats and Ludo are "friends". He's not going to say anything bad about Ludo.

One of his last "reviews" on CH was one showing him taking a book from Ludo to Pierre Gagnaire in Vegas. That says it all for objectivity.

http://www.kevineats.com/2009/12/twis...

Petit Trois, No Reservations, No Phone, No Cash & No tipping...

So isn't hate a strong word for anyone who's not a Ludo fanboy?

Guy doesn't allow corkage and then wants to charge 3-4x markup for wine. Makes him a hater in my book.

Oct 15, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Petit Trois, No Reservations, No Phone, No Cash & No tipping...

So does that make you a Sotto and Red Medicine hater? ;)

Oct 15, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

darn, and it was the only sort of offal that I'd consider eating again because it's so incredibly delicious.

Vegas, Chicago, NYC, Miami, LA, OC...it's all available.

Oct 14, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Sushi In OC: Found! Kasen.

You can get the amaebi head fried.

Then get regular miso soup (made with red miso) at the end.

Oct 14, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area
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Sushi In OC: Found! Kasen.

ns1. If you ever go, be aware that sashimi/sushi omakase tends to be a bit more from the sashimi course (thicker cuts, no rice filler). So if you're looking to keep costs in check, do the sushi only omakase and finish with miso soup.

Oct 14, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Sushi In OC: Found! Kasen.

Nice pictures. Strong review!

You can also ask for saba + konbu and he will add a strip of konbu jelly (basically mini battera) You can get your *almost* battera fix without having to eat the whole thing by yourself.

Oct 14, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Seasonal Eats: Matsutake Mushrooms

The ones from the pacific northwest until Nov 2:

http://www.opb.org/news/article/matsu...

Not sure about Japan and may vary a little by season (see link below) but it ends soon. Get on it!

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2010...

Oct 14, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area
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What's a good Shanghai or Family Style restaurant for Lunch in the SGV nowadays?

Not just broken CB, but flat out soggy and leaking cooked blood.

See yelp pictures below. That's how they do it. Send it back, wait, and get the same results. All from 2014. I think anyone will agree, first picture is not appetizing.

In contrast to J&J next door, rarely a broken or leaky one.

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/mei-lo...

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/mei-lo...

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/mei-lo...

Oct 14, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Night+Market Song (A Photo Story and Review)

Nice pictures and report!

No pig tails at Song?

Oct 14, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area