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Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

I enjoy traveling abroad and do so several times a year. As much as I enjoy the different cuisines each country has to offer, traveling abroad always makes me appreciate more how good we have it here in terms of food, culture, lifestyle, etc.

about 4 hours ago
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

C'mon. I'm not lamenting not being able to find pot-au-feu or ratatouille at every street corner. It's BREAD
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You are specifically asking for baguette, so no, it isn't just "bread". There are plenty of good other types of bread.

It is like lamenting there is no good biryani and saying it's just rice.

Baguette is just as specialized as ramen or pizza. Maybe even more so (eg. Why is there no good roman style pizza or bonito flake based ramen).

about 5 hours ago
Porthos in Los Angeles Area
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Shellfish -- L.A. Dish of the Month, April 2014

Impressive spot prawns.

In any case, not comparable since it's a totally different type of shrimp. Like saying you can get button mushrooms for X amount so why pay 4-10x more for chanterelles.

about 7 hours ago
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

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

The ones I saw were at least twice as large as a very large spot prawn. Was your spot prawn 0.25lbs per prawn?

about 7 hours ago
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

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

Saw those monsters at the Miami branch last week ($99/lb) along with live spiny lobster. So tempting but dining companion has a shellfish allergy. *tear*

about 7 hours ago
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

LA Weekly 20 Best Restaurants in LA. I know "Not another list"

Missing the 2 hardest to make reservations in town right now: Bestia and Maude.

Also, Bucato should be on there.

Thanks for copying the list so I don't have to click and so they don't get credit for it.

about 9 hours ago
Porthos in Los Angeles Area
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Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Strong work!

about 12 hours ago
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Taco Maria brick + mortar 1st Report, Costa Mesa - Excellent Tasting Menu

Wow. 2 weeks later and the menu has already changed again. So impressive.

Amuse Bouche of unripe mulberries, pickles, salt, and some sort of delicious vinaigrette.

Blood and Chocolate clam aquachile. The clams are so crisp and sweet. The blood clam silky and meaty at the same time.

Dining companion had a shellfish allergy so they whipped up a hamachi aquachile on the spot.

The rabbit with mole was excellent. Perfectly cooked roulade of white meat. Mini rabbit ribs. Served with carrots. Genius!

On to the photos.

about 15 hours ago
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

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

I'll see your blood clam and raise you a chocolate clam.

Blood and chocolate clam aquachile from Taco Maria. Clams from Baja. The clams have such an amazing sweet texture. Crunchy yet smooth and silken at the same time

Also for DOM a salsa de camarones. Gently poached shrimp and avocado.

about 15 hours ago
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

It will be fresh after you bake them.

Your SO is wrong on this one. Once it comes out brown and crispy and the butter melts into that hot baguette +/- touch of fleur de sel, your SO will be begging for a taste. Then you can remind SO that SO said "no".

1 day ago
Porthos in Los Angeles Area
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Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

I get mine at the Costa Mesa location.

1 day ago
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

I actually don't know. Sorry.

Apr 15, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Not only has the OPs premise that the entire country makes terrible bread been utterly destroyed, but the idea that the westside has no good has also been debunked.
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Yes, not to mention the most faulty premise of all "Almost anywhere you go in Europe, the baguette it (sic) amazing".

Quite simply not true.

Apr 15, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area
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Shellfish -- L.A. Dish of the Month, April 2014

Like you said, not a bad thing, just sayin'.

Apr 15, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

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

My palate is varied and I appreciate all types of food both high end and low. I pimp the braised pork at Shanghailander as much as I do RM, the omakase at Shunji as much as the ramen at Zetton, the pizza at Sotto, the house special noodles at Trieu Chau, etc.

You haven't even tried RM, yet you're already saying it's not your style. Not a bad thing, just sayin'...

Apr 15, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

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

RM is so my style.

To each their own :)

Apr 15, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

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

Whoa whoa whoa! Is porridge back at Red Medicine as in sea bean in porridge or is this "sea bean porridge"?

Been craving that porridge since they removed it from the menu.

Apr 15, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

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

Spectacular looking clam. Thanks for the Mori update!

Apr 15, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Priceless ;)

Apr 15, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Each package comes with 2. They have both sweet and sour dough baguettes. I prefer the sweet. My Surfas is close enough I can always swing by and pick up a couple whenever I want ;p

Apr 15, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Get the frozen ones and finish in the oven at 400. Always fresh. No need to try to wait for the ones they bake. Piping hot and crispy. Pick up some echire butter which is conveniently located next to the frozen bread.

Apr 15, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area
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Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

I'll stand by that rec ;)

Maybe a little touch of melted butter to the top before baking until brown. Crunchy, flaky outside and soft interior, but not too soft like the Vietnamese versions. Better than the baguettes at the chain places like Paul in Paris.

Apr 15, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Best Late Weeknight Options in OC?

You could always look into the Korean options. Mirak is close to you but can't seem to find hours on yelp. There is also Soeul Soondae in Garden Grove. But that closes 930.

http://m.yelp.com/biz/mirak-fullerton-2

http://m.yelp.com/biz/seoul-soondae-restaurant-garden-grove

The ones in Fullerton close 9-10 but since they're closer you don't lose travel time.

http://m.yelp.com/search?find_desc=Ko...

Apr 10, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Best Late Weeknight Options in OC?

I love it. I think it provides a great alternative to all the pork based broths in town. The "special" versions contain bonito flakes which gives it that nice fishy brininess.

Apr 08, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Best Late Weeknight Options in OC?

Big +4 for Tsuruhashi. Get the spicy beef soup. Like most places, 2 orders of beef before you can grill yourself.

Ramen Zetton open until 1130pm (probably get there 1030-1045 to be safe). Get the special chicken shoyu (#4), you have to add the egg. Add a side of tsukemen to compare. Cold noodles on the tsukemen of course.

Bahn mi che cali. This one. Open 24 hours. Get the grilled beef (grilled beef balls). Throw an egg on top.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/b%C3%A1nh-m%C...

Apr 08, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Bucato

Silly because have you seen the yelp photos?

Apr 06, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Bucato

Only thing sillier than the reservation policy is the no photo policy.

The ragu bianco sure is delicious though.

Apr 06, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

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

Get in and get dirty!

Same way you would break into a crab boil. It's all cut up for you and coated in the delicious sauce so every bite is flavorful.

Apr 06, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

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

Shanghailander Palace

-Crab with rice cake
-Loofa with crab (may be invalid entry since there was no detectable crab)

Gratuitous shot of the Shanghai braised pork which they crush here. Quite possibly the best version I have ever had.

Apr 06, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

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

Looks stellar!

Apr 05, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area